Flux: A Craft Exchange, Opening Night Reception

December 4, 2012

The opening night reception for Flux: A Craft Exchange was a sweet reward after a long couple of days of installation. We celebrated into the evening with visiting artists Novie Trump –founder and director of Flux Studios (www.fluxstudiosdc.com), Jessica Beels, and Elizabeth Vorlicek and we were excited to see so many people come out from the community to support these DC artists.

10.29 Flux Opening 004Satisfied, by Elizabeth Vorlicek

“Liz is a ceramic sculptor and visual arts teacher living in Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a BFA and an MFA degree. She has taught in the Arts Department at Episcopal High School in Virginia for the past seven years. She is also a curator and the of the Angie Newman Johnson Gallergy. Liz joined Flux Studios as an Emerging Artist in the fall of 2012.”

10.29 Flux Opening 006Ghost, by Laurel Lukaszewski

“Laurel Lukaszewski is a Washington, DC area based artist who has exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally…and is a founding member of Flux Studios…Laurel has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Washington Sculptors Group, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Washington Project for the Arts Artist Council. Laurel holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Ashian Studies from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl.”

10.29 Flux Opening 01010.29 Flux Opening 014The Way Home, by Novie Trump

“Novie Trump is a sculptor and installation artist working primarily in ceramic and mixed media. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for several public art works, the most recent at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. She is the founder and director of Flux Studios…”

10.29 Flux Opening 018Totem 1 through 5 (Installation), by Jeff Herrity

“Jeff Herrity had a long career in Internet marketing helping non-profit organizations…(and) after 15 years in the industry, he decided to change paths and pursue art and art education at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, where he graduated May 12, 2012. Jeff hopes to run a gallery and teach ar…focusing on how the arts can contribute to community and raise awareness of local social issues. He primarily works with ceramics, textile arts, installations, and sculpture.” Jeff has shown his work at the Corcoran, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and at Baltimore Clayworks. “His work, Target Audience was on display at The Fridge Gallery on Capitol Hill…and was included in the Emerging Artists of the Corcoran College of Art and Design show at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2009…and 2010.”

10.29 Flux Opening 022Elizabethan/Sea Urchin Necklace, by Jessica Beels

“Jessica Beels works in a variety of media, primarily handmade overbeaten flax paper shrunk over armatures. Much of her work is form-driven, addressing issues of interior and exterior space with a particular interest in the geometry of microscopic organisms, fossils, and seed pods. Jessica’s educational background includes and undergraduate degree in art history from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Early American Decorative Arts from the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. Her technical training includes extensive involvement in technical theater, as well as classes at the Corcoran School of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. She exhibits and sells her work at juried craft shows and galleries throughout the US.” Jessica is “a member of Flux Studios…and an Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory (www.torpedofactory.org)  in Alexandria, Va.”

10.29 Flux Opening 030Antler Collaboration, by Inga Hamilton & Nat Duffield

“Inga Hamilton…spends her life travelling the globe, gathering discarded skills and applying them to unusual materials in order to create large installations in galleries around the world. Her other works are transient, natural forms, left in woodland settings for the elements to reclaim. Inga’s textile and ceramic work resides in public and private collections in the USA and Europe. She has exhibited in venues such as The Chicago Cultural Centre; The Hayward, London; Clarence House; New York’s Americn Irish Historical Society; and Dublin’s Children’s Cultural Centre, The Ark.” Inga is “being offered a three month, dual-facility residency at Flux and Red Dirt Studios.”

10.29 Flux Opening 031Vernon, Count Rainier II, by Andy Hamilton

“Andy Hamilton’s…obsession with mark-making and character design spurs him on to develop groundbreaking print techniques with an old-school twist. Known equally for his guerrilla art activities and gallery installations, Andy has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Europe in exhibitions, public art projects, live paints, workshops, and residencies. Andy’s residency at Flux and Red Dirt studios will see him further explore printmaking and mark making, but this time in the field of ceramics.”

10.29 Flux Opening 001Spiral Paisley, by Tamara Laird

Tamara Laird’s “work focuses on making objects that honor and illuminate the ceremony of domestic family gatherings…In approaching this theme, I have created work that is sometimes purely sculptural, sometimes highly functional and utilitarian, sometimes purely decorative, and sometimes a playful combination of these three perspectives.” Her “current work uses porcelain, stoneware, and the paisley motif…Ornament and clay are the foundation of my artistic interests.” Tamara is an Associate Faculty member at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design, received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhode Island School of Design, and has pursued further studies at Marlboro College in Vermont, Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and The Arts and Industry Workshop in Wisconson. “Ms. Laird maintains a studio at her home in Takoma Park, and Flux Studio.”

You won’t want to miss this show. The exhibit will be available until February 22, 2013. Stay tuned for photos and information about the Odyssey show we sent to the Flux gallery in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.

10.29 Flux Opening 098The crew and friends

A big thanks goes out to Craggie Brewing Co. for providing the beverages!

Find out more about the artists at their respective websites…

Jessica Beels, http://www.jbeelsdesign.com

Andy Hamilton, http://www.MyTarPit.com

Inga Hamilton, http://www.ingahamilton.com

Jeff Herrity, http://www.jeffherrity.com

Tamara Laird, http://www.tamaralaird.com

Laurel Lukaszewski, http://www.LaurelLukaszewski.com

Novie Trump, http://www.novietrump.com

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