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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rare Find- Artist Studios For Rent in Bethesda, MD

For artists looking for studio spaces near DC, There are a few smaller artist studio spaces left at the Westwood Center  II off River Road.

Send inquires directly to Joumana Moukarim, moukarim2000[at]yahoo[dot]com
See information on attached Flyer. 

Small studios that are available to rent. 
"It's interior space with large windows at the front that look into the shopping center. Relatively high ceilings- 9 feet I believe- and good lighting. There is heating and cooling. Utilities included. Space is set up for wifi, cable etc. It used to be a photography studio. There are several smaller rooms with doors left- 71 SF, 43 SF, 66 SF, and a larger room 116 SF as well as 84 SF storage space that can be shared. Artists can sublet one or several of the smaller rooms."-JM

Correction: The studios are located in Bethesda, MD near Washington, DC.


Thursday, August 04, 2016

"Art from South Africa: Showcasing Passion, Humanity and Diversity"


Vula Amehlo Art is proud to present a visual art exhibition by 12 South African-based artists: 
Layziehound Coka, Rhona Gorvy, Jemmiro (Mozambique), Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Tshepo Masopa, Neo Matloga, Ephia Mmbidi, Pebofatso Mokoena, Petros Mwenga (Zimbabwe), Mongezi Ncaphayi, Bambo Sibiya, and John Taouss Tuyisabe (Rwanda/Uganda) 

Their wonderful and inspiring artworks include oil and acrylic paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, ink drawings on canvas, collage (from recycled prints, traditional African textiles, etc.), original prints (etching, drypoint, linocut, aquatint, screenprints, monoprint) and multi-media work. All of these artists have participated in successful shows in South Africa and the United States (Washington and New York), as well as other countries. 

Vula Amehlo Art, founded in 2011 by Anne Gordon, aims to promote the artwork of these and other artists based in South Africa. 

Please join us on August 5th, 6th and 7th 2016 at the Yellow Barn Gallery!!! 
A reception will be held between 4 and 7 pm on Saturday, August 6th. 

The gallery hours will be Friday 6 to 8 pm, Saturday 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm 
For more information contact Anne Gordon at vulaamehloart at gmail dot com 

This show is dedicated to Rhona Gorvy, a life-long artist and humanitarian, who sadly passed away at the age of 94 in July 2016 – a huge loss to the South African arts community. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Indiegogo Funding for DC mural book

Perry Frank began documenting DC’s murals in 1996 with the goals of making the magnificent public art more accessible and meaningful, and of preserving the city’s mural story for future generations. Over the years we have lead tours, produced public programs, and organized exhibitions. We have pursued our vision with small grant funding and the sweat equity of associates, advisors, and interns. Most recently we received a grant from HumanitiesDC to organize a public program on the early history of murals in DC (c. 1970-85) to accompany publication of an article on the same subject.

DC Murals is now taking the next step—we are planning to publish a coffee table book that will capture the vital mural scene in the nation’s Capital. The book will draw on our extensive archive of images and interviews to showcase and interpret murals from 1970 to the present, representing all eight wards and many city neighborhoods. It will include profiles of the artists and a list of donors.  

Washington is the only major mural city in the country that does not have a mural book—some have several. Beautiful reproductions and interpretive text will electrify residents who are surrounded by the art, and amaze visitors who know Washington only as the “Federal city.” To support development, design, and publication of the book, we are launching a Crowd Source funding campaign through Indiegogo. We’ve attached a link to a video explaining our project. I hope that you will take a look and donate now, so that we can have the book ready to go by the end of the year.


Perry Frank is Founding Director of DC Murals: Spectacle and Story

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This Wednesday - Art in Context: Ireland

Foreign Policy for Arts Leaders

Join Hillyer Art Space for a panel discussion exploring how contemporary artists are changing perceptions of Irish identity and how they exist within broader socio-economic conditions.

Wednesday, June 8th, 1:30-3pm (Registration starts at 1:15) 
Please RSVP - Click Here to Register

Panelists include:
Norman Houston, Director, Northern Ireland Bureau
Claire Fitzgibbon, Consular & Cultural Affairs Counsellor, Embassy of Ireland
Matt Torney, Associate Artistic Director, Studio Theater; and
Jackie Hoysted, Curator and Visual Arts Director, Solas Nua

Moderated by Allison Nance, Director of Hillyer Art Space
The goal of Art in Context events is to showcase artists and artwork in the broader social, economic, political context in which they exist. When members of the arts, economic, foreign policy, and academic communities come together and increase their understanding of subject matter outside of their respective fields, they can establish new connections and pathways of thinking, which will in turn allow them to become better informed, conscious leaders.

This panel is in conjuntion with our June exhibition Repression, Resurgence, Reemergence: One Hundred Years of Re-possessing and Re-appropriating Irish Identity.
This curated exhibition is presented in partnership with Solas Nua. Curated by Jackie Hoysted, this exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. Twelve visual artists for whom Ireland is their own or their forefathers' birthplace or, their adopted home, were invited to create works that investigate Irish cultural identity. 

An evening of Irish culture! 
Thursday, June 16th, 6:30-8pm

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a pivotal point in Irish history that served as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. Hillyer has partnered with Solas Nua to present a curatored exhibit featuring work that investigate Irish cultural identity.
On June 16th, curator and artist Jackie Hoysted will lead an Irish Ogham Script (temporary) tattoo activity and artist a poet Bart O'Reilly will perform a poetry reading. Irish refreshments will be served.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202.338.0325

Gallery Hours: Mon 12-5 pm; Tue-Fri 12-6 pm; Sat 12-5 pm; Sun 11am-5pm, and by appointment

Hillyer is always closed the week leading up to the first fFriday of the month for installation of new exhibitions, with the opening receptions 6-9pm for Dupont First Friday Gallery Walk. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

L E S L I E H O L T - Unspeakable at The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center

Curator's Office in Conjunction with
The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center

L E S L I E   H O L T

May 14 - June 25
Opening Reception:   Saturday, May 14       5 - 8 pm 

This reception is also the Gateway Open Studio Tour After Party. 
Refreshments will be provided by Gourmet by Karen.
Free and open to the public.

The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center
Second Floor      
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Gallery Hours: 
Thursdays      7 - 9 pm 
Saturdays    12 - 3 pm
and by appointment

Curator's Office is delighted to join The 39th Street Art Gallery / Gateway Arts Center in co-promoting an exhibition of noted feminist artist Leslie Holt.  In her recent series, Unspeakable, Holt embroiders meticulous line drawings of figures sourced from Pablo Picasso´s famous political war lamentation, Guernica(1937) and its preparatory sketches. Other artistic sources for her figures include the women in Vincent Van Gogh´s Sorrow (1882) and K├Ąthe Kollwitz´s Hunger (1922). 

Situating these figures on unprimed canvas besides puddles of dripped paint or on blank grounds, Holt imbues the composition´s negative space and the canvas´s very materiality with ghosts of expunged drama. The paint stains are substitute loci of crisis; the embroidered lines are umbilical cords to unseen tragedy. That which is not visible is indeed unspeakable.

About the Artist 
Leslie Holt is an American artist based in Hyattsville, Maryland.  She is  
recognized far and wide for her Hello Masterpiece series of paintings. Holt copies instantly recognized paintings in miniature, faithful in all respects to the original, save for the addition of the Hello Kitty character appropriately inserted into the action. Her work is featured in a book that analyzes the Japanese icon as both art and commodity in Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific by Christine Yano.

She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University. She is currently Co-director of Red Dirt Studio, 
a warehouse studio for a small group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Leslie has taught studio art, art history and art appreciation on the college level since 2001. She has also worked as a social worker and advocate for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and people receiving welfare benefits. From 2009-2012 she served as founding board president and then executive director of VSA Missouri, a statewide organization that promotes access to arts for people with disabilities.

In addition to her studio practice, Leslie teaches at Art Works Now in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Greenbelt, Maryland, and online for Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She has exhibited her work nationally and is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and Curator's Office in Washington , DC.
About Gateway CDC
Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Prince George's County, Maryland. It drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. 
Image Above: 
Leslie Holt, Unspeakable (Guernica Sketch #7), 2016,  
acrylic and embroidery on canvas, 20" x 16"

Curator's Office 
+ 202.360.2573

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Touchstone Gallery Celebrates 40 Years

May 4 – 29, 2016

Hors d’Oeuvres provided by Acadiana Restaurant
Brazilian music by Tom Rohde, guitar and Pablo Regis de Oliveira, cavaquinho
(Free and open to the public)

40th Anniversary Show including artwork by 50 current and 40 former gallery artists.

Exhibiting Artists: Lina Alattar, Steve Alderton, David Alfuth, Linda Bankerd, Ann Barbieri, David Beers, Harmon Biddle, Jo Ann Block, Jill E. Brantley, Richard Braswell, Dana Brotman, Chica Brunsvold, Roberto Carvalho, Danny Conant, Marcia Coppel, Tory Cowles, Charlie Dale, Lionel Daniels, Mari DeMaris, Anthony Dortch, Susan De Serio Faden, Susan Feller, Connie Fleres, Elaine Florimonte, Michelle Frazier, Pamela Frederick, Jeanne Garant, Judith Giuliani, Robert Goebel, M. Alexander Gray, Marco Gutierrez Zevallos, Patricia Helsing, Angela Herbert Hodges, Carolyn Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Leslie A. Johnston, Peter Karp, Aleksandra Katargina, Nihal Kececi, Makda Kibour, Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, Chee-Keong Kung, Harvey Kupferberg, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Cathy Leaycraft, Carl Lennartson, Francine Livaditis, Teresa RobertsLogan, Carol Lopatin, Marge Loudon Moody, Shelley Lowenstein, Rosemary Luckett, Mary H. Lynch, Kate McConnell, Pete McCutchen, JoAnn McInnis, McCain McMurray, Newton S. More, Bill Mould, Georgia Nassikas, Minna Nathanson, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, Leslie M. Nolan, Nancy Novick, Mary D. Ott , Mark Palmer, Cheryl Parsons, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Lauren Rader, BD Richardson, Ron Riley, April Rimpo, Michelle Rogers, Colleen Sabo, Amy Sabrin, Claudia Samper, Rhona LK Schonwald, Rima Schulkind, Janathel Shaw, Connie Slack, Janos Somogyi, Maureen M. Squires, Tre, Mary Trent Scott, Lisa Tureson, Rosa Vera, Gail Vogels, Gale Wallar, Jonathan Wassom, Ellyn Weiss, Janet Wheeler, Melissa Widerkehr, Patricia Williams.

“Do I Know You?” by Paula Lantz
Paula Lantz presents part of an on-going theme of boldly painted and collaged abstracted figures.

"A Few of my Favorite Things” by Colleen Sabo
This show will feature all new work completed within the past two years in oils. Included will be landscapes, city scenes, florals and still lifes, with an emphasis on French landscapes.

Touchstone Gallery, one of the longest-tenured and most highly regarded artist-owned galleries in Washington, DC, will celebrate its 40th year in Washington on May 13th with an Anniversary Gala and May 4-29 member artists show, featuring solo artists, Paula Lantz and Colleen Sabo, and works by former members. The gala and show are open to the public. 

Touchstone Gallery was founded in 1976 by 30 talented and committed artists and has become an institution in the DC arts community. The Gallery has earned a well-deserved reputation for showcasing a wide range of award-winning contemporary art, including painting, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. 

“Touchstone continues to be a collective creation of DC area artists,” explained Rosemary Luckett, a Touchstone collage artist and art teacher. “Our goal is to enrich the community by promoting art, making it accessible, available, and affordable.” 

Touchstone Gallery moved  in 2010 to its current location into custom-built space at 901 New York Avenue NW. With street-level prominence, it is the most elegant space to date, and is located between the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; it is also just across from CityCenterDC and near three other art galleries. 
Touchstone Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday-Sunday 12-5. The gallery offers its unique space for special event rentals. 

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Tel: 202-347-2787

Open Studios Tour This Saturday, May 14, 12-5pm in Gateway Arts District

Open Studio @ Project Space 

A N N E   M A R C H A N D
A Preview of New Work
Anne Marchand, Parallel, 72"x72" m/m on canvas

Meet the Artists

May 14, 2016
Opening: Saturday, 12 - 5 pm 

12th Annual Gateway Open Studios Tour

Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio  +  Anne Marchand Project Space  +  Njena Surae Jarvis Studio
Join us for this one day celebration of the arts in the Gateway Arts District. Visit the Project Spaces at Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio and see new work by Anne Marchand, the work of Martha Jackson Jarvis in her Mt. Rainier Studio and the studio of Njena Surae Jarvis.

3600 Oak Lane, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
Anne Marchand new work, artist in residence @ Project Space.
Martha Jackson Jarvis working on Mill Stone, a 6,000 lbs. public art sculpture in her studio.
Njena Surae Jarvis work in Project Space B.
Top - Anne Marchand, parallel, 2016, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 72"x72".
Bottom 1  - Anne Marchand, Work in progress in the Project Space, 2016.
Bottom 2 - Martha Jackson Jarvis, Mill Stone, a 6,000 lbs. public art sculpture   in the Artist's Studio, 2016.

Bottom 3 - Njena Surae Jarvis work, 2016.
Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio +  Project Spaces
3600 Oak Lane
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

The studio is located at the end of Oak Lane with entrance at the back of the building. Street Parking, walk to end of building and turn right.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gateway Open Studios Tour This Saturday, May 14th!

Click to learn more and download a map:

#OST2016 will be an exciting and family-friendly event that will include live art demonstrations, kid-friendly activites, and live music performances. Immediately following the tour will be the official #OST2016 after party and kick-off reception for a new exhibit at the 39th Street Gallery (from 5-8pm inside the Gateway Arts Center).

2016 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - May 14 & 15

Saturday, May 14, 10am - 6pm

Sunday, May 15, 10am - 5pm

Fine art created by 130 artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.
Located in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues.

Admission to the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is FREE.

Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios, May 14 & 15

May 14 – May 15
May 14 at 12 PM to May 15 at 5 PM

18 artists, who are part of the “Mid City Artists” collaborative, will open the studio doors of their own unique galleries, homes, garages, carriage houses, live/work studios, and studio collaboratives on Saturday May 14, and Sunday, May 15th, from 12-5pm, as part of The Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios Tour.

This bi-annual event in DC’s “Mid-City” – in and around the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods – enables art-lovers to connect personally with artists and learn more about how and where they make art. Their diverse works include: drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media.

Plan your studio visits by mapping your route on the downloadable Tour Map, which also features personalized “open” times at each studio: