Meet the Maestro: Jen Blazina


As an artist, Jen is intrigued with the idea that what is precious to one person will be discarded by another. Her work is influenced by commonplace possessions, familial vignettes and photographs. These evoke an ephemeral sense of past memories, whether found in a second-hand shop or passed down from family. She is often attracted to and captivated by the lost beauty of subtle images and materials.

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.


Coming in March: Brent Cole

Meet the Maestro: Brent Cole
March 21, 2020
Saturday 10:00am (Refreshments at 9:30am)

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

RSVP to maestro@glassnm.org



Recap of last month's Maestro: Michael Mikula

Michael Mikula is always looking up - examining the built environment for its patterns, forms and details to spark his imagination. For more than two decades, he has explored a process using multi-part graphite molds as a tool for introducing imagery into blown glass. His architecturally inspired works create one of a kind cast, cut and polished glass sculptures, with integral precision milled metal structures.

Mikula earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 and has further studied at Pilchuck, Penland and Fundacio Centre del Vidre in Barcelona, Spain. He has maintained a full time studio practice since 1988, now living and working in Cleveland, OH at his Midtown Glassworks Studio located in what is dubbed Cleveland’s Glass Corridor.












Video Interview with Rick Allen

Rik Allen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University (NH). In 1995, Rik came to the Northwest to work at Pilchuck Glass School, and also become a member of the William Morris sculpture team, specializing in engraving, cutting, and finishing glass sculpture for 12 years.

In 2005, Rik established a glass and sculpture studio with his wife, artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen at their property in Skagit County, Washington. In addition to being artists, Rik and Shelley have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass in Toyama, Japan, and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England. They have also taught nationally, including the Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and at Pilchuck.

Rik has had solo exhibitions of his sculptural work and installations throughout the country, including Seeker at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington, Innersphere at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and at Blue Rain Gallery, Traver Gallery, and Thomas Riley Galleries. His current series of work has been in the form of spacecraft, rockets, and scientific apparatus. While many of Rik's pieces have a reference to his curiosity for science, they also convey humor, simple narratives, and a lightheartedness that is embodied in much of science fiction’s antiquated vision of the future.

Watch the video interview to learn more about Rick Allen!



Glass events to know about

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass new exhibition, New Glass Now, features objects, installations, videos and performances made in the last three years by over 100 artists and architects of 31 nationalities from more than 25 countries.

Corning, NY
NOW through Jan 20, 2020

Go to cmog.org under the New Glass Now title to explore what is happening.

Glass Coast Weekend

Habatat Galleries is hosting its Glass Coast Weekend February 6-9, 2020 in Sarasota/St. Petersburg, Florida. Reservations are required, so go to glasscoastweekend.com for an itinerary and further information.

Go to Glass Coast Weekend to learn more.

GANM Scholarship Program for New Mexico Glass Artists

Glass Alliance New Mexico is pleased to announce that it is reinstating its scholarship program for glass artists who reside and work in New Mexico. The first $500 scholarship(s) will be awarded in March 2020. For our Spring scholarship program, applications will be accepted until March 1, 2020. We ask that you download, fill out, and print the form and mail to the address as indicated with requested images.

Download the GANM Scholarship Application Form.

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!

Read more...


Blue Rain Gallery

Blue Rain Gallery, in addition to Women in Glass - On Fire! discussed above, is showing Glass Sculpture collaborations by Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano, as well as Glass Sculptures by Dan Friday.


Glass Art Pop-Up Sale features GANM Members

Holsten Galleries, in their December Newsletter, showed a number of Lino Tagliapietra works now in inventory. Go to holstengalleries.com for more information, as well as images of other works showing at this "virtual gallery."

Messages from our Board Members

Our Maestro program in December featured Glass artist Michael Mikula at Globe Fine Art. Thanks to Michael for his engaging presentation and to Steve & Martha at Globe for hosting this event.

The next day, Roddie & Steve Harris hosted GANM's Brunch and Book Auction at their marvelous home. Thank you to Roddie & Steve, our fundraising team, book donors and the numerous book purchasers for making this event successful - this will help GANM fund our Scholarship program in 2020 (see the section above for information on this program).

Our Board Elections were completed. We welcome two new members: Eileen Miles Biggs and Brian Weiss. Reelected to the Board were Harry Miller, Tom Murdock, Leslie Walker-Hirsch, Susan Hancock and Ellen Premack. Thank you to Barbara Bloomberg for her efforts on the Board in 2019 and we look forward to her future contributions. GANM Board members that continue to serve are Jerry Silverstein, Sarah Nelson, Willi Haye, Lucy Lyon, and Steve Harris.

On January 23, Women in Glass: On Fire! will take place at Blue Rain Gallery - see the information earlier...

Read more from Harry and Tom...




 
Harry Miller Co-Acting President
 
Tom Murdock Co-Acting 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!

- Susan Delaney
- Bullseye Glass - Morgan Dougherty, Mitch Miller, Lisa Wood
- Betsy & Richard Ehrenberg
- Bea Eleftheriou
- Douglas Gillis
- Dale & David Goldheim
- Susan & Steven Goldstein
- Laura Goodwin
- Jon Gurrola
- Victoria T. Jacobson
- Lois Manno
- Rose Mary Molnar
- Sarah & Thomas Nelson
- Toby Quinley
- Jerry Silverstein & Bob Zimmerman
- Linda Mae Tratechaud
- Laurel & Michael Vander Velde
- Leslie Walker-Hirsch & Bennett Hirsch
- Kathryn Wolf
- Paula & John Wulff

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