Tuesday March 10, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

After the success of the 2019 GAS conference, St. Petersburg glass-art venues celebrate the "Glass Coast"

Energized by their successful run as the host city of the 2019 Glass Art Society Conference, St. Petersburg's vibrant, contemporary local glass community have come together for a glass-centric event which will "acquaint people with the art of the glass medium and the area artists working in glass," according to the event announcement. Taking place from March 26, 2020, to March 29, 2020, the self-titled "Glass Coast" celebration will feature demonstrations and lectures by local and visiting artists, with the goal to educate the public about American and International glass art.

Participating galleries, art centers, and museums include:

Chihuly Collection

Duncan McClellan Gallery

Hampson Gallery

Imagine Museum 

Morean Art Center

Zen Glass

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 26th, 2020:

  • Glassblowing and Lampworking demonstrations
  • Preview opening of exhibit "Journey of the International Glass Movement, Part 1" at Imagine Museum
  • A glass-collecting lecture at the Creative Pinellas Gallery in Largo, in conjunction with "Glass in the Gallery," a curated exhibition at the Duncan McClellan Gallery

Friday, March 27th, 2020:

  • Artist Demos at the Morean Glass Studio, Duncan McClellan Gallery and Zen Glass
  • Special Gallery Tours at Imagine Museum
  • "Heat Dinner" at Zen Glass
  • History of Studio Glass Lecture by Corey Hampson, President of Habatat Galleries

Saturday, March 28th, 2020:

  • Exhibit Opening: "Petr Hora, A Retrospective" at the Hampson Gallery
  • “Dragon Rally” (multiple small portable glass furnaces) and a
    Night Market with an opening of "Women of Glass" at Zen Glass

Sunday, March 29th, 2020:

  • AR Tour, Imagine Museum
  • Veterans from the Operation of Valor program giving glassblowing demonstrations, Morean Glass Studio

During this weekend, the Duncan Mcclellan Gallery will host two concurrent exhibitions:

  • "Colorfield," with works by Dorothy Hafner, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot, Kevin Gordon and Timothy Stover
  • "Glass in the Gallery," their curated exhibition at the Creative Pinellas Gallery in Largo, featuring over one hundred works by both internationally and local lauded artists working in glass

For more information about this weekend, please visit the Glass Coast website.

Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.