E-Newsletter : Issue #145 September 2019 – Changing Seasons

September 2019

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings. I hope that this edition of Holsten Galleries News finds you and your loved ones well and enjoying the changing of seasons. This month I have chosen some new works from some of my favorite glass artists to share with you. As always I look forward to your comments and questions.

Quote of the Month

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."

– Leonardo da Vinci

Featured Works


Avventurine Dinosaur
by Lino Tagliapietra

Lino Tagliapietra’s "Dinosaur" series is perhaps his best known and most iconic. However this iteration of that series is far from typical. For the past few years Lino Tagliapietra has been incorporating gold colored Avventurine glass into some of his works. These pieces are technically challenging but very beautiful to behold. Most of the Avventurine pieces I have seen have been smaller works so I am quite delighted to be able to offer this majestic glass sculpture to my clients.

Avventurine Dinosaur by Lino Tagliapietra
56.5 x 17.75 x 7.5″



Torso V by Latchezar Boyadjiev, 18 x 12 x 4″



Torso V
by Latchezar Boyadjiev

Latchezar Boyadjiev has long been one of my favorite cast glass artists. This beautiful blue torso is certainly no exception. It is abstract enough not to be overly literal but captures the female form more by nuance and innuendo than by restating the obvious. The various shades of color, a result of differences in the thickness of the glass, create a lovely study in blue.


Sargasso Sea Droplet
by Nancy Callan

This piece is an outstanding example of Nancy Callan’s "Droplet" series. The beautiful deep green to blue palette captures the feeling of the ocean depths and the oversize murini could well be imagined as some recently discovered species of sea creatures. My visceral feeling on seeing this piece was somewhat akin to wanting to dive into it.

Sargasso Sea Droplet by Nancy Callan, 16 x 14 x 14″


Wild Blue Dagger by Shelley Muzylowski Allen, 22.5 x 13 x 7″



Wild Blue Dagger
by Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Last month Shelley Muzylowski Allen was the featured artist in my newsletter. Of all the animals that Shelley has portrayed over the years, the horse is perhaps the most iconic. Some of Shelley’s horses are quite literal interpretations (except for their color palette in most cases) and others take a more playful and stylized approach. "Wild Blue Dagger" falls into the latter category. Nonetheless, this sculpture does not fail to capture the essential spirit of the horse, its majesty, pride and free spirit.


If you have enjoyed my offerings this month, I suggest you take a few moments to click on the links above to see other great works by these four gifted glass artists. Thank you and take care.

Kenn Holsten

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