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Annual “Glass on the Tracks” Event Set For November 7

Oct 12, 2015 08:18AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Vetro Glassblowing Studio on Main Street in Grapevine is taking the ancient art form of glassblowing outside with its annual Glass on the Tracks XVI Art + Fire Demolition event. It will take place November 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes food, beverages, music, glassblowing demonstrations, flameworking and pyrotechnic effects.

“In typical Vetro fashion, we want to make Glass on the Tracks bigger and better,” said Vetro founder David Gappa in a press release. “Our goal has always been to make this a community event with an art twist.”

Located next to the train depot in historic downtown Grapevine, a boxcar gallery will display select hand-blown glass vessels for the famous “truth or consequences” auction. One of the most anticipated portions of the event, a patron is randomly selected from the crowd and asked a trivia question about Vetro. If the answer is correct, the patron receives the art piece for free. If the answer is incorrect, the piece goes up for bid for 30 seconds, but if the highest bid doesn't beat the pre-determined secret reserve price, the piece is placed in the jaws of the “glass guillotine” and smashed before the crowd.

In addition to the auction, $10 raffle tickets will be available for a Vetro hand-blown glass fluted bowl filled with ornaments ($250 value) to be given away that night (must be present to win).

This year's line-up includes fire performer Jenin Gonzales, pyrotechnics-by-flame artisan Greg Shaatt (who engineers fire stage shows for Metallica and Guns N Roses) and live demonstrations by Grapevine blacksmith artist Will Frary.

Head to to learn more and to purchase tickets. 

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