GREAT LAKES PAPERWEIGHTS LTD
Keeping it close to the heart of the Parsley family, our initial team is comprised of professionals in the field of arts administration and consulting, cyber security and education. If you are interested in serving the needs of our organization, we’d like to talk to you as we consider board expansion.
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Based near the shores of Lake Michigan, Great Lakes Paperweights, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is located in the Greater Milwaukee area. The organization seeks to preserve the rich history of art glass; specifically, fine glass paperweights, while expanding the audience for the medium. It will do so through education, exhibition, technology and publishing as well as through work with contemporary glass artists. GLP will streamline projects to museums, galleries, paperweight collectors, schools, and public venues. Thus, an invaluable legacy of this timeless art form will be preserved for future generations.
Great Lakes Paperweights will concentrate its first initiative around the life of the mid-twentieth century glass artist, Johne Parsley. The Johne Parsley Legacy Project will focus on the artist’s world and work from growing up in rural Kentucky to becoming the first American glass artist to work with Perthshire Paperweights in Scotland. Attention will be paid to the exquisite multiple paperweights exhibited at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin and other locations. The Legacy Project was announced at WheatonArts, Millville, New Jersey in April 2018. At that time, nearly 70 of Johne’s secondary paperweights were melted in the WheatonArts Hot Glass Shop to commemorate the death of the artist. Articles about the artist and his life in glass can be found under the In The News section of this website.