Fine Art & Crafts since 1974

About Glass Growers Gallery

 

 In 1974, Glass Growers Gallery (GGG) opened its doors to showcase the work of John and Deb Vahanian. They took flat sheets of glass and made 3D objects: Geodesic domes, zomes, and quartz crystal shapes that became part of kinetic sculpture, terrariums, light fixtures, and windows. The name “Glass Growers” has its roots in that process. After learning they were dealing with toxic materials, Debby stopped “growing glass” and expanded the gallery’s representation of regional fine art and professional American crafts.

In 1982, GGG relocated to a renovated church building at 701 Holland St. In that spacious 2 ½ story building, Deb Vahanian began curating annual shows: Quilt, Watercolor, Kaleidoscope as well as other unique shows like the History of the Bicycle, the Carousel, Joseph Plavcan Student Retrospective, International Images, Women in Transition to name a few. GGG thrived there until 1999. At that time the Erie Art Museum planned to expand. GGG chose to be its neighbor. Here we offer quality & distinction in the form of regional fine art & gifts, curated corporate art installation services, and made-in-America custom awards & gifts. GGG’s staff shares the intention to grow culture, celebrate imagination, & create a vibrant personality to the community.

Meet the Staff

 

Deborah G. Vahanian

Deb Vahanian has owned and operated this gallery/gift shop since 1974. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Edinboro University with a BA in Art History. She completed some graduate courses towards her master’s in art history with a focus on fetishism over three sociological perspectives: structural functional, symbolic interaction, and feminism. She is also a USPAP qualified appraiser and a member of the American Society of Appraisers.


Sue Martin

Sue Martin is a Gannon grad with a BS in management and an Edinboro University grad with a BFA in applied media arts. She is a blithe spirit who brings insight, friendship, a distinct modality, and focus to the opportunities that present themselves daily. She applies her skills to building customer relationships, special orders, and a stronger online presence thru inventory management. She has been at GGG since 2010.


Noreen Finn

Noreen Finn is a BFA Edinboro University grad who has worked at GGG since 1998. She has a keen sense of presentation, skillfully developed customer and craftspeople relationships, and fine-tuned sensibilities within the community at large as well as within the world of GGG. She is also a very competent creative artist and practical, purposeful, prodigious mother.


Jessica Annunziata

Jessica Annunziata is an NYU grad. She is back in Erie to create cultural experiences for the community, assist GGG in its web presence, social media, and our in-store ambiance. She heightens our awareness of human nature, particularly women's issues of voice and equality. She has been with GGG (off and on) since 2007.

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