One may think that after the 50th Anniversary of Studio Art Glass in America in 2012 you could take a deep breath because not much would be happening in the studio art glass world for a while. Absolutely not true! While there might not be quite as many glass exhibitions all over the country, there are still plenty, with many more on the way. All events that we are aware of will be posted on this, our award winning website. Also on the site are links to watch the two Pioneers of Studio Art Glass panels that were presented (standing room only) during SOFA Chicago last year. Check it out.
We’re getting pretty close to GlassWeekend 2013 at the WheatonArts Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, from June 7th through June 9th. For those of you who have yet to attend, this event is usually referred to as “sleep away camp for glass collectors." Of course, curators, artists and gallery owners all attend and have a wonderful time. There is more information, along with links, available on this website. Plus, our members will receive information and invitations in the mail.
The mid-year AACG Board and Advisory Board meeting will be held in conjunction with GlassWeekend and will be held in the magnificently beautiful Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania, just a short distance south and west of Philadelphia. Events will begin in the evening of June 4th and end on June 6th with plenty of time for those going to GlassWeekend to get to their lodgings Thursday evening. In addition, for those board/advisory board members who arrive early or those who want something to do before heading over to GlassWeekend, there are plenty of museums, art centers and even an excellent winery all within minutes of the meeting location. Once again, information and registration is available right here on the AACG website.
Registration for the AACG trip (August 22-25) to Toronto, Canada, is now available. This is shaping up to be a terrific trip. We have some events planned that attendees will be talking about (“Remember the trip to Toronto?”) for years to come. As of right now, the U.S. dollar is worth 97cents vs. the Canadian dollar, so the exchange rate shouldn’t be any kind of reason not to come and have a wonderful time.
There will be an AACG sponsored bus tour just prior to SOFA Chicago on October 31st. Costumes will not be required, but that’s up to you. This year’s tour promises to be one of the best ever.
By now, we hope you have renewed your AACG membership for 2013. Just like the Dow Jones, we’re hovering around a record high in membership. If you have enjoyed your membership, think about giving one as a gift to a friend or family member. It’s a great investment in them and in our organization.
Everything is just falling into place for 2013. This year is not going to be just another year; it is going to be great! Participate!
If, for some reason, you are not yet a member of AACG, I encourage you to join. I always look forward and appreciate hearing from any of our members and non-members who have comments or questions about anything related to AACG. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer