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January 2020 Newsletter

This Month's Header Background Design: Jen Blazina, Transcience (2015), antique chains, cast glass, life-size (private collection)
Video Interview with Glass Artist Rik Allen

Click on this picture to view the video on YouTube!

Rik Allen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University (NH). In 1995, Rik came to the Northwest to work at Pilchuck Glass School, and also become a member of the William Morris sculpture team, specializing in engraving, cutting, and finishing glass sculpture for 12 years.

In 2005, Rik established a glass and sculpture studio with his wife, artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen at their property in Skagit County, Washington. In addition to being artists, Rik and Shelley have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass in Toyama, Japan, and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England. They have also taught nationally, including the Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and at Pilchuck.

Rik has had solo exhibitions of his sculptural work and installations throughout the country, including Seeker at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington, Innersphere at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and at Blue Rain Gallery, Traver Gallery, and Thomas Riley Galleries. His current series of work has been in the form of spacecraft, rockets, and scientific apparatus. While many of Rik's pieces have a reference to his curiosity for science, they also convey humor, simple narratives, and a lightheartedness that is embodied in much of science fiction’s antiquated vision of the future.

Rik Allen

His work has been featured and reviewed in American Craft Magazine, American Art Collector, Glass Art Magazine, and Launch Magazine, and is held in national and international private collections.

For more information on Rik, visit Blue Rain Gallery ( and see his new website

Women in Glass - On Fire!

Collaboration between GANM, New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Blue Rain Gallery

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Blue Rain Gallery
544 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Glass Art by Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Carol Lujan, Mary Shaffer and Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Join us for wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres and a panel discussion (with spectacular glass artworks) by four magnificent local & regional women glass artists: Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Carol Lujan, Mary Shaffer and Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

Limited to 80 participants.

Tickets must be pre-purchased at $40 per person.

Please register at

Blue Rain Gallery, NMSCNMOWITA, and GANM logos

GANM Scholarship Program for New Mexico Glass Artists

Glass Alliance New Mexico is pleased to announce that it is reinstating its scholarship program for glass artists who reside and work in New Mexico. The first $500 scholarship(s) will be awarded in March 2020. For our Spring scholarship program, applications will be accepted until March 1, 2020. We ask that you download, fill out, and print the form and mail to the address as indicated with requested images.

Scholarships will be awarded twice a year - in the Spring and Fall. Applicants can be at any point of their glass career, but all must be able to show an aptitude for working with this material and have a body of work that demonstrates their skills and potential to continue to grow in this medium. Scholarships can be used for education, supplies or equipment and every proposal will be considered.

The GANM Artist Committee will review the applications and meet informally with the finalists. The finalists' applications will be reviewed by the GANM Board and the winners will be announced immediately thereafter. Multiple scholarships will be awarded each year, so don't be discouraged if you are not selected at this time.

If scholarship is used for something besides supplies or equipment, GANM will appreciate a follow-up report that can be shared with the GANM Board and Members.

Download the GANM Scholarship Application Form.

Meet the Maestro: Jen Blazina
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time to be confirmed

Bullseye Resource Center - Santa Fe
805 Early Street, Building E
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Glass Alliance members and Guests: Free
Become a member at - it's easy to join!

Glass art by Jen Blazina
"Homage to Corning" (2015) - plate glass, screen-print, steel

As an artist, Jen is intrigued with the idea that what is precious to one person will be discarded by another. Her work is influenced by commonplace possessions, familial vignettes and photographs. These evoke an ephemeral sense of past memories, whether found in a second-hand shop or passed down from family. She is often attracted to and captivated by the lost beauty of subtle images and materials.

By re-creating and casting mementos in glass and metal, Jen transforms their history in her own voice. This process allows her to capture and hold onto another time in the past, as these objects allude to narratives from fleeting moments.

Jen has her studio in Philadelphia. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, while winning awards and being in numerous collections worldwide. She is a Professor of Fine Art at Drexel University.

Glass art by Jen Blazina
"8mm" (2014) - cast glass, found object, video

Learn more about Jen Blazina at

Meet the Maestro: Brent Cole
Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:00am
     (Refreshments at 9:30am)

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Glass Alliance members and Guests: Free
Become a member at - it's easy to join!

Glass art by Brent Cole
Surface (2016) - Blown and slumped glass - 40" x 40" x 8"

It has been said that in the arts, we tell lies to get at the truth. Cole uses different materials and perceptual perspectives to get at an idea from several different vantage points. He is interested in the intersection of our own personal histories and how their recalling changes over time: at what point do they translate from personal stories to self-aggrandized mythologies? Can these stories become part of the larger culture? Cole explores elements of personal navigation: how do we relate to the stars, the sea and each other? Cole’s work utilizes natural and man-made navigational tools to describe metaphorical and contextural environments.

Now an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State School of Art, he assumed the lead faculty position of Ball State University's new glass program in 2010.

Glass art by Brent Cole
Fractured Family Tree (2015) - Enameled glass on wood panel

Learn more about Brent Cole at

A Note from Harry and Tom

Our Maestro program in December featured Glass artist Michael Mikula at Globe Fine Art. Thanks to Michael for his engaging presentation and to Steve & Martha at Globe for hosting this event.

The next day, Roddie & Steve Harris hosted GANM's Brunch and Book Auction at their marvelous home. Thank you to Roddie & Steve, our fundraising team, book donors and the numerous book purchasers for making this event successful - this will help GANM fund our Scholarship program in 2020 (see the section above for information on this program).

Our Board Elections were completed. We welcome two new members: Eileen Miles Biggs and Brian Weiss. Reelected to the Board were Harry Miller, Tom Murdock, Leslie Walker-Hirsch, Susan Hancock and Ellen Premack. Thank you to Barbara Bloomberg for her efforts on the Board in 2019 and we look forward to her future contributions. GANM Board members that continue to serve are Jerry Silverstein, Sarah Nelson, Willi Haye, Lucy Lyon, and Steve Harris.

On January 23, Women in Glass: On Fire! will take place at Blue Rain Gallery - see the information earlier in this Newsletter and join us for our conversations with Glass Artists Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Carol Lujan, Mary Shaffer and Judy Tuwaletstiwa. This will be followed by a full schedule of Maestro programs throughout 2020, as well as our annual member party and other events.

2019 was successful for GANM. Thank you to our Board, Gallery and individual members for everyones efforts. Looking forward to 2020 for our opportunities to continue enhancing the Glass Arts in our communities and beyond!

Harry and Tom

Thank you to New and Renewing Members!
  • Susan Delaney
  • Bullseye Glass - Morgan Dougherty, Mitch Miller, Lisa Wood
  • Betsy & Richard Ehrenberg
  • Bea Eleftheriou
  • Douglas Gillis
  • Dale & David Goldheim
  • Susan & Steven Goldstein
  • Laura Goodwin
  • Jon Gurrola
  • Victoria T. Jacobson
  • Lois Manno
  • Rose Mary Molnar
  • Sarah & Thomas Nelson
  • Toby Quinley
  • Jerry Silverstein & Bob Zimmerman
  • Linda Mae Tratechaud
  • Laurel & Michael Vander Velde
  • Leslie Walker-Hirsch & Bennett Hirsch
  • Kathryn Wolf
  • Paula & John Wulff
Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable!

If you are not yet a member and want to join GANM, please go to our website:


GANM Member News

Bullseye Santa Fe
Bullseye 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!
  • Graphic Coasters, January 11
  • Glass Fusing Fundamentals, January 18
  • Vitrigraph Plate, January 25
  • Perfect Pendants, February 1
  • Glass Fusing Fundamentals, Febraury 5
  • Color Curve, February 15
  • Stripes and Dots, February 22
  • Under Pressure, February 29 and March 7
  • Design with Decals, March 14
  • Dam it Drop it, March 24 & 26-28
  • Color Theory For Kilnformed Glass: Fear No Color, with Richard Parrish, May 2-6
  • Tapestry with Richard Parrish, May 8-11
  • Sculpting the Void: Lost Wax Kilncasting with Mark Abildgaard, July 29-30 and August 1

Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery, in addition to Women in Glass - On Fire! discussed above, is showing Glass Sculpture collaborations by Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano, as well as Glass Sculptures by Dan Friday.

Holsten Galleries
Holsten Galleries, in their December Newsletter, showed a number of Lino Tagliapietra works now in inventory. Go to for more information, as well as images of other works showing at this "virtual gallery."

In this issue:
   1. Video Interview with Rik Allen
   2. Special Event: Women in Glass: On Fire!
   3. GANM Scholarship Program for New Mexico Glass Artists
   4. Meet the Maestro: Jen Blazina
   5. Meet the Maestro: Brent Cole
   6. A Note from Harry and Tom
   7. Thank You to Members
   8. GANM Member News
   9. What's Heating Up!
   10. Glass Events to Know About
   11. Call For Artists

Heating Up!

Special Event:
Women in Glass: On Fire!

A panel discussion with four magnificent local and regional women glass artists:
Shelley Muzylowski Allen,
Carol Lujan,
Mary Shaffer and
Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

Thurs, Jan 23, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 pm
(hors d’oeuvres & wine to be served)

Blue Rain Gallery
544 S. Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Limited to 80 participants.
Tickets must be pre-purchased at $40 per person. Register now at

Bullseye SF Logo
Meet the Maestro:
Jan Blazina

Feb 8, 2020
Saturday, Time to be confirmed
Bullseye Glass Resource Center - Santa Fe
805 Early Street, Building E
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Globe Fine Art Logo
Meet the Maestro:
Brent Cole

Mar 21, 2020
Saturday, 10:00am
(refreshments at 9:30am)

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Glass Events to Know About

Corning Museum of Glass
(Corning, NY)

New Glass Now

NOW through Jan 20, 2020

Corning Museum of Glass new exhibition, New Glass Now, features objects, installations, videos and performances made in the last three years by over 100 artists and architects of 31 nationalities from more than 25 countries.

Go to under the New Glass Now title to explore what is happening.

Glass Coast Weekend

February 6-9, 2020

Habatat Galleries is hosting its Glass Coast Weekend February 6-9, 2020 in Sarasota/St. Petersburg, Florida. Reservations are required, so go to for an itinerary and further information.

Call For Artists

GANM Scholarship Program for New Mexico Glass Artists; see program description in the left column of this Newsletter for complete information.

Download the application

Note the due date is March 1, 2020.

It's easy to join GANM

If you want to become a member, please go to our website:

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