SUMMER 2016 Exhibition

Opening – June 4, 4-6 pm

Our Annual Summer Exhibition


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Featuring Wes Hunting and Jason Marstall

In conjunction with the CTGA, or Central Tucson Gallery Association’s

Summer Art Cruise

Winter 2016 Exhibition

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February 6 – May 28

Opening Reception:
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A survey of some of our favorite California artists:

Mark Abildgaard
Bob & Laurie Kliss
Nick Nourot
Richard Satava

Fall 2015 Exhibition

Applebaum & Holmes
Opening October 3

Transparent and textured hot glass Transformation pieces by
Leon Applebaum of Prattsburgh, NY.


and the blown glass sculptures with iron stands by
Elodie Holmes of Santa Fe, NM.

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Barrio Vidrio  Events

October 3rd | Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
El Barrio Vidrio (Spanish for a glass neighborhood, district, or quarter)  presents a neighborhood celebration of the fall season and glass artistry in Tucson.

Three glass studios in close proximity, Barrio Collection, Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, and Sonoran Glass School invite you to explore el Barrio Vidrio.

Watch exciting demonstrations, shop for glass art, see a new exhibition on its opening day, and even create your own masterpiece.  You can visit this link at to get the full schedule.

See presentation about the Barrio Vidrio celebration on My Dream Home, KGUN TV, with interviews by John-Peter Wilhite, Katja Fritsche, and Dabney Philabaum.

Philabaum Glass will have glassblowing demos in the studio by Jason Marstall beginning at 2 pm, and ongoing through the evening during our Opening Reception for our new exhibition:


Founder’s Day Celebration at Sonoran Glass School


Saturday, September 26 | 1-3 p.m.

Sonoran Glass School’s co-founders Dave Klein and Tom Philabaum will give a lecture/discussion on the beginnings of the Sonoran Art Foundation, Inc. which later became what we know today as Sonoran Glass School. Following the talk is a furnace glassblowing collaborative project directed by Klein and Philabaum featuring the
SGS Hot Shop Crew.

Summer 2015

“Philabaum Celebrates 40 Years in Tucson”


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In 1975, Philabaum left Chicago in a snowstorm, drove to Tucson, and never looked back.

That first week he slept in his van along the Mt. Lemmon highway, but by day soon found a warehouse to rent for sleeping and more importantly, his studio.  There he formed the Clay & Glass Cooperative with several other artists.   And there he built Arizona’s first glass studio.

By 1980, Dale Chihuly came for several winters to rent time for his own work.  Chihuly was followed by his first assistant, William Morris, who began making his own work during the winter months in the Philabaum studio.  The studio had a life of its own.

This summer we celebrate Philabaum’s glass years in Tucson by featuring works from his many series.


Winter Exhibition 2015


OPENING RECEPTION – February 7, 5:00 – 8:00 pm,  Open to the Public.

February 7 – April 25, 2015
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The exhibition features the glass box series of Henry Halem. The sealed glass boxes become environments for Halem’s exercises in composition, utilizing the canvas that is the glass surface, and the objects inside the box.


February 7, 5:00 pm to 8 pm

Meet artist Henry Halem, an early member of the Glass Art Society and Head of Glass studies at Kent State University from 1969-1998.

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“Glass – A Personal Evolution 1968-2014″

February 14, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Philabaum Glass Gallery
Limited open seating.

“This series of glass boxes has been an ongoing project of mine for a good number of years. Many but not all of the boxes use the container form as a focus for all the information depicted in the box. All the boxes are totally sealed. The sealed box heightens the tension one experiences when access is denied. The expression within the works is my expression of how I draw within the context of the object contained in each of the boxes. Most if not all the boxes are multi-media insofar as some of the drawings include acrylic colors, oil stick, precious leaf, bees wax, cloth and india ink. The drawings are on the reverse side of the glass.

The boxed “Environments” are exercises in composition. Some are surreal in nature and combine container forms and detritus that one might find in a glass studio. The boxes are meant to be enigmatic, that is, there is no narrative implied. Some of the works are meant to conjure a locked museum case housing objects from dead cultures. Simple everyday objects locked behind glass take on a preciousness never intended for these particular objects. One is first drawn to the central object within the box but soon discovers the canvas that is the plate glass surface.”
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Holiday Studio Sale 2014

2014 Vases with Ribbon300w       36th Annual Holiday SALE!

December 5 and 6, 2014

10 am to 5 pm

Gallery and studio gift specials.


Almost all on sale!

Watch glass blowing!

Happy Holidays

from all of us at Philabaum!

2014 Exhibition “WIRED II”

Opening Reception: Saturday , October 4, 5 to 8 pm

                               • A Fusion of Glass & Copper •

Tom Philabaum and Wes Hunting with Wesley Hunting

Philabaum Glass Studio and
Hunting Studio Glassworks
reunite in a collaboration of glass sculpture, culminating in our 2nd “Wired” exhibition.

Show Dates: October 4 – January 31

Public Demos

Visitors may watch the artists create the works in the Philabaum Studio preceding the exhibition.  The finished works will be on display for the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, 9/30          10-2
Wednesday, 10/1     10-2
Thursday, 10/2        10-2



Summer 2014


An Italian Maestro

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2014 Winter Exhibition


February 1 – April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: February 1, 5 – 8 pm

Tucson stone sculptor Merlin Cohen joins glass artists Mark Abildgaard and Caleb Nichols in a tribute to the geologic forces in nature.



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