Washington Glass School Goes All SOFA Chicago

SOFA_CHICAGO_500x500Every fall Chicago, IL hosts the critically acclaimed Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Expo, more commonly known as SOFA. SOFA Chicago 2015 will be held November 6 – 8, 2015 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, where masterworks from top international galleries and dealers from numerous countries will exhibit. An opening night preview will be held Thursday, November 5. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, the critically acclaimed art fair has been continuously run every year since 1994. What distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation of artwork by international galleries and it is enhanced by the many talks to attend in the Lecture Series given by award-wining designers and artists. 

This year, a number of Washington Glass School artists will be featured at the art fair, and the artists are bringing new works that have taken them in new directions. Tim Tate will be giving a “Booth Talk” at Habatat Galleries (space #1400) on Saturday, Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm. Just after that talk, at 2:00 pm, Sean Hennessey and Michael Janis will be featured at the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) Ice Cream Social on the terrace at Navy Pier.

Allegra Marquart, "The Princess and the Pea", 2015, Cast glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14"x 28"

Allegra Marquart, “The Princess and the Pea”, Cast glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14″x 28″ photo: Pete Duvall

Allegra Marquart (Maurine Littleton Gallery, Space #821) has mixed her cast glass with textile, exploring the new possibilities for color, texture and especially line. Allegra has been stitching connections that create open, delicate looking backgrounds that complements and comments on the bolder glass shapes which are mounted slightly in front.  The glass and the threads compliment concepts of fragility and ambiguity. 

Sean Hennessey

Sean Hennessey, clockwise from top left: “The Doors that May Open”, “The Relentless Path Upward”, “The Gift of Time”, “From Mud and Soap”, cast glass, imagery, steel, LED; 24″ x 36







Sean Hennessey (Habatat Galleries, Space #1400) will be presenting works that take him in a new direction, both in terms of the brightness of the colors and in the use of a separate panel that incorporates photographed and drawn imagery, telling a slightly different side of the story from the larger panel. 

Audrey Wilson (Alida Anderson Art Projects, Space #402) makes her debut at the art fair. Her new mixed media works explore alternate and extraordinary realms.

Audrey Wilson, " Luminiferous Aether Electrode"

Audrey Wilson, ” Luminiferous Aether Electrode”, Cast glass, electronics, found objects, photo Pete Duvall

Michael Janis (Maurine Littleton Gallery, Space #821) explores concepts of identity with his frit powder (sgraffito) drawings with cast glass elements. New this year are his ceramic and glass sculptures.

Michael Janis, "Regeneration", cast glass, ceramic, 14” x 16” x 12” photo: Pete Duvall

Michael Janis, “Regeneration”, cast glass, ceramic, 14” x 16” x 12” photo: Pete Duvall




Tim Tate (Habatat Galleries, Space #1400) is showing his new illuminated pieces, his infinity series. Tim entices the viewer to look deeply into his created environments, create an optical and physical illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space.  There is an intimacy created by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to another reality.

Tim Tate, "Violet Tattoo Infinity", Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Lighting; photo: Pete Duvall

Tim Tate, “Violet Tattoo Infinity”, Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Lighting; photo: Pete Duvall






SOFA Chicago November 5-8, 2015

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Maurine Littleton Gallery Exhibit “Water” Opens July 24


Allegra Marquart, “Surfing Pony” (detail from larger installation “Beach”, kilncast glass, 2014


John Littleton & Kate Vogel, “Wave” cast glass, 2013

Established in 1984 and located in Washington DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, the Maurine Littleton Gallery exhibits and represents the leading contemporary artists in glass, metal, and ceramic.

Opening this Thursday, July 24th, is the exhibit “Water“ featuring works in glass by John Littleton & Kate Vogel, Allegra Marquart, Lu Chi, Michael Janis, and Therman Statom as well as vitreograph prints from glass plates made at Littleton Studios.

Opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 8 pm.

maurine_littleton.gallery_dc.glassMaurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Maurine Littleton Gallery is part of the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill – click HERE to see the other galleries nearby.

Michael Janis @ Maurine Littleton Gallery

>Some quick snaps from the Maurine Littleton Gallery as it features the glass work of Michael Janis. Many of the pieces will be shown in the upcoming SOFA Chicago art fair.

Maurine Littleton Gallery
1667 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Open Tues – Sat 11-6pm
Click HERE for link to their website.

The gallery will have a strong presence in Chicago this November, also featuring Allegra Marquart and new works by Tim Tate.
Click HERE for link to SOFA Chicago.

Chris Shea Trunk show

>Chris Shea stopped by the Glass School the other day, and we took a sneak peek at a huge forged bronze architrave that Chris made for a residence. Chris designs and creates hand-forged furniture, sculpture and architectural metalwork at his studio in Brandywine, MD. A professional artist and blacksmith for 10 years, his work is shown at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia and has been exhibited throughout the country.

“Observations on Perpetual Motion” Forged steel, glass, electronics 22″ x 22″ x 66″

Chris & Tim Tate collaborated on a fantastic piece – now on exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery in Washington, DC.

Born and raised in Marblehead, MA, Chris studied blacksmithing and silversmithing at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee, and has taught at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, Thomas Jefferson Arts Center in Arlington, VA, and Snow Farm Craft School in Williamsburg, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Click here to see Chris’ website.