E-Newsletter : Issue #020 Spring in the Berkshires | Glass Art Gallery

William Morris  















“Autumn Luster” by Nancy Callan






























Debora Moore

John Kiley

“Northern Hawk Owl in Birch”
by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen

“Transition” by Martin BlankMoore
“Jaffa Orange Persian ” by Dale Chihuly





Lino Tagliapietra

Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA
Issue #20 – Spring 2009

In This Issue


Spring In The Berkshires
We are pleased to be sending you the Spring issue of our e-newsletter as we celebrate the official arrival of Spring, a time of new beginnings and hope. It has been a long and cold winter and we are all looking forward to warmer weather. Holsten Galleries has been very busy this winter with art expositions in Chicago, Palm Beach and Los Angeles and a recent trip to visit our Seattle based artists. Despite the current economic conditions, it seems that the glass art market is actually quite active. Perhaps part of this has to do with people wanting to invest in something tangible that they think will actually maintain or increase its value over time. At any rate, we are very grateful to those of you who have been our clients in the past and also to those who are continuing to collect contemporary glass! On our end we will continue to do everything possible to offer you the highest quality artwork at competitive prices. Feel free to call or email us to discuss any of the works in this letter or on our website. And have a nice spring!

Kenn Holsten

Today’s Quote

“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”Henry James



Artist of the Month:
Nancy Callan



Nancy Callan’s explorations of the fine art of glass has led her to create works rich in craft and technique, but which build upon the past, creating forms and patterns that are both modern and playful.

Nancy represents a generation of glass artists that has emerged from the hot shops and classrooms of the pioneers of the studio glass movement.

She has studied, taught with, and assisted such prominent glass artists as Lino Tagliapietra, Ginny Rufner and Joseph McElhany.

Her works contain a variety of ideas and shapes that speak to Callan’s unique voice in the field. They are often inspired by the shapes and vibrant colors of toys and comics, such as the “Top” series. These elegant objects utilize traditional techniques such as caning, etching, incalmo and batutto to showcase the rich surfaces that can be achieved with glass.


Featured Work
“Autumn Luster” by Nancy Callan
13.5 x 14.5x 18″               $5,500

Kenn Holsten:
“I love the form and the colors in Nancy Callan’s piece, “Autumn Luster”. I enjoyed the contrast between the playfulness of the top and the sophistication of the colors. The translucency of the glass and the delicate cane work make this an exceptional piece.”

Mary Childs:
“Nancy Callan’s “Autumn Luster” illustrates the evolving connection between classic glassblowing technique and contemporary vision. Her work, while executed with utmost technical skill, is at the same time fresh, hip, and ethereal.”

Jim Schantz:
“Autumn Luster” demonstrates Nancy Callan’s understanding of the Venetian Glassblowing technique.

What makes Callan’s work so unique is how she embraces the pop Art sensibility with her forms. This is certainly one of Nancy’s finest in the “Top” series.

Stanley Wooley:
“When I see Nancy Callan’s “Autumn Luster”, I feel the influence of the Maestro in her beautifully executed cane work.

The kinetic gesture of the lines of cane, combined with the transparent, subtly glowing colors, create a balanced piece.

There is a sense of “arrested movement” implied in the Top form which enhances the playfulness of her sculpture.”

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Look for the following additional updates soon to be added to our website:


Holsten Galleries Blog


Many of you have suggested a blog for our website. We are in the process of creating the blog and will let you know when it is in place.


New Secondary Market Page


Holsten Galleries is pleased to announce that we have added to our website a Secondary Market page.This page will feature outstanding examples of earlier pieces from private collections which are now for sale.

These works will be available exclusively through Holsten Galleries.

Please contact us for further information at 413.298.3044 or [email protected]


Artists Videos


We will be adding links to videos of many of our artists. Through these links, you will be able to experience the artists as they discuss their work, and watch the amazing process involved in creating art glass. Look for these links on the left side of each artists’ bio page.


New Artists


We at Holsten Galleries are proud to introduce new works by three wonderful Seattle Artists:


Debora Moore

Debora Moore’s work is inspired by her love of nature and botanical studies.

She has both studied and instructed at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, and at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington.

Debora’s work has been shown in many prestigious venues, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. And the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.

John Kiley

A native of Seattle Washington, John Kiley began blowing glass professionally in 1992, at the age of nineteen. He has worked and traveled with Lino Tagliapietra for the past fifteen years.

John has taught glassblowing at The National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Ireland, the Bezalel academy of Arts in Jerusalem, Israel and Pratt fine Arts Center in Seattle.

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen:

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen is one of the most innovative glass artists in Seattle. She worked for many years on the team of William Morris. These days she is very involved creating birds, mainly owls in fact. Here is what she has to say about her work:

“Owl experiences are extraordinary. (They are) super powerful birds. Jasen (my husband and team worker) and I share the same endless passion and excitement for the performance it takes to create with hot glass.”


Museum Shows and Artists’ Information



Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

“Fluent Steps”

This installation invites the viewer to explore the dynamic facets and planes created by Martin’s artistic interpretation of water.

Opening April 18,2009



Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

“Chihuly: the Nature of Glass”


Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

“Wrapped in Tradition: the Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trading Blankets”

April 4-June 14, 2009

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

“The Laguna Murano Chandelier”

Through April 19, 2009



Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

“Voices of Contemporary Glass: the Heineman Collection”



Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, Glass Art Society, 39th Annual GAS Conference, Corning NY, June 11-13, 2009

Congratulations Marvin!


Marquis will be honored by the James Renwick Alliance at the “Masters of the Medium” brunch on Sunday, April 26th, during the Renwick Alliance’s “Spring Craft Weekend”.



Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Orchid Daze: Gorgeous Meets Glass”, Atlanta, GA

February 7-April 5, 2009


Instructor, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

May 25-29, 2009



Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

“Echoes, Fire, and Shadows”

July 11, 2009-September 19, 2010



Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

“Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass”

April 8-July 19, 2009



Fort Vuren, the Netherlands, “Glashart”

July 11-August 30, 2009


Visiting Artist, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

His Residency will include lectures and demonstrations, and will be

sponsored by the Japanese Business Society of Detroit

April 2009


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