Exhibitions, interviews, new adventures: Torpedo Factory news for January 2014

The new year is well underway, and our artists are undeterred by bone-chilling weather or dim winter light. We’re delighted to spotlight the recent accomplishments of Torpedo Factory artists near and far—and we invite you to share in their indefatigable creativity.

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“Craftsmanship, craftsmanship, craftsmanship!” The Arts Business Institute recently interviewed ceramic artist Lori Katz, who described some of the practical aspects of being a professional artist—while explaining that as she moves away from food-oriented art, her work-in-progress involves “a series of large altered vessels that don’t even pretend to want to hold fruit.”

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“It takes a village,” jokes Kelly O’Brien, praising the creativity in and around her current home base of Königstein, Germany, where Galerie Uhn will feature a solo show of her work from January 31 through February 28, 2014.

“It’s a real pleasure to work closely with other local artists, makers, and design professionals who are involved in the process of creating the work and producing an exhibition,” O’Brien wrote in a recent blog post highlighting the painters, printmakers, photographers, catalog designers, and teachers who helped make the exhibition possible.

Encompassing large watercolors and mixed-media prints, the show will focus on O’Brien’s experience moving overseas. “The title ‘Hard Tryer’ is a metaphor for what it takes to put yourself out there in a new country and a new language,” she explains. “This current body of work is a reflection of doing things daily that require small acts of courage, despite feeling uncomfortable, awkward, or unsure of the outcome.”

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From January 20 through March 30, 2014, “Town and Country,” an exhibition of watercolor and acrylic paintings by Margaret Huddy, will be on display at Enterprise Hall at the campus of George Washington University in Ashburn, Virginia. The show will include images of monuments in Washington, D.C., as well as landscapes painted en plein air in the surrounding counties.

Huddy tells us that by the end of the month, she’ll be teaching watercolor painting on the Cunard ship Queen Victoria as it sails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, around Cape Horn and across the Pacific to Australia. (She told us about the rewards of teaching painting on cruise ships to newcomers and veteran artists alike in a blog post from September 2012.

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Alison Sigethy’s year is off to a promising start. The glass-and-sculpture artist just installed 10 of her evocative Sea Core Bubble Tubes at the Sea Pearl Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia, and she’sworking on two very large Sea Cores for the Monaco Hotel in Alexandria.

“The Monaco is a Kimpton property, and Kimpton shares my belief in environmental practices,” she says, “so I’m making their sculptures out of bottle glass they save for me from their bar and restaurant.”

Sigethy was also a finalist for a NICHE Award, a program sponsored by NICHE magazine “to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.”

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