Kathy Maag Bentaieb
ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival Celebrating 25 Years
ACGA’s Art Festival at Palo Alto Art Center Features More Than 140 Juried Artists
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 1, 2017 – Celebrating 25 years, the prestigious ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival hosts a free and fun‐filled two‐day celebration of clay and glass art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8‐9, 2017, at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. Featuring both fine and functional art, the Festival boasts more than 140 juried artists displaying their work.
Attendees will have the opportunity to shop and meet the artists. They will also enjoy several demonstrations of hands‐on activities, including glass‐blowing, pottery‐throwing, raku and ikebana, as well as an interactive clay project for artists of all ages.
The festival is hosted by the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA) and co‐sponsored by the Palo Alto Art Center, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto, and KFOG.
Discover unique pieces of the finest quality glass and clay art that make a beautiful addition to any home or garden. Select from handcrafted stunning pottery, unique jewelry, or one‐of‐a‐kind glass art and sculptures.
For its 25th year, ACGA has doubled the number of live demonstrations. Demonstrations will include:
Saturday, July 8
11 a.m. – Noon – Clay demo with Nichebi Potters
Noon – 1 p.m. – Ikebana demo with Kathy Kegan Zhu
1 to 2 p.m. – Raku demo with Iver Henning
2:30‐3:30 p.m. – Glass demo with Siobhan Hughes
Sunday, July 9
11 a.m. to Noon ‐ Glass demo with Susie Harper
Noon to 1 p.m. ‐ Ikebana demo with Kathy Kegan Zhu
1 – 2 p.m. ‐ Raku demo with Malia Landis
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Hand‐built clay demo with Gerry Wallace
ACGA is the nation’s largest non‐profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of ceramic and glass arts. Juried by their ACGA peers, the festival’s artists are widely acclaimed and many are internationally recognized.
More Than 140 Juried Artists. Meet renowned clay and glass artists, and get an insider’s look
into the creative processes behind their work as you peruse their collections.
Live Demonstrations. Watch raw materials turn into beautiful shapes at live glass, clay, raku and
ikebana demonstrations both Saturday and Sunday.
Hands‐on Clay. The chance for all ages to work with clay.
Exhibit. Visit the Members’ Exhibit in the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium to preview a
collection of the artists’ best work.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017
WHERE: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
DIRECTIONS: The Palo Alto Art Center is easily accessible by public transit. Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto train station. Walk to the Palo Alto Transit Center, directly adjacent to the Palo Alto train station. Take the 35 bus southbound. Exit the bus at the corner of Middlefield and Embarcadero. Walk one block on Embarcadero to the intersection of Embarcadero and Newell. Cross Newell and turn left. The Art Center will be on your immediate right.
PARKING: There is plenty of free street parking and valet parking is also available.
FOOD: A variety of fresh food and drinks from local vendors will be available.
INFO LINE: 650.329.2366.
ABOUT ACGA: The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (www.acga.net) is dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards of craftsmanship and design in clay and glass. The ACGA began as the Association of San Francisco Potters in 1945. The group now has more than 500 members, including clay and glass artists, students, patrons and supporters, galleries, network organizations and corporate sponsors from throughout California.
ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS: ACGA is delighted to welcome non‐profit community art groups the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (CGAF) http://www.clayandglassarts.org and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund(CERF+) http://craftemergency.org as exhibitors for this year’s festival. CGAF seeks to foster participation in and appreciation of ceramic and glass arts by funding workshops, lectures and demonstrations for artists, schools and the public. CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit them.
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ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8 and 9, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Celebrating 25 years, this fabulous festival celebrates clay and glass art. More than 140 local artists will display the finest in handcrafted glass and ceramic art. Meet the artists while shopping, or take part in fun activities such as demonstrations in clay, glass, raku and ikebana techniques. Free admission; valet parking available. Hosted by the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA) and co‐sponsored by the Palo Alto Art Center and KFOG.