Artist of The Gateway Arts District Inaugurates Arts Center

>The brand spanking new Gateway Arts Center Gallery opens with a show that features area artists. Juried by art critic and expert of the local arts scene, F Lennox Campello, the exhibition will have two receptions – one for both the Arts Center Grand Opening and the ‘Artists of The Gateway Arts District’ and one at the closing of the exhibition. The grand opening marks years of effort to get the center running.

* Opening Reception and Center Grand Opening: March 19, 2010. The ribbon cutting ceremony will start at 3 pm. The Open House will follow until 8 pm.

RSVP by March 15 by calling 301.864.3860, ext 3.

* To celebrate the exhibition in its own right, there will be a closing reception on April 10, 2010, from 5 pm til 8 pm. Artists juried into the show include:


Alan Binstock,Alison Duvall,Cheryl Edwards,David Korte,Ed Burck, Ellen Baer, Ellen Weiss, Erwin Timmers,JJ McCracken,Joseph Hicks, John Paradiso,Jonathan Kellog,Kate Hardy,Katie Dell Kaufman,Kim Peterson, Kyan Bishop, Laurie Breen,Leila Holtsman, Lindsay Sherman,Margaret Boozer,Michael Janis,Pete Duvall,Sarah Wegner,Shahin Shikaliyev,Tim Tate,Tom Hill,Valerie Theberge




M-NCPPC Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Ave.

Brentwood, MD 20722

tel. 301-277-2863

Karen LaMonte @ Smithsonian

>Last night was the dinner with artist Karen LaMonte and talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her artwork “Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery” was just acquired by the museum. She talked of her work and process to make this haunting and striking cast glass sculpture – the work is so technically complex that it can only be crafted at Lhotsky‘s studio in the Czech Repbulic, one of the largest and most advanced centers for glass casting. It was a fascinating and fun night in the museum’s galleries!

41st Annual Laurel Art Guild Exhibition Open Juried Exhibition

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Each year Montpelier Arts Center hosts an exhibition open to artists aged 18 and older who live in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. It is chaired by a member of the Laurel Art Guild. This year I was juror, and spent a day going thru the entries. It was a surprisingly hard task to whittle down the selection – a very talented roster of artists submitted art for the competition, and 60 works were chosen for the exhibition. Virtually every medium is represented and the range of work is impressive.

I will be giving a brief gallery talk about the selection process on Sunday March 7 during the reception held from 2 pm -4 pm. The winners will be announced at that time as well. The reception is free and open to the public.

Artists scheduled to be shown:

Celestine Ranney-Howes, Melissa Burley, Jennifer Beinhacker Trisha Coghlan, Natalya Parris, Sharon Godlock, Martin Slater, Ardythe Jolliff, R. Teresa LaRocque, Kimberly Bursic, Carolyn Jackson, Pete Campbell, Christine Jacobs, Jeffrey P Coleman, Hans Guerin, Pauline Clatterbuck, Carol Clatterbuck, Crisley McCarson, Charles Reiher, Russ Little, Yolanda Koh, John Flournoy, Barbara Bell, Emlyn Davies-Cole , Nic Galloro, Thomas Burch, Karen Peacock, Susan Ellis, Emily Tarsell, Tod Renshaw, Mavreen K Veihmeyer, Theresa Harrison, Pat C Wilson, Linda Lawler, Sylvia L Valentino, Stephen Boocks, Ed L Cunnilis, Paul Giguere, Kathy Karlson, Harvey Duze, Linda Diane, Bruce Blum, Jim O’Connor, Meredith Osterman, Ron E Wilder, Beth deLoiselle, Sharon J Burton, Laurence Chandler, Lauren Kotkin, Jesse Berry, Joseph Hamilton, Daniel Bell, Lisa Orton, Joan Tarbell Plato, Jacqui Croetta, Amy Sferra, Lynne Slater, Roxana Sinex, Erin Antognoli

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

41st Annual Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 28

Award Ceremony and Reception: Sunday, March 7, 2-4 pm

All ages welcome. FREE

For more information and images, please contact Ruth Schilling Harwood at ruth.harwood@pgparks.com.

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Arts Programs of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Hamiltonian Projects Fellowship Application

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The Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for their 2010-2012 Term.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hamiltonian Artists, a 501(c)3, has announced its third annual open call to new, emerging artists to apply to their two-year Fellowship Program, aimed to aid in the professional development of visual artists.

Please refer to the Hamiltonian Artists website for the application requirements, restrictions and forms. The application process will close at 5:00 pm on on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, and any applications received after that date will not be considered.

Good Luck!

Running Around the ACC

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Tommie Rush at booth #2104

Tim Tate & I ran through the American Craft Council show at Baltimore’s Convention Center - looking at the cool work and catching up with some old friends who are exhibiting at the huge show. Unfortunately, we were not able to stay too long, and we also were there on a wholesale market day – where the artists showing on those days are marketing to retail buyers – many of the booths were not open as a result. The ACC opens for the public on Thursday February 25, 2010.

The Glass artists have a strong showing – and some (tho not all) are:


Penland artist-in-residence Devin Burgess sculptural glass is beautiful & sublime.

Tim Tate and Devin Burgess at the ACC.Tommie Rush’s booth is filled with vibrant color – her “Happy Pills” in the foreground.
Kenny Pieper’s newest works show how his incredible detailed and intricate canework can feel spontaneous .
Tim Tate explains theory on how to market glass to Urban Glass artist Jamie Harris.
Jaimie Harris’ Infusion Panels – the result of experiments he pursued at a recent residency at the Corning Museum of Glass. These one-of-a-kind panels begin as solid sculptures and are then kiln-cast into flat blocks, carved and polished.

ACC Baltimore Opens Feb 25!

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More than 700 of the country’s leading craft artists will gather in Baltimore’s convention center for The American Craft Council Show – the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, glass, and more, will be available for purchase at the Baltimore Convention Center, February 25-28, 2010.

Be sure to see some of our not-to-miss glass favorites like:

And many more fantastic glass artists – Also mixed media, jewelry, demos and presentations – for more info: American Craft Council Tommie Rush

LOCATION
Baltimore Convention Center

One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

RETAIL DATES AND SHOW HOURS
Thursday, February 25 (10 am – 6 pm)
Friday, February 26 (10 am – 9 pm)
Saturday, February 27 (10 am – 6 pm)
Sunday, February 28 (10 am – 5 pm)

For information on the Wholesale dates, please click here.

ADMISSION – SAVE UP TO $5 BY PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS ONLINE!
Purchase, print and bring right to the door!
Buy Tickets Online
ON-SITE ADMISSION $15 per person $25 for a two-day pass $30 for a three-day pass SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENING ADMISSION: $6 after 6pm.

Roni Horn show at Boston’s ICA

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Roni Horn, Pink Tons, 2008, Solid cast glass, 48 x 48 x 48 in
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the New York conceptual artist Roni Horn – whose can be seen as drawn from minimalism and conceptual art. Horn’s remarkable glass sculptures, for example, aren’t Donald Judd’s inert boxes but shifting and slippery objects that belie their solid mass. The most recent example of this work, “Pink Tons” (2008), occupies the foyer gallery of the ICA. At approximately five tons, the sculpture has been called the “largest piece of glass in the world,” according to the ICA’s new head curator, Helen Molesworth. Though the glass is virtually unmovable, the imperfections in its core “afford the viewer a dizzying, unsettling experience” according to the Bostonist.

The Glass Quarterly Blog has a great review of the show, with some other photos, but one has to marvel at the immensity of the casting and imagine the how much annealing time it would take to make that huge piece. Looking at the cracks in the piece, however, one would guess that whatever it took, it was not enough.

Spring Craft Weekend is in the air!

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National Building Museum

The melting mountains of snow are revealing jolly jonquils; the birds are returning and the days are getting longer – it can mean only one thing: Spring Craft Weekend is soon!

This April, there are many events planned that even the most jaded art lover, craft fancier, and media-specific aficionado can participate in.

The 28th Smithsonian Craft Show (Thursday April 22- Sunday April 25, 2010 www.smithsoniancraftshow.org ) is one of the country’s most prestigious juried exhibition and sale of fine American craft. The show features 120 top craft artists, each one reflecting the story of contemporary American craft in one of 12 categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood, and takes place in the historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. There are also many lectures, demonstrations and tours sponsored by the Craft Show.

Want more? the The James Renwick Alliance has many activities and events planned, including dinners catered by major chefs, live and silent craft auctions, visits to galleries, a craft symposium, visits to private craft collections and artist studios. A special free event is the annual Saturday morning symposium sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the James Renwick Alliance. Special guests will be Mark Sfirri, Randy Johnston and Yoshiko Wada, who will receive the JRA’s Distinguished Educator award, and the topic is How Craft Makes its Way into the World. Stay tuned for news on events and participating artists. All events are open to the public with ticket and offer fun, excitement and interest for those new to studio crafts as well as experienced collectors.

Want even more? Well, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has proclaimed the week to be “Craft Week DC” and there will be tours, special exhibitions and events at the Washington Glass School and the surrounding craft studios that weekend. Some celebrity guests will give awesome demos – like Matthew Szosz inflating float glass!

Save the dates! – More info to be posted soon!

Say, Isn’t that OUR Jennie?

>The new summer catalog of classes held at the beautiful and historic Penland School of Craft in the mountains of North Carolina were delivered a couple of weeks past. Inside, amongst the fantastic listings and descriptions of courses in different media (Books, Clay, Glass, Wood, Drawing & Painting, Iron, Metals, Photography, Textiles, Prints and Specials) is a photo of our Jennifer Lindstrom, shown working on her artwork last year.


Jennie hard at work in the print edition of Penland’s summer course catalog.

It is always nice to see Jennie working on her artwork!

For more about Penland and information on their immersion courses, Click HERE.
Scholarship deadline is fast approaching Click HERE for the link.

WPA Art Auction Gala March 6

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The Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) invites contemporary art aficionados to indulge their passion for art at the WPA Art Auction Gala on Saturday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
All proceeds benefit WPA programs and exhibitions. For tickets and more information, please visit www.wpadc.org/auction/auction.html. The dinner tickets are sold out, but party tickets are available.

To purchase party tickets, click here to download the form. For information on bidding in absentia, or the Auction Gala, please email the WPA at: wpa.auction@gmail.com

The Cream exhibition is open for viewing, Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is Free. More information on the exhibition is available at www.wpadc.org. Preview the works at auction.wpadc.org