2012 Special Events & Tours

Toledo Conference Special Events, Exhibitions & Tours

Pre-Conference Reception, Opening Ceremony, Closing Party w/ Glass Fashion Show
Tours (registration now closed) and Collectors Tour Sold Out.
Tom McGlauchlin Memorial Golf Outing Fundraiser CANCELED
Old Timers Blow
* Days of Glass
* Goblet Grab
* Auction - Live and Silent
* Exhibitions – Gallery Hop & Student Exhibition

*Free and Open to the public events.
Available online to June 7th:
- Pre-conf Reception

- Closing Night Party

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Pre-Conference Reception – A Fundraiser
TMA Glass Pavilion

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30pm-9:30pm (from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Preview in TMA's Wolfe Gallery)
Cost: $175. Maximum attendance: 300

What’s it like to party inside a gorgeous, perfectly-lit work of glass art? Here’s your chance to find out!

Before the party, join TMA’s President's Council members for a preview of the exciting new show in TMA's Wolfe Gallery: Color Ignited. Then, the stunning Glass Pavilion opens! Enjoy 5,000 works of glass, plus glassblowing demos, a sit-down gourmet feast, an open bar, and music.

A special auction features substantial works by GAS Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Joel Philip Myers and Bertil Vallien who will also be in attendance. Preview these specially offered pieces. The evening ends on the happiest note, with the knowledge that your presence at this fundraiser supported low GAS conference fees for students. Open to GAS members and guests - must be registered in advance.


Opening Conference Celebration & Lectures 
Welcome, Keynote Address, Awards, History Montage & Reception
TMA Peristyle Theater & TMA Lobby

Thursday, June 14, 1pm-5pm (reception from 5pm-7pm)

GAS members come together to celebrate glass, to commune with talent and inspiration, to meet old friends and make new ones. Enjoy a slide show on the history of studio glass and a welcome from art supporters Mayor Mike Bell and US Representative Marcy Kaptur. Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian P. Kennedy will deliver the conference keynote address. We’ll pay much-deserved tribute to our Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Joel Philip Myers and Bertil Vallien, and to our Lifetime Membership honoree, John Steinert. Capping off the festivities is a conference reception, where we’ll enjoy music, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash-bar.


Fashion_Show_REIS_D20090611GH_2033.jpgClosing Night Party and Glass Fashion Show
Huntington Center
Saturday, June 16, 8pm-Midnight

GAS members know how to party. It is, some would say, how GAS started in the first place. And after three days of intense learning and inspiration at the conference, we’re at our best, ready to kick back with old friends and new, enjoying light food and a cash bar. The Closing Night Party this year will feature a fabulous interactive show-band. Plus, the GAS glass fashion show returns! Arranged by Laura Donefer – her ninth for GAS – the event shows off 60 glass creations. See you at Toledo’s new arena, the Huntington Center!

Closing Night Party is included in full-conference passes and Saturday day passes.
Tickets available for other guests at $50. Register online through Friday June 15th or in Toledo at the Park Inn on the 2nd floor at Registration through Saturday June 16th at noon.


pix_pg_9_Halem_McGlauchlin_Vallien_demo_sand_casting_smaller.jpgTom McGlauchlin Memorial Golf Outing & Lunch: A Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 13
Cost: $90/$100, includes golf, cart, range balls, and lunch (no rental clubs).
Minimum: 20 people CANCELED

To all those "duffers" who cannot resist a chance to play 18 at the Stone Oak Country Club: Come, join Henry Halem and friends for a scramble at this championship course. Shotgun start at 8 am, unique trophies, and a luncheon with Halem as MC. The honors go to Tom McGlauchlin; the proceeds go to an emerging-artist travel grant for the 2012 GAS conference. Open to GAS members and their guests.



Days of Glass

Wednesday, June 13, and Sunday, June 17

In conjunction with the GAS conference, the region is celebrating glass art with demonstrations, exhibitions, and events like the Tom McGlauchlin Memorial Golf Outing fundraiser.

For more information about the Toledo and Motor City Days of Glass click here.



pix_from_Pilkington_special_requirements_Rossford_6F3_furnace_2.jpgFor more information about the following tours, please visit our 2012 Tours page. Tour registration is now closed.
  • The Glass Art Society Collectors Tour SOLD OUT
  • Libbey* Glass Factory Tour
  • Tour of Pilkington Float Glass Operations
  • Mark Matthews Studio, Sauder Village Tour & Luncheon
  • Johns Manville in Waterville
  • Architectural Tour
  • Public Art Tour

*just for conference attendees

Goblet Grab

GobletGrab_2011Seattle_Previewing.jpgPark Inn, Ballroom 2&3
Friday, June 15, time 1pm-2pm

Fast-paced, spontaneous, and fun, the Goblet Grab is a fundraiser for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which offers aid to GAS artist members in times of need. Contribute to the Goblet Grab by donating a drinking glass and be eligible to win one full-conference pass for the GAS 2013 conference. Click here for more information on the goblet grab.

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Schmidt Messenger Studio and Gallery
Friday, June 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Old timers — and young’uns too — are blowing glass Friday night. Watch Fritz Dreisbach, Henry Halem, Audrey Handler, Marvin Lipofsky, Mark Peiser, Michael Taylor, and others in action. Open only to GAS conference attendees. At 340 Morris Street; free private shuttle.

This event is sponsored by Hanson, Inc.

Live and Silent Auction

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Previews: Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16
Live Auction: Saturday, June 16, 6pm-7pm

The GAS Auction has become one of the highlights of the annual conference. This is an opportunity to see the amazing work of our presenters and members and to take home a piece of the conference. Donations — and purchases — help keep conference registration fees affordable and support low student fees and ongoing operations of GAS.

Exhibitions – Gallery Hop & Student Exhibition

Gallery Hop
Friday, June 15, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Experience the depth and diversity of Toledo’s art scene. More than 30 venues, galleries, stores, and restaurants in the area host special exhibits and activities in celebration of the GAS conference. Buses will loop between designated stops on Friday evening. This event (including transportation) is free and open to the public and is produced with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Click here for a list of participating galleries.

International Student Exhibition & Sales
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Friday, June 15, 4pm-6pm; Saturday, June 16, 9am-2pm

GAS invites all student members who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree-granting program to participate in the International Student Exhibition & Sales. (2012 graduates are included in this invitation.) All work must be current, original, professionally crafted, and contain glass as the main element.
Click here for more information on the Student Exhibition.

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The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.