Meet the Maestro: Joseph Ivacic

Joseph's fascination with the world is seen through an artist's eye, drawing inspiration from everyday events and objects and using glass as his chosen material. He "sculpts" objects rather than making functional vessels. The unpredictable nature and constant communication necessary to guide glass in the direction needed is the challenge. He wants to change the way artwork is created, thought about, and viewed. He wants to push glass to the extremes of the spectrum, from soft curves to hard edges, clear as ice to opaque as concrete. As an artist, he is interested in the interaction and impact that the objects leave with the viewer through craftsmanship and content.

Joseph includes painting and enameling the glass surface to create troupe l'oeil to the point where a viewer feels it is found art. As a sculptor, he draws inspiration from a perspective of modern necessity. His art is achieved by combing historical artifacts with current social trends to create objects in glass that have a complex narrative.

Coming up next month: Jennifer Halvorson

Meet the Maestro: Jennifer Halvorson
March 9, 2019
Saturday 10:00am (Refreshments at 9:30am)

Bullseye Glass Center
805 Early St, Building E
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Recap of last month's Maestro: Dylan Martinez

Dylan Martinez is originally from Stillwater, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor's of Science in broad field science at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008. In 2017, he received his MFA in glass, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Dylan is now running his own studio in White Salmon, WA in the scenic Columbia River Gorge where he continues to explore and push the boundaries of glass. His artwork has earned several awards of recognition and has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.

Dylan's art often examines the boundaries of human perception. His work challenges the viewer's expectations through the manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass. While influenced by traditional techniques in glass making, he constantly strives to discover novel approaches to exploit the material and create a lens to view the world afresh.

Video Interview with Jerry Silverstein

Jerry Silverstein was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois and then earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Jerry began his career in Minneapolis as a Rehabilitation Counselor from 1968 to 1969. After that Jerry took a position in Chicago with the Jewish Vocational Service and worked there in many capacities until retiring from JVS in 1998 as the Associate Executive Director of that agency. Jerry remained in Chicago until he and his partner moved to Santa Fe in 2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of Glass Alliance NM and is a patron of our organization.

Jerry has developed the Maestro Program for Glass Alliance NM; he secures, hosts and entertains Glass Maestros from around the world to come to Santa Fe to speak about their work to our membership and other interested parties.

In addition to his service in promoting and enjoying glass art, he is an active associate with the Friends of Folk Art. Jerry is an avid collector of studio glass and has been building his collection for more than 30 years, beginning with a fascination with glass paperweights and currently specializing in contemporary glass art.

Watch the video interview to learn more about Jerry Silverstein!

Glass events to know about


Sharper Edges: Women Working on the Edge of Glass features the work of female artists exploring social issues. Incorporated into glass sculpture, the women express distinct viewpoints on politics, gender biases, stereotypes, consumerism, and the environment.

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass - Neenah, WI
Sat, Nov 15, 2018 - Sun, Feb 17, 2019

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BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. Every two years, Bellevue Arts Museum has designated a new focus of exploration. The fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic, will be focused on glass.

Bellevue Arts Museum
Now through April 14, 2019

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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 is exhibiting new work by Nancy Callan titled "Embrace a Black and White Aesthetic."

Prairie Dog Glass

Prairie Dog Glass Has a New Furnace!

After spending several weeks tearing out the old furnace and rebuilding one from scratch, Patrick Morrisey from Prairie Dog Glass has announced that they are back in business. The old furnace had lasted 14 years and melted 400,000 lbs of glass. The new slightly larger, furnace took seven days to build, three days for the glass to get hot, but now it is ready to go! This time of year is also a very good time to take a class if you are interested in experiencing a little hands on action. The weather is cool enough that it is very cozy and nice in the hot shop.

Messages from our Board Members

We first want to say a big "thank you" to Dylan Martinez for his Maestro presentation in January. His history and current efforts in glass art are creative, extensive, and entertaining. In addition, thank you to Karla Winterowd and her team at Winterowd Fine Art for hosting this well-attended event.

Our first GANM Board meeting of 2019 was election time for our officers. The slate: For President, Harry Miller and Tom Murdock to serve as Co-Presidents; Harry M. stays on the ballot for Vice-President and Tom for Treasurer. Harry Pollitt was on the ballot for Secretary.

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!

-Globe Fine Art - Steven Cie, Martha Traer
- Linda Dillman
- Josephine Lazarus and Max Heckard
- Darlene Moore
- Jerry Silverstein and Bob Zimmerman
- Cia Thorne

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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Find GANM on Social Media! Join GANM's Facebook page and never miss a Maestro Event, or a "Call for Entries" ... Hey Artists, you are welcome to post and share what's going on in your studio, gallery events, workshops, and the like!

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Sarah A. Nelson Communications Chair