Marine News from the Great Lakes

Coastal Arts Festival is Full of Treasures

Published: Friday, April 15, 2016

The Great Lakes Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival promoted by Relish Studio and Art Gallery is slated for April 30-May 1, 2016 at the beautiful Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mark your calendars for a weekend filled with fun, excitement, great art, live music, wine tasting, contests, and more!

“We’re gearing up for a fabulous event like no other,” said Terri Reed, co-owner of Relish. “Artists from across the country will be bringing their beautiful wares, all handmade and all one-of-a-kind. The phones are already ringing because of people who are getting word and getting geared-up. They are bursting with anticipation,” she added.

“The Great Lakes region doesn’t have anything like this,” added Terri’s sister and partner, Jennifer Reed. “Our event is based on a regional asset, beach glass is a non-renewable commodity that has become a highly sought after treasure. The festival is also unique in that it incorporates all forms of coastal art, including paintings, ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, mosaics, clothing, candles, stained glass products, and more. It’s a juried show which insures a variety of high quality art. There will be something for everyone,” Reed added.

Other attractions include wine tasting, live music, a best beach find contest, antique bottle collections, exciting lectures, bottle identification, and a book signing with Richard LaMotte, known as the ‘godfather of sea glass’ and author of Pure Sea Glass and the newly released The Lure of Sea Glass. The 2016 festival, sanctioned by North American Sea Glass Association, promises to be a great time for the entire family.

The lecture series is interesting, informative, and appropriate for all ages. Scott McKenzie, professor and paleontology director at Mercyhurst University packs a full house. Along with his vast and historical collection of rare artifacts, Scott brings unparalleled enthusiasm and humor to the event. He is certainly one of the main attractions. LaMotte, who will be in attendance both evenings after the festival during a ‘meet and greet’ and wine pairing, also packs the house. You can learn more about this and other package deals by going online to

Relish believes this will be the best festival yet. Beach Glass or Sea Glass as it is more widely referred to is a common denominator that brings people together—add music, wine, and art….well, what more can anyone ask for in terms of a guaranteed a great time! Get your tickets now by calling Relish at 814.836.1827

tags: Events, Lake Erie

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