Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Washington Glass School Open House

This is where I usually get 75% of my Christmas gifts and this year plan to get 100% and get my Xmas shopping out of the way all at once.

Join the Washington Glass School in its 8th annual Holiday Sale - artwork and craft from over a dozen studio artists and instructors. Artists exhibiting include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Syl Mathis, Nancy Donnelly, Sean Hennessey, Rania Hassan, Jennifer Lindstrom, David Pearcy, Anne Plant, Cheryl Derricotte, David Cook, Allegra Marquart, Chris Shea, Lillian Fitzgerald, Jim Manning, Nancy Krondstat, Debra Ruzinsky, Marty King and more!

The surrounding artist studios (Red Dirt, Flux Studio, Weiss/Stewart/Sinel, Janis Goodman, Blue Fire Studio) will be participating in the huge event, along with the Gateway Arts District’s Holiday events along Rhode Island Avenue.

Washington Glass School & Studio
Holiday Show /Open Studio / Sale
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
2 pm til 6 pm , Saturday, December 12, 2009
Free and open to the public

SCOPE reports

From the SCOPE folks:

SCOPE Art Show and ART ASIA closed Sunday, December 6, reporting doubling and tripling of gallery sales. SCOPE, Miami’s longest-running global fair in its eighth year, and second-year standout ART ASIA increased traffic by 20%, bringing in over 30,000 visitors. Both shows attracted prominent institutions, museums, and private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets from the Middle East to Japan, including Charles Saatchi, Agnes Gund, Marty Margulies, Marc & Livia Straus, The Oppenheimers, MOCA Los Angeles, MoMA New York, Guggenheim Museum New York, and artist Chuck Close.

Positioning museum-quality programming alongside an international roster, SCOPE hosted 75 galleries from 25 countries, including a section devoted to Latin American art. Founder, Alexis Hubshman enlisted curator and critic David Hunt to assemble a curatorial board of “the best up-and-coming, next-generation curators,” and Hunt’s four choices, Hubshman said, “were like kernels that popped while they were with us.”

Gallerists offered positive reports, including:

* First year exhibitor Anonymous Gallery from New York, commissioned three works by David Ellis with one going to collector Charles Saatchi, and sold several other pieces including a Romon Kimin Yang for $60,000.
* Mike Weiss Gallery sold $400,000, with two works by the newly discovered German painter Stefanie Gutheil going to Kansas’ Nerman Museum; and artist Liao Yibai selling three editions of Ring, and one Fake Bag.
* Aureus Contemporary sold 75-80% of the work they brought to SCOPE and 80% of that was new buyers.
* First year exhibitor Galeria Christopher Paschall from Bogota, Colombia sold seven pieces to a German museum.
* Irvine Contemporary and Elizabeth Houston reported a 50% increase in sales over last year.

Sister fair ART ASIA, the only Asian art fair outside its own continent, launched an entirely new curatorial platform with independent curator Leeza Ahmady titled TRULY TRUTHFUL that showcased internationally recognized artists whose works contest categorical presentations of truth and reality in the world. ART ASIA continued its film series with Yi Zhou’s THE EAR, featuring Pharrell Williams with music by Ennio Morricone, and costumes designed by Rick Owens and BBC Ice Cream. They also had a Contemporary Arab Art exhibition of non-political works focused on the humanizing factors of the culture.

Gallerists offered positive reports, including:

* Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Grotto Fine Art tripled in sales from last year (around $250,000 and $100,000 respectively).
* Kips Gallery sold six sets of work, selling more in their first time at ART ASIA than at any other fair they have attended in the past.
* Sculpture was a standout medium with RCM Gallery selling multiple pieces priced around $50,000 each. Grotto Fine Art from Hong Kong sold and had commissions for over $100,000 worth of sculptural works.
* 95% of the galleries reported strong sales including X-Power ($500,000) and Kashya Hildebrand ($200,000.)
* While Asian art might be new to the Americas, it sold to a wide variety of buyers, from local Miami collectors and buyers from NYC and CT, to Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and New Delhi.