2011 Special Conference Events

2011 Special Events & Parties

Pre-Conference Reception – A Fundraiser
Opening Ceremony & Lectures
Gallery Hop
Closing Night Party

http://www.glassart.org/cgi/content.cgi/registernow.gif?id=3726&name=registernow.gifPre-Conference Reception – A Fundraiser
Chihuly Boathouse
Wednesday, June 1, 6 - 9:30 pm
Cost: $175

The attendees of the 2011 Pre-Conference Reception will get a special treat at the private boathouse of renown artist Dale Chihuly. Located on the shores of Lake Union, the Chihuly Boathouse has been described as “the most perfect of ‘Muranese factories’... while at the same time being the closest that one can come in Seattle to a Grand Canal palazzo.” An apt description, but it leaves out the lap pool with a recessed area for underwater glass art, the collection of Edward Curtis gravure prints, the Native American blankets, the stunning 85-foot-long table made out of one single piece of Douglas fir, and countless other objets d’art. GAS thanks Chihuly Studio for opening up this breathtaking space to us for the Pre-Conference Reception.

Come feast and drink (beer and wine) with GAS, watch a special glassblowing demo in the hot shop (the created piece will be up for auction), and take home a swag bag of books, DVDs, and various treats from Chihuly Studio.

The Pre-Conference Reception is a fundraiser that supports low conference registration fees for student members of GAS.

You must be registered in advance in order to attend.

Maximum attendance: 175 people.


Opening Conference Celebration & Lectures
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Thursday, June 2, 1:15 – 6:30 pm
Free to conference attendees

Welcome & Awards
Sheraton Grand Ballroom, 1:15 - 5 pm
GAS members come together to celebrate glass, to commune with talent and inspiration, to meet old friends and make new ones. We’ll pay much-deserved tribute to our Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Ann Wolff and our Lifetime Membership honoree Scott Benefield.

Keynote Address: Derrick Cartwright
Sheraton Grand Ballroom, 1:15 - 5 pm
Derrick Cartwright, the Director of the Seattle Art Museum, will give his keynote address, Don’t Touch the Glass!— or—the New Place of Participation in 21st Century Art Museums.

Sheraton 2nd Floor Lobby, 5 - 6:30 pm
Enjoy music, light hors d’oeuvres, and cash-bar.


Gallery Hop
Downtown Seattle
Thursday, June 2, 5 - 8 pm
Open to the public

Glass! Glass! Glass! In conjunction with the GAS conference, the city’s galleries are featuring this medium they know and love so well. Many of the galleries are within walking distance. The Gallery Hop coincides with Seattle’s First Thursday Art Walk (noon to 8 pm). Some museums are free that day; Seattle Art Museum is open until 9 pm that night. It’s all downtown, so you’ll find food, drink, nightlife, and music along the way. Click here for a list of participating galleries.


Closing Night Party
Seattle Art Museum
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm - midnight
Free to conference attendees

It’s not every day you get to dance, drink, eat, talk, and make merry with hundreds of glass artists in a building that includes a studio glass collection, Jacob Lawrence’s The Builders, a late-16th century wood-paneled room from northern Italy, Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis panels, and a Kwa’kwak’wakw Crooked Beak mask. The Seattle Art Museum is opening its doors and galleries to GAS for a fabulous Closing Night Party. Join the big group under Cai Guo-Qiang’s “exploding cars” —Inopportune: Stage One — or have a quiet chat in one of the several cozier spaces in this newly expanded, 450,000-square-foot museum. Light food and cash bar.

The Seattle Art Museum is four blocks from the Sheraton. Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibit areas. The Closing Night Party is open to conference attendees only; please remember to bring your name badge with you.

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