first_img By Jaine Treadwell Next Up“Orbix Hot Glass is nationally recognized and is a top contender in Martha Stewart’s American Made Movement promotion, said Morgan Drinkard, Center executive director. “American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade. We are honored to have Mark Leputa as one of our exhibiting artists for the Alabama Biennial.”Leputa said that his greatest sense of self-satisfaction and pride are found in the creation process.He graduated from the University of Pittsburg in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. However, he felt his imagination was being suppressed and turned to art to liberate his ideas. Walter Black inspects a piece of blown glass artwork on display at the Johnson Center.Orbix artist featured in Alabama Biennial ExhibitThe “Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial 2013” exhibit at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy features four local artists, Walter Black, Russell Everett, Duane Paxson and Larry Percy. The exhibition also includes an artist whose work, if not his name, is familiar to people of the area.Mark Leputa is a glass blowing artist who works with Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne. Orbix has twice created glass ornaments for the Johnson Center’s holiday collection. Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 2, 2013 Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Print Article You Might Like TROJAN WIN TROY RB Jordan Chunn scores the touchdown that allowed the Trojans to tie with the UAB Blazers Saturday night at… read more By The Penny Hoarder “Mark Leputa was in New Zealand in 2004 when he discovered glass as ‘his’ medium,” Drinkard said. “His art captivates the viewer through shape and negative space. His work is incredibly beautiful and you can’t help but go back to look at it again and again.”Drinkard said the community will have an opportunity to visit with Leputa and other participating artists on Sunday, Sept. 8 when the Johnson Center hosts an artists’ reception. The reception will be from 1 until 3 p.m. and the public is invited.“‘Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial 2013’ is an exhibition organized and curated by the Johnson Center for the Arts every two years,” Drinkard said. “All artists who have received an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship award in the visual arts or craft categories are invited to participate.“As the third in the series, the 2013 Biennial has more than 100 pieces of art from more than 45 Alabama artists. Works include woodwork, paintings, photographs, sculpture, fabric collages, mixed media works and clay.”center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Biennial will be on display until October 26 at the Johnson Center for the Arts, an entity of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, located in downtown Troy. Exhibition admission is free. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Sponsored Content AMERICAN MADE Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…last_img read more