E-Newsletter : Issue #071 January 2014

Arbelos by Martin Rosol
17″ x 19″ x 3″
Intersected Peak by John Kiley
20″ x 10″ x 10″
Roundabout Blues by Toland Sand
16 ” x 16″ x 16″

Phoenix Stinger by Nancy Callan
17″ x 17″ x 35″

Saffron Seaform Pair
2013 Studio Edition by Dale Chihuly
9 ” wide

Cinnabar Basket
2013 Studio Edition by Dale Chihuly
6″ high

Brandywine Macchia
2013 Studio Edition by Dale Chihuly
11″ wide

Chartreuse Persian Pair
2013 Studio Edition by Dale Chihuly
11″ wide

January 2014 



I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2014.  I hope it has already begun well for you.  On a sad note, the world of contemporary glass has lost a great artist recently. Harvey K. Littleton is widely considered as the father of the studio glass movement.  His experiments with glass back in the 1960’s and his professorship at the University of Wisconsin are an integral part of the history of glass art.  Two of his early UW students, Dale Chihuly and Marvin Lipofsky, have themselves taught and influenced a generation of well known glass artists.  I was fortunate enough to have many one-person exhibitions of Harvey’s work in the 1980’s both in Palm Beach and in Stockbridge. I have fond memories of many hours spent with Harvey, particularly at his favorite Florida restaurant, Charlie’s Crab in Palm Beach.  Harvey will be missed by all who knew him!

This month I have chosen some outstanding new works by several of my favorite artists to share with you. I hope you enjoy them and look forward to your response.


Ostuni by Lino Tagliapietra
This beautiful piece of Lino Tagliapietra’s is a wonderful example of his mastery in cane work.  The feeling is a bit more subdued than some of Lino Tagliapietra’s more colorful pieces and this work invites  a close up look to fully appreciate its intricacies.

Arbelos by Martin Rosol
Martin Rosol’s new work, “Arbelos,” is a departure in many ways from what I consider to be his typical work.  For one thing the form is new and extremely interesting. Also, it is more monotone in color than his normal combination of clear glass and primary colors. I personally find this shade of blue to be quite attractive.

Intersected Peak by John Kiley 
This new piece by John Kiley is one of the most alluring pieces of glass sculpture I have seen in recent months.  To fully appreciate it one would have to see it in person or at least see images from other angles. Those images do exist and I invite you to let me know if you’d like to see them.

Roundabout Blues by Toland Sand 
Last month I introduced the work of a “new” artist, new that is to Holsten Galleries.  Here is another beautiful Toland Sand piece for you to enjoy.  Sculpturally, it is one of Toland’s most elegant pieces.

Phoenix Stinger by Nancy Callan
Here is a new piece by one of my favorite glass artists. It is a big departure in almost every way from the transparent pieces with cane work that I have featured in previous editions of Holsten Galleries news.  It is vibrant, playful and joyful.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

2013 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly
Inventory on some of the 2013 Chihuly Studio Editions is running low and there is also a price increase coming up fairly soon on remaining inventory.  I love all four of last year’s editions and want to feature them one last time here. In a couple of months I will be introducing the all new 2014 Studio Editions.

Stay well and keep in touch!

Kenn Holsten

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