Marietta art studio dk Gallery will be celebrating Father’s Day with a special father-son showcase featuring glass artist David Goldhagen and his son, Evan Goldhagen, this weekend.
The show, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature glass-blown art by the Goldhagens, who have been crafting glass at their home studio in Hayesville, North Carolina.
David Goldhagen, a self-professed “shop nerd” who discovered glass blowing at college in 1979, told his parents he would give the career a try for a year to see if he could break even doing what he loved.
“If I can’t, I’ll do something else,” he said. “And 40-something years later, I’m still doing glass.”
David Goldhagen’s two sons, Gabriel and Evan, became young protégés, helping their father in his home glass studio from an early age.
“They started hanging out in the shop and helping me,” he said. “Gabriel wanted to make a cinnamon bun. It looked like a snail... for three years he did snails.”
Evan Goldhagen began blowing glass as early as age 6, starting with glass snowmen, his father said. David Goldhagen said he encouraged Evan Goldhagen to draw out his grand ideas before attempting them with glass.
“Even to this day, I make him draw it on the floor with chalk,” he said.
Evan Goldhagen said being free to explore art during his formative years had a significant influence on his work.
“That was really my playground as a kid — my creative medium,” Evan Goldhagen said.
While the duo differ on style — Evan Goldhagen’s artistic flare is more minimalist and modern compared to his father’s abstract pieces — Evan Goldhagen said his father has always created a caring, supportive environment that has contributed to his artistic desire.
“I really think of him and just the location (of his studio) as really like a refuge of sorts of creativity and relaxation,” Evan Goldhagen said. “He definitely embraces me — both of my parents do — in pursuing my creative aspirations.”
Those aspirations have led Evan Goldhagen to be featured in several galleries before his 19th birthday, including dk Gallery.
When Donna Krueger, owner of dk Gallery, approached David Goldhagen regarding a father-son art show, David Goldhagen said he jumped at the opportunity to work with his son before he heads off to college. Evan Goldhagen, a recently graduated high school senior, will be attending Rhode Island School of Art and Design on scholarship in the fall.
“He’s off to the races,” David Goldhagen said. “I’m hoping this summer he’ll spend some time with me here and we’ll get some time to do more things. ... He’s great to be around because he’s always coming up with these good ideas.”
Over the years, David Goldhagen said he has learned to act as a guide and assistant to his son and allow him to lead projects.
“It’s the best way to teach him,” he said. “He’s got to make his own mistakes. He’s got to learn.”
David and Evan Goldhagen will appear at the Like Father, Like Son artist meet and greet event at dk Gallery in the Marietta Square from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.