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Glass Axis Opens in Franklinton on Friday

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Franklinton is often touted as the next emerging arts district in Columbus, and this Friday, the neighborhood will get a little bit “artier” with the opening of Glass Axis. The nearly-thirty-year-old organization announced plans to relocate their facilities a year ago, and after a few days, their doors at 610 West Town Street are officially ready to open.

The new 12,5000 square foot building features workshops for hot and cold glass working, equipment for working with neon tubing, stained glass, beads and jewelry, as well as their two 7000 pound furnaces that reach 2100 degrees.

“What Glass Axis does the most of, is teaching glass art to anyone and everyone,” says Executive Director Rex Brown. “It’s a very expensive art form, so as a nonprofit we work to make it affordable and make it accessible.”

The new location includes a new shared space on the south-east corner of the building that will house both the gift shop as well as a Cafe Brioso coffee shop. Brown says that the collaboration on the project allows some share responsibilities between staffing and duties, while also providing a much needed amenity to the neighborhood.

“When Brioso opens in the morning, anyone from the public can come into a shared hallway area with seating that looks through a glass wall where our glass artists will be working, so they can get a free show,” explains Brown. “We’ll also have a great outdoor green space off the cafe which will be really nice when it gets warm outside.”

Glass Axis also has space dedicated to eight individual artist studios for glass artists to lease, and additional storage space for those who work on longer term projects. Brown says that the relocation allowed them an opportunity to clean out their inventory and storage during the move, but the delays in opening have taken a toll on the organization from a financial perspective.

“October, November and December are usually our prime revenue generating months, and not being fully open and operational hurt us a lot,” he explains. “Our delays in reopening were due to some large equipment that didn’t get delivered on time, like our large exhaust fans for the ceilings.”

This Friday and Saturday, Glass Axis will host their official grand opening to show off the new space with demonstrations by local artists and special guest glass master Bill Gudenrath. A new solo exhibition from Brooklyn-based artist Esther Ruiz will also be on display in the gallery. The event is free to the public, but donations are welcome.

For a sneak preview of Glass Axis, CLICK HERE to check out our photo gallery.

For more information, visit www.glassaxis.org.

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