SCOPE NYC Features Washington Glass School Artists

michael janis glass art new york scopeMichigan’s Habatat Galleries will be exhibiting at SCOPE New York March 3rd – 6th of 2016! Make sure to plan to stop by Habatat Galleries Booth for the most exciting display at the show – as they will be featuring works by Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate!

With over 75 art fairs spanning more than 15 years, SCOPE is celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming. Renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE Art Shows garner extensive critical acclaim. With an attendance of 1.2 million visitors, SCOPE Art Show is the largest and most global emerging art fair in the world.

SCOPE New York opens on Thursday, March 3, 2016, with a VIP Preview benefit, and will run March 3 – 6, 2016. 

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Sean Hennessey – Habatat Galleries’ Featured Artist

Habatat Galleries Featured Artist : Sean Hennessey

Habatat Galleries Featured Artist : Sean Hennessey

Congrats to Sean Hennessey - Habatat Galleries Michigan have him as their Featured Artist. Habatat Galleries was established in 1971 in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Habatat is the oldest and largest glass artwork gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium. Their 12,000 sq. ft. Michigan gallery is the home of the original International Glass Invitational, which for 43 years has introduced and exhibited the greatest artists working creatively with glass. Habatat Galleries’ goal is to take an active interest in developing collections and promoting artists whom they feel should be recognized in our generation and beyond. 

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Sean’s artworks will be featured at SCOPE New York, March 3-6, 2016 and Habatat Galleries 44th International InvitationalMay 5-7, 2016.

 

Get Back To Work!

The holidays are over – time to address the backlog of work for upcoming exhibits. Artist Sean Hennessey begins to work on a new series for shows this coming spring.

Glass artist Sean Hennessey, co-owner of Otis Street Arts, works it in the glass studio.

Glass artist Sean Hennessey, co-owner of Otis Street Arts, works it in the glass studio.

Sean Hennessey gets back to work. Look for Sean's work in NYC at upcoming art fairs!

Sean Hennessey gets back to work. Look for Sean’s work in NYC at upcoming art fairs!

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. 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Sean Hennessey Class @ Penland

Sean Hennessey's class in the Spring 1-week sessions.

Sean Hennessey’s class in the in the new Penland Catalog

The renown craft education center – Penland School of Crafts – located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, will have Sean Hennessey teaching his mixed media cast glass technique. sean.hennessy.cast glass_artPenland’s 2016 Spring one week session (April 24-30, 2016) looks to be a winner! Sean’s artwork often combines cast glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, vdeo, found objects and steel. He holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy.  sean_hennessy.art.osap.glassHe has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions. Click HERE to jump to Penland’s online listing of the Spring 2016 classes.

Santa Fe Gallery invites you to “Kiss My GLASS!”

kiss.my.glass.sean_hennessey.artSanta Fe, New Mexico’s  William & Joseph Gallery presents “Kiss My GLASS” an exhibition featuring the glass artwork of OSAP‘s Sean Hennessey and Arizona-based sculptor Jason Chakravarty July 1-31, 2015. 

“Kiss My Glass” aims to showcase the innovative and intriguing glass sculpture created by these two narrative artists. Far away from the traditional blown glass vases, these two artists have created a body of work that makes one laugh, think and asks us to see glass in a new light – as a vehicle for narrative story telling in a three dimensional format.  

 

Jason Chakravarty, "Spherically Exerting Influence on Humankind and Events"; cast glass

Jason Chakravarty, “Spherically Exerting Influence on Humankind and Events”; cast glass

Jason Chakravarty is a mixed media, object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and often incorporates neon for illumination.  His most recent works are semi-auto biographical and reflect on human relationships, communication, and social networking.  He holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cal State University and a BFA from Arizona State University; he has also studied at Pilchuk Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center and and an Artist in Residency at Toledo Museum of Art and Alfred University.

 

Sean Hennessey, "What About The Doors"; Glass and mixed Media

Sean Hennessey, “What About The Doors”; Glass and mixed Media

Says Sean Hennessey of his art, “The heart of my work is an examination and a suggestion of our identity in a world that places us in a struggle for harmony between our spirituality and our corporeality. My works contain messages of obstacles and of hope, of seeking and of enlightenment. I aim to create works that inspire and remind us of wonders and mysteries we have lost.  I primarily create wall relief sculptures that are representation and narrative. There is a feel of the past, but with materials and techniques of today.”

Sean’s combines cast glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, vdeo, found objects and steel in his works. He holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy.  He has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions.

Kiss my Glass’ exhibition will be on display from 5-7pm during the month of July at William&Joseph Gallery

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Morgan Contemporary Glass Pours It On

teapots! 9th invitational exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Glass gallery opens April 10, 2015.  Featuring teapots by more than 60 artists in all media—ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media, the exhibit captures the versatility of the form. This highly anticipated annual show draws international acclaim, while showcasing an ever-diverse group of invited artists to challenge themselves with the teapot form, taking ingenuity and creativity to new heights. Look for work by glass artists: Devyn Baron-Griley, Robert Bender, Christina Bothwell, Jonathan Capps, Eunsuh Choi, Daniel S. Coyle, Lisa Demagall, Sean Hennessey, Chadd Lacy, Weston Lambert, Ashley McFarland, Kelly O’Dell, Chris Pantos, Angus Powers, Nanci Schrieber-Smith, Demetra Theofanous, Stephanie Trenchard, and many other media artists!  teapots! 9th invitational exhibition continues in the gallery through June 13, 2015. morgan.contemporary.9th.teapots.invitational

New to the gallery, Sean Hennessey combines glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, video, paint, found objects, wood and steel in his whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” inspired teapot. Being an avid coffee drinker, Hennessey moves from the mug to the teacup in his teacup filled mixed media wall piece. Niche award winner, Demetra Theofanous will be returning to the teapot show to create her second teapot for the gallery. In her piece, she uses her self-developed glass weaving technique to create her narrative, delicate, flame-worked glass that often takes months to complete.  Husband and wife artists Robert Bender and Christina Bothwell will be collaborating again in this year’s annual teapot show. Though they both come from casting backgrounds, their conceptual differences come together to create a whole new approach emanating a sense of curiosity. 

According to gallery owner, Amy Morgan, “Our show continues to surprise me through each artist’s unique interpretation of the teapot. What I find most appealing every year is the subtlety of the form, as some artists express their design concepts through a formal structure, while others do so through abstraction and figural work.”  Each artist greets the challenge of the teapot in a different way. 

Founders of the Kamm Teapot Foundation, Gloria and Sonny Kamm, whose collection is considered one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, remark, “Teapots have long inspired the inventiveness of creative souls — artists, designers, and architects. This creativity motivated us to collect teapots… in quantity and depth… with a plan to house it in a ‘museum home’ for our entire collection so that in the future can be enjoyed by the public.” morgan.contemporary.art.logo

Sean Hennessey – Wanted Out West

sean.cowboyWashington Glass School Resident Artist Sean Hennessey is a Wanted Man.

Sean will be heading out to speak to the New Mexico Art Alliance in Santa Fe next week, speaking at the William and Joseph Gallery in Santa Fe on March 7. After Santa Fe, Sean continues west to Scottsdale, AZ, where he will speak to the Arizona Glass Alliance on March 9.

Sean also has works featured at Phonex’s Circle 6 Gallery, in a group show with some fantastic artists working in glass including and organized by glass artist Jason Chakravarty.

Circle 6 Gallery, 1424 East Virginia Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85006

Circle 6 Gallery, 1424 East Virginia Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Photos from 21st Century Glass Exhibit

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Maryland’s Salisbury University Galleries had an exhibition of glass artworks reflecting the expanded nature of contemporary sculptural glass art. Curated by Steven Durow, the head of Salisbury University’s glass program, the show featured a diverse roster of artists. 

Sculpture by Sibylle Peretti

Sculpture by Sibylle Peretti

Said Steven about the exhibit’s effect on the students in Salisbury’s glass program:  ” I can say for certain that it was an eye opener for the students here! The students were blown away by the variety of the work. They had no idea that the material had so many possibilities”

Salisbury University exhibit on 21st Century Glass

Salisbury University students got schooled on glass as sculptural medium.

Steven also added that he felt the show was a success, and it was a success solely because of phenomenal  work done by amazing people.  

Artists featured in the show included Davin Ebanks, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Weston Lambert, Carmen Lozar, Sibylle Peretti, Margaret Spacapan, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson and Walter Zimmerman. 

Glass sculptures by Carmen Lozar

Glass sculptures by Carmen Lozar

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