Learn the basics of the art of blowing glass with Owen Pach. The next beginning class series starts April 16.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
The Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport is changing it's name to the "Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport." That's not all, stop in and see the shop's new arrangements and improvements.
Stop in and see the new and improved hot shop at the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport! Board President Owen Pach is inviting everyone to stop in and see the new layout. The center closed down earlier this month for renovations. During that time, Pach says he and a group of dedicated volunteers rearranged the shop, added more space for a gallery and built new equipment. Pach says adjustments on the furnace door and annealer. He says improvements with the furnace door will make the process more efficient and even save them money in the long run. After all, the furnace needs to reach 2,300 degrees to hold the melted glass. The center is up and running and will be open tonight during the First Friday Art Walk from 6 - 10 p.m. Pach says they'…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Owen Pach actually handed me the blow pipe at the Industrial Arts Center!
The Industrial Arts Center opened it's doors in September 2008 and has been igniting inspiration for people of all ages ever since. Throughout the years, people have been able to come and learn how to blow their own glass paperweights, vessels, vases and even ornaments during the holidays. The non-profit center also offers courses in sculptural welding, glass fusing and metalsmithing. Currently, the center is offering a promotion through the first week of January. Stop by any Tuesday through Thursday between 6 and 9 p.m. and you can blow your very own one-of-a-kind glass ornament for just $20. No appointments are needed! To show just how easy it is to create a masterpiece, I put my skills to the test. Yes, Owen Pach allowed me to roll hot …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By Jonathan Schork
A familiar fixture in the artists’ courtyard on Beach Boulevard since 2008, the IAC has restructured its Board of Directors as it prepares to move forward in broadening its scope as a community asset. As the economy declined in 2008, and the Industrial Art Center's finances collapsed, Lynn DiVenuti & Amy Oatley took over management. Acting as Board President, Treasurer, & Secretary, DiVenuti, with Oatley as her Executive Director, focused almost exclusively on operations & revenue generation during that difficult period. After successfully concluding the popular IAC Chili Cookoff fundraising event in September, DiVenuti & Oatley retired, turning over the reins to a restructured Board of Directors. Award winning glass blower & GMA vice-…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Mark your calendars for "Fine Arts Friday" on Friday, Nov. 2!
In one week downtown Gulfport will be packed with guests, shoppers, residents, vendors and local artists. "Fine Arts Friday" kicks off on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Beach Boulevard. Organizers are excited to announce that not only will the event feature more than a dozen local artists; it will provide a space and one-on-one experience for young artists. There will be a children's tent or space where various young artists can show their work. It will be a spot for children from elementary to high school to display their creations. Organizers are also working to pair young participants with featured artists during the event. The pairings will allow area youth to learn from an experienced artist and receive hands on …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
You're invited to an art gallery grand opening, gallery talk by a well-known local artist and a special evening of tango dancing at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Yep, there's a lot going on this weekend in Gulfport!
Domain Welcomes (Even More) Art: Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a grand opening ceremony of its new gallery space on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport. Learn more about the event in our article, "Domain Expands Art Space, Gallery Grand Opening Saturday." Owen Pach at the Museum of Fine Arts: Pach is taking part in a gallery talk on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. This event is titled, "History of American Glass Movement and Gallery Talk with Owen Pach." The introductory lecture and gallery talk will be included with admission. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information call (727) 896-2667. Argentine Tango and Dinner Buffet: Experience an …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
You're invited to the grand opening ceremony for a new art gallery space provided by Domain Home Accessories this weekend in Gulfport.
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a grand opening ceremony of its new gallery space on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport. For over 11 years, Domain Home Accessories has offered a unique assortment of merchandise and has become a beloved merchant in the heart of Gulfport’s Waterfront Arts District. The keystone of this small, independent business has always been original art work, with an emphasis on functional art for the home. Housed in its small, colorful quarters are floor to ceiling displays of home décor, lamps and lighting, jewelry, kitchen ware and entertainment accessories, pottery, glassware, decorative hardware, candles, bath and body products, gifts, cards, or in other words “…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Gulfport residents and collectors came out to support glass artist Owen Pach at the Museum of Fine Arts during a "Gallery Talk." A similar event is planned for September 9.
Artist Owen Pach began his journey as a glass blower in 1988 in Ybor City. Now, nearly 30 years later, Pach has earned top awards across the country and has become a known name in the glass art community. From his time as a teaching assistant at Penland School in North Carolina to becoming an apprentice to master Marini maker Richard Ritter, Pach has plenty of stories. That's why he was invited to participate in a "Gallery Talk" event at the Museum of Fine Arts. Pach's piece titled, "COSMOS," is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, in the special exhibition Global + Local. Last week, collectors and art enthusiasts gathered for an intimate tour of the gallery and to hear personal stories from the artist himself…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Join Gulfport Artist Owen Pach tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts for "Gallery Talk," an interactive tour of the special exhibition "Global+Local."
Gallery Talk with Glass Artist Owen Pach You're invited to tour the special exhibit and hear stories from Owen Pach tonight at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. Pach will share life experiences, stories and interactions with other artists that are featured in the exhibition. Admission is $10 after 5 p.m. and includes the tour by Pach. There will be a cash bar and if you take your receipt to Parkshore Grill or 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, you'll receive 10% off your dinner. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For more information call (727) 896-2667. Gallery Talk in September: If you can't make it tonight, don't worry, Pach is taking part in another gallery talk on Sunday, …
Friday, July 20, 2012
In this week's Patch Minute we chat with local artist Owen Pach about new initiatives at the twice monthly Art Walks in Gulfport. Expect more artists, entertainers and more!
What are you doing this weekend? Stop by the Third Saturday Gulfport Art Walk in downtown Gulfport. The event is free and runs from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Beach Boulevard. Come see dozens of local vendors and fine one-of-a-kind decor, art and more! Watch our video and hear from local artist Owen Pach about the new initiative to bring live entertainers to the streets during Third Saturday Art Walks and about "Fine Arts Friday" coming soon.