May 23rd – August 9, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Fire Arts, a 3-D studio dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the three dimensional arts of sculpture, pottery, and jewelry, was founded in 2004 by a group of artists led by sculptors Lane Laffoon and Tuck Langland. In search of space to accommodate a small foundry, metal working, ceramics and a gallery area, they found a perfect fit in an abandoned building on the east bank of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. It was owned by the City of South Bend, and on a list to be demolished. Instead, the City deeded the building to the group of 13 artists, who pooled their resources and sweat equity to renovate the building into a vibrant work and gallery space. Today, 40 artists are members of the not-for-profit cooperative.
In this anniversary exhibition, 18 are represented: Wayne Andrews, Doug Barton, Beau Bilenki, Jackie Carlson, Barry Davis, Yvonne Desrosiers, Kiva Ford, John Hagen, William Healy, Tom Henry, Elfa Jonsdottir, Doug Kile, Bob Kuntz, Tuck Langland, Kyoko Magari-Ball, Julie Neises, Dick Trench, and Emma Wang.
From ceramics and blown glass, to bronze and wood, the passion flows through these beautiful creations.