Since Ive been getting out and about more in the world of art, Ive discovered that glass art doesnt always mean hand-blown glass animals. Everyone loves a little glass giraffe, but Id rather have a corset of fused/formed glass and teacups by Los Osos artist Larry Le Brane.
Ive run into Le Branes work in several venues; meeting him and wife Ronda at his studio is at the top of my to-do list. In addition to teaching drawing through Cuesta College Community Education, Larry teaches beginning fused glass at his studio. Call 528-8791 for March and April glass dates.
Glass Designs by Melissa in Arroyo Grande also has some upcoming classes. You can work on mosaics Wednesday and Thursday mornings or stained glass on Thursday evenings. TGFF, or Thank Goodness for Fusing, takes place Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The shop is at 908 E. Grand Ave. and the phone number is 481-6751. Drop by the studio, 908 E. Grand Ave., to see past class glass projects.
The annual Cayucos Sea Glass Festival has hit the three-year mark and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10. Craftspeople from around the world are expected to sell and showcase their work.
Visitors can also investigate whether they might want to pick up sea glass collecting as a hobby. The festival also offers a rare chance to meet and pose with real, mystical mermaids.
Music is on the bill both days with Louie Ortega and his acoustic trio, The Bob Santa Cruz Band, The Tennessee Jimmy Harrell Trio and the Mystery Brothers.
Just head out to the Cayucos Vets Hall at the foot of the pier with $3. Take a look at www.cayucosseaglass.com for more info.
Seekers Glass Gallery in Cambria has everything from glass heart pendants to museum quality vases.
And for those who like teacup corsets and such, Seekers has Cherry Goldblatts original ceramic teapot sculptures covered in individual glass beads through March. Who said a teapot cant resemble a fish? Just dont plan to steep your tea in one of these non-functional pieces.
Check them out from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 4090 Burton Drive.
Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com.