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Friday, December 28, 2007

MID CITY ARTISTS WINTER SHOW

January 3 -26, 2008

Artist’s Reception Friday, January 4, 2008 from 6-8pm

Studio Gallery
2108 R Street NW
Washington, DC

Artists Featured...

Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Joan Belmar, Jody Bergstresser, Kristina Bilonick, Tanja Bos, Robert Cole, Scott Davis, Robert Dodge, Thomas Drymon, Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Craig Kraft, Bridget Sue Lambert, Dwight Lissenden, Regina M. Miele, Lucinda F. Murphy, Minna Newman Nathanson, Betto Ortiz, Mark Parascandola, Byron Peck, Brian Petro, Mary Beth Ramsey, Marina Reiter, Peter Alexander Romero, Nicolas F. Shi, Richard Siegman, Anita Walsh, Robert Wiener, Colin Winterbottom

Galley cat coming at you from John Aaron, Modern ARF

For fans of Sculptor John Aaron of Modern Arf, here's a holiday greeting from Aaron's cat, white guy, at gallerycat.

This is white guy.
He wishes all galley cats
smooth sailing in 2008.


John Aaron
House of Modern ARF
Emeryville, CA

"ARTISTIC LICENSE" new deadline for artists

DC Arts License Plate
Design Fee: $5,000
Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the District of Columbia, Department of Driver and Motor Vehicles is seeking an artist or artist team to design a specialty arts vanity license plate for the District of Columbia. The theme for the license plate is "Artistic License." The design should inspire residents and visitors to support the arts and help bring attention to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This call is open to artists who live in District of Columbia.

To download an application visit www.dcarts.dc.gov and click under "Current Call for Entries". For more information email Deirdre.Ehlen@dc.gov or call (202) 724-5613.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Among the Crates and Barrels of Fine Art

I met up with Mark Planisek at one of the 9 X 10 WPA/C member shows this year. He was showing an intriguing series of mixed media collage boxes. Mark Planisek was interviewed by the Washington Post about his job at the National Portrait Gallery on December 23. Read the article HERE.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

"DOUBLE VISION"

One space; 60 local artists.
January 9 - February 3, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2008 6 - 8:30 pm

Double Vision allows not only a taste of what each Touchstone artist is doing (one piece each) but also THE taste of each Touchstone artist. By inviting a guest artist to show work with one’s own, the artist’s vision is displayed beyond the subjective to the objective. Come and let us share with you what we find aesthetically pleasing/ exciting/challenging. There will be great variety - from representational to abstract, hard edge to impressionistic; sculpture, painting, photography and many other media.

Touchstone, an artist-owned gallery, has been serving the Washington community for over thirty years by exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art. to the discerning eye and the creative imagination of our patrons.

Contact:
Director: Ksenia Grishkova
202.347.2787
touchstonegallery@verizon.net

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Multiple Perspectives

An Exhibition of Prints by
Aline Feldman


January 2 - January 27, 2008

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 5-8 pm
Artist
Talk: Sunday, January 6, 2-3pm
Artist Reception, Sunday, January 6, 3-5pm


Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Ave, NW
202-332-7757

wpg@visi.net
www.washingtonprintmakers.com

Hours: Tues thru Thurs 12-6 pm | Fri 12-9 pm | Sat and Sun 12-5 pm

Located between R and S Streets,
1.5 blocks North of the Dupont Circle Metro Q Street exit,
above Mourayo Restaurant

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Call to Artists for Crystal Flight

Crystal City BID Soars with Crystal Flight

A Celebration of Art and Air Crystal City (Arlington, VA)
To highlight an aviation connection, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce a six-month “Celebration of Flight.” This campaign kicks off with Crystal Flight, which brings 50 (fifty) 5-foot-by-5-foot airplane statues (25 fighter jets and 25 vintage planes) to the
streets of Crystal City in April 2008.

As part of this public art opportunity, the BID is announcing a final Call for Artists. The Crystal City BID welcomes completed applications from interested artists and designers throughout the area. Details can be found at www.crystalcity.org. Once selected, talented area artists will kick-off the airplane design and paint process in late January. Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group has generously provided the workshop space to store and decorate the planes, and JK Moving and Storage, Inc., has partnered to provide critical technical support for the handling of the planes.

For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.

For more information contact:
Robert Mandle
Crystal City Business Improvement District
Arlington, VA
703.412.9430

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2007 Downtown Holiday Market

Dec 7 - 23, 2007
Noon to 8:00pm
F Street between 7th and 8th NW

Washington, DC

A unique seasonal shopping experience in the heart of downtown Washington.

For 17 exciting days from Noon to 8:00 pm, the sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 8th in front of the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture is transformed into a marketplace of local artisans selling a diverse array of goods including: art, crafts, jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, clothing, prepared food and other high quality gift items. Enjoy live entertainment and refreshing food and beverages while you shop.

Click for a list of exhibitors

Take metro to Gallery Place, exit at 7th Street NW and you are there. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Holidays



Anne Marchand
www.annemarchand.com

It's U's Turn

Associate Editor, Beth Farnstrom just started a column on the visual arts in DC for Washington Life Magazine. Her first piece includes the PinkLine Project's founder and art collector, Philippa Hughs local art picks for December and January. Read it here.

James Rosenquist at SAAM

I was away for this lecture and hope someone will fill me in. Over at Eye Level, Howard comments "Pop Goes the Artist: James Rosenquist at SAAM"

View the Webcast of Rosenquist's lecture and check out his Industrial Cottage, acquired by SAAM in 2006.

DC Creates Public Art Blog

A bonus! Way to Go!
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has a new Blog for their Public Art Programs. Check it out and earmark it for future funding of your public art projects. http://dcpublicart.blogspot.com/
Here you will find calls for artists, as well as photos of installations along the way.

Bill Dunlap reviews Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib

Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib at the Katzen Art Center
thru December 30
Best Bet... Bill Dunlap reviews this exhibition, part of the "ART of CONFRONTation" exhibit, which features around 79 paintings and drawings by Fernando Botero of the Abu Ghraib prison.
Click to see podcast at Around Town

WPA Artfile is online

The Washington Project for the Arts, WPA launched the WPA ArtFile Online this month. The File is an interactive web-based image registry of WPA members’ artwork, accessible 24 hours a day through the WPA’s website.

Take a look at DC's talent of artists at artfile.wpadc.org
Contact David William at dwilliam@wpadc.org

2008 Bethesda Painting Awards deadline

Applications for the 2008 Bethesda Painting Awards are due Friday, February 15, 2008. Up to $14,000 will be awarded in prize monies. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C to be eligible. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. Slides or digital entries on a CD are permitted. There is also a $25 non-refundable application fee. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15, 2008.

You may find an application form at www.bethesda.org .

Save Market 5 Gallery From Eviction

For over 30 years Market 5 Gallery has operated in the north hall of Washington, DC's historic Eastern Market as an alternative art space. Despite the fact that the space has no indoor plumbing or climate control, this non profit arts organization has thrived and launched many a career in the arts. A few years ago, Market 5 went to court to fight an illegal eviction by the city. The case was settled out of court but the rent was raised almost 10 fold with the promise of indoor plumbing, heat, an upgraded electrical system and other improvements to bring the entire market up to code. Now that improvements are underway on the south hall of the market, the city is trying to illegally evict Market 5 Gallery again. Please help the gallery by signing a petition to stop this eviction. Please forward this information to friends and family that are familiar with the gallery and its programs. Washington, DC's Office of Property Management (OPM) and its contractors have bullied and harassed Market 5 Gallery ever since OPM was given oversight of Eastern Market's North Hall. On Tuesday morning, OPM broke in the gallery and changed the locks. Later that day an OPM official said it was a mistake and that they would send someone to let gallery staff in on Wednesday. Check out the interview of gallery staff on youtube. Please sign the gallery's petition to halt another illegal eviction attempt and contact Mayor Fenty to express your outrage over OPM's illegal dealings with Market 5 Gallery. http://youtube.com/watch?v=KXARfjRZYSE

Go to http://market5gallery.org for information about the gallery.

Go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savemarket5gallery to sign the petition. Camille Mosley-Pasley
Anacostia Fine Art
www.AnacostiaFineArt.com

Monday, December 17, 2007

WILD IMAGINATION

Six Self-Taught Artists from the American South
Curated by Ginger Young

Over 66 works of art by some of the most important self-taught artists today.

December 15 to January 27, 2008
at the Athenaeum


Harold Finster
James Harold Jennings
Nellie Mae Rowe
James Arthur Snipes
Jimmy Lee Sudduth
Mose Tolliver

The Athenaeum
201 Prince St.
Alexandria, Va 22314
www.nvfaa.org

Wed - Fri
11:00 - 3:00

Sat Sun
noon - 4:00

wall/paper A group exhibition at Transformer

Transformer presents: wall/paper A group exhibition featuring selections from Transformer's Flat File Program.

December 15, 2007 - January 19, 2008

Launched in spring 2007, Transformer's Flat File consists of unframed works in a variety of two-dimensional mediums including photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking, all approximately 16" x 20" in size and smaller. Featuring works by regionally, nationally and internationally based artists, the program is open to artists that have exhibited with Transformer in the past and those who are new to Transformer. wall/paper highlights selections from the current Flat File, as well as new work by April Behnke, Miles Bumbray, Jennifer DePalma, Benjamin Jurgenson, Andy Kozlowski, and Lauren Vincelli. All works in wall/paper and in the Flat Files are available for purchase.

In addition to the artists listed above, Transformer's Flat File includes works by:
Cynthia Connolly, Nathan Manuel, Champ Taylor, Pat Graham, Maki Maruyama, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Stephen Gibson, Piero Passacantando, Christine Buckton Tillman, Ryan Hill, Melanie Standage, Rachel Waldron, Marissa Long, Jay Stuckey

Works by April Behnke and Benjamin Jurgenson are included via courtesy of Meat Market Gallery.

EXHIBITION HOURS for wall/paper: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm by appointment. Transformer will be open by appointment only December 26 - 29.

Margot Quan Knight

Randall Scott Gallery

December 15th-January 19th

How do we experience the passage of time?
While physics may accurately describe a universal space-time, our human experiences seem to defy uniform time on a daily basis: each of us has lived a moment that seemed to last forever, or hours that passed by in a heartbeat.
Margot Quan Knights large scale photographs turn to the physical body, that portal through which all experience arrives. She proposes that the body responds to dense experience by expanding mental focus on the activity at hand, to the exclusion of all other thoughts.

In creating the Intervals series Knight looked to Caravaggio, especially his painting Death of the Virgin, and more current works by Bill Viola, Karolina Sobecka, and Sam Taylor Wood as inspiration. She also drew on the personal experiences of losing herself in thought, in a household task, in the chaos of her wedding, and in the interminably long, clear moment of a car accident.


The Intervals series was sponsored in part by a 2006 CityArtist Grant from the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts Cultural Affairs and a 2006 Special Projects Grant from 4CultRandall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

202-332-0806
202-332-0807 fax

www.randallscottgallery.com
info@randallscottgallery.com

Iona Rozeal Brown and Jefferson Pinder

G Fine Art
New works by gallery artists.

December 17 – January 5, 2008


Iona rozeal brown will be showing two new pieces. “You opened my eyes man, thought I had a man, but how could I eye scan.” A print triptych based on a painting triptych of the same name from her show, Blending Lines. And a new painting, Midnight in the…Den of Good and Weavin’, (after Kuniyoshi’s ‘The Orphan Star Amid the Stars of Earth.)

Brown is the recent recipient of a Tiffany Grant and a Joan Mitchell Award.

Jefferson Pinder’s new work, Shoeshine Variation, 2007, both glorifies and archives a service that is quickly disappearing from our fast-paced culture. This diptych video provides a glimpse into the grace and beauty of the shoeshine, while delving into the symbolism wrapped up in the task. As master shine man Ego Brown builds the shine, Jermaine Washington, social provocateur, deconstructs. This narrative guides the viewer through the process of a shoeshine variation that drifts in and out of reality, asking the viewer to actually focus on the multiple interpretations of the act itself.

Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists

An Evening with the Authors

Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Join author Lin Arison and photographer Neil Folberg to celebrate their new book, Travels with van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections. Arison's captivating memoir of her journey through France in search of the lives and art of the impressionists is illustrated with beautiful works in this genre, in conversation with contemporary photography by Folberg. Arison will explore the continuing relevance and personal significance of the artists and their pioneering achievements, while Folberg discusses the challenge of capturing the spirit of impressionist painting in a different medium. The evening includes a book-signing and reception. Included in museum admission; free for members.

For more information and to register, contact events@phillipscollection.org or 202-464-2259

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Art on Call

The Washington DC Southwest Neighborhood Assembly History Task Force Call Box Committee, in collaboration with Cultural Tourism DC, seeks artists to participate in Art on Call. This public arts project is a city-wide effort led by Cultural Tourism DC in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation to restore Washington, DC's historic abandoned police and fire Call Boxes as neighborhood artistic icons.
Art on Call challenges artists to use existing police or fire Call Boxes as frames for the artist's unique and creative image or design that can be permanently installed within the call box.

For more information regarding this opportunity and for a copy of the prospectus please email swcallboxproject@gmail.com.

Glass and Steel: A Pilgrim's Process

One of my favorite sculptors in the DC region, Alan Binstock is showing at Ch'i Contemporary in Brooklyn, NY this month.

Alan Binstock
Glass and Steel: A Pilgrim's Process
recent glass sculpture
Dec 12, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Gallery 211 shows landscape paintings of Freya Grand

Gallery 211 invites you to join them for some live music on Saturday December 15th from 6-8 p.m. Harpist Cara Fleck will provide a solo performance featuring classical and holiday pieces. Enjoy some wine and light refreshments amidst the current exhibit featuring the ethereal landscapes of Freya Grand.

Please visit the Gallery 211 website at www.gallery211.net for more information about Ms. Fleck's biography and directions to the gallery.

Jason Goscha
Gallery 211
211 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Ph. 410-244-1340
www.gallery211.net

Alan Binstock

Call to Artists

The Washington DC Southwest Neighborhood Assembly History Task Force Call Box Committee, in collaboration with Cultural Tourism DC, seeks artists to participate in Art on Call. This public arts project is a city-wide effort led by Cultural Tourism DC in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation to restore Washington, DC's historic abandoned police and fire Call Boxes as neighborhood artistic icons.
Art on Call challenges artists to use existing police or fire Call Boxes as frames for the artist's unique and creative image or design that can be permanently installed within the call box.

For more information regarding this opportunity and for a copy of the prospectus please email swcallboxproject@gmail.com.

G fine art

Note the review of Linn Meyers exhibition in this Sunday’s Washington Post
to see it, click on the link below:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/style/studio/120907.html?referrer=emaillink

Project 4 presents: CHASING TALES

Nancy Baker
Taylor Baldwin
Jan Dunning
Anthony Goicolea
Kim Keever
Anthony Pontius
Jovi Schnell
Gina Triplett
Raymond Uhlir

December 15, 2007 - January 19, 2008
Reception: Saturday, December 15, 2007, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Project 4 recounts the tales of our particular culture through individual perspectives. Chasing Tales features eight different artists who discuss how myths, narratives and fantasies have shaped Western Culture. Religion, literature, games, entertainment and societal myths are among the concepts explored through media, including photography, video and traditional painting techniques. Each artist's work reflects both an individual perspective of the artist's place within his or her narrative and a shared cultural experience. In exploring the history from which they derive, these artists are presenting historical narratives under a new lens. Painters Nancy Baker, Raymond Uhlir and Anthony Pontius use traditional models of pictorial representation as a departure point, and then incorporate contemporary characters and events in order to depict either cynicism, confusion or amusement with our culture. Photographer Kim Keever uses a traditional model of pictorial representation as a jumping off point as well, but mocks the grandness of the sublime American landscape and its ideals by imitating its space with a fish-tank in his apartment filled with kitsch terrarium novelties and dyes. "The Septemberists" by Anthony Goicolea is a romantic and moody video which elegantly narrates the struggles and awkwardness of adolescent boyhood in our culture, a theme that Goicolea commonly employs. The intersection of escapism and reality can be seen in all of the works shown; with these juxtapositions new tales and trajectories result.

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
http://www.project4gallery.com/
Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.

Art on the Small Side Holiday Juried Exhibition

Chuck Baxter

Tonight, I missed Touchstone Gallery's Art on the Small Side Holiday Juried Exhibition Opening. I plan to go by to see the show as soon as my jetlag subsides. The exhibit was juried by Rosemary Luckett & Jon Wassom. In keeping with its tradition of showing affordable art during the month of December, Touchstone Gallery offers a juried show of mixed media art and fine crafts sized at 18 inches and under by artists from the metropolitan area.

December 12 – January 5, 2008

Opening Reception
Friday, December 14, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Mixed Media Art & Fine Crafts

The Annex
The Ubiquitous by Neal Hutchko

Wednesday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Touchstone Gallery
406 7th Street, NW, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20004
202.347.2787
touchstonegallery@verizon.net
www.touchstonegallery.com
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter or Gallery Pl-Chinatown