Kingston Artist Up for NICHE Award

Jennifer Umphress , a Kingston-based glass artist, has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Awards for her lamp-worked piece "Coral Octopus."

Winners will be announced Feb. 15 at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia, and winners will be featured in the Spring 2009 issue of NICHE magazine .

Umphress’ signature octopus has been purchased by several Hollywood celebrities and was highlighted as one of House Beautiful magazine’s "Best Things" in its May 2007 issue. She relocated to Kingston in 2006 and recently opened the 2 Birds Gallery glass shop on Main Street.

Information: 2birdsgallery.com, AmericanCraft.com

More later … — MM

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