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Inspiration: Vintage Venetian Glass

White Gallery | July 1 - May 9, 2021


Inspiration: Dale Chihuly, James Mongrain and Vintage Venetian Glass
from the George R. Stroemple Collection


The George R. Stroemple Collection is internationally recognized as one of the most significant collections of artwork documenting the studio glass movement in the Pacific Northwest. With holdings by such luminaries as Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and James Mongrain. The Stroemple Collection illustrates both the early nascence and mature culmination of contemporary glass art making.

Like their art deco prototypes, a sense of function endures in Chihuly's Venetians. The core forms—cones, cylinders, amphorae, bowls, ginger jars—suggest familiar vessels. Yet if vessels imply reason, Chihuly's applied ornamentation overwhelms in an organic flourish. The symmetrical core becomes a stoic base from which feathers, leaves, and ribbons burst forth. Handles spiral into disorder; lilies entwine exterior surfaces; glass prunts transform into scalloped flames. Iridescent, foiled, layered, and mottled, both the vessel and the ornament boast active 'Chihuly' surfaces.


JAMES MONGRAIN Reinterpreting Venetian Tradition

James Mongrain Reinterpreting Venetian Tradition: This collection grew out of the collaboration of collector George Stroemple and artist James Mongrain, a selfproclaimed beneficiary of the Italian masters of glass blowing. Mongrain’s reinterpreting Venetian tradition pulls on the renowned Venetian glass heritage to encapsulate the style and skill of these time-withstanding methods. Lino Tagliapietra Goblets: The Tagliapietra goblets in the George R. Stroemple Collection are evidence of the artist’s bravura with a blowpipe. Among the goblets is a virtual lexicon of traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques: filigrana, murrine, opalescent glass, reticello, cristallo. Seen together, they form a kaleidoscopic fantasy of color and form.


This collection is home to a vast accumulation of Vintage Murano glassware, made on the Venetian island of Murano just 1.5 km from Venice and widely acclaimed for its specialization in fine glass art. Murano’s glassmakers revolutionized the techniques of glassblowing and led Europe for centuries in the intricate craft of these creations.

This collection boasts over 1,200 delicate works, by the artists Salviati, Artisti Barovier, and Fratelli Toso, to name a few many of which will be on display in this exhibition. Salviati himself is known for reviving this glass-blowing tradition in the mid-19th century as it nearly fell into extinction. The breadth of form and technical bravura of these Italian relics is vast: Stroemple’s collection ranges large and wide, from flowers and goblets, to decanters and vases, candlesticks and perfume bottles, and much more. These vintage treasures are a cavalcade of dolphins, dragons, and swans, adorned on rims, handles, bases and the like and embellished to perfection with filigree and aventurine. The works in the Stroemple Collection remain as reminders to the fantasy and talent of Old Murano. 

All works are from The George R. Stroemple Collection.
S&S Collaboration


This exhibition made possible by:

Bob & Doris Johnston Foundation, Carolyn Jackson, the Garone-Nicksich Foundation, Charles & Jeanette White, Dan & Kerry DeRose, and the Jackson Foundation


with additional support from

Dorothy & Jessie Shaw, Dr. Barry & Wendy Rapp, Pamela Parks, MD & Phillip Pierce, Dr. Richard & Joyce Lawrence, Dr. Robert & Sara Tonsing, Drs. Haydee & Gregorio Kort, Elaine & Bill Nicoll, Gerry & Dian Montgomery, Dr. John Peters, Louis & Lydia Balizet, Kitty & Mark Kennedy, Mary Kay Crockett in memory of Robert Rechnitz, Mona Askwig, Pueblo City-County Library District, Ray & Catherine Petros, Rita Gersick, Steve & JoAnn Wright, Ted & Sylvia Clair, Victor Keen & Jean Ruddy, City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Kathy Farley & Fran McClave, Black Hills Energy, Dr. Gordon Rheaume, Vidmar Motor Co/Barbara & William Vidmar, and Ida & Gary Anzuini. 

Special events:
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 5-7pm | First Friday Art Walk, free admission to all the galleries. Refreshments and live entertainment.
Sunday, November 8, 10-3pm | Free Day. Sponsored by the W. Bret Kelly Trust.
Friday, December 4 | 5-7pm | First Friday Art Walk, free admission to all the galleries. Refreshments and live entertainment.Sponsored by Pueblo Water.
Sunday, December 13, 2 pm | Save the Magic! "Nutcracker the Ballet" Premiere of Act II | $100 (tickets must be purchased in advanced
Monday, December 14 | Save the Magic! "Nutcracker the Ballet" streamed to the public free of charge