PRINCETON — The art of glassblowing by local artist and shop owner Laura Johnson will be showcased during August at Princeton’s Prairie Art Center.
There is an opening reception, free to the public, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. Funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the show will continue on August weekends, 1-4 p.m.
Johnson first became interested in the art of glassblowing during a high school field trip to a Chicago art show renowned for three-dimensional artwork. While attending the University of Illinois, she began taking lessons with a master glassblower. After her graduation, Johnson opened Starved Rock Hot Glass in her hometown, Ottawa. Her shop offers glass art creations, custom orders, cremation glass and glassblowing lessons.
“Glass is one of the most exciting and unique mediums to work with,” says Johnson. It’s extremely fast-paced, physically demanding and keeps you on your toes! As my passion for glass art continues to grow, I am so grateful to do what I love every day and have the opportunity to share my art with others.”