Getting Ready for Chicago S.O.F.A.!

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Kilnformed glass artwork by Michael Janis exhibited at Maurine Littleton Gallery space 2015 during SOFA.

 

This November, the world’s foremost Sculptures Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA CHICAGO) is back and happening at Chicago’s Navy Pier this Nov 3-6, 2016.

SOFA CHICAGO is one of the longest running art fairs in the world, and the oldest art fair in Chicago. Now in its 23rd year, SOFA CHICAGO is dedicated to bringing together the perpetually separated spheres of design, decorative arts, and fine arts. With nearly 70 internationally renowned galleries, SOFA CHICAGO will be exhibiting an array of media-specific art and innovative designs. Additionally, those who come to SOFA CHICAGO will have the chance to meet hundreds of the world’s most creative people, as well as view works of some of the globe’s most talented emerging artists. 

Washington Glass School artists will again be showing at the international art fair – Allegra Marquart, Tim Tate, Audrey Wilson & Michael Janis have been working away this past summer on new works. 

Allegra Marquart,"The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings";Hand blown reverse painted glass vessel; H.9"W. 5"

Allegra Marquart,”The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings”; Hand blown reverse painted glass vessel; H.9″W. 5″ photo by Pete Duvall.

Allegra Marquart has been working with glass blower Tim McFadden – who blew the forms that she reverse painted and fired. The theme running through some of her new pieces is “wanting” – where the main protagonists want something they don’t have or more of what they have already. Allegra’s sculpture and her glass-and-textile wall installations will be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery’s booth # 821 at SOFA.

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Tim Tate, “Where We Hide From No One” detail; Silver Plated Frame, Mirror, Flame Worked Glass, LED’s; 18 x 18 x 4″. Photo by Pete Duvall.

Tim Tate has been working on whole new series developing for the past year and a half. Tim’s works engage the viewer and each piece visually draw’s the viewer deep inside. Tim’s new works will be shown at Michigan’s Habatat Galleries

Michael Janis has had a incredible year so far! After receiving the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award and having a successful solo show at Maurine Littleton Gallery, Michael has recently finished his signature cast glass/frit powder imagery panels for the art fair. Michael’s works will again be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery – (Boorth # 821).

Audrey Wilson will again be showing at Alida Anderson Art Projects. Audrey’s wonderful sculptures wryly explore questionable science and conspiratorial thinking. In our troubled times, some recent researchers have found that anxiety and the feeling of loss of control triggers people to see nonexistent patterns and evoke conspiratorial explanations. With high-stress situations (such as job uncertainty) its not surprising that people concoct, embrace, and repeat conspiracy theories. 

Audrey Wilson's mixed media / Pâte de verre sculpture explores science and conspiracy theories.

Audrey Wilson’s mixed media / Pâte de verre sculpture explores science and conspiracy theories.

This year’s SOFA CHICAGO hopes to take art lovers one step further. Explore the world of art like never before and be sure to take in one of the SOFA Lecture Series presented by some of the world’s most distinguished artists, collectors and professionals, as well as a special events series curated and presented by international art organizations. 

SOFA CHICAGO

Festival Hall, Navy Pier 
600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

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

Art Wynwood Features WGS Artists

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Miami’s international contemporary art fair “Art Wynwood 2014″ will feature 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works and will have its own distinct identity and design. Alida Anderson Art Projects will be featuring a number of artists from the Washington Glass School and adjacent  Flux Studios.

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Tim Tate’s cast glass and video artwork at Alida Anderson Art Project.

Works by Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey, Audrey Wilson, Michael Enn Sirvet and Novie Trump can be seen at  Booth C-9.

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Audrey Wilson’s mixed media sculpture

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Sean Hennessey’s cast glass sculpture positively glows!

Stop on by and say hi! Art Wynwood fair opens Feb 13th and goes thru Monday, Feb 17th, 2014.

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Michael Enn Sirvet’s sculpture of perforated powdercoated aluminium

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Novie Trump’s “Map of the Night Swallow”; Porcelain, Steel, Acrylic, Light

The Process: Setting Up A Show

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Set-up and takedown of a big art fair is a daunting task – and not all glitterati, paparazzi and Illuminati. Although visitors to the large shows only experience the special exhibitions and lectures, a lot goes on before and after the show. SOFA CHICAGOreturned to Chicago’s Navy Pier in early November, 2012, and the WGS artists participating in the exhibit (Tim Tate, Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart) uploaded photos of the process. Much of the process shown below is centered around the Maurine Littleton Gallery space.

Driving the work for Washington’ DC’s Maurine Littleton Gallery to Chicagois artist Drew Graham. Besides being a mixed media artist, Drew works for the gallery, and is one of its featured artists.

 Navy Pier – jutting out into Lake Michigan has the central exhibition space ready for the exhibitors to set-up. The gallery team arrives early in the morning to begin the set-up.

Drew Graham pulls up the truck inside the event hall, and prepares to start unloading.

Glass artists John Littleton and Kate Vogel are already in the hall and begin to transport the artwork down to the booth space.

Gallery owner Maurine Littleton reviews the booth space and the layout of the walls and electrical. The design of the space and the location of each work was planned weeks previous to arrival in Chicago, with lighting and electrical planned in advance. Some artwork was already delivered to the space. It turned out that some of the walls needed to be re-positioned, and artwork installation worked around those areas. Items such as pedestals, tools, chairs, special lighting, storage shelving, printer, artwork brochures/info, signage, etc and all the necessary components had been packed onto the truck and now must be unpacked and sorted.

John Littleton at work uncrating artwork and preparing the display of many of the works in the booth.

Other galleries are installing artwork – here, Heller Gallery installs Norman Mooney’s cast glass stars. 

Each glass artwork piece is unboxed and carefully installed.

The set-up time is a great time to catch up with other artist friends – Laura Donefer and Tim Tate share a hug.

The Littleton Gallery space is shaping up, pedestals are placed for the Harvey Littleton sculptures.

 The main aisle is busy with galleries preparing their booths.

SOFA Chicago is an international show, here Craft Scotland sets up their display.

The lighting is adjusted on the works, and the packing cleared. Kate Vogel checks for items that need adjustment before the fair opens. Time to shower and change into opening night attire.

Navy Pier just before the opening night gala, the quiet before the storm.

The Opening Night Premier begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Lino Tagliapietra is one of the glass greats that cut the opening ceremony ribbon.

The opening night is one to see and be seen. Very posh.

With the opening night premier over, the art expo is open to the public, who fill the hall.

The lectures and demos begin. Corning Museum has a mobile hot-shop that has a number of artists showing.

The art expo offers a great mix of art in all forms of media. For a Flickr gallery of SOFA glass works – click HERE.  For a link to local PBS television video segment on the art at the show – click HERE 

Christina Bothwell mixed media work at Habatat Galleries.

Miriam Di Fiore’s beautiful landscape sculpture.

John Littleton and Kate Vogel’s incredibly detailed cast sculptures.


The SOFA Art Fair ended on the Sunday night at 6:00 pm. With the announcement on the p.a. system that SOFA 2012 has ended, the lights go up and the public leaves the space. The reverse process of de-installation begins. Out come the boxes and crates.


Drew Graham takes a break from packing.

Martin Janecky’s blown glass sculptures in repose.

The unglamourous side of an art expo takes place when one has the least amount of energy. Coffee and energy drinks are needed.

The art expo provides the final meal for the show – Connie’s pizza.


With the show back in the truck and on its way back to Washington, DC, planning for the opening of the Washington Craft Show moves up the list of tasks to be completed. And after, shows at Art Miami/Art Basel. 

Rumors & Whispers: Artomatic 2010

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Artomatic – everyone’s favorite month-long DC art festival – is rumored to be next held (the talk is either this October, or this coming Spring 2011) at the old Hine School adjacent to Eastern Market. The plans for the redevelopment of the former junior high school were outlined last fall, and the site certainly is well situated.

Artomatic organizers officially have not either completely denied or confirmed the rumor… but who needs signed contracts anymore? Start outlining what you, as an artist would include if it were all a go, as approval to actualization time could be short!

Miami International Art Fair

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Miami International Art Fair (January 6-10) kicks off the 2010 international art fair season at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1700 Convention Dr., Miami Beach). Galleries from every continent will be presenting the best in contemporary art, photography, video, and installation art. The fair includes a lecture series featuring prominent experts in Latin American and International Contemporary Art.
From the MIA press release:

The Projects Gallery of Philadelphia will present work by the internationally acclaimed Cuban photographer, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, who represented Cuba in the III Havana Biennial and the XXI Sao Paulo Biennial. Projects will also be exhibiting artwork by: Florencio Lennox Campello, whose recent work has featured Cuba as the star of a series of mixed media paintings and etchings; Michael Janis, Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, D.C. and the Florida Glass Art Alliance’s ‘Outstanding Emerging Artist 2008-2009’; Cirenaica Moreira, who plays the lead role in her tableau-like photographs focusing on the performing arts; Sandra Ramos, one of today’s most important and controversial contemporary Cuban artists; and Tim Tate, Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, and 2003 Mayor’s Art Award winner for ‘Outstanding Emerging Artist for Washington, DC.’
Read the full MIA press release HERE

Washington Glass School artists Erwin Timmers and Anne Plant round out the show’s featured artists.

Click HERE to jump to the MIA website

Washington Glass School Going South

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This December, the entire art world turns its focus to Miami. Anchored by Art Basel Miami (the sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, one of the most prestigious art shows worldwide for the past 40 years), there is a convergence of art, celebrities, sunshine and over-the-topness, creating a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. The success and prestige of Art Basel Miami has created satellite art shows, including Art Miami and Red Dot Art Fair – all located near or adjacent to each other.The simultaneous art fairs create a combination of an international selection of top galleries with special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Tourists, art collectors, curators and art lovers come from around the globe to attend this annual art frenzy.

Artists from the Washington Glass School will be showing at this year’s art explosion that is Art Basel Miami. Mayer Fine Art is one of the galleries showing at Red Dot, and they will showcase the work of the Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis. If you are getting your tan on – come and get your art on!


RED DOT ART FAIR HOURS:

Dec 2 -6, 2009

Wednesday, December 2nd,
VIP and Press Preview, 5 – 6 PM
Opening Reception, to benefit GreenMiami, 6 – 9 PM
General Admission:
Thursday, December 3rd, 11 AM – 7 PM
Friday, December 4th, 11 AM – 8 PM
Saturday, December 5th, 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, December 6th, 11 AM – 6 PM

LOCATION:
Wynwood Art District
NW 31st Street and NE 1st Avenue (Midtown Blvd), Miami, FL 33137

Booth B105