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June First Friday Art & Artist Reception
June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Art & Artist Reception, this month we are featuring Geoffrey Simpson and Aline Peterson.
Born in Cleveland in 1942. He and his family have lived in Solon for 43 Years.
Upon graduating from The Ohio State Univerity with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and serving in the United States Army, he began a career in the commercial insurance industry.
He became interested in drawing and sketching at a very young age, and having grown up in Orange Village, which was a very rural area at the time, he also developed an intense enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Upon retiring from his business profession in 2010, he intensified his focus on painting landscapes in pastel and watercolor.
Unlike many Landscape painters who paint “en plein air,” he creates most of his work in the studio based on mental notes, observations, sketches, and photographs made while pursuing his favorite outdoor activities of fly fishing, hiking, and traveling about the country.
Although he works in both watercolor and pastels, he prefers the latter due to the purity and permanence of the pigments involved, the actual use the hand directly in the creative process, and the versatility of the medium.
Greetings and let me introduce myself. My name, Aline, which I grew up thinking was Scottish, turns out to be of German and French descent. It means Loyal. Well, that’s for sure, just ask my friends!
I became involved with glass as an art medium in 1983 after a rather nasty divorce. With two small children to support, I worked part-time at a Delphi Stained Glass store while going to school for Dental Assisting.
I started with stained glass, quickly moving into sandblasting. In 1986 I tried this fusing stuff I had read about, and I was hooked!
Mostly self-taught I have never graduated from the School of Hard Knocks, my favorite class being Trial and Error. Along with the failures have come many breakthroughs that guide my design.
Taking classes with such notable teachers as Cindy Jenkins, Loren Stump and Al Janelle I have learned how to make beads in a torch (lampworking). I enjoy the sculptural aspect of beadmaking and continue to try to find new challenges within contemporary lampworking.
My skills as a glass artist are ever expanding. I have also learned off hand-blowing techniques using a small glory hole to make paperweights and marbles. Don McKinney, Dave Buck, and Rodi Rovner taught those classes.
In my new work, I have been combining design elements made of different techniques. Canes made in the glory hole and then used in marbles and paperweights. Paperweights or marbles fused into bowls or platters. Kiln or ladle casting with lampworked inclusions.
I continue to look for inspiration from glass artists and share knowledge and experience.
Yes, I did graduate from Dental Assisting School and even went on to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. So I fix teeth and melt glass. What could be more fun?