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Monday, July 30, 2007

Mary Chiaramonte “Murmur” at the Nevin Kelly Gallery

August 1 - September 2, 2007
Reception: August 9, 8pm

From Nevin Kelly's blog...Local painter, Mary Chiaramonte, will unveil a new series of paintings called “Murmur” at the Nevin Kelly Gallery... Mary participated in the gallery’s “Women’s Work” exhibition earlier this year.

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U Street NW
Washington, DC
202-232-3464

The Potomac River 9 At Results

Results the Gym Capitol Hill presents The Potomac River 9 (Students of the Vander Zee School of Painting)

Summer Impressions
Oil Paintings by Louis ‘Gary’ Bowers, Roberta Gottesman, Jill Finsen, Judith Judy, Nelson Milder and Nancy Varipapa

ARTISTS RECEPTION
AUGUST 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Through September 9, 2007

At Results the Gym Capitol Hill
315 G Street SE, Washington DC

Contact Gary Fisher: 202-669-4226

 Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw in concert at the IDB this Friday

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Jamaican independence, the IDB CULTURAL CENTER cordially invites you to a recital by the Jamaican pianist - Paul Shaw
 
CARIBBEAN CROSSINGS / A New World Beyond Borders

Friday, August 3, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Hailed by The New York Times as “both a virtuoso with Herculean technical command and a sensitive introspective artist,” Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw has appeared on three continents, inspiring appreciative audiences and music critics alike in Asia, Europe and the Americas. 
 
A top prize-winner in the 1988 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Dr. Shaw has performed to high critical acclaim at prestigious venues including the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center, and Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany. He has appeared as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Cape Cod Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Shreveport Symphony. He has collaborated with conductors William Eddins, Lukas Foss, George Manahan, Jorge Mester, Royston Nash, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and others. Dr. Shaw was educated at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received three degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts.
 
PROGRAM INCLUDES
 
Sonata in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven
 
Danza Negra
Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba)
 
Feuillet d’Album
Ludovic Lamothe (Haiti)
 
Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Frédéric Chopin
 
Pequeño Preludio
Hector Campos-Parsi (Puerto Rico)
 
Jamaican Dances
Oswald Russell (Jamaica)
 
ENRIQUE V. IGLESIAS CONFERENCE CENTER AUDITORIUM
Inter-American Development Bank – 1330 New York Avenue NW, at Metro Center, Washington, DC
Free and open to the public. Photo ID required.
Auditorium passes distributed to IDB staff and public at 6:00 p.m.  First-come, first-seated.
For ages 13 and up. Attire is business casual. Visit www.iadb.org/cultural

Eve: A Series by Mia Rollow

August 3, 2007 – September 20, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 6 PM to 8 PM
Located at 9 Hillyer Court NW in the vibrant Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC.

Eve features Mia Rollow’s latest ventures in video and sound. The artist’s large-scale video projections explore microscopic facets of natural phenomena, which transform under her lens into ambiguous morphing landscapes. Sensually rich environments composed of movement, sound, and light emerge onscreen and confound the viewer with their mystery. These are living, unstable terrains whose unexpected shifting of elemental states creates an effect of both violence and elegance. Rollow’s videoscapes absorb the viewer to the point where all frames of reference are lost. The unfamiliar forms transcend our understanding, and we are confronted by the realm of the unknown.

IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
202-338-0680
or e-mail Amanda Lewis

Opening reception sponsored by Stars Bistro & Bar, 2120 P Street NW (Dupont Circle) Washington D.C., (202) 464-6464

HEALING, a performance/installation

by Kata Mejia

Opening this week
August 1st-4th, 6pm-7pm nightly

This performance will take place at Bodysmith parking lot..
1622 14th Street NW (between Corcoran and R Street)
Performance is open to the public. Performance begins at 6PM Nightly (lasts about 1 hour)

Healing is a performance-installation which represents a breaking point with life caused by sudden, violent death. Symbolic, ritual actions expressing the pain and chaos this wrenching of life creates will be performed along with those expressing transcendence and healing of the departed soul and the loved ones who remain.

This performance commemorates the first anniversary of the death of the artist's little brother, who was kidnapped and murdered in Colombia by the FARC terrorist guerrillas.

Colombian born, Kata Mejia is no lightweight performance artist. Her work is raw emotion played without pretense. She attacks her concerns with everything she has: her body, mind and soul. That attack is dramatic, sometimes violent and speaks to the human condition.

Click to see previous performances

Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
202-332-0806
202-332-0807 fax

LOCAL FLAVOR, step up to the plate ...and eat!

Good Food Fuels Good Art and helps create the character of our neighborhood.

"PLEASE JOIN US TO HELP SAVE P STREET RESTAURANT ROW" by Mark Bjorge

The ongoing street and sidewalk construction on P Street will certainly improve the look and feel of our neighborhood, but it is hurting many of our most cherished local businesses.

The July 25th edition of The Dupont Current reports that some restaurants have suffered a 60% decline in Saturday night business due to street construction, and they may not survive unless things turn around- soon. It seems the out-of-towners and those who used to drive to P Street are coming less frequently. Of course we locals continue to dine on P Street but, if we want our favorite restaurants to be there next year, we will need to make a conscious effort to choose to more often dine on P Street when we dine out.

Dupont’s P Street Restaurant Row is a local and regional treasure. Long time favorites like Pesce, Tiramisu, Obelisk, and Pizza Paradiso regularly win Washingtonian and Washington Post awards. The more recently opened dining spot, Mark and Orlando's, received a rating of “Excellent” from the Zagat Guide, and was a Washingtonian 100 Best Bargain Restaurant. Even more recent newcomers Monsouris and Marraskesh Palace have opened to rave reviews. There's sushi at Sakana, Cafe Japone, and Sushi Uno, and moderately priced pizza, Middle Eastern cuisine, Indian food, andburgers. Outdoor cafes. And there are amazing fresh and custom made donuts at The Fractured Prune. P Street has all this and more in just two blocks.

More than a dozen of us - without any ties to these businesses - met last week to put together a plan of action to help the P Street shops and restaurants weather the final six months of the streetscape project. This e-mail is the first part of that plan. Feel free to forward it to others.

Please remind our friends and neighbors that P Street is open for business, and that it’s up to locals and long time fans to
fill the empty tables. We can't wait for the Streetscape to be completed, because some of Dupont’s favorite and best dining
destinations may be gone by then.

We're reaching out to civic organizations and businesses, urging them to support P Street Restaurant Row. We're going to partner with the P Street businesses to stage promotions. You'll see us around. We're doing this because we think our small, independent establishments are a large part of what makes Dupont Circle special.

So, please, patronize these wonderful independent restaurants and stores now. Going out for lunch or dinner is a great thing, especially when you're helping keep Dupont the great dining destination it is. And since our local P Street restaurants are all small businesses, our extra help this summer and fall will make a real difference.

Together, we can do it. All you have to do is step up to the plate ...and eat!"

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Aleatoric

Curated by Merissa Botelho
Reuben Breslar, Music Coordinator

August 1, 7:45pm-12am
at Bobby Fisher Memorial Building
1644 North Capital St., NW, Washington, DC 20002

A Night of Music and Installation Art sponsored by Artcade Magazine, L.L.C., Panache and Civilian Art Project

Friday, July 27, 2007

A thank you from Ellwood Thompson's CEO and follow up on an earlier post

I'm catching a few emails as I travel and will post some relevant news from DC as I can from out here in the big wide world.
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"Ellwood Thompson's has been overwhelmed with support from Columbia Heights residents as well as others in DC's other outstanding communities. Thank you all very much! An update in our search is that we are currently very interested in the DC USA development nearing completion on 14th Ave. We encourage any support that the neighborhood's interested residents can provide??"

"We would like to explain our store concept a little clearer since there have been a lot of comparisons to other Natural Markets in the area. Ellwood Thompson's is a full-service Natural/Organic Market that does not sell any products that contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Our products contain no hydrogenated oils, parabens, high fructose corn syrup or transfats."

"The store is approximately 15,000 SF and we're stewards of local farming and merchants (often working directly with the farm). Quality is top priority and sampling is encouraged. We have a full-service meat case (free-range varieties) as well as a deli case/hot bar and a health and beauty section. I hope this information is helpful in providing a snapshot of what Ellwood's has to offer Columbia Heights."

For additional information, please visit (soon-to-be redesigned) website at http://www.ellwoodthompsons.com

Many thanks,
Ryan Youngman CEO,
Ellwood Thompson's

Contact: Ryanyoungman@hotmail.com
Ellwood Thompson's Local Market
2235 Staples Mill Road
Suite 202
Richmond, VA. 23230

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Airborne

On the way to the west coast, more later.....keep the creative fires going.

Northern Virginia Art Beat

(click title)

NVAB's Kevin Mellema reviews '2007 Wall Mountables' taking place through September 7, at DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (202) 462-7833, or visit www.dcartscenter.org. NOTE: DCAC will be CLOSED August 15 – 26.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

LIKE JAZZ?

The Smithsonian Jazz Café & The CALPRO Group, Inc. PRESENT
"Dani Cortaza & Friends" Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa

Friday, July 27, 2007 One Night, Only @ the Smithsonian Jazz Café

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located at the National Museum of Natural History / Atrium Cafe
10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW - Washington, DC

Doors open at 5:30pm. Music program is from 6:00pmˆ10:00pm
Admission is only $10 - Happy Hour Specials

Smithsonian employees with valid ID, children under 12, and persons with same-night IMAX ticket stubs are admitted free
Cash bar and gourmet a la carte dining
Come early, seating goes fast!

Telephone:  202-633-7400   Website:  www.mnh.si.edu/jazz

For Group Reservations of 20 or more (and discounts on entry fee, food & beverage), call:  Smithsonian Group Sales @ 202-633-4629 or email, LEdwards@si.edu

Closest Metro Station:  Smithsonian or Federal Triangle

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Also, coming soon at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe

Friday, August 31, 2007

Mark your calendars, now:

"A Tribute to Latin Jazz & Salsa"
 (Directed by Arch "AT" Thompson & Verny Varela)
featuring the best Latin Jazz musicians in the Metro DC Area

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For more information and additional performances, contact:
The CALPRO Group

Call: 301-345-1141, mailto:services@thecalprogroup.com
Website: www.thecalprogroup.com

USELESS

August 3 - September 8, 2007
Opening reception: Friday, August 3 2007- 6:00 - 8:30pm

Ben Colebrook
Matthew Geiss and Luis Boza of RE:form
Ferda Kolatan of su11 architecture+design
Rhett Russo and Katrin Mueller-Russo
PATTERNS/ Marcelo Spina with Kreysler & Associates/ Makai Smith
Mark Wentzel
David Erdman
Roy McMackin
Cory Ingram
David Ruy and Karel Klein of Ruy Klein
Ben Jurgensen

Project 4 presents “Useless”, a group exhibition of works by architects, industrial designers and artists exploring the flip side of functionality.

Whether by choice or by error, the creation of a useless object in a culture so focused on efficiency and convenience, is a compelling action. As art and design increasingly borrow each other’s priorities of aesthetics and value, the dissolution of use all together becomes an entertaining process to investigate within design.

“Useless” will feature products, prototypes and objects that are either made to deny function, have been deemed, due to error, un-useable, or represented as such. The conditions surrounding the creation of these works therefore range from commercial design to subversive artistic acts. Amid these different motivations, all of the works present a contrariness to our everyday experience with material culture that is both humorous and insightful.

For additional information please Contact: Anne Surak, Director

Project 4
903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001
202 232 4340 fax: 202 232 4341
info@project4gallery.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sunbow

Our elegant weather system produced this spectacle this week.

More please.
photo credit: Anne Marchand

DAYBREAK

This painting leaves for California tomorrow, a day before I do. We're heading to the land of grapes north of San Francisco. I've painted it in more muted tones which feels right for these times. There's a first Friday gallery walk in Healdsburg and I'm betting the painting arrives in time to grace the walls at the Arches Gallery.

Daybreak, acrylic and mixed media, 48" x 60" ©2007 Anne Marchand

Exhibiting locally at Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC
292-783-2963

Introductions3

August 11 – September 8, 2007
Opening Reception with the Artists: Saturday, August 11, 6-8 PM

Irvine Contemporary presents Introductions3, a selection of recent graduates from leading national and international art schools. This third year of Introductions at Irvine Contemporary is the first gallery exhibition of its kind. Over 250 artists from 60 different art colleges were reviewed for Introductions3, and final selections were made with the advice of a panel of art collectors, rather than curators or gallerists. Introductions3 has grown to an inclusive “MFA annual” that brings the best rising artists to Washington, D.C. Participating artists are listed below with their most recent college or institute affiliation.

Maura Q Brewer (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture and Drawings) presents a series of sculptures and drawings that reconcieve the materials of work and authority. In her works, tuxedo shirts or men’s business shirts are appropriated for the way they encode one type of social status or authority, but folding and ironing these materials transform the symbols of men’s culture into a new kind of architecture through traditionally “invisible” women’s work.

Amy Chan (Rhode Island School of Design, Paintings) presents a series of paintings that portray "new ecosystems" created in America by the close crowding of human development and nature . Using patterned motifs and visual fragments from highway scenes, her work re-envisions the landscape coming to terms with suburban sprawl. Amy Chan also has a Fellowship with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this year.

Lauren Clay ( Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture and Installation) presents sculptures and drawings that move inherited minimalist forms into organic space where they seem to give birth to new self-generating forms. Her sculptures are carefully constructed from cut paper and painted with acrylic, and provide a feminine expansion on minimalist geometry and solidity of objects. Her objects combine ideas from architecture and organic form in innovative ways.

Katie Lewis ( California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Sculpture and Installation) presents three-dimensional works with pins, thread, enamel, and mylar that provide visual maps of sensations, nervous systems, and information networks envisioned as swarms and dense information nodes. Starting as maps for recording sensations and information, her works present new visualizations of the invisible flows of sensation and information we experience every day.
Akemi Maegawa (Cranbrook Institute, Sculptures and Installation) presents both ceramic sculptures and an installation project, both of which transform common objects with new contexts and content. Her “Artist’s Studio,” with each object wrapped in white felt, creates new volumes of space for objects ordinarily unnoticed. The artist studied for her BFA at Corcoran College, and after completing her MFA at Cranbrook, has returned to Washington, D.C. where she now lives and works.

Rocky McCorkle (San Francisco Art Institute, Photographs), presents a series of hyperreal photographs shot with large format negatives that play with the language of film stills and glossy magazine ads. The highly composed images present a narrative about the central characters’ real and imagined lives that mix fact and fantasy, branding and symbolism in a thoroughly captivating fictional world.

Sarah Mizer ( Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture and Installation) composes elegant text-based works in glass, using light and shadow to re-envision words, lines, and columns of text. With our common metaphors of writing, texts, and illumination resonating in the background, the artist’s compositions open up a reflective and meditative space around writing and words as sculptural and three-dimensional forms.

Ryan Pierce ( California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Paintings) presents a series of paintings that depict an imagined “ecoregion,” landscapes viewed not by political or national boundaries but by a spectrum of human impact on an environment. The scenes are images of possible post-industrial worlds that may lean at times, or even simultaneously, toward utopian or dystopian states.

Izel Vargas ( University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Paintings) presents paintings that capture the experiences of hybrid border culture in his home region of South Texas. The artist considers his works to be hybrid desmadres, a slang term which can mean “chaos” as well as the more literal “motherless.” His works appropriate and mix images from the pop cultures of both mainstream Americana and the Latino community, creating a new space he calls “a home away from home.”

Erin Colleen Williams ( Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture and Installation) creates hybrid objects that draw from imaginary machines and technology both past and present. The artist explores questions of biology, mortality, memory, desire, and the body, and presents works that seem to be impossible machines from the past that also reflect today’s obsessions. As if recovered by a Victorian time machine, the sculptures are both the lost and latest devices for augmenting human organs and enhancing pleasure and perception.

Stephanie Williams & Jesse Thompson (Rhode Island School of Design, Video) present a collaborative video project based on a child’s private mythology and imaginary world created from reading the Bible and a fragment of overheard parents’ conversation. Using sets and animation, the artists create a convincing alternate reality seen from a child’s point of view.

Irvine Contemporary gives special thanks to the collectors' selection panel. The final selection of exhibiting artists was made with the advice and suggestions of Tim Cone, Joseph DiGangi, Philippa Hughes, Henry Thaggert, and Melissa Schonder. Irvine Contemporary is grateful for their time and commitment in helping to bring the best of rising artist talent to Irvine Contemporary for Introductions3.

Announcement in pdf

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005

email: martin@irvinecontemporary.com
202-332-8767
http://www.irvinecontemporary.com

Monday, July 23, 2007

LIVE! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Daily Performances in August
Noon - 1:30pm

Monday, August 20 Mahala Township Jive! – South African rhythms
Tuesday, August 21 Le Bon Temps Krewe – Musical sounds of News Orleans
Wednesday, August 22 Comic Genius with Queen Aishah – Line-up of local comedians
Thursday, August 23 Gibraltar – North African music
Friday, August 24 Game Show Mania – Game show with audience participation

Monday, August 27 Heritage Ensemble – Spiritual music
Tuesday, August 28 Davey Yarborough & The Washington Jazz Arts Institute – Solid jazz
Wednesday, August 29 Aaron Broadus – Neo-soul
Thursday, August 30 Susan Jones Jazz Quartet – String jazz
Friday, August 31 David Akers – Soul balladeer

Schedule subject to change

For the complete schedule
http://www.itcdc.com/or
202.312.1300 or
sign up for email updates at Live@itcdc.com www.annemarchand.com

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC.

A 2007 Capital Fringe Festival Event

July 19-29, 2007

Washington City Paper blogs it all.

Solas Nua - The Drunkard

by Tom Murphy
directed by Jessica Burgess

At The Devine Theatre, Georgetown University Davis Arts Center

"Murphy's Drunkard is a triumph. Humour abounds... Brilliant."
-The Examiner (Ireland) Comedy, tragedy, heroics, villainy and song in this exuberant, life-affirming medlodrama.

THE ONLY SHOW RUNNING ALL 10 DAYS OF THE CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL!
July 20 through July 29
Shows at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm

AUGUST 2nd - AUGUST 5th
Thurs. - Sat. @ 8pm - Sun. at 3pm

http://www.solasnua.org/

A Natural Market in Columbia Heights

This is a little off the arts beat path. Since I'm a BIg lover of natural foods and feel that a natural market is a plus in our neighborhoods, I'm putting this information out. Plus, good food fuels good art, doesn't it. At least it gets you in a good spot to create the work.

Ellwood Thompson's Local Market operates a full service grocery store in Richmond, VA. They are recently focusing on the Columbia Heights area because they like the diversity and density of the area and believe that people in this area of DC would appreciate the unique experience of their concept. Ellwood Thompson's is committed to supporting local farmers, manufactures and other local merchants. ET would gladly sponsor local farmers markets. Additionally they have a strong commitment to the environment and ideally would like to be in a "Leeds" certified or "Green" concept building.

They welcome any comments from you, my readers.

Their website is www.ellwoodthompsons.com - (They are in the process of upgrading their site but this gives you some idea about them.)

Contact: Ryan Youngman, CEO
Ryanyoungman@hotmail.com
Ellwood Thompson Local Market
2235 Staples Mill Road
Suite 202
Richmond, VA. 23230

Quote by Walt Whitman inscribed outside Dupont Circle Metro



On July 14, Councilmember Graham unveiled the inspirational quote by Walt Whitman inscribed outside the entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro station in Washington, DC. The artwork is a tribute to the response by volunteers and caregivers to the needs of people living with HIV/Aids in DC.
Slideshow here

Graham Kicks Off Anti-Graffiti Mural Program

July 17, 2007

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward One) in Washington, DC kicked off the anti-graffiti mural program Wednesday, July 18 at 11am in front of the Cluck-U Chicken restaurant at 2921 Georgia Ave, NW.

The program will identify locations repeatedly tagged by illegal graffiti and replace the graffiti with a community inspired mural. “This creative approach,” said Councilmember Graham, “will help stop graffiti and give youth a positive outlet for their creativity.” The program is based on Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, which has reduced graffiti by placing murals in strategic locations.

Councilmember Graham secured $100,000 in the city’s budget to support 50 murals. Up to three murals will be created in Ward One this summer as part of the pilot program. The remainder of the murals will be created throughout the city, starting this fall. The Department of Public Works will work with the Metropolitan Police Department, business owners and community organizations to identify potential locations. The non-profit organization, Midnight Forum, will then work with young people from the PROUrban Youth summer employment program to design and paint the murals.

Councilmember Graham has also secured an additional $250,000 for graffiti resistant paint and has secured funding for 27 new jobs to be filled by qualified ex-offenders for anti-graffiti and alley cutback programs.

Contact: Jason Yuckenberg
(202) 727-5820

Sunday, July 22, 2007

plan b

Paintings by:
Heidi Fowler
Rob Vander Zee
Jason Wright

July 25, 2007 – August 19, 2007

Opening reception with the artists
Thursday, July 26, 2007, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


GALLERY plan b
1530 fourteenth street, nw
washington, dc 20005
info@galleryplanb.com
202.234.2711

Friday, July 20, 2007

ARTISTS' TALK THIS SATURDAY

LAST CHANCE TO SEE MEGALOPOLIS AND AT STAKE AND RIDER!
In its final week, Ken Ashton's Megalopolis and Lily Cox-Richard's At Stake and Rider closes on Saturday, July 21, 2007. Join Civilian for a talk with the artists to round out an amazing show. Open to the public, the discussion begins at 3:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Civilian Art Projects' Director, Jayme McLellan. Refreshments will be served.

...

SUMMER FUN EVENT! August 1

If you are like us, enjoying the baking asphalt and smells of summer in DC; please join Panache, Civilian, Reuben Breslar and the folks at 1644 N. Capital in saying a big DC hello to ....
THE SHOW IS THE RAINBOW

8 - 11 PM
Wednesday, Aug.1, 2007
$2 donation to help with gas for the band and refreshments

THIS EVENT IS NOT AT CIVILIAN, IT IS AT:
The Bobby Fisher Memorial Building, 1644 N. Capitol Street, Washington, DC

...

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW
Washington DC
(202) 607-3804

OPTIONS 2007

September 13 - October 26, 2007
Curated by PAUL BREWER

Opening @ PEPCO’S EDISON PLACE GALLERY
September 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
Artist Talk: Friday, October 26, 2007 6:30-8:30 PM

Originally developed in 1981 by the WPA board of directors, the first WPA OPTIONS biennial was curated by legendary artist Gene Davis and Washington Review editor Mary Swift. Continuing with this historic and eagerly anticipated exhibition, OPTIONS 2007 curator Paul Brewer, Director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, has selected 10 emerging artists who represent the creative diversity of the region. 2007 marks the 12th year of OPTIONS and the ongoing dedication of the WPA\C to support, promote and encourage new and emerging talent, as well as to stimulate dialogue between established and emerging artists, and the regional community.

OPTIONS 2007 Artists:

Taylor Baldwin
Anne Chan
Neil Feather
Eli Kessler
Cory Oberndorfer
Pat O’Malley
Siobhan Rigg
Sayaka Suzuki
Kathleen Shafer
Rene Trevino

9x10 : WPA\C Member Shows @ WWP Gallery

Show #5: July 13 – August 10, 2007

Joan Belmar / Sheila Blake / Anna Fine Foer / Layne Garrett / Heidi Nielsen / Susan Hostetler / Amelia Shachoy / Lisa Kellner / Patricia Underwood / Rick Wall

WWP Gallery (Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing)
629 New York Ave NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Info: 202.639.1828 / ninebyten@gmail.com / www.wpaconline.org/events/9x10.html

Call for entries

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s - Juried Photography Exhibition
Entry Deadline: August 3, 2007
Opening Reception: September 8, 2007, 5-7 pm

Exhibit Dates: September 8-28, 2007

All photographic works are welcome, conventional and unconventional processes, techniques, aesthetics, approaches, subjects, material or digital works, video, photo installations. The judge for the show is Bruce McKaig, artist, instructor, and Chair of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's Photography Department.

There is a $25 entry fee per artist to CHAW for up to three images and $5 per additional image up to five total. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. For more information, visit www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

Eastern Market Music Series

Eastern Market will be rocking this Sunday on July 22. Blues musicians Rick Franklin, Mike Baytop and The Resonators will kick off the Eastern Market Music series on Sunday.

The series is sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. A variety of the area’s best blues, bluegrass, jazz, contemporary, and international musicians will play at the market each Sunday through the end of September.

Rick Franklin and Mike Baytop begin the festivities at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with The Resonators following at 1 p.m. The musicians will be set up outside of Port City Java, 701 North Carolina Ave., SE. Washington, DC.

The IDB CULTURAL CENTER

Performance by Costa Rican pianists
Feterman Duo, Sisters Sara Nelia & Gertrudis Feterman Rotkopf

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:30 p.m.

PROGRAM for four hands:
Andante and Variations in G Major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Four Norwegian Dances, Op.35 - Edvard Grieg
Petite Suite - Claude Debussy
Spanish Dance No. 1 - Manuel de Falla
“Wish” Mazurka - José J. Vargas Calvo
Mariposas nocturnas - Carlos Escalante Macaya
Estampas Guanacastecas - Héctor Zúñiga

The Feterman Duo comprises the Costa Rican pianists and sisters Sara and Gertrudis Feterman, who received their degrees in Piano from the University of Costa Rica and their Masters degrees in Piano Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they studied under Alan Feinberg and Irene Shreier. The Feterman Duo have performed in many Latin American countries and in the United States. In 2002 the sisters recorded their first CD, entitled Juegos Musicales para Piano a Cuatro Manos (Piano Music for Four Hands). Currently, both pianists are Associate Professors of Music at the University of Costa Rica.

Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue, NW – Metro Center
Free and open to the public. Photo ID required.
First-come, first-seated. For ages 13 and up. Attire is business casual.

Bradley CHRISS

G Fine Art announces a wall drawing by Bradley CHRISS

This mural explores celebration, violence, private and public sexual events, and the link between comedy and anxiety. Inspired by Taoist painting styles, the brushstrokes are long and loose. Done freehand, the subject matter emerges organically, fabric twisting and turning, bodies both gruesome and elegant.

Surrealistically, organs undergo extreme fantasy segmentation, dividing into a series of semi-repetitive segments, multiplying into a vision of absurdity. There is an outragesness that implies both humor and horror. Like watching a B horror film, which can be over the top, simultaneously funny and scary. The palette, black Sumi ink and cadmium red, implies an overall feeling of doom while also hinting at the summer dresses and polka dots Chriss sites as part of his inspiration.

This drawing will be up for the rest of the summer, along with a varying group of works from gallery artists, currently a selection of Chan Chao’s photographs.

www.gfineartdc.com
1515 Fourteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20005
202.462.1601

ARTSCAPE BALTIMORE 2007

July 14- August 25, 2007
PERIOD PIECES
ARTSCAPE BALTIMORE 2007

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4605
Phone:(410) 225-3130
www.eubieblake.org

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

The application for the 2008 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is now available online.
The deadline for the 2008 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show applications are as follows:

ONLINE APPLICATIONS: September 8, 2007
PAPER APPLICATIONS: August 18, 2007

Crafts America shows are open to all craft artists who reside and work in the United States. All work must be well conceived and expertly executed in the U.S. It also must be made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. Whether one-of-a-kind or limited production, work should reflect the individuality of the artist.

Crafts America, LLC
P.O. Box 603
Greens Farms, CT 06838
203-254-0486 (office)
203-254-9672 (fax)
Email: info@craftsamericashows.com

Sponsor of the Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center on November 30, December 1, 2, 2007

DC Playblocks - Quality Preschool Matters

Come visit the DC Playblocks sites
sponsored by the GCH Endowment to Promote Quality Early Childhood Education.
"Sweet Dreams" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

About DC Playblocks
The goal of the DC PLAY BLOCKS campaign is to raise public awareness about the need for high quality care and educational programs in the District of Columbia. The overall message is that “QUALITY PRESCHOOL MATTERS.”
National studies show the benefits of early childhood care and education include:
Increased maternal employment and earnings
Increased skills and knowledge
Increased high school graduation and college attendance
Increased skilled employment and earnings

Inspired by the DC Party Animals and Pandamania public art projects sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities a few years back, the Endowment’s yearlong campaign will bring attention to the needs of the 33,000 zero-to-five-year-old children and their families that live in the city and in the shadow of the Capitol. In the fall of 2006, a commemorative PLAY BLOCK designed by the nationally known, Washington-based artist, Di Bagley Stovall, will be placed in front of the John A. Wilson Building, the district government building, and will remain at that location through the fall of 2007. Her PLAY BLOCK illustrates that together we can empower ALL children to reach the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Sponsors:
Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities with the DC Early Care and Education Administration, DC Leadership in Action Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, E*TRADE Financial Corporation Donor Advised Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Fannie Mae Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Federal City Council, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, M. Russell and Associates, PNC Bank, Procter & Gamble, Teaching Strategies, Inc., and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
James G. Davis Construction Corporation and Miller & Long Concrete Construction are generously providing in-kind support.

GCH Endowment to Promote Quality Early Childhood Education
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 715
Washington, DC 20036

e-mail: gchendowment@aol.com
tel: 202-234-2273
fax: 202-387-0411


DOWNLOAD A MAP OF LOCATIONS AT
www.dcplayblocks.org

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nice Kitty... at the National Zoo

Looking for some wild life in the city?
Check out zenfisbee's photostream for shots of tigers lounging in the water.

The National Zoo
a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. Open to the public 364 days a year, home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species.

3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Save the Date: WOMEN'S REFLECTIONS

From Authentic Art DC...

Visual Reflections from Washington, DC artists and
“Katrina Diaries” from New Orleans artists.

Presented by the Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC
September 5 – September 25, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 9, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum,
1001 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Sondheim Prize winner featured in Baltimore Sun

Baltimore artist, Tony Shore was awarded the $25,000 Sondheim prize.

"A Baltimore artist whose portraits of family and friends painted on black velvet capture the poignant and gritty flavor of working class life in the city, was named Friday the winner of this year's Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize."
By Glenn McNatt | Sun Art Critic

Highly animated Kojo Nmandi show with Lenny Campello, Jeffry Cudlin and Dr. Claudia Rousseau here.

A GOOD TIME IS RIGHT NOW


KNEW GALLERY'S GROUP SHOW OF MORE THAN 20 ARTISTS FROM THE EAST COAST TO LOS ANGELES IN "A GOOD TIME IS RIGHT NOW".
Over 20 artists - more established to very emerging - fill the two floors of space in the gallery with photography, painting, and sculpture.

Opening reception is July 19th 6-10 pm.

KNEW GALLERY'S exhibit - A GOOD TIME IS NOW - features Philadelphia and New York artists Michael Ciervo, Paul Campbell, Cecilia Biagini, Cibele Vieria, and others in its Summer of Art exhibit that includes works by Gallery artists Fernando Canovas, John Fasano, Peter Fox, and Raimundo Rubio. Using every inch of the two floors and courtyard space at KNEW GALLERY'S location plus the exhibit space at the District Fine Arts (DFA) space two blocks north of KNEW GALLERY at 1726 Wisconsin Avenue, visitors to both exhibits will be treated to a smorgasbord of color and process crossing various artistic media - from photographs and paintings to somewhere beyond.

The staging of the openings in tandem refers back to both Galleries' July 2006 exhibits in which each gallery's audience was encouraged to visit the other gallery - conveying positive energy reminiscent of the feel good times of the best of the hippie days.

The complete list of artists featured at KNEW GALLERY in A GOOD TIME IS NOW includes artists Aimee Anthony, Selina Lamberti, Chris Gibson, Jeffers Egan, Paul Gallegos, Stephen Gratz, Jonas Griscoe, Ryan Carr Johnson, Cat Manolis, MegaSleepyhead, Kevin Mellena, Katie Middleton, Maria Elena Naveillan, Francis Schanz, Alexander Voslonsky, and Lien Yao.

KNEW GALLERY
1639 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 338-4588
fbgall@gmail.com

COUNTERCULTURE

Art Happening, Thursday July 19th 6-10 pm

Richard Friedman - The NYC Be-In, March 26,1967

July 19th - September 8th, 2007
Group Show featuring works from the 60's 70's

Richard Friedman - photographer. I was 21 with a brand new Nikkormat camera and living in Greenwich Village in 1965. Much happened, for better and worse, by the time I left for Berkeley three years later. These images are what I remember. I've been taking pictures ever since.

Gene Markowski - painter/photographer. In the late 1960's I made my first trip to the Western states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, spending three summer months driving to places of interest for me, it was love at first sight. The landscape, people, and Western culture in general was something new, and had a huge affect upon my work as an artist. However, the Western trip also marks a stylistic shift from reprentation to abstraction, and even although my paintings began the journey of abstraction, the love of Western culture remained in spirit for many years.

Robert Otter - photographer. Robert (Bob) made his living as a commercial photographer, but his soul yearned for something more. He was a native New Yorker as well as a Greenwich Village resident, and preserved the Village through his masterful imagery: a vibrant, bohemian community perceived by many as the "eye of the hurricane" that was the Sixties. A haven for an unusual assortment of artists, families, counter-culture types, philosophers, working folks, and various oddballs, Otter's lens caught it all. In the early 1970s, after ten years as a professional photographer, he exited the artistic world, and passed away in 1986.

Steven Rosenberg- painter. I was born in 1950 and as a kid I did not know what interesting times we lived in. It Seemed like a time of innocence but cold war suspicions led to events and policies that would steer many lives down confrontational paths. I came to bear witness to many life altering events and I remain deeply effected by the power of these moments especially some that occurred during the sixties and seventies. I was an avid concert goer and I do believe that as a youngster when I went to a Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and The Chambers Brothers concert, I started the evening as a preppy Kid and left a hair down Hippy. New Port jazz Fest then on to Woodstock that same summer of 69. Events in Vietnam were certainly hot topics and the events pointed towards a downward spiral. I started college in the fall of 1969 at Kent State University. My conscience led me to become an active participant in the "anti-war movement". I traveled to Washington as did many of my family and friends. I participated in rallies and discussions in an effort to end the war. The bombing of Cambodia led to the surreal encounter between Kent State Students and the National Guard. The pieces enclosed capture some of the loss of innocence and anger at the polarizing forces that co-opted our values. I also hope they capture some of the temper of the times.

Karl Umlauf- painter/sculptor. Throughout the 60's I was intensely involved in the landscape from a very frontal/vertical viewpoint. The work having a geological inspiration presented a semi-abstract view of cliff formations; synclines, faults, eroded washouts, hillsides, etc. Then in 1969 I found I could no longer avoid moving toward a more 3 dimensional relief format. The image became completely abstract and the material was very experimental. Fiberglass and aluminum overlays still carried the rhythms and energy of the geological formations. It was a challenge to move forward into an unknown world of ideas, concepts and methodologies to achieve new goals. The risk was worth it!

"If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren't really there." Paul Kantner

District Fine Arts
1726 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am - 6:30 pm (After Hours By Appointment)

ACADEMY 2007 at Conner Contemporary

July 6 - August 18, 2007

Annual survey of BFA/MFA graduates in the Washington/Baltimore area.

Conner Contemporary
1730 Connecticut Avenue, NW - 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009
phone: + 202 - 588 - 8750
email: info@connercontemporary.com

*summer hours: June 19 - August 18 || Tuesday - Saturday 12pm-5pm and by appointment

Soul Tracers

July 11- August 18, 2007

Paintings by Elyse Harrison + Sculptures by Mark "Wireman" Coburn.

Special Events: Raga Blues Poetry, July 21, 8pm
Neptune, 4901 Cordell Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814
301-718-0809 / www.galleryneptune.com

Stepping Stones - Works by Gene Davis

July 12 - September 5, 2007
Reception: Sunday, July 15th noon-3pm

An exhibit featuring current artists influenced by the Color School.

VisArts
155 Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Info: 301-869-8623
www.visartscenter.org

Summer Members Show at Foundry

Daniel Bell, Philip Bennet, Jenny Brake, Catherine Carter, Patsy Fleming, Holly Foss, Donna McGee, Stephen Nordlinger, Bobbie Salthouse, Roger Strassman, Amy Wilson, and Patricia Zannie

Reception: Friday, August 3 from 6-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: August 1 – September 2, 2007

FOUNDRY GALLERY
1314 18th Street NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20036-2008
202-463-0203
www.foundrygallery.org

Del Ray Artisans


sub-text

August 4th-September 8th, 2007
ArtistsReception August 11th, 6pm-9pm

Five photographers working below the surface:
Victor Cobo
Alejandra Laviada
Lindsey McCracken
Caitlin Phillips
Sarah Wilmer

Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-332-0806

www.randallscottgallery.com
info@randallscottgallery.com
Hours:11AM-6PM Wed-Sat
1/2 block south of Rhode Island at 14th Street NW
2nd floor above Thai Tanic Restaurant

Monday, July 16, 2007

Ju-Yeon Kim in Afterglow

Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France

Irvine Contemporary artist Ju-Yeon Kim is in The Savannah College of Art and Design-Lacoste exhibition "Afterglow." This exhibition is an exploration of light as an aesthetic, material, conceptual and poetic phenomenon by artists Ghada Amer, Patrick Blanc, Maja Godlewska, Hervé Half, Alfredo Jaar, Ju-Yeon Kim and Bill Viola. July 6-August 28.

Afterglow
Ghada Amer, Patrick Blanc, Maja Godlewska, Hervé Half,
Alfredo Jaar, Ju-Yeon Kim and Bill Viola
July 6 - August 28, 2007

Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste
Rue du Four
84480 Lacoste, France
www.scadexhibitions.com

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Current Exhibition

Kerry Skarbakka & Marla Rutherford:
Re-Presenting the Portrait

Continues through Sat. August 4

Martin Irvine, Director
Lauren Gentile, Assistant Director
Thomas Powell, Gallery Manager
Lu Chen, Raul De Leon, and Lauren Saks, Gallery Assistants


Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005

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email: martin@irvinecontemporary.com
phone: 202-332-8767
web: http://www.irvinecontemporary.com

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Permanent Tribute

Engravings to honor HIV/AIDS caregivers by Will O'Bryan, Metro Weekly

Those volunteers and caregivers who have responded to the calls of the HIV/AIDS crisis will soon be getting a permanent tribute. On July 14, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and City Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) will dedicate the tribute, which consists of two engravings.

In the circular, granite entrance above the north entrance to the Dupont Circle Metrorail Station, will be engraved an excerpt from ''The Dresser,'' a poem by Walt Whitman, the famed gay poet who lived from 1819-92. Whitman's name is incorporated into Whitman-Walker Clinic, the D.C. clinic founded in 1973 initially as the Gay Men's VD Clinic. Graham, who initiated this project, has a long history with the clinic, having served as clinic president, executive director, and on its board of directors.

The second portion of the tribute will be a contemporary poem, ''We Embrace,'' written by Howard University Professor E. Ethelbert Miller. Miller's poem will be inscribed on the sidewalk above the station.

The July 14 dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the station entrance at Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

E4: Station to Station

TRANSFORMER presents the fourth installment of The Exercises, a unique peer critique and mentorship program for emerging artists:

E4: Station to Station
July 11 – August 4, 2007

Featuring a series of week-long, individual exhibitions by Rebecca C. Adams, Carolina Mayorga, Rob Parrish and Fereshteh Toosi, E4: Station to Station presents new works in video, sound, mixed media performance and conceptual installation these artists developed over a several month process of peer critique and mentorship organized by Transformer and guest curator Niels Van Tomme.

Transformer’s 2006/2007 exhibition series is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities/NEA, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and The Visionary Friends of Transformer.

t r a n s f o r m e r
1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102 / www.transformergal lery.org

Monday, July 09, 2007

TO ROB A THIEF

The IDB Cultural Center presents a special 35mm screening of the new movie:
LADRÓN QUE ROBA A LADRÓN

They came. They saw. They took it all.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

Monday, July 16, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, first-come, first-seated, photo ID required.

For commercial release by LionsGate Films, August 31, 2007

In this action-filled adventure, two former thieves reunite to rob the biggest thief they know -- Moctesuma Valdez, a TV infomercial guru who has made millions selling worthless health products to poor Latino immigrants. When none of their affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help.


Starring Fernando Colunga, Miguel Varoni (who will attend the screening), Gabriel Soto, Julie Gonzalo, Ivonne Montero, Sonya Smith, and Saúl Lisazo. Directed by Joe Menendez.

ENRIQUE V. IGLESIAS CONFERENCE CENTER AUDITORIUM
1330 New York Avenue NW • Metro Center, 13th Street exit
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC • Photo ID required • No reservations
First-come, first-seated • 380 Seats • Passes will be distributed at 5:45 PM
Film presented in Spanish with English subtitles • 105 minutes • PG-13 • iadb.org/cultural

urbancode, a new online magazine about the DC Arts Scene!

"In the current issue #2 of urbancode you will read about many who are doing things to enliven the arts community here in the Metro area. Witness Ryan Hill who is bucking the industry trend and has opened Strangeland Records. You might want to visit his establishment and justify his belief in the dynamism and vast potential of the cultural scene we have here. Filmmaker Jon Gann runs three separate local film agencies; DC Film Salon, DC Shorts Festival, and DC Film Alliance, and Patricia Finneran, oversees the SilverDocs festival at the AFI--all are important cogs in the machine! That doesn't even begin to scratch the surface though, because there are lots of musicians plugging away and continually evolving an already exciting and renowned music scene!"
Stuart Greenwell
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/ Designer

*News about the future of the Warehouse Gallery Theatre Complex is included in this current issue of urbancode.

urbancode is published 8 times yearly by urbancode design. Subscriptions may be obtained free by sending an email to urbancodemag@gmail.com and requesting Add Me!

ArtRomp 20 coming soon

Molly Ruppert is hoping to gather work from all the artists who have had art in any Romp. Notice will be sent to artists in a week or 2. If you are one of the many - be ready! Art Romp opens September 7th.

Contact
Warehouse
1017-21 7th street NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202.783.3933
molly@warehousetheater.com

Saturday, July 07, 2007

D.C.'s Hip-Hop Theater Fest

Article By -- Rachel Beckman at WaPo (click above)
"The festival, hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, runs Monday through next Saturday. All events are free, but arrive early to get seats. A festival kick-off party, featuring DJ Rich Medina, is Monday at 9:30 p.m. at Andalu, 1214 18th St. NW."

Festival Dates July 9-14, 2007

"Returning for its sixth year, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival arrives this summer with an exhilarating plethora of performance, dance and poetry. The Festival continues to engage Hip-Hop generation artists from in and outside Washington, DC in a dynamic mix of developing and established works. Highlights include: Jerry Quickley’s Live from the Front about a B-boy in Baghdad at the start of the war and J. Kyle Manzay’s The Actor’s Rap!, a comedy about a group of frustrated actors who take matters into their own hands as rappers relentlessly steal their roles in film and theater. Local playwrights and performers include Holly Bass; Bashi Rose; Hueman Prophets, Goldie Patrick and poets from Sol y Soul. And thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival is proud to present all events free of charge."

For information or a full schedule, visit http://www.hiphoptheaterfest.orgor call 202-724-5613.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Sarragua Leyva tonight

Between Reality and Dream

A Solo Exhibition By Guest Artist, Sarragua Leyva
July 4-29, 2007

Reception: Friday, July 6 from 6-8 pm
Cocktails provided courtesy of the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain

Artist talk: Sunday, July 8, 2 pm at the Gallery

FOUNDRY GALLERY
1314 18th Street NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC
202-463-0203
Hours Open: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm

Irvine Contemporary in City Paper

Exhibit A: Gallery Receptions
by Matthew Borlik on City Desk Washington City Paper

Irvine Contemporary:
“Don’t do it buddy. You’re a young man! You’ve got your whole life ahead of you!” Thankfully, photographer Kerry Skarbakka uses a network of unseen wires to suspend himself in mid-air in the photographs that compose “The Struggle to Right Oneself,” an exhibition that “dramatizes one of the deepest themes of our moment—the sense [of] losing balance and control both personally and socially.” “The Struggle to Right Oneself” is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Los Angeles-based photographer Marla Rutherford.
The exhibition is on view through Saturday, August 4, 2007.

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
Free. (202) 332-8767.

Graffiti Abatement Plan

"In addition to DPW graffiti abatement proposal, the Fenty Administration plans a multi-agency approach to graffiti prevention, abatement and enforcement. The Mayor will announce these plans later this summer." Commissioner, Kevin Chapple's Community Blog

Graffiti Removal to Become Everyone's Problem DCist blog

Celebrating Kahlo’s 100th birthday

Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters

July 6, 2007 - October 14, 2007

Celebrating Kahlo’s 100th birthday, the exhibition includes the museum’s prized possession, Kahlo’s Self-portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 23 photographs of Kahlo by various artists, 10 of Kahlo’s unpublished personal letters to family and friends from The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers and 12 never-before-seen photographs of Kahlo’s private bathroom at the Casa Azul. Among the photographs will be a new collection of images by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide of Kahlo’s private bathroom at the Casa Azul and its contents, which were sealed until fifty years after her death. The combination of these materials will provide a stimulating context for exploring the relationship between Frida’s colorful, mexicanista image and the difficult realities of her personal life.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Frida!
7/8/2007 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sunday
FREE admission to the museum all day

National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.
1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970
202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

America's Art Museum - the Smithsonian

Holland Cotter wrote a piece about America's Museum on the Mall.

"WELCOME to the Smithsonian — America’s museum !” Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian’s recently ousted top executive, wrote in a peppy preface to the latest edition of the institution’s official guidebook. “Our goal,” he declared, “is nothing less” than to “set the standard of museum going excellence for the world.”

"Mr. Small was right about the Smithsonian being America’s museum. It is and has been since 1836, when the government accepted a gift from James Smithson, a British scientist who wanted to found “an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” for a young nation. (Smithson, who never set foot in America, is buried near the Smithsonian Castle.)" ..."That national identity is the real reason to care about what shape the Smithsonian is in."

read article here.

Resources for Artists...Happy Fourth of July week

Resources From Alyson B. Stanfield's Art Biz Blog
-•- How to Document Your Art using Professional Guidelines
Complimentary Teleseminar, Tuesday, July 10

Are your inventory records a mess? Do you even have inventory records? Your inventory records are critical documentation for your career. You might as well get them right so you don't have to go back in ten years and try to reconstruct all of your accomplishments. In this complimentary teleseminar, Harriete Estel Berman will cover the essential information you should be keeping for each artwork. To sign up: http://www.artbizcoach.com/classes/document.html

-•- On Art Prints and Reproductions....
There's a good article in the current edition of Art World News about choosing the right giclée printer.

-•- A copy of Alyson B. Stanfield's article about writing and sending more tempting emails in the June issue of Art Business News is online.

-•- Society of North American Goldsmiths...Professional Guidelines have been developed as a reference to help everyone involved with the arts and crafts community learn how to handle common but important situations that may arise... basic tools for implementing improved and equitable business, leading toward standard professional practices.
http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/Publications/Professional_Guidelines/

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Bethesda Painting Awards

The Fraser Gallery exhibit of the finalists closes on July 7.

Fraser Gallery
7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E
Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda)
301-718-9651
http://www.thefrasergallery.com
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30 to 6 pm

Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939

Through JULY 29, 2007

This ground-breaking and vast exhibition explores the foundation and meaning of Modernist art and design and its evolution into a mass movement that continues to impact the way we live.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
202-639-1700
Price: $14, seniors $12, students $10, ages 6 and younger free

Stephan Schulz Performance

A movement-tracking suit sets a flourescent-light display a-flutter.
5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12
Goethe-Institut
814 Seventh St. NW
Washington, DC
202-289-1200

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11
Dupont Circle
Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW
Washington, DC
202-289-1200

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Overdue Recognition Gallery

Bowie, Maryland- On Friday June 29th Overdue Recognition Art Gallery hosted a silent auction for the National Center for Black Philanthropy’s Sixth National Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Pentagon City, Virginia. The conference celebrated individuals in the community that continuously give back to the African American community. Among its honorees were former president Bill Clinton, activist Dr. Dorothy Height, athlete Shaquille O’Neal, and vocalist and minister Wintley Phipps. Gallery owner Jackie Thompson states, “It was great exposure, and this is just the start for the gallery to give back to the community”.

Overdue Recognition is the first and only African American Art Gallery in the Bowie area representing over 75 renowned and emerging African American artists. Specializing in originals, serigraphs, giclees, limited and open edition lithographs, the gallery is also available for receptions and consultations on both corporate and home art needs.

CONTACT:
Lauren Wheeler
Jackie.Thompson@overduerecognition.com
301-805-8812

HillTop Plaza
6816 RaceTrack Road
Bowie Maryland 20715

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

As part of Art in Heat there will be a Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School this Saturday night at the Warehouse. Hosted by Elvis, the “Red King” and featuring Bambi Galore and Lil' Dutch. The show starts at 7 and drawing continues until 11:30. There will be drawing contests, drink specials, and everyone is invited to stay after Dr. Sketchy for karaoke with Elvis.

Space is limited, but you can buy tickets online now and reserve a spot via the Art in Heat website - http://www.artinheat.com

Date:
Saturday, July 7
Time:
2 Sessions! Act I: 7-9pm,
Act II: 9:30-11:30pm
Place:
Warehouse Second Stage
Cost:
$8 for each session
or $10 for both

Email info@artinheat.com if you have any questions

FAQ - courtesy of http://www.drsketchy.com/

How is Dr. Sketchy's different from a normal life drawing class?

In normal life classes, silent students sit in a silent room and draw a bored, oft-uninteresting model. In Dr. Sketchy's we've got bodacious burlesque queens as models. We've got ridiculous art contests (best incorporation of a woodland animal? Best imagined costume?), good music and flashy prizes. We've got a selection of posh beverages- alcoholic and not- available to buy.

At Dr. Sketchy's, we don't care if you picked up a pad yesterday or 50 years ago. Come to drink or to draw. We're happy to have you.

What mediums can I use?

All dry mediums are okay, as are dip pens and a neat watercolour sets. Oil paints, messy mediums and stinky mediums are not okay. Please don't cause a mess. Sharpen your pencils over the garbage can.

Are there easles? Tables? Sketchpads?

The Warehouse has some tables. All seatings' available first come, first served

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is moving

On July 17, 2007, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities willl be moving to :
2901 14th Street NW, First Floor
Washington, DC 20010
202-724-5613

Check http://www.dcarts.dc.gov or call for updates

2007 Artscape Visual Arts Exhibitions.

Congratulations to everyone!
Two of seven finalists are from the DC area for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, a $25,000 fellowship . Artists: Frank Hallam Day (Washington DC) and Baby Martinez (Washington DC). The fellowship is designed to help support the artist to develop new work.  The fellowship winner will be selected from the seven finalists and announced on July 13.

We also have eleven out of thirty seven semi- finalists from the DC area that were selected for the first round of the Sondheim Prize. Artists: Mary Coble (Washington DC) ~ Kathryn Cornelius (Washington DC) ~ Steven Frost (Washington DC) ~ Jason Horowitz (Arlington MD) ~ Avish Khebrehzadeh (Washington DC) ~ Joey P. Mánlapaz (Washington DC) ~ Jeanette May (Alexandria VA) ~ ~ Brandon Morse (Takoma Park MD) ~ Erik Sandberg (Washington DC) ~ Molly Springfield (Washington DC) ~ Jason Zimmerman (Washington DC)



2007 Artscape Visual Arts Exhibitions

OPENING THURSDAY, JULY 12, 6-8pm
Variable Views: Identify at Villa Julie College Gallery

OPENINGS FRIDAY, JULY 13
5-8:30pm - Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize at The BMA - Finalists Exhibition
(The 2007 winner will announced at 7pm) RSVP Margo Wright, mwright@promotionandarts.com , 410-752-8632
8-11pm - Shapes & Sizes at Area 405 (The official Sondheim after party)

OPENINGS SATURDAY, JULY 14
Noon-2pm - Accumulation at Goucher College
1-3pm - A Confluence of Raconteurs  at Towson University
1:30-3:30pm - Visions of Conflict: Rendering Dissent at College of Notre Dame
2-4pm - Period Pieces at Eubie Blake Cultural Center
2:30-4:30pm – Multiple Artists at School 33 Art Center
3-5pm - Transparent Dialogs  at The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville
3:30-5:30pm – Artscape in Sowebo "Get Over It" at Sowebo Art Gallery
6-8pm - PLASTIC: Landscape, Cityscape, Lifescape at Creative Alliance
7-9pm - Anonymous Rage at Sub-Basement Artists Studios
7-10pm – RUMORS; politics~celebrities~high school~myspace~urban myths~text messaging~blogging~fabrications~propaganda at Current Gallery

OPENINGS THURSDAY, JULY 19 (Artscape On-Site Openings)
6-8pm - Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists in the Decker & Meyerhoff galleries
6-8pm - Maximum Approach in the Bunting Center
(There’ll be some great performances at this)
6-8pm - Baltimore Sculpture Project on Mt. Royal Ave. & other places
6-9pm - Ceci n'est pas a Booth, Kiosk or Gazebo and Other Radical Shacks in the Food Court (Lot’s of performances at this one)
6-8pm - Through at Theatre Project
5-11pm - MakeBakeFakeCake - An Edible Art Event at Load of Fun Galerie
(check details on the evening, 9pm party has a cover)

EVENTS ON THE WEEKEND, July 20-22
14th Annual Art Car and Other Wheeled Vehicle Show at Cathedral & Preston streets
Exotic-Hypnotic at Langsdale Auditorium (a marathon music experiment)
Check out Whartscape at www.whamcity.com (more music marathons)

EXPANDED LISTINGS
Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize at The Baltimore Museum of Art
Finalists Exhibition
June 23 through August 5, 2007
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Thalheimer Gallery

Now in its second year, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to an artist working in the Baltimore region.  The fellowship is designed to help support the artist to develop new work.  The seven finalists for this award will have work installed in The Baltimore Museum of Art with the fellowship winner being announced on July 13.
Artists: Richard Cleaver (Baltimore MD) ~ Frank Hallam Day (Washington DC) ~ Eric Dyer (Baltimore MD) ~ Geoff Grace (Baltimore MD) ~ Baby Martinez (Washington DC) ~ Tony Shore (Baltimore MD) ~ Karen Yasinsky (Baltimore MD)

Selection panel:
Derrick Adams, artist, New York; Becky Smith, owner and director of Bellwether Gallery, New York; Robert Storr, critic, artist, curator, commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale

Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize at MICA
Semi-Finalists Exhibition
July 19 through August 2, 2007
Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, Fox Building, Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 Mount Royal Avenue
-Thirty-seven semi-finalists were selected in the first round of the Sondheim Prize.  This exhibition expands on the finalist exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art by showing the broad range of artists whose work was reviewed in depth in the second round of the Sondheim review.
-Artists: Seth Adelsberger (Baltimore MD) ~ Chul-Hyun Ahn (Baltimore MD) ~ Lillian Bayley (Baltimore MD) ~ Heather Boaz (Towson MD) ~ Mark Cameron Boyd (Beltsville MD) ~ Edward Brown (Salisbury MD) ~ Lynn Cazabon (Baltimore MD) ~ Mary Coble (Washington DC) ~ Kathryn Cornelius (Washington DC) ~ Neil Feather (Baltimore MD) ~ Shaun Flynn (Baltimore MD) ~ Steven Frost (Washington DC) ~ Dawn Gavin (Baltimore MD) ~ Susannah Gust (Baltimore MD) ~ Maren Hassinger (Baltimore MD) ~ Sam Christian Holmes (Baltimore MD) ~ Jason Horowitz (Arlington MD) ~ Courtney Jordan (Baltimore MD) ~ Brian Kain (Emmitsburg MD) ~ Avish Khebrehzadeh (Washington DC) ~ Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore MD) ~ Joey P. Mánlapaz (Washington DC) ~ Jeanette May (Alexandria VA) ~ Lisa Moren (Baltimore MD) ~ Brandon Morse (Takoma Park MD) ~ Jeremy Rountree (Baltimore MD) ~ Erik Sandberg (Washington DC) ~ Molly Springfield (Washington DC) ~ René Treviño (Baltimore MD) ~ Jason Zimmerman (Washington DC)

Maximum Approach
July 19 – 22
Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1401 Mt. Royal Avenue
Maximum Approach is a two collective show featuring the works of PaperRad (Providence, RI and Pittsburgh, PA) and Crystal Coven (Baltimore, MD). Both collectives share in common the utilization of incredibly realized groupspeak-while maintaining clear voices of the individual- and often incredibly overwhelming aesthetic approaches. The two separate installations promise to draw the visitors wholly and entirely in to the two camps’ hyper realized worlds of damaged pop culture overload and creepy witchy mystery… the opening reception with artists in attendance is not to be missed.

Curator: Brendan Fowler, co-editor, ANPQuarterly, music and text based artist under the name BARR.

Artists:
-Paper Rad (Providence, RI and Pittsburgh, PA)
Jessica Ciocci ~ -Jacob Ciocci ~ Ben Jones
-Crystal Coven (Baltimore, MD)
Sarah Milinski ~ Caitlin Williams ~ Erin Womack

Ceci n'est pas a Booth, Kiosk or Gazebo and Other Radical Shacks
July 19 – 22
Artscape Food Court at Bolton Yards
Ceci n'est pas a Booth, Kiosk or Gazebo and other Radical Shacks is an enclave of site-specific installations and interventions created to interact in the chaos of a marketplace (in this case the food court of Artscape). The fluid, commercial nature of the Artscape Festival foodcourt (thousands visit the court during the hot July weekend) creates a dynamic and continually changing space. The artists in the exhibit respond to the place with mutable works that are only fully realized and completed through the interactions between artist and participants.

Curator: Laure Drogoul, Baltimore sculptor and performance artist, the winner of the 2006 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize and the founder and director of the 14 Karat Cabaret, a program of Maryland Art Place.

Artists: Sarada Conaway ~ Ben Furgal ~ The Lexie Mountain Boys ~ Andrew Liang ~ Melissa Moore ~ Kold Krush Snowballs (Billy Mode, Josh MacPhee & Chris Stain) ~ Tim Scofield & His Flying Machine ~ Scrapworm ~ Snacks (Tom Boram & Dan Breen) ~ Cotton Salty (R. L. Tillman) ~ Daniel Van Allen ~ Melissa Webb, M. Jane Taylor, and Company

Baltimore Sculpture Project
July 19, 2007 – April 3, 2008
Outdoor sculptures will be placed for eight months at the five locations listed below.

Sculpture Sites:
Artscape Site, Mt. Royal Ave. between Lafayette Ave. And Cathedral St.
Artists: Amy Albracht (Brooklyn, NY) ~ Desmond Beach (Baltimore, MD) ~ Michael Benevento (Baltimore, MD) ~ Noa Bornstein (Brooklyn, NY) ~ Jay Oliver Cummings (Philadelphia, PA) ~ Aris Georgiades (Stoughton, WI) ~ Ben Lock (Hyattsville, MD) ~ Jackson Martin (Baltimore, MD) ~ Dylan Mortimer (Kansas City, MO) ~ David Page (Baltimore, MD) ~ Richard Roussell (Ellicott City, MD) ~ Glenn Shrum (Baltimore, MD) ~ James Vose (Baltimore, MD) ~ Mark Warwick (Gettysburg, PA) ~ Christopher Williams (Baltimore, MD)
McKeldin Square, Light St. at Pratt St.
Artists: Chris Gavin (Baltimore, MD) ~ Matti Havens (Baltimore, MD) ~ Jason Hughes (Sparks, MD) ~ William Niebauer (Baltimore, MD) ~ Charles Ponticello (Richmond, VA) ~ Magdalena Sudnik (Baltimore, MD) ~
Baltimore Convention Center, W. Pratt St. between Howard and Hanover streets
Artists: Alzaruba (Baltimore, MD) ~ John Ferguson (Baltimore, MD) ~ Paul Glasgow (Reisterstown, MD) ~ Jennifer Lynn Stewart Watson (Baltimore, MD)
Station North Arts & Entertainment District, 100 block of W. North Ave.
Artists: Paul Daniel (Baltimore, MD) ~ Kate Kaman (Philadelphia, PA) ~ Laura Shults (Baltimore, MD)
Preston Gardens, St. Paul St. between E. Pleasant and Lexington streets
Artists: Paul Daniel (Baltimore, MD) ~ Andrew Yff (Carney, MD)

Through
Theatre Project, John Fonda Gallery
45 West Preston Street
July 19-22
410-752-8558/www.theatreproject.org

Artist: Kim Abraham

14th Annual Art Car and Other Wheeled Vehicle Show
Cathedral Street at Preston Street
July 20-22
Caravan from the American Visionary Museum
Noon, Saturday, July 21
Parade through festival
1pm, Saturday, July 21
The art cars return to Artscape once again with a mix of new cars and old favorites.

Curator: Wayne Koscinski, creator of the Red Car and curator of the 1997 Artscape Art Car.

Art Cart Artists:
Thomas Atkinson & Meerkat Six (Linthicum MD)  ~  Clarke Bedford & Uncle Wiggily Lives! (Hyattsville MD)  ~  Conrad Bladey & the The Amazing Soul Car (Linthicum MD)  ~   Margaret Bladey & Stella (Linthicum MD)  ~  Forrest Butcher and Lin Glore & History in Motion (Satsuma FL)  ~  David Friedheim (Baltimore MD)  ~  Dr. Bob Hieronimus & The Founding Fathers Biodiesel Artcar (Owings Mills MD)  ~  Holly Klemm & Blue Hawaiian (Ellicott City MD)  ~  Ann McGill & Joy Car (Reston VA)  ~  Dave Otto (Baltimore MD)  ~  Tom Stuto & Holey Mercatoy'd Artcar (? FL)  ~  Jack Trimper & the Can Van Museum (Baltimore MD)  ~  Daniel Van Allen & Annabelle (Baltimore MD) ~ and many more

Exotic-Hypnotic
Langsdale Auditorium, 1420 Maryland Avenue (Oliver Street & Maryland Avenue – enter off Oliver Street)
Present-day Baltimore overflows with exotic musical treats! For adventurous ears, the city is a small utopia … a home to weekly concerts of the most avant-garde music imaginable, as well as a wide range of hypnotic ethnic and popular music. In this diverse Artscape series, curated by High Zero Festival founder John Berndt, ancient music collides with modern monstrosities, keeping you on your toes and revealing the secret connections between different culture's states of mind. Music has never been so … mental!

Schedule
Friday, July 20
2pm The Electric Junk Band, Post-Skiffle Visionary Trash Heap
3pm Walker and Jay, Old Time Country Blues
4pm Duncan Moore, Theatrical Electronic Music
5pm John Berndt, Circular Breathing Saxophone
6pm Chris Pumphrey, Maximum Prepaired Electric Piano
7pm Brian Sikawa, New Music Saxophone Repetoire
8pm Peter Blasser & Carson Garhart, Biological Interface Instruments
9pm Daniel Conrad, Sound and Light Inventions


Saturday, July 21
12pm Bonnie Jones & Andrew Hyleck, Minimal Electronic Improvisation
1pm Prem Raja Mahat, Popular Nepalese Song
2pm John Dierker, Will Redman & Marc Miller, Intensive Improvised Music
3pm Kate Porter & Russel Kotcher, Classically Tuned Improvisations
4pm Ilya Monosov, Minimal/Maximal Soundscapes
5pm Lexie Mountain, Good Time Rabble Rousin'
6pm Jackie Blake, Transcendent Bop Jazz
7pm Melissa Moore, Electro-Mechanical Landscapes


Sunday. July 22
12pm  Jai Kishor, Hindustani Classical Music
1pm Vattel Cherry, American Spiritual Music
2pm Old Songs, Ancient Greek Songs
3pm Neil Feather, Visionary Inventions
4pm Liz King, Soulful Song Siren
5pm Shaun Flynn, Explosive Experimental Solo Rock
6pm Global Tranquility (Samuel Burt Ensemble), Post-Everything Classical Music
7pm Skodekeh Bouma, Human BeatBox

City-County Exhibitions

Shapes & Sizes
Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St.
July 13 – August 30
410-528-2101/www.area405.com
Curator: Kyle Miller
Artists:
Mandy Burrow ~ Neil Feather ~ Kristy Krivitsky ~ Rich MacDonald ~ Richard Sawka ~ Jackson Martin ~ Peter Karis

Visions of Conflict: Rendering Dissent
Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
4701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
July 14 – August 4
410-532-5582/www.ndm.edu/gormleygallery
Visions of Conflict: Rendering Dissent features work that addresses war and our current political state.
Curated: Geoff Delanoy
Artists:
Lillian Bayley ~ Michael Sandstrom ~ Scrapworm ~ Leslie Smith III ~ Deirtra Thompson

Transparent Dialogs
The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville
800 S. Rolling Road
July 15 – August 4
410-455-4429/www.ccbcmd.edu
Curator: Osvaldo Mesa
Artists:
Seth Adelsberger ~ Tom Block ~ Abigail Donovan ~ James Long ~ Matthew McConville ~ Michele Montalbano ~ Steven Pearson ~ Brooke Rodgers ~ Rachel Schmidt

Period Pieces
Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 N. Howard Street
July 14 - August 25
410-225-3130/ www.eubieblake.org
Period Pieces, an exhibition reflecting interesting perspectives of the human experience as it relates to the “Sign of the Times” of various eras.
Artists:
Darrin Keith Bastfield ~ Sonya Lawyer ~ Regina M. Miele ~ Kylis Winborne

PLASTIC: Landscape, Cityscape, Lifescape
Creative Alliance, Amalie Rothschild Gallery
3134 Eastern Avenue
July 5 - 21
410-276-1651/www.creativealliance.org
From McMansions to McMuffins, prefab replicas of original commodities are part of the nation’s DNA.  When imitation culture permeates our environment, familiarity redefined itself and alters our personalities, senses of identity, and originality.  A collection of colorful, sugar-coated pop collages, drawings and sculpture details the effects-real or imagined-of the changing landscape in the United States.
Curator: Annie Ewaskio
Artists:
Ben Furgal ~ Dina Kelberman ~ Bridget Sue Lambert ~ Eric Leshinsky ~ Ben McKee ~ Zachary Thornton

School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street
May 22- July 28
410-396-4641 / www.school33.org
Gallery I
Jack Schneider, Every Thing Is In A Hidden Place
Chuck Sehman, New Work
Martin Brief, Dean Kessmann, and Molly Springfield, Simple, Dumb, Objects, a group exhibition
Gallery II
Daniel Sullivan, Laika: First Dog in Space
Installation room
Jennie A. Fleming, Poems: Public Places

RUMORS; politics~celebrities~high school~myspace~urban myths~text messaging~blogging~fabrications~propaganda
Current Gallery, 30 S. Calvert St.
July 13-August 3
410-244-7003/www.currentspace.com
Artwork that explores the idea of the rumor; the vehicle for spreading rumors,
the form in which they take, and/or the source from which their existence develops
Curator: Monique Crabb
Artists:
Vestal Abbott ~ Ramsay Barnes ~ Michael Farley ~ Benjamin Fino-Radin ~ Emily Hunter ~ Bob Keal ~ Aran Keating ~ Chiara Keeling ~ Dustin Klare ~ Rob Loucks ~ Tara Megos ~ Xavier Schipani ~ Justin Storms ~ Jeff Trueman ~ Christiana Usenza

Accumulation
Goucher College, Rosenberg Gallery, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson
July 9 - July 30, 2007
410-337-6333/www.goucher.edu/Rosenberg
This exhibition features the work of artists who use labor intensive processes to explore meaning.  Through repetitive gestures or the act of collecting large quantities of found materials, these artists commit long hours to a single project, allowing time to consider the social, personal and intellectual implications of their individual processes.
Curator: Jackie Milad
Artists:
Seth Adelsberger ~ Laura Amussen ~ Mandy Burrow ~ Elizabeth Morisette ~ Linn Myers ~ Rachel Schmidt ~ Youngmi Song

MakeBakeFakeCake - An Edible Art Event
Load of Fun Galerie
120 W North Ave.
July 19-22
www.loadoffun.net
MakeBakeFakeCake is an edible art exhibition featuring edible art in any shape or material.

MakeBakeFakeCake Auction and Awards
Featuring: Chef Duff Goldman and Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey
and many other Edible Performances and Events
July 19
5:00 pm - Exhibition Opening Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 pm - Awards, Presented by Duff Goldman - Ace of Cakes
8:00 pm - Live Auction
8:30 pm - Performances by Trixie Little, Mara Neimanis etc.
9:00 pm - Live DJ beats and Bands
Artists:
Kelley Bell ~ Mindy Best ~ Lauren Bender ~ Jesse Berger ~ Laura Burns ~ Keri Burnston ~ Emily CD ~ Kini Collins ~ Theresa Columbus ~ Stephanie Czyryca ~ Debra Diamond ~ John Ellsberry ~ Nicole Fall ~ Julie Fisher ~ Helen French ~ Chris Ganze ~ Linnie Green ~ Carly Hansen ~ Ellen Harper ~ Emily Hauver ~ Gavin Heck ~ Sarah Hope ~ Emily Hunter ~ Katherine Kendall ~ Holly Klink ~ Athena Kokoronis ~ Nicholas Laughton ~ Jesse Lehson ~ Sara Matson ~ Mara Neimanis ~ Bart O’Reilly ~ Catherine Pancake ~ Stephen Pederson ~ Gina Pierleoni ~ Annie Robrecht ~ Ric Royer ~ Ramesh Sathappan ~ Reed Sayre ~ Sara Seidman ~ Emily Slaughter ~ Dan Stuelpnagel ~ Renee Tantillo ~ Pam Thompson ~ Jenny Tibbles ~ Barbara Treasure ~ Dan Van Allen ~ Virginia Walker ~ WHAMCITY ~ J. L. Stewart Watson ~ Connie Wheeler ~ Sarah Williams ~ Melissa Wood & many, many, many more

Artscape in Sowebo "Get Over It"
Sowebo Arts Gallery
1111 Hollins St.
July 14-August 5
410-244-5707, www.soweboarts.org
Artists:
Ramsey Antonio-Barnes ~ Don Blumberg ~ Emily C-D ~ Nick Cairns ~ R. L. Croft ~ Annie Ewaskio ~ Don Griffin ~ Sherril Ann Gross ~ Susannah Gust ~ Michael Hurst ~ Eric Johnston

Anonymous Rage
Sub-Basement Artist Studios
The Atrium at Market Center
118 N. Howard St.
July 14-August 31
410-659-6950/www.sbastudios.com

Some of the most original and compelling art in America is tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the street – stickers, stencils, drawings, wheatpastes and murals, the mysterious and always personal graffiti of anonymous street artists. Anonymous Rage offers the work of six Baltimore- and Washington, D.C.-based artists and graffiti writers as an example of the evolving new idiom of street art.

Curator: Justin Gershwin

Artists:
Emily C-D ~ Alicia Cosnahan ~ Chris LaVoie ~ Shadow ~ Carl Thurman ~ Kelly Towles

A Confluence of Raconteurs: Work by MICA Post-Bac/ MFA Students and Towson University MFA Students
Towson University, Department of Art Gallery, Center for the Arts
410-704-2808/www.towson.edu/centerforthearts
July 10 – August 4
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

This exhibition presents work by a number of students in the graduate MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University as well as a few of the Post-baccalaureate students taking MFA classes at MICA. The work ranges from painting to photography, from installation to metals. This is an opportunity to see what emerging artists are creating in the Baltimore area.

Maryland Institute College of Art
Becky Alprin ~ Ramsay Barnes ~ Laura Ann Belkin ~ Lauren Boilini ~ Ryan Browning ~ Michael Burmeister ~ Anna DiCicco ~ Lisa Germain ~ Grant Guilliams ~ Jeriah Hildwine ~ Cristina Montejo ~ Alan Reid ~ Becky Slemmons ~ Ben Steele ~ Dominic Terlizzi ~ Virginia Warwick ~ Ja Young Yoon

Towson University
Nick Clulow ~ Brenda Fike ~ Joshua Gillen ~ Ellen Harper ~ Shin Yeon Jeon ~ Tiffany Jordan ~ Dan Kepplinger ~ Allison Long ~ Gray Lyons ~ Amy Pointer ~ Janna Rice ~ Seth Scharon ~ Penny Shearer ~ Leslie Shellow ~ Stephanie Smith ~ Scott Spector ~ Greg Stanley ~ Matt Voelker ~ Amy Weaver ~ April Wood ~ Alice Yutzy

Variable Views: Identify
Villa Julie College Gallery
1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson
July 12 - August 11
410-486-7000/www.vjc.edu

Curator: Diane DiSalvo

Artists:
Barbara Blanco ~ Gabriela Bulisova ~ Ben Cricchi ~ Dennis Farber ~ Andrew Glickman ~ Prescott Lassman ~ Sonya Lawyer ~ Gayle Rothschild


For mor information, contact:
Gary Kachadourian
Visual Arts and Arts & Humanities Grants Coordinator
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632 (office)
443-263-4339 (direct)
410-385-0361 (fax)
gkachadourian@promotionandarts.com
www.promotionandarts.com

The Last Seduction : A Welcome Surrender to Beauty

I saw this show while in Chicage two weeks ago. If you are visiting Chicago, this is the last month to see the outstanding exhibit....


The Last Seduction :
A Welcome Surrender to Beauty

This large-scale survey exhibition of contemporary work in all media brings together an impressive group of established and emerging artists: Michael Antkowiak, Joy Episalla, Ori Gehrst, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Bill Henson, Anish Kapoor, Kim Keever, Zilvinias Kempinas, Yves Klein, Justine Kurland, Robert Lostutter, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Mark Ryden, Eva Schlegel, Randall Sellers, Petroc Dragon Sesti, Kiki Smith, Robert Standish, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Eve Sussman, Ai Weiwei, and Hiro Yokose.

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
312.491.0917
www.secristgallery.com

"Must-See Art Shows" Centerstage, Chicago's Original City Guide

"...a superbly curated collection of beautiful, historically resonant work." Time Out Chicago

Chimera - A.B. Miner

H&F Fine Arts is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Washington, DC-based artist A.B. Miner.
Featuring work created over the past seven years.

Chimera runs from July 5 to August 4.
Opening reception, Friday, July 6 from 6:00–9:00pm.

Borrowing its name from the combined lion/goat/serpent monster of Greek mythology, Chimera invites close study of the hybrid state, exploring the complexities of gender fluidity and the ambiguities of identity. The sublime and the grotesque commingle in Miner's honest, revealing portraits; the resulting tension infuses his work with an energetic dissonance. Miner is obsessed with twinning—an examination of the artist as a subject divided by the pressures of an externally focused need for binary definitions. He is equally interested in documenting the shades of transformation—from one state, form, or definition, to another.

Working in oil impasto, the artist captures the monumental on a tiny scale (the majority of Miner's painting are smaller than one foot square). His diminutive portraits invite intimate examination. The claustrophobia of the compositions is amplified by the resulting compression of space between viewer and canvas, creating an unwelcome proximity that transfers the artist's discomfort to the viewer. Miner's heavily impastoed surfaces are meant to contribute to this visceral revulsion; the work invites close scrutiny only to repel it.

Miner received an MFA from Queens College, CUNY in 2000. He has been a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Young Artist Program Grant and 2005 Artist's Fellowship. Major exhibitions include "Intimate," a solo exhibition at the Nevin Kelly Gallery in 2003 and "Me, You and Those Other Folks" at Flashpoint in 2006. Miner is Assistant to the Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum.

H&F Fine Arts
3311 Rhode Island Avenue
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
(301) 887-0080

Wed-Fri 11-7; Sat 10-5; Sun 11-3; Closed Mon & Tues

http://www.hffinearts.com

Herb White Day

Reception at DC Arts Center, Tuesday, July 3, from 6 to 9 pm.

The City Council of The District of Columbia has proclaimed Tuesday,
July 3 as Herb White Day. Please join in acknowledging Herb's contribution to Washington, and particularly DCAC, by attending a reception at DCAC from 6 - 8 pm. Drinks and light refreshments will be served as we take a moment to mark this momentous occasion and reflect on the impact of this generous and invigorating individual who touched so many lives. Without Herb White there would not be a DCAC.