The third annual Refract festival kicks off this week



What: Join Visit Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and nearly 60 local artists and studios for the annual four-day festival celebrating the art of glass in the Pacific Northwest, October 14-17, 2021. Festival lineup includes a Full weekend of tours, demonstrations, parties, exhibitions, open studios and more.

Who: From glass art enthusiasts and collectors to simply curious about the region’s glass art scene, all are invited to discover the history, creation and inspiration that explain why Seattle is nicknamed the “American Venice” – the most recognized center of glass art in the United States.

When: The festival will be held from Thursday October 14 to Sunday October 17. Events will begin with GATHER, an official opening night at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and end with a competition and glass art showcase at Pike Place Market.

Or: Various locations in the region will host free and paid events. Participating organizations include Lino Tagliapietra Studio, Glass Eye Studio, Museum of Glass, Traver Gallery, Stonington Gallery, Gallery Mack, Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, glassybaby, Chihuly Studio, Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Western Neon School of Art, Bellevue Arts Museum, Vetri, METHOD and many artist studios.

Nine of downtown Seattle hotels have exclusive deals Refractory hotel packages, including room discounts, free parking, exclusive cocktails and desserts, art packages and more.

Why: With over 700 glass artists residing in the Pacific Northwest, the region is the perfect place to experience the diversity of glass art, as well as meet the artists who produce it. Refract will showcase the artists and organizations that have helped make the Puget Sound region the epicenter of glass art in America.

Events: A full list of paid and free events, including time, location, and prices, is available online at refractseattle.org/events.

Media images are available at https://visitseattle.canto.com/v/mediaimages/album/GCIGR.

Featured Events:

TO ASSEMBLE
When: Thursday October 14, 5-8 p.m.
Or: Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St, Seattle
What: Celebrate the official opening night of Refract 2021: The Seattle Glass Experience. Explore the colorful works of artist Dale Chihuly and see live glassblowing demonstrations.
Cost: $ 35

Lino Tagliapietra Studio
When: Thursday October 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Or: Lino Tagliapietra Inc., 2006 2nd avenue, Seattle
What: Take advantage of the Maestro’s Seattle showroom for a full day of drinks, bites and appetizers. Celebrate the glass in style while watching the Maestro’s recent documentary, Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro | The greatest glassblower in history.
Cost: $ 45, reservations required

Seattle glassblowing workshop
When: Thursday October 14, 5-7 p.m.
Or: Seattle Glassblowing Studio, 2227 5th Ave, Seattle
What: Reflection of diversity. A group exhibit highlighting and celebrating the diverse skills, backgrounds and talents of glass artists with disabilities.
Cost: Free, RSVP required

Glass eye
When: Friday October 15, 5-7:30 p.m.
Or: Glass Eye Studio, 600 NW 40th St, Seattle
What: Glass Eye opens its studio exclusively to visitors during Refract. Sip and mingle while enjoying a live collaboration between their team of glassblowing artisans and guest artist and friend, Squire Broel.
Cost: This free event is first come, first served with an open bar until it’s gone.

METHOD Gallery
When: Friday October 15, 6-8 p.m.
Or: METHOD Gallery, 106 3rd Ave S, Seattle
What: Morgan Peterson will present and discuss his first solo show in Seattle, “Born of Our Culture / American Excess,” at this special reception. His exhibition will be visible by appointment only (8 Oct-13 Nov) outside the reception.
Cost: To free. Reservations required as attendance is limited, RSVP to [email protected]

Modified states
When: Friday October 15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: Western Neon School of Art, 2902 4th Ave S, Seattle
What: Join the WNSA for a group exhibition featuring eight artists from the Pacific Northwest working with light, space and interactive technologies.
Cost: To free

Pratt Fine Arts Center
When: Saturday October 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S Main St, Seattle
What: Seattle glass artist Jason Christian takes over the hot store for a four-hour glassblowing demonstration. The hot shop will be open to in-person observers with a limited capacity of 10 people (first come, first served) and remote corporate offices.
Cost: To free

Pike Place Market
When: Sunday October 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or: Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St, Seattle
What: Visit the Pike Place Market for this free event to explore the market’s incredible glass artist craft tables and purchase something to take home to start or add to your glass collection. Also enter the Refract: Pike Place Market Glass Artist Trivia contest at Pike Place Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: To free

Glass Museum
When: Sunday October 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Or: Glass Museum, 1801 Dock St, Tacoma
What: The Glass Museum and the Pilchuck Glass School will present What are you looking at ? : An eccentric choir of artists working with glass, a jointly organized exhibition showcasing the work of artists selected for the Pilchuck and MOG Partnership Residency Program, which has lasted for 18 years.
Cost: $ 17

Open artist workshops
Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A rare opportunity to see these private spaces. Locations and information on https://refractseattle.org/open-artist-studios/
Cost: FREE


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