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‘Art on Fire’ in Hendricks County, July 12-14

July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Hot Blown Glass

Lisa Pelo, Owner, Hot Blown Glass, Ltd.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

A first-time event that will inspire and awe as local master crafters demonstrate the art of making amazing glass creations is coming to Hendricks County July 12-14, 2013.

Art on Fire, an event featuring hot, warm and cold glass artists along the Indiana Glass Trail, will present day-long demonstrations of furnace work and glassblowing, flameworking, slump-and-fuse and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 13 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 14 at Hot Blown Glass, Ltd., 3717 S. County Road 200 East in Clayton, just south of Danville.

An evening cookout from 5 to 9 p.m. July 12 at Hot Blown Glass will kick off the event by allowing the public an opportunity to meet and greet the artists.

“As a glass artist with the only hot shop in Hendricks County, the opportunity to be the host site for this inaugural event is thrilling,” said Lisa Pelo, owner of Hot Blown Glass, Ltd., and an event organizer. “Many people aren’t aware of this art form or the type of talent we have in the local arts and culture scene, so hopefully this event will begin to showcase to both Hendricks County residents and visitors what we have here.”

Many of the participating artists live and work in Hendricks and Morgan counties though some visiting artists from as far away as Lafayette, Kokomo and even Louisville will also display their talents. In addition to Pelo, some of the confirmed artists who will participate in the Art on Fire event include: Laura Avery, Chad Balster, Bryan Beck, Clayton Benefiel, Mark Oberting, Yuri Okamoto, Sharon Owens, Samma Parcels, Ken Whittington and Dean Wilkerson.

A few local glass art students also will be assisting and hosting during the event, and glass art will be available for sale all three days at Hot Blown Glass.

In addition to the three-day event, three Hendricks County locations will have glasswork from various artists on exhibit prior to and for a few weeks following the Art on Fire event.

Those locations include:

  • Artistic Designs Gallery (152 E. Northfield Drive, Suite K, Brownsburg) – On display from July 9 through Aug. 24.
  • Gallery on the Square (51 S. Washington St., Danville) – On display from July 2 through Aug. 3.
  • Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library (1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield) – On display from July 1 through July 31.

“We are so proud to have these talented artists put on this event as part of the Indiana Glass Trail,” said Sarah (McMillen) Ferguson, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. “It just further solidifies this county’s reputation as a regional cultural destination as this event along with our already established Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail are just two examples of our growing tourism niche that continues to bring visitors to this county.”

For more information on the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail, Hendricks County events or any other visitor information, go online to

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