Vetro Glass Blowing Studio & Art Gallery, winner of the WFAA-List’s award for best art gallery, offers the public an inside peek at renowned glass artists working on fragile creations. In a 30-minute, artist-instructed session, students help create one hand-blown, fluted glass bowl, choosing colors from among the vibrant Vetro palette.
Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.
No great work of art is ever finished, but at Sunshine Glaze the works are even more unfinished than usual. Shelves lined with dozens of unpainted, blank clay bisques in the shape of bowls, plates, and pots await the creative touches of customers armed with the studio’s array of brushes, stencils, paints, and glazes. Visitors can leaf through idea books before setting out to decorate their clay vase or wooden mosaic, or tap into their right brains to render wholly original pieces. At the end of the session, the staff gives works a finalizing fire to dry the glaze and allow customers to take home their creative handiwork.