Craft of Music at Katzen Arts Center

The Craft of Music will take place at the Katzen Arts Center of American University from noon - 5:00 on Feb 7.

The Craft of Music at the Katzen Arts Center of American University from noon – 5:00 on Feb 7.

An exciting, engaging, and unique program, The Craft of Music (From Bach to Bluegrass:  Stringed Instruments and the Music They Make) will take place at the Katzen Arts Center of American University on February 7th from 12:00-5:00 PM.  You do not want to miss this one. The four part program includes:  displays of contemporary and nontraditional instruments, a panel discussion on the craft of making stringed instruments and then two musical performances of stringed instruments. 

The doors of the Center will open at 12:00 noon to allow visitors to peruse the displays of contemporary instruments presented by panelists and the exhibit of nontraditional instruments curated by Jennifer Lindsay (there will be demos with some of those being played!).

The panel discussion will begin at 1:00 PM.  The notable panel members include:  Dick Boak from Martin Guitar, Jim Warwick a Luthier, Wayne Lanham a member of the Bill Emerson Band, Bran Dillard owner of Picker’s Supply, and Fred Oster of Oster Violins and the Antique Road Show.  Luthier, Mike Mears will moderate.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so come with your questions about instrument making.

After a break, Arcovoce with Amuse will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6.  Arcovoce is led by Nina Falk who studied at Juilliard and Oberlin, received a Fulbright to study in Europe, has performed with the National Symphony and the Paris Symphony and was described by the Washington Post as “one of Washington’s finest musicians”.  Other members of the ensemble are equally notable.

The classical performance will be followed by a performance by the Bill Emerson Bluegrass Band, Sweet Dixie.  Award winning Emerson is founder of the world famous Country Gentlemen, founder of US Navy Band Bluegrass Ensemble, Country Current, and he has recorded and played with more bands than any other banjo player.  Each musician in the band has had a notable career.

During the afternoon there will be plenty of time to talk with panelists and musicians, to browse the instrument displays, purchase CD’s from the artists and refreshments from the café of the Katzen Center.

Come join the group for an exciting afternoon.  Let your friends know and get your tickets early for this unique program by logging onto the JRA website:  www.jra.org/events/craft-music.  Seating is limited.

Silvia Levenson @ Katzen Arts Center

Silvia Levenson @ American University Museum

Silvia Levenson “She Flew Away” cast glass, steel wire

Artist Silvia Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass not for its natural beauty, but for its potential as a narrative medium. In her exhibition Identidad, (January 24 – March 15, 2015 at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center), Ms Levenson channels her identity as a survivor of the Argentinian Dirty War and her emotional connection to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in order to push the bounds of her skills as a glassmaker and produce refined glass work. 

Silvia Levenson was born in Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina. She and her family went into hiding for almost three years as political activists opposing the military dictatorship of General Jorge Rafaél Videla. In 1981, during the disappearances of the so-called Dirty War in Argentina, they fled the country and immigrated to Italy, where they eventually attained dual Argentine-Italian citizenship. Between 1976 and 1983, the Argentine military dictatorship kidnapped, tortured, and killed about 30,000 people known as “los desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.” Thirty percent of those kidnapped were young women, many with children by their side or in their womb. These children were later stripped of their identity and given up for adoption. 

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Levenson studied at the Martin Garcia School of Graphic Design in Buenos Aires. She acquired glass-making skills at the Musée-Atelier du Verre (Sars-Poteries/FR) at workshops with Antoine Leperlier (pâte-de-verre, 1991) and Vincent van Ginneke (casting, 1994). Silvia Levenson lives in Lesa/Italy and Buenos Aires. In 2004, Levenson received the Rakow Commission Award from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center presents a lecture titled “The Strange World of Silvia Levenson” featuring Washington Glass School Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis to be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm at the Katzen Arts Center. 

RSVP by Jan 22, 2015 to museummembership@american.edu 

Identitdad by Silvia Levenson

January 24 through March 15, 2015

Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Glass in the 21st Century Exhibition @ Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

Maryland’s Salisbury University Galleries will present an exhibition of glass artworks by a diverse roster of noteworthy artists, reflecting the expanded nature of contemporary sculptural glass art. Glass, as a medium, is undergoing a sea change. What started as a bohemian enterprise in the garage of the Toledo museum of art in 1962 turned into a cultural force by the early 1990’s. Artists like Dale Chihuly and the strong influence of Venetian glassworking techniques set the tone for the Studio Glass Movement for more than three decades. The early spirit of experimentation and a devil-may-care attitude toward process gave way to an emphasis on bright colors, skillful execution, and mastery of increasingly complicated techniques. However it is evident that momentum for a new paradigm is building.

Audrey Wilson, "Jacob's Ladder", Pâte de verre, kiln formed tempered glass, refractory glass, found objects

Audrey Wilson, “Jacob’s Ladder”, Pâte de verre, Kiln-formed Tempered Glass, Refractory glass, Found objects

 

Artists who have no previous connection to the material like Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, and Kiki Smith (among many others) are including major glass sculptures in their body of work, and finding an audience for that work in some of the most prestigious museums around the globe. This would have been virtually unheard of 20 years ago as glass was dismissed out of hand as a purely ‘craft material’. Artists like Josiah Mcelheny take traditional glassmaking processes and turn them on their head by incorporating social commentary and by connecting his work to a historical context., “21st Century Glass” looks at the future of the medium as artists move away from technique-driven work into a more modern approach to the material. Movements like Glass Secessionism (placing the focus on artistic vision) and Hyperopia Projects (artists with glass backgrounds drawing from multiple disciplines and media) are included in this survey of sculptural glass.

Davin Ebanks, "Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans", Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Davin Ebanks, “Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans”, Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Steven Durow, the Head of SU’s Art Department Glass Area was the curator of the exhibition. Durow gave some insight on the show: I chose the title for this exhibition, Glass in the 21st Century, because I wanted to take note of this moment in time as we settle into the new millennium and to take a glimpse down the road to see where glass as a material for artistic expression might be headed. The work in this exhibition comprises a sampling of artists whose approach to the material of glass exemplify the changes”.

Durow continued: “The digital revolution has given artists access to technologies for video, sound, and interactive media that is unprecedented. Advancements in glass studio equipment and the inclusions of glass programs in the university setting (as well as artist retreat centers like Penland, Pilchuck, etc) have given more people access to the material than at any time in human history. What were once fiercely guarded secrets are now a YouTube search away. Artists have become their own educators. Harvey Littleton, the recognized founder of the Studio Glass Movement in America famously quipped, “Technique is cheap.” Today, it is free. Now that an artist working in glass can do whatever they want, the focus becomes what will they choose to say with it? That is the focus of this exhibition.”

The artist in this exhibition represent the changing way artists are approaching the material of glass. Featured artists include: Karen Donnellan, Davin Ebanks, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Weston Lambert, Carmen Lozar, Sibylle Peretti, Margaret Spacapan, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, and Walter Zimmerman

21st Century Glass

January 20th – February 21, 2015

SU Art Galleries, Fulton Hall, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801

Artist Lecture by Karen Donnellan: Thursday February 19 at 5:30pm, Fulton Hall 111
Reception to follow in the University Gallery. SU Art Galleries programming is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council.

East City Art Regional Juried Show “Emulsion” Returns!

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EMULSION returns to H Street March 21, 2015! CALL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2015 

This call for entry is open to all residents of the Washington-Baltimore combined statistical metropolitan area as defined by the US Census. This is an opportunity for artists from the central Mid-Atlantic to showcase the extraordinary diversity in regional contemporary art.

An emulsion combines two seemingly incompatible ingredients to produce a third yet entirely new substance.  In this spirit, East City Art’s “EMULSION” seeks to again combine the culturally different yet geographically close regions of Washington and Baltimore and to combine a wide array of art forms and mediums.

East City Art hosts “EMULSION” as an annual event that showcases the brightest talent from the Mid-Atlantic region.  Click HERE to jump to ECA’s online entry form.

PRIZES

$1,250 First Place Prize
$750 Second Place Prize
$500 Third Place Prize
Two People’s Choice Awards

ENTRY FEE
An entry fee of $38.50 paid to East City Art Media LLC

QUALIFICATIONS
This call for entry is open to all residents 18 years of age or over who reside or create art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE, Washington, DC.

WORKS TO BE CONSIDERED
All work will be considered including but not limited to two dimensional work (painting, photography, digital imaging, drawing), three dimensional work (sculpture), performance art and new media.

LOCATION
Gallery O on H located at 1354 H Street NE in the heart of the Atlas Entertainment District

EXHIBITION DATES
Opening Reception Sat. March 21 | Closing Reception: Sat. March 28
Exhibition on view March 21-28, 2015 with weeklong programing

JUROR
Gallery Owner Adah Rose Bitterbaum. Read her interview HERE

Eligibility Area (50 mile radius)

Contact
For all inquiries please direct emails to editor@eastcityart.com

“Unmapped” @ Brentwood Arts Exchange

"Unmapped" exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange features work by Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee and Sally Resnik Rockriver. January 12 - February 28, 2015

“Unmapped” exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange features work by Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee and Sally Resnik Rockriver. January 12 – February 28, 2015

Artists Pat Goslee, Ellyn Weiss, and Sally Resnik Rockriver each use art as a method of discovery, responding to forms and materials and then exploring their qualities as method of expression. Whether it’s finding the balance in giving up control to a chemical reaction, investigating material properties, or the conscious act of constructing energetic movement through paint, all three artists make provocative statements about the ways that meaning is created through the interaction of process with form. The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents an exhibition of the three artists works titled “Unmapped” which runs January 12 – February 28, 2015.

The three distinguished artists in the show each work in a variety of mediums. Pat Goslee works with layer upon layer of del­i­cately painted forms and color on can­vas and on gesso board. Ellyn Weiss works in a wide variety of media; one recent solo show was composed of paintings made entirely of tar. Much of her recent work is encaustic – wax with oil pigment. Sally Resnick Rockriver works primarily in glass – generating chemical reactions in blown glass and ceramics to create new forms. 

 

Sally Resnick Rockriver

Sally Resnick Rockriver

Sally Resnick Rockriver’s glass sculpture is intriguing. She mixes ceramic glazes with hot glass, where the glazes fuse, melt, and crystallize, creating a thermal reactivity. 

Ms Rockriver’s sculpture introduces or allows for rough edges, chance arrangements and a clash of smooth and rough surfaces. By employing the peculiar materials and their specific properties, she moves glass away from the traditional studio glass aesthetic. In careful but surprising ways, she molds incongruous materials, often making their formal properties almost contradictions of themselves. Geometry seems to disintegrate away from the formalizations of precision in a whimsical and disarming manner.

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Sally Resnick Rockriver “Thermal Quake” 40 inches wide

Sally Rockriver said of her invented geology: “The works in UNMAPPED deal with mapping new geologies of unfound planets. I have always thought that my processes could exist on other planets. I generate chemical reactions by combining ceramic materials with hot glass. The release of gases causes an expansion of self- blown spheres. I imagine this event could occur on a glass lake while salts and silica are falling from the sky. Recently NASA discovered a planet that that has an atmospheric glass rain. In this exhibit, works refer to thermal storms and tectonic quakes on Planet Azure and the specimens we might find there. Kiln bricks are the remains of architecture from a past civilization that did not survive the hot glass rains. In this fantasy, crystallized glass growths overtake the destruction from a traumatic event.”

The uncanny materiality of each of the artist’s works play off each other in this exhibit, where each artist invites us to open up to things we don’t know, to things that aren’t written out first then repeated as art, and to where our paradigms don’t fit – in other words, areas Unmapped.

UNMAPPED

 January 12 – February 28, 2015, Opening Reception Saturday, January 17, 5-8 pm

Brentwood Arts Exchange

3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Brentwood Arts Exchange Seeks Visual Arts Program Facilitator

Prince Georges County Brentwood Arts Exchange has sent out a notice about an job opening that they seek someone to fill. It’s a job working out of their main office putting together a bunch of the small exhibition and visual arts programs that they do around the county. Art handling skills are a big part of it. The right person should also have the right attitude to be able to take initiative within a complex institution.brentwood.art.xchange

Job Posting: Visual Arts Program Facilitator, Arts Seasonal/Intermittent Position

The Visual Arts Program Facilitator position is a part-time position, up to 30 hours per week, as needed, for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County.  This position develops approximately 20 exhibitions per year highlighting artists who live, work or study in Prince George’s County for public Parks and Recreation sites.  The work also includes managing the Department’s art collection, as well as providing Visual Arts programs and services for the professional development of artists and to enhance cultural education and recreation opportunities for the general community.  Candidates need to have a strong background in the visual arts, public programming and/or exhibition development.  Candidates should also have the following skills: strong knowledge of art handling and installation techniques, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, excellent communication and customer service, writing and editing, marketing, and promotion. Basic knowledge in the Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.  Experience leading or administering arts education programs is a plus. The job holder should be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs unassisted. Please see the application link below for more about the position, and http://arts.pgparks.com/Home.htm for more about the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Kirsten Hein, Countywide Arts Coordinator, at kirsten.hein@pgparks.com, and apply online athttp://bit.ly/1vG8vO9 for the position of “Arts Seasonal/Intermittent Positions – PG55555S.”  You must apply by both email and the website application.  Position is open until filled.  Posted on 12/31/14.

Washington Glass School Year in Review 2014

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2014 started with an ambitious solo show at the Glass School  gallery and turned into year of transformation and shows. There were exhibitions, installations, articles, talks and television spots.

Needless to say, a lot has happened. You can be caught up by looking thru the monthly list of events:

January

Audrey Wilson's exhibit “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus”

Audrey Wilson’s exhibit “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus”

The year started with artist Audrey Wilson’s solo show at the WGS Gallery. The Gallery Beat section of the Old Town Crier newspaper has a great review of the exhibit - “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus” – describing Audrey as ”another giant signpost in the evolving art history of glass.” 

American Craft's Chris Amundsen takes a quick pic of Audrey at her show.

American Craft’s Chris Amundsen takes a quick pic of Audrey at her show.

One of the visitor’s to the exhibit was the Exec Director of the American Craft Council, Chris Amundsen, who later sent a note to the artist praising the “thoughtfulness and execution” of her work. 

February

Miami’s international contemporary art fair “Art Wynwood 2014″ had featured international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works. Works by WGS artists Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey, Audrey Wilson, Michael Enn Sirvet and Novie Trump were on exhibit.

Artist Erwin Timmers reviews construction of the steel framework for the glass public art sculpture.

Artist Erwin Timmers reviews construction of the steel framework for the glass public art sculpture.

At the end of 2013, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) had awarded the commission of a new public art sculpture to the Washington Glass Studio. Fabrication of the monumental sculpture took place, as did the community workshops to create the art glass panel insets.

D.C. Ward 7 residents participate in the creation of the District's newest public art sculpture at workshops held at WGS.

D.C. Ward 7 residents participate in the creation of the District’s newest public art sculpture at workshops held at WGS.

The workshops took place throughout Spring of 2014, and each was filled beyond capacity.

March

American Craft Magazine article about Glass Secessionism.

American Craft Magazine article about Glass Secessionism.

The American Craft Council  issue of American Craft Magazine featured an interview held by Editor-in-Chief Monica Moses and WGS artist Tim Tate about “Glass Secessionism” and how artists are exploring and advancing the medium. Titled “The World Beyond Studio Glass” the story became one of the magazine’s most controversial article in many years.

Later in the month, glass powder guru – Michael Janis – saddled up and headed out West to talk with the New Mexico and Arizona’s AACG groups about his technique and his artwork. 

Michael Janis talks to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Janis talks to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

April

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries is the oldest and largest gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium. The gallery hosts an annual “International Glass Invitational“, which for 42 years has introduced and exhibited the greatest artists working creatively with glass. In April,three artists from the Washington Glass School – Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate were included in the exhibition.

Habatat Galleries 42nd International Invitational.

Habatat Galleries 42nd International Invitational.

Tim Tate addresses the Arizona Art Glass Alliance.

Tim Tate addresses the Arizona Art Glass Alliance.

 

April also brought the AACG group from Arizona to Washington, D.C. The collectors, artists, and glass aficionados visited notable local collections, Maurine Littleton Gallery and wound up their tour of the Nation’s Capitol with dinner and a show at the Washington Glass School. 

 

Josh Hershman's cast glass cameras.

Josh Hershman’s cast glass cameras.

Glass artist and photographer Josh Hershman shows his kiln cast glass cameras, and integrated the visiting AZ crew and the artists showing into a new artwork. Josh’s artwork piece later received an International 1st Place GAS award, and was exhibited at Chicago SOFA.

 

 

May

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) named WGS’ Michael Janis a “Distinguished Artist”. In early May, Michael presented at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium. He outlined his career, process, and artwork. The talk at the museum was broadcast live and is now online

Smithsonian Distinguished Artist Michael Janis

Michael Janis talks about his artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

UK artists Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend came to do a residency at the Glass School. The Sunderland artists dove into the projects that were ongoing at the glass studio.

Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend work with Audrey Wilson.

Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend work with Audrey Wilson.

One of the ongoing projects that started in May was the overhaul of one of the studio’s big casting kilns. The daunting project was one of the all-hands-on-kiln and even involved having Steve Durow, of the glass program at Maryland’s Salisbury University came to help out on this major project. 

Head of the Glass Program at Salisbury University - Steven Durow - looking overwhelmed at rebuilding the casting kiln.

Head of the Glass Program at Salisbury University – Steven Durow – looking overwhelmed at rebuilding the casting kiln.

Also in May, Tim Tate was awarded Habatat Galleries 2014 Brilliance Award for “working on the highest level of innovation, intensity, and imagination within the contemporary glass community” .

Tacoma Museum of Glass Exec Director Susan Warner came to the glass school to see what is shaking on this side of the country. Susan Warner – Exec Director of Tacoma Mog - in the other Washington – came for a visit and to get some ideas to take home. Perhaps an East Coast/West Coast thing can result!

Susan Warner - Exec Director of Tacoma Museum of Glass - in the other Washington - came to the Washington Glass School to get some ideas to take back.

L-R Tim Tate, Susan Warner – Exec Director of Tacoma Museum of Glass, and Michael Janis

June

The D.C. Gateway Community Arch public art sculpture continued in its creation. In June, after firing and sizing over 300 individual glass panel insets, installation on site took place.

Artist Derek Thomas joined the studio to work on the sculpture.

Artist Derek Thomas joined the studio to work on the sculpture.

 The steel arrived onsite, and the entire studio participated in the assemblage. Miles Lark joined WGS from Michigan to be part of the sculpture team. 

Miles has hit the ground running, helping to install the DC Gateway Arch on his first days in the studio.

Miles has hit the ground running, helping to install the DC Gateway Arch on his first days in the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

July

 

Bon Voyage Nancy Donnelly!

Bon Voyage Nancy Donnelly!

One of our long-time Studio Artists – Nancy Donnelly said farewall to WGS and Washington, D.C. Off to travel through Europe and ultimately return to Seattle, WA.

Taking over the financial bookkeeping role is artist Laurie Brown, and she now keeps the studio running like clockwork. 

Laurie Brown throws up her hands as she goes thru the books.

Laurie Brown throws up her hands as she goes thru the books.

 

WGS often has international artists and come to work and learn at the studio. This year we had Macadonian designers & glass artists Janko and Mimi Gogusevski working at the glass school.

August

Audrey Wilson had a great year for exhibitions! In August, her work was featured at Asheville, NC’s Bender Gallery. Simultaneously, Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (near Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum) joins with the TCC Visual Art Center featured her artwork in a glass exhibits that celebrated the next generation of the studio glass movement. 

Audrey Wilson at North Carolina's Bender Gallery.

Audrey Wilson at North Carolina’s Bender Gallery.

Michael Janis was off to teach a class in using glass frit to create narrative imagery at Penland School of Crafts in August. With WGS Alum Evan Morgan as his Teaching Assistant, the workshop was non-stop excitement in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Michael Janis and Evan Morgan discuss kiln schedules at Penland School of Crafts.

Michael Janis and Evan Morgan discuss kiln schedules at Penland School of Crafts.

Also during August and at Penland – the annual Penland Auction took place. The event is always a favorite – and next year- 2015 – promises to be even bigger, with Tim Tate bringing 100 collectors from the AACG to the party!

Saturday auction pieces at Penland.

Saturday auction pieces at Penland.

 

September

Sean Hennessey’s mixed and multimedia series “Alice Revisioned” solo exhibit was held 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.

Washingtonian Magazine September Issue listed the WGS Beginner's Class among the Top 87 cool classes in DC.

Washingtonian Magazine September Issue listed the WGS Beginner’s Class among the Top 87 cool classes in DC.

Sean Hennessey finishes  set-up at the College of Southern Maryland.

Sean Hennessey finishes set-up at the College of Southern Maryland.

 

 

Washingtonian Magazine’s September issue featured the top 87 cool classes in DC. Under the category of “Unleashing Your Inner Artist”, the head of the class is Washington Glass School’s beginners class.

 

October

The ISC conference returned to New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community. This conference had a panel discussions, “Glass as Sculptural Medium in the 21st Century” that had Professor Gene Koss, arts writer/critic/historian/scuba diver William Warmus, and WGS Professor Tim Tate, moderated by Patrick Blythe.

ISC Panel discussion. L-R Patrick Blythe, Tim Tate, William Warmus, Gene Koss.

ISC Panel discussion. L-R Patrick Blythe, Tim Tate, William Warmus, Gene Koss.

Omaha’s Gallery 72 held an exhibition that showed the arc of development from the start of the U.S. Studio Glass movement in a show titled “The Greatness of Studio Glass“. The exhibit featured works by WGS’ Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart. The newspaper “The Reader” gave the exhibit a glowing review - Gallery 72 has given us an engaging array of pieces from art glass’s past and present.  It is not to be missed.  Harvey Littleton would be proud.”

In October, Washington Glass Studio was on a shortlist for a new public art project to be created for the West Palm Beach, Florida International Airport. After an intense review and meeting with the arts review jury of Palm Beach County, WGS was awarded the exterior public art projects for the Sheriff Department and the Tourism Office.

Erwin Timmers is briefed on the requirements for the Palm Beach project.

Erwin Timmers is briefed on the requirements for the Palm Beach project.

November

 

Tim Tate's stunning installation was on the main aisle.

Tim Tate’s stunning installation was on the main aisle.

The month started with the extravaganza that is S.O.F.A. Chicago. WGS artists Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Allegra Marquart and Tim Tate were all exhibiting at the international contemporary art fair.

 

 

SOFA Chicago artists : L-R  Michael Janis, Sibylle Peretti, Alex Bernstein, Tim Tate, Laura Beth Konopinski, Ashley McFarland and Josh Hershman.

SOFA Chicago artists : L-R Michael Janis, Sibylle Peretti, Alex Bernstein, Tim Tate, Laura Beth Konopinski, Ashley McFarland and Josh Hershman.

One of the best aspects of this show is the number of famous glass artists that are actually there in person at the show. It was great to hang out with so many glass stars! More images of the SOFA Chicago show are online – click HERE to jump to the Flickr album. 

Memorial Day, 2014 also was the dedication of one of the Washington Glass Studio’s public art projects completed this year. County Executive Ike Leggett and Council president Craig Rice dedicated the plaza and its Fallen Heroes Memorial, which is part of the Judicial Center Annex construction project in Rockville, MD. 

Fallen Heroes Memorial at Montgomery County's new Judical Annex and plaza.

Fallen Heroes Memorial at Montgomery County’s new Judical Annex and plaza.

December

The pace was non-stop up til the end of 2014. December started with the HUGE Art Basel/Art Miami fairs. WGS’ Audrey Wilson did well at the Context Fair with Alida Anderson Art Project. The Washington City Paper mentioned her work and had her comment on the international art fair in an article “What D.C. Galleries Brought to Two Miami Art Fairs, and What They Got Out of It“. Glass Secessionism (GS) moved forward with founders Tim Tate and William Warmus gathering information about  glass artwork that is outside the traditional Studio Glass realm shown at the art fair.

William Warmus with artwork by Ai Weiwei titled Crystal Cube.

William Warmus with artwork by Ai Weiwei titled Crystal Cube.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) aired the third season of its weekly arts series “Artworks”. The show features profiles of artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they might never see otherwise. December’s Episode 310 featured artwork by Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis in its “Pop Ups” segment.

Washington Glass School Artist Michael Janis featured on Maryland's PBS station.

Washington Glass School Artist Michael Janis featured on Maryland’s PBS station.

Whew! That was a very busy year! Ok, enough of the  auld lang syne – let’s get to work on 2015!

The Washington Glass School Wishes Joy & Happiness in 2015 to All!

 

 

Josh Hershman Int’l 1st Place Glass Art Society Award

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

The Glass Art Society (GAS) held its second International Student Online Exhibition, a great new opportunity for student members to present their work to glass professionals, enthusiasts and fellow students from across the globe. Student members currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program submitted images of their work - seventy-eight students, representing 30 schools from 8 different countries, participated this year

The jurors were artisLaura Donefer; artist and curator at Bullseye Projects, Michael Endo; and owner of Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Amy Morgan. “After reviewing the work of all these talented people, I came to the happy conclusion that art being created with glass is alive and well in the world today, and that the new generation of artists are indeed bounding forward. There seems to be a technical virtuosity married to a deep conceptual sophistication, with many of the works being hauntingly profound,” said Laura Donefer. 

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JOSH HERSHMAN; Glass, alternative photo process, ceramic decals, size 32″ x 32″

First place went to Alfred University graduate student, Josh Hershman for his piece titled, Derealization, which employs functioning cast glass cameras to “manipulate light and encourage alternate ways of looking at photography by allowing the optical and fluid qualities of glass to bring new meaning and depth to the photographic image.”

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Josh had demonstrated his technique at the Washington Glass School during the Arizona Art Glass Alliance visit in April of 2014. His photo images of artists and collectors taken with cast glass camera during that time can be seen in the background of the photo used in the GAS International Student catalog – and they were on exhibit at SOFA Chicago this year. Click HERE to jump to the online version of the GAS catalog.

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

 

Maryland Public Televison Special Episode of ARTWORKS

artworks.mpt.showMaryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its initials “MPT”, is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service. Maryland Public Television has launched the third season of its weekly arts series “Artworks”. The show features profiles of artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they might never see otherwise.

Airing on Thursday, December 18th, at 8:30pm (EST), this week’s episode features artwork by Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis in its “Pop Ups” segment. Plan a night in on Thursday parked in front of the telly! (or set your recorder/DVR/TiVo’s!)

PBS' MPT show Artworks features Michael Janis in this week's episode.

PBS’ MPT show Artworks features Michael Janis in this week’s episode.

 

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibition & Open House

santa.in.washington.dc.glass.xmasWashington Glass School invites all to gather around the warmth of the kilns and celebrate the season! On Saturday December 13th, from Noon til 5, you are invited come on in to the Washington Glass School and see some of the new directions the artists of the Washington Glass School are moving the traditional craft with integration of modern process, mixed media, and narrative.

Audrey Wilson, glass, mi

Audrey Wilson, mixed media

 

Some of the region’s leading mixed media sculptors and artists work from the studios on the edge of DC, and artwork both large and small will be on sale.

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

Works by the following artists will be on display: Diane Cabe, Veta Carney, David Cook, John Henderson, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Trish Kent, Nancy Kronstadt, Jennifer Lindstrom, Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson and more! 

 

Erwin Timmers Recycled Glass lighting

Erwin Timmers, lighting made from recycled glass

Visit the adjacent studio spaces as well – next door White Point Studio will have their first open studio! Check out work by artists of Red Dirt Studio and nearby Ani Kasten’s artbar – make a day of it! 

Sean Hennessey, cast glass

Sean Hennessey, cast glass

 

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibition and Open House

 

Saturday, Dec 13th, from Noon til 5:00 pm

3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712