This panel addresses the critical situations of the world’s honeybees, and the glassmakers of Murano.
The exhibition concurrent with The Venice Glass Week, Propagation: Bees + Seeds, 2017, presented as part of Beauty and the Beast, includes over 150 handcrafted Murano glass sculptures of seeds, fruits, flowers and bees, as well as painting, photography and video.
The works utilize three ancient Murano glass techniques as practiced by seven glassmakers, some of whom will be present. Like the bees, they are an endangered species threatened by the forces of globalization. The panel not only aims to raise public awareness about the global threat to nature due to the catastrophic decline of honeybees, but also to discuss practical solutions, and share personal stories. Judi will share the latest news about her permanent Honeybee Garden installation on the grounds of the Sacca Serenella glass factory in Murano.
Panel Discussion Participants:
Judith Harvest – Artist and Beekeeper, New York – Venezia
Andrea Grigoletto – Director, Fenice Green Energy Park, Padova
Lorenzo Bonometto – Società Veneziana di Scienze Naturali, Venice
Giorgio Giuman – Glass Master, owner, Giorgio Giuman glass factory, Murano
Bruno Amadi – Glass Master, Venice
Vittorio Costantini – Glass Master, Venice
Roger Repohl – Beekeeper and language professor, New York
Luca Polo – Beekeeper, Murano and Mestre, Venice
Gianni Pozzani – Beekeeper, Art Historian, Murano glass Cameo technique, Verona
Images courtesy of Judith Harvest.