The Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, America’s largest and oldest space dedicated to works of glass art, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday with an exhibition of 400 works by some of the world’s best glass artists.
The free event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery will also be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for guests preferring lighter traffic. Masks are recommended inside the space.
Brothers Aaron Schey and Corey Hampson are the second generation owners of Habatat. Founder Ferdinand Hampson guided Habatat from an early stage gallery to international recognition in the world of glass art.
“We invited 65 artists from all over the world to send works here,” Schey said. “We have created special displays for each of them throughout the gallery. They are some of the best artists in the world working in this medium, and we want everyone to come and share this experience. And for those who can’t make it, we’ve teamed up with the Glass Art Fair online to share the work digitally.
Habatat opened in 1971 and moved to Royal Oak in 2001. Ferdinand Hampson founded the gallery nine years after the notion of glass as art was conceived in a garage on the grounds of the Toledo Art Museum.
“For 50 years, the Habatat Galleries have promoted, legitimized and elevated new artistic material to a point of recognition by the artistic community,” said Ferdinand Hampson. “In 1963, the first glass course was offered at the University of Wisconsin, and over the next decade several colleges began programs. , collectors and art publications.
“What has allowed the galleries involved in glass to grow,” he continued, “is an almost cult collection of collectors and a group of very talented manufacturers who have had the audacity to consider themselves as artists. There were also a few avant-garde and independent curators and a few galleries ready to promote, but now barely a marginal existence. For Habatat, promotion, innovation and the willingness to exhibit the riskiest concepts that the artists had to offer were the keys to eventual success. “
Schey said: “This is an important milestone for Habatat and for the glass medium. And so we thought it was important to share it with the community as a whole and with our hometown.”
Celebration and exhibition of the 50th anniversary of the Galeries Habatat
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat
4400 Fernlee, Royal Oak