Those Summer Nights (and Days)

By Alex Carr, Communications Manager

Labor Day has passed, which means fall hours have arrived at Museum of Glass (MOG). It was another lively summer for the Museum, especially with the return of Night Blow. Here are some of the summer season’s highlights.

Night Blow

Once upon a time, Museum of Glass hosted an evening event called Night Blow. This summer, the Museum decided to bring back the popular party and host two free Night Blows for the public to enjoy on those beautiful Pacific Northwest evenings. The first one, in July, invited visitors to enjoy glassblowing by Dan Friday and Courtney Branam in the Hot Shop, fire dancing on the plaza, and music by SoundAbout DJ. Next month’s Night Blow saw nearly 1,000 people visit MOG on Third Thursday to watch the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio team in the Hot Shop and flameworking on the plaza. SoundAbout DJ returned for the second Night Blow of the summer and Social Bar and Grill kept hungry guests happy with their food truck on the plaza.

Night Blow guests gather to watch the fire dancing performance. Photo by John Ferguson.

Visiting Artist Lino Tagliapietra

There’s nothing quite like watching the Maestro of glass art working in the Museum’s Hot Shop. In July, Lino Tagliapietra returned to MOG for another Visiting Artist Residency, and this time visitors were treated to something new—Tagliapietra’s Endeavor boats. During his previous residencies, the Maestro and his team have worked with the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on a variety of vessels, but this time around it was all about the boats. Check out Hot Shop emcee Greg Owen’s earlier blog post on Tagliapietra’s summer residency.

Russell Johnson Photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc.
Russell Johnson Photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

Rev Up

The Museum’s annual Red Hot Auction & Gala is just around the corner. To get ready for the September 17 event, Museum of Glass hosted its second Rev Up party. Artists, art lovers, and Museum of Glass patrons enjoyed an evening at Seattle’s Glass Distillery, where guests began to get red carpet ready for Red Hot. Tickets to the annual gala, featuring a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and an after party with Ethan Stern, are available online.

See more photos from Rev Up here.

Summer may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty to look forward to this year. I’m personally excited for the opening of the Museum’s new exhibition Into the Deep, seasonal hands-on glassmaking workshops, and, of course, more Visiting Artists!

Alex Carr is the Communications Manager 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.

Farewell to Summer

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.