The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® Returns for 22nd Year
Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale and Proceeds to Support Arts Non-Profits.
PALO ALTO, CA – The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.
During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins will be on exhibit from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for purchase Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
“This year’s Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families,” said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). “Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes, every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 30 and October 1.”
This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.
Exhibition dates for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® are Sept. 26-27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sept. 28-29,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pumpkin sale dates are Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Candlelight Cocktails, the annual pre-sale and cocktail party in the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, returns to the Art Center this year on Sept. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. The event features food, drink, and offers first pick of the pumpkins. This event is open only to Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members at the Advocate level and above, and to members of the media. For more information on membership, go to www.paacf.org/membership.
About the Palo Alto Art Center:
Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 90,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs. The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services. The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. For more information about the Palo Alto Art Center, visit our website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter.
About the Bay Area Glass Institute:
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide accessible, hands-on glass experiences that educate and inspire current and future generations of patrons, students and artists. BAGI is the only public access glass working facility in Santa Clara County, offering a variety of glass-working classes and demonstrations by internationally renowned and local artists. Visit www.bagi.org for more information.
About the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation:
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973, expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and the Palo Alto Art Center function through a City council-recognized public/private partnership. The Foundation supports all of the Art Center's major program areas, including: free-admission exhibitions; our school tour program Project LOOK!; art classes for adults and children; and volunteer and volunteer programs. The Foundation is supported by membership and individual contributions, corporate and foundation grants, and special events, as well as proceeds from The Gallery Shop.