• NEW MEXICO - 3rd Annual Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour

      3rd Annual Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour, July 9 through Aug. 15, to Feature Best in Glass Art

      TAOS, NM - The 3rd annual "2010 Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour" - a premier glass festival representing the best in contemporary art glass across the country - will take place this year in Taos from July 9 through August 15, 2010.

      The juried exhibitions feature artwork not only from Taos artists and regional talent, but from more than 50 artists from as far away as Hungary and Israel. Collectively, the 200 plus pieces of individual art glass exhibited at nine Taos galleries exemplify the most innovative contemporary art glass today.

      Throughout the festival, participating Taos galleries will display the artwork of invited and exhibiting artists and will host artist receptions, demonstrations and free lectures to introduce visitors to the artists. Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA) will offer with a series of lectures, demonstrations and glass experiences, as well as comprehensive workshops in advanced glass techniques by invited artists such as Armelle LeRoux and Anna Boothe.

      On July 5, art collectors can preview the best of the Invitational while experiencing a sampling of Taos’ rich historic and noteworthy attractions, during the Collectors’ Private Preview Tour. Thanks to a partnership with Glass Alliance-New Mexico, collectors can experience an extraordinary excursion to Taos Pueblo and Taos museums, with first class accommodations at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa. Collectors will also preview the 2010 Invitational with a private artist’s reception and dinner under the stars at the Hulse-Warman Gallery.

      Then On July 6th, collectors will be introduced to the thriving Taos art community through an artist-led Walking on Glass Tour. More information on the Art Collectors Private Preview Tour package is available on TIGA’s website. Registration is available by calling Betsy Ehrenberg at (505) 424-8799 or online here.

      On Friday, July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to visit TIGA at 1021 Salazar Road for an open studio celebration and Educational Series Kick-Off Party featuring lectures, glass demonstrations, festivities and refreshments to commemorate the start of the Invitational.

      On Sunday, July 11th at noon, the opening celebration at Taos Plaza marks the official beginning of the Walking on Glass Tour. A ribbon cutting, presentation of glass “keys” to the Town and announcement of Invitational awards, “Best of Show” and “Collector’s Choice” are the highlights of this ceremony. Visitors will have a Walking on Glass Tour Information Guide and Map which will be available at the Taos Chamber of Commerce or available online at www.tiganm.org/WalkingOnGlass.html. Special events and welcoming receptions are planned at participating galleries throughout the day, which include:

      * Hulse-Warman Gallery, the designated premier Invitational Exhibition. On display are the works of the Invitational’s top juried artists including NM artists Karen Bexfield, Michelle Cooke, William Davis, Ira Lujan, Michael Miro, Fred Unterseher and Delinda VanneBrightyn. National and international invited artists complete the extraordinary display of the best in contemporary art glass. Utah artist Brian Usher will provide a lecture at 4:30 p.m.

      * Henningsen Fine Art - nationally known Pueblo artist Ira Lujan will demonstrate glass blowing techniques from 1 to 5 p.m.

      * J Fine Art - California artist David Ruth will share his slides and adventures to Antarctica on his quest to capture melting icebergs in glass at at 3 p.m.

      * Act I Gallery and Sculpture Garden is the place to experience the best in “Vessels and Adornments,” while New Mexico artists Julie Rose-DeFoe and William Jennings-Hill present torch-working demonstrations.

      * Fa Fa’s Furniture and Fine Art presents diverse offerings from artists that specialize in “Form and Function.”

      * Frank Seckler Gallery - working with a contemporary spirit that honors today’s artist, the Gallery presents “A Tradition of Now.”

      * Walden Fine Art - beaming rays of light from plentiful windows creates the natural backdrop for “Diverse Illuminations.”

      * Wilder-Nightingale Fine Art - pays respect to established art and embraces new traditions with “Optical Overtures.”

      * Grand Bohemian Gallery in El Monte Sagrado - find a sampling of all that the Walking on Glass Tour has to offer.

      The Invitational and Tour ends on Sunday, August 15th, with a reservation-only gala dinner and auction at the El Monte Sagrado from 4 to 6:30 p.m., in the Grand Bohemian Gallery. An exquisite hand blown glass art piece, donated by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly, will be auctioned off to benefit TIGA. The piece, “Firefly Macchia,” is currently on display at the El Monte Sagrado.

      Immediately following the dinner and auction, the Walking on Glass Tour “People’s Choice” award will be presented at the Anaconda Bar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and features a cash bar and music.

      Taos is the ideal setting in which to assemble accomplished contemporary artists, glass enthusiasts, art collectors and premier Taos art galleries for the festival of glass. As one of the most notable art colonies in the U.S., Taos attracts creative individuals who are inspired by its legendary and luminescent light.

      The Invitational and Walking Tour are made possible through the support of: Glass Alliance-New Mexico, the Taos Gallery Association and the Taos Chamber of Commerce.

      To find out more about Invitational and Walking Tour events, receptions, demonstrations and workshops, visit www.tiganm.org or call (575) 613-6484.