AGASC Newsletter Winter 2020   

In This Issue
Upcoming Events!
Recent Tours and News
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
Letter from the President
Welcome to the AGASC for 2020. The year started with a General Meeting at Susan Elms' mansion (Pat Warren's Studio). Thank you Susan and Pat. At the meeting, Jon Simpson and I were announced as being reelected to two more years as Treasurer and President. We had discussions on upcoming year's activities. We hope you will join us as we offer exciting tours, lectures, gallery shows and workshops throughout the year.
The Glass Guild's Patio Sale is coming up in May 9th and 10th. If you are not selling your art on the patio, then stop by and support your fellow artists.
The Board met on February 9th and decided we are going to hold our next General Meeting on Sunday, June 28th at Tom Maroz's studio. We plan on having Tom discuss his dichroic glass process after the meeting. So, mark your calendars and plan now to attend our next meeting. You can also check out for all the latest information.
Jack Wade

Upcoming Tour

The Coachella Valley Art Center
The Palm Springs Art Museum
for the Lino Tagliapietra:  
Il Deserto Fiorito Exhibit
Join in the fun as we go to the desert for a visit to the   Coachella Valley Art Center (CVAC) where our members Paul Messink, Joyce Rooks, Blake Warner and Susan Fuller have studios! They teach classes there as well, and the director Bill Schinsky gives a great tour. There is also some glass blowing there along with ceramics, and several painters and printmakers.  We will tour the CVAC and have lunch nearby.

Then we will head to Palm Springs Art Museum
for a mind blowing exhibit of one of the greatest living artists working glass, Maistro Lino Tagliapietra.  AGASC will cover your entrance fees at the museum and we will meet as a group before going into the exhibit. Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum for more details. 

We recommend heading out from San Diego by 8:15 AM to arrive in Indio at the CVAC by 11:00 AM.  We will notify you our plans for lunch once we get our list of attendees together.

When:   Sunday, March 22, 2020   
             11:00 Coachella Valley Art Center 
             Approx. 3:00 Palm Springs Art Museum 
Where:  Coachella Valley Art Center 
              45140 Towne Street
              Indio, CA 92201.
              Palm Springs Art Museum
              101 N Museum Drive  
              Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost:     Members - Free entrance to museum 
             Non-members - $15.00    Link to pay 
             You pay for transportation and food.
How:     Carpool over to the desert.   
Please email Jon Simpson  with your RSVP.  Please list who is going (members and non-members), if you plan to drive, can take others and how many or if you need a ride.   


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Members in the News 

Art Glass Association First General meeting of 2020  
Kathleen Mitchell 
"Melting Into Something New"
An Article With the Mingei International Museum 
How did you interpret Metamorphosis,  
the theme of the Museum's juried exhibition? 
I wanted a craft object to convey my feelings about the word metamorphosis. I have a piece that I started decades ago that is actually named Metamorphosis. When contacted about the show I said, "Where is that piece where is that piece, I know I made that piece!" I got to thinking about these heads that I cast about 35 years ago and put them on the cog maybe 10-15 years ago. I started looking at it and to me it was very external. What I wanted to do was discuss metamorphosis as a more internal thing. So I started looking at deconstructing vessels. These ideas were already happening in my head when you guys reached out to me. It's kind of crazy! The vessels are blown with the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) ring, cooled, sliced in half and then glued together "backwards" to expose the inside. The ring is called the RISD ring because it was something that people started at RISD in the 80's.
You do team building and classes here, how is that?
I am so grateful and fortunate to know how to do this ancient form of art, this craft, and I feel like it is my responsibility to put it out there. There are so many people who have trade secrets and are keeping everything inside and I say no! I just want to share everything. I don't teach people how to make my work. I teach people how to blow glass. Once someone understands the material and the challenges, then they can go make their own work.

You do team building and classes here, how is that?

In glass blowing there is lots of physics, lots of chemistry, lots of fearlessness and fun. It is super crazy and fun stuff but you have to know your science. You have to be brave, you have to have a sense of adventure you have to like chemistry and physics. If I put my tools up on the bench, and you walked into the glass museum on Murano, you would see tools that look almost identical to these. From 1200 to today everything is pretty much the same, the only thing that's changed is technology.
Glass has a universal language. I have blown glass in many different countries and I can walk in and know how to communicate with others because it's a visual language. You can move your head or your hands and understand what each other wants or needs. That is a really magical aspect of glass. It is an unspoken language.
That is my passion. I love blowing glass, I love teaching glass blowing, I love prison, I love art. 
 Fabulous Mosaic Installation    
The Grand Canyons of La Jolla Shores Map  
It's finally happening!!! The Grand Canyons of La Jolla Shores Map is finally going in! It represents the undersea canyons off of La Jolla and over a hundred native marine species and is comprised of over a million hand-placed and glued glass and ceramic tiles that are installed directly into wet concrete. It will soon be in Kellog Park in La Jolla Shores for people to enjoy. This project has been years in the making was commissioned by the late and great o ceanographer Walter Munk and his wife Mary through the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans.  

This amazing and wonderful project was designed and executed by our esteemed member Robin Brailsford, her partner Wick Alexander, and their talented assistant: another member of AGASC, glass blower and ecology minded Mariah Armstrong Conner  with mapping support from Scripps ocean scientists.  Robin has designed and executed many Public Art projects over her long career, including a recent installation at the front of Escondido's California Center for the Arts. The process of LithoMosaic that she developed is formulated to withstand any and all weather conditions, including difficult ocean front conditions.
This mosaic is a 2400 square foot educational representaion of the underwater park and ecological reserves at La Jolla Shores. It features over 100 examples of local sea life including sea urchins, hermit crabs, seals, and a 31 foot J.J., the Orphaned Baby Gray Whale. From the beginning the project has engaged the community including Mayor Kevin Faulkner, Council Member Barbara Bry, and representatives from the San Diego Park and Recreation Department, Coastal Commission, Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and researchers, the Birch Aquarium Education Department, Ocean Discovery Institute, the Kumeyaay Nation, La Jolla Shores Merchants Association, Marine Protected Areas, as well as lifeguards, scuba divers, surfers, and snorkelers to ensure that this project will serve to promote an understanding of the urgency to become better stewards for our oceans and environment.  
The specialty installation process by Shaw and Sons happens in sections.Once installed there will be interactive tools for people to identify the various creatures of sea life and understand their significance and meaning to our planet. The installation will involve an additional $500,000 for the concrete, interpretive panels, and landscaping. For further information about donations to this effort go to the website
Last but not least!
Our annual Holiday Party was a retro smash!
The last event of the year for the Art Glass Association is the Holiday Party! And not an event to miss! Originally just a fun celebration and gift exchange this has evolved into a wonderful tradition of a costume party several years ago when someone suggested adding an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Quite a few members hand made original creations for the event and it was so well received it was decided we would make it a tradition by creating a theme each year so our members could scour their closets and thrift stores to make an award winning statement to win "best costume" honors. In the last few years the themes have been a PJ Party, home in the 50's, Roaring 20"s, Casbah,  and this year was 60's-70's hippies and disco. Each year our members get into the spirit and go all out to make it fun for all. Devora and Ron have been so generous to host it for several years in their lovely Point Loma home. We thank them and hope to continue this fun tradition.    

Welcome New Members! 
Sue Moore
Mona Sturges

March  22       AGASC Tour of Coachella Valley Art Center 
                        and the Lino Tagliapietra: Il Deserto Fiorito Exhibit
                        at the Palm Springs Art Museum                        
                        for more details click here 
April 1-5          Glass Craft and Bead Expo 2020
                         South Point Hotel and Casino
                         Las Vegas, NV
May 9 & 10      Art Glass Guild Spring Patio Glass Sale   
                         Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park  
                         10-5pm both days
May 20-23       Glass Art Society Annual Conference  
                         Smaland, Sweden

June 28            AGASC General Meeting and Dichroic Lecture
                         Tom Marosz Studio 
                         606 Concepcion Avenue 
                         Spring Valley, CA  91977                              
August 25-      Art Glass Association of Southern California                
Sept 7              Annual Members' Exhibition  
                         Gallery 21 - Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park   
                         11-4pm daily 
Oct 10 & 11      Art Glass Guild Fall Patio Glass Sale  
                         Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park  
                         10-5pm both days    

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