Hot Glass Demos sponsored by The Corning Museum of Glass
Hot Glass Demos sponsored by The Corning Museum of Glass
Rock The Park Concert Series
Rock The Park Concert Series
Family Activities Throughout the Weekend
Family Activities Throughout the Weekend
Artist Displays & Exhibits
Artist Displays & Exhibits
Corning's Gaffer District
Chemung Canal Trust Company

The Tenth Annual Celebration of Glass and the Fire Arts in America's Crystal City is May 23-26, 2019

Presented by Corning's Gaffer District and Chemung Canal Trust Company, GlassFest is four days of glassmaking demonstrations, music entertainment, fine & fired art vendors, shopping, food, and more!
Live Glassmaking & Live Fire Arts Demonstrations

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Friday, May 24th

CMOG Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 12 - 8pm

Centerway Square

Come also see our Featured Fire Artists' installations on Friday, May 24th at 6:30pm on our Featured Artists Stroll! Begins at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. Featuring Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti.

Saturday, May 25th

Featured Fire Arts Demonstrations (featuring Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti) - 12pm - 5pm

Block 5 (between Chestnut St. & Bridge St.)

CMOG Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 11am - 8pm

Centerway Square

Sunday, May 26th

CMOG Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 11am - 5pm

Centerway Square

Featured Fire Arts Demonstrations (featuring Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti) - 11am - 4pm

Block 5 (between Chestnut St. & Bridge St.)

MEET OUR GLASSFEST10 FEATURED FIRE ARTISTS:

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin is an artist from upstate New York who has been dedicated to working with glass since 1995. He finds glass to be a material of infinite possibilities. Scott utilizes glass to create both beautiful sculptural objects as well as wonderful wearable designs. He is drawn to the material for both the technical challenge that it presents along with the endless possibilities that can be achieved with working in glass.

Alan Bennett

When Alan was five, he caught a bluegill. He thought it was so beautiful that he kept it in his pocket, where his mother found it several days later when she did the laundry. Alan received an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University and a BFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University. Alan worked as a designer and technical consultant for El Palomar Ceramics in Talaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico, and together with Rosemary, started their business together in Bath, New York, as full time clay artists since 1990. In addition to leading workshops around the US, Alan is a professor at Mansfield University. Experiences in or around the water and growing up with Jacques Cousteau specials strongly influence he and his wife, Rosemary’s, work.

Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti

Gwen Quigley and Tony Moretti, collectively known as the Crow’s Nest Artists, live with their daughter Leahbella in the hills above Hammondsport on an off-grid, self-built homestead. Their home is above their studio and they share their land with two sheep, a pony, a mini-mule, 7 cats, a dog, guinea hens and several chickens. Since they met in 1997, Gwen and Tony have created numerous sculptural works and taught various art programs for students of all ages. They transfer their love of nature and their rural existence into their work, drawing inspiration, as well as materials, from nature. Gwen and Tony work together, forging and fabricating, to create metal sculptures and architectural elements. Tony and Gwen have been featured artists for the Corning based Garden of Fire Project, are on the faculty of 171 Cedar Arts Center, are guest teachers at the Rockwell Museum, as well as local youth centers, schools, and libraries.

2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 23, 2019
At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy glassmaking demonstrations, live music, and great food and drink. Free and open to the public.
Exhibits, Displays & Participating Businesses

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ARTS Council of the Southern Tier

The Featured Artist Stroll features an invitational exhibition of fire artists working in glass, metal and ceramics. This year's Featured Fire Artists include: Alan Bennett, renowned for work with raku-fired ceramics; Scott Griffin, glass flame worker; and, Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley of Crow's Nest Artists, metal workers. The Stroll begins at the Radisson Hotel Corning, 125 Denison Parkway, on Friday, May 24th, at 6:30 pm and ends with a reception at The ARTS Council, 79 West Market Street. Along with the Featured Fire Artists, work from the glass makers at the Corning Museum of Glass will also be on display. The artists will be giving live demonstrations of their work throughout the weekend.

Corelle Brands Scavenger Hunt

Pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at the Gaffer District Information tent in Centerway Square and at participating businesses. Two Grand Prizes and many more runner-up prizes!

Corning Museum of Glass

See live, narrated Hot Glass Demonstrations, and explore the Contemporary Art + Design Wing as well as the Museum’s two major exhibitions. Visit the international Museum Shops and even Make Your Own Glass. Exhibitions and demonstrations are included in the price of admission. Kids and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.

Exhibit A

Enjoy glass-themed carnival games in front of Exhibit A including ring toss and a glass tile matching game. It’s free to all, and every kid who plays wins a piece of candy.

GLASSFEST10 Featured Fire Artists (Featured Artists Stroll Friday, May 24th):

SCOTT GRIFFIN (glass flame worker)

ALAN BENNETT (renowned for work with raku-fired ceramics)

GWEN QUIGLEY & TONY MORETTI (of Crow's Nest Artists, metal workers)

Featured Corning Museum of Glass glassmaking Artists:

Catherine Ayers

Stephen Chapman

Eric Goldschmidt

Caitlin Hyde

Dane Jack

G Brian Juk

Jen Kuhn

Jeff Mack

Eric Meek

Lewis Olson

Chris Rochelle

Tom Ryder

Carl Siglin

Helen Tegeler

Fire Art Show

Featuring our GLASSFEST10 Featured Fire Artists Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti, they will be doing live demonstrations on Block 5 (between Chestnut Street & Bridge Street) on Saturday, May 25th from 12pm - 5pm & Sunday, May 26th from 11am - 4pm!

Gustin's Gallery Goldsmiths

Our artisans are highly experienced with building and modifying jewelry. Located conveniently in Gaffer District we have been serving the community since 1992. Our skillful team is ready to offer a wide range of on-site handmade jewelry. We also engage in repairs, and have an assortment of other products which include; estate, glass, sculptures, handmade Russian Boxes, paintings, and watch repair.

Rockwell Kids Art Lab (36 E. Market Street) open daily, 9am - 8pm

Be sure to stop by The Rockwell’s new interactive family studio. This summer, explore Framed: Step Into Art™, created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before. Kids/teens 17 and under are always FREE – discounts available for local residents, students, AAA, military and 62+. Children's Mural Painting is also on Saturday, May 25th, from 11am - 7pm and Sunday, May 26th, 10am - 4pm.

Rockwell Museum  (111 Cedar Street) open daily, 9am - 8pm

Just around the corner from Market Street in Historic City Hall, experience American art at the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate NY. Don’t miss Andy Warhol’s Art Factory, on view this summer only, starting GlassFest weekend! Kids/teens 17 and under are always FREE – discounts available for local residents, students, AAA, military and 62+.

West End Gallery (12 W. Market Street)

West End Gallery is a family owned and operated gallery celebrating 42 years in business on Historic Market Street in Downtown Corning, NY!  The Gallery features a wonderful selection of representational art by more than 60 exceptional artists. Visitors will find changing exhibits of original art in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, wood, bronze, ceramics, glass and more. Upon receiving a warm welcome from a friendly, knowledgeable staff, visitors may wander through two floors of Gallery space at their leisure.
 
GlassFest special! We’ll feature "A Touch of Glass," an exhibit which showcases the phenomenal talent of 15 local artists working in the fire arts. Featured artists are: Alan and Rosemary Bennett (Alan Bennett is one of the GLASSFEST10 featured artists!), David Bitting, David Buck, Becky Congdon, Brent Craig, Martha Custer, Ross Delano, Aaron Jack, Aaron Rovner-Buck, James Seaman, Gary Weisman, Carol O’Brien, Paul Willsea and Treacy Ziegler.  West End Gallery is a proud member of the Glass Art Society
 
All events are free and open to the public. Main exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Families and student groups are encouraged to visit. The Gallery is pet-friendly. We look forward to your visit!
 

Vitrix Hot Glass Studio (77 W. Market Street)

Founded in 1979, Vitrix Hot Glass Studio is located in the historic Hawkes Crystal Glass building on Market Street.  Vitrix is regarded among America’s prominent contemporary glass studios, producing some of the finest hand-blown glass in the region.  We invite you to visit us and browse our gallery full of unique artwork including glass, jewelry, pottery, metal, and wood.  Stop in to watch glass-making demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Check out GLASSFEST10's participating Gaffer District Businesses for special deals & discounts!

ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Come to The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery at The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to see work by emerging and experienced artists from the Finger Lakes region!  From jewelry, books, and handmade gift cards to glass, paintings, and...
Corning Museum of Glass
From children looking for an adventure to artists looking for inspiration, there's something for everyone at The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore 3,500 years of glassmaking history in the world's largest collection of glass, featuring 45,000 pieces...
Exhibit A
Exhibit A presents interactive sculptures by Greg Wright for GlassFest. Wright is a recent Alfred University graduate whose engaging objects produce sound and light and are created from various materials including glass.Also on view are intricate...
The Rockwell Museum
 The Rockwell Museum111 Cedar StreetOpen daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day): 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Kids/Teens (17 & Under) FreeMore than a museum – The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect...
Vitrix Hot Glass Studio
Founded in 1979 in Corning's historic Market Street district, Vitrix Hot Glass Studio is regarded among America's prominent contemporary glass studios. Glass Artist Thomas P. Kelly, owner of Vitrix; along with Robert Kelly, business manager;...
West End Gallery
Family owned and operated, West End Gallery is Corning's longest standing fine arts gallery, celebrating 41 years on Historic Market Street. You will find a beautiful selection of representational art by more than 60 exceptional artists working in a...
Nightlife & Entertainment

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If there's one event at GlassFest that you don't want to miss, it is Rock the Park, presented by Simmons Rockwell Auto Dealerships. This three-day Free concert is one of the highlights of GlassFest. Join us in Riverfront Centennial Park on Friday & Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, for amazing live music, local vendors, fireworks (Saturday only), and a Memorial Day Tribute (Sunday).

Please also be sure to check out the 20-minute documentary, "New Glass Documentary," at the Palace Theater (made possible by Pilkington Group Limited). Show times below!

Please see our schedule tab for a full listing of our entertainment.

2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 23, 2019
At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy glassmaking demonstrations, live music, and great food and drink. Free and open to the public.
Sway
3pm on May 26, 2019
Sway is spreading the word that R&R is alive and well! Rock n Roll & Blues is at the core of our original compositions and our unique list of classic cover songs.
GlassFest Kids Activities
12pm on May 25, 2019
Enjoy fun and FREE activities for the entire family!
Beatlegacy
6:30pm on May 25, 2019
Beatlemania and Beyond/The Ultimate Tribute”, is a stunning audio/visual recreation of the greatest music ever made!
Pop Vinyl
8:15pm on May 25, 2019
Experience the endless energy of "the band that doesn’t stop", Pop Vinyl!
The Town Pants
8:30pm on May 24, 2019
Celtic Rock, Fast Folkin' Irish Rock, folk/punk, banjopunk, Roots Rock Rebel!
"New Glass Now" documentary (made possible by Pilkington Group Limited)
10am on May 25, 2019
Free & open to the public! A 20-minute film coincides with The Corning Museum of Glass’ current exhibition, "New Glass Now": a monumental show that builds on the 1979 exhibition’s revelations and legacy.
Glass Tapas at Market Street Social with the Royal Tease
3pm on May 25, 2019
Enjoy cocktails, an Asian fusion menu, and the sounds of the Royal Tease from 3-6pm at the Market Street Social's outdoor bar on Saturday, May 25th!
Wineglass GlassFest 8K
8am on May 25, 2019
The 8th annual Wineglass GlassFest 8K, presented by The Community Foundation, will run on May 25, 2019 at 8 AM.
Schedule

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Thursday, May 23rd
Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 5:30 PM
Corning Museum of Glass

2300° GlassFest - 6 - 8 PM
Corning Museum of Glass

Friday, May 24th
Corelle Brands Scavenger Hunt - Business Hours
Participating Businesses

Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 12-8 PM
Centerway Square

Featured Artist Stroll - Starts at 6:30 PM
Starts at Radisson Hotel

Rock The Park (presented by Simmons-Rockwell)
Live Music: Battle of the Bands Champion - 6:30 - 8 PM
Live Music: The Town Pants - 8:30 - 10 PM

Saturday, May 25th
Wineglass 8K - 8 AM
War Memorial Stadium

Corelle Brands Scavenger Hunt - Business Hours
Participating Businesses

"New Glass Now" documentary (made possible by Pilkington Group Limited) 10 AM - 2 PM (20 minutes, 4 showings)
Palace Theatre

Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors - 11 AM - 7 PM
Market Street

Childrens Mural Painting
Kids Rockwell Art Lab - 11 AM - 7 PM

Downbeat Percussion
Community Clinic - 11 AM - Riverfront Centennial Park Stage
Wandering shows - 12:15, 1:15 PM - Market Street
Rooftop Performance - 2 PM - Market Street, Block 4

Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 11 AM - 8 PM
Centerway Square

Fire Arts Demonstrations (featuring Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, and Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti) - 12 - 5 PM
Market Street, Block 5 (between Chestnut St. & Bridge St.)

The Amazing Magic Joe - 12 PM, 4 PM
Val Reep Fountain

Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular - 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM
Chestnut Park

Kids Zone (presented by the YMCA) - 12 - 5 PM
Riverfront Centennial Park

Big Kids Game Zone - 3-7 PM
Centennial Sculpture

Rock The Park (presented by Simmons-Rockwell)
Live Music: Beatlegacy - 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Live Music: Pop Vinyl - 8:15 - 9:45 PM
Fireworks - 9:45 PM

Sunday, May 26th
Corelle Brands Scavenger Hunt - Business Hours
Participating Businesses

"New Glass Now" documentary (made possible by Pilkington Group Limited) 10 AM - 2 PM (20 minutes, 4 showings)
Palace Theatre

Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors - 10 AM - 4 PM
Market Street

Childrens Mural Painting
Kids Rockwell Art Lab - 10 AM - 4 PM

Kids Zone presented by the YMCA- 10 AM - 3 PM
Riverfront Centennial Park

Fire Arts Demonstrations (featuring Scott Griffin, Alan Bennett, and Gwen Quigley & Tony Moretti) - 11 AM - 4 PM
Market Street, Block 5 (between Chestnut St. & Bridge St.)

Outdoor Hot Glass Show - 11 AM - 5 PM
Centerway Square

Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM
Chestnut Park

The Amazing Magic Joe - 1:30 PM
Val Reep Fountain

Big Kids Game Zone - 1-4 PM
Centennial Sculpture

Rock the Park (presented by Simmons-Rockwell)
Live Music: Battle of the Bands 2nd Runner Up - 12 -1 PM
Live Music: Battle of the Bands 1st Runner Up - 1 - 2:30 PM
Memorial Day Salute - 2:40 PM
Live Music: Sway - 3-4:30 PM

"New Glass Now" documentary (made possible by Pilkington Group LImited) 10 AM - 2 PM (4 showings)

GlassFest Video
Events For the Whole Family
Diverse Entertainment
The Golden Gaffers
Hand Made Glass
Rock the Park
Live Music at GlassFest
Wine Tasting at GlassFest
GlassFest from above
Centerway Walking Bridge
Celebrating GlassFest in Centerway Square
Family Fun at GlassFest

Four Days of GlassFest

May 23-26, 2019

GlassFest kicks off on Thursday night with the Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and 2300°: GlassFest, free and open to the public, held at the Corning Museum of Glass featuring live glassmaking, music entertainment, shopping, food, and drink.

Friday at the Rock The Park concert in Riverfront Park.

Spend all day on Saturday and Sunday wandering along Historic Market Street, which is closed to car traffic and filled with art and food vendors. Watch live glassblowing demos on the outdoor stage in Centerway Square, listen to music during Rock The Park on both days, enjoy activities for the whole family, and even stay late for fireworks on Saturday night!

FOR FULL 2019 GLASSFEST10 PROGRAM CLICK HERE

 

For more information on GlassFest call (607) 937-6292.

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Do you want to become involved or plan your visit? Please use the references below to learn more!

Where to Stay

SPECIAL GLASSFEST WEEKEND PACKAGES

Radisson Corning  The Radisson Hotel in Corning has been named one of the country's best hotels by the 2019 US News and World Report Best Hotels rankings. It is now one of only three Radisson Hotel-branded properties in the country to receive a Silver Badge.

Ferenbaugh Campground

Or, choose a hotel in Corning to match your mood! https://www.corningfingerlakes.com/places-to-stay/

 

Where to Park

There are several parking options in Corning's Gaffer District. Enjoy complimentary parking in the Centerway Parking Facility after 5pm on weekdays and FREE all day Saturday and Sunday!

I'm a Gaffer District Business

Corning's Gaffer District businesses are encouraged to get involved in GlassFest 2019!

Please direct questions to Nate Basch, Director of Events, nate@gafferdistrict.com or call (607) 937-6292 x105.

Participation Forms:

Questions about GlassFest? We want to hear from you!
Please contact Nate Basch at nate@gafferdistrict.com, Corning's Gaffer District, 114 Pine Street, Suite 202, Corning, NY 14830. You can also reach us by phone at (607) 937-6292.
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Feb 21, 2019

Corning's Gaffer District is pleased to announce the return of the Field of Flags as part of 10th GlassFest in May.

Rock the Park Sponsored by Simmons Rockwell
Apr 23, 2018

Having trouble viewing this email? For Immediate Release:Wednesday, February 22, 2018Contact: Barbara Whitman, Director of Marketing and CommunicationsTel: (607) 937-6292 x108Mobile:607-377-4317 Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships Continue as GlassFest's...

Chemung Canal Trust Company Continues as the GlassFest Presenting Sponsor
Mar 29, 2018

Corning's Gaffer District is pleased to announce that Chemung Canal Trust Company will continue its commitment as presenting sponsor for GlassFest through 2019.

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