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To celebrate the International Year of Glass with museums and galleries around the world, we at Newburyport Art held a series of three glass-themed exhibitions in 2022. Glass Perspectives: A Celebration of Glass & Glass Concepts is the culminating exhibition of the series and our largest themed exhibition of the year, showcasing a wide variety of glass forms, the physical material and glass art, as well as associations, subjects, and ideas of glass in other media. I staged the exhibition throughout all three galleries and both levels of our building. Studio glass art in many forms and techniques is represented, as well as work from artists of various media and disciplines to show multiple perspectives of glass. The resulting exhibition highlights the many functions that glass serves in society and the beauty inherent in the material properties and associations with glass. Everyone is familiar with glass and has access to glass; the show ties in beautifully to Newburyport Art’s mission of accessibility. Over 60 artists are participating in this exhibition — most from the New England region, with some from around the country and a few from overseas, making it also the first international exhibition in the organization’s history! Visit our galleries or take a look at our online galleries.

Left: Hansel and Gretel (Joseph Cavalieri, USA); Center: Three Muses (Wayne Strattman, USA); Right: Plasma Hyacinths (Cary Rapaport, USA). Image: Lisa Naas

We're moving from Scotland to Massachusetts! I’m so excited to be joining the Newburyport Art Association as its new Executive Director, to focus on access to art for everyone and inclusive, creative programming for the community. Please join David and me as we celebrate my new start with the NAA—and our upcoming reunion with Massachusetts, family, US friends, and artist communities—by helping us to fund seed ideas during my first year. We've begun a Facebook Fundraiser for the NAA and that link is here: NAA'S Ideas to Art Fundraiser. Art is a powerful community builder, bringing us together to celebrate beauty, start conversations, raise awareness, and even heal. It has been the driving force in my life and a comforting constant, providing respite through creativity and opening so many doors, ideas, and adventures for me. I hope to build on all the fine work the NAA has accomplished and to open more new doors, ideas, and adventures for our communities through art and creativity.

Thank you Scotland for such a grand time in your beautiful, welcoming country, filled with all the brilliant, wonderful people we’ve met over the past eight years. And thank you NAA for this new chapter in our lives!

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