SOFA Chicago Preview Oct 2nd

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Join the James Renwick Alliance members for a sneak peek of work made for the upcoming international shows SOFA Chicago and Art Basel Miami by glass artists Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers and collaborative work by Tim Tate and Marc Petrovic: Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Waking Dreams. * Just added * click HERE to jump to American Craft Magazine article on Tim & Marc's work.

Marc Petrovic & Tim Tate The Seven Deadly Sins

The adjacent Flux Studios is also hosting a preview showing of work by its renown artists.

SOFA CHICAGO 2010 PREVIEW

WASHINGTON, D.C., ARTISTS

Washington Glass Studio

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Flux Studios Artists New Work

Saturday, October 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Flux Studios

Fall Preview

Works of Novie Trump, Laurel Lukaszewski, Jessica Beels and Judit Varga.

3700 Otis Street Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

202-744-8222- Washington Glass Studios - 703-346-5284-Flux Studios

Spring Craft Weekend is in the air!

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National Building Museum

The melting mountains of snow are revealing jolly jonquils; the birds are returning and the days are getting longer – it can mean only one thing: Spring Craft Weekend is soon!

This April, there are many events planned that even the most jaded art lover, craft fancier, and media-specific aficionado can participate in.

The 28th Smithsonian Craft Show (Thursday April 22- Sunday April 25, 2010 www.smithsoniancraftshow.org ) is one of the country’s most prestigious juried exhibition and sale of fine American craft. The show features 120 top craft artists, each one reflecting the story of contemporary American craft in one of 12 categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood, and takes place in the historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. There are also many lectures, demonstrations and tours sponsored by the Craft Show.

Want more? the The James Renwick Alliance has many activities and events planned, including dinners catered by major chefs, live and silent craft auctions, visits to galleries, a craft symposium, visits to private craft collections and artist studios. A special free event is the annual Saturday morning symposium sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the James Renwick Alliance. Special guests will be Mark Sfirri, Randy Johnston and Yoshiko Wada, who will receive the JRA’s Distinguished Educator award, and the topic is How Craft Makes its Way into the World. Stay tuned for news on events and participating artists. All events are open to the public with ticket and offer fun, excitement and interest for those new to studio crafts as well as experienced collectors.

Want even more? Well, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has proclaimed the week to be “Craft Week DC” and there will be tours, special exhibitions and events at the Washington Glass School and the surrounding craft studios that weekend. Some celebrity guests will give awesome demos – like Matthew Szosz inflating float glass!

Save the dates! – More info to be posted soon!

Petrovic / Russell-Pool Artwork Available

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Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool honored at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

The James Renwick Alliance “Distinguished Artists” series featured Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell -Pool, with a presentation of the two artists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery this past week. As part of the event, artwork by Marc and Kari were on exhibit. Mark and Kari will be offering one of their works to be included in the upcoming James Renwick Alliance auction that will be part of DC Craft Week this April 20-25.

Exhibit of Petrovic and Russell-Pool in the glass gallery.

Some of the Marc Petrovic’s fantastic work that was on exhibit at the glass gallery is available for purchase:


Courage
Marc Petrovic
Blown Glass
$ 5,000


Source Of Her Fears
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass
$5,600


Source Of Her Fears (detail)
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass


If interested, contact the Washington Glass School
Gallery – (202) 744.8222

Kari Russell-Pool & Marc Petrovic Demos

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The James Renwick Alliance hosted the demo at DC Glassworks.

The dynamic duo that is Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic worked their magic this past weekend, giving demonstrations of their intensely beautiful glass techniques, and illustrated how the two artists work with and inspire each other.
Performing the demos at DC GlassWorks, and talking at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the husband and wife artists are the Nick and Nora of glass.

Marc dazzled the audience with his incredibly detailed and stunning blowing abilities, creating a life sized striped bass that seemed to be stopped in midair leap and one of his famous birds.

Catching the fish with fireproof gear.

Kari made a number of her delicate lampworked flowers and showed how she creates the lace-like forms in glass.


Marc watches Kari assemble a flower.

A big thank you to the JRA for organizing the talk and show, and to DC GlassWorks for hosting the demos.

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Craft Artist Program

>The husband-wife artist team of Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool will be featured as the first JRA Distinguished Artist Program for 2010, with a day long demo on Saturday January 23 and a talk at the Smithsonian’s Grand Salon at the Rewnwick Gallery on Sunday, January 24.

Marc Petrovic top, Kari Russel-Poolbottom
Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic have been working as studio artists since their graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in, respectively, 1990, and 1991. Marc makes pieces that are predominantly glass but also contain wood and metal components. Kari is primarily a flame worker. She creates form from pattern with a technique she developed on her own. Although Marc and Kari strive to retain their individual work and approach, they have collaborated, to a greater or lesser extent, since college.

Kari Russell-Pool top , Marc Petrovic bottom

Each offers insight and suggestions on the other’s work. The collaboration between the two artists most often incorporates Marc’s blown birds into Kari’s structures. In an unusual approach to flame working, Kari melts and pulls all her glass rods from the same glass furnace that Marc uses to sculpt his components. This allows for compatibility between the blown glass birds and the flame-worked structures. Flame workers seldom use soft glass in large-scale work. This glass does not take the stress of torch work well but does allow a greater range of color variation as well as the unique ability to be fused with furnace-blown components.

Both have taught at the Penland School of Crafts and The Studio at Corning, and have conducted numerous workshops both at home and abroad.

The James Renwick Alliance will host the two artists in a demo on Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm, held at our sister school location, DC Glassworks. The cost is $55 payable to the James Renwick Alliance. Click HERE for more info about the demo and tickets from the JRA.

Click HERE for more info about the James Renwick Alliance.

Click HERE for info about the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery calendar of events (scroll down for talk details).

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.