Days of Glass celebrations open to public

6/8/2012
BY RONEISHA MULLEN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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While many of the events during next week's Glass Arts Conference are exclusively for Glass Arts Society members, Toledo and its neighbors will celebrate all things glass during the Days of Glass celebration on Wednesday and June 17.

The Toledo Day of Glass Wednesday will include everything from demonstrations and exhibitions to fund-raisers and these activities are open to the public. Look for more information on the conference in a special section called Transformations: 50 Years of Glass in Sunday's Blade.

Wednesday events include:

Nomadic Glass -- Owens Community College's Walter E. Terhune Gallery, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. A hot glass demonstration will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Robin and Julia Rogers. In addition, three ongoing glass exhibitions, Images, Cycles, and Photography and Glass, will be on display.

Murrini techniques -- Schmidt Messenger Studio and Gallery, 340 Morris St., Toledo. Shawn Messenger, Jack, Ian, and Zachary Schmidt and Friends will demonstrate murrini techniques from start to finish. The studio also has a gallery featuring the artists' work. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with demonstrations from 1 to 5 p.m.

Here's to the Next 50 Years -- Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, 7166 Front St., Holland. An exhibition and all-day demonstrations by Matt Paskiet, John Miller, and other guests are planned.

Glass Master of Japan and the U.S. Studio Glass Movement: A Conversation -- Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center, Glass Studio. A collaborative demonstration will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A gallery reception from noon to 2 p.m. is also open to the public.

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A Day of Glass is planned for June 17 in the metro Detroit area and includes the following events and locations:

Habatat Galleries, 4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak. A reception featuring some of the artists exhibiting in Habatat's two shows will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the gallery. The event is for Glass Art Society conference attendees only.

The Glass Academy, 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn. The Motor City Goblet Blowers will host demonstrations from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m. the group will host a studio party and performance. A $10 donation is suggested. Works by Chris Nordin, Marc Vandenberg, Louis Sanchez, Adam Thomas, and others will be on display.

University of Michigan-Dearborn's Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, 4901 Evergreen Rd. An open house reception for Glass Art Society attendees will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The DIA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement by showing highlights from its glass collection. Displays will include early experiments by Dominick Labino, Harvey Littleton, and others. There also will be examples of Murano glass and contemporary works. The DIA is open from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. General admission is $8 and $4 for conference attendees with a badge and ID.

College for Creative Studies, 201 E. Kirby, Detroit. Glassblowing and hot roundel casting demonstrations will take place in CCS's new studio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Axiom Glass, Inside the Bubble, Russell Industrial Center, 1604 Clay Ave., Detroit, Fifth Floor. An open house hosted by Andrew Madvin, featuring glassblowing and gallery exhibits, will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

Michigan Hot Glass Studio, 1604 Clay Avenue, Detroit, Second Floor. Albert Young's studio will host glassblowing demonstrations and a gallery exhibit from noon to 6 p.m.

Contact RoNeisha Mullen at: rmullen@theblade.com or 419-724-6133.