Special Events & Tours

http://www.glassart.org/cgi/content.cgi/Chihuly_Lap_Pool_MG_7070_SML.jpg?id=8252&name=Chihuly_Lap_Pool_MG_7070_SML.jpgSpecial Events, Exhibitions & Tours

Parties & Fundraisers
Days of Glass – Tacoma, Seattle, Everett
Tours - Pilchuck, Studio Tours, Collectors Tour
Twisty Cup Pro/Am Competition at M-Space
Goblet Grab
Auction (view images of auction items)
Exhibitions – Gallery Hop & Student Exhibition

Parties & Fundraisers

Pre-Conference Reception – A Fundraiser
Chihuly Boathouse
Wednesday, June 1, 6 - 9:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT If you would like to be added to the wait-list please call the GAS office at 206-382-1305.

GAS thanks Chihuly Studio for opening up its breathtaking Boathouse to us for the Pre-Conference Reception. 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.

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. Cost $175. Maximum attendance: 200 people.

Opening Conference Celebration & Lectures
Welcome, Awards, Keynote Address, Reception
Sheraton Grand Ballroom

Thursday, June 2, 1:15 - 6:30 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. Derrick Cartwright, the Director of the Seattle Art Museum, will give the conference keynote address afterwards: Don’t Touch the Glass!— or—the New Place of Participation in 21st Century Art Museums. A reception follows: enjoy music, light hors d’oeuvres, and cash-bar. 

Closing Night Party
Seattle Art Museum
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm - midnight

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.

Days of Glass – Around the Sound: Tacoma, Seattle, Everett

June 1: Tacoma
Come early to the GAS conference and spend the day in Tacoma, the City of Glass. The Conference Committee has worked with several local organizations to create a rich, deep-dive into Tacoma's exciting glass scene. Click here for more information on a day that includes the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, the Twisty Cup competition at M-Space, and more!

June 1: Seattle
Can't make it in time to visit Tacoma? Enjoy the 20+ glass exhibitions in Seattle — plus hot-shop demonstrations open to the public. Nancy Callan and Kait Rhoads demo at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Jason Christian, Jordon Brant, Brandon Cupp, and John Hogan demo at Seattle Glassblowing Studio.

June 5: Everett (can be combined with the Pilchuck Tour)
Schack Art Center welcomes the public to its brand-new, 19,000-square-foot facilities. Its glass program will include a complete hot shop, a coldworking shop, sandblasting, and a warm-shop studio. On the Day of Glass, June 5, enjoy glassblowing demonstrations (including a demo by Dante Marioni) as well as the Nature of Glass exhibition curated by Traver Gallery.

If you need transportation, Day of Glass – Everett is one stop on the GAS exclusive tour to Pilchuck.

Tours: Pilchuck, Studio Tours, Collectors Tour

Pilchuck Glass School Tour
Sunday, June 5, time TBA
Price per person: $45
Visit this glass mecca while you’re in the Northwest. Forty years after being founded by Dale Chihuly, this comprehensive center for glass art education still holds true to its ideal of “artists teaching artists.” Demos by Gene Koss, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and more! Click here for details.

Seattle Studio Tour
Wednesday, June 1, 9 am - 5 pm
Price per person: $120.
Get an insider’s look at private studios and hot shops and traditional hand-blown stained glass. Scheduled stops for the day are the studio of Martin Blank, the studio of Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, the studio of Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, Studio Fifty Four Sixteen, Fremont Antique Glass, and glassybaby. Click here for details.

Collectors Tour
Wednesday - Saturday, June 1 - 4
Price per person: $1,250 (GAS member), $1,350 (non-member)
The Glass Art Society has created a special events package for collectors who want to be present when the glass-loving city of Seattle plays host to 1,500 glass enthusiasts. Led by art consultant Dena Rigby. Click here for details.

Twisty Cup Pro/Am Competition at M-Space – Special Edition

http://www.glassart.org/cgi/content.cgi/T7Belber.JPG?id=8275&name=T7Belber.JPGAs a special treat, Joe Miller of M-Space is allowing this annual event to take place during the GAS 2011 conference. Watch for the winner at the Closing Night Party; s/he’ll be sporting the Twisty Cup champion belt!

June 1: Tacoma
GAS conference participants can compete in this battle royale that pits glassblowers from around the world against each other to determine who is the ultimate Maestro of the Twisty Cup. Competitors vie for this proud title as well as for the valuable prize of a GAS 2012 Toledo conference pass.

June 2: Seattle
Can’t make it to Tacoma? Or just want to see it again? The best of the competition demonstrate their talents again in Seattle on the CMoG Hot Glass Roadshow on Thursday, June 2.

Please check back for information on how to register for this event.

Goblet Grab

Donate to and grab at the Goblet Grab. This fast-paced, spontaneous and fun event is a fundraiser for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), an organization that offers aid to GAS artist members in times of need. This event is open to the public. Click here for details.


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. This event is open to the public. Click here for details.

Exhibitions – Gallery Hop & International Student Exhibition

Gallery Hop - More information to come soon. In the meantime, please click here to see a list of galleries participating in this fun event that is open to the public.

International Student Exhibition - GAS invites all student members who are currently enrolled full-time in accredited degree-granting programs to participate in the Int. Student Exhibition. Over $6,000 in awards are usually given and work is also for sale. This exhibition is open to the public. Click here for details.

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