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

 

Happy 4th of July!

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NASA’s totally real definitely not faked Apollo 14 Moon landing picture

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!

Frame the Lawyers Exhibit Opens July 8, 2016

On Friday, July 8th, 2016, Washington ArtWorks will host the reception for “Frame the Lawyers”, a juried gallery exhibition at Washington ArtWorks’ galleries that showcases artwork created by attorneys.  The artists featured in the exhibit are practicing and retired attorneys as well as law school students. “Frame the Lawyers” was juried by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Executive Director, John Good and Washington ArtWorks Gallery Curator, Natanya Khashan.

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Frame the Lawyers Exhibit

Friday, July 8th –29th 2016
at Washington ArtWorks
Opening Reception on Friday, July 8th from 6-9pm

logo_walaThe reception of “Frame the Lawyers” will also serve as a fundraiser for Washington ArtWorks and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts with live art, music, and a silent auction. WALA is the greater Washington DC area non-profit dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to artists and arts organizations, as well as educational programming on legal issues for artists, arts organizations and people working in creative industries. For more information, please visit waladc.org.

Washington ArtWorks
12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

How Much Stress Can One Take?

Artist Leana Quade has video of her in Graduate school thesis project where she uses a ratchet strap to create tension, anxiety and stress (with nerves of steel) in finding how far a piece of tempered sheet glass bends before exploding. This thesis show video won 2nd place at the International Student Exhibition at the 2016 G.A.S. conference.

Release _ by LQuade from LQ on Vimeo.

Wine and Weld with Vivian Beer!

Internationally renowned artist and designer Vivian Beer won HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge Season 2”, and in August, Vivian will be coming to the Washington Glass School to help our students “push the envelope” in a very special one day class! vivian.beer.class.washington.glassCome have some wine, make some art and hang with one of television’s (and Penland’s!) most beloved designers!
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Wine and Weld with Vivian Beer
Instructor: Vivian Beer
Aug. 7th

 

Learn how to weld your own wine rack with renowned designer/maker and winner of Ellen DeGeneres’ Design Challenge on HGTV, Vivian BeerIn this 3-hour afternoon at the Washington Glass School, we will be learning basic metal working skills such as MIG welding and texturing. You will be able to start and finish this wine rack project with no previous welding experience. And when we’re done, we’ll put our wine racks to the test with a wine tasting from a local winery! You’ll even get a wine glass of your very own design to take home with your wine rack! Bring some cool hors d’oeuvres to share with the gang and make it a party!

When : August 7th 2016
Two (2) times to pick from: 12:30 to 3:30pm or 4 to 7pm
Tuition : $300

Television host Ellen DeGeneres presents the winner of "Ellen's Design Challenge," Vivian Beer. - Photo by Courtesy of HGTV

Television host Ellen DeGeneres presents the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” Vivian Beer. – Photo courtesy of HGTV

Requisites

Must be over 21 to participate and no welding experience is necessary.

This class has limited space, so if you wish to take it, please call to hold your space! 202-744-8222

 

American Craft Council (ACC) 2016 “Present Tense” Conference Scholarship Application

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The American Craft Council announces a call for applications for student/emerging professional scholarships to attend the 2016 American Craft Council conference, “Present Tense,” on October 13 – 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Council has a strong history of giving emerging makers and scholars opportunities to bring their work to the marketplace and platforms for engaging in ongoing dialogue about the future of craft.

To continue this tradition, the Council will offer $50,000 in full and partial scholarships for the “Present Tense” conference. Students enrolled in a formal university or craft school program (at both the graduate and undergraduate level), students participating in an apprenticeship/mentor program, as well as new professionals (>5 years out of school) are encouraged to apply. Full scholarships include funding for the conference registration fee ($215-$425) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide for the registration fee and may or may not include a travel or accommodation stipend.

The deadline for all scholarship applications has been extended to Thursday, June 23rd. Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, July 8th. Recipients will be selected by a committee. Local, national, and international scholarships will be awarded.

ELIGIBILITY
All candidates must be:

1. A full-time student currently enrolled in an art school or university, OR participating in an apprenticeship program/working with a mentor, OR a new professional within five years of graduation. Graduate, undergraduate and post-doc students are invited to apply.
2. Must be a current member of the American Craft Council or become a member before the conference

CRITERIA
The scholarships committee will take into consideration the following criteria when considering applicants:

1. Evidence of commitment to and interest in the craft field
2. Interest in contributing to the dialogue and scholarship of the field at large
3. Potential to benefit professionally from attendance at the conference
4. Financial need

REQUIREMENTS
Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation by November 11, 2016.

NOTIFICATION
All applicants will be notified on or before July 8, 2016.

Details on the conference schedule and registration can be found on the registration page:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/present-tense-registration-21689739595

* Required

Smithsonian Renwick “Connections” Opens July 1, 2016

renwickThis summer the permanent collection returns to the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery with a dynamic new presentation of 80+ objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world.

       

The installation, titled “Connections” will include iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions made during the museum’s renovation, which will be displayed at the museum for the first time. Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, selected the objects and conceived the innovative presentation. Atkinson’s arrangement breaks from typical display formats based on chronology or material to instead focus on the interconnectivity of objects and the overlapping stories they tell.

Steven Young Lee, "Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs" 2014

Steven Young Lee, Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs, 2014, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Richard Fryklund, Giselle and Ben Huberman, David and Clemmer Montague, and museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

In selecting both pioneering and contemporary pieces, Atkinson selections also explore the underlying current of craft as a balancing, humanistic force in the face of an ever-more efficiency-driven, virtual world. The exhibition highlights the evolution of the craft field as it transitions into a new phase at the hands of contemporary artists, showcasing the activist values, optimism, and uninhibited approach of today’s young artists, which in some way echoes the communal spirt and ideology of the pioneers of the American Studio Craft Movement in their heyday.

         

The artworks range from the 1930’s through today and span numerous media. New acquisitions such as John Grade’s Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance), Judith Schaechter’s The Birth of Eve, Marie Watt’sEdson’s Flag, and Akio Takamori’s Woman and Child make their debut in the gallery while seminal works including Wendell Castle’s Ghost Clock, Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Albert Paley’s Portal Gates, and Lenore Tawney’s Box of Falling Stars return to view.

Americans For The Arts Convention 2016

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. The Americans for the Arts annual convention opens June 17 – 19, 2016 in Boston, MA and this year’s convention explores the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.  The Washington Glass Studio is proud to have made the awards for the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Honorees, including this year’s Robert E. Gard awardee, will be presented with their awards at the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

This year’s recipients are: 

  • Brad Erickson: Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • Flora Maria Garcia: Michael Newton Award
  • Barbara Goldstein: Public Art Network Award
  • Laura Perille: Arts Education Award
  • Michael Spring: Selina Roberts Ottum Award
  • Octavia Yearwood: American Express Emerging Leaders Award

“Our Leadership Award honorees have distinguished themselves as tremendous leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve, and their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”

Congrats to all in advance!

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For info on the Americans For the Arts Convention – click here.

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