SEATTLE – For the first time, more than 30 Pacific Northwest arts organizations are coming together to host events for Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, held October 17-20, 2019. Refract is the nation’s newest festival, which highlights creative uses of glass and demonstrates why this region is the recognized hub of art glass in the United States – the “American Venice.”
Programming for the festival is designed to appeal to long-term collectors and those new to the medium with a mix of events over four full days. Visitors are invited to explore the Pacific Northwest’s creative community and meet the people who contribute to its vibrancy through opportunities including:
Interest and experimentation in the medium has flourished in the United States, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, since the country’s first glass program ignited the studio glass movement in 1962. This movement marked a shift from glass works being produced primarily in factories to artists creating one-of-a-kind glass objects.
“I’ve spent 45 years selling glass in Seattle and in those years, the city has grown up and changed a lot, right alongside the studio glass movement – the growth between the two goes hand-in-hand,” said William Traver, owner of Traver Gallery and Vetri in Seattle. “As much as we have going on here with glass, it’s very surprising how few people know about it. Refract will bring a lot of attention to the artists in the region and introduce people to all the diversity in this medium that our community has to offer.”
Participating organizations include:
Additional details on programming and events can be found at RefractSeattle.org. Learn more about the study of the state of glass art in America at LandscapeofGlass.com. Images for media use can be found at https://visitseattle.canto.com/s/HJ7JO.
About Visit Seattle
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. More than 40 million annual visitors spend $7.9 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 78,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $806 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit visitseattle.org.
About Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass brings together all the elements of artist Dale Chihuly’s work, including Drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations and personal collections. This long-term Exhibition features indoor galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse, and an ever-changing Garden, along with live glass demonstrations, a Theatre, and Collections Café – a Northwest dining experience featuring items from Chihuly’s personal collections. Learn more at chihulygardenandglass.com.
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