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30 Minute Glass Experience

We are excited to share our love and process of hot glass with you, students work one-on-one with an experienced instructor to create their own … more

GATHER | Eat, Drink, Enjoy

  • April 20, 2018
  • Venue:  Penland School of Crafts
  • Address: Penland Gallery, 3135 Conley Ridge Road, Penland, NC 28765

GATHER | Eat, Drink, EnjoyBlown glassware for the table by Shaker & SaltMarch 30 - May 20, 2018Born out of a love of good food, drinks, and … more

Glassworks Concert Series: Hot Glass, Live Music, Craft Beer

The Lexington Glassworks serves as the backdrop for the ultimate local music, art and beer experience. Join us the 1st Friday of each month from … more

Featured Artist Opening Reception: Brad Smith

Brad Smith began blowing glass at age 13 at Bucks Rock visual and performing arts camp in New Milford, CT. There he was exposed to a variety of … more

Second Saturdays at NCGC

Come and visit North Carolina Glass Center for Second Saturdays in the River Arts District. Second Saturdays hosts a diverse array of 200+ open … more

Chihuly at Biltmore

  • May 17, 2018
  • Time: See website
  • Venue:  Biltmore Estate
  • Address: 1 Approach Road, Asheville, NC 28803

A new exhibition opening at Biltmore in 2018, will feature the work of multi-media artist Dale Chihuly’s monumental glass sculptures. Opening on May … more

Chihuly Nights at Biltmore

  • May 17, 2018
  • Time: See website
  • Venue:  Biltmore Estate
  • Address: 1 Approach Road, Asheville, NC 28803

Chihuly at Biltmore Select Evenings, May 17–October 7, 2018 Biltmore’s historic gardens will open to the public in the evening for special … more

Exhibition: Red Hot in the Blue Ridge

  • May 19, 2018
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 175 Biltmore Avenue (temporary location), Asheville, NC 28801

The Asheville Art Museum presents Red Hot in the Blue Ridge , featuring glass from the Museum’s Collection. Glass as an art form emerged in Western … more

Glass on Fire

  • May 19, 2018
  • Venue:  Toe River Arts Burnsville Gallery; 102 West Main, Burnsville, NC 28714
  • Address: 102 W Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714

"Glass on Fire" recognizes the seven artists (Kenny Pieper, Robert Levin, Loretta Forde, David Wilson, Courtney Dodd, Hayden Wilson, Nick Fruin) who … more

Art Tour, Glass Studios #1 - full day, May 25

Spend a fascinating day discovering glass art in Western NC! This May 25th tour is your opportunity to visit six nationally prominent glass artists, … more

Scenes of Japan

  • June 1, 2018
  • Venue:  Bender Gallery
  • Address: 29 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Exhibition of glass and mixed media sculpture and paintings on glass by the widely collected Japanese artist Hiroshi Yamano. Celebrated as one of the … more

Toe River Arts Studio Tour

  • June 1, 2018
  • Venue:  Mitchell and Yancey counties
  • Address: 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Seeking a Journey of the Arts? Come meander around the mountain roads and journey to the over 80 artist studios in Mitchell and Yancey counties, North … more

Book Discussion: Studio Glass in America

Studio Glass in America: A 50 Year Journey by Ferdinand Hampson Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. Free Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street … more

Art Break: Red Hot in the Blue Ridge

  • June 15, 2018
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 175 Biltmore Avenue (temporary location), Asheville, NC 28801

ART BREAK Friday, June 15, 12:00 p.m. Free Asheville Art Museum On the Slope (175 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville) This informal gallery discussion about … more

Workshop: How to Draw Glass

  • June 16, 2018
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 175 Biltmore Avenue (temporary location), Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, June 16 — 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $75 Museum Members, $85 non-members (includes materials) Level: All levels (beginner, … more

Art Tour, Glass Studios #2 - full day, June 22

The June 22nd tour is a wonderful opportunity to discover five premier artists in this glass-centric region of the country. Sherry Masters, your guide … more

Visiting Artist Workshop Series: Chris Ahalt

During this educational demonstration Chris will show his sculpting techniques while creating one of his signature animal balloons. Sculpted in … more

The Magic of Nature

  • July 5, 2018
  • Venue:  Bender Gallery
  • Address: 29 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Exhibition of exquisite cut and engraved glass sculpture by Scottish artist Eric Hilton. Hilton is a skilled master at working glass to convey the … more

Art Tour, Glass Studios #3 - Full Day July 20th

Interested in Glass? Then this is the tour for you! Go with Art Connections and spend a fascinating day meeting some of the top glass artists in the … more

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

  • July 21, 2018
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena … more

Glass Gateway Dedication

  • July 27, 2018
  • Venue:  Intersection of West Main St. and Hwy19E, Burnsville, NC
  • Address: 102 West Main Street, PO Box 882, Burnsville, NC 28714

Planning for this day began years ago with preliminary funding from the NC Arts Council, a state agency and has continued to grow until we celebrate … more

Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina

  • July 28, 2018
  • Venue:  Dottie Owen Great Room, Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery
  • Address: 269 Oak Avenue, Second Floor, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

This exhibit will focus on the impact the glass artists of the Toe River Valley has had on the global art scene. It will feature work of some of the … more

ALCHEMY | Contemporary studio glass

  • July 31, 2018
  • Time: Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5, closed Monday
  • Venue:  Penland School of Crafts
  • Address: 3135 Conley Ridge Rd., Penland, NC 28765

The Penland Gallery presents Alchemy | Ideal Conditions, featuring contemporary works in glass by nationally recognized artist-innovators. … more

Glass Studio Guided Tour

  • August 3, 2018
  • Venue:  Mitchell and Yancey Counties
  • Address: 102 West Main St., PO Box 882, Burnsville, NC 28714

If you want to meet the maker in the Valley known as the birthplace of studio glass, then climb on board with Robin Warden, art consultant and curator … more

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