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Monday, September 17, 2018

Diversity and Identity: Renée duRocher

"Renée duRocher has taken her place in the Canadian visual arts community through patience and determination. Her exhibition, Diversity and Identity, is inspired by a recent visit to northern Vietnam and the literary work of Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thùy. Diversity and Identity tells the stories of this journey. Rice fields, lush tamarinds, and characters dressed in traditional costumes poetically illustrate her trip. Combined with literary snapshots selected by novelist Kim Thùy, the selected pictorial works are enhanced and focus upon the Vietnamese community."

The exhibition is open from July 30, 2018, through October 27, 2018. The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
The exhibition is sponsored by Bombardier, Inc.
Canadian Artist Ponders ‘Diversity and Identity’ in Visual Diary of Vietnam By Kate Oczypok 

duRocher has another exhibit in D.C. at the Zenith Gallery, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Traveling Full Circle through January 5, 2019. 
FEATURING ARTISTS: Lisa Battle  Richard Binder  Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis)  Renée duRocher  Anne Marchand Jerome Parmet

Thursday, September 06, 2018

ZENITH GALLERY Reception - September 14, 2018

Show Dates: August 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Meet the Artists Reception: Friday September 14, 5-8 PM

FEATURED ARTISTS: Lisa Battle, Richard Binder, Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis), Renée duRocher, Anne Marchand, Jerome Harris Parmet


L-r: Coeur by Lisa Battle, Blue Fish-New Fish  by Jerome Harris Parmet, 
Bringing People Together by Richard Binder 

L-r: Dusk by Anne Marchand, Sukos by Darlene Davis, Quâkhû (Past) by Renée duRocher

40 years in any business is a long time, 40 years in the Art Gallery Business is a lifetime. To celebrate forty years of Zenith Gallery we will have hosted a series of three different exhibitions at 1111 Pennsylvania Sculpture Space that will represent the different eras of Zenith Gallery. This exhibit will highlight recent artists from our current location at 1429 Iris St. and works by two long standing Zenith artist Renée duRocher, who will simultaneously be showing at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, and a rare sculpture series by Anne Marchand, fresh from the works of the Katzen Art Center. 

Lisa Battle, inspired by nature’s forms and shapes, creates hand built ceramic sculptures that truly look like they have been cultivated in nature. Their ambiguous, biomorphic forms suggest rock formations found in the Southwest and gestures of modern dance, often reminding us of a detail shot of a bigger picture. The sculptures are fired in a wood kiln which leads to interesting variations of texture and color on the surface. “The result is both a visual and tactile experience in which the surface is inherently integrated with the form.” 

Richard Binder a medical oncologist who spent more than 40 years caring for patients has undergone a metamorphosis from caring to creating. He has translated skills learned as an undergraduate in engineering school fabricating working models from metals into creating abstract metal sculptures. “I create vivid and dramatic metal sculptures from mild and stainless steel. My inspiration is the world and its beauty. My creative process begins with a cerebral concept. I close my eyes and visualize forms in 3-dimensions – and often in color. Then I either create a model, or I go directly to working with the steel.” 

Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis) are a father and daughter duo who look to nature for naturally occurring spirals and incorporates those patterns in their wood sculptures. “The kinetic component introduces movements that communicate the ordered, balanced perfection of spirals in nature.” These spiral sculptures bring a sense of relaxation, calming and balance to the viewer. 

Renée duRocher infuses historical aspects into the places she visits and depicts. Thus, translated onto the canvas, she maintains a contemporary artistic approach. She includes the modern-day community of Sa Pa, Vietnam and their traditional colors and historical garments to express concepts of time and history. “It is not only a question of history or remnants, but also, and primarily, a question of human nature and its relation to the ephemeral, the divine, and eternity. These are concepts that outlive ages and civilizations, and they are deeply anchored in Renée duRocher’s space-time.” 

Anne Marchand long known for her expressive, other-worldly, colorful canvases continues her journey with these free-standing sculptures. Marchand relates to “the poet Garcia Lorca’s vision of duende, the soulful response to a work of art, infused with earthiness, the irrationality, and existential vulnerability” for her current body of works, but one could see duende’s influence beginning in her earlier years. 

Jerome Harris Parmet owned an interior architectural design firm for 45 years before he turned to sculpting in steel. Parmet has been interested in the arts since his senior year of college. Working primarily in steel, Parmet discovered how the process of welding allows him to mold and shape while the steel stays firm. “My repeated theme is an examination of balance and stress. Each piece is original, achieved after hours of dreams, sketches, models and mock-ups, but they all seem to be an exploration into steel suspended in space.”


For four decades, Zenith Gallery has been a pillar in the D.C. art community. We attribute our success to our ability to transform with the ever-changing times. We do this by combining our longstanding commitment to inspired, unique artworks with our personalized, high quality customer service. This commitment to celebrating the creative spirit of our artists is the core value at the heart of Zenith Gallery. As the Owner, and celebrated artist in her own right, Goldberg is fond of saying, “With billions of people on the planet, for someone to come up with an original idea and execute it in an original way is what has kept me in business all these years.” 

Information: 202-783-2963 
1111 Sculpture Space Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm
* On Saturday Enter on 12th Street ~ Knock and the guard will let you in *

Now celebrating 40 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vote for Makeba to be a panelist at South by Southwest Festival in 2019!

Dear Friend,
Art is a vanguard industry that takes pride in its role to represent progressive ideology and risk taking, and yet the management lacks the representation that is vital to the arts’ dynamism. A 2015 Andrew Mellon Foundation report on diversity in art museums made clear that a preponderance of non-Hispanic white men dominate leadership positions. That says nothing of the lack of ethnic, religious, disability, sexual orientation, or geographic diversity. The Phillips Collection is committed to being a pioneer of change.
As you know, last March we welcomed Chief Diversity Officer Makeba Clay to our senior leadership team. In her short time here, she has already implemented a paid internship and fellowship program to help eliminate barriers to entry into the field, and continues to help the The Phillips Collection cultivate diverse artists and arts managers and incubate creativity and creation. Makeba is now in the running to be a panelist at South by Southwest Festival in 2019 to speak about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the arts industry and cultural institutions.
Panelists will be chosen by number of votes and we need your support to get this message out to the world and get Makeba to Austin.
Here’s what to do:
  1. Click this link
  2. Create a SXSW account (which takes less than a minute!)
  3. Once you are logged in, click “search/vote” at the top of the screen
  4. Search for “Art” and Makeba's panel will show at the top (the full title is Art for All? Creating Accessibility in the Arts)
  5. Click “Vote Up” on the left side of the screen
Voting ends August 30 so please vote today!
Want to do more? I’d be most grateful if you would share the following post on your social media platforms and encourage everyone you know to vote, too. 

Dorothy Kosinski
Vradenburg Director & CEO

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Enjoy a Review of "Zenith Comes of Age" Exhibition

A wonderful review by Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post on the “Zenith Comes of Age” exhibit at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The exhibit closes in two weeks! 
Read it here: 
Anne Marchand, "Saying," acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36 inches,


Show Dates: May 1 - August 25, 2018
Inquiries: Margery Goldberg, 202-783-2963
1111 Sculpture Space Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm
* On Saturday Enter on 12th Street ~ Knock and the guard will let you in *

Celebrating 40 years in the nation's capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject.  The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012.  Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.

Celebrating 40 Years in the Nation's Capital

GALLERY HOURS: Mon-Fri  8 am-7 pm, Sat  8 am-4 pm

Monday, August 13, 2018

Save the date! Sept. 14, 5-8 PM, Reception: TRAVELING FULL CIRCLE

Show Dates: August 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019
MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION: Friday September 14, 5-8 PM

FEATURING ARTISTS: Lisa Battle, Richard Binder, Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis), Renée duRocher, Anne Marchand, Jerome Harris Parmet

L-r: Coeur by Lisa Battle, Blue Fish-New Fish  by Jerome Harris Parmet, 
Bringing People Together by Richard Binder 

L-r: Dusk by Anne Marchand, Sukos by Darlene Davis, Quâkhû (Past) by Renée duRocher

Where: 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004 
When: August 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, September 14, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Information: Margery Goldberg, 202-783-2963 
1111 Sculpture Space Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm
* On Saturday Enter on 12th Street ~ Knock and the guard will let you in *

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Clark Hulings Fund Invites Visual Artists to Apply for Fellowships to its Innovative Business Accelerator Program

Santa Fe, New Mexico - On September 1st, 2018, The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) will begin accepting applications for its 2019 Business Accelerator Program, an intensive year-long course of business study for professional working artists. Through this innovative web-based program, currently in its fifth year, the national nonprofit organization is transforming the art industry by providing visual artists with the business training they need to succeed as entrepreneurs and make a complete living through the creation of their art.

A total of 20 Fellows will be selected to receive free tuition for CHF’s 2019 Business Accelerator, which will provide them with customized business training, network-building opportunities, publicity, and one-on-one support to boost their careers and make their art practices self-sustaining. At the end of year one, each Fellow will have established a viable business objective and developed an "investment-grade" business plan for an entrepreneurial project that furthers the objective. A select group of the 2019 Fellows will be chosen to continue on to the program’s second year, during which they will work directly with the Accelerator team to hone their skills, ensure accountability, and capitalize their proposed projects.

With this groundbreaking program, CHF is filling a vacuum that exists in the art industry. Art schools rarely teach business skills, but these are essential if visual artists are to seize lucrative opportunities in a timely manner, and navigate an industry rife with predatory middlemen who foster artists’ dependency by exploiting their insecurities about their business acumen. To thrive economically, artists must fund and operate their businesses, often on a shoestring budget, while creating salable work that still realizes their creative vision.


September 1 - September 30, 2018. Artists are strongly encouraged to pre-register here, to receive email updates on the application process and deadlines. In addition, pre-registrants will receive free “Colleague”-level access to our digital learning portal.

For more information, please visit

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reading an Inspired Collection on Art, Beauty & Creativity

Just finished this collection of timeless concise quotes on creativity. From Duchamp to O'Keefe, It's just right for everyday inspiration!

The Art Lover's Quotation Book is a collection of fun, inspirational, meaningful quotes perfect for every art lover.
An Inspired Collection on Art, Beauty & Creativity

What is art? Art is beauty; art is love; art is anything you want it to be. In short, art is creativity in tangible form, something to appreciate and experience. The best kind of art evokes emotions, asks questions, all while speaking to a deeper truth. The Art Lover's Quotation Book is for anyone who believes that art is a fundamental way of life.

Full of great quotes about enduring works of art, from creating it to consuming it, and everything in between, The Art Lover's Quotation Book is the perfect gift for the artist in all of us.

978-1-57826-631-9, $12.50 hardcover

Published by Hatherleigh Press.
Distributed through Penguin Random House.
Available wherever books are sold.

Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987



JUNE 16 - AUGUST 12, 2018
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC
Summer Opening Reception: Saturday, June 16, 6-9PM

Pushing Boundaries by Ellouise Schoettler: Sunday, June 24, 2-3PM
Local cable host, producer, former WWAC member, and nationally known storteller Ellouise Schoettler will be performing in the museum. Taking the audience back to the 1970s Second Wave Women’s Movement and her experience in grassroots movements, Schoeletter will describe an experience with the WWAC that had far-reaching effects for her political activism.

WWAC Panel Discussion, Saturday, July 21, 4-6:30PM
Spend your Saturday afternoon with former members of the Washington Women’s Arts Center. Judith Benderson, Barbara Frank, and Taina Litwak will join the exhibition’s curator, Françoise Yohalem for a panel discussion that looks back at the history of the Washington Women’s Arts Center and its influence on the Washington art scene that still resonates today. A reception will follow the panel.

Events are free and open to the public

The Washington Women’s Arts Center (WWAC), located at 1821 Q Street NW, then at the Lansburgh Cultural Center, was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization to provide professional support and opportunities for women in the arts. Throughout its history, the WWAC also sponsored speakers, pro-duced literary and visual arts journals, and collabo-rated with other organizations to raise the profile of women artists in the Washington area and around the country.This exhibition features the art of former WWAC members and exhibitors. Curated by Françoise Yohalem, it will showcase 90+ works produced between the years 1975-1987, some of which are iconic of that time. The show brings back the energy, passion, and talent of members when the WWAC was, for many, “the only show in town.” Recent works by WWAC artists will be featured in a slideshow and select interviews with members will appear in an accompanying documentary, Voices from the Washington Women’s Arts Center. This exhibition is sponsored by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art.

Featuring the work of: BJ Adams, Carolyn Alper, Altina, Dale Appleman, Marilyn Banner, Ann Barbieri, Judith Benderson, Lucy Blankstein, Terry Braunstein, Patricia Buck, Dianne Bugash, Katharine Butler, Judy Byron, Bonnie B.Collier, Linda Conti, Marcia Coppel, Joan Danziger, Margaret Dowell, Joan Fallows, Aline Feldman, Maria Theresa Fernandes, Barbara Frank, Mimi Frank, Nancy Frankel, Jeanne Garant, Janis Goodman, Judith Goodman, Mansoora Hassan, Nita Moss Hines, Bonnie Lee Holland, Marilyn Horrom, Laura Weaver Huff, Tazuko Ichikawa, Arlette Jassel, Jan Kern, Barbara Kerne, Ai-WenWu Kratz, Andrea Kraus, Ann Langdon, Elaine Langerman, Beckie Mirsch Laughlin, Harriet Lesser, June Linowitz, Lynn Liotta, Taina Litwak, CarolLukitsch, Anne Marchand, Sarna Marcus, Sharon Moody, Nina Muys, Dominie Nash, Margot S. Neuhaus, Margaret Paris, Terry Parmelee, Susan Due Pearcy, Annette Polan, Carolyn Pomponio, Gail Rebhan, Marie Ringwald, Charlotte Robinson, Renee Sandell, Eva Santorini, Ellouise Schoettler, Alice D. Sims, Ellen Sinel, Lila Snow, Judy Southerland, Ronnie Spiewak, Sherry Sanabria, Mary Staley, Sarah Stout, Rachel Sultanik, Carol Summar, Terry Svat, Lyndia Terre, Susan Powell Tolbert, Shirley True, Suzanne Twyford, Andrea Uravitch, M.L. Van Nice, Frank Van Riper, Claudia Vess, Sandra Wasko-Flood, Gail Watkins, Mary Weiss-Waldhorn, Joyce Wellman, Janet Wheeler, Rosemary Wright, Ann Zahn, Ann Zelle, Zinnia, and Joyce Zipperer