booth-160-161-dawn-adams-dale-steffeyDawn Adams and Dale Steffey have been collaborating on works in glass since before 1980. Dawn received her Masters in Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1981; Dale received his Bachelor of Science from IU in 1975. Being independent artists allows them to choose where to work and live, and they make their home in Bloomington, Indiana. Their work, however, resides in private and public collections across the northern hemisphere. What began for them in 1984 as experiments to enhance their stained glass panels has evolved into their fused glass reliefs for the wall. Decorative and colorful, sometimes primitive and mystical, their images in fused glass speak of their emotional response to life and evoke in the viewer a sense of timelessness. The art of image- makffig in fused glass is surprisingly adaptable to a painterly approach, in spite of the limits dictated by the material. Utilizing shapes, colors, and patterns, this technique affords them a wonderfully challenging format for exploring their aesthetic sensibilities. The glass fusing process involves Dale cutting shapes from sheets of flat glass, and layering them according to a design Dawn has drawn. She embellishes the design using small glass pieces, crushed and powdered glass, glass enamels, and torch worked glass stringers as patterns and shading, and then Dale fIfes the assemblage in the kiln. It is a process that is many centuries old, but only in the past 20-30 years has it been extensively explored as a contemporary artistic medium. On some pieces Dawn does an additional fIring of glass resin paints for more detail or depth. Their work draws from a continually expanding pool of influences – including but not limited to folk and ethnic art, icons, mosaics and a large group of painters from many eras and movements. Often their themes stress growth, nature, spirituality and joy. Because of their desire to create a special environment for each piece, Dawn paints a frame that has been carefully chosen to house the work. Several works have the glass image continued with paint creating a unified image with two media. In either situation the frame becomes an integral part of the work, and the end result is Art that attracts closer attention from the viewer on a number of levels.