Everyone on earth will hit the street this weekend and there are a handful of off-cycle events scheduled in the next seven days that deserve attention including glass artistry in Chicago and Benton Harbor, along with the dazzling annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Not the Only Big Deal Next Week: A one-day event called Day of Glass hosted each year by the Glass Art Society is part of the group’s 43rd annual conference. You have probably never heard of it because this conclave of glass lovers has never been to Chicago before. One of the participants is Larry Zgoda, who you may have heard of, whose work will be part of the first Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition on Wednesday, March 19, at Solstice Stained Glass, 2010 W. Fulton, in Chicago, from noon to 7pm. The art showcase will include stained glass developed through a roster of skills including painting, restoration, lampmaking, and stenciling, unique to the art form. Guests are invited to bring images and questions about their stained glass, which may be answered by Zgoda’s team of hands-on scholars. To learn more about the Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition please call 773-698-3813.
And the Same Day Fernwood Visits Chicago Flower and Garden Show: The day trip begins at 8:30 in Buchanan, Michigan and returns by 6 pm and in between you spend the day in the gigantic greenhouse that is this dazzling annual show at Navy Pier. You can eat and visit the gardens on your own and leave the driving to Fernwood. The trip, including transportation and admission is $75 and $65 for non-members.
Even More Glass in Benton Harbor: Coming up this weekend Water Street Glassworks (WSG) will celebrate its most dedicated adult students and their instructors in an exhibition from March 14-April 19 entitled, “Weekend Warriors,” held in the Glassworks’ Dorris Akers’ Gallery, located at 140 Water Street in downtown Benton Harbor. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held during the Benton Harbor Arts District’s Spring Art Hop on Friday, March 14 from 6-9 pm. The exhibit is being organized by guest curator and WSG staff member, Eli Zilke. “The warriors are a dedicated group of individuals. Basically, they walked in the door to discover glass and never left. It has become their passion outside of work – and they’re good at it!” Zilke says. The “Weekend Warriors” exhibit continues through April 19 with gallery hours of Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am-5pm; Saturdays from 12-4 pm. For further information contact the WSG office at 269/925-5555 or visit on the web at www.waterstreetglassworks.org.