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Artist’s Letter

Our member Sandy Meyer received this letter from glass artist Donna J. Rice (no, not our president, but a well-known glass artist and recipient of a MCGAG award several years ago). Hi Sandy, I hope you and Bernie are doing very well. Assuming you are back in Chicago, safe and sound? I was planning to send you photos of my …

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August 23, 2015: Visit to the studio of Nicholas Africano

A large group of MCGAG members converged in Normal, Illinois, to visit the home and studio of artist Nicholas Africano and his wife Rebecca.  Africano’s work in glass is created by casting, using the lost-wax method developed in ancient times.  He makes models out of wax, which are then covered in plaster.  The form is heated so that the wax …

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July 12, 2015: Glassblowing Demonstration by Laura Donefer

It was an honor and a real treat to attend the demonstration by Canadian artist Laura Donefer, at the Ignite Studio in Chicago.  Laura is well known for her “basket” pieces – blown vessels with multi-colored and whimsical ornamentation.  We learned that these pieces reflect her personality – exuberant, unconventional, and uninhibited.  As always, it was fascinating to watch her …

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The 2015 Season Begins

The first MCGAG event this year was a great way to begin the 2015 Season. Many members attended, and we were pleased to welcome several new members to our group. We began the afternoon by meeting at the home of Cheryl and Harvey Lapin. We enjoyed the collection artfully placed around their home. Note: Both the home and art pieces …

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Glass Exhibit in San Francisco Airport

Alan and Nancy Lasser were delighted to find an exhibit of glass artwork in the San Francisco airport.  Select any photo to view a slideshow of images:

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Bendoffs Attend Dinner for Pilchuck’s James Baker

Bruce and Judy Bendoff attended a dinner in honor of James Baker, Director of Pilchuck, on Sunday, January 25th, at the Naples Yacht Club.  The lovely party was hosted by Joan Stonecipher, a glass collector, enthusiast, and member of AACG as well as a member of the Pilchuck board of trustees.  Joan’s daughter-in-law, Amy, is on the AACG board, as …

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Meyers host Arizona Group in Florida

MCGAG members Sandy and Bernie Meyer hosted members of the Arizona Glass Alliance at the Meyers’ Florida home.  The visitors were led by Fred and Sharon Schomer, who are members of both MCGAG and the Arizona group.           Sandy and Bernie also met with artist Janis Miltenberg at Art Palm Beach. (Click on each picture to …

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In Memoriam – Irvin J. Borowsky

November 23, 1924 – November 25, 2014 Irvin J. Borowsky, Founder of the National Liberty Museum, and internationally renowned contemporary glass aficionado, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, two days after his 90th birthday. The National Liberty Museum is the culmination of Irv Borowsky’s life’s work. Mr. B, as he was affectionately called, was a …

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September 21, 2014: A Visit from a Master!

We were so privileged to host a visit from one of today’s outstanding glass artists: Richard Jolley, along with his wife, Tommie Rush. Richard agreed to come to Chicago from his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, and demonstrate his glassblowing techniques for us.  We were also fortunate to be able to provide a fitting location to showcase his demonstration, at Ignite …

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August 24, 2014: Driehaus Museum and John Miller’s Art

We had a very full day in Chicago on Sunday, August 24. We began by meeting at the Driehaus Museum (www.driehausmuseum.org), a beautiful old mansion on Erie Street.  Home to several wealthy families during the city’s Gilded Age, the house has been restored to display its earlier glory.  The furnishings, wall coverings, and tapestries were beautiful, but of course we …

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