["Aqua Barnacle" is by Ben Tullman, who will be a future featured artist at the gallery.]
Tomell: How did you decide to make your home double as a gallery?
Burson: We got this idea from a gallery manager in Murano while trying to decide between whether we should find a retail space or run the gallery as just an online thing. From what he knew of our place, he said, 'You could have a gallery at home.' We think it's a model not just for us, but other people. Having your own gallery at home, both for profit and pleasure, is quite possible.
Tomell: You'll be an exhibitor at Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, aka SOFA, at Navy Pier in November?
Burson: This is our first year at SOFA [as participant]. Alexis has been a staple at SOFA. That's how we met her.
Tomell: One of Alexis' pieces in your gallery sounds quite unusual in the glass world.
Burson: The centerpiece of the exhibition is 'The Money Slave' – the first full figure by Alexis, standing nearly six feet tall. Alexis is a great artist because she combines an incredible mastery of the medium with a message that is likely to make you think.
If you go
WHAT: Hot-sculpted blown glass by Alexis Silk showcased by MuranoMidwest gallery
WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19
WHERE: 8N665 Edgewood Road, Campton Hills
COST: Free admission
INFO: For details on this show, other artists in the collection and future events, visit MuranoMidwest.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-755-0000.