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GLASS Arts Festival

GLASS ARTS FESTIVAL – A GREAT SUCCESS!

We are grateful to the 30 artists who participated in our inaugural GLASS Arts Festival on August 13th, 2022.
 
The GLASS Arts Festival was juried by Andy Schlauch, Executive Director of the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum in Shoreview, MN, which will open in fall 2022. Prior to overseeing the CAT Museum, Schlauch was the Executive Director of the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg Arts Advisory, FL. Schlauch also worked for the artist Dale Chihuly at his studio in Seattle, WA for six years.
 
After a brief juror remarks, the following awards were presented at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 13 by Festival Juror Andy Schlauch, Walt Koskinen, Board of Directors President and Amy Moorefield, Executive Director.

1st place, sponsored by Rosann Baum Milius: Wes and Wesley Hunting, Princeton, Wisconsin

 $1500 award, entry booth fee waived in 2023, and a solo exhibition at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in 2023.

2nd place, sponsored by The Royal Hound and Mallet Club: Robin Kittleson, Geneva, IL

$1000 award and entry booth fee waived in 2023.

3rd place, sponsored by the Lilian Noble Fund: Deanna Clayton, Sister Bay, Wisconsin

$500 award and entry booth fee waived in 2023.

Honorable Mentions

Victorian Level Membership to Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass:

Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, WI

Jacob Hinnenkamp, Cincinnati, OH

Sean McClenahan, Appleton, WI

Sara Rezin, Appleton, WI

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass announces the launch of the new, mission-based GLASS Arts Festival on Saturday, August 13, 2022, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

“GLASS,” which stands for Glass Lakefront Art Show and Sale is an inaugural event to be held on the museum grounds at 165 N. Park Ave, Neenah, WI 54956. It replaces the former museum-sponsored arts festival which took place in Riverside Park for 45 years. The festival now centers on the museum’s mission:  glass art and glass art experiences. Providing distinction from other art festivals in the area, this fun-filled, admission-free community event will support glass artists, collectors, and enthusiasts, as well as our vendor partners and greater community with a new experience celebrating everything glass.

In addition to the best in glass art, visitors will enjoy live music, artisan food and beverages, a university art students’ marketplace, children’s art activities, and glass blowing demonstrations, along with the local and regional artists selling their work. The museum will be open, as always, admission free. The event is designed to attract glass collectors, and weekend travelers from beyond the Fox Cities and Wisconsin for this new and innovative event.

ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN GLASS ARTS FESTIVAL 2022:

Megan Barnes , Sher Berman , Jim Braun , Les Braze, Deanna Clayton, Cecile Derel, Kristin Ellis, Sharon Fujimoto, Laurel Grey, Jeremy and Chelsea Griffith, Jacob Hinnenkamp, Trista Holz, Wes and Wesley Hunting, Benjamin Johnson, Robin Kittleson, Karen Krueger, Chelsea Littman, George and Diane Machart, Sean McClenahan, Michael Meilahn, Xai Moore , Brenda Morrison, J. David Norton, Kayleigh Pallagi, Joel Pfeiffer, Debbie Rades, Sara Rezin , Nicholas Stelter, Janet Toonen, Maya Tuff, Rebecca and Bill Weber

GLASS Arts Festival map

parking and trolley stops map

 

FAQs

Where can I park? Parking is limited by the museum, but available in all the downtown lots including those by City Hall and downtown. A trolley shuttle bus will run all day and bus stops will be marked with signs. See map.

Will there be live glass blowing demonstrations? Yes, 10:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:00.

Is glass art affordable? Absolutely! There will be amazing glass art for every budget.

Will there be music? Yes, Leading the Blind will play two sets, at 12:30-2:00 and 4:30-5:30.

Will there be an award ceremony? Yes, at 4pm.

Who is the juror? Andy Schlauch, Executive Director of the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum (CAT), in Shoreview, Minnesota

What can I eat? There are a wide variety of foods available from many food trucks.

What can I drink? Water, soda, beer, and wine are available to drink. IDs will be checked for wine and beer.

What is there for kids to do? There will be four free “make and take” art projects for kids under a tent in the front yard.

Can I sit down somewhere? Yes, there will be numerous chairs and tables on both sides of the museum.

Is the museum open? Yes, it is free and open to the public 10:00-4:30.

Are there outdoor rest rooms? Yes, in front of the museum and on the lakeside lawn.

Art After Dark

September 15, 2022, 5:00 – 9:00 pm FREE!

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a night on the museum lawn overlooking beautiful Lake Winnebago, featuring glass, music in English and Spanish, food, and local brews. Our galleries and shop will be open late. (Free)

A Call for Volunteers and art lovers

Calling all Glass Art lovers! Would you like to lend a hand by volunteering at our GLASS Arts Festival while enjoying the natural beauty of the museum grounds and the artistic beauty of glass?
 
We will need many helpers for this event. There are a wide variety of jobs that will fit any interest, schedule, and ability. We’re setting up all day on August 12, and the event itself is the following day, August 13. Please click on the link below to sign up for a shift (or two or three). We’re so excited to have you participate in our GLASS Arts Festival!

We thank our generous event sponsors:

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is grateful to festival sponsors:

Supported by Travel Wisconsin, Wisconsin Arts Board, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, AACG (Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass), Menasha Corporation Foundation, Bullseye Glass Company, Paperweight Collectors Association, Wisconsin Public Radio, 91.1 the Avenue, A2Z, Bergstrom Automotive, Venture Wisconsin, Simplicity Credit Union, J. Anthony Jewelers, Galloway Company, Barrel 41, Electroglass, DoubleTree, Parallel 44, and KISS FM. The Museum is very thankful to award sponsors: Rosann Baum Milius, the Royal Hound and Mallet Club, and the Lilian Noble Fund. 

The GLASS Arts Festival is organized in celebration of the 2022 International Year of Glass.