Therman Statom on PBS “Craft in America” Series- TEACHERS Episode

Artist Therman Statom is featured in the PBS series  "Craft In America"

Artist Therman Statom is featured in the PBS series “Craft In America”. The TEACHERS episode premiers Sept 15 on PBS

CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series on PBS, explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, and taking the viewer to the artists, origins and techniques of American craft. Each episode contains stories from diverse regions and cultures, blending history with living practice and exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression.

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Glass artist Therman Statom is featured in the “Teachers” episode will premiere on PBS starting September 15 (*check local listings). This episode highlights renowned individuals who are committed to their own artistic visions and are equally committed to sharing their skills and passion for craft with new generations of students and artists of all ages. Have a look at the preview:

Laurel Library Public Art – Final Workshop for Community Glass Components

Washington Glass Studio was commissioned by Prince George’s County to create the public artwork for the new Laurel Library- scheduled to open this Fall – held a series of community glass-making workshops that had the area residents participate in making the elements of the glass and steel artwork. The Baltimore Sun newspaper covered one of the May workshops, and the final workshop wrapped up today.  

The final community group had a great time designing and creating glass artwork that will part of the outdoor sculpture – created like a community quilting-bee. Updates on the project will be coming soon!

The novice glass artists take to the medium like... well... a frog to water!

The novice glass artists take to the medium like… well… a frog to water!

Each community resident brought their artistic vision to be realized in glass.

Each community resident brought their artistic vision to be realized in glass.

The glass components will be secured into a powdercoat steel frame support.

The glass components will be secured into a powdercoat finished steel frame support.

Michael Janis’ Solo Show @ Maurine Littleton Gallery Opens Sept 16

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American Craft Council’s interview with Michael Janis about his solo exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Washington Glass School Co-Director Michael Janis will have a solo exhibition of new glass works and sculptures at Georgetown’s Maurine Littleton Gallery. The exhibit,  ”Echoes of Leaves and Shadows“,  is the artist’s first solo exhibition with Maurine Littleton Gallery, and the first at the gallery since artist Ginny Ruffner’s solo show in 2012.

Michael Janis has developed and refined an intuitive technique over many years where he manipulates crushed glass powder into detailed images and portraits. An artist who embraces the simple expression of narrative, Janis’ concise work perfects visual storytelling with fantastic imagery. His work explores the unseen sides of life, longing and loneliness, juxtaposed with fragile beauty. 

The American Craft Council interviewed Michael about his new works and artwork directions – this article is now online. Click HERE to jump to the American Craft article.

DCCAH FY 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) Exhibit Opens

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities visual arts exhibition at the DCCAH Main Gallery.

Opening night at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities AHFP visual arts exhibition at the DCCAH Main Gallery.

The Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities opened its exhibit of visual artists applying for the FY 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) on Friday, July 29, 2016. Each artist had submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. The new Deputy Director – Michael Bigley – commented on the broad scope of the District’s dynamic art scene.

DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace and DCCAH Deputy Director Michael Bigley.

DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace and DCCAH Deputy Director Michael Bigley.

Some familiar faces from the DC visual arts scene were to be found on opening night.

Some familiar faces from the DC visual arts scene were to be found on opening night.

DC Commission on Arts and Humanities

Main Gallery
200 I (Eye) Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Exhibition closes August 31
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alison Sigethy’s Kinetic Glass Works @ Florida’s Leslie Curran Gallery

alison sigethy glass artWGS artist and instructor Alison Sigethy will be showing her signature sculptures of colorful glass works created as an artistic tribute to the beauty and mystery of the sea at the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL. The exhibition pairs Richard Seidel’s lively figurative paintings inspired by coastal trips and artist residencies in Venice, Madrid, and the French Riviera with Alison Sigethy’s innovative kinetic glass sculptures, Sea Cores, which combine water, light, bubbles and glass to reflect the dazzling visual array of deep sea environments.

Alison explains, “I like things that move. I have always been fascinated by the patterns, rhythms, and randomness of motion, so, I use movement — both physical and optical — to animate my work. I’m not simply trying to catch the viewer’s attention, but their imagination, as well.”

alison.sigethy.seaformAlison graduated from Marymount University in Arlington with degrees in interior design and art history. Today, her work focuses on issues such as ocean conservation, sustainability, ecology and education.

Alison works can also be seen at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. 

GOOD VIBRATIONS: Richard Seidel & Alison Sigethy
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th, 2016
6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Leslie Curran Gallery
1431 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
(727) 898-6061

 

Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Applications Available Online

cgcaThe 2017 CGCA Fellowship Applications for three-month and project-based residencies are now available online. They welcome your proposals, due on November 20, 2016.

Click here to learn more and apply for Fellowship.

Serving over 350 artists in the last 30 years, WheatonArts, through its Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Program, provides an exceptional opportunity for artists to pursue their creative development in one of the finest glass facilities in the country.

Ten Fellowships will be awarded to emerging and mid-career artists in 2017. Four Fellowships will be awarded for three-month, spring residencies. During the remainder of the year, WheatonArts will work to accommodate artists’ needs with project-based residencies of various lengths and schedules. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals ranging from standard six-week residencies to intermittent residencies, to short-term project support.

The application deadline is November 20, 2016.

Click the link to their website where there is more info about the program and view the online application. The online application is simple and the peer review jury process is renowned.

DCCAH Visual Arts Applicant Exhibition Opens Friday July 29, 2016

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invites all to the

AFP17 Visual Arts Exhibition

featuring applicants of the 2017 Artist Fellowship Program.

Tim Tate, "21st Century Guernica"; Glass, Cast Images, LED; 36" x 36 x 4". In this piece a ring of translucent refugee boats float in the center, all with no where to turn to. The center ring is shared with red poppies, the symbol for war remembrance in England. The outer edge is made up of individual images from the powerful Picasso painting entitled Guernica.

Tim Tate, “21st Century Guernica”; Glass, Cast Images, LED; 36″ x 36 x 4″. In this piece a ring of translucent refugee boats float in the center, all with no where to turn to.

This free exhibition presents some of the District’s finest visual artists applying for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ FY17 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) grant. Through the AFP, artists residing in the District may be awarded up to $10,000 in unrestricted support for FY 2017. Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective.

Washington Glass School artists Tim Tate and Michael Janis will each have artwork on display at the gallery thru Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The gathering of these artworks in the District’s first operated public gallery captures the broad scope of the dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for artists to express their visions directly to the panel of peer reviewers evaluating their applications and to the public.

Opening Night Details

Friday, July 29, 2015, 6 – 8 pm

AFP17 Exhibit dates July 29 – August 31, 2016

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200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
GALLERY HOURS
Monday – Friday
9 am – 5 pm

Glass Tourists Visit the Washington Glass School

A Baltimore art glass tour visited the Washington Glass School today, meeting with the artists in the studio and talking about everyone’s favourite subject: glass!

Erwin Timmers outlines his process for casting with recycled glass to make artwork

Erwin Timmers outlines his process for casting with recycled glass to make artwork

Erwin Timmers is surrounded by glass groupies!

Erwin Timmers is surrounded by glass groupies!

The art glass tour group continued their pilgrimage to Maurine Littleton Gallery in Georgetown, and were delighted to have owner Maurine Littleton talk about the history of studio glass, how she started the gallery and about the works on exhibit in the gallery.

The art glass tour group continued their pilgrimage to Maurine Littleton Gallery in Georgetown, and were delighted to have owner Maurine Littleton talk about the history of studio glass, how she started the gallery and about the works on exhibit in the gallery.

Detail from Allegra Marquart's mixed media artwork on exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Detail from Allegra Marquart’s mixed media artwork on exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Witness Tim Tate’s Infinite Mirror Sculpture

Artist Tim Tate has been pulling traditional craft into new realms and depths. Tim shared his newest series “Witnesses of Wonders” and the work is incredible. In this series,Tim has been using elements that were 3-D printed at Catholic University’s modeling department combined with infinity mirrors to expand the sensation of unlimited space in the artwork. 

From Tim’s artist statement about his series:

Tim Tate, "21st Century Guernica"; Glass, Cast Images, LED; 36" x 36 x 4". In this piece a ring of translucent refugee boats float in the center, all with no where to turn to. The center ring is shared with red poppies, the symbol for war remembrance in England. The outer edge is made up of individual images from the powerful Picasso painting entitled Guernica.

Tim Tate, “21st Century Guernica”; Glass, Cast Images, LED; 36″ x 36 x 4″. In this piece a ring of translucent refugee boats float in the center, all with no where to turn to. The center ring is shared with red poppies, the symbol for war remembrance in England. The outer edge is made up of individual images from the powerful Picasso painting entitled Guernica.

“I try to entice the viewer to look deeply into and completely experience my windows into alternative dimensions. My works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparently limitless space. There is an intimacy created by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to witness another endlessly repeating reality.

Tim Tate, 21st Century Guernica - detail .  Said Tim about the imagery of the refugee boats, " Refugees right now are trying to escape unspeakable atrocities and protect their families who are turned away at country after country. This is the shame of our decade. "

Tim Tate, 21st Century Guernica – detail . Said Tim about the imagery of the refugee boats, ” Refugees right now are trying to escape unspeakable atrocities and protect their families who are turned away at country after country. This is the shame of our decade. “

 

The constant repetition of imagery also speaks to us of timelines: ones that go endlessly into the future or extend endlessly into the past. These repetitions reference society mired into static social patterns, some good, some bad.

Tim Tate. "21st Century Guernica" detail.    "Picasso made his painting in mostly tones of black white and gray "to drain the life out of them". I drenched them in red and returned color to them because this horror is happening right now in this world....in fact this very second." said Tim Tate.

Tim Tate. “21st Century Guernica” detail. “Picasso made his painting in mostly tones of black white and gray “to drain the life out of them”. I drenched them in red and returned color to them because this horror is happening right now in this world….in fact this very second.” said Tim Tate.

We look inside these portals as if seeing into a dream, fully realizing that this is but an illusion. But even though we know it is a illusion that should not stop us from freely examining it, and hopefully seeing another world at the same time.

Tim Tate, "The Endless Cycle"; 36 x 36 x 4"; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, electronics

Tim Tate, “The Endless Cycle”; 36 x 36 x 4″; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, electronics

Uncomfortable with any single defining time, I prefer sliding through the centuries; from 19th century Victorian techno-fetishism, to mid and late 20th century references to endless mirrors and studio glass to 21st century electronics and political focus. Perhaps all my work can be defined by how uncomfortable I am with definitions.” Tim Tate.

For more images of Tim Tate’s newest works – click HERE to have a look at his website

Tim Tate, "The Endless Cycle". Said Tim about this work: "For every man shown here, 1000 people died last year because of gun violence. For every gun shown here, a child dies every day. A hard lesson we have to learn from Orlando.....only by joining together can we hope to curtail gun violence."

Tim Tate, “The Endless Cycle”. Said Tim about this work: “For every man shown here, 1000 people died last year because of gun violence. For every gun shown here, a child dies every day. A hard lesson we have to learn from Orlando…..only by joining together can we hope to curtail gun violence.”

Ohio Craft Museum features “Mindful” Art

Sunday, July 10, 1 to 4 p.m. – the Ohio Craft Museum will have its opening reception for the powerful exhibition, “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.” The traveling exhibit was initiated by Pittsburgh’s Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) this past September.

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This powerful exhibition seeks to break down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offer an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health illness. Many stay silent, fearing the prejudice and discrimination that can accompany these illnesses. The 14 artists in “Mindful” hope to break down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offer an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft.

Representatives from area mental-health organizations will be on hand, and at 3 p.m., art therapist Joan Zeller will discuss her work and its benefits.

Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

http://www.ohiocraft.org