When you get four artists like AKM, Cowboy, Darby, and ...Punty? together something epic is bound to happen! That's exactly what took place on 4/20/2017 at Illuzion Glass Galleries' downtown Denver, Colorado, location. The day began early for the artists as there was much prep work and planning for the night to come. Fans and collectors gathered around the viewing window as the industry's best began their mega collab to celebrate every enthusiast's favorite day!
They worked all day while massive crowds flooded into the gallery to watch live glass blowing, and to take advantage of Illuzion Glass Galleries' annual "Buy One, Get One for $4.20" sale. Many new pieces of solo work and collaborative pieces were displayed behind the viewing window, along with artist apparel and the event's official poster.
Freddy's Cuisine food truck catered to the hungry party goers out back throughout the night while the artists captivated the crowd inside the gallery. Other additions to the festivities included: body painting by David Caballero inside the studio, fire dancers, a lounge, beverages, and all around good vibes. Guest appearances by Buck, JD Maplesden, Shackman, BMFT, Burtoni, Eric from AGE, Kuhns, and Dabbing Granny were also a treat!
The finished results were definitely worth the wait when everything finally wrapped up around 2 AM. Three collaborative pendants and the annual 420 piece were created in front of the live crowd. The first pendant was an AKM x Darby Illuminati over Watermelon skull and the other two were rainbow linework tubing Cowboy x AKM skulls wigged to perfection.
The party piece itself was outrageous! The piece consisted of a large AKM skull split perfectly in half between Darby's dichro Watermelon tubing and Cowboy's rainbow lined tubing. Other features of the mega collab were Cowboy tile stacks, large encased opals, cacti, and cow skulls. The mouthpiece was later faceted and a signature AKM murrine slide was added to the piece. Each artist's unique style was represented to the fullest.
Many memories and friendships were made manifesting another epic party at Illuzion Glass Galleries. Many thanks to all of the artists, collectors, and guests that attended the event! The pieces that were made during the party are available to be seen in person at our Denver Glass Gallery. Stay tuned for our next First Friday Event!
Mr. Gray and friends definitely brought the heat to Illuzion Glass Galleries' First Friday event on April 7th, 2017. An entire cube of collaborations and new work sat waiting to be unveiled as the party goers began to arrive. With Pelican cases in hand, the fans began to gather around the viewing window as Mr. Gray and friend Justin Knoferl began prep work for an amazing night of collaborations with local artist Ill Glass.
As the night went on, the back parking lot of Illuzion Glass Galleries began to fill with many familiar faces of the industry. Groovy tunes, Amore Pizza, and beverages floated all around as Mr. Gray began decorating two of Ill Glass's custom Satellite recyclers. Around 9:00 PM the Mr. Gray "Pineapple Rising" display cube was uncovered and fans began to swarm and gawk at all the various pineapple rigs and recyclers manifested over the last few months. The showcase displayed many collaborations including artists N8 Miers, Joe Peters, D-Wreck, Bishop, Ben David, and F-Time. A number of solo pieces were also presented, including a new line of rigs featuring almost every color of the rainbow!
At one point in the night, Mr. Gray and Justin decided to bring another medium into play and a completely functional homemade pineapple water pipe was constructed. All around, the night was one for the books! The finished pieces are still available and on display in store at our Denver location. Thanks for joining us if you managed to make it, we hope to see you all for our next event!