Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience Begins October 13

The 2022 festival brings together stars from the Netflix hit show Blown Away; Along with 70 participating glass artists in the greater Seattle area offering exclusive tours and events

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What Created by Visit Seattle in collaboration with Chihuly Garden and Glass, 4thth The annual Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is the premier glass festival spanning four days at dozens of locations throughout the Seattle area. Bigger and better than ever for 2022, Refract will feature more than 50 organizations and 70 participating artists. During Refract, glass art enthusiasts and newcomer artist parties will enjoy exclusive tours of open studios, special gallery exhibitions, hands-on experiences and intimate glassblowing demonstrations not offered at any other time.

When The festival takes place on Thursday 13 Octoberth through Sunday 16 Octoberth. Four days of exciting events and programs begin with Gather, the official opening party at the Chihuly Garden and Glass on Thursday 13th Octoberth from 18:30-21:00.

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Where Various museums, galleries, studios and spaces in the greater Seattle area will host events, many of which are free and open to the public. Participating organizations include Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pike Place Market Glass Artist Showcase, Glass Art Society, Museum of Glass, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Lino Taglipietra Studio, Traver Gallery, Pilchuck Glass School, Avalon Glassworks, Glass Eye Studio, Seattle Glassblowing Studio , Radiant Neon, Stonington Gallery, Gallery Mack, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Friends in Glass, Vetri and many more.

who Top Seattle glass artists take part in the annual Refract festival and this year’s lineup includes the newest contributors to hit Netflix show Blown Away: Dan Friday, Rob Stern, Minhi England and John Sharvin. All four artists will offer live glassblowing demonstrations and glass art exhibitions throughout the event weekend, including demonstrations at The Glass Eye on Friday; and demos at Seattle Glassblowing Studios on Friday and Saturday.

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why With more than 700 glass artists in the area, Seattle is the epicenter of glass art in North America. Refract is the only regional glass festival offering accessible art and exclusive experiences for all.

As The most convenient and enjoyable way to experience all that Refract has to offer is to stay at one of downtown Seattle’s luxury hotels. This year, six downtown Seattle hotels are offering exclusive Refract hotel packages. To plan your Refract weekend, you can access the entire schedule of events at RefractSeattle.org.

Visit RefractSeattle.org for the full listing of programs and events.

Tickets for the official Gather at Chihuly Garden and Glass opening party can be purchased here.

Media interested in attending Gather or a Refract event please contact Sienna Spencer-Markles: [email protected]

About Refract: The Glass Experience of Seattle
Visit Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and more than 50 Pacific Northwest arts organizations are joining forces for this annual festival, taking place October 13-16, 2022. This year’s festival offers a unique mix of open studios, performances, parties, exhibitions and tours. VisitRefractSeattle.orgfor more details.

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About Visit Seattle
Visit Seattle has been the Official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. As a 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle advances the region’s economic prosperity through global destination branding along with competitive vacation travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development programs and campaigns. Visit visitseattle.org.

About Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center brings together all elements of artist Dale Chihuly’s work, including drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations, and personal collections. This long-term exhibition includes indoor galleries, the Glasshouse centerpiece and an ever-changing garden, as well as live glass demonstrations, a theater and collections café displaying items from Chihuly’s personal collections. Learn more at chihulygardenandglass.com.

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