28 December 2012

WGS Gets Wood Artist Drew Storm Graham

The DC-area knows that Strathmore Hall houses the incredible Baltimore Symphony, but Strathmore is not just for the performing arts anymore - Strathmore features fine visual arts. The organization is in its second season of its Fine AIR program, where the center cultivates local visual arts talent by pairing emerging artists with established professionals in the community in its Fine Artist in Residence (Fine AIR) program and exhibition. Fine AIR residencies last six months, during which time participants expand their craft, build their audience, create a curatorial proposal, solidify their artistic voice and, ultimately, premiere a new body of work commissioned by Strathmore.
"Twisted" Drew Storm Graham
2012-2013 Strathmore class of fine artist-in-residence Drew Storm Graham expands his knowledge of artwork media by working in glass at the Washington Glass School.
Multidisciplinary artist Drew Graham's artwork references imagery steeped in the counter cultures of tattoo and graffiti art. Normally working with airbrushed laminated wood veneers,  under the mentorship of writer and artist F. Lennox Campello, Drew has been exploring new artistic possibilities. 
Drew Graham begins sifting crushed glass powder onto panels of glass for color samples.
Color, texture, patterns, sequence and how depth can be achieved are the goals of the glass workshop.
The culminating Fine Artists in Residence Exhibition  will be on view in the Mansion at Strathmore beginning August 31, 2013.
About Strathmore
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, is immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

22 December 2012

Breaking Headline News... Washington Glass School in Washington Post

The Friday Washington Post  newspaper had a couple of articles that featured Washington Glass School instructors - Mark Jenkins gives a review of Rockville's VisArts 25th anniversary exhibit "Review, Review" that featured two of Professor Tim Tate's glass artwork sculptures. 
The Dec 21st Washington Post uses Tim Tate's "Lexicon Primer" (inset and detail of glass) as the teaser for the VisArts exhibit review.
The Weekend Section also featured Washington Glass Artists - Sean Hennessey and his lovely wife, Rania Hassan.  
Rania & Sean - together they are one of DC's power arts couples

Sean and Rania were judges of the Washington Posts' Holiday Wrapping paper contest for kids, and the winning design, by Carolin Vorona was featured in the section, along with a pull-out printing of the paper.
From the Post article about the selection of the Carolin's work:"Each of the entries had something I liked,” Hennessey says. “Some had a great use of patterns, others had a sophisticated use of color and many had a fun sense of imagination. The glittery snowmen had a balanced sense of all of the above.”
10 yr old Carolin Vorona's snowman entry. The judges particularly liked the Western snowman, complete with mustache, hat and horseshoe, but the sensitive and insightful use of the glitter medium cinched the win.
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20 December 2012

2012 Year In Review

Before we throw away the 2012 calender, we are looking thru the pages of the Washington Glass School dates and blog postings - noting that events from a few months ago seem like ages ago. The strange phenomena of time flying by is observed once again. Many of the years past events were months - or years- in planning and preparation, and seemed like they would never happen, now seem faraway, and the impact, both good and bad will be here for a while. Month by month - here is a quick review of Washington Glass School's 2012:
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January 2012
"Facture" exhibit at Bullseye Gallery, Portland.
Michael Janis started the year out west, showing at Bullseye Gallery in Portland, OR.  The show "Facture" was centered on artists that use glass as a canvas with artists Michael Janis, Kari Minnick, Martha Pfanschmidt, Ted Sawyer, Abi Spring, and Jeff Wallin; moderated by Michael Endo. The show ran thru February, and later traveled to Bullseye's RCBA Gallery
in Emeryville, CA. 
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February
Rob Kincheloe gets close to the critter.
Italian flameworker Simone Crestani was here teaching workshops at the new Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Workshop. While here in the area, Simone was working at Rob Kincheloe's new torch studio out in Virginia.
After annealing, the bug was filled with plasma and charged.
The installed sculpture at Smith Farm
The "Science of Art Laboratory" (SOFALab) project was created to initiate the spark of communication that can bring out new understanding and develop new tools of interactions from both the sciences and arts. Developed as a collaborative effort from the Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Shanti Norris; the Director of Printmaking at George Mason University, Helen Fredrick; and the Founder of Hamiltonian Artists and physics professor of George Mason University, Paul So, a SOFAlab project was held with Dr. Caroline Wellberry and Erwin Timmers using glass diverted from the waste stream. 

The students were from Georgetown University and Residents from the Fort Lincoln Clinic. The resulting glass and steel sculpture was exhibited at Smith Center Gallery.

Michael & Christina Bothwell: TLF.
February is also the month of Love - with American Craft Magazine included Michael Janis in its survey on who was "Craft Crushing". Michael was all about sculptor Christina Bothwell.
The Washington British Embassy hosted the signing of the US/UK Friendship Agreement. L-R Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council Dr David Smith and Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray
The cities of Washington, DC and Sunderland, England renewed their Friendship Agreement in February, and the formal connection between the two cities were strengthened. The unique connection has allowed for international exchanges that played out in the year and beyond.
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March
Professors Tate and Janis at UK's Washington Old Hall, ancestral home of US President George Washington.
Sunderland Uni has a world class glass facility.
Fulbright Scholars Michael Janis and Tim Tate were off to England's North East, teaching at the University of Sunderland.  Joined by Michael's wife, Kay Janis, acting as chaperone for the lads, the boys were teaching at the National Glass Centre in the expansive glass facilities at the University.

DC's Fulbright duo teach at Creative Cohesion.
Creative Cohesion, a Sunderland, England artist collaborative was initiated by artists that had participated in one of DC's Artomatic events. Inspired by and modeling themselves on the Washington Glass School model, the City of Sunderland helped create a non-profit organization which specializes in arts based activities, and provides space, facilities and services to local creative practitioners and the local community. Creative Cohesion's facilities include a glass hot-shop, which was set to open, and Michael and Tim were invited to teach at the inaugural glass workshops. The gallery component of Creative Cohesion was one of the exhibitors at London's Affordable Art Fair in March. Michael and Tim were invited to show their artwork at the huge international art fair, and the lads were off to the big city. 
The artists celebrate at London's Affordable Art Fair.
Jeffrey Sarmiento, Kevin Petrie and Michael Janis
Back to the University of Sunderland, for a big wrap up of more workshops. Professor and glass artist Jeffrey Sarmiento - showed Michael how the University's waterjet machine worked with glass panels, creating a class demo piece. 
Hugs to all as the Fulbrighters returned home to Washington, DC, determined to reinforce the connections made. Right after the boys left Sunderland, Creative Cohesion's artist facility was damaged as the adjacent building partially collapsed during a strong windstorm, closing the artist center until later in the year.

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Upon Tim's return to DC, he appeared as one of the speakers in a TED Talk about "The Creative City".
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April
"Jazz Man" tops the refurbished Howard Theater.
Sean Hennessey was in the news as Washington's historic Howard Theater re-opened to fanfare. Working with Brower Hatcher and Mid-Ocean Studios, Sean created the concrete and glass trumpet form for the team. 
At the opening, Sean was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR).
Erwin Timmers was one of the 121 featured artists at the 30th Annual Smithsonian Craft Fair
Erwin Timmers and Mick Coughlin set up at the National Building Museum.
His cast recycled glass sculptures were a strong point of the show at the National Building Museum.
Space Shuttle Discovery does a low flyover the Washington Glass School in April.
NASA's Space Shuttle program was retired, and the shuttle "Discovery" flew over the glass school as it headed out across the country. We ate "astronaut freeze dried ice cream" in its honor.
Tim Tate's glass and video sculptures received the "Critics Award" at Habatat Galleries 40th Annual International exhibit in Michigan.
Habatat Galleries held its 40th Annual International invitational, and exhibited Tim Tate's video reliquaries. Tim's work won the Critic's Award at the show.
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May
May started off running with Glass Art Magazine having an article about Erwin Timmers eco-glass and a cover story about Michael Janis' frit powder drawings - creating a publishing two-fer! The magazine also late ran a special online feature about Tim Tate & Michael Janis' Fulbright adventures.
Some great photos 
by Pete Duvall of Anything Photographic filled the 10 pages of articles about Erwin and Michael.
The design concept for the LOC Adams building doors.
Rubber mold from one of the LOC sculptures.
The Washington Glass Studio began working on the Library of Congress Adams Building doors in May, working to recreate the historic sculpted bronze doors in cast glass. The project  integrates a number of artists from the Washington Glass School and connects craft artisans from FireArt Glass in Portland, OR. Sean Hennessey started the process by creating a test panel taken from the original doors. There would be a full size sample made of the cast /laminated artwork panel, submitted to the US Architect of the Capitol for approval.


Dave D'Orio's artwork awarded by the JRA.
Artomatic 2012 - the month long, non-juried, anything-goes exhibit opened in May. This year, the setting was a soon-to-be-demolished office building in Crystal City. The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is an independent national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scholarship and education on contemporary American craft, to supporting activities directed toward this purpose, and to encouraging connoisseurship and collecting. At this Artomatic, the JRA sponsored activities and programs, and had reviewed the 10 floors of artwork, selecting winners in different media.
Sean Hennessey's artwork awarded by the JRA
Dave D'Orio, Sean Hennessey and Michael Janis were each selected for their works in glass. The JRA also sponsored receptions and artist talks during the event. (FYI- The not-for-profit organization Artomatic.org has been instrumental in organizing international exhibits that brought together Sunderland artists and the Washington Glass School, and some new plans are being developed for the coming year.)
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June
2012 was anniversary year marking the start of the American Studio Glass Movement in 1962. A number of shows were held this summer to give some insight into how the art form has changed during the past 50 years. In the arty city of Asheville, NC, Bender Gallery showcased Erwin Timmers, and Asheville's Blue Spiral 1 hosted a show about the next generation of glass artists (including Christina Bothwell, Thor & Jennifer Bueno, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Marc Petrovic, Tim Tate and others). 

Marc Petrovic demo's at GAS
Laura Donefer works the runway.
The Glass Arts Society (GAS) held its annual conference in the nominal birthplace of the studio glass movement - Toledo, OH.  Said Tim Tate of the Toledo GAS - "
[Outgoing GAS President] Jeremy Lepisto's gang did a spectacular job! and Laura Donefer's fashion show blew me away!"
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July
Sean Hennessey gets serious at the LOC.
The panel molds are cleaned in the studio.
 The month of July was a scorcher! Work continued on the US Library of Congress bronze doors in the sun with temps in the mid '90's F (mid 30's C!). The "rockets red glare" refers to how hot it feels. Sean and crew worked in the brutal heat taking rubber molds from the Lee Lawrie bronze sculpted doors. 

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum opened its spectacular "Craft Futures - 40 Under 40" exhibit. 40 under 40:Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at the Renwick.
Matt Szosz at the opening of 40 Under 40.
The show, curated by Nicholas Bell, showed how the youngsters in craft are remaking the world of craft. 
This show generated many discussions on how craft is no longer a part of the "apprentice to a master" world, and is one where the young students wish not to be tied to any one craft media.

Audrey Wilson models the latest in cold shop fashion.
Speaking of kids today, in July, Audrey Wilson joined the Washington Glass School as the new studio coordinator. Audrey had met Tim Tate when he was teaching a workshop at the Chrylser Museum of Glass in June, and applied for the position.
Elegance comes to the Glass School.

Audrey soon was teaching classes at the Glass School, and her accessible and welcoming teaching style won over many of the artists at the studio.
 
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August
In August, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (part of Maryland's Prince George’s Parks and Recreation) held part of its summer Creative Expressions Camp encouraging the kids to explore a variety of artistic media as well as contemporary reading and writing activities around such themes as animals, nature, and adventure. 
The studio was overrun with kids, all eager to try working in glass. Some showed an intuitive knack for the craft - Who knows where these young artists will take the medium and artworld as they grow up!
Ceramic artist Novie Trump worked in the studio, working to incorporate glass into a commissioned artwork piece. Novie wanted to make an illuminated hive for an installation of ceramic bees. Novie made a number of fused glass alternates and presented to the client - a trendy restaurant in Georgetown.
Ultimately, however, the architect selected a ceramic version for the installation. We will get her to glass somehow, we will not surrender. 
An impressive steed. And a handsome horse too. Michael Janis as a Beltway Cowboy.
The London Olympics were celebrated here as the Washington Glass School hosted the equestrians dressage events along Otis Street. In Mt Rainier, MD.  Ok, the 2012 Summer Olympics did not take place at the Washington Glass School, but the 2012 National Night Out (NNO) did. The NNO is a campaign that involves citizens, police, neighborhoods and local officials to increase crime and drug prevention and to strengthen police-community partnerships.

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.
Connections to American history was exposed in the August post about how the Glass School's Mount Rainier building site was part of a key battle in the War of 1812 - 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. 
Penland School of Craft Auction Tent, 2012

Michael Sherrill's incredible studio
An ardent support of the Penland School of Craft, Tim Tate took a group of collectors from the James Renwick Alliance to the annual Penland Auction and as part of the "Tim Tate Tour".
The group visited the artist studios of Hoss Haley, Michael Sherrill, Dan Essig, Christina Cordova & Pablo De Soto and Stoney Lamar.
Glass artist Beth Lipman with Susan and Fred Sanders at Penland.
The excursion also included an art tour of Asheville, NC with a visit to the Glass Secessionism show at Blue Spiral Gallery.
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September
Carol Trawick, David D’Orio & Catherine Leggett. Photo: Bethesda Urban Partnership
September opened big for artist Dave D'Orio, as he was one of this year's winner of the Trawick Prize.- 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 prize money to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Dave is the executive director of DC GlassWorks, a glass blowing facility (and sister school to the Washington Glass School) in Hyattsville, MD. At the 2012 Artomatic, the James Renwick Alliance gave Dave's installation sculpture its 'Award of Recognition'.
Toots Zynsky, William Warmus, Matthew Szösz at Smithsonian Renwick lecture.
William Warmus takes photos of Erwin Timmers' artwork.
The 40 Under 40 exhibit at the Renwick Gallery continued its run, with author, independent curator and glass expert William Warmus moderating a conversation about the past, present, and future of studio glass between veteran glass artist Toots Zynsky and artist Matthew Szösz. After the talk, William visited the Glass School - of which he said: "It's better than I thought it'd be...it's not as bad as it could've been". Hmmm.

The month of September is usually the start of the exhibition season - and this one did not disappoint.  
Detail from Sean Hennessey's "Finding The Right Key"


Sean Hennessey opened his solo show at the District's 410Goodbuddy Gallery.  

Based on Alice In Wonderland, Sean's work in the show: Reimagining Alice incorporates cast glass that was painted with concrete and integrates videos, LEDs, EL panels and other media that pulls traditional glass into new realms.
Tim Tate and Marc Petrovic also had openings in September - at Arizona's Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Under the title "Glass Secessionism", the show opened to record crowds.

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October
Nancy Donnelly's solo show at Foundry Gallery included her "Glass Bouquets" that art critic Lenny Campello described as an update to the Washington Color School saying "... [Nancy's] new work takes the color stripes from the canvas of the 1960s giants of DMV painting and re-invents it in a  fresh new approach to a 21st century dialogue in glass and concrete".

Tim Tate teaching at Penland School of Craft
Tim Tate returned to North Carolina's Penland School of Craft in October, this time teaching with Sean Hennessey and Robert Kincheloe.
Sean Hennessey explains the dry plaster casting process.
The class was 21st Century Reliquaries, and the students incorporated techniques that included Rubber Mold Making, Wax Casting, Plaster/Silica Mold Making, Lost wax, Dry Plaster Casting, Painting Glass, Cutting Glass, Glass etching and Flameworking.
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November
November started with the big show in Chicago - SOFA
SOFA Opening Night at Chicago's Navy Pier
Allegra Marquart's panels on exhibit at Maurine Littleton.
Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart were shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery and Tim Tate was shown thru Habatat Galleries. As the focus on both craft and art  at SOFA is so high, this show is where the artists have stretched a bit to show they have game.  

Michael Janis' works were huge!
Michael's new colorful works involved optical distortion and the resolution of the imagery.
Tim Tate's works at Habatat Galleries space.
Tim's new works were a larger scale - and he was thinking outside the dome. 

Upon return to Washington, DC - the setup of shows continued, as artists from the Washington Glass School were featured in the special exhibit on the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass at the Washington Craft Show. 
Visitors gather around Joan Falconer Byrd, author of the new book "Harvey K Littleton: A Life in Glass". Ms Byrd was one of the show's speakers at the event. She was one of the first students in the Toledo workshops and was Professor of Art at Western Carolina University.
Maurine Littleton Gallery's show-within-a-show was the centerpiece to the Washington Convention Center. 
Historical works by some of the Studio Glass Pioneers were featured.
Works by Tim Tate, Allegra Marquart, Sean Hennessey, Erwin Timmers, Alison Sigethy and Michael Janis were shown as where the next generation of glass artists are heading.

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December
Art Miami's Aqua show brought throngs.
Miami became the focus of the art world with the Art Basel/Art Miami juggernaut as the world seems to head south for the huge art extravaganza. Washington Glass School artists were well represented, with Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Sean Hennessey and Audrey Wilson's works at a number of international galleries. 
Audrey Wilson showing at Alida Anderson Art Projects space at Aqua

Audrey did very well, selling a major work to a NYC collector and a museum has asked about having her work for an upcoming art exhibit - awesome!

Everyone at the Washington Glass School sends a big THANK-YOU to all for the love & support this past year... 
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So - should one survive the Zombie Mayan Long Count Armageddon -

Whats coming up in 2013?
We can divulge some news scoops for the coming year - 
Michael Janis will be the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) calender boy for the month of January, as the "Artist of the Month". January... starts the year off right...

Artomatic is planning to host a variation of the Glass 3 (the international exhibition US & UK artists) however, this year, it will be an international Glass + Ceramics showcase at downtown DC's Edison Gallery - the month of March is being blocked out for the opening, gallery talks, workshops, and events.  

Glassweekend will take place at New Jersey's WheatonArts this coming June 7,8,9, 2013. The international symposium of contemporary glass will have demos by Beth Lipman, Davide Salvadore, Hiroshi Yamano; the keynote speaker will be Judith Schaecter.  

Best Wishes to all for the Coming New Year!