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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® at Palo Alto Art Center Returns for 23rd Year
Contact : Ken Heiman    4082302304

PALO ALTO, CAThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® at the Palo Alto Art Center returns for its 23rd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 29 and 30 with a wide selection of handmade glass pumpkins, glass-blowing demonstrations, family-friendly activities, refreshments, and more.

This year, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will take place only during the sale weekend of September 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Unlike previous years, the Art Center will not host the week-long exhibition prior to the sale.

“The sale weekend for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch gives attendees the opportunity to view and purchase the pumpkins at the same time, rather than gaze desirously at artwork the week before and have to wait to buy their favorite glass creations,” said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). “We’re also focusing on creating a fun family event this year, with glassblowing demonstrations, a caricature artist, and hot dogs.”

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins and purchase them to take home.

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.

A breakfast and pre-sale event for Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members at the Activist level and above will take place on September 29. Breakfast will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the pre-sale will start at 9 a.m. For more information on membership, visit, or call 650.329.2366.

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 120,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

About the Bay Area Glass Institute:
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide accessible, hands-on glass experiences that educate and inspire current and future generations of patrons, students and artists. BAGI is the only public access glass working facility in Santa Clara County, offering a variety of glass-working classes and demonstrations by internationally renowned and local artists. Visit for more information.

About the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation:
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973, expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and the Palo Alto Art Center function through a City council-recognized public/private partnership. The Foundation supports all of the Art Center's major program areas, including: free-admission exhibitions; our school tour program Project Look; art classes for adults and children; and volunteer and volunteer programs. The Foundation is supported by membership and individual contributions, corporate and foundation grants, and special events, as well as proceeds from The Gallery Shop.