Stacks on Stacks on Stacks

Make yourself a shiny new ornament 

When it comes to glasswork, glassblowing often takes the spotlight, but melting the material into intricate designs and shapes can be just as satisfying.

Working with glass might seem like it comes with some inherent risks—if you're not cutting yourself, you're risking combustion—but at Bullseye Glass at the south end of the Railyard, the artistry and the danger are kept separate. The glass is stacked by hand and then fired in an electric kiln overnight. And though Bullseye is based in Portland, Oregon, where the glass is manufactured, its Santa Fe location (which sells glass supplies and provides glass-fusing classes) has attracted a small community during its eight years of business.

"We have a group of artists that meets once a month," Bullseye manager Morgan Dougherty tells SFR. "We let them use this location to meet with each other. We kind of don't get involved, but they talk about all sorts of things glass-related."

Members of the group sell their artwork at Bullseye's third annual open house and holiday gift sale this Friday, where wannabe glass fusers can also try their hand for free.

"Folks can come and make an ornament, which is, like, a huge hit," says Dougherty. "You stack the sheet glass, decorate it with products of glass called frits and stringers, and then it gets fired in the kiln and you can come back and pick it up at a later date. They're super cute."

Go for the free snacks, but don't be surprised if you end up hooked on glass— Dougherty says 96 people signed up for introductory classes after last year's event.

"We get people who never even knew that this was a thing that absolutely are like, 'Oh my gosh this is the best,' and then they become regulars," Dougherty says. "It's an experience, basically."

(Sarah Eddy)

Open House and Holiday Sale
10 am-5 pm Saturday Nov. 24. Free.
Bullseye Glass,
805 Early St,
467-8951

Swoosh!

Courtesy adventurejay.com

Those who hit the mountain last year knows the conditions as Ski Santa Fe were less than ideal. If Mother Nature were in charge, our ski days would have been drastically short in number. It was only through the grace of snowmaking technology that early-season skiing was possible at all. This year, however, marks the first Thanksgiving Day opening in three seasons, and she's looking good! While the 2017-18 winter saw a total of 54 inches for skiing, 36 have already fallen. "Everyone is very optimistic," says Candy DeJoia, spokeswoman for Ski Santa Fe. "It has already started out better than last year. That's grounds for celebration." All the lifts are scheduled to open at 9 am Thursday. Officials also promise 66 percent of the mountain will be open, but which trails exactly won't be revealed just yet. (Julie Ann Grimm)

Ski Santa Fe Opening Day: 
9 am-4 pm Thursday Nov. 22. $38-$80.
740 Hyde Park Road,
982-4429; skisantafe.com.

Aw, Snap!

Courtesy Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art

Los Angeles painter Daniel Brice didn't know a simple Polaroid snapped in 1980-something of flowers in a vase would impact his practice for the rest of his career, but every few years he comes back to the shot and creates still lifes, color fields and abstracts based upon it, and every few years it works like a cathartic palate-cleanser. But he's never really shown the pieces until now, nor has the body ever been so prolific. "I was thinking about what flowers represent," Brice says. "There's the historical still life, the idea that you give them for condolences, or when someone is on the mend, or for love—I kind of tripped out on the duality of what flowers represent beyond the transient beauty." Thus, he says, roughly 30 new paintings were born. Find them at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art this week. (Alex De Vore)

Daniel Brice: Polaroid Paintings: 
5 pm Friday Nov. 23. Through Dec. 29. Free.
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art,
558 Canyon Road,
992-0711.

The King’s Marbles

Courtesy NT

Mentally ill people deserve compassion and treatment—but what happens when a mentally ill person is also in charge of a civilization? Even worse: What if their illness causes them to act erratically, driving their country to the brink of disaster? We refer, of course, to King George III, leader of England in the 1780s. (Who else?) Playwright Alan Bennett's 1991 play depicts the king's increasing instability and his court's handling of the situation, but also depicts him as a human being—not the way we're used to seeing royalty. Santa Fe is lucky enough to get broadcasts of National Theatre productions from the United Kingdom right to the Lensic, and this one is beamed in from the world-class production at the Nottingham Theatre. (Charlotte Jusinski)

NT Live in HD: The Madness of George III:
7 pm Tuesday Nov. 27. $19-$22.
Lensic Performing Arts Center,
211 W San Francisco St., 988-1234