Meet the Maestro: Dylan Martinez

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.

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.

Coming up next month: Joseph Ivacic

Meet the Maestro: Joseph Ivacic
February 16, 2019
Saturday 10:00am (Refreshments at 9:30am)

Globe Fine Art
727 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Recap of last month's Maestro: Gerry Newcomb

Gerry Newcomb works with kiln cast glass, forming large architectural panels, wall murals, sculptures, light fixtures and tables. These pieces invite people to explore them from many perspectives, with both their eyes and their hands. They play with light to produce colors and shapes and they speak to the forms around us.

Gerry first started working in clay in his late teens. Over time he developed the processes and skills to translate clay forms into cast glass. In his current work, clay is used as an initial model material to form a slab with relief and texture. After pulling a mold from the clay, these open face molds are used to cast the glass. Color is sifted, brushed, painted or laid in the mold and clear glass fills in the rest of the mold. The resulting glass piece has one side in high relief. The other side is flat, glossy and transparent, allowing a person to view the relief through the glass. Each side presents a different way to view the piece and each reveals as well as hides elements.

Video Interview with Cia Thorne

Cia has been reinventing the architecture of glass for over 30 years. After training at the California College of the Arts, Cia later attended Pilchuck to study under the renowned glass maestro Pino Signoretto. Cia was invited to Corning to take a master goblet making class with Bill Gudenrath in 2015. Showing her diverse skill set she took a sculpting class with Martin Janecky at Urban Glass, in 2016. She has worked alongside noted glass masters Elodie Holmes and Lucy Lyon, and currently resides at Liquid Light Glass, owned by Elodie.

"The combination of graphite and glass seemed to be opposing materials. Glass has the unique ability to invite us into the inner experience. Graphite takes up space as a solid presence. The complexity of the relationship lets me communicate the separation between mind and body. It has opened up new levels of seeing and brought a connection between these abstract forms. Both hold their own in space and have a great companionship. This series is letting me break apart forms to create a story. This reflects a growth in my work where I can express more complex ideas," shares Cia.

Learn more about Cia Thorne

Glass events to know about

A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass

Glass has been called a new state of matter because it does not fit squarely within the definition of a liquid, solid, or gas. Its amorphous molecular structure allows it to transition from a liquid to a solid over a wide temperature range, causing it to be nicknamed chameleon matter. This quality makes glass an ideal medium for a wide array of processes including blowing, kiln-forming, casting, and flame-working.

Boise Arts Museum - Boise, Idaho
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 - Sun, Feb 3, 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 Gallery is currently showing new works by Preston Singletary and Dan Friday, in addition to other glass artists at the Gallery.

Tansey Contemporary

Tansey Contemporary will be at Art Miami, booth #AM132, December 4-9, 2018, showing, in particular, Lino Tagliapietra and Udo Noger.

In addition, at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in Palm Beach, from December 19 through February 3, Tansey will present approximately 20 works that highlight the delicacy, intricacy and beauty of Venetian Heritage Art Glass.

Messages from our Board Members

Our first item for this issue is to thank glass artist Gerry Newcomb for his Maestro presentation at Globe Fine Art (with special thanks to Steve Cie!). Gerry's skill set in architectural cast glass panels was clearly shown and the answers that followed numerous questions further stimulated our interest in his work.
The second item is to congratulate our new and renewing GANM Board Members: Jerry Silverstein, Sarah Nelson and Lucy Lyon were all re-elected; past Board Members who have returned to serve are Willie Haye and Harry Pollitt; and new Board Members, Barbara Bloomberg, Ellen Premack and Steve Harris, are welcomed with open arms! ...

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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!

- Helaine and David Lane
- Lujan Glass Studio: Ira Lujan, Kacy Jones McCreery, Christopher Bogle, Shelby Kay
- Prairie Dog Glass: Patrick Morrissey, Mary Elsesser, Margo Nieman, Robert (Spooner) Marcus

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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