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April 2018 Newsletter
In this issue:
Video Interview with Gallery Owner Kurt Nelson
Meet the Maestros:  Jerre Davidson and George Whitney
Meet the Maestro:  Matthew Szösz
A Note from David
A Thank You to Members
GANM Member News
Glass Events to Know About
Video Interview with Gallery Owner Kurt Nelson
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Kurt Nelson is the owner and director of  Palette Contemporary Art and Craft in Albuquerque. A successful self-styled gallerist for more than 14 years, he prominently features glass art, both in contemporary and mid-century forms, as well as paintings, limited edition prints, and jewelry.  
Mid-Century inventory includes vintage watches, radios, and clocks.  Palette routinely participates in national shows such as the LA ART SHOW, Palm Springs Modernism, and SOFA Chicago. 
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft
400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87109
Hours:   Mon - Sat 10:00am - 6:00pm
Phone:  505.855.7777 

Meet the Maestros:  
Jerre Davidson and
George Whitney
Saturday April 7th, 2018, @ 10:00am  
(Refreshments at 9:30am)
Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501  

Please RSVP now by clicking the link below:
Glass Alliance members: FREE
Guests: $10 charge for admission
Want to become a member?  Go to our website ( - it's easy to join!
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jerre studied at The Scottish Ballet School and later danced professionally. These early experiences are fundamental to her identity and her love of dance and music is evident in the flowing cast glass sculptures she creates. Each sculpture explores the shifting rhythms of a particular space and she uses gestural shapes, light, shadow and reflection, to capture these spatial rhythms.
Jerre Davidson - Arete Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
Jerre studied at various centers of excellence in glass education, including Pilchuck, The Studio at Corning, and North Lands Creative Glass Centre in Caithness, Scotland. She has received a number of awards, including a first place award of excellence in sculpture at the Canadian Society of Artists exhibition. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Scotland, USA and Canada. She works out of her studio in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Learn More about Jerre Davidson

Following a 38 year career as a tool maker, manager and business owner, George became a full time artist working in glass. Through published material and workshops with top glass talents, he has worked to develop his technical skills and his voice.  

He is drawn to abstract, geometric sculpture, the volume of it, the form, the textures. Working with the shapes he found, George adapts them, combining elements of multiple forms and unrelated textures, to arrive at a final destination. 
By combining the curving lines of nature, together with the angular lines of geometry and then interpreting them in glass, he attempts to create a sculpture that results in a gentle merging of the entities; one working with the other, to create effects of light and shadow, as well as a sense of structural strength and unity.
Learn More about George Whitney

Meet the Maestro:  
Matthew Szösz
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 10:00am
(Refreshments at 9:30am)
form & concept 
435 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Please RSVP now by clicking the link below:
Glass Alliance members: FREE
Guests: $10 charge for admission
Want to become a member?  Go to our website ( - it's easy to join! 
Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szösz has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. He was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck in 2007, and a Wheaton Fellow in 2008. In 2009 he was an artist in residence at Nagoya Institute for the Arts and taught a workshop at Toyama Glass Institute. Matthew won the 2009 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, becoming only the second American to do so. In 2011, he was a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Winner. The following year, he was selected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution as one of the top young Craft artists in America for their exhibition "40 under 40."  This year he will complete residencies at the Toledo Museum of ArtCanberra Glassworks, and the Danish Royal Academy.
For Matthew, setting up just one glass art experiment is an involved process. It all leads to that pivotal moment when the sculpture either takes its final shape or shatters. This spirit of fearless experimentation is reflected in his dazzlingly innovative, award-winning oeuvre. 
Learn More about Matthew Szösz
form & concept is having a public opening for Matthew Szösz: "Minimal Tension"
Friday, April 27, 5:00-7:00pm, coinciding with the opening of Debra Baxter’s sculpture show “Tooth & Nail.” The exhibition runs through May 19.
Matthew will also give an artist talk at the gallery  Sat, April 28, 2:00-3:00pm.

A Note from David
The GANM had the pleasure of hosting yet another impressive maestro team. A rapt audience was treated to a fascinating collaborative presentation by artists Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty at Globe Fine Art. The GANM thanks Globe Fine Art and Steven Cie for hosting us.
Jennifer’s flameworked glass art is incredible. Her work, with high temperature borosilicate glass, creates large (and small) sea creatures, sometimes whimsical and in many cases, in their habitat or fanciful habitats, also, glass tea pots covered with daisies, jewelry and honey bees with combs. Her techniques involve intricate precision in order to create the exquisite detail of sea life or bees in a multitude of settings and scale. Jason’s technical contributions to their work are embodied in his cast and slumped glass, photographic transferences, structural designs and engineering ingenuity to name just a few of his amazing creative contributions. Together this collaborative team is a true tour de force.
We have many events upcoming and look forward to having you join us (see many of these described throughout this Newsletter). Noteworthy for our members, on July 1st the GANM will hold a Summer Business/Social meeting at the home of Leslie and Bennett Hirsch. We promise an enjoyable afternoon with refreshments, time to socialize with friends and topics of interest. Details will follow in future Newsletters. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.
Enjoy Spring in New Mexico.
Best regards, David

A Thank You to Members
...for becoming new members or renewing in the last month!
  • Marilyn Batts
  • Laura Cowan
  • Steven G. Isaacson
  • Victoria T. Jacobson
  • Susan A. Hancock & Harry L. Miller
  • Susanne Pinkham
  • Mary Shaffer
  • Fred Shomer
  • Enid Tidwell
Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable! 
GANM Member News
* Bullseye Santa Fe
has scheduled the following classes. Contact Bullseye at 505.467.8951 for further details and to make reservations.  Make sure you mention if you are a current GANM member!  
  • Vitrigraph Cane & Murrine, April 20-22
  • Design, Blast and Fire, April 28
  • Image Block: Creating Visual Depth, May 4-7
  • Hip to be Square:  Graphic Coasters, May 9
  • Working in Shallow Space: Bas-Relief Kiln-Glass with Richard Parrish, May 12-15
  • Tapestry, with Richard Parrish, May 17-20
  • New Glass Fusing Fundamentals, May 23
  • Screen Printing for Kiln Glass, June 1-4
  • VitriGraphic Plate, June 9
  • Creative Concepts in Kilnforming with Morgan Van Madison, June 15-18
  • Photographic and Other Processes for Sandblasting Kiln Glass, June 29-July 1
Bullseye Catalog 12 is now available. It has 80+ full-color pages filled with glass, supplies, tools, technical advice, artistic inspiration and more. Get a free copy by confirming your mailing address at
* Blue Rain Gallery
is showing new glass sculptures by Benjamin Cobb, Las Tres Cabezas de Señor Cafe by Leroy Garcia and glass sculptures by Preston Singletary. They will have glass sculpture demonstrations by Dan Friday on May 25 and 26. 

* The Second Annual Art Business Summit
will take place April 6-7 at the Santa Fe Community College. This is a career acceleration event for Visual Artists delivered by the Arts Business Institute and the Clark Hulings Fund. Topics will include: Building Gallery Relationships; Selling Art Online; Building an Action Plan; Your Power Collective; Power Collective in Practice; Creative Marketing for Artists; Marketing by Collaborative Storytelling; Pricing for Profit; Artist to Artist Accountability; and More. Go to for additional information and to register.
* The Santa Fe Community College Glass Club 
will hold its spring sale on Wednesday & Thursday, May 2-3, 2018.  Glass artists will show their work in the SFCC main lobby on both days from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  The Glass Club is comprised of SFCC Student Artists who create work in a variety of methods, from fusing to casting, using creative contemporary methods.  Vibrant colors and luminescent  glass are all part of the beauty you will see, encompassing intriguing sculptural pieces on metal bases, whimsical work and functional glassware.  The glass artistry being sold will be in a wide range of patterns, some combined with metals, paints and other materials using kilns to fuse or slump the final products.  For further information contact Ellen Premack at 303.513.4401 or
* The Santa Fe Studio Arts Collective
meets regularly with SCORE professionals at the Santa Fe Incubator for continued support on the sustainability, growth and development of SFSAC/SFST. SCORE has developed a series of workshops specifically to support Creatives and the Arts economy. Most of these workshops are free, but there are also ones that have a $30 fee. These workshops take place from now until June 13. Go to for information.
* GANM Artist/Collector Information 
The April/May issue of American Craft Magazine has an article on “Planning Your Legacy” which should be of interest to our Artist and Collector members.

Glass Events to Know About
Museum of Arts and Design LogoNew $50,000 Artist Award Created
The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC has created the Burke Prize to recognize artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American Studio Craft movement. Eligible applicants include United States-based artists under the age of 45, who work with glass, fiber, clay, metals or wood. The application database is now open and will close April 30, 2018. The winner of the inaugural Burke Prize will be announced in the fall of 2018. 
Go to and click on Burke Prize to see complete detail.
AACG Annual Member Trip Has Been Scheduled
The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) has issued its Save the Date notice for its 2018 annual member trip:  Wednesday, August 15 - Sunday, August 19.  The trip to San Francisco will include tours of home collections, museum events and studio tours, plus "surprise activities".  Registration details will be emailed to members soon, including the information needed to register for the hotel at AACG’s preferred rate.  
Go to for added information and look for the upcoming email.
Corning Museum of Glass LogoNew Glass 2019- Call for Entries
New Glass 2019, a flagship publication of The Corning Museum of Glass, is an international survey of contemporary glass.
The Corning Museum of Glass invites submissions to the exhibition and publication New Glass 2019, an international survey of contemporary glass celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Museum’s flagship publication, New Glass Review.
Launched in 1979, New Glass Review has served as an annual benchmark for contemporary glass, documenting the innovation, dexterity, and creativity of artists, designers, and architects working in this challenging material. Selected entries will be included in both New Glass Review 40 and the exhibition New Glass 2019.
Submissions accepted March 14 - May 31, 2018.
For more information, go to:
What's Heating Up?
April 7th, 2018
Saturday  10:00am
(9:30am refreshments)
Meet the Maestros:
Jerre Davidson and George Whitney

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
RSVP to 

April 27, 2018
Friday  5:00-7:00pm
Opening for Matthew Szösz 
Matthew Szosz untitled inflatable
form & concept 
435 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501


April 28, 2018
Saturday, 10:00am (refreshments at 9:30am)
Meet the Maestro: Matthew Szösz
Matthew Szosz untitled inflatable
form & concept
435 S. Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

April 28, 2018
Saturday 2:00-3:00pm
Matthew Szösz Artist Talk
Matthew Szosz untitled inflatable
form & concept
435 S. Guadalupe Str
Santa Fe, NM 87501

May 26, 2018
Saturday 10:00am
(refreshments at 9:30am)
Meet the Maestro:  
Timothy Stover
Timothy Stover Glass Art
Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM

June 8, 2018
Friday 5:00-7:00pm
Opening for Matthew Curtis
Matthew Curtis Section Pair
LewAllen Gallery
1613 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

June 9, 2018
Saturday 10:00am
(refreshments at 9:30am)
Meet the Maestro:
Matthew Curtis
LewAllen Galleries
1613 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

July 1, 2018
Sunday  (Time TBD)
GANM Business & Social Gathering
GANM logo
Leslie Walker Hirsch & Bennett Hirsch
604 Los Altos Norte
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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