Washington Glass School Open Studios Dec 15th!

Soon its that time of year….the annual Washington Glass School Open Studios, one of the most eagerly anticipated holiday arts events in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)!

WGS artists Tim Tate, Laura Beth Konopinski, Michael Janis, April Shelford, Patricia de Poel Wilberg, Max DeMulder, Debbi LoCicero and others will be exhibiting their artwork, along with Montgomery County’s “Outstanding Artist” – Erwin Timmers!  

Santa plans the open house logistics on his last visit to the Glass School.

Santa plans the open house logistics on his last visit to the Glass School.

From the small child to the serious art collector, the Holiday Open House fits everyone’s taste. The event features fun gift ideas and snacks, with the artists of the Washington Glass School and the surrounding arts venues and studios. Mark your calendars (in RED) for Saturday, December 15th, from noon til 5pm.

WGS On Camera

Washington Glass School was approached by a new residential development in the area – Studio 3807 – to talk about how Washington Glass School connects with community. Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis talked with the film crew about the public art created by the Studio:

Washington Glass School Artists To Show @ Art Basel / Miami Art Fairs!

Art-Basel-Miami-Beach-logoDecember 4 – 10, 2017, Miami and Miami Beach becomes the epicenter of the art world with approximately 1200 art galleries from around the world showing thousands of artists. It’s also a week of fashion with gala openings and after parties. Music, Art & Design all combine with incredible Florida weather – it’s an incredible place for viewing contemporary art.

Washington Glass School artists are being represented in a big way this year, with all of the school’s Directors and the new Studio Coordinator having works being exhibited at the art fairs.

Tim Tate's work will be featured at Habatat Galleries space at both SCOPE art fair and FORM.

Tim Tate’s work will be featured at Habatat Galleries space at both SCOPE art fair and FORM.

Tim Tate and Michael Janis’ work will be shown at Habatat Galleries space at Scope Miami (space F35) and the inaugural show of Form Miami (located across the street from Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center).

CONTEXT Art Miami will feature works by WGS artists Erwin Timmers, Laura Beth Konopinski and WGS alum Audrey Wilson.

CONTEXT Art Miami will feature works by WGS artists Erwin Timmers, Laura Beth Konopinski and WGS alum Audrey Wilson.

Alida Anderson Art Projects’ booth #C225 at Context Art Miami will feature some incredible new sculptural works by WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers and Studio Coordinator Laura Beth Konopinski. Alum Audrey Wilson will be exhibiting her new body of work that shows the influence of the Kent Sate MFA that she is currently enrolled in.

For an overview of all the contemporary art fairs going on in the Miami/Miami Beach area – click HERE

Erwin Timmers prepares his latest cast glass works for the Miami Art Fairs.

Erwin Timmers prepares his latest cast glass works for the Miami Art Fairs.

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If you are heading to the sunny warm beaches of Miami, FLA, be sure to visit the premier showcase for international contemporary art!

Washington Glass School Comes To Town: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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Elizabeth Mears; torchworked glass, mixed media

“Embracing Narrative” – the joint exhibition of glass works by artists from the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild opened this weekend at Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Juried by Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery, the exhibit kicks off the events that lead up to the 46th annual conference being held at the Chrysler Museum and the Perry Glass Studio in June, 2017. 

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

Featured Washington Glass School artists include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey, Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears, Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School)  Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School) Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

Virginia Glass Guild artists include: James Akers, Tim Spurchise, Sarah Vaughn & Caitlin Blomstrom, Samuel Spees, Julia and Robin Rogers, Kimberly McKinnis, Nate Avery, Ali Rogan, Ben Carl Riley, Charlotte Potter, Hollister Weber, Clay McGlamory, Dugrae Collective, Jude Scholtzhauer, Elaine Abrams, Kathleen Little, and Caroline Riley.

For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
March 3 – June 4, 2017

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.

Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild Explore New Directions In Special Glass Exhibit

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul - Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul – Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk, VA hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

Tying into the creativity that is part of the Glass Art Society 2017 conference in Norfolk, artists of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild are creating a joint exhibit at the nearby Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Titled “EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild”, the show will feature works by members of the two glass organizations. Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation. 

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Gayle Paul, the Curator of the PACC came to the Washington Glass School this weekend to finalize selection of glass artworks. The jurors of the exhibit are Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery.

Featured Washington Glass School artists include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey,  Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears,  Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart's combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart’s combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.

 

Embracing Narrative
Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
400 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

March 3- June 4, 2017
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Washington Glass School Dances In the New Year!

Dance With Us The rhythm of the cosmos Is a waltz In three steps Dream Create Sustain

Dance With Us
The rhythm of the cosmos
Is a waltz
In three steps
Dream
Create
Sustain

The crew at Washington Glass School wish all a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead! May this new year bring all the crazy colors and fun in life!

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein 

2015 Winter Sculpture Exhibit and Open Studios!

This Saturday, December 12, from noon-5pm is the Washington Glass School’s Winter  Holiday Open House!  Come in and see what the heck we’ve been doing this past year!

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Debra Ruzinsky, kilnformed recycled glass, 2015. Photo credit: Anything Photographic.

Artist Debra Ruzinsky was the only US artist invited to the international Glass Competition held this year in Sweden. Back home, Debra has continued her exploration of new and exciting sculptural forms made from recycled glass. Come see the new works and why she is so excited by this direction for her artwork.

Allegra Marquart "The Princess and the Pea", 2015, Cast, cut and painted glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14"x 28"

Allegra Marquart “The Princess and the Pea”, 2015, Cast, cut and painted glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14″x 28″. Photo Credit: Anything Photographic.

Artist Allegra Marquart will be showing her new Glass and Threads pieces where she is working textile into her narrative compositions. Allegra was one of the artists showcased by Maurine Littleton Gallery at the Chicago SOFA art expo. Allegra will be showing this new work as well as a number of sculptures.

Syl Mathis has had a great year – his work was the hit of many of the area exhibits. He has a number of new works that he made especially for the Winter Sculpture Show.

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Syl Mathis, kilnformed glass, mixed media, 2015

 

 

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Erwin Timmers, “About Time”, blown and fused glass, found objects, steel, LED lighting. Photo credit: Anything Photographic

Artist Erwin Timmers has been busy with so many projects! Erwin has been heading up the Washington Glass Studio’s site specific artwork projects and finds the time to making incredibly thoughtful designs.  

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Audrey Wilson, “Mapping Intervals of Spacetime”, mixed media, glass, 2015. Photo credit: Anything Photographic.

Audrey Wilson has been going strong! After success in exhibiting at major art fairs like SOFA Chicago and Art Miami, Audrey has been kicking butts and taking names

Tim Tate; cast glass, video

Tim Tate; cast glass, video

Tim Tate has also been on a big winning streak! He is back from huge Art Basil Miami fairs – and has had some big developments at home – he  just moved into his new place in the city.

Tim and all the artists at Washington Glass School will be joined in the Winter Open House by all the surrounding Mt Rainier artist studios. Also open on Saturday will be Artbar, ReCreative Spaces, Otis Street Arts Project, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studios, Tanglewood Works, Blue Door Studios, and more! Nearby Brentwood Arts Exchange has their craft store and will have specialty beer tastings sponsored by Town Center Market.

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibit and Open House

December 12, 2015

Noon – 5pm

3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 

Who’s Got A Big Head?

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Some Washington Glass School artists have had their heads mounted to the gates flanking Route 1 to Washington, DC. A new chapter to “Game of Thrones”? Is Big Brother watching?… Maybe… But even better, its artists’ visages as billboards. 

WGS' Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

WGS’ Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

Art Lives Here” is an organization founded in Mount Rainier, MD, that seeks to partner the arts community with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County as a way to increase the regional visibility of the Gateway Arts District.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

A new mixed use building with apartments, artist work space and retail space is being developed along U.S. Route 1 just outside of Washington, DC, to be called “Studio 3807″. The surrounding construction hoarding fence was wrapped with large photos of the artists that make up the Gateway Arts District. Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, says “the Gateway Arts District is our artists; they are our best asset.”

Glass artist Diane Cabe's image overlooks the installation of the "Art Lives Here" fence wrap.

Glass artist Diane Cabe’s image overlooks the installation of the “Art Lives Here” fence wrap.

Local photographers Marketa Ebert, Charles Steck, Evan Wilder, Krista Schyler and Valerie Phillips took photos of artists that live and work in the Gateway Arts District.

Next time you travel to Washington, DC along Rhode Island Avenue, rest assured that the Glass School artists are keeping an eye on you!

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

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Washington Glass Studio Projects

Most of you know about the Washington Glass School’s extensive glass classes and the artwork, but many of you don’t know the third component of the Washington Glass Studio.  The Washington Glass Studio was established in 2001 to deliver artwork to the public realm by creating site specific art for architectural and landscape environments. Here is a highlight of a few recent projects to give a scope of what we are capable of producing.

"Gateway To Community"   Glass and steel arch for Washington, DC Ward 7. Under Construction

“Gateway To Community” Glass and steel arch for Washington, DC Ward 7. Under Construction

We are currently finishing a commissioned public art sculpture in Washington, DC’s Ward 7 - in front of the Unity Parkside Health Clinic and across the street from Caesar Chavez High School. This sculpture will be one of the first public art projects in Ward 7. Consisting of a 16 foot high tri-sided glass covered arch, the entire concept was derived from meeting with the community in the Kenilworth neighborhood.

The residents of the community participated in the creation of the glass elements for the public artwork sculpture.

The residents of the community participated in the creation of the glass elements for the public artwork sculpture.

Made up from steel tube sections the steel framework is clad in covered in colorful kilncast glass panels bolted to the structure. Over 300 tiles were required to complete the structure. These 300 tiles we all hand made by volunteers in the community surrounding the arch. The artwork will be internally illuminated with LED lighting throughout the sculpture. Installation is set for end of May/early June.

The Architect of the Capitol provides design direction for the historic Library of Congress Adams Building.

The Architect of the Capitol provides design direction for the historic Library of Congress Adams Building.

Of our recent public art works, the most acclaimed is our cast glass doors for the Library of Congress’ Adams Building. The original doors were cast bronze from the early WPA days. They were designed by Lee Lawrie, who is most known for his designs at Rockefeller Center in NYC. The original bronze bas-relief doors had ceased to be functional years ago, and the entrances were not up to current safety and security code. In a moment of courage and insight, one of the architects of the Architect Of The Capital’s office realized that if the bronze doors were redesigned with glass replicas of the original bronze bas-relief, then he could bring them up to code and increase safety, for much less money.  We then took on this multi-year project, with spectacular results.

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There were 6 sets of these doors, facing the east and west sides of the Adams Building. American Craft Magazine did a feature story on our work for the Library of Congress and its process – click here to jump to the magazine’s article online.

A smaller scale work was created for the charity organization “Food and Friends” new outdoor park. We made a cast glass Donor Wall that was to honor those who have passed away, to support to charitable work of the organization and to encourage donors to participate. Bas-relief cast glass panels in complementary colors set into a steel framework allows light to pass thru the memorial wall and create colors and patterns on the surrounding plaza. The nature of the glass panels encourages tactile investigation and contemplative interaction.

Food and Friends organization commissioned an outdoor donor wall for their park alongside their Riggs Road facility.

Food and Friends organization commissioned an outdoor donor wall for their park alongside the charity’s Washington, DC facility.

Lastly, one of our most distinguished works was for the Safeway supermarket Bethesda, Maryland. The original store was to be demolished to make way for a much larger structure with parking on the ground floor. As the grocer was committed to Green building, the new structure was to be the first LEED certified grocery store in Montgomery County, and we integrated eco-friendly materials, using recycled glass from the demolished store and re-purposing them to make the new glass and steel ground level building façade. The ground floor building skin was designed to conceal the parking garage function without completely enclosing it.  Here is the result:

Glass recycled from the original site's building was incorporated into Safeway supermarket's first LEED certified building in Montgomery County, MD.

Glass recycled from the original site’s building was incorporated into Safeway supermarket’s first LEED certified building in Montgomery County, MD.

This is only a fraction of what we have competed and what we are capable of doing. No job is too large or too complex. Our architectural design and technical team work well with architects and designers. We are currently looking for additional projects, so let us know in case you know of any, or know someone who might!

Michael Janis @ Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Smithsonian’s American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium will feature Michael Janis starting at 2pm Sunday, May 4th.

Michael Janis was recently featured in American Craft Magazine as “one of a select number of artists in the world creating sgraffito glass art.” The Creative Glass Center of America dubbed him a “Rising
Star of the 21st Century.” His mastery of this difficult technique shows itself in the dreamlike images which he creates by “drawing” with frit powders upon glass which is then fused into painterly panels of
subtle depth and luminosity. This architect-turned-glass-art-star will be made a James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist on the weekend of May 3-4.  On Sunday, Michael Janis will present a slide lecture on his work and career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.michael.janis.smithsonian.american.art.museum

Janis is a Fulbright Scholar and has taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre at Sunderland University. His work is included in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and numerous private collections. He will be teaching at Penland School of Craft in August.