The Glass Art Society has chosen Toledo as the site for its 42nd annual conference, which will be held June 13-17.
The conference will celebrate the Studio Glass Movement that began in the city 50 years ago in 1962 after two workshops showed how small glass-melting furnaces could enable artists to work in their own studios, rather than design for production in factories. Today, artists around the world produce stunning work incorporating glass.
The Toledo conference offers a special opportunity for regional residents to experience the movement that started in this city.
“This is an important occasion for our region, one that is expected to bring more than 1,200 attendees including some of the most celebrated artists working in glass,” said Bill Hamilton, co-chair for the Toledo conference. “It will serve to remind the world that the American Studio Glass Movement traces its roots to workshops proving that glass is a medium suitable for artistic expression in a studio environment.”
Free activities to be held in conjunction with the conference include:
• Days of Glass – The conference will open with a Toledo-area “Day of Glass” on June 13. In addition to special gallery and museum exhibitions, glass-working demonstrations will take place at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion and other locations. A special Detroit-area Day of Glass will follow the conference on June 17.
• Exhibitions – Regional galleries and museums will showcase special exhibitions of glass art during and around the time of the GAS conference. The Toledo Museum of Art will highlight a spectacular overview of glass art titled, “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.” Established and temporary art galleries will showcase and sell the glasswork of national and international artists not normally seen in the area. An evening “gallery hop” will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 15.
• Goblet Grab – As a fundraiser for its Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), GAS will host its 18th annual Goblet Grab from noon (promptly) to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, in Ballrooms 2 & 3 of the Park Inn hotel.
• Technical Display – The newest and best equipment, supplies, services and publications will be on display and available for purchase. Public hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, in Hall C of the SeaGate Convention Centre.
• Live and Silent Auctions – Free events provide an opportunity to see and bid on artwork donated by conference presenters, GAS board members and others. Auction items will be on display in the Park Inn Ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The first Silent Auction table will close at 5:15 p.m. and the Live Auction is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
To see the complete catalog of events or for more information about becoming a member of Glass Art Society, visit www.glassart.org. Follow conference preparations and events on Facebook and Twitter.