Thursday, August 31, 2006

Gee’s Bend Quilts Stamps

The newly issued stamps are available at the post office and I plan to go buy some tomorrow. Artbiz Coach, Alyson B. Stanfield gives some resources on her blog if you want to acquaint yourself with the quiltmakers.

" The American Treasures stamp series is intended to showcase beautiful works of American fine art and crafts. For the 2006 issuance, art director Derry Noyes chose photographs of ten quilts created between circa 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Noted for their unexpected color combinations, bold patterns, and improvised designs, the quilts of Gee's Bend are also remarkable for the humble materials with which they are made and the humbler circumstances in which they are born. Until recently, necessity limited the quilters to fabric from everyday items such as flour sacks, old dresses, and worn-out denim and flannel work clothes. Stains, mended holes and tears, faded patches, and seams all became integral parts of a quilt's design and ensured that the materials, as well as the quilts, told the story of Gee's Bend.

Today outside interest in the quilts of Gee's Bend is growing. Art historian William Arnett and his son Matt began collecting the quilts in 1997. Their collection-which has been exhibited in museums around the U.S.-resides with Tinwood Alliance, a nonprofit foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, that supports African-American vernacular art. The renewed attention has had a positive social and economic impact on the lives of the quilters and other residents of Gee's Bend. In 2003 the women of Gee's Bend, with the help of Tinwood Alliance, formed the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective.

The American Treasures stamp series was inaugurated in 2001 with the Amish Quilts stamp pane. The 2002, 2003, and 2004 issuances featured artwork by John James Audubon, Mary Cassatt, and Martin Johnson Heade, respectively. In 2005, the theme returned to textiles with the issuance of the New Mexico Rio Grande blankets."

Pulse 2006

Pulse 2006 is the second of two related exhibitions featuring works by artists from the Washington DC area and Mid-Atlantic region. This group exhibition features works by International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space artists advisory committee, some of the region’s most celebrated and respected artists.

Exhibition dates:
September 8, 2006 — October 19, 2006

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 8th, 2006, 5pm — 8pm

Exhibiting Artists:

Maria Barbosa
Margaret Boozer
William Christenberry
Manon Cleary
John Dreyfuss
David Driskell
William Dunlap
Helen Frederick
Sam Gilliam
Carol Brown Goldberg
Pat Goslee
Rebecca Kamen
Quentin Moseley
Wendy Ross
John Ruppert
Foon Sham
Renee Stout
Lou Stovall
Duncan Tebow
Mindy Weisel
Frank Wright

Hillyer Art Space is funded in part by: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from La Tomate, Mourayo, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Pesce.

Donny George, the head of Iraq's State Board of Antiquities and Heritiage and the Director of the Baghdad Museum, has resigned his post and fled.

Tyler Green reports on the status of antiquities in Iraq on Modern Art Notes (Click title).

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Chalk4Peace update

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226,085 Drops

Teo González, 226,085 Drops
Catalogue Published. Essays by Jonathan Binstock and Martin Irvine.


Iñigo Navarro Dávila: Photographs
Concurrent Solo Exhibitions
September 8 - October 7

Opening Reception with the artists:
Saturday, September 9
6-8 PM

1412 14th St ., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 11-6 pm, and by appointment
Phone: (202) 332-8767

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006


Local filmmakers Connie Rinehart and Tom Donohue invite you to a prescreening of “REBUILDING NEW ORLEANS”

WHERE: Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW, WDC, 202-387-7638
(Corner of 14th and V Streets NW)

WHEN: August 28th at 6:30PM to 9:30PM.
If you would like to order food and drink, please arrive when the doors open at 6:30. Screening begins promptly at 7:30.

Below is recent review form the New Orleans city paper:
"Rebuilding New Orleans."Tuesday at 8 p.m., Discovery Times. This special's recovery time line starts at approximately Mardi Gras. Telling our biggest story through the accumulated power of many smaller stories, this might be the best-balanced and most thorough post-K documentary of the anniversary season so far.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

These Shoes Don't Fit

Shoe Art Exhibitby Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Inc.

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
144 Constitution Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002-5608
September 1 - 19, 2006
Exhibit/Museum Hours
Tues. - Fri. 11 am -3 pm, Sat., 12 pm - 4 pm

Reception: September 6, 2006 at 7 pm

Food and Catering Donated by Etete
All proceeds go to PACT Ethiopia to purchase shoes for Ethiopian girls training to be runners in order to stay in school and avoid marriage at too young an age. For more information and art preview, go to

“Lines and Shapes” by Emery Lewis

“Lines and Shapes.”Emery Lewis's abstract paintings and drawings reflect his need to document the world as he sees it through the use of experimental tones, line, bold gesture, and subtle color. Some inevitable illusion to the human figure, either in whole or in part, is a very critical component.
He uses this illusion to create his own unique forms that suggest a particular emotional state. Often, his oeuvre has religious and spiritual meanings.

Primarily through acrylics, charcoal, and crayons, Lewis can achieve an enormous range of expression. His paintings are often mysterious and haunting, and sometimes even disturbing. He says “pushing the limits,” that is what he is all about; using various media in non-traditional ways.

In his artistic process, he first builds up his painting surface with random lines and shapes that slowly accumulate until the painting itself begins to “dictate” its own direction and evolution. Most often, the final form is amorphous. Rarely are his images literal. It is an organic journey for him from beginning to emotional finish. But do not be mistaken, his moody voice is uniquely his own, painterly sculptured in lines and shapes and color.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday Gallery Walk: September 21, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Touchstone Gallery
406 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Second Floor

Street parking is difficult to find in Downtown Washington, D.C. There are several garages near the gallery. Fees average $15.00 - $20.00 per day. It's best to take Metro. Click here or on the map to see a larger version.

Directions from Metro Stations
Yellow & Green line Archives/Navy Memorial - Walk up 7th Street to 406. Gallery is on left.
Red line Gallery Place/Chinatown - Exit station at 7th & F Streets, NW Walk down 7th towards D St. to 406 7th St.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Architecture Week 2006

Saturday, September 9, 2006 9:30 AM -
Saturday, September 16, 2006 5:00 PM

Learn how one neighborhood took charge when unwanted development threatened. Tour the newly renovated Rosedale farmhouse, the oldest house built in the District of Columbia and renovated by Muse Architects, walk the historic grounds of the estate now preserved for public enjoyment. Also visit two new homes, designed by Richard Williams Architects and Dale Overmyer Architects that made the historic preservation and community project possible. 3501 Newark Street, NW. Meet at the driveway marked Rosedale Conservancy near 36th Street. Cost $30, which supports the fine work of the Washington Architectural Foundation. Saturday, September 9, 2006 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sign up for the tour by clicking this link: or by logging on the and clicking the blue AW (Architecture Week) logo.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


through September 17, 2006
Freer Gallery of Art

"The founder of the Freer Gallery of Art, Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), is best known as a pioneering western collector of Asian art, but when Freer started to buy art he began with contemporary American paintings and works on paper. Most of the major works that Freer acquired during his first 12 years as a collector, 1884–1896, were images of beautiful women by James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851–1938) or Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921).

This exhibition will bring together 21 of the most beautiful paintings that Freer ever acquired in order to explore some of the meanings these representations of beautiful women would have had for the artists who created them, for contemporary viewers, and for Freer. In addition to oil paintings by Whistler, the exhibition will feature several major paintings by Thayer and a large selection of exceptionally beautiful but rarely shown oil paintings by Dewing."

The galleries are located on the National Mall, the grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop. The Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Avenue, SW. The Freer Gallery of Art is located at Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW. The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space.

Hours and Admission
Hours are from 10 AM to 5:30 PM every day except Dec. 25, and admission is free.


Klee and America

June 17–September 10, 2006

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

$12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students.
No charge for visitors 18 and under or Museum Members.


Bush says Katrina recovery takes time - Yahoo! News

State of the Art

Read current art market predictions here

Will the boom ever end?
by Joanna Pitman
Rich buyers are shelling out large sums for art. But is a crash imminent?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Join artist Michele de la Menardiere for an exciting exhibition of works by eleven DC area artists on U Street in downtown DC on September 21, 2006 from 6:00 - 9:00pm

Senate Realty
909 U Street NW
Washington, DC

Donations go to the Children's Studio School

Arts on Foot 2006

Saturday, September 16
Rain or Shine

11:00am – 5:00pm


Arts on Foot will take place in various locations in the downtown area between 4th and 14th streets, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue and L Street, NW

Metro: Metro Center, Federal Triangle, Gallery Pl-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter, Judiciary Sq, or Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center

Use the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro stop for the Art Market and Outdoor Festival Site located on F Street, NW between 7th and 9th streets and 8th Street, NW between E and F streets

Come join the fun at Arts on Foot 2006, the 14th annual celebration of the arts in Downtown’s Penn Quarter!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Let the Art Fairs begin

Gravity and Grace - Nolan Wooten

"Bologna is a herald of the year of 2006 in the art world, it will be a year of gravity and grace alongside busy sales."

The Nevin Kelly Gallery bids Farewell to Dylan Scholinski

The Nevin Kelly Gallery bids Farewell to Dylan Scholinski
and Wishes him a Happy 40th Birthday

Thursday, August 24 from 6-9 pm

Dylan Scholinski, one of Washington's most gifted artists, just
turned 40 and will be moving to Denver in September. We host a farewell gathering for Dylan on August 24 from 6-9 pm. Several of Dylan's works will be on display and, to help Dylan with the move, we will be selling posters of his painting "Patient" (the original cover image for his book "The Last Time I Wore a Dress"). Please join us to bid Dylan a fond and memorable farewell.

See an image of the poster for sale here:
See more works by Dylan and a bio

Sunday, August 20, 2006

REMIX: East-West Currents in Contemporary Art

A survey of recent work demonstrating cross-cultural influences

I recently met the young Vietnamese artist, Van Nguyen and was impressed by her poetic paintings. She is one to keep an eye on. The addition of abstract painter extraordinare, Paul Ellis to the mix will make for excellent viewing. I'm looking forward to this Season's opener and hope to see you there.

Dates: August 15 - September 30, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 2006, 6 - 9 pm
Performance: REMIX: LIVE, Bridges to Contemporary Arts, Thursday, September 21, 7 pm

Arlington Arts Center presents REMIX: East - West Currents in Contemporary Art, a survey of recent work demonstrating cross-cultural influences. In this juried exhibition forty-six artists, both Asian and non-Asian, address the interchange of ideas and the intermingling of artistic or cultural influences between Asia and the U.S.

REMIX features 90 artworks in media including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, photography, and installation. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Kyan Bishop, David Carlson, Paul Ellis, Sharon Fishel, Tai Hwa Goh, Leena Jayaswal, Sunhee Kim Jung, Akiko Kotani, Taek Lee, Sarah Matsumoto, Nitin Mukul, Van Nguyen, Jeffrey Smith, Amy Glengary Yang.

Jurors for REMIX:
Debra Diamond, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Coordinating Curator Contemporary Asian Art,The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Claudia DeMonte, Independent Curator, NYC, Professor Emerita, University of Maryland, College Park
Carol Lukitsch, Curator, Arlington Arts Center.

Location: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201. AAC is located between Clarendon and Ballston at the corner of Wilson and Monroe, one block from the Virginia Square Metro station on the Orange Line.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm

WPA/C Turning the Page / Dissolved:The Abstracted Figure

There is a link to the exhibition on the WPA\C’s site:

Turning the Page series was developed in the Spring of 2005 as a small curated exhibition to showcase artists featured in the WPA\C 2006-2007 Artist Directory. Primarily, Turning the Page offers WPA\C staff and interns the curatorial opportunity to take a closer look at the diverse artwork featured within the pages of the Artist Directory and allows WPA\C Artist Members to gain increased exposure.

Riding on the success of the previous Turning the Page installments, WPA\C has launched an online exhibition for the second time to showcase selected artists. The online exhibition format continues to allow the artwork of featured artists; Mike Lewandowski, Angela White, Zoe Hathaway and Andrea Haffner to be viewed in an easily accessible and lively format.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

August 2006 - Summer Group Exhibition

Fraser Gallery Bethesda
August 11 - September 2, 2006

A group exhibition of new work by invited artists and artists represented by the Fraser Gallery. Including photographs by Lee Goodwin, Maxwell MacKenzie and Josh Barash and new paintings by John Aquilino, Sheila Giolitti and Michael Fitts. An opening reception for the artists was held on Friday, August 11 from 6pm - 9pm.

Fraser Gallery Bethesda
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E,
Bethesda, MD
(301) 718-9651

Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth

Displayed at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden June 22 – ­September 10, 2006

Anselm Kiefer (b. Germany, 1945) is widely recognized as one of the most significant artists working today. This exhibition— the first American survey of Kiefer’s work in almost twenty years — includes fifty large paintings, books, and sculptures created between 1969 and the present. The selection emphasizes the layers of meaning in the artist’s work, specifically focusing on his career-long meditation on the relationship between heaven and earth.

“This is not an exhibition about religion, but about why we keep looking for heaven and not finding it,” says Michael Auping, chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and organizer of the exhibition.

Kiefer’s images intertwine a complex range of sources, including alchemical treatises; Nordic, Greek, Egyptian, and early Christian mythology; and mystical Jewish texts, often relating such subjects to modern history. Kiefer’s evocative mixes of materials, such as paint, dried plants, clay, ash, and lead are visually fascinating. He paints immense landscapes ranging from lush to barren and panoramas of stars as he seeks to grasp the workings and mysteries of the cosmos. The presentation at the Hirshhorn is coordinated by curator Valerie Fletcher. “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth” is made possible by the global financial services firm UBS. The exhibition has been organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Artistic Infusion Program

The United States Mint once again invites artists nationwide to apply for its Artistic Infusion Program to help design American coins and medals. The Artistic Infusion Program was created to enrich and invigorate the design of United States coins and medals by developing a pool of professional artists (Master Designers and Associate Designers) and college and graduate-level art students (Student Designers) in sculpture, engraving, graphic design, drawing and other visual arts, who are invited to create and submit new designs for selected coin and medal programs throughout the year. For the class of 2007, the United States Mint is seeking up to 10 Associate Designers and up to 6 Student Designers, to add to the existing pool of artists.

Applications for Associate Designers must be received by September 15, 2006. The Student Designer applications must be received by October 16, 2006.

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

The deadline for grant applications is September 18, 2006.

Monday, August 14, 2006


Hi there. Looks like we're in for a colorful Fall.
CHALK4PEACE is spreading through the world.
It's coast to coast in America, in South Africa,
London and Egypt. Sites are cropping up daily
for this, the first worldwide young artists'
sidewalk chalk art project that gives kids of
all ages the chance to express their ideas and
messages about peace.

Please join and be a part of this global weekend
of creativity; create your own CHALK4PEACE site,
help your kids get to the nearest one in your community
or directly support the event in the ways we suggest.
Encourage your schools, libraries and art centers.
Help our children to paint a path of color around the world.

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

Friday, August 11, 2006

Exchange: DC / Baltimore

Presented by the WPA\C and The Creative Alliance

Exchange: Baltimore > DC
Dates: September 9 – October 14, 2006
Curator Peter Quinn selects Baltimore Artists to exhibit at the Warehouse Arts Complex (Washington, DC)
Location: Warehouse Arts Complex, 1021 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Opening Reception: September 9, 7-9pm

Exchange: DC > Baltimore
Dates: September 16 – October 21, 2006
Curator Gabriel Martinez selects DC artists to exhibit at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (Baltimore, MD)
Location: Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Opening Reception: September 16, 7-9pm

“Frontiers and Edges”

A Narrative Dialogue between Experimental Film-based Photography and Experimental Digital Photography

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception for
“Frontiers and Edges”
An Exhibition of Photographs by James W. Bailey and Louise Noakes

August 4 – September 15
Reception – Saturday, August 12, 6-8 pm

Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County

9419 Battle Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Phone: 703-330-2787

You can read the full press release for “Frontiers and Edges” at Black Cat Bone by clicking here

James Bailey will feature the largest collection yet exhibited of “Rough Edge Photography” pre-Katrina imagery of New Orleans. Art critic Louis Jacobson of the Washington City Paper previously reviewed “Burnversions", a solo-show from 2005 that featured a collection of these images. The review can be read here Most of the images featured in this exhibition will be on tour through 2007/08. This will be the last opportunity to see many of these works for some time in the metro D.C. area.

Contact James W. Bailey for more information:
Phone: 504-669-8650

“31 Days in July” painting project.

OPEN STUDIOTHIS Saturday, August 12th

Dana Ellyn
Mather Studios
916 G Street, NW #304
To be buzzed in, use the security phone outside to dial “0304” or look up by last name, “Ellyn”

By metro: Metro Center (exit toward 11th street) or Gallery Place (exit toward “Galleries”)
Dana Ellyn

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sadaat Ali at The Results Gallery

The Results Gallery is exhibiting artwork by Sadaat Ali, an Afghanistan refugee living in Pakistan, from August 17 – September 7, 2006. A reception for Sadaat will be held on August 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Gallery, 315 G Street SE, Washington, DC. All sales of Sadaat’s work will go toward assisting him to immigrate to the United States to pursue his artistic career. We hope you will join Steve Jones, Michael Gordon and Gary Fisher for this event.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


I'm heading to New Orleans today. Catch you next week.

Read today's heartbreaking WaPo article on the slow recoverty in the city. I saw these miles and miles of wrecked homes the last time I visited.

Stay kool.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale and Festival

Washington Post - United States

Friday-Saturday, August 5-6
14th and U Streets NW
Washington, DC
• Information:202-588-5606
• Price:Free..... Garden District, Go Mama Go!, GreenPets/Pet Essentials, Home Rule, Junction, Logan Hardware, Meeps, Millennium, Muleh, Nana, Nevin Kelly Gallery, NU2U, Pink ...

Arts Web Site online

Keep cool and while you are at it, check out the August Arts Web Site. Enjoy this month's interview with DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Director, Tony Gittens.
Artistically Speaking TV with Marilou Donahue.

Source Theatre's Last Act: Building To Be Arts Center

Read today's article here
Washington Post - United States
... Founded in the late 1990s, the group is supported by local foundations, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and private contributors. ...

7th Annual MidCity Dog Days of August Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2006 - Sunday, August 6, 2006
Location: 14th and U Street

The Dog Days of August are known for being muggy and uncomfortable in Washington, DC, except in MidCity DC on the first weekend of August. During this weekend visitors and residents flock to U Street, 14th Street, P Street, NW, and the surrounding community for hot shopping bargains at over 100 businesses, to relax with ice cool drinks and other specials at sidewalk cafés, and to enjoy festive activities such as bbq's, a dog show and contest, gallery showings, and live music. Stop by and visit the Cultural Toursim DC table.