Glass Woodcut Prints


Mortimer and the Octopus | 2009
left: water color and woodcut print on Rives BFK | 11″ x 24″
right: glass and oak | 16″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 32″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (open)

Kirk Waldroff, a DC-based printmaker and sculptor, uses traditional woodcut techniques to create non-traditional prints in glass, concrete and on paper. His mixed media works depict invented saints and never-told fables.

Kirk’s work was featured in the international exhibition of glass artwork, “Glass 3” in Georgetown in 2008, where he exhibited his beautiful technique that combines printmaking and sculptural glass. Kirk has a solo show of his glass woodcuts at NOVA’s Waddell Gallery opening Jan 11 titled: Saints and Fables: Prints and Print-based Sculpture

Saint Funiculus | 2009
left: woodcut on unryu | 3.5″ x 24″ | edition of three
middle: glass, oak, flourescent lighting | 9″ x 30″ x 6″
right: concrete, grout, gold leaf | 3.5″ x 24″

Theodulus and the Egret | 2009
left: water color and woodcut print on Rives BFK | 11″ x 24″
right: glass and oak | 16″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 32″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (open)

From Kirk Waldroff’s artist statement:

I draw great inspiration from art that I consider beautifully melancholy and aim to make pieces that are at once dark, humorous, and thought-provoking. I often draw upon religious imagery and enjoy employing social and historical themes as well.

Since the beginning of my education in art, I have been most attracted to printmaking. I enjoy the methodology as well as the very tactile link to the past this medium provides. In addition, printmaking is uniquely poised to integrate and borrow from new technologies and methods. My most recent glass and concrete cast-prints blend the traditional art of woodblock printing with innovative techniques in sculptural casting and are certainly the only of their kind.

Saint Cuspis | 2009
left: woodcut on unryu | 3.5″ x 24″ | edition of three
middle: glass, oak, flourescent lighting | 9″ x 30″ x 6″
right: concrete, grout, gold leaf | 3.5″ x 24″

detail of Kirk’s glass woodcut technique

Candy for Sachiko | 2009
left: woodcut print on Rives BFK | edition of one | 7″ x 32″
right: glass and oak | 11″ x 36″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 22″ x 36″ x 6.5″ (open)

Saints and Fables
Prints and Print-based Sculpture

January 11 – February 12, 2010

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, January 20, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Reception: Friday, January 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Waddell Art Gallery
Northern Virginia Community College

1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
Sterling, VA 20164 (google map)

Sculpture NOW 2010


The Washington Sculptors Group held a competition amongst its members for the Sculpture NOW 2010 exhibition opening Jan 5 at DC’s Edison Place Gallery. The juror for the show was Ryan Hill. Ryan is the Curatorial Research Associate for the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. He also teaches art courses as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and is a working artist.

For the WSG show, Ryan has chosen artworks that use non-traditional materials, explore layering and decentered compositions and reflect our information-driven society. Our Washington Glass School director, Erwin Timmers has work selected to be featured in the show.

Please join us on opening night and to see the latest works of DC sculptors: Karen Bondarchuk, Leah Frankel, Kerry Furlani, Tom Greaves, Jason Haber, Ray Hau, Leila Holtsman, James Mallos, Bill Moore, Elena Patino, Mike Shaffer, John Simpkins-Camp, Erwin Timmers, Patricia Tinajero, Elizabeth Whiteley, and Alice Yutzy.

When: Friday, January 5, 2010, 6-8pm
Where: Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery

702 8th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Washington Sculptors Group, founded in 1984, promotes an awareness and an understanding of sculpture and fosters the exchange of ideas among sculptors, collectors and the general public. For more information on WSG, click HERE.

Laurel Art Guild’s Call For Artists

>41st Annual LAG Open Juried Exhibition
The Laurel Art Guild (located in the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion) is a non-profit organization of people interested in the advancement of the fine arts. Each year, the organization has a call for artists to submit entries for their annual juried exhibition of artwork. This year is the 41st Open Juried Exhibition, and I am honored to be the judge for this year’s event.
The membership of the Guild consists of professional and amateur artists expressing themselves through a wide variety of media. The Guild strives to promote public appreciation for the support of its endeavors through community involvement.
For more information on the Laurel Art Guild, including membership and exhibition opportunities – click HERE.

Laurel Art Guild 41st Annual Open Juried Exhibition Eligibility
Any artist who resides in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (DMV) over 18 years old may submit two entries, however, only one entry per artist will be exhibited.
Any original two dimensional work in any medium, completed in the last three years and not previously shown at Montpelier Arts Center, is eligible. Framed dimensions must not exceed 48″ high X 36″ wide. Wall mounted three dimensional work that meets the specific hanging requirements will be considered.
Screening will be done by 35mm slides or jpg files on disk.

  • Show Schedule for the exhibitors
    January 29 Postmark Deadline for slides/CD
    February 15 Notifications will be available on website
    March 2 Deliver Art Work; 12-2pm & 6-8pm
    March 5 Exhibit opens to the public
    March 7 Reception 2-4pm
    March 28 Exhibit closes
    March 29 Pick up artwork; 12-2pm & 6-8pm

Questions can be referred to Sherill Anne Gross at:

Click HERE for complete Call-for-Entry prospectus pdf.

Tim Tate @ the Fuller Museum

>Artist Tim Tate will have artwork featured in Brockton’s Fuller Craft Museum in a groundbreaking show titled “The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft”, which will run from May 29, 2010 thru February 6, 2011.

Curated by Fo Wilson, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft steps beyond the boundaries that currently exist among technology, art, and craft. The artists in this exhibition use new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials – clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber – to forge new artistic directions.

Tim Tate
Longing For A Hundred Years
14x6x6 Blown and cast glass, electronics, video
Video is of a sound test from Thomas Edison. First video image of 2 men dancing ever captured.

Digital video and audio, computerized design, and other technologies are viewed as new materials to be exploited, manipulated and co-opted to enrich artistic expression. The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft examines this phenomenon and its impact on the world of contemporary craft.

Click HERE to jump to the Fuller Craft Museum website.

Miami International Art Fair


Miami International Art Fair (January 6-10) kicks off the 2010 international art fair season at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1700 Convention Dr., Miami Beach). Galleries from every continent will be presenting the best in contemporary art, photography, video, and installation art. The fair includes a lecture series featuring prominent experts in Latin American and International Contemporary Art.
From the MIA press release:

The Projects Gallery of Philadelphia will present work by the internationally acclaimed Cuban photographer, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, who represented Cuba in the III Havana Biennial and the XXI Sao Paulo Biennial. Projects will also be exhibiting artwork by: Florencio Lennox Campello, whose recent work has featured Cuba as the star of a series of mixed media paintings and etchings; Michael Janis, Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, D.C. and the Florida Glass Art Alliance’s ‘Outstanding Emerging Artist 2008-2009’; Cirenaica Moreira, who plays the lead role in her tableau-like photographs focusing on the performing arts; Sandra Ramos, one of today’s most important and controversial contemporary Cuban artists; and Tim Tate, Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, and 2003 Mayor’s Art Award winner for ‘Outstanding Emerging Artist for Washington, DC.’
Read the full MIA press release HERE

Washington Glass School artists Erwin Timmers and Anne Plant round out the show’s featured artists.

Click HERE to jump to the MIA website

Blue Spiral 1 Gallery to feature Washington Glass School artists


Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC – one of the East Coast’s premier discipline based fine art gallery will feature the work of WGS’ Michael Janis and Tim Tate in a show that will span throughout the 15,000 square-foot space. New X Three is Blue Spiral’s annual exhibition that introduces diverse artists who have never before exhibited at the gallery; offering a fresh perspective for the New Year.

New X Three
January 7 – March 21, 2010
Opening Reception Thursday, January 7, 5-8 pm
38 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Flowers in the Snow

>A tremendous snowstorm socked in the East Coast right before Christmas, dumping almost 2 feet (60cm) of snow on Washington in one day.

Neon artist Jim Manning took some shots of the snow as it piled up on his outdoor neon sculptures – his “belle garden neonies”.





Click here to see more of Jim’s artwork.

Rising Star: Anne Plant


Anne Plant “No Tillage”

Anne Plant’s artwork has had a tremendous response and has garnered the attention of a number of galleries, curators and collectors. Anne is a scientist and is a resident artist at the Glass School.

Anne’s evocative landscapes were first on exhibit at this year’s Washington, DC “Artomatic”art fair and artDC Gallery’s The Common Element show. She is now planning a show at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Gallery, and the Miami International Art Fair, with Projects Gallery of Philadelphia.

Congratulations Anne!

2008 photo of Anne Plant working at Penland School of Craft

“As a professional scientist, I explore glass as a medium because of the myriad of forms and combinations that provide opportunities for experimentation. Combining the clarity and luminosity of the glass with imbedded imagery creates both beauty and story.

These works are created with ordinary window (float) glass. These images are constructed by painting parts of the scene onto different layers of glass, which are then fused together.

In this series, the physical depth of the glass layers is used to enhance the feeling of separation, distance and atmosphere. Anne Plant

Pass Through

Winter Broads