Sneak Peek: the Maker’s Masquerade
by Christine Glowacki
When I approached the concept of Artisan’s Asylum’s first-ever gala, the idea of a costume ball automatically came to mind. It seemed like such a no-brainer – a fun party that would showcase and celebrate all of our community’s talents and passion, and that would encourage others to explore their own creativity with us.
I wanted the main focus of this event to be the community itself. I wanted to create an immersive, curated environment that encompasses all of the magic that happens within Artisan’s every day. Pair that with delicious, local snacks prepared by caterer Cuisine en Locale and a glass of wine and, yup – that sounds like a great time.
Here’s a sneak peak at what this great time is going to look like:
TENSOR IS HERE! Fresh from La Playa, this Burning Man installation is making its Artisan’s Asylum debut! A crazy, beautiful display of animated LED lights mesmerizes its audience with a riot of color and patterns. So cool. It’s conveniently located right next to the dance floor.
This dude hangs dormant in the foyer of Building 8 for the rest of the year. But Saturday, we bring him to life! New American Public Art was stoked to get it up and running again and helped us rig up a projector so that guests could get their own mugs up there. Maybe we’ll even throw some spooky faces up there…
Winter Hill Jewelry has graciously donated these adorable vases as our centerpieces! WHJ’s Vanessa Templeman is building upon her awesome 3D-printed jewelry company with a growing collection of home decor items. She’s also been busy making 3D-printed masquerade masks for anyone who might not have one on them Saturday night…
Bantam Cider, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Tower Soda, as well as our neighbors, Aeronaut Brewing Company and Winebow have generously supplied the libations for this soirée. Artisan’s Asylum feels so lucky to have the support of such generous local businesses – not to mention tasty! Try to guess the name of our signature cocktail…
Open Works is a protege of Artisan’s ‘How to Make a Makerspace’ program that just opened in Baltimore a few months ago! Way to go guys! They were super generous and offered to help sponsor the masquerade. Thanks, Open Works – can’t wait to come to YOUR first gala!
We’ve got some awesome demos on the roster from our very own members and instructors! Wayne Strattman’s neon glass blowing is hypnotizing, and Eric Bornstein will be crafting his intricate, impressive masks all night long. We have no idea what Science Bob has planned, but it’s bound to blow your mind a little.
Hopefully you’re hooked and we’ll see you – in your costume – this Saturday night! Thank you for supporting Artisan’s Asylum!
Christine Glowacki is the Artisan’s Asylum’s development coordinator.