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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
1 May 2015 (All day) - 31 May 2015 (All day)
Making Waves Exhibition at Gallery 621

Gallery 621 featured artist for May is Linda Stevenson Dunlop. Her exhibition “Making Waves” utilizes a unique technique in her monotypes using sandpaper plates along with lithographic oils. Whether it’s the drama of the wave or the tranquility of the horizon line, we find ourselves swallowed by the deeper sense that “the wave shall come”. You're invited to the artist reception on Saturday, May 9, 5:00-8:00PM. New pieces from our resident artists will also be featured.

7 May 2015 (All day) - 31 May 2015 (All day)
New Work by Marshall Lockman

New works by Marshall Lockman in oil and acrylic. With an eye for a story, and a lifetime of experience, Lockman paints vignettes of life as he observes it. Meet the artist at the reception on Saturday, May 9, coinciding with Benicia Art Walk.

27 May 2015 - 7:00pm
Mystery Authors Anne Perry & Victoria Zackheim Discuss "Faith"

Anne Perry, mystery writer will be at the Benicia Public Library with Victoria Zackheim to discuss their One Book, One Community selection "Faith". They will also talk about writing, book tours, taking risks and pushing themselves creatively. If you are a mystery book reader, you won't want to miss this free event.

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