Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Marble Festival - May 2nd

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Press Release
Weston, WV – The 13th annual Marble Festival scheduled for May 2nd at the Community Building in Cairo, WV has an extra attraction this year. The expected 300 to 500 attendees will have the opportunity to view examples of marbles from The National Marble Museum Collection exhibit which is concurrently opening at its new home at the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia in Weston, WV. The exhibit, which curator Dean Six refers to as "awesome", runs May 1 though September 30, 2009. It features a broad scope of handmade contemporary marbles, American machine made marbles, classic European marbles as well as images, artifacts and games. Visitors will see items ranging from a first century glass Roman marble to well documented examples of Playrite, MF Christensen, Champion Agates, Marble King, Vitro Agates, Davis Marble Works, Akro and all of the major American marble producers. The announcement of the relocation of this collection from California was made at last year’s Fest and now it is on display for all to appreciate.
This year’s Marble Festival will focus on and honor marble maker ALOX of Missouri. As always there will be buying, selling, trading and displays about marbles as well as marble related toys and accessories. Games and marble making history add to the enjoyment of the day. Free marble identification is always popular with collectors who also appreciate free set-up, parking and admission. Homemade food on-site is another well-liked feature of the Fest.
Dean Six, who plans and executes the Festival, expects many marble enthusiasts to visit the museum in Weston to view the National Marble Museum Collection while they are in the area. Both adults and children can enjoy seeing the marbles, and play some games, from 12-4 pm, seven days a week through September 30, 2009.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia is open year round noon to 4:00pm daily except major holidays. Admission is free. It is easily accessible off I-79 exit 99 onto US 33 West for two miles to Main Avenue. A left turn onto Main and the museum is on the left at 230 Main Avenue. Begun in 1992, the museum relocated to its present location in 2007 and occupies 12,000 square feet with over 7,000 pieces of glass on permanent display. More information can be found at http://wvmag.bglances.com/. Questions about programs or the museum can be directed to 304-269-5006.
Vintage Machine Made Marbles
Photo courtesy of Susie Metzler for the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Large Contemporary Marbles
Photo courtesy of Susie Metzler for the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia


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These are available for ordering on line, and for pre ordering as gifts.

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