First Friday: Lexington Glassworks

Open studios and live music mark the first Friday of every month in the downtown art district. Lexington Glassworks opened doors with a live band and food truck, welcoming local visitors and patrons into the gallery space.

“We really appreciate our local community. We have a lot of local members who come time and time again,” said Billy Guilford, one of the owners and artists of Lexington Glassworks, “Last summer we did the same series but didn’t have a band or anything. Just sort of open, so we wanted to make something unique.”

Throughout the evening both Billy Guilford and Geoff Koslow work on blowing hot glass that will join the gallery display. After meeting in college in 2006 they opened the studio-gallery in 2015. Asheville was a good starting point for their gallery, since Western North Carolina is steeped in glass blowing and glass art, according to Billy.

“I think our studio being right downtown gives our visitors and locals a way to come to see and shop for hand- blown glass,” said Koslow, fellow owner and artist.

Both artists have been working with glass for about ten to twelve years. There is something appealing in the time sensitivity, or immediacy, of the work, said Koslow. The medium is not the kind that you can put down, get a cup of coffee, and pick up again, according to both artists.It’s about the process and seeing their vision through.

On first Fridays they take the time to show their local members and visitors the process and how it connects to their work.

“Our mission statement is to be a stable of Asheville’s community, as an up and coming glass studio-gallery,” said Guilford, “but also build a community. Also a staple for custom lighting.”