Molten artwork sparks creativity
for groups in Grapevine
Vivid, fascinating fine art glass creations line the walls of Vetro Glass-blowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine. Vetro artists not only create these masterpieces, they also enjoy educating the public about the ancient art form of glassblowing through live demon-strations. “When a group visits Vetro, I think they enjoy the fun and unique atmosphere of the gallery and the many styles of art glass we have to see,” said Shannon Shumate-Trolinder, gallery manager of Vetro. “Then, they are invited into the artist’s studio where they can enjoy watching the art of glassblowing and ask questions to the glassblowers at the end of their creations. ”The glassblowing team has 32 years of experience behind them and three glassblowing artists, including owner David Gappa, Shumate-Trolinder said. Scheduled glassblowing demonstrations are usually 30 minutes long, and they also include a Q&A at the end. A variety of demonstrations and customized events are offered to give groups a memorable experience as well. A team-building event is one of the options for groups, and it includes challenging opportunities that team members in a variety of companies may face, Shumate-Trolinder said. Guests also can help create their own artwork with molten glass in Vetro’s Help-Create experience.
Each attendee can choose two to three colors from a selection for their artwork. During the changing seasons throughout the year, groups can create different types of artwork. In September, guests can create pumpkins, ornaments in November and December, hearts and flowers in February and beer glasses in March in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. “Groups will have an unforgettable experience,” Shumate-Trolinder said. “You will take away the beauty of the art of glassblowing, knowledge of how you can create with molten glass and just a fun experience of visiting a working studio and a fine art glass gallery.”
Motorcoach parking is available on Hudgins Street, which is located directly behind Vetro, or in the front parking lot area as well. Group rates are available. Scheduling a visit in advance is preferred.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery