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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
27 Nov 2014 (All day) - 3 Jan 2015 (All day)
The Many Muses of Kerry Lee ~ An Intentional Creativity Artist Exhibtion

Benicia resident Kerry Lee’s first solo exhibit is a celebration of finding her Muse at the age of 53 and releasing a near lifelong artist block. The exhibit follows an 18 month journey of Kerry Lee’s artistic unblocking and claiming herself as an Artist and Teacher.

Opening reception on Sunday, December 7 from 1:00-5:00 PM at the Gallery. Look for holiday art gifts under $20 and calendars by the artist.

Kerry Lee offers a free and open to the public mini-workshop “Your Fearless Wish for 2015” at the Benicia Public Library on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 PM.

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3 Dec 2014 (All day) - 4 Jan 2015 (All day)
“JOY”: Artistic Reflections multi-artist show

Group Show - Rolando Barrero, Craig Britton, Michael Dadasovich, Catherine Fasciato, Terry Hughes, Susan Johnson, Marshall Lockman, Samantha McNally, Dixie Mohan, Diane Ringwood, Pat Ryll, Iris Sabre, Susan Street. “JOY” is a reflection of the artists’ expressions on the theme of joy. Reception for the artists during the Benicia Tree Lighting event, Friday, December 5th, 5 to 8 pm. Miniature original paintings are featured for sale on the gallery tree.

4 Dec 2014 (All day) - 21 Dec 2014 (All day)
Form & Function: Art of Living Exhibition

Form & Function is an exhibition of unique, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects both aesthetic in form and utilitarian in nature. It is a juried exhibition showcasing the art and design of the best regional fine and applied arts, including but not limited to basketry, ceramics, textiles, wearable art, glass, metal, furniture, jewelry and toys. Exhibition runs through December 21.

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