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Marlene Rose Solo Exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art


Marlene is delighted that she’s been invited to hold a solo exhibition of her studio glass sculptures at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) in Indiana from June 1st until August 4th. Titled Cultural Blueprints, the exhibition will feature some of Marlene’s newest works.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art traces its roots back to 1888, becoming a full-fledged museum in 1921. For close to a hundred years now, FWMoA has been enhancing the lives of those in the growing Fort Wayne Cultural District.  In 2007, FWMoA added 10,000 square feet to increase the space for exhibitions, programs and visitors to the Museum fulfilling its vision to be the cultural catalyst of the region.

Marlene was struck by the fact that their philosophy is strikingly similar to her own artistry:

The visual arts represent myriad aspects of our collective cultures, historical experiences, and of the human condition.  We believe that the visual arts open our eyes, hearts, and minds to the intersecting dimensions of our worlds and, in doing so, add value and meaning to our lives.  This added value and meaning develops from the broadening of personal perspectives, promoting increased empathy, sparking moments of self-discovery, fostering the development of new insights, as well as nurturing our human spirit.

This aligns closely with the theme of Cultural Blueprints. Her sculptures are created with a relatively new technique that builds upon the ancient tradition of bronze casting. Each piece is hand cast from molten glass into a unique and modern work of art that resonates with references and allusions to ancient cultures and civilizations.

You can meet Marlene Rose at the gallery on June 1, at 10:30 am. Join her for a guided talk-through of the Cultural Blueprints solo exhibition – free with museum entrance.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46802.

The Revival of Glass Art in Sofia Bulgaria

Marlene Rose and two other American glass artists were chosen by Dawn Bennett of UrbanGlass to attend the Second Biennial International Festival of Glass Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Biennial opening was a great success, with copious TV and radio coverage.  They were treated like the rock stars of the art world that they are!

Speaking to a packed hall, Marlene shared her glass artistry and passion with nearly 100 students of the Sofia National School of Applied Arts inspiring a spontaneous ovation. The documentary of her studio glass art was a total hit

Glass Art documentary of Marlene Rose's work

The School is for artistically gifted students and is the only functional glass facility in Sofia, the bones of which were donated by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, one of the main sponsors of the whole tour. Marlene’s task became to flesh out these bones with begged, borrowed and improvised equipment and somehow impart enough technique to allow for art to happen.

One example is the furnace at the school – it had been well made but by someone with no experience of actual usage resulting in some “interesting” safety issues. Through much ingenuity and many hand gestures, they managed to get a workable setup and persuade a vital extra few hundred degrees from the furnace.  This showed the students (and their teachers) what could be done, even with the limited facilities they had.

Marlene believes she was able to show them that they could make good art with what they had. The rest is up to them. And given the students’ voracious desire for knowledge, their surprising command of English (especially amongst the younger ones), she expects good things to come from this incredible experience.

Marlene met and made many friends in Sofia and hopes that she in some small way contributed to the rebirth of glass art in this beautiful country, known in Europe as “The Rose of the Balkans.”




vaseline glass buddha

Rare Vaseline Glass Sculptures

Vaseline Glass, (also known as Uranium glass) is an extremely rare yellow-green colored glass that was very popular for a century or so, up until the 1920’s. The strikingly beautiful color also glows slightly under any ultraviolet light. As little as 0.1 to 0.2 percent of uranium dioxide is added to the formula of glass to give it the yellow-green tint, according to Vaseline Glass Collectors Inc.

This rare glass got the nickname “Vaseline” because of the resemblance of some pieces to the hue of Vaseline petroleum jelly, which is light yellow in color. One of the rare qualities of this glass is that the color of a piece can actually vary to the naked eye under different light sources.

One collector in Philadelphia built this beautiful Zen Garden around his Vaseline Box Buddha. When it’s lit up at night you can see it from Ben Franklin Bridge, miles away!

marlene rose glass sulpture buddha

Marlene created a number of sculptures out of this unique glass until her supplier ran out. She’s been hunting for another source of supply of this amazing glass for at least a decade. When a loyal collector recently had a casualty with one of his Vaseline glass sculptures during a move he was heartbroken to learn she had no more of the glass.

This motivated Marlene to renew her hunt for a new source of Vaseline glass and thanks to some suggestions on Instagram (welcome to the Age of Social Media!) she was able to connect with a company that imports it from New Zealand and obtained enough for one run in the studio.

Once the replacement piece for her collector has been cast there will be a small amount of Vaseline glass left over, so look out for some stunning new works from Marlene in this rare and beautiful medium.


Marlene Rose Glass Sculptures & Early Works of Edward Mapplethorpe on Show in Atlanta in April

studio glass art sculptures

Art lovers and aficionados in the Atlanta area are in for a treat this April. Marlene Rose is exhibiting her Cultural Tension/Glass Sculptures alongside early works of acclaimed photographer, Edward Mapplethorpe.  The exhibition is at the Fay Gold Gallery, 161 Mangum Street SW, Atlanta, GA. The opening is April 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Fay Gold, renowned for owning the most important contemporary art gallery in the South for 29 years, has launched a new gallery space on Mangum Street. Fay has represented Marlene for over a decade, but this will be the first time showing her studio glass sculpture work in this converted 1890’s railroad warehouse space.

Edward Mapplethorpe assisted his older brother Robert (1946-1989) in his studio throughout the 1980s. In 1983, Mapplethorpe launched his solo career establishing a distinct and personal style. His luminous nudes, portraits, still lifes, and abstract works have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, as well as in major cities around the world.

edward mapplethorpe

Marlene’s exhibition Cultural Tensions includes some brand-new pieces. So new, in fact, they are still in the works and will be unveiled for the first time at the exhibition opening.

If you’re in the Atlanta area in April, please join Marlene at the opening and share in this exciting exhibition of her new glass sculptures.

(Valet Parking will be available)