Note from Kenn Holsten
Spring greetings! I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. In Santa Fe the fruit trees are just finishing blossoming and the scent of lilacs is in the air everywhere. There is still snow in the mountains so the rivers are running full strength. This month’s newsletter features some new work, some much older work and highlights the work of Seattle artist Veruska Vagen. I hope you enjoy it!
Quote of the Month
“Glass is the most magical of all materials… It transmits light in a special way.”
Maui by Lino Tagliapietra
Lotus by Martin Blank
Untitled 1984 by Richard Ritter
Featured Artist of the Month
Vincent with Grey Hat by Veruska Vagen
Another outstanding artist from the Seattle area and one of the most uniquely creative artists working in glass today is Veruska Vagen. Veruska works with tiny dots of colored glass and assembles them into surprisingly accurate replicas of works of the great masters. She also sometimes creates unique pieces, such as the portrait of Dale Chihuly which sold at one of the Pilchuck auctions many years ago (to Dale himself, after a furious bidding which took the price way over its reserve) and launched her career. Please take a moment to visit Veruska’s page to enjoy more of her intriguing creations!
Here are a few lines written by the artist specifically for this newsletter:
"After nearly 20 years of working with this unique material, I am still mesmerized by its beauty. The journey of forming a composition dot by dot is always an adventure. Searching the sea of colored glass bits and finding just the right one is like a treasure hunt. As the piece progresses and begins to come into focus it’s such a delight, like discovering an old friend who has been patiently waiting to be recognized."
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