I am beyond delighted that my “Rhapsody in View” kaleidoscope was accepted to be part of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society’s “Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum” exhibit. The show, at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD, runs from April 6, 2019 through May 26, 2019.
The first-ever kaleidoscope exhibit in the U.S. was mounted at the Strathmore in 1985, curated by Cozy Baker. Baker founded the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society in 1986.
As for my contribution to the show: With a tip o’ the hat to Gershwin, “Rhapsody in View” features a palette of cool blues and greens in the object chamber and the vintage marbles on its body. The body combines reclaimed clarinet and flute parts, guitar tuner gears, and a two-mirror system. The dry cell object chamber is made of vinyl record, clear acrylic, guitar tuner gears with a trumpet button end piece. The object chamber contains: guitar picks, guitar strings, piano string, crushed recycled glass, pieces of a vinyl record, a crescent moon cut from a drum head, and star charms cut from a drum cymbal.
I can’t wait to visit the exhibit in person later this month! You can view the online catalog on the BKS site.