The 115th weekly issue of the Bill’s glass interest newsletter

October 6, 2016

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Welcome to the 115th weekly issue of the Bill’s glass interest newsletter.


  • Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion – Event Tonight!
  • Alan Iwamura Featured at Firenation Pumpkin Bash – Tomorrow!
  • Wisconsin Artist Wes Hunting at Hudson Gallery – New and Opening Tomorrow!
  • Janet Kelman at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mich. – Ending Saturday!
  • Davin Ebanks Takes Second in Heartland Exhibition – New!
  • Free Glassblowing for U.S. Military Members and Veterans Nov. 5 – New!
  • “Landscape of Glass in America” Exhibition at SOFA Chicago 2016 – New!
  • Exhibition by BGSU Alumni/Faculty/Students/Friends
  • Gathered Makes Glass for Glass Symphony
  • Robin and Julia Rogers Exhibition and Visit at Gathered
  • Loraine Ruetz in Exhibition at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Henry Ford Museum Opens Modern Glass Gallery Oct. 14
  • Pilchuck Auction Catalog Available Online
  • Glass Axis Seeks Wearable Art for Exhibition
  • Open Call: 2016 GAS Online Student Exhibition
  • Open Call: 2016-2017 Gas Student Representative
  • Call for Entries: Goggleworks Juried Exhibition
  • Habatat Galleries Celebrating 30 years at Navy Pier
  • Four-Person Show at River House Arts
  • Salvadore Family Exhibition at Sherrie Gallerie
  • Directions Exhibition at Glass Axis in Columbus
  • Cleveland Area Briefs
  • Harue Shimimoto, Brent Kee Young at Hawk Galleries
  • Exhibitions with Matt Paskiet Sculpture – One Ending Sunday!
  • Month of Glass Events in Toledo
  • SOFA Chicago Nov. 3-6

Upcoming at the Glass PavilionEvent Tonight!

  • A Glass Improv is scheduled to start in the Hot Shop at 9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 6. What will be made? Attendees decide in this after-hours, improvisational presentation by the Toledo Museum of Art’s glassblowing team (Andrew Lynch and Sten Neuber). The artists will blow and sculpt work as interesting as attendees’ instructions’ the program is presented as part of Holy Toledo Laughfest; for more information or to purchase tickets, visit
  • Doreen Garner, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will have a GAPP residency Oct. 12-19; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in the GlasSalon Week!
  • A lively, edgy opening is being planned for an Art in Food celebration on Oct. 22; the ticketed, black-tie-optional  event will include a glass fashion show organized by Laura Donefer
  • Shari Mendelson, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will have a GAPP residency Feb. 18-24, 2017; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the GlasSalon

Alan Iwamura Featured at Firenation Pumpkin BashTomorrow!

  • Alan Iwamura, assistant studio manager at the Toledo Museum of Art, will be the featured guest artist for the annual Pumpkin Bash at Firenation, 7166 Front St., Holland, Ohio
  • The event is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 7
  • There will be light appetizers and drinks, with the glassblowing demo starting at 7 p.m.

Wisconsin Artist Wes Hunting at Hudson GalleryNew and Opening Tomorrow!

  • Glass sculpture by Wisconsin artist Wes Hunting will be included in the Hudson Gallery exhibition opening tomorrow, Oct. 7
  • The group exhibition, titled “Hello, My Name Is,” continues through Nov. 12
  • An opening event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow during Sylvania’s Red Bird Arts District First Friday Art Walk

Janet Kelman at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mich.Ending Saturday!

  • Oracle, a glass wall piece by Janet Kelman of Ann Arbor, Mich., is in ArtPrize Eight, at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., through Oct. 8
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  • ArtPrize Eight has again transformed the city of Grand Rapids into an open playing field where 1,453 artist entries at 171 venues across the ArtPrize district will vie for a combination of public vote and juried awards totaling $500,000

Davin Ebanks Takes Second in Heartland ExhibitionNew!

  • A hot-sculpted granularé glass sculpture by Davin Ebanks, assistant professor and department head glass at Kent State University, won second place at the IGAA Heartland exhibit at Ball State
  • The exhibition also includes glass artwork by Toledo area artists Loraine Ruetz, Tim Stover and Brien Strancar
  • The show is at the Atrium Gallery at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., through Oct. 28; jurors were Jeff Ballard and Carmen Lozar
  • IGAA’s website is woefully out of date but you might find info on their Facebook page:

Free Glassblowing for U.S. Military Members and Veterans Nov. 5New!

  • The Toledo Museum of Art is offering free glassblowing sessions for U.S. military veterans and active-duty members on Veterans Day, Nov. 5
  • Sessions that day will be held at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop; there are 16 spots per session; reservations are required
  • To reserve a spot, call 419-255-8000, ext. 7448, beginning Tuesday

“Landscape of Glass in America” Exhibition at SOFA Chicago 2016New!

  • In November 2015, the Glass Art Society and Chihuly Garden and Glass partnered to conduct an in-depth study of the state of glass art in America with the intent of researching the most active regions for glass art, and providing a benchmark to measure future growth and trends in the industry
  • The project included two phases – a research phase that included in-depth interviews with industry leaders (collectors, gallery owners, educators, artists, etc.) and two surveys (one for the general public and one for Glass Art Society membership
  • More than 2,200 people from across the nation responded, providing a statically accurate sample of the U.S. population
  • A special exhibit at SOFA Chicago will be the first full presentation of the research findings including the top five trends from the study affecting the glass community at large, and works of art to elucidate those trends from galleries exhibiting at SOFA

Exhibition by BGSU Alumni/Faculty/Students/Friends

  • The Difference Between Jelly & Jam is the title of a glass exhibition featuring works by Bowling Green State University alumni, faculty, students and friends
  • The exhibition is at the Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood in The Arts Commission office across the street from the Glass Pavilion, and is part of Toledo’s Month of Glass
  • Organized by Loraine Ruetz, the show continues through Oct. 22; there will be a closing reception on Oct. 22
  • Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Gathered Makes Glass for Glass Symphony

  • Probably the most unique event of the month of glass – Gathered Glassblowing Studio designed six one-of- a-kind pieces in response to the six movements of the Philip Glass Symphony “Heroes”
  • WGTE’s film crew then created six short films of the Gathered team making the glass
  • On Oct. 13, when the Toledo Symphony performs the music, the edited video will be projected behind the orchestra for all to watch
  • The six pieces will be auctioned during a reception immediately following the performance
  • The “artifacts” of this collaboration – the glass objects – tell a story of Gathered’s interpretation of the music, and so do the films
  • For tickets,

Robin and Julia Rogers Exhibition and Visit at Gathered

  • Gathered Glassblowing Studio will welcome Robin and Julia Rogers as visiting artists Oct. 20-23
  • During their visit, the husband and wife team will create new work in their Animalia Fantastica series
  • On the night of Oct. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., Gathered with host an open house with new work from this and other series, a hot glass performance by the Rogers, as well as refreshments; the free event is generously supported in part by Steve and Marcia Seubert, and Milt and Lee Hackel
  • For more information about the Rogers work, visit

Loraine Ruetz in Exhibition at Ann Arbor Art Center

  • Loraine Ruetz, glass instructor at Bowling Green State University, has had two glass sculptures accepted in an upcoming exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center
  • The Center’s 94th annual All Media Exhibition will open Oct. 14 and continue through Nov. 12 at 117 W. Liberty St.

Henry Ford Museum Opens Modern Glass Gallery Oct. 14

  • “Step inside the new Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery to experience how science and art collided during an unexpected chapter in the history of American glass”
  • That’s the pitch from The Henry Ford Museum announcing the Oct. 14 opening of their Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery
  • THF says the gallery will trace the innovation story of Studio Glass from its founding in 1962 to the present by examining selected artists and their contributions
  • As reported in this newsletter in July, the Museum has thousands of historic glass objects but until now, only a few pieces had been shown in period rooms
  • The Museum recently received a substantial collection of contemporary glass, which brings its holdings up to the present time
  • The new gallery is in a space previously dedicated to silver
  • Next up in glass for THF will be the Greenfield Village Glass Gallery, a new exhibition space in a building now being renovated for opening in April 2017

Pilchuck Auction Catalog Available Online

  • The Pilchuck Glass School’s auction catalog is available online at
  • The Auction Gala and Celebration of Glass will be held Oct. 15 at Freemont Studios in Seattle
  • Proxy bidding is available

Glass Axis Seeks Wearable Art for Exhibition

  • Glass Axis in Columbus is currently seeking wearable art pieces for a gallery exhibition Jan. 13 through March 4
  • So send them an old glass fashion show piece or make something new
  • Glass Axis is also seeking participants for this year’s Glassquerade glass fashion show
  • They are seeking 80s themed costumes

Open Call: 2016 GAS Online Student Exhibition

  • The Glass Art Society invites all current student members through Dec. 31 to apply to have their work included in the 2016 International Online Student Exhibition.
  • Review eligibility guidelines and submit your work through the online entry form
  • For more information, email [email protected]

Open Call: 2016-2017 Gas Student Representative

  • The Glass Art Society is seeking applications from eligible students to become the next student representative on its board of directors
  • This is an important position on the board, serving as the primary champion of student projects and the intermediary between student members and the general membership of GAS
  • To apply, review the eligibility requirements ( and send all necessary application materials to [email protected]

Call for Entries: Goggleworks Juried Exhibition

  • GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa., has announced an open call to all professional artists, age 18 and up, who design and produce their own work, to show in their 11th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Open to all media, the exhibition aims to curate a selection of exemplary contemporary work from artists around the country
  • A catalog will be published by GoggleWorks containing artists’ bios and images of work(s), together with the juror’s bio and statement
  • All entries are due by midnight, Feb. 28; exhibition dates are April 29 through June 4, 2017

Habatat Galleries Celebrating 30 years at Navy Pier

  • Habatat Galleries will once again be at the SOFA Chicago Art Fair at Navy Pier, Nov. 3‑6
  • Their display will feature more than 50 artists working with glass
  • Here is a sample of what will be in their booth:
    • Shelley Muzylowsi Allen and Davide Salvadore have collaborated for the first time since 2012 and will have a body of work at SOFA; the last body of their work sold out
    • Richard Marquis and Nick Mount are collaborating and Habatat is planning to exhibit six works from this collaboration at SOFA Chicago
    • Stephen Rolfe Powell has just completed a new panel series that Habatat will have on display at SOFA
    • Vivian Wang will be exhibiting a new collection of six sculptures; the series is titled The Children of Edo and Habatat reports that Wang has sold out every year since 2012
    • Also on display will be the historic collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin, which includes works from their 54 year history of collecting studio glass
    • Albert Paley and Paul Stankard will be featured; Paley will be giving a talk and Stankard will give a talk and have a book signing
  • Contact Habatat Galleries for complimentary tickets to the show; send a message to [email protected] and mention SOFA TICKETS

Four-Person Show at River House Arts

  • River House Arts and Contemporary Art Toledo are presenting HUSH.ex, an exhibition of works in glass and mixed media by Philadelphia artists Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius and Sharyn O’Mara
  • The show will be on view through Oct. 22 at 425 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo
  • HUSH.ex is the second iteration of a body of work that debuted last spring at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • Working over the course of a year, the artists – who are also colleagues on the glass faculty at Tyler School of Art, Temple University – created visually and conceptually diverse works that include site-specific installations as well as individual sculptures and drawings
  • At the outset, the artists recognized commonalities in their practice: reflection (literal and figurative) and distillation; they began with a collective desire to see past the overstimuli of the digital age and to focus on the analog, narrow the vocabulary from color to gray scale, and capture the power of memory and reflection in interpretation of experience
  • And yet, there is nothing simplistic either in the ambition or scope of any of the artists’ work
  • This ambition and scope of the project and the artists have not gone unnoticed; Biddle, Cowan, Julius and O’Mara are featured in the September 2016 edition of the publication, Glass Quarterly; in it, Alexander Rosenberg writes: “It is uncommon to find the flashy and performative medium of glass used to express silence or solitude, but the four artists here offer a convincing alternative to the noise and hyper-connectivity of digital culture.”

Salvadore Family Exhibition at Sherrie Gallerie

Directions Exhibition at Glass Axis in Columbus

  • Directions, a juried glass art exhibition, continues through Oct. 22 at Glass Axis in Columbus
  • The exhibition showcases glass art inspired by the many directions our lives take, from the familiar to the foreign; art in the exhibition is inspired by travels throughout the country, the world and within the artists’ individual microcosms
  • The exhibit features work that is comprised of at least 50 percent glass and includes blown glass with hand-painted imagery, kiln-formed (fused) glass and flame worked glass sculptures

Cleveland Area Briefs

  • Marc Petrovic has work in a group exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland that continues through Oct. 29
  • The Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus has an exhibition titled The Glass Matrix that showcases the intricate glass forms of Brent Kee Young, along with work by Shawn Messenger, Marc Petrovic, Kari Russell-Pool and others who studied under Young at the Cleveland Institute of Art; the exhibition continues through Oct. 16
  • Brent Kee Young, Kari Russell-Pool, Marc Petrovic and two other glass artists have work in an exhibition at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, (FAVA) an independent, non-profit art organization in Oberlin, Ohio; titled Paper & Glass, the exhibition continues through Oct. 30–glass.html

Harue Shimimoto, Brent Kee Young at Hawk Galleries

Exhibitions with Matt Paskiet SculptureOne Ending Sunday!

  • In addition to his own gallery at Firenation in Holland, Ohio, there are several other locations where you can see glass sculpture by Matt Paskiet
  • Tieton, Wash. – Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 10x10x10xTieton, 7th Annual International Small Works Exhibition, continues through Sunday, Oct. 9
  • Highlands, N.C. – The Bascom, 2016 American Art Today: What is American Art?, Oct. 1 through Dec. 11
  • Brentwood, Md. – Brentwood Arts Exchange, Front Window Featured Artist, Jan. 16 through March 11, 2017
  • Nashville, Tenn. – Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University, solo exhibition, 2017
  • Ann Arbor, Mich. – University of Michigan Health System Gifts of Art Gallery, solo exhibition, 2017

Month of Glass Events in Toledo

  • The Arts Commission has a series of glassy events listed in a Month of Glass through Oct. 22
    • Hot Glass Gala Auction, Edison Lobby – Oct. 20
    • The glass sculpture of Julia and Robin Rogers will be featured at Gathered Glassblowing Studio, 23 N. Huron St., Toledo – Oct. 21
    • Glass Fashion Show Gala, the Toledo Museum of Art – Oct. 22

SOFA Chicago Nov. 3-6

  • Sculptural Objects, Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Chicago will be Nov. 4-6 this year with opening night on Thursday, Nov. 3