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Glass Symposium Sept. 13-15

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass experts, collectors and fans will gather for the New Bedford Glass Symposium at the Whaling Museum, September 13-15. The event features three days of activities, including the opening of a new permanent glass gallery.

The symposium kicks off on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture titled New Bedford Glass in Corning presented by Jane Shadel Spillman. A reception and book signing in the Jacobs Family Gallery at 6:00 p.m. precedes the lecture.

Jane Shadel Spillman is Curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The author of numerous articles and books, Ms. Spillman recently curated the 2011 Mt. Washington and Pairpoint exhibition at Corning. She is secretary of the International Association for the History of Glass and editor of The Glass Club Bulletin for the National American Glass Club.

Friday events include a tour to the New Bedford Museum of Glass with NBMOG president Kirk Nelson, the annual meeting of the Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society, and a lecture at 3:15 p.m. by Jill Thomas-Clark, titled Crown Pairpoint: The French Connection” in the Cook Memorial Theater. Ms. Thomas-Clark is Rights and Reproductions Manager at the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass. The day concludes with the opening at 5:30 p.m. of a new permanent glass gallery, Glass from the City of Light, guest-curated by Kirk Nelson, and sponsored by the Leonard S. and Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation.

Saturday events include an 8:30 a.m. field trip to the 25th Annual Antique & Collectible Glass Show & Sale sponsored by the Sandwich Glass Museum.

At 3:00 p.m. Laura Coffin will present an illustrated lecture titled Mt. Washington’s Lava (“Sicilian”) Glass. Laura A. Coffin is assistant director, New Bedford Museum of Glass. She has published several articles on glass topics and serves as Co-Seminar Liaison for the National American Glass Club.

At 4:00 p.m. Marion & Sandra Frost will present Pairpoint Research Goes Digital. Marion and Sandra Frost are authors of “The Comprehensive Guide to Pairpoint Glass: Shapes and Patterns” and “The Essence of Pairpoint.”

A cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery will be followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and a public auction of period glass at 8:00 p.m.

Registration: $225.00 for members of NBWM, NBMOG and MWPGS / $250.00 for nonmembers (Includes all events and fees) or $25 per lecture. $75.00 for Saturday Dinner and Auction only. To register: http://www.whalingmuseum.org or call (508) 997-0046, ext. 100.

The New Bedford Glass Symposium is sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Museum of Glass, and Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society

New Bedford Glass and Its Context, April 26

Kirk J. Nelson

Kirk J. Nelson will present an illustrated lecture titled New Bedford Glass and Its Context on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. – part of the 2012 Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture series on fine and decorative arts. A reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery precedes the lecture.

Mr. Nelson is executive director of the New Bedford Museum of Glass, located at 61 Wamsutta Street. He earned his MA degree and Certificate of Museum Studies from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware. An expert on the development of the American glass press during the 1820s and 1830s, Mr. Nelson is an Honorary Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, former Curator of Glass at the Sandwich Glass Museum and former Curator of Art & Decorative Arts at the Bennington Museum. He has lectured and published extensively on a wide variety of glass-related subjects. His practical glass working experience includes Pairpoint Crystal, Inc. of Sagamore, Massachusetts, and the operation of a glass studio in East Sandwich.

In 1993, Mr. Nelson was one of five founding trustees to establish the Glass Art Center, Inc., which was affiliated with Bradford College in Bradford, Massachusetts. After the closing of the college the Center relocated to New Bedford and reincorporated in 2006 as the New Bedford Museum of Glass.

The museum collection consists of 7,000 objects documenting more than 3,000 years of glassmaking history. It covers many regions and periods, from ancient to contemporary, with special emphasis on the city of New Bedford, celebrated in the late 19th century as the “Art Glass Headquarters of the Country.” Rose Amber glass, Crown Milano, Royal Flemish, Burmese and Lava glass are just a few of the exotic lines developed in New Bedford.

The museum’s library holds more than 8,000 volumes in ten languages on glass related topics, including the Shirley Collection of the Mount Washington Glass Company – containing the firm’s original glass patents, trade catalogs, correspondence, photographs, and international awards.

Admission to the lecture and reception: $15 members; $20 non-members. For tickets, call (508) 997-0046 Ext. 100.

The 2012 Speakers’ Series is presented by BayCoast Bank, and sponsored in part by C.E. Beckman, and Hampton Inn Fairhaven/New Bedford.