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View GLASS at a GLANC - February - March 2017, our printable two-month synopsis of current and upcoming events which may be of interest to you.


Dates to Remember - 2017

February 2 Montague Gallery Opening — San Francisco
February 19 GLANC Day Trip - San Francisco
March 25 GLANC Maestro Series - Emeryville
August 23-27 GLANC Trip — Toronto, Canada


Visit the Calendar page to see a more comprehensive list of Bay Area and National events of interest

Glass Matters by Jim Della

Welcome to Glass Matters, a home for sources of interest to collectors, artists and glass enthusiasts. This site is for you and will try to cover a wide array of diverse topics to make your glass journey that much more informative and fun.

I encourage you to participate by contributing any personal experiences and suggesting topics to me at

The site can only be successful with your input - I look forward to hearing from you!

Save the Date

Save the date for our trip to Toronto, Canada in 2017!  Our annual tour will be in August and more information will be coming soon!

New Members

Welcome new members Siobhan Hughes, Vivien Hart, Rose Hagan, Karen Stern, Beth & Joe Hurwich, Malcolm Nicoll, Willi Haye, Terry Kulka, Lucille Glassman, Sonya Ruehl, Montague Gallery, and Linda Gass.

Out and About

GLANC member Dani Montague is opening Montague Gallery in San Francisco near Union Square, a new glass gallery featuring a wide variety of national and international artists. The Pre-Opening Reception and Benefit is Thursday, February 2 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Jim Baker, Executive Director of the Pilchuck Glass School will be attending, along with such noted artists as Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Leah Wingfield and Steve Clements, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Toland Sand, Demetra Theofanous and John Lewis. Please RSVP via email to by Jan. 31 and leave your name. Montague Gallery  445A Sutter Street, SF 94108 (between Powell and Stockton). Congratulations and Good Luck, Dani!

The next GLANC Day Trip will be Sunday, February 19 to visit Dorothy Saxe’s noted glass collection in her San Francisco home. Alert: This trip is now filled. Contact to add your name to a waiting list.

GLANC’s popular Maestro Series continues on Saturday, March 25 with Rui Sasaki, a Japanese artist and educator using primarily transparent materials. Her work is about the exploration of discovery of subtle intimacy through the relationship between body and surroundings. Bullseye Glass, 4514 Hollis St. Emeryville, CA 94608, 1-3:30pm. RSVP to

Bridges to Santa Fe and The Arts Business Institute are presenting a professional development event for Artists, Makers, and Art Educators. Form and Concept, 435 South Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 (March 31 – April 2)

In early December a large contingent of GLANC members visited Elin Christopherson’s studio and attended John Lewis’ annual holiday open house and sale in Oakland. John’s team provided a large glass pour demonstration, there were lots of good eats and many took home a glass purchase (or more!) of John’s work at special prices. Thank you, John, for your great hospitality.

The initial GLANC Maestro program was a resounding success! New Mexico wood and glass artist Harry Pollitt gave a most interesting and entertaining presentation to a large gathering of GLANC members at the Bullseye Resource Center in Emeryville. Harry later said he was so pleased and impressed not only by the turnout but also by the intelligent and thoughtful questions raised by our educated GLANC members. (of course, we already knew that!) Special thanks to board member Mike Kasperzak for hosting Harry and his wife Gaye during their stay. We look forward to continuing this program in the new year.

The 20th Annual Glass Makers Lunch was held at Paisan Restaurant in Berkeley. This event attracted forty artists from around the state, including early pioneers working from the 1960s to the present group of artists. Joe Hawley, founder of the glass program at SF State was the featured honoree and tributes were given to Marvin Lipofsky and Micheal Nourot. Following the luncheon the group walked to Marvin’s studio, which Jeanette Bokhour had generously opened to share both Marvin’s work and incredible archives of the past fifty years. John Lewis then invited everyone to his studio for cocktails and lots more reminiscing. A great time for everyone!

A terrific source for Display Pedestals is Xylem Design in Fort Collins, CO. Check out their website at www.xylemdesign.com for lots of ideas on how to best show your artwork. Or you can call them at (800) 333-9953 and speak with one of their helpful designers. They can do standard or custom sizes to fit your needs with great quality and reasonable prices.

Dean Bensen and Demetra Theofanous have been awarded a five-month residency at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art from February through June, culminating in a solo show of their work. Date TBA.

Kathleen Elliot and Demetra Theofanous were both recognized by the G.A.S. Weekly Digest as their featured artist.

Mark Abildgaard had one of his monumental glass totems purchased by the Crocker Museum in Sacramento for their permanent collection. It was a featured piece viewed by GLANC members on their recent museum visit.

Demetra Theofanous was awarded Second Place in Sculpture at the Stockton Haggin Museum Exhibition. Demetra was also awarded the Leigh Weimers Grant by the San Jose Rotary Club.

Susan Longini has two commissioned works as part of the permanent collection of the new Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower in Oakland. Susan was also recently awarded the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.

Congratulations to all of these hard-working and talented artists!

To see a great six-minute video on the David Kaplan – Glenn Ostergaard “Glass for the New Millennium” glass show go to You Tube and enter Glass for the New Millennium in the search box.


GLANC Member Artist Shows

Marvin Lipofsky: Fantastic Forms” – Richmond Art Center – South Hall  2540 Barrett Ave.  Richmond, CA 94804  (510) 620-6772  (January 10 – March 4). Reception February 4, 2-5 pm.

Tali Grinshpan in “Of Innocence and Experience” at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery. 1251 Solano Ave. Albany, CA 94706 (510) 526-9558 Reception Sat. Feb. 11 5-7:00 pm (February 3 – 28)

“Glass Currents” – National call for entries from artists connected to California through birth, residency or schooling. Deadline March 10, 2017. Exhibition at Richmond Art Center. (June 10 – August 19) Sponsored by GLANC and the Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA). More information about Glass Currents



NOTE: All GLANC Member Artists are invited to submit their show information for listing on this site by emailing it to . We look forward to hearing from you!

Please visit the Calendar Section for more details.

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