MGAA Newsletter - March 2011


Maui Glass Artists Association
*** NEXT MEETING***  -  Thursday, March 10
5:30 p.m. at Dorothy Wissmar's.
2486  W. Vineyard St.  in Wailuku.    (242-5084)

Directions to meeting:    

From Kahului:       Take Hana Hwy heading towards Wailuku.
            Hana Hwy changes to E. Kaahumanu Rd and then to Main St.
            Follow Main St. thru Wailuku and turn Rt. onto Ilina St. 
            Ilina St becomes W. Vineyard.
            Park at the corner by the cemetery
            Dorothy's house is down the long driveway.

From Lahaina:    Follow Honoapiialani Hwy into Wailuku.
            Honoapiialani Hwy becomes N. High St.
            Turn left on N. High St.
            There is parking at the end of the street near the cemetery.
            Dorothy's house is down the long driveway.


Aloha Everyone.

MGAA is now 4 years old.   What began as an informal gathering at Worcester Glassworks to see how many glass artists were on Maui evolved into the Maui Glass Artists Association.   That first gathering drew around 24 curious people.  It was so much fun that we decided to meet again and that next meeting led to the formation of the organization.  MGAA began with something like 15 initial members and over the years grew to roughly 40 or so.  On top of those 40 there are at least another 10 - 15 glass artists on Maui who have never joined or who have let their memberships laps.  (hmmmm, what would it take to get these artists interested in the organization???)

At our 2nd meeting in the Children's Center at the Hui Noeau, we polled the attendees to see what their interest was in forming an organization.  For some it was a chance to gain exposure for their glasswork.  For others it was networking with other glass artists.  And several saw it as a social opportunity.   All of these objectives have been met.  The organization has produced several glass events and established our website giving members a chance to showcase and sell their glasswork.  A bunch of members get together regularly to order supplies in bulk and save quite a bit of money.  And between, events, meetings, and BBQ's there has been plenty of opportunity for socializing.    So where do we go from here?

Year 5 begins with change as we switched from 4 officers to a 7 member Board of Directors.  The Board would like to find out your thoughts and ideas about the organization and how it may develop in the future.  Please take a couple minutes and fill out the online survey.   The link to the survey is a little further down in the newsletter as there are a few things you should read before taking the survey.   (Also, the survey is totally anonymous so please feel free to express your thoughts)

MGAA is producing or co-producing several big events this year and you must be a member of MGAA to participate in these events.  

*  First off is the Lanai Glass Exhibition, April 1-3.   Last year, we sold over $7,000 in glasswork and probably would have sold much more had we had more artwork and better lighting.   
*  Next is a collaborative exhibition, with the newly formed, Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts, (MOCA), called "From the Kiln".   (All work in the show must have spent some time in a kiln during the creation process.)
*  Coming in November,  "The Holiday Glass Benefit."   This is also a collaborative event and will be a chance for you to display, and possibly sell, a lot of work.  (The set up will be more like a crafts fair than an exhibition)
*  A couple other things are in the works but details yet to be determined.

All these events provide you a place to exhibit and hopefully sell your glasswork,
but.................. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF MGAA  to participate.

Aloha, Dennis

The Lanai Glass Exhbition:  April 1 - 3
The Lanai Glass Exhibition is a collaboration between the Lanai Art Center and MGAA and is held in the Manele Bay Hotel.  Last year we sold over $7,000 worth of glass and to date it is our most successful event in terms of sales.  Here is how the exhibition works.

A group of MGAA members heads over to Lanai early Friday morning, April 1.  They spend all morning setting up the exhibition and around 2:00 pm the exhibition opens and runs till around 9:00 - 9:30 pm.    The exhibition opens again on Saturday morning around 10:00 am and runs till about 10:00 pm.    On Sunday, the show is open from 10 - Noon and then we tear down the show.  Everyone heads back to Maui Sunday afternoon on the ferry.

If you are willing to come over to Lanai and work the exhibition, there is no entry fee.  Round trip on the ferry is $50 kamaaina

If you can't make it over to Lanai but would still like to exhibit your work in the exhibition, there is a $50 entry fee.  The ferry company charges us for all the extra baggage we take over so the entry fee covers the cost of shipping your work over to Lanai and back.)

*  (If you are not going over to Lanai you will need to deliver your work on Thursday, March 31 to my house up in Kula)

Last year artists were allowed to exhibit 3 pieces however there is space for more work.  So we are hoping to exhibit at least 5 pieces from each artist with more artwork in cases under the tables.   More about all this at the meeting.

The Lanai Art Center handles all sales and shipping and they do charge a 45% commission. 

NOTE:  Rooms and food at the Manele Bay Hotel is VERY expensive. (I am checking to see if they will give MGAA members a discount but even then it is going to be pretty pricey.)  There is much more affordable lodging up in Lanai City and you just take the shuttle back and forth to the Manele Bay Hotel.  Also there are several restaurants up in Lanai City that are much more reasonable.  And lastly, there is camping for a nominal fee at Manele Bay.  The camping area is about a 3 minute walk to where the exhibition will take place.
(More about all this at the meeting)



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


Our website has been live for a while now.  ARE YOU ON IT?????

If not, HOW COME????  Being included on the website is part of your membership so it does not cost you anything.  You just have to get your images and text together and submit them.  Bill Cox is now handling website submissions so if you have any questions please call him.

(One of our members got a "BIG COMMISSION" from OUR Website)
You could too............ but not if you aren't on it!

To be added to the website, please contact Bill Cox,    572-4177


Artists of Hawaii 2011


Fee: $25.00 (Artists of Hawai'i 2011)

Entry Deadline: 4/1/11

The Honolulu Academy of Arts annual juried exhibition is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in the country, showcasing the quality and diversity of Hawaii’s artists. All artists residing in the state of Hawaii are eligible. Artists may submit up to 3 artworks. There is a $25 Jury Fee which includes one digital image submission. Each additional digital image submitted is $5 (1 entry=$25; 2 entries=$30; 3 entries=$35; 1 entry+1 detail=$30; 2 entries+1 detail=$35, etc). For more information on the Honolulu Academy of Arts please visit



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