GLASS! In West Virginia!

Morgan Arts Council in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia  – 90 miles from the DC/Baltimore metro area- has a special gallery show featuring glass art that opens Friday,May 29, 2015.  Titled ”GLASS!” The long history of art glass is reflected in this 21st century show of stained glass, sculptures, and functional glass artwork. Washington Glass School artists Erwin Timmers, Laurie Brown, Veta Carney, Trish Kent, Diane Cabe and Erin Antognoli are amongst the featured artists. 


May 29 – July 26, 2015 Opening Reception on May 29 at 7:30 pm. cropped-MAC-logo

Morgan Arts Council, Ice House Gallery; Independence & Mercer Streets in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Jacksonville Center for the Arts “Rhythms of Glass”

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Rhythms of Glass opens May 30 and is on exhibit thru July 25, 2015.

Focusing solely on glass as a medium for creativity, “Rhythms of Glass” feature artists working in the style of stained, fused, cast, blown, and flame-worked glass within the Virginia or the National Capital region. Recognized as a Master Artist in the state of Virginia in 2009, Liz Mears is the curator of the show.

Opening reception on Saturday, May 30. 

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1
Floyd, VA 24091

American Glass Guild 10th Anniversary Conference June 18-21

The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding their 10th Anniversary Conference in Rockville, MD and Washington, DC, June 18-21, 2015.

agg.2015.dc.conference.jpgThe AGG promises great speakers, auction, artwork exhibition and more. There will be a focus on one of our nation’s premier collections of stained glass windows, the Washington National Cathedral. Lectures and demonstrations by national and international artists will take place June 19th – 21st, and speakers include stained glass guru Judith Schaechter; University of Sunderland’s Cate Watkinson, and WGS’ Michael Janis. The keynote speaker is William Cochran.

The Annual Live AGG Auction, which raises funds for the James Whitney Memorial Scholarship, will take place on Friday night, June 19th.

The AGG is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creation, conservation, and history of stained, leaded and decorative glass. Our Mission is to encourage spirited debate, initiate fact-based research, and work to build an environment within our field that both cultivates novices and facilitates experienced artists and craftspeople to attain a higher level of expertise.

Click HERE to jump to the AGG blog for more info on the conference.

AGG Conference – June 18-21 2015





NYC UrbanGlass 2015 Auction Monday, May 18th 2015 UrbanGlass Gala is the principal fundraising event of New York’s UrbanGlass. UrbanGlass fosters innovative art and advances the use and appreciation of glass as a creative medium. The event helps support its studio for the more than 250 artists who make their work at UrbanGlass and helps fund its comprehensive education and scholarship programs.

Urban Glass auction paddle 8.jpgThe UrbanGlass community will honor longtime Board member and former Chairman Carl H. Pforzheimer III for his commitment and support to UrbanGlass and also honor acclaimed designer Lindsey Adelman.

The Gala will take place at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, beginning with cocktails and a silent auction in the Agnes Varis Art Center, followed by dinner and the live auction. UrbanGlass’ auctions feature a dynamic selection of works by luminaries of the glass and contemporary art worlds, including WGS’ Michael Janis. 

The annual gala is UrbanGlass’ most important fundraiser of the year. Monday, May 18 from 6:30 to 11 PM is the 2015 UrbanGlass Gala & Auction!  For additional information, please contact Rachel Feinberg.

Click here to purchase tickets

Click here to bid on auction works

Cheryl P Derricotte “Modern Homes”

cherl.p.derricotte.jpgCheryl Patrice Derricotte is a native of Washington, DC who currently lives and makes art in Oakland, CA. One of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program, she has gone on to big things – she just completed a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)! Cheryl s a sculptor and her primary medium is glass. Her sculptural work has been exhibited widely; her shows include  “HOME,” a joint exhibition of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) and the Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association (VAALA).  Derricotte received an Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Scholarship (2015), a Creative Capacity Fund grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2014) and she was the recipient of a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship grant (2005).

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About Cheryl Derricotte’s “Modern Homes”:

Modern Homes is a visual commentary on escalating housing costs and the changing concept of home, using the Sears, Roebuck & Company as a lens.

Said Cheryl of her project: ” I live in an apartment in a converted Sears department store.  The entryway includes a photo of a well-dressed woman looking into the store window in 1929. In Modern Homes, I am looking at what Sears a century ago can tell us about the concept of home today.” Cheryl’s MFA exhibit was on display at the CIIS from April 25-May 10.

Throughout its history, Sears has had a complex relationship to the American Dream.  Beginning in the 19th century, it was the trusted to source to buy products for the home. Yet, the building materials division was not profitable. To remedy this situation, Sears created and ran the Modern Homes program, a mail-order service for houses. Sears also offered easy financing for homes. Mortgages typically were 5-15 years at 6%. Modern Homes, depicts a forgotten slice of Americana. This work reflects the fleeting nature of value in a US economy prone to bubbles and bursts.

The American relationship to the concept of home in the 21st century is a recurring theme in her art.

Congratulations Cheryl!

Learn more about this talented artist that keeps moving onward and upward – Visit Cheryl’s website – click HERE.

Who’s Got A Big Head?

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Some Washington Glass School artists have had their heads mounted to the gates flanking Route 1 to Washington, DC. A new chapter to “Game of Thrones”? Is Big Brother watching?… Maybe… But even better, its artists’ visages as billboards. 

WGS' Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

WGS’ Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

Art Lives Here” is an organization founded in Mount Rainier, MD, that seeks to partner the arts community with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County as a way to increase the regional visibility of the Gateway Arts District.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

A new mixed use building with apartments, artist work space and retail space is being developed along U.S. Route 1 just outside of Washington, DC, to be called “Studio 3807”. The surrounding construction hoarding fence was wrapped with large photos of the artists that make up the Gateway Arts District. Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, says “the Gateway Arts District is our artists; they are our best asset.”

Glass artist Diane Cabe's image overlooks the installation of the "Art Lives Here" fence wrap.

Glass artist Diane Cabe’s image overlooks the installation of the “Art Lives Here” fence wrap.

Local photographers Marketa Ebert, Charles Steck, Evan Wilder, Krista Schyler and Valerie Phillips took photos of artists that live and work in the Gateway Arts District.

Next time you travel to Washington, DC along Rhode Island Avenue, rest assured that the Glass School artists are keeping an eye on you!

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

North Carolina’s Bascom Center Call for Glass Art Craft Today: Glass

September 5 to December 6, 2015
Loft Gallery
Opening Reception: September 5, 5 to 7 pm 

The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC has announced a Call for Artists for its planned fall 2015 show, American Craft Today: Glass, juried by Melissa G. Post, former Curator at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.  This will be the center’s first all-glass juried show. The exhibit is scheduled for September 5 through December 6, 2015. Any type of glass art is eligible as long as the primary medium is glass, and artists ages 18 and over who are living and working in the United States are eligible to enter. Entry fee $35

Deadline for entries: July 3. One or two digital images may be submitted via CaFÉ for a $35 non-refundable entry fee. An artist can submit two artworks (one photograph each) or one artwork (two photographs) for consideration. For more information visit CaFE (