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The annual art show is on -- displaying the talents of the glassmarkers at Bullseye in Brooklyn

RITA A. LEONARD - The Portland Rose by Larissa Palmentere was first-place winner in the Functional glass category this year.Bullseye Glass is presenting its 16th annual employee public art show – which opened March 15 – through the end of July. It's in the upstairs gallery at their Resource Center, 3610 S.E. 21st Avenue in Brooklyn.

Some 40 employee entries display a wide array of artwork, demonstrating the use of various art glass made by the company. Many entries were created by female artists.

Fellow employees judged the exhibit, and chose winners in categories of "Functional" and "Non-Functional" art, plus a special category of entries by first-timers. In addition, company President Dan Schwoerer made the selection for the "President's Award" category.

Winners in the "First Timer" category were as follows: Gold: Heather Foster, a studio instructor, created "Enough", a striking painted sheet glass piece commenting on gun violence. The artwork featured the outline of an automatic weapon and the words "Enough! Thoughts and Prayers."

Second Place in the First Timer category was awarded to Jennica Peters, whose entry "Every Self" was displayed at the start of the gallery tour. She called the colorful female she depicts "a direct translation of my drawing style transformed into glass." Andre Buenacosa's dual glass portrait entitled "What's Your Fantasy?" earned third place among the First Timers.

"Non-functional" glass art winners were: Gold Award, Grahm DePouw, for a gray-green crystalline structure entitled: "Wave Goodbye to Superior, Welcome the Split". Second place winner was Devon Willis with a bright wall-hanging etched with the words "You're Fine". The piece was entitled "The Yellow Wallpaper". Third place was awarded to Austin Turley, who displayed a white cloudlike "salvaged glass" sculpture on a metal shelf, entitled "Sequence 2, The Shape of Things to Come."

"Functional Glass" category winners were: Gold winner Larisa Palmentere, for a colorful array of cast-glass roses edging a mirror. The piece was entitled "The Portland Rose", and invited, "Stop and smell the roses." Second place winner was Sara Buxton with a set of two bowls called "Inside Out No.2." The third place winner was Bonnie Celeste, who set up a blue and white table setting called "Mezze."

The "President's Choice" award went to a "Non-functional" creation by research and education artist Kim Sharp. Her flame-worked black stringer outline on a powdered print wafer resembled a utility squirt bottle, and was entitled "Studio Sketch."

Although the art show is open to the public till July, Sales Supervisor Janet Bartholomew reveals that there will be a special Open House on May 4 and 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at which visitors are invited to "Make Your Own Wearable Glass Art". She explains, "Visitors can assemble their choice of pre-cut colored glass pieces. It will take a few days for us to prepare them and mount fasteners, but their art can then be picked up about a week later."

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