Washington Glass Co-Director Erwin Timmers Exhibits Work at Allegany Arts Gallery in Cumberland, MD

By Michael Janis on February 15, 2022

Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery presents Washington Glass School Co- Director Erwin Timmers in a solo exhibition titled Reflections in Glass from February 5 through February 26, 2022. Timmers’ work addresses issues related to recycling, waste production, the environment, and their relationship to society.

Timmers explains: “My work revolves around ideas of sustainable design and consumption in the urgent context of pressing societal changes and deepening global ecological concerns. My artwork centers on the craft of design, combining modern and traditional fabrication techniques to develop new material-based knowledge and aesthetics of sustainability. My portfolio aims to spark specific kinds of awareness….The objects I sculpt from recycled materials are moments of intersection and influence. As boundary objects, they play with conventions of form and function, material and method, production and consumption. I work less for the purposes of critique, but rather for the potential to generate open and inviting exchanges. An artist, successfully engaged in creative inquiry, notices, seeks out, or otherwise creates the conditions for novel convergence and the overlapping and dissolution of conventional boundaries…I work at reinforcing metaphors of transformation and change.”

Timmers will also present a talk on how public art transforms communities. The event Making Our Case For Public Art is free and open to the public and all are invited to attend. The event will begin with a networking reception at 5:30PM with the program slated to kick off at 6:00PM.

Timmers is Co-founder and Co-Director of Washington Glass School and one of the DC area’s leading ‘eco-artists’. Erwin is currently working with architects and designers on several “green” design projects. His work in sustainable design can be seen in some of the large public art projects he has completed, including an award-winning project for the US EPA Ariel Rios South Courtyard Green Infrastructure Project, in Washington, DC, and the public artwork for the LEED certified Safeway supermarket in Bethesda, MD. Montgomery County honored Erwin Timmers as the county’s “Outstanding Artist” in 2018. The Museum of Glass (MOG) in Tacoma, Washington has recently acquired works by Timmers for its permanent collection.

Allegany Arts Council Saville Gallery is located at  9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 | Reflections in Glass is on view February 5- 26, 2022. Making Our Case for Public Art will host a cocktail reception Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:30pm