Special Events





Preconference Reception at Chihuly Collection       

(Requires additional fee, is not included in the price of registration)

Attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, and music at the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center. Located on Central Avenue in the lively downtown area, the Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 15,000 square foot setting. It's the perfect way to start the fun-filled and informative GAS St. Pete conference!

Explore another notable region on the “Glass Coast” with a special day-trip to Sarasota, Florida, roughly an hour south of St. Pete. Once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus, today it hosts a number of cultural institutions, notably the Ringling Museum of Art and Ringling College of Art and Design, one of the top 5 private art colleges in the country.


"DAY OF GLASS"-Sarasota Day Trip

The Ringling Museum of Art

When you arrive at the Museum, you will be greeted by Phil Kotler who will take you through the outstanding Kotler/Coville Pavillion which showcases key glass sculptures from the Phil and Nancy Kotler and Warren and Margot Coville collections. After your personal tour with Phil Kotler you will be treated to a museum pass that will allow you access through the entire collection in the museum. Some highlights include The Turrell Skyspace: Joseph’s Coat, as well as the historic Ca’d’Zan and Circus Museum.  Lunch will be served on the fabulous grounds of the Museum overlooking Sarasota Bay. After lunch, the bus will depart and take you to the cutting edge private arts college, Ringling College of Art and Design.

Ringling College of Art and Design

On the Ringling College campus, you will be treated to a private tour by Barbara Basch at the Basch Gallery currently exhibiting museum quality glass sculptures selected from the Richard and Barbara Basch collection.

After the private tour with Barbara Basch, participates will then move to the College’s hot shop for a special glass demo.

At the conclusion of the day in Sarasota, you will be brought back to St. Petersburg where you will be on your own for the evening. You’re invited to take part in the myriad of activities planned for GAS participants and the community for those evening hours. Limited space. Requires an additional fee.

To register for the conference or this special event, go HERE

Collectors Tour                                                 

(Requires additional fee, is not included in the price of registration. Conference pass NOT included.)

This special multi-day tour of St. Petersburg and Sarasota provides a behind-the-scenes look into the homes of several Florida-based glass collectors.  Whether you are interested in collecting artwork yourself or want an exclusive look at the collections of others, the Collectors Tour is always an annual conference favorite! Transportation and meal costs included. Please note that some of the tours may conflict with regularly scheduled Conference events. Limited space available. 

Additional stops on the Collectors Tour include the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion and the Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center.

In January 2018, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida revealed the new contemporary Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion. It is the entrance to a 5,500-square foot space and the new Studio Glass Museum Wing which showcases the museums expanded glass collection. It is also a gathering space for the historic theater.

The new Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center is designed and built to accommodate hands-on fabrication and art-making with its facilities for glass (hot shop and cold shop), woodworking, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital fabrication. While the exterior is visually stunning, the interior is designed for robust use--maximizing space, equipment, and collaboration. A gallery allows for exhibitions and activities that celebrate the work and production of both emerging and established artists.

Closing Night Party

(additional payment is needed for UNREGISTERED GUESTS OF THE CONFERENCE ONLY, cost of this event is included in registration for conference attendees.)

The closing party is a lively celebration and the finale to a three-day extravaganza of glass demonstrations and special events. All registrants, their guests, and everyone who has been a part of the event is welcome to attend. The 48th Annual Conference for the Glass Art Society will take place at the Morean Center for Clay. More than a thousand people are expected to be in attendance at the 27,000-square foot historic train depot.



6 pm-8:30 pm
Various locations in St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa

(*see locations below, please note, there are no shuttles offered for these events)

The Gallery Hop is an informal, self-guided, and unstructured event. Local galleries and studios choose to participate but are not technically part of our GAS program. This year, the following galleries and studios are participating:

Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Chihuly Collection
720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Craftsman House Gallery
2955 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Imagine Museum
1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Duncan McClellan Galleries
2342 Emerson Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Habatat Galleries Pop-Up
2828 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL

Florida Craft Art
501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

ARTicles Art Gallery
1445 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery
214 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

My Favorite Art Place at the Sundial
167 2nd Avenue North Corner of 2nd Avenue North
and, 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

TD Glass Studio
2580 28th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33713


Gott Glass & Phoenix Glass Studio
811 E Knollwood St, Tampa, FL 33604


Marlene Rose Gallery
416 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755



FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

ON EDGE, James Brenner public art unveiling and sculpture exhibition
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Unveiling Ceremony at SE corner of 16th St. & Central Avenue, followed by a reception across the street at Leslie Curran Gallery at 1431 Central Avenue

FREE and open to the public

The artist will be in attendance at the unveiling and the following reception at the Leslie Curran Gallery. This event features a solo exhibition by James Brenner and celebrates the unveiling of the newest St. Petersburg public art installation ON EDGE by James Brenner for the EDGE District Gateway Project. The project consists of 10 sculptures made of glass and steel, installed around the perimeter of the EDGE District. Two of the sculptures create powerful and iconic identifiers on the bookends of the District. They contrast a twisting tower of hand sculpted green jade float glass with the natural rust surface of weathered Cor-ten steel, with accents in stainless steel and LED lighting. The remaining eight sculptures at focal points around the District consist of hand sculpted green jade float glass, weathered Cor-ten steel, and solar lighting. To learn more, go to www.jamesbrenner.com/now-blog/2018/2/14/edge-district-gateway-marker-project



Wed., March 27, 2019
Sarasota Day Trip
$150 per person, member
$200 per person, non-member
100 total spots available

Multi-day event


Collectors Tour

*be aware that this event conflicts with many conference demos and presentations.

 $1200 per person,

not available to non-members

20 total spots available

Wed., March 27, 2019, 6:00 pm
Pre-conference Reception at Chihuly Collection
$150 per person, member
$200 per person, non-member
150 total spots available

Sat., March 30, 2019
Closing Night Party

*Additional fee is for NON-REGISTERED attendees and the general public only. Attendees registered for the conference DO NOT need to pay an additional fee.

$40 per person, non-member  


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.