Happy 10th Anniversary, Museum of Glass!

11 Jul

 Information Courtesy of Museum of Glass

Who: Museum of Glass
What: 10th Anniversary Celebration and Shatter Sessions
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street
When: July 13 & 14
Cost:  All events are included with regular Museum admission unless otherwise stated

Come celebrate the Museum of Glass’ 10th anniversary with two days of festivities including a community party featuring live bands breaking glass and the opening of a new exhibition by maestro Lino Tagliapietra.

“We’ve had a fantastic first decade with memorable exhibitions, artist visits and events that have earned the Museum a reputation for being a place of high energy and creative inspiration,” said executive director Susan Warner. “Our community has been so supportive as we have matured as an organization. I hope many of these supporters will come and celebrate with us.”

Museum of Glass opened its doors to the public to wide acclaim on July 6, 2002, welcoming more than 10,000 visitors during its first weekend and nearly 300,000 visitors during the first year, including guests from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Since then, the Museum has welcomed nearly two million visitors, hosted more than 300 Visiting Artists in the Hot Shop, organized 33 original exhibitions, and built a Permanent Collection of 20th and 21st century glass art.


Shatter Sessions
When: Friday, July 13, 7 – 10 pm
Cost:  $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available for purchase at http://www.museumofglass.org or at the Museum on July 13 prior to 5 p.m.
The Museum’s 10th Anniversary celebration will culminate in Shatter Sessions, a concert on the plaza where bands will attempt to shatter wine glasses using only sound. Bands include Friends and Family, Nolan Garrett, Joy Wants Eternity, Hot Bodies in Motion, Miles Max, Rumble Pack, Not from Brooklyn.

Choripan by Asado and Social Bar & Grill will serve up a selection of street food and assorted beverages, including a new signature Museum of Glass beer from Engine House No. 9 that has been crafted with input from the Hot Shop Team. Fair-style games, including a “shatter box” form breaking glass, will be available for visitors to play.

Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra Artist and Member Reception
When: Saturday, 7 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $12 general, Free for Museum Members
Meet Maestro Lino Tagliapietra and be among the first to see the exhibition which showcases 65 glass masterpieces created by Tagliapietra during the past decade. The works demonstrate the artist’s evolution to larger works and use of bolder colors and patterns over his nearly fifty year career. Five large-scale installations, featuring butterflies (Borboleta), vessels (Avventura), boats (Endeavor), seagulls (Gabbiani) and shields (Masai) are central to the exhibition.

Museum Store Tent Sale
When: July 13, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; July 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come to the Museum Store’s annual sale on the plaza. Great savings on select glass pieces and special 10th Anniversary souvenirs from MOG and guest artists Beto Yarce (Cintli), Tisha Abrahamsen (Andre Glass) Paul LaBrie and Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Artist Keiko will demonstrate the art of flameworking making small sculptures, beads and vessels. Shop early for the best selection!

Family Day: July Jubilee!
When: July 14, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sail away with Lino and work with artist Jennifer Adams to paint a mini gondola. Transform yourself into a glassblower with our photo panel and watch Fab-5 Break Dancers perform in the Grand Hall at 1 and 3 p.m.

Fab-5 Break Dancing
When: July 13, 7 p.m.; July 14, 1 and 3 p.m.
Performances by Tacoma’s Fab-5 Break Dancers

Visiting Artist Davide Salvadore
When: July 13 & 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; July 15, 12 – 5 p.m.
Davide Salvadore was born into a family of glassmakers in Murano, Italy and is a master of traditional Venetian glass working. He founded and manages his own studio, Campagnol e Salvadore, where he mixes his lampworking and glassmaking skills in inventive ways to create a distinctive and expressive body of work. He is also a founding member of Centro Studio Vetro, a non-profit association founded in 1997 to cultivate and promote the culture and art of glass.

Conversation with the Artist: Davide Salvadore
When: July 15, 2 p.m. 

10th Anniversary Party Hats
When: July 13, 12 – 5 p.m.
What’s a celebration without party hats? Get creative and decorate a cone head party hat using a variety of colorful and glitzy materials.

Glass Etching Workshop
When: July 13, 12 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $5
Personalize a drinking glass with your own custom design.

Bead Making Workshop
When: July 13, 12 – 4 p.m.
Cost: $38 general, $32 members
Create a unique glass bead with glass rods and a torch. Workshops start on the hour; last session begins at 3 p.m. Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Reservations: 253.284.4719.

Glass Fusing Workshops
When: July 14, 11 a.m. – 4 pm; July 15, 1 – 5 p.m.
Cost: $38 general, $32 members
Using colorful glass shards, stringers and frit, create a glass tile that can be used for a coaster OR two glass pendants/magnets. Workshops start on the hour; last session begins at 3 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday. Suitable for ages 6 to adult. Reservations: 253.284.4719.



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