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Visiting Lanny Bergner and Steve Klein – Guest Blogger Penny Peters

October 16, 2015

Exclusive time with fellow artists is such a precious thing. A handful of us were able to enjoy conversations with two well-known local artists in their studios on October 8th—Lanny Bergner and Steve Klein. Both were incredibly generous in talking about their work—how they do what they do, and what inspires them. Lanny has just finished a large 12 piece commission that will be hung in the new Swedish Hospital in Edmonds at the end of the month. He also demonstrated making patterns on wire screen with a blow torch that is so symbolic of his work, and showed us how he makes the organic forms out of stiff mesh ‘fabric’. He was careful to mention the safety precautions necessary when working with stiff wire and using open flame. After we left Lanny, we met Gail and Steve Klein for a delicious lunch at Nell Thorn’s in La Conner, then on to Steve’s studio which is a stone’s throw from Gail’s Studio. Steve works primarily in fused glass and collaborates with glass blowers when his ideas call for it. He creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are thick layers of fused glass, sometimes sandblasted for a velvety finish. He talked about how the landscape really influences the colors in his work. Steve recently completed a commission for stained glass windows in the new Temple Beth Shalom in Orange County, California. He and a colleague developed a technique to imbed images of important historic temples in the glass by sprinkling colored glass powder through silk screens. If you search the internet for images of each artist you’ll find plenty to inspire you. Here are links to Facebook pages about their work.

Hope you can join us for the next Artist Tour with Ann Darling on November 5th.

Photography by Penny Peters and Eric Hawley.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    October 17, 2015 12:05 am

    Both of these artists do amazing work. The dimensionality, hues and movement in both mediums are striking! I wish I had been able to make it up there for these studio visits. Thank you for writing this up Penny. And I’m guessing, Gail’s wonderful photography.

  2. October 18, 2015 3:11 pm

    Thanks Penny for taking us on a virtual studio tour. Both very different mediums but gorgeous work!

  3. Penny Peters permalink
    October 19, 2015 6:15 am

    These Studio Tours are so special. The next one is scheduled on November 5th with Ann Darling in Tacoma. Hope you can join us!

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