Seminar & Collector's Tours

2009 Collector's Seminar & Tour - Seattle, WA

Wednesday, August 12 – Saturday, August 15, 2009

Are you considering collecting museum-quality glass art but don’t know where to begin? Are you an established collector who believes its time to expand your collection of master glass artists and learn more about younger artists in the market? The Glass Art Society will help you learn from established collectors, curators and artists — people who can tell you where to begin, who know the market, and who know how to properly display and handle glass art.

The Glass Art Society invites you to learn how to develop your collection at our third Collector’s Seminar and Tour. Join us for this four-day event that will 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 learn from curators, dealers, and art administrators, and you’ll even get a peak into the underworld of art crimes, presented by an FBI Art Crime Agent. This introduction provides an overview of how the art market works, the growth of artists and galleries, and how collections are built. Additionally, and new this year, a special private class will give you a hands on opportunity to work with glass.

Day 1: Wednesday, August 12

The Passion of Collecting

Your first day begins with two afternoon visits to private glass collections in Seattle. You will see amazing artwork along with million-dollar views of the city and Puget Sound. Collectors will talk about their position on collecting, how they began, and what they have learned.  The welcome dinner takes place at Ray’s Boathouse on Shilshole Bay and will include a presentation by William Traver about the history of Studio Glass and his relationship with this unique art movement. The Traver Gallery is now in its thirty-second year and William has a longstanding connection to the Seattle art community and international artists working in Studio Glass. William’s talk will provide a personal account of the rise of glass art and its international scale. 

Day 2: Thursday, August 13

Working with Glass

This is the day where you will get to try your hand at glassmaking! The day begins with a demo at the studio of artists Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz. Boyd and Lisa are considered to be two of the top young artists working in the media. Boyd is known for his perfectly blown vessels with a modern edge, while Lisa uses a combination of casting, blowing, and painting for her unique wall-mounted assemblage work. The group will then go to the Pratt Fine Arts Center for a two-part class on glass marking to learn the basics of glassblowing and fusing with Pratt instructors: Pat Bako, Paula Stokes, and Cayn Thompson.  Lunch will be served at Pratt. Following the classes you will visit additional studios to see distinct ways of working with this material. Ethan Stern, April Surgent and Richard Royal will open their studios so you can meet young stars in carving and engraving, along with a master glassblower, and hear their approach to the material. The day continues as we move over to Benjamin Moore and Debora Moore’s studio where Benjamin and his wife Debora will speak to the group about their use of the material and their very different ways of working. Debora recently received the 2007 Corning Museum Rakow Commission and was included in the 9th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. The day concludes with a stop at one of the country’s most beautiful and extensive glass collections.

Day 3: Friday, August 14

The Skagit Valley: The Environment and the Artist

On Friday you will venture into the Skagit Valley, known for its tulip fields, rolling hills, amazing glass artists, the Museum of Northwest Art, and the Pilchuck Glass School. The morning begins with a visit to Joseph Rossano’s studio in Arlington, where Joseph’s work focuses on the extinction of the species. You will then visit William Morris’ Barn. While William has retired, he maintains this studio to house his archived works for international exhibitions. A luncheon will take place in the upper gallery of the Museum of Northwest Art where Executive Director, Gregory Robinson, will speak about the artists that MoNA is tracking and why. The next stop is at the hot shop, studio, and home of Shelley Muzylowski-Allen and Rik Allen. While Shelley’s work focuses on horses and their mystical and historical qualities, Rik takes a playful approach in his glass space-aged vessels.  Your time in Skagit Valley concludes with a tour of the Pilchuck Glass School. As you might be a bit tired on the drive home, we have arranged a “pit stop” at an incredible private collection in the exclusive Highlands neighborhood. Here you will meet the owners of Long Shadows Winery & Vitners, tour their glass collection, and enjoy some of their special wines made in collaboration with top winemakers who have come to Western Washington from around the world.

Day 4: Saturday, August 15

Working on a Smaller Scale & Art Theft Presentation

Your final day begins at the studios of Karen Buhler and Lisabeth Sterling. Lisabeth’s work is recognized by dreamlike portraits and scenes she painstakingly carves into glass. She uses a reductive approach to create light and shadow to create a painterly effect that resembles the older Eastern European portraits. Karen Buhler will then do a flame working demonstration at her studio, to give you a good understanding of the process used to create her highly coveted glass swimmers and vignettes. During lunch we will have a presentation from one of the special agents of the FBI Art Crime Unit. Only consisting of a handful of agents, this unit traces art and antiquities around the globe in an effort to repatriate objects to their owners and countries. You will hear first-hand stories about art heists, the department, and be given advice what you can do to better protect your objects. Your final afternoon includes visits to private glass collections before we conclude with a goodbye dinner at El Gaucho, one of Seattle’s favorite steakhouses. This will be a relaxing dinner where you can sit back and just enjoy the evening.

Special Add-On:  Wednesday, August 12

We have added a special day trip that will take you to Tacoma’s Museum of Glass for two major exhibits taking place during the Collector’s Seminar that we think you will not want to miss.  Departing from the hotel at 10:30, the visit includes a special walk-through of the highly anticipated Preston Singletary exhibition titled “Echoes, Fire, and Shadows.” This is Preston’s most substantial exhibition to date.  Following this you will meet Martin Blank and learn about his major outdoor glass installation, “Fluent Steps”, encompassing the entire 210 foot long reflecting pool.  Martin’s installation is a physical exploration of water rising into steam, shown through glass. The visit will conclude with a presentation exploring the museum’s best practice techniques for taking care of glass and a discussion of how that can apply to private collections, presented by Museum of Glass Registrar, Rebecca Engelhardt.  The cost of the add-on trip includes transportation to and from the museum, admission to the museum and events listed above, a boxed lunch, and a guide for the day.


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