“Reflections on Glass” @ Byrne Gallery

Middleburg, VA’s Byrne Gallery will present “Reflections on Glass”, a 9-week exhibit of contemporary art glass by twenty artists. Curated by glass artist and Vice President of the National Capital Art Glass GuildEmily Pezzulich, the exhibition features works in blown glass, flameworked glass, coldworked glass, kilnformed glass, stained glass and glass sculpture. This exhibit is the first time the Middleburg art gallery will focus an entire show on one medium – glass.The exhibit opens on Thursday, May 5th and continues through Sunday, June 26th, 2016. 

Reflections on Glass is also one of the five stops in the Art Passport Challenge, during Middleburg’s “Art in the Burg,” event, a town-wide arts celebration that will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists participating in Reflections on Glass include:

Rhoda Baer, Judith Finn Conway, Kevin O’Toole, Nancy Weisser, Paul Swartwood , Michelle Rubin, Sherry Selevan, Ruth Gowell, Ursula Marcum, Emily Pezzulich, Carol Sontheimer, Nancy Kronstadt, Sherry Hawkins and Veta Carney, Allan Jaworski, Carol Hurwitch, Jane Hartman, Alla Sharkova, Jerre Davidson, and Daniel Carney. All of the artists participating have local, national and international followings.

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Veta Carney; “Sticks & Stones” cast uranium glass, mixed media

Reflections On Glass

 May 5th – June 26th 2016

Artist Reception Saturday, May 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   

There will be a second event in June with demonstrations of glass techniques and gallery talks by the artists on Saturday, June 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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7 West Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20118

Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.

 

M L Duffy Sculpture at Reston VA’s North County Government Center

Matthew Duffy,“Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect,” being installed at Reston, VA’s new North County Government Center. Photo: Lizzie Temme Duffy

Matthew Duffy’s artwork “Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect” being installed at Reston, VA’s new North County Government Center. Photo: Lizzie Temme Duffy

Sculptor Matthew Duffy‘s new public artwork installed at Reston’s new North County Government Center is featured in a recent Fairfax CountyTimes article. The sculpture—two, sleek, stainless steel fretwork hands reaching for each other – was made at his studio in next door Otis Street Arts Project over the past year. Titled “Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect, the artist M.L. Duffy describes the work as based on “the idea of mutual respect in these difficult times”. 

Matthew Duffy installing the public art sculpture in February. Photo by Janet Rems / Fairfax County Times

M.L. Duffy installing the public art sculpture in February. Photo by Janet Rems / Fairfax County Times

 

 

 

 

 

M.L. Duffy worked on a number of Washington Glass Studio public art projects – most notably the Bethesda, MD Safeway supermarket façade, where he later described the process deconstructed down to the hours of physical labor: “3 Bays: 7 Months, 340+ pieces of glass, 2,125 chops on the tile saw, 120 hours on the belt-sander and diamond grinder, 1 full box of silicone, 48 frames, 2 cans of paint, 300 re-filed squares, 17 castings, and a whole-lotta trying to keep track of everything.”  

Also a fine arts teacher at the Jesuit Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, Matthew hired a group of top art and stage crew students to work with him during the sculpture’s preliminary stages.

Congrats Matthew on the success of the new public artwork! 

ML Duffy reviews the Safeway glass panels cast from recycled glass with WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers.

ML Duffy reviews the Safeway glass panels cast from recycled glass with WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers.

 

Bullseye Glass Resumes Cadmium Use With New Filters: Red, Orange and Yellow Glass Production Returns

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer shows KOIN 6 News colorful glass made in his factory, Mar. 10, 2016

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer shows KOIN 6 News colorful glass made in his factory, Mar. 10, 2016

The embattled Southeast Portland glass company – Bullseye Glass (BE) – has installed a new filtration system to prevent dangerous metals from getting into the air. In February, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found the area around the facility, had high levels of toxic chemicals cadmium and arsenic. The glass company voluntarily stopped using the metals in its manufacturing process. Later it said it would never again use arsenic. It also suspended the use of chromium.
The company has issued a press release on how the baghouse filter works. Air from the furnace passes up the stack, which filters out “99 percent of the particulate material” made using heavy metals during the production of glass.

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer next to the new filters at the glass furnace in Portland, OR.

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer next to the new filters at the glass furnace in Portland, OR.

The Washington Glass School has been asked how the issues affecting BE have impacted the art school and studio and the surrounding neighborhood. Director Erwin Timmers has confirmed that the toxicity issues are a problem for factories producing the glass, not the artists or their surrounding neighborhoods. Once the glass is made, all of the metals used during production to produce color become inert and therefore are safe to use in glass schools & studios.

That said, it is good to know that red, orange and yellow glass can again be part of the glass color range available to students!

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational

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We are looking forward to Habatat Galleries celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016! 

Habatat — the oldest and largest glass gallery in the world — is getting ready to open its 44th International Glass Exhibition, featuring 100 artists from 23 countries.

The opening weekend celebration will take place May 5th-7th of 2016. The events will also include the famous Annual Masterworks auction, home tours, artist talks, museum tours, dinners, lunches, and more! The Grand Opening of the International is Saturday, May 7.

President and Owner of Habatat Galleries, Corey Hampson, whose father, Ferdinand Hampson, founded Habatat Gallery in 1971, says the theme this year focuses on the artists’ creative process and inspiration. The artists showing were asked to describe “what affected you in your life or career that caused you to alter the direction of your work. This could be something such as a personal discovery, a news story or a life changing event.” The artists’ responses are shared in the 44th International Catalog.

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Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational Catalog. Click on image to jump to online version.

Corey says having the world’s largest international glass show came as a total shock. When his father opened the gallery 45 years ago, the only place to find handcrafted glasswork was at art fairs. “Drawing and painting have been around for thousands of years, but glass is an art form that … was completely functional until the early 1960s,” 

Corey says it’s been a struggle, but the gallery’s focus has been to educate people about the art of glass and its possibilities.

Artists from Israel, Italy, Japan, France, England, the Czech Republic and many others will attend the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th.

Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award during the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th. This winner also will display his/her work at the Fort Wayne Museum. The gallery has also curated a controversial display in a pop-up space next to the gallery entitled “Peace/Piece: Sculptures of Mass Destruction”.

Tim Tate " Vitruvian Visions"; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Tim Tate ” Vitruvian Visions”; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

44th Annual Glass International Award ExhibitionGrand Opening May 7th 2016 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday 

Washington Glass Studio Engages Community With Laurel Library’s Public Art

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Prince George’s County’s Art in Public Places promotes community interaction in the creation of the new artwork sculpture at the Laurel Library. Residents of the area are invited to the Glass School to create the glass panels in the sculpture.

Prince George’s County, MD, recently awarded Washington Glass Studio the commission to create of one of the public art sculptures destined to become a landmark at the new Laurel Library, currently completing construction.

WGS is working with Arts in Public Places (AIPP) -  Prince George’s County Government’s public art program that contributes to the place-making and aesthetic significance of Capital Improvement Projects. AIPP creates percent-for-art initiatives that integrate works-of-art into new and (substantially) renovated County buildings as part of construction costs of the facility.

Proposal sketch by Washington Glass Studio.

Proposal sketch by Washington Glass Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Laurel Library public art process involves community and facility stakeholders, artists, construction professionals and local government officials. Community glass making workshops have been held, and a there has been a great start on the artwork! 

The new glass artists lay out their designs.

The new glass artists lay out their designs.

The first batch of fused glass artworks is reviewed in the studio.

The first batch of fused glass artworks is reviewed in the studio.

One of the artworks references the new library’s lighted dinosaur footprints leading to the Discovery Island children’s room that will have a glass floor exposing a full-size velociraptor skeleton replica. The room will hold two children’s seating areas, one within a large dinosaur rib cage and the other decorated with volcano lava and light effects.

New Studio Artist – Kyle David Crosby

Everyone meet and welcome our newest studio artist – Kyle David Crosby.kyledavidcrosby

Kyle is also a musician and a film producer, with his company Pictureshow Productions

Kyle David Crosby is a young, up-and-coming producer from Washington, DC. After launching his film career in 2006, Crosby has worked on feature films, television series, commercial campaigns, still photography shoots, and documentaries. He most recently finished Production Supervising HBO’s “VEEP – Season 5″ DC Unit. He is at much at home in the office as he is on set. 

Pictureshow is a boutique, full-service production company that specializes in feature films and commercial production. Based in Maryland, they have produced movies and commercials for a diverse clientele including BBC Scotland, Marriott, Haxan Films, and the DC Board of Tourism.

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Pictureshow was formed in 2012 as a banner under which for Kyle David Crosby to produce a short film for Eduardo Sanchez, creator and co-director of the Blair Witch Project, and his directing partner, Gregg Hale. The short was included in the cult-favorite horror anthology, “V/H/S:2″. That film enjoyed an exciting Sundance acquisition and has gone on to be the most celebrated film in the “V/H/S” franchise.


Most recently, Pictureshow produced the short “The Confidential Informant” directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos and written by acclaimed writer and producer, George Pelecanos. The project was filmed entirely in DC and is currently in its festival run, garnering acclaim nationwide.

Currently, Kyle is working on the movie “The Purge: Election Year” which opens in July.

Willaim Beanes Community Center Awards Washington Glass Studio Public Art Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation has awarded the commission to create public art and site specific commission for the William Beanes Community Center in Suitland, MD to the Washington Glass Studio.

William Beanes Community Center, Suitland, MD

William Beanes Community Center, Suitland, MD

The center is named for William Beanes, MD, of Prince George’s County, who played a pivotal, yet largely unknown, role in the history of The Star-Spangled Banner. If not for Dr. Beanes, Francis Scott Key would not have been on a ship in Baltimore’s Harbor, and he would never have written the poem which became our National Anthem. 

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A romantic depiction of Francis Scott Key at the dawn’s early light, seeing the Star-Spangled Banner still waving at Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814.

Dr. William Beanes had been captured by the British for his role in arresting and jailing British deserters during the War of 1812.  Francis Scott Key, a Georgetown lawyer, was approached by friends of Beanes with the permission of President James Madison, and dispatched to travel along with John S. Skinner, a US Agent for Prisoner Exchange, to negotiate Bean’s release from the British.  British Major General Robert Ross, who had initiated the arrest of Dr. Beanes, was reluctant to let him go.  Skinner produced letters, however, from wounded British prisoners of war who described their good treatment at the hands of Dr. Beanes and Ross agreed to his release. The group’s return home, however, coincided with the British attack on Baltimore during the summer of 1814, and they sought temporary safety on a ship just a few miles from Fort McHenry.  Onboard, the group could hear the rockets in the distance as the fighting continued through the night until early morning brought an eerie quiet.  With the sun rising in the distance, Key used a telescope and spied the U.S. flag still flying. Inspired by the sight, Key began composing on the back of a letter found in his pocket what would later be known as “The Star Spangled Banner”. On March 3, 1931, a proclamation by Congress immortalized the song as our country’s national anthem.

Internally illuminated discs are to be mounted to the building at the entrance to the center.

Internally illuminated discs are to be mounted to the building at the entrance to the center.

The design proposed by Washington Glass Studio used the concept of the Round Panels = Abstracted Fireworks “Bursting In Air”. This symbolizes pride, childlike wonder, romantic love, patriotism and inspiration. Rising along the feature wall towards the roofline, establishing a strong visual presence to the entry would be a series of large brightly colored illuminated panels. The circular shapes contrast the building’s form and help create visual interest. Each of the large panels would have powerful graphic designs that pay homage to the future of Suitland’s residents and heritage, icons of the community, its history and goals.

The circular shapes contrast the building’s form and help create visual interest. Each of the large panels would have powerful graphic designs that pay homage to the future of  Suitland’s residents and heritage, icons of the community, its history and goals.

The large circular panels will have LED illumination integrated into each disc.

 

View of the design and how the internal LED illumination will work at nighttime.

Penland Mountain Comes To Washington, DC

Jean McLaughlin (center) Exec Director of Penland School of Craft visits Washington Glass School

Jean McLaughlin (center) Exec Director of Penland School of Craft visits Washington Glass School

A Penland School of Crafts contingency was in Washington, DC as Jean McLaughlin, Penland’s Executive Director is to be honored at the James Renwick Alliance (JRA)  ”Educator Award” this weekend. Others receiving the biennial award is Jamie Bennett, Chunghi Choo and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Fab Lab.

The JRA presents the award to individuals or organizations in the craft world who have made significant and pioneering contributions in craft education.

Artist Vivian Beer - season 2 winner of the Ellen DeGeneres HGTV show "Design Challenge" joins the Penland crew at the glass school.

Artist Vivian Beer (center)- season 2 winner of the Ellen DeGeneres HGTV show “Design Challenge” joins the Penland crew at the glass school.

Michael Janis talks about his process to the Penland group.

Michael Janis talks about his process to the Penland group.