GLANC Day Tours Around the Bay

[Susan Longini]

The May GLANC day tour took us to beautiful Napa.

Our first visit was to the Gordon Huether Studio, known for large-scale installations for private corporations, airports, transportation centers, parking garages, hotels, universities, hospitals, recreation centers, civic buildings, libraries, and museums.

Now Gordon is embarking on an exciting new project at the Salt Lake City International Airport, with its terminal redevelopment program. The artwork spans the entire central concourse. His fabulous model for the project gave us an insight into the effect it will have, and his many studies and mock-ups for each part helped us understand the complexity of creating a work on a grand scale. The studio itself was polished, contemporary and very large.


Gordon explaining the Salt Lake City International airport mockup


Just a mile way, down a steep dirt road and tucked into a very private few acres, we visited Clifford Rainey’s studio. His canvas quonset hut studio, located on a private lake, was the exact opposite of Gordon’s slick, main street building. In this bucolic setting Clifford works alone, primarily focusing on the torso as the medium of expression for all human experience. Often the torso contains an entire other being within. Currently he is working with 3D printers to model his torsos, leaving the layered effect that results from laying down materials in the printer. With this technology, he can accurately scale his work up or down, a new concept for him, which will lead to a new series of work.


GLANC group with Clifford (red T shirt) and Gordon (white collar shirt)


One day, two very different artists sharing the love of the same medium.

Gordon’s website: www.gordonhuether.com
Clifford’s website: www.cliffordrainey.com

June brought us to south Alameda County. The day started in Susan Longini’s Fremont studio. She gave short slide presentation showing the process of creating one of her pate de verre installations, and noted that the actual process takes days or weeks, so she did not want to subject anyone to a real-time demo. Her work is inspired by transitions, decision-making, and cycles.


Susan Longini explaining her work


After a delicious Mediterranean lunch at Lokanta in Pleasanton, the GLANC group walked to Firehouse Art Center to see work by Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen.

Demetra’s delicate nests, eggs and leaves personified birth, growth, discovery, transformation and renewal. Her torchworked woven nests take many hours, and the process itself is transformative.

Dean’s redwood stumps and multicolored fungi spoke to nature’s cycle of birth, growth, and decay. While his work begins in the hotshop, more time is spent carving and coldworking the pieces. The result is richly textured with a real sense of great age, appropriate for the long life-cycle of these magnificent trees.

GLANC members saw work in 3 different techniques, with very different results, but a common thread was the meditational aspect of developing each work of art.

Susan’s website: www.susanlongini.com
Demetra’s website: www.sculpturebydemetra.com
Dean’s website: www.deanbensen.com


Demetra Theofanous & Dean Bensen with a collaborative work