Juneteenth

On Wednesday, Congress overwhelmingly voted to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday. Juneteenth is the first federal holiday to be established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

On June 19, 1865, Black Texans in Galveston, still living in slave conditions, finally learned that Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery two years previously. 

Let’s make Juneteenth a commemorative, not of the horrific institution our country embraced, but rather as a showcase of the strength in the American spirit to recognize wrong and set about making it right. In this same spirit America moves ahead today in leveling playing fields and achieivng ever greater equality. Let us celebrate all that Juneteenth teaches us about our country’s greatness in our use of the heart to hear and to learn and to work together for all that is good and just.

Farewell Teri Swinhart

Our Studio Coordinator Wore Many Hats

We bid a fond farewell to our Studio Coordinator extraordinaire – Teri Swinhart – moves out West, to sunny Los Angeles. We will miss her skills, knowledge of glass and casting, and her unique charm!

Best of Luck to Teri and Derek Swinhart! Come back and visit often!

Class 3802- Lighting Solutions

This class will bring some serious color to your life and brighten up your living space. This is the perfect way to use glass in a most practical application: a lamp. You will design your own colored glass, determine your own shape, and have your choice of several different hanging or mounting options. For considerably less than the price of a designer fixture, you can put your own name on it.  Tuition includes glass, mold materials, and mounting hardware. No glass experience is needed, and electrical experience will be provided.

JRA Virtual CRAFT TOUR of WGS!

VIRTUAL CRAFT TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC
APRIL 27 – 28, 2021 | 6:30 – 8PM
MEMBERS: $60 | NON-MEMBERS: $75

Tim Tate and Michael Janis at the Washington Glass School.
Visit the Washington Glass School with Co-Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis

The James Renwick Alliance for Craft will host a unique virtual craft tour featuring some of the most important craft destinations in the DC region. One of the tour stops is – The Washington Glass School!! Join us as we visit our studio, Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studio, The Renwick Museum, Howard University’s ceramics collection as well as some collector homes!

For more info and to jump to JRA site to register – click LINK: VIRTUAL CRAFT TRIP TO DC – JAMES RENWICK ALLIANCE (jra.org)

Pop Art & Glass – New solo exhibit by Michael Janis & Tony Porto

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis has collaborated with Chicago-based artist Tony Porto on a new series of glass/mixed media sculptures – making their debut solo show debut in Habatat Galleries’ “Not Grandmas’ Glass” (NGG) exhibit/competition. NGG is new and groundbreaking competition, held over 12 months featuring 12 artists that the gallery feels are pushing the medium beyond the norm. The premise of the exhibit is to showcase works that are outside “traditional” studio art glass, where the artists were challenged to make works that would be in a contemporary museum.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto “Lunchtime With Darth Vader”; 2021, cast glass, mixed media, 24″ x 24″ x 9″

Habatat director Aaron Schey said of the NGG show concept: “These artists are extremely innovative and I propose that they will all be important in the future of the glass medium. Creating work that is probably not in Grandma’s art collection…..yet.”

Michael Janis and Tony Porto, “Friendship is Magic”; 2021, kilncast glass, mixed media, 22″ x 22″ x 9″

Paying homage to the underdogs of pop culture – the cartoons, action figures, and toys of childhood, Janis and Porto incorporate figures as diverse as Batman, Darth Vader, My Little Pony, Wonder Woman, Hulk Hogan in their evocative narratives that are at once whimsical and distressing, capturing their complexities and outlandishness.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto “Call For Bruce Wayne”; 2021, cast glass, mixed media, LED, electronics, wood, 20″ X 24″ X 10″

In the works, they walk a really fun line between taking this stuff seriously and also being able to laugh at it all.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto delivered a fantastic online artist talk – hosted by Michigan’s Habatat Galleries (click HERE to jump to YouTube link.)

Mike and Tony outlined their collaborative works, their meanings, and how they managed to work together during the pandemic.

Click HERE to jump to their awesome website!

Maryland State Arts Council Exhibit Features Artists from Washington Glass School

Still image from Identity website

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has a special exhibit titled “Identity” featuring of the 60 artists exhibited in special show by Maryland State Arts Council. From the MSAC exhibit catalog:

“A person’s identity is constantly evolving and can include their cultural identity, social identity, gender identity, racial identity, and the intersection of multiple identities to form one’s whole self. The Maryland State Arts Council is reflecting self-reflective art that expresses and explores how the artist perceives themself through this online exhibition.”

The artwork is in online gallery in the by Kunstmatrix which allows one to “walk” thru a show). The show runs February 5th thru April 6th, 2021.

Max DeMulder ; “Nonexistence”, 2020; 14 x 10.3 inch; Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Click on link below to jump to virtual exhibit:
IDENTITY – 3D virtual exhibition by Maryland State Arts Council | art.spaces | KUNSTMATRIX

Call for Glass Art about COVID

CALL FOR ENTRY
“VIRAL GLASS: Artists Responses to COVID-19”

The past year has been devastating for everyone around the world. While the medical and social impact of Covid-19 are undeniable, this pandemic has also deeply influenced the making of art in every area of creative initiative.

This on-line exhibition looks specifically at how glass artists around the world are responding to the Pandemic. While some have focused on the virus itself and the fear it instills, others have explored the depth and intensity of world-wide isolation. Other creative individuals have focused on how this disaster can bring communities together, or how it has torn us apart. In any case, artists in every field have contributed to keeping the world moving. What has your pandemic artwork centered on?
Viral Glass, a new web-based virtual exhibition will focus on the incredible work of international glass artists showcasing their creativity and resourcefulness during the Coronavirus pandemic. This show will mark the long anticipated return of David McFadden, who was Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC for 16 years, to our field as guest curator for this show. In addition to being an international forum for artists to share their concerns and visions, cash prizes will also be offered.

Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI will be managing the logistics for this project, scheduled to open on-line on May 1st, 2021. If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this show, please send up to 3 images, a CV, and a brief description of technique and what this piece means to you to ViralGlass2021@gmail.com. Deadline for images will be March 19th. All artists will be notified before April 15th.


Each artist will be invited to create their own virtual experience online that will be shared through the www.viralglass.org website.

Glass Coast Weekend Opens Feb 4, 2021!

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries takes their Glass Coast Weekend virtual for 2021. Habatat has invited 40 of the finest artists working with glass as their art material to participate in this innovative presentation. This exhibition will be online for the entire month of February.

Habatat Gallery features new works by Michael Janis

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries takes their Glass Coast Weekend virtual for 2021. Habatat has invited 40 of the finest artists working with glass as their art material to participate in this innovative presentation. This exhibition will be online for the entire month of February.

View the exhibition virtually this Friday, February 5th, at 10:00 a.m. ET
Opening soon:  www.GlassCoastWeekend.com

Each artist specializes in exploring color in glass. We encourage all attendees of this virtual experience to learn and explore each artist and share SPLASH 2021 with anyone who loves art.

Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg, FL and Habatat Galleries, Michigan are planning a glass art extravaganza weekend like no other. They are ramping up the fun and entertainment virtually to celebrate the creativity and imagination of our artists and what they provide for us during times like these.

See you at the (virtual) beach!

Watch Imagine Museum’s Instagram Video of Artist Michael Janis

Florida’s Imagine Museum has WGS’ Michael Janis’ glass artwork in its permanent collection, their “American Masters”, – and recently posted a video snippet of an interview with him on their Instagram page.

Click on image to jump to Imagine Museum Instagram

Click on image to jump to Imagine Museum Instagram

Imagine Museum is a new fine art institution in St. Petersburg, Florida. Its primary collection displays the explosive growth and diversification of the studio glass movement in America since the 1960’s, and extends to new directions in contemporary glass.

Memorial Day 2020

kiln cast glass art fused bullseye glass content drivenOn Memorial Day we remember and honor those who died while serving our country – wishing all a meaningful day. Artwork credits: Trish Kent – detail from her “Divided States of America” series; photo Pete Duvall.