Brentwood Arts Exchange Features Glass works by Debbi LoCicero

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The Brentwood Arts Exchange serves as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Located in the Gateway Arts Center, the Brentwood Arts Exchange will showcase Glass works by Debbi LoCicero, one of the Resident Artists at the Washington Glass School. Opening reception for her show at Brentwood Arts Exchange is Saturday, September 7th at, 9/7- 5-8 pm.

Debbi will be exhibiting glass objects from her “Lace Series”, representing memories of special places and times in the artist’s life. 

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The piece, titled “We Are All Just Passing Through”, is from her Lace Series.Image is of figures that are within the sculptural cube.

Debbi said about what she feels the artwork expresses: “Memories from our past… feelings about today….. excitement about what the future holds….”

Fall Exhibition

Opening Reception Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Brentwood Arts Exchange Front Gallery

3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood, Maryland 20722

2019 Open Studios Tour Voted Most Fun!

This year’s Open Studio Tour (OST) was tons of fun! Big thank-you for all those that came out to see what was happening at the Glass School! Some pix from the day:

Open Studio Tour of the Gateway Arts District featured the Washington Glass School. Great time to meet and talk about artwork and glass.

Open Studio Tour of the Gateway Arts District featured the Washington Glass School. Great time to meet and talk about artwork and glass.

DC contemporary arts maven Molly Ruppert chats with WGS Co-Director Michael Janis during OST 2019.

DC contemporary arts maven Molly Ruppert chats with WGS Co-Director Michael Janis during OST 2019.

New Studio Coordinator & recent Ohio State MFA Graduate Teri Bailey (L) talks about her pâte de verre sculptures.

New Studio Coordinator & recent Ohio State MFA Graduate Teri Bailey (L) talks about her pâte de verre sculptures.

Visitors marveled at Max DeMulder's new sculpture on display.

Visitors marveled at Max DeMulder’s new sculpture on display.

Prince George's County Council Deni Taveras visits the glass studio and gathers artists for a photo opp.

Prince George’s County Council Deni Taveras visits the glass studio and gathers artists for a photo opp.

Seeking Cool Mother’s Day Idea? Open Studio Tour on May 11th is it!

Recycled Glass is All About The Love!

Recycled Glass is All About The Love!

Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY!! Know what mom really wants? Well, its not a card with an I.O.U., nor a framed photo of you without your siblings or even a “MOM” tattoo… (hint- Its Glass!)

Nothing says love like glass art. …Unless its glass art made from recycled glass – ’cause then Mother Nature is loved too! And love gets love!

Washington Glass School Open Studio will be part of the DC region’s largest one-day visual arts festival Open Studio Tour (OST19) ~ 45 Venues. 100 Studios. Over 200 Artists! ~

The Gateway Arts Community presents the 15th iteration of the Open Studio Tour on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11am to 5pm. The self-guided tour takes place in the
Gateway Arts District along Route 1 in Prince George’s County, MD in the City of Mount Rainier, Town of Brentwood, Town of North Brentwood and City of Hyattsville.

The Gateway Arts District is the DC metro area’s largest arts district and houses internationally renowned galleries, studios, workshops and art spaces. Visitors have the opportunity to directly interact with artists in their studios and to connect with their artistic process.

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Saturday, May 11th – 11am-5pm

The after party, hosted by Landex Development LLC will be from 5-8pm at Savor at Studio 3807, located at 3807 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, Maryland. All are welcome, free and open to the public.

WGS Contemporary Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 12th!

Works by artists & instructors of the Washington Glass School will amaze and delight!

Works by artists WGS Contemporary will amaze and delight!

On Saturday, May 12, WGS Contemporary, along with the studios, art organizations, and galleries throughout the Gateway Arts District will open their doors to the public. The event is free and open to all.

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Over 100 individual artists will participate in the event, making the 2018 Spring Open Studios the region’s most prominent visual arts event. Audiences can attend art openings, artist demonstrations or purchase original artwork in an artist’s studio. This artist-led event presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with the region’s most important and economically vital centers of art production.    

A free shuttle bus will make stops from Artists by the Tracks in Mount Rainier to Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville.  Between studios and gallery stops, the Gateway Arts Districts offers several new food and drink options along Route 1 including the recently opened Pizzeria Paradiso in Hyattsville, known for its outstanding pizza and wide selection of craft beers. Pizzeria Paradiso will host a beer festival on May 12 from 12-5 p.m.

 

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More information, including a self-guided map of the open studios visit the events’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2018springopenstudios in advance of the tour.

WGS Contemporary artists scheduled to exhibit:
– Tim Tate
– Michael Janis
– Erwin Timmers
– Laura Beth Konopinski
– John Henderson
– Patricia Kent
– Patricia De Poel Wilberg
-Laurie Brown
-Debbi LoCicero
-Max DeMulder
-Nancy Kronstadt
-April Shelford

The Pizza Artistically Considered: Art Works Now “Master Pizzas” project at Pizzeria Paradiso with Gateway Artists

The artworks created by area artists are truly "Master Pizzas"!

Some of the artworks created by area artists featured in the new Pizzeria Paradiso restaurant.

As the organization Art Works Now prepared for their new landmark home in Hyattsville, they teamed up with the building’s restaurant tenant Pizzeria Paradiso and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council to embellish the new restaurant with “Master Pizzas” created by invited artists and arts organizations from the surrounding communities. Each artist worked from a 9” wood panel base and were encouraged to create their signature pizza. These artists created pizzas using an array of different mediums that reflect their visions, their community, and the world around them. 

Participating artists in the Pizza Art Project include:
Ed Bisese, Alan Binstock, Margaret Boozer, Rachel Cross, Alonzo Davis and Bob Donahue, Ric Garcia, Melissa Glasser, Sean Hennessey, Tom Hill, Steve Jones, Wayson Jones, Mame N’Diaye, Diana N’Diaye, Kate Kretz, John Paradiso, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Krista Schlyer, Alma Selimovic, Robyn Schaefer, Megan Van Wagoner, Washington Glass School, and Ellyn Weiss.

The pizza art is installed in the new Pizzeria Paradiso, and each was photographed for a fundraising campaign for Art Works Now and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. 

Artworks Now and Pizzeria Paradiso's new facility located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Artworks Now and Pizzeria Paradiso’s new facility located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso will hold a joint ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of their new space on July 15 at 11 a.m. Pizzeria Paradiso will serve complimentary pizza and soft drinks and Art Works Now will have a pottery throwing demonstration, arts activities, and an open house with works from the artist Pauline Rakis. 

Washington Glass School made a glass pizza from recycled glass.

Washington Glass School made a glass pizza from recycled glass.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso are developing programs and activities that will bring together pizza and beer with art, such as a tasting and art showcase with Graft Cider and their label designer in the fall. Art Works Now will utilize the shared space with the restaurant to incorporate food into their educational youth programming.

The ribbon cutting ceremony guest speakers will include County Executive Rushern Baker III, Maryland State Sen. Paul Pinsky and Prince George’s County Councilmember Deni Taveras.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, July 15, 2017; 11AM
4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Washington Glass School’s Open Studio Spring 2017

Big Thank-You to all who came to the Washington Glass School’s and Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour this past weekend! A great time for everyone to see what has been cooking in the kilns!

Open Studios is when art lovers can visit artists in the Washington Glass Studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes.

Open Studios is when art lovers can visit artists in the Washington Glass Studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes.

Many of the instructors and artists of the Washington Glass School participated in the exhibit of work.

Many of the instructors and artists of the Washington Glass School participated in the exhibit of work.

Erwin Timmers' work looked incredible!

Erwin Timmers’ work looked incredible!

There was plenty for the community to ooh and ahh about!

There was plenty for the community to ooh and ahh about!

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The Open Studio got everyone inspired and excited about what will be created next!

WGS Contemporary and Gateway Arts District Tour Saturday!

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Artists of WGS Contemporary

This Saturday, May 13th, from Noon til 5, WGS Contemporary will be part of the Gateway Arts District Open Studios! Above is a teaser collage of glass artwork now on exhibit! Over 100 participating studios, galleries, and other cultural venues offering a behind-the-scenes look into the area’s workshops and creative places – with an After-Party at Gateway Arts Center!

Get Mom Something Glassy for Mother’s Day! (@ Washington Glass School Open Studio May 13th)

If you plan on spoiling Mom on Mother’s Day -whether she likes it or not, here are some gift ideas that will appeal to her. (Remember: Glass is always the Perfect Gift).mom.wants.glass

Come to the Gateway Arts District Open Studios on Saturday, May 13th from noon til 5 pm and interact with the artists, see their work, and explore their studios, during this annual event. Even better – bring Mom with you and make a day of it! Treat mom to some creative items that she’ll love. (Just be prepared to explain the artwork’s meaning, because — moms.)

The Washington Glass School will be celebrating our sweet 16th birthday this year – be sure to stop by and see works by the artists and instructors. Washington Glass School artists -  with work as diverse as their backgrounds – work together because their unique visions have helped build a new direction for glass sculpture.

Tim Tate

Tim Tate’s work was featured at Art Miami.

Michael Janis

Michael Janis received the DC Mayor’s Arts Award 2016.

Erwin Timmers' sculpture was part of a recent international exhibit.

Erwin Timmers’ sculpture was part of a recent international exhibit.

Trish Kent's glass was singled out as "most engaging" by Washington Post critic Mark Jenkins.

Trish Kent’s glass was singled out as “most engaging” by Washington Post critic Mark Jenkins.

Veta Carney's Pâte de verre sculpture charms everyone.

Veta Carney’s Pâte de verre sculptures charm everyone.

Supa-star Audrey Wilson knows what Mom likes.

Supa-star Audrey Wilson knows what Mom likes.

Chip Montague has been busy!

Chip Montague has been busy!

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2017 GATEWAY OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12-5pm
After Party, 5-8pm 39th Street Gallery & Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center

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Get Ready For Spring Gateway Open Studio!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12-5pm

​Welcome to the DMV region’s largest-of-its-kind arts celebration and festival—Gateway Open Studios Tour. Come to the Washington Glass School and see what the artists and instructors have been working on!

Come to the Spring 2017 Gateway Open Studio where you’ll have behind-the-scenes access to studios, galleries, cultural centers, and performance spaces throughout the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County! Besides the Washington Glass School – other studios will be open, including Otis Street Arts Projects, White Point Studio, Jackson Jarvis Studios, Orange Door Studios, as well as the studios of Alonzo Davis, Robert Devers, Alec Simpson and more! 2017 marks Washington Glass School’s 16th birthday – and there will be lots to see!

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Erwin Timmers cast recycled glass sculpture 2017. Photo by Pete Duvall