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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
23 Jan 2016 (All day) - 21 Feb 2016 (All day)
Art of a Community

Art of a Community showcases the multifaceted talents of Arts Benicia artists. Exhibit is open Wed-Sun, 12:00-5:00 PM and runs through Feb. 21. Celebrate the exhibition and meet the artists at the Opening Reception on January 23, 7:00-9:00 PM or attend the Community Open House on Feb. 20, 1:00-4:00 PM. Family Art Day will be held during the Open House. These events are free and open to the public.

25 Jan 2016 (All day) - 15 Apr 2016 (All day)
Arts Benicia Presents Alice M. Stern Waters's Edge

Arts Benicia artist Alice M. Stern is the featured artist exhibiting her works at Olson Realty through April 18. Arts Benicia Presents Reception for the artist on Feb 5, 6:00-8:00 PM. Stern's print art explores the nature of water in the Point Reyes area.

25 Jan 2016 (All day) - 22 Apr 2016 (All day)
Arts Benicia Presents Grace Cohen at Benicia City Council Chambers

New Benicia Arsenal artist and member of Arts Benicia, Grace Cohen is the featured Arts Benicia Presents artist exhibiting her works in the  Council Chambers at City Hal through April 25. Reception for the artist on Feb 26, 6:30-8:30 PM at City Hall. View the exhibit Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. Doors opened upon request. Contact the nearby City Manager's Office.