Marble mecca: Organizers gear up for second Humboldt Marble Weekend

Hundreds of hides, demos by artists part of festivities

Marbles made by Geoffrey Beetem from Ohio will be available at Humboldt Marble Weekend, taking place from Thursday through Sunday at Redwood Acres. (Contributed)

The passion for small glass globes will be magnified this weekend as organizers put on the second Humboldt Marble Weekend, set to open Thursday.

“There is a whole marble world here,” said Ember Sernovitz, one of the owners of Soulshine Arts, a Eureka glass gallery that is sponsoring the event. “It’s really cool how people are so excited about it.”

The gallery plans to offer classes all this week as part of Humboldt Marble Weekend, and even complete newbies who have never blown glass before, could walk away with their own marble creation.

“A lot of big marble artists are having classes during the day,” said Sernovitz. “They get a chance to come in and meet their favorite artist and find out how they made their work. But they also get to try it too and make their own marble.”

Topher Reynolds, a Eureka artist who owns Copious Glass and creates marbles with swirling galaxies, is one of the organizers of the event and his enthusiasm for the marble-making world is evident.

“Last year, we had 600 marble hides over the course of the weekend,” he said. “We’re hoping to push that number. Anything over 600 would be noteworthy.”

He said this year’s event will be under one roof — including the demonstrations, which were outside in 2018 — and will include work from 55 artists from 18 states and two countries. He said 10-15 local artists are among those participating.

“We’re going to have three demo stations up on a stage,” he said. “We’ll have an emcee describing what the artists are doing.”

He said attendees should expect “just a lot of fun, a lot of good energy.”

Local marble collector Ruth Sturtevant is also one of the organizers of the event.

“I hunt, I hide, mostly I collect,” said Sturtevant. “I have a background in event management so it pairs perfectly with Topher. We each have our own strengths and that’s how we have a successful show.”

She said her love of glass art began as a child with some paperweights her mother had.

“I like a variety of colors, unique shapes,” she said. “I like to see the artist in the marble. Some artists have a particular style. It’s nice when I can look at marbles and know who made it.”

Reynolds said the event helps add to the growing momentum around marbles locally.

“We’re continuing to spread the word how Humboldt in our mind is the center of the marble universe,” said Reynolds. “And that gets truer and truer.”

If you go

What: Humboldt Marble Weekend

Where: Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris St., Eureka

When: Thursday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information:

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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