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Molten Magic: The Art of Glass

Program Number: 7893RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/18/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Why are Seattle and the Pacific Northwest the bustling center of creativity and innovation in glass art? Learn the answer to this question as you spend the week studying handmade studio glass, immersed in the beauty of this luminous medium. Work with professional artists at an acclaimed art school to create your own hand-blown masterpiece. Visit the studios and hot shops of renowned artists. Explore Tacoma's red-hot Museum of Glass with its spectacular Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the innovative Tacoma Art Museum and the delightful collection at the new Hotel Murano. Delight in galleries packed with shimmering examples of delicate beauty. Browse local galleries and the ever-changing Pike Place Market. Zip to the top of the Space Needle.




Highlights

• Be among the first to visit the just-opened Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, showcasing legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly's latest creations.
• Engage acclaimed artists on a visit to the Pilchuck Glass School in May or the Pilchuck Auction preview in October.
• In Tacoma, explore the red-hot Museum of Glass with its spectacular Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the engaging Tacoma Art Museum and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 15 blocks per day; mostly city sidewalks and museums.




Date Specific Information

10-13-2013

This date attends a preview of the Pilchuck Glass School Auction for a last look at stunning glass art before it disappears forever into private collections.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant, bustling downtown; three blocks to the Pike Place Market. One-and-a-half blocks to light-rail terminal to SeaTac Airport. Stunning views, fitness center, parking available for a fee.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
  Seattle, Washington 5 nights
 The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Seattle's bustling downtown, close to the Pike Place Market, the symphony hall, the Central Library, excellent restaurants, sports arenas and just 1.5 blocks from the LINK light rail connection to SeaTac Airport.
  Contact info: 1915 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, coffeemaker, hairdryer, robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board, clock radio, refrigerator, microwave, desk, internet access.
  Facility amenities: Full-service hotel with two restaurants, lounge, concierge, $15/night guest parking, exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 during regular business hours.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 during regular business hours.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00 -5:00 pm in posted meeting room. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by noon after Space Needle and Garden & Glass visit unless you choose to enjoy optional activities at the Seattle Center. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$15/night + tax in hotel garage. 6"2" height limitation.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, Washington
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $15, subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than one hour 

 

Distance:

 

about 16 miles

   

From baggage claim area take elevator to Floor 3, then descend to main level. At Island 2 catch Shuttle Express.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
LINK Light rail

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 one-way /adult; $.75 one-way/senior; subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Walk through the parking garage to the LINK terminal on the third floor. It's about 1100 feet from Baggage Claim to the LINK terminal. Take the LINK light rail to the Westlake stop. Ride the elevator to the street level and walk south on Fifth Avenue for 1.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel. If you need help, ask anyone. Seattleites love to give directions.

 
Driving Directions
  East, via I-90 Follow I-90 to I-5 North. Exit at Madison Street. Immediately turn left on Madison Street, crossing the freeway on a short bridge. Follow Madison St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. Drive 5 blocks to Pike St; turn right; drive one block to 5th Ave. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Drive past two stores and turn right down into the Red Lion Hotel parking garage. There is a loading area near the elevators to the lobby. Parking fee is $15/night.
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The hotel entrance is on the right side of the street.
  From the south via I-5, including SeaTac Airport Exit at Madison St. Turn left onto Madison, crossing the freeway on a short bridge. Follow Madison St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. Drive to 5 blocks to Pike St. Turn right onto Pike St. Drive one block to 5th Ave. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Drive past two stores and turn right down into the Red Lion Hotel parking garage. There is a loading area near the elevators to the lobby. Parking fee is $15/night + tax. 6' clearance in the garage--watch your roof racks!
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, reception, welcome, video on glassmaking techniques to prepare for tomorrow's hands-on glass workshop
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Arrive To: Check into hotel room, then stop at meeting room (posted on sign in lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 pm to pick up program materials and name tag.
 Afternoon: Hosted reception at 5:00 pm; welcome and discussion of agenda 5:30-6:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: After introductions all around, view a video detailing glassmaking terms and techniques that will help prepare you for working in the hot shop tomorrow morning.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: See up-close a demonstration of glassblowing; working with an artist, create your own hand-made globe or bowl. Work in the warm shop, flameworking a small piece.
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Enjoy fresh fruit, juices, pancakes, yogurt, hot & cold cereals, eggs, breakfast meats, breakfast breads, potatoes, coffe/decaf/tea.
 Morning: Travel to a nearby art school; gather in the hot shop around the furnace and glory holes to see demonstrations of glassmaking. Ask all the questions you want about the process. Then, under one-on-one guidance of an artist, blow your own glass float or bowl and work in the flameworking or fused glass studio. Please wear natural fabrics and closed-toe shoes today; no fuzzy sweaters. Coffee service all day; mid-morning snack.
 Lunch: Cracked Dungeness crab, chowder, salad and hot sourdough bread for lunch today! Watch ferries and fireboats pass by our restaurant at the end of an Elliott Bay dock. Other entrees available if crab isn't your favorite.
 Afternoon: At the 104-year-old Pike Place Market, chat with artisans and farmers and dodge flying fish. Stroll the stalls, explore the many nooks and crannies and snack on delightful delicacies. After a short guided walk behing the scenes, spend free time as you choose and return the three easy blocks to our hotel when you're ready.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room.
 Evening: Hear about the history and legacy of Pilchuck Glass School and its impact on art and artists in the Northwest and worldwide.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit Olympic Color Rods; one or two glass studios.
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Visit a nationally-known glass artists' supply house and its affiliated hot shop. Talk with a well-known glassmaker and his/her team--artists vary.
 Lunch: Lunch in a popular Thai restaurant. The food is tasty but not spicy and menu choices are made for you.
 Afternoon: Visit the Seatte Art Museum in its lovely, light-filled building. Enjoy a docent-led tour and then have time on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel meeting room.
 Evening: View videos of Dale Chihuly's latest installations and his work with other glass artists.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn about the history of glass art in the NW, then walk through public exhibits and private galleries to see shimmering delights.
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Hear a lecture on the history of studio glass in the Northwest, followed by a walk to see public exhibits and gallery displays.
 Lunch: Lunch in your choice of Pike Place Market cafes and restaurants or other nearby eateries. There are over 60 places to choose from in the Market.
 Afternoon: Just a block from the Market, visit the Seattle Art Museum's beautiful building and engaging exhibits. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon.
 Dinner: On your own for dinner this evening. Suggestions will be provided for dinner choices and evening entertainment possibilities.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Tacoma's Union Station, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. Pilchuck Glass School Auction preview.
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Travel to Tacoma to visit historic Union Station and the new Tacoma Art Museum to see early Chihuly pieces and TAM's current exhibits. Curators/docents will lead tours of exhibits. You must show government-issued picture identification (drivers' license/passport) to gain admittance to Union Station.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a casual, tasty brewpub.
 Afternoon: Cross the enchanting Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the stunning Museum of Glass to view its exhibits and hot shop. A docent will lead a tour of the current show; free time to watch artists in the comfortable, amphitheatre-style hot shop and to visit nearby galleries and the Museum's tempting gift shop. Next door are the Traver Gallery and Vetri, two excellent glass galleries. Collect the work you created on Monday morning and wrap it to carry or ship home. Next we will go to the Pilchuck Glass School Auction preview at the Westin Hotel to see works by many artists who have studied at Pilchuck before this art disappears forever into private collections. Chat with artists and enjoy a glass of wine!
 Dinner: After the auction preview, dinner tonight will be a relaxing meal in a popular local restaurant.
 Evening: We will be at the restaurant too late to have an evening activity.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Short film on the construction of the Space Needle; go up to the top of the Space Needle and to the stunning new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit next door..
(Friday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: After seeing a short film about the construction of the Space Needle we'll ride the monorail to the Seattle Center to zip to the top of the 1962 landmark. Take in the 360 degree view of the area surrounding Seattle. From its 605' elevation see mountains, lakes, Puget Sound and everything in-between. Then walk next door to the stunning new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit to see the largest body of work in one place by the legendary glass-master. Unless you have made other plans, depart from the hotel upon your return from the Space Needle. Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, Washington Chihuly Gardens & Glass
A permanent display of glass-master Dale Chihuly's new work in an exuberant building adjacent to the Space Needle will open in late Spring 2012. Exact date and ticket prices yet to be announced.
  LeMay Car Museum
A dramatic new building adjacent to the Tacoma Dome will house part of the world's largest private car collection. On the day we travel to Tacoma you may choose to visit here instead of the Museum of Glass. Free 10-minute light-rail ride to the car museum and back to rejoin group for return to Seattle. Ticket prices not yet announced.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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