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RENESAN Institute for Lifelong Learning is an independent, volunteer-supported, nonprofit organization that provides affordable, academically oriented classes, lectures, and local trips for adults in Northern New Mexico. 


St. John's United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail

Pay $15 at the door (check or cash) or register in advance online

"The History of Glass Art: The New Mexico Connection"

In this lecture by artist Sarah A. Nelson, participants will learn about the different types of art glass and the history of the American Studio Glass Movement with a special focus on New Mexico. The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio was the birthplace of the American Studio Glass Movement in 1962. Harvey Littleton, along with scientist Dominick Labino, successfully devised a small, inexpensive furnace in which glass could be melted and worked, making it possible for the first time for artists in the States to blow glass in independent studios. In Santa Fe, the art-glass movement began in 1968 with the opening of Canyon Road Studio. Attend this lecture and discover New Mexico's vibrant glass art community. You will learn about where to view glass art, how it is created, and who the local artists are in New Mexico.

Sarah A. Nelson holds a BA from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in visual communications and photography. After relocating from Chicago to Albuquerque in 2000, she began her career in glass art. She has attended residencies at Pilchuck Glass School and North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. Working as a professional artist, she draws inspiration from natural themes to create kiln-worked glass. Sarah is a board member and Communications Chair for Glass Alliance New Mexico.


RENESAN follows the snow policy of the Santa Fe Public Schools. Course sessions and lectures are cancelled when the Santa Fe school system announces school closure. In case of a two-hour or three-hour delay, morning classes will run from 10:30AM-12:30PM; afternoon classes will run as scheduled. When Santa Fe Public schools close early because of inclement weather, RENESAN sessions and lectures will be cancelled for the rest of the day. If possible, make-up sessions will be scheduled for cancelled sessions and lectures. Students who are unable to participate in rescheduled programs will receive a refund.

Trips may also be cancelled because of inclement weather or other circumstance beyond RENESAN's control. Participants will be notified by phone of any cancellations. If possible, cancelled trips will be rescheduled. Students who are unable to participate in rescheduled programs will receive a refund. For information on Santa Fe Public School closures, go to www.sfps.info, or tune in to KOB News 4, KOAT News 7, or KRQE News 13.

Register online at RENESAN.org or call the RENESAN Office 505-982-9274. Registration remains open until the onset of the courses.



Monday - Thursday 9:30AM - 5:30PM


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For those who have hearing loss, RENESAN provides support through a Hearing Loop. For more information about this service, please call the RENESAN office at 505-982-9274.

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RENESAN Institute for Lifelong Learning 

St. John's United Methodist Church

1200 Old Pecos Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87505




last updated: September 3, 2019