Category Archive for: ‘Trip Reports’

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Visit to the Neon and Light Museum

Chicago gallerist Ken Saunders has created a new “immersive art experience” featuring a unique sub-genre of glass art. His Neon and Light Museum, open through November 30, 2021, is a stunning mix of color and 3-D form. About twenty members of MCGAG visited the museum on October 27. Ken gave a presentation about the science and creative use of neon …

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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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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 (, 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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July 26-27, 2014: MCGAG Weekend in Indiana

Twenty-six members of MCGAG spent a wonderful weekend in Indiana on July 26-27.  We met on the campus at Ball State University in Muncie.  Our first stop was the David Owsley Museum of Art to see the exhibit “Without Camouflage,” which featured the art of Daphna Kaffeman and Silvia Levenson.  These two artists use glass to create art which is …

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June 29, 2014: MCGAG visits Binh Pho

It was a great privilege to join other MCGAG members in visiting Binh Pho’s home studio on June 29th. The warm welcome and lovely glimpse into Mr. Pho’s creative work space left us wishing we could have lingered there a bit longer. We were greeted by Graeme Priddle, Pho’s jovial colleague and talented fellow wood turner in his own right from New Zealand. Our lovely tour …

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October 13, 2013: Last Event of 2013

One of our favorite activities is visiting the homes and collections of our members.  As our last official event of 2013, we had a special treat – visits to two beautiful North Shore homes to see the stunning art collections of our hosts. While each home was different in architectural style, and in the esthetic tastes of the owners, each …

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September 15, 2013: Two Wisconsin Exhibits

Our September excursion took us to two wonderful exhibits in Wisconsin. Our first stop was a visit to an old friend, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. Their show “Glass Artists of the New North: Creativity in our Midst” featured works by Wisconsin artists, several of whom were on hand to give us insight into their inspiration and methods. …

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