Duncan McClellan Gallery
Experience Erik and Martin Demaine
The Duncan McClellan Gallery will host a special event during St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, Aug. 10. Erik and Martin Demaine will give a fun and exciting talk from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and then Marty will give a blindfolded Glass Blowing demonstration in the on-site Hot Shop at 6:30! As if that isn’t enough, attendees will be able to stay after the glass blowing demonstration to enjoy live jazz with the Henry Ashwood Jazz Project from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
The event is free to the public; however, there will be a cash bar on the premises with proceeds going to benefit NOKUMBAYA medical missions. Erik and Martin Demaine are in St. Petersburg in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts current exhibition entitled “Above the Fold.”
While at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, visitors will have an opportunity to see its unique display of the works of over 50 renowned glass artists as well as by Duncan McClellan himself. Pieces created by Duncan McClellan are found throughout the United States and abroad in some of the most prestigious public and private art collections.
Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine are a father and son math-art team. Martin started the first private hot glasce 2005, Martin Demaine has served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erik is also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Professor in computer science. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. In these capacities at MIT, Erik and Martin work together in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms.
Their artistic work includes curved origami sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian. Their scientific work includes over 60 published joint papers, including several about combining mathematics and art. Recently they have been exploring folding hot glass, and computer aided design of glass cane.
The special event will take place in the beautiful multi-functional space created by Internationally acclaimed glass artist Duncan McClellan in the heart of St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Art District. McClellan has transformed a 7800-square foot former fish and tomato packing plant into a beautiful multi-functional space, including a tropical garden area where lush, fruit-bearing trees create a beautiful oasis.
The Duncan McClellan Gallery features the region’s most unique rotating glass art exhibitions showcasing nationally and internationally recognized glass artists Glass is the primary medium featured in the Gallery, and visiting artists are given the opportunity to work in the on-site Hot Shop, where Duncan shares his love of creating glass work with fellow artists from around the world. It is possible to schedule a visit to view the artists as they work in the Hot Shop on new artistic creations. For more information, visit www.dmglass.com.