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Local artist creates one-of-a-kind piece for NHBCA annual arts awards


Verne Orlosk of Studio Verne, with her creation. Courtesy photo/ Ian Scura-NHBCA.

MANCHESTER, NH – Award recipients for the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) 39th Annual Arts Awards Gala will receive a work of art with a unique Granite State look and feel to it.

Local fused glass artist Verne Orlosk, of Manchester, created this year’s awards inspired by New Hampshire’s seasonality and natural beauty in a three-dimensional fused glass Cairn, a man-made pile of stones. The Cairn has nine layers of smooth fused glass each represent part of the Granite State – ice, rock, forest, fall, ocean, lilacs, granite, lake and sky – and Orlosk’ s signature fall leaf. 

“It is a huge compliment to be asked by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts to create something special for their awards,” said Orlosk, a member of the League of NH Craftsmen. “I loved joining together with them to support arts in New Hampshire. For this piece, I wanted it to represent New Hampshire and glass with bold colors and textural designs to create a truly unique award.”

The three-month process from start to finish included design, testing and developing five one-of-a-kind awards. Using 120 six by six sheets of glass, equal to the side of a three-story town house, which spent 125 hours in the kiln fired at 1,430 degrees Fahrenheit. Orlosk used four different melting techniques to get a variation of colors, patterns and textures within the glass.

The awards will be given out on May 8 at the 39th Annual Arts Awards Gala honoring businesses, individual artists and cultural organizations for positively impacting communities around the Granite State. The awards ceremony will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown.

Named a Top-10 Emerging Artist by Art New England Magazine for 2023, Orlosk has created hundreds of unique fine art fused glass framed designs. This includes her Fall Footsteps collection of New England leaves as well as her larger framed Winter Ice collection. She had been teaching at the Currier Museum before opening her studio in 2014. As a glass artist for 23 years, she continues to use her experience and share her knowledge teaching workshops from her Manchester studio.

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts educates, motivates, and recognizes business support of and participation in the arts. The NHBCA advocates for the value of the arts in economic, social and community development, and the NHBCA facilitates projects that enhance engagement in the arts. For more information about the event and to register to attend the 39th Annual Arts Awards Gala visit NHBCA.com.

Courtesy photo/ Ian Scura-NHBCA.


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