Upcoming December Glass Events

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‘Tis the season for celebration! Join your fellow glass artists at one or more of these upcoming events.

December 2 – Come support member Roz Cooper in her first time at the Elsie Stuhr Center’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Beaverton, OR, 9 am to 3 pm

December 9 See member Evan Burnette and several other glass blowers in action and buy their work, including lots of ornaments, at the Local Art Glass Holiday Sale and Open Studio, Portland, OR, 10 am to 6 pm (the Old Pickle Factory building housing the studio is a holiday treat all on its own)

PNW Glass Guild Potluck Holiday Parties

For the Guild but friends and family and anyone else interested in glass is welcome to attend.

December 9 Beaverton OR (SW of Portland) 5 pm hosted by Linda Gerrard. The food in the past has been wow and the glass gift exchange can get exciting when people start “stealing”. Contact Linda to check with her on what to bring.

December 10 Seattle WA 11 am hosted by Karen Seymour near the zoo. Let’s talk glass! Show off what you’ve been working on and share ideas. Bring food and something glass-related & wrapped if you want to participate in the optional gift exchange too. Please contact Karen if you plan to attend so we have enough chairs etc.

December 17 Vancouver WA 3 pm hosted by sponsor Melt Art Glass. Bring snacks etc. and celebrate the color that glass gives to our lives during this dark time of year with fellow glass enthusiasts. Please contact Sheri by email or call 360-771-5617 if you plan to attend (and also if your plans change at the last minute).

November Glass Events:

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Lots happening this month:

• Nov. 10-12 join members Lael Bennett and Mari Aoki Knight and over 100 other local artists in the 35th Best of the NW art show at hanger 30 in Seattle’s Magnuson Park

Nov. 18 Flash Play Day via Zoom since it is mostly kilnwork. It will be described in detail in next week’s November Newsletter

• Nov. 18-19 Members Shirley Bishop and Charlene Hale and about 14 more artists in a variety of media are looking forward to seeing you on this 4 studio tour. See WashougalStudioArtists.org for more info. (Washougal is NE of Portland on the north side of the Columbia River).

• Nov. 18-19 Member Ann Cavanaugh and many other nature-themed artists are selling their work in the 43rd Wild Arts Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Portland Audubon Society, at Portland State University’s Viking Pavillion.

• Nov. 19 Guild General Meeting: Holiday Projects for Kids: Will you share a glass project that kids can do? Tune in and get some ideas on how to nurture a love of glass in the budding artists in your neighborhood. Please contact VP Rachel Dollar to add yourself to the list of speakers . Meetings run so much smoother and are more interesting if you have speaker lineup in advance. 3:30 via Zoom

Looking ahead: 3 Holiday Parties in December

in Beaverton OR (Dec. 9), Seattle WA (Dec. 10), and Vancouver WA (Dec. 17)

Increase your skills and have fun

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Taking classes in the summer is a great way to meet new people who share your passion for glass and learn new skills at the same time. Be sure to register in advance so you don’t find the class full or canceled. Here are a just a sampling of members offering classes this summer. (S) indicates a sponsor who may give a discount to Guild members (log in and look at the About>Our Sponsors page to see discount terms):

  • Bridget Culligan, Seattle WA: Mosaic Garden Stepping Stone Class at the Phinney Neighborhood Center July 22, 10am to 2pm, $110 more details.
  • Zetamari (S) Seattle, WA: Mosaic Mirror Class, August 5-6, $295 + Materials more details
  • Glass Expressions (S), Burien WA: Beginning Stained Glass Classes, 8 weeks, 5-8pm, $250 plus tools and materials: Mondays July 10 – Aug 28, or Tuesdays July 11 – Aug 29 more details
  • Melt (S), Vancouver WA: Pick-A-Project Fusing $85 Saturday July 15th 3-5pm or Saturday July 22 11am-1pm more details; Intermediate Stained Glass: Leaded Panel $215, Wednesdays July 12-26, 5 to 8 pm more details
  • Marvelous Mosaic (S) Deer Island OR: Mosaic Retreat: Bears Elk Deer, August 25-27, 2 and 1/2 days $525 + $75 for meals and lodging more details
  • Bullseye (S), Portland OR: Great Plates Class, July 22nd, 11 am, $120 more details

See our Glass>Find a Teacher page for more members who teach smaller classes by appointment or to find a fall class. Start now to find the right mix of glass skills and fun for you.

3 Guild Picnics This Summer

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Come and talk glass. We’ve got 3 potluck picnics scheduled so far. Come to all 3 if you can. Spouses and non-member glass friends are also welcome. Please contact the host to let them know you’re planning to attend so they have enough chairs etc. — it makes it so much easier for the host if they can get it set up in advance.

Turner OR picnic (near Salem): Sunday July 16th, noon to 4 pm (Rose and Gerald McBride)

Washougal WA picnic (near Portland): Saturday August 5th, 1 to 5 pm (Kate Nichols and Linda Roman)

Seattle WA picnic: Sunday August 13th at 11 am (Karen Seymour)

Another way to get together with Glass Guild members this summer is to hold a Play Day see https://www.pnwglassguild.org/play-days/ for inspiration. Log in and fill out the form under About>Contact Us to get your event on the calendar.

Edmonds WA Art Festival June 16-18

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Member/sponsor Angie Heinrich (Zetamari), and over 160 other artists in glass and other media will be showing/selling their work in the field at 700 Main Street in Edmonds WA this weekend. https://www.edmondsartsfestival.com/booth-artists-festival/

Members: publicize your events this summer on the Guild’s calendar by logging in and filling out the “Submit Calendar Event” form you find under About>Contact Us on the menu.

General Meeting This Sunday, 3:30 Zoom

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Slumping, Draping, Kiln Casting etc.

This meeting is May 7, at 3:30 pm .

What is your most unusual shaping tool? What’s the best firing schedule to use for it? What is Silkymat and how do you use it? What can you use your fired Thinfire for? This is a show and tell of things you’ve tried that worked and those that didn’t. Please contact VP Rachel Dollar to get in the speaker line up (it makes things run so much smoother to know who to call on next). The Zoom link (log in first) and any updates are posted on the event listing in the calendar or use the form to request the Zoom link.

Guest speakers so far –

Barbara Cashman – Silkymat

Lael Bennett – stainless screen

Gathering of the Guilds starts Friday

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April 28-30 this free event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland is the biggest item on the Guild calendar for good reason.
• See lots of great glass from PNW Glass Guild members as well as work from 5 other guilds.
• Watch demonstrations and talk to artists.
• Look for the charity table where members are donating the proceeds of sales to benefit Mercy Corps.
• Have a great time enjoying and interacting with art and artists.
Hours are:
April 28, Friday – 10:00 – 7:00
April 29, Saturday – 10:00 – 6:00
April 30, Sunday – 10:00 – 4:00

For the list of Guild members showing/selling their work and other details see
https://www.pnwglassguild.org/event/gathering-of-the-guilds-2023/

Seattle’s Garden Art Studio Tour this weekend

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April 29-30, 10am to 5pm for our 9th year. Seattle members Karen Seymour, Bridget Culligan, Charles Friedman, and Janiene Fitzpatrick invite you to their homes and yards to see, talk about, and perhaps buy their garden related glass work and that of their guest artists who have a wide range of media. See ArtInBloomSeattle.com for the map and all the details on the 7 sites and over 20 artists.


Last Chance! Don’t Miss Out

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Registration ends April 30th. Don’t miss your chance to sell at the 2023 Portland Rose Festival as part of the PNW Glass Guild booth. Sign Up today, there are still openings in the June weekends. Reminder, the fee is only $50 per day. Register here and get further information before time runs out.

New Sponsors! More Discounts! More Donations!

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That’s right we’ve signed 4 new Sponsors in the last week and 3 of them offer discounts to members while the 4th gave us an awesome donation for the Vendor Fair.

Log in to PNWGG website to see the newest Sponsors: CRLynch, Diamonds Grind Glass, Glass Bird Studio and Zetamari. Go to their websites for more information on their products or services and remind yourself of who all of our awesome Sponsors are and which ones give you discounts on their products and/or services.

And don’t forget, the Vendor Fair is less than 3 weeks away (May 6 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM) and we have over $2,000 in prizes! Dichro sheet and embellishments, vitrigraph, stands, sheet glass, dichro sticks, molds, glass clay starter kits, and more! Prize tickets will be sold 2 for $1.00 and all sales will be CASH, so plan ahead. The funds raised, help us pay for this free member-only event. Be sure to renew your membership or have friends join the Guild before attending the event.

We still need several volunteers to help throughout the event as well as for providing a potluck item for dinner. The Guild will provide BBQ for the main course and bottled water and you’ll provide the rest. Please log in and sign up to help out for 1/2 an hour or so at https://airtable.com/shrauOhb7oL94X6WD and for the potluck at https://airtable.com/shrOS6N8TPLhad8tx

Let’s get out and support our Sponsor/Vendors like they support us. Please click on my name to let me know if you’re planning to attend so we know how much food to buy. Linda Gerrard

Lots happening in the next month:

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Through April 16th: Rexville Grange Art show in Mt. Vernon WA: see member Julie Erickson plus about 20 more artists in various media

April 14 **Deadline** to fill out the form for the charity table to have the Guild sell your work to benefit Mercy Corps at The Gathering of the Guilds in Portland OR

April 15-16 Best of the NW Art Show in Seattle WA: see members Lael Bennett, Cheryl Chapman, and Mitzi Kugler plus about 100 more artists

April 21-23 Columbia Gorge Artists Studio Tour in WA & OR: see member Stephanie Johnston plus about 40 more artists

April 28-30 Gathering of the Guilds in Portland OR See lots of member-vendors and lots of member-volunteers. There is still time for you to be one of them: volunteer or even log on and buy a Spotlight pedestal or the remaining space in the group booth. There’s also a charity table at which the Guild will sell your work to benefit Mercy Corps.

April 29-30 Art In Bloom Seattle‘s garden art studio tour and sale: see members Karen Seymour, Bridget Culligan, Charles Friedman, Janiene Fitzpatrick and about 20 other artists.

April 30 **Deadline** to apply to sell in the Guild’s Rose Festival booth in Portland OR Memorial Day 4-day weekend and 2 weekends in June $50/day, no commission.

May 6 Guild Vendor Fair in Beaverton OR (SW Portland area) members only so please join or renew before attending. Log in and fill out the form on the bottom of the event page to volunteer

May 7 Guild General Meeting via Zoom, 3:30pm: Shaping By Slumping, Draping, Kiln Casting etc.

The Vendor Fair is Back!!

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Saturday, May 6th, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Beaverton YMCA located at 9685 SW Harvest Ct, Beaverton OR (just south of Portland)
(about ½ mile off 217 and Allen, in a separate building with kitchen, bathrooms and plenty of parking).

Our last Vendor Fair was in 2019, so let’s make this a good one!  This is a member-only event, so make sure you have renewed your membership beforehand.  If you have friends interested in glass, bring them. But remember to have them join the Guild right away.  You can renew or join at the door, but it will delay entry into the Fair.

So far, we have 7 tables reserved, and we’re still working to see if more Sponsors can participate.

I’ve already started receiving the donations (over $1,500 in prizes committed so far).

• See the latest in glass art and supplies
• Get in on special pricing or other offers from Sponsors
• Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 – sit and eat or keep shopping, it’s up to you

Watch your Classifieds for more details about the Vendor Fair!

The Vendor Fair is always a great time, so I hope you’ll come out to support our Sponsors and find some awesome glass, supplies, advice and just have fun!

Just so we have an idea of how much food we’ll need, please let me know if you plan to attend the Vendor Fair: Linda Gerrard

Gatherings of Guild Show – Booth Sales

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Lets show that Glass Artists do it best…

April 28th to the 30th Gathering of the Guilds (GOTG) Show in Portland OR expects 20,000 plus art lovers and purchasers to come visit the show. People are excited to get out and see your artwork in person and to chat with you.

We offer several alternatives for booths including a group booth and a special spot for new and emerging artists. We also have opportunities in the “Spotlight” for up to three of your masterpieces without having to be at the actual show.

If you are new to selling at a show, we are here to support each others’ success and can walk you through your maiden voyage.

One of this year’s artists who was in last years show noted that customers were saying “Thank you for having this show again – we are over the moon about seeing artist’s work again in person and have been missing this experience so much. It is a joy to see the creativity and beauty that is in all the work that is in this show and it has far exceeded our expectations”. Can’t wait to hear what they say about this years show!

So sign up soon…you need to act now as some of the other Guilds have waiting lists and want to purchase any unsold booths.

For details see the GOTG registration page https://www.pnwglassguild.org/gotg-registration-info/ . If you have questions please text the GOTG coordinator Lesley Kelly at 503-816-3981 and she’ll call you back.

Gathering of the Guilds 2022 Show starts setting up

Do you want to show (and sell) your glass art?

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to the expected 20,000+ visitors at the Gathering of the Guilds show April 28-30 but only have a few pieces and don’t live close to Portland? We now have a volunteer who is willing to pick up your art at a drop-off point in Seattle and transport it to and from the show to save you from having to find a way to get it to Portland. In the Individual Artist Spotlight section we will light, display, and sell up to 3 pieces for members who can’t do a booth and who have arranged with us in advance to be part of the Spotlight area. For more details see the Spotlight section of the Gathering of the Guilds registration info.

Lots of glass in February’s first week:

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• The Art By Design show in Seattle WA Feb. 3-4 features 2 Guild members

• Also in Seattle WA there’s a Glass Artist’s Potluck at 11 AM Sunday Feb.5

• A Mosaic Retreat in Deer Island OR Feb 3-5
See the calendar for other classes in Deer Island OR and Battle Ground WA this month

And of course the ongoing registration for Gathering of the Guilds booths: if you buy your booth and get your photos in by tonight’s publicity deadline (Jan 31st) your art has a good chance of being seen all over Portland in the next 3 months as part of the big promotion planned by the GOTG organization. The show will be April 28-30.

Lots of learning opportunities

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General Meeting Saturday January 21st at 3:30 PM via Zoom to discuss Booth and Show Preparation (note the slight change in date). Those who have experience doing Gathering of the Guilds and other shows are encouraged to show up and share some tips with those just starting.

Glass Applique Table Play Day in Seattle January 29-28

• Find classes submitted by Member Ann Cavenaugh (Battleground WA) and those submitted by member/sponsor Kory Dollar (Deer Island OR) on the News & Events>Events Calendar.

• Members can login to submit your own event: About>Contact Us, Submit Calendar Event tab

• You can also look for instructors on the Glass>Find a Teacher page.