As part of the Chemin des Arts, the Ateliers Loire exhibit at the priory of Saint-Vincent editions of stained glass made by artists with whom they have collaborated or continue to collaborate.
Created in 1946 by the master glassmaker Gabriel Loire, the Ateliers Loire have welcomed artists from their beginnings for the realization of their stained glass or mosaic projects.
Over the years, more than 150 have thus collaborated with the Loire, who have never stopped developing new techniques, such as the glass slab developed by Gabriel Loire or thermoforming, put at the service of their creations but also artists.
"At the beginning of the 1990s, we proposed to a dozen artists to create a stained glass window which would be produced in several copies, says Bruno, the grandson of Gabriel Loire, who perpetuates his know-how with his father Jacques and his brother Hervé. The idea was to make stained glass a work of art to integrate into your home. But also to offer artists to familiarize themselves with the technique of stained glass in order to be able to respond subsequently to orders in churches or public buildings. "
“Stained glass has long been neglected by contemporary artists, regrets Bruno Loire. It was not until the 104 stained glass windows created by Pierre Soulage for the Abbey of Sainte-Foy de Conques from 1987 to 1994 that it was finally recognized as an art in its own right, whereas many had only seen it until then only an applied art. "
About fifteen works
It is this little-known stained glass publishing activity that the Saint-Vincent priory exhibition will highlight. Among the thirty or so stained-glass windows edited, the Loire have chosen about fifteen in their personal collection, created in large part in the 1990s. “I tried to find links between the artists whose work we are going to present and Chartres. Jérôme Ménager and Jean-Paul Albinet have already exhibited in Chartres, Riccardo Licata also as a mosaicist. "
There will also be works by Valerio Adami, Pierre Buraglio, Robert Combas, Jean-Michel Folon, Gérard Fromanger and Jean Le Gac.
“The difficulty for an artist who approaches stained glass is to understand that at each change of color there is a lead, which makes you black. This lead should not be a constraint. You have to use them, like Combas, who melts them into the composition with a work of painting on glass on the work on display, or Adami, who uses them as graphic elements. "
The work of Ateliers Loire will also be honored in various places in the city, Place de la Poissonnerie, in the gardens of the Bishop's Palace, in front of the Saint-Foy chapel and in the Edicule of the Place des Halles, where we can admire three "bottle trees", references to the Cosmetic Valley and the famous blue of Chartres.
In parallel with these partnerships with the City, an exhibition entitled, "The Loire and the glass slab" will be held in the Galerie du vitrail, Notre-Dame cloister, and another, "Ten years of creation at the Loire workshops", in Expression Vitrail next to the Galerie du Vitrail, rue de l'Horloge.