Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2003

Denmark-Based Glass Artist to Give Presentation at Whitworth

Baltic Sea GlassGlass artist and Whitworth alumnus Peter Hunner, '76, will discuss his life and work in a presentation, "Island Inspirations from Bornholm," on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Eric Johnston Science Center auditorium at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow the presentation. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

Hunner's visit to Whitworth is in conjunction with an exhibit of his and his wife, Maibritt Jonsson's, work in Waterloo, Ontario, which began Sept. 13 and runs through Nov. 16. The pair's work was featured in a solo exhibit June 6-July 27 at the Nordic Museum in Seattle. To view examples of their work, visit www.balticseaglass.com.

Hunner and Jonsson have worked on the Danish island of Bornholm in their hot-glass studio, Baltic Sea Glass, for the past 22 years. The natural setting of the island surrounding their studio near the Baltic Sea has provided them with sources of inspiration for their glass work. Examples include glass sculptures resembling fishing nets, fences, plants and feathers.

"Their glass work has an honesty and integrity inspired by the beauty of nature, patterns, color and texture," says Whitworth Art Professor Emeritus Pauline Haas, who was one of Hunner's art professors at Whitworth.

Hunner and Jonsson helped establish Bornholm's Glass and Ceramic School. Their glass sculptures have achieved international acclaim and have been viewed by the queen of Denmark. All of their sculptures represent a team effort and collaboration.

"They're a wonderful testimony of commitment to art and commitment to each other," Haas says. "It's a beautiful relationship."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art and 2002-03 director of the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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