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President’s Message

President’s Message

April 2018

During the past several months, I have been energized by the level of enthusiasm and renewed commitment to AACG by your Board and Advisory Council members and our general membership.  Receiving random ideas via email and even “old school” handwritten notes from members with suggestions for trips, programming, and how to strengthen the regional groups, illustrates that we are still very alive and well as an organization.  As we enter our 30th anniversary year, the AACG officers have taken many steps to grow and promote the organization.  They have improved and updated internal controls, introduced a new logo and AACG branding, and completely overhauled our procedures and accounting policies.  I want to thank Harlan Fischer, Dennis Dubois, Lee Hakel, and Diane Farber for their countless hours of service as your AACG Executive Committee members.

Speaking of leadership, Dennis Dubois and his Nominating Committee will be seeking new Board members to be inducted at SOFA this November. So please give thought to serving on our Board of Directors and/or share names of prospective members with Dennis.  You can forward those names to our administrator, Linda Greene, at admin@contempglass.org. Please e-mail your recommendations within the next few months.

Registration will soon be underway for our 2018 AACG annual member trip to San Francisco, August 15-19, 2018.  We will be continuing a tradition of member trips which include visiting galleries, artist studios, collectors’ homes, museums, and special surprise events.  The Orchard Hotel in downtown San Francisco will serve as our base. Look on our home page for registration information.

Our “sister” organization, Glass Art Society, will hold its annual conference in Murano, Italy, May 16-19.  Titled “The Glass Path,” the conference will lead attendees through the winding path of the island’s remarkable history while exploring the future of glass and discovering the hidden routes connecting the conference venues.  Many AACG members will be in attendance, and AACG is also serving as a sponsor of the conference.

As mentioned above, it is truly exciting to see the growth and local/regional activities conducted by the various regional glass groups — from multi-day trips across the country to local meetings including artist speakers and “hands-on” demonstrations at studios and galleries. I want to applaud all of the regional group presidents, officers, and leaders for their service.

In mid-April, your AACG Board and Advisory Council will be meeting for a four-day gathering in Sarasota, Florida. The group will spend a day in both St. Petersburg and Naples, as well. I want to thank Carol Camiener in advance for her leadership in planning the Sarasota program, Larry Sibrack for his leadership in planning the Naples program, and also the AACG members who will open up their homes for tours.  Also, we want to share our sincere appreciation to the Ringling College of Art & Design, the Ringling Museum-Kotler/Coville Pavilion, the Morean Arts Center-Chihuly Museum, the Imagine Museum, Duncan McClellan Gallery, and Alfstad& Contemporary Gallery for hosting our Board.  

In closing, I want to share one example of the “spirit of volunteerism” being demonstrated within our international glass community.  A warm and heartfelt round of applause goes to AACG Board members Lee and Milt Hakel who have taken on the weekly publishing of the Northwest Ohio Glass Interest Newsletter.  This ongoing newsletter, which covers both regional and national glass art news, was published for many years but the editor needed to “pass the torch.” The transition was seamless. AACG extends our gratitude to the Hakels for taking on the publishing of this e-newsletter.  In her “spare time” Lee also serves as AACG’s treasurer!

Please keep November 1-4, 2018 on your calendar for the SOFA Chicago art fair at Navy Pier.  AACG will be hosting a very special event celebrating our 30th anniversary that will be open to all members. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at LarryEisenberg.AACG@gmail.com.  I appreciate hearing from you!
Warm regards,

 

 

 

Larry Eisenberg