Did Summer go fast for you? It went really fast here at PGC! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not really the end of summer yet—I mean, we have summer hours through September 4, right? But yesterday signified the end of our summer session of classes which for us is a big deal. The summer session of classes is the only time of year where the whole building operates in a different way and at a different pace. We see students and instructors come from all over the world to work here in our studios and really creative wonderful things happen.
Check out some more of the amazing photos captured during these classes this summer!
But, now official PGC Fall doesn’t start until mid September. What are we up to until then? This is down time for our studios and equipment when ovens are cool and our technicians can get in and do routine maintenance as well as complete seriously needed repairs so that everything is ready to go for the aforementioned fall class season. You might be surprised to see what goes into cleaning and maintaining of our thousand pound hot glass furnaces—someone has to actually crawl inside to do the work!
Meanwhile, our office staff fields calls and emails to answer questions for people planning to sign up for fall classes, as well as plans the event of the year, our annual fundraiser Art on Fire Celebration & Auction! This year our theme is super heroes as we celebrate the artists and supporters that have helped PGC thrive for its first 10 years and help us to prepare for the next decade! If you’ve never attended this party in the past, it’s really a treat with tasty food and drinks and up close views of incredible glass art. Plus all the money raised supports PGC’s education and exhibition programs!
And of course, even though the building is quiet during this hiatus between summer and fall, we’re still open to the public during our normal summer hours (M 10-4, T-Th 10-7, Fr-Sat 10-4, closed Sunday) so visitors can see the amazing 10x10x10 exhibition in our gallery. It’s been lauded as one of the best shows in PGC’s history so you really can’t miss it—it’s up through September 17th!