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Blenko Glass releases limited edition, WV birthday, artwork

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"Sunrise Over Appalachia" "Sunrise Over Appalachia"
"Sunsplash" and "Rainsplash" "Sunsplash" and "Rainsplash"

Blenko has revealed its annual design to honor West Virginia's birthday. Blenko is celebrating its 34th anniversary of creating the WV Birthday piece. This year's birthday piece celebrates "Sunrise Over Appalachia".

It's a fan-shaped bowl in topaz, green and turquoise according to Blenko, dedicated to the people of the Mountain State, as they remember their past yet also look to the future; to the promise of a brand new day. The piece is limited to a quantity of 151 which reflects how many years West Virginia has been a state. The piece will be sold for $130 plus tax.

Each bowl is hand signed by the designer Arlon Bayliss and Blenko President Walter Blenko, Jr. It is limited to one per customer on a first come first serve basis and there will be no advance or telephone orders taken. The birthday celebration is scheduled for June 21. The Visitor Center will open at 8 a.m. for this special event.

Walter Blenko Jr. will be available to sign additional purchases and Arlon Bayliss will be available to speak with customers.

In addition to the annual WV Day Celebration, Blenko is once again having a special event on Friday, June 20, called "Happy After Hours with Blenko Glass". The Visitor Center will close at 4 p.m. and reopen from 7-9 p.m. During this time, a special edition vase will go on sale. It complements the WV Day Bowl and is available in Crystal/Topaz "Sunsplash" and Crystal/Clover "Rainsplash". Each vase is 7"-8" high and will be etched with WV Day and Blenko 2014 on the bottom. They will be $54 each. Walter Blenko, Jr and designer Arlon Bayliss will also be available for signings during this Friday evening event.