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Glass Art Guild of Utah Recognizes the Best of Its Spring Show

The Glass Art Guild of Utah is pleased to announce the awards for its Spring Show and Sale. The exhibit is being held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery, which is on display through the end of May (see previous articles, below). The Guild recognizes the artists for their skill, creativity, and uniqueness in fused glass art. Here is the list for the 2018 show:

Best of Show, Connie Lundberg

Best of Show Large glass flowers, by Connie Lundberg

Best Fused Art, Ben Booth

Best Fused Art Kings Court, by Ben Booth

Best Functional Fused, Dana Worley

Best Functional Fused Tuxedo Bowl, by Dana Worley

Best Lampwork, Onno Matheus

Best Lampwork Palao, by Onno Matheus

Best Novelty, Jan Harris Smith

Best Novelty Garden Bells, by Jan Harris Smith

Most Innovative or Technically Difficult, Diane Whittaker

Most Innovative or Technically Difficult Open Vessel, by Diane Whittaker

Best Mixed Media, Diane Whittaker

Best Mixed Media Fish Panel, by Diane Whittaker

Best Fused Jewelry, Lori Scharf

Best Fused Jewelry Fused Glass Pendant, by Lori Scharf

In addition to these artists, the Guild would like to recognize its other members who participated in the show: Sharon Bresin, Barbara Busche, Kerry Collett, Ruth Ann Garner, Linda Kalmar, Suzanne Larson, Jodi McRaney-Rusho, Kathi Olsen, Joe Perretto, Amber Scheid, Takara Scheid, Kathy Watt, and Mary Young.


The Guild would like to thank Kandace Steadman (Finch Lane Gallery), Dan Cummings (Spectrum Glass Studio), and David Estes (David Estes Studio Art Gallery) for graciously volunteering their time to judge the event.

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Glass Art Guild of Utah’s Spring Show

Connie Lundberg, fused glass flowers

Connie Lundberg adds the finishing touches to a display of her fused glass flowers. 

Our artists have been hard at work the past few months preparing for the Guild’s Annual Spring show. This year, the show will be held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery in Salt Lake City.

Artists have prepared a variety of wall and 3-D art that will be on display during the run of Mama Mia, May 11 through 26. All artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on-hand during each performance to assist with sales, answer questions, and talk about the medium they love!

To learn more about the show or the Loge Gallery, visit Pioneer Theatre’s web site at http://www.pioneertheatre.org/ and the Loge Gallery at http://www.pioneertheatre.org/loge-gallery/

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Lori Scharf to Participate in Annual Art and Soup Event

Guild artist Lori Scharf will be participating in this year’s annual Art and Soup fundraising event. This local event, now in its 30th year, supports the CNS Charitable Care Program which provides charitable home health and hospice care to thousands of uninsured and underinsured low-income Utahns across the state.

To find out more about this event, visit the Community Nursing Services’ web site at https://www.cns-cares.org/art-soup, and to find out more about Lori, visit her artist’s page at http://www.glassartguild.org/?page_id=193.

Thank you, Lori, for supporting this vital fund-raising event in our community!

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Guild Members Learn New Glass Painting Techniques!

Teacher and artist Shelley Long, along with some of her amazing work!

Teacher and artist Shelley Long, along with some of her amazing work!

In January, the Glass Art Guild of Utah hosted glass and ceramic artist Shelley Long for a three-day fused glass painting class. Techniques included various painting methods, working in layers, and firing thicker slabs. Nine members of the Guild took advantage of this great opportunity to learn new skills.

Check out guild member Dana Worley’s blog post about the class for a summary, as well as links to some great tutorials. Stay tuned for some fabulous new work as our glass artists leverage the techniques they learned!

The Guild would like to thank Shelley for her great teaching and inspiration, guild member Kathy Watt for hosting the event in her home studio, and all the artists who were able to join us for this great long-weekend event.

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Glass Art Guild of Utah’s 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a year full of opportunities for the Glass Art Guild of Utah — opportunities to learn, exhibit and sell fused glass art, and share in the camaraderie of friends. Following are some of the highlights of this past year.

Educational Opportunities

Guild members stretching their legs

Participants stretch their legs on break during a business of art class

Building and Improving Your Art Business – Guild artists gathered at Salt Lake’s Downtown Artist Collective to learn about the business of art. Topics included marketing and pricing your work, photography, how to identify appropriate venues for your work, and the ups and downs of working the art festival circuit. Artist instructors included Desarae Lee, Jamie Kyle, and Chris Madsen (see http://www.downtownartistcollective.org/)

Kiln-formed Bead Workshop – Member artist and fused glass instructor Jodi McRaney Rusho led a workshop on creating fused glass beads. Jodi specializes in working with recycled glass. Her web site includes free tutorials, an on-line store, blog, newsletter, and a list of classes. Jodi can be found at https://glasswithapast.com/.

Beginning Silversmithing – Glass and metal artist Jan Harris Smith taught a beginning metalsmithing class for Guild members. Jan has been teaching art classes to adults for the past 22 years. She currently teaches fused glass and metalsmithing at Kimball Art Center in Park City (https://kimballartcenter.org/instructor-sort/jan-harris-smith/), and at Pioneer Craft House in Salt Lake.

Demos – The Guild meets every other month at Spectrum Studios in Salt Lake City. Time is set aside at the end of each meeting for demonstrations. Guild members are encouraged to share new work or demonstrate techniques they have been incorporating into their work. This year’s demos included:

Exhibitions

Artwork on display at Pioneer Theatre

Artwork on display at Pioneer Theatre

The Guild sponsored two art glass exhibition and sales this year with local partners. Pioneer Theatre Company hosted artists in its Loge Gallery (http://www.pioneertheatre.org/loge-gallery/) during the run of King Charles III in March and April. In November and December, the Guild returned to Red Butte Garden (http://www.redbuttegarden.org) for its 14th Annual Glass at the Garden Show and Sale. Both of these events were quite successful for the Guild’s participating artists.

Gatherings

The shared love of glass brings guild members together from very diverse backgrounds. In addition to glass, we all love good food, good company, and a good laugh! Guild members who attended the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas met during the event to enjoy dinner and share stories of the day’s activities. In September, the Guild also met at Sugar House Park for its annual picnic meeting (the most popular meeting of the year!).

Looking Ahead

The Guild is looking forward to another fun year of learning and sharing in 2018. We currently have two classes scheduled for the early part of the year and two opportunities for exhibition and sale. Check back often for the latest updates from the Guild!

Are you a Utah-based fused glass artist looking for a place to learn, grow, share, and exhibit your work? Contact us for membership information! 

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GAGU Paint Party – gearing up for Red Butte

Gearing up for this years “Glass at the Garden” show at Red Butte Gardens. Nothing like a little Paint Party to wipe away the wear and tear on our displays. Also, as always, it is a great excuse to get together with our glass friends.

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Annual “Glass In the Garden” Show and Sale – Red Butte Garden

Be sure to come check out our annual “Glass in the Garden” Show and Sale at Red Butte Garden!  We anticipate there will be a wide variety of beautiful glass art this year; and are looking forward to sharing our love of glass with everyone.


 

Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way, SLC UT 84108
Nov 3rd – Dec 17th
9am – 5pm Daily
Artists Reception: Nov 18th, 2017   2pm – 5pm

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Glass Art Guild of Utah Spring Show – Pioneer Theatre Company

The Pioneer Theater Show was a great success!


Artist: Barbra Busche

Thanks to our member Dana for documenting it very nicely.

Glass Art Guild of Utah Spring Show – Pioneer Theatre Company

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Upcoming Glass Art Show & Sale: Pioneer Theatre

We are excited to announce the upcoming show at Pioneer Theatre Company; March 24 – April 8th, 2017.
We hope you will come by to see the glass art and the show.

Admission to the Gallery is free; however show admission must be purchased separately.

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In Memory of Laurie Burns

It is with great sorrow that I say good bye to a dear friend and fellow
artist. I remember Laurie as always being bright and cheerful, full of
ambition and creativity. It was in the early days of the local fused glass
movement when I meet Laurie through the local glass scene. She and I, along
with the other core Guild members, had taken a few classes together and were
meeting from time to time to discuss what we were working on and what new
information was available. We all were interested in promoting our work and
as equally important promoting fused glass and educating the local
community in general as to what this art form was about.

I remember Laurie saying ‘we should form a guild or an organization of
glass artists to promote what we were doing.’ I remember her saying that
very well because I thought to myself at the time ‘what a silly idea that
was.’  It didn’t take long for me to realize how wrong I was and that
indeed it was a great idea and did exactly what Laurie had envisioned it
would. I consider Laurie to be the Mother of the Glass Art Guild of Utah
for having the vision to create it, the ambition to organize it and the
determination to keep it going through those early difficult years to make
it into the great organization it is today. She will be greatly missed.

Kerry Transtrum

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