August JMAM exhibit features colorful glass, fabrics
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 02, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The latest exhibit from the Janis Mason Art Museum opens with a reception Friday at 6:30 p.m. Kentucky artists Dan Neil Barnes and Mary Lamb Nehring will be there to present their work.

Barnes owns an upholstery and furniture design business in Lexington, but took up the hobby of glass sculpting more than 10 years ago. He said his life changed drastically since then and he’s been able to make pretty good money out of it, although he runs his business. He said he’s been amazed by the popularity of his work.

“I started doing it for my own pleasure and to have [the glass] around the house,” he said. “Now I can’t seem to keep it in the house.”

In fact, when Barnes spoke to the Cadiz Record on the phone, he was in the process of creating something new for the upcoming exhibit since otherwise, he might not have enough to show. That same day, July 26, he received a letter from Tipper Gore regarding the work he’ll be doing for Women Leading Kentucky, which she is affiliated with.

Barnes is an old friend of Nehring’s, who mostly makes quilts. However, they aren’t traditional quilts the way most people think of them. Nehring said that all it takes for something to qualify as quilt is for the fabric to have three layers: two outer layers and an inside layer. The cloths that Nehring weaves can sometimes be translucent. She makes her creations from hand-dyed cottons, silks and wool.

Nehring said she dyes everything she works with herself.

“Just like a painter controls what goes onto their campus, I control what colors go into my work,” she said.

Nehring and Barnes share more just a friendship. Nehring said she heavily influenced by glass works and often tries to weave her fabrics in the same smooth and flowing way.

Nehring said she mostly does commission work, and that having a show in a small town like Cadiz is new to her. She said she is excited that a different kind of population will be seeing her work.

The exhibit will continue through Sept. 3.
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