Happy New Year GLANC members – I hope you have eased into 2020 and are having a great to start to the new year! I want to extend a heartfelt thank you, to everyone that contributed to our winter Scholarship and Educational Programming Fundraiser. The scholarships that we provide to high school students to pursue their passion in glass, would not be possible without your help, and the educational programming we provide, brings an increase in knowledge and visibility, that is critical to sustaining this art form.
At the end of 2019, changes continued to weave their way through the glass landscape, with Tansey Contemporary in Denver closing its’ doors. But with those doors closing, new ones opened, with the Asheville Art Museum’s ribbon cutting ceremony in November of 2019. It holds over 175 pieces of glass in its’ museum collection, and will have a glass exhibit titled “50 years of Western North Carolina Glass” on view, through March 2, 2020.
“Blown Away”, the Netflix reality series featuring glass blowers, was met with great enthusiasm as well. They are now casting for their second season, so the public’s appetite for molten glass remains hearty!
As we start a new decade, we look forward to continued innovation in glass, further growth of our community, and a continued effort to support our mission, in encouraging an appreciation for this amazing art form. I wish you all the very best, in 2020!
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California