This year’s Glass Expo Pacific Northwest™ (GEPN) will take place May 31 – June 1, 2018 in the bustling city of Bellevue, Wash. (suburban Seattle), and there is no better place to hold a convention full of glass enthusiasts! Held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue hotel, GEPN is just a short distance away from some amazing glass attractions that you do not want to miss!

Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Just a 10-mile drive across town, you can enter the doors of the Museum of Glass, located in Tacoma, Wash. Dedicated solely to the medium of glass, the Museum of Glass celebrates its appreciation through artist galleries, implementing education and encouraging creativity.

The 75,000 square foot art museum boasts temporary and permanent exhibitions and collections that showcase 20th and 21st century glass works of art from around the world. In addition to the galleries, you can also find yourself on the sidelines of a live demonstration at the Hot Shop Live – where the Hot Shop Team and visiting artists demonstrate on-the-spot glassmaking. This popular experience is a great way to see artists engaged in real creative work.

Also – be sure to walk through the beautiful Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot long bridge that connects the museum to downtown Tacoma. Made by Austin-based artist Arthur Andersson in close collaboration with Dave Chihuly, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass has three distinct installations that are sure to amaze you.

For more information on the Museum of Glass, visit www.museumofglass.org.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located in Seattle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass opened in 2012 by the legendary American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. A long-term exhibition, the museum showcases eight galleries, a centerpiece Glasshouse, theater and a lush garden with monumental sculptures.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Inside the 40-foot tall Glasshouse, you will find an incredible 100-foot suspended glass sculpture – one of Chihuly’s largest works of art. You might even find entertainment in the theater, where short films of Chihuly’s working process are featured. The theater is also a place for educational lectures and community events. For the latest event happenings and more information on the Chihuly Garden and Glass, visit http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com.

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GEPN is co-sponsored by the Washington Glass Association (WGA), USGlass magazine, USGNN.com™ and the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal. More information is available at usglassmag.com/gepn.

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  1. The Puget Sound is definitely a hot bed of glass – architectural and decorative. The Glass Museum is 36 miles from Bellevue though. And while you’re there, check out the Murano hotel just down the street. One of the best stacked glass installations in the area. The Seattle Public Library is worth your time – just think about the installation of that geometric facade. And don’t forget the Space Needle Renovation underway – it’s all about glass! If you’re visiting the Chihuly exhibit it’s worth your attention and on the same campus. Also on the Seattle Center Grounds you’ll find an urban skate park that’s also all about glass. Yes, glass in a skatepark – a skate-able graphic glass wall and the sexiest air intake vent you’ve ever seen.

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