Call for Artists of The Gateway Arts District!

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Phil Davis, Director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange has sent a note about the exhibition about the Gateway Arts District that they’re helping to put together at Prince George’s Community College. The exhibit “Creative Corridor” is open to any artist who lives, works, or otherwise makes art in the Gateway Arts District.

Below are the details:

Creative Corridor: Artists of the Gateway Arts District
Marlborough Gallery, Prince George’s Community College

DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 3, 2016

EXHIBITION DATES: January 19 – February 23, 2017

The Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District is a nationally recognized initiative that is unique in its focus on artists and their work, with a handful of organizations serving to support nearly 150 professional artists who maintain studios in the Arts District. It is unlike any other area in the Capital region, and anchors sustainable community building along the Route 1 corridor by maintaining its creativity. Creative Corridor at the Prince George’s Community College Marlborough Gallery showcases the important role the Gateway Arts District plays as a cultural hub for the region, as well as the diversity of the work created in it.

Creative Corridor is open to artists who live, work, or study, or make art in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Artworks should be no more than 60 inches in any dimension, and must have been completed within the past two years. We cannot support time-based or interactive works in this exhibition.

Thomas Berault
Professor of Art, Prince George’s Community College
Phil Davis
Director, Brentwood Art Exchange

• December 3 – Deadline to apply
• December 10 – Artists notified
• January 7, 9, 10, 11 – Artists drop off work at Brentwood Arts Exchange
• January 19, 2017 – Exhibition Opens to the public
• February 9 – Opening reception, 7-9 pm.
• February 23 – Exhibition closes at 12 noon.
• March 1-5 – Artists pick up artwork at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Artists may submit up to three artworks for consideration
By Email to Email applications must be received by midnight on Saturday, December 3.
On a CD delivered to the Brentwood Arts Exchange attn: Creative Corridor. Applications on CD must be received by 4 pm on Saturday, December 3. Each application should include:
• Images of up to 3 artworks to be considered.
• Artists submitting images of three-dimensional artwork may include up to two images of each artwork as details or alternate views of the artworks included in the application.
• A list of works/images that includes titles, media, size, and dates created.
• Image files should be submitted in jpeg format and no larger than 2MB.
• (Optional) An artist’s statement relevant to the artwork submitted.
• (Optional) An SASE for the return of CDs. CDs will not be returned unless an SASE with adequate postage is provided.
• Artists submitting works on CD are strongly encouraged to write their name and email address on the CD.

Mail/Hand Delivery
Attn: Phil Davis
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

9th Annual JRA Day December 3 2016

JRA Day is a one-day showcase of artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. This holiday craft show/sale gives the public the opportunity to see and purchase work by artists in many media.Lots of new work, along with about 35 other craft artists! Free admission, easy parking. The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists.

The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase

7931 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Saturday, December 3, 2016

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Laurel Library’s Grand Opening Features Public Art Sculpture by Washington Glass Studio


Washington Glass Studio sculpture at the new Laurel Library. Photo by Pete Duvall.

The Washington Glass Studio (WGS) has recently completed installation of a community based site specific public art commission for Prince George’s County Laurel Library. The new building was designed by Grimm + Parker Architects, with the grand opening of the new library scheduled for November 28, 2016. Features of the spectacular new library include an inset floor area in the children’s section where kids will get to peer at a replica velociraptor skeleton through the glass floor. Just a few miles away from the library site is Dinosaur Park, where scientists work to excavate fossils from the early Cretaceous period. Dinosaur imagery was also included as a theme running through the glass artwork panels.

WGS design proposal sketch

WGS design proposal sketch.

WGS was awarded the commission to make the outdoor sculpture at the front of the new library by Maryland’s Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC). The Art in Public Places Program RFQ sought out artwork that would provide world class artwork for Prince George’’s County residents and visitors. 

WGS proposal for the project was a 17’H internally illuminated glass and steel sculpture that incorporates glass panels made by the community,residents and stakeholders of the Laurel, MD community. The engineering of the steel framework involved detailed analysis of the structure and its components. WGS worked with structural engineer Holbert Apple to ensure the integrity of the design.

Detailed analysis of sculpture was part of the design development process.

Detailed analysis of sculpture was part of the design development process.

Over 100 glass inset panels were made during the series of workshops held at the Washington Glass School. The Baltimore Sun newspaper featured a story by reporter Lisa Philip about the process. 

A series of community glass quilting bees were held at the Washington Glass School for the library during the summer.

A series of community glass quilting bees were held at the Washington Glass School for the library during the summer. Photo by Lisa Philip/Baltimore Sun



The artwork’s title “Involve Me and I Learn”  is based on a phrase attributed to US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (who also opened the first US public library). The name references the engagement of the community. The neighborhood and the Laurel Library supporters had joined in making the individual glass panels in workshops at the Washington Glass

The resulting variations in each tile’s imagery and technique embody the artist’s concept in bringing the people from the diverse community together to create a cohesive and vibrant sculpture. 



The artwork inset kiln-formed glass panels express the personality and the  individuality of everyone involved in the project.

The artwork’s internally illuminated kiln-formed glass panels express the personality and the individuality of everyone involved in the project. Photo by Pete Duvall

Project  Information

Artist: Washington Glass Studio 

Design Team: Laurie Brown, Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson. With Josh Hershman and Pierre Browning.

Structural Engineer : Holbert Apple Assoc Inc 

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Photo by Pete Duvall

Laurel Library
507 7th Street, Laurel, MD 20707

Grand Opening / Dedication – 10:30 AM, Monday, November 28, 2016 – All are invited!

Washington Glass School Artists Exhibiting at Art Miami

img-locationAt the end of the month, the international contemporary art world descends on Miami, Florida for the infamous Art Basel Miami Beach exposition, and its numerous satellite events. The exhibit is shaping up to be more outrageous than ever. Art Basel will open at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While Art Basel Miami Beach is undeniably the main event, it’s spawned more than 20 satellite fairs, stretching from Midtown to Downtown. 

Tim Tate, "Pink Nebula", 18 x 18 x 4, Silver Plated and Colored Frame, Mirror, LED's

Tim Tate, “Pink Nebula”, 18 x 18 x 4, Silver Plated and Colored Frame, Mirror, LED’s

Scope Miami Beach Nov. 29th to Dec. 4th

Tim Tate will be having a solo exhibition at Scope Miami (Alida Anderson Projects in Booth D29). Tim’s new work entices the viewer to look deeply into and completely experience his windows into alternative dimensions. 

Context Art Miami Nov. 29th to Dec. 4th

Audrey Wilson will be showing at Context Art Miami from Nov 29th to Dec 4th (Alida Anderson Art Projects in Booth #326).

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Audrey Wilson, “The Small Hadron Collider”, 2016
Neon, glass, led, mixed
42 × 6 × 6 in

CONTEXT Art Miami, along with the 27th edition of Art Miami, commences on November 29, 2016, with the highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview.

If you are in sunny FLA – be sure to see their works! Posting and hashtag-ing is encouraged!

Vitrum Glass Studio to Close


Vitrum Studio owners Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole.

Vitrum Studios has announced its intention to close at the end of 2016. Vitrum Studio was started by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole in 2001 offering classes and kiln-glass resources. Both artists were recipients of awards in Bullseye Glass’ e-merge, and both had works in the US Arts in Embassies Program. The owners have said that they will continue to research and to develop techniques with Bullseye glass, and are embarking on a new project – Vitrum Studio eBooks. These books will focused on fusing techniques.

We will miss them and we wish them well in their new endeavors!


From their Nov 10 email:

…”As we approach Vitrum’s 15th birthday, we reflect back on the very beginning of Vitrum Studio.  Our classes, office and retail shop were all in one bay when we opened, and our pants pockets were our cash drawer. During these past fifteen years we have grown to three bays, enlarged the retail and the classroom spaces, opened a smaller Lab classroom and taught hundreds of classes on a wide range of topics to students from all over the world. 

We’ve made wonderful friends in the glass community, and welcomed and learned much from many exceptionally talented guest instructors while we worked with an incredible Vitrum staff of caring, talented artists. We all have grown as artists as we researched, experimented and pushed the boundaries of kiln glass, and we have loved every minute of it.

But now, it is time for a change. Vitrum Studio will officially close its doors at the end of 2016.

As you probably know, running a business is a demanding 24/7 obligation.  Our plans are to spend more time with those who are precious to us, and to spend much needed time in our own studios, designing and developing our own work.
You may be wondering if this decision was also influenced by the environmental issues and the reduced production that Bullseye Glass factory in Portland, Oregon, has been faced with. That is absolutely not the case. They have spent countless hours and large amounts of money researching and installing new filtration systems on their furnaces, and have finally begun to be able to ramp up their production again. By spring of 2017, they should be able to fulfill all orders and be back online 100%. 

We know Bullseye Glass will succeed in all they do, and we will continue to work closely with them as we research and develop new techniques with the Bullseye glass we all love.
Thank you.

We most sincerely thank you for your support of Vitrum Studio through the years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to share our knowledge and our love of glass with you.

Sincerely, Judith and Kevin     Vitrum Studio 

Fragile Vessels: Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis

cheryl.derricotteFragile Vessels is an exhibit of work by Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis. Derricotte’s work on glass and paper is shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss).  Both glass and paper are translucent and seemingly fragile, yet they are hearty enough to survive the passage of time between civilizations. Originally from Washington, DC, Derricotte lives and makes art in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds the Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.  Awards include Emerging Artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora; Gardarev Center Fellow; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant.

Lewis’ work is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units. He makes repetitive cellular cuts on paper that reveal these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of patients, their families, and himself. A self-taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience, he creates stunning, intricate sculptures out of  single sheets of paper that visually combine the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles.

Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis: Fragile Vessels

Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, December 11
Monday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m. Panel Discussion:The Fragility of Black Bodies and Why It Matters, panel discussion with the artists, Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis, and featuring Kaye Whitehead & Matthew Mulcahy.
Tuesday, November 15, 5-7 p.m. Artists’ Reception and artists’ talk in the gallery

Washington Glass Studio Installs Laurel Library Public Art

The steel structure is lowered by crane onto the foundation at the new Laurel Library

The steel structure is lowered by crane onto the foundation at the new Laurel Library

Washington Glass Studio installed their outdoor sculpture at the new Laurel, Maryland library. The 16′ H tower titled “Involve Me and I Learn” has over 100 glass tiles mounted in the steel framework. The artwork’s title – attributed to Ben Franklin – references the engagement of the community. The neighborhood and the Laurel Library supporters had joined in making the individual glass panels in workshops at the Washington Glass School. The Baltimore Sun had earlier in the year covered the story of the glass quilting bee workshops.

Siteworks for the sculptural and architectural application of glass were completed and the risky business of installing the works just took place.

Audrey Wilson rises to meet the challenge.

Audrey Wilson rises to meet the challenge.

Washington Glass Studio Co-Director Erwin Timmers bolts the steel framed glass panels to the main structure.

Washington Glass Studio Co-Director Erwin Timmers bolts the steel framed glass panels to the main structure.

The panels were fitted and bolted in place and the internal LED lighting was installed. Prince George’s Art in Public Places has advised that the official opening of the stunning library is set for November 28th.laurel (2)

Cleveland Rocks! MJ @ C.I.A.!

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Cleveland Institute of Art’s new George Gund Building

In November, our Michael Janis will be a visiting artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). He will be giving a presentation and demonstrations on how he makes his imagery with glass powder. He will focus on his sgraffito process, his use of powders and enamel, firing considerations and how he layers the individual panels of glass.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) glass program at Michael Janis’ imagery workshop. Read CIA’s online interview with Michael




Visiting Artist in Glass: Michael Janis
November 16, 2016, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cleveland Institute of Art, Screening Room, 3rd floor –11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106