Message from the President

David Goldheim

GANM thanks Timothy A. Stover (the glass artist, not the Bigfoot Hunter) for an artist talk that was full of interesting information, humor, and good energy. Timothy’s presentation showcased an artistic style that makes his work unique and beautiful. He masterfully designs his pieces with great attention to detail including color choices, design elements as well as hours of cold working to get just the right shape. Our thanks to Steve and Globe Fine Art for hosting a delightful Saturday morning!

Final details are being developed by our GANM Events Chair, Susan Hancock, who is designing a “Safari to Santa Fe” weekend planned for this October. This exciting event will include visits to galleries, art studios for glass making demos, museums, and a special gathering at a collector’s home. Invitations to participate will be offered to members of AACG as well as other Glass Alliance Regional Chapters.

Our major initiative (and investment) to update and present a brand new, vital, visually engaging website that includes an emphasis on our artist and gallery members will go live this month. This has entailed a gargantuan effort by Board members Sarah Nelson and Tom Murdock and our webmaster, Bob McCarthy, for more than a year. The design will be synergistic with our Newsletter. The new website will continue to offer artist and gallery member listings as well as a new “Featured Listing” section to change monthly. A continually updated forum for advertising upcoming exhibitions and showcasing GANM Member News updates will cycle each month as well. Our expectation is that it will be more beneficial to current members and will attract new members in order to grow membership to provide support for our local glass community.

Find us on Facebook! GANM’s Facebook group page is growing fast! Our Communications Chair, Sarah Nelson is committed to building community! Sarah creates posts you’ll be sure to “Like” including events, call for entries, and interesting glass related news. GANM invites you to join our group and post events happening in your studio or gallery!

Your GANM Board is working hard to create special benefits just for our members. We have completed a Memorandum of Agreement with the American Craft Council (ACC) for discounted memberships for GANM members in the ACC. Benefactor and Patron members, current in their dues, will receive memberships in the ACC and ACC publications, at no cost, as a benefit of their memberships. In addition, all GANM members are eligible to receive a 30% discount in ACC ($29/year), including ACC publications, by submitting a membership request to the ACC and referencing promotional code ACCGANM. In consideration of the ACC’s reduction in dues for our members we will list them as a Sponsor in our publications, website and at events. The goal of this partnership is to increase memberships in the ACC and in our Benefactor and Patron dues categories.

Two corporations have matched membership funds with GANM, Boeing Corporation and Macy’s, Inc. Our thanks for their support and reminder to members to check with their employers (or previous employers) to determine whether they might provide matching funds to nonprofit corporations.

And last, for members, please don’t forget to mark your calendars for our business and social afternoon on July 1st, 4-6 PM at the beautiful home of Leslie Walker-Hirsch and Bennett Hirsch. We promise good conversation, good food and drinks, a brief business meeting to update members and interesting discussion topics.

All the best for a great summer season.