So many thanks:
To LewAllen Galleries, Bob Gardner and Ken Marvel for hosting the GANM event with Matthew Curtis, for providing a delicious breakfast and welcoming atmosphere and for displaying a significant collection of Matthew's work.
To Australian artist, Matthew Curtis, for making Santa Fe (his first visit to SF) one of the stops on his US tour and for delivering an engaging power point presentation. Of particular interest was an explanation of many of his pieces on display at LewAllen. His chronological growth as an artist in glass, working early in his career as a glass blower to his current art in which he casts large, colorful, intricate and complex designs, framed in stainless steel was fascinating. His work, his journey and his techniques were of such interest that many stayed long after the event to engage Matthew in a Q & A.
To our members who joined us for a fun Member Appreciation afternoon social event. What's not to like - great company, good food and good libations (alcoholic and non). We do have a very social group! And to our Board members who spoke about their dedication and many contributions to the vitality of the GANM and provided food and drinks. And especially to Leslie and Bennett Hirsch (and Lobo) for opening their beautiful home for the event and for being such gracious hosts.
As a final reminder, as an added benefit of membership in the GANM, Benefactor and Patron members, current in their dues, will soon receive memberships in the American Craft Council and ACC publications, at no cost. And, all active GANM members are eligible to receive a 30% discount for memberships in the ACC ($29/year), including ACC's bi-monthly, high quality publication, by submitting a membership request to the ACC and referencing promotional code ACCGANM.