Happy New Year GLANC members! 2017 ended on a high note with our most successful fundraising effort to date. We have YOU, our membership, to thank for making our programs and scholarships possible! Thank you for this outpouring of support.
We will be providing scholarships to exemplary graduating seniors in the Palo Alto High School program, again this year. The pressures of high school make it often difficult for young teens to navigate. Their glass blowing program not only provides an artistic outlet for teens, but a safe haven for many that don’t fit into the typical activities high schools have to offer. Within each graduating class, emerge true artists that show unusual talent, exemplary character and supportive treatment of their fellow students. We will be following the progress of the recipients of the GLANC scholarships, and realize the importance of giving them financial support at the start of their new careers. Our deep thanks to the community for your donations that make this support possible!
While the New Year holds many bright things ahead, we have also started off the New Year with the loss of a master, Pino Signoretto, who passed away on December 30 at age 74. His is recognized as one of the most talented glass sculptors in the world, and touched many throughout his career. The loss reverberated throughout the community, with many acknowledging their love and memories with Pino online. Dale Chihuly writes: “Pino was one of my best friends and one of the greatest glass sculptors of our time. He made extraordinary pieces and his skill and deep generosity of spirit helped not only me, but hundreds of artists realize their creative vision. Goodbye, Pino. We will always remember you and love you.” Memories like this underline the importance of community, understanding, and compassion amongst all levels of the glass community. His spirit will be greatly missed.
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California