The Huffington Post – Travel Media Showcase 2016

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Travel Media Showcase: Unsurpassed Destinations & Tremendous Art in Texas

Let the Arts Fill your Heart in Grapevine Texas with Travel Media Showcase 2016

During Travel Media Showcase, we were able to choose a local FAM (familiarization) Trip. I went on “Let the Arts Fill Your Heart!” which began at the Great American West Gallery where we had lunch catered by Main Street Bakery. I was able to interview Sonya Terpening who told me she is a storyteller who uses paints instead of words. I loved hearing about her recent trip to Glacier National Park with thirty women artists to re-create a trip of women artists in the 1930s for the 100th birthday of the National Parks!

While on tour at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, I bought earrings. We also toured the Holder Dane Gallery next door and I was able to interview Linda Lewis-Roark, owner of Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program. Her bronze sculptures are sought after and her 800-pound winged unicorn is on top of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s north tower. Her pegasus is 9 feet from wingtip to wingtip and was placed in December 2015. Lewis-Roark is possibly the only woman sculpture who also runs her own foundry.

 Our art tour of Grapevine then went to the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a performance of the Lone Star Murder Mystery where everyone gets involved in the show. We concluded our day at the Settlement to City Museum where I sat in the One Room Schoolhouse and was amazed by the collection of history objects. Thank you to Grapevine for arranging an amazing day of art. I loved being able to interview two women artists from Texas―here is the video:

Star-Telegram / Southlake Journal

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Grapevine glassblowing studio heats up Valentine’s Day
By Marty Sabota
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Glass artist Spencer Crouch helps Ashley Redford make a glass rose at Vetro. Juan Guajardo Star-Telegram GRAPEVINE

Adam Redford is a sweet, caring spouse who wanted to find a special experience to celebrate his wife’s 29th birthday and Valentine’s Day that followed three days later.
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Dallas Morning News – Learn the Art Glass-Blowing at Vetro in Grapevine

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Step into Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery and you’ll find glass blowers at work, sculpting and turning molten globs of glass with blowpipes, furnaces glowing with fire.

Owned by David Gappa, a former architectural designer, Vetro (Italian for glass) churns out a variety of pieces for both private commissions and the adjacent gallery, which also sells blown, fused and sculpted pieces from artists around the world. You might find Gappa, or one of three other on-staff glassworkers, crafting a range of items including jewelry, decanters and sculpture.

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South Main Street Ignites Artist Revolution

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SOMA – South on Main Artist 

When you shake hands with Grapevine blacksmith Will Frary, you realize just how easy your day job is.

Since the early 1980’s, the blacksmith’s seasoned hands have been hard at work, pounding away at whatever piece of wrought iron, steel, railroad spike or horseshoe is unfortunate enough to find itself between his hammer and anvil.

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Indulge Magazine Features Vetro – Tradition With a Twist

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By Mary Rogers Photos by Ron T. Ennis

The house, substantial and impressive, sits in a trendy enclave of Southlake that not so long ago was tree-dotted meadow land. It’s surrounded by equally remarkable homes.

It is a big house, boasting five bedrooms, eight baths, five fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen inside and another outside, adjacent to the pool and pergola. There are two laundries — a small one upstairs and a big one downstairs — a game room, a media room, a “teen lounge,” an exercise room, a wine room and two studies (one for him, one for her), as well as a “study area” in each of the three upstairs bedrooms. There’s also a “tornado room” outfitted with generators, a steel door and beefed up walls to secure the family against any big wind.

But behind the custom-carved, basket-weave double front doors of this 9,800-square-foot residence, interior designer Tiffany McKinzie, working closely with the homeowners, has created a safe haven that feels unexpectedly cozy and surprisingly comfortable without the burden of opulence.
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Dallas Morning News… Blow your “Glass” heart out

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David Gappa likes it hot. He’s the gifted artist who owns Vetro Glassblowing

Studio & Gallery in Grapevine, and on a recent Saturday, he wore a T-shirt covered by a long-sleeved flannel shirt. “It’s cold,” he exclaimed when I commented on his warm attire.

OK, it was 55 degrees outside, and to be fair, he did have the studio door open.  This is a guy who’s used to working with glass that starts out in a white-hot furnace, in a glowing molten pool that’s about 2,100 degrees. The glass heats up to 2,400 degrees in the “glory,” or reheating furnace, and the final pieces then get transferred into a “cooling area.” Yeah, cool: a mere 850 to 900degrees.
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North Texas Catholic interviews David Gappa

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Like the glass he molds, award-winning glassblowing artist David Gappa forges his talents to give them back to God.

When David Gappa took a glassblowing class at the University of Texas at Arlington 16 years ago, he didn’t imagine it would someday become his career. He was, after all, studying for his master’s in architecture.
“I was able to take two semesters of glassblowing” at UTA, Gappa explained. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioner is now a master glassblower, but at first he said, “I just looked at it as pure enjoyment. It was something that allowed me to escape from the drafting table for a few hours every few weeks.”  After getting his master’s, Gappa went on to become an architect with Quorum Architects in Fort Worth for the next 10 years. But his passion for glassblowing didn’t fizzle out.
It continued burning steadily, and soon after joining Quorum, he got together with a group of other artisans to form a co-op studio in 1999 in Grapevine known as Vetro, Italian for glass. Read More »

570 KLIF Radio Interviews David Gappa

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David Yates with 570 KLIF Radio and David Gappa have formed a partnership creating a unique handblown glass Terrarium.  Tune in below to hear the full interview!!!


MEDIA RELEASE: VETRO Completes Seven Notable Projects During the Hot Texas Summer

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Next Up “Glass on the Tracks” Annual Holiday Party November 6

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (September 30, 2010) –Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery announced, after last week’s official end of summer, that its team of glass artisans completed seven projects commissioned by commercial and residential clients during the season. This level of activity marks one of Vetro’s biggest summers in its ten year history. Among the commissioned work is a four-part handblown glass niche installation in Fort Worth’s Montgomery Plaza and a handblown glass wall installation in the new Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Read More »

The Business of Art – David Gappa Interviewed by Southlake Style Magazine

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Local Artists Reveal Right Brain Secrets of Success

Starving artists? Not here in Northeast Tarrant County. Surprisingly, the area known as home to corporate executives, professional athletes and soccer moms also has a thriving arts scene, most recently exemplified by the 11th Annual Art in the Square in Southlake and 2010 Bear Creek Art Gala in Keller. Nurtured by organizations such as Arts Council Northeast, Apex Arts League, Young Artists of Texas, city governments, chambers of commerce and community groups, there are year-round opportunities to appreciate the arts.

This influx of culture has become a breeding ground for local talent. With dozens of artist-owned galleries and studios throughout Northeast Tarrant County, it appears that professional artists are catapulting their talent into successful businesses. And at a time when corporate America is struggling to make a profit, it is inspirational to see “right brain” individuals achieving success in business acumen. N.E.T Business Resource examines the affect a creative mind has on the bottom line by profiling three local individuals – Olivia Bennett, Trish Biddle and David Gappa – in their dual roles as artists and business managers. By combining an inherent passion, natural talent and smart marketing, each has reached national acclaim as a professional artist. Read More »

Vetro Creates Art Glass For Barbara Bush

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Local artists David Gappa of Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine TX created a signature art glass piece that was presented to former first lady Barbara Bush last Tuesday, April 12. They were invited by The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Fort Worth TX to award the piece to Mrs. Bush as a “thank you” for her relentless support in cancer research as well as her participation as the guest speaker in the private, grand opening banquet celebration of The Center which opened in February 2005. Upon receiving the art piece, Mrs. Bush immediately expressed her gratitude and requested to personally meet the artists. “It was an incredible honor to be the ones selected for this opportunity. And then to be asked to go on stage to shake her hand and meet her was remarkable,” said artist and co-owner David Gappa. Read More »