Huntington Area Art Society to offer summer series

The summer series of the Huntington Area Art Society kicks off this evening with a new focus: artwork created in relationship to buildings, such as stained glass and public art on buildings.

The first of three presentations, “Von Gerichten Stained Glass: An American Tradition,” will be led by guest presenter Dennis Shobe, owner and operator of Shobe’s Stained Glass, and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at The Cellar Door, 905 Third Ave.

The Von Gerichten studio closed in 1931 and Shobe acquired the collection in the early 1970s. It contains stained-glass masterpieces that combine the arts of representational drawing, painting with glazes and kiln-firing to fuse a drawing permanently to sheets of colored glass.

One stained-glass work and some of the tools of the trade will be on display at the talk.

SacrificeOfIsaacA Marshall University professor and one other community member also will serve as guest presenters this summer while Dr. Heather Stark, assistant professor of art history and Huntington Area Art Society lead presenter, is co-teaching 15 Marshall students in Florence, Italy.Huntington Area Art Society presentations are at The Cellar Door. While all are welcome, space is limited. The cost is $10 per presentation or free for Marshall faculty and staff. If you have any questions about the Art Society or this summer series, contact Marshall’s School of Art and Design at 304-696-7299.

Huntington Area Art Society summer series schedule:

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.: “Von Gerichten Stained Glass: An American Tradition” by Dennis Shobe, owner/operator of Shobe’s Stained Glass

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.: “Public Art: Who pays? Who benefits? Who cares?” by Jonathan Cox, professor of sculpture at Marshall University

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.: “A Legacy Denied: Lost Country Houses of Ireland” by Geoff Fleming, executive director of the Huntington Museum of Art


Photos: “King of Kings” and “Sacrifice of Isaac” are examples of stained glass that will be discussed at the May 11 presentation of Huntington Area Art Society.