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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Art Glass Society of Southeast Florida

"To promote a community of glass artists who are dedicated to raising the visibility and stature of the medium of art glass in all forms"

McMow Daily Times is pleased to offer our readers the Art Glass Society of Southeast Florida Newsletter. To receive more news and information from the Art Glass Society in your email, as well as notices of upcoming meetings, special events and demonstrations, please contact

The basic concept for the formation of the Art Glass Society of Southeast Florida is to provide an outlet for glass artists of ALL mediums to come together to network, share ideas, and to expand their knowledge of glass art. The monthly meetings will give us an opportunity to discuss interesting topics related to the glass arts, see live demonstrations, get educational tips, and network with each other. As we grow, we can look forward to guest speakers, workshops, and other special events.

Glass Society News To Date...

February 2nd-Introductory Meeting. We discussed a mission statement, and the basic concept for the group. People from many different areas of art glass world were represented. Several artists had pieces of their work on hand - lovely to see!

March 2nd-Second Meeting. Phil Materio, owner of McMow, held an "Overview of Glass Cutting" live demonstration. He also gave a demo of the table foiler. It's wonderful to have such a large, great space for demos. Jim McClean volunteered to be the Treasurer, and is an experienced treasurer. Thanks, Jim!

April 6th-Third Meeting. We watched an incredible video on the glass artist Paul Stankard - The Private World of Paul J. Stankard, Nature in Glass. It was just amazing to see his work in action! They are all botanical works, and even have hidden 'root people' entwined underneath. Fabulous! We were even able to see one of his paperweights in person, as he gave one as a gift to Phil and Shannon for some work they did for him (wow, nice gift)! Check out the links section if you are interested in seeing Paul Stankard's work. Again, members showed their interesting and eclectic assortment of beautiful glass work.

May 6th-Fourth Meeting. Phil spoke to the group about Blenko glass (see links). This is an unusual glass that has been made for many years by the Blenko family. We watched a video about the very different way that this glass is made, and saw a few samples that Phil had from his 'secret stash'. Annual dues were discussed and decided upon. They will be $30, payable at the next meeting, June 4th. As we are in the process of setting up our non-profit status and have no checking account at this time, please pay your membership dues with cash. You will be issued a receipt (and a membership card) with your payment!

Suggestions, Offers For Help, and Comments...
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email them to this address Art Glass Society. Remember...this club will be only as successful as the work that we ALL put into into it - especially in the beginning.

The Art Glass Society holds meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth, FL from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. McMow is located at 701 N. Dixie Hwy. and they can be reached @ 561-585-9011.

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