GAS in Seattle 2003: Community Catalyst will explore the abundance of artists, hot shops, studios, galleries, museums, schools, manufacturers and suppliers that have brought notoriety to this region, and examine why communities of glass form in places like the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle Center, affectionately referred to as "Seattle's living room" by locals, was originally built as the site of the 1962 World's Fair. Home to the Space Needle, its convenient campus setting provides a cohesive conference site, within walking distance and connected via the monorail to downtown. Lectures, flameworking, neon and hot glass demonstrations, technical display, resource centers, an auction, a student exhibition, GAS food court, and plenty of opportunities for mingling will all take place on the open, green grounds of Seattle Center.
Ten studios within a 5-mile radius of Seattle Center will open their doors for hot glass demonstrations during the conference. Nearby, on the shore of Elliott Bay, Bell Street Pier is the site of a Closing Party extravaganza not to be missed.
The entire region welcomes conference attendees, offering numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, open studios throughout Western Washington the day before and the day after official conference activities, and lots of pre- and post-conference workshops.
Come early and stay late — that's the motto of the 2003 GAS Conference, as there are simply so many glass related people, places and things to see and do.
Need we mention Pike Place Market, Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park, Museum of Flight, Underground Tours, Aquarium, and at Seattle Center itself — the Experience Music Project, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children's Museum, and Fun Forest? Northwest chefs work wonders with the freshest seafood and locally grown produce. Washington wines are known around the world, and incredible micro-brews abound. Friendly locals and an open, easy to navigate and beautiful city attract thousands of visitors every year.
*Photo © 2003 Jeremy Stoltz