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Cappy Thompson at California College of the Arts, March 15, 2017

[Susan Longini]

One part of the GLANC mission is to bring renowned artists to the Bay Area to teach and lecture. Last month GLANC helped underwrite Cappy Thompson, Seattle-based glass painter extraordinaire, to teach and give a free public lecture at California College of the Arts (CCA) in Oakland.

Her lecture touched on both the technical aspect of the work and on content, her driver for creating art. A student of world religions, she combines traditional religious stories and iconography with autobiographical musings of love and loss to create vibrant narratives radiating from the glass. Using the black lines of vitreous paints with transparent colored enamels, her images recall the brilliance of early stained glass cathedral windows.

SeaTac Airport, Concourse A is home to a large commissioned work, “I was dreaming of Spirit Animals”.

Currently she is collaborating with Seattle artist Dick Weiss, and experimenting with a new medium – glazing her narratives on clay.