Sunday, December 31, 2006

Community Enriching Images

As part of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 2006 Community Initiatives Program, a major multi-year gateway project into the Southwest Waterfront (a large mosaic mural by G. Byron Peck will be installed.

Byron Peck, just back from Art Basel in Miami last week, put up the first wall of the SW Gateway mosaics this month. That's muralist Kim Dutton in the first photo. Kim worked with me on both the Westminster and Takoma murals. Byron has been working on improving the visual landscape of Washington, DC for decades. You can see his distinctive murals around Washington, DC celebrating comunity and history, most notably the portrait of Duke Ellington on U Street. Byron also runs City Arts which creates murals and mosaics with a team of inner-city youth—young people learning about teamwork, community, and beauty all at once.

G. Byron Peck
Artist, G. Byron Peck Studios
Washington, DC
Catalogue for Philanthropy

Friday, December 29, 2006

Men in Underwear?

What a promise! A little too much? Well we'll see.....

PROJECT 4 does just that for it's upcoming exhibition,
January 5 - 27, 2007

Artists Gregory McLellan & Tim Pittman collaborate on a site specific-exhibition exploring their reality and documenting their insanity, in no particular form or medium.
Mixed media, video works, paintings and found objects.

Opening Reception
Friday, January 5 - 6:00pm -8:30pm

903 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


Master Printer, Lou Stovall has two exhibition opening in Washington, DC next week on the theme ORIGIN AND THE LANDSCAPE.

New Work, Drawings and Silkscreen Mono Prints
January 3 - February 28, 2007

Reception: Thursday, January 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 pm

1030 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007


New Silkscreen Mono Prints
January 3 - January 28, 2007

First Friday Reception: Friday, January 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 7 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Gallery Talk/Brown Bag Lunch: Thursday, January 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Flashpoint - Call for Artists

Culltural Development Corporation announces a call for Gallery at Flashpoint 2007-08 Exhibitions. The deadline is Friday, January 26, 2007 at 5pm. CuDC is holding an Open House to answer questions on Saturday, January 6 from 12-2pm at Flashpoint, 916 G Street NW. RSVP requested 202.315.1310 or See Request for Proposal guidelines here.

Thursday, December 28, 2006


We're back in DC after visiting three cities and five airports in seven days. Hope everyone is chilling out from the sugarplum fairies as I'm almost done in from the sweeties. Welcome back and on to the New Year.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Small Says it All"

Maryland Printmakers will exhibit in the new Foundry Gallery space on 18th St in D.C.

January 2, 2007 - January 28, 2007

The show’s reception, Friday, January 5th, 2007 will coincide with Dupont Circle’s regular "First Friday." The show is juried by Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer of The National Gallery of Art & Consultant Curator Of the Corcoran Print Collection.

Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC. -- Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to five pm.

Drawn to It

Featuring new drawings and prints by DC-based artists Ryan Nelson and Rachel Waldron

December 16, 2006 – January 20, 2007

ARTIST TALK: December 20, 2006, 6-7 pm

Drawn to It explores the appropriation and manipulation of comics in contemporary drawing through the work of two dynamic young DC based emerging artists, Ryan Nelson and Rachel Waldron. Flavored with strangeness, dis-order, and unease, Nelson's and Waldron's humorous and sardonic works further the dialogue between art and popular culture, uniquely utilizing vernacular illustration to address themes of longing, loss, and power dynamics, among others.

Ryan Nelson's collected ink drawings in Drawn to It display a range of illustration work he's done over the last few years. Many of these drawings were used or intended mostly as contributions to posters or album covers. Working mainly with the traditional cartoonist's medium, ink and brush, his drawings are primarily planted firmly in the slice-of-life comic style. Presented at Transformer without the usual surrounding text, Ryan's images are provided their own space separated from attached advertisement, and exist as simply drawings that are filled with irony and romantic notions caught between concealment and disclosure.

Rachel Waldron's work is both figurative and narrative, wrestling with the dynamic of power vs. vulnerability. She turns an intimate eye on pivotal moments in the stories she creates. Action is stopped and observed - who will be the victor? Playful with her subjects, Waldron uses the female figure as archetype and metaphor. Exaggerations of size and shadow evoke a feeling of battling super-heroes or monsters, sometimes giving rise to smaller, featureless figures that torment the main character. Hieratic scaling is a major factor in creating a power dynamic. Since all of the players in the composition are basically manifestations of the same person, the viewer is left to decide who should win out.

Ryan Nelson is a DC native whose art has been strongly associated with Washington's underground/punk music scene. Since 1993 his illustrations have been found on numerous local music flyers, silk-screened posters, comic strips, album covers, and t-shirt designs - most notably the annual t-shirt illustrations for the Fort Reno Summer Concert Series. Rachel Waldron, a Baltimore native, moved to DC in 1995 where she received her formal training and BA from the George Washington University. She currently lives and works in DC. Her work has recently been featured in local venues including Blindspot Studio, DC and the Arlington Arts Center, VA.

Exhibition Hours for Drawn to It: Wednesday - Saturday 1- 7 pm, and by appointment.

1404 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

I've been madly scrambling to finish things up before we leave town for the holidays on Thursday. I'm researching shippers to transport my paintings down to a new Florida Gallery. It seems like things speed up when you least expect. And then the holidays slow down the vendor's schedule. Well, I hope everyone enjoys the new slower pace because I plan to, just as soon as I finish these FEW last things.............

I'm sorry I'm going to miss this classic film by Fritz Lang at the Phillips on Thursday. We'll be on our own 21st century travel adventure that day. I hope some of you can catch it.

Space is still available for the following program.
Public Program

Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, 6 p.m.
In Metropolis (1927), one of the most universally respected and influential films of the silent era, director Fritz Lang presents his vision for the 21st century. Within its spectacular, science fiction-inspired sets, Metropolis delves into the darker side of science, religion, love, and redemption in the year 2026.
Included in museum admission. No reservations required. For more information, contact (202) 387-2151.

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

Monday, December 18, 2006

El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios

October 14, 2006–January 21, 2007

I stopped by the Phillips Collection's new wing yesterday and was delighted by the synthesis of art, architecture and design in this exhibition. The walls are painted in the same modernist designs as El Lissitzky's prints, sometimes grabbing my attention more than the art on the walls. The overall feeling was that of art and architecture merging to define the space, a happy marriage and worth a visit.

"Nineteen prints by Russian artist El Lissitzky comprising two complete lithographic portfolios shown in conjunction with the Société Anonyme exhibition. Lissitzky (1890–1941), also an architect and theorist, created the Victory over the Sun portfolio as designs for a futurist opera, and the Proun portfolio ("Proun" is the Latin acronym for "design for the confirmation of the new") to embrace utopian ideals through the use of abstract architectural forms. A gallery room is designed as a Proun room to convey some of Lissitzky's concepts in three dimensions."

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

Holiday Greetings

from Marchand Studios

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Prints by Lou Stovall

WPG 2007 Invitational
January 3- January 28, 2007

First Friday Reception
Friday, January 5, 2007 5-8 pm

Artist's Reception
Sunday, January 7, 2007 2-5 pm

Gallery Talk/Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday, January 11, 2007 12-1 pm

Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009
DuPont Circle Metro Stop, Q Street exit

Gallery Director: Gail Vollrath
Phone: 202-332-7757

Last Day for Book Sale and Open House at Hemphill 12.17.2006

Sunday, December 17, 2006, 12-5pm
1515 14th STREET NW

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Arts Council of New Orleans Announces $440,000 in Grants

to Launch

Contact: Robbie Denny of the Arts Council of New Orleans, or 504-571-1833

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Arts Council of New Orleans announced today that it will implement a new online marketing tool and half-price e- mail ticket program to increase attendance for New Orleans cultural organizations. The goal is to make the arts more affordable and accessible for New Orleans' residents and visitors.

The program is being made possible by a grant of $392,000 from The Pew Charitable Trusts and $48,000 from the William Penn Foundation, both provided to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Cultural Alliance will work with the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO) to create and launch an online regional events calendar,, and FunSavers, a weekly half-price ticket program. is scheduled to launch in spring 2007, followed by the launch of the FunSavers program shortly thereafter.

"Because cultural organizations and the public are increasingly depending on the internet to access information, and the FunSavers program will offer a quick and efficient way to communicate with our audiences," said Shirley Corey, president and CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans."

For more information on the project and participating organizations, please visit

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Obsession, recent works by Amy Lin

December 15 - January 14
Obsession, recent works by Amy Lin
Curated by Anne Collins Goodyear, Assistant Curator of Prints+Drawings at the National Portrait Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 7-9pm
Curator's Remarks 8pmSeparate Worlds by Amy Lin

With a soaring blue mass anchored above a small pink enclosure, “Separate Worlds” reads almost like a question mark. The comparison is apt where Amy Lin’s work is concerned. Enveloped in the artist’s meticulously rendered drawings is an implicit question: what are they? It is precisely in their resistance to easy categorization that the works reach out to spectators.

Lin’s work, with an exquisite calligraphic quality of interweaving cables, is composed of tiny spheres, rendered painstakingly, at varying scales, by the artist. Yet the work does not read as pure abstraction, concerned only with formal properties of color and composition. Instead, a careful examination of these lively surfaces reveals fascinating intersections between the minute units themselves—microbes of a sort— some of which seem to cohere with magnetic pull while others seem to resist one another. Through her use of pattern and repetition Lin has put into play dynamics that seem almost human in nature.

If the artist’s intensity, or “obsession,” reveals itself graphically, the work also brings about a deep sense of contemplative satisfaction. For through an act of meditative creation, Lin has constructed pictorial environments that produce a sense of immense space. Here the viewer can become lost in the delicate task of untangling skeins of threaded dots that tease the mind. - Anne Colins Goodyear

for more information go to:

Artists Reception at Cafe Luna

Artists Reception
Cafe Luna
1633 P Street N W - Washington , DC - 20036
202-387- 4005

Come and meet the talented local Artists who are the winners of the Café Luna Niche contest.

Thursday December 21st
4:30pm – 6:30pm For a night of mixing and schmoozing,
wine and munchies Please RSVP by Tuesday December 19th
Call 202.387.4005

Monday, December 11, 2006

Tips on mingling your way through the holidays

Alyson B. Stanfield of suggests tips to get out there and rub elbows with your colleagues.
Jeanne Martinet, who wrote "The Art of Mingling." aired on National Public Radio's Morning Edition last Friday with a program called Mingle All the Way Through Holiday Parties. Listen here

Art Basel Sour Grapes Wrap-Up

Hungry for news from Art Basel? Read Lee Rosenbaum's wrap up at CultureGrrl

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Arc d'Light / Lichtbogen

Exhibition Through January 31
In this unusual joint exhibition, steel sculptor Wulf Kirschner and painter Nicola Stäglich explore the effects of light: the two artists use contrasting materials – steel and plexiglass – but the common language of simplified shapes and handwritten lines.

Third Thursday
December 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm
January 18, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Downtown’s monthly gallery crawl features Arc d'Light / Lichtbogen

Thursday, December 14, 6:30pm
Talking about Europe with Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu
This program continues the series of discussions with European ambassadors focusing on Europe-related topics that each ambassador wishes to address. Moderated by National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel.
RSVP 202.289.1200, ext. 169

Goethe-Institut Washington
The German Cultural Center
812 Seventh St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Chinatown exit)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

First Impressions, Second Thoughts

By Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson at WaPo gives a good synopsis of "Juke," by Maryland artist Jefferson Pinder at G. Fine Art, and a five-person group show , "Consume," at Flashpoint. Read here.

Friday, December 08, 2006

As we move into the holidays, let's not forget our brothers and sisters in the deep south

Arlington Art Center's Fresh Paint

FRESH PAINT: Process and Possibility
December 5, 2006 - January 27, 2007

Reception: Friday, December 8, 2006, 6 - 9 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Fresh Paint Up Close: Exhibiting Artists and Curator - Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 7 - 9 pm

Curated by: Carol Lukitsch, Director of Exhibitions, AAC

Artists: Anthony Brock, Byron Clercx, Eric Finzi, Pat Goslee, Christopher Hoeting, Tati Kaupp, Kevin Kepple, Isabel Manalo, Mike Matarese, Cara Ober, Susan Palmisano, Stefan Prosky, Lynda Ray, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

In FRESH PAINT: Process and Possibility, an invitational exhibition at Arlington Arts Center, fourteen Mid-Atlantic painters focus on process and materials as a means of questioning present-day reality. While they clearly take pleasure in the physicality of paint itself, the artists utilize a variety of alternative materials such as resin, glue, milk, henna, latex, clay and even robotics. At times they utilize unusual techniques which forego the use of a brush or canvas: paint skins are manipulated into sculptural forms, house paint is worked with power tools, needles and syringes are used to inject paint into resin.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Getting in the Holiday groove

Ok, I have to admit, I am already shopping for holiday gifts. Since I'm not making jewelry and my giftees are arty by nature, I went by the National Museum of Women in the Arts yesterday to check out the Holiday Gift Market. (By the way, the gift shop at NMWA is one of my favorite year round places to pick up affordable unique adorning gifts.) Yesterday, I found wonderful beaded treasures among all the Holiday Market vendors. There were beautiful purses, clothing, soaps, necklaces, earrings, pins - all hand made. The artists who caught my eye were Aygil Volare who also shows her jewelry in the National Museum of Women in the Arts Museum Shop . Volare doesn't sell directly to the public so you will have to go to the shop to purchase her gemstone necklaces and pewter bracelets. Cassandra and Stacey, favorite designers at have amazing three-tiered gemstone chokers that feel good and look great! I had to get one for myself. (You know that gift?) web site is coming soon. Sandrine Giraud creates a line of necklaces made of flexible steel cables that are unique and futuristic. See a sample at Cheryl Chandola, owner of Better World Inc. had a nice range of fun lucite and elegant gemstone necklaces, earrings, and woven cuff bracelets.
It feels good to have beautifully crafted gifts to adorn some magnificent women in my life. (And I'm still on budget.) Good luck with the shopping. There's lots of good art and good crafts out there. Now go and buy them from your favorite local artist.

Nevin kelly Gallery is featuring a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 9th, 4 - 7 pm

Nevin Kelly Gallery | 1517 U Street NW | Washington DC

Featuring the exhibition:

Smaller works by Nevin Kelly Gallery artists
Nevin Kelly Gallery | 1517 U Street NW | Washington DC
December 7 - 31, 2006

This show features small work by many of the Nevin Kelly Gallery's artists as well as introducing the work of Molly Brose and Melissa P. Hackmann.

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Snow Business

The annual Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Snow Business
Holiday Decoration Competition is NOW OPEN for Voting.

Everyone is invtied to visit our wonderful Dupont Circle businesses
and vote for the best Holiday Displays on the HDCMS website.

Voting is accessible at

Voting will be open until December 18th and the winners will be
annouced at the HDCMS Holiday party on Tuesday, December 19th at
Commerce Bank.

Thank you for your support of this program and please remember Dupont Circle businesses in your holiday shopping and dining.

Have a great Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Artistically Speaking with Marilou Donahue

Artistically Speaking's, Marilou Donahue has had a great year and is ending it on a high note. Featured on her December web site are the Actress Joan Collins and Jay Gates, Director of The Phillips Collection. Lots of other things to read, so enjoy.

Artistically Speaking December news here.

Marilou Donahue

Sunday, December 03, 2006

“Altered States”

“Altered States”
 December 7, 2006  - January 14, 2007
Receptions to meet the artist:
Thursday, December 7, 6-9pm
Saturday, December 9, 2-5pm
The second one-man exhibition of this 27 year old realist painter Drew Ernst.  Ernst sold out his first solo exhibition at Zenith Gallery. His current work, “Altered States”, promises to be another exceptional exhibit in this young mans artistic career.
“The world has changed drastically in a very short period of time.  These works are a reaction to those changes.  Altered States has layers of meaning.  The work can be viewed through the eyes of the artist whose personal intent was to make paintings of alternate states of reality or escape. In the bigger picture, Altered States can be seen as a change of consciousness on a world scale.”   Drew Ernst  
413 7th Street NW   •  Washington DC  20004   •   202-783-2963   •   •

Gallery Hours: Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri 11 - 6pm • Sat 11 - 7pm •  Sun 12 -  5pm

Friday, December 01, 2006

Weekend exhibits

Lenny Campello on Mid Atlantic Art News reports three new exhibitions this weekend here

Angela Jerardi's "CONSUME" opens November 30 at the Gallery at Flashpoint. Opening reception Saturday, Dec 2, 5-7 pm

Jayme McLellan's show at the Warehouse Arts Complex opens November 30 from 7-9 pm

Irvine Contemporary opens Saturday, December 2, 6-8:00 pm:
The Trophy Room, a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Joshua Levine, and Three New Chinese Artists: A Preview, new paintings by Li Jian Ping, Liu Jian, and Ye Qiang.

Opportuntiy to exhibit

My fellow blogger, Sharon Burton at authentic art dc is co-producing The Art with Joe artist series at Peace and A Cup of Joe Cafe' in Baltimore, MD. They are seeking submissions from emerging women artists, 21 years of age and older, who have not exhibited in a major exhibition (group or solo) or gallery in the last 3 years and reside in the Metro Baltimore/Washington, DC area. This exhibition is in conjunction with Women's History Month. Details Here.

American Museum attendance is booming

Museum of Modern Art director, Glenn Lowry says, "You have to go full-tilt. In this highly charged environment, if you're not out there with extraordinarily good programs presented full-force, other attractions ...are going to impact your audience."

The American Association of Museums' survey of 809 institutions results show:
• U.S. museums log more than 600 million visits annually.
• The median attendance at American museums has remained steady at 34,000 annually since 2000.
• A "typical" museum in the U.S. today has an annual operating budget of $783,000 and a 23,000-square-foot facility.
• Half of museums surveyed have begun or completed construction, renovation or expansion in the last three years. Simply put, building is big."
Read CNN article By Porter Anderson here

Holiday Gift Market

Thursday, November 30, 2006

First Fridays in Dupont Circle


Hillyer Art Space
5:30 - 8:30pm
9 Hillyer Court NW

Corcoran purchases the Randall School (Millenium Arts Center) in SW

In today's WaPo article by Jacqueline Trescott, Rebecca M. Gentry says, "As part of the purchase contract, the Corcoran is offering some of the space at Randall to the artists who used to lease space there when it was called the Millennium Arts Center. "If they are interested in coming back, we are offering them space." Ms. Gentry is the Corcoran Gallery's vice president of institutional advancement.

Margery Goldberg, Owner of Zenith Gallery says she's sympathetic to artists who lose their studios. The gallery produced an exhibition at 901 E Street NW to boost the visibility of this important group of Washington artists. Some of these artists have been a main course of Washington, DC Art for over twenty years. Not only have these artists been active in the city's art scene for decades, they have produced some of its finest art. You'll find Inga Frick, Judy Jashinky, Andres Tremols, Betsy Stewart, Richard Dana and Ellen Sinel in the lineup.

I went to the reception last night and talked with some of the artists about their experience. Some of them are in temporary studio spaces in their homes. I can only imagine the process that the artists have faced in negotiating this new development in their lives. This has happened several times in Washington, DC where groups of artists are displaced due to development.

The Corcoran plans to occupy part of the Randall School as a school and the rest will be converted to apartments.

Pictures from the opening reception last night

November 29 - December 31
Zenith Gallery's Alternative Space at 901 E Street NW
Exhibit located at 901 E Street NW (entrance on 9th Street)
Building Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8am - 6pm & by appointment

Millennium Art Center Artists at 901 E Street NW

Richard Dana · Inga McCaslin Frick · Wendy Garner · Georgia Goldberg · Lucy Hogg · Bonnie Holland · Judy Jashinsky · Kevin Kepple · Sherrell Medbery · Mark Planisek · Russ Simmons · Ellen Sinel · Walter Smalling · Frances Sniffen · Charles St. Charles · Betsy Stewart · Karen Joan Topping · Andres Tremols · Bert Ulrich · Ellyn Weiss

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A holiday exhibition for collectors

Friday, 1 December, 6-8pm - Jingle through 12 January, 2007

Jingle, a holiday exhibition for collectors and for gift givers. Jingle features wonderful small framed and unframed works in a variety of media by artists:
Ethel Bustamante, Beth Cartland, Donna Iona Drozda, Ellen Hill, Jin Lee, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Patricia Secco, Helga Thomson, Marjolein van Milligen, Heydah Rastin, Marion van Ruiten, Claudia Vess, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard and Phyllis Elizabeth Wright.

Any work that is purchased may be taken home at the time of the purchase, rather than waiting until the end of the exhibition Complementary gift wrapping is also available.

Anne C. Fisher Gallery is located in Canal Square in Georgetown
1054 31st St. NW, Mezzanine.

Opening anyone?

Come out and support the Millenium Art Center Artists tonight at 901 E Street NW in Penn Quater. Zenith Gallery is showing the work of these exciting artists who will soon (we hope) have permanent studio spaces in Washington, DC. You can hop the metro and exit at Galley Place and walk on over to 9th Street. If you didn't catch Inga Frick's installation at the McLean Center for the Arts last month, I hear she will have a few pieces in this exhibition. I'm heading over there soon, so see you there.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Save the Date

PRIMED / Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran 2007
Art Auction Gala

February 8, 2007 Art preview
February 10, 2007 Art Auction Gala

Introducing Washington, DC’s newest gallery supporting emerging and underrepresented artists

Dynamic Field
December 2 - 23, 2006

Warehouse Arts Complex
1017-21 7th Street NW, Washington, DC

Opening Reception:
December 2, 2006 - 7-9 p.m.

Featuring: Breck Omar Brunson, J Carrier, Lily Cox-Richard, Frank Hallam Day, Jason Falchook, Erick Jackson, Michael Johnson, Nilay Lawson, and Jason Zimmerman.

Dynamic Field is an exhibition uniting a talented group of under-represented American artists for the launch of Civilian Art Projects, a new gallery project based in Washington, DC.

Presenting the fantastical, the underdog, the mundane, the lucky, and reflections of life in all of its beauty, absurdity, and undeniable complexity, Dynamic Field poses the city as a stage in which its actors and citizens interact with each other and the built world.

Maggie MICHAEL and Linn MEYERS discussion at the Corcoran

Maggie MICHAEL and Linn MEYERS will be participating in an Artist Talk at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Thursday, November 30, 2006, 7:00 pm.

Join Linn Meyers, Brandon Morse and Maggie Michael for a tour of their work in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s current exhibition, Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection. The artists will be onsite at the Corcoran to discuss their work in the exhibition and answer questions from the audience. For more information, contact the Education Program line of the Corcoran at 202-639-1727

Silver Wings, Night #3 of the WPA\C Experimental Media

Don’t miss the last and final evening of the WPA\C Media Series 2 this Wednesday! 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art's Armand Hammer Auditorium (New York Ave. entrance)
Address: 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Night 3 – Silver Wings - Wed, November 29

Juried submissions from Open Call by Peggy Parsons & Paul Roth

Silver Wings, Night #3 of the WPA\C Experimental Media Series 2, is a survey of recent short video works. Organized from an open call for entries by Peggy Parsons, National Gallery of Art Curator of Film Programs, and Paul Roth, Corcoran Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Silver Wings features exceptional works by both emerging and established artists. Exploring a range of technical approaches, narrative strategies, and genres, the series includes examples of hand-animation, reexamined home movies, stop- and slow-motion studies, conceptual and performance work, and electronic mash-up. Together, the works in Silver Wings exemplify experimentalism in the afterglow of cinema, as visual storytelling is reinvented and new digital metaphors take flight.


Qingjing Jing – Peng Hung-Chi – NY
Reel – Lynn Cazabon – Baltimore
Super-8 Mom – David Ellsworth – Michigan
Out of Step – Lynn Marie Kirby – CA
27/12 – Karla Carballar – NY
Saida – Graciela Fuentes – NY
Feeding – Leslie Furlong – Baltimore
Threnody – Janis Crystal Lipzin – CA
East Whist and Starry Noes, Mix #1 – Cynthia Lovett – NY
Elaine Drive – Robbie Land – Atlanta
Stop Motion Studies – Series 13 – David Crawford – Sweden
Ultimate Reality – Jimmy Joe Roche – Baltimore
You, Starbucks – Jennifer Levonian – Philadelphia
Life and Times of RFK – Aaron Valdez - Iowa

Total running time: 80:00 min.


D.C. Deserves a Flip Side (read here)

There's an article in today's WaPo about the D.C. Coin Bill, which Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has been trying to get passed for years. "If all the states are getting one, why shouldn't the District? We're talking about a distinctive quarter, symbolic of all that this place represents (Washington, DC). Lionell Thomas, of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, suggests District native Duke Ellington, "for his world renown and the acclaim he's brought to the city."

Monday, November 27, 2006

Millennium Art Center Artists featured at Zenith Gallery Alternative Space

November 29 - December 31
Reception to meet the artists:
Wednesday, Nov. 29th, 5 - 8pm

Zenith Gallery's Alternative Space at 901 E Street NW
Exhibit located at 901 E Street NW (entrance on 9th Street)

Building Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8am - 6pm & by appointment

Millennium Art Center Artists

Richard Dana · Inga McCaslin Frick · Wendy Garner · Georgia Goldberg · Lucy Hogg · Bonnie Holland · Judy Jashinsky · Kevin Kepple · Sherrell Medbery · Mark Planisek · Russ Simmons · Ellen Sinel · Walter Smalling · Frances Sniffen · Charles St. Charles · Betsy Stewart · Karen Joan Topping · Andres Tremols · Bert Ulrich · Ellyn Weiss

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The end of a Thanksgiving weekend.
Pie anyone?

New Calendar for The Capital Area Food Bank

Zenith Community Arts Foundation Annual Event 2007

Art about food created for each month, with area chefs creating recipes for the art for the calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to the Capital Area Food Bank.

I picked up mine today while I was visiting the gallery,
getting a head start on the holidays.....
Are you looking for a thoughtful gift for someone, a gift that will help a worthy cause? Metro down to Gallery Place in Penn Quarter WDC and pick up a "Food Glorious Food Calendar" from the Zenith Gallery. The calendar is filled with beautiful food paintings by Artists; Alyson Weege, Frank Holmes, James Tormey, Dominie Nash, Leslie Exton, Constance Warren Desaulniers, Stephen Hansen, Drew Ernst, Gary Goldberg, Bert Berne and Robert Jackson.
Along with the food paintings, a delicious recipe appears on each page by selected Washington Chefs and restaurants the likes of Tony Miller, Executive Pastry Chef at the Mandarin Oriental and Chef Nora Pouillon at Restaurant Nora/AsiaNora. You and your giftees will love looking at this calendar all year long (while skipping the calories).

The original paintings are on view in the gallery and giclee prints are also available. Happy Feasting.

Zenith Gallery est 1978
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown -- Red line, and Yellow/Green lines. Archives/Navy Memorial -- Yellow/Green lines, with direct connection from Orange/Blue lines at L'Enfant Plaza.

Art Dealers Assoc. of Greater Washington
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Assoc.

Friday, November 24, 2006

vastness - matter

I've been taking a new direction with my work over the past year. Even in these small works, space matters. I've completed 13 new paintings exploring this thread. If you would like to be on my guest list for invitations and evites, you can sign up at

J. T. Kirkland at Red Door Gallery in Richmond, VA

Opening Reception: December 1, 6-10pm

Artist and Blogger "Thinking about Art", J. T. Kirkland is opening a show in Richmond this coming week.

Roberta Fallon at artblog wrote about the upcoming exhibit in October.

Red Door Gallery
1607 West Main Street, Richmond, VA

Meat Market Gallery Opening, "Marcela Rodriguez"

December 1, 6-8:30 pm

Artomatic news update

Artomatic has linked up with to create an online Artomatic for participating galleries and performance venues to see the work of visual artists and performers. will be hosting the gallery of images and performance files from which venues will be able to select artists they are interested in participating in the January–February 2007 events.

If you would like to have your work considered for these events, go to to register, and then to the gallery, where you can upload up to 3 images or 2 MB of MP3 files. The gallery is live now and you have until Wednesday, December 6th to upload your files.

QUEEN OF ARTS (read article)

From The New Yorker
A retrospective of Kiki Smith at the Whitney.

"Kiki Smith, the subject of a tang retrospective at the Whitney, “Kiki Smith: Gathering, 1980-2005,” works from and for the moment, shared by everybody.

The secrets of her persistence are hardheaded humility and nonchalant fatalism. (An early watercolor of trees, bugs, and felled bodies bears the chipper assurance “Nature doesn’t care if you become fly food.”)"

What a great idea. Doing nothing and calling it art (read here)

by Grayson Perry

I read with amusement this article about doing nothing. Is this an artists dream or nightmare? Seems like Chloe Steele is taking a lead from Comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, a show about nothing. Perhaps her intention will increase and we will see a zen like committment as she floats in the existential void.

firstsite @ the minories art gallery
74 High Street
Essex CO1 1UE

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Frank Day @ Addison Ripley

Frank Hallam Day

Oct 21 – Dec 2, 2006

I still need to get over to see Frank Day's show Vessels at Addison Ripley.
"Frank Day is a versatile artist shooting in both black and white and color film. Traveling the world to remote destinations, Day is able to capture the rich beauty of pattern, color and texture of the open-air markets, isolated landscapes, busy harbors and everyday lives of diverse cultures."

Alexandra Silverstone writes "Overall the photos are quite exquisite and rather intriguing as one tries to understand just what is what in each image." and Julia Morelli writes "The best word to describe Day's photographs is painterly."

I saw several of Frank Day's photographs at the The 3rd Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party for Transformer Gallery this month. His photography continues to inspire wonder with the richness of color and texture. Can't miss this one!

Addison Ripley Fine Art | 1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20007 | Tel: 202.338.5180 | Fax: 202.338.2341 | Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-6pm

Cranberry Nut Bread

Careful..high fat content. The taste will come tomorrow when we drive to that other state of Maryland to dine with the family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! There's much to be thankful for, not the least of which is you, dear reader.

Curators walk thru City Hall Art Collection

Lenny Campello gives his impressions of the new collection of art in the John A. Wilson Buidling.

"Together with Jonathan Binstock and Sarah Newman (both curators at the Corcoran), and Kristen Hileman and Anne Ellegood (both curators at the Hirshhorn), and Kim Ward (Executive Director of the WPA/C), we were given a personal tour of the collection by its curator, Sondra Arkin." Here

Freud tops favourite artist poll (read here)

BBC reports the UK's top fav artists from 500 polled artists in a survey of the UK artistic community, carried out by The Great Art Fair. The UK's largest art show, will be held at London's Alexandra Palace from 30 November to 3 December.

1. Lucien Freud
2. Howard Hodgkin
3. David Hockney
4. JMW Turner
5. Antoni Tapies
6. Rembrandt
7. Jack Vettriano
8. Barbara Rae
9. Frank Auerbach
10. Van Gogh

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"Palenke Music Company"

The Smithsonian Jazz Café & The CALPRO Group, Inc.
"Palenke Music Company"
Introducing an Ensemble of Latin Cultures Featuring Bolero/Tropical, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Guajira, Son
With a Rhythmic Voyage of Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Samba,
Afro-Peruvian Festejo And Fused with the sounds of Latin Pop Rock
Bring your dancing shoes!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006
Day after Thanksgiving @ the Smithsonian Jazz Café
at the National Museum of Natural History / Atrium Cafe
10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW - Washington, DC

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

Smithsonian employees with valid ID, children under 12,
and persons with same-night IMAX ticket stubs are admitted free
Cash bar and gourmet a la carte dining
Come early, seating goes fast!
Telephone: 202-633-7400 Website:
Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle
For more information and additional performances, contact:
The CALPRO Group
301-345-1141, email:

Cafe Luna looking for a photographer to exhibit

Word has it the Cafe Luna has created art niches in its downstairs restaurant. I haven't seen them yet and I'm curious. Cafe Luna is looking to exhibit a photographer in their newly decorated restaurant. Stop by the restaurant or call (202)387-4005.

Cafe Luna
1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century

This exhibition promises to give more insight into the explorations of contemporary abstract painters.

January 20 – April 22, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 2007

"By the end of the last millennium, the art of abstract painting had been almost universally dismissed as irrelevant at best, and expired at worst. But now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, abstract painting is back with a bang – a Big Bang! This term, cosmologically speaking, refers to the moment approximately 13.7 billion years ago that our universe explosively emerged from an unimaginably hot and dense point. Used here metaphorically, Big Bang! describes the current aesthetic explosion in which a new generation of artists is reinvigorating abstraction with paintings formally and conceptually relevant to many of the great intellectual concerns of this new century.

DeCordova Museum ’s upcoming exhibition Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, heralds the revitalization of non-objective painting for a new century. This thematic group exhibition in New England's DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, features works by artists whose imagery is informed by contemporary issues such as computer technology, cosmology, quantum physics, information theory, genetics, complexity theory, remote sensing, and other sets of current scientific visual languages. The paintings in Big Bang! surge with energy, explode with color, and immerse viewers in parallel universes of stunning visual experience and sheer imagination. And despite the insistent references to science and the digital world, each artwork is completely painted by hand, bringing together cutting-edge and age-old visual technologies.

Big Bang! brings together fifteen artists who reside in the Northeast (mostly New England ). They have created post-Postmodern paintings, visually complex and compelling, grounded in ideas that transcend art making and the art world to encompass everything: the universe, the mind, the sciences, the imagination, and the structures that connect them all. In Big Bang!, scale is unmoored. As the artists explore the very huge and the very tiny – often simultaneously – galactic and subatomic worlds oscillate. Paintings range widely in size, often within the oeuvre of a single artist. In this exhibition, seven-inch square paintings appear in proximity to canvases over ten feet wide. In other works, artists blast off from the painting itself to spread imagery across the surrounding walls, in installations that include painted three-dimensional objects.

The featured artists in Big Bang! are: Peter Barrett ( Woodstock, NY), Thaddeus Beal ( Somerville, MA), Steven Bogart (Maynard, MA), Sean Foley (Worthington, OH), Reese Inman (Boston, MA), Clint Jukkala (New Haven, CT), Julie Miller ( Boston, MA), Meg Brown Payson (Freeport, ME), Jon Petro ( Worcester, MA), Cristi Rinklin (South Boston, MA), Terry Rose( Providence, RI), Sarah Slavick ( Jamaica Plain, MA), Laurel Sparks(Jamaica Plain, MA), Barbara Takenaga (Williamstown, MA), and Sarah Walker (South Boston, MA).

Big Bang! is organized by Curator Nick Capasso, and will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay and full-color reproductions.

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

In the recent election, Americans cast a vote for the arts (Click to read article).

By Preston Turegano
"For people who believe taxes or bonds issues should be used to support the arts, Nov. 7 was a great day."

Monday, November 20, 2006

Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place

A new book is out by pioneering architect Travis Price. If you love innovative architecture which takes into account the environment, metaphor, poetry and stewardship, you will love Travis Price's new book. "The Archaeology of Tomorrow" offers an innovative perspective on the enduring nature of design and architecture, identifying the principles of the "mythic modern" and employing the "three lenses of architecture"; to define the nature of design through the influence and inspiration of architect Frank Gehry, sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, and mythologist Joseph Campbell."

Price teaches the SPIRIT of PLACE / SPIRIT of DESIGN program in conjunction with The Catholic University of America / School of Architecture & Planning.

Washington, DC— In his three decades as an architect, author, educator, and philosopher Travis Price has developed a modern architecture informed by ecology mythology that restores the spirit of place to modern design.

In his new book, "The Archeology of Tomorrow : Architecture and the Spirit of Place," (Earth Aware Editions, November 2, 2006), Price’s insights into our collective past and personal ongoing work offer an inspired and redefined view of the heritage and potential emerging architecture. His visionary questions speak to the heart of where the built environment is going and our responsible place within it. Guided by a humanist-based perspective and desire for sustainability that honors nature and culture, The Archeology of Tomorrow follows Price’s quest for the mythic modern while offering inspiration for reinvigorated architecture of the 21st Century. Price’s exciting and achievable vision architecture’s future asks all of us to think in new ways about our living environment.

Inanimate Adventures / Robert C. Jackson

Zenith Gallery
Through December 3

Preview the show at
413 7th Street, NW

Saturday, November 18, 2006

City Hall Art Collection in the news again

The Washington Post is adding to visual arts media coverage with another article in the District Extra this past Thursday. It's a favorable review by Paul Schwartzman and you can read it here. I commend the WaPo for stepping up its rhetoric on this important collection.

The artwork is on display in the John A. Wilson Building's public areas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A photo ID is required to enter the building.

Sticky Buns at Sticky Fingers Bakery, YUM!!!!

My favorite bakery, Sticky Fingers, which happens to be vegan, just reopened in Columbia Heights. And while this might not be an art related tidbit, I have to tell you that this artist has a sweet tooth, so a great bakery is vital to my well being! While Sticky Fingers was right in my neighborhood last month, the owners have promised more seating, more lunch selections and the same famous desserts that keep me coming back for more in their new location in Columbia Heights. I've ordered many a temptingly delicious chocolate cake for artist friends birthdays. There's a write up in today's WaPo Sunday Source Check it out.

Sticky Fingers serves nearly 30 delicious desserts that are egg- and dairy-free. I've sampled almost all of them and they pass the test. Cookie anyone?

Sticky Fingers Bakery, 1370 Park Rd. NW. WDC 202-299-9700.

Tonight at G Fine Art

Jefferson Pinder’s video installation Juke.

November 18 - January 6 2007

Reception for the artist Saturday November 18th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

1. Illuminated cabinet, having a variety of music that can be selected by push button. juke1  [jook] verb, juked, juk‧ing, noun Football.
–verb (used with object)
2. to make a move intended to deceive (an opponent)
3. a fake or feint, usually intended to deceive.

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of unspoken rules of engagement in this never ending fight of racism in the United States. Popular music has been a dynamic changing battleground. Music has always been segregated. Juke is a musical installation that wrestles with serious issues in the most unfamiliar way. Can music be either black or white? Can song be used as an instrument to provoke a conversation about race?

Jefferson Pinder is exploring segregation with his new musical installation Juke. Taking a note from Andy Warhol’s Screen Test’s, Pinder directs a series of music-based performances. The spectator is invited to watch intimate narratives of ten Afro-Americans that goes beyond the actual music itself. Placed in front of stark white background, each performer is in contrast to their surroundings. In a minimal presentation, they all utilize music as a vehicle to wrestle and connect with identity.

Influenced by pop-culture, Pinder assembles an anthology of powerful soliloquies. In Juke, music is the driving force for a social experiment, in which the underlying challenge is for viewer to get beyond seeing in black and white.

Jefferson Pinder is currently featured in an exhibition in Warsaw, Poland titled black alphabet – conTEXTS of contemporary african-american art. In March 2007, Jefferson’s work will be featured in Urbanite Magazine in Baltimore, MD.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
1515 Fourteenth St. NW Washington, DC 20005
T.202.462.1601 F.202.462.1604

Send Free Postcards of Support to U.S. Troops Overseas

via Xerox Web site forwards customized postcards designed by kids,

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 26, 2006 - Specialist Tommy Brooks from the 2-130 Illinois Infantry Battalion served a 12-month tour in Iraq – and says there's nothing like getting mail from home.

“A letter has a sense of warmth and is more personal than e-mail. With regular mail, it’s all yours to keep and take with you when you’re on the move,” said Brooks.

You can send your appreciation to U.S. soldiers like Specialist Brooks through a new Web site sponsored by Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) at Launching today, the site allows you to write a personalized message on postcards – drawn by kids across the country – which will be printed and sent to deployed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Following the success of local community card drives in Atlanta and Phoenix, which delivered thousands of postcards overseas, Xerox created to give people a way to show their support no matter where they live. Visitors simply click on their favorite design, drawn by children ages 6-14, and write a personal message to a soldier. The colorful postcards are then printed on a Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by the military support organization Give2theTroops.

“We started this effort so specific communities could get even more involved with supporting their local servicemen and women,” said Mike Brannigan, president of Xerox’s United States Solutions Group. “But when we saw the reaction not only from the public but also from the troops overseas, we moved to an online effort that will allow people from across the U.S. and around the world to send postcards to the men and women of the armed forces.”

Media Contacts:
Carl Langsenkamp, Xerox Corporation, 585-423-5782

Melissa Zandman, Text 100 for Xerox, 617-399-4914

NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about Xerox and to view sample card designs, visit For more information about Give2theTroops, visit XEROX® and iGen3® are trademarks of XEROX CORPORATION.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Project 4 presents :


November 17 - December 23, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 2006 - 6:00-8:30pm

Project 4 is proud to present concurrent solo exhibitions by Washington DC based artists Kate Hardy and Noelle Tan. 

Kate Hardy’s intimate watercolor paintings are postmodern curiosities. The compositions are based on exploration illustrations of objects from the 18th century, which were usually depicted completely out of context. With no sense of scale or weight, the subjects became specimens. She eplains, “One only has to flip through an art magazine to see that contemporary work tends to lean towards the mundane and sterile or the shocking and grotesque. These new paintings are an examination of what current art seems to be avoiding. The images portrayed are studies of sentimentality, nostalgia, and wonder.”

Noelle Tan's untitled series of black and white silver gelatin photographs consists of highly overexposed images. The series depicts random environments and scenes that Tan encountered while traveling through the deserts of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. "This work is about evoking a psychological space," Tan says. "I'm interested in spaces where civilization and wilderness meet. The white space acts as a stage and the viewer seeks what is out of eyesight. It is this play of the visual and its association to narrative space that ultimately informs the work."

Kate Hardy received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a Certificate of Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Red Dirt Studio in Mt Rainier MD. 

Noelle Tan earned her BFA from New York University and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Ms. Tan has shown her work throughout the United States and was recently an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York.

Contact: Anne Surak, Director
Project 4 :
903 U Street NW  Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340  fax: 202 232 4341

Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm,  Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.
Project 4 is easily accessible by metro. We are located one block east of the green line U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station, 10th Street exit.

Event for Darfur, Thursday, November 16th

Photography Exhibit and Discussion of the Crisis in Darfur 
Thursday, November 16, 2006 at Provisions Library 

Please join Darfur/Darfur for a photography exhibit and discussion of the crisis in Darfur with Congressman Donald Payne, International Crisis Group's Colin Thomas-Jensen, and photojournalist Mark Brecke, while benefiting Oxfam's relief work in the region. Film clips from the documentaries "The Devil Came on Horseback" and "They Turned Our Desert Into Fire" will also be screened. 
The photo images featured in this program will later be projected onto the exterior walls of the United States Holocaust Museum in a multi-media production, "Darfur: Who Will Survive Today?," which runs from November 20 - November 26. 

Provisions Library
1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW
2nd. Floor (between Q and R Streets @ Metro Red Line Dupont Q St exit)
Washington, DC 20009

Thursday, November 16, 2006
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Proceeds to support Oxfam's relief work in Darfur and Darfur/Darfur.
Supporters of this event include:
Civilian Art Projects
DC for Peace in Darfur
G Fine Art
Hill and Knowlton
Provisions Library
Darfur/Darfur is sponsored by Global Grassroots, a 501c3 organization.
RSVP to by November 15th. 
Civilian Art Projects
3107 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010


Civilian Art Projects | P.O. Box | Washington | DC | 20010 

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

National Academy of Sciences

Opening Reception
Nikon Small World Exhibit
Thursday, November 16, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Special Lecture by
Lee Shuett, Senior Vice President, Nikon Instruments

The Nikon Small World annual competition recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope. Open to anyone with an interest in photomicrography, the competition’s winning images are selected by a panel of independent judges.

At the National Academies’ Keck Center, entrance on 5th Street
There is no charge to attend

National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street. NW

Monday, November 13, 2006

Kelly Towles: I call Shotgun

There was a jam packed opening reception on Saturday night filled with attitude. Go see the exhibit at Adamson Gallery. Kelly Towles work is filled with lots of raw energy and edgy characters in a new Pop Style.

I love the building on 14th Street which houses several galleries. Stop in to see G Fine Art and Hemphill's new exhibitions.

1515 fourteenth street nw
washington dc 20006
hours of operation:
tuesday - saturday 
10 am - 6pm

Whitman Walker Clinic / Art For Life Auction

I'm one of the many contributing artists to Art For Life which opens this Friday at the Organization of American States.

ART FOR LIFE / Friday, November 17, 2006
Opening Reception & Exhibit / 6:00 pm
Live Auction begins / 7:00 pm

Organization of American States
17th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Anne Marchand, Moon in the Central Chamber, mixed media, 28 x 20

Art for Life is a reception and live/silent auction that raises money to help Whitman-Walker Clinic serve Latinos living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This annual art auction is made possible by local, national and international artists who donate their works to the auction, sponsors and individual donors.

You can check out the Auction catalogue of participating artists here
Online ticket purchase available here.

Call Martha Miers at (202) 797-3529 with any questions, or e-mail

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Come out today to play and shop, yes even in the rain in Mid City Washington.

November 11-12, 2006
Download Handy Map PDF Now!

31 Washington artists are throwing open their doors for Fall

Mid City Artists Open Studios. Several new artists have joined our ranks, and we all have new work for "show and sell." This is a unique opportunity to see some of DC's most exciting artists in their home environments – and to visit the local galleries and businesses supporting our effort. Visit for more information, view artwork and to download a map. Visit EVENTS to find out what other things these artists are up to . . .

Saturday, November 11, 2006

DC Art Reviewers Are Weighing In, Thank You Tony!

Anthony L. Harvey writes a glowing review of the City Hall Art Collection on the front page of the Intowner. It continues for a half page on p.22 with good descriptions of the art on the walls. Harvey gives us a glimpse of the importance of this new art collection. Thanks for doing a great review!
Click here for November issue pdf

In District Government Building, All Art Is Local

Jessica Dawson weighed in and wrote a refreshing and thoughtful review of the CIty Hall Art Collection in the Washington Post today. With more reviewers stepping up to the plate, DC visual arts coverage is at long last maturing and helping to create a vibrant art mecca in Washington, DC. Let's congratulate Ms. Dawson for her sincere efforts to put the visual arts upfront where it belongs.

WaPo's Jessica Dawson addressed the City Hall Art Collection today with a thumb's up. Read here .

Friday, November 10, 2006

Jacob Kainen Exhibition at Hemphill

I popped into Hemphill Fine Arts last week and saw the Jacob Kainen exhibition while it was still being hung. There's some juicy strokes in Kainen's canvases. The oils on paper when you enter the gallery are luminous. The show's a beauty and I highly recommend you go see it. Godfrey Frankel's high contrast black and white photographs of city signs and scenes is beautifully presented.

1515 14th STREET N W
WASHINGTON, DC 2 0 0 0 5
2 0 2 . 2 3 4 . 5 6 0 1

Transformer's 3rd Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party

I went to Transformer's 3rd Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party,this past Saturday, November 4 at the Edison Place Gallery to check out the lineup of artists and collectors who are supporting the arts! I saw some of my favorite artists including Robin Rose and Frank Day. The art on the walls was a mixture of emerging and well known artists. Mingling with guests and checking out the art were Chris Addison, Andrea Polan and Philip Barlow. I think I spotted Collector Tony Podesta but don't hold me to it. I didn't find my friends since the place was wall to wall people. There was still a line formed outside to check in and register for auction tickets when I left. Since I had another engagement, I couldn't stay for the whole event so I missed the feeding frenzy at the end. It was a wildly successful event! Transformer grossed over $90,000 in art sales and ticket sales. As all good art auction venues do, Transformer takes their artist contributors seriously. Transformer is spliting revenues to the tune of $35,000 in sales with the artists! After expenses, approximately $45,000 will support exhibitions and overall programming! Congratulations to everyone.

Participating Artists included:
Geraldine Apponyi Ken Ashton D. Billy Keshaun Blunt Marci Branaganiona rozeal brown Breck Omar Brunson Renee Butler Travis Childers Sir Christopher II Mary Coble Billy Colbert Cynthia Connolly Kathryn Cornelius Steve Cushner Richard Dana Frank DayMelissa Dickenson Djakarta Mary Early Susan Eder & Craig Dennis Jason Falchook Gregory Ferrand Thom Flynn Carole Greenwood Jason Gubbiotti Mansoora Hassan Daniel Hicks Bill HillRyan Hill Max Hirshfeld Lucy Hogg Brece Honeycutt Judy Jashinsky Ryan Carr Johnson Candace P. Keegan Kevin Kepple Karey Kessler Dean Kessmann Jae Ko Bridget Sue Lambert Nilay Lawson Pepa LeonBarbara Liotta Marissa Long Thomas M. Lowery Linn Meyers Maggie Michael Juliane Min A. B. Miner Jiha Moon Brandon Morse Johanna MuellerPiero Passacantando Vesna Pavlovic Lucian Perkins Mark Planisek Eric Gregory Powell W. C. Richardson Marc Roman Hannah RoseRobin Rose Raimundo Rubio Christopher Saah Erik Sandberg Kathleen ShaferLuis Silva Dan Steinhilber Zach Storm Jason Talley Lisa Marie ThalhammerTrish Tillman Ben TolmanKelly Towles Andres E. Tremols Paul Vinet Rachel Waldron Ian Whitmore Bryan Whitson Andy Moon Wilson Yuriko Yamaguchi Jason Zimmerman

This support allows Transformer to present work in the P Street project space free from commercial restraints, allowing artists to experiment with ideas and craft, furthering contemporary artistic dialogue within Washington, DC.

Upcoming Program:
Artist Talk with Molly Springfield
Saturday, November 11, 2006, 2-3pm

Molly will be discussing the work in her current exhibition Gentle Reader, on view at Transformer through to December 2, 2006.

Victoria Reis, Executive Director / Transformer

Kelly Towles: I call Shotgun

I peeked in the gallery on Wednesday. Kelly wasn' t there but his signature art was taking shape on the walls. The gallery walls were being painted with mythical figures and graffiti like images by the artist. I hope to see the entire exibition next week.

November 11th – December 9th, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

"Adamson Gallery is pleased to present “I Call Shotgun”, an exhibition of new pigment prints from Kelly Towles. The incorporation of Towles’ fantastic subjects into a photographed landscape of back alleys and brick walls renders the work a documentary project of sorts; a world in which graffiti springs to life.  Towles will also be painting the walls of Adamson Gallery, transforming it into an extension of this alternate universe, where the imagined becomes real and the grotesque becomes beautiful.
Towles’ subjects are paradoxically familiar and strange. A large rat sits in front of a boarded up door, chewing his own tail. The rat’s environment is photographed, and seems familiar. In proportion and stance, he rat resembles a nature study in its realism. However, upon closer examination, he seems almost patchworked, as lines crisscross his face and body and he is colored in shades of peach. Behind him, on a brick wall are vivid graffiti scribbles, emphasizing this bricolage of life and fantasy. In form and surroundings, the rat seems real, but color and composition render it incredible. Towles’ striking image juxtaposes the actual and the imaginary: some aspects of the artist’s work resemble nature while others indicate an alternate reality.
Also arresting is Towles’ mixture of subjects: while some are mimetic humans and animals, others are more like animated characters or Frankenstein hodgepodges: a fox with the arms of a mummy and a single, dainty leg, an eyepatch wearing schoolgirl wielding a boxing glove and a hook, and a demon sporting a monocle and a pink plaid vest. Each work is rich in imagery, the different features of Towles’ characters suggest narratives, but none are provided. All are pictured without context, suggesting that the viewer make his own. 
The similarity of the photographic backgrounds, which suggest a desolate industrial environment, suggest that Towles’ subjects share their world. The anonymity of these spaces, which could be in any alley in any city, implies a familiarity to the audience. As Towles work is extended into the physical space of the gallery, the viewer is placed in a position between reality and image."
“I Call Shotgun” is Kelly Towles’ second solo exhibition at Adamson Gallery. Towles lives and works in Washington, DC.
For more information, please contact Laurie Adamson or Erin Boland at (202) 232 0707.                                                                     
1515 fourteenth street nw
washington dc 20006
hours of operation:
tuesday - saturday 
10 am - 6pm

Food Glorious Food Opens tonight

2007 Food Calendar at Zenith Gallery

In the interest of inspiring the Washington area community, Zenith Gallery, the Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF) and the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) redefine the term “great taste” by bringing art, food, and charity together. The collaboration of Zenith Gallery, ZCAF and the CAFB is a remarkable display of philanthropy across different mediums of creativity. With the extraordinary ranks of artists and chefs as well as the executives and board members from the gallery and food bank, this highly anticipated event will be a night of great desserts and camaraderie.

Artists in this year's calendar include Bert Beirne, Connie Desaulniers, Drew Ernst, Leslie Exton, Gary Goldberg, Stephen Hansen, Frank Holmes, Robert Jackson, Dominie Nash, James Tormey, and Alyson Weege. It will delight food and art lovers alike. In addition to the impressive display of artwork, the lineup of featured chefs at the reception will include Nora Pouillon, José Andrés, Yannick Cam, Todd Gray, John Paul Damato, Marci Flanigan and Katsuya Fukushima.

Reception to Meet the Artists
Friday, November 10, 6:00 – 9:00pm
$50 per person/$90 for two

Calendar and Reception Benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank is a member of America's Second Harvest, the nation's food bank network. It is the largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington metropolitan area. Each year the Capital Area Food Bank serves over 275,000 local residents through over 700 partner agencies, including soup kitchens, day care centers, senior centers, after-school programs, homeless shelters, faith-based organizations, food pantries, group homes, rehabilitation centers and community centers.

ZCAF is a non-profit 501C-3 organization established in 2000 by Margery E. Goldberg, owner and director of Zenith Gallery. ZCAF is dedicated to bringing art to the public in Washington, DC, area. Its mission is to contribute to the community through arts venues and activities including enhancement of Washington’s streetscapes and parks, cultivation of art within the city, arts advocacy, education of the public through traveling exhibitions and programs, and creating a permanent home for artists and arts organizations.

Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street, NW
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Support Money for Artists

A new organization called United states Artists nominates aritsts for $50,000 USA Fellowships. This years's receicipients will be announced in December.

"The first three years of the USA Fellows program will be considered a pilot phase. During that time, USA will distribute 150 unrestricted fellowship grants of $50,000 each to a diverse array of artists across the United States. The first 50 USA fellows will be announced in December 2006. It is hoped that with successful fundraising, the number of annual awards will grow over time."

Issue Date: Art Business News - November 06, Posted On: 11/7/2006

Support for Artists
LOS ANGELES—A new organization, dedicated to providing direct support for living artists on an unparalleled scale and national scope, will debut this year with the award of 50 grants totaling $2.5 million. United States Artists (USA) represents an ambitious private investment in individual artists and the creative vibrancy of America, with $20 million in seed funding provided by The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Prudential Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation. USA Fellowships of $50,000 will be awarded annually to at least 50 outstanding American artists from a broad array of disciplines throughout the United States.

To learn more about the fellowships, call 323-857-5857; visit ABN

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wanna be or see Elvis (lots of him)?

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

An eccentric and hilarious British comedy by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy) featuring company members Kimberly Gilbert and Sarah Marshall runs through December 10.

Elvis Saturday!
November 11, 8:00pm
Dress like Elvis and pay $15 for a ticket

Be a hunk a' burnin love and come dressed like Elvis and get All Shook Up. Either a full or partial costume earns one $15 ticket for the 8:00pm show. The best Elvis will get a prize package of tickets and other Woolly merchandise.

The special Elvis tickets go on sale two hours before show time

Woolly Mammoth Theater Company
641 D Street, NW
Metro: Archives–Navy Mem’l–Penn Quarter

An Evening with the Art of the Future

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

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, 6 - 8 p.m.

In the 1920s, New York City welcomed a host of international artists - from Marcel Duchamp to Alfred Stieglitz - who replaced traditional art ideas and practices with new materials and techniques.  In connection with the Société Anonyme exhibition, the revolutionary works of this era will be celebrated during a special Artful Evening, featuring:

*Film screenings of experimental cinema
Emak-Bakia (1926), directed by Man Ray
Ballet mécanique (1924), directed by Fernand Léger
Manhatta (1921), directed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler
Entr'acte (1924), directed by Réné Clair and Francis Picabia

*Gallery talks exploring Marcel Duchamp and the Spirit of Dada

*Concert performance by award-winning pianist Gilles Vonsattel

*Extended hours for the museum café

Included in museum admission.  No reservations required.  For more information, contact (202) 387-2151.

Jeff Spaulding in Art Forum

Congratulations to sculptor Jeff Spaulding! G Fine Art announces the publication of Spaulding’s review in the November Artforum issue.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Civilian Art Projects

Introducing Washington, DCs newest gallery supporting emerging and underrepresented artists: Civilian Art Projects. new launch exhibition: 

Dynamic Field
Dec 2, 2006 Dec 23, 2006 

Opening Reception for the artists: 
Saturday, Dec. 2nd 7-9 p.m.
Warehouse Arts Complex
1017-21 7th Street NW 

Breck Omar Brunson 
J Carrier 
Lily Cox-Richard 
Jason Falchook 
Erick Jackson 
Michael Johnson 
Nilay Lawson 
Jason Zimmerman

Presenting the fantastical, the underdog, the mundane, the lucky, and reflections of life in all of its beauty, absurdity, and undeniable complexity, Dynamic Field poses the city as a stage in which its actors and citizens interact with each other and the built world. Though photography, video, sculpture, painting and architectural interventions, artists question, explore and poke at what is accepted and certain, holding our beliefs and the curious ways in which we live up for inspection.

phone: 202.607.3804

Original Digital Images Wanted for Art Walk Project

The deadline is Friday, December 22, 2006 at 5:30 pm.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking 12 artists to take part in a thought provoking large-scale outdoor exhibit entitled DRIFT, for the next phase of the Art Walk Project. The Art Walk is located along 10th Street, NW between New York Avenue and H Street at the former site of the Old Convention Center which is now a parking facility. Artists are asked to submit original digital images based on the theme DRIFT to be considered for reproduction on 7 ft. by 24 ft. banners.
To apply visit
or call (202) 724-5613.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Vintage New Era Notecards featuring printmaker Lou Stovall and other artists


City Desk has a short promo piece on music promoter Mike Schreibman and artist Lou Stovall. Mike has published a set of note cards with reproductions of posters done for some of his performances by Stovall and other artists done in the 1960s and 70s. This is pretty kool if you are a music aficianado and love this music era. The 5"x 7" notecards highlight unique artwork as well as events in Schreibman's career. Mike Schreibman is now president and executive director of the Washington Area Music Association, a nonprofit organization that strives to raise the profile of the diverse music scene in the nation's capital. Today, Lou Stovall is an internationally recognized artist whose skill as a master printmaker has gained him commissions to print works of noted artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett. Read more and order notecards here


Warehouse Arts
Nov 3 - 26
opening reception Nov 7 (Election Day) from 6-9

Local artists' responses to issues of war and peace. This year's show will offer a worldview of peace and destruction and will feature the work of many artists in Warehouse's 8 galleries. Come see Gabriel Bulovosa's photographs of the ongoing clusterbomb devastation in Lebanon, an installation by Tom Drydon, a DC artist who moved to New Orleans before Katrina and the peace efforts of many artists. "Shock and Awe" features work by 32 artists: John Aaron, Sondra Arkin, Paul Bishow, Laura Elkins, Gabriella Bulisova, Tom Drymon, Dana Ellyn, Garth Gardner, Seth Gomoljak, Jason Gottlieb, Ken Gwira, J Gavin Heck, Michael Janis, Mark Jenkins, Joroko, Joanne Kent, Karl Kressbach, Heather Levy, Carolina Mayorga, Paul Notzold, Piero Passacantando, Dino Paxenos, Mark Planisek, Rima Schulkind, Matt Sesow, Erwin Timmers, Ruth Trevarrow, The Scroll Project*, Joanne Wasserman, Ellyn Weiss, Andrew Wodzianski and Peter Wood.

TUE Nov 7
Ready for a change? Watch the returns with drink specials.

WORST PREZ EVER! runs at 7:30
Returns on the tube start at 9pm.

Warehouse Arts
1017 - 1021 7th Street NW
202 783 3933

Warehouse is located between New York Ave. and L St. in downtown Washington, DC, across the street from the new Washington Convention Center.

Turbulence Commission: “Cell Tagging” by Brooke A. Knight

Interactive Art. A new concept with the cell phone as media. Read here

Sunday, November 05, 2006

CA comes to DC

a new series of flora and fauna paintings
1831 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

"Billy Shire Fine Arts is pleased to host a private preview of painter Marc Dennis' new works that will debut in his February 2007 exhibit in Culver City, CA. This exclusive event will allow collectors and their guests a 'first look' at Marc's compelling new series of flora and fauna paintings in 'hyper-realistic unreality.' Christopher Reiter of Muleh kindly hosts our CA gallery exhibit in his beautiful showroom on 14th Street. Visit our website for more information on the gallery at I look forward to seeing you there," Annie Adjchavanich Gallery Director, Billy Shire Fine Arts.
RSVPs are preferred:
Remember our Annie Adj, the former director of the WPA/C? She's a person who moved heaven and earth for DC artists including publication of the first WPA/C Artist Directory and organized numerous citywide exhibitions. She moved to California and is the director of Billy Shire Fine Arts. Ms. Adjchavanich will be on an East Coast tour this week and she will introduce artist, Marc Dennis to DC Collectors. A live preview featuring 12, 30" x 30" paintings will be on exhibition at Muleh on 14th St. NW on Sunday, November 12, 4-6pm. The preview is only a couple of hours long, one day only, so don't miss the event! Marc Dennis is a professor at Elmira College in Elmira, NY and he will be at the exhibition preview.

Any collector who is out and about should make this a stop on their Mid City Artist Open Studios tour next weekend. All MCA artist studios close at 5pm so you'll have an extra hour of art viewing at Muleh. Stop by, meet the artist Marc Dennis and say hello to Annie.

Marc Dennis has a portrait in the National Portrait Gallery that opened at the inaugural show. Marc is also featured in the Nov 2006 issue of American Art Collector.

Contact: Annie Adjchavanich
Gallery Director
BSFA & La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
(323) 297-0600

Celebrating Midtown and Mid City Artists Open Studios

Your invited to Mid City Artists Open Studios, November 11 - 12 12:00-5:00pm
The Downtowner newspaper has a full color page spread for the Mid City Artists Open Studios next weekend. Pick up a copy at your nearest distributer or download a pdf at The Downtowner, November 2006.

The cover page features Painter and Muralist Byron Peck's Duke Ellington Mural. Go to Page 10 which features photos of six Mid City Artists including myself (eliminate the "e" on the end of Marchand and there you have it).

There will be 31 artists studios to visit on November 11 & 12, 12:00-5:00pm so plan ahead by downloading a walking map listing your favorite artist studios at All studios are within walking distance of a metro station in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Shaw.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

F.L. Wall at Ewing Gallery

F.L. Wall opened Friday, November 3rd at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in DC. Wall's show runs through December 22, 2006.

Darn, I missed the opening reception for my friend F. L. Wall's sculpture exhibition last night. I did however see Mr. Wall at the City Hall, John A, Wilson Bldg. reception last week. One of his mixed media wall pieces is represented in the new City Hall Art Collection of Washington, DC artists.

Lenny Campello posted some information about Wall's work here. I'll be heading over to see the exhibition next week after the Mid City Artists Open Studios when I plan to take some time to see whaz up in the DC galleries. Stay tuned.

Meet artist Michael Platt - melding drawing and photography into digital printmaking.

Art Consultant and emerging curator, Sharon Burton posts information about artist Michael Platt's new exhibition, Just Above Water at the Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
November 1st to December 9th, 2006.

Pyramid Atlantic is Hosting a Brunch for Michael Platt on Sunday, November 12, 2006 from 11am- 1:45 pm