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BIMA Participating in Refract, The Seattle Glass Experience

BIMA is super excited to be participating in Refract, The Seattle Glass Experience from October 17-20, 2019!

Refract celebrates the region’s luminaries of glass art with epic exhibitions, festive art parties, fascinating talks, tours & demos, scores of open studios and exclusive collector events over four days. Glass artists, collectors, enthusiasts and more will converge on the Puget Sound region to give credit where credit is due in the Pacific Northwest’s role in advancing the art form.

To participate, BIMA is opening its first-ever exhibition exclusively dedicated to the many glass pieces in the Museum’s Permanent Art Collection. The exhibition opens October 12, 2019 and will remain up through February 23, 2010. It is also holding over its popular solo exhibition Carol Milne: Knit Wit which features kiln-cast glass techniques. Her sculptures defy the meticulous processes employed to complete the work. Milne’s ‘knitted’ sculptures go beyond realism and re-creation — they also weave personal memories and stories.

Chihuly Garden and Glass and Visit Seattle set out to answer the question of why the PNW has become such a center for glass art by creating Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, which is the nation’s newest festival highlighting creative uses of glass. Refract brings together more than 50 art organizations and artists to host events throughout the region. Tour local studios, get up-close to the art of glassblowing at live demonstrations, explore exhibitions and museums, attend evening parties, and more.

See where glass art is created with obsessive passion, beauty, and who-knows-what’s-next creativity. Explore the magic and depths of this fascinating material. Celebrate alongside the artists who put this region on the map. We hope to see you there.