Hiroshi Yamano's From East to West "Scene of Japan" (FS #159), H 18 1/2, W 26, D 17 3/4 in.

Friday August 1, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

OPENING: Hiroshi Yamano’s “Branches” exhibition explores natural beauty

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Art, at its best, is interpretation. It allows the viewer, for a brief time, to share in the artist’s perspective on reality, be it the physical or the metaphysical — and gain new insights into one's own experience as a result. In the joint exhibition “Branches,” which opens at the LewAllen Galleries in the Santa Fe Railyard on August 8, artists Hiroshi Yamano and Pedro Surroca offer up different perspectives on the understated beauty of tree branches.  

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Some of the lecturers scheduled to speak at the New York Metropolitan Glass Club meetings this upcoming season from L to R: Suzanne Perrault, Karol Wight, Greg Merkel, and Sheldon Barr.

Thursday July 31, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

New York Metropolitan Glass Club announces speakers for its 2014-2015 season

Filed under: Announcements, News

Since its inception in 1999, the New York Metropolitan Glass Club has met in the Parish Hall of St. Michael’s Church at Amsterdam Avenue and West 99th Street in Manhattan. The interior of St. Michael’s is a sanctuary where glass enthusiasts can connect with each other amongst windows, mosaics, and lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany between 1895 and 1925. Members step into the Upper East Side church on the first Tuesday of every month from October through May to enjoy wine, cheese, and a lecture given by a visiting expert in the glass field. While the first meeting of 2014-2015 is still a couple months away and not all lecture topics have been set in stone yet, the Metropolitan Glass Club has announced its speakers and meeting dates for its upcoming season.

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The International Summer Academy Bild-Werk Frauenau will be holding an auction of work from over 100 international artists to support its school and studio facilities.

Tuesday July 29, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

Works from over 100 international artists donated to the Bild-Werk Frauenau October fundraiser

Filed under: Announcements, Auction, News

The International Summer Academy Bild-Werk Frauenau has developed into a prime center for glass art education over the past three decades. Home to the Glasmuseum Frauenau and to Erwin Eisch, considered the founding father of the Studio Glass movement in Europe and one of the founders of the Academy, Frauenau is located in a leading glass region between the Bavarian Forest in Bavaria, Germany, and the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic. The Academy began teaching workshops in 1987 with a primary focus on glass art, but has expanded into teaching in other disciplines such as painting, ceramics, wood, and bronze. Studio rentals for artists are available at Bild-Werk as well, making the studio and the region of Frauenau a great resource for artists living in or visiting this part of Germany.

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Saturday July 26, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Jim Loewer’s Asian-influenced bowls and vases featured in museum shop exhibit

The Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will feature the intense colors of Jim Loewer's glass vessels in a special exhibition debuting July 31th and running through September 25th, 2014. Based in Philadelphia, Loewer was trained as a painter, but now devotes himself to flamerworked borosilicate glass vases and bowls based on forms influenced by Japanese vesselware. He is self-taught and appreciates slight irregularities in his work which adds to their character.

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John Ditchfield, Organic Mushroom Lamp (from the "Unique Collection" series).

Friday July 25, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

EXHIBITION: Contemporary Glass Society showcases Northern UK glass artists in “Glass in the Bank”

The work of ten glass artists from the Northern United Kingdom is currently on display in “Glass in the Bank”, an exhibition housed in the Lytham Heritage Centre in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire in England. The exhibition was organized by Northern Hub of The Contemporary Glass Society, an organization that aims to support both emerging and established artists working in glass and to promote contemporary glass within the scope of the greater art world. To this end, the CGS organizes exhibitions, publishes Glass Network magazine, and holds conferences and workshops.

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"Lightness of Being / New Work," 2012 Dennos Museum Center

Thursday July 24, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

OPENING: Howard Ben Tré museum exhibition in Tacoma debuts this September

Howard Ben Tré, an artist who redefined the scale possible in glass sculpture with monumental glass totems often accented with metallic foil surfaces, will have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Glass, in Tacoma, Washington. Entitled “Lightness of Being,” the show opens September 14, and has been described as an indoor forest of vertical shapes, featuring towering sculptures cast in glass and bronze, some as much as 8-feet tall. The show seems to reprise work shown in 2012 at the Dennos Sculpture Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Kim Harty in a 2012 photograph.

Wednesday July 23, 2014 | by Andrew Page

College for Creative Studies names Kim Harty head of glass program

Filed under: Announcements, Education, News

The College for Creative Studies in Detroit has announced the appointment of Kim Harty to head the private college's glass program. Harty, whose title will be assistant professor in the college's craft department, will take over from Herb Babcock, who had led the glass section since 1974 until his recent retirement. Harty will be leading the glass program starting with the fall semester 2014, and will be part of a new generation of glass artists assuming academic positions in college and university art programs. She holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and a BFA from RISD (2006). Harty is currently a board member at the Glass Art Society and editor of the organization's GASNews publication. (Disclosure: Kim Harty is also the former managing editor of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly.)

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Toby Fraley, one of the Pittsburgh Glass Center's artists in residence, will be displaying his work in this year's Biennial. photo: nathan shaulis

Tuesday July 22, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

Pittsburgh Glass Center gives glass a larger role in regional art biennial

Filed under: New Work, News, Opening

Though not quite following the 2-year interval its name suggests (it was last held back in 2011), the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial is an exhibition and celebration of regional artwork, and, thanks to a new program at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, it also includes fresh expressions in glass thanks to the pairing of artists who don't work in glass with skilled glass makers. In the 20 years since the biennial exhibition was launched at the Center for the Arts, it has steadily grown to become the largest showcase of contemporary art in Western Pennsylvania, and has spread out to take place at several venues in the Pittsburgh area.

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Roger MacPherson officially took the reins as president of the artist organization at the 2014 conference in Chicago.

Monday July 21, 2014 | by Andrew Page

A conversation with Glass Art Society president Roger MacPherson

Filed under: News

UPDATED 7/21/2014 2 PM EST

Since taking over in March 2014, new Glass Art Society president Roger MacPherson has already brought his experience as a successful businessman to the artist organization, emphasizing advance planning, prioritizing key projects, and fundraising. A glass collector and amateur glass artist, MacPherson is the principal at MacPherson Construction & Design, a suburban Seattle full-service home design and building company specializing in waterfront homes. He is no stranger to the nonprofit world, with his long involvement with the Pratt Fine Arts Center, where he served as president as well as many other board roles. He is also active on the Pilchuck and Artist Trust boards.

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Caroline Ouellette, "The stories we do tell", 2013. Kiln cast objects suspended in glass jars of glycerine.

Friday July 18, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

OPENING: Caroline Ouellette explores memories through the senses in Australian exhibit “In Vitro”

UPDATED 7/29/14

“The pleasure of the senses comes back to me from my innocent childhood days…”, Caroline Ouellette begins to explain in her artist statement, referring to memories of her imagination and absorption in nature as a youth as her inspiration for her works in glass. A Canadian artist, Ouellette has been studying at the South Australian School of Art. She is also a graduate of Espace Verre in Montreal. Before moving to Australia for her studies, she and her husband, Patrick Primeau, owned Welmo Glass Studio in Ste-Julie, Canada.

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GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.