The last of the snow around our house finally melted on Friday, April 10th. Hopefully, our New England members are able to say the same thing. In addition, we actually had a dry weekend with temperatures in the 60s. I fully understand why so many of our members head south in the winter.
Speaking of heating up, AACG is on fire this year in a positive way. The annual trip to Asheville on August 5th is fully subscribed with over 100 participants. We hit 90% within the first week which is an AACG first. I thank you all for responding so quickly. It makes all of our jobs a lot easier. Also, the vast majority of you responded and registered online. This is always the fastest way to guarantee your registration for any event that AACG has scheduled.
With regard to doing things online, all of our members can sign up for the AACG Forum on Facebook. This is a members-only site where you can express your opinions and share information with other AACG members. Sometimes information about artists, gallery events and various exhibitions can be disseminated to our membership this way without waiting for our quarterly printed newsletter or our monthly e-newsletter. As I’m writing this message, there are only 27 participants in the AACG Forum. There should be a couple of hundred at least. If you would like to participate in the AACG Forum, simply e-mail Linda Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. She will then send you an e-mail invitation for you to accept. That’s it. (You must join Facebook to participate, however.)
GlassWeekend, June 12th through the 14th, with the AACG Board and Advisory Council meeting on the morning of the 12th, promises to be enjoyable for all. (Maybe not the board meeting so much, but everything else for sure.) If you’ve never attended GlassWeekend, you’re missing out on a really good time. It’s a great way to make new friends, learn, relax, see great art, attend an auction, eat good food and support the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) Fellowship Program as well as the AACG Grants Program all in one long weekend. How can you beat that?
I had the opportunity, which I took over the weekend of March 19th to the 22nd, to travel to Corning, NY, to attend the grand opening weekend celebration and events for the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass. In as few words as possible, it was magnificent!! It made the 303-mile drive each way more than worthwhile. The Board of AACG will be having a meeting there next May, but I would suggest that if you’ve never been to Corning, or haven’t been there in a while, it is worth the trip.
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 email@example.com or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer