Schedule of Events
ART IN THE PARK: FIRED UP! ART FAIR
SAT & SUN, JULY 11 & 12
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Join us for a special Fired Up! Art Fair in Art's Park across from Water Street Glassworks in the Benton Harbor Arts District.
Due to the cancellation of the Krasl Art Fair, we have created Art in the Park for our students in the Fired Up! program. Fired Up! student artists work all year preparing for the Krasl Art Fair and it provides them the opportunity to sell their art and talk to patrons about the program and their work. It is an important entrepreneurial experience for the students and the annual culmination of the Fired Up! program. For the safety of our students, volunteers, and staff we will be following CDC guidelines at this event. We request that patrons wear masks and follow social-distancing recommendations.
Students in the Fired Up! Teen After School Program will be presenting their work including blown glass, fused glass, and jewelry designed with flameworked glass beads. Find a treasure and support the Fired Up! student artists and program. Students receive 70% of their sales and 30% goes back to fund the program. Don't miss out on the wonderful Pay-it-Forward art created by the students! 100% of Pay-it-Forward sales support Fired Up! scholarships and future teen artists.
For more information about the Fired Up! program, volunteer & sponsorship opportunities, and video of our students at work, visit: Fired Up! For the safety of our students, volunteers, staff, and patrons - we will be following CDC guidelines at this event. We request that patrons wear masks and follow social-distancing recommendations.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts High School Area Show
Now in its 38th year and for the first time ever the High School Area show is going digital. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showcasing amazing juried works including the work of five of our Fired Up! student artists, even while their physical space is closed due to the Covid-19. Visit their Virtual Exhibit to view their work and all the talented students selected for this prestigious show.
SPRING ART HOP!
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
6:00 - 9:00 PM
BENTON HARBOR ARTS DISTRICT
HOT GLASS COLD BEER
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Warm up your winter in the Water Street Glassworks studios with artisan beer enthusiasts, this evening will present examples of historical and contemporary beer glasses, glassblowing demonstrations and artisan beer from The Livery. Water Street Glassworks artists are creating contemporary and historically inspired limited edition beer mugs that will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds will support WSG programming!
Community Night: In benefit of Water Street Glassworks
Join us at The Livery for "Community Night" Supporting Water Street Glassworks! We appreciate their continued support of non-profits and arts organizations in our community. Get a sneak peek of our limited edition, hand blown mugs and drinking vessels that will be available at Hot Glass Cold Beer: Friday February 21. We will also have glass pieces available perfect for that special Valentine.. or you! Come join us at The Livery and find out what Water Street Glassworks has to offer including upcoming classes and programs that support the community.
HOLIDAY ART HOP!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
OPENING: 15th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Find something to give and something to get at WSG’s 16th Annual Holiday sale featuring a dazzling array of hand-blown ornaments made by our team of talented glassblowers. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraising tradition keeps the fires burning at WSG continue!
FALL ART HOP!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
6:00 - 9:00 PM
FIRED UP! OPEN HOUSE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
5:00 - 8:00 PM
YOUR DONATIONS helped us re-launch Fired Up! Help us create another successful year of artmaking at Water Street Glassworks! Students, as well as parents/guardians, and volunteers interested in becoming a part of our Fired Up! after school program are invited to join us for the afternoon. Take a studio tour, talk to instructors, meet teen artists, and enjoy some snacks. Get your application today by calling 269.925.5555.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
NOON - 6:00PM
Shop WSG’s booth at Artoberfest, New Territory Arts Association’s fall celebration of visual and performing arts, live bands, delicious food, drink and fun. Water Street Glassworks will have an array of glass artwork and jewelry available for purchase. This annual event draws visitors to the Benton Harbor Arts District from far and wide to experience what makes our downtown such a great place to visit, play, work, and live.
ART FAIR ON THE BLUFF
July 13 & 14
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Join us for the 58th Annual 2019 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by the Krasl Art Center. Students in the Fired Up! Teen After School program will be exhibiting their work of our Fired Up! students including blown glass, fused glass, and jewelry. Find a treasure and support the Fired Up! program. The Krasl Art Fair includes over 200 artists from across the United States and is held on the bluff over-looking Lake Michigan. Experience art, while enjoying the view and breezes of the lake and the charm and hospitality of St Joseph. Vist the WSG booth that will be located in front of the Krasl Art Center. For more information about the Fired Up! program and students visit: Learn More.
ANNUAL JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW!
June 21 & 22
Friday, 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, 12pm - 5pm
Join us at Water Street Glassworks for our annual Jewelry Trunk Show Friday (During Art Hop) & Saturday, June 21 & 22! We will be featuring the work of seven area artists who are also instructors at Water Street Glassworks including Jackie Baker, Lynne Clayton, Gina Edwards, Donna Sauers, Heather Seawright, Anna Strach, and Tina Tavolacci. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and shop the gallery's new work that reflects the season. A portion of your purchase supports Water Street Glassworks programming.
NTAA SUMMER ART HOP
BENTON HARBOR ARTS DISTRICT
Friday, June 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Join us Friday June 21 at the New Territory Arts Association Summer Art Hop in the Benton Harbor Arts District! We will be hosting our Annual Jewelry Trunk show featuring the work of seven area artists and Water Street Glassworks instructors including Jackie Baker, Lynne Clayton, Gina Edwards, Donna Sauers, Heather Seawright, Anna Strach, and Tina Tavolacci. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and shop the gallery's new work that reflects the season. A portion of your purchase supports Water Street Glassworks programming.
EXTINGUISH THE FIRE!
Friday, May 31
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Be a part of this exciting end-of-season ritual as we empty the glass furnace for the summer! Experience an exciting feast for the senses with Chef Tim Sizer, of Timothy's Restaurant as he prepares the evenings delicious fare over molten glass. Come raise a glass to toast our 2019 season and experience a ritual that is traditionally reserved for the glassblowing community. This delectable food performance and fundraising event is a popular sell-out so reserve your space today! Tickets are $100/guest. Tables are available for $600/6 guest and includes limited edition signature glasses created for this event.
FIRED UP! EXHIBIT & DEMONSTRATION NIGHT
Thursday: April 18, 6-8pm
Dorris Akers Gallery
Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our Fired Up! teen glass artists as they exhibit their most recent work and perform live demonstrations in three different studios. Staff will be available to answer any questions about the program, application process for Fall 2019, and volunteer opportunities.
Your donations helped us re-launch Fired Up! in the Fall of 2018. Help us continue a successful year of art & entrepreneurship. Fired Up! is available to at-risk youth in Southwest Michigan, focusing on residents of the City of Benton Harbor. Applications are available by calling the office at: 269.925.5555. For more information and ways to support the program visit Fired Up!
STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
Box Factory for the Arts
Through April 27
We are excited to have our Fired Up! students exhibiting at this wonderful show at the Box Factory. Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and the Krasl Art Center work together to present two amazing student art shows, one for elementary students and one for middle school and high school students. These art shows allow local students to exhibit their artwork in a professional venue and have it viewed by hundreds of people in our communities.
Multiple juried awards are presented at the exhibition receptions, including 1st and 2nd place awards in 2D, 3D, Video and Collaborative categories. Sponsor awards include the Sarah E. Cayo Award ($500 cash award), the Emerging Artist Award ($500 cash award), the Papachi Framing Award (free custom framing for 1 elementary, middle, and high school artwork) and Berrien RESA scholarship awards ($50 art scholarships for 1 student per school).
Box Factory open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesdays 10 am to 7 pm
GLASS ARTS SOCIETY - 2019: ST PETERSBURG
Hot Shop Demo: Jerry Catania
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Duncan McClellan Gallery
We are so excited to share our Maestro; Jerry Catania's Spin Casting technique with our glassy family at the Glass Art Society Conference in St. Petersburg on Friday, March 29 at 10:30 in Duncan McClellan's beautiful hotshop!
Spin Casting: A Unique Teaching Process: A combination of sand casting and spin casting, this process opens first-time participants to an exciting and creative hot glass experience. Jerry uses this teaching method for public classes and workshops primarily as an introductory experience however, many artists find this useful for their personal artwork. The process uses a layer of casting sand that is spread evenly to line the walls of a metal bowl. The layer of sand can then be textured with found items or forms leaving negative impressions. The bowl is them placed on a potter’s wheel; ladled with hot glass and then spun to create a glass bowl.
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SPRING ART HOP!
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Join us in the studios to celebrate the arrival of Spring and the first NTAA Art Hop of the Season! Enjoy glassblowing demos, refreshments and choose from an array of Spring items created exclusively for this event (we have a special partnership for this event so stay tuned for details!) We also have beer mugs and vessels created by our talented team of glassblowers for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Spring has sprung in the gallery and you will find fresh glassy flowers and glass art that celebrates the arrival of Spring. Your purchase supports WSG programming!
ALL OF US IN THE LIGHTS:NEON EXHIBIT BY ANDREA OLENIZCAK & TAYLOR KURRLE!
Former Oxbow student/instructors; Andrea Oleniczak and Taylor Kurrle- Masters of Fine Arts candidates at UW-Madison. Examine the language of equality, unity, and separation in a new exhibit of NEON works at The Dorris Akers Gallery. The pieces are the product of a summer the duo has spent bending neon, learning how to program, and examining language use. Kurrle and Oleniczak turn pronouns and the language of identification into brightly lit poems and patterns, giving the viewer a visual invitation to reflect on the way we use language to relate to others.
After entering graduate school last year, Oleniczak and Kurrle found themselves talking a lot about what "equality" meant to them in a new context. The two, who have been partners fortwelve years, previously worked professionally in the glass craft community, and found re-entering academia to be a bit of a culture change. "Everyone is talking about equality, but it’s almost like noone is practicing it," Oleniczak says of the campus environment. "And we had the luxury of coming from a craft background, where no one was talking about it, but everyone was practicing it."