GBCA and “Artists U”

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) was founded to nurture and promote a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community to the region. Since its launch in 2001, GBCA has served as both a catalyst and an incubator for important programs and initiatives.

GBCA hosts the Baltimore branch of Artists U, a grassroots, artist-run platform that provides tools and professional development for sustaining one’s life as an artist.

WGS Studio Artist John Henderson at Baltimore's Artist U.

WGS Studio Artist John Henderson at Baltimore’s Artist U professional training and development workshop.

Artists U works to empower artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable. All Artists U programs are artist-led, involve peer-to-peer contact, and free for all participants. Artists U programming includes workshops, group meetings and intensives, and one-on-one planning sessions.

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Artists U was founded in Philadelphia by Andrew Simonet, and they now have branches in Baltimore and South Carolina.

Click HERE to jump to GBCA’s website for more info on upcoming events and for information on how to become a member.

John Henderson at DC’s "Community of Hope" Collection

John Henderson “Kadima” fused glass

Washington Glass School Resident Artist John Hendersonrecently had a glass artwork panel acquired by Community of Hope, a non-profit organization located in Washington D.C. For 33 years, Community of Hope has provided hope and stability to low-income and homeless adults and children in DC. This acquisition was facilitated by Fitzgerald Fine Arts, an art consulting firm headed by Lillian Fitzgerald.

John Henderson began his artistic studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at Harvard University. John’s artistic journey has taken him through printmaking, water colors, stained glass, metal sculpture, and finally kilnformed glass.

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Said John about his glass artwork:“I use glass as my medium because of its translucency and reflective qualities…In working with glass, my focus is on shape, form, texture and color…I use many different materials mixed with glass, yet glass is the dominated focus in all its various applications and techniques.”

“In creating this visual transparency; abstracting images, symbols and text, my work invokes a spiritual awareness and connection to the past. My aesthetic philosophy is an exploration and extension of my cultural identity. I am reclaiming and reconciling the past, with the present, in order to move forward.”

The title of the triptych piece is “Kadima”. Kadima means “Forward” in Hebrew.  The medium is fused glass and each panel measures 8″x10″.

Congratulations John!

John Henderson at Georgetown’s Parish Gallery

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Parish Gallery Georgetown: “Through the Years” Group of Gallery Artists 

Over the past 21 years, The Parish Gallery have shown so many exciting and talented artist. This exhibition the gallery will be showing both mid-career and masters.
Washington Glass Studio artist John Henderson is one of the artists featured in show.

John began his artistic studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at Harvard University, where he studied visual design and composition under the artist Albert Alcalay. His artistic journey has taken him through printmaking, water colors, stained glass, metal sculpture, and finally kilnformed glass. 

Through the Years
Feb 1 – 26, 2013
Parish Gallery, 1054 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 2007