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A Message from Rawlings Conservatory:
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore is 130 years old this year and it will celebrate its birthday in style this December. Built in 1888, the Conservatory is the second oldest glass house in the United States.
To celebrate, the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory are hosting
“A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace”
Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 PM
The party will be set amid hundreds of flowers in the annual holiday poinsettia show, with a spectacular variety of poinsettias of all colors. The event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.
The party begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, available through the Conservatory’s website.
The Conservatory’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Show runs Dec. 1 to 30. Poinsettias, including many unusual varieties and colors, will be for sale throughout the show. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well. The gift shop is also well-stocked with books, cards, and house plants.
Visit with Santa! On Dec. 2, visitors can meet Santa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The conservatory will host an Orchid Show with the Maryland Orchid Society, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday, January 11 – 13. Admission is free, $5 donation appreciated.
The orchid – the largest and most diverse flowering plant family on earth, loved for its unmatched exotic beauty – will be in the spotlight. The Conservatory, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society (MOS) is hosting the show exhibiting MOS members’ prize-winning plants. Meet with the Conservatory’s Orchid Specialist Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information about events, the conservatory, and more visit
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Success… doesn’t come easy.
You know from experience attracting the right clientele can be difficult. Plus, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day operations of your business. The best way to break through this common barrier is learning from others’ experiences, success, and failures to think creatively about moving prospects faster!
That is why Tanglewood Conservatories in partnership with the Untangled Minds Foundation is currently developing an AIA Continuing Education Course to help architects do just that.
This course will be designed to bring architects and other professionals together to assist one another in evaluating their current processes and ways of working with clients from three key perspectives: People, Business, and Life. Whether communicating to clients the value you bring to a project or getting others to make decisions in a timely manner, this course is designed to tap into your current systems and develop it into a well-oiled machine generating MORE QUALIFIED LEADS and INCREASING REVENUEwithout working more hours!
Are you ready for MORE success?
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All proceeds donated to the Untangled Minds Foundation; a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to empowering minds through educating them about the importance of leadership and entrepreneurial skill opportunities that lie beyond traditional mediums.
Imagine being a student that loves going to class…
It’s hard isn’t it? For some of us growing up, high school was nothing more than just a place you go to hang out with friends and learn things you’ll never use once you graduate. But for the students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Production (AMP) Program, going to class is much more than sitting and listening, barely paying attention; it’s about putting your mind, creativity, and craftsmanship to the test while learning practical skills that translate to real jobs after high school.
If you were to walk into our event this past week, you would have seen a group of students passionate about making the most of their skills, and excited to start building their dreams (literally and figuratively) in the coming week. At Tanglewood, we improve our community by partnering with Caroline County Public Schools and local businesses to give students a chance to discover what drives their passion and build a career that is satisfying and will provide financial stability in an economy where university degrees aren’t always worth what they used to be. By giving students who are gifted in working with their hands an opportunity to pursue and develop their talents, we hope to prepare them to not only contribute to the economy of our community, but more importantly, to empower them to do what they love.
An important aspect of this event was giving the parents, faculty, and participating businesses a chance to interact and get excited about the coming year. And it was a big hit! One parent even said,
“For those who didn’t attend it was a missed opportunity…this program is really going to change our community and children in a great way”
And we agree. Being able to partner with several other businesses based on quality hand-made craftsmanship with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community is a privilege and wonderful opportunity to pass on our skills to the next generation of artists and craftsmen.
The world is changing, and it’s up to us to make sure students are prepared to take on the new challenges. Another parent described best why we participate in this program,
“WOW – the event was a hit! The attendance was great, and the students are genuinely excited about what opportunities there are when they graduate the program”.
We hope to inspire this feeling in every student we work with this year! When asked about the event, Tanglewood Conservatories Co-founder, Nancy Virts summed up the event perfectly when she stated,
“It really felt like a community tonight. Even though we all produce very different products, we are all working toward the same goal. It was great to see everyone and getting to know the businesses right in our backyard.”
The Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is just around the corner! This exciting opportunity is a must attend event for art enthusiasts, interior designers, and families looking for the perfect piece of functional art for their home. Creativity is on full-display from artists and craftspeople of all types, but one of our favorites is Invictus Steelworks. Truly one of a kind; it can be the perfect décor for your conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure.
A one-of-a-kind, custom piece for your one-of-a-kind, custom room.
In their profile on the design show’s website, Robert Simmons (co-founder and artist), chose to include a piece from the beautiful poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which demonstrates the fundamental motivation of Robert and his wife Beth (co-founder):
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
It is clear by the quality of Robert’s work, and passion with which he and Beth partner with their clients, that these words ring true and can be seen in every piece of functional art Robert creates. Since in 2015, Robert and Beth have worked together to build Invictus Steelworks into not only a place to buy high quality décor, furniture, and gazebos, but also an opportunity to participate in an experience solely focused on the client’s needs. As the sole designer and fabricator, Robert serves as a guide to explore their imagination to design the perfect piece for their home, office, or commercial project; he is a true artesian.
Starting as a welder apprenticing with a sculptor, Robert discovered the beauty that can be found in a light, unique design, and went on to create works of art that were displayed around the country. As he and Beth continued to grow Invictus Steelworks, they realized that functional art was the future for their business because it gave them the wonderful opportunity to work more closely with clients to satisfy their exact needs, and to build personal, hands on relationships. To make this happen, Robert often must think “outside of the box”.
Drawing on examples from historical designs and craftsmanship, much like Tanglewood, Robert absorbs these ideas and uses them for inspiration to push boundaries and experiment with concepts and ideas to improve his craft and provide the perfect complement to the client’s unique environment. Starting from a simple, hand-drawn sketch, you work directly with Robert and Beth to develop a concept, view several perspectives, and become an active participant in every stage of creation, almost as if you are creating the art and merely guiding Robert’s experienced hand in bringing your concepts to life. It is this commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to you that makes Invictus Steelworks stand out to us. We are passionate about creating beautiful works of art from historic inspiration and bringing our client’s outward expressions of their inner vision to life.
Take a stroll through some of their work. And please, do yourself a favor – check out their amazing work in person at the Architectural Digest Design Show (Booth M802) from March 22nd-25th, 2018!
Imagine… one room that will shape your family’s holiday experience for generations to come…
As a slow sleepy yawn spreads across the faces of the children, the quiet mumble of adults shuffling around the house reached the excited children’s ears. Grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, all laughing and loving as the holiday spirit filled the home and hearts of the family. From under the sheets, the children can smell the holiday dinner, prepared and baked with the special family recipe, and cascading above the rest of the delicious sides and desserts made communally by the family. It is a time for community and a time for togetherness. The children make their way to the conservatory, a place that has come to be known as the gathering spot for family events, feasts, and celebrations. From inside, they’ve watched the seasons change, the trees slowly changing from green to a beautiful array of orange and red, as if a painter runs their brush across the landscape each day. The children scan the beautiful glass of the conservatory and in the reflection; they see a history of preserving and protecting life. It continues to inspire growth not only in plants but in the children and their families alike. Its inspiration will last for generations. Inside the conservatory, the children can see how dreams, hard work, and a community can come together to make something beautiful; a legacy. They dream of a beautiful meal and family moments to be cherished. Through teamwork, their dreams are created every year, and a tradition is born. Just as the architects dreamt of providing a living example to continue to inspire these ideals in those who get to experience the conservatory.
Make the Holiday’s Last
Across the country, people are coming together to celebrate the holidays in a conservatory at events such as:
Each event is a wonderful opportunity to experience conservatories for their intended purpose; to celebrate with family and friends. Each event offers a unique conservatory to explore and in which to draw inspiration. From model trains, to hundreds of trees, to singing carolers serenading the guests, the holiday spirit will come to life under the encouragement of the conservatories.
Let us know which conservatory your family visits – Tag us on social media!
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Will you be attending?
Alan Stein says that the more he learned about building conservatories, the more impressed he became.
The co-founder of Tanglewood Conservatories with his wife, Nancy Virts, Alan will give a lecture on “Great Conservatories of the 19th Century & The Architecture Behind Them” at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore. Wine and light fare will be served at 5:30 p.m.
Joining Alan will be Daniel Russoniello, AIA, of Archer & Buchanan Architecture in Philadelphia. Dan has many years of experience in planning and design of institutional and commercial projects. He has worked with botanical gardens around the country and will speak about the relevance of conservatories in the modern age.
“Conservatories are not well understood,” Alan said, “and the importance and impact they had on architecture is not well appreciated.” He said he’ll “take people back to when they were first invented, the forces behind their development … and the sociological, technological impacts they’ve had on art and architecture as well as everything from city planning to shopping.”
An architect and builder, he said he always liked building things. He was asked to design and build a conservatory. “So we figured out how to build it. And then, somebody else asked for one. After the second one, we fell in love with them.” Tanglewood was founded about 25 years ago. Alan has also written a book, “Conservatories,” that covers the historical development and modern relevance of the conservatory, topics he’ll address Nov. 2.
The Rawlings Conservatory opened in 1888. It is the second-oldest steel framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States. Alan was visiting the Rawlings Conservatory some years ago and wanted to help preserve it and help it grow, hence his lecture, which benefits the conservatory.
“People are still building conservatories now. The technology has really changed. Why are people still building conservatories? There must be something important about the role that they play and what they are used for,” he said.
You can learn more about that role at his talk on Nov. 2. He said, “It’s going to be really interesting.”
Works that reflect nature in several different media will be part of A Greenhouse Gallery Art Auction Oct. 20-29 at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore.
As part of Free Fall Baltimore, the show is free to the public and is the second event in the Emergence Art Salon, which celebrates the synergy between art and the Conservatory.
Indeed, curator Kathleen Hamill, of K. Hamill Fine Art, has asked the artists to showcase work that is influenced by nature.
Preview party, Oct. 19 — The art will be for sale at a silent auction at the preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, which will include live music and light refreshments. Remaining art will be on sale all week at the opening bid price.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Conservatory, with artists donating at least 30 percent of proceeds.
More than 25 artists will participate; for some of them this will be the first public showing of their work.
Among the artists are Wendy Doak, who says she is visually inspired by everything around her. “My subjects vary from still life to seascapes, and my style changes from impressionist to abstract depending on my mood.”
Artist Minás Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint. He creates his textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time, according to his website.
Stephen Reichert’s work includes non-representational markings and circles. Some marks are finely and meticulously applied with brush or knife while others are pulled or smeared in larger quantities across the canvas, wood or metal, with rubber, metal, wood and plastic objects, often repeated numerous times before completion.
The show will also include some photographs by Vivian Doering and other photographers, and perhaps even a performance art piece, Kathleen said.
She thanks the committee that is managing the auction and the hospitality: Rebecca Murphy, Angela Lykos, Mitzie Hughes and Jennie Ray.
Emergence Art Salon
Oct. 20-29, during regular Conservatory hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Rawlings Conservatory, in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, at Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCulloh Street.
Greenhouse Gallery Auction: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19
Also coming up: the Rawlings Conservatory will be part of Doors Open Baltimore Oct. 28-29, when more than 50 city buildings will be open for free tours. Details at www.doorsopenbaltimore.org.
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Have you ever sipped fine wine from the cellars of Italy’s finest? Walked through some of the world’s most influential architectural buildings? Felt the atmosphere of an Italian open air market?
Education. Architecture. Entertainment.
Are you ready to explore the architectural wonders of Italy?
Italy is one of the most inspirational countries in the world. From the people to culture to architecture to the overall atmosphere, we are inspired by their different perceptions. In this tour our peers get to see and experience things never seen before or never realized was possible to create in the first place.
That is what our partners love about this trip – It is an eye opening experience to the possibilities we have yet to consider ourselves!
Also known as the “City of Bridges”, we explore Venice’s covered pontoon wooden bridges designed by Andrea Palladio, a haven for many such as Napoleon, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Our partners tour the streets of Italy, admiring the classic and modern architecture and experience the plethora of influences that inspires individuals from around the world, such as the Clocktower, Palazzo Ducale, and the Procuratie .
This last trip we found our way on the outskirts of town, wandering the foothills of the Venetian Prealps and took in the sights of friendly churches and neighborhood buildings.
But that’s not all!
What else are architects and builders saying about Tanglewood’s Tour of Italy?
Our guests also received a vibrant 2-day VIP tour to meet with Brombal’s founders, their crafts-people, tour the factory, and experience hands-on the strength, durability, and fluidity of their steel windows & doors.
Check out their experiences
We all know the importance of being able to see the product before the purchase. You want to feel it, see how it functions in the environment, and examine the quality for yourself. After all, our goal as business owners is to provide the HIGHEST quality product to our clients.
“On so many levels it was such a wonderful trip because it not only exponentially expanded my knowledge about Brombal … but also … Meeting the people that actually make the thing is really important … because if any one of those cogs in the machine go bad the whole project can go out.” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
From the factories of Brombal to Secco Sistemi and Zannata to the sites of Possagno “Home of Canova” and Carlo Scarpa “Tomba Brion”, the learning opportunities are endless. We interacted with several products such as the OS2 FXD profiles, inclining motorized sliding doors, and EBE.
“Look at the glass guys”, he observes, “those guys making those Amazing windows … it’s pretty cool seeing what their limitations are and what their abilities are because we can take our creative ideas to their tasks … and push their limits a little further, push their product a little farther” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
Our partners are not the only ones who love the product. We recently finished a beautiful sunroom and skylight feature with architect Gary Lofdahl with Clites Architects PC and their client could not be happier! Gary tells us,
“The clients say the room is like a magnet. They can’t even get the dogs out of the room!”
What artisans like Michael and many others experienced at the Brombal factory was indicative of the high quality that their firm imbues in every product they make. It’s a reflection of their superior attention to detail and pride they take in making some of the world’s finest architecture. Aesthetically appealing and yet rugged enough to withstand the worst weather your home-site can offer.
Talk with our team today about the opportunities that await you and your clients!
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Who is John Russell Pope?
Best known for his design of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, John Russell Pope set the precedence for monumental architecture. Pope designed the National Archives Building, Constitution Hall, and the Temple of the Scottish Right. Renowned for his interpretation of European classicism in a new American form, Architect and historian, Stephen M. Bedford, described Pope as a “leader in the development of highly refined and restrained American classicism.”
Why he is such an important figure in the world of classical design? Take a look at some of the works he’s completed in his lifetime. Great conservatory architecture invites you to linger and enjoy its rich details, fanciful embellishments, and sensuous curves just as these historical details allow.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce the 2017 John Russell Pope Awards, recognizing excellence in classical architecture, artisanship, interior design, and landscape architecture.
The Awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid Atlantic region. On April 21, 2017, the ICAA hosted the Awards ceremony. Tanglewood is honored to be a supporter and sponsor.
As classical architecture becomes increasingly re-discovered, the ICAA offers a forum for practitioners, enthusiasts, and students.