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Artists turning glass into cash to benefit museum

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
“Mistress Libbey” and “Mister Libbey,” (right) constructed by local artist Sylvia Raz from Libbey glassware pieces, are on display at the Ojai Valley Museum. Artists Tom Hardcastle and Pamela Grau created their pieces (left) from the same Libbey glassware vase, with wildly different results.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) has partnered with the Ojai Valley Museum to create 22 unique artworks from Libbey glassware. The pieces, on display until Oct. 20, are a culmination of the Museum's year-long celebration of Ojai's centennial and its own 50th anniversary.
The pieces will be auctioned during the Museum's 50th anniversary gala Oct. 21. The funds raised will benefit the Museum, Barker said.
Libbey, the Toledo-based glass company owned by Edward Drummond Libbey until his death, played a role in Libbey's reimagining of Ojai at the turn of the 19th century, said Ojai Valley Museum Executive Director Wendy Barker.

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