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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
31 Mar 2015 (All day) - 6 May 2015 (All day)
Mixed Media Exhibtion

The work of students of Benicia and Liberty High Schools will be exhibited in April. Meet the artist at the reception on April 1, 6:00-7:00 PM at the Benicia Public Library.

7 Apr 2015 (All day) - 4 May 2015 (All day)
Winter to Spring Exhibition

Benicia Plein Air Gallery's featured artist for April is Iris Sabre. She celebrates the change of the seasons in California with her exhibition Winter to Spring, which runs thru May 4. Meet the artist and enjoy live music and refreshments at the reception during Art Walk on Saturday, April 11, noon - 6:00 PM.

11 Apr 2015 (All day) - 12 Sep 2015 (All day)
Art Walk

Back by popular demand, neighboring artists from Vallejo’s Obtainium Works Studio and the Bay Area Steampunk community will be back on First Street for the April 11 Benicia Art Walk. Expect to see guests artists showcasing art cars, art work, sculpture, clothing and jewelry inspired by this fictional genre that mixes Victorian with Wild West and Jules Verne. Full steam ahead.

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