AGASC Newsletter Spring 2018 

In This Issue
Spring Patio Sale
Be sure and visit our website to learn more about us!
You will find a list of our members who have websites
and teach art glass.
Letter from the President
This year started with a General Meeting at Pat Warren's new studio where Jon Simpson and I were reelected to two more years as Treasurer and President. We had a round table discussion of the coming year's activities. One result of that first meeting, was an exceptional tour of Niki de Saint Phalle's Queen Califia's Magical Circle and the accompanying Mosaic Invitation at the Center for the Arts, Escondido. It was followed by tours of No Glass Ceiling! Women Working In Glass at the Palm Springs Museum and Ilan Lael (James Hubbell) tour in Santa Ysabel. Whew! three tours in three months. Thank you to Marti Blair, Kathleen Mitchell and Jon Simpson for putting these together. Hoping you will join us as we offer more exciting tours, lectures, gallery shows and workshops throughout the year.
The Glass Guild's Patio Sale is coming up in May 12th and 13th. If you are not selling your art on the patio, then stop by and support your fellow artists.
The Board met on March 27th and decided we are going to hold our next General Meeting on Saturday, June 23rd at Kathleen Mitchell's new studio at Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan. We plan on having some kind of educational activity accompany the meeting and information about our upcoming Gallery 21 show. So, mark your calendars and plan now to attend our next meeting. You can also check out for all the latest information.
Glass, it is kind of what we do here.
Jack Wade
President AGASC

AGASC General Meeting  
Saturday, June 23rd   
at Kathleen Mitchell's new studio  
at Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan.
1975 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA  92113 
3:00 - 5:00pm

De la Torre Brothers

ALSO free drawing for

Don't be a party pooper...come and join us!


Spring Patio Sale

Don't miss this fun event! Lots to choose from!

"Memb ers in the News" 
Several of our members were recently featured in the following publications: 
Kathleen Mitchell
San Diego Home and Gardens Magazine January
Featured in "Annual Stars of San Diego"

Gail Pulkrabek
SD Voyager February 15th
Art Glass Guild in Balboa Park

Susan Hirsch
Art Glass Magazine January Issue
Studio Feature 

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Oceanside Glass Tour
by Susan Hirsch

I was so excited when I received the invitation to tour the Oceanside Glass Factory with the other instructors from the Las Vegas Glass and Bead Expo held in February. We all wanted to know more about their progress and when we would start seeing production of colors that were sold out last year. 

Our day started promptly at 8:00 am with a breakfast burrito and coffee compliments of the great folks at Oceanside Glass. We loaded up into two cars, crossed the border and about 20 minutes later arrived at their factory in Tijuana.

Vince Moiso, President of Oceanside Glass, explained how they care for their employees and deal with environmental issues, they are very pro-active and set a very high industry standard! 
We toured the modern factory and saw that they had installed equipment from both companies. Having never toured Uroboros or Spectrum before, I was impressed. They've also added more production lines and automated systems to handle the increased demand.

Because they're new to the Art Glass scene,
they wanted to learn more about us and asked lot of questions regarding our needs.  After a nice lunch we were able to relax and ask more questions about things like distribution and production schedules. When we went to the warehouse we saw hundreds of crates of new production ready to ship and row after row of glass and frit.

I told Vince about the history of Uroboros' sponsorship and he indicated their interest in following that tradition. We welcome Oceanside Glass as our newest sponsor!  AND a big thank you to Vince and the staff for a wonderful day!

Las Vegas Glass and Bead Show
Some of our Sponsors and Friends at the show!

Niki de Saint Phalle Tour 
by Jon Simpson
On a Saturday this past February, sixteen members of the AGASC met in Kit Carson Park in Escondido to see Queen Califia's Magical Circle. The sculpture garden is hidden in the back of the park, but it is well signed to get to. After walking about 100 yards on a dirt trail we came to a large fenced in area with a circular mosaic wall adorned with large 50 to 75 foot long caricatures of mosaic snakes. Inside the wall we first came to a black, white and mirrored maze. Once through that, we were astounded to see eight 15-20 foot colorful mosaic totems encircling one enormous sculpture of a stylized eagle in the center of the circle with Queen Califia standing on top. It's so large, you can walk underneath the sculpture to see the egg shaped fountain below.
It is so overwhelming, it is hard to take it all in. The sculptures are a sensory overload of colored mosaics of stylized symbols, creatures and animals. They are covered in hand-cut glass, ceramic and semi-precious stones.  It is definitely a site worth seeing, right in our own backyard.
We then headed over to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for a docent-led tour of the museum's Mosaic Invitational featuring three of our own past and present members: Leslie Perlis, Robin Brailsford and Cherrie La Porte. Having seen some of the art pieces before, it was especially nice to see them in a museum setting. One piece I liked was by Leslie Perlis, a free standing sculpture with her image in the middle and some of her important influences surrounding her.
Lastly, we saw a retrospective of Niki de Saint Phalle's life in San Diego and Queen Califia's Magical Circle, at the museum. This gave a much needed background into the meaning of the symbols and creatures she created. She lived the last eight years of her life in La Jolla, CA and died a year before Queen Califia's Magical Circle was finished.  Completion of the work was overseen by Niki's granddaughter, Bloum Cardenas, and her longtime assistants.      
Ilan-Lael Tour
By Jon Simpson
Twenty-six members and friends travelled to Santa Ysabel to see Ilan-Lael. It has been five years since the AGASC last sponsored a tour there. Much has changed, as there are three new buildings that make up the Ilan-Lael Foundation Center on the northeast side of the property. They are a workshop for mosaics and sculptures that are such a large part of the art work at Ilan-Lael, a meeting and conference facility and a small residence for artists on short-term sabbaticals at the foundation.
Then there are all the other buildings on the tour:
  • Jim's Studio - the first building on the property
  • Boys' House - the habitable sculpture for the four male children
  • Drafting Studio - also doubles as the foundation administration building
  • Big Studio and Stained Glass Studio - A large studio to make the large sculptures and metal work pieces on the property. Upstairs is a stained glass studio, which produces all of the stained glass on the property.
  • Kiva Gallery - now used as a storage facility for the many sculptures produces over the years.
  • Sculpture Gallery - A gallery of more recent works by Jim Hubbell and his sons.
  • Chapel - With its quiet beauty and large stained glass window that shines on the floor, it simply becomes a favorite.
  • Many other things including a pool and fountain, passage garden, a huge mosaic sundial, and closed to the tour were Jim and Anne's living room, kitchen and master bedroom.
The meaning of Ilan-Lael, a Hebrew phrase: a tree that belongs to God, with roots and branches that symbolize a wholeness of spirit and matter. When Jim and Anne Hubbell bought the property in 1958 their intent was to build a home that appeared to grow out of the landscape, blending with nature. They have accomplished this dream and through the Ilan-Lael Foundation continue to promote a humane and harmonious world through art and nature.
AGASC Holiday Party!

Welcome New Members! 
Ann Kalb-Kip  
Wayne Triena 
Maggie Wainscott  
Linda Webb 

May 12-13         Spring Patio Glass Show & Sale   
                          Saturday & Sunday -  10-5 both days
                          Spanish Village, Balboa Park 

May 16-19              Glass Art Society - GAS 2018 Conference  
                               Murano, Italy                    
June 23             General Meeting
                          Saturday, June 23
                          3:00 - 5:00pm 
                          Kathleen Mitchell's Studio
                          Bread & Salt - Barrio Logan 
Sept 14 -           AGASC Annual Members' Exhibition  
Oct 1                  and Glass Boutique
                          Gallery 21 - Spanish Village
                          Balboa Park                                                       

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  Susan Hirsch  Newsletter Designer 
Art Glass Association of Southern California