This is your chance to cram as much glass art as humanly possible into a two-and-a-half-hour window.
By: Jennifer Ring – Creative Loafing
GLASS ART BY GAS MEMBER JANIE DUKE; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MOREAN ARTS CENTER
It’s not Second Saturday, but there’s a gallery hop happening tonight in St. Pete from 6-8:30 p.m. This special gallery hop, courtesy of the Glass Art Society Conference, is all about the glass art. Here’s our list of things to see at tonight’s jaunt.
1. Art by Glass Art Society students and members at the Morean Arts Center
Visions in Glass: Works by Glass Art Society Members and Explorations in Glass: Work by Glass Art Society Students opened at the Morean Arts Center on March 9. You can see these glass art exhibitions for free during the March 29 gallery hop or any time before April 26 (during normal business hours). Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, moreanartscenter.org.
2. Chuck Vannatta blowing glass at the Morean Arts Glass Studio & Hot Shop
The Morean Arts Center welcomes the public to this free live glassblowing demo. 7-8:30 p.m., Morean Arts Glass Studio & Hot Shop, 714 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop.
3. Work by GAS conference presenters at the Chihuly Collection
Only the best of the best get to present at major conferences like GAS. This is why we highly recommend seeing the GAS conference presenters’ work at the Chihuly Collection. There is a small admission fee here — $19.95 GA — but you’ll get to see blown glass, cast glass, and lit installation at this show (free for those with a GAS conference pass). See it during the gallery hop or any time before May 31. Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-896-4527, moreanartscenter.org/chihuly.
4. The MIT glass band playing instruments made of glass at the Chihuly Collection
Here’s one more reason to visit the Chihuly Collection Friday night: The MIT glass band is performing. We’ve seen their performance pics on Instagram, and we can tell you this is significantly more complex than blowing into your beer bottle (but hey, that’s fun, too). 6 p.m.,Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-896-4527, moreanartscenter.org/chihuly.
5. The unveiling of James Brenner’s ON EDGE at SE corner of 16th St. & Central Ave.
Brenner made 10 sculptures of glass and steel to mark and beautify St. Pete’s EDGE district. See them unveiled across the street from Leslie Curran Gallery, 6-7:30 p.m. Afterwards, head to Leslie Curran Gallery for the gallery reception and an exhibition of Brenner’s work. Leslie Curran Gallery, 1431 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-898-6061, articlesstpete.com.
6. Glass Masters Stephen Pon & Richard Logan at Florida CraftArt
Quest: Celebration of Glass is at Florida CraftArt through Apr. 20. This themed show, curated by Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs, is all about the journey. Go during the gallery hop for a chance to meet artists Stephen Pon and Richard Logan, and to see their work. It’s free! Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391, floridacraftart.org/.
7. American glass at Craftsman House Gallery
Craftsman House Gallery’s American Glass World exhibition features work from more than 40 glass artists — all from the U.S. and Canada. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-323-2787, craftsmanhousegallery.com.
8. Glass art from Tampa Bay area artists at Imagine Museum
Shifting Sands – Glass Coast tells the story of Tampa Bay’s glass art community through the work of 13 local glass artists. See it during the gallery hop or any time through Jun. 2. Admission is $15 for those without a conference pass. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-300-1700, imaginemuseum.com.
9. Local glass artists — Cecil, Stern, Jacobs and Gialluca — blowing glass at Duncan McClellan Gallery
7-8:30 p.m., Duncan McClellan Galleries, 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 855-436-4527, dmglass.com.
10. A new Maker’s Space and Hot Shop
The brand new TD Glass Studio will be open during the Friday night gallery hop. 2558 28th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-644-3026, tdglass.com.
11. Glass art and sculpture from Michigan
This pop up art show features glass art and sculpture from Habatat Galleries in Michigan. Enjoy this little slice of Michigan on Central while you can. 2828 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
12. Gott glass at Red Cloud Indian Arts
Gott Glass will be open in Tampa during the gallery hop, but if you’re in St. Pete, where most of the GAS conference action is, you can see an exhibition of Susan Gott’s work at Red Cloud Indian Arts. Through April 30. Red Cloud Indian Arts, 214 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-821-5824, redcloudindianarts.com.
13. More glass made in Florida at My Favorite Art Place
Head to the Sundial for more glass made in Florida at My Favorite Art Place. Through March 31. The Mall at Sundial, 153 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-800-3201, sundialstpete.com.