Ready for SOFA?

>Celebrating its 16th year, SOFA CHICAGO (the critically acclaimed Sculpture Objects & Functional Art fair), returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier Nov. 5 – 8 to present master artworks from top international galleries and art dealers. The Chicago fair will also feature special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, as well an extensive lecture series.

Washington Glass School artists Allegra Marquart, Michael Janis and Tim Tate will be exhibiting new works at Maurine Littleton Gallery – Booth #720 – The incredible new works by the artists make this a must-see destination!


Artist Tim Tate works on his new cast glass and steel panel series. The narrative artwork incorporates glass sculpted in sign-language lexicons.

Click HERE for more info about the art event.

Washington Post features Crafty Bastards

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The most recent Washington Post Weekend section had an in-depth feature about the Crafty Bastards alternative-craft fair.
The Washington Glass School lays claim to two of the featured artists – Kristina Bilonick and Rania Hassan!
The article by Lavanya Ramanathan covers the Crafty Bastards fair in general, and has a separate focused article on each of the highlighted artists.

Rania Hassan photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post

Click HERE to read about Rania Hassan and her woven artwork. Rania often shows her artwork at the Washington Glass School open house events, along with her husband, glass artist Sean Hennessey.

Kristina Bilonick photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post

Click HERE to read about Kristina Bilonick’s prints and clothing. Kristina has been with the Washington Glass School since its beginning, as both artist and instructor. Her work as Program Director (more than a ‘party planner’ as the Post describes her) for the arts organization Washington Project for the Arts has really put DC area artists into the spotlight – it is nice to see some well-deserved attention come back on her!

Click HERE to read the article about DC’s alt-craft scene.

Dave D’Orio opening @ Hillyer Art Space in Dupont Circle

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Feeders by David D’Orio
Hillyer Art Space

Exhibition October 2 – October 31

First Friday Reception: October 2nd, 2009, 6-9PM

Acoustic Ambience by Matthew Hemerlein!

Food and refreshments will be served

$5 suggested donation

DC GlassWorks artist Dave D’Orio opens his show of new work at

Hillyer Art Space tonite, Oct 2nd.

Hillyer Art Space
International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008


Erwin Timmers EcoArtwork

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The ‘g Green Design Center in Massachusetts is hosting a juried art show titled “ReMade”, where artwork using reclaimed, recycled and reused materials are featured in an inventive show. Each of Erwin Timmers’ cast recycled glass knots submitted for the show were selected for inclusion.

Jurors included:
Elizabeth Hunter, Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art
Gayle Morrow Olsen, Founder, Color Obsessions Gallery, Mashpee
Jan Lhormer, Artist and Curator, Falmouth

g 28 Bates Road, North Market Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, MA 02649.
The opening reception for ReMade will be Friday, October 9th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Congratulations Erwin!

Upcoming Class

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Class 919 –
Jump Start Your Imagery

Do you have the artist’s equivalent of writer’s block? Do you have lots of half formed ideas and don’t know which one to use? Are you worried that you’ll be repeating yourself if you work with an idea more than once? Do you think that none of your ideas will be good enough; that it has all been done before and it just doesn’t matter? Join this 2-day workshop to discard self-defeating thoughts and build your creative energy.Find the ideas you need in order to take your first steps along a new path of sustainable creative endeavor. We will use writing and drawing for intensive imagining sessions. Later we will use cut glass shapes to make images in fused glass. The resulting pieces will be something you can keep as a reminder of how to get started again when you feel stuck. About the instructor

Instructor Allegra Marquart
Dates Sat / Sun Oct 3 / 4
Time 11 am – 4pm
Tuition $325

Click HERE to jump to Washington Glass School class list.

About the instructor:

Allegra Marquart has been teaching printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for decades. Nine years ago she began to include glass as a way to strengthen and revitalize her imagery. Her glass artwork is featured at international art venues, including SOFA Chicago and Palm Beach 3. She currently has her work on exhibit at both Maurine Littleton Gallery in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC and at the Emerson Gallery in the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA.

Click HERE to see Allegra’s website.

Food & Friends Memorial Wall

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The Washington Glass Studio created the new donor wall for the charity organization Food & Friends. The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. The new donor wall was dedicated in the newly landscaped ‘Garden of Gratitude’ this past weekend.


Cast glass leaf panels with inset memorials.

Click HERE for more information about Food & Friends

Northern Virginia Art Beat

>Northern Virginia Art Beat

Kevin Mellema of FCNP reviews McLean Project for the Arts shows – including Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis’ glass artwork. Novie Trump’s ceramic works are also reviewed.
Kevin also reviews Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Click HERE for the link to the entire article.

excerpt from the FCNP:

To Tell the Tale: Works by Allegra Marquart, Michael Janis and Tom Baker, at the MPA (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). The exhibit runs through Nov. 7, and the gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 – 5 p.m. For more details, call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis both work in glass out of the Washington Glass School in Mt. Rainier, Md. Tom Baker is a print maker from New Jersey.

Baker’s prints seem to juxtapose destructive and utilitarian objects in playfully similar ways. A coil spring stands beside a falling bomb with corkscrew spiraling trajectory trailing behind it. Similarly, an underwater mine sits ready to destroy anything that touches it, while a ship’s propeller motors past unscathed.

Allegra Marquart produces multi-colored relief glass panels that depict children’s fables. Maraquart’s works resemble wood block prints, not surprisingly, because she came from printing to glass making and at times, still makes wood block prints.

Marquart’s panels spare none of the gory details in what are often fairly graphic childhood tales. The combination of crude, often heavy handed childhood tales, with the cool, highly polished glass surfaces, gives the works a natural sense of tension.

Michael Janis is showing his re-interpretations of tarot cards.

In addition to the images here at MPA, both Janis and Marquart have works on view through October at the Maurine Littleton Gallery in upper Georgetown (1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.). The Georgetown gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more details, call 202-333-9307 or visit www.Littletongallery.com).

Marquart’s work seems of a uniform mien at both locations. Janis however has two new large panel works and nine smaller 12-by-12-inch panels at Littleton Gallery.

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Michael Janis’s “Words Left Unsaid.”

While the tarot card pieces are interesting, they come off as a bit literal at times. The new smaller pieces at Littleton, however, are anything but. Those works have a mysterious dream state sense of surrealism that engages the viewer on a deeper more engrossing level. Using figures, text and common objects we are left to our own devices to figure out the story.

One fairly straightforward image titled, “Words Left Unsaid,” shows a man with a jumble of letters floating in his throat. It’s a notion most all of us can relate to. How would things be different if we released the words behind our mouths. Would the world be better or worse for it? Would our lives be fulfilled, or would our deepest fears be realized by their release? Would we even have the chance to say them at all if we wait too long?

We can’t answer any of those questions here. All we can do is stare at the man and wonder at his fate and the fate of those around him. We sense his need to speak, but can’t make out what it is from the disjointed jumble of letters on view. Perhaps even he doesn’t yet know exactly what to say just yet. All nine of the smaller panels are filled with entertaining and somewhat voyeuristic questions.

Washington Post reviews Gateway Arts

>Today’s Washington Post Metro section had a full article about the Gateway Arts District, which includes Mount Rainier, MD where the Washington Glass School is located. For the past 10 years, the Prince George’s County area has worked at revitalizing the area and changing it from empty lots and abandoned warehouse storage into a funky arts community. The article’s tone was disappointingly snarky, but there were some positive elements – such as quotes from area superstar artists Margaret Boozer, Tim Tate and comments and a photo of Novie Trump.
Novie Trump working in Flux Studio
photo by Mark Gail – The Washington Post

The Post also had a photograph that was captioned with incorrect info – the imagery on the glass panel is not a photograph, but a drawing made from frit powder.
Michael Janis with sgraffito imagery on glass
photo by Mark Gail – The Washington Post

For the entire article – click HERE

New Glass Review Call For Entries

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Download New Glass Review 31 Prospectus (PDF - opens in a new window)

Each year the Corning Museum of Glass conducts a worldwide competition to select 100 images of new works in glass. A jury of designers, artists, curators and critics make the selection.
Only glass designed and made between Oct 1, 2008 and Oct 1, 2009 are accepted for this survey. Deadline Oct 1, 2009. $20 entry fee. Last year, Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis was one of the artists selected.

Click HERE for more info.

Bullseye Glass E-Merge 2010

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e-merge 2010 is the sixth biennial, juried kiln-glass exhibition for emerging artists sponsored by Bullseye Glass Co.—a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution and a strong commitment to education and promoting glass art. Hosted for the first time at Bullseye Gallery, this exhibition will recognize students and early-career artists who are rising through the ranks of kilnformed studio glass but who are not yet represented by major galleries. e-merge 2010 offers over $5,000 in prizes in the form of Bullseye gift cards and conference scholarships. Finalists and their works will be represented in a full-color exhibition catalog with photos, bios, and artist statements. Submitted works must be made with Bullseye glasses. They will be judged for excellence of concept, craftsmanship, and design.

Our instructor of The Glass Bowl class, Diane Cabe, was a finalist of the award in 2004.

Entry fee $35.

For more information – click HERE to jump to BE competition info page.