Waterfall Arts announces the grand opening of its new public-access glassblowing studio Waterfall Arts Glassworks on Friday, July 23rd during Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Waterfall Arts is excited to unveil its fresh addition to the roster of its public art studios–ceramics, printmaking, and darkroom photography–with a new state-of-the-art glass studio. Waterfall Arts Glassworks 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 on the first occurrence of this year’s Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks, from 5pm to 8pm. There will be live 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 the Belfast Area High School (BAHS) to offer glassblowing classes for the 2021/2022 academic year.  BAHS will be one of only eight public high schools in the country to offer glassblowing as an elective. This high school program will be funded by the generous support of 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.

Glass artist and Waterfall Arts Glassworks studio co-founder David Jacobson raising the temperature of the reheating chamber and testing the new burners for recycled vegetable oil. Photo: Chris Battaglia
While running, the newly-installed electric furnace at Waterfall Arts Glassworks maintains a temperature of 2125º Fahrenheit. Photo: Chris Battaglia