Third Fridays of each month Third Degree Glass Factory, 5900 Delmar Blvd., has become a popular entertainment option for people of all ages. It’s a magnet for young families, couples, and groups of friends looking for an interactive experience. You can watch a glass making demonstration, listen to live music, and perhaps take a glass blowing class. There is always a food truck parked out front and on the Friday I visited, June 15, a couple from Ices Plain & Fancy was working their magic creating fabulous nitro-churned ice cream in the front room.
Each Third Friday also marks the introduction of a new artist invited to display art in the main room.
On the 15th, CWEnder Carla Dawson, June’s “artist of the month,” presented All About Color. She’s photographed in front of her oil paintings It’s All Connected, left and Maui Sunset, right.
Several years ago Dawson and her husband Denny moved to the Central West End from Chesterfield. She said they wanted a more urban, diverse environment. “Plus, the amenities in the CWE are awesome,” she added. The artist can often be spotted walking with her greyhound Pearl from her condo to her art studio in the neighborhood.
As a single mom Dawson chose a career in the banking industry. In 1992 she left banking and took up art studying at Washington University, and then with local artist and teacher Robert Ketchens before striking out on her own.
All About Color is inspired by nature and the artist’s love of travel. Shown from top, Quiet, middle, Time Lapse, and bottom photo, Pier.
Above, An example of the artist’s collage on glass called Metallic Sunrise.
Dawson’s After the Rain, 42″ x 34″ oil on linen.
It’s All About Color will remain on view at Third Degree Glass Factory until July 18. The next Third Friday event is scheduled for July 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., admission is free.
To contact Carla Dawson, or to learn more about her vibrant art, visit her website.