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FRIDAY

The Renwick Gallery’s current exhibit of 41 contemporary artists working in glass brings to mind a comparison of glass and baked goods. Just as the humblest store-brand cookie contains more or less the same ingredients as the grandest chef’s confection, all glass is essentially silica, ash, and lime. What happens to the raw materials depends entirely on the baker’s or artist’s skill and imagination. (Neither medium has a very wide margin for error, as many a petrified muffin and cracked vase can attest.) Employing a vast array of techniques, glass artists refine and manipulate their commonplace material into objects of astonishing beauty, grace, and delicacy. Renwick Public Programs Coordinator Allen Bassing will relieve the dreariness of a sullen winter afternoon when he presents a gallery talk on the brilliant colors and fanciful shapes glowing in the darkened rooms of “Glass! Glorious Glass!” at noon at the Renwick Gallery Lobby, 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Dawn L. Hannaham)