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Artistic glass exhibit at Fairfield University museum

"La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass" are on display at Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art through June 13.

La Ragnatela, Italian for spider web, refers to the characteristically long, thin lines and complex patterns of vases made with the filigrana glass-making technique, which creates perfect geometrical shapes in net and spiral-like patterns.

Examples of all 33 vases in the collection will be on view (on loan from the Corning Museum of Glass) along with copies of Seguso's poetry in the exhibit. A complementary micro-exhibition, featuring five new pieces created by Seguso in honor of Holy Week, will be displayed at the university's DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and the artist will give a talk about the new works and read his poetry on Monday, April 14, at 5 p.m. in the library.

During the run of the show, a film entitled "Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath" will be shown in the museum. Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar and lecturer and one of the foremost authorities on glass-making techniques from the ancient world through the 18th century. The film will be shown on Tuesday, April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.; on Tuesday, May 6, from 12 to 2 p.m.; and on Friday, June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The film, "Glass Working Processes and Properties," produced by the Corning Museum of Glass, also will be on view in the museum during the exhibit.

A series of Family Days will take place on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in the museum, including "All the Colors of the Rainbow" on April 12; "Shapes and Patterns" on May 10; and "Art and Music" on June 7. Museum galleries are open to the public between noon and 5 p.m. on those Saturdays.

"Jason Peters: Refraction," will be on view at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts from April 24 through June 27. Peters is an installation artist and is planning the works as responses to the glass objects at the Bellarmine Museum.

The Bellarmine Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on select Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum and to the events is free.

For more information, call 203-254-4046 or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum.

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