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Italian glass exhibit in Beaver Creek

Daily staff report
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-PISMO Gallery at Beaver Creek will present a solo exhibit of work by Italian glass artist Davide Salvadore. The gallery will host an opening reception for the show from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit will be open for viewing Saturday through March 6.

The complexity of Salvadore’s work appeals to gallery owner Sandy Sardella.

“He is one of the finest Italian glass artists working today ” he is a true Italian glass master,” Sardella said. “His intricate use of cane and murrini gives his pieces tremendous depth and character. His forms are very symbolic and pleasing.”

Salvadore’s work includes a series of double-necked vessels called Ancella, (meaning African water-giver) and musical instrument forms called Chitamarra (Venetian slang for lute-like instrument). His most recent works, the Tiraboson and Spingarpa series, continue in the musical instrument theme but are Salvadore’s own interpretation of musical instruments. The artist employs some of the oldest Venetian glassblowing techniques such as murrine, canes, incalmo and axis changing. He unites the technical perfection of Venetian tradition with evolving contemporary artistic taste.

Salvadore’s works convey African sensibility and inspire viewers to consider cultures outside of their own.

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“My artwork finds its source from the culture, landscape, people and way of life of the African continent,” Salvadore said. “First and foremost, my inspiration is guided by the image of ‘Ancella,’ the unforgettable image of a woman gently carrying a case on her head. The strong and exaggerated use of colors, truth and sinuosity of her movement inspire me.”

Surprisingly, he doesn’t mind if people touch his work.

“Unlike various other art forms, with glasswork, it is essential for the participant to use his sense of touch,” he said. “I encourage my audience to have a real encounter with each piece. I want them to touch it, to caress it and to understand the shapes and movements. Simply, I want the enthusiast to experience what I feel for my art ” passion and love.”

What: Exhibit by Italian glass artist Davide Salvadore.

Where: PISMO Gallery, Beaver Creek.

When: Saturday through March 6. Opening reception is set for Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The artist will not be present.

More information: Call 970-949-0908 or visit

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