Tony Glander inspires with his infectious enthusiasm for his craft. His Arts Barn glass studio may have been dismantled, but his presence lives on as a visiting instructor while he leaps into a new endeavor at Anything in Stained Glass (AISG) in Frederick. He said of his new teaching cooperation with Paula and Dave Russin, owners of AISG, “Paula has an incredible history in glass work—moving it forward is a no-brainer. They created the perfect environment. The students are already excited. For me to walk into that is heaven.”
The glass emporium, located in the Westview Business Park off MD-85, is expanding and adding classrooms, and Tony will be spearheading the education and technology side of the business part-time. Plans are to offer classes and workshops featuring experienced glass artists who travel and teach. “In my experience with glass, I had a retail store and I brought in nationally known artists to do demos and that really helped my business. You need that foundation to attract artists,” Glander said.
As a visiting instructor to the Arts Barn, Glander will continue teaching glass classes for children and adults, as well as joint classes with other instructors. He has a Glass Fusing for Adults class planned for Oct. 20. A future joint class with Jaree Donnelly, Arts Barn’s art education program coordinator and an accomplished photographer, will invite students to work with Donnelly to take photos and then come to Glander to turn them into glass digital transfers.
More Arts Barn programs are being developed for a new slate of interactive classes that will be offered for spring/summer 2019. Classes will feature crossover media, including incorporating glass work with metal and wood. “This is a great opportunity for the Arts Barn to expand,” Glander noted. His former studio will be used for fine arts like painting, with the studio across the hall reserved for messier work—clay, metal and glass.
Glander reflected fondly on his 15 years as an original resident artist at the Arts Barn and said he is grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience the place and feel its energy. The atmosphere gave him the chance to move forward as an artist and to travel and teach after he retired from his retail business. He was able to keep current with technology and expand class offerings.
“I was here from the beginning,” Tony said. He is enthusiastic about the future of the Arts Barn and said that Shellie Williams, the city’s arts administrator, is moving the arts education center and venue in the right direction.