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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
6 Jun 2016 (All day) - 9 Jul 2016 (All day)
Featured Artists at Gallerie Renee Marie

Featured artists Anne Petty and Robert Schweibert will have their work on display through July 9 at Gallerie Renee Marie, located at 1038 First Street. Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 PM. For more information, see

9 Jul 2016 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk 2016

Benicia Art Walk 2016 kicks-off on Saturday, June 11, 3-6 PM in downtown Benicia. Enjoy great art, live music, and small sips...all FREE!

Participating galleries are Once Upon a Canvas, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Gallery 621, Mernie Buchanan Studio & Gallery, Lindsay Art Glass, and Gallerie Renee Marie. Check out these galleries and more on First Street in downtown Benicia on the Second Saturdays of June, July, September & October, 3:00-6:00 PM.

30 Jul 2016 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Marionettes, Vintage Games & Ice Cream Social

Spend an afternoon enjoying vintage games at 1:30 PM, followed by Fratello Marionettes' presentation of Carnival of Animals, then enjoy hand-churned ice cream, all on the lawn at the Capitol.

All ages are invited-admission is free! (Donations welcome.) Adults must accompany children - no child care provided. Sponsored by Benicia State Parks Association, City of Benicia and Benicia State Parks.