HIP HIP Hooray! Housing Initiative Partnership Celebrates 30 Years

Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) celebrated its 30th Anniversary of Revitalizing Neighborhoods during a Networking Reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the College Park Aviation Museum. housing.initative.awards.glass.art.teri.bailey.artist

The event featured a presentation honoring a few of HIP’s “Affordable Housing Champions” who have helped in service to the community during the organization’s history. HIP is an innovative, green nonprofit developer and counseling agency based in Prince George’s County, Maryland dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods. HIP creates housing and economic security for low- and moderate-income households and provides services that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

WGS Artist Teri Bailey at the HIP Celebration.

WGS Artist Teri Bailey at the HIP Celebration.

Peppermill Community Center Public Art

Peppermill Community Center

Peppermill Community Center with the internally illuminated artwork “Telling Our Story…” by Washington Glass Studio.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) commissioned Washington Glass Studio (WGS) to create a public art sculpture for the new addition to the Peppermill Community Center in Landover, MD.

Shop drawing of sculpture by WGS.

Shop drawing of sculpture by WGS.

Some communities see public art as a way of enhancing or personalizing otherwise impersonal spaces. Others view it as a means to activate civic dialogue or provide a vehicle for the community to express its identity.

These landmarks and special events enhance our experience of a place and our quality of life. They engender a sense of pride and community identity. They reach audiences outside museums, galleries, and theaters, and they add to the beauty of everyday life. They declare the worth of a place and a time in our shared culture.

Erwin Timmers leads a community glass making workshop at the Washington Glass School.

Erwin Timmers leads a community glass making workshop at the Washington Glass School.

As such, the design of the site-specific sculpture by WGS was centered on finding ways to get the community excited and engaged with the convergence of art, history and community. The proposal for the art was based on a 15’H tower of glass and steel that would be internally illuminated with over 100 glass inset panels. The artwork of the insets were to be created by involving the community via a series of glass-making workshops held at the Washington Glass School

A great cross section of community came out to be part of the creation of the new public art for Peppermill Community Center.

A great cross section of community came out to be part of the creation of the new public art for Peppermill Community Center.

The residents and stakeholders were tasked with showing what they felt important to them and what inspired them were made. Images of family, nature, the environment, their neighborhoods, their sports teams were rendered in glass.

All sorts of imagery and glass techniques were employed to great effect.

All sorts of imagery and glass techniques were employed to great effect.

Cast glass images of the social groups – the sewing groups, the cheer squads, the state flag – even a Maryland blue crab were crafted. Historical references to the nearby horse farms and the old roller rink were included in the mix of glass panels. Part of the fun of the artwork is seeing how this mix of images and references all somehow work together.

The tower, titled :"Telling Our Story..." adds a powerfull and dramitic artistic element at the new entry at the community center.

The tower, titled :”Telling Our Story…” adds a powerful and dramatic artistic element at the new entry at the community center.

Shaping places—with landmarks and landscapes, events and ideologies—sets the stage for a critical part of our existence: our connection with our environment; with our past, present, and future; and with other human beings.

The mix of images and stories told create a compelling and inclusive mixture - each distinctive and unique - yet cohesive as a whole.

The mix of images and stories told create a compelling and inclusive mixture – each distinctive and unique – yet cohesive as a whole.

“Telling Our Story…”
Artist: Washington Glass Studio
Project Team: Teri Bailey, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate and Lee Kind.
Media: Cast and fused glass, steel, LED lighting, concrete.
Location: Peppermill Community Center, 610 Hill Rd, Landover, MD 20785
Client: The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Teri Bailey Exhibits @ OSU

Photo of Teri Bailey’s work in Making (or, The Iceberg Paradox) opening June 17th and running until July 2nd.

Photo of Teri Bailey’s work in Making (or, The Iceberg Paradox) opening June 17th and running until July 2nd.

New WGS Creative Coordinator – Teri Bailey – will have two shows openings soon! Both are collaborations being shown at The Urban Arts Space- Hopkins Hall Gallery as part of their summer series. The first is titled Making (or The Iceberg Paradox) running from June 17th – July 2nd with the reception on June 27th from 4-5pm. The second is titled Here/There running from July 29th – August 2nd, with the reception on August 1st from 4-5pm. OSU Hopkins Hall Gallery is located at 128 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210.

Detail of Teri Bailey’s installation at OSU.

Detail of Teri Bailey’s installation at OSU.