Epilogue of the Event: Glass Gallery 2011
May 5, 2011
The 2011 Gathering of the Guilds took place this past weekend at the Portland Convention Center. It’s the largest event of it’s kind, run by artists for artists in the Pacific Northwest. The show includes Portland Handweavers Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Creative Metal Arts Guild, Portland Bead Society, and Oregon Glass Guild. It was initiated 28 years ago by the Oregon Potters Association and we other guildss have joined slowly over the last 10 to 15 years.
Above is my booth just before the Glass Gallery show opened. It took awhile to get it to this point. I’ll show you:
A group of Oregon Glass Guild volunteers ready to assist in the big empty building as artists arrive.
It’s easier if I display my wall art prior to setting up tables. At this point, my neighbors haven’t arrived, so I can spread out. As have the pavilion folks that are also setting up and painting pedestals.
So close, but in my haste I didn’t notice the sloppy edge of a table covering, so I had to remove the glass and pull down the table covering. A few more things to stash and my booth will be ready. Let the show begin!
Ken Hashagen and Julie Vincent of Corte Glass ready for action! Sharing a booth with Kathy Engholm of Indigo Crow Studio. Fused glass.
Jim Aden of Jaidenglass was there early to help set up and stayed late to help clean up. My thanks to Jim and Dean Wirst for loading my car when the show came down!
Jane Godfrey about to make a sale. She and Sondra Radcliffe, both of Ambiente Art Glass have wonderful stained and kilnformed work.
My booth neighbor, Eli of Mazet Studios had a crowd all weekend and was still selling after the show closed! Very impressive work from his torch.
Dennis Hoerauf of Nature of Glass. I love his blown glass!
Sue Purr Designs, Sue Bradley makes cat glass in her kiln.
My friend Serena Smith working her booth filled with lampworked beads. She was also the Glass Pavilion Chair this year.
Don Bietschek of Aquila Glass School was excellent at running the demo area this year.
This event is a huge undertaking with many people taking the reins of important tasks in order to stage a premier glass show.
I’m simply going to list their names and tasks, but want you to know they all contributed so much more than just chairing a committee. Indefatigable comes to mind:
Charlene Fort, our Queen Bee, heading up the entire Gathering of the Guilds as well as our Show Chair for Oregon Glass Guild.
Mike Yamrick (State Treasurer) – he who writes the checks and cashes us out!
Serena Smith took on the monumental task of organizing and setting up the pavilion.
Don Bietschek organized the demonstrations, including the recruitment of demonstrators.
Alice Geyer and Gayle Larsen led the mosaic portion of the demonstration. The finished mosaic will be donated to a women’s shelter in The Dalles, OR.
Victoria Miller donated the mosaic that was displayed and raffled in the Information Booth.
Lesley Kelley organized the volunteers and I can tell you she is organized. Her husband, Kevin was the go-to guy for errands, ran the credit card machine, and even worked security – following potential perpetrators of petty theft around the building.
Donna La Plante produced the beautiful postcards and helped set up the floor plan.
Jim Piazza and Bill Cooper were instrumental in setting up the pavilion and running the information booth. Not to mention their sleuthing skills at following would-be-shoplifters.
Jim (our unofficial photographer) and Jayne Simmons worked tirelessly setting up the pavilion and doing all sorts of odd jobs throughout the weekend.
There are so many more people involved, I’m sure I’ve left out a number of folks. It’s a volunteer organization and we all volunteer to make the show happen. Those above gave their time to perform major tasks without which, there would be no show! I applaud everyone involved for a show well done!!