31 May 2009
28 May 2009
The following artists won the Craft Awards of Distinction (and a complimentary one year membership in the James Renwick Alliance):
Fiber: Rania Hassan
Clay: Laurel Lukaszewski
Metal: Michael Sirvet
Glass: Phil Vickery
Wood: James Long
Mixed Media: Eric Celarier
(The Glass School lays claim to Rania, Michael, Laurel and Phil as adopted children)
Sending a Thanks to the James Renwick Alliance & Congratulations to all to all the artists at Artomatic!
27 May 2009
25 May 2009
This event is free and begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2009. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26th 2009. To learn more about Phil and Roger and to see samples of their work, please check out their websites:
24 May 2009
Karin will show how to cast small objects in frozen glass powder (an alternative to the messy lost wax method). Karin holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Glass with distinction. She often incorporates recycled glass creating pieces from jewellery pendants to large sculptural installations expressing fragility, loss, brokenness, death and new life in both nature and human experience.
Karin Wallend "Washed Up At The End of The Day", "Broken Arch"
Stephen graduated from Sunderland University with a Batchelor of Art degree in Glass and Ceramics, and later achieved a Master of Art Degree in Glass.
Currently he works in the glass department at the University of Sunderland and also in the National Glass Centre. Stephen will be showing and describing his method of creating great depth with frit casting and inclusions. Stephen Beardsell "Poppy Field group".
This Seminar/demo is entirely FREE to anyone who cares to learn from these 2 talented UK artists! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how many to expect.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is renewing its commitment to supporting local artists and arts organizations through its distribution of grants for the fiscal year 2010 grant season. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks first among states in per capita investment in the arts.
“The creative industry is one of the most prosperous business sectors in the District, in workforce numbers, ticket sales and tax revenue generation,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Gloria Nauden. “We also boast of more than 460 nonprofits in the city that self-identify as arts, humanities or cultural organizations.” “One of our priorities for disseminating the grants is to ensure that the process is demystified. Our staff is available to help artists and arts organizations develop the most effective grant application possible,” Nauden added.
The Commission offers free grant writing assistance.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Click HERE for more information , or to receive a grant application, call (202) 724-5613.
22 May 2009
Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers installing artwork.
Laurel Lukaszewski and Novie Trump setting up their ceramic artwork on Level 8.
Erwin Timmers works on the electrical connections.
Nancy Donnelly stops in from her artwork on Level 9 to see how progress is on Tim Tate's artwork.
L-R Merrill Straus, Duane Reed, Michael Janis, John McQueen, Glenn Scrivner, Gaby Schaefer Naus
Michael Janis talks about his work and techniques.
14 May 2009
Saturday May 16, 2009 Noon til 6 pm
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
The event is free and open to the public
Click here for the Post's article.
12 May 2009
The Re-Opening Celebration Friday, May 15, 2009.
The gallery will present the work of internationally acclaimed fiber sculptor, John McQueen and Washington Glass School's Michael Janis as the inaugural exhibitions in the new space.
The exhibitions will open Friday, May 15th with an opening that evening from 6 – 9pm. The exhibitions will run through June 13th.
McQueen uses willow branches, bark, burrs and other natural materials that he strings together to create stunning basket-like sculptures. McQueen “weaves willow twigs into flat open work panels, that are tied together with wax string and built into sculptural constructions. Some works are cage-like while others resemble familiar objects — a book, a desk calendar, a painting.” Michael Janis @ St Louis' Duane Reed.
Dealing with themes of identity and transformation, Michael Janis’ work involves kiln-working fused glass images together in an uneasy juxtaposition, or creating a transparent environment where reflections and shadows remove all boundaries. With a technique called “sgraffito”, the figures and forms are shaped by manipulating glass dust with sifters, brushes and scalpel blades. The delicate nature of glass powder is exploited and the slightest tap can change the frit powder images.
10 May 2009
An odd day - working at the glass studio on Sunday - perfect day -nice & quiet. A neighbor comes to the door - asking if the ducklings under my car are mine. Sure enough, there are 5 baby ducks cowering under the car. In the middle of the decidedly un-pastoral Mount Rainier, MD. No mother duck in site. No body of water in sight - except for the open sewer run-off ditch.
We decide that we should capture the ducks and release somewhere more appropriate - along the bay. The neighbor said that she has raised ducks before, and would take care of them until they were older and could fend for themselves.
A stint of running around trying to capture the ducklings (who run much faster than you might think) and they were all rounded up. What an usual Mother's Day at the Glass School (& how typical).
07 May 2009
That piece was selected as part a 100 glass artwork comprehensive study put out each year by the Corning Museum of Glass. 1,047 individual artists from 44 countries submitted a total of 2,974 images for selection by the judges. The judges for this years review included: artist Mieke Groot; glass blower extraordinaire, Dante Marioni; the head of the Rhode Island School of Design glass program, Rachel Berwick, and Corning Museum of Glass' Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass. The publication, printed in Germany, includes commentary on the piece by Tina Oldknow :
To introduce my narrative category...(t)he more literal representations included the stories told by Debora Coombs, Ian Mowbray, and especially Michael Janis. ... On the other hand, a truly big and dangerous event is depicted in Janis's "The Tower" Tarot Card. Anyone familiar with the tarot knows that the tower, the 16th card of the major arcana, does not bring glad tidings. I was impressed by Janis's powerful, sad, and appropriate interpretation of this card as a literal reflection of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
My artwork got votes for inclusion by Mieke Groot, Dante Marioni, and Tina Oldknow.
06 May 2009
The New York Affordable Art Fair opens tonight. The stock market is rising. Consumer confidence is up. Fingers crossed- this promises to be a great week at the Affordable Art Fair, May 7-10.
AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 - $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America. Is located 7 West 34th Street, in Midtown Manhattan.
Have a look in on booths C- 104 (Migration Gallery) and D-100 (Mayer Fine Art).
04 May 2009
photo of Tim Tate by Matthew Girard
Tim Tate was awarded the highest prize for sculpture from the Virginia A Groot Foundation this past week.
From over 500 entries, three artists are selected to receive a grant.
Tim's work in sculpture was selected as an artist of "exceptional talent".
The mission of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation is to recognize and award artists working three-dimensionally.
01 May 2009
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Artomatic has gone international! The 5 week arts events opens May 29th, encompassing all floors of a new building at 55 M Street, SE in Washington, DC.
For an article about the UK superstars like Phil Vickery and more information about Sunderland - click here