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Naples Magazine March 2003 / Featured
Bonita Bounty -
 
For all its crystalline, brittle beauty, glass is a fluid substance.  Solidly built as a blacksmith, glass artist Rich Fizer also moves and talks with fluid grace in the sweltering heat of his small glass blowing studio in North Fort Myers.
 
"I'm an impatient person, and glass gives me the instant gratification," he says, tucking one of his trademark painterly, amorphous bowles under his arm so that his hands are free to move as he speaks.  "It's an intensely physical process - continuous motion of the artist and the molten glass, and there's no time to stand back and think.  I can complete three pieces per day - on a good day.  Of course, things sometimes don't turn out the way i think they will.  Things break.  You must have to go with the flow and explore the possibilities."
 
Fizer's glass is all about exploring the possibilities of heat, color and geometry.  Fizer is inspired by the rich color and impossible angles of objects in Cezanne paintings, and drawn to the unconventional structures of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi.  Fizer's Work undulates the twirls, tilts and swirls as if in the perpetual fluid motion of a splash of water.
 
"It's light that I'm always trying to capture," says Fizer, twirling the bowl back into his hands and holding it for a moment against the setting sun.  For a moment, the light shines through the rpism of glass and sparkles, brilliant and hard as a jewel against the glittering concrete.
 
March 2003 "Naples Illustrated"
by: Sarah FK Coble

2003
Awards & Honors
  • Award of Merit - Fernadina Arts Festival
  • 1st. Place - Waterville Arts Festival
2002
Awards & Honors
  • Crooked River Ohio - Best of Show
  • Sebastien Art Festival - Best of Show
  • Akron Arts Expo - 1st. Place
  • Westerville Music & Art - 1st. Place
  • Sebring - 1st. Place
  • Sanibel Big Arts - 1st. Place
  • Marion Ohio - 2nd. Place
  • Maderia Ohio - 2nd. Place
  • Waterville Ohio 2nd. Place
  •  Montgomery Ohio - 2nd. Place
2001
Awards & Honors
  • Art Fest Fort Myers Florida - 1st. Place
  • Sanibel Big Arts Florida - 1st. Place
  • Plantation Florida - Merit
  • Anna Maria Florida - Merit
2000
Awards & Honors
  • Columbus Georgia - Best of Show
  • West Union - Best of Show

This is not a complete listing *

1999
Awards & Honors
  • Anna Maria - Best of Show
  • Cape Coral Florida - 1st. Place
  • New Smyrna Beach Ft. Park - 2nd Place
1998
Awards & Honors
  • Chattanooga RiverWalk - Merit
  • Sanibel Big Arts - 1st. Place
1997
Awards & Honors
  • Riverwalk Chattanooga - Award of Distinction
  • Osceola Art - 2nd. Place
  • Melbourne Art Harvest - 3rd. Place
  • New Smyrna Beach Art Fest - 3rd. Place
  • Manatee Art Festival - Merit
  • Tarpon Springs - Honorable Mention
1996
Awards & Honors
  • Osceda Art Fest - 1st. Place
  • Flamingo Follies - 1st. Place
  • Sanibel Big Arts - 1st. Place
1995
Awards & Honors
  • Ocala Art Fest - Award of Excellence
  • Inverness Citrus Fest - 1st. Place

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