Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the film “My Glass Odyssey” with attending filmmaker John Waterman for the monthly Mt. Hood Independent Film series on Wednesday, Aug. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. This evening is slated to be full of gorgeous glass and conversation.
A reception for filmmaker John Waterman and glass artists starts at 7 p.m.; film at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and artists immediately following the film. Andy Nichols’ glass piece “Spawning Salmon” will be raffled off that evening as well.
John Waterman was a printer with his own shop, yet had gotten involved in glass blowing for a few years. After his uncle passed away, he wanted to both run away and celebrate his life. So, selfishly, he packed up his car, joined by his four-legged buddy, Frito, and hit the road. His plan was simple: Drive west and meet a few glass artists along his way to Los Angeles. A six-week drive for Waterman turned into a six-month journey from glass artist to glass artist, studio to studio. What started out as diversions turned into a cathartic criss-crossing of the United States. He met friends he didn’t know he had. This country’s glass community carried him from coast to coast.
This film is not rated; Entry is by donation. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.
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