Events January 27, 2007 The Great Glass Auction 2007
A crucial fundraiser for BAGI, this year’s auction raised over $175,000 and will provide a quarter of BAGI’s operating budget for 2007. Auction proceeds will be used to help fund the Visiting Artists Series planned for 2007, a SJSU scholarship for a student to attend BAGI’s Visiting Artist Series master classes, new equipment and continuing operations, as well as expanded offerings for classes, studio time, and key local events including the popular Third Thursday Series.
“We thank our jury for their efforts this year in selecting Randy Walker as the winner of the 2007 Saxe Fellowship award as well as the Juror’s Award winners. And, we than our auction attendees for recognizing local artist Jack Storms, by awarding him the People’s Choice award,” stated Steven Aldrich, auction co-chair. “Public and patron response to the preview event and auction this year was phenomenal and we’re grateful for the continued support that will help us provide artistic and educational programs to both our members and the community,” he said.
Over 150 people attended, including many of the contributing artists whose work was represented. The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the 2007 Saxe Fellowship award, honoring outstanding technical ability and achievement in glass chosen in a juried competition, to Washington-based Randy Walker for his blown glasswork, “Tangerine.”
In addition, the 2007 People’s Choice award, selected by auction attendees, went to local artist Jack Storms for his cold-worked lead crystal piece, “Bella Vino.” Two other submissions to the auction were selected for Juror’s Awards, noted for their outstanding craftsmanship and achievement in glass. Former head of the San Jose State University (SJSU) glass program, Mary B. White, won for her piece. “The Journey: reconstructions and amends,” and Pamina Traylor won for her blown glass work, “Rolling Decanter & Glasses.”
The Saxe Fellowship award winner was chosen by a jury consisting of Timothy Burgard, Curator of American Art, de Young Museum, San Francisco; Alice Chappell, Owner/Director, Chappell Gallery, New York; and, world renowned collector, Dorothy Saxe, of San Francisco. As the winner of the award, Randy Walker received a $2,000 cash prize and a funded invitation to participate in BAGI’s Visiting Artist Series. The People’s Choice award winner, Jack Storms, was given a $1,000 cash award.
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