NEW YEAR! As we begin the new year, all of us at
Holsten Galleries want to wish each of you a year
filled with abundance, great health, safety and
inner peace. At this time when there is so much
going on in our world not to be happy about, we
want take a moment to list some of the things for
which we are deeply grateful:
Family and friends.
The beauty of the natural world. We are
particularly fortunate here in the Berkshire
to be surrounded by hills, trees, lakes,
rivers and abundant wildlife.
Our wonderful relationships here in the
gallery with each other, with our artists
and with so many of you out there that we
have had the privilege of getting to know
over the years.
Art. We are so grateful to be involved
in a business which helps to bring more beauty
and joy into all of our lives. We are grateful
to our artists who have dedicated their lives
to creating objects of beauty and to you,
the collectors, who make it possible for
both the artists and ourselves to make a
living in glass art. Harvey Littleton used
to speak often about the artist-gallery-collector
partnership and at this point I think we
can literally think of it as our artist-gallery-collector
Thank you all for helping to make 2005 a great
year for us and we look forward to continuing
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yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant and
broken the monotony of a decorous age." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"True art takes note not merely of form,
but also of what lies behind." –
Pick of the Month:
" Fan Dance" by
Here are our reasons for choosing this as our pick of the month:
Kenn Holsten: What I love most about "Fan Dance" are the wonderful
colors. They are at once subtle and yet very compeling. Seen in person
layers of color are all the more fascinating as the light passing through
the piece projects them onto the wall behind the panel.
Mary Childs: "Imagine that you could capture the intricate, living
dance of light and color through layers of fused glass! With "Fan Dance",
Dorothy Hafner has succeeded in creating a subtle feast of light, color,
for the eye and heart.
Jim Schantz: "Fan Dance is a breakthrough work by Dorothy Hafner.
It is exiting to see the combination of the idiosycratic forms that Dorothy
known for combined with a free-form spontinaety. The colors evoke the passing
of time during a tropical sunset. It is a landmark Hafner work."
Stanley Wooley: "Fan Dance" is Dorothy Hafner’s most complex work
to date. Warm, vibrant colors move playfully across this triptych. The syncopated
design and delicious colors are echoed by lush shadows cast on the wall.
glass panels express the essence of Joy.
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of the Month:
Dorothy Hafner is one of those rare artists whose craft is not limited to
one medium or style; she is constantly stretching her artistic limits in
the search for the true expression of her vision.
Dorothy has come to glass through a long and dedicated process of defining
her love of form and color. She received her BA, Fine Arts from Skidmore
College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1974, and began working with design, ceramics,
and porcelain. Her work was so innovative that she eventually designed and
produced a line for Tiffany and Co. and was also a principal designer for
Rosenthal. Her love of color and pattern led her to design Carpets for V’Soske,
and fabric for Fieldcrest Cannon.
came a point for Dorothy where she wanted to
reconnect with her artistic roots, and began
exploring other mediums, including glassblowing,
fascinated her. In glass, Dorothy felt that she could capture a certain
play of color, light, and pattern which had so
far eluded her. She began using
a Venetian technique called "tessare" to form vessels that layered patches
of shaped color to create layered "paintings in the round". She has since
used a variation of that technique to create individual and suites of architectural
panels comprised of layered, fused glass.
Dorothy Hafner has received numerous awards, including the Fellisimo Design
Award from the NY Foundation of the Arts, the Design Excellance, Stuttgard
Design Center Award, and Westerwald Prize for Industrial Design. Her work
is featured in many publications, and is exhibited in museums and galleries
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January 13-16, 2006: Palm Beach 3. West Palm Beach Convention
Center. We will present an all new body of work by Lino Tagliapietra.
May 28-January 16, 2006: GARDENS OF GLASS, Major exhibition
of Dale Chihuly at Kew Gardens, London Link is http://www.rbgkew.org.uk
Please contact the gallery for further information or to obtain
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