"Color and Shape" at City Gallery DC

>Color and Shape showcases Nancy Donnelly’s glass art and Jill Finsen’s oil paintings.

Fascination with texture as a component of color and shape is apparent in the work of both these artists. Surface abstraction contributes to the success of these art pieces—the texture of the glass plays off the layered textures within the paintings. These works truly complement each other.

Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work and in this sense make each stronger. Donnelly and Finsen’s artwork provides an elegant balance between familiarity and abstraction.

Color & Shape

February 5-26, 2011

City Gallery

804 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002


Opening Reception Saturday: February 5, 2011 from 6-9pm

Michael Janis Awarded Saxe Fellowship

>This weekend was the annual auction at California’s Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI – a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and educating glass artists, students and the community).
Lots of beautiful and provocative works of art were auctioned, raising over $110,000 to benefit the school.

The judges chose the best piece in the auction, and three other Jurors’ Choice Awards. The criteria for these awards were uniqueness and creativity within the world of glass as well as for the individual artist, technical mastery, and content beyond mere technical beauty or mastery.

Awards were given, and the top prize, the Saxe Award went to Michael Janis for his piece ‘Meridians’.

Michael Janis / Meridians
Glass, Fused glass powder imagery, steel 12.5″ x 12.5″
photo: anything photographic

The Saxe Fellowship Award, named after world-renowned collectors George and Dorothy Saxe, is chosen by a jury of Dorothy Saxe, Maurine Littleton, Director of the Maurine Littleton Gallery, and Micaela Von Zwoll, Director of the Micaela Gallery. The winner of the Saxe Fellowship will receive a cash prize and will be invited to participate in BAGI’s Visiting Artist series. Previous winners of the fellowship include Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman.

Congratulations to Michael and all the artists!

There are still several pieces available – the full catalog is online… please call Chris Moore at 408 993-2244 to inquire about them.

Last LED class, this week

>The last class of our LED Enlightenment series is tonight! These pictures from last week show the students hard at work, trying to make that LED light up ;)

If you look carefully, you can see our TA Dave scratching his head.

After making some “throwies” (tagging with light) they made an LED tester, and then started on an ambitious RGB color controller. We’ll find out tonight how they did…

LED class kicks off


The most recent installment in our technology series was last night’s LED class and it was excellent! The first session of 3 introduced the students to the world of LEDs and the endless possibilities. Guest teacher Tim Slagle showed us the breadth of his knowledge and enthusiasm, and filled the table with glowing and blinking eye candy…