Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Project 4 presents :
Blown glass by Ron Desmett

April 25 - May 6, 2007
Reception: Sunday, May 6, 4:30 - 7:00pm

This exhibition at Project 4 is being held concurrently with Ron Desmett's lecture at the Renwick Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of the James Renwick Alliance's Distinguished Artist Series. Ron and his wife Kathleen Mulcahy will also be giving a glass blowing demonstration and workshop at DC Glassworks in Hyattsville, MD. Ron Desmett's opaque, black glass "Lidded Trunk Vessels" challenge common perceptions and applications of the material. The process consists of blowing glass into molds comprised of wetted tree trunks that must be pulled away while the glass is still molten. This spectacular achievement conquers the overhangs involved and masters the split-second timing required in the process. Each sculpture is formally unique but the series of work shares an interiority where beauty resides within the dark angular recesses of the forms.

Saturday, May 5, 10:00am - 3pm
At the DC Glassworks in Hyattsville, MD. Open to glass artists, collectors and art lovers.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED Download registration form here

Working with the assistance of his wife, glass artist Kathleen Mulcahy, Ron Desmett will recreate a blown glass vessel from a body of work entitled Crossings, one of which was acquired by the Renwick in 2003. The artists will also demonstrate (on a smaller scale) how the Lidded Trunk Vessels are created through blowing black glass into hollowed tree trunks.

Saturday, May 5th
Open to workshop attendees and Renwick Alliance members
Download registration form here

Renwick Gallery of Art
Sunday, May 6, 3:00pm

Ron Desmett will speak about the development of his work, including the shift from painting to glass. The lecture will include a slide presentation and short video about the Pittsburg Glass Center founded by Ron and Kathleen in 1991. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Contact: Anne Surak, Director
Project 4
903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001 (intersection of 9th Street and U street NW).
202 232 4340

Hours: Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.

Metro Access: Project 4 is easily accessible by metro, located one block east of the green line U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station, 10th Street exit.

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