Virtual Vitro Moda Silent Auction Link | You will need to register to participate in the auction. The auction will be live starting at 9p on March 20th and will close at 9p on March 22nd.
Vitro Moda 12, as we know it, is On Hold! It would be irresponsible to hold the event at the Ostreum this Saturday. We certainly do not want to cause anyone to be accidentally exposed to the virus, or to create any more concern or fear regarding the pandemic. We do not yet know if it will be possible to reschedule the event this year or if we will just start planning for next year. We know that you share in our excitement about this event and our sadness in knowing that we will not be able to follow through with it in our traditional way. We may not be able to invite our audience to come together in a room to celebrate, but we know we can do something.
That being said, we are officially inviting you to join us at Virtual Vitro Moda.
No stress. No travel. No boundaries. Just glass.
As you are very aware, this week is a very important one for SiNaCa Studios and our future. Vitro Moda is our largest fundraising event, and we have a lot invested in it, as do all of the participating artists. We believe we must do what we can to support SiNaCa Studios, the local glass artists and everyone that is involved. We value your participation in our events and are so very grateful for your support through purchasing tickets to attend. Many of you have already offered to donate your ticket payment to help us through this time, and we cannot thank you enough. We are, of course, hopeful that more of you will be able to follow their lead in that. However, we understand that we are all feeling the pressure of this global event in different ways so, by request, we will certainly refund your ticket 5 days after the original event date.
Virtual Vitro Moda – Will be a shorter event located at SiNaCa Studios, hosted by our team, streaming live and posted online. The performance will feature a live glass blowing demonstration from our featured artist, Mark Leputa, outcomes from our outreach programming and highlights of the work from many of our participating artists. And the best part, you will still have the opportunity to bid and purchase the glass that the artists from around the country have pledged for the event. We will present donated work in an online Silent Auction. And we will have an online gallery to view and purchase work from the Runway Exhibition, Featured Artist Exhibition, Color Wall Glass Grab and Centerpieces. We are still continuing to work on the details of the event. Bookmark http://vitro.moda/ and keep an eye out for our social media posts in the coming days.
We are excited to announce that Mark Leputa will be our featured artist for this years Vitro Moda!
For Mark, the greatest sense of self-satisfaction and pride are found in the creation process.
Not until a short holiday to New Zealand in 2004 did Mark finally submit to his longing of being a full-time artist when he discovered the medium he had long been seeking – glass.
The heat, the fire, the seemingly liquid state that this material is worked at entranced him. This period of his life marked a turning point and nothing has been the same since. The short holiday turned into a three-year apprenticeship. During this time he was able to define a body of work where simplicity, purity of form, and negative space is merged to meet harmony. In 2007 Mark returned to the United States to further his knowledge and skills of the material, finding a home in Alabama at Orbix Hot Glass. Taking residency in Alabama has brought tremendous artistic growth allowing him the opportunity to exhibit at the prestigious SOFA International Expo. He has also represented Alabama as a NICHE Award in 2010 and in 2012 was awarded a fellowship grant by the Alabama Council of the Arts.
Exposure from such shows has reached worldwide audiences. His International level work has been showcased at numerous art shows in Europe, as well as a solo exhibition titled ‘Looking Glass Self’ held
in Vught, Netherlands in February 2013 and in 2016, a second solo exhibition titled ‘Carving at a Glacial Pace’ held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2017 Leputa would have his first solo museum exhibition, in the
Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama, with ‘Full Circle: A Decade in the Deep South’ which showcased styles of work spanning a ten year period of his career. Most recently he completed a duo exhibition titled ‘Reveal(ations)’ with San Francisco based glass artist David Patchen which included collaborative works between both artists. Leputa aspires towards a clean, crisp body of work and continues to exhibit in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as select galleries in the United States.