Distinguished Artist Series 2017-18

The JRA's annual Distinguished Artist Series brings notable craft artists from around the country to provide insight into their work. 

Sept. 23-24, 2017            Alex Bernstein, Glass
Nov. 18-19, 2017             Sonia King, Mosaics
Mar. 10-11, 2018             Chris Antemann, Ceramics
Apr. 21-22, 2018             Sharon Church, Jewelry (weekend generously sponsored by Fleur Bresler)

The Distinguished Artist Series (DAS) offers a paid workshop on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Each artist discusses their work and the making involved.  The day often provides demonstrations and an opportunity for participants to experiment with the artist’s techniques. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening.  Space may be limited. Registration coming soon.

On the Sunday of DAS the JRA provides a free public lecture from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. This year’s lectures will take place at the American University at the Katzen Arts Center. Each artist has the opportunity to discuss their education, artistic influences, and careers. Frequently the audience has an opportunity to see a video of works while they listen to commentary from the artist.      

$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

 


Alex Bernstein

Alex's work combines intoxicating colors, engaging textures and enticing shapes. Through a series of hot and cold processes, he hews each piece into a form which is solid yet ethereal at the same time, such as bright plumes rising from a craggy base, or elegant spires counterbalanced against dark daggers of glass. Alex will demonstrate some of his cold techniques at the workshop.
For more information:  http://alexbernsteinglass.com

Artist Workshop: 
Saturday, September 23  |  9:30am - 12:30pm
Washington Glass School  |  3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Glass artist Alex Bernstein will discuss the making of his artwork and demonstrate some of his cold-working techniques. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited. 

Free Lecture:
Sunday, September 24  | 10am - 11am
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC


 


Sonia King

Sonia makes mosaics, a medium which celebrates both micro and macro.  She highlights the beauty and uniqueness of each tiny piece of stone or glass while placing purposefully a multitude of these "tesserae" together to build larger artworks with rhythm, texture and emotion.  Mining the relationship of each small piece to the one next to it and the space in between affords endless opportunities to create her flowing organic forms which appear "simultaneously at rest and moving."
For more information: 
http://mosaicworks.com

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, November 18  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
Glen Echo Park  |  7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo MD
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Sonia King will discuss her mosaic techniques at her Distinguished Artist Series Workshop. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited.

Free Lecture:
Sunday, November 19  | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC


Chris Antemann

Chris's figurative pieces offer a fascinating telescoping narrative -- stories within stories, contemporary commentary layered onto 18th century pieces in traditional forms. Her collaboration with Meissen, the German porcelain factory, has produced a body of work with rich insight into our own culture, a vehicle for the artist's "twisted tales" about domestic rites, social etiquette and taboos.
For more information:  http://chrisantemann.com

Artist Workshop: 
Saturday, March 10  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
White Point Studio  |  3708 Wells Avenue, Mt. Rainer, MD
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Chris Antemann will discuss her ceramic figures and her work with Meissen. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited.

Free Lecture:
Sunday, March 11  | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

 


Sharon Church

* Weekend generously sponsored by Fleur Bresler

Sharon aims to "gird" the wearer with her jewelry, to empower them with both the beauty of the piece and its "mysterious underpinnings."  Inspired by nature, and using natural materials in their construction, Sharon's jewelry has a presence and potency beyond mere ornamentation.
For more information:  http://www.sharonchurchjewelry.net

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, April 21  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
Artist & Makers 2  |  12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville MD
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Sharon Church will discuss her detailed jewelry making process. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. Space may be limited.

Free Lecture:
Sunday, April 21 | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC