A Visit With Mel & Nancy

Nancy Callan and Mel Douglas talk about collaboration in their newest glass artwork.

Nancy Callan and Mel Douglas talk about collaboration in their newest glass artwork.

Superstar glass artists Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan were recently in Norfolk, working on a residency at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. The James Renwick Alliance  and American University/Katzen Center invited the artists up to DC for a presentation and visit.
It was wonderful to have the chance to spend time with both of them while they were here. Some photos of the recent visit by these incredible artists!:

Mel &Nancy working at the Chrysler Museum Glass Center.

Mel &Nancy working at the Chrysler Museum Glass Center.

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Collaborative work by Nancy Callan and Mel Douglas on exhibit at American University Museum.

American University Museum was host for the JRA artist talk by Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan.

American University Museum was host for the JRA artist talk by Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan.

Nancy Callan & Mel Douglas with WGS Co-Director, Michael Janis.

Nancy Callan & Mel Douglas with WGS Co-Director, Michael Janis.

Glass in Conversation: Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan

Glass artists Mel Douglas (Australia) and Nancy Callan (U.S.)

Glass artists Mel Douglas (Australia) and Nancy Callan (U.S.)

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) presents a lecture by glass artists Mel Douglas (Australia) and Nancy Callan (U.S.) at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Center.  The two artists are coming to Washington directly from a stint as visiting artists at the Chrysler Museum of Art’s studio in Norfolk, VA and will be talking about their work and their recent collaboration.

For more information – click here to jump to JRA page.

Click HERE to register online.

Save the Date! JRA Spring Craft Weekend April 26-28, 2019!


All are cordially invited to the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) Spring Craft Weekend, April 26-28, 2019 in Washington DC. Celebrate the accomplishments of artists Nancy Crow (fiber), Michael Hurwitz (wood), Myra Mimlitch-Gray (metal), Michael Sherrill (ceramic), and Therman Statom (glass) as they receive the 2019 James Renwick Alliance Master of the Medium awards during the Craft Weekend celebrations.

Tentative Spring Craft Weekend Schedule:

Tour private collections Friday afternoon, April 26 for JRA Caucus and Patrons Program. Join this exclusive event at the private home collections of two area residents including Marc and Diane Grainer and another, yet to be announced.

Learn at the Saturday morning Symposium, April 27, at the Ring Auditorium at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenThe symposium will feature the five 2019 JRA Masters of the Medium, who will share their work and discuss their experience in the field. 

Bid Saturday, April 27, at the Evening Soirée where exquisite work by the Masters of the Medium will be available for auction, along with the 2018/19 Distinguished Artist Series Artists and the 2019 Chrysalis Awardee. The Cocktail party will include hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to mingle with the guests of honor. This event will be at the Council on Foreign Relations historic venue at 1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Brunch on Sunday, April 28 at the Cosmos Club and celebrate the Masters of the Medium as they receive their awards. 

Click HERE for more info!

 

JRA Day, the Renwick Alliance’s annual craft show, is tomorrow – Saturday, Dec 1st!

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JRA Day is a one-day showcase for artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. This event gives the public an opportunity to see and purchase work by nearly 40 artists in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and other media.  It’s great for holiday
shopping, and admission is free. Organized by J.G. Harrington and Jere Gibber.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
11am – 5pm
The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase
7931 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Breaking Glass News! Tim Tate Named JRA Distinguished Artist!

How often has this blog posted about and singing the praises of the glass artist known as Tim Tate? Well, now we have confirmation of his status! 

tim.tate.authorThe James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft. The organization presents a diverse schedule of programs including, social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions. The JRA’s annual Distinguished Artist Series brings notable craft artists from around the country to provide insight into their work. Tim Tate is this year’s Distinguished Artist in Glass. 

The Distinguished Artist Series (DAS) offers a Saturday workshop from 9:30am-12:00pm (fee, registration required.) The artists demonstrate some of their unique techniques and discuss their work and the overall medium. Workshops may be hands-on or demonstration only. Workshop participants may attend a Saturday potluck dinner with the artists on a space available basis.

Upcoming JRA Distinguished artists 

Oct. 6-7, 2018 Tim Tate, Glass
Dec. 8-9, 2018 Bennet Bean, Ceramic & Craft Media
Mar. 9-10, 2019 Tim Harding, Fiber
May 4-5, 2019 Elizabeth Brim, Metal

Free Lecture:

Sunday, October 7  | 2pm – 3:30pm (After the Chrysalis Award)
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Please note:  There will be a short presentation to JRA’s Chrysalis award winner before Tim’s lecture.  This special award will be given this year to an emerging artist in glass.

James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award for Emerging Artists

2018 Focus: Glass

Recognizing that emerging artists represent the future of the craft field, the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) sponsors an award recognizing an emerging craft artist showing merit, skill and innovation in their work. The awardee will receive a $5,000 award and a complimentary membership to the JRA for one year. The finalist will have an opportunity to give a brief presentation about their work during an award presentation in October 2018. Finalists may be recognized with an Honorable Mention, and a 1-year JRA membership.

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The JRA Chrysalis 2018 award will focus on emerging artists working in the glass arts. The JRA is soliciting nominates broadly for consideration. Nominees will be screened for eligibility, with an independent panel of jurors invited to recommend which of the nominees should receive the award.

2018 Award Eligibility

The applicant must be working in the glass arts and show merit, skill, and innovation in their work. The artist must have completed a four-year academic program or equivalent training within the past 5 years. Applicants may not have had a solo commercial exhibition or be exclusively represented by a gallery or commercial entity.  The applicant must have residency in North America. Applicants are asked to supply up to five images of work completed in the past three years and answer all application questions.

Application fee: $30
Application deadline: August 1, 2018

More information and online application – click HERE to jump to JRA Chrysalis Award page.

 

 

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist: Chris Antemann

Chris Antemann, Covet, 2013

Chris Antemann, Covet, 2013

American ceramicist Chris Antemann was invited by the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) to be featured as part of the 2018 Distinguished Artist Series.  Join the JRA on March 10 & 11 for a lecture and workshop by Oregon-based sculptor Chris Antemann and find out more about her sexy and beautiful scenes in ceramics that depict the kind of parties that sadly, I’ll never be invited to. JRA.chris-antemann.renwick.katzen

 

 

Chris Antemann’s  figurative pieces offer a fascinating telescoping narrative — stories within stories, contemporary commentary layered onto 18th century pieces in traditional forms. Her collaboration with Meissen, the German porcelain factory, has produced a body of work with rich insight into our own culture, a vehicle for the artist’s “twisted tales” about domestic rites, social etiquette and taboos.

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, March 10  |  9:30am – 12:00pm
White Point Studio  |  3708 Wells Avenue, Mt. Rainer, MD
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Chris Antemann will discuss her ceramic figures and her work with Meissen. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited.

Click HERE to jump to JRA online registration for the event.

Free Lecture:
Sunday, March 11  | 2pm – 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

10th Annual JRA Day Craft Artist Exhibition and Sale

PeggyShiffrin.jra.james.renwick.alliance.craftThis coming Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11a.m. to 5p.m. is JRA Day – the James Renwick Alliance’s 10th annual craft show, held at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. The JRA Day show features work by 40 different artists in the craft media. Admission is free, and so is the parking!
JRA Day is sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists.

JRA Day Raffle
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of JRA Day, the James Renwick Alliance will offer three prizes in this year’s JRA Day raffle – vase form piece by Michael Janis,

Michael Janis, "Crossing Paths" , fused and hotworked glass, 14"H x 8" Dia.

Michael Janis, “Crossing Paths” , fused and hotworked glass, 14″H x 8″ Dia.

a slab-built ceramic vase by Janet Larson, and a mixed-media teapot by David Peters. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will take place at 4:30 p.m. on JRA Day.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase

 

JRA Private Dinner at the Lane Collection

The James Renwick Alliance(JRA) is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft.  Members of the JRA enjoy a diverse year round schedule of programs including, social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions – one of which comes up soon! – LeslieLaneDinner2017_FINAL

On October 3rd, the JRA presents one of this year’s featured events : A Private Dinner at the Lane Collection. 
This is a unique opportunity to dine with collectors Leslie and Bruce Lane. They recently transformed their French country-style home into a exceptional showcase of contemporary craft. Highlights of their museum-quality collection include works by Lino Tagliapietra, Dan Dailey, Michael Janis, Dante Marioni, Dale Chihuly and Therman Statom as well as pieces by emerging artists.

Michael Janis, "Finding My Soul A Home", 2015, fused and cast glass, glass powder imagery, steel

Michael Janis, “Finding My Soul A Home”, 2015, fused and cast glass, glass powder imagery, steel

Lean more – click HERE

After registering, further details including an address will be emailed. 

Cost: $250 for members | $400 for non-members 

Weekend with Bernstein! JRA Distinguished Artist Alex Bernstein

The James Renwick Alliance’s (JRA) annual Distinguished Artist Series (DAS) brings notable craft artists from around the country – and the season started off great with Alex Bernstein as the distinguished artist in Glass. 

DAS Alex Bernstein begins his workshop demo at the Washington Glass School. photo by Diane Charnov

DAS Alex Bernstein begins his workshop demo at the Washington Glass School. photo by Diane Charnov

Alex took the JRA workshop attendees along a journey from billet to awesome in about 3 hours! 

Alex outlined his process with copious notes on his process. photo Laurie Brown

Alex outlined his process with copious notes on his process. photo Laurie Brown

The JRA Distinguished Artist walked the audience thru his signature process of “Bernstein-ing” his work, and everyone loved it!

Alx Bernstein outlines his glass grinding process with notes about the grit sizes used. photo Diane Charnov

Alx Bernstein outlines his glass grinding process with notes about the grit sizes used. photo Diane Charnov

Alex carved fine slices into the glass slab, much like a stone carver would approach a marble block. photo by Diane Charnov

Alex carved fine slices into the glass slab, much like a stone carver would approach a marble block. photo by Diane Charnov

Alex then masks off the glass before he "Bernsteins" his glass. photo by Diane Charnov

Alex then masks off the glass before he “Bernsteins” his glass. photo by Diane Charnov

With great flourish -using a metal grinder and showering all in a hail of sparks - Alex fuses bits of steel into the exposed glass area and patina's the metal finish. photo by Diane Charnov

With great flourish -using a metal grinder and showering all in a hail of sparks – Alex fuses bits of steel into the exposed glass area and patina’s the metal finish. photo by Diane Charnov

Alex's finished demo piece, titled "Blue Mountain" was later auctioned off to support the DAS program.

Alex’s finished demo piece, titled “Blue Mountain” was later auctioned off to support the  JRA DAS program.

The next day, Alex Bernstein presented a talk at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center, where he talked more about his work, history and how he balanced his concepts, process, career and family. An incredible story! 

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Alex connected with the audience on a personal level.

 

Smithsonian Curator Abraham Thomas talks with Judith Schaechter about her influences, including high culture,  pop culture... and the Ramones.

Smithsonian Curator Abraham Thomas talks with Judith Schaechter about her influences, including high culture, pop culture… and the Ramones.

The glass weekend kept going strong – later in the day, at the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, glass artist Judith Schaechter talked about her work and influences.

The Smithsonian also honored the JRA’s Paul & Elmerina Parkman for their years of service to the glass art world as they prepare to move to their home in New York.

SAAM Director Stephanie Stebich honors the Parkmens.

SAAM Director Stephanie Stebich honored the Parkmens.

This weekend will take while to assimilate all the information and craft exuberance that took place! Alex did achieve the Awesomeness promised.

The JRA mission is to advance scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art as well as promoting individual achievements of excellence and innovation in the craft field.  The JRA is made from a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft.  For more info – click HERE to jump to the JRA site.