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Kennedy & Lincoln: Presidents Day 2020

Short Stack: Kennedy and Lincoln; James LaBold, Mold blown glass and mixed media

Short Stack: Kennedy and Lincoln; James LaBold, Mold blown glass and mixed media

President’s Day is a federal holiday observed in the United States on the third Monday of February. It is a day that celebrate all U.S. presidents. 

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In honor of Presidents Day 2020 – we celebrate with works by glass sculptor James LaBold.

 

Artist James Labold LOVES glass sculpture!

Artist James Labold LOVES glass sculpture!

Labold’s glass and mixed media sculpture explores the connections between patriotism, national identity, and mythology in both object based and installation formats. He is inspired by the American ideals embodied in the historic sites of the Revolution as well as the reality of the crumbling factories and neighborhoods surrounding them. In 2015 he received his MFA in Glass at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, famous for David Letterman, Garfield, and Bob Ross.

The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidences - Not long after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, a list of seemingly amazing coincidences between the two men’s lives appeared, and it has been widely and continuously reprinted and circulated ever since:

  • Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
  • Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
  • Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
  • Both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot from behind in the head while seated.
  • Both were succeeded by men named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  • Booth (who shot Lincoln) ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. Oswald (who shot Kennedy) ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
  • Both Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
  • Both assassins were known by their three names which are equally composed of fifteen letters.
  • Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford’ while Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln.’

And the real unusual coincidence -

  • A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland. A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.

Happy Presidents Day!!

 

American Glass Guild 2020 Conference in Baltimore, Hon!

The American Glass Guild 2020 Conference in Baltimore. MD.

The American Glass Guild 2020 Conference in Baltimore. MD.

The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding their 20th Anniversary Conference at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland May 7-9.

The Baltimore conference is a great place to meet people in the glass arts, to share ideas, techniques and experiences, with the planned glass art auction, artwork exhibition and more. Demos and workshops by international artists including Narcissus Quagliata and Judith Schaechter!– Talks featuring Shawn Waggoner, Tim Carey, Judith Schaecter, Ken Leap and Nancy Gong! WGS Co-Director, Michael Janis, will be a keynote speaker!

The Annual Live AGG Auction raises funds for the James Whitney Memorial Scholarship. Since 2007 the Whitney Memorial Scholarship has handed out over 125 scholarships for glass education. Recipients receive full or partial scholarships for various glass educational opportunities, such as conferences and workshops, or ongoing educational efforts.

The American Glass Guild (AGG) is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to work toward building an environment within the craft that both cultivates novices and facilitates experienced craftspeople and artisans to attain a higher level of expertise. The AGG’s intention is to support and provide speakers for public lectures and seminars, encourage spirited debates, and initiate fact-based research.

Click HERE for more online information.

2020 Glass Coast Weekend on the Gulf of Mexico – features work by WGS Artists Tim Tate and Michael Janis

Habatat Galleries‘ Fifth Annual Glass Coast Weekend features multiple exhibits, talks and demonstrations!

Habatat Prime Exhibit in Sarasota FL, February 6th – 9th, 2020

Habatat Prime Exhibit in Sarasota FL, February 6th – 9th, 2020

A special 10,000 square foot gallery is being created for the fifth annual Glass Coast Weekend 2020 on the Gulf of Mexico. The glass show will feature works by some of the world’s most respected glass artists showcasing their works in gallery shows, museum shows, artist talks, demonstrations and an auction

“Since its inception, art glass has become much more than blown glass,” said Ferdinand Hampson, founder of Habatat Galleries, which launched the Glass Coast Weekend. “Today it includes cast, slumped, flame worked, fused and laminated works. In all, it is the finest sculpture, using glass as a means of expression, and now acquired and exhibited by museums around the world. We’ve worked hard to expose art lovers across the globe to these gifted artists using glass as their medium.”

For the weekend, the company established Habatat Prime at 8840 N. Tamiami Trail, a gallery space that will house three exhibitions. Czech Glass Now will feature noted and emerging Czech artists. SPLASH features works by 24 artists who play with color, optics and forms. There also will be a special exhibition of work by Bertil Vallien, a Swedish glass artist considered one of the founders of the modern glass movement.

For info on PDF – click HERE!

Tim Tate “Talking Out Your Glass” Podcast

Tim Tate on  Talking Out Your Glass podcast. Subscribe or listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts.

Tim Tate on Talking Out Your Glass podcast. Subscribe or listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts.

Washington Glass School Co-Founder Tim Tate is the featured artist on the “Talking Out Your Glass” podcast interview – where writer/editor Shawn Waggoner interviews internationally respected artists and experts in hot, warm and cold glass.

In the podcast, listen as Tim describes how he blends traditional craft with new media technology, the framework in which he fits his artistic narrative.

 

Allegra Marquart “If Only” Exhibit at Tennessee’s Appalachian Center For Craft

Tennessee’s Appalachian Center for Craft has opened an exhibit of works by glass artist Allegra Marquart titled “If Only…”, from Jan 15 – April 2, 2020.allegra.marquart.glass

The wonderful, whimsical, inventive new works combine cast glass and thread drawings, each piece tells a unique “If Only…”) story and invites the viewer in to a fantasy world. The works on exhibit are part of a series called “If Only…..”. Some are from old fables and some are from stories Allegra has written herself. The center will be having a reception for the artist on Thursday April 2, 2020.

Allegra Marquart; “The Cat Who Wanted To Be A Woman”, 24x40", Cast, cut painted glass shapes wall mounted through machine stitched background of multiple colored threads.

Allegra Marquart; “The Cat Who Wanted To Be A Woman”, 24×40″, Cast, cut painted glass shapes wall mounted through machine stitched background of multiple colored threads.

Said Allegra about her unique cast glass-and-thread installation works:

“I kept imagining the glass animals that peopled my stories moving across wider swathes of wall space; going about their people-like business in a light-hearted way. By kiln forming larger shapes and cutting away the excess glass each figure could become free floating thanks to the discovery of a wall mounting system that was pretty much invisible and allowed compositional flexibility and some depth. The figures could now appear to float a little off the wall.

Texture and color were advanced by developing background panels made of loosely woven thread and appliqué.  The sewn panels added to the narrative and also gave a contrasting fragility to the glass shapes that hovered above it. Now it was possible to make larger pieces without the complication of weight.

Allegra Marquart "If Only I Had Red Wings"; 2019, Cast, cut and painted glass shapes mounted above panel of sewn thread and appliqué, 22"x30"

Allegra Marquart “If Only I Had Red Wings”; 2019, Cast, cut and painted glass shapes mounted above panel of sewn thread and appliqué, 22″x30″

All technical steps would mean nothing to me if at the end I could not communicate a sense of thoughtful joy that feeds off absurd and fascinating situations swirling around us everyday. That’s what fables, songs and stories are about. They address the human condition with humor, invention and exaggeration.

Interpreting a fable through glass means that the very medium holds metaphors relating to the conditions of life. The stuff can take so many forms. It holds light, it breaks, it’s strong, it’s delicate, it’s entrancing, expressive, it’s not easy to make it the way I want it to be.”

The Appalachian Center for Craft is a campus of Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design (1 hour from Nashville, TN). The Center for Craft promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design, providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and career opportunities.

Jan 15 – April 2, 2020

Allegra Marquart, “If Only

Reception: April 2, 2020 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Appalachian Center for Craft
1560 Craft Center Dr.
Smithville, TN. 37166

Erwin Timmers Artwork at The Artisan 4100

The-Artisan-4100.brentwood.maryland.md.rhode_island.route.1Artisan 4100 is an apartment community opening along Route 1 in Brentwood, MD early in 2020. Landex Development – a family-owned real estate development company – commissioned Erwin Timmers to create a glass and light installation for the new lobby.

Erwin Timmers – know for his environmental art – has been using cast recycled glass to create the luminous panels.

Erwin Timmers onsite testing the LED light output of his glass sculpture.

Erwin Timmers onsite testing the LED light output of his glass sculpture.

Artist Erwin Timmers mounts the cast glass panels into steel framework with LED backlighting. More about his amazing artwork after installation in the coming weeks!

Artist Erwin Timmers mounts the cast glass panels into steel framework with LED backlighting. More about his amazing artwork after installation in the coming weeks!

Janis & Tate New Collaborative Artwork Unveiled at Art Palm Beach Art Fair

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“Traces Of Memory” Tim Tate and Michael Janis, 2020, 6′-0″H x 9′-0″H, mixed media, cast glass

 

“Traces of Memory” – a new contemporary collaborative work by Tim Tate and Michael Janis that attempts to capture a sense of the passage of time and memories both personal and collective. The first collaboration was a huge sensation at SOFA Chicago, and now the two artists have come together again to make this thoughtful work in a new soft aqua pallet. The new installation will be unveiled at Habatat Galleries‘ Art Palm Beach contemporary art fair January 30- Feb 03, 2020.

Detail from "Traces of Memory" artwork installation by Tim Tate and Michael Janis.

Detail from “Traces of Memory” artwork installation by Tim Tate and Michael Janis.

 

The associative nature of memory seeks to create a formal structure, introducing brief scenes that feel like reveries; soft around the edges, unencumbered by detail. When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we focus on. We want to believe it was all like that. 

Detail grid from "Traces of Memory" installation.

Detail grid from “Traces of Memory” installation.

 

“Each inset glass panel here, whether direct or obtuse, tells a compelling story of life. We leave room in our sculpture for the viewers memories and interpretation to find a home.” – Tim Tate & Michael Janis

Detail of "Traces of Memory" art installation by Tim Tate and Michael Janis.

Detail of “Traces of Memory” art installation by Tim Tate and Michael Janis.

Habatat Galleries will be exhibiting at booth #202 and Hampson Gallery 200. Hampson will feature a exciting exhibition of artist Richard Whiteley that was recently at the Shanghai Museum of Glass In Shanghai China. The artist will also be giving a talk at the fair on Saturday February 1st.  

Location:

Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

1964 -  The citizens of Atlanta present Martin Luther King, Jr. with an engraved Steuben bowl in honor of his winning the Nobel Peace prize.

1964 - The citizens of Atlanta present Martin Luther King, Jr. with an engraved Steuben glass bowl in honor of his winning the Nobel Peace prize.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence.

On August 28, 1963, nearly a quarter of a million people gathered in the August heat on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to hear the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak.  People traveled to our Nation’s Capital from places as far away as Atlanta and Los Angeles to witness one of the defining moments in American history.  On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King articulated the founding dream of America, the vision of our Founders for all Americans to live as “an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth.”

Today, we pause to honor the incredible life and accomplishments of Dr. King, who helped shape the Civil Rights Movement, gave hope to millions experiencing discrimination, and whose enduring memory inspires us to pursue a more just and equal society.

Pate De Verre Class Fun!

This weekend’s pâte de verre class was a great success! 

Instructor Teri Bailey demonstrates how to apply color frit powder into specific areas for the class.

Instructor Teri Bailey demonstrates how to apply color frit powder into specific areas for the class.

Pâte de verre is a kilncasting method that literally means “paste of glass”. The general premise is to mix frit granules with some sort of binder such as gum arabic, then apply the glass to the inner surface of a negative mold.

Teri Bailey demonstrates proper frit application.

Teri Bailey demonstrates proper frit application.

The Pâte de verre students made plaster molds in which they would cast the glass.

The Pâte de verre students made plaster molds in which they would cast the glass.

Lively discussion on ways to kilncast glass sculpture was explored by the class.

Lively discussion on ways to kilncast glass sculpture was explored by the class.The students all loved the process and can't wait til the firings are out of the kilns. The students all loved the process and can’t wait til the firings are out of the kilns.

 

The Process: Public Art 900 Thayer in Silver Spring, MD – “Social Fabric”

Public art can strengthen social bonds, especially for culturally diverse neighborhoods.

Corner installation of "Social Fabric" public art at Fenton Apartments in Silver Spring, MD.

Corner installation of “Social Fabric” public art at Fenton Apartments in Silver Spring, MD.

Washington Glass Studio recently completed a public art project in Silver Spring, MD, for a new mixed use development at 900 Thayer Ave

The original 2005 design concept - cast glass panels helped define the architectural entrance to the development.

The original 2005 design concept – cast glass panels helped define the architectural entrance to the “Adele” development.

Washington Glass Studio began creating artwork options for developments on the site, starting in 2005, when the site first was being developed as a residential development called “The Adele”. After a review and approval by Montgomery County Arts Council, the project languished as the real estate market changed.

In 2013, WGS Studio began working with the developers that purchased that project site, Redbrick LMD. Working with the design team, WGS artists were inspired by the rich mixture of ethnic groups in Silver Spring. Imagery and patterns that were based on the cultural fabric and textiles, as well as indigenous weaving and embroidery patterns for tapestries, wraps, blankets and garments.

Fabrics & textiles of the cultures that make up the Silver Spring neighborhoods was the inspiration of the new artwork design for 900 Thayer.

Fabrics & textiles of the cultures that make up the Silver Spring neighborhoods was the inspiration of the new artwork design for 900 Thayer.

 

Artwork on the corner column made up of backlit glass panels would be a colorful reference to the cultures, and add a bright pop of color on the site.

The corner location of the artwork would also frame out the proposed future planned arts development that would be up the road from 900 Thayer, and the Montgomery County Review committee was keen on having the artwork go further – asking if the artwork could be extended all along the ground level of the new development. Happily, Redbrick Developers agreed, and the scope of the artwork was extended along the entire street level and apartment outdoor spaces.

The corner column at 900 Thayer was to have an 11 foot high tower of backlit panels mounted to the surfaces.

The corner column at 900 Thayer was to have an 11 foot high tower of backlit panels mounted to the surfaces.

The project stalled in 2015. In 2017, Chesapeake Realty Partners joined with Redbrick Developer and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County in moving forward with the property  proceeded with groundbreaking and construction of the development in June of 2018.

WGS Studio was contacted and engaged to fully develop the design. WGS revisited the idea of incorporating cultural textile and fabric patterns would encourage viewers to appreciate the colorful patterns enlivening the streetscape, as well as promoting a message of open-mindedness, promote tolerance and curiosity about other cultures.

The brightly colored hand-screened glass features patterns were artistically based on Ethiopian textiles, African mudcoths, Central American weavings, European folkloric fabric prints, intricate and colorful ancestral weaving designs from Asia, Native American blankets, and Colonial American quilt patterns. Using identity and culture as the main theme of the building’s public artwork, WGS sought to inspire self-reflection, human connection, and conversation.

Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg work on silkscreening the enamel patterns on glass, to be fired in the kilns after.

Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg work on silkscreening the enamel patterns on glass, to be fired in the kilns after.

The Washington Glass Studio team worked on the production of the glass artwork starting in early 2019. Large silkscreen panels were made to allow the patterns to be enameled and fired in the WGS kilns. WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers worked on the LED design and integration of the glass artwork.

The enameled glass was fired to keep the high contrast color selections vibrant.

The enameled glass was fired to keep the high contrast color selections vibrant.

Over 60 18″ x 18″ panels were made – and were to be mounted in a variety of multi-panel arrangements.

The installation on site began in October of 2019, and as the building occupancy needed the artwork to be completed to allow for certification, a focused WGS team made short work of the outdoor artwork installation. 

Detail of one of the LED illuminated glass panels at 900 Thayer Ave.

Detail of one of the LED illuminated glass panels at 900 Thayer Ave.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis is a vision in orange as he preps the LED mounts for the glass.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis is a vision in orange as he preps the LED mounts for the glass.

WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers sets the final glass artwork panels in the corner column at the 900 Thayer site.

WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers sets the final glass artwork panels in the corner column at the 900 Thayer site.

The Fenton Apartment corner column artwork has a strong presence in the daytime, with the LED illumination.

The Fenton Apartment corner column artwork has a strong presence in the daytime, with the LED illumination.

Project Details
Location: 900 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring MD, 20910
Washington Glass Studio Public Art Team: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg.