Meet the Maestro: John Miller

John Miller started working with glass in 1987 at Southern Connecticut State University. He later earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. John has been a staff member at the Pilchuck Glass School since 1993 and currently also serves as an Associate Professor of Glass at Illinois State University.

John concentrates on blown glass sculpture with several diverse bodies of work: homages to Claes Oldenburg (larger than life everyday pop sculptures; the Corset series are blowing vibrant colored glass through copper strictures; and a third series that explores anthropomorphic forms. He shows through numerous national and international galleries and his artwork is in a number of museums worldwide. John also "tours," giving lectures and demonstrations with hot glass.

Also this month: Peter Bremers

Meet the Maestro: Peter Bremers
July 27, 2019
Saturday 10:00am (Refreshments at 9:30am)

LewAllen Galleries
1613 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Recap of last month's Maestro: Karen LaMonte

Throughout her career, Karen LaMonte has explored representations of the human body, and the way clothing shapes and reflects cultural norms and perceptions. More recently, she has broadened her focus to examine other kinds of bodies, while continuing to base her work on a rigorous process of research, contemplation and technical development.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors in 1990, LaMonte was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, then worked at UrbanGlass. Receiving a Fullbright Scholarship to create large-scale cast glass in Prague, she moved to the Czech Republic in 1999, where she works and lives today. She completed her first major work, Vestige, during her Fullbright year.

Video Interview with Glass Artist Curt Sullan

Curt Sullan was born in Florida and soon moved to Chicago where he was raised. Having a great interest in art from an early age, Curt went to work at the National Zoo in Washington DC as a graphic artist for several years. He then pursued a career in construction law. Curt has been focused on creating sculptures of glass and steel since 2000.

It is difficult to categorize Curt Sullan's sculptures. He uses elements that have not ever been combined in this manner before. His father was a Chicago architect and Curt was influenced by the architectural elements of steel and glass: a tribute to human urban accomplishments. His works are meditative pieces that can be as engaging as watching a fire, the birthplace of both glass and steel.

The contrast between the translucence of glass and the solidness of steel reflects an important aspect of life: without night, one cannot appreciate day... cold-hot, and death-life.

Because of its translucency, there is an added dimension of perspective and contrast within a piece of glass that is not found in any other material. This fourth dimension makes glass especially intriguing in how glass captures light, shape and depth. The way in which light enters and leaves the glass in contrast to the steel is captivating. Additionally, raw and aged steel provide diverse and colorful textures that enhance the overall effect of Sullan's works of art.

Casting large glass pieces of glass is a complicated process requiring many months of cooling time so that the glass does not shatter.

There is simply no book that specifically describes how to cast large pieces of glass. Years of trial and error have gone into the creation of Curt Sullan's process. Because of their monumental size most of Curt's artworks have to cool for three months or more. And it is not until the end of that period that a particular piece can be closely examined to determine its worthiness as a work of art. Curt takes pleasure in creating these works and is equally pleased by the wonder and enjoyment they bring to their viewers.

Watch the video interview to learn more about Curt Sullan!

Glass events to know about

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass new exhibition, New Glass Now, features objects, installations, videos and performances made in the last three years by over 100 artists and architects of 31 nationalities from more than 25 countries.

Corning, NY
NOW through Jan 20, 2020

Go to under the New Glass Now title to explore what is happening.

River Cruise (Budapest to Prague)

Join Susan and Allan Weiner, with Habatat Galleries and Avoyatravel, on a river cruise between Budapest and Prague

It will include glass exhibitions, receptions, museums, private collections and more.

Sun, Aug 18, 2019 - Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Contact for complete information.

GANM Member News

Bullseye Glass Santa Fe

Bullseye Glass Santa Fe has scheduled the following classes. Contact Bullseye at 505.467.8951 for further details and to make reservations. Make sure you mention if you are a current GANM member!


Blue Rain Gallery

Blue Rain Gallery is currently showing new sculptures by Benjamin Cobb and Preston Singletary. Preston Singletary will have a formal opening on August 16, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm.

Margo Nimon

Margo Nimon will be showing at the Contemporary Hispanic Market on July 27-28 this year (Booth #59). New work this year is entitled "Liquid Lips" featuring Margo’s blown and sculpted glass fish. The luscious lips, flowing bodies and beautiful colors are fantastical, not unlike the fire from which they emerge. Catch a piece for your collection!

Messages from our Board Members

We had a very busy May and June events schedule: Opening for Wes Hunting and Chad Manley at OTA Contemporary; Meet the Maestro programs for Curt Sullan at Globe Fine Art, Jennifer Hecker at Winterowd Fine Art and Karen LaMonte at Peters Projects; the Exhibition Opening for Judy Tuwaletstiwa at the Center for Contemporary Arts; and Gallery Opening and Exhibitions featuring Mitch Berg in both May and June. We thank all the artists, our members, Galleries and Museums for this opportunity to see these exciting programs!

All this was followed by our Member Appreciation Party on June 23. The turnout was gratifying; particular thank you's to Leslie Walker-Hirsch and Bennett Hirsch for opening their beautiful home for the second year in a row; new members for joining in the celebration; and GANM Board Members for their efforts, including food/refreshments, and the "sheet cake" with the GANM logo! Our celebration of over 100 Maestro Artist programs led by our very own Maestro, Jerry Silverstein, was capped by an award to Jerry created by Patrick Morrissey of Prairie Dog Glass.

Read more from Harry and Tom...

Harry Miller Co-Acting President
Tom Murdock Co-Acting President

The following have renewed their membership or have become new members in the previous month. Thank you and welcome. Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable!

- Sandra Auestad - Kiyomi Baird, OTA Contemporary
- Suzanna and Lawrence Becerra
- Marjorie Bernbaum
- Karen Bexfield and Kris Callori
- Rachel Blank
- Blue Rain Gallery (Leroy Garcia, Peter Stoessel, Denise Phetteplace)
- Uschi and William Butler
- Cassandra and Robert Fesen
- Willi Haye and William Davis
- Bobbi and Doug Heller
- Elizabeth Allen Heller
- David Hering and Lynne Robbie
- Carol Lujan
- Lucy Lyon and Vincent Yuan
- Eileen Miles Biggs
- Steffen Plistermann
- Mary Shaffer
- Curt Sullan
- Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Let us know of any events or volunteering opportunities that can make your membership more enjoyable!

Join the fun!

Leslie Walker-Hirsch Membership Chair

Exciting News and You're Invited! GANM is hosting a glass art Safari weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join us October 18-21, 2018 to explore Santa Fe’s vibrant glass culture. We've got details to our offered scheduled event that include: a downloadable tri-fold brochure; an itinerary page; and an application form for interested attendees. Sign up soon as only 26 spots available.

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Susan Hancock Special Events Chair

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Sarah A. Nelson Communications Chair