JRA Distinguished Artists Tommie Rush & Richard Jolley

Each year the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) sponsors the Distinguished Artist Series and gives craft artists prominent in their fields an opportunity to conduct workshops and give lectures. The JRA partners with other regional arts organizations which host workshops on their premises. This weekend the Distinguished Artist in Glass is presented a couple: Richard Jolley & Tommie Rush.

Tommie Rush "Red Fade Botanical Bowl"

Tommie Rush “Red Fade Botanical Bowl”

Tommie Rush and Richard Jolley, husband-and-wife glass artists, cover a broad spectrum. Rush creates exquisite functional pieces on an intimate scale in a desire to “make the everyday more enjoyable.” Jolley, on the other hand, has recently debuted an installation being hailed as one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world.

In separate successful careers, the pair has added greatly to the world of glass art. Each has had numerous solo and group exhibits and their work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world. Rush and Jolley will offer a demonstration workshop on Saturday, October 25 at 10am. Richard Jolley will demonstrate his technique for creating large-scale glass. The couple will describe their process during the demo. Participants registered for the Saturday event will be invited to a potluck dinner in honor of the artists on Saturday evening (space may be limited). On Sunday, October 26 at 2pm, the artists will give a lecture at the McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Lecture Date: October 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lecture Venue: McEvoy Auditorium of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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