Syl Mathis @ Workhouse Fine Arts Festival


The Workhouse Arts Center in Lornton, VA, announces their 2nd annual Fine Arts Festival with more than 150 of the nation’s best artists. The fair is for 2 days only, at the Workhouse Arts Center in the heart of Northern Virginia – 20 minutes south of Washington D.C.

Syl Mathis, mixed media & cast glass sculpture, 2016

Look for exciting new cast glass/mixed media artworks by WGS artist Syl Mathis to be featured at the art fair!


On Saturday from 12-3p explore the annual education open house with a variety of demos, performances, and hands on activities. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Syl Mathis, cast glass and mixed media sculpture, 2016


September 10/11

11:00 am – 7:30 pm
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA, 22079


Workhouse Glass National 2015, Virginia’s Workhouse Arts Center opened its 1st Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition reception this past weekend. The exhibit was created from an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks, juried by the legendary gallerist, Maurine Littleton.

Featuring a range of contemporary glass artwork currently being created throughout the United States of America, Washington Glass School is proud that works by two WGS Resident Artists, Veta Carney and Diane Cooper Cabe were among the artwork selected for the exhibit. Congratulation to all the artists!

Artists exhibiting:
Paul Heller, Elizabeth James, Sandi Martina, Nancy Nicholson, Biba Schutz, Barbara Atkinson, Suellen Black, Diane Cooper Cabe, Veta Carney, Eli Cecil, Lauren Cummings,, Dick Ditore, Jean Fernandes, Rhonda Gilbert, Charlie Holden, Jaye Houle, Benjamin Johnson, Winn Jones, Rollin Karg, Laura Beth Konopinski, Andrew Madvin, Ursula Marcum, Jennifer Nauck, Steven Ramsey, Mary Richardson, Scott Slagerman, Paul Swartwood, Natalie Tyler and Janet Wittenberg

Workhouse Glass National 2015

Now thru  - January 17, 2016

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

Syl Mathis Ends Up In The Lorton Workhouse

Sculptor Syl Mathis will be one of the featured artists in the Workhouse Fall Arts Festival, to be held September 26 & 27, 2015. Over 100 of the nation’s best artists will exhibit their original fine art and unique fine crafts at the Workhouse Arts Center. The two-day outdoor festival will include work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand crafted furniture and much more.

Highlights of the festival (besides Syl Mathis’ work) include:

Free admission and parking
Local gourmet food vendors and food trucks organized by Frontier Kitchen
Indoor and outdoor exhibition venues
Local beer and wine for purchase
Live music



The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as arts education programs. The Workhouse is located in Lorton, VA, in the Occoquan Workhouse portion of the historic DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory.

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom Opens at Lorton Workhouse

Opening Night Reception for “Ephemeral” at Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center

The National Cherry Blossom Festival started off with a show – at Lorton, VA’s McGuire Woods Gallery in the Workhouse Arts Center.

Robert Kincheloe at his installation of glass cherry blossoms. The imagery (made from hot glass) suggests frozen branches with cherry blossoms encased in ice, ready to emerge for the spring.

Curated by Laurel Lukaszewski and Komelia Honja Okim, the show was to express aspects of “fleeting moments and delicate sensibilities”. Follows are some photos from the opening night.

Robert Kincheloe’s torchworked cherry blossom branches forground, Michael Janis’ fused glass panels beyond.
Akemi Maegawa’s mixed media sculpture.
Akemi Maegawa and Laurel Lukaszewski share a laugh at the reception.
Dalya Luttwak’s sculpture looks incredible.
Some of the artists showing in “Ephemeral” L-R: Robert Kincheloe, Michael Janis, Laurel Lukaszewski, Akemi Maegawa, David Douglas.
Laurel Lukaszewski’s delicate cherry blossoms wrap around the center columns of the gallery.
Michael Janis’ glass artwork on exhibit.

The exhibit runs through April 7, 2013. There will be a special Cherry Blossom Festival Day, Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11am-4pm.

Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079

National Cherry Blossom Festival Art Exhibit Reception Saturday, March 9

View of Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom exhibit @ McGuire Woods Gallery in Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center

Opening Reception for Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom is this Saturday, March 9, from 6-9pm.

Curated by Laurel Lukaszewki and Komelia Hongja Okim, the exhibition explores fleeting moments captured in art and celebrate the cherry blossom and Asian and American relations. Artwork by WGS’ Michael Janis and Robert Kincheloe as well as ceramic sculptures by Laurel Lukaszewski and Akemi Maegawa make this a must-see show!

Incredible works by photographer David Douglas, painters Sumita Kim and Jun Chul Kim, and sculptors Komelia Hongja Okim, Dalya Luttwak and David Loren Gerlach are also on view.
The exhibition will also feature a Cherry Blossom Festival at the Workhouse on April 6.

The show runs through April 7.

Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Rd.

, VA22079
(703) 495-0001

Read more here:

Workhouse Arts Center Seeks Glass Program Mgr

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, has posted a call to find a new Glass Program Manager.

The Workhouse Glass Program Manager is responsible for the design, coordination, and implementation of the Glass Program at the Workhouse Arts Center, including glass blowing in an expanding Hot Shop, fusing, torch working, stained glass, and casting. This unique position calls for a “people person” with administrative/managerial skills who is knowledgeable of the contemporary glass art world and technically savvy with respect to glass-related equipment, and who operates well in an environment of constrained resources.  A Master’s degree within the glass/art related field is required, or equivalent professional experience.

The Workhouse Arts Center is located in Lorton Virginia, just south of Washington DC, in the repurposed historic DC Workhouse Prison.  The new Glass Program Manager will oversee a Gallery, three classrooms, a hot shop, and eight studios with resident artists.

Workhouse Arts Center 
9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

The call is open until filled.   More information may be found here

Introducing Washington Glass School’s New Studio Coordinator


Robert Kincheloe (right)

The Washington Glass School welcomes its new studio coordinator: Robert Kincheloe. Robert has been working with glass since 1997, with a strong background in borosilicate glass. He has studied furnace glassblowing, flameworking, scientific glassblowing, sculpture, murrini, encasements, casting and coldworking. Over the years he has helped to set up several glass studios and has spent the last two years as a studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

Robert’s work centers on the use of combining hot, warm and cold glass processes, and he takes a mathematical approach to design. This encourages him to repeat a technique over and over in search of perfecting the logic of the design and controlling its process.

Robert hopes to expand the glass community through his works, classes, demos and lectures, and as such, he will be creating a new series of flameworking borosilicate classes here at the glass school.

Floral Cube by Robert Kincheloe

photo: AnythingPhotographic

Robert was part of the Washington Post’s article on the opening of the Workhouse Arts Center in 2008 – click HERE to read the article.

Robert at his torch @ Lorton. He has since escaped the former prison.

Photo: Dayna Smith for the Washington Post.