E-Newsletter : Issue #144 August 2019 – Shelley Muzylowski Allen

August 2019

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings! I hope you and your families are enjoying the final weeks of summer. I am very excited to be introducing a "new" artist this month, Shelley Muzylowski Allen. The quotation marks are because I know that many of you are already quite familiar with Shelley’s magnificent work. Shelley and I have been planning to work together for over a year and now it is actually happening. As always, I look forward to any comments or questions you might have.

Quote of the Month

"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."

– Vincent Van Gogh


Introducing Shelley Muzylowski Allen


Originally from Canada, Shelley Muzylowski Allen moved to Washington over 20 years ago. Living near Seattle, she immured herself in the world of glass art. From 1998 to 2004 Shelley was a key member of the William Morris glassblowing team. Muzylowski Allen utilizes her background in painting and her knowledge of anatomy to create glass creatures in moments of suspended tension, grace, movement or repose. The sumptuous coloring and textural surfaces of her forms inspire a powerful influence on human feelings. Shelley’s hope is to capture a moment of the inherent nature of her creatures and by doing so to uncover how that nature is also inherent in us.

Grey Into Blue, 29 x 21 x 7″

Chariot, 22 x 28 x 12″

Cera Sorrel Dagger, 23 x 14 x 8″

Featured Artists


by Lino Tagliapietra

Lino Tagliapietra’s "Fenice" series is one of my favorites and this new example of that series is possibly the most beautiful one I have seen. I love the undulating form and the painterly quality of the masterpiece and the combination of colors could not be more perfect.

Fenice by Lino Tagliapietra, 26 x 13.25 x 6″



Neo Wing by Alex Bernstein, 14 x 25 x 4″


Neo Wing
by Alex Bernstein

This wonderful cast glass piece by North Carolina artist Alex Bernstein is not only beautiful, but also demonstrate his mastery of several different techniques. The color palette is beyond beautiful and the form itself suggestive of a half moon.


Blue Bar Mystery
by Jon Kuhn

Jon Kuhn literally finished this major work only last week. In the 30 years or so that I have represented Jon, I would say that this is one of the largest and most complex pieces that he has created. I’m happy to send a short video clip which will provide you with a much better sense of this exceptional piece than any words which I could offer you here.

Blue Bar Mystery by Jon Kuhn, 18 x 6 x 60" (including stand)




I hope you have enjoyed this month’s edition of Holsten Galleries News. I am so happy to be privileged to share with you some of the greatest glass work in the world!

Kenn Holsten

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