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Monday, February 27, 2006

LOCAL ARTIST CREATES MULTICULTURAL MURAL, WASHINGTON, DC

Two months of painting a public art mural are coming to a close and I will devote more time and attention to the body of abstract work that I am developing for an exhibition at Zenith Gallery opening on Cinco de Mayo. Stay tuned for that! I'm very excited with the direction my abstract work is taking.


I've had a wonderful two months painting with fellow muralists Ivo Koytchev and Kim Dutton.
Collaboration is an awesome energy generator and I love the old adage that "Many Hands Make Work Happy." And in this project, it did! It's a good feeling to be this close to greeting some happy, smiling faces in the community center. Color! May it last forever!

Here's a copy of the press release which is being issued by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities with more info about my mural project.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL ARTIST CREATES MULTICULTURAL MURAL,
“BUILDING BLOCKS, HIGH UP, CLOSE TO HEAVEN” IN TAKOMA, DC

Artist Anne Marchand is painting a mural, piece by piece to install in the Takoma Community Center at 300 Van Buren Street, NW, Washington, DC. When assembled, “Building Blocks, High Up Close to Heaven,” will be a 7’ x 18’ mural. The mural depicts a DC neighborhood where the Community Center serves as a gathering place for people of diverse cultures. The artist is painting ten 3 ½’ square mural panels to symbolize the recreation center as a building block of community. One of three semi-finalists, this project was commissioned through a joint partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ DC Creates Public Arts Program and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Recreation and education are themes the artist is using to paint the community in action. When installed, the mural will act like a third window in the lobby area of the community center with views of the surrounding neighborhood including historic landmarks such as the Takoma Historic Theatre. The artist uses her signature celebratory palette of bright reds mixed with yellows, blues and magenta. Residents of all ages are depicted in active poses, enjoying sports activities in a whimsical, cloud filled blue-sky neighborhood. With the assistance of local muralists, Ivo Koytchev and Kimberly Dutton and volunteer, Vivian Djen, Artist Anne Marchand is creating the 18’ mural in her Dupont Circle studio.

Takoma Site Manager, Sylvia Gwathmey is hoping for a March installation of the mural panels. She expressed her delight with the artist’s design concept. “We need lots of color in the Community Center. The children will relate to the bright colors and we are really looking forward to having the mural. We’d like to have it installed in March but if we have to, we can wait until April.” Plans are underway to install the mural in the spring of 2006. Artist, Anne Marchand will be onsite at the Takoma Community Center, March 15-17, 2006 with a smaller version of the mural design to answer questions about her creative process. She will engage community members in educational art sessions to create artistic responses to the mural over a three-day period. A public Dedication Ceremony is planned and the date will be announced once the mural is installed.

Anne Marchand is an award winning artist and muralist. This is her second Public Art mural through DC Creates Public Art. She successfully completed the Westminster Neighborhood Playground mural “Community” in the Shaw neighborhood in 2001. Anne also paints abstract works which will be featured in a solo exhibition, “Ellipsis” at the Zenith Gallery opening May 5– June 4, 2006. Receptions to meet the artist are on May 5, 6 - 9 pm and May 7, 2-5 pm and are free and open to the public. art@zenithgallery.com 202.783.2963.

For Information Contact:
Anne Marchand,
Artist & Muralist
art@annemarchand.com

Rachel Dickerson
Eugene Thompson
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
202/724-5617
Rachel.Dickerson@dc.gov
Eugene.Thompson@dc.gov

Biography and photographs of Anne Marchand and her award-winning works sent upon request.
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Sunday, February 26, 2006

28th Anniversary Exhibition

March 3 - March 28, 2006
Opening Receptions: Friday, March 3 6-9pm & Sunday, March 5 2-5pm

From it’s beginnings in 1978 Zenith Gallery has stood the tests of time in the Washington DC metropolitan area and evolved as a groundbreaking contemporary art space representing hundreds of artists in the thriving Penn Quarter neighborhood.

This month long tribute to Zenith Gallery’s 28th year in business will feature 36 artists in media such as painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. This is not only an exhibition but also an acknowledgment to the strength and diversity of the Zenith Gallery community of artists and patrons.


Artists:
John Aaron Brenda Gordon John Malmstrom Sica Michael Young
Gloria Cesal Stephen Hansen Michela Mansuino Ellen Sinel Joyce Zipperer
James Carter Philip Hazard Anne Marchand Bradley Stevens
Renèe duRocher Robert C. Jackson Marianne Mitchell James Tormey
Drew Ernst Jodi Glenn Moreton Wayne Trapp
Glenna Evans Joan Konkel Carol Newmyer Candice Watkins
David Glick Stephen Maffin David Richardson Ray Wiger
Margery E. Goldberg Michael Madzo Guenther Riess Paul Martin Wolff
Contact: Anne Surak, Manager anne@zenithgallery.com

413 7th Street NW • Washington DC 20004 • 202-783-2963 • art@zenithgallery.com • www.zenithgallery.com

Friday, February 24, 2006

"Dimensions" - Closing Reception

Women Sculptors of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area
Dimensions" through February 28, 2006

Zenith Gallery est 1978
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-783-2963
Email: art@zenithgallery.
www.zenithgallery.com

Good Art, good laughter, good food, good people, good reception!




BIG HIT this show! Lots of sales. The show officially closes this Sunday at the Zenith Gallery so you still have time to see it. Here's a line up of some of the artists.
L-R Joyce Zipperer, Donna M. McCullough, Tim Tate (visiting), Margaret Boozer & Janet Wheeler.
Margaret Boozer: Apparent Purity
Porcelain, steel, tile mastic
60" x 60" x 3"


Joyce Zipperer: Ta Ra Ra Bustier
Limestone, 23" x 10" x 8"


Janet Wheeler: Ceremonial Piece X
Acrylic, bamboo, canvas, mixed media
84"H (width varies)


Tim Tate, Joyce Zipperer, Margaret Boozer (in background), Anne Marchand and Todd Wiggins.

Dimensions, closing reception tonight at Zenith Gallery

Don't forget!
Tonight is the closing reception for Dimensions,
at Zenith Gallery. See you there. 6-9pm

Women sculptors of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area

Zenith Gallery est 1978
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-783-2963
Email: art@zenithgallery.

www.zenithgallery.com

The Shakespeare Theatre Company

Monday, February 27, 6:30pm

Molière: A film by Ariane Mnouchkine

For one night only the Lansburgh Theatre will be transformed into a cinema for the presentation of this classic César award-winning film about the tumultuous life of a brilliant playwright

Tickets: $8
202.547.1122, option 3 or
www.ShakespeareTheatre.org
Senior and student discounts available

This 1978 film is unrated, subtitled in English, runs approximately four hours. There will be one 15-minute intermission. The film is not available in the United States on VHS or DVD

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW
202.547.1122 Box Office; 202.547.3230 Office
Metro: Gallery Pl–Chinatown, MCI Exit

Nathan Manuel: Flocks & Flowers

March 3 – April 1, 2006

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 6-8pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, March 25, 4pm

In the site-specific installation Flocks & Flowers, DC-based artist Nathan Manuel explores the path of the faithful in a largely secular culture. Using drawing on paper, painting on panel and wall, collage and found text, Manuel weaves a visual account of the experience of Christians with one another and within the contemporary world. The installation tells the story of a lone sheep who tries to find his way through the world; this path is conveyed with elements from Manuel’s own life such as found objects, found photos and “found” words – phrases he overhears as he passes by people in the city. According to Manuel, "I create my work to foster an exchange about faith, art and popular culture. I hope to inspire these conversations through my imagery and the raw materials from which my work is constructed.” Flocks & Flowers is on view in the Gallery at Flashpoint March 3 – April 1, 2006.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
Information:

Rebecca Lowery, Gallery Manager
t. 202.315.1310 | f. 202.315.1303
rebecca@culturaldc.org
http://www.flashpointdc.org

The Gallery at Flashpoint • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
A CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PROJECT

The New Washington Landscape

PASS GALLERY presents: The New Washington Landscape Photographs by :
KEN ASHTON  MATT BATISTA  CARL DAHLKE  KATE MACDONNELL
 PETER PENCZER  KATHLEEN SHAFER OPENING RECEPTION :
FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd 7-10 PM. This show continues thru March 28, 2006
GALLERY OPEN Tuesdays & Saturdays 1-5 PM. For more information
contact: Richard Siegman (202) 7450796

PASS is located at the rear of 1617 S Street NW.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL

The Whitney Biennial is coming up Mar. 2-May 28, 2006,

An interesting take by senior editor of Paper Magazine, Carlo McCormick .
Read here

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Arty Gras Party at Warehouse Arts

Warehouse Arts
Arty Gras Party
A Celebration of Louisiana Artists
Tuesday February 28, 7:30 – 11:00pm
Art! Live Jazz! King Cake! Prizes!
A portion of each work sold will benefit Habitat for Humanity

Warehouse Arts
1017 - 1021 7th Street NW
202.783.3933
www.warehousetheater.com
Metro
Mt. Vernon Square Yellow & Green Lines
Gallery Pl- Chinatown, Chinatown Exit Red, Yellow, & Green Lines

From the Art Of New York

A whole slew of well know artists are helping this week to support the Gulf Coast Arts and Rebuilding. From The Art Of New York Exhibition, Feb. 22-28, 2006 at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. NY Daily News Read here

FROM THE ART OF NEW YORK began with a simple E-mail. Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, NY1 News Arts Reporter and Producer Stephanie Simon asked colleagues, friends and family to help her plan an art benefit for the hurricane-affected areas. She wrote, "We all know what a powerful force art can be; let's work together to show that to the people who so desperately need our help right now." She envisioned a concerted effort by the New York art world to support its counterparts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. FROM THE ART OF NEW YORK was born. Since then, a dedicated group of artists, reporters, publicists, event planners, graphic designers, fundraisers and many others have worked tirelessly to create a unique event that benefits the arts and long-term rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, and pays tribute to the region's artistic heritage.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Getty Foundation's special fund to assist visual arts organizations in New Orleans

The Getty Foundation has established a special fund of $2 million to assist visual arts organizations in New Orleans as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. (While this special fund has been designed to provide concentrated assistance in New Orleans, the Foundation will also consider support through its regular grant categories for other organizations in the region damaged by the storm.) Within the Fund for New Orleans, the areas of grant support are described below. Grants will range from $5,000-$250,000 depending on the scope of the project and size of the organization. Only non-profit, charitable, tax-exempt organizations may apply.

Conservation Grants
Conservation Grants are designed to assist non-profit organizations in New Orleans in caring for their art collections, archives, historic buildings and landscapes damaged as a result of the storm and the floods.

Transition Planning Grants
Transition planning grants are aimed at strengthening non-profit visual arts organizations in New Orleans as they respond to the changing environment for the arts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts

Politics

6th and I Historic Synagogue
6th in the City

Town Hall Meeting
with
Senator John Kerry
Tuesday, February 28, 7:30pm
Space is limited
There is no charge for this event

RSVP by February 23rd
202.408.3100
vthomas@sixthandi.org
A valid ID is required for admittance to this event

6th in the City
600 I Street, NW
202.408.3100
www.6thInTheCity.org
Metro: Gallery Pl–Chinatown (Chinatown exit)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Good Night Washington


Anne Marchand "Embrace"

Women Sculptors of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area

"Dimensions" Through February 28, 2006
Closing Reception: Friday, February 24 6-9pm




Zenith Gallery is proud to feature a body of work by nine renowned Washington metropolitan area women sculptors of national acclaim. Each of the artists creates work in very different media and styles. The result is a daring compilation of pieces ranging from intimate porcelain wall pieces and mixed media shadow boxes to a compelling monumental glass and steel installation.

“The sculptors in this exhibition have been selected because they use media in innovative ways both in concept and technique. I wanted to provide a forum for and dialogue between women sculptors in the Washington area. They are an untapped entity and a cohesive group of talent.”
Anne Surak, Curator/Gallery Manager

Artists:
Margaret Boozer – clay
Margery E. Goldberg – exotic woods
Donna M. McCullough – metal, wood, stone
Minna Newman Nathanson – metal, acrylic
Carol Newmyer – cast bronze
Marie Ringwald – found wood, mixed media
Frances Sniffen – cast hydrocal, rubber, bronze
Janet Wheeler – mixed media
Millicent Young – porcelain, metal, mixed media
Joyce Zipperer – stone
Contact: at Jodi Walsh, Director Marketing jodi@zenithgallery.com

413 7th Street NW • Washington DC 20004 • 202-783-2963 • art@zenithgallery.com • www.zenithgallery.com

Andy Warhol legacy closing at the Corcoran

If you haven't seen the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, here's a preview. You have a few days left to see it. Sept 24, 2005 to Feb 20 (Monday), 2006.



The Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street, NW
Washington DC 20006
202.639.1700

and check out
Celebrity Portraits from the Warhol Factory Years
at Irvine Contemporary
Saturday, February 18 - Friday, March 31, 2006
Irvine Contemporary is located at 1710 Connecticut Ave. near R St. in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC. 202.332.8767

Artist Mary Ott communes with nature one blade at a time.

One of my former students, artist Mary Ott has a review of her new work in University of Chicago Magazine.
Read it here.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fry Silkscreens

Artist, Glenn Fry with his new silkscreens at the Halo Lounge on P St. across from the Whole Foods Market. This last one is Glenn as a youngster. Stop in to see the exhibition and say hi to Glenn.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

HOODOO VOODOO MARDI GRAS BALL fundraiser

The February Issue of the "Intowner" lists this fundraiser to benefit four Hurricane Katrina survivor families.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 7pm-2am:

The Petworth neighborhood’s Sweet Mango Café
3701 New Hamp. Ave., (at the corner of Georgia Ave. directly across from the Petworth Metro station)
Washington, DC will be hosting the African-American Holiday Association’s

“The City That Care Forgot” HOODOO VOODOO MARDI GRAS BALL fundraiser
at Sweet Mango Café from 7:00 pm until 2:00 am. Donations and ticket sales are $30.00 and up.

As New Orleans kicks off its 2006 Mardi Gras season celebrating “the greatest free show on earth” for the past 150 years, two-thirds of “The Big Easy” population is still misplaced.

The fundraiser will directly benefit four Hurricane Katrina survivor families: photographer, political and community activist Babatunji Ahmed and his family of seven; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown (deacon and general contractor) and their family of eight; Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Akinlana (artist) and their family of eight; and Mr. Dean Shapiro (author and journalist) and his family of four. All the families were displaced when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

The event will also feature a raffle with prizes of original art, handcrafted jewelry, collectibles, rare books, CDs, wearable art, as well as lunch and dinner packages. The attire is cocktail or “godly” costume in the spirit of Mardi Gras celebrations in “The City That Care Forgot.”

“If you are from the city that gave birth to jazz and created the first original cuisine, ‘Creole,’ you know the importance of giving love, hope, delicious food and drinks, a perfect party, a little lagniappe (something extra) and monetary assistance to your families and friends. It is highly important that each one of us who wasn’t displaced must assist in his/her own individual way,” says producer of the event Misty Brown.

“They dropped us off on the overpass. It was mud on one side and the military on the other. Thanks to the generosity of former Ward 1 Councilmember Frank Smith who opened up his home and provided a place for me to live, regroup and network for a few months. I was able to regain some sense of sanity out of this horrific man-made disaster that resulted into 80 percent of [our] beloved city under water. We must never forget that Hurricane Katrina was mainly wind damage,” Babatunji said. He recently returned to New Orleans to begin the rebuilding process.

“Everywhere we went in Louisiana and Mississippi, they blocked the exits,” according to Edward Brown, who has temporarily relocated to Missouri City, Texas to live with his wife’s family. “We wanted to come and reside in Washington, DC with my sister Misty but were informed that it would be a futile attempt to commute long-distance to work repeatedly on our damaged house--bleaching, tearing down walls, checking wiring and plumbing.” They are still waiting on settlement of their insurance claim.

The Akinlana family has been residing in the Washington metro area since their evacuation from New Orleans in September. “I have returned to N’Awlins on several occasions to check and work on my house. It’s important to keep the grass cut. During the holiday school break I took the whole family with me,” stated Marcus Akinlana. His exceptional original mixed-media art will be on view for sale.

“New Orleans will never be the same, even though Mardi Gras will be held this year. Mostly, it will be celebrated by the locals because there aren’t any hotel rooms for tourists. It is a very eerie feeling to drive around the city and see the traffic lights working, but no lights on in the houses or businesses. Most of the supermarkets or stores like Wal-Mart have not reopened and a majority of the shops in the French Quarter are closing because there are no tourists to support them,” said Dean Shapiro who lives across the Mississippi River in Algiers. He never received his FEMA money, even though, four other people who lived with him got theirs and moved on.

An event for the youth, “God Bless The Child” Mardi Gras Youth Party & Parade Fundraiser will be held on Tue., Feb. 28 from 3 to 7 pm. Eleven-year-old Brian Tucker, grandson of Babatunji Ahmed, like so many other displaced children, commented, “I miss New Orleans. I love New Orleans. I want to go back home.”

Rex Weil on

National Academy of Sciences
Office of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs

Rex Weil on Cheryl Goldsleger’s Utopia and the
Political Potential of Art in the Postmodern Era
Thursday, February 16, 6:00pm

Rex Weil is a DC-based artist, writer, and educator
The lecture will be in the Keck Center (Room 100)

No charge
Light refreshments served

The National Academy of Science
500 Fifth Street, NW
202.334.2436
arts@nas.edu

Body Languages

EXHIBITION
Body Languages..
February 7 - March 12, 2005
At The Katzen Arts Center at American University Washington, DC USA.

This exhibition is presented in support of the 13th Annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference...http://www.american.edu/cas/anthro/lavenderlanguages/ held at American University (Feb 10 ˆ 12), where common themes are two-fold: how lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered persons, and queers use language in everyday life, and how language gets directed against the LGBT population by others. Extending the concept to visual art, the exhibition features Robert Flynt‚s rumination on the language of desire, in which large-scale, sepia-toned photo-collages of male and female nudes are glimpsed through overlays of 18th and 19th century anatomy charts, and Mary Coble‚s painfully direct indictment of hate crimes, in which the names of 430 victims appear on an expansive grid of small paper sheets. The artist‚s „medium‰ for this performance-based work is her own blood, created by typographic, self-healing tattoos.

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Organized by Provisions Library
1611 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington DC 20009
P:202-299-0460

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Painterly Visions



A friend, artist Chuck Baxter shared his pictures of the Westminster Playground from first thing this morning. Chuck is the Playground Coordinator and keeps me posted of news and events in the Westminster Playground in Washington, DC. That's my mural "Community" in the background and I love seeing it in wintery white. The daffodils came up early from the warm weather earlier this month. they're hanging in there.

Bushwhacked and "Still Drowning in New Orleans"

By Jennifer Moses
Sunday, February 12, 2006; Page B07

"... it doesn't much matter what image the city tries to project, because the Bush administration has largely written New Orleans off."

"In an instance of double bind so mind-numbingly stupid that you have to think that Washington is run by a mob of sadists, the president's point man for Gulf Coast recovery, Donald Powell, recently urged Louisiana to use its share of federal funds to buy out uninsured homeowners living outside the flood plain, rationalizing that those inside the flood plain (everyone) should have had flood insurance." Read WaPo article here.

Also read Repbulican Senator, David Vitter's editorial in teh Washington Post. He is living in Metaitre, LA, a New Orleans suburb which happens to be where I spent a good part of my childhood.The Path to Louisiana's 'Footprint'

Halo Lounge boasts work of DC Artist, Glenn Fry

Artist, Glenn Fry a member of Mid City Artists is having a show at Halo Lounge opening tonight. The reception is from 6-9pm Sunday, Sept 12. Halo is located on P st between 14 and 15 St. NW directly across from Whole Foods.
Glenn was featured in the Washington Post's early edition of the Post Express on Thursday. Plow your way thru the snow and visit the exhibition tonight!

League of Reston Artists/Walker and Company Annual Juried Small Works Exhibition

Art Exhibition Featuring Member Artists of the League of Reston Artists. February 06 - March 04 2006

- “The disintegration of the images of life in New Orleans mirror the images of destruction that envelope the city. I shot this image of my friend standing in the living room of her mother’s home that has been destroyed and abandoned in East New Orleans, one of the hardest hits areas from Hurricane Katrina. The overwhelming reality of the scope of personal loss makes us all strangers in our own homes.”

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) presents a contemporary juried art exhibition of small works of art at Walker and Company in Reston, Virginia. Walker and Company is providing $300 in award money for this exhibition. This exhibition features 98 works of art by 36 LRA artist members.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular business hours Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. An opening reception will take place Wednesday, February 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Walker and Company, 12007 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia. For directions, see the LRA’s web site

JUROR: MS. AVIS FLEMING was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in the bayou country south of the city. Avis started drawing and painting in the swamp and bayou landscape of her childhood home in Lafitte, Louisiana, under the influence of printmaker and watercolorist Anthony Gross, head of printmaking in the Slade School in London. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she studied graphic arts and illustration at Pratt Institute. Figure drawing became a life long occupation after studying at Pratt with sculptor Calvin Albert, author of “Figure Drawing Comes to Life.” Avis currently teaches figure drawing and sketchbook drawing at the Art League School, in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia., where she has taught for eighteen years. She lives on a farm in Unison, Virginia with her husband, Paul Hodge, and their two sons.

Avis has had several one-person exhibitions in the greater Washington, D.C. area, most recent “The Sunday Series: African American Images by Avis Fleming” at Alexandria’s Black History Museum. Her drawings, paintings and prints have won numerous awards.

THE FOLLOWING AWARD WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED BY FLEMING:

Best in Show
Deborah Remmers, “Safe Shore”

Oil
1st Place, Cathleen Lawless, “Leicester Sheep”
Honorable Mention, Christine Lashley, “Side Street Sunrise”

Acrylic
1st Place, Jan Sherfy, “Beyond the Shadows”
Honorable Mention, Gennara Moore, “Pale Moon”
Honorable Mention, Vicki Kirby, “Blue Rock”

Watercolor
1st Place, Stephani Kozemchak, “Adderley House”
Honorable Mention, Janice H. Burns, “Entry into Zanzibar”

Graphic Arts
1st Place, Andrea Cybyk, “Thrown for a Loop”
Honorable Mention, Deborah Remmers, “Barely-Sitting”

Photography
1st Place, Helen M. Goodrum, “The Swamp”
Honorable Mention, Susan Isakson, “Floating Feather”
Honorable Mention, Hardy Hargreaves, “Descent”

Altered Photography
1st Place, James W. Bailey, “Strange Girl”
Honorable Mention, Apophia M. Munro, “Roses for a Mending Heart III”

For more info contact
James W. Bailey
Public Relations and Communications
League of Reston Artists (LRA)
Phone: 703-200-2620
Email: JamesWBailey@comcast.net
URL: League of Reston Artists (LRA):

About the League of Reston Artists (LRA):
The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is an all volunteer not for profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1973 that is open to metro Washington, D.C. area artists, photographers and individuals who are interested in the visual arts. The LRA strives to generate community enthusiasm and appreciation of the visual arts through regularly sponsored juried and judged exhibitions. The LRA supports the Reston Community by sharing the varied talents of its membership through rotating exhibits in many local public and private buildings and offices. 

Good Morning Washington, DC

WEll, we did get the snow storm and DC is wintry white. I love these kinds of quiet snow blanketed days even if it's inconvenient to get around. By midday the sidewalks will be cleared by the neighborhood residents and walking should be easier.
I plan to enjoy a day of painting. Happy creating in the blue white light.


Anne Marchand "Wintery DC 2006 #1 and #2"

Friday, February 10, 2006

Black History Month Recorder of Deeds Building Tours, Washington, DC

Black History Month Recorder of Deeds Building Tours

Saturday, February 11
1:00pm & 2:00pm
(as of 3:00pm Friday the tours will take place even if it snows)

In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Frederick Douglass’
appointment as the first African American Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds Building at 515 D Street, NW is an Art Deco Landmark with 7 WPA-era murals depicting Black Heroes and other works of art inside.

There is no cost for this event
Advance reservations are not required

Please forward this announcement to friends, family, and colleagues

DC Recorder of Deeds Building
515 D Street, NW
202.727.0419
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-PennQuarter (Green and Yellow Lines)
Judiciary Square 4th and Indiana Avenue exit (Red Line)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

More Affordable Housing For Artists Is in the Picture -Washington, DC USA

By Jonathan Padget
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page C05

"Cultural Development Corp. unveiled plans Tuesday for 80 units of affordable housing for artists in two Northeast Washington neighborhoods. Nearly 20 artists turned out at Flashpoint, the corporation's downtown arts incubator, to learn more about the housing initiative. They also toured a unit in Mather Studios, the building where Flashpoint opened in 2003 along with 12 discounted live-work spaces for artists and 38 market-rate loft apartments."

Read Johathan Padget's story on artists housing in WaPo, Arts Beat here.

A new definititon of the Limbo

How low can our government go?

The Big Easy? Now It's Limbo Land
Slow-Moving Bureaucracy Leaves New Orleans Stuck in a Cycle of Waiting

"New Orleans is a Gordian knot of complications that has tied up just about everyone. Like most of her constituents, state Sen. Ann Duplessis lives in a holding pattern: "I am also a Limbo Lander," she said."

Read today's Washington Post Article here

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Ask the Artist: William Christenberry

Eye Level is a blog produced by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With SAAM’s reopening set for this July, an introduction to one of the first exhibitions to be installed: Passing Time: the Art of William Christenberry. Read here - Ask the Artist: William Christenberry

Friday, February 03, 2006

Weaver's unique threads, Jane Herman

Jane Herman, a wonderful weaver and designer is featured in an article in The North Adams Transcript, Massachusetts. Read it in Community canvas: Portraits of North County's newest artists, Weaver's unique threads Artist, Jane Herman lives in the Berkshires in one of Eric Rudd's developments, the Eclipse Mill in North Adams, Massachusetts. Remember Eric Rudd?) He was a DC resident artist for many years.

Artistically Speaking with Marilou Donahue

February web site of Artistically Speaking features an interview with Olga Viso, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Vladimir Angelov, Ballet Choreographer. Enjoy Here

Metro Weekly on Mid City Artists Winter Exhibition

Mid City Artists Winter Exhibition at Results is the featured article in Metro Weekly this week. Read Metro Weekly

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Learning & Product Expo: ART!

June 2-4, 2006
(Classes begin June 1)
Marriott Inn and Conference Center
Univ. of Maryland University College
Washington, D.C.

Immerse yourself in a unique weekend experience for artists where you can visit an exhibit hall packed with art material manufacturers and choose from a program of 200 art classes in oil, acrylic, pastel, drawing, airbrush and more. Registration begins April 3.

Visit and watch for more cities to be added for 2006.www.learningproductexpo.com

Fusebox Farewell - Washington, DC USA

Saturday, February 11, 6:30 - 9:30PM

WPA\C 25th Annual Art Auction Gala



The WPA\C is pleased to present:

Preview Night for the 25th Annual Art Auction Gala
TONIGHT, February 2nd, at 6:00pm.

Curators Philip Brookman, Kendall Buster and Jean Efron will be giving lectures beginning at 6:30pm in the Armand Hammer Auditorium with a reception to follow.

Tickets still available for the night of the event.
The 25th Annual Art Auction Gala
February 11, 2006
Dinner at 6:30 pm ($250)
Reception and bidding from 8 - 11 pm (special $90 rate for members,
$120 for general public)

Click here to download the: Invitation

Information 202.639.1828

ACTION ALERT - CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES, URGE PASSAGE OF TAX BILL WITH ARTISTS' CHARITABLE DEDUCTION

Remember that bill for artist's deductions. Here's an update from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).
The Tax Relief Act of 2005, and H.R.4297, Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cintas Fellowships for artists of Cuban citizenship

Funding opportunity:

Deadline: February 17, 2006 (Visual Arts) and March 17, 2006 (Architecture)

Cintas Fellowships in Visual Arts and Architecture Available to Cuban Artists

Cintas Fellowships are designed to acknowledge the creative accomplishments of artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent and encourage the excellence of these artists in architecture, literature, music composition, and the visual arts.

Eligibility for these fellowships is limited to creative artists, living outside of Cuba, of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent).

Cintas Fellows are free to pursue their artistic activities as they wish. The fellowships are not awarded for academic study or research, or to performing artists. Fellowships are not awarded more than twice to the same person. Second awards are granted only to candidates demonstrating outstanding artistic development.

Fellowships are awarded annually in the amount of $15,000 each and are paid in quarterly stipends, beginning in September, for twelve consecutive months.

For 2006, fellowships will be awarded in the fields of Visual Arts and Architecture (2007 fellowships will be awarded in the fields of Visual Arts and Music Composition; 2008 fellowships will be awarded in the fields of Visual Arts and Creative Writing.)

www.cintasfoundation.org/

New Website

JOSEPHINE HADEN who exhibited at Gallery K informs me of her new snazzy website: www.Josephinehaden.com

High School Mural Project headed by Washington, DC muralist G. Byron Peck

My friend, Washington, DC Muralist G. Byron Peck of City Arts,Inc is at it again with a group of student's in Montgomery County. He's heading up a mural program for the aspiring artists. These kids are in for a real treat working with the masterful Byron!

"Arts on the Block is an on-the-job training program for Montgomery County high school students that gives aspiring artists a chance to work with professionals. The Underpass Project, a mural that will cover the Georgia Avenue and Blair Mill Road underpass, is the first public art project done by the Arts on the Block program. "It's just a great experience," said junior Benjamin Meyer. "To be able to work with famous artists—I feel like a rock star."

Read here Montgomery Blair online Student Newsletter

The Graham Collection hosts "Solution" in Washington, DC USA

Join Artist www.HeatherLevy.com and others on

Saturday, February 4th, 2006 4-8 pm
for the opening reception of "Solution"

A group exhibition of new paintings, all of which address a problem facing the black community and suggesting a solution.

The Graham Collection
3518 12th St., NE
Washington,DC 20017
(202)832-9292



www.annemarchand.com

Cubicle 10 Exhibtion, Washington, DC USA


Local artist, Candace Keegan posts an opening on Cubicle 10 Exhibition, "Without Formula," opening this Saturday. Artists Billy Colbert, Michael Platt, Bridgett Lambert, Candace Keegan and Clark are among 17 artists who exhibit collectively all over the world.

"Without Formula"
Reception Saturday, February 4th 7:30pm - 12:30 am
1827 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20002
catered by Local 16 Restaurant

Exhibition Hours:
Sunday February 5th 1-4pm
by appointment: February 6th-10th
for inormation (202) 247-0595

Artists and Arts Organizations Impacted by Hurricane

Funding Opportunity:  If you live in Louisiana or know of artists there, here is an opportunity:
 
 Deadline: April 3, 2006
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Offers Grants for Artists

Individual artists, arts organizations, and small arts-related businesses in Louisiana affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita are eligible for a new series of grants offered by the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

The grants are intended to defray the costs related to physical loss or property damage, relocation, or other specific economic harm suffered as a result of the hurricanes. The overarching goal of the program is to enable stakeholders in Louisiana's cultural economy to continue or resume the production and distribution of the state's unique cultural assets in the aftermath of recent natural disasters.

Funding is available in the following categories:

Individual Artists and Artisans must be professionally active in their discipline or earning a living through their artistic talents and be a resident in the state of Louisiana. Originating and interpretive artists may apply. Students, unless they are professional artists or artisans, are not eligible.

More at Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation

"Call for Artists: SHELTER"

Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
Detroit, MI, USA United States of America
2006-01-30 until 2006-04-08

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) is soliciting proposals for its all media, Interdisciplinary exhibition SHELTER, to be held in September, 2006. The exhibition will be juried by artist and CAID board member Hugh Timlin. Artists (of any discipline) Architects, Community Workers, Researchers and others are invited to submit proposals or work specifically related to homelessness as a chronic or emergency condition, or shelter needs resulting from catastrophic events. Areas of investigation might include makeshift housing, abandoned buildings as shelter, design of practical and inexpensive housing for emergency and chronic conditions, the homeless experience and who is affected and more.

Proposals could include, but are not limited to, designs for temporary, emergency, or low income shelter; documentation of innovative shelter programs; expressions of the experience of the loss of shelter and its impact (emotional, cultural, and economic) on communities.

Hugh Timlin, Juror

In a more than thirty five year career as a sculptor, Hugh Timlin has become a well recognized and highly respected presence in the metropolitan Detroit Art community. He has exhibited extensively throughout the state and nationally including the Art Exhibit for the National Conference on Religious Architecture in Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts.

Read more here

Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC USA Opening

Feb. 8 - March 5, 2006

The 8th Annual All-Media Exhibition includes the artwork of 64 artists out of over 200 entrants from around the country. Their work was selected by juror Paula Amt, owner of Gallery Plan b in Washington, DC. Below are a few examples of the art selected.

Exhibition Dates: Febuary 8 - March 5
Opening Reception: February 10, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
3rd Thursday: February 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

www.touchstonegallery.com