New family art festival and glass art party to debut at Wiregrass Museum of Art

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DOTHAN, Alabama — October 14, 2022 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is introducing two new events at the end of the month, The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival. Both events are part of the museum’s series of community-focused events and programs in celebration of its upcoming 35th anniversary, marking its mission and role in the Wiregrass since its founding in 1987.

“The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch festival were created with our community in mind, to provide residents and visitors with fun, unique experiences and ways to make memories with family and friends. Art brings people together, whether it’s for an after-hours spooky cocktail party with live glass blowing at The Glass Pumpkin Party, or by making art with kids and families at The Pumpkin Patch festival. Both of these events reflect the museum’s commitment to the art and artists of our time – a core value that has been part of WMA’s work for the past 35 years, “ said Dana-Marie Lemmer, WMA’s executive director and curator.

The Glass Pumpkin Party will be held at WMA on Friday, October 28th from 6-9 p.m., and is a unique evening event where attendees will experience live glass blowing and a one-of-a-kind glass art installation. This party is an evening preview event for the first chance to view and shop more than 300 glass and ceramic pumpkins created by artists Devan Cole and Forrest Buford with Hot Glass Academy, glass artists John Shoemaker and Sam Haas, and ceramic artist Kate O’Toole.

Glass and ceramic pumpkins will be on display and available for purchase during both events at WMA.

A live glass blowing demonstration from Hot Glass Academy will be presented in the museum’s outdoor space, and attendees can indulge in specialty seasonal cocktails and decadent hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can curate their own collection of glass pumpkins, available at price points from $30-300, to feature in their home or business each autumn, or to enjoy year-round, while supporting the Wiregrass Museum of Art and exhibiting artists with each purchase. Event ticket holders will be entered into a raffle to win a medium-sized glass pumpkin created on site by Hot Glass Academy at the event, with the option to buy additional raffle tickets. Tickets ($25) are available online at https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/events/the-glass-pumpkin-party/ or over the phone at 334-794-3871.

The installation will be open at WMA for two days only, on Friday evening and Saturday during the The Pumpkin Patch: A Family Art Festival held in the museum’s garden the next day.

The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival on Saturday, October 29th, will be held from 10am – 3pm at the museum in downtown Dothan. Attendees can enjoy WMA’s garden transformed into a giant pumpkin patch, with hands-on artmaking stations throughout. Families can take home their own painted pumpkin, and up to five handmade works of art made through action painting, 3D paper sculptures, and printmaking at hands-on artmaking stations. A special ‘Portrait-O-Magic’ will create custom portrait drawings for attendees, and everyone can decorate a custom bag to carry home their art and creations.

Galleries will be open for all visitors, with a special art scavenger hunt to bring families together to enjoy and talk about art together. Hot Glass Academy will be demonstrating live glass blowing outside at the festival, and will have an installation of glass pumpkins indoors, with the opportunity to purchase and collect works of glass art. WMA’s Teaching Artists Sara Ivey and Aimee Burr will also be demonstrating live painting and paper marbling, and high school students with Dothan Tech’s pre-engineering program will be presenting demonstrations, as well.

Costumes are encouraged for all ages, and free popcorn, lemonade, and candy will be available to all. Food trucks will be on site for additional paid offerings. Attendees can also visit the WMA pop-up shop to buy museum merch, including its popular ‘Art Elevates the Everyday’ t-shirt, mugs, stickers, patches, and more.

These events, as well as the museum’s upcoming Pajama Ball, a New Year’s Eve Party, and 2023 Art in Bloom programs, provide opportunities for local residents to celebrate WMA’s 35th anniversary and its focus on building a creative and innovative community in the Wiregrass to make the region a better place to live, work, and learn.

For more information about these events, contact the museum at 334-794-3871, or visit wiregrassmuseum.org.

About Wiregrass Museum of Art

Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works. Since its inception in 1987, WMA has offered educational programs, nationally-acclaimed art exhibitions and community events throughout the year. Its Board of Trustees guides the long-term vision and strategic goals, while its membership, City and County support, and grant funding provide the resources needed to fulfill its mission.

WMA’s galleries are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment. General admission is always free.

 

Contact:

Melissa Rea

Director of Advancement, WMA

334.794.3871

mrea@wiregrassmuseum.org

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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