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Meryl Pataky, Invocation Through Fabrication, 2018. Photo: Brock Brake.

First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art

Dec 7, 2023–Apr 28, 2024

First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art explores art making as a devotional practice, presenting breathtaking works that connect both artists and viewers to spirituality, wonder, and universal questions of human existence. The exhibition features artworks in neon, glass, and plasma, large-scale sculptures, and installations that invite you to learn about fascinating scientific processes while inspiring deeper contemplation of the role of light in our quest to understand our place in the universe. Experience awe, make spiritual connections, and discover the science and craft of neon and glass artwork.

First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art is an exhibition by She Bends, an organization that is dedicated to building a more equitable future for neon while pushing the boundaries of the neon medium into the realm of fine art. The exhibition features the work of Angelina Almukhametova, Jessica Krichelle, Kacie Lees, Stephanie Sara Lifshutz, Mollie McKinley, Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez, Kamila Mróz, Meryl Pataky, and Lily Reeves.


Members receive free admission to the exhibition, in addition to an exciting array of contemporary art, music, film, and educational programming. Join today!

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A photo of The CJM's Yud gallery