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Workhouse Arts Center Improves New Glass Hot Shop

Friday, June 15, 2012



Contact: Camela Speer                                                                                  
Workhouse Arts Center


June 15, 2012




The Workhouse Arts Center received a $55,000 donation on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, to improve and grow the its new glass hot shop.  The only glass blowing studio in Northern Virginia opened at the Workhouse in October of 2011 under the leadership of Rick Sherbert, Director of Glass.  The studio and program have been wildly successful. On Wednesday, Ron Devine, of the Devine Family Foundation, presented Lorton Arts Foundation President & CEO John Mason with a $35,000 check from the Devine Family Foundation and a $20,000 matching donation from Richard Hausler, Chairman of the Lorton Arts Foundation Board.


Thanks to these generous donations, additions at the glass house will include a new glass blowing work station, improved student and classroom facilities, and other basic infrastructure improvements.  “These improvements will draw more professional artists and students to the glass program at the Workhouse,” stated Rick Sherbert.  The uniqueness of the Workhouse glass program is both its location in Northern Virginia and the variety of glass disciplines in one arts center.


In attendance at the glass blowing studio Wednesday evening presentation were:  The Devine Family - Ron and Brenda Devine, Ben and Jill Devine, Randy Devine, Chris Devine; John Mason, CEO; artists Rick Sherbert, Ian Kessler-Gowell and several other members of the Workhouse Glass Program.  The Workhouse Glass Program had a special glass blowing presentation and will present the Devine Family Foundation with the piece made that evening.  


The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, aims to enrich the lives of all within its reach by creating a vibrant cultural community that fosters a diverse offering of arts, education, social, and entertainment experiences. Set on 55 acres of land in the former D.C. Workhouse, the Workhouse provides a home for more than 100 of the region’s finest professional and emerging artists, classes and arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery and exhibition space, and event facilities. For more information, visit www.WorkhouseArts.org.