E-Newsletter : Issue #044 February 2012

Angel Tear by Lino Tagliapietra
26.5" x 20" x 5"











Fenice by Lino Tagliapietra
17.75" x 27" x 4.5"











Bilbao by Lino Tagliapietra
36" x 11" x 7"



Cloud Dreamy Vortex
by Stephen Powell
” x 23″ x 27″





Electric Blue Spring by Alex Bernstein
26" x 9" x 3"

February 2012

Holsten Galleries

Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings! In the January Newsletter I mentioned the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement and asked if any of you had begun collecting contemporary glass art prior to 1980. I was delighted to hear from so many of you that acquired your first pieces in the 1970’s.  Several of you purchased pieces by such artists as Harvey Littleton, Marvin Lipofsky, Domick Labino and Dale Chihuly in that period.  Many of you also asked about the history of Holsten Galleries so I thought I’d write a few lines here.

The gallery opened in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1978 under the name Lightworks Gallery.  In 1980 my former wife and business partner Chandra Holsten and I opened a second gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, and changed the name to Holsten Galleries at the advice of one of our artists who told us that we needed to “put our name on the door.” During the early 1980’s we had our first one-person shows of the works of Littleton, Lipofsky, Morris, Chihuly, Patti, Peiser, Myers and many others.

In 1984 in Palm Beach we hosted a cameo show of the works of Lino Tagliapietra and that was the beginning of a long and enjoyable representation and friendship which I value very much.

In 1990 we decided to close the Palm Beach gallery and focus entirely on the gallery in Stockbridge. In the mid-1990’s we expanded the original space there and also began participating in art shows such as SOFA, Art Palm Beach and the Los Angeles Art Show.

In October of 2009 I reached an agreement with my long time friend and Co-Director Jim Schantz which enabled Jim and his wife Kim Saul (also a close personal friend and graphic designer for many of our ads) to take over the physical gallery in Stockbridge. This arrangement has worked out very well for all of us and has allowed me to continue to operate Holsten Galleries in its present form as an online gallery.

This is a good time for me to say a huge “thank you” to so many of you for your support and friendship over the past 34 years!  It has been a great pleasure and privilege to be part of the growth of this art form that we all love so much!

Quote of the Month

“Without a doubt Harvey Littleton was the force behind the studio glass movement; without him my career wouldn’t exist.”

Dale Chihuly

Featured Works

Lino Tagliapietra
I am excited to share with you my new inventory of the Maestro’s work.  There are so many really great new pieces that I was not able to choose only one. Therefore I’m featuring three new Lino Tagliapietras here and suggest that you click to visit his page on my website to see the others.

Cloud Dreamy Vortex by Stephen Powell
Stephen has recently begun a new variation on the smaller pieces he has been making for the past year or so.  This bowl is so lovely in so many ways. I love the simple, elegant form and the colors are exceptionally beautiful. The use of murini is the most sophisticated I have ever seen in Stephen’s work .

Electric Blue Spring by Alex Bernstein
I chose this piece by Alex to feature here because I think it embodies many of the characteristics that make his work unique in the world of glass art. The surface texture gives it the appearance of something out of nature rather than having been created by the hand of an artist. This particular shade of blue is one of my very favorites.


Thank you, as always, for subscribing to this newsletter. I welcome all comments and questions.  Enjoy the rest of the winter and stay in touch!

Kenn Holsten


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