A Twist: Glass and Candy Inspire 7th Annual Airport Art Gala

Posted on July 10, 2017 in Art Events Media Releases

Artists Fire Up Furnaces to Create Exclusive Pieces for Sale at Oct. 5 Event​.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) has partnered with Third Degree Glass Factory artists in commissioning a custom collection of glass works that will be offered for sale at the Airport’s 7th annual Art of Travel gala on October 5, 2017. Art lovers, philanthropists, community leaders and supporters of STL will attend this year's gala with a nod to candy and glass, Your Ticket to Candyville; a sweet escape to a colorful world of whimsy!      

The commissioned Art of Travel glass collection is being created at the Third Degree Glass Factory by four St. Louis area artists: Dan Alexander, William Haynes, Jeremy Lampe and Michael Moran.  Each of these talented artists will be creating unique and new works.  Shaping soft, fluid, hot glass to harden into beautiful, translucent shapes is very similar to pulling crystalline sugar and taffy into whimsical and delicious candies.  

The Art of Travel glass collection will feature more than 100 creations including sculptures, vases, bowls, pitchers, barware, ornamental candies and holiday ornaments. The items will sell between $40 and $400 each.      

The annual fundraiser benefits the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which supports the Airport’s growing temporary exhibitions program of local and regional artists as well as future permanent art works throughout the terminals and concourses. The Art of Travel on Oct 5 will be held in Terminal 1’s Concourse B from 6-9 p.m. For event and ticket information, visit www.artoftravelstl.com.  

Last year’s event supported more than a dozen exhibitions at the Airport in the past year by local artists and organizations including Tom Sleet, Amy Reidel, Robert Ketchens, Michael Hoffman, Ken Konchel, Jenna Bauer, Gallery 210, Wildwood Press, Work/Play, Artists First, Craft Alliance, Schmidt Art Center, Missouri History Museum and the Sam Fox School of Art & Design for its installation of Spectroplexus   

In addition to the custom glass, the 7th annual Art of Travel will feature a savory and sweet-inspired menu by the Airport’s master food and beverage concessionaire, HMSHost. Chefs will fly in to STL to prepare the menu for more than 400 guests. Each guest will be able to sample Art of Travel signature cocktails, as well.  This year, we will welcome the sounds of  Sweetie & The Toothaches, a premier jump blues and boogie woogie group. The very popular silent auction featuring travel, art and sports-themed packages will also return this year. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Corporate sponsorships are also available and include group tickets.

The Chairs of the event are Jill and Dan McGuire and Doug Auer. Jill McGuire is the former Director of the Regional Arts Commission. Doug Auer is the co-founder of Third Degree Glass Factory.     

A sample of each of the glass artist’s work will be part of an exhibition, Sneak Peak: Your Ticket to Candyville- The Glass of Third Degree Glass Factory at the Art of Travel in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge between August 17 and October 29.              

The Lambert Art and Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Carlos Zamora, Creative Director at Express Scripts.