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The Glass Art Guild Heads to the Loge Gallery

Pioneer Theater Postcard with Details

Guild artists will have their work on display at Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery during the run of “Mama Mia” in May. Artists will have a variety of 2-D art, 3-D art, and jewelry available for purchase. Join us in May to see a fabulous play and equally fabulous art!

Check out our Shows page for additional information.

Glass Art Guild of Utah will have work on display at Pioneer Theatre in May!


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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

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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

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

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 (, 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:


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 ( during the run of King Charles III in March and April. In November and December, the Guild returned to Red Butte Garden ( for its 14th Annual Glass at the Garden Show and Sale. Both of these events were quite successful for the Guild’s participating artists.


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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Guadalupe School Glass Project

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I  went out to the new Guadalupe School today (1385 N. 1200 W.) to deliver the glass plates and bowls that Lori and I put together using the kids’ 4″ square tiles.  See the pics below to see the 13 pieces that we made (the big & dazzly ones are Lori’s, of course).  They will give 11 to their major donors at their opening ceremony on Aug. 28th.

Needless to say, everyone who saw the pieces was just thrilled to see them and very grateful for all the work that we did (including those who helped teach).

I also delivered the creche figures that Suz had donated for them.  At the new school (about 50,000 sq. ft. vs their old 12,000 sq ft), they actually have room to store donations for future fundraisers, which they’ll do with that.  They appreciated your kind donation, Suz.

Both Jodi and I (and possibly Lori) plan to attend the grand opening ceremony and I’ll take some pics and write up a brief blurb about our participation for our website.  I don’t want these pics to go on the website until they get in the hands of the donors.  If anyone else wants to attend, please feel free to join us at 9 a.m. on the 28th. There should be a good crowd.

Once they get fully moved in and figure out their wall space possibilities, they’d love to talk to us about possibly doing a glass wall display of the kids’ self-portraits in glass, which is yet another project that Jodi has dreamed up.

Thanks to all of you who have played a role in this effort and all the efforts we’ve been involved in to help the Guadalupe School raise funds.  They do wonderful work and it is so nice to see them in a beautiful and efficient new building.



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Guadalupe School Glass Workshop



We had a very successful glass teaching experience at the Guadalupe School on June 23 and June 30, with teachers and helpers: Jodi McRaney-Rusho (teacher), Christine Kende (our new glass teacher–Jodi’s handed the torch over to her!), Kerry Collett, Judy Farmer, and me.  Lots of darling young glass students and we had some press from Fox News (which Christine handled very nicely).


As Jodi saw Christine in action, working with the kids, press, everything, she breathed a great sigh of relief! (and will return to her other day jobs).  The kids made sun catchers and a 3×3″ piece that will turn into beautiful auction-able platters, bowls, wall hangings, and other delightful pieces.


These fun notes of gratitude were sent to the presenters.


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GAGU members particpate in Annual Art and Soup Fundraiser

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Artist Linda Kalmar and her contributions to the event

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Wayne Jacobsen with a sample of his artwork

Guild Members, Wayne Jacobsen and Linda Kalmar were invited to participate in the Annual Art and Soup Event that was held at the Salt Palace April 8,9,10, 2014. Art and Soup raises funds for Community Nursing Services and this was their 16th year.

In the past, GAGU artists have been involved with the Art and Soup show. For quite a few years Dinah Ihle, past president of the Guild, was the only glass artist to participate in Art & Soup, then Jodi McRaney Rusho participated in 2013, and Lori Sharff created (with Dan’s sandblasting help) the awards for the function this year.

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Announcing our Spring Glass Show


Join us for our Spring Glass Show at One World Gifts. You will see recent work of Utah’s best warm glass artists. This is the perfect time to shop for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Birthday gifts. Or, pick up something fun for yourself.

One World Gifts is located at 2166 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Another Successful Red Butte Show

red-butte-2013-frontThe Glass Art Guild of Utah conducted its 11th Gardens from November 8 through December 8, 2013. Twenty-five Guild artists submitted over 450 pieces of glass art, with a wide range of glass techniques, sizes, and prices. Red Butte sold 222 pieces amounting to over $13,460 in sales, with over $9600 going to our artists.

Red Butte tells us this is the best show they have each year and their employees and patrons look forward to buying special Christmas gifts at the show. Red Butte is a special place for Guild artists to show their glass because its large windows provide unique natural lighting which shows off this diverse array of glass. Guild artists include a wide range of talents and experience, from hobbyists who create glass art in their basement or garage to nationally and even internationally renowned glass artisans.

GAGU appreciates our esteemed judges from the 2013 show: Gretchen Dietrich, director, UMFA, Becca Maksym, assistant curator, UMOCA, and Lara Griffin, artist, glass collector.

Our 2013 Winners:

Lampwork – Mike Hurst – body of work
Kiln fired – Jodi McRaney Rusho – body of work
Jewelry – Connie Lundberg – body of work

Lampwork – Mike Hurst – Pink/purple Vortex
Kiln fired – Howard Farmer – On Edge
Jewelry – Kathy Watt – Large Teardrop Pendant

Cheryl Mertz – Parallel Universe

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Call for Entry 12th Statewide Black & White Competition

Eccles Community Art Center
2580 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
Contact: Sandy Havas, Debra Muller

The Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden is announcing a call for entry for its 12th Black & White Statewide Juried Competition. This competition is open all artists who presently reside in the state of Utah. Original work in any medium, including paintings, photographs, prints, monoprints, drawings, graphics, pottery, sculptures, and textiles are eligible. Only work in black, white and/or shades of gray will be accepted. Works must have been completed within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited in a juried exhibit sponsored by the Eccles Community Art Center. Click here for more information

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Glass in the Garden

Join us for the annual Glass in the Garden Show

November 8 – December 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artist Reception, Sunday December 10, 2-5 p.m.

Congratulations to all of our award winners:

Lampwork – Mike Hurst – Body of Work
Kiln Fired – Jodi McRaney Rusho – Body of Work
Jewelry – Connie Lundberg – Body of Work
Lampwork – Mike Hurst – Pink/purple Vortex
Kiln Fired – Howard Farmer – On Edge
Jewelry – Kathy Watt – Large Teardrop Pendant
Cheryl Mertz – Parallel Universe

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Artist in Residency – Guadalupe School – Part 4

After all of the fundraising projects were finished, we all attended the Art in the Garden fundraising event at the Draper Cactus and Tropicals.   The collaborative glass project sold very quickly and were quite well received.

The Glass Art Guild loved having this opportunity and is looking forward to another, even larger project with the Guadalupe School in the spring of 2013.

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