Glass Sculpture by American Artist Syl Mathis Migrates to Norway

Congratulations to former WGS Artist-In-Residence Syl Mathis! Sarah B Tanguy, curator of the Art in Embassies program, commissioned a piece from Syl to go in the new US Embassy in Oslo Norway. Ms. Tanguy selected artwork from US and Norwegian artists.

Syl Mathis; "Ice Boat" - 40"w x 11"h x 6"d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

Syl Mathis; “Ice Boat” – 40″w x 11″h x 6″d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

WV’s Morgan Arts Council Connects Glass!

The Ice House is the center for the visual, music, media and performing arts in West Virginia’s Morgan County. The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) will present “Connections Shaping Glass”, opening July 20th, 2018. The exhibit, curated by Maureen Storey, will feature glass works by Elizabeth Braun, Mark Hill, Sharon Moffitt, Sheila Rose, Maureen Storey, Nancy Weisser and Patricia de Poel Wilberg.

Patricia De Poel Wilberg, "Childhood", 2018, fused glass, 18" x 18"

Patricia De Poel Wilberg, “Childhood”, 2018, fused glass, 18″ x 18″

Connections Shaping Glass
July 20th – September 9th, 2018
Opening Reception July 21st, 7:30 pm
Ice House Gallery
138 Independence St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


Glass Artists Featured in New Book: Intersection Art & Life

Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in California, writes books and guest curates exhibitions for museums. He is an acknowledged expert on self-expression in craft media who resists labeling works as “art” or “craft.” His new book Intersection: Art & Life has just been published and we are delighted that they included Michael Janis’ glass work on the cover (center top).

Kevin wrote the book to provide a wider understanding and appreciating contemporary art, and he gives insights on over 100 contemporary artists including glass artists: Lino Tagliapietre, Keke Cribbs, Sally Rogers, Einar and James De La Torre, Rick Beck, Marlene Rose, Colin Reid, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and others. Support the Beatrice Wood Center and purchase the book at the center!

If you don’t want to use the PayPal link, you can e-mail Kevin at, and they can send you a PayPal invoice, or you can send a check to: BWCA, P.O. Box 608, Ojai, CA 93024

Building Worlds @ GRACE

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in Northern Virginia’s town of Reston,  presents Building Worlds – an exhibit of artwork that focuses on the role of science fiction, scientific fact, and fantasy in the changing nature of our relationship to our fears, ideals, and questions about being human.

Laura Beth Konopinski, "Hang:Purge"; glass; 2018

Laura Beth Konopinski, “Hang:Purge”; glass; 2018; photo by Pete Duvall

The artists in this exhibition create their own worlds, including cultural references and artifacts, to question the assumptions of history-making and truth-telling. Building Worlds features the work of Michael Booker, Rachel Guardiola, Timothy Harper, Laura Beth Konopinski, and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.

Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk: July 21, 5–7pm

Building Worlds
July 21- September 15, 2018
Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite #103, Reston, VA 20190

Stars & Stripes Let Freedom Ring!

Take time on this special day to understand what independence means to you. Happy July 4th! 

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  -Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
-Abraham Lincoln

Let each one of us make a promise, that as long as we live, we will be good citizens of our country in the best of our capabilities and we will help America grow into a better nation with each passing day.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. – Benjamin Franklin