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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
4 Sep 2016 (All day) - 2 Oct 2016 (All day)
The Birth of the Blues

Vicki Byrum Dennis is the September featured artist at Gallerie Renee Marie. In a show called "The Birth of the Blues," she showcases abstract and contemporary designs using acrylic and collage, all based on a blue color palette. An artist's reception will take place at the gallery on Saturday, September 10 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

13 Sep 2016 (All day) - 16 Oct 2016 (All day)
The Daily Fabric

“The Daily Fabric” textile collage exhibit by Susan Sharman runs through October 16. Meet the artist at her reception on Sunday, September 18, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Inspired by embroidered samplers, the artist uses the medium of fabric and thread to create a bridge with her past. Drawn to the antique linens and doilies with their handcrafted elements the artist “draws” with needle and thread, incorporating her own imagery with the existing craftwork. The mixed media collages incorporate old photographs/found ephemera, drawings and digital imagery.

8 Oct 2016 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk 2016

Benicia Art Walk 2016 kicks-off on Saturday, June 11, 3-6 PM in downtown Benicia. Enjoy great art, live music, and small sips...all FREE!

Participating galleries are Once Upon a Canvas, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Gallery 621, Mernie Buchanan Studio & Gallery, Lindsay Art Glass, and Gallerie Renee Marie. Check out these galleries and more on First Street in downtown Benicia on the Second Saturdays of June, July, September & October, 3:00-6:00 PM.