Let Museum of Glass Bring the Tropics to You this Holiday Season (December Calendar)

Hau’oli Lanui!
Let Museum of Glass Bring the Tropics to You this Holiday Season

Staying in Tacoma for the holidays? Escape the cold and enter a world of warmth at Museum of Glass this December. MOG will transport you to the tropics with leis for members on every visit, Hawaiian treats in the café, fire dancers and a drawing for a Hawaiian vacation!

Once you’re in Hawaii mode, enjoy a variety of seasonal events at Museum of Glass, including a craft fair, make your own blown or fused ornament workshops, a holiday musical performance and more! With breathtaking exhibitions by local and international artists, fun activities for the entire family and exciting action in the Hot Shop, there’s something for everyone at MOG.

Special Events
Members Double Discount Store Sale, Saturday, December 6, 10 am – 5 pm
MOG members will receive a double discount on their entire purchase in the Museum Store. A perfect time to do some holiday shopping! Not a member? Learn more about the different levels available at museumofglass.org/membership.

Holiday Craft Fair in the Grand Hall, Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 5 pm
Looking for that perfect gift? Ten vendors will be showcasing their work in the Grand Hall from 10 am to 5 pm. Participating businesses include EarthNerd, Year Round Co. and Miranda Pollitz jewelry. Vendor information is available at museumofglass.org/special-events.

Giveaways: Hawaiian Vacation Drawing
During the month of December, visitors who make a $10 donation to Museum of Glass will be entered into a drawing for a Hawaiian holiday on the island of Maui! The drawing will be held on March 28, 2015. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Public Programs
Family Day: Christmas Around the World! Saturday, December 13, 1 – 4 pm
Pack your bags because we are about to jet set around the world on a Christmas adventure! Join artists Jennifer Adams and Larry Calkins in traveling the continents and creating traditional Christmas crafts and mementos along the way! Family Days are sponsored by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission and Click TV.

Holiday Musicale
Saturday, December 13, 11 am and 1:30 pm
Sunday, December 14, 1:30 pm and 3 pm
Paul and Phyllis Twedt’s piano students will perform their annual Holiday Musicale on Saturday and Sunday, filling the Grand Hall with the sounds of the season.

Third Thursday Art Mingle, Thursday, December 18
Museum of Glass is open from 10 am to 8 pm, with free admission from 5 to 8 pm. Third Thursdays are sponsored by Columbia Bank and the City of Tacoma Arts Commission.

First Night
Countdown Coneheads, Wednesday, December 31, 12 – 5 pm
Get ready for 2015 with MOG! Make your own unique conehead party hat with artist Jennifer Adams while enjoying ambient musical dreamscapes performed by Dean the Dreamweaver! Visitors are welcome to join the fun!

First Night Fire Dancers, Wednesday, December 31, 4 – 5 pm
Hawaii isn’t the only place with fire dancers! Kick off First Night celebrations in Tacoma with fire dancers on the Museum of Glass main plaza. This exciting performance will be sure to make your New Year’s Eve memorable.

Hands-on Glass Experiences
Make Your Own Ornament, Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21
Hilltop Artists will be in the Hot Shop ready to help you create your own ornament. Participants will be picking color, shaping and blowing. Perfect for a unique gift or decoration! $50 per person/$45 for Museum members. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Saturday times are 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Sunday times are 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Make your reservation by calling 253.284.4719. Ornaments will be available for pick-up on Monday, December 22 at 12 pm. Pre-payment required, no refunds.

Education Studio, Weekdays 11 am – 3 pm; Saturdays 12 – 4 pm; Sundays 1 – 4 pm
The Education Studio is an interactive, experiential learning space that provides visitors with creative opportunities for hands-on engagement with the ideas behind the glass. Activities are designed to engage all visitors, from toddlers to senior citizens. Each month a new hands-on art activity is presented that relates to a particular exhibition or Hot Shop application.

Make Your Own Glass: Fusing Workshops, Saturdays, 11 am – 4 pm; Sundays, 1 – 5 pm
Using colorful glass shards, spaghetti-like stringers and pebbly frit, visitors can create a one-of-a-kind glass ornament or special gift. Workshops start on the hour (45 minute duration); last session begins at 3 pm on Saturdays, 4 pm on Sundays. Cost: $29/$26 members (price does not include Museum admission). Suitable for ages 6 and up. To reserve a space, call 253.284.4719.Discounted hands-on fusing workshops will be offered on Saturday, December 13. Workshop sessions will be $20 per person. Reservations are recommended. Please note, fusing on Sunday, December 14 will not be offered to the general public.

Kids Design Glass™ (Ongoing)
Our Kids Design Glass™ program invites children 12 and under who visit the Museum to design a glass sculpture. Each month, one entry is selected by the MOG Hot Shop Team. Two sculptures are created—one for the child designer and one for the Museum’s collection. Sponsored by KCTS-TV.

Hot Shop
Feel the heat as you watch art come alive! Every day, artists demonstrate the intriguing process of creating works of art from molten glass on the amphitheater stage, giving visitors a birds-eye view of their activities. Expert commentary and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system enhance the experience by providing insight into the glassblowing process as well as the science, culture and art of glass.

Hot Lunch, Fridays, 12 – 1 pm
Celebrate Friday at the Museum of Glass! Enjoy a boxed lunch from Choripan while watching the action in the Hot Shop. Lunch includes choice of sandwich, chips and cookie. Cost: $14.95 plus Museum admission. Call 253.248.4263 order your lunch by 5 pm Thursday.

Kids Design Glass™ in the Hot Shop, Sunday, December 28, 12 – 5pm
See the next Kids Design Glass™ drawing transformed into glass by the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team.

Visiting Artist Program
Watch contemporary glass history in the making! From emerging to internationally renowned, Visiting Artists come to the Hot Shop to create new glass works in collaboration with the Museum’s Hot Shop Team. Sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott/Tacoma Downtown.

Mireille Swinnen, December 3-7
Mireille Swinnen brings her love of mosaics and sculpture to the Hot Shop. Born and raised in Belgium, Swinnen opened her own studio in 2003, after spending 16 years abroad on her husband’s diplomatic missions. For six years, she devoted herself full-time to her mosaics, which combined many creative elements she loved. While living in Bangkok, Swinnen discovered a new passion for glass sculpture, which she continues to explore in her current home in Los Angeles.

Gabe Feenan, December 10-14
Gabe Feenan has been resident gaffer at Museum of Glass for the last 12 years, where he continues to challenge himself and master techniques. Built on the solid foundation of craftsmanship, Feenan’s work values the importance of skilled technique through the artist’s hand in a machine-made world.

Ethan Stern, December 29 – 30
Born in 1978 in Ithaca, New York, Ethan Stern currently owns a glass studio in Seattle, WA and has established himself as a major upcoming artist in contemporary sculpture in glass. Stern earned an Associates degree in Ceramics at TAFE College in Brisbane Australia and a BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Alfred University. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country and in 2010 Stern received the Best
Emerging Artist award from Museum of Glass. Stern was most recently presented with the People’s Choice award at the Museum’s 2014 Red Hot Gala.

Hot Shop Talks: Conversations with the Artists, Sundays at 2 pm in the Hot Shop
December 7 Mireille Swinnen
December 14 Gabe Feenan

Theater: Documentaries
Every day, visitors can view original documentary films to expand their understanding of the artwork in the galleries, gain insight into the artistic process of a particular artist, or review the techniques and history of glassmaking. Films repeat throughout the day


Media Contacts:
Alexandra Carr, 253.284.2130, acarr@museumofglass.org

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission,The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and ArtsFund.

Hours and Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Store is also open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military, students (13+ with ID) and AAA Members, $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children (6-12) years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 27- Thanksgiving: Museum CLOSED

All events are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Calendar listings are subject to change. For updated information, visit www.museumofglass.org or call 253.284.4750 / 1.866.4MUSEUM.

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