Soneva Fushi welcomes two world-famous American contemporary glass artists

Soneva has welcomed two of America’s most creative glass artists to Soneva Fushi as part of the recently launched Festival of Colour.

Paul Marioni and Richard Meitner are in the Soneva Glass Studio from March 15 to April 6, where they will draw inspiration from the natural beauty of Kunfunadhoo island and the surrounding Maldivian seas.

A founding member of the American Studio Glass movement, Paul Marioni is an internationally recognised artist known for his ingenuity and his willingness to push the traditional limits of art. He is the winner of the Glass Art Society “Lifetime Achievement Award” and a three time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Richard Meitner is originally from the US, but moved to the Netherlands in his early years and is now based in Amsterdam. His work changes constantly, he can be quite easily counted as among the most eclectic of all artists working in glass internationally. A retrospective show of his work was held in 1981 at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and museums have devoted solo shows to his work in the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in the U.S., among other places.

In February, Soneva launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 to February 2019.

As part of Soneva’s sustainability initiatives, the waste glass at Soneva Fushi is upcycled. Soneva also collects waste glass from neighbouring resorts in the Baa atoll. Anywhere between 500 to 1,000 kilograms of glass is collected, crushed, washed, and delivered to Soneva’s Glass Studio each month by Eco Centro, Soneva’s Waste-to-Wealth department. It is then melted down in the company’s state-of-the-art glass furnace. From there, techniques such as blowing, casting, and slumping are used to create pieces of art that are of a much higher value than the glass was in its original bottle form.

During their three to six week stay at Soneva Fushi, visiting artists embark on projects to create artworks in Soneva’s fully equipped interdisciplinary art studio, where they are encouraged to create works from waste materials accumulated, and/or natural materials collected, on and around the island. Each artist’s project culminates in an exhibition of the created artworks which is held in the Soneva Art Gallery.

Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Soneva also operates the Soneva Jani resort and Soneva in Aqua luxury yacht in the Maldives.

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