The Glass Tourist
Summer brings travel. Many of us are hosting traveling friends and relatives or traveling ourselves. Add glass to your summer adventures: Take a bus downtown to visit a museum or gallery. Grab some friends and walk through an art show. Pack a lunch and visit a rural studio (check to see if you need an appointment) or plan to visit more distant places on your vacation.
Here are some suggestions of places to see, buy, and experience glass both locally and further afield. Date specific events like art shows and gallery exhibit openings are further down the page under "Events".
Bellingham: Renaissance Celebration gallery
Whidbey Island: Whidbey Art Trail: lots of studios
Museum of the Northwest "Transient Hours" exhibit, Coupeville
La Conner: Expressions Fine Art Gallery
Everett: Schack Art Center "Art Of the Garden Exhibit"
as well as the public window into the glass blowing studio
Seattle metro area: Vetri Gallery
Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit at the Seattle Center
Columbia City Gallery "New voices: an exhibition in glass"
Bellevue: Bellevue Art Museum "Emerge/Evolve" exhibit
Issaquah: Art East Gallery
Tacoma: the Museum of Glass has several exhibits and has live glass blowing demonstrations daily. Admission is 10% off until August 31st with this issue's discount coupon
Bullseye presented this "How Glass Is made" box at BeCon 17 last month. This educational tool isn't available for classroom use yet but you can see it at The Bellevue Arts Museum as part of the Emerge/Evolve exhibit of the winners of the Bullseye competition
Renaissance Celebration in Bellingham's Fairhaven area carries work from lots of local glass artists. There's a recent video tour on their Facebook page
Vetri Gallery in downtown Seattle glitters with glass.
Visitors to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma watch glass being blown (Photo by Ken Emly, Courtesy of Museum of Glass)
Portland metro area: The Real Mother Goose Gallery
Bullseye Projects in the Pearl District has several exhibits at the moment. Bullseye also has galleries in the Bay Area, New York and Scotland.
Hood River: Made in the Gorge (the local co-op)
Bend: Newberry Crater has naturally formed obsidian glass.
You can't collect here but you can at Glass Butte just west
Oregon Coast: Almost every town has glass blowers who offer a chance to watch or even get involved with the glass dance.
(If you blow your own piece remember that it needs to anneal so you'll have to return in a day or two to pick it up)
A visitor to the new Bullseye Projects gallery in Portland's Pearl district snaps a photo
Get out and look at glass as you travel. Send us photos for the Facebook page, especially if your favorite isn't here.
Taking a class with your visiting friends and relatives is another way to bond over glass this summer. Schack Art Center in Everett WA, the Bullseye Resource Center in Portland OR and many glass blowing studios offer one-day classes.
If you get at least 6 people together your local glass shop will probably tailor a special class to help you and your friends share a fun intro to glass cutting, fusing, bead making, mosaics etc.. Covenant Art Glass in Everett WA, NW Art Glass in Redmond WA, Glass Expressions in Burien WA and Roses Glassworks in Portland OR all said they'd be glad to do so when I contacted them.
Most of the artists on our website who teach (filter for "teaches" yes, sort by technique or city) are willing to discuss giving a private class or demonstration, sometimes even for just a few people. Call and ask if you happen to be traveling in their area.
A student in Marcia Wiley's one day glass camp points out her piece.
Karen Seymour, Editor
How'd They Do That?
Whidbey Island artist Steph Mader sent us this view of her scraffito process. She still has space in her September 16-17 Scraffito Glass Workshop (and one in her July 12-16 Layered Glass Landscape Intensive)
Please share your own how-to photo/video essays in this spot for the enlightenment of the community and a bit of free publicity (we're over 200 subscribers now).
Announcements & Events
July 6 Museum of Glass Birthday Party, Tacoma WA
July 7 Firehouse Gallery open house, Vancouver WA
July 7-9 Art by the Bay Festival, Stanwood WA
July 8-9 Wedgewood Arts Festival, Seattle WA
July 13 Vetri Gallery hosts the founder of North Drinkware, Seattle WA
July 16 Pilchuck Open House, Stanwood WA
July 21-23 Salem Art Fair and Festival, Salem, OR
July 22-23 & 29-30 Gardenfest at Glass Quest, Stanwood WA
July 23 Museum of Glass' Glass Fest Northwest, Tacoma WA
July 28-30 3-in-1: BAM Arts Festival, Festival of the Arts and 6th St., Bellevue WA
August 4-6 Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes WA
August 4 Firehouse Gallery open house, Vancouver WA
August 19-20 Fresh Paint, Everett WA
August 25-27 Art In the High desert, Bend OR
August 26-27 Art In The Garden, Bellevue WA
August 26-27 Whidbey Summer Studio Tour, Whidbey Island WA
Sept. 2-4 Art In the Pearl, Portland OR
Dehanna Jones of Totally Blown Glassworks wraps an item for an art show customer.
BLOW YOUR OWN HORN! we need your info and photos. The next newsletter, "Decorate with Glass", and an art related coupon will be emailed in September. Post your comments, new work etc. to our moderated Facebook page or email them to us. Send a photo of yourself at work and 3 images of your art to be in our gallery with a link to your website.
COE 90 Bullseye Glass Company announces ODEQ permission to put all glass back into production, including my favorite: Light Aventurine Green!
SYSTEM 96 Oceanside Glasstile announces the first glass is rolling off the line in Mexico (see the video)
NORTH SEATTLE artists in the Ship Canal to Northgate area: hosts wanted for the October 21-22 Glass and Decor studio tour. Once we know how many hosts we have, we can add artists from out of the area (get your friend who sculpts or paints to host a site with you as a guest glass artist).
Friends In Glass Summer 2017 Coupon:
The Glass Tourist
Expires August 31st, 2017
from any of these participating organizations/artists
NOT VALID WITHOUT SUBSCRIBER CODE
Museum of Glass, 10% off admission only, Tacoma WA
10% off glass art:
Dehanna Jones aka Totally Blown Glassworks (at shows only)
Karen Seymour (at studio only) Seattle WA
Charlene Fort (at Made In the Gorge only) Hood River OR
Dale Snyder (glass at ERGJ studio only) Old Town ID
Jack Loranger (at studio only) Washougal WA
Mark Ellinger (at Glass Quest studio only) Stanwood WA
Have a hot time at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma
(see the live video stream for a sample but there's lots more to see in person: use the coupon)
Photo by Ken Emly, Courtesy of Museum of Glass
*The fine print: Coupon can be used only once with any given organization/artist. One size can’t possibly fit all: due to contracts, special agreements etc. the participating organization/artist reserves the right to exempt any particular item from the coupon. Please enquire before attempting to redeem the coupon. Coupon is not transferable, can not be combined with any other discount and has no monetary value.
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