Thursday, January 26, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - Sonoran Glass School Presents 2017 Flame Off!

The Flame Off is an annual torchworking competition at the Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, Arizona where 18 glass artists compete to make the best glass art creation inspired by this year’s theme: “The Textures and Sparkle of Tucson’s Gem Show.”

Now in it’s 16th year, the Flame Off was originally founded by glass artist Tom Philabaum in 2001. The Arizona Daily Star has called the Flame Off a “Top Ten Must See Event of the Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show” and Zocalo calls it “one of Tucson’s hottest gatherings.”

Your hosts, glass artists Margaret Zinser and Bronwen Heilman invite you to join the crowd and watch as flameworkers go torch-to-torch! Grab a seat in the bleachers and watch the competition in front of you and on HD screens live streaming close ups, while enjoying entertaining and educational commentary on the progress of the artists, their pieces, and the competition.

Competing Artists - This year there will be 18 artists from around the country and one international competitor. Artists will compete in one of two competition sets (7PM or 9:30PM) and will have 90 minutes to complete their entry piece. There will be up to nine artists competing at a time.

First place prize is a A Samurai 3 Stage Torch ($4,325) from Flame Off sponsor Glass Tech Technologies. Second and third place winners receive hundreds of dollars in valuable torchworking supplies and gift certificates from our sponsors.

All competitors have agreed to donate their finished pieces to Sonoran Glass School to be bid on by attendees and the general public. Proceeds support the nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its educational programming.

Enjoy beer, wine, and a food truck roundup. Explore the Sonoran Glass Art Show tent next door as well. ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages. This is an all ages event.

About Sonoran Glass School:
Founded in 2001, Sonoran Glass School began as the dream of a small group of local glass artists in possession of a dilapidated tire changing station in the outskirts of downtown Tucson.  Working toward their mission to inspire people of all ages to discover the wonder of glass art. The school teaches students and the g
eneral public how to create and appreciate glass as a visual arts medium through educational courses, one-on-one experiences, visiting artist seminars, and community events funded by SGS members and supporters.
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