Special Events

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!

Day of Glass: Sarasota Day Trip                                   

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

Explore the glass community outside of St. Petersburg 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 which showcases both old masters and contemporary art.

Participants travel by air-conditioned tour bus from St. Petersburg and will be treated to a personalized tour of the Ringling Museum, lunch on the beautiful Ringling grounds, and an exclusive hot glass demonstration.  Transportation and lunch costs included.  Limited space available. 

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.

Gala/Live Auction                                                   

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

The Gala and Live Auction is a gathering of our glass community's most committed supporters.  Guests to the Gala and Live Auction will enjoy delicious food and drinks outside of the Imagine Museum, the beautiful new home to more than 500 pieces of American Studio Glass, while bidding on works by some of the most respected glass artists in the world.  Limited space available. 

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.

 

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
Pre-conference Reception at Chihuly Collection
$150 per person, member
$200 per person, non-member
150 total spots available
     
Sat., March 30, 2019
Gala & Live Auction
$200 per person, member
$250 per person, non-member
200 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.