As it prepares to move to its new facility, Glass Axis will say farewell to its longtime home with a final exhibition.
The opening reception for the "Goodbye Grandview" exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 5, at the studio, 1341 Norton Ave. B.
"It's a collection that features some of our original artists as well as newer members," said Alyssa Bucci, design and media manager. "Some of the artists participating in the exhibition have been with Glass Axis since the 1980s, when all we had was a portable studio that would travel to schools and other sites around central Ohio."
The exhibit shows how the work of these longtime members has evolved over the years as Glass Axis itself grew, she said.
"Many of the artists have written narratives about their time working at the Grandview studio and those will be displayed by their work," Bucci said.
"Goodbye Grandview" is a "celebration of our past and a look to the future," she said.
Glass Axis has been headquartered on Norton Avenue for nearly 12 years.
The nonprofit glass art center will move to a 12,500-square-foot, turn-of-the-century warehouse at 610 W. Town St. in East Franklinton.
The building Glass Axis leases on Norton Avenue in the Grandview area was sold last year and the art center will close its operations there Sept. 14. It will open its new Franklinton site Oct. 1.
"It's a bittersweet time for us," Bucci said. "We're excited about moving into our new facility and being part of the burgeoning arts scene in Franklinton. At the same time, Grandview has been such a great home for us. We'll miss it."
The new site in Franklinton will give Glass Axis about 2,500 square feet of additional space, Facilities Manager Shawn Everette said.
The extra space will give Glass Axis more room for the observation area where visitors view glass-making demonstrations, and will offer artists more space in which to work, he said.
"We will also be opening a coffee shop with breakfast and lunch items through a partnership with Cafe Brioso," Everette said. "That will further enhance the experience for our visitors."
The new site will give Glass Axis 30 dedicated parking spaces, "which is something we haven't had before," he said.
Public events at the Grandview studio will cease after the "Goodbye Grandview" exhibition closes Aug. 16, Everette said, but the studio will remain open to member artists into September.
"Our goal is to have the new studio up and running in October in time for our annual Pumpkin Patch program," he said.