Rosetta DeBerardinis Interviews Tim Tate

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Welcome to the new media world: artist/arts writer Rosetta DeBerardinis interviewed Tim Tate via a live feed to Facebook. The online arts magazine Bourgeon picked up the article and published it:


Tim Tate/ Marc Petrovic
Apothecarium Moderne

Rosetta DeBerardinis: Tim, you have work currently in a major museum show along with Damien Hirst, I read the review. What is your impression of the show?

Tim Tate: The show is a very non-Washington show. It tests the limits of media specific work, and allows artist who normally would be outside the museum system to show work. I would say its one of the most exciting shows in NYC right now.

Rosetta DeBerardinis: You mentioned during our last chat that you were discovered by the curator at the Museum of Art and Design on Facebook. What did his initial correspondence say?

Tim Tate: The way I got the show at the Museum Of Arts and Design in NYC is through Facebook. I posted a video of a cat playing the piano, and a person popped up and said, “Hey! That’s really cute…. I should have that at my museum.” I said “museum???? You should have my work….. what museum??” That man was David McFadden, Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. I pitched a concept and 24 hours later, I was in a show there.

Rosetta DeBerardinis: What was your pitch?

Tim Tate: It was called “The Apothecarium Moderne.” It consists of 9 large apothecary jars, each offering a cure for an ill of modern mankind. I sent him a sketch of the piece.

For the rest of the Bourgeon article – click HERE

The Affordable Art Fair NYC Opens This Week

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The Affordable Art Fair (AFF) opens this week with over 75 galleries from five continents exhibiting original painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper at 7W New York (7 West 34th Street) in New York City from May 6 – 9, 2010. Appealing to established collectors and first time art buyers, the ninth annual AAF NYC features contemporary art priced from $100 – $10,000.

Washington Glass School artists Michael Janis, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers, along with next door studio and superstar ceramic artist Novie Trump will be represented by Mayer Fine Art Gallery .

In 1999, Will Ramsay founded the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) in London. His aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years later, AAF has become a global event with fairs taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, New York and Singapore. More than 650,000 people have visited Affordable Art Fairs around the world, purchasing over $160 million worth of art.

AAF NYC 2010
Thursday May 6 – Sunday May 9
7 W New York (7 West 34th St, near 5th Ave, NYC)

Washington Glass School 9th Anniversary Open House

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This May marks our 9th year providing some of the highest level glass/metal/sculpture classes in the region. We will join the Gateway Arts District‘s Open Studio Tours as part of the annual Mount Rainier Day festivities. This year is the Mount Rainier, MD centennial – so this will be a big event for the area!

The Glass School anniversary and open studio is one of our favorite events, from the Mt Rainier Day parade in the morning to the huge selection of art and craft from our instructors, associates and studio artists. Please join us – and visit the surrounding incredible ceramic studios and other art studios that are also open as part of the celebration!
Music, Art, Food, Demos, FUN!

May 15th, 2010
3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Noon -6 pm

Habatat International Glass Invitational

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Devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium, Habitat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI is one of the oldest and largest galleries in the United States of its kind. The 12,000-square-foot gallery is home of the International Glass Invitational, where invited glass artists from around the world showcase their work for some of the most selective collectors. The 38th International Glass Invitational opened April 24, 2010 and will run until May 25, 2010, featuring over 90 artists from 16 countries. Washington Glass School’s Tim Tate and Michael Janis are each exhibiting artwork in this prestigious show. A catalog of the artwork in the show is online: to view the entire Habatat Galleries 38th International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition Catalog, please click here.
**Please note, this is a 5 MG PDF and as such, it may take 1-2 minutes to download.

Habatat Galleries
4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073
248-554-0590

Film Opening at Newseum

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The independent documentary film “Chaplains Under Fire” will have its Washington, D.C., premiere, tonite, Friday April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newseum’s Theater.

The premier event will include a discussion with filmmakers Lee Lawrence and Terry Nickelson, editor Andrea Hull, Navy Chaplain Ben Sandford, and religious-liberty scholar Charles C. Haynes after the screening.

“The role that chaplains play in the military — and the church-state tensions they face — is not well understood,” Haynes said. “‘Chaplains Under Fire’ is a compelling look at chaplains in action — and a provocative examination of the First Amendment debate surrounding their work.”

Filmmakers Lawrence and Nickelson spent three months in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007 examining the world of military chaplains through the eyes of the troops they serve in combat and the controversies they trigger at home and on the battlefield.

Chaplains of different faiths help soldiers cope with the daily grind of deployment, the rush of risky missions, the pain of losing comrades, the confusion of being medevacked after life-changing wounds. To many, the very presence of chaplains in war spells comfort — to others, it raises questions.

“Are they trying to convert the troops they serve? Is the government muzzling Christian evangelical chaplains? These are the contradictory reports we read in the papers,” Lee Lawrence said. “We wanted to get behind the headlines.”

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so secure a seat by contacting Ashlie Hampton at 202/292-6288 or ahampton@freedomforum.org. Enter the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum from Sixth Street, just north of Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. The running time of the film is 94 minutes.

Lee Lawrence is a journalist who has worked in Belgium, the former Yugoslavia and India. Lee has taught seminars on “writing for artists” at the Washington Glass School and she continues to write features for the Christian Science Monitor, American Style magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. Terry Nickelson is a filmmaker who has lived in five sub-Saharan countries, South Asia and North Africa. His work includes producing a documentary on the Rwanda genocide for UNHCR, contributing to a PBS series on preventive diplomacy and contributing to a Court TV series on war-crimes tribunals. He is now part of an effort to stop the genocide in Darfur.

Matt Szosz Demonstration on how to inflate fused glass

>Glass artist Matt Szosz gave a series of lectures and demonstrations here at the Washington Glass School as part of Craft Week DC. Novie Trump filmed one of his explosive demos, where he would take sheets of fused float glass and inject compressed air inside, causing it to erupt in fanstastic shapes and patterns. We will post more of the vids and photos as we get them!

Cast Glass as Public Artwork – Photos of the Case Study

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unless noted, all photos by Anything Photographic

The public artwork just completed by the Washington Glass Studio and Alonzo Davis for Prince George’s County Circuit Court was just photographed by Anything Photographic. The sculpture is made using the original bell tower cupola salvaged from the disastrous fire that destroyed the courthouse in 2004. The structure and copper dome were cleaned and made good, and modified to accommodate artwork elements that include cast recycled glass formed into images of the community and the legal system, sandcarved panels with the County Seals for each of the Counties served by the Circuit Court, and a neon bell symbolizing the original bell that would toll each day at 9.30 am when the Court was in session.
Titled “Rebirth and Renewal”, the artwork is testament to a proud community and its ability to overcome adversity.

Artwork neon lit at night : photo by Aisha Jordan


Montgomery College Sculpture Exhibition

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April 15-May 10, 2010
Transmuting Craft
Curated by Megan Van Wagoner, this exhibition features the work of ceramic and glass artists who use these craft media along with metal and other traditional sculpture materials to make three-dimensional mixed-media art.
Artists include David D’Orio, Sarah Lindley, Greg Nangle, and John Williams.

The Opening Reception is Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Gallery Hours M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

240.567.1368

Busy Day at the Glass School

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John Hohenshelt talks kiln talk to Erwin Timmers.


Phew! What A Busy Day!

Turkish glass and mosaic artist Oguzhan Tugrul visited the glass school. “Oz” was visiting the US – he had also come to Istanbul‘s Glass Furnace when Tim Tate and Michael Janis were teaching there in the summer of 2007.

Oğuzhan Tuğrul started glass studies in antique window restoration in Canada in the 70′s. He taught western stained glass techniques in Turkey in the 80′s. This was followed by his research of 16th century Ottoman decorated tucco window making techniques. The new and advanced technique of glass fusion calligraphy was the result of his publication of traditional Turkish Islamic calligraphy with acid etching techniques on flash-glass. Moving on to further uncharted territory, Tuğrul designed 3D windows for futuristic architecture projects.




Oğuzhan Tuğrul shows a book of his work to Kirk Waldroff and Tim Tate.

Also today, John Hohenshelt of Paragon Kilns stopped in to talk about kilns and maintenance. The conversation was all about art, glass, and equipment.


John Hohenshelt, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis.