Next WAC Adventure: Transformations in Glass

November 12, 2022

Join WAC as we return this November to the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art for a new exhibit “Transformations in Glass: Vitreous Funk, Fantasy, and Light.” The exhibition will present the work of Kéké Cribbs, Richard Marquis, and David Svenson, recognized glass artists who were influenced by the Claremont art community during a pivotal time in their artistic development. David Svenson is a Wrightwood resident, and we are thrilled to be able to speak with David following our private tour.

The museum address is 200 W. First Street in the Claremont Depot. Please plan to arrive at the museum by 9:40 a.m. for a brief introduction prior to our tour. The private tour and discussion with David may last until noon when the museum opens to the public.

Afterwards we will have a scatter lunch in Claremont Village. Here is a link to the restaurants in the downtown area.

We will not be setting up carpools, but instead you will caravan with your friends. If you need help with a carpool, please contact Lynn Crawford (contact info below).

Cost is $25 for WAC members and $30 for non-members, which includes the museum entry fee. Reservations must be made by November 8th as space is limited. Payments will be made through this website only. Order your tickets here.

Each person must fill out and sign the liability release and send form to Lynn Crawford, PO Box 3258, Wrightwood, CA 92397, or email/text to or 760-408-3545.


About the Local Artist

David Svenson has been incorporating neon in his work since the mid ’80s. Often the glass/neon is the dominant material. Other works express just the subtle glow of colored light combined with carved wood or other sculptural materials.

Growing up on an orange grove in the rural citrus country of Southern California, yet just a mile away from classic examples of State Route 66 neon signage left an early impression of multi colored light isolated by the darkness of the night. This childhood of juxtaposition, combined with witnessing breathtaking displays of the Aurora Borealis in Alaska while studying Tlingit art and culture in his mid teens set David on the path of light.

Learning, teaching, sharing skills and knowledge about glass, neon, art and Pacific rim culture’s are important aspects of David’s life today. Aside from working in his studio, David teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, taught past classes at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, Corning Museum of Glass, NY, Urban Glass, NY and has given works hops internationally. He is an active board member of MONA (Museum of Neon Art) and works periodically with a team of Alaska Native totem carvers on large commissions.


David Svenson, Life, 2021
Blown and phosphor coated glass,
neon, canvas, electronics
Collection of the artist

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1 Comment

  1. Looking forward to sharing my work and Two of my favorite glass artists Richard Marquis and KeKe Cribbs! The Claremont Lewis Museum did such a great job pulling it all together.
    Hope to see you then!!

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