Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Glass Art Society to Meet In Louisville June 2009
The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. We hold an annual conference, publish the Glass Art Society Journal, the Glass Art Society Directory & Resource Guide and the bi-monthly GASNews.
GAS strives to stimulate communication among artists, educators, students, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, art critics, manufacturers, and all others interested in and involved with the production, technology and aesthetics of glass. We are dedicated to creating greater public awareness and appreciation of the glass arts.
Membership is open to anyone interested in glass art - artists, students, educators, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, writers, and critics. Members are entitled to vote, hold office, and enjoy all other rights and privileges as determined by the Society's bylaws.
GAS is made up of a Board (elected annually by the full membership and comprised of at least 75% artist/educators and a student representative), a staff of five and a membership of over 2500 glass enthusiasts from 46 countries. Info from GAS website.
They meet in Louisville which is a short 3-4 hour drive for most subscribers to the Huntington Hearld. This is one conference you won't want to miss, if you are a collector, or just a person with appreciation of glass arts.
Louisville is a great city! Much to see and do. Louisville - Representing the point of embarkation for Lewis and Clark’s historic journey; Boasting the first modern artificial heart, the first vaccine against cervical cancer, and the first human hand transplant; Place of origin for Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the song Happy Birthday, chewing gum, “The most exciting two minutes in sports”, and, allegedly, the cheeseburger; Hometown of “The Champ”, Muhammad Ali, Louisville, Kentucky, a.k.a. Possibility City, claims many firsts- including the first public viewing of Edison’s glass light bulb which now universally symbolizes thoughts and ideas. Ingenuity and Possibility are trademarks of Louisville. The city’s nascent but burgeoning glass scene offers an opportunity for individual and community growth rivaled by few other locales. Ingenuity has made Louisville (glass art) what it is today. Possibility will shape its future. In 2010, Louisville will proudly claim another first, the hosting of the 40th annual Glass Art Society conference