Sunday, April 30, 2006


a traveling international arts project that asks the question, "Why?"

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, July 14, 2006
Opening reception: Saturday, May 13, 2006 6-9 p.m.

Museum of Modern ARF
1116 N. Hudson St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Local(DC): John Aaron, Director
Scrolls-Global: (SC)
Mary Walker, Founder

Who: 77 contributing artists from 4 continents

The Scrolls,” is an international discourse and “rolling” conversation amongst artists regarding the war in Iraq, including works by 8 Iraqi artists currently living in Bagdad. The exhibition also contains a scroll created by artists from Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. The exhibition asks the question “Why?” the War…Mary Walker of South Carolina sent a piece called “Why” to a number of her colleagues and asked them to add to it in the manner of a scroll. Seven scrolls were created; They opened at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in 2005.

Cleveland-based artists Barbara Chira and Julie Friedman, organized the presentation of the Scrolls at Gallery West, Cuyahoga Community College/Western Campus, Parma, Ohio in early 2006.

The Scrolls make their debut in the Washington area at the Museum of Modern Arf in Arlington, VA.
May 12-July 14, 2006

The public reception is Saturday, May 13 from 6-9 pm and coincides with the return of the American Friends Service Committee’s “Eyes Wide Open” Memorial of Boots that commemorates the US Fallen. It returns to DC for the third time. “Eyes Wide Open” will be on the National Mall on 14th Street from May 11-14. This year, a new Memorial to the Iraqi children, women and men killed in the war will be unveiled as well.

Mary Walker, founder, curator and visionary of the Scrolls, will be in attendance at the May 13th reception, at Modern ARF
in addition to a number of the artists who contributed to the Scrolls.

The Museum of Modern Arf is the closest gallery
to a Metro stop in the Washington, DC area, across the street from the Clarendon Metro Elevator (Orange Line)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Don't Bring No Bad News"

District of Columbia Arts Center presents
"Don't Bring No Bad News"- curated by Barbara Blanco

April 28 - May 21, 2006
opening reception Friday April 28th 7-9pm

Featuring the work of: Michael Platt, Harlee Little, Kasha Stewart + Kim Johnson
The exhibit focuess on positive imagery that reflects the African American experience. It captures our spirit, our hopes, our joy, our laughter, our faith and the inspiration we encounter everyday in our lives.

It is essential that we show the African American experience is the human experience, as our stories share a common history with our families, friends, and neighbors. These images will include everyday messages of love, hope and appreciation. The overall aim of this exhibit is to share visual stories whose good news should be told. - Barbara Blanco

District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (202) 462-7833
Fax: (202) 328-7099

Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector: Chelsea Museum, NY

"Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector" is a collaboration in three ways:
1. Between the pair of collectors, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett
2. Between the artists and the collectors
3. Between the aggregate and the viewer.

James Cottrell, an anesthesiologist interested in the human brain, and his partner, Joseph Lovett, interested in the lives of artists, were among the "top" 100 Collectors of 2001 named by Arts and Antiques magazine. They have assembled work throughout the career-spans of many of the artists they regard. Curator Sue Scott took the opportunity of their domicile renovation to assemble their trove, which then became a traveling show of paintings and works on paper that began at the Orlando Museum of Art, and is currently on view throughout two floors of the Chelsea Museum. Most of the pieces share several visual characteristics, and one definite, but more ephemeral aspect: methodology.

Read more NY ARTS


From Art of the Day Weekly

Sotheby’s has been more discreet in advertising another auction this week, regarding the drawings by William Blake. This unique ensemble of 19 watercolours, done in 1805, and called Studies for Blair’s Tomb. Obviously Blair is not the politician we all know (who, they say, is disturbed by the homonymy) but rather Scottish writer Robert Blair whose most famous poem The Grave was written in 1743. Art historians and museums curators are mad because the famous ensemble that was miraculously discovered intact in 2001 in Glasgow, will be divided for the sale. Unless a “white knight” is capable of meeting the price for each of the 19 lots and offer them in one block to a museum. But he would need to pay over 15 million dollars…Press Release here

Art Chicago 2006

For its 14th edition, Art Chicago, one of the largest American contemporary art fairs, will host 125 galleries. From 28 April to 1 May.

Art Chicago announces a change in venue from Butler Field to the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart, 8th Floor exhibition space. With the generous assistance of the Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., Art Chicago has been given the opportunity to mount its International Exposition of 104 dealers in one of its massive exhibition halls!

Opening Night
Please join us Thursday April 27th from 6-10 pm for the opening night of Art Chicago 2006. The fair will be held at the Chicago Merchandise Mart on the 8th floor exhibition space.

Thomas Blackman Associates
2550 West Lexington Street
Chicago, IL 60612
tel: 312.226.4700
fax: 312.226.4704

Art Chicago 2006


Ever wonder what happened to the animal public art projects? Well, it seems tha tthey're all the rage in Paris. Fancy that!

Cow Parade

PARIS – Crowned by its success in various countries (last March one could see painted cattle in Mexico City, in the Chapultepec park), the Cow Parade is finally landing in Paris. The principle is simple: glass resin cows are scattered throughout an itinerary taken by many people (in Paris, the axis between the Arc de Triomphe and the Concorde). Each one of these ruminants, symbols of peace and placidity, is decorated with the help of a sponsor, by an artist who gives free rein to his inspiration. Among the participants, Thierry des Ouches, Marika de Moro Giaff eri,Yanne Kintgen, Hubert Le Gall. Colours, motifs or materials: all is possible except to sacrifice the cow. Cow Parade in Paris, from 26 April to 16 June 2006.

A pleasant virtual herd of coloured bovines

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What's In a Name?

by Helen Levin

Come the late fall of 2006, this sleepy 17th century Dutch village will see the world’s first museum devoted solely to abstract art and abstract thought as it relates to the arts and sciences, global and corporate stewardship. The Yellow Fellow Foundation is the brainstorm of art collector and business entrepreneur, Jan Verhoeven, and his partner, Menna Kruiswijk, an MBA who shares his abundant enthusiasm and eye for art.

The majority of the work is by abstractionists whom Verhoeven and Kruiswijk feel history and the art market have ignored.

A signifying artist in the collection and for whom the name Yellow Fellow is derived, is Erik van der Grijn ("yellow fellow" is his nickname). Van der Grijn, now residing in Argentina, was picked up by Verhoeven around 1984 in Amsterdam. Van der Grijn had just returned from 20 years of creating and exhibiting muscular, large, abstract paintings for an appreciative, buying public in Dublin.

"Of course the new dictum, ‘It’s art if the artist says it’s art,’ still has to include abstract painting and sculpture. As far as the ‘art object’ being passé, conceptual artists still create art commodities in the form of documentation of their events or work. So, their point about de-materializing art never, ever occurred, despite the predictions. If artists want to add ‘meaning’ as the new value in art, that’s fine–but it doesn’t make the Ab-Ex artist passé. The fact is what moves me personally is a chance to buy the work I love and then to share it. I chose the work by the deep feeling it conveys, not by what the critics had to say."

Read Article here

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Pennies Per Peek," Canadian Concept of Artist remuneration

It's always interesting to see how other countries/ galleries conduct business with artists.

This from Canadian Artist, Robert Genn

For the next couple of months I have a retrospective exhibition
in a public gallery. Something that surprised me was that the
gallery issued me a cheque for $2065.50. (This was just about
enough to pay for three stretch Hummers to take our friends to
and from the opening--something we ended up not doing. But I
digress.) Known as an exhibitor's fee, this payment has been in
effect here in Canada for some years. The fee is based on
guidelines provided by CARFAC, an overseeing, non-governmental
body that looks out for artists' interests. The actual size of
the exhibitor's fee is based on the annual operating budget of
the public gallery. Thus, the fee paid by a gallery with a
budget of less than a million dollars is smaller than one with
a budget of over five million. In fact, the amount that a
gallery might pay an exhibitor is discretionary. Some public
galleries, I'm told, don't pay artists at all--others pay more
than the guidelines suggest.

I rather thought that payment might be based on a formula that
included show duration, number of works shown, traffic
achieved, whether or not there's an entry fee, and other
factors. In any case, it's "pennies per peek," and this, to a
guy who has always lived by selling work, has to be an
interesting way to get green feedback. While I would have done
a show like this without remuneration, I also know that there
are many artists whose work is not collected or even
collectable, and who could well use the exhibitor's fee as a
source of income. In many ways the system is a breath of fresh
air. With the advent of "pay per view" and all the
micro-billing that's going on these days--why not
"micro-paying"? While my particular show is free to the public,
the idea of galleries charging an entry fee and sharing the box
office with the artist--as many a musician does--may have legs.

Several years ago I was on the board of a regional theatre. It
seemed that every meeting consisted of dreaming up new ways to
get "bums on seats." In a way, this is what fine artists also
require. "Eyes on pics," is a similar quest--whether the
artists have shock, scenery, sophistry or sales on their minds.
(Try saying that quickly.) It's nice to have a prestigious
venue such as a public gallery, but it may not always be
necessary. As everyone knows, I'm an advocate of the Internet
as the "Greater World Gallery." It's hardly prestigious. One
day it too could be "pennies per peek." Maybe artists could
make a living from it.

PS: "Since 1968 and approximately every two years, CARFAC has
issued exhibition fee schedules that were developed from rates
established by painters Jack Chambers and Tony Urquhart.
Updated through negotiation and usage, they reflect increases
in the cost of living. All fees are considered minimum payments
for the use of the copyrights and/or the professional services
of visual/media artists." (CARFAC statement)

Esoterica: The CARFAC guidelines are divided into a number of
types of exhibitions that public galleries (categorized by
annual budget sizes from 1 to 11) might hold. An example: "For
retrospectives, or solo exhibitions that feature more than ten
years of an artist's production, the rate is the listed solo
rate plus 25% for galleries in the major size categories
(9-11). For galleries in the medium categories (5-8) the rate
is the solo rate plus 15%; for galleries in the standard
categories (1-4), the rate is the standard rate plus 10%."

Rreprinted with permission from
Robert Genn-The Painter's Keys

Women's Caucus for Art Annual Networking Day 2006

Artwork by Members
Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, D.C.
April 5 - April 29, 2006

Annual Networking Day 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Artwork by Members of the Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, D.C. (WCA/DC - includes works by women artists from Northern Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia. WCA artwork will be on view from April 5 through April 29, 2006, in Gallery West Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads located at 3440 South Jefferson Street in Falls Church, VA 22041.

The Goodwin House will host the 2006 Annual Networking Day for WCA/DC on Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Lenny Campello, co-owner of Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD. Title of the talk will be: Exhibiting and Marketing Your Art. Lenny is widely recognized as a successful gallery co-owner, exhibiting artist, blog host: and reviewer. His talk will be a short version of his all day marketing workshop. Lenny talks the talk and walks the talk. He will use his expertise to speak about general information on exhibiting and marketing your artwork. In the afternoon, members from the Philadelphia Chapter of WCA will present: Pricing Our Art.

The Networking Day is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 120 people. RSVP for event reservation and/or lunch Lunch is catered $8.00/person or bring your own.

For more information see Authentic Art DC

Fraser Gallery Art Seminars: Success as an Artist

Sunday June 11, 2006

This is the original one day seminar for emerging artists, designed to give practical information and advice towards a successful fine arts career. Each seminar is limited to 50 people per session. The cost is $80 per person and each seminar is seven hours long. It's 100% satisfaction-guaranteed or your money back. We've had incredible results since we started doing this in August of 1999. This will help you as an artist -- the issues covered and discussed are not based on theory, but grounded on actual experience. The next seminar will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2006 in partnership with Art-O-Matic and the Warehouse Galleries... please send an e-mail or call the gallery at 301/718-9651 if you would like to attend. Read feedback from artists who have attended the seminar.

This seminar is sponsored by:

The Fraser Gallery
7700 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite E
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Tel/Fax: (301)718-9651

DC Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Arts

Monday, May 1, 2006 ~ 6:00- 8:00pm
GALA Theatre (Tivoli Theater) ~ 3333 14th Street, NW
Moderated by: Renee Poussaint, National Visionary Leadership Project and Former ABC News Anchor

Very important forum! If you live in the District and the arts are an important part of your life, come to this Forum to hear what the candidates have to say – and even ask some questions yourself. Or just show up to demonstrate the importance of support for the arts community. Bring a friend.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


APRIL 22- May 27, 2006

This blogger wants to fill you in on a kool new space on historic U street. One that you will want to keep your eye on and visit often.

Brainchild of four colleagues; two architects, a journalist and a graphic designer,

Project 4 gallery proposes a new concept for the Washington, DC hip art public. "Project 4 is a new Washington D.C. gallery that plans to be as diverse as the art world itself. That diversity— from painting to video to photography to sculpture— will be encouraged by Project 4’s exhibition model: guest curators who will bring a spectrum of exhibits not limited by the ideas of a single gallery director. It will, in effect, be a room for art and ideas."
Ok, I'm excited about this new venue and wish them luck and great exposure! There's room for this creative melding of art and ideas in Washington, DC. I say, the more, the merrier.

I left painting in the studio to attend Project 4's second opening tonight, an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Terrie Pipa.

"Pipa is a figurative artist, and the paintings chosen for this exhibit all demonstrate a mastery of detail, of subtlety, and of the small, psychological gesture." Pipa's work is well executed and striking in its ability to transfix the viewer with questions about her subjects. The storyline is left to the eye of the beholder with glances to past Renaissance masters and their penchant for intrigue.

Our very own Anne Surak will be directing the events of Project 4 in the coming months. A curator in her own right, Anne will bring a plethora of contemporary, edgy visions to her new post. Here's wishing her well and lots of art visitors.

Designed by Architect Greg Kearley, the gallery is 900 square feet on two levels, including a twenty-foot double-height space.

It's a contemporary space with a Soho feel to it. White walls and open space dominate. From the second floor one can look down to the first floor visitors. Let's welcome Terrie Pipa and Project 4 to the Washington, DC art scene with the enthusiasm that her art and the new gallery space deserve.

Here's more photos of tonight's jam packed opening - in the pouring rain no less!

Project 4 is located at the intersection of historic U. St. and 9th St. N.W., a burgeoning area of restaurants, galleries, bars and stores half a mile east of Dupont Circle. It is less than a block from the U. Street/Cardoza stop on the Metro’s Green Line.

Project 4 is open Thursday and Friday 6 - 9 pm, Saturday 1 - 8 pm and by appointment. Space is available for private events.

903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001 tel: 202 232 4340 fax: 202 232 4341

Friday, April 21, 2006


Anybody wanna go walking with the leading muralist in DC to see his murals celebrating DC's lively communities? Put your walking shoes on and show up.

Sunday, April 23, 1 – 2:30 pm
Artist G. Byron Peck's Shaw/U Street Mural Tour Meet outside the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station (13th Street exit).
Tour Shaw and Dupont Circle in the company of beloved DC artist, G. Byron Peck, and get an eyeful of some of his best-known Washington murals. Begin by looking back on U Street's history as Black Broadway when you consider the Duke Ellington mural and portrait. Then consider some of the cultures that contribute to this neighborhood's character, evident in the Black Family Reunion and Mayan Murals. Finally, turn your attention to the area's architectural legacy at the Dupont Circle mural.

Cultural Tourism DC is offering WalkingTown, DC SPRING EDITION 2006(Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23), a weekend of 50 free walking tours (and a few bike and boat tours) in neighborhoods across Washington, DC. For more information call 202-661-7581.

All tours are free.
Reservations are not required, with the exception of bike tours. Just show up!
Tours are held rain or shine.


This fascinating show, mixes science, art, sociology, natural history, cultural history, and several other areas of study in looking at how artists viewed and depicted animals from 1750-1900. The ideas implicit in the show--about animal rights, evolution, and so on--are still really relevant to the current world.

Fierce Friends: Artists & Animals, 1750–1900
Through August 27, 2006

In the 18th and 19th centuries, modern theories of evolution and the proliferation of machines elevated animals to a new status in religion, philosophy, and the arts. This exhibition, co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, explores the ways that artists of the period addressed the issue of humanity’s relationship with nature as exemplified through our treatment of animals. Through paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs, the exhibition shows how the visual arts drew upon science, natural history, and literature about animals, and how those fields, in turn, were shaped, inspired, or influenced by the work of artists. Designed to create visual juxtapositions that suprise, delight, and provoke, the exhibition presents great paintings and sculptures next to fossils, specimens of taxidermy, ground plans of zoological gardens, illustrated books, bird cages, and steam engines.

Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750-1900 is the opening venue for Pittsburgh Roars, a celebration of the region's arts, culture, and family attractions.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Tel: 412.622.3131



Cordially invite you to the great opening of the exhibition
Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
7:00 p.m

R.S.V.P. (202) 728-1675
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

One of the artists who transformed the art of caricature drawing in the United States. 52 sketches from the collection of Universidad de las Américas
45 facsimiles from Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista, a Humanities Texas exhibit created in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Films and other audiovisual materials about Miguel Covarrubias
Special guests: María Elena Rico Covarrubias and Adriana Williams, author of Covarrubias (University of Texas Press, 1994) and Covarrubias in Bali (Editions Didier Millet, 2006 )

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


An illustrator friend, Loel Barr sent this over for fun.

What's up? must come down. Click here - Pen on Paper/ from ljudbilden & piloten


Cultural Tourism DC

Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23
WalkingTown, DC – Spring Edition
A weekend of 50 walking tours city wide without charge

WalkingTown, DC is an annual invitation to enjoy Washington’s neighborhoods at their springtime best
The weekend features guided walking tours in neighborhoods across DC as well as a few bike and boat tours

Featured tours

Metro: Behind the Scenes with Interim General Manager Dan Tangherlini
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 – 10:30am
Meet at the Metro Center Metro station (13th Street exit)
On Metro’s 30th Anniversary learn about the system’s history, hear some of the stories behind the stops and some little-known facts, and find out what to expect next while you spend a few hours wandering underground learning about the region’s transportation network

Penn Quarter (Downtown)
Sunday, April 23, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Meet outside the Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter Metro station
The 19th and 21st centuries meet in Penn Quarter. Hip hotels, restaurants, and loft apartments are sprouting up amidst attractions like the International Spy Museum, Shakespeare, Ford’s, and Woolly Mammoth theatres, and National Building Museum. Many of these are housed in buildings from the 1800’s, others are next store to them or their facades, which makes this walk an irresistible urban scavenger hunt to a bygone era – a time when Chinese, German, and Italian immigrants lived and worked on and around Seventh Street.

Tours and schedules
Only bike tours require advance reservation

Cultural Tourism DC
1250 H Street NW


Sounds like this could be a fun night.

Greetings, Washington DC-
Some of you may have heard the rumblings, the hearsay and the untruths--but consider THIS your formal submission invitation to the SLIDELUCK POTSHOW DC.

Born in the tiny livingroom of a NYC photographer fond of food, drink, friends and photos--Slideluck Potshow is a slideshow, and a potluck. This show has grown into an inspiring and spirited event that regularly brings hundreds of creatives to interesting New York City venues. For a better sense of past shows please peruse:

And now, SLIDELUCK comes to DC. Photographers-we are looking for submissions. Show us anything you like. You have a
maximum of five minutes. There is no theme, so feel free to submit portraits, stories, outtakes from a job, personal work, it's up to you. Please feel free to pass this invite on to others you know in the DC area who might be interested.

Submission guidelines can be found at: IGNORE the dates on the site, and keep in mind these two:

Friday, April 28th.

Saturday, May 6th at the Numark Gallery
After you have prepared your submissions, email Karine Aigner for FTP instructions:

So, bring a tasty dish, something good to drink, and join us for a great show!

Karine Aigner
Senior Photo Editor
National Geographic Kids Magazine
1145 17th Street, NW
Fourth Floor, Room 426
Washington, DC 20036
(p) 202-828-6696
(f) 202-775-6112


The Fraser Gallery

April 14 - June 4, 2006

New glass sculptures by artists who use glass as narrative rather than vessels or bowls. Challenging work that pushes the genre away from craft and towards the narrative genre of the fine arts. Work by Jeanne Brennan, Mel George, Michael Rogers, Carmen Lozar, Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Syl Mathis, Alison Sigethy and others. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Friday, April 14 from 6pm - 9pm.

An artists' talk, sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance will take place at the gallery on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 2PM. The talk is free and open to the public and will also offer an opportunity to learn more about the Renwick Alliance.

7700 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite E
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Tel/Fax: (301) 718-9651
Hours: Tues - Sat 11:30 - 6:00 PM
Or By Appointment
Member of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington Associate Dealer
Member of the Bethesda Chamber of Commerce

WCA Annual Networking Day 2006

Artwork by Members
Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, D.C.
April 5 – April 29, 2006

Annual Networking Day 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Artwork by Members of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, D.C. (WCA/DC) includes works by women artists from Northern Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia. WCA artwork will be on view from April 5 through April 29, 2006, in Gallery West Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads located at 3440 South Jefferson Street in Falls Church, VA 22041.

The Goodwin House will host the 2006 Annual Networking Day for WCA/DC on Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Lenny Campello, co-owner of Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD. Title of the talk will be: Exhibiting and Marketing Your Art. Lenny is widely recognized as a successful gallery co-owner, exhibiting artist, blog host: http://www/ and reviewer. His talk will be a short version of his all day marketing workshop. Lenny talks the talk and walks the talk. He will use his expertise to speak about general information on exhibiting and marketing your artwork. In the afternoon, members from the Philadelphia Chapter of WCA will present: Pricing Our Art.

The Networking Day is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 120 people. RSVP for event reservation and/or lunch by 12:00 noon on April 24, 2006. Lunch is catered $8.00/person or bring your own. Call or e-mail Lynda Smith-Bugge, Art Center Coordinator, at 703.578.7218 or to reserve.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Artist Profile: Eric Westbrook

Just two weeks left to see the paintings of Eric Westbrook, professional illustrator and director of Dumbarton Concert Gallery in Washington, DC.

April 7 through April 29, 2006.
“Urban Nature”
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW. Washington DC
202-331-7282 x23

Art and the City
Artist Profile: Eric Westbrook

by: Jim Magner
At first glance it’s another pretty painting of an idyllic setting: a rustic building, a brook under a bridge or a set of cement stairs down into the woods. Look again and you see the comings and goings of all things natural and the nature of man. The story here is the harsh yet exhilarating rush of the transitory. Nature is fighting to survive and demanding a place in our engineered lives. In works like Tumble Down and Intersection, cement structures crumble and return to sand as we build new instruments of a civilization hurtling toward something.
Eric Westbrook digs to the core of existence. Things in nature die and are replaced; the things we build also decay and are replaced. Yet there is a comfort in his work. These are welcoming places—familiar. Like old family photographs. And if they make us unsure of our superiority over nature’s determination, that’s a good thing.

About 10 years ago, he began to paint his personal visions of life. “Some places just hit a chord.” He is captured by visual surprises in out of the way nooks or jarringly familiar urban sidewalks. He starts with sketches and photographs, but most is done from memory in the studio which adds to the enhanced reality with intense dream-like impact. But a work of art is ultimately about shapes, lights and darks, warms and cools and color harmonies. Eric Westbrook goes beyond visual storytelling and is not held captive by the objects depicted—he lets the paint be paint.

Eric is a successful professional illustrator. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Graphic Communication. All of his work is acrylic on canvas, illustration as well as his paintings and this has led to a mastery of the media. He has done work for clients in many fields and is a director of the Dumbarton Concert Gallery where he exhibits regularly.

You can see and purchase from an extensive collection of his most recent works at his one-man show entitled “Urban Nature” at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street NW. Washington DC from April 7 through April 29, 2006. The opening reception is Friday, April 7 from 6:30-9:00. 202-331-7282 x23, or see

Jim Magner is a Capitol Hill artist and writer.

Graffiti Beyond Scribbling

A brief mention in today's post of Kelly Towles prints....

By Jessica Dawson
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, April 15, 2006; Page C02

Graffiti Beyond Scribbling

· In the wrong artist's hands, graffiti-style gesture -- I'm seeing a lot of it these days -- devolves into mannered motif, a 21st-century rococo. Local talent Kelly Towles skirts the pitfall, just barely, by layering street-inspired strokes in engaging pigment prints that mingle photography, animation and graffiti. Also on view in this four-person print show: Donald Sultan's rich, sepia-toned smoke rings; Victor Schrager's drowsy pictures of books; and Robert Longo's photos of his friends performing epileptic seizures on a Manhattan rooftop -- images the artist used to make his iconic early '80s "Men in the Cities" series.

Adamson Editions at Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m., 202-232-0707, to April 29;

Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Where Eagles Fly" until April 19

March 30 thru April 19, 2006
WEF, LLC & OFT/ON present:
Where Eagles Fly
Executive Producer, Ibrahim Mumin
Written by Carole Mumin; Directed by Mike Malone
Special Guest: Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Written by DC native Carole Mumin and directed by Helen Hayes recipient, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Co-founder, and Howard University Professor of Theater, Mike Malone, "Where Eagles Fly" vividly brings to life the rich, African American heritage of DC's Shaw neighborhood. Home to many African American scholars, educators, activists, and performing artists such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Carter G. Woodson, Mary Church Terrell, and Duke Ellington, Shaw's rich educational and cultural history provides the setting and impetus for this stunning musical production.

Councilmember Jack Evans recommends this play about Washington DC's Shaw neighborhood...

"If you have not had the chance to make it over to the Lincoln Theater for the must see production of "Where Eagles Fly", a journey into Shaw's rich history and tradition, you only have until April 19 - so make room in your calendar. Written by Shaw resident and local playwright Carole Mumin, "Where Eagles Fly" illustrates the importance of preserving and passing along the legacies of the communities in which we live.

The play uses music, dance and verse to tell the story of the incredibly rich legacy of Shaw, a neighborhood that has been an integral part of the modern development of African American culture. Over 10 years ago, the play made a successful run at the Lincoln Theatre. Now it's back and a must see for everyone, but it will close soon.

The Shaw neighborhood has experienced many changes since the early '90's and it's important that its history is memorialized and honored. It's important to support our own and I hope everyone will come out and see this magnificent production. For additional information about the play and to purchase tickets, visit or call 939.0560."

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Stuart Klipper panoramas of Antarctica

Washington Post/Frank Van Riper CameraWorks profile of photographer Stuart Klipper.

For information on Stuart Klipper's work and that of other photographers: Sandra Berler Gallery, 7002 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Phone: 301-656-8144

See more photo hits on Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Looking for an affordable lunch or dinner place? DC Artist Mike Weber has opened a wonderful little Thai Place on U Street NW. If you haven't already discovered it, try it soon in the heart of Duke Ellington's neighborhood.

Here's a great review of the food.
February 2005

Simply Home Cuisine
Thai, Asian

U Street
1412 U St., NW between 14th & 15th St. NW
Washington, DC

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

It's no surprise this tiny Thai place is so pretty--it was opened by the team behind the chic Simply Home furniture store and the Logan Circle Thai restaurant Rice. Though there's no (waiting) place to sit, white walls lined with jars of loose tea, candles, and fresh flowers make a zen-cool waiting area.

Grab a Thai iced tea ($2.50) and start with the chicken nuggets ($2.95), fried patties of chicken ground with aromatics and served in a paper cup with peanut-chili dipping sauce. Pad Thai ($9.95) is light and balanced, with crushed peanuts, shreds of spring onion, and large shrimp. Sautées, like chicken with ginger ($9.95) and tofu and vegetables with green curry ($9.95), come with jasmine rice and spring rolls on the side. Don't miss the fries combo ($2.95)--a paper cup filled with shards of taro, yucca, and sweet potato.

By Ann Limpert, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Studio One Eight is proud to announce a solo exhibition with Byron Peck

Stopped by Byron's show. It's worth a look!
G. Bryon Peck | 4.15.2006 | 7-10pm reception

G. Byron Peck lives in Washington DC and has created over 80 murals throughout the United States and abroad. Here in the District, some of his best known murals include the Duke Ellington mural overlooking 13th and U Streets, the DC-Themed montage in Metro Center, and the mural mirroring the DuPont fountain high above the Circle on Connecticut.

While it is difficult to travel the streets without running across one of Peck’s larger works, the opportunity to see his smaller works is quite rare. Studio One Eight would like to give the District the opportunity to acquaint itself with pieces they can encounter in a more personal setting. This show will include work Peck completed between 1986 and 2006.

Location: 2452 18th St NW, (18th and Columbia)

Gallery Hours: By appointment and on opening nights only.

For all inquiries, 703.395.1932 or


An exhibit of Paintings
Reception: Friday, April 21, 2006, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Featuring: George Iso, Carlito Rodrigues, Marcus André, Cristina Oiticica, Pietrina Checcaci and Patricia Secco.

BACI requests the pleasure of your company for the opening reception to meet the artist and preview the show. The exhibit will be open through May 8, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free admission

Brazilian-American Cultural Institute

Friday, April 07, 2006

Micro-Monumental: A Juried Exhibition of Matchbox Sized Sculptures

April 6 – May 27, 2006
Opening reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Juror’s Talk at 7 p.m.

Can a sculpture the size of a kitchen matchbox have monumental impact? In Micro-Monumental, Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has selected 47 tiny sculptures by artists from four regional sculpture groups who sought to answer that question. According to Hileman, this unusual collaboration between Washington Sculptors Group, Baltimore’s Sculptors Inc., Philadelphia Sculptors and New England Sculptors Association is a “microcosm of the world of sculpture in 2006, exemplifying the diversity of artists, their materials and themes in the Northeastern United States.” Washington, DC, a town full of monuments, provides a distinctive context as these artists reinterpret the meaning of monumental with works whose scale belies their presence.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 p.m.

Contact Rebecca Lowery , Gallery Manager
t 202.315.1310
f 202.315.1303


Hmmmm. I'm staring at the sky and wondering where did the crows go? Just an observation, we have fewer crows and many more seagulls in our neighborhood. Don't get me wrong. I didn't like the sound of the crows but there was something familiar about their long time caws. Now we're seeing these seagulls and no signs of the crows.

Cherry Blossom Parade Tomorrow

From Penn Quarter's Jo-Ann Neuhaus about tomorrow's Cherry Blossom Festivals.....

The Cherry Blossom Parade
and 45th Annual Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
This Saturday, April 8

The Cherry Blossom Parade
10:00am - Noon
Constitution Avenue beginning at 7th Street, going west to 17th Street

The DC website has a start time of 8:00am for closing streets. Expect traffic tie ups, especially if you want to enter downtown via the 14th Street bridge or Independence Avenue. The Metropolitan Police Department will reopen the streets to traffic when they believe it is safe to do so, which may be after the noon hour indicated.

The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
12th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues
and Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 13th streets
Begins right after the parade ends estimated to be some time between 11:00am and noon. The festival ends at 6:00pm. The DC Website, states that streets will be closed for the festival at 9:00am and open at 6:00pm. However, my experience is that streets will not be reopened before all the equipment is completely removed.

For more information
National Cherry Blossom Festival and click on April 8 at the top or go directly to Events

To minimize traffic hassles, vehicles should head north from Penn Quarter and approach Penn Quarter from the north.
Attend the Parade and the Festival and avoid traffic jams


Washington Convention Center
Tour of the Public Art
Thursday, April 13th
12:00 Noon

The works of art on display at the Washington Convention Center are among the largest public art collections not in a museum. Public tours are led by curator Vivienne Lassman. The $4 million permanent art installation features paintings, sculptures, photography, graphics, and mixed media works created by local, national, and international artists.

Advance reservations required
There is no charge to participate in the tour

Call the 24-hour Washington Convention Center Authority Community Hotline
A staff member will return your call to confirm your tour

Washington Convention Center Authority
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square, Green LIne


The Cultural Institute of Mexico
and National Endowment for the Arts

Cordially invite you to a poetry reading to celebrate the publication of

A two-volume bilingual anthology of contemporary poetry from Mexico and the United States
Featuring readings by Elsa Cross, Pedro Serrano, and Diane Thiel
With introductions by Dana Gioia, Chair, National Endowment for the Artsand Hernán Lara Zavala, National Autonomous University of Mexico City

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
7:00 p.m.

Cultural Institute of Mexico
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Free admission / Reception to follow
RSVP: 202-728-1675

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Copyright, Fair Use, and the New Borrowers

by Herb Tam

Concurrent with the explosion of sophisticated methods of appropriation in visual art, music, and most other artistic genres is a mounting confusion regarding America’s fair use laws for artistic pursuits. Responding to the situation, New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice has recently released a report documenting how and when artists are protected by the country’s fair use laws.

Read article

Monday, April 03, 2006


Anne Marchand, "A Hard Rain"

I captured the inkiness of our pollen washing rain storm tonight, Man o' man the power of Mother Nature even here in Washington, DC. Who's in charge anyway?


Anyone thinking, "Lord of the Flies"?
This from comedian Chris Douchette's blog about the fight in Dupont Circle on April Fool's.

Subject: The Scene Yesterday At Dupont Cirle

Not really a photojournalist, but I caught the fight at Dupont Circle
on film yesterday...

Le Ballet mecanique

In conjunction with the Dada exhibition, automated musical instruments, including sixteen programmed grand player pianos, play portions of George Antheil's score for the Fernand Leger film, Le Ballet mecanique (1924), on the mezzanine of the East Building. The installation, activated for a ten-minute performance each weekday at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m., will continue through the close of the exhibition on May 14, 2006. Leger's 16-minute film may be viewed in the exhibition, without sound.

Sunday, April 02, 2006


The exhibition NOT TO SCALE will open April 19 at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Curated by David C. Levy, former Director of the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC, and the Parsons School of Design, New York, this show investigates aspects of size and scale including literal and conceptual interpretations.

"NOT TO SCALE" at the Target Gallery: April 19-May 28, 2006
The Artists' Reception will be on Sunday, April 23 from 3-6 PM.

The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM.