This week, glass universe goes south – to Florida! The Glass Art Fair takes place in Sarasota, FL from Feb 1st – 4th Ringling College of Art + Design Studio A. Habatat Galleries‘ 4-day glass art experience “Glass Coast Weekend” features six special exhibits of contemporary glass.

The event includes a pop-up exhibit of over 150 pieces at the Ringling College of Art + Design’s Studio Labs Sound Stage A. Explore four themed curated exhibitions, two solo exhibits, and visit the newly opened Sarasota Art Museum and the Basch Gallery on the Ringling College campus. Additional highlights include a Masterworks Auction, a demonstration by artist John Kiley, artist talks, a Ringling Museum mystery, Habatat-Zoom Live, the Imagine Museum’s Annual Fire and Light Gala

Hope to see you at the first HUGE glass event of the year!

DC Commission on the Arts Hosts “Legacy: Civil Rights at 60”

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Legacy: Civil Rights At 60. This juried exhibition explores how DC artists have been influenced by this landmark legislation, which aimed to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. By visually depicting the material, personal, and direct-action work of the past 60 years, this exhibition is a call to continue pursuing equity and social justice both locally and nationally. The exhibition is a collaborative curation of the CAH and a jury panel including: Karen Baker, Artist and Curator; Fabiola Delgado, Curator and Creative Consultant; Maleke Glee, Executive Director, STABLE Arts; Andrew Johnson, Arts Writer and Editor, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University.

Michael Janis’ glass installation titled “How We Take Care of Each Other” is featured in Legacy.

Installed in the gallery are the works of:

Ann Bouie, Anna U Davis, Antarah Crawley, Anthony Le, Antonia Tricarico, Ashley William, Briget Hunnicutt, Connor Czora, Cooper Joslin, Darlene Taylor, Denise Wright, Esther Iverem, Gail Rebhan, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Imar Hutchins, Julio Valdez, Kandace Davis, Karen Ruckman, Kofi Tyus, Lauren Emeritz, Mark Kelner, Mary Belcher, Michael Janis, Paula Stern, Rickie Dean, Roderick Turner, and Sally Canzoneri

Legacy: Civil Rights at 60

FY 2024 Juried Exhibition Grant Exhibition
January 12 – March 1
Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm
200 I (Eye) Street Gallery SE

The gallery is free and open to the public

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm

Exhibition Reception Friday, January 12 from 6 – 8 pm

RSVP here

CAH is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. As the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia, CAH is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Artomatic is Back for 2024!

Great news for the DC-area arts scene! Artomatic will be back next year! In its 25-year history, Artomatic has become a DMV institution. It has provided an alternative venue for local artists, offering an art festival that’s part art fair and part performance madness, but always is the best open art show around! (Open means that there are no jurors or judges and that every artist who wants to do it, can do it!) Besides heaps of visual arts of all types, the fair showcases local Dance, Theater, Spoken Word, Music, Film, Story Telling, Workshops, and whatever else DMV creatives can incorporate into the month-long event. And because it doesn’t use judges, curators or hierarchy, Artomatic is as democratic as an art show can get.

The projected dates for the event is March 8 to April 28, Wednesdays through Sundays at 2100 M Street, Washington, DC (DC’s West End between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stops). Plans include two DJ stages, at least one film space, a small theatre (for plays and readings), and a dance stage/open performance space. Want to see the space? Join the ARTOMATIC mailing list and join the next tour!

Artist Sean Hennessey leads visitors at 2008 Artomatic on tour of the glass works in exhibit.

Artomatic is a nonprofit organization, and there is no admission fee for the public to attend the show. They note that they “rely on volunteers to serve as staff who promote and advertise events, welcome the public, manage security, and perform a variety of other duties to ensure a successful experience for both artists and audiences.” Go online to Info on registration – click on this link: