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July 2020 Newsletter

This month's header image: Piazzo Vases by Elodie Holmes

A Note from Harry and Brian

With social, political, and economic challenges at every turn, does glass art matter right now? YES!

At times such as these, there is an urgent need for anchor points, and reassurance that familiar things still exist and can still bring pleasure to our lives. Glass art is a reminder that there is still beauty and creativity and imagination and inspiration in the world and that these are permanent values which will transcend current difficulties.

That’s why we use this newsletter to point you toward the many online efforts that provide gallery tours, glass making demonstrations, artist interviews, and other virtual events. We celebrate and applaud the flexibility and ingenuity of those offering us an opportunity to enable glass to brighten our lives.

A reminder that the GANM board has extended all memberships by six months to show our appreciation for everyone’s choice to support glass art in New Mexico. We are working to enhance our website, especially those sections with information about scholarships, New Mexico glass history, membership benefits and matching gifts/donations.

A select group of the board has also reached out to Mark White, the new executive director of the New Mexico Museum of Art, to offer our support and make sure that he is aware of the active glass community in New Mexico. Clearly, it would be to the Museum’s benefit if glass could be part of the conversation as Mark directs the Museum’s future. The tone of the exchange appeared positive and we look forward to assisting any way we can.

This newsletter contains a listing of current happenings at our member galleries and their contact information. We have also listed a number of artist resources that can hopefully be useful. Keeping up with our artist and gallery members is most important, whether through their websites and gallery affiliations or other means of communication.

As always, we welcome your ideas, suggestions, and inquiries at

Thank you. Stay safe and well,

Harry and Brian

Video Interview with Steffen Plistermann

Click on this picture to view the video on YouTube!

Steffen Plistermann, our Spring 2020 scholarship award winner, started in the arts world 25 years ago with painting and sculpture in Seattle. He is now working in Santa Fe and Maui creating distinctive hand blown and sculpted glass. A fascination with organic colors, textures and shapes has finally found the perfect outlet and past experiences allow creative work that transcends the glass medium. Between heat, gravity, and centrifugal force, glass takes on a life of its own and Steffen ends up collaborating with the material, rather than trying to dictate an outcome. Through experimentation, he developed a process using glass powder that when layered, then heated and cooled in specific ways, allows him to create unique, distinctive finishes.

We look forward to following Steffen's success (see

Glass Art by Steffen Plistermann

Thank you to New and Renewing Members!
  • Mitch Berg
  • Deborah Gerrity
  • Margo and Tom Murdock
  • Joann Reiter and Michael Tobiason
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:

Gallery Member News

This and the next section (Artist Resources) are devoted to the backbone of GANM: Our gallery and artist members. We encourage staying supportive in any way possible. In the case of the galleries, most have worked very hard on their websites, and along with other communications, showcase beautiful works that are available. Most galleries represent art beyond glass, but our focus remains glass for purposes of our listings. Please note that our galleries are complying with guidelines and regulations relating to COVID-19 precautions. Check with the galleries for current status of events, classes and/or access.

Blue Rain Gallery, Works by Preston Singletary (including collaborations with Dante Marioni and Jody Naranjo), Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Rik Allen, Dan Friday, Ethan Stern, Nancy Callan, Benjamin Cobb and Leroy Garcia. A highlight event through July 4 is an Invitational Glass Show curated by Shelley Muzylowski Allen. It features 22 artists. Go to the Blue Rain website for the show catalog and other events.

Bullseye Santa Fe, bullseyeglass in Santa Fe, supplies glass for art and architecture. In addition, Bullseye has available a wide range of videos, from introductions to glass to artist demonstrations and publications. Virtual classrooms are periodically offered. Bullseye has convenient online and phone ordering available, (505) 467-8951. They are open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gerald Peters Contemporary, Through their partner company, Santa Fe Art Auction has a vintage folk art glass window that will be available in their online July 18-26 sale. Contact or (505) 954-5858 for details. Note, this is part of the auction New Mexico Now: Spanish Colonial to Spanish Market.

Globe Fine Art,, represents Curt Sullan, Tim Stover, Bruce Pizzichillo, Ruben Fasani, Gerry Newcomb, Laura Goodwin, Brian Russell, Alice Gebhardt, Kit Karbler and Peter Zelle.

Kenn Holsten Galleries,, is a virtual gallery. Recent featured artists include: Kevin Gordon, Lino Tagliapietra, Latchezar Boyadjiev and Jon Kuhn.

LewAllen Galleries,, represents Latchezar Boyadjiev, Peter Bremers, Matthew Curtis, John Kiley, Steve Klein, Lucy Lyon, Carmen Vetter, Hiroshi Yamano and Veruska Vagen.

Liquid Light Glass, and online store at, represents Elodie Holmes (including collaborative work with Enrico Embroil), Jannine Cabossel, Cia Thorne, Al Leedom, Steffen Plistermann, Sabina Holloway, and Tony Weber. Glass classes and demonstrations have been suspended due to Covid-19, but the Gallery will be open by appointment starting July 6.

Lujan Glass Studio, represents Chris Bogle, Shelby Kaye, Kacey McCreery and Ira Lujan.

Palette Contemporary Art & Craft,, 505-855-7777, Extending thru July 4th, 2020, Palette will offer a 20% price discount on works by the following glass artists: Lynne Rachel-Altman, Renato Foti, Asot Haas, Wendy Hannam, Jamie Harris, Katrina Hude, K.Hyewook-Huh, Jesper Johansen, and Sarah Nelson. This is a Special Sale for Glass Alliance - New Mexico members only and is not posted on Pallette's website. Palette also has just received some exciting new paperweights! With their striking color combinations and mysterious beautiful interior eternally cased in clear glass, paperweights are perfectly compact art glass sculptures. See below images for ones by Paul Harrie (geometric spirals), April Wagner (classic sea life and flowers), and Maria Batista (colorful abstract compositions). In all cases, visit Palette’s website for more examples of the large number of glass artists carried by Palette.

Paperweights from Palette Contemporary Art & Craft

Prairie Dog Glass,, is a glass blowing studio and gallery, which represents Patrick Morrissey, Mary Elsesser, Margo Nieman, Robert (Spooner) Marcus, Steffen Plistermann, Laura Goodwin, and Ira Lujan.

Tesuque Glass Works, shows work by Charlie Miner, David J. Shanfeld, Sabina Holloway, Jaira Avila, George O’Grady, Terry Baker, Adam Hernandez and George Barringer. Glass classes and demonstrations are regularly available. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Glassblowing demonstrations likely start July 1.

Winterowd Fine Art,, and Kay Contemporary Art,, represent Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Karen Bexfield, Dylan Martinez and Mark Leputa. New artist videos and gallery tours are regularly added on both websites.

Artist Resources
In this difficult time, there are increased sources for artists. The following sites should serve as initial steps to locate opportunities.

In this issue:
   1. A Note from Harry and Brian
   2. Video Interview with Steffen Plistermann
   3. Thank You to Members
   4. Gallery Member News
   5. Artist Resources
   6. Glass Events and Videos to Know About
   7. Board and Committee Listing

Glass Events to Know About

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

A silent auction is being held through July 18.

Go to for details.

Of note, Mark Abildgaard donated a piece to this auction. He was to be one of our upcoming Maestros, in conjunction with a Bullseye class that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Pilchuck Glass School


The good news is that their anonymous donor has agreed to make an additional gift that will enable teaching artists and others to be paid despite the school’s summer programs being cancelled due to the pandemic. Looking forward to 2021 and Pilchuck’s 50th Anniversary - stay tuned

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Ongoing on Fridays
for Members Only

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is hosting an every Friday meet-up via Zoom focusing on artists, museums and collectors. On July 29, the online education series will feature Toland Sands. Join AACG and stay in touch by tuning in to this regular event.

Go to for details.


Corning Museum of Glass has started a “Watch the Artist” series to keep interactions between those interested in the glass arts and artists moving ahead during this difficult time. They also offer “Top 10 ways to experience the museum digitally” and virtual tours of the galleries.

Go to for details.

The Getty Museum


The Getty Museum is offering digital access to the 5000+ glass pieces in its collection online. Digitized books on glass art are also available.

Go to for details.

The following are sites/videos that should be of interest to keep up with what is going on in the glass arts community.

American Craft Council at provides a valuable Artist Resource Center.

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass at current online exhibition is Form and Feeling; Expressions of Humanity.

Schantz Galleries at current online exhibition features John Kiley and Dante Marioni.

Duncan McClellan Gallery at current online exhibition is "Colorfield".

Habatat Gallery Michigan at current online exhibition is Glass48 International.

Heller Gallery at current online exhibition is Nancy Callan - Dialogues.

Sandra Ainsley Gallery at current online exhibition features Preston Singletary collaboration with Joe David titled Humanity at the Crossroad.


To reach the GANM Board, please email

Harry L. Miller
President, Newsletter Editor

Brian Weiss
Vice President

Steve Harris

Tom Murdock

Eileen Miles Biggs

Susan A. Hancock

Willi Haye
Scholarship/Grants Chair

Lucy Lyon

Sarah Nelson
Communications Chair

Ellen Premack
Fundraising Chair

Jerry Silverstein
Maestro Chair

Leslie Walker-Hirsch
Membership Chair

Marianne Bjelke
Newsletter Publisher

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