Artomatic 2009 – the process starts!

>Nicolas Timmers gives some scale to the area.

The site selection for the 2009 Art-o-Matic arts festival took place at 55 M Street SE, Washington, DC – right atop the Navy Yard Metro Stop. Interesting to be able to look out over the former site of the school – now under the outfield of the Nationals Baseball park.
Artomatic opens May 29, 2009.

View from the windows to the new National’s ballpark. Just beyond the red structure is where the Washington Glass School originally stood.

James Renwick Alliance Craft Weekend Fotos

>Setup begins at the Washington Glass School for the James Renwick Alliance Gala. Photos by Anything Photographic. Michael Janis centerpiece. Erwin Timmers new works on display. Final walkthru before the event starts. Auction items on display. Cocktails at Red Dirt Studios. Tim Tate with JRA’s Shirley Jacobs & Chief Curator of Bellvue Arts Museum, Michael Monroe.

CraftWeek Dc – on clay

>During the seminar held during this past CraftWeek – the ‘Master of the Medium’ for Clay – Warren McKenzie was asked about the future of the medium. Warren – one of the pioneers of the American clay-arts movement – said that he had “no fear for the future after seeing the works at the Mount Rainier studios – (Margaret Boozer @ Red Dirt Studio, Novie Trump, Laurel Lukaszewski).
The ceramic artists were beside themselves in this high praise.

Click here to see Margaret Boozer’s website
Click here to see Novie Trump’s site

Click here to see Laurel Lukaszewski’s site

Smithsonian Journeys tours Washington Glass School

> photo by Nancy Donnelly
Smithsonian Journeys host a destination tour of the Smithsonian Craft Show, the nation’s most prestigious juried exhibition of contemporary craft. As a tour highlight is a curator-led tour of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, a private tour of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a tour of artists studio – which has been for the past two years the Washington Glass School.

The host for the group is Charlene Johnson – an expert in contemporary American crafts. She received her Master’s degree in the history of decorative arts from Parsons School of Design, and now teaches a course on Ethnic and Folk Art Expression in Contemporary Art at the Corcoran School of Art. Charlene is at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she leads gallery talks on crafts at the Luce Foundation Center.

The tour of the school included Allegra Marquart talking about her work, Tim Tate and Michael Janis talking about their techniques and work.

Erwin Timmers new work (Knot)!


Erwin Timmers works on his new pieces – cast recycled glass knotts. Erwin fires the glass into plaster/silica molds and then chips away the plaster from the cooled glass. Hours of coldworking ensues after. Mr Timmers has engineered a ‘hands-free’ device to work the diamond lap wheel. Erwin’s new pieces will be on display at the Craftweek DC demonstrations in the studio this week.

Kevin Mellema Reviews Target Gallery’s "Reclaimed"

>Kevin Mellema – (one of the few print media art critics left covering the DC area) writes his review of the Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery exhibition of artwork made from recycled components – “Reclaimed”. Curated by Light Street Gallery owners Linda & Steve Krensky, the show features an international group of eco-artists. Erwin Timmers’ cast recylcled glass and steel artwork “What We Leave Behind” is shown here – photography by Anything Photographic.

Here is part of the text from the Falls Church News Press article:

And Then There Was Art

‘Reclaimed,’ at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union St., Alexandria). This exhibit runs through April 26. For more details, call 703-838-4565 ext. 4 or visit

Of all the galleries around town, the Target Gallery consistently does the best job of bringing in work from outside the Metro area. Target Gallery’s open call shows are truly open to all comers, where other galleries around town offer open call shows to Metro area or, at most, to Mid-Atlantic artists. The Target Gallery typically brings in work from across the nation, with a few international pieces as well.

The D.C. area art scene operates in a bit of a bubble without any real connection to the outside world. We don’t even have a decent connection to Baltimore, and we’re practically joined at the hip. It seems to be a problem in general, but the Target Gallery is doing what it can to fight that insular structure.

“Reclaimed” is a recycled materials show juried by Steven and Linda Krensky, Linda being the art dealer and Steve being the biggest art hound in town, seeming to magically appear at every art opening. The 33 works on view were culled from over 450 entries.

Recycled shows can run the gamut from interesting to literally rubbish by a different name. Good recycled art runs off the act of raw creativity in its playful and innovative use of appropriated materials. In a sense, the work has the same underlying ethos of high-end design work. While high-end design operates in that rare environment where money is no object, recycled art hits at the other end of the spectrum, where money is not required. One could debate who’s got the creative upper hand here, but you’ve got to admire the folks making something from nothing.

Of the 14 area artists in the mix, Erwin Timmers of the Washington Glass School gang shows his archaeologically-inspired take on 1980s era personal technology, titled “What We Leave Behind.” Adam Bradley assembled one of those ever-so-cool “Jet Pack” sculptures that takes us back to an innocent age of space travel and boyhood dreams. Honestly now, who doesn’t want to have a jet pack of their very own?

“Podulator” by John Stephenson of Boone, N.C. riffs on the same vibe with a Deco-era teardrop auto headlight assembly brought into the hyper-cool space age 1950s with assorted metal bits attached. With auto parts running amok, Mexican artist Alfonso Arambula Robles crafted “Chat Noir,” a cat with its back up and hair standing on end, using half of a car tire and screws to depict the respective cat parts…

Click here for the complete article.

Nancy Donnelly @ Suffolk Museum

>Personal Armor is an upcoming glass artwork show at the Suffolk Museum (near Norfolk) that will feature our own Nancy Donnelly. Nancy is well know for her cast glass dresses – they were one of the hits of last year’s Artomatic show. Nancy won first place this past October for her ‘Tall Blue Dress’ at the Capitol Hill Art Workshop juried exhibition.

Nancy is making some new sculptures for this exhibit. Below are some previews of her mixed media works that explores issues of femininity and domestic roles. Click here to see her website.

Personal Armor: Artists’ Look at Aprons
Suffolk Museum
– 118 Bosley Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 May 2nd – June 12th, 2009 – 10-5 Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday 1-5