Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2014, 7:02 pm

New glass exhibit opens Saturday at Figge

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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"Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman" will be on display at the Figge Art Museum (second floor), 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, starting Saturday.
DAVENPORT — A floor-to-ceiling curtain of sculpted and fused clear glass will be on display at the Figge Art Museum beginning Saturday.

"Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman" is on loan to the Figge from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., and will be on view in the second-floor print gallery through May 25.

The exhibition is a collaboration between artists Ingalena Klenell, of Sweden, and Beth Lipman, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., in which pieces of glass are suspended from the ceiling and rise from the floor to create a translucent landscape curtain.

"Their use of transparent glass emphasizes the romanticism inherent in 19th century landscapes, as well as the fragility of nature as we understand it today," according to a news release from the Figge, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

Showcasing cutting-edge technology, "Landscape" is unique in the world of glass.

"We are thrilled to have this extraordinary exhibition at the Figge and are eager for people to see it in person to fully appreciate all the intricate details and remarkable talent on display," museum executive director Tim Schiffer said.

Both artists will be in the Quad-Cities on Thursday, and visitors are invited to the museum for a free gallery talk at 7 p.m. to hear first-hand the techniques used to create "Landscape."

Families with children are invited to a free family day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. There will be $5 burger baskets in the dining room.

Figge hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. On Thursdays, the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7.

Admission is free to Figge members and free to all from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 563-326-7804, or visit figgeartmuseum.org.