“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! ”
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:
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Arts Benicia will honor Mike Kendall, one of its first exhibiting artists, with a one man show during Benicia Artists Open Studios. Kendall’s paintings and sculptures will be on view in the Arts Benicia gallery April 8 - May 7, 2017. Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street. Exhibit Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM.
Activities in conjunction with this exhibition:
Family Art Day: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Free and open to the public.
Benicia Artists Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Free and open to the public.
28 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm - 29 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm
Benicia Old Town Theatre Group's spring production, Intimate Apparel,runs April 21-May 13 with shows on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.beniciaoldtowntheatregroup.com/
Intimate Apparel is described as a thoughtful, affecting play that offers a poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress-and of course, skin-determined whom one could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.
29 Apr 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Scavenger Hunt
Discover amazing art found in downtown galleries while doing a scavenger hunt. Participants will receive a free “I Love Benicia” bag and be entered into a drawing to win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Scavenger Hunt Forms with list of tasks will be available at Benicia Main Street (90 First St. in the train depot), at participating galleries, and on the day of the event here.
• Gallerie Renee Marie – 1038 First Street
• Gallery 621 – 309 First Street
• Benicia Plein Air Gallery – 307 First Street
• Once Upon a Canvas – 129 First Street
• Benicia Main Street – 90 First Street