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The UrbanGlass Gala, April 4

The 31st Anniversary UrbanGlass Auction and Glassblowers Ball
Friday, April 4, 2008
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

 Live Auction Preview Exhibition
The Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass
March 31 – April 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

Exclusive event for VIP and Sponsor ticket holders:
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Live Auction Preview, VIP Cocktail Reception & The New York premier of “Cirque de Verre”

The UrbanGlass Gala combines the UrbanGlass Awards with the 31st Anniversary Auction and Glassblowers Ball into one glorious evening celebrating outstanding achievements in glass. 

This year artist Therman Statom will be honored with the UrbanGlass Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) for Service to the Field.

The Auction presents a select group of art from emerging, established and master artists, as well as special trips and one-of-a-kind experiences. One hundred works are available in one live auction and two silent auctions. The auction catalog will be available online at www.urbanglass.org for viewing and absentee bidding in March 2008.

“Cirque de Verre” is a glass circus extravaganza of emerging talent featuring Kim “Muscles” Harty, “Flaming” Rika Hawes & Charlotte “Popper” Potter. Acts include synchronized glassblowing • two headed glassblower • freak show menagerie • world’s strongest women • Sam’s flying ladle. Hosted by The Great Fredini, of “This or That!” burlesque game show fame.

The Auction and Glassblowers Ball is the principal fundraising event of UrbanGlass. Monies raised go to support the programs of UrbanGlass, including the 17,000-square-foot open access glassworking studio; a comprehensive education program; The Bead Project, a scholarship program for low income women artists; GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, on- and off-site exhibitions including the Robert Lehman Gallery; visiting artist fellowships; and The Store at UrbanGlass.

Call For Entries – New Glass Review

The Corning Museum of Glass invites artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects worldwide to submit slide images of new works using glass.

The deadline for submissions each year is October 1. In late November or early December, a jury selects 100 images from the submitted slides. This survey of 100 images, which is the core of New Glass Review, is published every spring by The Corning Museum of Glass in conjunction with the German periodical, Neues Glas (New Glass).

Find application and guidelines at: www.cmog.org/index.asp?pageId=457

Glass Chemistry Game

Discover the principals of glass chemistry in this interactive game from the Corning Museum of Glass. Go to: http://www.cmog.org/glasschemistry/

Call for Entries – Hodge Gallery

Hodge Gallery: Upcoming Exhibition
Glass and Steel: Art Transcends Industry
May 2 – September 5, 2008

In 2008, Pittsburgh is celebrating 250 years of leadership, innovation, creativity and inspiration with the theme “Imagine What You Can do Here.” In conjunction with this city-wide initiative, Pittsburgh Glass Center is planning an exhibition called “Glass and Steel: Art Transcends Industry” for May 2008.

This exhibition is open to local artists living in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The only requirement is that your work must use glass and steel in some way. The work can be fully integrated using both materials in equal parts or the steel can be a framework, bracket or stand for the glass. All applications using the two materials will qualify. Both materials need not be visible in the finished work. Continue reading

Glass Craft & Bead Expo, April 4-6

Glass Craft & Bead Expo
April 4-6, 2008
The South Point Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The cost for admission to the show floor is $15.00 and that gains entry for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you are taking classes, there is no charge for admission.
For more information go to: www.glasscraftexpo.com

Abrams publishes book on Dan Dailey

book cover

Dan Dailey’s glasswork has been in the public eye for the past four decades. DAN DAILEY (Abrams; August 2007; $60.00), offers a comprehensive and stunningly illustrated look at Dailey’s work.

SOFA New York, May 29-June 1

SOFA New York 2007

The 11th annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art fair, best known as SOFA NEW YORK returns May 29-June 1, 2008 to the Park Avenue Armory, Opening Night Wednesday, May 28. More than 60 leading international galleries will offer masterworks in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and fiber. Glass artists on display will include Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and Yoichi Ohira, as well as the new generation of emerging artists bound to appeal to both seasoned and new collectors. www.sofaexpo.com

William Morris Announces Retirement

Arna Buffalo Situla

At the age of 49, after almost thirty years at the furnace, American glass artist William Morris has decided to retire in order to pursue other personal interests. The work of William Morris has been strongly influenced by his interest in archeology and ancient pagan cultures.

See the complete article by critic James Yood in Glass the Urban Glass Art Quarterly Summer 2007. A documentary on Morris by the New York production Company Spot Creative will be released this year. See a clip at www.spotcreative.com. Morris’ official website is www.wmorris.com.