Photo by Mark Larson
Artist Geoffrey Beetem's marbles were among the scores of glass creations on display at the Humboldt Marble Weekend.
The Humboldt Marble Weekend attracted a large crowd of marble fans of all ages to Redwood Acres in Eureka over the weekend to watch 46 glass artists display their creative work (not just marbles) and also conduct glass-making demonstrations. See the photo slideshow below for highlights.
"We started the fun Thursday night, raising $1,540 for the Humboldt County Search and Rescue Posse at the Marble Makers Ball fundraiser," said event organizer Topher Reynolds, of Copius Glass in Eureka. "A donation at the ball got you a free drink and a handmade 'hider marble' to to place somewhere for Sunday's Massive Marble Hunt."
To join in the ongoing search for hidden marbles (somewhat similar to geocaching), go to www.humboldtmarbleweekend.com for list of groups and get in on the hunt.
Reynolds said many of the glass artists from around the country were happy to be here out of the cold and snow, and were looking forward to being tourists for a day or two after the event. Monday was also going to be a big day as Reynolds said the glass artists were joining together in creating a large, jointly produced glass marble that would eventually be auctioned off as a benefit fundraiser. Reynolds said they planned to exceed in size the group's world record-in-their-own-circles large (3.6-inch) marble created last year at Art Glass Invitational 2017 in western Pennsylvania It has already been auctioned off to raise money for school supplies for art students in Pennsylvania.
Event organizers said they tentatively are planning to make this an annual event.