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President’s Message

President’s Message

July 2017

A “Summer Camp for Big Kids” is a name commonly associated with the WheatonArts GlassWeekend, a biennial gathering of the world’s leading artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators for this three-day event. Many AACG members, including many of our board and advisory council, were present at GlassWeekend’17, June 8-11, for a program that included our semi-annual board of directors meeting.

From the board’s pre-GlassWeekend day in Philadelphia that included a visit to one of the most magnificent glass collections in the world in a penthouse setting, to the first evening at WheatonArts – a performance art dessert installation by the artist collective The Burnt Asphalt Family, GlassWeekend was a very special event. From demonstrations by such world-renowned artists as Lucio Bubacco, the world’s leading lampwork maestro; to collaborations between Rik and Shelly Allen; hot shop presentations by glass artists Matthew Szösz and Therman Statom; the many artists involved in the exhibition Emanation 2017; and the opportunity for hands-on glassmaking; GlassWeekend was truly a magical experience.  We also were captivated by the highly energized remarks from the keynote speaker, Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass.  

AACG, in partnership with the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA), has been a co-sponsor of GlassWeekend for many years in support of WheatonArts’ fellows program, which now has alumni numbering over 350 fellows.  AACG wishes to thank all of the GlassWeekend staff, artists, galleries, and financial sponsors for their work and dedication in ensuring the success of this experience on WheatonArts’ 45-acre rural setting. 

AACG has launched a “branding” program with our new logo, which you can see on the website masthead.  This exercise was a six-month endeavor as logo concepts were designed, evaluated, and then formally voted on by our board.  The AACG initials now appear as colorful abstract symbols of the studio glass movement. The logo provides a fresh and vibrant look as AACG reaches its 30th anniversary this fall. We thank Paragraphs, one of the leading strategic design firms in the nation, based in Chicago, for their countless hours in the design of our new logo, solely on a pro bono basis!

Almost 100 AACG members are now signed up for our annual member trip, which will take place September 13-18, 2017, in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. This spectacular trip will be truly over-the-top. We still have a few spaces available, so see the back page of this newsletter for details and registration procedures.

As mentioned above, AACG will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration, a year-long event, at SOFA Chicago this November. We are soliciting ideas and volunteers for regional and local events, so please contact me at LarryEisenberg.AACG@gmail.com if you would like to help us with this program.

Let me close by expressing my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to your AACG officers and board committee chairpersons. The spirit of volunteerism, connected with renewed energy and passion for our organization’s goals and programming, is truly remarkable!  Also, thanks to our Visionary members for their support; and to you, for being a member and supporter of AACG’s mission, “…to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.”

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

 

 

Larry Eisenberg