What happens when a group of like minded individuals come together? Together a group has the potential to accomplish much more then the individuals themselves. I feel honored to below to two such groups of artists here in San Antonio, Texas.
The San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) is a not for profit alliance of glass artists organized to increase education and awareness of the glass arts by providing workshops, publications, lectures, shows and demonstrations available to members and the general public alike. The guild aims to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of the glass arts and to maintain a support network for artists, which provides educational, mentoring and marketing opportunities.
ART281 is an event sponsored by the SAGAG and held just this past Saturday, October 13th is. It is a great example of what the guild strives to accomplish. The event increased education and awareness as visitors had the opportunity to see glass blowing demonstration, as well as meet and interact with a variety of glass artists. ART281 created marketing opportunities for the guilds members to sell their work and network with other artists and patrons. This event was accomplished strictly through the volunteer efforts of SAGAG members. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful.
The San Antonio Calligraphy Guild (SACG) provides calligraphers with educational information to stimulate interest and appreciation for the art of calligraphy. The guild does an absolutely amazing job of making educational opportunities accessible through:
- Low cost mini workshops one evening a month
- Major workshops that bring visiting artists from across the world
- Education programs at each on of its general meetings
- And an extensive lending library of calligraphy material
I am personally looking forward to taking a year long workshop planned by the SACG with Reggie Ezell in 2013. This opportunity would not be possible if it were not for the greater effort of the group. I have learned so much from this organization and continue to look forward to both what I have to learn and what I may offer in return.