ACGT ‘Hot Glass’ exhibit opens Oct. 1Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Glass artist and Toledo native Matthew Paskiet can trace his love of artistic experimentation to childhood hours watching his father work with stained glass.
“All that time I spent with him in the basement, messing around, making things, helped me learn the satisfaction of making something with my own hands,” Paskiet said. “That’s my drive, what makes me happy. I made something with my two hands and someone wants it. That is very gratifying.”
Years later, Paskiet had the chance to return the favor. When he started learning to blow glass, his dad was interested, too.
“I showed him smelting and fusing and he automatically gravitated toward that because of his past with stained glass,” Paskiet said.
When his father passed away in February, Paskiet lost one of his biggest fans and Toledo lost a budding glass artist.
Paskiet plans to honor his father’s memory at Hot Glass, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s (ACGT) premier fundraiser, hosted every two years. The event will open with a reception on Oct. 1 and culminate in an auction on Nov. 12.
Proceeds go directly to the artists as well as to fund local arts programs, including Young Artists at Work, Artomatic 419, Gallery Loops and Art Walks, Art in TARTA, and the Parkwood Gallery. Hot Glass raised more than $80,000 in 2008.
The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Edison Building Lobby, 300 Madison Ave., in Downtown Toledo. New this year, bids will be accepted opening night. Online bidding opens Oct. 4.
Paskiet contributed a murrini plate made at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion and dedicated to his dad.
“It’s a special plate for me and I knew I wanted it to be for something special, a way of putting a piece of my dad in there,” Paskiet said. “He was a big supporter of mine and a big supporter of the arts. I miss him all the time.”
The auction will include nearly 100 works from experienced artists as well as new talent, hailing from Toledo to Australia, said Jennifer Jarrett, deputy director of ACGT. Pieces range from marble-sized to large-scale sculptures, Jarrett said.
Paskiet, who owns Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery in Holland, said he’s honored to be part of Hot Glass. Other local artists include Kelly Sheehan, Scott Darlington, Tom McGlauchlin and Jeff Mack.
“I don’t think the general glass-buying public realizes the quality and caliber of the glass that’s going to be at this show,” Paskiet said. “It’s a great opportunity to support the arts scene in Toledo, see some of the best art glass around, mingle with the artists and just try something new.”
Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, the exhibition will be open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gala auction is set for 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 12. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeurves and desserts, and a cash bar.
All artwork will be auctioned, as well as several glass experience and tour packages. Tickets are $75 per person.
To purchase tickets, contact the Arts Commission at (419) 254-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.acgt.org.