James Renwick Alliance Presents Spring Craft Weekend

By Editorial Team on April 9, 2018


The James Renwick Alliance Spring Craft Weekend brings the Contemporary Craft World to Washington DC.

Saturday, April 28 – Free Symposium
10am – 12pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
This free panel will feature our five Distinguished Educators, Sonya Clark, Helen Drutt English, Andrea & John Gill and Albert LeCoff. It will be moderated by special guest Stephanie Moore, Executive Director for the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.
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  • Sonya Clark has chaired the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2006 and is known for her political fiber work.
  • Helen Drutt English authored the first college-level syllabus on the history of modern craft and opened one of the first galleries committed to craft in 1973.
  • Andrea & John Gill are individual ceramic artists who have taught at Alfred University, the country’s premier ceramic institution, since the 1980s.
  • Albert LeCoff is a co-founder and Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood, an invaluable international resource for wood art.

Saturday, April 28 – Evening Celebration
5-8pm | Glenview Mansion
Patrons attend for free | $150 members | $200 non-members
Join us for an evening of craft, cocktails and light bites with emcee Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC. The evening will include an awards ceremony honoring our Distinguished Educators; a limited and exclusive auction of craft adventures; a sale of tabletop artworks; and a celebratory salute to long-time JRA members and volunteers. Unique wearable works will be available for purchase from the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Ample seating and parking available.
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Sunday, April 29 – Artists’ Studio Tour
10am – 3pm | Bus Tour
Patrons attend free | $160 members | $200 non-members
Join us for an adventurous day of flying flames and gorgeous glass featuring the home and studio of woven-glass artists Eric Markow & Thom Norris and the metalsmithing studio of Chris Shea.
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