White Salmon glass artist Linda Steider was honored by her fellow artists on May 3 when they voted her colorful bowl, "Cool Splash," as Best of Show at the second annual Glass Gallery exhibit and sale sponsored by the Oregon Glass Guild.
"Cool Splash," a four-lay fused and slumped bowl, depicts a Bargello design. The Bargello design is a group of squares arranged in a random, yet rhythmic pattern.
"I've been working with glass for only six years," Steider said, "So it's a special thrill to be honored by other glass artists who create unique and amazing pieces."
The Oregon Glass Guild holds the "Glass Gallery" in conjunction with the spring Oregon Potters Association ceramic Showcase at the Portland Convention Center. This year, 20 glass artists from Oregon and Washington were juried into the exhibit. Blown, fused, slumped, lampworked, and cast glass were displayed.
By stealing time from her studio work, Steider actively encourages the development of the local glass arts scene. She teaches glass fusing through Hood River's Community Education and Arts in Education programs and at The Dalles Community College.
She is also a coproducer of the annual "Glass in the Gorge" extravaganza of classes and exhibits.
Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, Mount Hood Glassworks in Parkdale, Fireborne Gallery in Portland, and Firehouse No. 12 in Vancouver all show Steider's glass art. Twice a year, she also opens her studio. She is a regular participant in the Trout Lake Art Festival and the Hood River Harvest Festival.