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Hunt for glass sea floats seaside in Langley | NOTABLE

January 3, 2013 · Updated 4:29 PM

The Langley Main Street Association and Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley invite all to start off the new year in a special way: the Sea Float Scramble at 11 a.m. Saturday., Jan. 5 at Langley’s Seawall Park off First Street.

Glass artist Callahan McVay has created one-of‐a‐kind glass sea floats that will be hidden near Langley’s waterfront and, similar to an Easter egg hunt, people are invited to scramble for one.

It’s fun for all ages and the event is free.

All sea floats will be hidden in plain sight, no digging necessary. There will be an alternative location that is easily accessible for people who may struggle with stairs or the hill leading down to the main scramble site.

A certificate of authenticity will be awarded to each person who receives a float.

An additional scramble will be held around 1 p.m. at Seawall Park.

After the scramble, participants are invited to enjoy Langley. If you would like to keep the theme of glass art going, stop by Callahan’s Firehouse on Second Street in Langley to blow your own glass piece and learn about the art form.

There is a sponsorship opportunity available for businesses or individuals. Merchants can purchase some floats at cost and hide them in or around their shops as additional prizes, or just have them added to one of the official scrambles. Call Callahan McVay at 221‐1242 for more information.

The Sea Float Scramble is one of the first events celebrating Langley’s Centennial in 2013. For more information, contact Langley Main Street Association at 360-929‐9333 or mainstreet@whidbey.com.

To stay up to date on the latest Centennial happenings, “like” Langley Main Street Association on Facebook.

For more information on the artist, visit www.callahansfirehouse.com.

McVay was born in Aberdeen, Wash. in 1974 to an artistic family of wood carving artists. He began creating chainsaw woodcarvings at the age of 5, carving at state fairs where he was paid for his art pieces.

He attended an alternative high school in Everett where he explored working with stained glass.

At the age of 14, he discovered that he had a special talent for creating glass blown art and studied in the Dick Marquis Studio with John Legett. The artist later studied at The Pilchuck Glass School, located in Stanwood, and The Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle. Absorbing perspectives of color, form and technique, the artist traveled internationally, studying in glass studios throughout the world.

Upon returning to Whidbey Island, McVay further developed his skills training with several glass artists and by the year 2000 had created a home studio in Clinton.

By 2005 the artist was at one time represented by 150 galleries within the United States.

McVay is inspired by the living world, by light and by color. In July 2009, he opened his glass blowing studio and gallery at the former fire station located at 179 Second St. in Langley. He retained the firehouse name, calling his studio and gallery Callahan’s Firehouse Studio.

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