The Holland Center will celebrate the Halloween season by presenting its inaugural Glass Pumpkin Patch Oct.16–18. The event will feature more than 1,000 whimsical, vibrantly colored glass pumpkins handmade by Gregory Tomb, a local glass artist known for his unique, intricate designs. The pumpkins will be available for purchase, and attendees will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on insight into the craft by participating in glassblowing classes. Proceeds from the Glass Pumpkin Patch will benefit Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), which presents high-quality productions for the North Valley community. The Holland Center is currently seeking volunteers and sponsors for this fun, festive event.
Artist Gregory Tomb has been fascinated by glass art since childhood. On their frequent road trips, his family would often include visits to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. After studying glassblowing as an art student at Hartwick College, he explored a variety of personal and professional interests — but glass art always remained his passion.
As a current artist-in-residence at the Holland Center, Tomb said he is excited to share the joy and beauty of glass art with the Desert Foothills community. Located in North Scottsdale, the Holland Center is a unique partnership dedicated to celebrating arts and culture, treasuring the desert environment, assisting those in need and encouraging lifelong learning. Formerly named the Foothills Community Foundation, the Holland Center provides a diverse array of programs, including classes, fine arts exhibits, and performing arts through the Desert Foothills Theater, the beneficiary of the Glass Pumpkin Patch. As a community theater, DFT invites participation from people of all ages — from budding young artists cultivating their talents to senior citizens seeking a creative outlet in retirement.
IF YOU GO
Holland Center: 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale
Pumpkin Patch: 10am–6pm, Oct. 16–18