Schedule of Events

Earth Day

April 21st and 22nd

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Join the Earth Day Network (EDN) at Union Station for Earth Day 2014 (April 21 and April 22).  Exhibits, demonstrations, activities and give-aways from participating organizations – EDN, NASA, NOAA, FEMA, AMTRAK, Washington Gas and Electric, Human Rights Campaign and the Embassy of Bolivia.

Monday, April 21            7 am – 7 pm – West Hall
                                10 am – 5 pm – NASA – east side Main Hall

Tuesday, April 22           7 am – 7 pm – West Hall
                                    10 am – 6 pm – NASA – east side Main Hall

Appalachian Spring in Union Stationcelebrates 45th anniversary with A DAZZLING ART GLASS SHOWCASE

Mar 31- April 27

Commemorating 45 years in business, Appalachian Spring will celebrate the glory of studio art glass in America with an exhibition of a different outstanding glass artist each month for the next four months at our Union Station location.

On Mar 31, join us for the unveiling of Adam Kaser’s handblown glass in our Union Station store. Adam is know for his hand blown and sculpted glass. He creates realistic fish and shells blown from molten glass with many layers of colored glass applied while blown and shaped by hand into a true to nature representation of a specific species.

The process begins by making a drawing of a fish/shell color pattern in glass powder on a steel table. The molten glass is then gathered onto a steel blowpipe where it is encased with many layers of glass color and patterns rolled onto the liquid glass. It is then blown and shaped by hand into a realistic fish/shell species. The fins are attached as molten bits of glass then sculpted into fins. Each piece is hand made individually by the artist.

“I am inspired by the natural world that surrounds us. The ocean in particular captivates me; waves seem at times so smooth and gentle, yet full of raw power and determination. There lies beneath the surface a whole world unlike that which we experience everyday. This world is full of foreign species, both plant and animal, adorned in rich vibrant colors and patterns. It is a world that I can explore in my mind, a dream world based on my interactions with reality.

I am also intrigued by the traditional vessel form. In much of my work I attempt to find a balance between the natural environment, which is organic, and the functional man-made object. An example of this is a seascape that envelops a functional vessel, combining the two worlds in a harmonious balance of form and function.”

Glass lends itself well to creating three-dimensional images that are derived from natural forms. The underwater world is also a constant reminder of the raw material he uses to create his work. Glass is essentially silica sand, the foundation of this ocean world.

There will be a new artist each month through July.