Arts & Culture

It's a good time for glass art

Since I’ve been getting out and about more in the world of art, I’ve discovered that glass art doesn’t always mean hand-blown glass animals. Everyone loves a little glass giraffe, but I’d rather have a corset of fused/formed glass and teacups by Los Osos artist Larry Le Brane.

I’ve run into Le Brane’s 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 Vet’s Hall at the foot of the pier with $3. Take a look at 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 Goldblatt’s original ceramic teapot sculptures covered in individual glass beads through March. Who said a teapot can’t resemble a fish? Just don’t 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.