BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invites children in kindergarten through grade six to dream up, draw, and submit imaginary creatures for the 10th anniversary edition of Glasstastic, the museum's annual celebration of youthful imagination and creativity.
Submissions are due by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at brattleboromuseum.org.
Glasstastic has grown from 250 submissions in 2011, its first year, to more than 1,200 in 2018. Approximately 20 glass artists from around New England will choose two dozen or so to be rendered in glass.
“Trying to be true to the kids' designs - the details in their drawings and also the descriptions they provide - is a lot of fun and can also be a real challenge,” Chris Sherwin of Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls said in a news release. “Sometimes the creatures demand that we get out of our comfort zone and experiment with new materials and techniques.”
Every drawing submitted for Glasstastic 2021, including those that are not selected to be made into glass, will be included in the exhibit, which will be on view at BMAC and online from March 17 to June 13, 2021.
Other participating artists include Mariel Bass, Marta Bernbaum, Josh Bernbaum, Jocelyn Brown, Robert Burch, Dominique Caissie, David Colton, Dan Coyle, Robert Dane, Robert DuGrenier, Sandy Dukeshire, Alissa Faber, Nick Flavin, Wesley Fleming, Zak Grace, Chris Hubbard, Jordana Korsen, Lynn Latimer, Sally Prasch, Bryan Randa, Randi Solin, Jen Violette, and Andrew Weill.
“I can't think of a better balm for the hardship of 2020 than a gallery filled with wonderful, quirky, bizarre, hilarious creatures dreamt up by kids from Vermont and all around the world,” said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. “Layer in the extraordinary ingenuity and craftsmanship employed by the talented glass artists who 'bring the creatures to life,' and you've got something really magical and joyful.”