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Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2021

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Monday, January 18 marks the 35th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Signed into law in 1983 and first observed in 1986, the holiday is a deserving tribute to King for advancing civil rights and social justice through non-violent protest. His was only the second birthday designated as a federal holiday after the observance of George Washington’s birthday. The making of their respective holidays reveals the still unresolved tension between independence and freedom in the making of the United States.

Washington secured the nascent democracy as general and as its first president (1789-1799). As a Baptist pastor, King led a mass movement for freedom and human rights in the twentieth century. Washington accepted slavery even while he defended the revolution. In confronting white supremacy, King challenged a fundamental contradiction at the heart of the United States, one that denies equality for all. One was a slave owner. The other was descended from slaves.

At 39, Dr. King was a private citizen engaged in public protest when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis. As president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King was preparing to lead a march in support of striking Black sanitation workers as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. Shot in the face, King died in the company of movement associates.

Born in 1929, King’s existence as a Black man was always contingent and conditional. In insisting that America live up to its promise, Black men and women had no choice but to sacrifice their bodies and lives. King’s assassination was not the first, nor last. His 1963 protest in Birmingham, Alabama earned him worldwide attention. He brought together more than 200,000 people on the March on Washington in August 1963 where he delivered his famous “ I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, at the age of 35, he was the youngest man and the third black man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The country celebrated Washington in many ways, including readings of his farewell address and local parades. On January 31, 1879 Congress declared Washington’s birthday as a federal holiday. Even though Lincoln preserved the union during the Civil War, Washington’s birthday promoted sectional reconciliation. It focused attention on the country’s origins in revolution while ignoring slavery and the condition of Black Americans. Two years before Congress honored Washington, President Rutherford B. Hayes removed federal troops from former confederate states. This decision would facilitate the restoration of unchecked white supremacy for nearly one hundred years.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Class 3603 – Going Green – Recycle Your Glass

 

Green up your life by doing something creative to help the environment! This is an exploration into using recycled glass to make sculptural pieces, and architectural

Erwin Timmers; "Sitemap"; cast recycled glass, recycled steel, LED lighting, recycled wood

Erwin Timmers; “Sitemap”; cast recycled glass, recycled steel, LED lighting, recycled wood

elements. We will delve into various techniques, including casting, fusing and slumping. Glass chemistry, coloration, and firing temperatures will be explained for each particular application. It is a fantastic way to learn aspects of any warm glass work while focusing on recycling!

No prior experience is necessary – you are encouraged to bring in materials you’d like to try…and you will leave with several very cool items!

Job Opportunity at Washington Glass School!

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The Washington Glass School and Studio is seeking candidates for position of full-time Studio Coordinator!

Located just outside of Washington DC, WGS is a privately owned, public access art studio. Washington Glass School and Studio is dedicated to creating and promoting kiln-formed glass and mixed-media sculpture.

 Washington Glass School and Studio has 3 primary missions:

1. Community involvement through engagement of large-scale public artworks
2. Educate through teaching art classes and mixed-media classes
3. Promote and support Washington Glass Studio artists

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Studio Coordinator

We are looking for someone who is excited about fabricating artwork, hands-on glass and art education, community involvement, and managing a studio. We seek someone who wants to learn about the contemporary art world and to expose themselves to  new techniques and mediums. The Studio Coordinator serves two roles: assisting studio artist Tim Tate and coordinating an active mixed media studio and school.. A great candidate will be self-motivated with positive energy, who can independently organize and manage studio activities, as well as collaborate closely with all staff and studio residents. Start date: May 1st, 2021.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

*Manage artwork and assist glass and mixed-media artist Tim Tate

*Help to oversee and fabricate public art projects

*Organize and teach classes and workshops

*Serve as the primary liaison for students and resident artists 

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Other Responsibilities:

-Fabricate parts for artwork

-Consult and work closely with Directors on a daily basis

-Serve as a public face for WGS, including private and public events

-Interact with resident artists and visitors on a daily basis

-Implement and reinforce safety protocol and procedures

-Travel to national art fairs to assist/represent WGS artists

-Conduct studio tours

-Manage and order studio materials

-Attend weekly staff meetings

-Performs other duties as they arisewashington.glass.school.coordinator.work.job.opportunity.dc.public.art

Preferred Education and Qualifications (not all necessary):

-Experience managing a glass or art studio

-Basic understanding of glassmaking equipment and shop maintenance

-Fast and efficient working capabilities is a must

-Experience with mold making

-Experience with casting glass and acrylic resins

-Implement and follow WGS quality control standards

-Ability to interact with a variety of personalities

-Time management and organizational skills

~Experience in welding and working with metals

~Ability to work with electronics

-Ability to work as a part of a team

-Ability and desire to work independently

-Desire to further your own art career!

-Other material experience is helpful

-Creative ideas are always encouraged!

-Must be able to meet strict deadlines

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The Studio Manager is a 35/45 hour per week position, depending on deadlines and includes some evening and weekend events. These can be flexible with hours. Starting salary at $15.00/hour plus $1200 annually towards health insurance. Position includes an opportunity for teaching bonuses. Access to all studio equipment and a studio space dedicated for your own work is provided!laura.beth.konopinski.tim_tate.dc.glass.art.uarts.pittsburgh.new

WGS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation national origin, age, disability or genetics.

WGSTUDIO.logo.bigTo apply, please submit a cover letter telling us why you are a good candidate, resumé, and 3-5 images of your work to TimTateGlass@aol.com.

Washington Glass School & Studio

3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

2020 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition: Symbiotic Presence

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The 2020 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition: Symbiotic Presence is installed at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. A diverse array of works from glass sculpture, to painting, to video art represents this year’s theme of the strength and willpower of artists, bringing people together to help heal fractured communities.

View of Brentwoood Arts Exchange installation of Symbiotic Presence.

View of Brentwoood Arts Exchange installation of Symbiotic Presence.

Maryland’s Prince George’s County artists will tell their stories and explore our community relationships in this year’s county juried exhibition, featuring work from thirty-two local artists. 

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Erwin Timmers’ cast recycled glass sculpture “One Another” is featured in the exhibit. Works by four Washington Glass School artists are exhibited.

This exhibition was juried by Shanti Norris. The Prince George’s County Juried exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. This exhibition will be physically installed at Brentwood Arts Exchange Main Gallery and presented digitally for online viewing.

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Virtual Gallery Tour and Artist Talk via Facebook Live: Saturday, January 9 at 2 pm

November 9, 2020 – January 9, 2021

A video walk-thru is online – click on link below to jump to video

2020 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition:Symbiotic Presence

DC Line features Michael Janis COVID-19 Artwork story

Washington, DC nonprofit media organization - The DC Line – is dedicated to covering news in Washington, DC. As part of the COVID-19 pandemic news coverage, DC LIne interviewed WGS Co-Director Michael Janis to see how the arts are handling the ongoing lockdowns. Have a read of how the artist and studio have worked thru the lockdown situation. Click here to jump to the DC Line article online. 

The DC Line features artwork by Michael Janis that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DC Line features artwork by Michael Janis that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOFA Art Fair is now INTERSECT Chicago

Works by Tim Tate and Michael Janis will be featured at Habatat Galleries online venue.

Works by Tim Tate and Michael Janis will be featured at Habatat Galleries online venue.

Intersect Chicago is replacing SOFA virtually for the 2020 art fair edition due to COVID-19.

Going “Live” online from November 6-12, with a dedicated VIP Preview day on November 5, 2020, the fair will feature a special focus for each day, including: Glass, Contemporary Art, Ceramic and Craft, Design, Outsider Art, Fiber Art, and Public Art / Sculpture.

Intersect Chicago Art Fair will showcase work by WGS artist Michael Janis at Habatat Galleries

Intersect Chicago Art Fair will showcase work by WGS artist Michael Janis at Habatat Galleries

For more information on the Art Fair – click HERE.

The Future of Art: Glass Art Fair 2020

Many art fairs have been moved online due to the global pandemic. Now, as a way to provide access to the best of art glass – Glass Art Fair has been formed. This new online art fair provides a unique opportunity with virtual experience – where all are invited to learn and explore each artist featured and share on their personal social media. The future has “arrived so much sooner,” said the creator of Glass Art Fair,  “If galleries and fairs are closed, how can we sell art? Creating an online art fair platform is something we envisioned as an important part of what we do.”

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artist: Tim Tate. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.

New for 2020, the Glass Art Fair online art fair features over 60 artists creating using glass as their art medium, opening online to the public on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. This art fair will be online the same time as the Sofa Chicago art fair (rebranded Intersect Art Fair).

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artist: Michael Janis. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.


Glass Art Fair hopes collectors on their laptops and iPads will take more time with the work than those darting through a Navy Pier or a Miami beachfront tent. 
“We have the ability to have multiple images and detail shots – When people are visiting the online platform, they aren’t walking through for 45 seconds. You’re going to have their attention for so much longer.”

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artist: Wilfried Grootens. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.

This online presentation will continue for the month of November with more presentations as works become available. Each artist has the availability to edit and add artwork throughout the month so please check back in for updates often. The works on the site are available for purchase.

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artist: Christina Bothwell. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.

Expect more of what you love at the Glass Art Fair.

artists:  Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.

artists:
Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty. Image courtesy Habatat Galleries.

JRA CRAFT WEEKEND – ALL VIRTUAL

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Join the James Renwick Alliance this weekend -  October 24 and 25 for the JRA Craft Weekend in their first-ever digital Craft Weekend!  Come one, come all, to the most fabulous Craft Weekend of them all. The Weekend will feature the Carnival of Craft, hosted by Michael Monroe, taking place this Saturday at 7pm ET. Craft fortunes, magic, and more. This is bound to be one of the most fun craft events of quarantine.

The Craft Mediums will entertain with good fortunes and predictions that will astound and amaze. Get ready for many OMG moments!

The Craft Mediums will entertain with good fortunes and predictions that will astound and amaze. Get ready for many OMG moments!

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) invites all to a lively weekend of 3 events in 2 days, celebrating American Craft and the 2020 Distinguished Educators. 

Events include: DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR SYMPOSIUM

Join the 2020 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Symposium online, featuring Syd Carpenter, Warren Seelig, Sondra Sherman and Carol Savion on behalf of Craft in America. The Distinguished Educators, will speak about their experiences and inspiration, sharing student work, and discussing the field of craft education. The conversation will be moderated by Leila Cartier, Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia.

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As part of the night’s entertainment – you won’t want to miss what The Washington Post calls everyone’s “favorite mad-genius magician,” David London! He will be joining the event on Saturday, October 24 where he will encourage us to explore our creativity and sense of wonder. David is a magician, storyteller and experience designer based in Baltimore, MD, who creates and presents original interactive magical experiences. As a 20-plus-year practitioner, student and writer on the art of illusion, London’s created a series of dazzlingly original stage productions and appeared at over 30 magic events throughout the country. His specialty is an engaging blend of illusion, storytelling, comedy, and even some sly surrealism.

Also -CAUCUS DAY: CRAFT COLLECTIONS TOUR

jra.craft.tourIn this fun exclusive social event we will see the collection of Sharon Karmazin, Judith & Martin Schwartz, and Fred & Susan Sanders. Each collection, stunning on its own, creates a unique opportunity to see some of these top collections all in one afternoon with fellow JRA donors and friends. ​

Click HERE to find out more about Craft Weekend and to online links to register !

The James Renwick Alliance is made up of collectors, artists, educators, gallery and museum professionals and others who share a passion for contemporary American craft. For more information – click HERE

Lucy Lyon- Fired Up! Online presentation by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

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Artist Lucy Lyon will present an online ‘zoom’ presentation that will be part of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) Online Education in Art Series

AACG’s new Education Series, “FIRED UP”, features Lucy Lyon giving all a look inside her artist studio, process, and life on October 20 at 2pm EST. Working in cast glass, her work centers largely on the notion that despite the interaction we have in meeting up with each other, each of us is essentially alone. That brings up a bit of melancholy but it also makes the individual unique and therefore very important. 

She started working in glass simply because it is a very seductive material and chose to focus on sculpting figures. Lucy says: ” What interests me most is trying to convey the intellectual and emotional state of the individuals in my pieces, relying on subtle gestures, a turn of the head or twist of the hips, to express the figure’s state of mind.” 

We will explore these narratives with her, as we dive deeper into her inspiration and process.

All lovers of glass art are invited to attend!
Register today using the Zoom link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcu-qqTwvHNOKkSnBhEtmLl3mGNmuyMOV?fbclid=IwAR2sG5l7hPLZNB4Ggqldy1u25GxzKbxwx-QfjE9H8bozRxKrPhW_4NzO9sQ