Trial By Fire: Portraits In The Vitreonic Fused Glass Technique – Maria Valentina Sheets with Jude Barton

Core Art Space

Jun. 21, 2024 - Jul. 7, 2024

6501 W Colfax
Lakewood, 80214
PHONE 303-297-8428

June 21st – July 7th Core Members Exhibits: Maria Sheets and A Member Show

Trial By Fire: Portraits In The Vitreonic Fused Glass Technique – Maria Valentina Sheets

Maria Valentina Sheets is a professional art objects conservator and master painter in kiln fired stained glass. Sheets has been contracted by world renowned art icon Judy Chicago for her skill in replicating master works on glass and is full time glass painter/designer for Scottish Glass in Centennial, CO.

In “Trial By Fire”, Sheets will be exhibiting a series of colorful, sculpturally dense, illuminated glass panels of portraits and landscapes created in a very rare process that combines the mediums of traditional stained glass grisaille/enameling with fused glass “painting” known as Vitreonics. Because of the uniqueness of this strenuous technique, time lapse videos detailing the creation of each of these objects will be streaming on site.

Sheets’ signed commissioned works in architectural glass include large scale projects presently housed in museums, universities, houses of worship, businesses and private residences internationally. In 2021 she was honored to have designed and painted the “LEGACY WINDOW” for Tulsa’s Vernon AME in Greenwood illustrating 120 years of the church’s history and survival from the Tulsa Race Massacre. Her own work was included in recent juried exhibitions such as American Glass Guild NOW 2016(juror, contemporary artist Judith Schaecter), Texas National 2018 (juror Jed Perl, international art critic), and Materials Hard and Soft International Craft Exhibition 2019(2nd place of 1100 entries). She is a resident artist for Core Art Space and Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado.

Sheets conservation and glass studio is located in Evergreen, Colorado and her work can be viewed at

Member Show – To the Core

Artists feel their work in the depths of their being. The work comes from a place of intuitive understanding and personal struggle. They are artists on the outside and inside – to the core.

Core Member Artists will display artwork that comes from “the Core” in this show.

Showing in the Annex: Jude Barton – The Sun and the Moon and the Price of Indigo: A melange of photographic images.

The Annex is available to rent for non-member shows. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Core Art Space
6501 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214

Show Runs: June 21 – July 7, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
First Friday: Friday, July 5, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Gallery Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Questions, contact [email protected]
*More images available upon request.

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