This weekend on Saturday, May 9th, we are hosting the studio’s first ever “Creativity Jam”! Like an open house, all are invited, but everyone is encouraged to stay awhile and mess around and get creative with some studio provided art materials or bring your own project and work here. Or meet up with friends and work on something together. Coloring, knitting, collaging, stencil making, whatever floats your boat. We’ll have music playing, and possibly even some live music. We’re also going to try out our new digital projector and project some videos on a large wall, maybe even on an outside wall? We’re expecting a range of ages, from 14 on up. Doors open at 7:30. $8 covers any and all the amount of time you want to stay and be here. Some drinks and snacks will be provided as well. Hope to see you here!
Lots of great workshops coming soon! Mosaic, watercolor, landscape painting, bookmaking, lots of kid’s classes for this summer are planned and more will be added soon. See a list here. Let us know what’s your interest! Suggestions for other classes are welcome!
Hello! Although the blog part of this website has been quiet lately, our studio has been continually active! Throughout these last few cold and snowy months, we’ve been firing up the wood stove, and warming up the studio. Students have been painting, drawing, sculpting, watercoloring, doing mosaic, and all manner of other creative endeavors.
New classes will be announced soon, along with summer camps, and workshops. I will be posting more often in this spot, and will keep you informed best I can!
Studio News: Fall Open House and New Classes Now EnrollingHello! Coming up on August 29th from 4 pm-7pm we’re having an Open House. Everyone is invited (bring a friend!) It’s a great chance to visit the studio, meet some of the instructors, check out our new class offerings, and view a show of work by some of our students (by the way, we have some extremely talented students!). We hope you’ll come by and visit and maybe even sign up for a class or workshop that day!
Well! Looks like I am long overdue for a blog post ( yikes, last one was 7 months ago!). I was certainly going to post something special on our studio school’s first anniversary, but that came and went last September. Then, I planned to post a new year’s blog, recounting all the wonderful things that have been going on in the studio over the past year, but now the time for that is almost past too. The good news is the reason I haven’t been posting is because we’ve been so busy with classes, making art, and managing Tom’s growing sales this past year. So, no complaints from me. The studio, and the studio school, are thriving and we’re loving it. I do hope to post more often here. I will be updating some sections of this site over the next few days- including adding a lot of pictures of all the great artwork that has been generated in classes and workshops over the past one and a half years. Also, I do tend to post more often on facebook so if you would like to keep up my posts there, go and like our studio’s facebook page.
I will also be posting about Tom’s latest commission that he is in the process of painting right now. Very exciting !
In the meantime- I will direct you over to our class schedule and hope that we will see you soon in the studio!
Tom was invited to be in two gallery shows this month, and coincidentally, both wanted to feature sculptural pieces he did in the 1980’s, and both pieces represent angels made of steel and scrap metal.
The first piece called ” Angel with Uzi” (above) was completed in 1986 and is now being included in a show entitled : Washington Art Matters: 1940’s-1980’s, held at the Katzen Arts Center, at American University, from June 15th -August 11th. This show is based on a book with the same name written by Jean Lawler Cohen, Elizabeth Tebow, Sidney Lawrence, and Benjamin Forgey. It is an honor to be included in this show of some 80-90 DC artists. After graduating from the Corcoran in 1985, Tom had numerous one-person shows in DC, some at Walker, Ursitti, and McGinnis Gallery in the Shaw neighborhood, and then later at Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery on Dupont Circle. He participated in several group shows at the Washington Project for the Arts as well.
“Angel with Uzi” was purchased by Washington art collector, Herb White. (see 1989 Museum and Arts article ) As it turns out his estate can no longer keep this piece and has it for sale. If interested, please contact us.
Another angel sculpture that is being exhibited this summer is called Iroquois Angel and/or The Spirit of Victory. This sculpture was part of Tom’s larger installation called Drums Along the Niagara, which he made during his stay at New York State’s Artist-in-Residence Program at Artpark, in Lewiston, NY, in 1989.
Artpark was a great program that invited artists to spend 4-8 weeks during a summer to work on a proposed installation on site, which also allowed for the public to view the artists in action.
Tom’s piece consisted of three main parts: a winged figure on top of a column of oil drums, a pyramid made of oil drums, and a stone well, complete with a medusa head sculpture and a functioning fountain, all placed on the top of a plateau, near the Niagara River.
The figurative part of the installation was found years later at Artpark, in 1997. It had been too large for Tom to transport home so he had had to leave it behind. It was all but forgotten, until Irene Rykaszewski and Eva Nicklas of the Lewiston Arts Council found it, stored on the Artpark property.
Through much effort and dedication, by many people ( see news articles below), the sphere and figure part of the piece were eventually restored and installed permanently in the Joseph Davis Riverfront State Park in Lewiston in 1999.
A large photo of the original Artpark installation will be part of a show called 40 for 40: 40 Alumni Artists for Artpark’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, opening July 1, 2013, at the Lewiston Council for the Arts Center.
See some of Tom’s other sculpture here.
Finally, the weather cooperated and the last two days of work were sunny and precipitation free. Tom put the finishing touches on last night just before sunset. I went back today to photograph. It looks perfect and everyone at the winery seems to love it! Yay! Here are a few photos taken late this morning but I will definitely go back soon, maybe sometime in the later hours of the day, to get it without the strong shadows. If you want to check it out and maybe even have a nice glass of wine or two, you can get directions to the Winery at Bull Run here. Wonderful place to go on an early summer evening or Saturday afternoon, or anytime really! This weekend they have a music festival happening so call ahead if you want tickets.