Sweetwater turns ‘Three States of Glass’ into online exhibition

Trib logo Katie Green

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 4:45 PM


As businesses temporarily shut their doors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, they’ve also gotten creative with how they are using technology to stay afloat during these uncertain times.

At Sweetwater Center for the Arts here in Sewickley, the “Three States of Glass” exhibition was originally scheduled to open at the gallery on March 19. Now, it will be available online.

Sweetwater’s executive director Thomas Walters said that while Sweetwater’s permanent collection has been viewable online since 2017, it’s never done a web exhibition.

“We decided that this would be a great solution to making sure the pieces in this show were able to be viewed and enjoyed given the closure of our building,” he said. “Moving forward, we are hoping to feature each exhibition for a period of time on our site.”

Like Sweetwater’s brick and mortar exhibitions, the online exhibit will be free to view.

“Three States of Glass” features glass artwork from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia by regional artists. It is juried by Rachel Delphia, who serves as The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Decorative Arts and Design Department, according to a news release.

And, as the covid-19 situation is constantly changing, Walters said that Sweetwater is responding as best it can.

“We’ve developed online courses for children and families to access during this period of self-distancing. We have our wide array of summer camps planned, and we would encourage people to take a look at our Spring and Summer 2020 classes at our website,” Walters said. “The decision to cancel programs and events can be financially disastrous to arts and culture nonprofits in our community and region, so every dollar can help us.”

For more information on how to support Sweetwater Center for the Arts, or to view “Three States of Glass,” visit sweetwatercenter.org.