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Emerald Marquis by John Littleton and Kate Vogel. Image courtesy of National Liberty Museum.

Sept. 20 Glass Now auction benefits Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum

Emerald Marquis by John Littleton and Kate Vogel. Image courtesy of National Liberty Museum.
Emerald Marquis by John Littleton and Kate Vogel. Image courtesy of National Liberty Museum.

PHILADELPHIA – Final preparations are under way for the National Liberty Museum’s annual Glass Now gala auction of art glass, with proceeds benefiting the museum’s mission to inspire heroes and defuse violence. The museum’s major fundraiser, Glass Now: Generation to Generation, will take place Sept. 20 at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown starting at 5:00 p.m. More than 300 works of glass sculpture, and a stellar array of fine art jewelry will be included in both live and silent auctions. The live portion will also feature real-time Internet bidding via the Internet. This year’s benefit auction includes works from art glass giants such as Harvey Littleton, Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, Therman Statom and Steve Tobin, as well as up-and-coming young visionaries.

The annual Glass Now auction was started in 2000 to support the crucial education programs of Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum. The museum is the only institution in the world that uses art glass as a symbol for liberty: beautiful and strong, yet fragile.

This year, Glass Now Generation to Generation will honor legendary glass artist Harvey Littleton and his family as the National Liberty Museum’s “Artists as Heroes.” Born in Corning, N.Y., Harvey Littleton is considered the father of the modern American studio glass movement. The 2008 Collectors as Heroes Award will be presented to recognized arts and cultural activists Richard Woosman & Diane Dalto Woosman of Philadelphia, and president of Weight Watchers of Philadelphia, Marilyn Birnhak, and husband Robert, of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

In addition to the Glass Now gala auction, the museum plans a full weekend of related events, including tours of galleries and private collections, a ‘Choose Chihuly’ raffle, glass-making demonstrations, lectures, dinner at philanthropists Suzanne & Norman Cohn’s Philadelphia Main Line estate, and more.  Individual seating for Glass Now is $200; reservations for the entire weekend of events – from Sept.18-21st – are $1,000 per person.  For more information about reservation options, call 215-925-2800, ext. 117 or visit www.libertymuseum.org.

 

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