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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. Smyers is known for its designs of functional glassware. 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.

Twice a year - the first weekend in May and the first week in December – the glass studios host open houses, where the public is invited to view the glass blowers at work on their special creations. But you can often just drop by the studios and catch the masters at work.

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Upcoming Arts Events
9 Jul 2015 (All day) - 2 Aug 2015 (All day)
Bay Area Color Exhibition

The Gallery's artist for July is Samantha McNally. Her exhibit runs through August 2. You're invited for art and hot dogs on the grill at the artist's reception on Saturday, July 11, 2:00-4:00 PM.

8 Aug 2015 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk

The Benicia Art Walk is a community-driven event featuring resident and local guest artists at a variety of venues in downtown Benicia. This event is held the Second Saturday of each month, April through October. The Benicia Art Walk is free to the public and family friendly. Click here for the interactive map and look for the blue Art Walk banners.

Art Walk Monthly Themes-

April 11: Steampunk, May 9: Echo Art for Kids, June 13: Benicia's famous Art Glass community, July 11: Pedal Power Art Bikes, August 8: No Art Walk during the Benicia Peddler's Fair, September 12: Benicia Arsenal Artists, October 10: Day of the Dead

15 Aug 2015 - 7:00pm
Old Town Night Out - Dinner & Vaudeville Show

Celebrate the 100th year of the BDES Hall with the fundraiser Dinner & Vaudeville Show hosted by Benicia Old Town Theatre Group. $40 ticket includes dinner, show and no-host bar, available at Benicia Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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