JRA Day Raffle
We're thrilled to announce the three prizes in this year's JRA Day raffle - a small glass vessel by Gary Beacham, a turned wood bowl by Phil Brown, and a leather purse by Deborah Einbinder. Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. The drawing will take place at 4:30 p.m. on JRA Day.
Buy tickets in advance by calling the JRA office at 301-907-3888 or buy them in-person at JRA Day.
We are very grateful to Frances Burka, Giselle and Ben Huberman, and Barbara Wolanin for their donations of the prizes for this year's raffle.
Deborah Einbinder is the third generation in her family in the ornamental needle trades. Since l970 she been working as a designer and leather crafts person, making one of a kind and limited edition clothing and accessories. In l987 she founded Einbender Studios (formerly Scarlet Leather) as a full-time business and began experimenting with molding leather masks using techniques borrowed from Renaissance Italy. She has found that the human face evokes echoes from our collective past and bridges differences in age, culture and background that normally separate us.
Over his 34-year career, Gary Beacham’s work has been heavily influenced by ancient glass, both in form and in technique. He has experimented with countless ways of manipulating glass involving blowing, fusing and cutting, and has become well-known for heavy, thick-walled vessel.
In 1998, he received a Silver Prize in the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa in Japan, where he has shown regularly since 1985 and in 1996, he was recognized by the North Carolina Arts Council for superior achievement by a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant.
Phil Brown worked with wood starting in his boyhood in Denver. In 1975, he purchased a lathe and began to learn wood turning with the help of a book. He was a founding member of Capitol Area Woodturners, Montgomery County Woodturners, and Chesapeake Woodturners and was active in the James Renwick Alliance.
He was inspired by the work of such modern sculptors as Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Wharton Esherick, and pioneer wood turner Bob Stocksdale.
His bowls are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Gelman Library Collection at George Washington University, Mobile Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, The Center For Art In Wood, and several major wood collections.
Eilene Sky's studio pottery was widely exhibited in the late 1980s and early 1990s in shows across the country, including at the Dallas Visual Arts Center and the New Jersey State Museum. Her work and process were featured in the Robin Hopper's seminal book "Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose."