Friday, November 28, 2014

Videofest, Open-Call at Brentwood Arts Exchange

Saturday, February 7, 10 am
All-screened Videofest 
All-screened Videofest
Videofest is an open-call feature of short film and video work by regional producers. Presented to the public in a social and appreciative atmosphere, the one-day festival is a showcase of known and unknown talent alike. All entries received will be shown, and a panel of judges will select one work to receive the title of “Best in Festival” and a $300 cash prize.

All submissions must be at the gallery by 5:00 pm January 12, 2015.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange All‐Screened Video Fest will be Saturday, February 7, 2015.

This call is open to all artists and filmmakers 18 years of age or older who live within 250 miles
of Brentwood, MD. Submissions are limited to one video per artist/filmmaker.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Phil Davis, Acting Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange
tel. 301‐277‐2863; tty. 301‐446‐6802; fax. 301‐277‐2865
phil.davis at

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is a facility of The Maryland‐National Capital Park & Planning
Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural
Heritage Division. Arts programs of the Maryland‐National Capital Park & Planning Commission,
Department of Parks and Recreation are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts
Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive

Monday, November 24, 2014

'Here Today...' art exhibit marks 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

DMV artist Rebecca Clark's drawings combine with Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers to make a powerful image, Silent Spring.

Silent Spring is being exhibited in 'Here Today...' exhibition marking 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in London at The Old Sorting Office. The show is up from November 25th through December 17th. Check out the remarkable work in the exhibition at

See the moving image here: 

You can see more of Rebecca Clark's work at

BlackRock Call for Entries for 2016 is Open! Submit Your Proposal!

The BlackRock Call for Entries for 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals is now open! We encourage artists, curators, and coordinators for artist groups, art collectives and arts organizations — who live in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia — to apply. The deadline is December 19, 2014.

New this year … Online Submissions! (Powered by Submittable)

Call for Entries: 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals
BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD)
Entry Fee: $35

BlackRock Center for the Arts is currently accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in 2016. Visual artists, independent curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who reside in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. BlackRock hosts monthly gallery exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and established artist working in all media. Proposals will be reviewed by the following panel of three jurors: Jeffry Cudlin, Helen Frederick and Andrea Pollan. The Deadline for submission is Friday, December 19, 2014.

To view the full Prospectus and submit entries online, please visit:

Cory Oberndorfer - Pop Everlasting Exhibit at BlackRock

Mother Nurture - Jacqui Crocetta, Freya Grand and Ellen Sinel

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 phone: 240.912.1050

Friday, November 07, 2014

Sat. Nov. 8 - Dedication of Public Art Project "Here to Here" for St. Elizabeths East

Dedication of Public Art Project Here to Here for St. Elizabeths East:

Saturday | November 8 | 2014 | 11:00 AM

St. Elizabeths East Campus, Gateway Pavilion
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE Washington, DC

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) are pleased to announce the dedication of Here to Here, a vibrant installation creating connectivity at St. Elizabeths East Campus and the Gateway Pavilion from one end of the green space to the other. The artwork by Sheila Crider is commissioned by DCCAH and DMPED, as part of the St. Elizabeths East Way-Finding Public Art Project.  

Here to Here consists of 24 brightly colored triangular aluminum sculptures that activate the extent of the lawn in front of the Gateway Pavilion, a temporary community space on campus utilized for various activities. Sheila Crider's design for the sculptures was inspired by the rooftops of the historic campus buildings and based on chain link fencing and directional arrows.

DCCAH Logo, Mayor's one city logo and DC logo

Commissioners: Judith Terra, Chair | Marvin Bowser | Susan Clampitt | Christopher Cowan | Edmund C. Fleet | Antoinette Ford | Rhona Wolfe Friedman | Alma H. Gates | Darrin L. Glymph | Barbara J. Jones | 
James E. Laws, Jr. | Rogelio A. Maxwell | MaryAnn Miller | José Alberto Uclés | Gretchen B. Wharton

Action on Gazette's Intention

I have just learned that The Gazette newspapers intend to terminate Dr. Claudia Rousseau's visual arts review column this coming Friday (Nov. 7). This is part of an apparent planned decimation of arts coverage in general by the Gazette newspapers (owned by the Washington Post).
We cannot just stand by and meekly allow this to happen. It is time for supporters of the visual arts to react by calling The Gazette, emailing them, writing them an old-fashioned letter, etc.
I suggest that you contact Will Franklin at and send him an email on the subject.

Lenny is correct! We, the arts community, cannot stand around and meekly allow this to happen. For those of you who care about the arts coverage, it's time for action in the form of phone calls, emails or letters to voice your concerns. We need a lot of your voices heard! Take action! Contact Will Franklin at and send him an email on the subject.

Here's a copy of the email that I sent to Mr. Franklin tonight.

Dear Mr. Franklin, 

I am disappointed to hear that The Gazette intends to eliminate the arts review column by Dr. Claudia Rousseau. The coverage of the visual arts is a critical part of news media. I am a reader of the Gazette because of Dr. Rousseau's columns on the visual arts. Without the cultural component of visual arts in The Gazette, you do a disservice to your community of readers. I ask that you reinstate Dr. Rousseau's column and commit to the cultural literacy of our community.

Even with economic pressure, there are ways that The Gazette can bring fresh visual arts news to its readers via its online format. The community needs more arts coverage, not less. I reiterate to reinstate Claudia Rousseau's visual arts column. 

These are the times that a newspaper like yours can be a leader in presenting creative thought and ideas. Claudia Rousseau's column adds insight and critical thought to the region's art scene. With an established reputation as an art critic, Ms. Rousseau has brought her vast knowledge of the visual arts to your readership for the past 11 years.

I firmly ask that you address The Gazette's commitment to the visual arts and to be a contributor to your readership by fulfilling your mission to deliver high quality news. 

Warm regards,

Anne Marchand

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Washington Craft Show

Design & Fashion Visionaries! 

The Washington Craft Show invites you to meet and purchase beautiful work from some of the most exciting designers of fashion for your home or personal adornment.  You'll find the latest works of art from some of the very best established and emerging artists in the country today!

The 27th annual WASHINGTON CRAFT SHOW, October 31 thru November 2 at the Washington Convention Center.
Koji Tanaka - Wood
Koji Tanaka - Wood
This year marks the event's 27th anniversary, and the show promises to deliver something for everyone.

You'll find amazing works of art in basketry; ceramics; decorative and wearable textiles; furniture; glass; jewelry; leather; metal; mixed media; paper; and Wood. Some of the objects you will find at the show are functional, others purely decorative. Every item at the show will be either one-of-a-kind or limited edition. 
Stephany Greene will sign copies of her book on Saturday, Nov. 1 following the fashion show
Watch the latest installment in this Peabody Award-winning series exploring America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade before it debuts on PBS!.

Friday, October 31

1pm:"From the Ordinary, the Exceptional"  
Lecture by jewelry artist Debra Adelson (Collingswood, NJ) who will share with our audience her method of turning an ordinary block of acrylic into amazing high-fashion jewelry. 

3pmFashion Show featuring work by more than 3-dozen fashion artists whose work will be in the show

Saturday, November 1

1pm: Fashion Show featuring work by more than 3-dozen fashion artists whose work will be in the show.
Following the fashion show, DC Fashion Expert Stephany Greene will sign copies of her new book,Stephany's Style Secrets; 7 Steps to Live and Dress Your Best.

3pm: "Re-Imagined - Re-Designed"  
Lecture by jewelry artist Marianne Hunter (Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA), who will demonstrate ways in which she repurposes estate jewelry to give it new life and new purpose. 

Sunday, November 2

1pm: "Embracing Imperfection"
Lecture by jewelry artist Lori Meg Gottlieb (Owings Mills, MD), who will discuss her transition from surgeon to jewelry artist, and how she turned a seemingly tragic event into a successful new career.

2pm:  Washington Craft Show Jewelry and Metal Walking Tour
Come walk the show with Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.  Gwynne will focus this tour on artists who use color in innovative and unique ways to bring depth and detail to their work. 

Walter E. Washington
Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC
Friday, Oct. 31 ~ 10am-8pm
Saturday, Nov. 1 ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, Nov. 2 ~ 11am-5pm

Admission  $15
Seniors $14 / Under 12 free
After 6pm Friday, $6

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Friday, September 26, 2014

29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Call for Artists

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards in the fall of 2014. In addition to revealing winners in five arts and three teaching categories, the program will celebrate the District’s creative industries in the arts and entertainment community.  The Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking DC resident artists in all arts disciplines–dance, music, theatre, spoken word, etc.– to volunteer to be part of the opening number of the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Artists, ages 10 and above, at any level and of any artistic discipline are encouraged to participate in an exciting parade-like opening to showcase the arts.
Participants must be a DC based artist (includes arts educators, theatrical technicians, art administrators, etc.) and available on the day of the event and the rehearsal day-Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28th (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) and October 29th (5:30 – 7 p.m.) The rehearsal and main event will take place at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW, WDC 20052.
If interested in participating, please send an email with the following information included:
  • Name
  • Organization (optional)
  • Artistic Discipline
  • Age
  • Cell Number
If a minor (under the age of 18), include:
  • Parent’s name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
All participants will be contacted directly with an image release waiver, rehearsal schedule and outline of performance. Deadline to register for participation is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Email all information to

Monday, September 15, 2014

Emerge Fine Art in Houston

Please join Emerge Fine Art for the Houston Fine Art Fair

September 18 -21

Booth #406


Anne Marchand, Water Wheel, 36 x 36"

Artists Represented: 
Anne Marchand, Bob Rankin, Piero Zuccaro
 September 18 - Opening Night Preview 

Benefits Asia Society Texas Center @
NRG Center (formerly Reliant), Houston, TX

Phone (919) 380-4470
info [at]

Peter Quinn, Mei Mei Chang & Mariah Anne Johnson at Montgomery College

Montgomery College’s new Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents Peter Quinn’s Gravity Drawings: The Mark, Action, and Motion in the Open Gallery. The exhibit will open September 22nd, with a reception on September 25th from 6–8 p.m. 

Gravity Drawings kicks off the Open Gallery’s new themed season, Mark, Trace, Impact. Peter Quinn’s charcoal drawings are a collaboration between the artist and gravity. Rolling a burnt sphere of wood on a sheet of paper, Peter creates dynamic, unexpected, and evocative forms. 

September 22– November 6
Reception Thursday, September 25 from 6–8 p.m
at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, where the gallery is located. 


Mei Mei Chang & Mariah Anne Johnson Exhibit at the King Street Gallery
DC‐based artists Mei Mei Chang and Mariah Anne Johnson, both artists‐in‐residence at Montgomery College, present new installation‐based works at the King Street Gallery. These colorful works will transform the gallery and encourage viewers to engage with space in new ways. 

September 15–October 16 at the King Street Gallery.
Reception Thursday, September 25 from 6–8 p.m. 
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910

La Bestia, Sweet Mother (An Immigrant's Tale): from New York's East Village to theTakoma Park Community Center, September 27, 2014

La BestiaSweet Mother,
An Immigrant's Tale

A bit of New York City's East Village comes to Takoma Park

Saturday September 27, 2014. 7:30 pm 

The Theater at the Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Contact: Emily Cohen, Management Assistant, 301-891-7266
EmilyC @

La Bestia: Sweet Mother, An Immigrant's Tale is a musical and dance performance which was developed and debuted in New York's East Village in 2014, having played at Theater for the New City, as well as the 14th Street Y Theater.  This dance/music event is a ballad which tells the story of Valencia, a Honduran immigrant who suffers indignities and threats to live her dream: coming to the United States to start a new life.  It is told as myth, a story within a story within a story, bringing together the timeless and the particular. 
The musical component, created by Desiree Miller (Cello) and Becca Weiss (singer) underscores the libretto (by Tom Block) with virtuosity and a variety of styles.  The concert will include a special guest appearance by Liz Higgins, who will dance her own original choreography, created for this show.  Liz has traveled the world dancing for the Nikolai Dance Company, as well as dancing at the Joyce Theater (NY), Kennedy Center (DC) and many other venues around the country and world.
Music reviewer Colin McGuire (Frederick, MD News-Post) noted: "Impressive and ambitious don’t even begin to scratch the surface. Becca Weiss has a richly perky voice that jumps from spoken-word to harmony-laden on a dime. Paired with cellist Desiree Miller, who fills out an empty background with a palate of colors that would make Georgia O’Keeffe blush, the attack works fantastically . . . The level of difficulty behind “La Bestia: Sweet Mother” is both exceptional and uncommon.  Miller and Weiss wrote and performed the music, and while it was recorded in New York’s East Village, you almost want to believe it was created somewhere within the depths of your own psyche — the whole thing simply feels that personal.  An amalgam of talent combines with otherworldly goals here, and it all adds up to one big Wow."  
Running time 50 minutes, including dance.

Suggested donation: $10

CDs available for sale: $5

Friday, September 12, 2014

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2014 Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As members of the creative community your attendance, participation, and advice are vital to the success of our agency. We invite you to take part in our Annual Meeting and offer your feedback on how we can best serve the residents and visitors of the District of Columbia.
Please RSVP here by Friday, September 19th. We look forward to meeting with you. Again, thank you for your support.
Light refreshments will be served.
Limited seating, admittance as space is available.
Have questions about DCCAH 2014 Annual Meeting? Contact DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities