Trading Places Fundraiser | Nov. 21

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2015 | 633 W. 18th Street
VIP Meet the Artists Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Fundraising Event 7:00- 9:30 p.m.
VIP Reception & Event:$125
Main Event Ticket: $50
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Sonoran Glass School is proud to present its annual Trading Places fundraising event. This is the organization’s most important fundraiser featuring new gallery displays, wine, food, and exciting live collaborative demonstrations between Tucson artists and SGS glass artists.

The evening is dedicated to raising money for the 501(c) 3 Sonoran Glass School and its educational glass art programs here in Southern Arizona. Browse gallery displays of one-of-a-kind works, available for purchase, created by this year’s Trading Places Artists. Enjoy catering by Feast, wine, refreshments, advanced glassblowing demonstrations, and the good company of people who support glass art education in Tucson.

This event is also a part of the National Endowment of the Arts initiative Big Read Connects Tucson, a celebration and exploration of Edgar Allan Poe and his work. Learn more at



Gina Murphy Darling (Mrs. Green)
Debi Chess Mabie (Exec. Director TPAC)
Jared McKinley (Co-Founder Territory Magazine)
David Adix (Sculptor)
Cristina Cardenas (Painter, Sculptor)


Tickets are available in two types with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Sonoran Glass School. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance either online or at the SGS front office (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Click here for online ticket sales.


1) Main Event: $50

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Browse gallery displays of Trading Places pieces, watch live glassblowing demos with guest artists, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Feast. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

2) V.I.P. Meet the Artists Reception: $125

5:30-6:30 p.m. | Start your evening off with a tour of all studios followed by a fully catered meal from Feast. After dinner enjoy refreshments and mingle with this year’s Trading Places Artists before the main event.

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Browse gallery displays of Trading Places pieces, watch live glassblowing demos featuring guest artists, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Feast.

Buy tickets online to head straight to will call on Saturday evening November 21st. 


Feast Chef

  • Fully-catered dinner (from Feast) with 2015 Trading Places artists from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (VIP Ticket holders)
  • An Edgar Allan Poe theme and presentations in collaboration with Literacy Connects.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The goal of The Big Read is to broaden our understanding of our world, our community and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book or the work of a great poet. Learn more at


Photos and videos from last year