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Beryl Brenner

Fused Glass



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For as long as I can remember I have been an artist. I have always been in love with the profession. I tried to work with other materials but as soon as I picked up my first glass cutter it was love at first sight. Glass can be opaque or translucent. It can go from being sand like to hot and melted and then cold and hard. This appeals to me because I believe that the really great artists have the fearless ability to transform and not stay stuck. It’s the perfect material for a person like me.
Beryl Brenner obtained her BA in fine arts and her MA in art-ed. from Brooklyn College. She has worked with a variety of materials and techniques. She has been working in glass for several decades. She has been granted 8 one woman shows throughout the United States including one with the National Park Service, the National Landmark Bok Tower Gardens and the prestigious Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. Her art has been shown in numerous American museums and galleries including Ann Marie Gardens, a SMITHSONIAN AFFILIATE, the Attleboro Arts Museum, The Holocaust Museum in Maitland, Fla., Dot-fifty One in the Miami Art District, Altered Esthetics in the Minneapolis Art District, the Philadelphia sketch club, The Pop Corn Gallery in National Landmark Glen Echo Park outside of Washington DC, The San Diego Museum Of Fine Arts SDMAAG 2021 summer show, The Circle Gallery and the Curve Gallery in Annapolis, Md. and D’art Center in the Neon District of Norfolk, VA. In NYC, her work has been shown at the Robert Lehman Gallery of Urban Glass, Brooklyn Borough Hall's gallery, the WAH center, the Adam Clayton Powell NYS building Gallery in Harlem and the Represent Brooklyn exhibition in Bedford Stuyvesant. A number of her works are in the permanent collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation which is affiliated with the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Brenner has been showing her works there on a regular basis for the past 2 decades.
Ms. Brenner is a member of the National Capital Art Glass Guild, The Maryland Federation of The Arts and the Virginia Glass Guild. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group and promotes art exhibitions in previously underserved areas of Brooklyn, NY.
In addition, she spent many years teaching glass art to American Veterans as the arts and crafts director of Ft. Hamilton Army Base and the Creative Arts Therapist at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center. She authored the Unleashing Creativity In Veterans section of the The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practices which is utilized by many psychology depts. in a number of universities. In addition, she has served on panels about Veteran art at MOMA, SoHo Photo Gallery, and the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She also led a workshop at the Brooklyn Museum on the subject.

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