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LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50 Year Retrospective

August 6 - October 9


“LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50 year retrospective” features the glass and paintings of William Bernstein, an artist who has been at the forefront of the North Carolina studio glass movement for over 50 years. The exhibition takes place at the Toe River Arts Kokol Gallery August 6 through October 9, 2022 in Spruce Pine, NC, and then at the Cary Arts Center November 30 through January 21, 2023 in Cary, NC.

Bernstein has lived most of his professional life in the rural Celo community of Yancey, North Carolina, and the exhibition provides a great opportunity for one to imagine a life surrounded by art. As a retrospective, it creates a visual summary of the separate elements of Bernstein’s art over time – his motives, goals, and achievements. It shows and captures his ability to work simultaneously in diverse mediums. A life well-lived surrounded by art.

Approximately 40 sculptural works and 20 wall pieces will be shown that span his over 50 year career. The artist’s unique style of incorporating images on glass is mirrored stylistically in his two-dimensional paintings. So much of his work and family life are evident in his art forms – portraits of the people, pets, and environs that surround him. The exhibition coincides with the United Nations’ declaration of the Year 2022 as the Year of Glass,” and the 60th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement.

The Toe River Arts Kokol Gallery is located at 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:30am – 5:00 pm. 828-765-0520,

Special public receptions are planned – two at Toe River Arts on Friday, August 12 and Friday, October 7, both from 5:00-7:00 pm and an artist gallery talk on Friday, August 12 at 4:00 pm. Cary Arts Center hosts a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, December 3, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with the exhibition taking place at the Cary Arts Center November 30 – January 21, 2023 at 101 Dry Avenue, Cary, NC 27511.

This exhibition is made possible by Toe River Arts who receives support from the Grassroots Art Program through the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Cary Art Center, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the Blumenthal Foundation, and Mountain Electronics in Micaville, NC.


August 6
October 9


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Toe River Arts
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