(Cheyenne) — The art glass centerpieces at the 30th Annual Wyoming Governor’s Arts Awards held Friday night in Cheyenne came from the imagination of Riverton High School Art Students enrolled in the Glass Art Program there.
Eighty-seven centerpieces, including two set aside for Governor Matt Mead, were produced for the event under the guidance of art instructor Marianne Vinich. RHS Principal Joanne Flannigan and Vinich were recognized at the awards dinner for the students’ contributions. Each of the glass art discs were offered for sale at a suggested donation of $40 to help purchase new glass and supplies for the program, which is the state’s longest-running such class. However, before any of the discs could be purchased, Encana Oil and Gas made an $80 donation per piece and gave each centerpiece away. It was up to each table as to who got claim the centerpieces.
“Our program is the largest glass program in Wyoming,” Vinich said, also noting that during the summer months, the program is offered to adults in the community. ”We are thrilled with the reception the art has received.”
Each disc is made from glass that is cut, the edges ground, and melted, or fused, at very high heat. Each of the discs carried a different Wyoming theme that the students decided on, Vinich said. The RHS program also includes instruction on creating stained glass pieces and will soon expand into lampworking, which is also known as torch blown glass.