The Art of Opening: Bottles & Their Toppers

May 1 – July 18, 2009

About The Art of Opening: Bottles & Their Toppers

To push the frontiers of American and International Craft, the Center sent out a prospectus calling for original hand-made, limited production corkscrews and wine bottle stoppers. The Center recruited two internationally known artists, Boris Bally and Michael Hosaluk, as guest curators for this exhibition. Each juror reviewed the content, forms, materials and construction methods utilized in the corkscrews and bottle stoppers. This highly-imaginative exhibition is shown in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference, Revolution, in Philadelphia, PA, from May 20-23, 2009. During the opening reception the Center hosted a live auction of the exhibited works with auctioneers from Barry S. Slosberg Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers who donated their time and efforts to make the night a success.

In an exciting collaboration that evolved from how to display these works, the Center and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ, partnered to work with local glass artists to create one-of-a-kind glass vessels inspired by each bottle stopper. These hand blown glass vessels and bottle stoppers are bound to make truly unique gifts for wine lovers and collectors.

Exhibition Artists

Sue Amendolara, PA, US
Stevie B., NJ, US
Russell Baldon, CA, US
Boris Bally, RI, US
Kristin Beeler, OH, US
Harriete Estel Berman, CA, US
Sara Brown, OH, US
Andy Cooperman, WA, US
David Damkoehler, WI, US
Cynthia Eid, MA, US
Frankie Flood, WI, US
Dewey Garrett, CA, US

Tucker Garrison, NC, US
Robert M. Hawkins, IL, US
Rob Higgs, Leicester, UK
Matthew Hollern, OH, US
Ed Kelle, NY, US
Yuri Kobayashi, ME, US
Victoria Lansford, GA, US
Melissa Lovingood, GA, US
Kenneth C. MacBain, NJ, US
Tony Marsh, FL, US
Tom Muir, OH, US
Paulette Myers, IL, US

Natalie Nirdlinger, OH, US
Phil Renato, MI, US
Hilary Pfeifer, OR, US
Linda Savineau, Belgium
Adrien Segal, CA, US
Amanda E. Stark, OH, US
Robert Sutter, MA, US
James Thurman, PA, US
Deb Todd Wheeler, MA, US
Greg Wilbur, OR, US
Mike Yager, OH, US
Stephen Yusko, OH, US