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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Post-Impressionist Painters Seize the Moment with New Handheld Camera

This winter the Phillips presents over 200 photographs, some never exhibited, along with over 70 paintings and prints by Bonnard, Vuillard, and others

Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard is co-organized by The Phillips Collection, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Generous support provided by John and Gina Despres. Funded in part by The Florence Gould Foundation. Additional support from Craig M. Gayhardt.
 


Washington, D.C.—The invention of the Kodak handheld camera in 1888 gave post-impressionist artists a new source of inspiration. Seven artists—well known for their paintings and prints—who used the apparatus to document their public spheres and private lives, produced surprising, inventive results. Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard is the first exhibition to focus on how the new technology energized the artists’ working methods and creative vision. Presenting over 200 photographs along with over 70 paintings and prints from renowned international collections, the exhibition is on view at the Phillips from Feb. 4 through May 6, 2012.

Just as people snap photographs with their digital cameras and cell phones today, Pierre Bonnard, George Hendrik Breitner, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Rivière, Félix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard used the camera to capture intimate moments with their family and trips to the countryside with friends. They sometimes translated their photographic images directly into their paintings, but more often took photographs simply to explore the world. When viewed alongside the artists’ paintings, drawings, and prints, the snapshots reveal fascinating parallels in radical foreshortening, cropping, lighting, silhouettes, and vantage points. Snapshot presents a lively dialogue among the various media.

CATALOGUE
                                                                                                       
     The richly illustrated 248-page exhibition catalogue is published by Yale University Press in association with The Phillips Collection, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Edited by curator Elizabeth Easton with contributions from Phillips Chief Curator Eliza Rathbone and Indianapolis Museum of Art Chief Curator Ellen W. Lee, the catalogue also includes essays by leading scholars from the George Eastman House, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, Princeton University, Netwerk (a contemporary art center in Belgium), Fondation Félix Vallotton, and the Rijksmuseum. Essays about the development of the camera and amateur photography are complemented with entries about each artist. The book is available in the museum shop for $50.00 beginning November 29, 2011.

The Phillips Collection | 1600 21st NW | Washington, DC 20009

Friday, December 30, 2011

Esther Hidalgo, Chandi Kelley and Julie Wolsztynski

"Magnifying Memories...Isolating Ideas"
Jan 4-Feb 5, 2012

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Jan. 7, 6:30-8:30

Adah Rose Gallery is pleased to present the work of three young DC-based photographers in the show “Magnifying Memories...Isolating Ideas.” All three artists unite the power of film in the dark room with ideas that share a common poetry, sensuality and story-telling narrative.  

Esther Hidalgo’s series “Mutations” focuses on abstract depictions of the female body with striking use of light, color and shadow. The photographic mutations, at first uneasily deciphered, create beautiful and intriguing distortions of the body. Through traces of color and suggestion of skin, the works invite the viewer to contemplate ideas of ambiguity and tension in human relationships.

Chandi Kelley happened upon a diary belonging to her maternal grandfather that had not been opened since his death for over thirty years. She inherited it from her mother and chose not open or read it. The diary became the inspiration for a body of work, “More than Words.” She chose to photograph it and began to photograph other books as well, using objects to tell stories. These stories became possibilities of what the pages might say and using black and white photography, they allowed her to explore the endless combinations of letters and the mystery of words. 

Julie Wolsztynski’s “Rue Longchamp” is a suite of works depicting the beauty of the female figure with sensuality and poetry. Using natural light and the palette of the surrounding space, each figure is seamlessly integrated into the photograph. The body and the environment combine to create a unified landscape.

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895
(301) 922 0162

Thursday, December 29, 2011

” Inner Visions” Symposium at Howard University

Symposium,” Inner Visions” related to the “30 Americans” exhibition.  
Jan 19-21, 2012 at Howard University, Washington, DC
(opening reception/kickoff Friday evening at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, symposium on Howard campus)

Ticketed event www.corcoran.org

Friday, December 23, 2011

Register Now: Teacher Workshop

Conservation Spotlight: Renaissance Altarpieces
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
4:00–7:00 p.m.


How did painters of the Italian Renaissance create their masterpieces? In this workshop, Brian Baade, an art conservator at the University of Delaware, uses demonstrations and hands-on activities to show how wooden panels were gessoed, gilded, and tooled with decorative punchwork. He also discusses the different pigments and binders used to make paint, as well as the properties that distinguish oil and egg tempera. By comparing original works of art in the galleries, teachers learn to identify the visual characteristics of these materials and techniques. This program is particularly appropriate for teachers of science, chemistry, and studio art.

To register, please complete the registration form and submit it via e-mail to teacher[at]nga.gov or via fax to (202) 842-6935. For questions, please call (202) 842-6796.

Registration fee: $10. Fees are waived for public school teachers in the District of Columbia with proof of current employment

www.nga.gov/pdf/teacher_workshop_reg.pdf (Registration Form, PDF 143k)
www.nga.gov/education/teacher.htm (Teacher Workshops 2011-2012)

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565 | Map
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Admission is always free
www.nga.gov

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"New Prints by Jake Muirhead" opens at the Old Print Gallery

New Prints by Jake Muirhead
Solo Show at The Old Print Gallery
through January 23, 2012
 
"Orchard Trees" by Jake Muirhead. Etching and aquatint on German Etch paper, 2011.

New Prints by Jake Muirhead features over twenty etchings, aquatints, and drypoints, and represents Muirhead's exploration of the human figure and invented landscape. His prints exude a rare intensity and liveliness, which can be attributed to his working and reworking of his intaglio plates.

Jake Muirhead earned his MFA in printmaking from GMU, is Associate Printmaker at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in MD, and teaches drawing at Montgomery College. He is also a founding member of the print group Ateleir Four. Muirhead has exhibited his etchings in numerous national and international print shows, such as the Gualan International Prints Biennale in China, the Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition in New Zealand, and the Taller Xalubina Printmaking Workshop in Spain.

The Old Print Gallery
1220 31st Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 965-1818

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Art Show and Sale at the Fairlington Community Center, Arlington VA

“Holiday Art Show and Sale” at the Fairlington Community Center
An Exhibit at the Arlington Artists Alliance, December 16th and 17th
Reception: Friday, the 16th between 6:00 and 8:30 pm

The Arlington Artists Alliance will be hosting the fifth annual show at the Fairlington Community Center on December 16th and 17th!  The show, entitled “Fairlington 2011 Holiday Show”, will feature oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and sculpture.

The show will be open Friday December 16th at 3:00 pm and on Saturday, the 17th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room straight back from the main entrance to the building.

Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford Street
Arlington, Virginia 22206

Arlington Artists Alliance
A Non Profit Organization Serving and Supporting Arts and Artists in Arlington County

This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

HARD ART DC 1979

Exhibition on view through December 31, 2011
HARD ART DC 1979 is a traveling exhibition and forthcoming book of photographs by Lucian Perkins with writing by Alec MacKaye and a contribution by Henry Rollins. The exhibition is curated and edited by photographer and photo editor Lely Constantinople and Jayme McLellan, director of Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC.

In 1979, a soon to erupt punk scene took hold in Washington, DC with the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles, the Untouchables, and the Slickee Boys, among others, at the forefront. Lucian Perkins, later a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the Washington Post, was then a 26-year-old intern who photographed several shows over a pivotal five-month period. Alec MacKaye, then 14, was at most of the shows and appears in Perkins' photographs.

Years later, in 1995, Lely Constantinople was hired by Perkins to manage his large photographic collection spanning a twenty-five year career with the Post. While looking through negatives in his basement, she found the punk images and recognized MacKaye, her then boyfriend (now husband). She asked to make contact sheets to show him, thinking he might recognize himself and others, and was surprised by how excited MacKaye was to see the images.

"Those pictures were the holy grail! Not that many people brought cameras to shows then so I always wondered who he was and what happened to the pictures he took. He was at some of the best shows."

MacKaye's text offers an intimate exploration of the moment from two perspectives: that of a fourteen-year-old experiencing music on his own terms for the first time, and a look again at a movement that fueled an underground generation musically and philosophically. This examination is not a nostalgic review of glory days gone, as much as a present conversation about the continuation of a way of thinking that still endures.

HARD ART DC 1979 offers a snapshot of "the time before the time" that punk rock found firm footing in the U.S., including rare (some never before seen) photographs by Perkins and vintage show flyers. Through band performance shots, portraits and raucous crowds, the images capture the cathartic, infectious energy and spirit of the time. These photographs have never before been published or exhibited as a group.

This exhibition is scheduled to tour to the Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, LA and Austin, TX for the SXSW Music Festival. More tour dates to come.


Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804

Call to artists for Bethesda Painting Awards

Bethesda Painting Awards
Deadline: February 24, 2012

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the eighth annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition honoring four selected painters with $14,000 in prize monies. Up to eight finalists will be invited to display their work in June 2012 at Gallery B.

Awards
Best in Show - $10,000           Third Place - $1,000
Second Place - $2,000            Young Artist - $1,000

Apply online or download the application for more details.

Friday, December 09, 2011

“Dystopia”
Two-person exhibit @ The Dunes Gallery
Washington, DC
OPENING Reception: Friday, Dec. 16

 Dana Ellyn, “Don’t Stress, It’s Only a Test”, 26”x40” acrylic on canvas

"Dystopia" is a two-person exhibition featuring recent paintings by DC artist couple Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow.  For "Dystopia" Ellyn and Sesow selected and created new works inspired by classic Dystopian novels, movies, and themes.   Additionally, the couple has pulled from news and commentary sources such as Democracy Now, Russia Television, Al Jazeera, Alex Jones, and CSPAN.

Some of the paintings are a re-imagining of a degraded and totalitarian future, while others offer a social commentary on current events.  According to Ellyn and Sesow, the Dystopian future conjured within so much of classic literature turned out to be an accurate prediction of current events, politics, and perceived individual freedoms. http://danaellyn.com/

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The New York City based punk band "Drunken Sufis" will be performing during the opening reception of "Dystopia".  The "Drunken Sufis" mix raw edge sound with politically charged thoughtful lyrics... taking no prisoners while dissecting the actions and influence of American policy.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery

The Jerusalem Fund
Annual Souk
And Olive Harvest Festival


  Saturday,  December 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience the ambience of a Middle Eastern souk in Washington, DC  at the Jerusalem Fund. Enjoy music, coffee, food, henna painting, raffle, and the sales of crafts, textiles, pottery, jewelry and gifts from the Middle East. Celebrate the olive harvest in Palestine with fair-trade Palestinian olive oil too!

This event is free and open to the public. Families welcome!

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery
2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro | (202) 338-1958
www.thejerusalemfund.org

Tom Wolff's U Street Portrait Project

Tom Wolff's U Street Portrait Project runs through December 17, 2011.
Read more about the exhibition, which was recently featured in the Washington Post and selected as one of the top FotoWeek DC shows to see by the Washington CityPaper!

 @
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery 
1632 U Street, NW | Washington, DC 20009 
The Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday from 11am-5pm, Saturday from 11am-3pm, and by appointment.  

In partnership with FotoWeek DC

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

ART TALKS: Panel with Bob Boilen, Robert Goldstein & Robin Rose, Dec. 10, 2011

Robin Rose, A Love Supreme, 2011, 
encaustic on linen on aluminum hexcel panel, 16" x 11" each

ART TALKS
A panel discussion with Bob Boilen, Robert Goldstein, and Robin RoseSaturday, December 10, 2011, 10:00am

Music has played a tremendous role in the stylistic development of the visual arts. It has been particularly important to non-representational artists who have created visual experiences paralleling the sensory effects of music. In his current exhibition, The Big Payback, Robin Rose addresses the shamanistic dynamic between composer, musician, and audience. The show, like the title taken from a James Brown lyric, is both a homage to select musicians and a challenge to Rose's audience.

HEMPHILL will host a panel discussion on the relationship between music and art. Robin Rose will be joined by two renowned music authorities: Bob Boilen, past director of NPR’s All Things Considered, creator of the online music show All Songs Considered, and longtime composer of electronic music; and Robert Goldstein, composer of numerous movie and television scores and NPR’s music librarian responsible for selecting music used on broadcast programming. All three panelists are experienced performers. Goldstein and Rose founded the infamous 1980s band, The Urban Verbs, and Boilen was the creative force behind the now mythical Tiny Desk Unit. There is no doubt this panel will be entertaining and enlightening.

ART TALKS is an ongoing series of talks with artists, curators, collectors, and experts. Since 1998, the series has presented topics such as collecting for beginners and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art.
This event is concurrent with Robin Rose: THE BIG PAYBACK, on view through December 23, 2011.

GALLERY HOURS
Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment 


Hemphill, 1515 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

“Transitions”
an exhibit featuring Guy’s wall-mounted inlay pieces and Marco’s free-standing kinetic sculpture  
December 8, 2011 – January 2, 2012
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, December 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


Using reclaimed wood from spontaneous finds, father and son duo Guy and Marco Rando create whimsical sculptures evoking the forms of nature. Working in a shared studio space, Guy and Marco Rando share everything – from materials and tools to inspiration. Scavenged wood, or as Guy calls it, “sacred wood” is the fundamental element that ties the two artists’ work together. Both feel that the natural forms and grain of the wood guide the path that their work will take. The philosophy is that “it’s all about finding the meaning behind one’s own work; as time goes on, life is giving you the path.”

Members of The Art League since 2006, “Transitions” is the Randos’ first solo exhibit in our Gallery. Guy holds degrees in Landscape Architecture from SUNY-Syracuse and Harvard University. Marco holds an Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute and studied sculpture at Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC.

(Gallery CLOSED December 25 and January 1)
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

The Art League
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-1780
www.theartleague.org

Monday, December 05, 2011

National Portrait Gallery Special Exhibitions

The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Through April 22, 2012

Historically, “blacklist” denotes a group of people marginalized and denied work or social approval. In an effort to redefine the term, these portraits of 50 African Americans reclaim the term “blacklist” to be affirming, influential and powerful. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell worked together to develop a list of people whom they thought would represent the African American experience in the 20th century. Greenfield-Sanders created large-format fine-art photographs, and Mitchell interviewed the subjects on film; the portrayals provide insight on the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. The portraits represent some of the most dynamic and inspiring personalities in the fields of politics, music, business, civil activism, literature, the arts and athletics, as well as a few people who are not as recognizable but who are influential in their fields. The exhibition includes 50 photographs and an ongoing video of the accompanying interviews.

Some of the featured photographs include those of American political activist and university professor Angela Davis; musician John Legend; Michael Lomax, chairman and CEO of the United Negro College Fund; artist Kara Walker; and actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer Melvin Van Peebles. The Black List Project was conceived by photographer/filmmaker Greenfield-Sanders with Mitchell, NPR correspondent and former New York Times film critic.

The National Portrait Gallery is a part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000; TTY (202) 633-5285. Web site: npg.si.edu. The National Portrait Gallery is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Dec. 25.

OUTLOUD ABSTRACT PAINTERS

HANG AND HAND OUT!
ABSTRACT PAINTING & HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY SHOW AND SALE

Opening Friday, December 9, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, with artists’ reception from 5:00 – 7:00  pm
Closing day, Sunday, December 11, 12:00 – 5 pm

Area artists:
Jewelry and hair accessories designer, Shaune Brazer and the local OUTLOUD ABSTRACT PAINTERS are presenting specialty items at the HANG UP AND HANG OUT - ABSTRACT PAINTING & HANDCRAFTER JEWELRY SHOW AND SALE for the holidays.

WHERE:
5117 MacArthur Blvd, NW, 2nd fl
Washington DC 20016 (above Chen’ Gourmet Restaurant)
Questions: call 202-537-2980

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Arlington Arts Gallery "The Gift of Art" December 1-31

“The Gift of Art”
An Exhibit at the Arlington Arts Gallery

December 1-31, 2011 

Artists reception: Saturday, December 10, 5 - 8 pm
@
Arlington Artist Gallery
5179 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22207

Showcase of small works by many members of the Arlington Artists Alliance.  The exhibit will provide an opportunity to purchase affordable original art in sizes suitable for gift-giving. 

Visit the gallery blog: http://galleryinsights.blogspot.com/
703-532-4350

The Arlington Artists Alliance is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  More information about Alliance programs at www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

TOUGH GUYS and COOL GIRLS
True Selves or Codes of Conduct?
Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Halcy Bohen
December 5, 2011 to January 5, 2012
 
Artist’s Reception Sunday, December 4th, 4-6 pm 
@
Landow Gallery at the Landon School
6101 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

“This provocative exhibit propels you inward. As a psychologist and artist, Bohen is interested in the interior and relational lives of her subjects. 

Her compelling men and women appear alone or with others, in a myriad of styles and circumstances.  Every expression and pose is reflective, or reactive. 

The pictures explore whether  "toughness and cool" cover  uncertainty and vulnerability;   how expression, posture, and dress  give mixed signals.   

The works are large and small, portraits and figures, real and imagined-- in oil, acrylic, ink, charcoal, watercolor and mono-print.
                                                             ----Landon Press Release 

Exhibit open weekdays 8:30 to 3:30 and weekends by appointment 301-346-4405
  

Red Reading Pays Tribute to Rothko

PHILLIPS PAYS TRIBUTE TO MARK ROTHKO WITH STAGED READING OF SCENES FROM JOHN LOGAN’S PLAY RED, COMING TO ARENA STAGE


Thurs., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.
@ The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street)

COST: By donation

In the Tony Award®-winning play Red, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko works on a set of murals, grappling with form, history, loss, and the meaning of the color red. Edward Gero, as Rothko, performs excerpts from Arena Stage’s upcoming production directed by Robert Falls. A conversation with Arena Stage Associate Artistic Director David Dower and Phillips Curator at Large and author of The Essential Mark Rothko Klaus Ottmann follows.

The Phillips Collection’s Rothko Room features four paintings by Mark Rothko in a small, chapel-like gallery. Museum founder Duncan Phillips created it with Rothko in 1960, reflecting the artist’s preference for exhibiting his art "in a scale of normal living."

Red comes to Arena Stage Jan. 20–March 4, 2012. Information and tickets:  www.arenastage.org


In the Tower: Mel Bochner

In the Tower: Mel Bochner
On exhibit through April 8, 2012

East Building Tower
In the Tower is a series of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art centering on developments in art since midcentury.

For some 45 years Mel Bochner has explored the intersections of linguistic and visual representation. As one of the pioneers of conceptual art during the 1960s, Bochner developed an art that causes us to read and see simultaneously—to "think" as we look. The exhibition will present 43 thesaurus-inspired paintings and drawings that span Bochner's career, including the thesaurus paintings Money, Die, Useless, Obscene, and Sputter; a new monochrome painting (Blah, Blah, Blah); and four major diptychs that have never before been exhibited (Master of the Universe, Oh Well, Amazing!, and Babble). The exhibition will also feature the artist's Portraits series of the 1960s, including several works on view for the first time.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Suzanne F. Cohen and The Kraus Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Judith Racht and Irving Stenn Jr., The Exhibition Circle, and The Tower Project.

www.nga.gov/exhibitions/bochnertowerinfo.htm

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565 | Map
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Admission is always free

Friday, December 02, 2011

Tadeusz Lapinski: Past and Present

Tadeusz Lapinski: Past and Present
November 14, 2011 - January 14, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 9, 6-9pm

Artist's Talk and Discussion with Tad Lapinski
Saturday, December 17. 3:00pm

Please join Brentwood Arts Exchange for a close-up discussion with Tad Lapinski. This afternoon presentation will be a rare opportunity to hear from the artist amidst his own works as he recounts his inspirations and recollects decades of experience as an internationally acclaimed artist as well as an educator.


After serving nearly four decades as a Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, Tad Lapinksi has left an indelible mark on the art community. In collaboration with the University of Maryland College Park Department of Art, the Brentwood Arts Exchange honors Mr. Lapinski's contributions with a solo exhibition of his brightly colored abstract prints. We are humbled to be in the company of such prestigious institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the White House, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, and Tianjin Museum in China, among many other museums throughout the world.

Exhibition and related events are co-sponsored by the University of Maryland College Park Department of Art

Brentwood Arts Exchange - exchanging ideas through art.
@ Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722
301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802
arts.pgparks.com

"Without Proof. Open Ended" at Adah Rose Gallery

“Without Proof. Open Ended.”
Thierry Guillemin and Amanda Horowitz

On Exhibit through December 18, 2011

Beginning with a single application of his palette knife, Thierry Guillemin draws energy from his inner emotional state and transfers it onto the canvas. Painting for Thierry is an improvisational act with his movements inspired by jazz music and its studied duality of spontaneity and discipline. Each work of art is a unique synthesis of colors and form, often evoking landscapes or cosmic fields, but ultimately abstract. Thierry was born in France, where he studied science and began his career as an aerospace engineer. He has painted for many years and has shown widely in the Washington area, New York, and Montreal. In 2007, he was invited to show at the Florence Biennale.

Questioning the boundaries of materials and mediums, Amanda Horowitz embraces the inherent ambiguity of physical works of art. Her show explores two themes: “Navigation” and “Density for Dim Light.” In the first, she paints on glass and then photographs each painting with a different background environment, thus creating a collaboration between material, perspective, and light in an attempt to explore notions of controls and constants. In the second, hand-felted sheets become “nomads,” or organic sculptures that evoke movement and the ambiguous function of art. Amanda Horowitz was born in Bethesda, Maryland and is currently a third-year sculpture major at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Amanda embodies all of the energy and new ideas that are exploding from the contemporary American art scene.

Hours & Location

Friday through Sunday 12-6 pm and by appointment
Open every third Thursday until 8 pm

Located in Kensington's Antique Row, Adah Rose Gallery showcases contemporary art in a variety of mediums

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard AveKensington, Maryland 20895

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Arlington Artists Alliance "Artful Weekend" December 2-4

THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS ALLIANCE
“ARTFUL WEEKEND”
ART SHOW AND SALE AT FT. C.F. SMITH
December 2nd - December 4th 
Artists reception: December 2, 6pm - 8pm

Looking for a weekend that is full of art?  The Arlington Artists Alliance has just the thing.......the 9th annual Artful Weekend Show and Sale on December 2nd through December 4th at historic Fort C.F. Smith Park. Come and browse works of art for unique, original and reasonably priced gifts for the holidays (or for yourself!).  The show features the works of 40 Arlington Artists Alliance members. 

The show will open on Friday, December 2nd from 6pm - 8pm with a “meet the artists” reception.  The show continues on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am - 5pm and then again on Sunday, December 4th from 12 noon - 4pm.  On Saturday at 2pm enjoy the music of the Star Dust Dance Band!  Throughout the show there will be opportunities to meet exhibition artists and enjoy light refreshments.

The park is located at 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington, VA 22207 and features the restored circa 1901 Hendry House, all dressed up for the holidays and filled with art suitable for home, office, and a variety of budgets.  This event is free and open to the public with ample free parking.

www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org
202/624-3611

The Arlington Artists Alliance is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art for the Holidays @ Passageways

Looking for Art for the Holidays? 
Visit Passageways Open Studios 12/4/11!

Zenith Gallery to Present "Year's End / New Beginnings" at Chevy Chase Pavilion,

Year’s End / New Beginnings
Art in all Media

December 1, 2011 – February 25, 2012
Meet the Artists: Wednesday, December 7, 6:00-8:30 PM
Flat Iron Building by Ken Wyner

Exhibiting Artists:

Fabiano Amin   Justin Beller  Brooke Fierce Bronner   Jay Burch  Eric Ehlenberger  Stephen Hansen  Peter Kephart  Joan Konkel  Michael Madzo  Chris Malone  Karen Starika  Bradley Stevens   Cassie Taggart  Ken Wyner and others

There’s everything in this mixed media show commemorating the clever ingenuity of artists as Zenith salutes the whimsical spirit of the visual arts, ringing in the new year.

Visitors will see hanging neon jellyfish by Eric Ehlenberger; the paper mache work of social humorist Stephen Hansen; the dreamy landscapes of realistic painter Bradley Stevens; the architectural illusions and manipulations of Ken Wyner and Karen Starika; Cassie Taggart’s hyper-detailed fantasy world; paintings created via fire by Peter Kephart; light dancing through three-dimensional pieces by multi-media artists Joan Konkel and Justin Beller; the gestural art of Brooke Fierce Bronner; and more.

The show, in Zenith Gallery and throughout Chevy Chase Pavilion, opens on December 1 and will remain on display through February 25, with a Meet the Artists Reception on Wednesday, December 7, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Zenith Gallery, level 2 next to Embassy Suites Hotel
Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20015
Gallery open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6:00 PM and by appointment
202-783-2963 www.zenithgallery.com

Field of Vision / Martha Oatway

November 30 2011 -December 31 2011
Field of Vision - Martha Oatway

WPG member artist Martha Oatway spent the past two years in Lancashire, UK, where she met Tracy Hill, the senior printmaking technician at the University of Central Lancashire. The two printmakers’ passion for walking developed into a project – two printmakers taking ten walks in two countries—and Field of Vision was born.

Join WPG member artist Martha Oatway and UK artist Tracy Hill for the opening of their two-person exhibition


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Andrew Christenberry @ Reyes + Davis



Smithsonian American Art Museum talks

Multiplicity Gallery Talk
Thursday, December 1, 6:00pmSenior Curator Joann Moser guides visitors on a walk through the galleries to explore how artists featured in the exhibition Multiplicity question the ideas of rarity and uniqueness in art through repetition, pairing, and variation. Meet in First Floor West exhibition galleries.

Conversation with Alan Rothschild
Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm

Collector Alan Rothschild and guest curator Charles Robertson discuss nineteenth-century American ingenuity, the patent models that represent the imaginative fever of the era, and the amazing craftsmanship that attracts collectors. Held in conjunction with the exhibition, Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection. Reception follows.

Luce Center Artist Talk with Cory Oberndorfer
Sunday, December 11, 1:30pm

Cory Oberndorfer creates brightly colored paintings and installations that are often inspired by popular culture, such as roller derbies. In collaboration with Flashpoint Gallery, Luce Center Artist talks feature local artists and highlight works in the museum's collection. In the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor.


Luce Unplugged with John Davis of Title Tracks
Sunday, December 18, 1:30pm

John Davis, Washington, DC front man of Title Tracks, performs after a talk about a work of art selected by him. Davis, a veteran of the local music scene, draws inspiration from power pop, indie, and rock music. Meet in the F Street Lobby.


Programs are held in McEvoy Auditorium unless otherwise indicated
There is no charge for programs unless otherwise noted

For a full program listing and exhibition information
www.AmericanArt.si.edu
202.633.1000
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F streets, NW
202.633.1000
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, 9th & G or 7th & F (Arena) exits

The Art Registry GALLERY at Todd Christofaro

Opening Reception: Laurel Lukaszewski
Saturday, December 3, 2011
7:00pm until 9:00pm
@
 The Art Registry GALLERY at Todd Christofaro
Exhibition runs through January 28, 2012

3146 Dumbarton Street NW
Washington DC 20007

Foundry Gallery Opening Reception Dec. 2

Lens. Paper? Canvas!

Photography by Sarah Alexander
Wed., November 30 through Sun., December 30

Opening Reception -- Friday, December 2, 6 - 8 pm
 Chicago by Sarah Alexander 

Today, the photograph has become probably one of the most ubiquitous items in the world.  Unfortunately, it is exactly that pervasiveness that may lead to the end of the photographic art form as we know it today.

With the advent of the digital camera, its reasonable cost, and its amazing ability to almost all of the work for the photographer, it seems that, once again, fewer and fewer people appreciate the artistry and skill involved in taking a beautiful or compelling photograph.  

So what does that means for the future of the photograph?  That remains to be seen.  Perhaps, like the societies that are documented, the future of the photograph is to constantly morph; to find more mediums on which to present itself until those, too, become mainstream and the medium is forced to evolve again.

This show strikes out on that trail and examines what happens when the photograph is presented in a different format - when it is combined with one of the staples of the fine art world-the canvas. 

1314-18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20036
202.463.0203
Wed-Sun 12 - 6 pm

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Laurel Lukaszewski @ The Art Registry

Laurel Lukaszewski @ The Art Registry opens Dec. 3, 2011

"Tis The Season" Exhibit at Gallery 555dc

December 1, 2011 - January 13, 2012

1st Champagne Reception: 
Saturday, December 3rd. Artists present from 3 - 5pm. 

2nd Champagne Reception: 
Saturday, January 7th. Artists present from 3 - 5pm. 

Artists:
Novie Trump: Ceramics
Julie Giradini: Metal

Laurie Breen: Acrylic on Canvas

Georgia Nassika: Encaustic

Ron Loyd: Acrylic on Canvas

jodi: Mixed Media

Lisa Rosenstein: Mixed Medium

Daniel Calder: Acrylic on Canvas

Gallery 555dc
555 12th Street NW
LOBBY
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004

MPA: Exhibition Openings

DEC 1 - JAN 7, 2012
 

Opening Reception and Talk
Thursday, DEC 1,  7 - 9pm
free and open to the public

Roberto Bocci:
 Streams, Consciousness and 
Spaces in Between
Emerson Gallery

In this multimedia installation combining photography, video and sound,Arlington,Virginia based artist Roberto Bocci brings together a finely tuned combination of elements meant to engulf, engage and involve the viewer in a holistic, multi-sensory experience. Working with the universal concepts of time, space and motion, Bocci draws imagery from the familiar world, which he brings into the gallery to create a unique space that questions and examines our responses and experiences with the technological world. Fragmentation, simultaneity, instability and flux all find their place and expression in this stimulating and thought provoking installation.

Imaginary Botanicals by Elizabeth Whitely
Atrium Gallery

Washington, D.C. artist Elizabeth Whiteley, who works in both two- and three-dimensions, will exhibit this series of drawings that are inspired by her abstract sculpture. Working primarily with silver and gold wire as a drawing material, a technique common to the Renaissance masters,Whiteley has created delicate and finely ren- dered images. These works are both geometric and symmetrical in nature, and also organic and naturalistic, as they refer to possible plant forms derived from the artist’s imagination.


McLean Art Society Juried Exhibition
Ramp Gallery


This show features two-dimensional works in various media and

McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Ave
McLean, Virginia 22101

Monday, November 28, 2011

NOW AT THE CORCORAN

NOW at the Corcoran
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?
December 3, 2011–March 11, 2012


For their first exhibition in the United States, Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro explore the aspiration of space travel with the necessity of food consumption. Working with statistics related to food, beverages, and household goods, the artistic duo propose to physically illustrate what an astronaut—consuming only the goods of the “everyman”—would require on a journey to Mars. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the contents of the display will be given away, creating an event to highlight existing cycles of production, consumption, and distribution.

Healy and Cordeiro use everyday objects as their primary materials for making sculptures and installations. Often incorporating locally sourced, prefabricated structures—such as abandoned trailers, domestic furniture, and household goods—Healy and Cordeiro’s art explores ideas related to home, history, permanency, destruction, and revitalization. As co-creators of a single body of work, their collaborations survey a space where individual points of view intersect, presenting familiar objects in unexpected contexts, and challenging patterns of behavior and interpretation. For more information on Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? please visit http://www.corcoran.org/now/healy_cordeiro/index.php.

LECTURES:
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in conversation with Beatrice Gralton
Thursday, December 1, 2011; 7 p.m.
FREE Members; $10 Public

 The Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro discuss their work, their approach to art making, and the creation of their Corcoran exhibition with Beatrice Gralton, Evelyn S. Nef Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. For more information and to register, please visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/healyandcordeiroinconversation.

Artists and NASA
Tuesday, December 6, 2011; 7 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Public

 Since the dawn of space exploration, many artists—Healy and Cordeiro among them—have been inspired by the quest for the unknown. Many people are unaware that NASA maintains an active and growing collection of space-inspired work, including pieces by Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and William Wegman. In this program, Bertram Ulrich, NASA Art Program Curator, and James Dean, NASA Art Program Founding Director, speak about the collection and the connections between art and space. For more information and to register, please visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/artistsandnasa.

Patterns in Creativity: Leonardo and Newton
Wednesday, December 7, 2011; 7 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Public

Are We There Yet? exemplifies the ways that science and art can complement each other. In this lecture, physicist/artist Bulent Atalay compares and contrasts Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, underscoring the ways these two geniuses forever altered how we view the world. Atalay is the author of Math and the Mona Lisa (Smithsonian Books, 2004), which Jamie Wyeth hailed as “a masterful examination of the differences and similarities in the sciences and the arts,” and Leonardo's Universe (National Geographic Books, 2009). For more information and to register, please visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/patternsincreativityleonardoandnewton.

Designs on Film
Thursday, December 8, 2011; 7 p.m.
$12 Members; $15 Public

Take a look behind the scenes of Hollywood’s greatest triumphs with journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock. The author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (HarperCollins, 2010) illuminates the often undercelebrated role of production designers—whom she describes as “architects of illusion… visionaries designing cinematic dreams” —in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history from the 1940s through today and then signs copies of her book. For more information and to register, please visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/designsonfilm

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700
www.corcoran.org

Admission
$10 Adults; $8 full-time students (with ID) and seniors (62+); children under 12 free; Corcoran Members free.

Call to Artists: Fabric Show at BlackRock Gallery

BlackRock Center for the Arts is accepting entries for the
"Tribute to Fiber Art" 5th Annual Juried Exhibit.

View prospectus

Deadline: Friday, December 16  
Entry Fee: $35 check or money order made payable to BlackRock Center for the Arts

Awards: The first place winner of the "Tribute to Fiber Art" 5th Annual Juried Exhibit will have a SOLO show in BlackRock's beautiful 1500 sq. ft. art gallery the following exhibit year.

Jurors:
Jodi Walsh: mixed medium artist, national speaker and founder of the original "Tribute to Fiber Art" Juried Exhibition at APEX Gallery in Washington DC since 2002. Owner Gallery 555dc.

Kim Marshall: Gallery Manager, BlackRock Center for the Arts.

Eligibility:
Open to all fiber artists 18 years and over residing in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington DC.
    
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
301.528.2260
www.blackrockcenter.org

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Intersections: Where Art Meets Science

Intersections: Where Art Meets Science 
Works created by Montgomery College faculty from all three campuses to celebrate the opening of the College's Science Center at the Rockville Campus.
November 30 - December 21, 2011
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 3. 5:30 -7:30 pm 

Jorge Bernal Encaustic - Terrace Gallery 2nd Floor
December 02 - January 30, 2012
My artwork explores the realms and depths of my dreams, beliefs, spirituality and my daily life journey. These paintings represent personal archetypes communicated through historical, architectural and mythological symbolism. My goal is for a story to unfold through layered abstractions. I consider myself an abstract expressionist artist. Color is the most relevant element for me, inspired by Rothko, but also by Gottlieb. Form and geometric shapes are essential, inspired by Kandinsky. Architectural imagery helps me create a visual story honoring what is often perceived as ordinary in our day-to-day lives. The art I create is not meant to be literally narrative. It is left open to individual's interpretation and, hopefully, self-discover what is hidden or, conversely, only partially revealed. In art as in life, is not so much what is said, but what is not. I consider my work visual conversations about life, the meaning of spirit, God and faith. Jorge Bernal's website

BlackRock Center for the Arts  
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, Maryland 20874
301.528.2260

A SUGAR PLUM PARTY AT PHILLIPS AFTER 5 CELEBRATES DEGAS’S DANCERS AND THE NUTCRACKER IN HOLIDAY STYLE

With special guests The Washington Ballet and Capitol File
Thurs., Dec. 1, 5–8:30 p.m.

A holiday edition of Phillips after 5 celebrates impressionist master of the ballet Edgar Degas and the 50th anniversary of The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker with excerpts by Washington School of Ballet students. Costumed characters mingle with guests, and dancers speak in the galleries about their impressions of Degas’s work. Gallery talks at 6 and 7 pm spotlight another impressionist masterpiece, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their ballet-inspired best, stop by the lipstick and blush bar by Le Métier de Beauté, and pose with props from The Nutcracker in a photo booth. In the season’s spirit of giving, a spread of holiday sweets will be managed by DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering. A specialty “Sugar Plum Cocktail” is available at the cash bar in the Music Room, where Yvonne Johnson Trio plays live jazz.

In conjunction with Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint on view through Jan. 8, 2012

COST:  $12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under. Due to the event’s popularity, advance reservations are encouraged to ensure admission: www.phillipscollection.org/Phillipsafter5.

WHERE:  The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday November 26

It's Small Business Saturday today! Time to support local small businesses and artists. I recently visited Caramel Fashion on U Street and purchased some wonderful vegan shoes, one of Sarah's unique offerings. http://caramelfashion.com/Caramel/about.html Caramel is owned by Sarah Watkins who installs art exhibitions in her clothing boutique for men and women. Check her out today and the many other Mid-City businesses along 14th and U Streets NW, DC. Oh, and I discovered George at George Shoe repair next to Caramel. He made my favorite silver studded boots new again! Now to get walking.... — at Caramel.
Caramel
1603 U Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 265-1930
contact@caramelfashion.com

Mid City Artists
http://midcityartists.com/home.html 

George Shoe Repair 
(next door to Caramel)
http://georgeshoerepair.com/

 

The Art League Kicks Off the Holiday Season with ArtFest 2011

ArtFest 2011 - Lively Open House and Holiday Party!Friday, December 2, 6:00-9:00 pm at The Madison Annex (305 Madison Street)
Throughout ArtFest weekend, The Art League will feature a retrospective show and sale of work by Nancy Reinke, longtime Art League and Torpedo Factory artist who passed away in December 2009. The show will feature prints, drawings, paintings, rugs, and more from the beloved artist.
Friday, December 2, 6-9 pm
Saturday, December 3, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, December 4, 12 noon - 5 pm



Ceramic and Pottery Show and Sale, Friday, December 2 - Sunday, December 4
From functional to freeform, one of a kind ceramic vessels and sculptures created by students and associates of The Art League ceramics department will be for sale during our popular annual Holiday Ceramic and Pottery Sale. These unique works of art are perfect for holiday gift giving.

The Jewelry Show and Sale, Friday, December 2 - Sunday, December 4
Back for the entire ArtFest weekend in 2011, the Jewelry Show and Sale will showcase a variety of unique and original jewelry pieces to fit all tastes and budgets created by Art League students.

www.theartleague.org

All ArtFest events are held at The Art League's Madison Annex, 305 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
703-683-1780

In Season at Project 4 gallery

IN SEASON
December 3, 2011 - January 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday December 3, 2011 6:00-8:30 pm


Margaret Boozer
Beau Chamberlain
Christine Gray
Lisa Kellner
Tricia Keightley
Thomas Müller
Ellington Robinson
Foon Sham
Jill Townsley
Paul Villinski

Project 4 presents In Season, a group show featuring small-scale, recent works from a selection of gallery artists. This survey of work reveals themes explored throughout Project 4’s programming and looks forward to future exhibitions. In Season will feature a variety of media and showcase works by Margaret Boozer, Beau Chamberlain, Christine Gray, Lisa Kellner, Tricia Keightley, Thomas Müller, Ellington Robinson, Foon Sham, Jill Townsley, and Paul Villinski.

Artist Talk with Margaret Boozer & 
Video Screening by Michael JN Bowles
Thursday December 8, 2011 7:00 pm

Project 4 and Art in Embassies sponsor an artist talk with Margaret Boozer and video screening by Michael JN Bowles. Margaret Boozer will discuss a recent commission, From This Distance: Djibouti, created for the US Embassy in Djibouti. A film highlighting the artwork from creation to installation by Michael JN Bowles will be screened.

Project 4 gallery
1353 U Street, NW # 302
Washington, DC

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12 -6 pm and by appointment. Project 4 will be closed from December 23 – January 1.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Art Bank Collection artists

Washington, D.C.- The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the 32 artists whose artworks will be added to its Art Bank Collection. The artwork of the 32 artists chosen will be purchased and added to the DCCAH's collection that is loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas.

The Art Bank Collection is a growing collection of moveable works funded through the DC Creates! Public Art program. Art Bank was founded to support visual artists and galleries throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. Currently, there are over 2,500 works of art in the Art Bank collection, installed in more than 150 District Government agencies.

The artists chosen for the 2012 Art Bank:
Anne Albagli, Daniel Altshuler, Joseph Barbaccia, Joan Belmar, Natalie Chung, Wesley Clark, Charles Cohan, Billy Colbert, Robert Cole, Cynthia Connolly, Michael Crossett, Mary Early, Lisa Farrell, Michael Farrell, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Greg Hannan, Ryan Hoover, Ellington Robinson, Katherine Mann, Bruce McNeil, Michael Platt, Beverly Ress, Preston Sampson, Michael Enn Sirvet, Di Stovall, Lou Stovall, Lynn Sures, Jessica Van Brakle, Kirk Waldroff, Yvette Watson, Roy Woelfer, and Denise Wright.


Congratulations to all the artists!

Paris in the Nude by Lilianne Milgrom

Paris in the Nude by Lilianne Milgrom 
September, 2011  

from TheGreatNude.tv
During a quick visit to Paris recently, Lilianne Milgrom sampled the local art scene, and gives us a sense of The Nude as seen through the eyes of French artists as well as several transplanted artists who call Paris their home.
Read this informative article by the artist here:
http://www.liliannemilgrom.com/_ee/ParisNude.html

Rima Schulkind's "Eclipsed by the Cloud" and Touchstone "Small Treasures"

December 2- 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6 - 8:30pm

"Eclipsed by the Cloud: the Detritus of Obsolescent Technology"
Rima Schulkind
 
Rima Schulkind has created a series of totems to technological detritus. They reflect both her wonder at our ingenuity and her observation at our heedlessness.

"Small Treasures"
Members' Annual Holiday Show
Small Treasures offers artworks that are small in size and price, but huge in quality.  Ideal for giftgiving, the variety guarantees to appeal to every taste!


Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001
www.touchstonegallery.com

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday
From our neighborhood to yours!

ANTREASIAN GALLERY PRESENTS: SHORT STORIES by Susan La Mont

Susan La Mont: SHORT STORIES
November 30 – December 18, 2011
Reception: Friday, December 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
"Inside/Out," oil, 42"h x 52"w
www.susanlamont.com

The Antreasian Gallery presents “Short Stories,” a collection of contemporary realist paintings by artist Susan La Mont.  A reception open to the public will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on December 2, and coincides with Baltimore’s First Friday art walks.

Aptly named, the show features people in both ordinary and unusual situations. The viewer is invited to speculate about the intent; in fact, La Mont encourages it as a kind of interactivity, noting that we are “hard wired” to try to make sense out of the situations we encounter. In the past she has been delighted to overhear viewers spin incredible tales about the goings-on in the paintings, some of them completely counter to her original meaning.The show features both small and large works painted in heightened, but not quite photographic realism. La Mont was selected by area art critic F. Lennox Campello as the Best New Realist of the 2009 Artomatic show.

Antreasian’s regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional information and images can be seen at www.antreasiangallery.com. Inquiries can be made at 410-235-4420 during business hours.

Antreasian Gallery
1111 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

porter/contemporary participates in 2nd annual Small Business Saturday on November 26

porter/contemporary is participating in the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday on November 26, when people across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses. Register your Amex card and get a $25 credit on any purchase made on Saturday. Click HERE for more information.

The Splash! exhibition is on through December 3 at porter/contemporary in New York. While you are there, check out my work,                                
Attraction by Anne Marchand.
 36"x36", 2011, acrylic and mixed media on canvas


porter/contemporary
www.portercontemporary.com
548 W. 28th Street, New York, New York 10001
212.696.7432

2011 WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Tickets on Sale Now at WJFF.org

Festival Occurs December 1-11, 2011
 WASHINGTON — The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) returns to venues in Washington, DC and Maryland this December with 11 days of new and award-winning films, each highlighting the wonderful diversity of Jewish culture, history and contemporary life. The schedule includes 47 films from 15 countries including the US, Israel, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Rwanda. Thousands of people attend the festival each year, making WJFF the largest annual, Jewish cultural event in the DC area. In addition to feature films, documentaries and shorts, the festival presents programs, events, special guests and discussions with filmmakers. Descriptions of each of the films, along with a festival schedule are found at WJFF.org.

This year, film subjects range from politics and history to comedies and love stories with a special focus on two themes:

“Jews at Work,”which includes films such as Incessant Visions about the life and work of visionary architect Erich Mendelsohn, Breath Made Visible about dance pioneer Anna Halprin and An Encounter with Simone Weil about the French philosopher, writer and activist.

“Jewish Film | Women Filmmakers,” which includes 19 films by women directors and a presentation on December 10th of the 2011 WJFF Visionary Award to award-winning DC filmmaker Aviva Kempner. The Festival will screen Kempner’s films Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, Partisans of Vilna and the work-in-progress of her latest film about the Rosenwald Schools. Kempner will attend all of these screenings.

Other local filmmakers included in this year’s WJFF are Nina Shapiro Perl, with the world premiere of Through the Eye of the Needle--The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Nic Weinfeld who was just 16 years old at the time of filming The 36.

The 22nd WJFF is presented by the Washington, DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel and Washington Jewish Week.

Opening Night at the Avalon Theatre: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 pm reception, 7:45 pm screening. DC premiere screening of Israeli box office hit Mabul (The Flood). Special guests: director Guy Nattiv and screenwriter Noa Berman-Herzberg.  Tickets $25.

Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington DC JCC, AFI Silver Theatre, Avalon Theatre, Goethe-Institut Washington, American University, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Switzerland


800-494-8497
WJFF.org.


Holiday Open House at Torpedo Factory Art Center


Thursday, December 1st, 6-9 pm


Torpedo Factory Art Center | 105 North Union Street | Alexandria | VA | 22314

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo starts this Friday, Nov. 25

Please see the message below from the National Zoo. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friends of the National Zoo invites you to attend ZooLights, powered by Pepco, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, starting this Friday, Nov. 25, and open weekends Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, and Dec. 9-11 and every night beginning Dec. 16 - Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25, and 31), from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sparkling brightly in its fifth year, entrance to the event is free!

Enjoy twinkling LED holiday lights, animal sculptures, and musical entertainment from the area's talented youth; as well as access to view the Zoo's animals at night. New this year: Iceless skating, sponsored by GEICO, at the picnic pavillion. Children and families of all ages can enjoy ice skating on the world’s best and most eco-friendly synthetic ice skating surface, composed of specially engineered polymers that permit skate blades to glide as smoothly as on real ice. Admission is $5 for a 30-minute session. Skate rental is available for an additional $2 fee, or bring your own skates for this eco-friendly, 21st-century experience of a lifetime.

After you've finished skating, go for a ride around Great Cats Circle on a new trackless train. And, be sure to step into the Visitor Center auditorium to see the Kids’ Farm-themed model train, featuring an old-fashioned steam engine, Thomas the Train, and animal figurines; and check out the fabulous display of Kids' Farm-themed gingerbread habitat entries, sponsored by Starbucks. The winning entries will be revealed on December 11 at 6 p.m. A few steps away, you can do your holiday shopping at the Asia Trail Store and get your new purchases gift-wrapped for a donation. Seasonal snacks and drinks will available for purchase in the lobby and throughout the event site.

As a special thank you for your continued support of the National Zoo, FONZ is offering our neighbors a complimentary, special edition ZooLights mug on opening night, Friday Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. To receive your free mug, visit the Asia Trail Store and show your driver's license or District-issued I.D. with a 20008 or 20009 zip code.

We hope you enjoy our expanded event this year - come back often and celebrate the holidays at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! For more information about the event, please visit our website at http://nationalzoo.si.edu.

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes,
Friends of the National Zoo

Photography Between the Wars at Addison/Ripley

On Exhibit through December 3, 2011

Berenice Abbott   Eugene Atget   Marcel Bovis   Brassai   Geneieve Chabourne  Gilles Ehrmann   Jill Jenicek   Francois Kollar   B. Krohn   Jan Lucas   Man Ray   Albert Renger-Patsch   Theodore Roszak  
Rudomine   Alfred Steiglitz   Paul Strand   Carl Van Vechten  Marc Vaux   Weegee   Edward Weston   Rene Zuber   

October 29 - December 3, 2011
  
For "Photography Between the Wars", we are enormously grateful to Virginia Zabriskie, important gallerist of New York and Paris for more than fifty years, for the opportunity to select works from her collection in assembling this exhibition. A friend for all of our, now, thirty years in business, we bought the first photographs for our own collection from Virginia in Paris in 1981 and have continued to admire her and learn from her example. Her passion for the art of photography, intense friendships with the artists whom she displayed and pioneering courage make up a part of the lasting contribution she has made.

The period between the First and Second World Wars saw an explosion in the creative output of photography. Explorations in technique, subject and medium left a remarkable legacy of work, which, although by the standards of today, is modestly scaled. It is, nonetheless, evocative of the emotional, political and intellectual upheaval of this  span of the Twentieth Century.

 Surrealism, Futurism and Commercialism each are referenced in the 39 photographs displayed in the Addison/Ripley exhibition, "Photography Between the Wars". For instance, the fashion work of Francois Kollar is nicely juxtaposed with edgier portraits by Berenice Abbott, Carl von Vechten and Man Ray. The Surrealistic Photograms, of Theodore Roszak foreshadow the  abstract jumble of tricycles by Gilles Ehrmann. With the inclusion of works by Weegee, we see the harsh light of "reality" beginning to be used tabloid style. And the early interior shots by Eugene Atget and view from Alfred Stieglitz's window give a perspective on how radically this medium progressed during these years.

Included also are works by Edward Weston, Rene Zuber, Paul Strand, Brassai, Marcel Bovis, Jill Jencek, Mark Vaux, B. Krohn, Geneieve Chabourne, Albert Renger-Patsch and Jan Lucas. Well known names from Europe and the United States and less well known ones represented by striking images. This exhibition is evidence that acting as a bridge between European and American voices in photography is one of Virginia Zabriskie's enduring contributions.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art  . 1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW . Washington, DC 20007 . 202.338.5180
www.addisonripleyfineart.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Last Week - Agnes Bolt: Dealing at Project 4

Agnes Bolt: Dealing

October 22 - November 26, 2011

“Dealing,” a solo exhibition featuring new work by Agnes Bolt. Bolt, an interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, installation, and intervention in her art practice.

Bolt’s most recent project playfully investigates complex relationships, as artist and art collector are contractually obliged to intervene in each other's lives for one week. A series of rules, exercises, and communication systems dictated the physical and virtual interactions between the two strangers with the intention of examining the consequences of the artists’ undeniable presence in the collector’s life. “Dealing,” features the works created for, during, and in response to these experiences.

For the first interaction, Bolt imposed herself along with her temporary plastic living structure in the home of art collector, Philippa Hughes, becoming dependent on Hughes for nourishment, affection, and intellectual discourse. Performance became real life and real life became performance as multifaceted interpersonal and power dynamics played out. The artist became a witness, fetish object, captive, intruder, spectacle, mirror, insider, outsider, friend, and yoga instructor.

In the second interaction, Bolt constructed a series of virtual exchanges between herself and art collector, Philip Barlow. This experience borrows from online fantasy and constructed identities, while considering the power plays and seduction of producing and consuming art. One exercise connected the pair through a live audio feed, which allowed artist and collector to hear each other's heartbeats during the course of an entire night, exploring distance, vulnerability, and simultaneity.

Agnes Bolt was born in Poland and is currently living and working both in Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. Bolt is presently a MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA. Recently, Bolt’s work was projected at the Internet Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale and shown at Microscope Gallery in New York. She is a recent recipient of the Heinz Foundation Artist Grant, the AW Mellon Grant, and a Fine Foundation Grant.

Project 4, 1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20009
http://www.project4gallery.com/

Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 pm, and by appointment.
CLOSED Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving

"About a Dog" exhibit

Ben Ferry
@ Artspace 109
through November 30, 2011
Artist Statement
Everybody has a dog experience that is very personal and unique, so often times it is difficult to explain that relationship in a way that the lay person can relate to.  I come from waterfowl hunters, where the dog has a role and a purpose beyond being a pet. 
Cassie Ferry was a Labrador retriever that even from her very first days had something very gentle and almost fragile about her demeanor.  In contrast to this, she was a ferocious hunter whenever she was taken out into the field or water to work.  I was always taken by how she was able to possess these contrasting personality traits that fit so perfectly into each of their environments and never crossover.
Her life corresponded with my decision to wholeheartedly become an artist, and I think it was very natural for me to choose her as my subject matter.  She was almost a poster child of the breed, and I was able to study her on a daily basis and start to carve out opportunities to try to explain those little idiosyncrasies that only a close relationship will allow.  This body of work chronicles the back half of her life, really up to within days of her passing. This is my dog experience.   - Ben Ferry


Artspace 109
109N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
www.artspace109.com

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Recycling the Eco-Art Exhibition

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is recycling the “Eco-Art” concept with today’s Call for Artists. The fully recycled theme brings back the popular and award-winning “Eco-Art” exhibition featuring environmentally inspired designs to the Crystal City Water Park. The exhibit is scheduled to open on April 2, 2012. Interested artists should visit www.crystalcity.org to learn more and download the formal application which is due by January 13, 2012.

The Eco-Art exhibit is part of the Crystal City BID’s ARTFUL program and will mark the fifth temporary art project designed to demonstrate the power that art can add to the area’s streets and open spaces. Past projects include Crystal Flight, Bucky Art, Eco-Art, and Illumination. The Crystal City BID is responsible for changing how people see, perceive, and experience Crystal City, and art remains a critical means of achieving this goal by adding color, interest and conversation to the streets, sidewalks and open spaces of Crystal City.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Andy Warhol: Shadows at The Hirshhorn

Andy Warhol: Shadows
The exhibit runs until Jan. 15, 2012

At the Hirshhorn, the 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases are installed edge-to-edge and extend almost 450 linear feet around the Museum’s interior curved galleries.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Parish Gallery-Georgetown    
in collaboration with 
Nicole Gallery-Chicago 
Haitian, African, African American Artists include Allen Stringfellow, 
Ifeyinwa Umeike, Dorothy Carter, Nnamdi Okonkwo, and others

Opening Reception
Friday, November 18, 2011, 6 - 8 PM
Showing through November 26, 2011

Open, Special hours on Sunday, November 20th, 1 - 5 PM

@
Parish Gallery
Georgetown

1054 31st St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-944-2310

Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 Fall Focus Exhibitions at GRACE

November 19 – December 23, 2011
Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 19, 5 – 7pm

Constructing Haiku - Heidi Fowler
Constructing Haiku is an exhibition of finely crafted paintings and mixed media works by Reston-based artist, Heidi Fowler. Influenced by her study of Chinese and Japanese artwork, Fowler paints seemingly serene landscapes, juxtaposed with observations of the recent land transformations taking place in our area due to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

Hidden Worlds - Sheep Jones and Novie Trump
Hidden Worlds is a collaborative exhibition of works by painter Sheep Jones, resident artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and sculptor Novie Trump, founder of Flux Studios in Mt. Rainier, MD. Based on their common interest in exploring issues related to the world of bees and other winged creatures, they examine nature’s mysteries by investigating honeycombs, nests, and roots.

Vehicles and Vessels - Millicent Young
Vehicles and Vessels features work by well known sculptor and resident of Charlottesville, VA, Millicent Young. The exhibition comprises six beautifully crafted, sensitive three-dimensional pieces that transport the viewer into a place beyond knowing. Young’s sculptures are derived from materials she finds on her farm, which she manipulates and removes from their original context in the natural world resulting in a hybrid piece that seems other worldly.


GreaterRestonArtsCenter
Reston Town Center
12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20191
703.471.9242
www.restonarts.org

National Building Museum -- Unbuilt Washington on Exhibit

Unbuilt Washington
November 19, 2011 to May 28, 2012

CURATOR, G. Martin Moeller, Jr., senior vice president and curator
Caption: Plan for the National Mall – Rendering of the Proposal for the Washington Monument grounds, by the Senate Park Commission, 1901-02.The wide steps, the circular pool, and the terraced gardens were all intended to provide a more dignified base for the monument, while resolving the awkward geometry resulting from its placement off the axis from the White House.
Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts


On exhibit are the myriad versions of Washington that could have been; architectural and urban design projects that were proposed but, for widely varied reasons, never executed. To tourists and residents, the city's greatest landmarks may seem so appropriate - so correct, so perfect - it is hard to imagine that they could have turned out completely differently. But nothing in the built environment was predestined. Here one can see, not just imagine, what Washington could have been like.

Exhibition Admission
Adults $8, Youth, Students, and Seniors $5
No Charge for Museum Members

More informationhttp://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/


National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
202.272.2448
Metro: Judiciary Square