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Neenah, Wisconsin – Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass announces the launch of the new, mission-based Glass Lakefront Art Show and Sale (GLASS) Arts Festival on Saturday, August 13th from 10am-5pm.
This inaugural event, to be held on the Museum grounds at 165 N. Park Ave, Neenah, WI, replaces the former Arts Festival which took place in Riverside Park for 45 years. The pandemic gave the Museum time to strategically revision and reinvigorate a festival that now centers on the Museum’s mission: glass art and glass art experiences. “Providing distinction from other art festivals in the area, we are delighted to offer a fun filled admission free event to the community while supporting glass artists and our vendor partners. We look forward to providing a new experience celebrating everything glass,” says Amy Moorefield, Museum Executive Director.
The perennially popular activities will remain, such as the Kids Tent, musical performances, artisan food offered by 9 food trucks, beverages, and new activities such as glass blowing demonstrations, along with 31 regional and nationally located artists selling their work. Three significant artist awards will be selected by Andy Schlauch, Executive Director of the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum (CAT), in Shoreview, Minnesota. The Museum will be open, as always, admission free. Moorefield believes that glass artists, glass collectors, and weekend travelers will voyage from beyond the Fox Cities for this new and innovative event due to the Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
Participating glass artists are: 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.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is grateful to GLASS Art 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.
About Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Located on beautiful Lake Winnebago, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is an American Alliance of Museum accredited art museum with an exclusive focus on glass. The museum has a permanent glass collection that includes the world’s largest collection of antique and contemporary glass paperweights, a collection of Germanic drinking vessels dating from 1573, Victorian decorative glass and an ever-growing collection of contemporary glass. The museum presents influential glass exhibits, as well as studio classes in glass for youth and adults, and a museum shop. Its mission: We provide extraordinary glass experiences to spark fun, kindle creativity, and illuminate learning for all.
The museum operates as a private, not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization, independent of the city of Neenah and other organizations similarly named. Since it opened in 1959, museum general admission has been free for everyone, always; it relies on private and corporate donations to continue to do so.
Hours: Tuesday—Saturday 10:00—4:30pm, Thursdays open until 8:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00—4:30pm
Telephone: 920-751-4658, Website: bmmglass.com