Meet the Maestro: Michael Mikula

Michael Mikula is always looking up - examining the built environment for its patterns, forms and details to spark his imagination. For more than two decades, he has explored a process using multi-part graphite molds as a tool for introducing imagery into blown glass. His architecturally inspired works create one of a kind cast, cut and polished glass sculptures, with integral precision milled metal structures.

Mikula earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 and has further studied at Pilchuck, Penland and Fundacio Centre del Vidre in Barcelona, Spain. He has maintained a full time studio practice since 1988, now living and working in Cleveland, OH at his Midtown Glassworks Studio located in what is dubbed Cleveland’s Glass Corridor.

Coming in January: Dan Neil Barnes

Meet the Maestro: Dan Neil Barnes
January 11, 2020
Saturday 10:00am (Refreshments at 9:30am)

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Recap of last month's Maestro: Mark Leputa

For Mark, the greatest sense of self-satisfaction and pride are found in the creation process. Throughout his studies (BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburg in 2003), Mark continuously turned to art to liberate the ideas boiling within. Not until a short trip to New Zealand, did he finally submit to his longing of being a full-time artist, after discovering the medium he had long been seeking - glass. The heat, the fire, the seemingly liquid state that this material is worked at entranced him. Nothing has been the same since. The short visit to New Zealand turned into a three year apprenticeship.

Demanding precision and attention to detail, he is able to bring his abstract visions to life. Every touch to the glass has significant and deliberate meaning. After returning to the United States, he settled in Alabama at Orbix Hot Glass. Exhibitions, awards and exposure have since allowed Mark to further develop a clean crisp body of work.

Video Interview with GANM Co-President Harry Miller

Harry, after a 43-year career in Finance, and his wife, Susan Hancock, after 30+ years in Retail - Special Events, had the good fortune to move to Santa Fe seven years ago. Harry & Susan joined GANM shortly thereafter and have served on the Board since 2013. Harry is also the Newsletter and Blast Editor.

Watch the video interview to learn more about Harry Miller!

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.

Exhibition: Karen LaMonte Embodied Beauty

Gerald Peters Gallery
24 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
NOW through Dec 20, 2019

Go to Karen LaMonte to learn more.

Educational Lecture: Sarah Nelson

The History of Glass Art: The New Mexico Connection Glass & Print

Santa Fe, NM
Nov 14, 2019

Sarah Nelson is a Glass Artist, GANM Board Member and Communications Chair. For information and to register, visit

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!


Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is giving a lecture on November 14 at Renesan titled The History of Glass Art: The New Mexico Connection. Participants will learn about the different types of art glass and the history of the American Studio Glass Movement with a special focus on New Mexico. Since beginning in 1968, Santa Fe has become a mecca for glass art. Topics include how to view glass art, how it is created, and who the local artists are in New Mexico. Working as a professional artist, Sarah draws inspiration from natural themes to create kiln-worked glass. She is a Board member and Communications Chair for Glass Alliance-New Mexico. Learn more and sign up at:

Glass Art Pop-Up Sale features GANM Members

GANM Members Barbara Bloomberg, Laura Cowan, Susan Hancock, Jayne Nordstrom, Ellen Premack and Leslie Walker-Hirsch are showing their glass artwork at the Aldea Community Center Glass Art Pop Up Sale on Saturday, December 14th, from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Messages from our Board Members

A special opening and lectures over two days at Albuquerque's Palette Contemporary Art & Craft featured nine New Mexico glass artists (Karen Bexfield, Skyler Blood-Raiter, Emily Brock, Anita Caress, Willi Haye, Lois Manno, Darlene Moore, Sarah Nelson and Marcia Newren). Thanks to the artists and Gallery owner, Kurt Nelson, for this successful event!

Our Maestro event in October featured Mark Leputa. Thank you, Mark, for your engaging presentation and to Karla Winterowd & team for hosting us!

Next, we look forward to Chris Taylor, Executive Director of Pilchuck, on November 16 at Globe Fine Art and Maestro Michael Miikula on December 7, also at Globe. In addition, sign up for our Brunch and Book Auction on December 8, at the home of Roddie & Steve Harris. See more details on these events elsewhere in this Newsletter.

If this is not enough to satisfy your "glass fix," go to the Tesuque Glassworks Show & Sale...

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!

-Matthew Carter
- Laura Cowan
- Jo Flittie
- Gisela Kone
- Helaine & David Lane
- Lujan Glass Studio (Ira Lujan, Kacey McCreery, Christopher Bogle, Kay Shelby)
- Prairie Dog Glass (Patrick Morrissey, Mary Elsesser, Margo Newman, Robert “ Spooner” Marcus)
- Palette Contemporary Art & Craft / Kurt Nelson
- Shel Neymark
- Rosa Silbert
- Winterowd Fine Art / Karla Winterowd

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