Meet the Maestro: Brent Cole

It has been said that in the arts, we tell lies to get at the truth. Cole uses different materials and perceptual perspectives to get at an idea from several different vantage points. He is interested in the intersection of our own personal histories and how their recalling changes over time: at what point do they translate from personal stories to self-aggrandized mythologies? Can these stories become part of the larger culture? Cole explores elements of personal navigation: how do we relate to the stars, the sea and each other? Cole's work utilizes natural and man-made navigational tools to describe metaphorical and contextural environments.

Now an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State School of Art, he assumed the lead faculty position of Ball State University's new glass program in 2010.

Coming in April: Terri Grant

Meet the Maestro: Terri Grant
April 25, 2020
Saturday 9:30am (Refreshments at 9:00am)

Kay Contemporary
600 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501


This event has been cancelled.

Recap of last month's Maestro: Jen Blazina

By re-creating and casting mementos in glass and metal, Jen transforms their history in her own voice. This process allows her to capture and hold onto another time in the past, as these objects allude to narratives from fleeting moments.

Jen has her studio in Philadelphia. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, while winning awards and being in numerous collections worldwide. She is a Professor of Fine Art at Drexel University.

Video Interview with Steffen Plistermann

Steffen Plistermann, our Spring 2020 scholarship award winner, started in the arts world 25 years ago with painting and sculpture in Seattle. He is now working in Santa Fe and Maui creating distinctive hand blown and sculpted glass. A fascination with organic colors, textures and shapes has finally found the perfect outlet and past experiences allow creative work that transcends the glass medium. Between heat, gravity, and centrifugal force, glass takes on a life of its own and Steffen ends up collaborating with the material, rather than trying to dictate an outcome. Through experimentation, he developed a process using glass powder that when layered, then heated and cooled in specific ways, allows him to create unique, distinctive finishes.

We look forward to following Steffen's success (see

Watch the video interview to learn more about Steffen Plistermann!

Glass events to know about

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Ongoing on Fridays

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is hosting an every Friday meet-up via Zoom focusing on artists, museums and collectors. On July 29, the online education series will feature Toland Sands. Join AACG and stay in touch by tuning in to this regular event.

Go to for details.

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

A silent auction is being held through July 18.

Of note, Mark Abildgaard donated a piece to this auction. He was to be one of our upcoming Maestros, in conjunction with a Bullseye class that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Go to for details.

Pilchuck Glass School

The good news is that their anonymous donor has agreed to make an additional gift that will enable teaching artists and others to be paid despite the school’s summer programs being cancelled due to the pandemic. Looking forward to 2021 and Pilchuck’s 50th Anniversary - stay tuned

GANM Member News

Bullseye Glass Santa Fe

Bullseye Glass Santa Fe has scheduled the following classes. Contact Bullseye at 505.467.8951 for further details and to make reservations. Make sure you mention if you are a current GANM member!


Blue Rain Gallery

Works by Preston Singletary (including collaborations with Dante Marioni and Jody Naranjo), Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Rik Allen, Dan Friday, Ethan Stern, Nancy Callan, Benjamin Cobb and Leroy Garcia. A highlight event at the gallery will be an invitational glass show curated by Shelly Muzylowski Allen, to be held June 11—July 4. It will feature 22 artists. There will be a robust schedule of special events starting with the opening on June 11 and including an afternoon panel discussion prior to the opening, as well as glass blowing and flame working demonstrations Friday and Saturday. Go to the Blue Rain website to be kept advised on these activities.

Gerald Peters Contemporary

In addition to representing Karen LaMonte, just arriving in inventory is a 1988 Dale Chihuly Macchia Series piece titled Cerulean Blue Macchia with Ultramarine Lip Wrap. This series ushered in a new era of engagement, showing Chihuly’s mastery of color. See image below.

Messages from our Board Members

With social, political, and economic challenges at every turn, does glass art matter right now? YES!

At times such as these, there is an urgent need for anchor points, and reassurance that familiar things still exist and can still bring pleasure to our lives. Glass art is a reminder that there is still beauty and creativity and imagination and inspiration in the world and that these are permanent values which will transcend current difficulties...

That’s why we use this newsletter to point you toward the many online efforts that provide gallery tours, glass making demonstrations, artist interviews, and other virtual events...

Read more from Harry and Brian...

Harry Miller President
Brian Weiss Vice President

The following have renewed their membership or have become new members in the previous month. Thank you and welcome. Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable!

- Mitch Berg
- Deborah Gerrity
- Margo and Tom Murdock
- Joann Reiter and Michael Tobiason

Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable!

Join the fun!

Leslie Walker-Hirsch Membership Chair

Women In Glass: On-Fire!

Organized by Glass Alliance New Mexico, Blue Rain Gallery and New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

Join us for drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres and spectacular glass artworks by four magnificent local & regional women glass artists: Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Carol Lujan and Mary Shaffer, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

This is a private event. You must register to attend.

Learn more...

Ellen Premack Board Member

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Sarah A. Nelson Communications Chair