TIME IS RUNNING OUT! YOUR LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER AND PAY FOR OPEN STUDIOS TOUR AND SALE IS AUGUST 13TH.

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September 17 & 18, 2022 in the Portland area from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Link to full details about the tour: https://www.pnwglassguild.org/open-studios-registration/

Registration is now open to current PNWGG Members (yes, you can join or renew to become a current member and be on the tour). Registration and payment deadline is August 13th, so don’t wait!

Log in to pnwglassguild.org, click the above link or go to the “Open Studios” event link at the bottom of any website page, and click the registration info link from there to see the full details. Find everything you need to know about the tour: which counties are eligible to be in the tour, how to join, how to share a studio and how to pay. If you do have any questions, there’s a place to ask at the end of the post or contact Linda Gerrard.

Last year saw more visitors than the previous year, so artists, sign up and let’s make this year the biggest show yet!

Open Studios Tour and Sale

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September 17 & 18, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Link to full details about the tour: https://www.pnwglassguild.org/open-studios-registration/

Registration is now open to current PNWGG Members (yes, you can join or renew to become a current member and be on the tour). Registration and payment deadline is August 13th, so don’t wait!

Log in to pnwglassguild.org, click the above link or go to the “Open Studios” event link at the bottom of any website page, and click the registration info link from there to see the full details. Find everything you need to know about the tour: which counties are eligible to be in the tour, how to join, how to share a studio and how to pay. If you do have any questions, there’s a place to ask at the end of the post or contact Linda Gerrard.

Last year saw more visitors than the previous year, so artists, sign up and let’s make this year the biggest show yet!

Reminder: July 24th General Meeting

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3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific time via Zoom

How to host or participate in a studio show,

Both Portland and Seattle are having glass-focused studio tours this fall plus there several general studio tours. Come and share some tips. Those who have done, are doing, or are thinking about doing one of this fall’s 2 Guild sponsored studio tours are especially encouraged to attend.

log in and go to the event link (events coming in the next month or so are at the bottom of each page for the Zoom)

If you can’t log-in, request the link via the Zoom request form (in top menu>about>contact us> “Get the Zoom Link”). You don’t have to be a member to come to our General Meetings.

Open Studio Tour and Sale

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September 17 & 18, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Link to full details about the tour: https://www.pnwglassguild.org/open-studios-registration/

Registration is now open to current PNWGG Members (yes, you can join or renew to become a current member and be on the tour). Register by August 13th: $60.00.

Log in to pnwglassguild.org, click the above link or go to the Events Calendar to September 17, then click on “continued” to see the link for the full details. Find everything you need to know about the tour: which counties are eligible to be in the tour, how to join, how to share a studio and how to pay. If you do have any questions, there’s a place to ask at the end of the post or contact Linda Gerrard.

Last year saw more visitors than the previous year, so artists, sign up and let’s make this year the biggest show yet!

General Meeting Sunday, June 26

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How to Create an Online Presence, 3:30 pm, Zoom

Come join the discussion about Facebook advertising, Email lists, Getting your art online as a Guild member, Using your free SquareUp.com website, and much more. We can also discuss upcoming Guild events like the picnics, Open Studios etc.

You don’t have to be a member to come to our General Meetings. See the event listing for more.


Play Day: Photographing Your Work

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June 12th (a week from Sunday) 12:30 to around 3:30

At Karen Seymour’s (by the Zoo in Seattle). We’ll try to do a Zoom portion too.
Contact Karen Seymour if you’re interested.

If you’re like me you put off making good images of your latest work because getting the lights and backdrops set up is such a pain. Let’s do it together.
Bring some of your work and your camera or cell phone. I’ll set up some lights and backgrounds, and we can take pictures. Then we can look at the results and discuss fixes.

If you’re an experienced photographer with proper lights and tents discus bringing them along so we have more setups and experience to help those who haven’t gotten there yet. Better photos makes the Guild as a whole look more polished and by extension, yourself.

Play Days are member only events. Please join the Guild before attending.

If we manage to get Zoom working, log in first and then look for the link on the event listing

General Meeting Sunday May 22nd

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3:30 pm via Zoom

Let’s talk about shows, especially Gathering of the Guilds: both successes and what we could do differently. If you’ve done other recent shows tell us how they went and how they dealt with various issues. We can also discuss upcoming Guild events like the picnics, Open Studios etc.as we get back to doing some things in person in these hopefully post-Covid times.

See the event listing for the link (log-in first or use the form).

Anyone is welcome at our general meetings, you don’t need to be a member.

Tuesday May 24th at 7pm there will be a Board meeting to set future event dates etc. Having your input at either or both meetings would be very welcome.

Gathering of the Guilds starts this Friday

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Hours are Friday May 6th, 10am to 7pm; Saturday May 7th, 10am to 6pm; Sunday May 8th, 10am to 4pm*

*10am to noon on Sunday everyone, visitors included, will be masked in hope of making it safer for elderly moms etc. to visit this free event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The rest of the time we will follow CDC guidelines which at this point make masking optional for those without symptoms.

  • Look for “Mother’s Day Special” signs in artists’ booths and get special pricing on specific items on Sunday.
  • Signed items saying proceeds will be donated to benefit the people of Ukraine will be found throughout the show. All proceeds from selling these items will go to Mercy Corps, the International Red Cross and other organizations providing support to the people of Ukraine.

Come say Hi to (and buy from) PNW Glass Guild members:

Lesley Kelly

Lesley Kelly’s dish to benefit Ukraine

Lisa Mustain

Kory Dollar
Marvelous Mosaic Fine Arts

See https://gatheringoftheguilds.com/ for information about the whole event, including 5 other guilds with over 100 artists in other media.

There will also be lots of Guild volunteers helping make this event work: If you have an hour or two we still need a few booth sitters, especially Saturday, contact Mitzi Kugler.

It will be so much fun to talk glass in person again!

Guild General Meeting April 25, 7pm

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Tips for Doing a Show

Note this is a MONDAY evening: It was moved from the usual Sunday afternoon because many Seattle members are participating in the April 23-24 ArtInBloomSeattle.com studio tour.

As we go back to in-person events there will hopefully be more in-person art shows, including the May 6-8 Gathering of the Guilds. Have you got any tips to share about both selling your work at shows and surviving and enjoying the experience? Please contact Rachel Dollar to help her put together a speaker order or just show up and join the discussion. You don’t have to be a member to come to our General Meetings.

Please see the event listing for the Zoom link and late-breaking info

Show off your muscles to help GotG

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We really need 5-6 strong volunteers to donate their time on Wednesday May 4th from 1:30 to 2 pm in Hall A of the Oregon Convention Center to help us get the pedestals and things from the storage shed and set up the showcase area at Gathering of the Guilds. Then if you could come back on Sunday May 8th at 4 pm for maybe two hours to help take the display down and take the stuff back to the storage shed, that would be wonderful (there are less energetic volunteer slots during the show if you can spare a couple of hours) Contact Mitzi Kugler

Or fill out the volunteer form

Come to Seattle April 23-24

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5 Seattle PNW Glass Guild members are participating in the FREE 8th annual ArtInBloomSeattle.com Garden Art Studio Tour and Sale April 23-24 from 10am to 5pm (there are a total of 21 artists showing their garden-related art of many types in the 6 yards/open garages). Janiene Fitzpatrick will be at site #1, Connie Munford at #3, Bridget Culligan at #4, Lael Bennett and Karen Seymour at #5. Find the map and all the details at ArtInBloomSeattle.com

The big Best of the Northwest show is happening just down the hill at hangar 30 in Magnuson Park the same weekend (tickets required) — about 100 artists including some glass (but none are Guild members yet).

Come to north Seattle for a whole weekend of in-person art!

Ask Your Mom

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There’s a special time on May 8th (yes, Mother’s Day) from 10 am to noon at the Gathering of the Guilds when all vendors and visitors will be masked so that people can bring their mothers and anyone else who may want to take extra care. During that time there will be Mother’s Day specials by members of all 6 guilds featured throughout the show.

For the rest of the event masking is following CDC recommendations for Multnomah County at this time – “People may choose to wear a mask. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.”

The complete show schedule is:
Friday May 6th, 10am to 7pm
Saturday May 7th, 10am to 6pm
Sunday May 8th, 10am to 4pm (masking required from 10am to noon)

We look forward to seeing you at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
See the event listing for more info.

Sunday March 27, 3:30 General meeting

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On Yard Art

Our very seasonal theme is Yard Art. Everyone from blowers to fusers to stained glass artists can make something to decorate a yard but there are challenges: How do you support glass so it doesn’t break? Making pieces that can stand up to the weather can also be tricky. Come share your experiences and/or learn about tips on glues, stands, etc. See the event listing for more info.

You don’t have to be a Guild member to join the discussion.

Booth purchase deadline now March 31st

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The deadline for buying a booth at Gathering of the Guilds has been extended to March 31st, with no late fee. However March 31st is a firm date because we have to commit to the space or yield it to the other guilds.

For members who are new to selling their work the Group Booth for $125 is a great deal. Each participant gets half an 8′ table to display their glass for sale. Yes, you can go vertically. The table, lights, and ability to take credit cards are all included in the $125 (you will need to pay the credit card company fee on any sales, and you will owe a commission to the Guild as well). Participants take shifts and work a common till so you don’t even have to be present all the hours of all 3 days.

The prices for the 10×10 booths range from $400 to $475 depending on their location, and the 5×10 booth prices range from $250 to $350 depending on location. Note that all sales are subject to a variable commission rate depending on the number of volunteer hours worked by the artist or by anyone who works volunteer hours on behalf of the artist.

For more information on buying a booth, please go to the application information page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lesley Kelly or Carlyne Lynch.

Also note the Covid-19 policy for the show has been revised:

• We are following CDC recommendations for Multnomah County at this time – “People may choose to wear a mask. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.” 
• Some of our artists are vulnerable and will require you to wear a mask in their booth; please be prepared to wear one.
• A mask mandate will be in effect on Sunday morning, May 8th from 10am – 12am for both artists and attendees, providing our high-risk and immunocompromised attendees a safer experience. 

General Meeting Sunday Feb 27 at 3:30pm

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Via Zoom: What have you learned about teaching glass?

Have you noticed something in classes you’ve given or taken that those who teach glass should know about? Is there something students should know about evaluating a class? Come share your experiences.

You don’t have to be a Guild member to join the discussion.

You’ll also be able to ask questions about applying for a booth at Gathering of the Guilds.

See the event page for more info

https://www.pnwglassguild.org/event/general-meeting-what-have-i-learned/

Let’s See Your Pretty Glass Flowers!

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We thought for our upcoming March newsletter we’d do something fun and colorful to celebrate Spring by showing off the many ways we make glass flowers! We’d like as many members of the guild as possible to send us a few photos of flowers you have done in glass with a VERY SHORT description of the technique or process used.

It would be fun to see flowers from cold glass techniques (mosaic and applique), hot glass pieces (blown, torchwork), and of course there are SO many ways to create with kiln work: using sheet and frit, enamels, molds, kiln casting, and kiln forming! *If you used a particular ebook, webinar or instructor as an inspiration feel free to mention where you learned a technique. This might also give you some good ideas for Mother’s Day presents! The can be realistic, abstract or imagined. Please email photos and info to Greta Schneider and please add a subject line that says: GLASS FLOWERS. If I could get them by March 1st that would be great. Thanks! -Greta

Gathering of the Guilds May 6-8, Portland

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l) Save the date: the annual Gathering of The Guilds show is currently planned to be in-person May 6th – 8th, 2022, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland OR. As of now masks and showing proof of vaccination or negative Covid test at the door will be required. We’ll let you know if that changes.

2) Details of how to apply for booths etc. are available here.

3) As always we’ll need volunteers to make this work: Fill out the volunteer form to let us know how you want to join the fun and help us pull off another great glass event.

4) Make a new glass friend: we’re looking for Portlanders to host out of town glass artists and volunteers for Gathering of the Guilds so they don’t have to add a hotel to the cost of doing or helping with the show. If you can host a glass guest for the 4 or 5 days of Gathering of the Guilds (May 4-8), please fill out the form https://airtable.com/shr9DeBNTehO3cj5D