San Jose Harvest Festival Delves into Local Art Community

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San Jose Harvest Festival Delves into Local Art Community San Jose Glass Artist Alliance to host stained glass workshop

(San Jose, Calif., July 2010) — This year, the San Jose Harvest Festival, happening November 26-28 at the San Jose Convention Center, will offer its attendees a new and interactive way to show their support for local artists.

The San Jose Glass Artist Alliance will be participating in the show by hosting a series of stained glass workshops. For a small fee that will cover material costs, attendees can learn how to create their own stained glass ornament. Or, patrons can meander to the organization’s booth to purchase a professionally crafted work of art.

The San Jose Glass Artist Alliance (SJGAA) was founded 5 years ago by Janett Peace, a glass artist who had been in the industry for 35 years. According to Peace, there was a large need within the community for an art glass center, so she decided to create a group to provide support for the glass artist community. Now, the SJGAA is home to 157 glass artists, all of them local and home blown.

Last year, the SJGAA opened up the Art Glass Center of San Jose on S. 1st street and offers numerous different classes and projects, including stained glass, fused glass, torch work glass and cast glass.

“In keeping with the SJGAA’s community spirit, we offer a number of different classes and programs to help make the art glass experience affordable for everyone,” said Peace. “We include all the materials and instruction needed to create each piece of glass art, and there are a lot of rules to working with glass because of its intricate scientific properties. Once people have completed a class, they can come and use our facility including all the tools and equipment for free.”

The SJGAA is a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and all of the people working there are volunteers. The organization frequently hosts demonstrations and seminars at schools, teaching students about glass as it relates to math, science and art.

“We participated in the Harvest Festival last year as a vendor, and we’re very excited to return to offer this workshop,” said Peace. “It’s so important to support local artists and art within our communities.”

What: The San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show® and the San Jose Glass Artist Alliance

When: November 26-28, 2010 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA

Hours: Friday: 9am – 6pm, Saturday: 10 am – 6pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5pm

Tickets: Adults: $9, Seniors (62+): $7, Youth (13-17): $4, 12 & Under:  Free

Info: For tickets and information, please call 415-447-3205 or visit www.harvestfestival.com

Press: Contact the Larose Group at 650-548-6700 or email Liz Stigge at lstigge@prmagic.com

ABOUT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ART AND CRAFT SHOW®:

The Harvest Festivals began 38 years ago in San Francisco as a destination for artists and craftspeople to gather and have a forum to sell their handmade products. Today, the show has grown to encompass nine shows in the state of California and Nevada and still continues its tradition by only featuring arts and crafts made in the United States.  Each exhibitor is subject to a rigid jury process to be selected as a featured artisan, ensuring a rich diversity and high quality of all products sold. Attendees are able to directly interact with the artists, watch crafting demonstrations, and can get many gifts personalized. The Harvest Festivals are owned and operated by Western Exhibitors.