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Through the Looking Glass, and the Lens

Duane Perrett and Garry Broeckling at the Foyer Gallery

Keith Broad
(as published in the Squamish Chief January 6 & 13, 2006)

Duane Perrett loves glass! He delights in talking about glass, fantasizing about glass and teaching anyone wanting to learn about glass. Since Duane Perrett works with such a fragile material, I was expecting to meet a man of slight build and equal fragility. When this giant-of-a-man emerged from the doorway of Snow City Glassworks in Whistler, and introduced himself as Duane Perrett, I was amazed! But then I shook his hand and I understood immediately. His handshake was gentle, even delicate and not what I was expecting from such a large man. But of course, his grip was perfect for an artist who works with glass.
Whether Duane is etching, fusing or blowing glass, his passion is reflected in every piece he creates. “I started etching glass fifteen years ago,” says Duane. “I’ve been fusing glass for eight years and blowing glass for seven years.” The three-legged bowl on display, called ‘Out of This World’, incorporates blowing and fusing glass. “I love to use different techniques rather than just the one,” he adds. Duane continues to seek new ways of eliciting the natural beauty of this fascinating material. “For glass to be elastic enough to blow, it must in the range of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit,” he says. “With twenty layers of wet newspaper over my hand, I can actually touch the ball of molten glass at the end of the blow-tube. And with the slightest movement of a finger, I can change the shape of the piece I’m making. It’s an exhilarating experience, and the smell of burning newspaper never ceases to excite me!”
Duane Perrett’s studio is at 1005 Alpha Lake Road, Whistler. He loves to teach and offers classes in glass fusing and etching which start at $25, and in glass blowing which runs for four hours at $100 per student.
Preview Duane’s work at www.snowcityglassworks.com

The Blended Squamish: Photographs by Garry Broeckling
Garry Broeckling’s photographs will show you a part of our world that few people are lucky enough to experience first-hand. Panoramic views of spectacular mountain peaks in breathtaking high-definition print will make you feel that you are there. “There’s a real substance to Squamish,” says Garry. “I’ve become hooked on the mountains!” Garry’s exceptionally detailed photographs of local mountains, as well as being real works of art, are used by the Squamish Emergency Program as reference guides prior to entering the area for rescue purposes.
The ‘digital darkroom’ has replaced the traditional darkroom in which Garry spent countless hours processing black & white sports photographs for his high-school. “I no longer walk around with yellow hands,” he grins.
Garry’s choice of subjects is as varied as the equipment he uses to capture them. Event coverage, photojournalism (his work often appears in The Chief), sports photography and wildlife photography have been his primary subjects. “I really want to get into portrait photography,” he says. “I’ll do weddings, but only as a second photographer looking for the ‘unusual’ shots.” Arial photography, using a model radio-controlled helicopter, “… to get that extra thousand feet up”, is something that has been percolating on the back-burner of Garry’s mind for some time. “I try to always grow as a photographer,” he says, then adds with a shy smile, “I hope some day to be recognized for my work.”
Preview Garry’s work at www.dcs.biz

At the Squamish Public Library, Foyer Gallery, January 10 to February 7, 2006

As appeared in The Chief newspaper January 6, 2005 and the Whistler Question

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