By Joseph Pratt
Students at Northwest High School are learning the art of glassworking from Ohio artist Matt Paskiet over the period of three weeks, which will end with a permanent installation in the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) LIFE Center.
The program is being managed by the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s Gifted Services Department. The organization, under Director Sharee Price, has welcomed many expert artists in their fields to teach local students their trades. Many of these projects have led to permanent installations in the community. The glass piece to be installed in the Life Center isn’t the first piece that SOMC is receiving as a byproduct of the program.
“This is my second year working with Sharee Price and the Artist in Residency program,” SOMC’s Wendi Waugh said. “The enthusiasm that Sharee has for art not only benefits the students but the community as a whole. The art display at the SOMC LIFE Center will influence playfulness and energy of onlookers assisting to further inspire overall health and wellness.”
Paskiet is a glass artist who has an extensive background in glass art and is the owner of Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery in Holland, Ohio. Paskiet is native to “The Glass City,” Toledo, Ohio. He began his study of glass blowing at The Toledo Museum of Art and further pursued his studies at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State as well as The Centre de Vidre in Barcelona. He has assisted respected glass artists Dino Rosin and Dale Chihuly.
During his three-week residency at Northwest, he will be working with a Core Group of students in Chris Enz’s art classes at Northwest High School.
He will also be presenting a glass workshop to local high school art teachers at the Educational Service Center and another one to students in Sharee Price’s ARTS1101 class at Shawnee State University.
“I met Mr. Paskiet about seven years ago and I’ve wanted him to come teach a program ever since. I’m very glad to add him to the list of artists we’ve brought to the area,” Price said. “It is always great for area students to learn these unique forms of art from different artists who are so skilled in their areas. We are also very thankful for the Ohio Arts Council making practices like this possible, as well as our local generous sponsors.”
Paskiet began meeting with a core group of students at the LIFE Center on Monday and continues each morning on a daily basis for the duration of the residency.
The finished artwork will be presented to SOMC LIFE Center during a Celebration Reception set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the LIFE Center. The reception will be free and open to the public.
This residency is being made possible through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council along with the sponsorship of the Portsmouth Rotary Club, Scioto Foundation and SOMC.
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Students at Northwest High School will be working with glass artist Matt Paskiet for three weeks. They will end the program with a permanent installation at SOMC