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Art Show with Frances Elson and Chris Weber



No Boundries
May 18th, 2017 - Jul 9th, 2017
10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Artist Reception
May 20th, 2017 - May 20th, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Frances Elson

Frances Elson is passionate. Her life’s work has changed many times, but it always has one constant: full immersion. One could say that Elson is smitten, that is until she finds her next passion. There is nothing subtle about Elson’s dedication, and we are fortunate that Elson’s dedication for the last 19 years has been creating fused glass.

Elson’s first career was in social work, as a clinical therapist, administrator and university instructor. Many years later, she discovered her love of architecture and design. So she transformed herself and began a successful career in interior design, operating her own company for many years. But then she had grandchildren and her life shifted once again.

In 1998, Elson was ignited when she took an introductory fused glass class from Focus on the Masters. She knew this was the path for her, but there weren’t many options locally for glassmaking. Glass studios are a substantial investment of space and funds. But her husband knew Elson well. He encouraged her and in a short time had a full glass studio in their home.

When asked to describe her fused glass style, Elson says, “I cannot find a simple answer.  I see possibilities along so many paths and I feel an urgent need to explore every one . . . Every moment spent in my studio is a challenge to learn something new and my art has evolved along with my personal growth.  How fortunate I am!”

Elson doesn’t choose her life passions; they choose her. And she couldn’t be happier than to be exploring the vast world of fused glass.

Elson's site

Chris Weber

Chris Weber lives life without a net, and loves it just that way. Like her scary near misses during her years of flying experimental airplanes, Weber’s artwork starts without a plan and takes shape during her journey. Her intentional choice not to follow traditional rules means she paints wherever and whenever she pleases.  Some work is plein air around her home in Ventura, others are in her studio, and still others are during her motorhome travels of the U.S.  One thing is certain, Weber’s art is much like Weber herself – enigmatic, and bursting with color and expression.

Weber discovered her creative self while painting her first kindergarten painting. Her passion developed further as a preteen, drawing and dreaming of horses. In high school she was fascinated with photography – indeed she might have been a professional photographer if it weren’t for the darkroom! In college she majored in Psychology, but as soon as her required courses were completed, she immersed herself in painting and design courses. Since college, Weber has continued taking classes, both at Ventura College and through independent arts organizations.

Weber’s enthusiasm for living fully can be summed up by her response when invited to show at Fox Fine Jewelry. Weber exclaimed, “Yes! This will be fun!”

Weber's site

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