Reflections in Glass: The Artistry of Erwin Timmers

Exhibition

February 5-26, 2022 • 11:00AM-5:00PM Daily • Free

The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville Gallery are pleased to welcome artist Erwin Timmers for his exhibition, Reflections in Glass, to take place February 5-26, 2022. A Public Opening will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 6:00PM-8:00PM and will coordinate with the Schwab Gallery exhibit, the 4th Annual Mountain Maryland Photo Contest.

About the Artist

Erwin Timmers is Co-founder and Director of the Washington Glass School and one of the DC area’s leading ‘eco-artists’. Recycling, waste, the environment and how they relate to society are recurring themes in his work – and Erwin has developed a number of courses that integrate his environmental ethos into the classroom. Erwin is currently working with architects and designers on a number of “green” projects. His work in sustainable design can be seen in some of the large public art projects he has completed, including an award winning project for the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC, and the public artwork for the LEED certified Safeway supermarket in Bethesda, MD. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) honored Erwin in 2018 with a County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts as “Outstanding Artist”.

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Artist Statement

My work references sociological and environmental issues of concern to me, primarily how we, as a society, consume and discard precious resources. Using the medium of recycled glass and experimental techniques to manipulate the medium, my work invites the viewer to consider not only the end product, but also the origin of the piece and the process of re-creation.

Some pieces examine decisive patterns in our behavior and explore the relationship between the way we live and our environment. How does the way we build affect the way we live?  What are the consequences?  Are there alternatives?  How do our surroundings affect the way we think and feel?

Other work delves into material and resource consumption.  Repair versus replace, reuse versus discard.  Upcycling trash to art.

Some pieces investigate the expression of nonverbal and abstract social themes like trust, communication, and connection.

The entire portfolio showcases the possibility and beauty of recycled material, while encouraging the viewer to consider his or her environmental impact.


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