Celebrate the Paperweight Schedule and Tickets

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This page serves as a landing page for quick links for tickets/hotel and schedule information. For more detailed descriptions of each event and location, click here.

To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

To book your stay with the group rate at the Congress Hotel, click here. (more hotels available for recommendation)

If you have any questions about the schedule or experience any trouble with the links for tickets and hotel, please call us in the gallery at 312-583-1177 or email us at info@paperweight.com and we can assist as needed.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 27th

Welcome Reception, 3-7pm. Those arriving on Thursday are welcome to join us for libations & cheer at the L.H. Selman Gallery.

Friday, September 28th

Late Morning Demonstrations at Pearl Dick’s Project Fire. Participating artists include David Graeber, Gordon Smith, Andrew Najarian & Damon MacNaught.

Early Evening Dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club. With breathtaking lakeside views, the evening will include dinner, drinks, musical entertainment, speakers, gift bags, a benefit auction & raffle.

Saturday, September 29th

Artists’ Fair, 10am-3pm. An informal get-together in the Fine Arts Building, with light food and refreshments.

Gather for an Evening Celebratory Send-off that will not disappoint!

Sunday, September 30th

Morning Mimosas at the gallery.

Wondering why you should book your hotel now? We’ve made a GUIDE to some of the other exciting events taking place the same weekend in Chicago.

For a digital map featuring location highlights, click here. (We will continue to add to this map, so check back).

The Fest in the Midwest

The Biennial “Celebrate the Paperweight” is Back. Plan Accordingly!

Late September Chicago is the place to be for lovers and especially lovers of fine glass paperweights! Two years ago we had to put the Selman biennial on hold in order to assist the Chicago Art Institute in the sale by auction of close to 400 duplicative weights from the Arthur Rubloff Collection and other holdings. After that smashing success for a good cause, we can now return to tradition!

Come to town by the 27th of September to settle in and stop by to have a toast at the gallery with us.

Gordon Smith & David Graeber

Gordon Smith & David Graeber

Friday the 28th, mid-morning we’ll be offering transportation to an all-star glassmaking demonstration at the Project Fire Studio with David Graeber, Andy Najarian, Gordon Smith and Damon MacNaught. Heading the Project Fire Studio is Pearl Dick, an accomplished glass artist, teacher and social activist who has engineered this operation to give at-risk youth an opportunity to create something meaningful, learn teamwork and develop technical skills that may provide a path to employment. Lunches will be provided by the gallery. After the event you can come back to the gallery, have a beverage and examine first-hand the paperweights to be offered in the fall auction as they’ll be freshly filling the display cases.

Friday, beginning early evening and going until we’re thrown out, we’ll all converge at the Columbia Yacht Club aboard MV Abegweit, one of the great ships (retired) of the Great Lakes. Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and the city skyline as the sun settles behind the panorama of “skyscrapers” in the city that gave birth to the word. Take in the Lake air with drinks in hand. Among the speakers will be the aforementioned Pearl Dick. We will also hear from Kathryn Sharbaugh, the Flint Museum curator of the “Small Worlds” Paperweight exhibition, which is running through the PCA conference next April in Dearborn. She also authored the recent and very attractive volume Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection. This evening will also feature gift bags, a raffle and an auction to benefit the Paperweight Foundation. In addition a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to them as well.

View from the Columbia Yacht Club

View from the Columbia Yacht Club

Saturday the 29th at the Fine Arts Building we’ll host the Artist Fair at 10 am in a beautiful dance hall with floor to ceiling views of Grant Park. You’ll be seeing many new designs offered by many of the finest glass artists in the field. The fair will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Later on Saturday we’ll get back together for a celebratory send-off!

Stay tuned. And for those of you returning home on Sunday, please feel free to stop by in the morning for a goodbye mimosa!

Please refer to the links provided and make your hotel reservations soon. We suggest you make the Celebrate the Paperweight the core of a vacation experience that may include the Art Expo, the new Halim Museum, the Art Institute’s John Singer Sargent exhibition, the play, HAMILTON, the famous Randolph Street Art Fair, and so many other attractions listed on our GUIDE to the weekend’s events.

To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

To book your stay with the group rate at the Congress Hotel, click here. (more hotels available for recommendation)

WHY SHOULD WE BOOK “CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT” 2018 LODGINGS IN CHICAGO FOUR MONTHS OUT?

 

We’re glad you asked…

It is NOT too early to sound the horns… The planning for the 2018 CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT (September 27-29) is well underway and a good time will be had by all attending.

The important thing today to communicate is that there are many other events and attractions occurring that very weekend. It will be High Season and the rooms may go quickly or go up in price! The Selman Gallery has reserved 20 rooms for the 3 nights at the comfortable and convenient Congress Plaza, at $189/night, plus tax. You can book your room by clicking HERE. You must mention our gallery to get the group rate. And, while it’s four months out, the rooms are being offered “run of the house.” That means that the earlier you book, the better placement and views you may encounter. Also, you may cancel your reservation up to a month before the dates, at no penalty (read the contract). If you choose another hotel, that is fine, but do it soon. And the hotel will honor (if rooms are available) the same rate for “shoulder dates” on either side of your reserved dates.

Other attractions that will bring people to Chicago at that time include the annual and massive ART EXPO on Navy Pier, and the recently opened Halim Time and Glass Museum in Evanston, offering collections of Tiffany and stained glass (and over 1,000 rare timepieces). That will also be the closing weekend to see the Art Institute’s 100-piece exhibition “John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.” For those coming in a day early you can catch Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (September 27th). For those unrepentant (Grateful) Dead Heads among you, the Dark Star Orchestra tribute band will be performing at the north side VIC Theatre on Saturday night the 29th. Sunday the 30th will not only be the last day of the Sargent/Gilded Age show, but you can also enjoy an afternoon wandering the intriguing west loop Randolph Street Market antique fair! Oh, and yes, HAMILTON, the Musical will be going strong… And that is just scratching the surface!

For information on purchasing tickets, booking your hotel and for a schedule of events, click here.

Questions? Just check our online postings or call us!

Come for the Fest, Stay for the City!

Chicago’s at its best in the Fall!

Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago gardens

Racing the Clock!

“Spring Ahead” never had so many meanings around here. We’re now open seven days a week! In addition to setting clocks, we find ourselves balancing creating the next auction catalogue with executing multiple upcoming events and activities, a couple of which are actually just behind us.

In the third week of March, as the dust was just settling on Auction 68, Ben hit the road to attend the Oklahoma PCA meeting in Tulsa where he teamed up with Damon MacNaught to man the Selman booth. They enjoyed a rousing response to Damon’s newly offered weights–each of course created in an edition of 1/1. (Remember that the next time you hesitate!) We still have a select group, by the way…

Additionally, we attended the April 7th meeting of the Midwest Paperweight Collectors in Long Grove, Illinois where we filled in members on our gallery’s plans and events, some of which are covered below. Brand new president Joan Parsley opened the proceedings. Nancy Alfano hosted an identification clinic with Lynn Harper turning up with some very elusive items. Keith Lange displayed some weights with very elaborate doorknob bases. And it was good to see Bruce and Kathryn Giangiorgi and the rest, but we’ll leave it off there since the MPC has its own newsletter!

Next, we’re traveling to Michigan’s Flint Institute of Arts, combining forces with Joan Parsley, to record interviews with the Director of Development Kathryn Sharbaugh, and other museum personnel, about the museum’s increasing involvement with paperweights. The FIA has just published Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection to accompany “Small Worlds,” a beautiful overview of the art of the paperweight, drawn in large part from their recently enhanced permanent collection and supplemented by loans from well-known contemporary artists. Auspiciously, the museum’s first paperweight was a gift from studio glass pioneer Dominick Labino.

Meanwhile, Ben is finalizing plans for the Selman booth at the Wheaton Paperweight Fest 2018. Along the way to New Jersey, we’ll be delivering the marvelous millefiori table collaboration that Damon MacNaught initiated and helmed, which brought spirited bidding as Lot 120 in Auction 68. At Wheaton, stop in and say hello to Mike and Sue Hunter, who will be assisting us in our booth and answering any questions you may have about their works. Nearby on Thursday at noon, MPC president Joan Parsley will be hosting a memorial melt of some of her father’s weights in the hot glass shop. The MPC itself will be hosting a Meet & Greet that day. And while examining the paperweights in our booth and talking with us and the Hunters, be sure to pick up a reminder about the biennial “Celebrate the Paperweight” festival in Chicago!

Speaking of “Celebrate the Paperweight”…

In Chicago at our beloved and landmarked Fine Arts Building—this year, in addition to the guest artists (final roster to be announced) and other planned activities (sadly, the potato sack race has been cancelled, although both the taffy pull and apple bobbing are still scheduled) we are reaching out to explore something new. Two local organizations have caught our attention. ART Reach (with the helpful Director of Development, Marie Tempels) and Healing Hurt People Chicago (Dr. Bradley Stolbach) have joined forces to sponsor the program, Project Fire. Project Fire is helmed by Pearl Dick, a respected glass artist. All of these people bring together extremely at-risk youth with the opportunity for education and training in the glass arts, including (you guessed it) paperweights! We look forward to highlighting their efforts and possibly even working with them during the September weekend event. And yes, there will be an evening at the Columbia Yacht Club! Stay tuned!

We were about to say be sure to check your calendars for both The Paperweight Fest as well as the “Celebrate the Paperweight” BUT you don’t have to, do you – because it’s already clearly marked on your current Selman calendars. Remember to send us interesting and pertinent dates in the world of glass and glass paperweights to include in next year’s L.H. Selman Fiftieth Anniversary Calendar!

Welcome to the L.H. Selman 2018 Winter Auction #68

List of Reserve Prices for Unsold Lots

Click Here for Auction Website

As you may know, the auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOG (also above), while a printed copy of the catalog (gorgeous, informative and printed in the USA!) is for sale at PRINT-CATALOG. For those of you who have enjoyed watching spin videos of featured pieces, they can be accessed via our YouTube Channel.

Initial Bidding will begin at 9am CST on Tuesday, February 20th. Initial bidding ends on Monday, March 5th at 5pm CST by phone and at 11:59pm CST by Internet. Competitive bidding typically continues during initial bidding, but officially begins Tuesday March 6th. (initial and competitive bidding explained below) For any questions about the auction process please contact us in the gallery at 800-583-1177, or email Paul via paul@paperweight.com.

During initial bidding, when you see an artwork that catches your eye, you may place a bid of ten dollars or more, in order to ensure that you have secured a position in the competitive bidding on that lot in the second half of the auction.) We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols, some of which have been updated. And don’t hesitate to just give us a call to enquire about our unique auction format or for condition reports. You can also make an appointment to view the auction in person at our gallery in Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207. We would love to see and meet every one of you (not on the same day)! Please bring your best smile for a bonus – your picture taken with D.J. the Wonder Dog and chief of art glass security at the gallery. If you prefer to place any or all bids by phone, or have any questions, we’re at 1-800-0766.

(We can it call the Almost Springtime Auction if you would feel more comfortable…) Anyway we’d like to give you all a playful peek into a handful of the highlights and bright lights of the next carnivalesque melee we refer to as our slow close auction (we Are getting faster) and get you to forget about going to work or eating breakfast and instead just focus on which jewel-like art glass works you will suddenly realize you have to have to successfully continue on Life’s proper path. Seriously – if you are reading this you’re already in agreement that art is as important to the soul as bread (whole grain, no GMO, no bleaching) is critical to the body!

This is just a capricious hint of a preview – with 336 auction lots we can only offer a random handful of quick glimpses of what’s going to be available.

We also provide a good number of extremely helpful spin videos, which show the weights rotating in slow motion of a full 361 degrees. Yes, you read right, 361, because we bring an extra degree of effort to everything!

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Peace in Wartime

Rare antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight. Est.

Rare antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight.
Est. $15,000—20,000

Lot 1. It is fascinating that such a precious and splendid object as this antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight, was created during the greatest revolutionary period the world has ever seen. It feels perfect holding it today–imagine the respite it provided about 170 years ago when heads were rolling! At that moment the now famous Gridel silhouettes were scarcely a year or two in existence, but many of them grace this peaceful glass landscape with carefully positioned and finely delineated animals. The stardust flow gently around the canes like sea grass in an undulating current. Their red centers advance the sense of movement like minute sparks of electricity. There is a vibrancy to this calmness. Even the multi-colored signature/date cane seems unusually vivid and crisp. This is an outstanding example of an antique paperweight.

From top to Bottom

Rare antique Saint Louis four-panel close packed millefiori paperweight.

Rare antique Saint Louis four-panel close packed millefiori paperweight.
Est. $16,000—20,000

Lot 2. This antique Saint Louis formal design has on display an impressive variety of finely wrought complex canes assembled for your most orderly garden, one that you would never allow your friends to step foot in, but you might let them hold carefully in their hands. The complex center cane feels alive with those tiny bugles announcing the immanent arrival of royalty. For those of you with a really sharp eye for color, there seems to be a record number of subtle tones in this work. Descriptions with names such as coral and pistachio are applicable here. A very carefully considered arrangement of canes delicately fills each of the garden segments; each quadrant is precisely groomed with a pair of perfectly tapering cobalt, coral and white twists. Even the base of this weight is gorgeous, with the final row of millefiori drawn ever thinner to coalesce into a single pinpoint. Ask us for an image of the base – you’ll be very impressed!

Patriots can do more than throw a Football!

Very rare antique New England Glass Company sheaf of flowers and fruit on swirling latticinio magnum paperweight.

Very rare antique New England Glass Company sheaf of flowers and fruit on swirling latticinio magnum paperweight.
Est. $8,000—12,000

Lot 3. We’re again blessed with fine and rare examples of classic artworks for this outing. Word must be getting around we’re here to stay! (Don’t forget the gallery turns 50 next year!) Next up is a piece that could be called “Boston Strong!” American-made Yankee ingenuity, much of which we acquired somehow from our European cousins. Anyway, they did an outstanding job here. This “superb magnum” sports not only beautiful clematis, apples and blushing pears, but also an almost mathematically perfect double swirl latticinio. What supreme handcraft workers were capable of long before the cold faux perfection of so much that is mass-manufactured today. As you would all agree, there has always been an inimitable warmth to the hand-made.

And from our kinfolk who played opposite the Patriots…

Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.

Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.
Est. $9,000—12,000

Lot 4. No, we’re not referring to the victorious Eagles, we mean our irritable cousins from across the big pond that took exception to our yearning for independence. But since we’ve all been friends again ever since the Beatles conquered Ed Sullivan and America, I can without hesitation celebrate the virtues of this classic Bacchus weight, with its trademark color palette (no one does teal like Bacchus) and iconic canes. This weight has an exceptionally fresh look with a certain airy comfort within which the tubes and stars seem almost to float a little. Americans can take pride in owning this weight – it’s mostly reds, whites and blues!

They can do anything you can do, Better!

Rare antique Baccarat three-flower bouquet paperweight.

Rare antique Baccarat three-flower bouquet paperweight.
Est. $8,000—10,000

Lot 6. Fightin’ words I know. But that’s what happened when the French looked at the early weights being shown off in the Venice area. They took a good idea and made it theirs and then they made it great. Bragging rights are assured when one looks this thoughtfully constructed and unusually heavy weight. The maker here was particularly conscious of the interplay of positive and negative spaces. And the white double clematis, the Type II primrose and the Type I pansy elegantly unite as paperweight royalty in this star-studded offering. You’re lucky the French let this get out of their country. Of exceptional subtlety are the two top petals of the pansy; they exude radiant purples, lavenders and wine-colored reds. And the primrose petals boast translucent scarlet centers. Gorgeous – nearly edible!

This should come with its own magnifying Glass

Antique Clichy rose and millefiori mushroom double overlay faceted paperweight.

Antique Clichy rose and millefiori mushroom double overlay faceted paperweight.
Est. $7,000—9,000

Lot 8. Seriously, the roses in this Antique Clichy are so elegantly crisp in this work they deserve the closest inspection! This is a sumptuous production with the delicate mushroom topped off with a handsome coat of uniformly sized flowers and florets of harmoniously tinted colors. The rich cobalt over white double overlay adds class and style while the grid-cut base presents something of an under-lit dance floor in appeal.

This could have been from the Medici Family Collection…

Antique Clichy millefiori quatrefoil garland paperweight.

Antique Clichy millefiori quatrefoil garland paperweight.
Est. $6,000—8,000

Lot 10. Wow. This weight sports the richest, velvety blood red we’ve seen in quite some time. Of course this makes the blues, whites and greens jump in contrast as if they were levitating a micron off the ground. The blues are particularly lush in this paperweight. Wish you all could see this in your hands, but then we feel that way about all our offerings. This Clichy has a decadently rich, opulently plush feel.

Look down at the Stars!

Rare antique Baccarat close packed millefiori stardust mushroom paperweight

Rare antique Baccarat close packed millefiori stardust mushroom paperweight
Est. $4,000—5,000

Lot 15. Yes now you know what mushrooms that pepper the forest floors and celestial bodies of burning gas a billion light years away have in common. It is this rare antique Baccarat stardust staved mushroom boasting a delightful and generous variety of millefiori bursting up and out from the cap! The generous glass dome on this hefty art work projects an almost hallucinatory size differential!

It’s okay to behave like Animals

Antique Baccarat interlaced millefiori trefoil garlands with Gridel silhouettes paperweight.

Antique Baccarat interlaced millefiori trefoil garlands with Gridel silhouettes paperweight.
Est. $4,000—5,000

Lot 18. Here is an elegant and airy double trefoil wherein a half dozen animals in silhouette are quietly behaving, each having been granted its own lovely pen of both white and green and white and red millefiori. This is a lovely piece nicely proportioned, with a fortress cane at the center with an all-star (get it?) honor guard presiding over the tiny zoo that surrounds it.

Selling snow in the Winter

Rare antique Clichy close packed millefiori on sodden snow in stave basket paperweight.

Rare antique Clichy close packed millefiori on sodden snow in stave basket paperweight.
Est. $1,500—3,000

Lot 21. We hesitate to fully describe this so maybe we’ll just say it’s a lighthearted cluster of both simple and complex canes of every color shape and design you can think of, all under the same roof…I mean dome. Okay, okay, it’s on sodden snow! Lovely, wet, sodden snow. That may sound appealing by August – or not, but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm! This is a lovely antique, corralled by a ring of complex canes with alternating red and white staves supporting it all.

Yes, good things still come in small Packages

Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori miniature paperweight.

Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori miniature paperweight.
Est. $1,000—1,500

Lot 50. Skipping way too far ahead, (but what can you do with an embarrassment of riches and a limited time frame??) we have a delicious little mini, one of several in this auction for those of you lamenting space considerations in your display cabinets. If you can’t fit this on your shelf – you probably can’t even close your cabinet door. This mini Clichy stretches just 1 3/4 “ in diameter but visually it punches way above its weight. It must; it jumped out at me from a field of beautiful glass works! Starting with the restrained beauty of the central white and green rose this little dense pack of complex and pastry mold canes has a very natural quality. Squint and you could be looking out your window at a corner of a royal garden.

All you need to decorate an entire Room!

Antique Val Saint Lambert ruby overlay fancy-cut faceted paperweight.

Antique Val Saint Lambert ruby overlay fancy-cut faceted paperweight.
Est. $1,000-1,200

Lot 71. I would expect to find this fancy-cut translucent overlay extravaganza on the desk of the owner of the finest hotel-saloon that San Francisco had to offer back in the days of the Gold Rush. This and Lot 70, really should be purchased by the same person. I can’t say enough about them; they’re very different but wow, what a pair they would make! Between the ruby richness and the cascading light play and the ornate elegant cutting, they could preside over a high-class soirée all by themselves! Don’t take our word for it – call for multiple views, and you’ll see we’re absolutely not exaggerating.

“But, you can’t just live in the glorious Past…
There are living artists to feed!”
(In other words we’re moving on to contemporary weights)

A complete garden that requires no Water

Paul Stankard’s 2013 goat’s beard, pod and honeybees orb.

Paul Stankard’s 2013 goat’s beard, pod and honeybees orb.
Est. $4,000—6,000

Lot 78. It will however demand your careful attention. Paul Stankard’s wizardry is on full display in this 2013 magical realm of lifelike buds, blossoms, branches and bees. You should really view the spin video of this. Casual visitors to the gallery look at us to see if we’re pulling their leg with a weight such as this when we say it’s all solid glass within solid glass. But you know…

You can’t not look at This

Chris Buzzini 1992 red roses fancy-cut faceted paperweight.

Chris Buzzini 1992 red roses fancy-cut faceted paperweight.
Est. $800—1,200

Lot 90. Talk about demanding attention! This Buzzini is not to be ignored, shimmering from every angle. This piece (from an edition of 15) offers an exquisite pair of roses in bloom but the glasscutter deserves equal billing on the marquee!

Better than real Life?

Melissa Ayotte 2008 red rose bouquet paperweight.

Melissa Ayotte 2008 red rose bouquet paperweight.
Est. $500—700

Lot 96. Almost better. Melissa’s bouquet of the lushest most romantic red roses and attendant bellflowers is so sumptuous that even if you’re a satisfied single man, you’ll want to meet someone special just to be able to offer this as a gift. We take pride in our photography but these are noticeably brighter than we could capture with the printing inks in our catalogue. Gentlemen – photograph yourselves holding this on your dating site and have multiple phone lines ready!

Meet the runner-up for a career with GEICO

Rick Ayotte 1992 “Red Salamander in Marsh” paperweight, from the PondLife series.

Rick Ayotte 1992 “Red Salamander in Marsh” paperweight, from the PondLife series.
Est. $1,200—1,600

Lot 115. This happy little salamander in a friendly marsh is so bright it is almost iridescent. Its head is lifted as though he just heard you looking at him. A colorful and lively tableau from Rick Ayotte in an edition limited to 50.

Make sure you have a Coaster!

Damon MacNaught 2017 open concentric millefiori on latticinio inlaid wood table.

Damon MacNaught 2017 open concentric millefiori on latticinio inlaid wood table.
Est. $5,500—6,500

Lot 120. We rightfully give a full page to this handcrafted triumph in the catalogue. Damon MacNaught, with the help of Andrew Najarian and wood artist Stephan Micheletto-Blouin here offers a stunning example of pushing the envelope in an art form. This magnificent collaboration has resulted in a table. A table like no other, since the tabletop surface is unique. There are to date, two such works, noticeably different as far as the millefiori on latticinio, but then Damon strives for each work out of his studio to be unique. The table also has a tilt function that allows a vertical viewing option. This art table could finish a room setting in a way that will make you want to embed all your weights in your furniture. This is serious glass with abundant class. Consider the envelope torn apart!

We know you have limited time so we’ll just say we have a wonderful variety of works by most of the names that come to mind in the field of contemporary fine art paperweights, including a half dozen gems each by Debbie Tarsitano, Victor Trabucco, Bob Banford, Mayauel Ward, Charles Kaziun, Deacons, Saint Louis, Baccarat, Lundberg, and many others – you get the picture! We’ve time to run just a couple more past you!

Hallelujah or is it Alleluia?

Ken Rosenfeld 2015 arching bouquet paperweight.

Ken Rosenfeld 2015 arching bouquet paperweight.
[Est. $700—1,000

Lot 139. Either way there is a transcendent quality that is exuded by this masterful work. Ken’s arching bouquet truly radiates a sense of well-being and the melon slice faceting completes the celebratory visual with sunshine-like rays emanating in all directions. Ask for more pictures.

Worlds within Worlds

Cathy Richardson 2014 “Carved Wild Rose” upright sand-carved paperweight.

Cathy Richardson 2014 “Carved Wild Rose” upright sand-carved paperweight.
Est. $1,400—1,800

Lot 175. Cathy Richardson, as many of you know is not only a master glass artist insofar as what goes into her weights. She is a world-class designer and sculptor of the outside surfaces of her weights, etching, carving and sanding her visions onto the glass that cradles the treasures within. This one will take a dozen photographs to give you an inkling of an idea of what this accomplished beauty has to offer… Make every attempt to see this in person. No, we won’t pay your way to get here.

Okay Glass Lovers we think that’s about all you can take – so that leaves well over 300 weights for you to discover on your own, either when you get the catalogue in the mail or by perusing it online. Contact us with any questions and thank you for your time and attention, and the best of luck to all of you in the upcoming auction!

Small Worlds: Contemporary Paperweights at The Flint Institute of Arts

(Flint, MI) Small Worlds—on view April 7, 2018 through May 29, 2019— features a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to present day. The exhibition highlights different techniques, styles, and various types of paperweights. The 19th century was the classic period for paperweight manufacture. This exhibition features works from European glass factories, including the French crystal manufactures Baccarat, Clichy, and St. Louis. Paperweight production all but ceased in Europe by the late 19th century but was revived in the mid-20th century in both Europe and America. Independent artists experimented with new designs, techniques, and materials. Paperweights continue to be a popular object of art today, and manufacturers and artists all over the world have enlarged the scope, scale, design and fabrication of this diminutive object.

This exhibition not only features a vast collection of historical European paperweights from the FIA’s permanent collection but also a large variety of contemporary paperweights from important private collections. There are twenty-two contemporary artists whose works are included in the exhibition. Some of the earliest contemporary paperweights showcased were created by members of the Studio Glass Movement including Charles Kaziun and Dominick Labino. The collection expands to include twenty more current paperweight makers. There are many works by Paul Stankard, Rick Ayotte and Cathy Richardson to name a few that are on view in the exhibition.

About the Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is Michigan’s second largest art museum and one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. The FIA promotes the power of the visual arts by providing lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate a diverse regional audience. The FIA is committed to making art available, approachable, and accessible to all through a broad range of interpretive programs that allow multiple ways of accessing information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The FIA’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of art for all through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Saturdays are free thanks to Huntington Bank. For more information, please call 810.234.1695 or visit www.flintarts.org.

Yellow Tea Rose with Loose Strife Blossoms and Blueberries

Paul Stankard, American, b. 1943. Yellow Tea Rose with Loose Strife Blossoms and Blueberries, 2007. Glass. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Private Collection.

Terror in the Treetops, 1999 Paperweight

Rick Ayotte, American, b. 1944. Terror in the Treetops, 1999. Glass. 3 x 3 3/4 inches. Collection of Gordon Park

CONTACT: Kathryn Sharbaugh, Director of Development
Flint Institute of Arts
P: 810.234.1695
E: ksharbaugh@flintarts.org

Setting The Record Straight

Regarding a Lamentable Lapse at the Highest Level!

(Never Trust Pro-Bono Lobbyists—
Their Hearts Just Aren’t In It.)

While the 2018 State of the Union Address is recently behind us, there is one upcoming event of national importance that went entirely unmentioned …

You Guessed It –

THE L.H. SELMAN GALLERY OF FINE GLASS PAPERWEIGHTS
WINTER AUCTION 2018 –

Here to right that wrong, we—the five person, hand-selected team at the L.H. Selman Ltd. paperweight party headquarters are busy defending your inalienable rights to love glass! To that end, we are announcing our Winter 2018, 68th Glass Paperweight Auction, featuring 336 lots, antique and modern artworks, including choice paperweight-related objects (wait until you see Lot 120!). Initial Bidding will be broadcast live (so to speak) starting at 9am CST on Tuesday, February 20th. Initial bidding ends on Monday, March 5th at 5pm CST by phone and at 11:59pm CST by Internet. Gloves come off and competitive bidding begins Tuesday March 6th. For any questions about the auction process please contact us in the gallery at 800-583-1177, or email Paul via paul@paperweight.com.

The auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOG, while a printed copy of the catalog (gorgeous, informative and printed in the USA!) is for sale at PRINT-CATALOG. During initial bidding, when you see an artwork that catches your eye, you may place a bid of ten dollars or more, in order to ensure that you have secured a position in the competitive bidding on that lot in the second half of the auction. (It’s a smart move and…it’s perfectly legal!) We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols, some of which have been updated. And don’t hesitate to just give us a call to enquire about our unique auction format or for condition reports. You can also make an appointment to view the auction in person at our gallery in Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207. We would love to see and meet every one of you (not on the same day)! Please bring your Independent Glass Party voting stub for a bonus – your picture taken with D.J. the Wonder Dog and chief of art glass security. If you prefer to place any or all bids by phone, or have any questions, we’re at 1-800-538-0766.

We are also constitutionally obliged to describe the beauty of the offerings in Auction 68. From rare antiques hailing from every major glass house to cutting edge (yes, we know) contemporary works from individual studios, we have very carefully chosen, photographed, described and organized 336 items that we feel proudly pass muster and join the ranks of first-rate offerings from a glass administration working hard to earn your support for another term. Watch this space for forthcoming public information—vetted descriptions filled with the unvarnished truths—enthusiastic exposés, one after another detailing the beauty, splendor and straightforward appeal of some of the finest glass sculptures available. Best of luck to you in the upcoming auction, which is open to you as a card-carrying member of the party. And remember, when it comes to the importance of art glass in your lives, we strive for transparency!

One More Under Our Belt!

One More Under Our Belt

Yes, an old school expression for an old school (with a young heart) art form. Auction 67 is history, and with 88% of the lots selling, it is also another success. (62 of the 76 antique weights offered found homes amongst you.) We dearly hope you enjoyed it all. The weights are, as I write this, being cradled up and shipped out to the winners, and many of you have just received them. For those of you keeping score, you’ll notice Marty has been increasing the number of spin videos of premier lots; we hope they have helped give a truer sense of the spectacular presence of many of these artworks. This writer believes that we would sell 110% of the lots were you all able to materialize in the gallery long enough to experience the paperweights in your hands. Short of that we try to provide complete descriptions and offer always to send extra photographs including close-ups of anything you request. And we welcome suggestions and corrections; how else would we keep improving? We struggle with schedules all year, marking deadlines and back-dating the steps we need to take to meet them, so that, for instance, we can get all the Fall auction weights to you before the holidays. Many of you have expressed surprise to realize we work at least two auctions in advance, with the next catalogue already designed and filled while the one before is just being newly unveiled.

We are continually working to balance the auctions as though we are tuning fine musical instruments. Penelope conducts our tiny orchestra, while Ben composes the score. There is the ratio of the antique to the contemporary. There is the desire to include all the artists we hold in esteem balanced with what works are available. There is the behind the scenes work of researching the most precisely possible technical definition and history of what can be an unusual or mysterious offering. There is the detailed search for the market value and the absolute need to consider both our consignors and our collectors in arriving at a reasonable and rewarding amount for everyone involved. The photographing, description writing, sequencing, and proofreading involved, are exhausting. Then we hold our breaths to see if the printers do a good job and get the auction catalogues to the mailing house in time. Then we exhale for ten minutes until the bell rings for the curtain to rise on the bidding!

In between and all year long, we sell from the gallery, put out two to three brochures, a calendar, publish the occasional book (thank you John Hawley), host artist appearances (thank you, Mike and Sue Hunter and Alison Ruzsa) and attend PCA conventions (Norfolk and NEPCA). Molly (among performing so many other tasks) keeps you all well informed from behind the wheel of all our social media. It has been busy! In 2017 we were also gratified to be a conduit for an impromptu auction, GLASS FOR LIFE, initiated by Dave Graeber and realized by a dozen glass artists from around the country offering up their skills and artistry in a highly successful effort to quickly raise funds ($12,690.00) all of which went to alleviate the woes caused by Hurricane Harvey. Between the highly dramatic weather patterns we’ve been experiencing and the always-challenging political and social landscapes worldwide, it’s been a daunting twelve months for many. We have, especially this year, been told again and again by you about the succor, inspiration, and regenerative power provided by the artworks in your collections. Above the entrance to the lobby of the landmarked Fine Arts Building, wherein our gallery is located are the words,

“ALL PASSES — ART ALONE ENDURES”

We’re all in this together. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

Ben, Penelope, Marty, Molly and Paul
…and D.J.

FALL is here, so naturally, our FALL Auction is around the corner!

AUCTION WEBSITE LINK, CLICK HERE TO BID!

AUCTION WEBSITE LINK, CLICK HERE TO BID!

CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF THE RESERVE PRICES FOR UNSOLD LOTS

As we approach what will be our 50th and 10th anniversaries as the LH Selman gallery respectively (2019 will mark 40 years in California plus 10 in Chicago), L.H. Selman, Ltd. is pleased to announce our Fall 2017, 67th Glass Paperweight Auction, featuring 340 lots, antique and modern, as well as carefully selected paperweight-related objects. Initial Bidding commences on Monday, October 23rd, at 9:00 am, CST. The auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOGUE, while a printed copy of the catalog is for sale at PRINT CATALOGUE.  When you see an auction item that catches your eye, please do not fail to place an initial bid in order to ensure that you will have a position in the competitive bidding on that artwork, which will follow in the second half of the auction. Initial bidding ends on Monday November 6th at midnight CST, and competitive bidding begins on Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00 am, CST .  We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols (some of them revised) or give us a call to enquire about our unique auction format. You can also make an appointment to see every lot at our gallery at 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207.  We would love to see you all in person! And if you prefer to bid by phone, or have any questions, just give us a call at 1-800-538-0766.  Please remember to ask for specific condition reports or to request extra photographic images; either alternate angles or close-ups. We are also happy to talk with you over the phone about a paperweight while it’s in our hands.  (We’ve tried printing out extra views of weights to send by regular mail but the printer’s inks and paper available don’t allow for quality reproduction.)  The good news is that select lots, including all of the first 20 in this Fall 2017 auction, are available for viewing as spin videos. These rotating visuals are especially helpful for some of the more complex weights.  Just give a call!  312-583-1177 or 800-538-0766. Enough of the introductory niceties!  It’s time to tempt you with some appetizing examples as the curtain rises for the next performance.  We have another cornucopia of visual delights, this season, including a complete set of rare knives from the collection of an Italian Princely family, exquisite and unusual antique weights,  several enticing Christmas pieces, choice marbles, and besides having every outstanding name you are used to seeing in our catalogues we have unusual entries by generally elusive artists such as Johne Parsley, James Kontes and Janet Kelman.  So get comfortable when you receive our catalogue and take your time perusing its pages, either literally or digitally. You deserve it.

Auction #67 Fall 2017 Preview

A Feast for the Eyes in a Rich Blue Basket from Our Fall Harvest…

Antique Clichy millefiori Carpet

LOT 1. Exceptional and very rare antique Clichy millefiori carpet ground in a stave basket with signature cane paperweight.

“Exquisite” is the first, second and third word(s) that comes to mind for Lot 1. And at 2¼ inches diameter, if you could nestle this intimate weight in your hand and see the gorgeous pastel palette, well-designed geometries and needle-like sharpness to the execution, you would immediately be asking where the “Buy It Now” button is. According to The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, “ Ten stardust grounds have been documented from Clichy” (page 319). Crisply delicate white stardust canes with rich blue bull’s-eye centers populate a field where a variety of softly colored millefiori canes are satisfyingly set in two concentric rings of 7 and 12, with a signature cane in the outer ring. It’s all sheathed in a royal blue stave basket. Come see this in person if you can. Come see them all. And step up and decide if you want to be one of the ten, or might that make eleven? Est. $22,000—30,000

Come to Our Autumn Garden Party!

Very Rare Antique Saint Louis Four-Paneled Close Packed Millefiori Cross Paperweight LOT 2. Spectacular and very rare antique Saint Louis four-paneled close packed millefiori cross paperweight. Spectacular is the right word here. Spectacle! This Saint Louis weight announces itself with exuberance. At 3 inches across and with an impressive heft, it’s a work of art with an attitude barely contained by its carefully designated geometry reminiscent of European classic, decorative gardens. This weight has almost everything from its magnificently dominant centerpiece (with its 28 point-complex cog that looks ablaze and with a delicate blue flower nestled within and sitting atop all) at the intersection of the converging lines formed by the orderly, white ogee-tipped, red-cored flower cog canes. This cruciform is pleasingly and symmetrically bracketed by green, white and red twists that also serve to restrain the fecund garden of attending complex canes that fill the balance of the garden. Est. $16,000—20,000

Even Vegetables Sound Delicious in French!

Rare Antique Baccarat 1848 “Choufleur” Gridel Silhouettes And Millefiori Carpet Ground Paperweight. LOT 5. Rare antique Baccarat 1848 “choufleur” Gridel silhouettes and millefiori carpet ground paperweight. Reminiscent of a head of cauliflower from your French garden, this weight from the year of revolution offers a tranquil and delightful refuge. Loosely packed, complex whorl canes each centered with a pale, dusky yellow cane and surrounded by more yellow canes and still others of an almost ephemeral mauve sway gently before your eye. That subtle interplay of color and whorl lead to a quiet illusion of all over harmonious movement in a field that is anchored by a well-designed pattern of classic Gridel silhouette and picture canes interspersed throughout. Traces of latticinio can be espied if you investigate the interstices in the cane field. A wonderfully executed antique weight that rewards close inspection. Page 61 of The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights offers similar examples. Be careful with that spade. Est. $14,000—17,000

What Could Better than Dining in Venice with a Princely Family—Who Are Such Fine Hosts that They Offer Their Credentials!

Antique Venetian (circa 1843-1848) Set Of Twelve Enamel And Millefiori Fruit Knives LOT 6. Antique Venetian (circa 1843-1848) Set of Twelve Enamel and Millefiori Fruit Knives, by Giovanni Battista Franchini. Where to begin? Giovanni Franchini and son Giacomo were lauded in the mid-19th century for their artistic genius and craftsmanship. They came up with letter and portrait canes, distinct millefiori and stunning enamel glass. Adapting and combining a variety of their technical methods to painstakingly assemble elements around a core, they created objects of art that were also to be useful in daily life, at least for those of means. This included walking sticks and parasols…and the regal cutlery you see offered here today. Beautiful brass-colored gilt metal blades, each anchored luxuriantly in hilts of dazzlingly multi-colored cylindrical and hexagonal enamel glass. Each handle boasts a carnivalesque array of blue, mint green, red and white in a scramble with copper adventurine and a variety of millefiori canes including complex stars, cogs, circlets and several types of roses considered to be the progenitors of the famous Clichy rose cane…and more; you’ll have to read the catalogue. But really – what couldn’t taste like a royal feast when your wielding a king’s ransom just to cut and spread with? Safe for peanut butter. Do Not Microwave. And really, if you buy the set – we’ll “spill the beans” and tell you the name of the host! Est. $16,000—20,000

“Sticking” to the Theme of a Feast, We Offer Some Lovely Pastry!

Rare And Notable Antique Pantin Monogram And Patterned Millefiori Paperweight. LOT 10. Rare and notable antique Pantin monogram and patterned millefiori paperweight. Here we have seven C-scroll garland loops of ten or more contrasting and tasty pastry molds or millefiori; each has an eighth loop of ten pink and white tube roses, often presumed to be early or late Clichy or even Val Saint Lambert, that radiate around a central stardust ring like so many petals. Each loop sports either a pastry mold or a large six-point star, with the exception of one large and lush tube rose. A cut-out monogram of the letters “D” and “P” in a blue painted cog almost appear to have been lovingly exuded by a cake decorating gun finishing a birthday surprise. These letters have been associated historically with the initials of the Duchess of Parma. This well-documented offering is presented in The Art of the Paperweight: Challenging Tradition (p.34), and the Selman Summer 1995 auction catalogue, Important Paperweights from the Collection of Charles William Gaylord (Lot 115). Est. $4,000—6,000

And What Garden Table is Complete Without Some Honey?

Antique Val Saint Lambert Patterned Millefiori Circlets And Rose Canes Paperweight LOT 11. Antique Val Saint Lambert patterned millefiori circlets and rose canes paperweight. With the brightness of a child’s kaleidoscope but also offering a design sophistication more resembling a Swiss watch, this luminously happy, high keyed paperweight gives out light as though it’s plugged into a wall socket. It could change your mood faster than chocolate. And it has honey! A perfect pocket of honey-colored cane reigns in the center of a delicately reddish/pink and white honeycomb surround. Five seemingly independent but satisfyingly complementary satellites dance around in a cheerful constellation. Each satellite has different center cane attended by between 5 and 10 smaller complex canes. They are all buoyed by a stream of floating parallel white latticinio twists, which is itself embraced by a necklace of striped, candy-cane colored twists. This is flat out, one of the happiest antique weights you’ll come across! Est. $3,000—4,000

And the Butterfly Completes the Garden…

Spectacular Antique Baccarat Butterfly Over White Double Clematis Compound Faceted Paperweight LOT 14. Spectacular antique baccarat butterfly over white double clematis compound faceted paperweight. Another honeycomb holds the center of the lovely white clematis, but you have a wait a moment until the butterfly passes before you can view easily. The butterfly, which in cultures around the world symbolizes endurance, change, hope, and even life itself—is here rendered in a most subtle fashion. The precise, small bluish eyes gaze at nothing in particular. Its top set of wings are tattooed with a pleasing set of related patterns that seem to have been applied with an eye dropper and spread out just so, to satisfying conclusion—and which on closer inspection reveal themselves to be carefully heated slices of millefiori. The lower wings, half concealed, are a quiet riot of scrambled color, discharged with energy from some tiny but potent palette, and they resemble in no small measure, certain efforts by the renown oil painter Sam Francis. Our little friend, when light intervenes, is shown to consist of an almost gossamer, purple latticinio flattish tube body. Multiple facets amplify the sense of movement within with the additional aid of the star-cut base. Est. $7,000—9,000 Here we’ll regretfully depart from the antique as we only have so much space and time (a problem we all have) and jump more than 50 lots ahead to introduce a few examples from the contemporary wing of the auction.  So just remember there are 76 fine and outstanding examples of the antique that demand close inspection, and we stand ready to supply you with condition reports and additional photographs of those weights that particularly catch your eye.  So let us now dip our toes into the most recent two centuries.

And Now for Something Completely Different!

Paul Stankard Passion Fruit Cube Paperweight LOT 80. Paul Stankard passion fruit cube paperweight. Okay, not to totally exhaust the food and garden metaphor but this was too perfect to resist. We have a wondrous array of Paul Stankard weights to offer from the subtle to the stunning, but this presentation of passion fruit is too delicious not to share here. The red skin and seeds,, the pale interior flesh, finely nestled among the leaves and soil with all the colors of the fecund earth almost beg to be a centerpiece on a formal garden table – a proper setting with which to begin every meal. Est. $4,000—5,000

Serene and Sensuous

Chris Buzzini 2012 Bellflower Bouquet Paperweight LOT 90. Chris Buzzini 2012 bellflower bouquet paperweight. We have a half dozen classic Chris Buzzini weights this time and everyone knows Chris’ work as exemplifying a serene sensibility with an almost eastern approach to the use of negative space in his generally spare compositions. This lot is one where Chris breaks out a little with a typically clean and well delineated design, but with a more lush and sensuous over all feel. We wish you all could hold this (and all our offerings) in your hands. Est. $2,500—3,500

A Medieval Tapestry?

Jim Brown 2017 Lavender Cross-Patterned Millefiori Fluted Faceted Paperweight LOT 182. Jim Brown 2017 lavender cross-patterned millefiori fluted faceted paperweight. We’re fortunate to have three Jim Brown weights for this party. This elegant work has the feel and look to some of us of a detail from a French medieval tapestry. The central stardust cane rests at the center of four lavender millefiori tubes that appear to be woven of finest thread. The four close-packed millefiori garden quadrants have been executed with a quiet precision, giving an over all spirit of tranquility, something that is welcome in our frenetic culture. The fluted side faceting adds to the gracefulness. This piece will lower your blood pressure while putting a grateful smile on your face. Ask for extra images of this. Est. $850—1,000

We See These Once in a (Cobalt) Blue Moon

Johne Parsley 1992 Peaches And Blossoms Miniature Faceted Paperweight LOT 188. Johne Parsley 1992 peaches and blossoms miniature faceted paperweight. A flawless pair of delectable peaches and blossoms with crimson cherries nestled between on variegated leaves amount to a handsome, compact and balanced composition proving once again that sometimes the very best things come in small packages. Bathed in an intense translucent blue. You just may have to battle for this one, as we’re rarely lucky enough to snag a Johne Parsley for one of our auctions—but believe us, this is worth competing for. Each of the six symmetrical facets offers a marvelous view of the entire arrangement. At just over two inches in diameter, this truly has the look and feel of a large jewel, with perfect colors and striking optics. Est. $800—1,000

Do You Believe in the Fourth Dimension?

James Kontes Pink Roses And Buds On White Upset Muslin Paperweight LOT 189. James Kontes pink roses and buds on white upset muslin paperweight. Really, the voluminous dimensionality of this weight coupled with its masterful but playful sensibility are something you should see. There is a boisterous life to the stems and leaves as they carry strength to the flower giving an over all feeling of good health and well-being to the composition. The opulent pale pink roses are offset perfectly by the extreme delicacy of the stamens, which are fine as human hair. The upset muslin cushioning it all has a light-hearted quality while the translucent cobalt ground adds to the finesse. Est. $3,500—4,500

Speaking of Playful…

Saint Louis 1975 “Hawaiian Millefiori” Paperweight LOT 206. Saint Louis 1975 “Hawaiian Millefiori” paperweight. Joyful strips of turquoise, verdant greens, tropical magentas and white flower canes flow along before your eyes like so many airborne blossoms. We’re told Paul Jokelson, inspired by a shirt, suggested this design to the people at the Saint Louis factory. You can meditate to the vibrant rhythms of that island paradise and save the airfare in one motion. Est. $500–$700

And Speaking of the Theme of “Fall”…

Saint Louis 2003 “Temptation” Serpent And Apple Three-Section Paperweight LOT 209. Saint Louis 2003 “Temptation” serpent and apple three-section paperweight. This is a beautiful way to embrace the idea of the fall from grace and the struggle to be human. (Never listen to garden critters.) Here we have a removable lid that features a marvelously life-like serpent who, when the weight is closed-surrounds the richly red apple. When opened, we have the golden-etched Adam and Eve separated by the magnificent symbol of knowledge and carnality all while its appearance belies the price to be paid for hubris and transgression. Remove the apple at your peril, and don’t forget to lock the garden gate behind you. Est. $1,500—2,000

You Could Look at This for Years…

Perthshire Paperweight 1986 Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight LOT 314. Perthshire paperweight 1986 close packed millefiori paperweight. After counting to just over 6,175 (or was it 6,176?) we lost track of the number of individual canes and have to begin again, or you can become the new owner of this phenomenally dense packed weight and call us with the eventual count. Seriously this pointillist study is amazing. It actually shimmers with detail and a feeling of movement as your eye is teased back and forth across the surface. The multitudinous shades of color nonetheless coalesce into a harmonious landscape that can leave you with the feeling of flying above all the gardens on the earth knitted together. Est. $500—700 That’s it for now! The merest ‘taste’ of things to come, and thank you for allowing us all the food and garden analogies! Remember initial bidding starts October 23rd! Good Luck to you all.

Wrapping Up a Wild Week

from GLASS FOR LIFE to
The Spirit of the Moment!

It’s been quite the seven days! Last week began with Monday, September18th, which was the final day for the auction, GLASS FOR LIFE, an artist-driven affair of the heart initiated and led by Dave Graeber.  The auction resulted in $12,690.00 being raised in 48 hours of bidding—with 100% of every dollar realized (sent directly by the winning collectors) going to relieve the suffering and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and also Hurricane Irma.  Organizations benefitting include CERF+, UNICEF, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities of Houston-Galveston.  Thank you, everyone, involved!

Then we cascaded along the next few days to our anticipated special event, “The Spirit of the Moment,” a weekend honoring the glass artistry of Alison Ruzsa. It included an exhibition of the artist’s recently arrived works, champagne toasts, shipboard dining on the Lake, and culminating in a well-attended live studio glassmaking demonstration, co-sponsored by the Midwest Paperweight Collectors Association.  There were great conversations, new faces to welcome and of course, more good food and toasts to wind up the day.  Several attendees went home with a new glass tableau by Alison to add to their paperweight collections.

We thank Alison, known not only for her unique storytelling style in multi-media glasswork but for her quick, dry wit, which always enlivens our discussions. A big thank you goes out to Nancy Alfano who helmed her visit as well as to the Midwest PCA who co-sponsored the demonstration. It was great to meet Lita and Marshall Weinstein and their friends from the Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group, who came to witness Alison’s skills as she created beautiful new romantic illusions in glass before their eyes. Alison could not have done this without the skills and service of Sharon Gilbert, owner of the Talisman Glass Studio. Sharon not only shared her studio; she spent the entire Saturday afternoon alternating movements with Alison as they shared tasks and techniques in what amounted to a nimble dance of craftsmanship.

And yes, it was a bit warm in there-but we wouldn’t have missed it.  Check our website for available works by the artist as well as more of her story.  Until next time!