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Glass Coast Weekend
March 26, 2020 – March 29, 2020
In 2019 St Petersburg was selected as the city to host the International Glass Art Society conference, attended by over 1000 glass artists, enthusiasts and collectors. Building on the momentum generated by this event, the local “glass community” determined to create an annual local glass-centric event which will acquaint people with the art of the glass medium and the area artists working in glass.
This event will include demonstrations and lectures by local and visiting artists, and will educate the public about the glass art movement in America and abroad.
The Chihuly Collection, the Duncan McClellan Gallery, the Hampson Gallery, the Imagine Museum, the Morean Art Center and Zen Glass have come together to bring the Tampa Bay area a weekend of events, collaborations and celebrations, saluting this special material and how it is used to create objects of transcendence and visual reflection.
“The community is being recognized across the United States and internationally as having a vibrant contemporary glass art scene. Our goal is to design an event for locals and visitors to Tampa Bay to experience the growing appreciation and enthusiasm of glass art in the area”, stated Jane Buckman, Executive Director of Imagine Museum.
Beginning Thursday, March 26 there will be glassblowing and lampworking demos throughout the day, given by a series of notable visiting artists from around the United States, and a preview opening of a new exhibit entitled “Journey of the International Glass Movement, Part 1”at Imagine Museum.
Thursday evening from 7-9 pm there will be a lecture on Glass collecting at the Creative Pinellas Gallery in Largo, in conjunction with “Glass in the Gallery”, a curated exhibition by the Duncan McClellan Gallery.
On Friday and Saturday during the day there will be more demos by accomplished glass artists at the Morean Glass Studio, Duncan McClellan Gallery and Zen Glass. Imagine Museum will offer special gallery tours of their collection and new AR experiences.
Friday evening Zen Glass will offer a “Heat Dinner”, and Imagine Museum will offer a lecture by Corey Hampson, President of Habatat Galleries, MI on the history of studio glass entitled “Glass 101”.
In addition to the weekend demos and lectures, Hampson Gallery will have an opening of their latest exhibit “Petr Hora, A Retrospective”. Saturday night will feature a “Dragon Rally” (multiple small portable glass furnaces)/ Night Market with an opening of “Women of Glass” at Zen Glass.
Sunday, Imagine Museum will continue offering their AR tour and the Morean Glass Studio will feature veterans from their “Operation of Valor” program giving glass blowing demonstrations.
During this weekend, the Duncan Mcclellan Gallery will host two concurrent exhibitions: “Colorfield”, (with works by Dorothy Hafner, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot, Kevin Gordon and Timothy Stover) and their curated exhibition at the Creative Pinellas Gallery in Largo, “Glass in the Gallery”, featuring over one hundred works by both internationally and local lauded artists working in glass.
For more information about this weekend, go to glasscoast.com, and visit the websites of the above entities.