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Visual storyteller exhibit at San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Friday Harbor

The exhibition,
The exhibition, 'Anna, Anna Skibska', March 31-June 1, opens at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art with an evening reception March 31
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The exhibition, "Anna, Anna Skibska", March 31-June 1, opens at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art with an evening reception March 31. Skibska, who describes herself as a visual storyteller, is creating site specific work for the Museum on "A" Street in Friday Harbor.  She is separated from traditional glass blowers and flameworkers by her unorthodox method of heating, stretching and fusing glass to create forms which are largely comprised of space. The luminous qualities of glass threads, twisted and bent, define rhythmic, organic and architectural forms which appear to move with shifting light and shadow.

Skibska is a recognized artist in the United States, Japan and Europe where she has created public installations in Paris and Athens. She studied architecture and fine arts, earning her diploma in 1984 at the Academy of Art  in Wroclaw, Poland, where she became an instructor. The publication of her unique work in the 1988 New Glass Review of international artists brought her recognition in the United States and enabled her to leave communist Poland to be an instructor for a summer at the Pilchuck School of Glass in Stanwood. In 1996 she returned to Seattle where her exhibits include the Seattle and Bellevue Art Museums and the William Traver Gallery. Among her awards and honors are the 2010 PONCHO Artist of the Year Award in Seattle, the Espy Foundation Grant and naming of the Anna Skibska Flameworking Studio at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Skibska has public installations in Seattle as well as in Arizona, Illinois, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

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