|General Meeting Minutes - Maui Glass Artist’s Association
General Meeting at Karuna Santoro's residence -
May 12, 2011
Karuna Santoro, Jim Smith, Valerie Smith, Dona Ziegler,
Georgia Norton, Bill Cox, Ditmar Hoerl, Dot Wissmar, April Shiotani, Uta
Shiotani, Dennis Chamberlain, Mike Worcester, David Musgrove, and Randee
The meeting was called to order by president, Dennis Chamberlain at 5:50
PM. Introductions were made.
Karuna stated that MGAA has $2798.45 in the bank. Several
members still owe their dues.
Bill Cox is looking for more pre and post Lanai Glass Show
photos and would appreciate any photos from future events. The website is
being well visited and, as an fyi, Josh Cox did get a good commission from
a website referral. Karuna suggested a page for “corporate gift” items
with appropriate links.
Dennis emailed a survey to members and received 8 responses. Several
members mentioned not receiving the survey and it was suggested an update
may be needed for their anti-spam software. The Response Summary: All
responders are MGAA members. For activities after the business portion of
the general meeting:
Watching glass related videos: 87.5%
Guest speakers: 87.5 %
Art discussions: 62.5%
Tool discussions: 50%
Tool swap: 25%
Formal critiques 12.5 %
For expansion of MGAA scope:
Glass demonstrations: 87.5%
Guest speakers: 62.5%
Field trips: 37.5 %
Themed challenges/exhibits: 25%
For those planning to show work at the Lanai Glass Exhibition:
Yes, and I will be on Lanai to help: 37.5%
Yes, I will be sending work for the exhibit: 12.5%
No, I will not be participating: 50%
Next general meeting will be a roundtable on the business of Glass Art.
Among the survey responses, most interest was in workshops, guest speakers
and a bit less so on field trips. Dennis mentioned a guided tour of the
Waikamoi State Preserve. Access is very limited and it is an
inspirationally beautiful preserve on Maui. We will be setting up hikes
into the Preserve soon so let us know if you are interested.
The Lanai Art Show, sponsored by the Lanai Art Center and
coordinated by Sherry Williams, was very successful. The Four Seasons
Resort was most pleased with our presentation and has requested that we
come back in the fall for a show with a holiday theme.
A discussion was
held over the commission for Lanai Art Center. This past event their
commission was 45% of the sale but they did handle all the show
arrangements, the monetary transactions, local transportation and most
packing and shipping. All of this would be MGAA’s responsibility if we do
a fall event. A suggestion was made that we ask for a 35% commission and
have the Lanai Art Center help out with both shows. They will be
approached. MGAA members are reminded that they did not have to be at the
Lanai show to sell their pieces.
Dennis mentioned a collaboration of MGAA and MOCA, Maui Ceramic Artists: a
“From the Kiln” show. A joint committee will be needed to review and set
up the location, time, costs and etc. Maui Mall is a good centrally
located site with good foot traffic and usually has available space. It
often has special events such as the “Art of Trash” show which is there
The Holiday Glass benefit is set up like a holiday gift fair. It would be
possible to schedule this sometime around the end of October or early
November. A discussion was held and the general consensus is to “go for
Maui Open Studio 2012 has started signup. Carolyn Quan is the coordinator.
The starting price has gone up to $125 and the prices increases each month
until closing in November. This year’s most successful studios where those
who combined artists with variety of work. There was no commission for
Collaborative Artists’ Workshop Event, such has the EMMA Lake event in
Canada and the Summer Collaboration (during our winter) in New Zealand.
The idea would be Collaboration Maui, 5 to 7 days of creative art
workshops with a large gala/auction for a finale. Participation would be
limited to 5 artists from each island and the remaining artists from off
island. Ditmar suggested that this is quite beyond the scope and ability
of MGAA. A separate multi-artist committee would be needed to coordinate
such an event.
Pilchuck Auction is mid October; if you wish to submit piece(s) they are
due by the 2nd week of July. Check their website for details.
A number of former MGAA members have moved off island and our present
bylaws state Maui residency is required for membership. Former members,
such as Bob Hoffmeyer, have indicated they are interested in joining MGAA
for special events like the Lanai Show. A discussion was held and a motion
made by Dot: “Any previous member who has moved off island may join MGAA
for an event as a guest artist by paying the membership and event fees.”
Second by Dennis. Further discussion was held and the motion passed.
Jim and Dave brought up the “Art at Ma alaea” shops possibility. A
storefront is being used as a collaborative “art shop” where artists lease
booth space(equivalent to 3 tables) for $50/day or $25/day for a single
table. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Maui memorabilia and jewelry seem to
sell the best. We could start as early as June 1st using the MGAA banner
and also have our tee-shirts available. Discussion was held.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
The Next meeting will be held at Randee Gabriele's house. Date and
directions will be posted on the website and in the next newsletter from
Dennis. Stay tuned. Lots of good stuff coming up.