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Glass Sculpture by American Artist Syl Mathis Migrates to Norway

Congratulations to former WGS Artist-In-Residence Syl Mathis! Sarah B Tanguy, curator of the Art in Embassies program, commissioned a piece from Syl to go in the new US Embassy in Oslo Norway. Ms. Tanguy selected artwork from US and Norwegian artists.

Syl Mathis; "Ice Boat" - 40"w x 11"h x 6"d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

Syl Mathis; “Ice Boat” – 40″w x 11″h x 6″d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

WV’s Morgan Arts Council Connects Glass!

The Ice House is the center for the visual, music, media and performing arts in West Virginia’s Morgan County. The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) will present “Connections Shaping Glass”, opening July 20th, 2018. The exhibit, curated by Maureen Storey, will feature glass works by Elizabeth Braun, Mark Hill, Sharon Moffitt, Sheila Rose, Maureen Storey, Nancy Weisser and Patricia de Poel Wilberg.

Patricia De Poel Wilberg, "Childhood", 2018, fused glass, 18" x 18"

Patricia De Poel Wilberg, “Childhood”, 2018, fused glass, 18″ x 18″

Connections Shaping Glass
July 20th – September 9th, 2018
Opening Reception July 21st, 7:30 pm
Ice House Gallery
138 Independence St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

 

Glass Artists Featured in New Book: Intersection Art & Life

Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in California, writes books and guest curates exhibitions for museums. He is an acknowledged expert on self-expression in craft media who resists labeling works as “art” or “craft.” His new book Intersection: Art & Life has just been published and we are delighted that they included Michael Janis’ glass work on the cover (center top). intersection.art.life.glass.craft.new.narrative.content.sculpture.kevin_wallace.michael_janis.sgraffito.frit.dc

Kevin wrote the book to provide a wider understanding and appreciating contemporary art, and he gives insights on over 100 contemporary artists including glass artists: Lino Tagliapietre, Keke Cribbs, Sally Rogers, Einar and James De La Torre, Rick Beck, Marlene Rose, Colin Reid, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and others. Support the Beatrice Wood Center and purchase the book at the center!

If you don’t want to use the PayPal link, you can e-mail Kevin at beatricewoodcenter@gmail.com, and they can send you a PayPal invoice, or you can send a check to: BWCA, P.O. Box 608, Ojai, CA 93024

Building Worlds @ GRACE

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in Northern Virginia’s town of Reston,  presents Building Worlds - an exhibit of artwork that focuses on the role of science fiction, scientific fact, and fantasy in the changing nature of our relationship to our fears, ideals, and questions about being human.

Laura Beth Konopinski, "Hang:Purge"; glass; 2018

Laura Beth Konopinski, “Hang:Purge”; glass; 2018; photo by Pete Duvall

The artists in this exhibition create their own worlds, including cultural references and artifacts, to question the assumptions of history-making and truth-telling. Building Worlds features the work of Michael Booker, Rachel Guardiola, Timothy Harper, Laura Beth Konopinski, and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.

Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk: July 21, 5–7pm

Building Worlds
July 21- September 15, 2018
Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite #103, Reston, VA 20190
703.471.9242

Stars & Stripes Let Freedom Ring!

Take time on this special day to understand what independence means to you. Happy July 4th! 

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  -Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
-Abraham Lincoln

Let each one of us make a promise, that as long as we live, we will be good citizens of our country in the best of our capabilities and we will help America grow into a better nation with each passing day.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. – Benjamin Franklin

Baltimore’s K.E.Y.S. Developement Class Goes to Washington (Glass School)

Baltimore’s KEYS Development‘s goal is transformation of urban areas through investment in its youth; youth that see themselves as leaders, entrepreneurs, and ultimately change agents who will usher in a new age of industry in its communities, that state of Maryland and beyond. The mission at K.E.Y.S development is to provide social support and guidance in becoming esteemed leaders with outstanding problem solving and conflict resolution skills.Keys-Empowers-Black-Letters
As part of that goal, this summer sees art glass classes for their students at Washington Glass School. The first of the glass classes took place this week – it started off with a lot of fun!

Instructor Michael Janis demonstrates how to use glass powder to the KEYS class.

Instructor Michael Janis demonstrates how to use glass powder to the KEYS class.

By noon, all the students are busy making their glass masterpieces.

By noon, all the students are busy making their glass masterpieces.

The KEYS Development instructors joing in the fun, making custom stencils.

The KEYS Development instructors joing in the fun, making custom stencils.

National Liberty Museum To Blast-Off With Spacelab Exhibit of Glass Art

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SPACELAB: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art
On display at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum from July 6 – September 7, 2018

SPACELAB is a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explores the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examines human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. The innovative nature of glassmaking makes it the perfect medium for this subject, which has captured imaginations since the dawn of humankind. The featured work ranges from whimsical and mystical to elegant and awe-inspiring. WGS’ Laura Beth Konopinski is one of the featured artists in the exhibit. 

Laura Beth Konopinski; "her Inner space given Out"; Blown and recycled glass, torchworked and sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, 4.5in x 4.5in x 8.5in

Laura Beth Konopinski; “her Inner space given Out”; Blown and recycled glass, torchworked and sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, 4.5in x 4.5in x 8.5in

Friday, July 6 is the Opening Reception of SPACELAB. The public is invited to see a  preview the show, meet featured artists, and see a performance by the over-the-top glam rock band, OOLALA.  The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to support the Museum’s public programming.   RESERVE NOW!

The National Liberty Museum’s mission of supporting glass art positions the institution as a unique venue to celebrate and discuss issues relevant to the international glass community.

Artists Accepted for this Exhibit:

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Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more info – click link to jump to Liberty Museum website http://www.libertymuseum.org/glass-art/glassaccess-exhibits/spacelab-exhibit/

Open Call To Emerging Glass Artists: Residencies at Florida’s DMG School Project

DMG School Project announces that they are accepting applications for two, ONE MONTH long glass residencies.  Since its inception in 2015, DMG School Project has been able to provide 11 different in house artist residencies.

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The residencies will take place on the DMG Complex in St Petersburg, Florida. 

Ideally, these two “Artists In Residence” have worked together or are willing to work together both individually and collaboratively.

Residency includes: 

  One Month residency in September 2018.

  Shared lodging included during residency.

  24-hour access to St Pete Hot Glass studio and cold shop; this includes up to 20 hours of glory hole usage and up to 125 pounds of furnace glass per artist, per week. 

  $1000 stipend per artist. 

  Exhibition in October 2018 featuring new residency work at the Duncan McClellan Gallery.

  Professional photography of exhibition

   Mentorship by Duncan McClellan on the business aspects of being a successful artist. This includes how to effectively market your work, making gallery contacts, and cultivating collectors.

DMG School Project, an educational nonprofit housed within the Duncan McClellan Gallery complex, has received generous grants from the Florida Glass Art Alliance, the Milkey Family Foundation, Hough Family Foundation Inc, Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass, and the Maurice A. And Thelma P. Rothman Foundation, making it possible to offer a four week residency for two emerging glass artists.

Duncan McClellan, President of DMG School Project is a nationally recognized, award-winning glass artist. His distinctive style of masterful craftsmanship and iconic imagery is sought after by public and private collectors throughout the United States and abroad. In 2011, he opened Duncan McClellan Gallery followed by St. Petersburg Hot Glass Workshop, both of which serve as catalysts for the development of the Warehouse Arts District. Based on his philanthropic vision to inspire personal and artistic growth through glass art, he created the educational organization, DMG School Project.

DMG Complex
2342 Emerson Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL, 33712

For further information, go to www.dmgschoolproject.org

Some Like It Hot @ Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Gallery

 

“Luminescence” and “Stillness” by Michael Janis on exhibit at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

“Luminescence” and “Stillness” by Michael Janis on exhibit at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

 Some Like It Hot! shows hot-sculpting, cold-working, and everything in-between, tying together a showcase reminiscent of the oncoming summer, featuring 10 skilled artists: Jen Blazina, Sarah Gilbert, Scott Goss, Jaime Guerrero, Joe Ivacic, Michael Janis, Brent Marshall, Doug Randall, Mare Saare and Rob Stern. Opening reception 5:30- 8:30 p.m. June 8. 

morgan contemporary glass gallery

5833 Ellsworth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232