Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational

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We are looking forward to Habatat Galleries celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016! 

Habatat — the oldest and largest glass gallery in the world — is getting ready to open its 44th International Glass Exhibition, featuring 100 artists from 23 countries.

The opening weekend celebration will take place May 5th-7th of 2016. The events will also include the famous Annual Masterworks auction, home tours, artist talks, museum tours, dinners, lunches, and more! The Grand Opening of the International is Saturday, May 7.

President and Owner of Habatat Galleries, Corey Hampson, whose father, Ferdinand Hampson, founded Habatat Gallery in 1971, says the theme this year focuses on the artists’ creative process and inspiration. The artists showing were asked to describe “what affected you in your life or career that caused you to alter the direction of your work. This could be something such as a personal discovery, a news story or a life changing event.” The artists’ responses are shared in the 44th International Catalog.

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational Catalog

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational Catalog. Click on image to jump to online version.

Corey says having the world’s largest international glass show came as a total shock. When his father opened the gallery 45 years ago, the only place to find handcrafted glasswork was at art fairs. “Drawing and painting have been around for thousands of years, but glass is an art form that … was completely functional until the early 1960s,” 

Corey says it’s been a struggle, but the gallery’s focus has been to educate people about the art of glass and its possibilities.

Artists from Israel, Italy, Japan, France, England, the Czech Republic and many others will attend the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th.

Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award during the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th. This winner also will display his/her work at the Fort Wayne Museum. The gallery has also curated a controversial display in a pop-up space next to the gallery entitled “Peace/Piece: Sculptures of Mass Destruction”.

Tim Tate " Vitruvian Visions"; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Tim Tate ” Vitruvian Visions”; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

44th Annual Glass International Award ExhibitionGrand Opening May 7th 2016 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday 

Washington Glass Studio Engages Community With Laurel Library’s Public Art

Washington Glass School & Studio

Prince George’s County’s Art in Public Places promotes community interaction in the creation of the new artwork sculpture at the Laurel Library. Residents of the area are invited to the Glass School to create the glass panels in the sculpture.

Prince George’s County, MD, recently awarded Washington Glass Studio the commission to create of one of the public art sculptures destined to become a landmark at the new Laurel Library, currently completing construction.

WGS is working with Arts in Public Places (AIPP) -  Prince George’s County Government’s public art program that contributes to the place-making and aesthetic significance of Capital Improvement Projects. AIPP creates percent-for-art initiatives that integrate works-of-art into new and (substantially) renovated County buildings as part of construction costs of the facility.

Proposal sketch by Washington Glass Studio.

Proposal sketch by Washington Glass Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Laurel Library public art process involves community and facility stakeholders, artists, construction professionals and local government officials. Community glass making workshops have been held, and a there has been a great start on the artwork! 

The new glass artists lay out their designs.

The new glass artists lay out their designs.

The first batch of fused glass artworks is reviewed in the studio.

The first batch of fused glass artworks is reviewed in the studio.

One of the artworks references the new library’s lighted dinosaur footprints leading to the Discovery Island children’s room that will have a glass floor exposing a full-size velociraptor skeleton replica. The room will hold two children’s seating areas, one within a large dinosaur rib cage and the other decorated with volcano lava and light effects.

New Studio Artist – Kyle David Crosby

Everyone meet and welcome our newest studio artist – Kyle David Crosby.kyledavidcrosby

Kyle is also a musician and a film producer, with his company Pictureshow Productions

Kyle David Crosby is a young, up-and-coming producer from Washington, DC. After launching his film career in 2006, Crosby has worked on feature films, television series, commercial campaigns, still photography shoots, and documentaries. He most recently finished Production Supervising HBO’s “VEEP – Season 5″ DC Unit. He is at much at home in the office as he is on set. 

Pictureshow is a boutique, full-service production company that specializes in feature films and commercial production. Based in Maryland, they have produced movies and commercials for a diverse clientele including BBC Scotland, Marriott, Haxan Films, and the DC Board of Tourism.

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Pictureshow was formed in 2012 as a banner under which for Kyle David Crosby to produce a short film for Eduardo Sanchez, creator and co-director of the Blair Witch Project, and his directing partner, Gregg Hale. The short was included in the cult-favorite horror anthology, “V/H/S:2″. That film enjoyed an exciting Sundance acquisition and has gone on to be the most celebrated film in the “V/H/S” franchise.


Most recently, Pictureshow produced the short “The Confidential Informant” directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos and written by acclaimed writer and producer, George Pelecanos. The project was filmed entirely in DC and is currently in its festival run, garnering acclaim nationwide.

Currently, Kyle is working on the movie “The Purge: Election Year” which opens in July.

Willaim Beanes Community Center Awards Washington Glass Studio Public Art Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation has awarded the commission to create public art and site specific commission for the William Beanes Community Center in Suitland, MD to the Washington Glass Studio.

William Beanes Community Center, Suitland, MD

William Beanes Community Center, Suitland, MD

The center is named for William Beanes, MD, of Prince George’s County, who played a pivotal, yet largely unknown, role in the history of The Star-Spangled Banner. If not for Dr. Beanes, Francis Scott Key would not have been on a ship in Baltimore’s Harbor, and he would never have written the poem which became our National Anthem. 

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A romantic depiction of Francis Scott Key at the dawn’s early light, seeing the Star-Spangled Banner still waving at Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814.

Dr. William Beanes had been captured by the British for his role in arresting and jailing British deserters during the War of 1812.  Francis Scott Key, a Georgetown lawyer, was approached by friends of Beanes with the permission of President James Madison, and dispatched to travel along with John S. Skinner, a US Agent for Prisoner Exchange, to negotiate Bean’s release from the British.  British Major General Robert Ross, who had initiated the arrest of Dr. Beanes, was reluctant to let him go.  Skinner produced letters, however, from wounded British prisoners of war who described their good treatment at the hands of Dr. Beanes and Ross agreed to his release. The group’s return home, however, coincided with the British attack on Baltimore during the summer of 1814, and they sought temporary safety on a ship just a few miles from Fort McHenry.  Onboard, the group could hear the rockets in the distance as the fighting continued through the night until early morning brought an eerie quiet.  With the sun rising in the distance, Key used a telescope and spied the U.S. flag still flying. Inspired by the sight, Key began composing on the back of a letter found in his pocket what would later be known as “The Star Spangled Banner”. On March 3, 1931, a proclamation by Congress immortalized the song as our country’s national anthem.

Internally illuminated discs are to be mounted to the building at the entrance to the center.

Internally illuminated discs are to be mounted to the building at the entrance to the center.

The design proposed by Washington Glass Studio used the concept of the Round Panels = Abstracted Fireworks “Bursting In Air”. This symbolizes pride, childlike wonder, romantic love, patriotism and inspiration. Rising along the feature wall towards the roofline, establishing a strong visual presence to the entry would be a series of large brightly colored illuminated panels. The circular shapes contrast the building’s form and help create visual interest. Each of the large panels would have powerful graphic designs that pay homage to the future of Suitland’s residents and heritage, icons of the community, its history and goals.

The circular shapes contrast the building’s form and help create visual interest. Each of the large panels would have powerful graphic designs that pay homage to the future of  Suitland’s residents and heritage, icons of the community, its history and goals.

The large circular panels will have LED illumination integrated into each disc.

 

View of the design and how the internal LED illumination will work at nighttime.

Penland Mountain Comes To Washington, DC

Jean McLaughlin (center) Exec Director of Penland School of Craft visits Washington Glass School

Jean McLaughlin (center) Exec Director of Penland School of Craft visits Washington Glass School

A Penland School of Crafts contingency was in Washington, DC as Jean McLaughlin, Penland’s Executive Director is to be honored at the James Renwick Alliance (JRA)  ”Educator Award” this weekend. Others receiving the biennial award is Jamie Bennett, Chunghi Choo and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Fab Lab.

The JRA presents the award to individuals or organizations in the craft world who have made significant and pioneering contributions in craft education.

Artist Vivian Beer - season 2 winner of the Ellen DeGeneres HGTV show "Design Challenge" joins the Penland crew at the glass school.

Artist Vivian Beer (center)- season 2 winner of the Ellen DeGeneres HGTV show “Design Challenge” joins the Penland crew at the glass school.

Michael Janis talks about his process to the Penland group.

Michael Janis talks about his process to the Penland group.

“The Critiqued” @ Otis Street Arts Project Exhibit and 1st Anniversary Celebration!

On Saturday April 2, next door studio Otis Street Arts Project will be celebrating their one year anniversary with a special exhibit and afterparty. 

The Critique is a formal critical discussion of invited artists led by a DC area arts professionals

“The Critiqued” is an exhibition of 13 artist that have participated in the series of formal critical discussions of invited artists led by a DC area arts professionals.

The evening will begin with a reception for the opening of The Critiqued, an exhibition of 13 artists who have participated in The Critique, a quasi-monthly series produced by Otis Street Arts Project. For this exhibit, the invited artists will each be showing one piece each that reflects the conversations pertaining to their works. This special exhibit illustrates the growing arts community and inclusiveness of the Gateway Arts District and Otis Street Arts Project’s community building.

The night will continue with a dance party featuring DJ New spinning an eclectic mix from Go-Go to New Orleans Brass Bands to House grooves.

Otis Street Arts Project has had an exciting year of events, exhibitions and art making. Founded in Spring of 2015, they have opened their doors to tour groups, student groups, bands, DJ’s, art critics, artists, art collectors, and the general public. For their one year anniversary, they are throwing open their doors to the public for a fantastic evening of Visual Art, Performance Art, and Music.

Come and celebrate with Otis Street Arts Project and the talented Artists in this exciting invitational exhibit.

“The Critiqued” Exhibiting Artists:
Zofie Lang
Christian Tribastone
Ceci Cole McInturff
Amy Hughes Braden
Jose Fernandez
Alexandra Silverthorne
Fallon Chase
Amber Robles-Gordon
Joan Belmar
Katie Pumphrey
Steven Durow
Jacqui Crocetta
Stephanie Booth

Otis Street Arts Project

3706/ 3708 Otis Street

Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Opening Reception : Saturday April 2 5:00-10:00

Reception 5:00-7:00; Performance 7:00; Music 8:00 onward.

Exhibit runs through April 30

 

Bullseye Glass Needs Some Help

bullseye-logo-websiteThere has been a lot of charges flying in Portland, Oregon following concerns by state regulators over alarming concentrations of dangerous substances – carcinogenic metals cadmium and arsenic- in the air around the Southeast Portland Bullseye Glass (BE) manufacturing facility and whether Bullseye Glass understands the public interest and if they support stronger environmental standards for the industry.

BE has posted a letter outlining how the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a set of sweeping “temporary” regulations that will severely curtail BE’s glass production, which BE feels is without clear supporting scientific evidence or an understanding of how they make colored glass. 

The primary issue is the use of trivalent chromium—also referred to as Cr(III). Both DEQ and EPA have acknowledged there is no clear evidence of acute or chronic health risks based on BE’s use of Cr(III). The limitations proposed are based on politics and anchored in speculation that Cr(III) might possibly change into a more toxic form of chromium—Cr(VI) in our furnaces. 
 
Scientific evidence clearly indicates the furnaces won’t turn Cr(III) into Cr(VI). If they did, the BE glass would be ruined. According to BE, Cr(III) is essential to BE producing colored glass.

According to BE: “Scientific evidence shows our use of the compound is not harmful. Nevertheless, DEQ wants to restrict Bullseye from using Cr(III) for an extended period of time. They are essentially basing these rules on an assumption of guilt without any proper supporting scientific or factual evidence.
 
These newly proposed regulations are based on politics and fear, not science and fact. They come right after DEQ’s executive director was forced to resign and the supervisor of the air quality department left the agency. 
 
If we are not allowed to use Cr (III), we can no longer make green glass. On top of our voluntary suspension of cadmium glass production until our baghouse is in place, this new limitation would eliminate 50% of our product line. It would result in employee layoffs, huge economic impacts to Bullseye and our worldwide customers, and could even drive us out of business. 

Until March 30, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality wants to know your opinion on whether or not to adopt temporary rules that are targeted to affect only one specific industry – the colored art glass industry.They could set a precedent that could affect every other colored glass manufacturer in the United States.

Again, DEQ is accepting public comment regarding the temporary rules until March 30 at 5:00 pm (PDT). To read the draft rules and submit comments, visit http://1.usa.gov/1LtqPaY

Bullseye asks for messages of support be sent: Please let DEQ and the Environmental Quality Commission know whether you agree with the points, and let them know how you would be affected by the temporary or permanent loss of Bullseye’s products.”

Click HERE to jump to Bullseye Glass’ message.

WPA Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) serves as a catalyst for the creation, critique, and collection of contemporary art. With more than 800 artist members, the WPA is the only DC-area organization to support visual artists at all stages of their careers.

2016 Washington Project for the Arts new custom creative glass art award

2016 Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art

Initiated in 2006, the Washington Project for the Arts Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art is named for Alice Denney, the founder of the Washington Project for the Arts, and is presented annually to honor an individual who has supported the organization for a period of many years and has made a sustained commitment to the greater DC art’s community.

WPA has announced that Fred Ognibene will be the 2016 recipient of the Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art, and the award has been made by the Washington Glass School.

The award will presented by Andres Tremols at the opening reception of the WPA Auction Exhibition, March 31, 2016 at 8pm.

WPA AUCTION WEEK will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, March 31, from 7 – 9 pm. 

Click HERE to jump to WPA Gala online page.

No Dim Bulbs in Lighting Class!

Erwin Timmers instructs one of the lighting class students.

Erwin Timmers instructs one of the lighting class students.

Erwin Timmer’s artistic lighting class these past few weeks brought some serious color to the studio – really brightening up the studio!

Over the three week class, students completed a number of lighting designs, ranging from pendant to wall sconces and table lamps. Great to see how each created functional art that reflected the tastes and aesthetics of each of the artists. This was certainly a class that put forth the effort in the design!

Vibha's glass design was dazzling!

Vibha’s glass design was dazzling!

Students designed and made the glass as well as assembled the mounting hardware.

Students designed and made the glass as well as assembled the mounting hardware.

Louis Comfort Tiffany would have been jealous of the glass created for the light fixture.

Louis Comfort Tiffany would have been jealous of the glass created for the light fixture.

Jerrelee loves her light fixture that relates to her artwork.

Jerrelee loves her light fixture that relates to her artwork.