29 August 2012

2012 Taos Art Glass Invitational Features Erwin Timmers

In its fourth year, the Taos Art Glass Invitational makes New Mexico a prime destination that attracts artists, collectors and visitors from all around the world.
Friday September 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM through Sunday October 7, 2012
This year’s event includes multiple exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and experiences that are collectively titled "Taos Celebrates Contemporary Glass: Fifty Years of Art Innovation". The lead exhibition is the Taos Art Glass Invitational, a juried exhibition featuring the best in contemporary studio glass today.
The series of exhibitions, self-guided tours and educational events celebrates the unique contribution of the American Studio Glass Movement to the field of contemporary art.
Erwin Timmers’ artwork will be featured at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119-A Kit Carson Road, Taos, New Mexico
Other special events include "Light up the Night," September 28, from 7-10 p.m. when Taos Plaza will be lit with glassblowers at work. On Thursday, September 27, a live installation art project called "Recycling Light" will be created at Taos Institute for Glass Arts. A Collectors' Tour will be held September 20-23. This celebration of glass is produced by TIGA (Taos Institute for Glass Arts).

28 August 2012

Sean Hennessey Constructing Art

Sean Hennessey often incorporates electronics into his cast glass works. Here he is testing new el-wire (electroluminescent) sheet for his panels.
Artist Sean Hennessey is in da house! (Or at least da Studio!) working on a new series of cast glass/mixed media panels. Fresh from his successful show at Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville and Artomatic, Sean continues to move forward in his artwork. Sean is kilncasting slabs of glass for his upcoming shows, including "Constructing Content" with fellow Washington Glass artists Erwin Timmers and Erin Antognoli that opens Dec 1 at the Kline Gallery in Frederick, MD's Delaplaine Arts Center.
Opening the kiln, Sean removes the plaster from cast glass.
Sean's glass is formed using dry-plaster casting technique captures the detail of his fingerprints.
Constructing Content
An exhibit featuring Washington Glass School sculptors Erwin Timmers, Sean Hennessey, and Erin Antognoli. The mixed media sculptors combine photography, steel and glass. More will be published online soon!

Sean appraises the composition of panel after annealing.
December 1–30, 2012
Kline Gallery
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701

27 August 2012

Georgetown Book Hill Gallery Walk features WGS artists

On September 14 from 6-8pm, DC's Georgetown will have an evening Gallery Walk that will showcase art galleries located on the upper Wisconsin Ave - near Book Hill Park.
Allegra Marquart "Peacock's Compliant"
Maurine Littleton Gallery will feature artwork by local DC-area artists including Allegra Marquart, Michael Janis and Drew Storm Graham at the gallery for the September 14 Book Hill gallery walk event.
Drew Storm Graham "Dusk"
The artists on exhibit at the Maurine Littleton Gallery bring to life an otherwise cold and transparent medium in their glass art, which flaunts dimensions and depth of color unmatched by other art media. Contemporary glass art by local artists has been displayed at the gallery since its opening in 1984; each work reflecting new interpretations and uses of a range of traditional craft media.
Michael Janis "Eclipse"
September 14 from 6-8pm
Maurine Littleton Gallery
1667 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
phone: 202-333-9307

24 August 2012

Marc Petrovic Solo Show @ Heller Gallery

New York’s Heller Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of Marc Petrovic  - in a show titled ‘Avian’. Marc often uses bird imagery as a metaphor for relationships, parenting, home, shelter, and geographical identification. In his most recent series, Avian, he takes a closer look at his subject as he pixelates, deconstructs and then reconstructs the figure.  
To create his sculpture, Marc first creates a murrini flat patterned sheet that is later worked in the hot shop, using the roll-up process. The flat fused panel is a result of painstaking detailed cutting and firing of flat colored sheets of Bullseye glass.
Marc Petrovic with Jonathan Chapman work in the hot shop to shape the glass into a dimensional piece.

Using Bullseye colored glass, Marc cuts the sheet glass, arranges and fuses it into abstract patterned slabs (beautiful as an abstract flat plate). He then uses the “Aussie Roll-up” technique to transform them into incredibly detailed blown glass sculptures. If you are familiar with Marc’s work, his knowledge of anatomy of (seemingly all) living creatures comes into play, as his work easily travels between obsessive, meditative labor, visionary  abstraction and poignant representation. He has been working on this show for most of the past year, and it really shows in the beauty and detail of the work.
Marc Petrovic "Avian" Hot-sculpted and blown Bullseye murrini roll-up. H 9, W 15, D 10 in.
Marc and his work will be featured in an article in the upcoming Fall 2012 print edition of GLASS Quarterly  magazine. Click HERE to jump to a set of photos on Facebook of his process.

September 7- October 6, 2012
Reception for the artist: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm
Demo: Saturday, September 8, 2012 11am at Brooklyn Glass to benefit Urban Glass Studio.
420 West 14th St.
New York NY 10014

23 August 2012

Debra Ruzinsky Solo Show at VisArts Gallery

Debra Ruzinsky at her show opening at the Brattleboro Museum.
Images of Deb's work are also featured in the book " New Technologies in Glass", by Dr. Vanessa Cutler. 
Debra Ruzinsky - one of the DC area Master Casters, has a solo show at Rockville's VisArts Center set to open September 14, and run thru October 20th, 2012.  Deb's artwork that was featured in the Long View Gallery 2011 exhibit of artists of the Washington Glass School had the critic for the Washington Post question his previously held beliefs on what contemporary art should look like, as he stood in front of her work  "Staring at it [Debra Ruzinsky's cast glass], I feel like a monkey in front of a ball of shiny, shiny tin foil."  By Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Thursday, May 26, 2011
"Sight", 2012, kiln cast glass
8” x 8” x 8"
Debra works in kiln-cast glass and mixed-media, producing objects that mix distopian and utopian visions, investigating belief and meaning. Her new series that takes an oblique look at objects imbued with personal meanings. Referencing memorabilia, collectibles, and luxury goods for display, these objects form a fragmented portraiture, with discrete elements creating implications of a whole. 
"Detached" , 2012, kiln-cast glass and mixed media
7”h x 24”w x 1-3/4”d
Solo show, opens September 14 
at VisArts - Common Ground Gallery.http://www.visartsatrockville.org/exhibi 
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD  20850

22 August 2012

Not Just Another Stained Glass Piece

There was an exciting art discovery recently at Indiana's Evansville Museum. A painting had been misidentified as a stained glass piece and kept in storage for 50 years turned out to be something much more valuable: an original Picasso. A GLASS Picasso.

There are over 30,000 works of art are at the museum, and many spend time in storage.The Picasso wouldn't have been there so long if the museum would have known it was a Picasso to begin with. Museum officials say it was cataloged as art inspired by a design for a Picasso painting but credited to an artist named Gemmaux. That name turned out to be plural for "gemmail," which is the type of glass used in the work. 
Pablo Picasso's  "Seated Woman with Red Hat"
Donated to the museum in 1963, t
he painting had been misidentified as another stained 
glass piece - by an artist named 'Gemmaux', and kept in storage for 50 years. 
"When the piece came in, the documents associated with the gift indicated it was by an artist named 'Gemmaux', and it was from a design inspired by a Picasso oil painting," said museum curator Mary Bower.

It wasn't until this past February, when a New York auction house called with questions about the piece, that Bower and others found out it wasn't just inspired by Picasso, it was created by him.

Picasso discovered the Gemmail in 1954 through Jean Cocteau at the Malherbe art studio. Fascinated by the light, the material and the transparency, Picasso contemplated the offer to illuminate all his master pieces. He made his first Gemmail art work "Femme dans un fauteuild’osier" in 1954.
Picasso shared his discovery and his creations with George BraqueThe two artists had tried to introduce volume and a new perception of shapes through cubism. Braque who was always looking for new artistic techniques and materials was won over by the Gemmail and created several works himself. He stated : " If I were thirty years old, I would be known as the Gemmist Braque."
The Evansville Museum says the piece titled "Seated Woman with Red Hat" was donated to the museum in 1963.

"In the history of our museum, this is the most important moment," said museum director John Streetman. "This is the biggest thing that's happened to the museum or probably will happen to the museum. It's enormous."

Enormous is also a way to describe the price tag that museum officials say would come with keeping the art safe it if was put on display.
"The value of the piece makes it prohibitive for us to insure it. Then we would have all sorts of considerations about staffing all sorts of electronic additions, to what we do with our facility that just makes it impossible to keep, and we're so sad about that," Streetman said.

21 August 2012

Glass Artist Dave D'Orio Trawick Prize Finalist

Dave D'Orio, (owner of our sister glass school, hot shop DC GlassWorks), was named as one of the eight finalists for this year's prestigious Trawick Prize
The website for the Trawick uses one of Dave's works as its banner headline.
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
The 2012 exhibition will be held in September at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814. Winners will be announced September 5. 

In his work, D’Orio explores “the ideology of technology as the source of solutions for social problems (both real, invented and imagined). … This work has the sense of a forgotten or undiscovered manufacturer/inventor whose sole purpose is to create objects that defy classification.”

Selected finalists will have their work on display September 1 - 29, 2012 in downtown Bethesda at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E.The Gallery is located just two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.

The opening reception for The Trawick Prize will take place Friday, September 14 from 6-9pm, in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Many of the finalists and winners will be on hand to discuss their work.

Congratulations Dave!

20 August 2012

Salisbury University Seeks Assist Prof of Art, Glass

Assistant Professor of Art, Glass - Faculty Position (10881)  

To Apply Online
  • Current Active SU Employees, please login to GullNet and click "Careers at SU."
  • All others, please click Apply Online.
  • See OEAS FAQs (Online Employment Application System FAQs) for help.
SU's hot glass workshop, where students learn the art of glassblowing, the only such program in the state of Maryland
The Department of Art at Salisbury University is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Art, Tenure Track to teach Hot Glass.

Area of Specialization: Hot Glass and 3D Studio

Primary Job Duties: Teaching three hot glass classes per semester with a total of 18 contact hours of teaching per week. Maintain studio, build and maintain equipment in glass, and implement and adhere to safety protocols. Program development for glass, active recruitment of majors, advisement, and departmental committee work are required. Utilize effective teaching and classroom management strategies which enhance the success of diverse learners.
Minimum Qualifications: MFA with an emphasis in hot glass. Preference will be given for prior teaching experience and an active exhibition record.

Applications will be accepted via Salisbury University's Online Employment Application System. Please visit our website http://www.salisbury.edu/HR/Jobs/ to apply online. See the FAQs of the Online Employment Application System for more information and instructions.

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit the following: letter of application, CV, two sample syllabi and a statement of teaching philosophy, exhibition record, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies accepted), and the names and contact information of at least five (5) professional references. All other documents that you wish to provide must be attached to your application in the Online Employment Application System. Please do not send any other documents via E-mail. If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Jim Hill, at jkhill@salisbury.edu.

Note: Mail CD containing 20 digital images of applicant artwork, and 20 images of student work with size, dates and media of each piece identified. To the Attention: Salisbury University, Art Department, M K Brown, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Applications submitted by October 22, 2012 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of eligibility to work in the U.S. and is expected to begin August 15, 2013.

This position is based in Salisbury Maryland. Founded in 1925, Salisbury University is one of 13 institutions that compose the University System of Maryland. Salisbury University is a selective undergraduate institution with the University System of Maryland. The Art Department is a vibrant, fast-growing, collegial department with a full-time faculty of 18 artists and one full-time art historian, with possibly a second tenure-track position in Art History in the near future. The University is close to ocean beaches and the Chesapeake Bay and 2-3 hours from the metropolitan areas of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Norfolk. SU has been cited nationally as one of the top ten public regional universities in the North according to the U.S. News and World Report, and has also been recognized by the Princeton Review and Kiplingers magazine. SU has 388 full-time faculty members serving a student population of approximately 8,600.

For more information - click HERE to jump to University Job Listing

17 August 2012

New Class Schedule for Aug - Dec 2012

Get Back to School! The new class schedule for 2012 is out! 
Some great new classes - great for for all levels of glass experience.
Don't be a Glass School Dropout... Unless you want to do our new
Class 1313 Gravity Drops- Handkerchief Vases & Floral Forms
Have a Read!

 August - December 2012 Class Schedule     
 Class 1310- Beginner's Glass Lover's Weekend
glass lovers
Our most popular class, this is the fastest way to learn all aspects of warm glass in the shortest amount of time! Under the supervision of a professional glass artist you will learn the fundamentals of fusing, slumping and dimensional kiln casting. Everything from bowls and plates to sculptural objects... this is the perfect way for a beginner to learn the basics of glass... and you will leave with several very cool items! Offered 2 times in the session.

Instructors      Audrey Wilson

Dates             Session A- Sept. 29/30
                     Session B - Nov. 10/11
1:00 to 5:00 pm each day           
Tuition           $300 per student (all materials included) 

Class 1311 - The Next Step - Fusing Glass Bowls
fused glass bowl

OK...we hear you! Our Next Step Fused Glass expands on the
basic fused glass techniques and adds some fun extras that will
help set your work apart. You will gain a more in-depth
understanding of fused glass and the various techniques in the
creation of more complex pieces. This 3 day class focuses on
larger scale objects - plates, platters, etc, and will include working
with pattern sheets, and embellishments with frit powders and decals!

Instructor:  Michael Janis 
Dates :      3 consecutive Sat afternoons  Oct 6, 13, 20 
Time :       2:00 to 5:00 pm each day
Tuition :    $350 per student (all materials included) 

Class 1312 - MIG Welding For Dummies!        

Ever wondered about learning to weld? Want to impress your friends, your older brother and that cute bartender? It's easier than you think! In three evenings you will learn how to lay a bead, and handle all sorts of sharp and dangerous tools. You will be able to complete a small project and leave with lots of ideas and know-how for other projects. This class will teach you the basics of welding, metal work and design, joining, bending and finishing. And you will get dirty!

Instructor :     Erwin Timmers
Dates :          Wednesday evenings in Oct (10, 17, 24)
Time :           7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuition :        $325 per student

Class 1313 - Gravity Drops, Handkerchief Vases, and Floral Forms
Drop Mold 

Are you ready to move past fundamentals, yet still need some more guidance from a professional artist? How about taking a course where you will create a vase by using fusing and slumping skills previously learned. Practice cutting, fusing, and slumping with this two-day class. Students will create a patterned design and then fuse glass together. Day two will consist of cutting the pattern for the slump mold and then allow gravity to take hold of the glass and let it slump into a vase. 
Instructor:     Audrey Wilson
Dates:          Tuesday eves in October 16 and 23 
Time:           7:00-9:30 pm
Tuition:        $325 

Class 1314 - More Welding!
welding 2
Now that you've tried your hand at MIG welding, the hot glue gun of the metal shop, why not expand your horizons? We will offer a truck load of new techniques. You can compare welding stainless steel vs. aluminum, and pit the plasma cutter vs. oxy-acetylene. You will also improve your MIG skills, and spend more time on grinding, polishing, finishing and patinas. Bring ideas for a small project and you'll walk home with it.   Remember--this is a filthy, working shop. You will get dirty. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants. Pre-requisite: At least one MIG welding class or equivalent.

Instructor       Erwin Timmers
Dates            Thursday evenings Nov 1, 8, 15
Time             7:00 - 9:30pm
Tuition           $325 (all materials provided)

Class 1315 - Life Casting!                                 hands
Learn to make molds directly from the human body! This beginners level workshop will teach you the basics of lifecasting! In this class, we will discus different mold materials available to create molds from the human body.  Students will make molds of their hands and faces and create castings in plaster. 
We will discuss approaches to more complicated life casting projects and possible applications. 

Instructor :    Sean Hennessey 
Dates :         Saturday, December 1st  
Time :           Noon - 4:00 PM
Tuition :        $350 (all materials provided)

Class 1316- Open Studio - Work At Your Own Pace         
                 Beginner's Glass Lovers 

Already know the basics of casting or fusing? Open Studio gives each student the opportunity to work independently in a world class studio. Tuition includes a kiln firing per session, clear base glass and colored scrap glass, use of studio tools.

Instructor :  Studio Staff

Dates :       Wed/Thurs/Sat afternoons (call to confirm appointment)
Time :        1:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuition :      $300 for 4 sessions

Deposit for Class Registration, balance due at class time.

15 August 2012

Washington Glass School and the War of 1812

How the Washington Glass School is Tied to the War of 1812, The Brits Sacking the White House & The Star Spangled Banner.
The British burn the President's Mansion 1814
One of the beauties of being in Washington, DC is the sense of history that surrounds the place. Growing up in northwest suburban Chicago, history seemed to have started after WWII, with suburban subdivisions overtaking farmland. Here, the area is so steeped with the history that appears in grade school books, that important - but deemed lesser - sites can be forgotten; the scurf of yesterdays. As the Maryland area celebrates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, it is interesting to note that the Washington Glass School building sits atop an important battlefield - one of the key parts in the Battle of Bladensburg. With the US loss at this battle, British forces swept into Capitol Hill and burned the White House, the Capitol and the Treasury.
Since there are no signs on the site - this blog will act as a virtual 'historical marker".

Historical Overview
The War of 1812 was a military conflict fought between the United States of America and the British Empire. In these battles, the British set off their new weapon – the Congreve rocket - a rocket carrying about one pound of powder that could travel almost 1,000 yards and their success had a tremendous impact on modern warfare. 

After the defeat and exile of Napoleon in April 1814, the British were able to send newly available troops and ships to the war with the United States. On August 20, 1814, over 4,500 seasoned British troops landed at the little town of Benedict, MD and marched fifty miles towards Capitol Hill.
Artists Rendering of the Battle of Bladensburg
(Gerry Embleton-Courtesy NPS/Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail)
What Went Wrong
Incorrect deductions that were drawn gave the Americans the impression that Baltimore was their destination. General Armstrong could not be convinced that Washington would be the target of the invasion and not Baltimore, an important center of commerce. There was much confusion trying to outguess the British.  In Bladensburg, MD, American troops began to be assembled by Brigadier General William Winder, the Secretary of War, John Armstrong, as well as the Secretary of State, James Monroe. General Smith, another American commander, used his aide – Francis Scott Key – to assemble his troops. Calvary units were positioned to the right of the main road (now called Bladensburg Ave.), while the first and second American lines were positioned nearly a 1/2 mile apart from each other. The organization (and constant second guessing by commanders) of the troops, the general concern about the size of the British army, and the lack of preparation by the rag-tag militia would eventually lead to the undoing of the hastily assembled group.
Current day map showing US troop positions in Battle of Bladensburg
As the British entered the town, they were greeted by the American troops firing the first volleys across the Eastern Branch of the Potomac (now called Anacostia River). The British initially fell back and moved behind the masonry buildings in Bladensburg. Soon though, the British set off their new weapon – the Congreve rocket. These rockets would eventually become the famous “rocket's red glare.” British troops began to return fire as the rockets burst above the Americans. American leaders on the first line, unclear on their support from the second line, ordered retreat. American soldiers began to fall back and leave the field via the Georgetown Pike (now Bunker Hill Road). The second line, (positioned approximately at the modern 40th - 38th Avenue) and the members of the Cabinet left the field of battle at or before this point. Cannons were left behind, soldiers moved in haphazard movements responding to the need to fight and the orders for retreat. General chaos reigned across the field of battle.
Commodore Joshua Barney - painted by Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827) 
The strongest attack against the British was made by Commodore Joshua Barney and his seasoned Floatillamen. At Dueling Creek, Kramer’s Militia (troops from Montgomery and Prince George’s County) fought hard against the British but eventually retreated up the hill past Commodore Barney’s men.  Barney’s men were valiant fighters, however, the authorities in Washington “forgot” Barney for several days. Without orders, he and his men arrived in the midst of the battle. Combined with Captain Miller’s Marines, Barney fired down the hill toward the British, causing significant British casualties. British troops were ordered into a single file line, flanking  Barney’s troop placement and overtaking them. Commodore Barney, after having had his horse killed under him in battle, was severely wounded by a musket ball "near a living fountain of water on the estate of the late Mr. Rives, which was later known as Barney's Spring"Benson Lossing, Field-book of the War 0f 1812, Chapter 39, 1869

General Winder ordered a general retreat. The retreat order was never passed to Barney's command, but with no ammunition, flanked on the right and deserted on the left, the Commodore knew that the end had come. He ordered the guns spiked and the men to retreat. The officers and men who were able to march effected the retreat; but the Commodore's wound rendered him unable to move, and he was made prisoner. He died shortly after; but not before he was able to have influence on Francis Scott Key in his efforts to compose the Star Spangled Banner. 

The building that houses the Washington Glass School is located on the site (now near the intersection of Oak and Otis Street).
Then & Today
Left inset: Engraving (ca. 1860) of battlefield site where Joshua Barney fell by Benson Lossing in "Field Book of the War of 1812
 " ; Right: Washington Glass School on the same site. Over the past 200 years, the topography has been modified and changed tremendously - the creek now flows under the concrete pathway opposite the Glass School. 
Immediately after the battle, the British sent an advance guard of soldiers to Capitol Hill. The President’s house was burned, and the British raised their Union Flag over Washington
The Brits pillage the White House.
The First Lady Dolley Madison remained behind to organize the slaves and staff to save valuables from the British.  The buildings housing the Senate and House of Representatives were set ablaze not long after. The interiors of both buildings, which held the Library of Congress, were destroyed, although their thick walls and a torrential rainfall that was caused by a hurricane the following day preserved the exteriors. 
During the war of 1812 when the British attacked Washington DC, The First Lady, Dolley Madison stayed behind in the White House to save the artifacts and symbols of America. The engraving above shows her saving the Declaration of Independence.
With their mission accomplished, the British feared the Americans would reassemble their forces and attack while they were in the vulnerable position of being a long distance from their fleet. The men were miserable in the sweltering temperatures. They were tired, ill and wounded. At dusk the troops quietly withdrew from the city. The troops were so exhausted that many died of fatigue on the four day march back to the ships, several deserted, but the body of men marched on.

Several of the British stragglers and deserters were arrested by citizens in Maryland. When the British commanders learned of the incident, they sent a small force back to arrest William Beanes, a well respected doctor and town elder. Following his arrest, Georgetown lawyer Francis Scott Key and U.S. Agent for Prisoner Exchange John S. Skinner went to secure Bean’s release from the British. They brought with them letters from British troops who testified as to the compassion that they received while in Bladensburg after the battle.  Brought on board one of the British vessels, Francis Scott Key would see the battle in Baltimore raging on and the flag standing at the end of the battle, leading to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Times have changed, and we now rely on the Brits as an important and trusted ally - however -the next time representatives from DC Sister City - Sunderland, England comes for a visit to the Glass School, they have some 'splaining to do.

For more info - check out the book A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake 
And also - a link to website that shows the archaeology of the Bladensburg battle site.

13 August 2012

Looking for Artist Space in DC Metro? - Capitol Arts Network

The Capitol Arts Network (CAN) is a nonprofit Arts Group founded in 2003 to bring arts opportunities and information to the Metro DC area. As it has grown, the organization is now at the point of needing a permanent headquarters.

CAN also acutely aware of the need for artist studio space in the metro DC region and they want to let everyone know that exciting things are happening in their search for a new location for in Montgomery CountyThe team at Capitol Arts Network has been touring spaces and have narrowed the search to a location that can easily house at least 30 or more working artists, and many more affiliate artists - with gallery, classroom, meeting space and the opportunity for vibrant growth alongside the thriving arts organization.
CAN's goal is to encourage community building among a wide range of artists and disciplines, and to offer tremendous educational and inspirational opportunities for area artists is well on its way to being realized. A big announcement is coming by the the end of August, and they want everyone aware, as the plans move rapidly forward.

If you are interested in knowing more and want to be in on CAN's big announcement coming soon, please send and email to Judith HearSong at CAN
and add your contact information. CAN wants everyone to know about the upcoming space - so forward this posting to artists, photographers, and other creative professionals who might be interested in studio space or the opportunity to become an affiliate artist!

Information will be posted on CAN's website as soon as plans are finalized, and fingers crossed there is great interest from the arts community as this project becomes a reality in a few short months.
email Judith HeartSong at judith@capitolartsnetwork.com

Penland Auction & Tour

The Penland 2012 auction tent as lighting lights up the sky.  The central focus of the trip was built around attending Penland’s Annual Benefit Auction featuring the sale of over 200 craft items, and it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with fellow craft enthusiasts. 

Tim Tate and Sean Hennessey have just returned from taking a James Renwick Alliance (JRA) tour out to North Carolina's Penland School of Crafts for the Annual Benefit Auction. Additionally,  the "Tour with Tate" visited the studios of some of the most talented artists surrounding Asheville. For this post - we will tag along with the JRA as they visit some of the artist studios.
Michael Sherrill's incredible studio 
Michael Sherrill's ceramic artwork
Ceramist Michael Sherrill has been making pots for more than twenty years. Originally, his work was completely functional, but it has evolved into work that is now wholly sculptural. He is one of the most thoughtful and articulate sculptors of our time.
Michael Sherrill talking about his work
Hoss Haley has worked in metal for over twenty years, creating sculpture, paintings, and public art. Hoss’s work is in several collections including Lowes Corporation, McColl Center for Visual Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
Hoss recycles objects like washing machines and cars - often crumpling them into ball shapes mounted to walls or stacked.
Christina Cordova & Pablo De Soto's studio was visited as part of the tour. This husband and wife team operate their amazing studios on the grounds of Penland itself. Pablo’s beautiful glass blown vessels were loved by all and Cristina Cordova's incredible ceramics were a highlight to the tour. 

Christina Cordova talks about her recent works.
Christina Cordova's work is awesome.
Pablo De Soto charms Fred and Susan Sanders
A trip to the Asheville Art Museum  included a personal tour by curator Nancy Sokolove. Also, glass artist Alex Bernstein came to talk about his process.
Alex Bernstein talks to the JRA at the Asheville Art Museum.
Dan Essig's wordless works of art are sewn, woven and carved into magnificent artists’ books and sculptures. Dan’s works incorporates so many things -fossils, shells, coins and old nails—into his artwork. 
Dan Essig talks of his work
No trip to Asheville would be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Spiral Gallery. This amazing gallery currently has up work from the "Glass Secession" exhibit - that includes works by Christina Bothwell, Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Susan Taylor Glasgow and Sean Hennessey.

A view of the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery.
Stoney Lamar works in sculptural woodturning. His work is in such collections as High Museum of Art (Atlanta), American Craft Museum (NY), Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Yale University Gallery of Art, Mint Museum of Craft & Design (NC), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Stoney shows some of the special woods that Fleur  Bresler  had sourced.
Stoney talked of his process to the tour.
The big show was the drama, anticipation and socializing at the Penland Auction.
Glass sculptor Beth Lipman chats with Susan and Fred Sanders
Dan Clayman with the proud owners of his Penland auction piece....Giselle and Ben Huberman

The annual Penland auction was huge success. Over 600k raised for an incredible place - a new record! Congrats to all who were involved!