Meriden gallery encourages students to express creativity through art 

Meriden gallery encourages students to express creativity through art 



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MERIDEN — Galley 53 President Christine Webster teaches her students to express their creativity in her fused glass jewelry making class.

The three classes on fused glass started Tuesday night and continue for the next two Tuesdays at the Colony Street gallery.

Fused glass is cut pieces of glass that are fired and fused in a kiln. 

At the first class Webster told students Marylou Shoemaker and Andrea Stelma they were free to choose any piece of glass they wanted to fuse. With many pieces available, they had ample opportunity to mix and match. 

“It’s like we’re in a candy store,” Shoemaker said. 

Webster taught her students to think about the “rule of thirds” when making their pieces. The composition rule divides pieces by drawing two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. The rule follows that the most interesting parts of the piece should be along the lines or where they intersect. 

Students were also taught how to cut and grind glass before fusing it. 

“I’ve never done anything like it,” Stelma said.

Webster, a retired art teacher, also teaches drawing, painting, and mosaics.

“I started teaching classes here around five years ago,” Webster said. “Since I retired.”

Before she started teaching art classes, Webster was a Gallery 53 student.

“I started off with mosaics and tiles,” Webster said. “But when tiles went to earth colors, I switched to glass. There are so many colors to choose from.” 

Webster said she soon found herself teaching her students how to make mosaics.

“You can work with kids to make beautiful art,” Webster said. “And they don’t have to paint.” 

Gallery 53 also hosts a show room and gallery on the lower level of the building. 

Most Gallery 53 classes cost less than $50. 

“We give people the opportunity to come out here and experiment,” Webster said. “For not a lot of money.” 

For more information on Gallery 53, visit their website http://www.gallery53.org/. 

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