Celebrating 30 years in Columbus!
This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary in Columbus. Throughout all those years, Glass Axis continues to create opportunities through advancing glass art education. Thanks to Our Supporters for making this possible. We have been using the increased revenue to pay down debt and replace aging equipment. Thanks to assistance from Nortel Manufacturing, we purchased new torches, which allowed us to begin offering borosilicate classes. Along with new equipment, we have replaced a myriad of smaller expendable items and are continuing to fix what needs fixing throughout the shop on a regular basis.
We had our annual Glassquerade in March and featured live music from The Reaganomics. Twenty artists participated as we went back to the 80’s to kick off our anniversary celebration.
Exhibitions to spur the imagination
Our 2017 exhibitions in the Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis featured well-known artists from around the country as well as a special exhibition featuring art designed by children.
Classes, Equipment Rentals, and Art Sales Continue to Increase
Glass Axis operating revenue and support increased slightly by 5%, while our net assets increased by 12.7% from fiscal year 2016. Our sincere thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation, as well as our many other donors, for their generous support.
Class Participation: 3388
- “Our instructor was really thoughtful and helped us one on one to create the pieces. He even let us break the mold a bit and get creative with our birds.” – Megan Dick
- “I had a great first time experience at Glass Axis. Everyone from the reception staff to the instructors were very friendly and helpful. “ – Lori Norris
- “Great time for one and all. It would be great if more people enjoyed the arts.” – Bryce Brown
Our intensive workshops started in the fall with John Miller and continued throughout the year with Joseph Cavalieri, Karina Guevin and Cedric Ginart. These workshops spanned the hot shop, flameworking and painting on glass and taught participants advanced techniques in each area.
A community of creative members and volunteers
We’ve continued to grow during the last year and we still have so much more to accomplish. Membership has continued to grow steadily and equipment rentals are up by 4%. Over 76% of current Glass Axis members identify themselves as glass artists, and nearly half of these rent our equipment to create their art. It has been a pleasure watching these artists create new and exciting pieces. Support from our community of volunteers has also increased with strong support of over 1000 hours of assistance.
Demonstrations designed to inspire
Glass Axis conducted 685 demonstrations plus free demonstrations on Franklinton Fridays. Glass Axis hosted demonstrations from visiting artists, including Shane Fero and Alison Ruiz, thanks to help from Tom Hawk of Hawk Galleries. We also hosted a demonstration from Wil Ortman thanks to Sherrie Hawk from Sherrie Galleries.
The 2018 Glassquerade will feature beer tasting, custom glass creations on-the-spot, and much more. Next year’s summer workshops will feature artists from around the country. We are planning new classes and more of the most popular classes. Meanwhile, we will continue to make improvements in the facility and equipment with your support.
From our annual audit report (click here for the full audit report):
|Fundraising Expenses||$ 18,429|
|Administrative Expenses||$ 86,593|
|Total End of Year Net Assets||$356,941|
For those of you who REALLY like numbers, our IRS Form 990 is available for your reading pleasure.