B. Cravat moved his glass sculpting studio from Taylor’s Falls,
Minnesota to Brion Galleries in the summer of 1998, right after we’d
opened our doors to the public in Lambertville/West Amwell, NJ. The picture
at right is the first view Rex had of his new studio (the
building on the left of the courtyard). Rex and his noble
companion Coco, a handsome shepherd-mix, moved into the vintage colonial
house (center right photo -- the white building.)
next to the gallery. He shared the house with Glenn Hogan, his friend
came to us with over 30 years of experience, well-known for his exacting
depictions of nature. As our resident artist, Rex gave generously
of himself and his talent to his fellow artists, his students and visitors
alike. He especially loved to demonstrate the art of flame-working
glass to children, who always left Rex’s studio with a smile
on their faces and a Cravat original to take home free of charge.
the years, Rex became quite a popular personality in Lambertville,
NJ and its sister city of New Hope, PA. The lights glowed from
his studio windows all night. While he worked at his torch, he listened
to the deep radio voice of Art Bell interviewing physicists, psychics,
historians, clergymen and kooks until six in the morning. While living
in the Southwest, Rex had gotten into the habit of working only during
the cool hours of the night. His addiction to Art Bell kept this inverted
workday in place even in the bitter winter nights of the Northeast.
Rex’s taste in people was just as diverse as the guests on his
favorite radio show – he could get along with just about anyone. His
visitors ranged from artists and scientists to bikers and scoundrels,
all very interesting folks. Guests to Rex’s studio usually
got a good story, good fellowship and a beer. And, sometimes,
even a game of pool. Rex also hung out at Fran’s
Pub in New Hope, where he played pool for beers.
back courtyard of Brion Galleries.
The door to Rex’s studio
is on the left, partly
obscured by the weeping cherry tree.
vintage house where Rex lived.
Galleries main building (front view).
is the last known photo of Rex B. Cravat.
It was taken in August
is pictured with most of his favorite things:
binocular glasses, a cigarette, a beer
pool stick. Of course,
Coco & his Ford pick-up truck more!