APRIL/MAY 2012 Newsletter
Letter from the President
Dear Glass Enthusiasts,
What a great start for 2012! The Palm Springs field trip was thoroughly loved by all and the docent led tour of the Mingei International Museum in March was a resounding success with 24 attendees. The Education Committee, with Rob Morey at the helm, has many more exciting field trips and hands on workshops in store for you this year so be sure to read your Newsletter!
Speaking of the Newsletter...I would like to applaud the hard work that Susan Hirsch and her Technology Committee put in year-round to get this out to all members. Every edition has wonderful, informational articles contributed by so many of our talented artists. Bravo to you all!
Last, but certainly NOT least, our Show Committee chaired by Marti Blair, is in full swing with their plans for the AGASC celebration of 50 years of the studio glass movement in the United States.
It is never too late to join any or all of these dynamic committees.
I hope to see you all at the April General Membership meeting where you can hear more about what's in store for YOU this year...
"Your Success is Our Success"
Report of the Palm Springs
Art Museum and Gallery Tour
February 24 was a beautiful sunny day and various carpools from the AGASC headed out early to Palm Springs to meet at the Palm Springs Art Museum. 101 Museum Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262. We were greated by our guide Patrick Blyth, a museum docent also a glass artist, who treated us to a vary informative private tour of the current exhibit
Connie and "benevolent gift"
"Contemporary Glass". For anyone who has ever dabbled in glass or even if you have not this was an exhibit not to miss. I had seen various images from the exhibit and also some of the artists represented but nothing compares to viewing these amazing pieces in person! All types of glass are represented and the mastery is amazing. My husband, Bob came and we both agreed we needed to come back before the exhibit is gone and spend a weekend. Patrick gave us a tour of the contemporary section of the museum following the Glass Exhibit. We all expressed our appreciation for the time and wealth of information that Patrick generously provided. We went to a couple of near by eateries and then drove to Palm Desert to check out the famous Imago gallery and the surrounding art scene. Imago was featuring an amazing exhibit by glass artist Oben Abright, whose large cast figures had an eerie depth, like looking
into the soul of the figure. Another gallery nearby, "Studio" featured numerous glass artists that I had also seen in books or online but not had the opportunity to see in person. This was an most amazing, inspiring trip for both myself and my husband Bob!
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Karen La Monte
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Special Private Event! Saturday May 5th
- Tour of Pacific Art Glass Store, Class Areas and Works
- 1:00pm to 5:00pm (open just for the AGASC)
- Hands on hot glass and lamp work demonstrations
- Private shopping opportunity
- Car Pooling will be arranged for transportation
Pacific Art Glass has the largest most extensive selection of glass, tools and accessories in California. This is the ultimate candy store for glass! Anything and everything you need regardless of your technique! They have a hot shop, multiple kilns, waterjet and more! They carry a full line of Bullseye, Uroboros, System 96, Stain Glass, CBS Coatings by Sandburg in both 96 and 90 coe, GlassLine, and loads of tools, kilns and supplies for every venue. If you have never been there, you will not believe it!!!! John and Raymond of Pacific Art Glass, will be hosting this private tour, demos and shopping event just for members of the AGASC!
We will be sending out carpooling information closer to the event date so we can get all of you up there to enjoy this fun day.
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ART GLASS GUILD SPRING SHOW AND SALE
AT SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER
- Saturday, May 12, 2012 and Sunday, May 13, 2012
- 10:00am to 5:00pm both days
- Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park
- Hands on projects & demonstrations*
Hermann Lunn - Nautilus
This is the largest art glass show in Southern California! All forms of Art Glass, including blown, fused, torch worked, stained glass, cast, etched, and mosaic will be featured. Over 30 juried glass artists of the Art Glass Association of Southern California will be exhibiting their art.
*We invite children & adults to participate in our hands on mosaic projects. Completed projects may be picked up the following weekend. This show/sale will highlight various demonstrations including torchworking and glass cutting. Listen to live music both days from 11 am - 4 pm.
The Art Glass Show and Sale is located at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, between the San Diego Zoo and the Natural History Museum, just off Park Blvd at 1770 Village Place. For more information visit www.artglassguild.org or the Art Glass Guild, Studio 25, or call 619-702-8006.
John Long - Tarantula
Report of the Annual Glass and Bead Show
and our new Sponsors! by Susan Hirsch
My annual trip to Las Vegas to attend the Glass bead Expo was rewarding to all. I visited our current sponsors booths to visit and see their products as well as thank them for their continued support this year. These included Pacific Art Glass, Uroboros, GAI Toyo and Bullseye. I visited other booths and asked for participation and now we have three new sponsors!
His Glass Works, Glassline and Olympic Kilns. Boyce Lundstrom had a display of new products and his books and supplies. Marti Blair assisted him throughout the show. Rayzist sandblasting company featured me demonstrating "Images in Glass" using the Rayzist films, UV developer and sandblasters to create images that would accept Glassline inks on fusible Uroboros 90 machine rolled glass. Leslie Perlis won an award for professional Mosaic. Many of our members attended the show including Connie Glovier, Carolyn Moore, Jo Ann Pastorie, Tom and Heidi Marosz, Marti Blair, Boyce Lundstrom, Susan Hirsch and Leslie Perlis.
To see all of the pics from the show click here!
Custom Glass Cast Project by Cathy Coverley
I am currently working on a pair of cast glass door inserts for a residence in Atherton,
CA. The panels are 12" wide by 43" tall, with a raised center panel of bas-relief in a
garden theme, which varies in thickness between 3/8" and 2 1/2". Several AGA
members have asked how I make large scale cast pieces, so I am documenting the
process of this project to share with you.
I begin by creating a small sample that gives the client a replica of the design showing
the glass colors and the 3-D of the bas-relief for their approval. I start the piece by
making a full scale clay model (the positive). The clay is exactly like the glass in detail
and dimension. I create a refractory casting (mold) of the clay by building a box around
it and filling the box with two types of refractory plasters (one for detail and one for
strength). The mold is kiln dried and then filled with cut glass and frit to create the
details. The balance of the mold is filled with billet (large bricks of clear glass) and then
it is fired.
The scale of these pieces exceeds the capacity of my kiln equipment, however, I was fortunate to rent time on Jolinda Marshall's kiln for this project. Because these pieces are door inserts, they will be laminated for code requirement. I am excited by the possiblilities that lamination creates for cast and fused glass panels.
Ramona Open Studio Tour is coming up!
Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th from 10:00 to 4:00
It's a beautiful time of year to see San Diego's back country while visiting 19 award winning artists in 14 private studios located throughout Ramona! Three of our AGASC members, Lyn Feudner, Jolinda Marshall and Bob Nabours, will have their studios open and their glass out for display and/or sale at this 9th annual art event. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 per person and include a full-color brochure with map.
The tour will feature a variety of art, and besides fused glass there is painting, sculpture, art quilts, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork and metalwork. It is sponsored by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce; proceeds from ticket sales will help fund community events. An easy 45 minute drive from downtown San Diego, Ramona is gorgeous and green this time of year, and also has some great antique shopping and wonderful hiking trails if you want to make a full day of art and inspiration.
Featured Artists include:
Regina Wilson - Watercolor
Kathi Vargo - Mixed metal jewelry & gourd art
Donna Davis - Ceramics
Lori Sutherland - Colored pencil & pastel
Jerry Meloche - Painting and cartooning
Sue Dawe - Fantasy art & mixed media
Marina Jenkins - Weaving, fiber arts, & jewelry
Carol Levin - Watercolor
Lyn Feudner - Fused glass, jewelry, wire sculpture
Jolinda Marshall - Fused glasswork
Jil Streed - Jewelry
Tracy Potter - Quilt Art .
Helen Wilson - Sculpture & Etchings
Nancy Wiley & Richard Miller - Jewelry & wire wrap
Bob Nabours - Glasswork
Linda Kelly - Watermedia & gourd art
Jim Berger - Woodworking
Gwen Pellicchia - Mosiac, & tumbled abalone jewelry
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 per person and include a full-color brochure with map.
Order by phone from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce at (760) 789-1311.
Tickets may also be purchased in Ramona at:
Daniel's West 17718 Hwy 67 daily 7-9
Daniel's Liquor and Deli 1350 Main Street daily 7-9
The Java Hut at SDCE Village center
Tickets can be purchased the day of the event. www.ramonaart.com
Trip to Boston by Rob Morey
We all do art for a variety of reasons. But I think one of the most common is that we, as artists want to put something beautiful and meaningful into the world. A couple of years ago I was commissioned to do 9 lighting panels for Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston. Once the panels were finished and delivered I asked for recommendations for a photographer I needed to have a record of the installed work. When I saw the quote of $1400.00 I almost fell off my chair. Realizing that I couldn't afford it and I've been half heartedly looking in the area for another photographer to do the job at a more reasonable price. Then this year, as luck would have it, I was able to go to Boston myself. I called to make sure that they knew I was coming. I arrived in Boston at 6:30 in the morning. I was able to check into my hotel for a quick two hour nap. I then met the art consultant who had contracted the work. It was our first "face-to-face" meeting. She took me to the hospital and introduced me to the administrators and staff in the areas where the glass panels were installed. Everyone was very excited to meet the artist and went out of their way to tell me how happy they were with the panels. There were two sites where the panels were installed. The first was for an entry hall called, Founders Hall. It is a very institutional environment and the panels do a lot to alleviate that feel. Nearly everyone coming in and out of the hospital, walk down that hallway. The second area was in the Vernon Cancer Care Center. As many of you know, I'm a three time survivor and to hear that my work brought even the smallest amount of distraction to a chemo patient was more than I could ask. Everyone, including the oncologist, chemo nurses, medical assistants, and support staff came out to meet me and to tell me how much they and, especially the patients appreciate the work. That was amazing.
So if you ever have the opportunity, by all means go meet the people who live with your work. That was probably one of the most meaningful experiences of my artistic career. It's one thing to make a piece of work and have someone admire it, complement you and then buy it. It's another to actually see where the art is placed in that person's life and how they will live with it from day to day. More importantly, you get to see what kind of a difference that your work is making in the world.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
APRIL 14-15 Ramona Open Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th from 10:00 to 4:00
APRIL 22 AGASC General Meeting 3-6pm Pat and Carrie Warrens Studio
2176 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, Ca 92107 phone 619-223-1895 or 619-224-4622
APRIL 27 Registration Deadline for Exhibition of Fine Art at the Del Mar Fair
Link for registration information
MAY 5 Pacific Art Glass Tour Sale and private Event for AGASC!
Demonstrations in Hot Glass and lampworking, shopping and more
1:00pm to 5:00pm 125 West 157th Street Gardena, CA 90248
Link to Pacific Art Glass
MAY 12-13 AGG Patio Sale at Spanish Village
10:00am to 5:00pm Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park,
1770 Village Place. For more information visit www.artglassguild.org
JUNE 13-16 Glass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass "Roots" in America
Toledo, Ohio Link to Conference Website
OCT 24- NOV 5 Annual Member Show Studio 21 Spanish Village Balboa Park
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