It’s been 35 years since artist Larry Nisson first walked past a glass art studio, but the feeling that overcame him back then is forever etched in his memory. It’s the day he fell in love with the art of glasswork.
“It just called to me,” Nisson says.
So much so that, although he doubted his artistic ability, he enrolled in a course to learn to create the pieces he so loved to look at.
“I didn’t think I had any talent at all,” Nisson says. “I couldn’t draw or paint and had never done anything like that.”
Larry Nisson proved himself wrong.
“My design sense wasn’t great at first, but I did have a good sense of color and how the colors worked together, Nisson recalled. “I eventually replaced the windows in my house with stained glass.”
Fast forward a couple of decades after Nisson moved on to the abstract designs of the glass blown creations he’s become known for now and you’ve got a seasoned artisan fashioning breathtaking works – hand-blown drinking glasses, intricate sculptures and even yard art, which he’ll display and sell at the upcoming Westside Art Hop (Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Check out Larry Nisson at work for some stunning video examples of his creations.
“I love glass, “ he says. “I love how the colors look when you have light going through them.”
Tom Rosenbaum, on of many featured artists, favors landscapes, abstracts and figurative mixed media works in oil, charcoal and acrylic.
“I like oil, presently,” he says. “Oil is forgiving, versatile and traditional; I love its smell, its texture, its vibrant colors.
Depends on which day you catch me,” he says, of the paintings that he’s exhibited in local and national venues from coffee shops to Ann Arbor offices to libraries and then some.
Above all, Rosenbaum enjoys the camaraderie between artists, friends and the public that the Westside Art Hop affords the Ann Arbor arts community.
“I’ve sold lots of work there,” he says. “It’s great to be able to meet friends, neighbors, other artists and the public at the Art Hop.
I love it.”
Ann Arbor’s Westside Art Hop
WHAT: Ann Arbor’s Westside Art Hop is a festive twice yearly local community walking tour
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: The tour will include visits to about 13 host home venues on on Ann Arbor’s West side where more than two dozen artisans will sell and display their work. Visitors can look forward to photography, silk art, mosaics, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, hand-painted cards, ceramic art, textiles, watercolor and oil paintings, metalwork and more.
Nisson Glass Art:
Phone: (734) 417-2987
Web Site: www.nissonglassart.com