LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50 year retrospective

  • Toe River Arts, Kokol Gallery

  • Address: 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28714
  • Times: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Dates: August 06, 2022 - October 08, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 9 weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (828) 765-0520

“LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50-year retrospective” exhibition August 6-October 9, 2022 at the Toe River Arts’ Kokol Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC, features the paintings and glass of this artist who has been on the forefront of the studio glass movement. Graduating 1968 from the Philadelphia College of Arts and just married, Bernstein moved to Penland School of Crafts to be their second glass resident artist from 1968-70. He was a co-founder of the Glass Arts Society (GAS) that formed to bring together the glass community so people could work together and learn from each other. Receiving numerous awards, fellowships and grants, he has exhibited internationally and has artwork in many private and public collections. Bernstein has lived most of his professional life in the rural Celo community of Yancey, North Carolina along with his family and artist wife, Katherine Bernstin. This retrospective provides a great opportunity for one to imagine a life surrounded by art. This has been not only been a year-long process of curating pieces for an exhibit, but a lifetime of making art that connects with all things about one’s life. Bernstein’s work in glass and paint showcases just that: his family, his pets, friends, his environs, his moods and so much more. A life well-lived in creating art. More on Bernstein Glass William Warmus (A Fellow and former curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum), writes for the exhibition catalog, “Bernstein is a minimalist whose style is based upon the dedication to the concepts of honesty, modesty, and humility. It has a feel of its surroundings and of the people of the region.” The Toe River Arts Kokol Gallery is located at 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

The exhibition dates: August 6 - October 9, 2022.

Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:30 - 5:00 pm.


Public receptions on Fridays: August 12 and October 7, both 5:00-7:00 PM.

Artist gallery talk Friday, August 12, 4:00 pm.

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