I got an e-mail today from my friend Jeannine over at Vetro Glassblowing in Grapevine, Texas. Seems they are having an unusual fundraiser at their studio this Saturday (May 13, 2006) and I told her I’d pass along the word.
It’s called the “Truth or Consequences” auction. The way it works is that everybody puts their name in for a drawing and if your name is picked you are asked a trivia question. If you get the question correct, you get the piece for free; but if you get it wrong it’s put up for auction for 30 seconds. If the secret reserve price is met it goes to the highest bidder; if not, it’s murdered. That’s right, murdered, right there in front of the masses. If the reserve price is not met, the unwanted piece is sent crashing to the floor to it’s death.
All proceeds form the auction go to the Grapevine Heritage Foundation, an organization committed to the preservation and stewardship of Grapevine’s historic resources.
So why should you support Vetro Glassblowing? Well I have to say that I’ve visited their studio and they’ve gone out of their way to make it accessible. There is good pathway access to the gallery area and level access to the studio area where you can watch the glassblowers at work. They also have some beautiful pieces there; in fact, I purchased a striking cobalt blue lamp for my living room last time I visited.
So stop in and say hello. The studio will be open all day with live glassblowing demonstrations, but things will really pick up in the evening (at 7:30 PM) when the Truth of Consequences Auction begins. As an added bonus there will be complementary hors d’oeurves, wine and live entertainment in the evening.
For more information give Vetro Glassblowing a call at (817) 251-1668.