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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
21 Jun 2017 (All day) - 26 Jul 2017 (All day)
Art Exhibit Sublime: Prints on Paper Susan De Haven and Carol Brent Levin

The Marilyn Citron )’Rourke Art Gallery at the Benicia Public Library is proud to present an exhibition of Hand-Pulled Prints on fine art paper by artists Susan De Haven and Carol Brent Levin. Works included in this show portray a variety of printmaking processes including etching, lithography, and relief. Many of the prints in this exhibit were inspired by nature. Artist Reception is open to the public on June 29, from 6:30 -9:30 PM.

26 Jun 2017 (All day) - 30 Jun 2017 (All day)
Weekly Summer Drama Camps

Get your drama on this summer at affordable, fun and exciting drama camps for actors ages 7-14 years. Each week-long, half-day camp includes fun activities for both upper elementary and middle school actors. Escape a room, solve a crime, battle with zombies, navigate traps, overcome obstacles, sing, dance, laugh, make new friends and more!

Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Scholarships are available. More info, including camp details and registration, can be found at www.flyingmonkeytheatrearts.com.

3 Jul 2017 (All day) - 7 Jul 2017 (All day)
Weekly Summer Drama Camps

Get your drama on this summer at affordable, fun and exciting drama camps for actors ages 7-14 years. Each week-long, half-day camp includes fun activities for both upper elementary and middle school actors. Escape a room, solve a crime, battle with zombies, navigate traps, overcome obstacles, sing, dance, laugh, make new friends and more!

Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Scholarships are available. More info, including camp details and registration, can be found at www.flyingmonkeytheatrearts.com.