When you crack the cover of Reflections in Glass and Stone and view any one of more than sixty full—colour images of Peter Allan Rice's artistry, it evokes a greater appreciation for the shr
When you crack the cover of Reflections in Glass and Stone and view any one of more than sixty full—colour images of Peter Allan Rice's artistry, it evokes a greater appreciation for the shrinking natural world around us and transports you to a place of peace and tranquility. With each turn of the page, his glass, stone and metal creations challenge us to look at our relationship with the environment as well as the people and creatures that we share it with. Overlain on smoky and subtle images, Peter's written descriptions fill us with hope and inspire all of us to strive for the same sort of colour and light in our world that we see reflected so wondrously in his sculptures.
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Peter Allan Rice was born in Toronto, but spent most of his childhood years living in rural locations within or around the Great Canadian Shield. Playing and exploring amongst the rocks, water and windswept pines provided plenty of formative inspiration and a strong influence on his subsequent art. These passions led him to obtain a Visual Arts degree at Guelph University in 1977. Under the guidance of renowned artists such as Walter Bachinski and John Fillion, he explored a variety of mediums to find his ideal fit. When his attentions turned to the sculptural possibilities of glass, his creativity flourished. After producing a series of two—dimensional works, he began to angle sections of flat glass to create three—dimensional effects. In time, Peter began creating unique and sophisticated sculptures which could stand alone on pedestals of indigenous stone, resulting in sculptural landscapes hitherto unseen in this medium. Peter was named "Top Sculptor" at the McMichael Canadian Collection Autumn Art Sale in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and Best in Show at the 2019 "McMichael Volunteer Committee's Autumn Art Sale.
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"Your book has brought me back to my youth and how lucky I was, but I didn't realize it at the time! The sculptures, and your stories along with them, made me reflect upon an innocent time. It made me realize how truly blessed I was to have had these experiences and have such wonderful memories of these moments!"
Gail St. Louis
"It is out of this world beautiful! Thank you for your art!"
"You put your heart into your work, and the descriptions are lovely and eloquent."
"My initial reaction was to burst into tears when I saw the book, ——as it is so beautiful, and reminders of talent and beauty in the world are so important now, as always."
"Your works have reminded me of many wonderful canoe and camping adventures in Algonquin, The Black River near Thunder Bay, the French River, and many other parks in Ontario. Your sensitive and thoughtful descriptions of each piece will also remind me of my feelings during those adventures."