Get Ready for Art-O-Matic!


Ok – attention all artists, art-wannabes, artistically inclined, and art collectors! The huge (non-juried) DC area art festival is getting ready to get into gear:

Artomatic 10th anniversary: Capitol Riverfront, May 29-July 5

Prepare to celebrate Artomatic’s 10th anniversary: The trademark, one-of-a-kind multimedia arts event will be at Half Street’s 55 M Street, S.E., in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

10th logoArtomatic 2009 will be held May 29 to July 5. Admission to Artomatic is always free for visitors.

Registration will begin in March and will be open to all artists — including painters, photographers, sculptors, graphic designers, musicians, poets, actors and dancers. Artomatic is an unjuried event, so all artists are welcome, from professionals to beginners.

To be notified of the date when registration will open or to stay up on other Artomatic news, sign up to receive ArtoNews, the Artomatic newsletter, on this web site.

Oh, The Humanity!

>Eco-Artist Erwin Timmers is working on a commissioned artwork glass panel. The cast glass panel is made from recycled glass and will incorporate many, many faces cast into the sheet of glass. As such, Erwin has been hitting the junk shops, looking for discarded toys to utilized their heads to create the form molds.
Erwin has been spending the better part of the day chopping little heads off little plastic bodies.

Ok, does anyone else find these little decapitated plastic bodies disturbing?

No? How about when the little heads had a liquid core, and the green blood started spurting out?

Who is not moved at the sight of these sad eyes staring at you?

Washington Glass School artist Mayor’s Art Award Finalist!


Michael Janis was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Washington, DC Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Mayor’s Arts Award is the most prestigious honor given by the District of Columbia to individual artists, arts organizations and patrons of the arts. Come join us as Mayor Fenty awards recipients that were selected from among the finalists and announced live from the stage at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Concert Hall.

Admission is free and having been to many of them, it is a boatload of fun, with great live music and entertainment and loads of good food and drinks.

For more information, please contact Lisa Richards Toney at (202) 724-5613.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards are free and open to the public. Email questions to or call (202) 724-5613.

Suffolk Museum showing Nancy Donnelly

>Details of Nancy Donnelly’s upcoming show at Suffolk Museum is online -
website: Art of Glass 2 ( scroll across to ‘affiliates – Suffolk Museum’)

Personal Armor: Artists’ Look at Aprons
Suffolk Museum – 118 Bosley Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434
May 2nd – June 12th, 2009 – 10-5 Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday 1-5

Personal Armor will feature artists from across the country interpreting Aprons and will include Judith Conway, award wining internationally exhibited warm glass artist of Vitrum Glass Studio and Gallery in Maryland. Ms. Conway will create new work for the exhibit . We will also feature Nancy Donnellly, an emerging glass artist and a member of the Washington Glass School. She most recently exhibited her pate de verre sculptural work from her dress series at “Artomatic” and will continue this series and present 3 new sculptures from this exhibit.

Looking forward to this show!

Call for Glass Artist Entries

>A good friend of the school – the fabulous Susan Taylor Glasgow has advised us of an upcoming glass artwork competition – here are the details:

Call for Glass Artists
Short Stories: Narratives from the Kiln
June 20– August 1, 2009
Curated by Susan Taylor Glasgow for the Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO

Submission Rules:

Narrative kiln-formed glass
Under 16” in any dimension
There is an entry fee of $25. This is a non-refundable fee.
Can submit up to 3 artwork pieces for jurying. More than one image may be submitted per work, i.e., a close-up shot and a full-work shot.
Images for the jury must be submitted digitally, by email or on CD.
The images submitted must be of work available for the show. Each image should be labeled with yourname.titleofwork.jpg
Each submission should be accompanied by size and medium details.
Images should be a minimum of 300dpi and be sized at least 800×800 pixels.
CD submissions should be clearly labeled with the artist’s name.
CDs will not be returned.
Late entries will not be accepted.
Please note: Detailed instructions for shipping artworks will be sent to artists whose work is juried into the exhibition.

Awards :
Catalogue, purchase award
Dates :
March 15, 2009: Deadline for entries
Email address for entry:
online application:
more info:

update: insurance details

1. Standard insurance is provided by the Columbia Art League (CAL) while the objects are on CAL’s premises.

2. Artist shall provide insurance coverage for work in transit to CAL. CAL is not responsible for work until actually received and inspected for damage that may have occurred in shipping.

3. CAL shall provide insurance coverage during transit when returning work to Artist. Work shall be insured at wholesale value provided by Artist.

4. CAL is only responsible for insurance on items shipped to the return address designated by Artist in the United States. Forwarding shipment or international shipment for whatever reason is not covered by CAL’s insurance.

5. CAL is not responsible for the return packing, shipping or value of artwork which requires special needs unless prior arrangements have been made between Artist and CAL, noted in writing and signed by both parties. Special needs for purposes of this paragraph shall include, but will not be limited to, oversize objects which cannot be shipped via United Parcel Service or the United States Post Office, objects which must be shipped overnight or 2nd Day through United Parcel Service, weights in excess of 100 pounds and/or perish ability in some manner of the artwork.