Glass artist and Waterfall Arts Glassworks studio co-founder David Jacobson raises the temperature of a reheating chamber and tests the new burners for recycled vegetable oil. Photo by Chris Battaglia

BELFAST — Waterfall Arts will soon unveil an addition to its roster of public art studios ceramics, printmaking and darkroom photography with a new state-of-the-art glass studio.

Waterfall Arts Glassworks, 256 High St,. will be the only public glassblowing studio in the state of Maine and will run entirely on electric equipment and fueled by recycling spent vegetable oil from local restaurants.

The grand opening will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the first of this year’s Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks. There will be glassblowing demonstrations, a tour of the new studio, mingling with the studio co-founders and glass artists, as well as beer, wine, and music.

In addition to the glassblowing studio, the current summer exhibition — Photographing Belfast’s Waterfront: Then & Now — will be on view in the gallery.

Waterfall Arts has created a partnership with Belfast Area High School to offer glassblowing classes for the 2021/2022 academic year. The school will be one of only eight public high schools in the country to offer glassblowing as an elective. The program is funded by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation and the Davis Family Foundation.

Waterfall Arts Glassworks is supported in part by Stanley Chevrolet Buick, Page Gallery, and First National Bank.

For more information, contact Chris Battaglia at [email protected] or 207-338-2222, ext. 105.


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