Schantz Galleries was established in 2009. Director Jim Schantz was co-director of the preceding gallery that was established in 1978. This nationally recognized Contemporary Art Gallery focuses on leading artists working in the medium of glass, with over 60 artists exhibiting, including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and Bertil Vallien. The gallery is considered to be one of the premier galleries in the U.S. dedicated to contemporary glass art.
Since 1982, Jim Schantz has contributed to the Studio Glass Movement, with his experience as an art director, and owner as well as from the perspective of an artist. Many of the artists represented and supported by the physicality of the gallery are good friends. Schantz organizes tours and visits to artist's studios, and has curated exhibitions at the gallery, art expositions, and museums. In 2014, Jim curated a group glass exhibition at the New Britain Museum of Art, Contemporary Glass: 21st Century Innovations. Schantz has co-curated three other major museum exhibitions for Lino Tagliapietra, which include the Montgomery Museum, Montgomery AL. (2018), the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ. (2017) and the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI. (2015), and in 2019 a group exhibition of New England artists at the Worcester Craft Center.
The gallery works with private individuals and corporate clients on small and large scale architectural installations.
As those familiar with the region are already well aware, the Berkshires boast some world-class museums, with Chesterwood, The Clark, Mass MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum being standouts in particular.
Schantz is a museum in everything but name; inside, visitors can experience the work of 50+ internationally recognized glass artists, including some of the best known in the world. The artistic contributions cover a remarkable range of styles and subjects, giving guests plenty to see in one afternoon. To stay in town, the Red Lion Inn and The Stockbridge Country Inn are comfy options. ~reviewed by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism
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Russell Johnson: Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Preston Singletary, Nancy Callan, Veruska Vagen, Ethan Stern)
Yoichi Kimura: Hiroshi Yamano Rob Vinnedge: William Morris John Polak Photography: Jen Violette, Martin Rosol
Paul M Rogers: Dorothy Hafner Mark Johnston: Daniel Clayman Gerard Roy: K. William LeQuier
Göran Örtegren: Bertil Vallien Alec Miller: Martin Blank, Dan Friday, Martin Janecky
Ron Farina: Paul Stankard Gabriel Urbankek: Martin Janecky