Artomatic! Its Gonna Happen!

ArtomaticSTOP THE PRESS!! Artomatic - the non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that organizes and hosts a large arts festival - is moving ahead in its efforts to arrange for a 90,000 square foot space in Prince Georges County in partnership with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, who are the hosts.  The event is unjuried and showcases creative work in visual art, music, film, performance, and fashion. The 2012 Artomatic attracted about 1700 artists and performers and over 70,000 visitors. 


Here are the dates for the tour of the space for this coming October‘s event. 
Come see the space.

8100 Corporate Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785

The site is 10 min from the New Carrollton Metro and lots of parking at the 8100 Corporate Drive.

Thursday July 16th ­ 6-7 pm
Saturday July 18th ­ 10-11 am
Sunday July 19th ­ 10-11 am

Questions: 202-607-0879 or

Penland School of Craft Auction Features Michael Janis’ “Flying In Place”

Michael Janis, "Flying in Place", fused glass powder imagery, steel, silver

Michael Janis, “Flying in Place”, fused glass powder imagery, steel, silver, 24″ x 7″

With less than one month to go until the 2015 Penland Benefit Auction, Penland, the national center for craft education located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains featured Washington Glass School co-director Michael Janis and his artwork “Flying in Place”. Below, Michael Rogers, Professor of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, describes Michael’s work and his process. “Flying in Place” and many other works of glass will be up for bidding at the 30th anniversary of the Penland Benefit Auction this summer. You can now view all of these works online in the 2015 auction catalog.

“Michael Janis is an exceptional visual artist, an innovator, and a master of the technique of fusing with glass powder-essentially ‘painting with glass on glass.’ It takes years of trial and error for an artist to achieve fluency in an area of artistic endeavor where one must charter unknown territory to make discoveries unique to themselves. Through skill, vision, tenacity, and dedication, Michael has created a strong and clear voice with the material that is truly his own. Certainly painters would envy Michael’s ability to orchestrate translucency, opacity, and transparency in tandem with chromatic diversity to achieve depth in the two-dimensional plane. However, Michael is much more than technically adept.

Michael Janis, "Flying in Place",glass, glass powder imagery, silver, steel, 24"dia x 7"

Michael Janis, “Flying in Place”,glass, glass powder imagery, silver, steel, 24″dia x 7″ The frit powder imagery is presented as distorted in the front-on viewing, and the distorted image is viewed un-distorted in the reflection of the silvered glass cylinder.

“After all, Michael is a storyteller, an artist who draws simultaneously upon the past, present, and future to develop the content of his work. Through memory, awareness, and intuitiveness, one could say Michael evokes meaning in his work. With Flying in Place, we are presented with a stunningly beautiful and fascinating piece of poetic narrative. Metaphorically rich in associations, this work preserves its mystery while engaging the viewer’s curiosity. In the end, Michael’s intense ability with material and technique allows him to transcend these aspects of making to communicate his intention directly. Michael’s genius is in suspending reality and creating an illusion one can get lost in. In this way, he captivates the viewer.

“When I see this work by Michael Janis I think that here is a mature artist, an artist at the top of his game.” – Michael Rogers

Please join the Penland Benefit Auction on August 7 and 8, 2015.

Join Penland’s event page to stay up to date on the latest auction news and stories.

Absentee bidders can register by clicking this link. For reservations, please contact Jackie Head at 828-765-2359 x 112 or

For more information about the 2015 Annual Benefit Auction, click here to visit Penland’s auction website or call 828-765-2359 x 112.

AACG Awards Cheryl Derricotte “Visionary Scholarship”

Artist/Author Cheryl Derricotte awarded AACG Visionary scholarship.

Artist/Author Cheryl Derricotte awarded AACG Visionary scholarship.

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) awarded Cheryl Patrice Derricotte the AACG Visionary scholarship to Penland School of Crafts. Cheryl is from Washington, DC, and was one of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program participants.

Cheryl  Derricotte, La Negresse, 2014, glass

Cheryl Derricotte, La Negresse, 2014, glass

Cheryl holds the Master of Fine Arts, (MFA), from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (2015), a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University (1989) and a BA in Urban Affairs from Barnard College, Columbia University (1987).Cheryl recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and lives in Oakland, CA.

Cheryl Derricotte, "Oil and Water" 2014, glass

Cheryl Derricotte, “Oil and Water” 2014, glass

Cheryl also writes nonfiction and is the author of the book Being the Grown-Up, Taking Care of Someone with a Terminal Illness. Her next book is about managing life changes and is scheduled to come out in the next year or two.

Sean Hennessey Class @ Penland

Sean Hennessey's class in the Spring 1-week sessions.

Sean Hennessey’s class in the in the new Penland Catalog

The renown craft education center – Penland School of Crafts – located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, will have Sean Hennessey teaching his mixed media cast glass technique. sean.hennessy.cast glass_artPenland’s 2016 Spring one week session (April 24-30, 2016) looks to be a winner! Sean’s artwork often combines cast glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, vdeo, found objects and steel. He holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy. has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions. Click HERE to jump to Penland’s online listing of the Spring 2016 classes.

Santa Fe Gallery invites you to “Kiss My GLASS!” Fe, New Mexico’s  William & Joseph Gallery presents “Kiss My GLASS” an exhibition featuring the glass artwork of OSAP‘s Sean Hennessey and Arizona-based sculptor Jason Chakravarty July 1-31, 2015. 

“Kiss My Glass” aims to showcase the innovative and intriguing glass sculpture created by these two narrative artists. Far away from the traditional blown glass vases, these two artists have created a body of work that makes one laugh, think and asks us to see glass in a new light – as a vehicle for narrative story telling in a three dimensional format.  


Jason Chakravarty, "Spherically Exerting Influence on Humankind and Events"; cast glass

Jason Chakravarty, “Spherically Exerting Influence on Humankind and Events”; cast glass

Jason Chakravarty is a mixed media, object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and often incorporates neon for illumination.  His most recent works are semi-auto biographical and reflect on human relationships, communication, and social networking.  He holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cal State University and a BFA from Arizona State University; he has also studied at Pilchuk Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center and and an Artist in Residency at Toledo Museum of Art and Alfred University.


Sean Hennessey, "What About The Doors"; Glass and mixed Media

Sean Hennessey, “What About The Doors”; Glass and mixed Media

Says Sean Hennessey of his art, “The heart of my work is an examination and a suggestion of our identity in a world that places us in a struggle for harmony between our spirituality and our corporeality. My works contain messages of obstacles and of hope, of seeking and of enlightenment. I aim to create works that inspire and remind us of wonders and mysteries we have lost.  I primarily create wall relief sculptures that are representation and narrative. There is a feel of the past, but with materials and techniques of today.”

Sean’s combines cast glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, vdeo, found objects and steel in his works. He holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy.  He has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions.

Kiss my Glass’ exhibition will be on display from 5-7pm during the month of July at William&Joseph Gallery

727 Canyon Road Santa Fe, NM 87501


2015 NCAC-APA Planning Conference

american.planning.association.bannerThe National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Planning Association (APA) has its annual One-Day Conference this Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning. The mission of the NCAC-APA is to expand knowledge and experience in the urban planning profession generally and to help to shape communities and environments.

Tim Tate is one of the instructors at a talk this Saturday: The Demystification of Public Art.

This panel discussion will first define what it means to develop good public art projects and programs, then explore the potential benefits and challenges typically faced during collaboration between the community, developers, governmental entities, and public artists. Lastly, the panel will discuss a range of art installations that could be developed in the community. The panel aims to address the most popular questions and concerns typically asked as they specifically relate to public art, such as: why is there such a range in the use and acceptance of public art within the sponsorship of public art projects; what are potential benefits and challenges to be investigation; and how can we cultivate a progressive approach to the implementation of good public art projects throughout the region? 

For more info on the APA Conference- click HERE

GlassWeekend @ WheatonArts

glass.weekend.wheatonarts.2015The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts and the Art Alliance for Contemporary GlassGlass brings GlassWeekend, an International Symposium and  Exhibition of Contemporary Glass. Since 1985, GlassWeekend, a biennial event, has brought together the world’s leading glass artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators for a three-day weekend of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on glassmaking, artists, demonstrations and social events.GlassWeekend is held at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, home of the Creative Glass Center of America and the Museum of American Glass. 

Tim Tate's artwork will be featured at Habatat Galleries exhibit at WheatonArts.

Tim Tate’s artwork will be featured at Habatat Galleries exhibit at WheatonArts. Tim will be moderator of a panel discussion: “Glass tells the Story : The Art of Collecting Narrative-Centered Glass in the 21st Century.” The panel will illustrate collections that focus on 21st century narrative work, but will also explore how 20th century glass and 21st century glass can be mixed in the same collection to the advantage of both styles. The collections of Fred and Susan Sanders and Fred and Sharon Schomer will be showcased. Curator William Warmus will also discuss collecting in the 21st century for museums and private collectors. Friday, June 12th @ 11:15am.

Internationally respected art galleries show the most current work of 200 professional artists working in glass making this event one of the most exciting and extensive presentations of museum quality glass vessels and sculpture ever assembled in one location. 

Allegra Marquart's glass artwork will be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Allegra Marquart’s glass artwork will be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Weekend registrants benefit from an extensive schedule of programming. The weekend begins with a preview reception of the gallery exhibition on Friday evening, continues with a reception in the Museum of American Glass and dinner on Saturday evening and culminates with a private demonstration on Sunday morning by the guest demonstrating artists. In between, participants have the option of attending slide presentations from the guest artists and CGCA Fellowship artists; panels and breakout sessions with contemporary glass artists, museum curators, gallery owners and collectors. 

Habatat Galleries will feature a number of Sean Hennessey's artworks.

Habatat Galleries will feature a number of Sean Hennessey’s artworks.

In addition to demonstrations by Guest Artists Amber Cowan and Luke Jerram, the Glass Studio will also host The Glass Yard: Object/not, an intensive studio event will include many of the artists exhibiting in the exhibit, Emanation: Art + Process.

GlassWeekend 2015
June 12, 13  14, 2015


Look for Michael Janis' new works at Littleton Gallery booth. 美国新艺术雕塑

Look for Michael Janis’ new works at Littleton Gallery booth.

World Class Gallery Exhibitions
Artist Demonstrations
Special Exhibitions
Lecture Series and Panel Discussions
Social Events

Click HERE to jump to GlassWeekend online info.

1000 Village Drive, Millville, NJ

In 1904 Carl Sandburg wrote, ”Down in southern New Jersey they make glass. By day and by night, the fires burn on in Millville.”

WheatonArts is a national cultural treasure. Located on 65 wooded acres in southern New Jersey, WheatonArts is home to the Museum of American Glass, the Creative Glass Center of America International Fellowship Program, the largest folklife program in the Garden State, a hot glass studio, several traditional craft studios, five museum stores, a 13,000 sq. ft. Event Center and a beautiful pond-side picnic grove – a true Pineland Sanctuary!

DC is the District of Creativity

The arts and culture are the hallmark of any great city. The Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has granted over $7.4 million in FY 2014 to local organizations and individuals as well as provided numerous professional opportunities, educational enrichment, and other services to those serving the creative sector. The DCCAH aids the grantees in their efforts to elevate their work and, thus, the District of Columbia.

District of Creativity: A Year in the Arts and Humanities is a celebration for and by local artists and organizations. Performances and remarks will review and highlight the accomplishments of those arts and humanities organizations and individuals funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in FY 2014.

Presentations and Performances By:
• Step Afrika
• Michael Janis
• Shawn Short for Dissonance Dance Theatre/Ngoma Center for Dance
Dance Place
Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Inc.
Young Playwrights’ Theater
The Dance Institute of Washington
Capital Fringe
• Washington Youth Choir

and others!

Following the production, the DCCAH will be hosting a Networking Social at Lost Society for DCCAH grantees and local funder, philanthropies, and DC VIPs.

District of Creativity: The Arts and Humanities in 2014 

Kindly RSVP here.

Lincoln_Theatre_and_Bens_Chili_BowlEvent Details

Date: Monday, June 8, 2015

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Location: The Historic Lincoln Theatre

1215 U Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009