WGS Contemporary Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 12th!

Works by artists & instructors of the Washington Glass School will amaze and delight!

Works by artists WGS Contemporary will amaze and delight!

On Saturday, May 12, WGS Contemporary, along with the studios, art organizations, and galleries throughout the Gateway Arts District will open their doors to the public. The event is free and open to all.


Over 100 individual artists will participate in the event, making the 2018 Spring Open Studios the region’s most prominent visual arts event. Audiences can attend art openings, artist demonstrations or purchase original artwork in an artist’s studio. This artist-led event presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with the region’s most important and economically vital centers of art production.    

A free shuttle bus will make stops from Artists by the Tracks in Mount Rainier to Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville.  Between studios and gallery stops, the Gateway Arts Districts offers several new food and drink options along Route 1 including the recently opened Pizzeria Paradiso in Hyattsville, known for its outstanding pizza and wide selection of craft beers. Pizzeria Paradiso will host a beer festival on May 12 from 12-5 p.m.



More information, including a self-guided map of the open studios visit the events’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2018springopenstudios in advance of the tour.

WGS Contemporary artists scheduled to exhibit:
– Tim Tate
– Michael Janis
– Erwin Timmers
– Laura Beth Konopinski
– John Henderson
– Patricia Kent
– Patricia De Poel Wilberg
-Laurie Brown
-Debbi LoCicero
-Max DeMulder
-Nancy Kronstadt
-April Shelford

WGS Contemporary Exhibit Opens May 12!

Artists By The Tracks Open Studios May 12th.

Artists By The Tracks Open Studios May 12th.

Come to WGS Contemporary and see what our artists have been working on! And as its right before Mother’s Day, come and find something unique and beautiful – like Mum! – or even better, bring her and Dad with you!
artist.by.the.tracks.open.studios.dc.rainier.art.saleThe Spring 2018 Open Studios will be where you’ll have behind-the-scenes access to the Artist-On-the-Tracks studios, galleries, and cultural centers including Otis Street Arts Project, Red Dirt Studio, White Point Studios, Art Works Now, Pyramid Atlantic, Orange Door Studios, Valerie Theberge, Tanglewood Works Studios and more!







WGS Contemporary will showcase some new artists – and there will be lots to see!

2018 WGS Contemporary

Artists By The Tracks
Open Studios
3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 12-5pm


WGS Contemporary and Gateway Arts District Tour Saturday!


Artists of WGS Contemporary

This Saturday, May 13th, from Noon til 5, WGS Contemporary will be part of the Gateway Arts District Open Studios! Above is a teaser collage of glass artwork now on exhibit! Over 100 participating studios, galleries, and other cultural venues offering a behind-the-scenes look into the area’s workshops and creative places – with an After-Party at Gateway Arts Center!

WGS Contemporary At The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center



Elizabeth Mears; torchworked glass, mixed media

“Embracing Narrative” – the joint exhibition of glass works by artists from WGS Contemporary 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 WGS Contemporary 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 (WGS Contemporary) Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (WGS Contemporary).

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 WGS Contemporary 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.