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:

Glass Art Magazine Covers Tim Tate’s Legacy In Glass

The January / February 2024 issue of Glass Art Magazine has a spread all about WGS Co-Founder and Co-Director Tim Tate. Artist & Author Sara Sally LaGrand writes about Tim’s story and how he has put his life experiences and feelings into his art. The article covers his history and how his artwork includes aspects of not only his life as a gay artist, but as a vehicle to promote the ideation of a more inclusive world.

Tim Tate & Joyce Scott, “NOW”; 2022, cast glass

The Glass Art Magazine issue also covers Tim’s recent collaboration with artist Joyce Scott, making a 6’H x 9’W wall sculpture titled “NOW” that incorporated themes of Racial Equality, Woman’s Rights and LGTBQIA+ issues that our world struggles to come to terms with.

Habatat Detroit Fine Art Q & A with Michael Janis

RSVP now for a Habatat-Zoom event taking place this Saturday, November 16th, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Join Aaron Schey (aka Mr Glass) Owner and partner of Habatat Detroit Fine Art, for an engaging update on the WGS Director Michael Janis, an innovative member of the esteemed Habatat Family. Janis, who showcased his work at Habatat’s Scope Art Miami booth this year, will provide insights into the latest developments in his career and sculpture.

Ok. what the what is going on?

Notably involved in the arts community near Washington D.C., Janis has been actively creating public sculptures and exploring new artistic endeavors incorporating video technology.

Save the date for March 2024, as Janis will be showcased as a distinguished artist at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami. Additionally, experience his exceptional work during the Glass Coast Weekend in Sarasota, Florida, where he will be personally present to share his artistic journey. Your presence is highly anticipated!

RSVP (free online presentation) link: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Gateway Open Studios Venue Map

December 9, 2023 from Noon til 5PM – Holiday Open Studios! See some of the best art and design by the area’s most talented makers! A special exhibit of sculpture made by Military Veterans in Washington Glass School’s “Hot Shop Heroes” workshop held in collaboration with the Museum of Glass will be fetured at the WGS Contemporary Gallery, 3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712. Artist Talk at 1PM.

Tip: Start your tour in the numerical order listed!

Great Depth of Beauty in “Life in Layers” Exhibit

The 35th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition “Life in Layers” draws on the vast core of visual artists that live, work or maintain a studio in Prince George’s County. Juried by Philip Hutinet, Founder of East City Arts, a broad interpretation of the concept was sought, as each artist brings their unique background to the idea. Each moment layers on the previous ones and they create narratives and meaning through all media forms.

PG County’s Parks & Rec Visual Arts Specialist, Stuart Diekmeyer (Left) introduces juror Phil Hutinet (center) at opening reception of Life in Layers exhibit.

The 35th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition “Life in Layers” draws on the vast core of visual artists that live, work or maintain a studio in Prince George’s County. Juried by Philip Hutinet, Founder of East City Arts, a broad interpretation of the concept was sought, as each artist brings their unique background to the idea. Each moment layers on the previous ones and they create narratives and meaning through all media forms. from recycled glass and LED
Erwin Timmers, fused recycled glass, LED lighting, steel
Artist / Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, Erwin Timmers talks about his work in recycled glass and steel.
Michael Janis, “A Kind of Truth” kilnformed glass, sgraffito imagery, blown and silvered glass. Photo by Pete Duvall.
WGS Co-Director Michael Janis talks about his work and how it captures the mood of contemporary society.

About the Juror
Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s Visual Arts publication of record, which he began in 2010. Hutinet has curated or produced over 150 group and solo exhibitions in his career. Currently, Hutinet produces the annual Capital Art Book Fair, a spring event held at Eastern Market’s North Hall that celebrates the diverse world of art books.

WGS Resident Artist – April Shelford – has a solo exhibit of her glass artwork in the “Front Window Gallery” and was also at the opening reception.

Artist April Shelford at the Opening Reception in the Brentwood Arts Center.
True to form – April Shelford adjusts her display.

Life in Layers – on exhibit thru January 6, 2024.

Brentwood Arts Exchange, An Arts Center of M-NCPPC, located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD.

Save the Date! December Open Studios Features Special Exhibit by Military Veterans

Washington Glass School invites all to our DECEMBER Open Studios, Saturday, Dec 09, 2023, from Noon to 5PM.
In addition to our exhibit of works by our artists and instructors, Washington Glass School (WGS) hosts a special exhibition of works made by our program with military Veterans – Hot Shop Heroes. WGS has partnered with Tacoma’s Museum of Glass & DC’s Veterans Affairs to provide art therapy for Veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. This collaboration for healing and a healthy future of our community has the Veterans telling their story in glass.
The surrounding arts venues (Otis Street Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Portico Gallery and Pyramid Atlantic and more) will be open too!
Washington Glass School, 3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712.

M-NCPPC Arts Jobs!

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) contacted us regarding  three Arts Specialists positions they are seeking suitable candidates to fill – have a look! The application deadline is Dec 19.

The first job opening focuses on Arts on a Roll mobile activities and partnership programs, the second job opening focuses on booking concerts at parks and community sites, and the third job focuses on youth programs.

Interested candidates have to apply to each one separately. If people have questions, they can reach out to Phil Davis, Countywide Arts Coordinator, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.


Phone: 301-446-3225

Seeking candidates for
Arts Specialist, Community Arts (#11579).

  • Manages the Arts on a Roll mobile activities unit and partnership events. Needs someone with strong management skills and knowledge of non traditional education.

Arts Specialist, Community Arts (focus on performing arts) (#14735).

  • Manages concerts and parks and around the county and the Celebrate Africa festival. We’re working on updating the title in the job posting so it looks different than the one above.

Arts Specialist, Teen Arts (#15064).

  • Manages youth-focused arts programs in a newly-created unit.