2007 Collector's Tour

2007 Collector's Seminar and Tour - Seattle, WA


Thank you for a wonderfully successful Collector's Tour!

The tour took place in Seattle, WA, August 15–19, 2007

Have you thought about collecting museum-quality glass art but don’t know where to begin? Are you an established collector who wants to open up new possibilities with your collection? The Glass Art Society can help you learn from established collectors, curators and artists — people who can tell you how to get started, who know the market, and who know how to properly display glass art.

The Glass Art Society invites you to learn how to develop your collection at our second annual Collector’s Seminar and Tour. Join us for this five-day event that will prove to be a unique and educational experience for collectors at all levels. The seminar introduces new collectors to collecting in today’s market. You will visit established private collections and meet emerging and world-renowned artists. You will also learn from curators and art administrators, and you’ll find out how to display fragile artwork. This introduction provides an overview of how the art market works, the growth of artists and galleries, and how collections are built.

Glass in the Northwest … Tacoma’s Connection

Wednesday, Aug. 15

The first day of the seminar kicks off in Tacoma with a visit to the studio of Diane Hansen and a VIP evening at the Museum of Glass, where we will see the medium of glass presented within the context of contemporary art. After touring the exhibitions, we will be taken on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the hot shop. Next up we will cross the Bridge of Glass for a private tour of Dale Chihuly’s first major public art installation at Union Station. A wine reception will follow at William Traver Gallery, with special guest, glass artist Robert Carlson. The evening will end with an elegant private dinner served in the museum’s famed hot shop.

What Makes a Collector?

Thursday, Aug. 16

We will spend day two in Seattle touring several noted private collections and learning what inspires collectors, along with special considerations they take when building their collections. Along with a tour of Dale Chihuly’s private Boathouse Studio, a unique luncheon will be served in the Evelyn Room, where we’ll sit and take in the splendor of the artwork and Lake Union. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to the studio and home of renowned artists Nancy Mee and Dennis Evans, who are also consummate collectors. We will tour their private collection of other famous Northwest artists, then head over to their studio to learn about Nancy’s process and focus in her stunning artwork. Afternoon refreshments will be provided before heading back to the hotel after a very busy day.

Off the Beaten Path, Artist Studios and the Creative Spirit (Whidbey Island)

Friday, Aug. 17

The third day of the tour will take us out of the city and focus on the creative spirit of artists to encourage the collector to seek out artist enclaves in unusual places. Coffee and morning refreshments will be provided on the bus as we make our way north to enjoy a Northwest favorite — a ferry ride to Whidbey Island. An incredible morning and afternoon will be spent visiting a number of artists’ studios. Once the ferry arrives at the island, the first stop will be the studios of Katja Fritzsche and Danny Perkins. Katja and Danny take very unusual approaches toward their sculpture, which given both an international following. A visit to the studios of Rob Adamson will follow, along with a picnic lunch on his property. After lunch we will visit glass painter John De Wit, who uses blown glass as a canvas for his abstract expressionist paintings. After returning to Mukilteo, the final stop will be at James Mongrain’s studio, where we will watch a Venetian goblet glassblowing demo and enjoy some afternoon rustic Italian refreshments. 

Artist and Museums … Roles and Relationships

Saturday, Aug. 18

Start the day off at the new Seattle Art Museum with a panel discussion about galleries and their relationships with museums. After the discussion, we will tour the newly renovated museum. This will take the better part of the morning, so we will follow the visit to SAM with lunch at Palisades restaurant, where we will be joined by several emerging artists who will discuss and show slides of their work. Artists Sean Albert and Jeanne Brennan will talk about their developments as younger artists and their very individual styles of artwork that push boundaries into the world of contemporary art. Following lunch we will focus on more established artists and their various styles and careers. This will start with a visit with Dante Marioni, followed by Mary Van Cline and Judith La Scola. Each studio visit with present a different approach to glassmaking with these established artists. We’ll end the day at the recently opened Olympic Sculpture Park, a vibrant waterfront space for art located in downtown Seattle. The day will come to a close with a dinner at Seattle’s famous Wild Ginger, one of the city’s most distinctive restaurants.

Private tour of the Pilchuck Glass School (optional)

Sunday, Aug. 19

This optional day includes a visit to the Pilchuck Glass School and a special private tour. The Glass Art Society will provide ground transportation and a guide to answer any questions you have. A boxed lunch will be provided on the bus with a stop at the hotel, followed by the Seatac Airport for those of you who need to fly out immediately.

Note: All ground transportation in Seattle is included, along with the meals listed above. Lodging in Seattle is not included. However, there will be a group block at a downtown hotel for your convenience. The bus will pick up guests in front of that hotel each day. Please contact GAS for more information.

Photo: Irv Ager and Treza Bordinat-Ager enjoy last year’s seminar and tour :: photo credit Merrily Orsini



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