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View GLASS at a GLANC - June - July 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
June 1-3 GAS Conference - Norfolk, VA
July 8-9 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival - Palo Alto
July 22 GLANC Member Appreciation Event - Hillsborough
August 23-27 GLANC Trip - Toronto, Canada
September 16 Tacoma Museum of Glass Auction - Tacoma
October 7 National Liberty Museum Auction - Philadelphia
October 21 Pilchuck Auction - Seattle
November 2-5 SOFA Chicago


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

The popular annual GLANC Member Appreciation Event will be Saturday, July 22 at Tom and Kendra Kasten’s beautifully re-modeled home in Hillsborough. They have a wonderful glass collection to share with us as well. Two group times available — either 12-2:00 OR 3-5:00. RSVP to for more details.

Preparations for our GLANC trip to Toronto, Canada (August 23-27) are in full swing. 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. If you are interested in joining us, there are only one or two spots left and then a waiting list will happen. 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, Judy Alland, David Camner, Elise Ordorica, Raine Rude, Wendy Williams, Richard and Dee Bittman.

GLANC welcomes new Board of Directors members Sylvia Chesson, Camille Hamilton, and Cherie Sopkin.

Out and About

The Arizona Glass Alliance recently toured the bay area as their destination for this year’s annual trip. They were 37 members strong and enjoyed a comprehensive agenda, including events hosted by many GLANC members: collector homes of Jim Della, Dorothy Saxe, Tom & Kendra Kasten, Larry & Gladys Marks; studios of John Lewis, Jay Musler, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Demetra Theofanous & Dean Bensen plus a reception at Montague Gallery. A tremendous time was enjoyed by all and the group thanked their “sister” alliance here for its great hospitality.

GLANC recently scheduled a Day Trip to Latchezar Boyadjiev’s wonderful studio and gallery in Novato, followed by a no-host lunch at Toast restaurant. Our group had the opportunity to learn about the design and execution process of this world-class artist.

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!

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.

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

GLANC – sponsored “Glass Currents” Inaugural Exhibition at the Richmond Art Center Reception June 10, 5-7pm, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond 94804, (510) 620-672 (June 13 - August 19)

Kathleen Elliot in “Imaginary Botanicals” at the International Museum of Art & Science", 1900 Natoma Ave., McAllen TX 78504 (May 20 -September 10)

Jaime Guerrero Solo Exhibition “Mano Made: New Expression in Craft”.  Craft in America Center  8415 W 3rd St  Los Angeles, CA 90048  (323) 951-0610  Artist Reception Aug. 26  5-7pm; Artist Talk Sept. 23  4:00pm; Panel Discussion at the LA Central Public Library Oct. 22  (August 26 – October 7)

Jaime Guerrero Solo Exhibition “Contemporary Relics: A Tribute to the Makers” at Skidmore Contemporary Art  2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica CA 90404 (310) 828-5070  Opening Reception Sept. 16  5-7pm  (September 9 – October 28)

Note:  The two Jaime Guerrero events listed above are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty initiative that highlights Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

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.

Read the recap of the 2015 SOFA Chicago show


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