It is that time of year again, as we approach our annual drive for our Maestro Program and Scholarship Fund!The Maestro Program was started by GLANC a few years ago, at a time when a lot of galleries and studios were closing, and the future of glass seemed to be in a fragile state.It was a way to provide educational programming to our group, sponsor visiting artists from the US and abroad, maintain the visibility of the glass arts in our community, and provide access to purchase works from these featured artists.
Our next Maestro Event is on November 9, and will feature the incredible Peter Bremers from the Netherlands!He will giving an artist talk to our group, and will also have several small works for sale – unusual for him, as he tends to work in such a large scale.Travelling has always been a large source of inspiration for him, both in terms of the landscape and the people.It will be an exciting event to learn more about his life and art – look for more details in our email flyer!
While GLANC’s Maestro Progam features many master artists like Peter, it also features emerging artists that are working with glass in an unusual way, and show great potential.We want to provide a springboard to give these artists more exposure and provide social and educational events for our group that are interesting to both collectors and artists.Past participants have included Claire Kelly and Rui Sasaski, who have since gone on to achieve more exposure and success.The Maestro Events featuring emerging artists like these, are a wonderful way to support the growth of new artists in the broader glass community, while providing new and established collectors a chance to purchase unique works at accessible prices.
The Maestro Program is also a chance for artists to connect with other artists, and share information and inspiration.Not everyone has the means to travel to conferences or take classes at institutions such as Pilchuck.Having access to world class artists, and being able to exchange thoughts and information is invaluable.
The sooner artists begin this process, the more they can learn, and Palo Alto High School’s glass program is another way GLANC supports educational development through our scholarship fund.Every year there are several graduating students that are awarded the GLANC Scholarship, and it is always exciting to see budding new talent at such a young age!This type of support and reinforcement of talent is so critical in determining their path.GLANC is heartened to be able to provide these scholarships, with the help of donations from our valued GLANC members – you make it possible!Thank you!!
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California