SGAA President’s Letter: The Oakland Summer Conference - Kaleidoscope
By B. Gunar Gruenke
Published in SGAA Sourcebook Fall 2007
President’s Letter: The Oakland Summer Conference
As you know, in June 2008, we will be having our 99th Annual Summer Conference. This is a very exciting conference due to the important educational content found in our presentations, sessions and tours.
California is a treasure chest of artistic talent. The SGAA will reunite some of the original pioneers in the California Glass Movement: Dan Fenton, Arthur Stern, Peter Mollica, Paul Marionni, David Ruth, Dick Weis, and Cappy Thompson.
Plus we will enjoy lectures from those setting the new trends: Barbara Derix, Dan Winterich, Dorothy Lenehan and Father Tom Lucas. We are blessed to have them share their experiences with us.
Oakland and the San Francisco area alone are absolutely beautiful. The Golden Gate Park is unique and unparalleled in beauty. Pier 39 is a “must see.”
Oakland’s USS Potomac, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Floating White House” opened to the public in 1995 after undergoing a 5 million dollar restoration.
The Dunsmuir House with its Tiffany style dome, Jack London Square and City Center are all additional opportunities to seek out and enjoy between the learning, sharing and growing.
The Oakland area has over 60 parks including the world-known Redwoods.
Come for the conference and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in our country! I look forward to seeing you there.
B. Gunar Gruenke