E-Newsletter : Issue #143 July 2019 – Dane’s Orisha Series

July 2019

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings! I hope this finds you and your loved ones well and enjoying the summer. This month I am sharing some beautiful new works by several artists and introducing a new body of work by Massachusetts glass artist Robert Dane. I hope you enjoy this edition of Holsten Galleries News and, as always, I look forward to your questions and comments.

Quote of the Month

"The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown."

– Rene Magritte


Introducing the "Orisha" series by Robert Dane






Robert Dane began showing at Holsten Galleries in the 1980’s but it has been quite some time since we have worked together. I’m happy to be representing Robert again and to introduce his beautiful "Orisha" series. The "Orishas" are inspired by Afro-Cuban music and culture. The music originated in western Africa and spread throughout the Carribean and Spanish America, melding with Spanish and native music and dance. The masks and sculptures of this tradition often depict Orishas, or spirits, of the culture.

Oshun by Robert Dane
33.25″ x 9.25″ x 9.5″

Erinle by Robert Dane, 25.5″ x 9″ x 9″

Featured Artists


by Lino Tagliapietra

I love this new work by Lino Tagliapietra. The extra large murini add a dramatic flare to the surface of the sculpture and the color palette is exceptionally beautiful. The simple yet graceful form harkens back to a couple of earlier Lino Tagliapietra series.

Aquilone by Lino Tagliapietra, 13.25 x 8 x 4″



Aura by Harry Pollitt, 12″ x 4″

Fantasia by Harry Pollitt, 13″ x 4″


Aura and Fantasia
by Harry Pollitt

I have long been an admirer of the cast glass sculptures of Santa Fe glass artist Harry Pollitt. Recently, Pollitt has been creating some wonderful pieces that are much smaller in scale than his typical work. I have chosen two of the artist’s favorites among this new series to feature here. Both Aura and Fantasia are flowing, organic and graceful. The vertical thrust of both pieces lends them an uplifting, spiritual feeling.


Creative Journey
by Preston Singletary

This recent piece by Seattle artist Preston Singletary makes a dramatic and mysterious statement. Many questions come to mind: Who is this person? On what plane of existence does he or she dwell? And what is the destination of this "Creative Journey?" This piece actually inspired me to share the quote above by Rene Magritte.

Creative Journey by Preston Singletary, 11″ x 26″ x 5″




I hope you have enjoyed this month’s edition of Holsten Galleries News. It is so enjoyable for me to share such beautiful works of art and I am grateful to the artists for their creativity and to all of you for giving them an audience.

Kenn Holsten

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