E-Newsletter : Issue #040 October 2011

Raven Steals the Moon

by Preston Singletary
14" high 





Saba by Lino Tagliapietra
20" x 16" x 8"




Night Fire by Jose Chardiet
11" x 8"



Bending Sunrise Overlap by John Kiley
15" x 12" x 13" 


Helix Solid Vase Form 16
by Sidney Hutter
7" x 9.5" x 6.5" 


Roman Red Seaform by Dale Chihuly

Approx. 10" wide

October 2011

Holsten Galleries

Fall Greetings!

In many parts of the country, including Santa Fe, this is the most spectacular time of the year. I have tried my best to choose spectacular glass art sculptures to go along with the season. I hope you enjoy my selection this month and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you with your comments and questions. Happy autumn!

Quote of the Month

“Glass is a wonderful material. Why? Because the glass is alive. Even when it is cool it is still moving. It is connected with fire. It is connected with water.  Glass is my life.”

– Lino Tagliapietra

Selected Works

Raven Steals the Moon by Preston Singletary
I’m very happy to have a piece available in this signature series of Preston’s. As in nearly all of Singletary’s work, this series was inspired by the mythology and folklore of his native Tlingit tribe. I also chose this piece because it fits in with our autumnal theme, being the time of the year when we are loosing a bit of sunshine each day as we approach the winter solstice..

Saba by Lino Tagliapietra
I consider this a classic Lino Tagliapietra piece. It includes all of the ingredients of a great Lino Tagliapietra: beautiful form, multiple colors, several types of surface carving. I also chose it because it reminds me of the golden leaves on the cottonwood trees along the creek in our front yard in Santa Fe, set against the brilliant blue New Mexico sky.

Night Fire by  Jose Chardiet
This new blown glass vessel by Jose is one of my favorites in this series. I love the form and especially the way the top is finished. The surface drawing is simple yet quite elegant. Once again, I seem to be going with autumnal colors.

Bending Sunrise Overlap by John Kiley
Those of you who follow the work of Seattle artist John Kiley will most likely agree that this piece is one of the most accomplished pieces in this series. Sculpturally it is very pleasing, with just enough asymmetry to create a bit of artistic tension. This particular combination of colors also makes it one of John’s most appealing works.

Helix Solid Vase Form 16 by Sidney Hutter
Many of you are aware of Sid’s larger works but some of you may not know that recently he has also been creating a series of smaller pieces. These works are similar in form and color to his larger pieces but are much more intimate. This one is only 7" high and can easily be held in one hand, and yet this work has a great deal of dignity and presence. You may see some other smaller works at the Sidney Hutter page on my website.

Roman Red Seaform, 2006 by Dale Chihuly
Last month I mentioned that there is a limited supply of some of the previous years’ Chihuly Studio Editions. This month I am featuring one of my favorites which happens to be from 2006. The "Roman Red Seaform Pair" has a classic Chihuly look. The "Seaform" series is one of Dale’s first and goes back to the early 1980’s.


I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter and I wish you all a pleasant and healthy fall season.

Kenn Holsten


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