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Glass Art

“You stare mesmerized by the scene before you. A glass blower and his assistant dance with fire and a blowpipe with molten glass stuck on the end of it. You feel the blistering heat of the 2000-degree roaring furnace and see the sweat dripping off of the faces of the glass blowers.  All of a sudden the blob on the blowpipe flares into a vase. After 20 minutes of intense labor, the glass artist knocks the piece gently off of the pipe and into the waiting assistant's gloved hands. As he carefully places the vase into the annealing oven, you can't help yourself. You burst into applause! Wow, what an experience! ”

– Ann Lindsay in Inside Benicia, December 2009

Come witness first-hand the astonishing process of turning molten glass into exquisite works of art by masters who practice the old-world art form of glass blowing. The glass artists of Benicia create bowls, stemware, vases, paperweights, coasters, lamps, clock cases and other types of one-of-kind corporate awards, among other stunning collectibles.

You can see the glass art (and often the glass-blowing process) on display at any of Benicia's internationally acclaimed glass studios:

Each art glass studio is recognized for its own distinctive style of hand-blown glass. Nourot's work is famous for its intense red color.  Lindsay produces unique paperweights and vessels.

But that's just part of the story. They all create custom lighting designs and will work with you to craft just the right piece. These are items that could easily become your next family heirloom.

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Upcoming Arts Events
26 Aug 2017 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Benicia Plein Air Gallery's Annual Paintout

Beginning at 8:00 AM, artist check in and begin painting throughout Benicia. Works must be framed and hung for judging by 3:00 PM. Winners will be announced at 4:00 PM followed by a reception. The public is invited to join the reception and meet the artists.

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1 Sep 2017 (All day) - 3 Sep 2017 (All day)
Benicia Film Festival

Benicia is the place to be during Labor Day Weekend at the Benicia Film Festival. Great films, food & wine are in store. Funds raised directly benefit Arts & Culture in Benicia. Tickets available at

9 Sep 2017 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk 2017

Benicia Art Walk 2017 is on the Second Saturdays in June, July, September, and October from 2:00-6:00 PM on First Street in downtown Benicia. Come for lunch, then stay for dinner and tour eight amazing galleries hosting the fun this year with live entertainment and other activities. Click here for the Benicia Art Walk 2017 brochure and map. More info is available on