Last chance to view glass art and meet artist as exhibit closes

The exhibit of Hans Godo Fräbel's "Seven Sins & Virtues" collection and other glass pieces at Suwanee City Hall will come to a close Sept. 1. Before then, visitors have an opportunity not only to see works of one of the founding fathers of modern flame glass art, but also to meet the artist.

A meet-and-greet closing celebration with Fräbel will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The "Seven Sins and Virtues" exhibit, sponsored by the North Gwinnett Arts Association, represents the first time all 14 sculptures in this collection have been publicly displayed simultaneously. The exhibit also features a few additional pieces, including one from Fräbel's "Botanical Garden" series. The artworks are displayed on both the first and second floors of city hall and are accessible for public viewing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.

Fräbel art pieces can be found in public and private collections in more than 80 countries worldwide. Two of Fräbel's most famous works are "Hammer and Nails," which was first exhibited in 1979 at the New Glass Art Exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York, and the playful, cavorting clowns that were part of the Absolut Vodka advertising campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s.