Join us as we celebrate the Summer of Glass here in Asheville at our gallery in Biltmore Village! To honor the long-standing traditions of glass blowing, we will be hosting Southern Highland Craft Guild glass members Greg Magruder, Amanda Taylor, Rob Levin and more. From 10:00am to 12:00pm, these talented makers will be at the gallery talking about their processes and work. Mimosas, coffee and pastries will be provided as well as live entertainment. Visitors have the opportunity to win complimentary tickets to the ongoing July Craft Fair at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville that day!Greg Magruder: I have always had a great appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountains. I grew up in Asheville N C and decided many years ago to stay here. I became interested in stained glass as a young man and started producing panels twenty plus years ago. My works encompasses the views found from the wonderful hikes and overlooks throughout Western North Carolina. I am blessed and grateful for the opportunity to use my skills to produce and replicate these beautiful sites to share with everyone in the form of my glass panels Amanda Taylor: My work explores the expressive possibilities of glass through variation in color, texture, light, and atmosphere. By drawing inspiration from places that I have visited or live within , I use my glass work as a way to creatively interpret the ever present beauty touches my soul. I use light, color, and form to create a sense of place in my work. My hope is that the work will spark a fond memory, and bring a sense of wonder and joy within each viewer.Rob Levin: I was originally attracted to hot glass because of its liquid qualities and sense of immediacy. I have always tried to capture some of the elegance, fluidity, gesture, and whimsy which I feel are inherent properties of glass. I formulate many of my own glass colors, and often use layers of different colors within each piece to create subtle shading or contrast. The approaches I use are eclectic and personal at the same time — sort of a blend of Late Venetian and Early Neurotic.