SOFA Chicago In Sight!

The world-renowned art fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art & Design (SOFA) returns to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Many artists are working on the last bits of work to be shown at the exhibit that runs from November 7-9 2014, with a preview on the evening of November 6, 2014. 

Celebrating its 21st year, SOFA CHICAGO is the longest continuously running, gallery-presented art fair in the city of Chicago, and one of the most successful in the country. Last year’s fair attracted 34,000 attendees from around the globe.

A number of Washington Glass School artists and alum will be shown at the art fair – Tim Tate will be at Habatat Galleries space, Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis will be showing at Maurine Littleton Gallery‘s space, and alum Jeff Zimmer will be one of Craft Scotland‘s collection that was designed to give audiences in Chicago the opportunity to see and buy some of the finest examples of ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, silver and jewelry being produced in Scotland today. Click on image below to see Craft Scotland’s video about their artists and works being showcased at this year’s fair.

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Glass artist Jeff Zimmer describes his work being featured at Craft Scotland exhibit during SOFA Chicago 2014

DC Georgetown’s Fall Book Hill Gallery Art Walk

Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill have their Fall Art Walk this Friday, Sept 12th, 2014. Nine galleries will host an evening stroll and launch their fine art exhibitions in a beautiful part of Washington, DC. A night of art, fun, and refreshments is on the agenda. Start at Maurine Littleton Gallery, whose new exhibit “Body/Building” opens.
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Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave, NW; Washington, DC.

Body / Building  Opening Reception: Friday, September 12
6 – 8 PM

Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review Deadline Approaches!

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Call for Entries: The Corning Museum of Glass invites artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects worldwide to submit images of new works using glass.

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014. In late November or early December, a jury selects 100 images from the submissions.New Glass Review is published every spring by The Corning Museum of Glass in conjunction withNeues Glas (New Glass), published by Ritterbach Verlag, Frechen, Germany, and GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, published by UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York.

Participants are requested to complete the entry form, submitting a total of three digital images illustrating one work per image. Three images of different pieces are preferred, although participants may send multiple views of one or two pieces. Digital photographs must be of actual objects designed and made between October 1, 2013, and October 1, 2014.

Click HERE to jump to CMOG info and instructions to submit online.

Maurine Littleton Gallery : Body/Building Exhibit

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Michael Janis; “When She Was There”; kiln formed glass, glass powder imagery; 24 x 15 x 2″

Maurine Littleton Gallery presents BODY/BUILDING, an interdisciplinary exhibit of thought, architecture and art.

Featuring the work of Erwin Eisch, Nancy Genn, Sergei Isupov, Iliya Isopov, Michael Janis, Richard Jolley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, David Dodge Lewis, Stanislav Libensky, Colin Reid, Ginny Ruffner, Joe Sanders, Holis Sigler, James Tanner and Therman Statom, BODY/BUILDING investigates radically different subject matter approached with similar sensibilities. Exploring human and architectural forms through Vitreographs (prints made from glass plates), ceramics and glass sculpture, each artist conveys structure & relationships in literal, figurative and poetic terms.

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Sergei Isupov; “Monkey”

Plato opined that by defining a singular human archetype, it was possible to create environments that would be universally appealing and accessible to all. As our identities become more complex and our relationships with each other more interconnected, mankind still seeks to find a harmony where the body and space blurs. 

Alternately eloquent and visceral, BODY/BUILDING offers a collection of what most fascinates us: our bodies, our buildings and our relationships. The works contained within are inclined to represent just enough so that we, the viewer, are encouraged/obliged to imagine the rest: the rest of the building, the rest of the body, but most importantly, the rest of the story.

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September 12 – October 17, 2014; Opening Reception: September 12, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

MAURINE LITTLETON GALLERY

1667 WISCONSIN AVENUE, NW / WASHINGTON, DC 20007

Sean Hennessey : Alice Revisioned @ CSM

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Sean Hennessey; “Drink Me-tamorphosis”; Glass, Concrete, Paint
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Sean Hennessey’s mixed and multimedia series “Alice Revisioned” will be on exhibit in September at the Tony Hungerfold Memorial Gallery at the College of Southern Maryland.

Sean Hennessey began this work with the desire to add video and lighting to a series of mixed media artwork based on the writings of Lewis Carroll. Working with the stories of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, he began to explore the relationship of the text and the ideas to his own personal method of storytelling and visual language. Sean brainstormed ideas as he read and reread the text focusing on particular imagery and ideas that popped into his mind. The pieces come from this planning and sketching but adapt to the process of the layout of elements and glass techniques. As he makes his molds, casts the glass, paints objects, adds concrete, and plans and films videos, he lets happenstance and expression shape the direction of the piece. For the sake of unity, he deliberately maintains a consistent palette and overall aesthetic of the series. 

Sean wanted to tell the story of Alice using his own feelings of the importance of ideas and interpretations. The “Drink Me” potion becomes an idea about transformation and metamorphosis. A means of growth that one takes upon themself, even when the potion bottle seems foreboding. The “Mad Tea Party” is about a fight with the entity of Time resulting in the punishment of having to continuously relive teatime, imagined as the never-ending stream of tea pouring into the cup captured in video. The meeting of Alice and the Unicorn represented to him the power of belief and the importance of imagination. What realities do we see in the cloud formations that we stare at in wonder? 

September 8 – October 3

Gallery Talk and Reception:  September 16  |  12 p.m

The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is located at the La Plata Campus, Fine Art Center and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Washingtonian Magazine Loves Glass Class

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The September issue of Washingtonian Magazine is all about learning. The “Learn Something New” cover article highlights the editors and writers favorite of the “most interesting courses for smart people who love to learn new things”. The Washington Glass School makes the grade, and the Beginners Glass Lovers class was selected as the top of the class for Glass Art!

DCCAH AFP 15 Visual Arts Exhibit

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The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) supports District-based artists with grants thru the Artist Fellowship Program (AFP). The AFP offers awards to individual artists who make a significant contribution to the arts and substantively impact the lives of District of Columbia residents through their artistic excellence. For fiscal year 2015 the visual artists competing have submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. 

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The DCCAH presents AFP15 in the Gallery at 200 I Street. The collection of these artworks captures the broad scope of DC’s dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for artists to express their visions to the public. The Washington Glass School is represented with works by Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate. The exhibit runs through September 1, 2014.

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Maurine Littleton Gallery Exhibit “Water” Opens July 24

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Allegra Marquart, “Surfing Pony” (detail from larger installation “Beach”, kilncast glass, 2014

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John Littleton & Kate Vogel, “Wave” cast glass, 2013

Established in 1984 and located in Washington DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, the Maurine Littleton Gallery exhibits and represents the leading contemporary artists in glass, metal, and ceramic.

Opening this Thursday, July 24th, is the exhibit “Water“ featuring works in glass by John Littleton & Kate Vogel, Allegra Marquart, Lu Chi, Michael Janis, and Therman Statom as well as vitreograph prints from glass plates made at Littleton Studios.

Opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 8 pm.

maurine_littleton.gallery_dc.glassMaurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Maurine Littleton Gallery is part of the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill – click HERE to see the other galleries nearby.

Next Generation: Audrey Wilson

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PACC, 400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Audrey Wilson is an artist in high demand! Not only does she have a great show at North Carolina’s Bender Gallery, she has work in a show of artists of the Chrysler Museum glass studio that also opens August 1, 2014.

Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (near Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum) joins with the TCC Visual Art Center to host a series of glass exhibits and programming that celebrate the studio glass movement. The two locations combine to offer artwork by instructors and past and present art glass studio assistants at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio and/or completed their studies in glass at the Visual Art Center, Portsmouth. Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio Manager Charlotte Potter’s work will be featured in “Personal Cartography” at the Visual Art Center.next.gen

The upcoming generation of glass artists – which includes our Audrey Wilson – will be featured at PACC in “Mapping the Next Generation”.

Mapping the Next Generation, August 2 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception August 1, 2014

PACC - 400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC), housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

Audrey Wilson at Bender Gallery

audrey.wilson.bender_gallery.NCAsheville, North Carolina’s Bender Gallery is hosting Artifacts and Contraptions, a two person exhibition featuring glass and mixed media sculptures by artists Peter Wright and Audrey Wilson. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 PM on August 1 in conjunction with downtown Asheville’s First Friday Art Walk. 
  
Wright is inspired by indigenous art and utilitarian objects used by man throughout history. He takes a visceral approach to his work, creating vessels and sculpture rich in texture and color. Wright’s Mezcala sculptures are inspired by commonplace objects in pre-Columbian culture.
  
Audrey Wilson is an artist with a unique perspective on aesthetics and the conceptual narrative. Her multi-media sculptures are an amalgam of created and altered objects that explore the relation between man and technology. 
  
Her body of work titled “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus” investigates the role of invention in society. As she explains, “inventions are a continuous response to something that needs to be changed, a response to the needs of life. Without a brave, creative impulse, life would become a commonplace of interest. Yet, with just one thought many deficient prototypes are produced. Without these thoughts, advances could not be possible”. 
  
Bender Gallery specializes in contemporary sculpture and is located at 12 S Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.