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All that glitters is not gold. 

In Glassboro this weekend, it's definitely glass — and bronze, and some rock 'n' roll glitter.

The Borough of Glass Festival: ArtWalk & Night Market is a celebration of regional pride, with a focus on the region's history of glassmaking.

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On Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., downtown Glassboro will host this inaugural art festival and market.

The evening will include a dedication of a 10-foot-tall bronze statue standing at 10 feet tall, weighing more than 600 pounds.

The commissioned work, "The Glassblower,'' is the creation of Fernando DeJesus, and incorporates LED technology so that it glows from within, to be seen from a distance from Town Square. 

“When Glassboro’s Mayor and Council commissioned me to create a statue of their beloved namesake ... I knew that it had to be something to tell the story of the industrious past as well as the borough’s vibrant future,” said DeJesus in a prepared statement. “I have infused centuries old art practices with modern technology to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience to inspire and educate.”

Festival goers will have an opportunity to meet master glass artist Paul Stankard, whose work is show in museums around the globe.

Camden artist William Butler will offer live performance painting at the festival, and his work will be installed at borough hall. 

The evening also will include dozens of local and area glassblowers, sculptors, painters, metalsmiths and woodworkers. They will offer their creations for sale and demonstrate their artisan skills.

In addition, guests can participate in art-making workshops, art-making workshops, join in a group chalk mural project and interact with artists.

Borough of Glass Festival also will feature crafts vendors, food trucks and live music.on Rowan Boulevard and the Town Square.

South Jersey's glam rock band Candy Volcano will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with a break for a fireworks display.

Borough of Glass kicks off what is expected to become an annual summer arts festival which will shed light on regional art schools and contemporary and street artists with a focus on glassblowing. Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Salem Community College, Rowan University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts are supporting the effort.

 

If You Go. 

Borough of Glass Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Glassboro. Visit www.glassboro.org/borough-of-glass-festival

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