Dr Claudia Rousseau reviews DC GlassWorks show

The Gazette Newspaper reviews DC GlassWorks show (now thru Aug 18) at the Montpelier Arts Center. 

Dave D’Orio and Henrik Sundqvist – “Spray”
engraved hand-blown glass, cast aluminum, paper; photo Pete Duvall

Lavishing praise on the glass artwork – Dr Rousseau writes about Dave D’Orio’s artwork:  At the entrance of the large and airy gallery space one finds his recent collaborative work called “Spray.” Made with the help of printmaker Henrik Sundqvist, the work is comprised of five hand-blown glass spray bottles with cast aluminum heads. Detailed glass engravings of insects grace the exteriors, and there are tags made of folded paper on which are etched the name of some kind of insect spray, images of insects and baroque crosses. The elegance of this work, each spray bottle set on its own little shelf against a gray wall, cannot be overstated. The critical narrative is clear here: these same vessels that look so beautiful to us are death to the creatures that are depicted on them. For D’Orio it’s more the facts of the situation that appeal to him. Spray bottles are a common object, found everywhere. Yet not like these. Confronting the conundrum of “ours against theirs” in this way brings many issues to mind, and forces the viewer to think about his/her own relation to the environment and our actions in relation to it. Yet, the remarkable effect of the work remains largely aesthetic….”
Click HERE to read the full article online. (Scroll down to “DC Glassworks”).
DC Glassworks
Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information call 301-377-7900. 

Art Enables – Outsider Art Inside the Beltway

Ward 5 Panel Artist Talk

Wednesday, July 17, 6-8pm 

Join Lavinia Wohlfarth (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Commissioner for Ward 5 and gallerist behind Wohlfarth Galleries in Brookland) as she discusses the history of art in the Brookland section of Washington, DC,  as well as a variety of grant opportunities available for artists across the city.

Lavinia will answer your questions regarding the city’s grant application process for artists as well as the showing, selling, and promoting of your artwork.

Free and open to the public – RSVP to bbaldwin@art-enables.org


Off-Rhode Studio at Art Enables Gallery

2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20018

Working in the Studio – Commissioned Artwork for Healthcare Facility Lobby

The Washington Glass Studio is working on a commissioned artwork for Kaiser Permanente’s new Largo Medical Center. Audrey Wilson has been a busy girl – chopping up glass components for the art. We will post photos of the finished work.

Colorful glass being readied for a commissioned work to be installed in the lobby of Kaiser Permanente’s updated state-of-the-art multi-specialty facility in Largo, MD.

GlassWeekend 2013 June 7- 9 at WheatonArts

Since 1985, GlassWeekend has brought together the world’s leading glass artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators for a three-day weekend of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on glassmaking, artists, demonstrations and social events. GlassWeekend ’13, on June 7, 8 & 9, promises to be among the very best, with many new activities designed to be fun, inspiring, and informative. Demos by guest artists Beth Lipman, Davide Salvadore and Hiroshi Yamana are reason enough to make a great show, but combined with Judith Schaechter as the keynote speaker… makes this a not-to-miss event!

Davide Salvadore

GlassWeekend is held at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, home of the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) and the Museum of American Glass. 

Everlast Blown by Slate Grove, sculpted and fabricated glass, stainless steel and laces

The weekend begins with a preview reception of the gallery exhibition on Friday evening, continues with a reception in the Museum of American Glass and dinner on Saturday evening and culminates with a private demonstration on Sunday morning by the guest demonstrating artists. The 30th Anniversary Exhibition “Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship”.

Vanessa Cutler’s work in Creative Glass Center Alumni Biennial Exhibit.

In between, participants have the option of attending slide presentations from the guest artists and CGCA Fellowship artists; panels and breakout sessions with contemporary glass artists, museum curators, gallery owners and collectors; and participate in a FunRaising auction that directly benefits the CGCA Fellowship Program and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) educational efforts. At GlassWeekend ‘13 highlights the work of young and talented artists. GlassWeekend ‘13 Rising Stars are sponsored by contemporary glass groups from around the country. This year’s artists:

Dean Allison

Amber Cowan

Michael Crowder

Andrew Erdos

Slate Grove

Benjamin Johnson

Carmen Lozar 

Harry Pollitt

For a list of galleries showing at Wheaton GlassWeekend, click HERE

WheatonArts 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332