12th Annual Glass Gallery, Gathering of the Guilds in Portland Oregon
April 27, 2012
One week from today is the opening of Oregon Glass Guild’s 12th Annual Glass Gallery at Gathering of the Guilds in Portland Oregon. It’s a fabulous three day art show and it’s what to do in Portland next weekend.
Glass Gallery is held in conjunction with Gathering of the Guilds, which is the largest artist-owned art show on the West Coast. The show runs May 4, 5, and 6. Show hours are 10am – 9pm on Friday; 10am – 7pm on Saturday; and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.
Originally started by the Oregon Potters Association thirty years ago, ‘Gathering of the Guilds’ includes the Oregon Glass Guild, Portland Handweavers Guild, Portland Bead Society, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Creative Metal Arts Guild and Northwest Fine Woodworkers.
The Oregon Convention Center is located at 777 NE MLK Blvd in Portland close to the intersection of I84 and I5. You’ll find the Glass Gallery in Hall C.
The best way to see the show, meet artists and learn a bit more about their work is during the typical ‘slow’ times of an art show. Friday during the day, Saturday night and Sunday morning. Typically the largest crowds arrive Friday night after work and Saturday late morning through late afternoon; then Sunday early afternoon after church and brunch.
If you go during a slower time, you can get to know your favorite artist better – ask about their work, what inspires them, what upcoming projects they have, and maybe even talk about a special commission you’d like them to make for you.
You can read about how I set up my booth in this post from last year’s show: Epilogue of the Event: Glass Gallery 2011.
This year I’ll be in booth # 29, nestled between my friends, Carolyn Crystal and Kathy Watne behind the information booth. We plan to have a lot of fun. Come see us first, ok?!! Oh, and I’d love it if you tell me you follow my blog!!