“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:
Gallery 621 invites you to view and enjoy their 2017 opening show, RESOLUTIONS. Meet the artists at the reception, Saturday, January 14, 3:00-6:00 PM.
With the beginning of new year, many of us resolve to make changes in our lives. We think of this as a time to renew and refresh. That tradition carries on with artists too. It may mean committing to spending more time in our studios; striking out in a new direction with our art, or working on a piece that's been tossed into a corner. We sculpt, paint, "throw", photograph, reuse, and repurpose objects to form works both beautiful and unusual.
5 Jan 2017 (All day) - 5 Feb 2017 (All day)
Impressions of Benicia and the Bay Area Exhibition
Artist Rolando S. Barrero is the January artist of the month at Benicia Plein Air Gallery. His exibition, Impressions of Benicia and the Bay Area, runs thru February 5. Meet the artist at his reception on Saturday, January 14, 3-5PM. Event is free.
21 Jan 2017 (All day) - 19 Feb 2017 (All day)
The Art of a Community
Arts Benicia will begin its 30th year with one of our most important exhibitions, The Art of a Community, which showcases the multifaceted talents of our artist members. Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street.
Activities in conjunction with this exhibition:
-Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 6:00-8:00 PM Free and open to the public
-Family Art Day: Sunday, January 29, 1:00–3:00 PM Free and open to the public
-Ekphrastic Poetry Readings from the Benicia First Tuesday Poets: Saturday, February 4, 2:00–4:00 PM Free and open to the public