Glass artistry theme of free exhibition at Chandler Center

Fused-glass creator Alex Shaffer, glass blower David Vogt and fantasy-bead designer Nancy Pilgrimóall Arizona-based artistsówill be featured in a colorful journey through a whimsical world of glass coming to town next month.

Chandler Center for the Arts and the Chandler Cultural Foundation present the exhibition Dec. 7-Jan. 23. An opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10.

The artists bring differing styles and approaches to their work.

Shaffer has used her love of working with color combinations and patterns to create hot-fused glass jewelry, platters, kaleidoscopes, vessels, bowls and game boards and pieces.

Vogt moved to Phoenix to pursue an engineering and entrepreneurial career, all the while collecting glass art. Retiring from his engineering career in 1995, Vogt started to work full-time as a glass artist.

His works include paperweights, marbles, bowls, flowers, vases and plates that are on display in galleries throughout the United States.

Pilgrim has been torch-working glass since 1995. In the field of hot glass, she has found her passion. Pilgrim continually experiments, expanding her control and expression in lampworked glass beads, creating jewelry that has been exhibited across the United States and in Japan and England.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon through 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: (480) 917-6859