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"Wish Upon A Star", holiday celebration at the Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, January 3, 2014

Through a partnership with visual artist, Michael Butzine, the Cultural Arts Coalition contributed funding to assist in the "Wish Upon A Star", holiday celebration at the Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia.

A collaboration was established between the Glass Studio (Chrysler Museum) with Charlotte Potter, Glass Studio Manager, at the helm and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Norfolk region. Michael Butzine was the lead, intern artist facilitator conducting workshops alongside other Glass studio members with identified club participants.

Charlotte Potter is an artist and designer who uses glass and new media. She received her B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was an instructor.

Michael is a Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistant, BFA from the University of Hawaii. Studio Assistants help with public glass demonstrations, classes, and general operations of the Studio for four months. The assistantship is unpaid, but offers many perks, including the opportunity to build skills, perform, teach, and assist world-recognized Visiting Artists.

Michael was brought up in the Boys & Girls Club system in Phoenix, Arizona, and voiced a desire to initiate this collaboration with the local Norfolk Boys & Girls Clubs administration.

All of the glass studio staff, volunteers and administration including the Director of the Chrysler Museum , William Hennessey, not only supported this venture, but were active participants in all the aspects of making the workshops and the final night of celebration an incredible experience for everyone.

The history of the Chrysler Museum starts with more than a century of hard work and dedication by many, many residents of Hampton Roads who believed in the civic virtue of art and art education

Those rewarding efforts moved to an entirely different level 40 years ago, with what is now considered one of strongest and most varied gifts ever made in American history to a single museum by a single person.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia,, and the youth were introduced by Project Director and Art Instructor Keavey Dixson and Lucy Washington on celebration night. The Clubs’ Director, Dave Zobel, was also present to enjoy all of the evening activities to support and honor the youth. It had to be FUN!!!!

Kristi Totoritis, Faculty Instructor, was the face painter extraordinaire of the evening... Kristi explores the dichotomy of different cultures and their approach to the cycle of life. She has studied at numerous institutions nationwide including Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, etc.
Josh DeWall, Staff Instructor, was on site to fabricate all kinds of little animals to the youths’ amazement...Josh has worked nationwide as a glass gaffer, designer, assistant, instructor, and artist at institutions such as the Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Rochester Institute of Technology, Snow Farm, etc.

Hillary Heckard was the cookie chef for the evening assisting the club members to make and decorate holiday goodies. Hillary received her B.F.A. with a concentration in glass from the University of Hawaii. She has been a Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistant for the past two semesters and just had a gallery exhibition of her work.

Club Staff discussed the value of the past six weeks of workshops to the club members’ lives. During one workshop the youth created 2 glass ornaments, giving one away to someone special. Currently, it is being discussed that other selected groups of club members will have an opportunity to spend 4 different weeks at the studio engaged in the art of glass creations during the months to come...

There was also Hot Chocolate/Apple Cider, S’mores ...

Drinks heated on the hot glass right out of the glass oven...

S’mores made in the glass ovens

... and final good byes of stated gratitude for the evening’s program and all of the shared experiences at this the season of giving and love for families and friendships.

Everyone was very thankful for this opportunity to be a part of the programming and hoped they could come back with their family and friends...

Photo Narrative by judy butzine, co-founder/director of Cultural Arts Coalition: celebrating global connections

The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.