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Blenko Glass Collection of Barry Wade Exhibit

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Location: Parkersburg Art Center
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
725 Market St
Parkersburg, West Virginia

The Blenko Glass Company is a family-owned and operated concern since 1893, and located in Milton, West Virginia since 1921. Founder William Blenko came to our state seeking a dependable workforce, easy access to the railroad, and an abundance of cheaply priced natural gas for his furnaces. His son (also William) imported Swedish glass artists to train the Blenko crews. This was the beginning of the tableware line of pieces known throughout the world for their extraordinary color and elegance of form.

Blenko is one of the few survivors of America's Art Glass industry, in part because of their almost futuristic design aesthetic. The work is sturdy and forthright. The shapes are simple, but not in the least simplistic. The Blenko colors demand that the glass be displayed in a place where light can pour through, reminding us that glass—while appearing hard—is always a molten work in progress.

Blenko is popular with serious glass collectors, and Parkersburg's Barry Wade is no exception. We are delighted he is trusting us to display samples from his vast personal collection. Many of his pieces are one-of-a-kinds, and signed by the artists, such as Wayne Husted, shown on the right with Barry and one of his brilliant platters.

Exhibit runs from March 31 - May 10, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Admission $2/children free)



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