Museum of Glass Celebrates Opening of Fall Exhibitions with Artist Panel, Night Blow Party,

Tacoma, Wash. (November 8, 2011)— Museum of Glass is celebrating the opening of its fall exhibitions—Gathering: John Miller and Friends and Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard—with a special artist panel discussion and Night Blow party on Saturday, November 19, 2011.  Exhibition artists John Miller and Paul Stankard, along with Hot Shop Visiting Artist Luke Jerram, will be the special guests at both events.

Panel Discussion: Luke Jerram, John Miller and Paul Stankard

Moderated by Andrew Page, Glass Quarterly Editor

3:45 p.m.

Scale figures prominently in the work of artists Luke Jerram, John Miller and Paul Stankard.  Glass Quarterly editor Andrew Page, who wrote an essay for the Beauty Beyond Nature exhibition catalog, will facilitate this artist panel.  The artists will discuss the influence of scale on their respective series, how it relates to their artistic visions, and the technical issues of making complex compositions in glass.

A book signing will take place immediately following the panel discussion.  The Beauty Beyond Nature exhibition catalog is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Night Blow:  Party LIKE a Glassblower

7 – 10 p.m.

In the glass world, a ‘night blow’ is an occasion for artists to invite their friends into the glass studio and celebrate the end of a long day of glassblowing. Night Blow at the Museum of Glass presents glass-making demonstrations and the opportunity for guests to blow glass in the Hot Shop in a party-like atmosphere.

The theme for the Night Blow party is “Big Glass, Small Worlds.”  Attendees can meet the exhibition artists and be among the first to experience the new shows in the galleries.  In the Hot Shop, flameworker Clinton Roman will demonstrate his art.  Simultaneously, a team of professional glassblowers will lead a select number of guests in creating blown glass floats.  In the Grand Hall, flameworker Keiko will demonstrate bead making as guests enjoy live music and dancing.  Light hors d’oeuvres from Gallucci’s Catering will be served and a cash bar will feature a selection of beverages, including the signature cocktail of the Museum of Glass, the MOGarita.  The Museum Store will be open until 8 p.m. for early holiday shopping, with Museum members receiving a special 20% discount on purchases.

Admission to the Night Blow party is FREE for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased on the Museum of Glass website (www.museumofglass.org/public-programs/night-blow) or at the door the night of the event.

Party AS a Glassblower

Guests wishing to participate in the hands-on glassblowing experience must pre-register by calling 253.284.4710.  Space is limited to the first 18 registrants.  Cost is $100 for Museum members and $120 for non-members (includes admission to the Night Blow party).  Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER: Guests can purchase a Dual/Family Membership on the day of the event for $50 (valued at $75) and admission for two to Night Blow will be free.  For more information on membership, call 253.284.4715 or visit www.museumofglass.org/support/membership.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

Gathering:  John Miller and Friends

Organized by Habatat Galleries

October 29, 2011 – June 10, 2012

Gathering showcases 26 super-sized Venetian-style goblets—measuring between 3- and 5-feet in height—created during a series of collaborations between John Miller and some of the most influential artists in the contemporary glass movement.  Each sculpture highlights the intricate nuances of the goblet form while also demonstrating the artistic expression of the collaborating artists.  Miller’s vision for the exhibition is to capture the creative energy of the hot shop and translate it into a gallery setting.  Several of the goblets were created in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop during Miller’s Visiting Artist residencies in 2010 and 2011.

Collaborating artists include:  Rik Allen, Martin Blank, Robert Carlson, Scott Darlington, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Laura Donefer, Fritz Dreisbach, Jen Elek, Henry Halem, Martin Janecky, Gene Koss, Paul Marioni, Nick Mount, MOG Hot Shop Team, Jay Musler, Paul Nelson, Danny Perkins, Marc Petrovic, Ross Richmond, Richard Royal, Davide Salvadore, Therman Statom, Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, Randy Walker, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen.

www.museumofglass.org/exhibition/gathering

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

Organized by Robert M. Minkoff Foundation

November 12, 2011 – June 17, 2012

Beauty Beyond Nature presents more than 50 of Paul Stankard’s intricately flame-worked still-life sculptures encased in clear crystal from the Robert M. Minkoff Collection.  The collection spans more than 40 years of Stankard’s career, from his earliest attempts at paperweights in 1969 to a monumental eight-inch Honeybee Swarm Orb commissioned for this exhibition in 2010.  With meticulous technical skill, Stankard creates a variety of flora, insects, figurative elements and poetry that demonstrate his acute powers of observation and exceptional artistic sense.  The magnifying effect of the crystal brings out every intimate detail—the fuzz on the inside of a petal, the fine sheen on a dragonfly’s wing, the fantasy world of the ‘root people’—and invite the viewer to celebrate the natural world through art.
www.museumofglass.org/exhibition/beauty-beyond-nature

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.