2008 Special Conference Events
Bullseye Glass Factory
Wednesday, June 18, 6 - 9:30 pm
Bullseye Glass, our major sponsor of the 2008 conference will host an exciting, colorful display of culinary panache at the Bullseye Lehr-B-Q. Yes, the little factory that makes glass at the cutting edge of 17th-century technology will pull out all the stops for the 2008 GAS conference and cook chicken and ribs to absolute perfection on its 100-foot-long, continuous-belt annealing lehr.
Before, during and after this well-annealed and scrumptious feast, you’ll view sheet glass being made by the method patented in 1688; tour E-merge, an exhibition featuring some of the world’s most innovative emerging and early career glassmakers; and schmooze your way through Bullseye’s infamous Research & Education studios.
The Pre-Conference Reception is a fundraiser that supports low conference registration fees for student members of GAS. You must be registered in advance for the Pre-Conference Reception in order to attend as space is limited.
Portland Art Museum
Thursday, June 19, 5 – 6:30pm
Join your friends and make new ones at the opening night reception at the Portland Art Museum, a Glass Art Society “Art in the City” sponsor. The Portland Art Museum, located in the heart of downtown’s cultural district, is internationally renowned for exciting art experiences. During the conference, Klaus Moje will be featured in his first solo show in an American museum. Tour the world through special exhibitions and magnificent permanent collection galleries featuring Northwest contemporary art, modern art, graphic arts, the arts of the native peoples of North America and English silver. Included in your conference pass is a three day pass to the Museum from June 19 – 21, just show your conference badge for entrance into the Museum and all exhibits. Visit the exhibits the night of the reception or anytime during the conference. Light hors d’eouvres and cash bar.
The Pearl District
Friday, June 20, 6 – 9:00pm
This year’s Gallery Hop will be centered in Portland’s arts-rich Pearl District. Once an industrial area, The Pearl is now home to many of the city’s premier art galleries, restaurants, lofts and boutiques all within walking distance to each other. Use your three day metro pass to get from the Hilton Portland to the District and explore! Galleries located in the Pearl, as well as throughout other areas of the city, will welcome conference attendees with exhibitions from local and international glass artists. Don’t miss the Student Exhibition located at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in the newly renovated DeSoto Building. Galleries open for Gallery Hop will be noted in the conference program book, distributed onsite at the conference.
After Hop Party
Uroboros Glass, Savoy Studios and Glass Alchemy
Friday, June 20, 8:30pm – 12:00am
Join conference attendees after the Gallery Hop for an evening featuring live music, dancing, and a variety of live glass activities from novel flameworking and blowing demos to an attendee built large scale kiln casting. Light food and beverages available.
The Closing Night Party
Saturday, June 21, 9pm – 2am
Student Exhibition Awards presented at 10pm
The venue for the Closing Night Party, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom is sure to leave an impression on you! If you think that people and events don’t leave a footprint of energy, then come to the legendary Crystal Ballroom and experience the aura of more than 80 years of characters, performances and events. You’ll feel the smoldering grace of Rudolph Valentino, high-octane sex appeal of Tina Turner, and mind-expanding strains of the Grateful Dead. More recently, other strong imprints have been left by the likes of Branford Marsalis, Sleater Kinney, Ben Folds, Merle Haggard and Janeane Garafalo. Today, all of this energy lingers inside the majestic room just waiting to be tapped. Together with a strong undercurrent of pop culture, the Crystal provides a graceful and ornate setting – not to mention its remarkable “floating”, ball bearing and rocker dance floor. Facilities include a classic corner stage, a curving balcony, food and beverage bars, elevator and on-site brewery. Experience the lights and music, enjoy food and spirits and meet and mingle with other GAS participants. Shuttles depart and return to the Hilton Portland throughout the evening.