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View GLASS at a GLANC - April - May 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
April 19 GLANC Day Trip - Novato
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

An information and Registration pamphlet for our trip to Toronto, Canada (August 23-27) has been mailed to our members. This is sure to be a memorable experience with multiple private glass collection visits, museum tours, artist presentations and demos and the great architecture and fine dining of Toronto. Please respond with your deposit now. For questions, contact Carol Mapes at

New Members

Welcome new members Willi Haye, Terry Kulka, Lucille Glassman, Sonya Ruehl, Montague Gallery, Linda Gass, Kyla Medigovich, Cherie & Elliot Sopkin, Judy Alland, David Camner, Camille Hamilton, Elise Ordorica, Raine Rude, Wendy Williams, Richard and Dee Bittman.

Out and About

The next GLANC Day Trip will be Wednesday, April 19th at Latchezar Boyadjiev’s beautiful studio and gallery in Novato. 10:30 am, 5498 Nave Drive. A 12 noon no-host lunch at nearby Toast restaurant, 5800 Nave Drive #G will follow. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the design and execution process of this world-class artist.  RSVP

Dorothy Saxe recently hosted our GLANC members at her beautiful home in San Francisco, featuring her remarkable glass collection of which some pieces rotate with others at the George and Dorothy Saxe wing at the De Young Museum. Two groups of our members (a full house!) split times and were treated to a very special day. Our many thanks to Dorothy for her gracious hospitality.

GLANC sponsored Cappy Thompson’s informative lecture and slide show at the California College of the Arts in March. It showcased Cappy’s unusual painterly techniques in creating her wonderful glass pieces.

If you haven’t yet visited Montague Gallery, the wonderful new glass gallery in San Francisco (445A Sutter Street off Union Square), by all means stop by. The opening night reception (a benefit for Pilchuck Glass School) was quite a happening place with many major artists attending and rubbing elbows with lots of GLANC members! There is an extensive variety of artists represented and owner Dani Montague is always happy to talk glass with you.

Jaime Guerrero has been selected to participate in the Getty Museum Pacific Standard Time LA/LA fall exhibition focusing on Latino and Latin American art. He has been invited to Corning Glass to produce much of his work for this show and the following PBS television special. Congratulations, Jaime!

The Spring GLANC Maestro Series featuring artist Rui Sasaki unfortunately had to be cancelled. We hope to re-schedule this presentation for later this year.

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

“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

Dean Bensen and Demetra Theofanous in “All in the Family”, a group exhibition at Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery. 4500 Sigma Road, Dallas, TX 75244, (972) 239-7957 (March 11 – April 7)

Mark Abildgaard in “Crossings A Boat Show” at Bender Gallery. 12 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC 28801. (April 7 – June 30)

Tali Grinshpan in “for the love of glass” at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta St. Marietta, GA 30060. Opening reception April 8, 6-8pm (April 8 – June 18)


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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