By Alex Carr, Digital Media Coordinator

It’s hard to believe summer has already come and gone. Although fall/winter hours are now back at Museum of Glass (MOG), we’re still reminiscing about MOG’s busy summer season. So, let’s take a look back at some highlights!

Kids Design Glass Collaboration

This summer, Museum of Glass collaborated with the Shanghai Museum of Glass to create 20 new Kids Design Glass™ creatures. MOG’s Hot Shop Team received 100 designs from children in China, and after narrowing down their selection, they spent three weeks transforming the incredibly detailed drawings into glass sculptures.

The new Kids Design Glass creatures will be displayed at the Kids Museum of Glass, an offshoot of the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

Party on the Piazza

MOG’s summer visitors were treated to the wild and wondrous new exhibition Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection, and what better way to celebrate Dale Chihuly’s Venetian works of art than with an Italian festival!

On August 1, the Museum of Glass outdoor plaza was transformed into an Italian piazza filled with free activities for the local community to enjoy. Guests made their own pizzas, sampled olive oil, tasted wine, indulged in gelato—and that’s just the food-related events!

The day also included performances by YMCA ballet dancers, Tango in Tacoma, stilt walkers and contortionists from Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Acts (SANCA), and Portland-based band Rags & Ribbons.

Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection is open through January 4, 2016.

Photos by Ali Daniels.

Rev Up for Red Hot

Museum of Glass wrapped up the summer season with an intimate party celebrating MOG’s upcoming Red Hot Auction & Gala on September 26, 2015. Seattle’s Glass Distillery hosted Rev Up for Red Hot, which featured a silent auction, speciality cocktails, and of course mingling amongst glass art lovers.

Special thanks to Seattle Met magazine for covering this event in the Met Pages!

Photos by Phototainment.

Although we’re saying farewell to summer, there is still plenty to do and see at Museum of Glass in the fall and winter. Check out MOG’s upcoming events and start marking your calendar.

Alex Carr is the Digital Media Coordinator at Museum of Glass. When she’s not circulating the Hot Shop floor trying to get the perfect Instagram shot for the Museum, you’ll find her baking at home, running at Green Lake, or exploring Washington’s wineries.

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