MGAA Newsletter - June 2011

Maui Glass Artists Association
*** NEXT MEETING***  -  Thursday, July 14
5:30 p.m. at Randee Gabriel's

1780 Halama St.   in Kihei.


* Directions to meeting:   
Halama St. fronts the ocean parallel to S. Kihei Rd.
*  From Piilani Hwy, take Welakahao Rd. towards the ocean. 
   It dead-ends at Halama St.   Turn left on Halama.
*  From S. Kihei Rd. take Waimahaihai St. towards the ocean.
   It dead-ends at Halama St.   Turn Right on Halama.
*  875-8844


Aloha Everyone.

First off, the next general meeting will be held at Randee Gabriel's fabulous home in Kihei.  Her house is situated in a spectacular location right on the beach so it makes for a great setting for our meeting.  Following the meeting will be a round-table discussion on "The Business of Glass Art".    So don't miss this next meeting!!!

MEMBERS AREA:   We now have a members area on the MGAA website.  It contains a variety of information including;  the latest newsletters, minutes from the general meetings, a classified ad section, event updates and registration forms, and a forum for members to participate in dialogue about glassworking.  (The link to the forum should be posted in the member's area on the website by next week.) To access the members area, go to the MGAA website,     On the home page, click on our logo which is the link to take you to the member's area.  If you have any suggestions for the members area, please bring them to the next meeting or contact Bill Cox

"OUT OF THE KILN":   MGAA is partnering with MOCA, The Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts, in producing an exhibition this summer called "Out of the Kiln".  We are putting a committee together, comprised of members from both organizations, to organize this event.  If you would like to volunteer to serve on this committee, please let me know. (   or   878-2196.

MAALEA CRAFT FAIR:  Several MGAA members are interested in getting a group of glass artists together and renting a booth space for a week or two at the Maalea Craft Fair.  A booth rents for $50 per day and participating artists would share the cost of the booth and share time sitting the booth.  The craft fair is indoors and out of the elements so no dealing with bad weather.   As tourist season is now in full swing, it could be a great time to sell your work as a lot of tourists use the harbor at Maalea for snorkeling and fishing adventures. Jim Smith has volunteered to organize this endeavor so anyone who is interested in participating please contact Jim at  or   205-9898

WORKSHOP:  In a recent survey, members indicated that one of the things they wanted to see MGAA provide was education and workshops.  So this is a notice to everyone, especially beadmakers and lampworkers, that Sarah Klopping @ Aloha Bead Company, is hosting a workshop with Kristen Frantzen Orr  on July 16 & 17,  9:30 am - 5:30 pm.   Cost of the class is $450 including all materials and lunch on Saturday.  Kristen does beautiful floral design work and you can check out her work at her website;   If you are interested in the workshop please contact Sarah at 808-876-1556  or

WAIKAMOI PRESERVE:  At the opening reception for the Maui Open Studios, which was held at the Maui Tropical Plantation back in February,  a couple of us met fellow Maui artist, Michael Neal,  who is also a volunteer for The Nature Conservancy.  He told us that he leads group hikes into the Waikamoi Preserve.  We brought up the idea of scheduling a hike for MGAA members at our last meeting and the response was overwhelming.  Because of the interest we are scheduling 2 hikes to accommodate everyone.  The first hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th and the 2nd hike is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th.  Hikers meet at 8:30 am and are done around 1 pm.  Hikes are limited to 13 people so spots could go quickly.  The sign up sheets for the hike along with all the information about the hike will be posted in our members area on June 11, or you can go to    Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.  Participation is limited to MGAA members only and their spouses or significant others.  Sorry, space is limited so you can't bring your friends.   If you are not familiar with the Waikamoi Preserve, it is one of the last pristine native forests on Maui and access is restricted.  Not very many people ever get to visit this place.  

And lastly, 

"ART TO THE RESCUE! " - I have always been impressed by how much money art auctions can raise for a good cause.  We all know about the Pilchuck Glass auction, which happens every fall, and raises a lot of money to support the Pilchuck Glass School.  Bob Hoffmeyer just emailed me the catalog for the art auction benefiting the Pratt  Fine Art Center in Seattle, which raised a ton of money to support the education programs at Pratt.   This week I was informed about an art auction taking place here on Maui and the money raised will go to help the Malkovich family, who's daughter,  Morgan Malkovich - a recent Seabury Hall graduate,  must travel to Boston for some very risky surgery.  The family does not have the means to travel with her to Boston to be with her during and after surgery, so someone suggested that they should hold a silent auction to raise money.   The mother, Laurna Malkovich,  is an accomplished water color artist and she is putting all of her paintings up for auction.  Several local artists and friends have also donated artwork or items to the auction.  The auction is a silent/online auction with the artwork on display this Sunday, June 12, from 10 am - 4 pm at the Grace Beauty Day Spa,  62 Baldwin Ave., in Paia. 

If you would like to check out the story about this family and the art auction, go to   
If you would like to donate something to the auction, please contact Laurna Malkovich   ASAP  at 269-7783  or
Sorry about the short notice about this, but it was just organized this week.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting.
Aloha, Dennis


**You can renew your membership by bringing a check with you to this months general meeting or by mailing a check to our treasurer.  You can renew your membership for one year or multiple years.
1 year member: $36.50     3 year membership : $109.50     5 year membership:  $182.50
Make checks payable to:  Maui Glass Artists Association  
Mail checks to:  
Maui Glass Artists Association  
c/o Karuna Santoro
245 Hololani St.  
Pukalani, HI  96768


There will no longer be a classified ad section in the newsletter as it is now online at our website in the members area.  To access the classified section, go to the MGAA home page,   and click on our logo.  To place a classified ad, contact Bill Cox   


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