Art, Work, Love and Other Basics

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Art, Work, Love and Other Basics. A panel presented by The James Renwick Alliance 

Date & Time:

Tonite Friday, June 22, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Location:

Renwick Alliance Room – 11th Floor Artomatic

Art, Work, Love and Other Basics will be presented by the James Renwick Alliance on June 22 at 8 PM at the JRA Education Room, 11th floor.

The moderator of the panel will be the sculptor and educator Rick Wall, and the panelists will be Brad Taylor, Donna McCullough, Julia Bloom, Matt MacIntire, and Michael Janis, recognized by the JRA for their outstanding work.
 The artists will be discussing their creative processes, the body of their work, their interests, and their inspiration. FREE and Open to the Public. 

The Art Fair is almost over – if you have not yet made it over to see the exhibits – here’s another invitation!

Artomatic 

1851 S. Bell Street

Crystal City, Virginia

Yellow Line Metro Stop: Crystal City

Saturday – Meet the Artists @ Artomatic

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This Saturday is the “Meet the Artists” night at DC’s Artomatic Art Fair – from 7 – 9 pm.


The James Renwick Alliance will also host a reception at Artomatic on Saturday, June 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the JRA Education Room, #1106, on the 11th floor. Many of artists whose work was selected the JRA as recipients of the Award of Excellence will be at the reception – starting around  6 PM. At the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Room on the 3rd floor @ 7:30pm, they will announce the Department’s purchases of artwork by Prince George’s County artists for the Department’s permanent collection – for a bit of art excitement!

See you there!

Dave D’Orio / glass / Level 8

Michael Janis  / glass / Level 2
Sean Hennessey /glass / Level 9
Donna McCullough / metal / Level 1

Artomatic 

1851 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA, 22202 

(one block from Yellow Line Metro – Crystal City stop)

Free 

Sculptural Glass Tours at Artomatic

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Sean Hennessey leads a tour of Sculptural Glass at Washington, DC’s Artomatic Art Fair

The Washington DC Metro area has a robust sculptural glass community spearheaded by the Washington Glass School and DC Glassworks. Sean Hennessey, resident artist at the Washington Glass School will be giving tours showcasing select examples of the works coming from these studios, as well as works of other glass artists in the DC region.  


Date: Sundays thru June 17, 2012

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Meet in Lobby of Artomatic @ 1851 S. Bell Street, Crystal City, VA, 22202 (one block from Yellow Line Metro – Crystal City stop)

Free to the Public

James Renwick Alliance Selects its Artomatic Favs

>The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is an independent national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scholarship and education on contemporary American craft, to supporting activities directed toward this purpose, and to encouraging connoisseurship and collecting. The JRAassists the Smithsonian American Art Museum in adding to its permanent collection of American craft. For over 25 years, the JRA has supported activities and programs involving hundreds of artists, art supporters, galleries, and partnering institutions from across the nation and around the world.
As part of their mission for the arts, the JRA are sponsors of a workshop/reception “Renwick Alliance Room” in the huge DC Arts Fair – Artomatic. Located on the 11th Floor of the festival, the JRA has planned workshops and talks throughout the month long run of the show (thru June 23). 


Members of the JRA has also went thru the 10 floors of artwork – selecting their Top 10 media-based artists for their 2012 Artomatic “Award of Excellence”. 

James Renwick Alliance 

Recognition of Excellence 

ARTOMATIC 2012

Artist 

Work 

Type 

Floor 

Location 

Brad Taylor 

Chaise 

Wood and Metal Furniture 

305 

David D’Orio 

Installation 

Mixed Media (Glass) 

147 

Donna McCullough

Body of Work 

Metal Sculpture 

152 

Helen Baribeau 

Body of Work 

Fiber Sculpture 

121 

Julia Bloom 

Installation 

Wood Sculpture 

208 

Matt MacIntire 

Body of Work 

Mixed Media 

160 

Michael Janis

Body of Work 

Glass                 

173 

Pierre Davis

Body of Work 

Wood Sculpture 

10 

152 

Sean Hennessey 

Body of Work 

Glass                 

141 

Zofie Lang 

Installation 

Mixed Media 

112 

Congrats to the WGS/DC Glass artists & all the artists involved in the huge event!
And a big hug to the James Renwick Alliance!


The James Renwick Alliance welcomes the public to join them in a pre meet-the-artists-night reception. Mingle with other craft lovers! 
The JRA will be distributing maps they have created to help you find the media-based artists of Artomatic.
Saturday June 2
5:00pm-7:00pm
The Renwick Alliance Room, 11th floor


Art Extravaganza Artomatic 2012 Opens!

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Artomatic is a month-long art festival in the Washington, DC area that is “by artists, for everyone.” It is an unjuried arts show that  features 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists. The artists have taken over a building in Crystal City (right at the Crystal City metro stop – yellow line). The diversity of artwork and performances attract the broadest range of people, providing a forum to come together and illustrate the energy, vitality and strength of the arts in the community.

DC area artists take over 10 floors of Arlington, VA office building 
No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic – visual arts, music, performance, film, fashion, and more. There will be workshops, tours, art seminars and other events held there all month long. 

Artists have been working to transform the mundane into into an arts space that is choc-a-bloc with treats that require discovery.

No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic. Sean Hennessy’s mixed media artwork combines glass, concrete and LED  lighting. Sean is on Level 9
From the chaos of art – a moment of sublime.
Tim Tate and Pete Duvall’s video installation on  Level 10.
This (free to the public) show mandates that you visit more than once – there is simply too much to see and do in one visit. 

 Artomatic 2012

May 18 – June 23

1851 S Bell St.

Arlington, VA 22202

Artomatic Gets Ready = Get Ready for Artomatic!

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Artomatic is a multi-week, multimedia arts event held in the Washington, DC area since 1999. 
Washington Glass School has a long relationship with the DC-area arts showcase of visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion. Tim Tate’s artwork at Artomatic 2000 was seen by the curator of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum, and that show both got his work into the Museum’s permanent collection, and his sales at the show provided the seed money that started the Washington Glass School. Artomatic at Tenleytown’s old Hechinger’s space is where Tim Tate first saw the sculpture work of Erwin Timmers and they later teamed up to start the School & Studio. 
Michael Janis’ first showing of his glass artwork was at the glass room at Artomatic 2004, where the Washington Post’s art critic Blake Gopnick slammed the show in his review “Hanging is too Good For It” – but noted about the glass: “Some of the glasswork looked all right. (Glass is such a gorgeous medium it’s hard to screw it up, and you need some basic training even to begin to work in it.)”  High praise indeed. 
In 2007, the show was held in Crystal City, VA, in the old Patent Office. As a result of this Artomatic, Maurine Littleton Gallery began showing Michael’s artwork.

Photographer Tracy Lee captured the essence of the Artomatic mystery.

At that Artomatic, drama ensued after Tim Tate’s artwork “The Rapture” disappeared under mysterious circumstances. After the Washington Post “Reliable Source” reported the disappearance of the artwork, and newspaper reporter Amy Argetsiner, was sent a ransom demand ($10,000 in monopoly money) from someone named “The Collector ” – along with a “proof of life” photo of the rocket from the artwork in front of the previous day’s newspaper. The reporter went to the late night ransom drop in a city park and tried to catch the perpetrator as it all went down.  In the next day Washington Post, the story was almost full front page of the Style section, along with their prime suspects.

The Artomatic ransom note sent to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source

The Post cast dispersions (along with thumbnail mug shots) onto : Tim Tate glass sculptor, original victim 

Why him?: With a well-known flair for publicity, Tate was suspected by many at Artomatic of faking his own sculpture’s disappearance. 

He says:”I categorically deny it.”

Alibi: Tate was by our side when we met The Collector at the ransom drop last year, so unless he’s part of a broader conspiracy . . .

 Michael Janis glass sculptor, friend of Tate’s

Why him?: Artomatic gossips theorize that Tate’s Washington Glass School colleague may have helped pull off the stunt.

He says:”I’m denying any kind of involvement.”

Alibi:”Michael is too serious” for pranks, says DCArtNews blogger Lenny Campello.

 Jesse Cohen art photographer, overseer of the Artdc.org forum

Why him?: Like the author of The Collector’s manifestos, a big booster of the local arts scene; resembles the man at the ransom drop (young white guy, dark hair).

He says:”No . . . I thought it was really crappy of anyone [to take Tate's art].”

Alibi: Skinnier than the man we saw.

 Kirk Waldroff  printmaker and glass artist, colleague of Tate ‘s

Why him?: Has The Collector’s build, coloring; his voice mail sounds like the man we talked to on the phone; Tate is a little too insistent that Waldroff can’t be The Collector.

He says:[In a voice mail message] “No, I’m not The Collector”; says he’d be glad to talk more but he’s leaving town in a few minutes. (Hmm, getting too hot around here?)

Alibi:”He seems too cool to be pulling stuff like that,” says a fellow artist. “He’s in a band.”" 

Tim Tate created a new sculpture from the returned component, and the work was auctioned  for the benefit of Artomatic.

Tim Tate later created a new sculpture made from the remains of the old, and it was auctioned for the benefit of Artomatic; the drama of “The Collector” was never solved.

UK artist Stephen Reveley’s fused glass, photo by Caroline Angelo

In 2009 the Artomatic was held at a new building near the new Nationals Baseball Statdium near Navy Yard Metro. This exhibition featured many glass artists from England. That year the Sunderland City Council had sponsored artists represented by Creative Cohesion to show glass, ceramics, paintings, bands and more, as part of the Sunderland, UK / Washington, DC Sister City agreement.

Artomatic 2012 is set to open May 18 – who knows what will be the result of this year’s show!

Have a look a the great video made by 2012 Artomatic :

ART-O-MATIC Registration Opens!

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Registration is Now Open for Artomatic 2012!

1851 South Bell Street

Crystal City, VA

Friday, May 18 – Saturday, June 23

Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic, the DC area’s biggest free arts festival!

Registration Open

Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may now register to participate in Artomatic at www.artomatic.org.


With no criteria to participate, anyone can show art at Artomatic. Exhibit space is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. At our last event in 2009, Artomatic attracted more than 76,000 visitors to see work by more than 1,200 artists, as well as 600 performances. This year, we expect to attract more visitors than ever before.

“We are very excited for this year’s artists to exhibit at Artomatic,” says Barry Schmetter, Artomatic’s Event Director. “It’s always amazing to see the variety of work displayed by our artists and performers, and exciting to see how much our visitors enjoy discovering new art.”

To register, and for more information about the festival, visit

www.artomatic.org.


For the most recent updates, subscribe to Artomatic by email

or Facebook, and check the Artomatic website.


(It may take a bit to get thru – the number of artists rushing to the site had overwhelmed the server on the first night – but there are plenty of spaces!)


Get Yer Art On!


Art-o-matic is back for 2012!

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Artomatic Returns to Crystal City in 2012!

Free and Open to All, May 18th – June 24th

Artomatic returns to Crystal City in 2012 for our signature free arts event, to be held in the biggest Artomatic building ever, from May 18 – June 24.

Artomatic 2012


Artomatic will partner with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) to transform the Transwestern Presidential Tower at 2511 S. Clark St. in Crystal City into a vibrant arts community that celebrates creativity and creates a unique and exciting event for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit.

Registration information to exhibit work at Artomatic will be available soon. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on your email, and subscribe to Artomatic by Facebook, or Twitter.