National Cherry Blossom Festival Art Exhibit Reception Saturday, March 9

View of Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom exhibit @ McGuire Woods Gallery in Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center

Opening Reception for Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom is this Saturday, March 9, from 6-9pm.

Curated by Laurel Lukaszewki and Komelia Hongja Okim, the exhibition explores fleeting moments captured in art and celebrate the cherry blossom and Asian and American relations. Artwork by WGS’ Michael Janis and Robert Kincheloe as well as ceramic sculptures by Laurel Lukaszewski and Akemi Maegawa make this a must-see show!

Incredible works by photographer David Douglas, painters Sumita Kim and Jun Chul Kim, and sculptors Komelia Hongja Okim, Dalya Luttwak and David Loren Gerlach are also on view.
The exhibition will also feature a Cherry Blossom Festival at the Workhouse on April 6.

The show runs through April 7.

Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Rd.

Lorton
, VA22079
(703) 495-0001
 

Read more here: http://events.miamiherald.com/lorton_va/events/show/309566207-ephemeral-interpretations-of-the-cherry-blossom#storylink=cpy

Michael Janis named "US Cultural Ambassador", Knighthood Next?

The British Council is a British organization specializing in international educational and cultural opportunities. It was founded in 1934 as the British Committee for Relations with Other Countries, and granted a royal charter by King George VI in 1940. Its “sponsoring department” within the UK Government is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Recently, the British Council asked our Michael Janis to write about the sister city relationship between Sunderland, England and Washington, DC and how the Washington Glass School came to be one of the participants in the spectacular International Glass and Clay exhibit that opened March 1, 2013.

Click HERE to jump to British Council blog.

Michael was listed as a US Cultural Ambassador” and he is loving the title upgrade. He now insists on being called “honorable” and says he is planning to stage a “glass coup” at the UN and that he will begin issuing a list of non-binding resolutions. 

Michael Janis – the Dark Knight

After all his work with the British glass and ceramic artists, Knighthood surely is being planned.

This Saturday, March 9th, from noon- 1:00 pm, the International Glass and Clay Exhibit hosts a roundtable discussion about the Fulbright Scholar program. Come to the gallery and have a chat with Fulbright Scholars from area universities.

International Glass and Clay 2013
Pepco Edison Place Gallery  @ 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Gallery hours are Saturday and Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays. The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery. The show is organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH.  

Never Mind The Bullseye – Here’s The Glass Pistols

“007 – Walther P99″, Light, Fused water jet cut BE glass, 2010, Dr Magareth Troli – artwork featured in the “International Glass + Clay 2013″ exhibit

A number of the UK artists exhibiting in the International Glass and Clay 2013 show (at Pepco Edison Place Gallery -702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC) have come to the opening events and programs. The visiting UK artists have hit DC town running – there have been a number of Glass and Clay show events to keep them occupied!

UK Glass Artist Demo at Washington Glass School during International Glass & Clay
Robyn Townsend’s artwork incorporates glass and metal

Demos by UK Artists:
Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend showed their techniques for metal inclusions and patinas in glass.

Criss Chaney shows how the patinas are formed
Robyn Townsend and Criss Chaney

Over at DC GlassWorks, Colin Rennie, Phil Vickery and Roger Tye wowed the fans of blown glass with a series of virtuoso feats in hot glass. 

UK artist Phil Vickery demonstrates the process for his beautiful glass forms
L-R Colin Rennie, Phil Vickery and Roger Tye at DC GlassWorks
Roger Tye makes a triple incalmo bowl in red, white and blue.

Colin Rennie ended the demos with a flourish!
Whee!
Artists in the exhibit have a get-together at Artomatic founder George Koch’s place. (Top row L-R: Anne Tye, Tom Hurst, Catherine Auld, Roger Tye. Bottom row L-R: Dr Magareth Troli, Phil Vickery, Robyn Townsend, Criss Chaney, Audrey Wilson, Philippa Whiteside, Colin Rennie)

The exhibit continues thru March 23 – make sure you come into the gallery to see this incredible showcase of art from the US and UK.
International Glass and Clay 2013
Pepco Edison Place Gallery  @ 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Gallery hours are Saturday and Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays. The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery. The show is organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH.

Workhouse Arts Center "Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom"

 

An exhibition on the ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom. Curated by Laurel Lukaszewski and Komelia Hongja Okim, the exhibition will explore fleeting moments captured in art and celebrate the cherry blossom and Asian and American relations. The exhibition will also feature a Cherry Blossom Festival at the Workhouse on April 6.

Artists in this exhibition include: Glass artists Michael Janis and Robert Kincheloe, photographer David Douglas, painters Sumita Kim and Jun Chul Kim, and sculptures Akemi Maegawa, Dalya Luttwak and David Loren Gerlach.

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 6-9pm

 

Workhouse Arts Center 

9601 Ox Rd.
Lorton, VA

703-584-2900

Panel Discussion held at International Glass + Clay 2013

Artists and Creative Businesses from the UK City of Sunderland and the District of Columbia discuss their views about international efforts and the impact these relationships can have on their practices.  The discussion will particularly draw on their experience within the Washington DC – Sunderland Friendship Agreement.


Presenters: 

Anne Tye, Sector Specialist, Creative Industries, Sunderland England

UK Artists: Phil Vickery and Criss Chaney 

Washington, DC Artists: Novie Trump, Director, FLUX Studio and Michael Janis, Co-Director, Washington Glass School. 

 

5:30 – 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The panel discussion is part of the events planned during the International Glass and Clay exhibit, open thru March 23, 2013. The talk is free and open to the public. Location: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068.

International Glass & Clay 2013 Opens!

Opening reception for International Glass and Clay 2013 Exhibit in Washington, DC

This weekend, the opening reception for the International Glass & Clay 2013 was a great sucess!
The collaborative show, organized by Artomatic, the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia and DC’s Sister City of Sunderland, England and the University of Sunderland had a great turnout for the first night of the month long event. A number of the UK artists exhibiting in the show were on hand at the opening, and they were able to make connections with collectors and the DC creative community
Below are some photos of the opening night and of the exhibition:

Colin Rennie (foreground) Michael Janis (L) Roger Tye
Colin Rennie talks about his process and influences.
Washington DC collectors contemplate Megan Randall’s ceramic works.
Stephen Beardsell’s glass sculptures are always a favorite.
UK glass artist Robyn Townsend answers questions about her glass artworks on exhibit.
Beautiful ceramic sculptures by Novie Trump.
Glass artwork by UK glass artist Jeffrey Sarmiento and beyond, works by US artists Nancy Donnelly and Audrey Wilson.
UK glass artist Phil Vickery chats with DC collectors.
Artwork by UK glass artist Criss Chaney and ceramic work by US artist Tamara Laird.
Ceramic sculpture by the UK’s Philippa Whiteside.
UK glass artist Roger Tye expresses surprise at what artist Criss Cheney has to say.
Sunderland City International Manager Catherine Auld is happy as Sunderland’s Anne Tye negotiates a sale with a Washington, DC art collector.

The international exhibit will be open to the public thru March 23, 2013. Location is Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068.
Gallery hours Saturday & Tuesday 12pm-4pm. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 Click HERE to jump to the exhibit website for more info on special events and artist info.

Workhouse Arts Center Seeks Glass Program Mgr

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, has posted a call to find a new Glass Program Manager.
 

The Workhouse Glass Program Manager is responsible for the design, coordination, and implementation of the Glass Program at the Workhouse Arts Center, including glass blowing in an expanding Hot Shop, fusing, torch working, stained glass, and casting. This unique position calls for a “people person” with administrative/managerial skills who is knowledgeable of the contemporary glass art world and technically savvy with respect to glass-related equipment, and who operates well in an environment of constrained resources.  A Master’s degree within the glass/art related field is required, or equivalent professional experience.

The Workhouse Arts Center is located in Lorton Virginia, just south of Washington DC, in the repurposed historic DC Workhouse Prison.  The new Glass Program Manager will oversee a Gallery, three classrooms, a hot shop, and eight studios with resident artists.

Workhouse Arts Center 
9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079
 


The call is open until filled.   More information may be found here

The Fulbright Experience – A Roundtable Discussion!

 The Fulbright Program, now in its 65th year, has amassed an alumni body of almost 300,000 participants, representing nearly every nation of the world. The Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,700 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 318,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946.

Join us Saturday, March 9th as we discuss the “Fulbright Experience ” with a roundtable of Fulbright Scholars from area universities.

Details: Saturday, March 9th

Reception 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Speakers Include:


Dr. Paul Hoyt-Connor

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research

George Washington University

Dr. Hoyt-O’Connor has held appointments as an associate professor of Philosophy and Chair of Humanities at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and as a Lilly Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In his position at GW, he enjoys inviting students to reflect upon the trajectories of their lives and upon their deepest commitments so that we may together discern more clearly who we are and where we are going.

James B. Gilbert

Distinguished University Professor

Ph.D. Univ. of Wisconsin, 1966

US History, Cultural History

Professor Gilbert has held several fellowships, including an NEH and Fulbrights to Australia and Sweden. He has also been a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, and the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Italy. He has been Visiting Lecturer at Columbia Teachers College, the University of Paris, and Sydney University and has held the Walt Whitman Chair at Amsterdam University. In 1997 he was named Hooker Distinguished Professor by McMaster University in Ontario. He has held office in the AHA and OAH and has acted as consultant and reviewer for the NEH, National Public Radio American Writers’ Series, the National Geographic Society, and the Library of Congress. He has also served as Acting Chair of the Departments of Art and Art History and the Department of History. He is founder of the Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland.

Harris Mylonas

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

George Washing University

Harris Mylonas is the author of The Politics of Nation-Building. His research focuses on the processes of nation- and state-building, the politicization of cultural differences, immigration policy, and political development. Mylonas completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 and then joined the Political Science department at George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009. He is also an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies where he conducted research in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 academic years. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Ethnopolitics, European Journal of Political Research, and various edited volumes. He is currently working on his second book project analyzing the policies that states develop either to attract and/or to incorporate people returning to their country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship.

The Fulbright roundtable discussion is part of the events that make up the International Glass and Clay 2013 exhibit held at the Pepco Edison Gallery @ 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Click HERE to RSVP to the free event.

International Glass & Clay 2013 Opens Friday

Using an art exhibition as a bridge between countries, Artomatic, the DCCAH, the City of Sunderland, England and the UK National Glass Center have collaborated to bring together the Sister Cities of Sunderland, England and Washington, DC in a show that celebrates the medias of glass and clay, as well as celebrating the relationships between the two cities.


We are pleased to invite you to attend the opening reception of the International Glass and Clay 2013, on Friday evening, March 1 from 5:30-8pm, hosted at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C. 


Visit our special website for more information about the exhibition http://glassandclay.org/ - There are planned events during the show, including demos, roundtable discussions, wine tastings and more!

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

702 Eighth Street (between G and H streets)

Washington, DC 20068

The Art Residency Experience

A Roundtable Discussion

Whether you’ve been on an art residency, or hope to do so in the future, please join members of the Washington Glass School, Flux Studios and invited guests for a roundtable discussion about residencies in the US and abroad.

Learn first hand what other artists have experienced.

  • See what opportunities are available.
  • Discover what others have gained from residencies and how they might apply to you.
  • Share your insights with other artists.

This free discussion is being presented as part of the exhibition, International Glass & Clay 2013 at PEPCO’s Edison Gallery, March 1 – 23, 2013; an exchange between artists from Washington, DC and Sunderland, UK.
 

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5 – 6 pm Wine Tasting

6 – 7:30 pm Roundtable Discussion


Location:  Edison Place Gallery

702 Eighth Street (between G and H Street), Washington, DC 20068
To RSVP for the free event – click HERE.