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By Douglas Sciorra

Hornell Public Library Celebrates the “International Year of Glass” during April

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On May 18, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly formally approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives.

To honor and participate in this historic year, the Hornell Public Library will be hosting a Celebration of the International Year of Glass throughout the month of April, 2022. We have the distinct honor of having an outstanding and intriguing display of Glass Art submitted by Alfred University students and faculty for the public to enjoy. The Hornell Public Library is located at 64 Genesee Street, Hornell NY, and is open Monday through Thursday, 12:00 PM- 7:00 PM, Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

We hope you will stop in and enjoy this celebration of a lifetime; this is a seminal moment in the history of Glass Science and Glass Art. Many countries around the world have planned celebrations of this special year. In the United States, Washington D.C. will be hosting a National Day of Glass Conference the first week in April.

According to Alfred University’s Professor David Pye, the inspiration for the International Year of Glass was “spawned by what some have called the arrival of the Age of Glass; still others have declared glass to be the most transformative material in the history of humankind.” 

Watching the students from Alfred University bring in and set up their displays has been a source of delight and fascination; they brought a sense of excitement and culture to our already beautiful historic front rooms. As the month goes by, more artists will be displaying their unique, exquisite and exotic Glass Art. At the time of writing this piece, students Emilia Smith, Adeye Jean Baptiste, Isabella Dorozynski, Lauren Dembski, and Greg Walter have all submitted pieces, along with faculty member Dr. Garrett McGowan.

Please treat yourself to this amazing exhibit, and learn more about a material we all take for granted…the exhibit is spellbinding!

For more information, please feel free to contact the Hornell Public Library at (607) 324-1210, or email us at [email protected].

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