2013 Message from the President

Guild President Cheryl Merz

Glass Art Guild of Utah 2013

A Year of Expanded Vision & Flourishing Talent

To many, a new year means a new beginning and the permission to approach life from a new perspective or travel in a different direction.

With art, every new sheet of glass, tool, book or idea feels like a fresh start and the chance to express ourselves and share feelings and concepts that might not otherwise get out of our heads. For an artistic-based organization like the Glass Art Guild of Utah we share the freshness of new venues, patrons, members and techniques, built on the foundation of a community that, for over ten years, has served as a partner and resource in the creative process. Our commitment is to grow this organization in a way that both nurtures the individual creative spirit and presents to the world around us a vast body of work that teaches and excites and inspires and, ultimately, carries on the fine art of working in glass.

While we seek out and embrace new opportunities, the Glass Art Guild will continue to share and experience the many things it does well: bringing world-class educators to Salt Lake City to add new talent to our creative repertoire, partnering with local organizations to provide others with the exciting experience of working with glass, and presenting a full spectrum of artistic talent in fun, festive and profitable shows.

2013 will bring the Guild to Southern Utah for its first ever show at the St. George Art Museum in late May, kicking off our state-wide traveling education show. David Alcala will bring his sandpainting-style techniques to town in early May. We will experience new skills and materials through classes and demonstrations from our exceptionally talented pool of members. And we will embark on a creative project that will partner young minds and glass genius in an innovative fundraising adventure.

The Glass Art Guild of Utah brings together artists with a passion for creativity in this mysterious and challenging medium who want to share their excitement with anyone who will listen. Maybe we’ll add a few of you as collectors or fellow artists along the way.

Cheryl Merz

President, Glass Art Guild of Utah

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