Monday, September 12, 2016

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Artful Flow II at Otis Street Arts Project

We're hosting this tonight down on Otis Street. 

ARTFUL FLOW II


We had so much fun flowing this July, we are back at it again.

Otis Street Arts Project and Bluebird Sky Yoga are teaming up to bring you a yoga class on Thursday, September 8. Come join us for a 60-minute all-levels flow, set to the sounds of a live DJ. Flow amidst art from Otis Street Art Projects resident artists, and spend time exploring their creative works after class.

WHEN
Thursday September 8th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) -
WHERE
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD

HOW MUCH
$15
Get tickets HERE, or pay at the door.

Organizer of Artful Flow II

Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC's most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Illuminated Glass Relief Sculpture

For the past 4 years, the majority of my glass work has been Illuminated Wall relief pieces.
I love the way the light transmits and amplifies the textures and nuances of the glass. The backlighting has allowed me to explore my more painterly style by adding layers of paint on the front, the back ,and 3 or four layers in between.

I've added most of the piece to my facebook page HERE. please check it out and share the album with anyone you know that might be interested in owning one or a few.


Friday, June 03, 2016

I'm on Patreon

I decided to put up a page on an artists crowdfunding site.

Click HERE to see my page. I could definitely use your support.
If you care to pass it along to others, I'd appreciate that too.

If you are also an artist and want to set up your own page, please do so using my referral link by clicking HERE.


Thank you.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour on Saturday May 14th Noon-5:00


Gateway Community Development Corporation welcomes you to the 12th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour in the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District, home to one of the DC metro area's most innovative and creative artist communities.

On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, from 12-5 p.m., Gateway Arts District artists, studios and galleries will open their doors to the public.  

My studio Otis Street Arts Project is excited to be participating.
I'll have some new pieces, some works in progress, some old works. 
Plenty for you to buy.

Two of our Artists will be demonstrating aspects of their studio process

1:00 Jenna North will be doing a demo of painting on water.
2:00 Hebron Chism will be showing his carving techniques.


In addition to being able to see the work of our resident artists, we'll have the fantastic Plastic Sky playing her lyrical ambient dreamscape music for you.

From 5-8pm, the Gateway Arts Center will host an After Party and an Opening Reception at the 39th Street Gallery.
Come spend the day exploring our creative spaces!

3706 & 3708 Otis Street 

We'll have maps and information for all the surrounding studios.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

SCOPE NYC


I'm exhibiting at SCOPE NYC this year with Habatat Galleries.
If you are in New York this week, swing by to say hi and see my new work in booth F11!


Stasis
3'x2'
Dream of Flight
3'x2'


Taking Stock
3'x2'


March 3-6
639 W46th Street 
NY, NY



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Exhibitions and such winter/ spring 2016

I have a few things happening right now.

Otis Street Arts Project Artists at Logan Fringe Arts Space

A number of my studio mates at Otis Street Arts Project an I have work up in the Logan Fringe Arts Space. A cool showing of our different styles and approaches to artmaking.  Come see some art. grab a drink. maybe see a few plays.

Artists:
Sean Hennessey, David Mordini, Gloria Chapa, Hebron Chism, M.L. Duffy, Liz Lescault, Alma Selimovic, GrinGoh

Reception: Thursday February 4th 7-11PM
The exhibit runs through March 1
Facebook Event Page
Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002



DC 5, a Glass Narrative at OKAY SPARK

My other studio home is the Washington Glass School. A collection of artists at WGS will be exhibiting glass pieces at OKAY Spark Gallery in Norfolk, Virginia.

Artists: Sean Hennessey, Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Audrey Wilson, Erwin Timmers.

Reception: Friday February 5th 6-8PM
Exhibit runs through March 6th

Okay Spark Gallery
801 Boush Street
Norfolk, Va



SCOPE NYC with Habatat Galleries

I will be showing some exciting new work at SCOPE with Habatat Galleries.

SCOPE NYC
March 3-6
639 W. 49th St
New York, NY



44th Annual International Glass Invitational at Habatat Gallery

I'm excited to once again be participating in the International Glass exhibition at Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan. It's a huge show with some of the worlds best artists working in glass. It's a crazy huge honer to be showing with these stellar artists.

VIP events: May 5-7th
Grand Opening May 7th 8-10 PM

Habatat Gallery
4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, Michigan



Open Studios May 14th

There will be an Open Studio Tour on Saturday May 14th for all studios within the Gateway Arts District of Prince George's County, MD

Be sure to stop by my place!

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 & 3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

I'll post more details later.



Friday, January 01, 2016

Sale on Glass Art

New Years Day Sale

I have a number of pieces in my Etsy shop available.
Enter the coupon code NY2016 to receive a 20% discount.


Click here to see what available!


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Open Studio! December 12th

My Studio, Otis Street Arts Project, along with a slew of others in the Mount Rainier, Gateway Arts District Area will be open on Saturday December 12th from Noon-5:00.

Come out and shop local!




Mount Rainier Winter Open Studios


PARTICIPATING STUDIOS

1. Artbar
3815 34th Street 
Ani Kasten, Sarah Nikitopoulos

2. ReCreative Spaces
3501 Perry Street
Yasmin Bowers, Artis Moon Amarche, Camilla Schaeffer

3. Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street
Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Veta Carney, John Hendersen, Trish Kent, Debra Ruzinsky, Syl Mathis, Laurie Brown, Diane Cabe, Chip Montague, Jennifer Lindstrom

4. Otis Street Arts Project
3706/ 3708 Otis Street Mount Rainier
Sean Hennessey, David Mordini, Gloria Chapa, Chris Bohner, Art Drauglis, Alma Selimovic, Liz Lescault, Hebron Chism, Matthew Duffy

5. White Point Studio
3708 Wells Avenue
Laurel Lukaszewski, Kate Kretz, Tamara Laird, Jo Ellen Walker, Derek Thomas Hambly, Elizabeth Vorlicek, Nathaniel Duffield

6. Orange Door Studios
3706 Wells Ave
Ellyn Weiss, Ellen Sinel, Dorothy Fall

7. Tanglewood Works, THE STUDIOS
3613 Oak Lane
Sue Older-Mondeel, Christie Otvos

8. studio v::szalus
3613 Oak Lane
Veronica Szalus

9. McClintock Painting Studio
3613 Oak Lane
Peter McClintock

10. Jackson Jarvis Studio
3600 Oak Lane #2
Martha Jackson Jarvis

11. Blue Door Studios
3704 Rear Otis Street
Alonzo Davis, Alec Simpson

12. Valerie Theberge
Shahin Shikhaliyev
3706 Rear Otis Street

13. Joe Hicks Ceramics
3709 37th Street
Joe Hicks

14. Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
*11am - 4pm
Featuring crafts and decorative objects by 19 local artists, plus work by 40 artists in the craft store. Craft beer tastings sponsored by Town Center Market.






Saturday December 12
Noon-5:00

3706/3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD
Facebook Event Page


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Glass Wheel Studio Opens In Norfolk, Va

A new art center is opening in Norfolk, Va.
One of my pieces will be on display.
Journey to the Sun
Glass, Photo, Paint, Found Objects, LED
Sean Hennessey


Check them out
Glass Wheel Studio
128 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510
Saturday 
November 14th
7:00-10:00
Grand Opening Reception

Monday, October 19, 2015

Personal Patterns at Cafritz Art Foundation Center Opens This Thursday



A Pattern of Uncertainty
Personal Patterns, a show curated by Claudia Rousseau featuring a group of truly fantastic local artists, explores the many ways in which pattern are used by artists to express their concerns, interests and identities. 



Where: 
King Street Gallery, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College
930 King Street 
Takoma Park, MD

When:   
Opening Reception, Thursday Oct 22, 6-8 pm
Artist Talks, Thursday Nov 5, 4-5 pm
Show runs until November 25

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Explaining My Work:: A Pattern of Uncertainty/ A Pattern of Stability.

This is a new post in my series Explaining My Work.

For this post, I'm going to talk about 2 brand new pieces. I've been thinking about the pieces for a long time, but i don't usually write about brand new pieces because living with the work for a time usually brings new thoughts to the conversation.

The pieces are sisters, and both are slated for a show Personal Patterns at the Cafritz Foundation Art Center in Silver Spring Maryland. 
This is the information I sent for the catalogue:

I began the works in Personal Patterns by thinking about choices we have previously made, and choices we are currently contemplating. The two pieces I have created reflect these two different issues and the underlying patterns of those mental places. 

A Pattern of Uncertainty
In the Patterns of Uncertainty, I depict doors as the options presented before us. There is an act of volition in choosing what door to enter. But also shown, is the capricious and outside forces of a child blowing wind affecting the course of a ship at sea. The interplay between our will, and the motions of the universe on our actions. 


A Pattern Of Stability

In the 2nd piece, The Patterns of Stability, I thought about decisions I’ve made in life, decisions that resulted in being held securely, but also being held, locked into place. The locks hold an ambiguous meaning of both security but also inaccessibility. A double looped knot and the emergence of a key in the imagery adds to the sense of the result and resolution of past decisions.

Both pieces are presented with a background of a pattern. For me, this is the patterns that we fall into, keeping the rhythm and reoccurring themes of our lives, but also sometimes, a predictability we try to overcome. I use the patterns from old tin ceilings to create a feeling of the age of these patterns, that they are remnants of decisions made even before we are born. The represent to me the influences on our lives, and sometimes things we are simply drawn toward. 

My work is window glass that I form into molds in a kiln. Once fired, I add drawings and photos, and paint various layers of glass. Finally the pieces are backlit, allowing the viewer to see all the subtle layers of imagery, textures, and bubbles in the glass. 




Saturday, July 11, 2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

A video on the history of the Barter Theatre

After I graduated college (with a degree in Art and minor in Philosophy) I really had little idea of what I would do. But I could build things, I had a lot of energy, I was in great shape, and i thought it would be cool to learn how to build sets.  I managed to get a job as a carpenter at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. I loved working there. Tons of amazing people, fun projects to work on, great parties. At one point I switched from being a carpenter to being a Scenic Artist.  I learned so many skills there and had a blast ( despite working about 100 hours a week and not making any money!) Eventually I left Abingdon for a job at at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

I still have such a fondness for the Barter and the handful of years I worked there.
I hope you enjoy this history of a unique theatre, and one that is close to my heart.
It's where i learned about GHOST LIGHTS.

detail


this is a detail of a piece i'm working on for an upcoming show.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Grace.

A few weeks ago, when I was at Wheaton Arts for GlassWeekend, I met an artist whose work I had admired. Simply beautiful well conceived and created glass sculpture. Then while there, I learned that she had other facets of her work that I had know about but had no idea who had created them. one project in particular is one of my favorite art/glass/culinary projects I know about.

I gushed a little bit about that to her. Now, this artist is much more well known than I am, much more connected, much further along in her career, and (seemingly ) life in general. I'm just a bumbling hack complimenting a far better artist. I've complimented many artists, as I really want to express my gratitude for people putting wonder and beauty into the world.( especially as i can't compliment them by purchasing it)  i've gotten mixed reactions to this, especially from popular artists. sometimes, i've even been brushed aside. 

With such humility and appreciation, she paused and responded, "Thank you for noticing what I do".

the response has kinda haunted me. not in a bad way, in fact in a most touching way.
People that accept the smallest of gifts with grace make me admire them even more than their gratitude over big things.


anyway, go buy her work and support her. i wish i could.











Monday, June 22, 2015

Hennessey and Chakravarty at William & Joseph Gallery

I'm very excited to be exhibiting in a 2 person show with a friend and very talented artist, Jason Chakravarty.


Kiss My Glass 

 Jason Chakravarty & Sean Hennessey


The  William& Joseph Gallery presents “Kiss My GLASS” a group exhibition featuring the glass artwork of Sean  Hennessey and Jason Chakravarty July 1-31, 2015.
             “Kiss My Glass” aims to showcase the unique glass works being created by these imaginative, up and coming artists. Far away from the traditional blown glass vases, these two artists have created a body of work that makes us laugh, makes us think and asks us to see glass in a new light - as a vehicle for narrative story telling in a three dimensional format.  

Chakravarty is a mixed media, object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and often incorporates neon for illumination. Glass can be anything; thick, thin, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, transparent, or opaque. It is the only material that can capture light. While material and notably glass are important, his emphasis is within the narrative. His most recent works are semi-auto biographical and reflect on human relationships, communication, and social networking.  He holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cal State University and a BFA from Arizona State University; he has also studied at Pilchuk Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center and and an Artist in Residency at Toledo Museum of Art and Alfred University.

Says Hennessey of his art, “The heart of my work is an examination and a suggestion of our identity in a world that places us in a struggle for harmony between our spirituality and our corporeality. My works contain messages of obstacles and of hope, of seeking and of enlightenment. I aim to create works that inspire and remind us of wonders and mysteries we have lost.  I primarily create wall relief sculptures that are representation and narrative. There is a feel of the past, but with materials and techniques of today.
Hennessey’s pieces are a mixed and multimedia combination of Glass, Concrete, Photography, Drawing, Light, Video, Paint, Found Objects, Wood and Steel.
Hennessey holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy.  He has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions

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