Friday, September 29, 2006

Painterly Visions

Sun Ruby, 38" x 38" Mixed Media on Canvas ©2006

Evolving in the Silence, 36" x 36" Mixed Media on Canvas ©2006

These are two of my newest paintings which reflect the ideas of light and transparency, two concepts which have a home in poetic writings. I shipped the commissioned painting Sun Ruby to its new home in Mandeville, LA. It's just north of New Orleans across the 24 mile Causeway over Lake Ponchartrain, the largest lake in Louisiana.

If you are interested in my work, check out my website at

Ellyn Weiss: Circular Reasoning

October 4 - November 1, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 6-9 pm

Weiss's pastels, oil bar paintings, and prints are characterized by layers of bold colors in overlapping abstract shapes. The shapes seem to morph into recognizable forms and then quickly fade back into abstraction. Weiss admires art that communicates directly with the viewer, without the need for rigid interpretation. Her work is meant to be evocative and somewhat inscrutable. It conveys emotion without the encumbrance of particular meaning; it bypasses the brain and speaks directly to the soul.
1517 U Street NW
Washington, DC


(Downstairs gallery ) A joint installation by BRECK OMAR BRUNSON and SOLOMON SANCHEZ (Upstairs gallery) Mixed media by MICHAEL BALTZER and Paintings by NEHEMIAH DIXON


OPEN : Tuesdays and Saturdays 1-5 PM. This exhibit continues thru October 31,2006. PASS is located at the rear of 1617 S Street NW.,

For more information : Contact, Richard Siegman (202) 745-0796

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Artist Career Training at The Learning & Product Expo in Burbank

Anybody going to be in or near Burbank, California during the first week of October? You might want to check this out and sharpen your art business skills while seeing the latest in art products.
From Aletta de Wal, "Master the Business of Art" 650.917.1225

And while you are there, please tell Aletta that Anne says hello!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Save the date in your agenda!
(Two Mexican groups presented in collaboration with the Cultural Institute of Mexico)

OCTOBER 4 – 8, 2006


Friday, September 22, 2006

Teo Gonzalez @ Irvine Contemporary Art

J.T. Kirkland, Thinking about art has a review today about Teo Gonzalez @ Irvine Contemporary Art. (Click title above.)

One Shot

One Shot
Looking@Looking - Work in Progress

September 15 - October 27, 2006
1515 14th Street, NW
Ground Floor
Washington DC 20005

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

One Year Anniversary

Thanks to everyone for all your support and good wishes for this first blogging year. A year ago, I barely knew about blogging and it's been a pleasure putting out the art vibe thru this medium. As someone once said, " Keep on Truckin".
In honor of our anniversary I'm recommending Yo La Tengo. Their New CD, "I Am Not Afraid of You, And I will Beat Your Ass," go get it!


Nikolas Schiller is going to show his creative work (Awesome stuff!!) in the Westminster playground this Sunday. I'll be there on the early side to see this artist/cartographer exhibit some inspired pieces about our communities. I'm equally thrilled that Nikolas is showing in the Westminster Playground which is a gem of a pocket park nestled in our city on Westminster Street NW. I love that park because I spent so much time in the summer of 2002 creating the Westminster Mural there and getting to know the wonderful folks in the community. Now that Nikolas Schiller has thrown his artistic hat in the hood, Westminster is weighing in heavy on local talent. There's Mike Weber around the corner on 9th Street, Chuck Baxter on Westminster Street and some other Mid City Artists nearby. You'll find lots of surprises waiting for you. If your batteries run late night, well...I hear that the lights will be on until 10pm. See you early birds on Sunday.

A Cartographic Excursion

"Earlier this year, Nikolas R. Schiller was awarded a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Young Emerging Artist Grant and was commissioned to produce 8 maps of 8 locations in the 8 wards of Washington, DC. The funding allowed for Schiller to print three copies of each of the maps and in August, as proposed in the grant, Schiller donated one set of the maps to the Library of Congress' Geography & Mapping Division, which is the world's largest collection of maps, atlases, globes, and aerial photographs. On Sunday, September 24th, 2006 Schiller will be displaying these commissioned maps, along with hundreds other selected maps, at his local neighborhood playground. The backdrop to this wonderful playground setting is the You are invited to come to see the world like you've never seen it before!"

WHO: Nikolas R. Schiller, Award-winning Cartographer
WHAT: North, South, East, Westminster – A Cartographic Excursion
WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 5pm to 10pm
(Rain date: Monday, September 25 or the following rain-free day thereafter)
WHERE: Westminster Street Neighborhood Playground,
Located between 9th & 10th and S & T streets, NW, Washington, DC
1.5 blocks away from the U St. Metro (Green Line)

Exhibit sponsored in part by the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities,
an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts'
Challenge America Program. Approved by playground's administrator,
the Westminster Neighborhood Association.

Interactive Flyer:
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Static Flyer:

Web-Ready Flyer:

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Do you wanna dance?

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
and the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Dance Concerts
On Woodrow Wilson Plaza
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

September 22 & 29, 7:00 – 9:00pm
No Charge!

Friday, September 22
Disco in the District Featuring
Rose Royce (“Car Wash”)
Evelyn Champagne King (“Shame”)
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (“It Takes Two”)
Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men”)

Friday, September 29
Motown In The Downtown Featuring
The Temptations Review
with Dennis Edwards (“Papa Was a Rollin Stone”)


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
410 8th Street, NW

Monday, September 18, 2006

Chalk4Peace, a Worldwide Success

John Aaron, Director of the Museum of Modern Arf has spent the last 15 months organizing this philanthropic event. Museum of Modern Arf has been a mainstay of art located in Clarendon, VA. Aaron stages chalk events from his museum studio for community youth programs. He continues to create fantastic ceramic and 2 dimensional artwork. Call him for a tour of the Museum and studio. Email: goodogbaadog@modernarf.comPhoto Credits: John Aaron. All photos courtesy of John Aaron and


On Saturday morning, I joined happy children and organizer, John Aaron at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library to chalk the granite sidewalks in front of the library with messages of peace. Chalking with the young ones gave me a sense of joy and happiness. We all were full of imagination and color. A gentleman with a keen observation came up to me while I was watching the children chalk their designs. He said, "Look at these faces, I see no one here with boredom, children or adults. And there isn't a piece of technology anywhere to be seen. The kids are fully engaged. Look at their faces!"

Imagination and meaning...two vital life ingredients, had it's day here in Washington, DC and worldwide on Saturday at Chalk4Peace.

Chalk it Up to Peace CHALK4PEACE global event to take place at sites throughout Arlington on Sept. 16-17. By Mina Shaghaghi

Arlington-Based ‘Chalk4Peace' Aiming for a Million Participants


Woodlawn Elementary Students to Participate in Chalk4Peace


Marielle Mariano and Michele de la Menardiere

An art show at Senate Realty to benefit the Studio School in DC.

Location: Senate Realty
909 U Street, Washington, DC
When: Thursday, September 21, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Hosts Marielle Mariano and Michele de la Menardiere, in collaboration with Senate Realty, invite you to a celebration of art and urban living. This unique art reception, showcasing the work of eleven DC area artists, will take place in a U Street row house turned realty office.

Come see the work, meet the artists, enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and listen to the grooving beats of NYC’s Fresh Prodeuce Senate Realty representatives will be available to discuss their latest projects around the DC area to interested property investors.

This event will also benefit the Cardozo Shaw Neighborhood’s Children’s Studio School . This 30-year-old DC charter school provides arts based education programs to young children and adults in the community. The Studio School would appreciate donations to continue their programming efforts. Direct donations can be made at the reception and additionally, artists will donate a portion of their sales.

Artists will include:

Marielle Mariano
Michele de la Menardiere
Scott Hunter
Laura Flynn
Jennifer Hoak Kirvan
Chris Goodwin
Amy Bruce
aMe Perlman
Sally Tsou
Ginny Kinsey
Hilary Woznica

Friday, September 15, 2006

Wanna tour Washington, DC?

See article in the Washington Post today. (Click title above)
"Beyond the Bus"
By Eve Zibart

WaPo today -Our Picks

Friday, September 15, 2006; Page WE03
By Michael O'Sullivan

"Now collectively known as the Galleries of the 14th Street Arts Corridor, Adamson Gallery, Curator's Office, G Fine Art, Hemphill, plan b and Transformer will hold their first joint opening receptions Saturday from 6 to 9. While cruising the art, keep an eye out for three nearby trucks (stationed on 14th Street between P and Q streets NW). Featuring painting, video art and poetry, the mobile art galleries mark the debut of a project called "Street Scenes: Art Not Ads." Call Hemphill at 202-234-5601."

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Just a reminder that ARTS ON FOOT is THIS SATURDAY. Arts on Foot is an annual free celebration of the Arts in Downtown’s Penn Quarter Neighborhood.

DATE: Saturday September 16
LOCATION: F Street, NW between 7th and 9th streets
Art Fests: Tried and True and Boldly New
WaPo Style on the Go article.

Chalk4Peace this weekend

Don't forget to go Chalk4Peace at the Warehouse Theatre or the Martin Luther King Library on Saturday Morning's kickoff at 10:30am.
See you at MLK.

Tonight - Manon Cleary: A Retrospective

Washington Arts Museum
Edison Place Gallery

Manon Cleary: A Retrospective
Curated by Jean Lawlor Cohen
September 14 – October 27

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 14, 6:00pm

Panel Discussion October 5, 7:00pm
Curator Jean Lawlor Cohen, Moderator
Chris Addison, Owner, Addison-Ripley Gallery
Michael O’Sullivan, Critic and Writer
Paul Richard, Art Critic

Edison Place Gallery is located on 8th Street, NW just north of G Street. Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G streets.
Washington Arts Museum, a non-profit corporation, preserves the history of significant Washington-based artists and their works of art

Washington Arts Museum

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Zenith Gallery

Opening Reception To Meet the ArtistsFriday, September 15, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 3:00 – 5:00pm

On Exhibit
September 6 – October 1
Preview the show at

Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street, NW

A night of openings in the 14th Street Corridor

Saturday, September 16, 6:30-8:30

G Fine Art will host openings for Louis Cameron: Severe High Elevated Low and John Beech: Project Space at the Gallery, 1515 14th Street, NW.

Additionally this is the opportunity to view Ledelle Moe’s fabulous installation Memorial Collapse in the Metropolis building at 1520 14th street NW directly across from the gallery at ground level.

Roland Fischer’s Washington Suites will also be on view and open for the evening in the Metropolis Sales Office at 1522 14th street, NW.

1515 14th street NW, Washington, DC 20005 T 202.462.1601 F 202.462.1604

Project 4 presents :

Alex Gutierrez

September 15 - September 30, 2006
Reception: Friday, September 15,  6:00-8:30pm

Project 4 is proud to present Soft Sites, a site specific installation of white Lycra by artist Alex Gutierrez.  The stretched fabric will cover the entire gallery and explores both the human body’s dynamics in an architectural space and how form and mechanics can influence perception and behavior. Gutierrez’ Lycra structures are enclosures that have an accessible interior - a sort of ’bodyscape’ architecture, as Gutierrez calls it - that is both prison-like and protective. The manipulated Lycra shapes combine strength and complexity with a simple form that has the fragility and permeability of a membrane. 

Gutierrez says, “Lycra is basically a stretchy material, a synthetic fiber generically known as spandex that was invented by a chemist at DuPont in 1959. When the Lycra I will use at Project 4 is right next to the wall, it’s invisible. But as I stretch it, and it slowly comes off the wall, it takes on a diaphanous shape. The real issue I’m dealing with is boundaries, and how they fluctuate between the opaque and the porous. That’s what attracts me to Lycra, you get a real range within the same material. Because no fiber or thread ever really stands still, there is a constant tension in the work. But Lycra’s tactile quality also creates a feeling of calm and comfort. People’s reaction to the Lycra sculptures - whether they are open to it, or keep their distance, or are simply apprehensive - parallels, in my opinion, relationships they would normally have with other people.”

Alex Gutierrez was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1974.  He received a BA from the University of Maryland and a two year degree from the Art Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy.  He is currently a MFA candidate in the Mount Royal school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Contact: Anne Surak, Director

Project 4
903 U Street NW  Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340  fax: 202 232 4341

Hours: 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.


Saturday, September 16, 2006
6:30 - 8:30 PM


There’s A Song In The Air

September 16 - October 28, 2006

1515 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

The Kennedy Center Open House and Chalk Festival

The Kennedy Center Open House and Chalk Festival where invited artists create chalk drawings. They will be featuring the Gulf Coast artists this year, check out the great line up. Click link above.

"From gospel, zydeco, and New Orleans jazz to folkabilly, funk, and Delta blues, the five states lining the Gulf Coast are bursting with rich regional traditions. On the stages during the festival, you can catch performers whose roots took hold in towns, cities, bayous, and parishes along fabled U.S. Route 90, also known as the Gulf Coast Highway. This roadway remains key to the area's colorful identity, enabling artists to travel, share, and mix their styles into a savory cultural gumbo"

Saturday September 16
From 12 pm - 7pm

Nanci Griffith
Marcia Ball
Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie
Henry Gray
Wild Magnolias
Tremé Brass Band
The Blind Boys of Alabama

and many more artists.

Artist Fellowship Applicant Exhibition

Friday - September 15th, 2006
DC Commission on Arts & Humanities Artist Fellowship Applicant Exhibition - 6 pm until....
1054 31st St NW
Canal Square in Georgetown
Underground Parking - $7 all day on Weekends and after 5 pm weekdays
Free parking may be found on side streets a few blocks up or down 31st St
for more info contact Dave Quammen
202.342.6230 gallery 

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What's Your Pick? 2 Nights, 8 Venues

Hhmmm, it's going to be a toss up or perhaps a horserace to choose which exciting exhibition opening to attend this week, a fall return to art world action. See you somewhere out there.

On Fri., SEPT. 8...opening receptions
Pulse 2006 at Hillyer Art Space, 5:00-8:00pm
*David Febland collideAscope at Fraser Gallery, 6:00-9:00pm
Evan Reed: New & Recent Sculptures at Flashpoint, 6:00-8:00pm
ReMix at the Arlington Art Center, 6:00-9:00pm
Dangling at Pyramid Atlantic, 6:30 - 8:30pm

and more on Sat., SEPT. 9...opening receptions

Teo González, 226,085 Drops & Iñigo Navarro Dávila: Photographs at Irvine Contemporary, 6:00-8:00pm
Five Fall Exhibitions at the Katzen Art Center, 6:00-9:00pm
Exchange: Baltimore@DC at the Warehouse Gallery, 7:00-10:00pm

Paul Klee: The Silence of the Angel

Film Screening
Date: Friday, September 8
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Michael Gaumnitz’s stunning documentary examines how Klee revolutionized traditional concepts of composition and color by listening to the heartbeat of nature.
Co-sponsored by The Embassy of Switzerland.

Fee: Included in museum admission.

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-2151
Fax: (202) 387-2436

Artist on Artist: Sam Gilliam, "Mr. Kiefer What is Your Message?"

September 8, 2006 at 12:30 pm

Discover more about the works on view in these special tours with artists as they discuss their perspectives on the work of their peers. A major figure of the post-1960s era and one of DC's more important artists, Gilliam achieved widespread acclaim with his groundbreaking draped paintings, which blur distinctions between painting, sculpture, and architecture. A retrospective of Sam Gilliam's work including the Hirshhorn's painting by the artist, organized and exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, is on tour until 2007. Meet at the Information Desk.

Hirshhorn Museum
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC
Information: 202-633-1000 or 202-357-1729 (TTY)

Admission and programs are free

Monday, September 04, 2006


NOBELITY, will be playing Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington D.C. from September 8 – 14.

The film’s director, Turk Pipkin, and Christine Rovner, director of Student Pugwash USA, will host the reception and screening, and will conduct a Q & A following the film.

Event: NOBELITY - a Washington D.C. Premier memorial tribute to Sir Joseph Rotblat

Date: Friday, September 8, 2006

Time: 7:00 p.m. Screening
8:30 p.m. Q & A with director Turk Pipkin and Christine Rovner

Place: Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC

"Inspiring. This film could have a huge impact on the world." - Ann Richards

To everyone in the D.C. area who shares concerns about the future we are leaving for our children, we'd like to invite you to the Washington D.C. opening night premier of NOBELITY, a feature documentary which looks at the world's most pressing problems through the eyes of Nobel laureates, including Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Dr. Harold Varmus and Sir Joseph Rotblat.

In conjunction with Student Pugwash USA and The Nobelity Project, the film’s Washington D.C. opening night premier on Friday, September 8 will be a memorial tribute screening celebrating the life and work of Sir Joseph Rotblat. Having dedicating 50 years of his life to the battle against nuclear proliferation — a mission that was left to him by Albert Einstein — Joseph Rotblat passed away in August, 2005, just a few months after filming a cautionary interview with Turk Pipkin on the increasing dangers of nuclear proliferation. Rotblat’s work continues through the groups Pugwash and Student Pugwash USA.

Tickets to the full week of screenings, including the Joseph Rotblat tribute, are available in advance at or at the box office, (202) 452-7672


Information about THE NOBELITY PROJECT, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to a better world for all our children, is available at
Information about the film — and the film’s extraordinary trailer with a voiceover by Willie Nelson — are available at:

Distributed by FFM Entertainment and monterey media, NOBELITY has been an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival, the Global Peace Film Festival, and the recent Tahoe/Reno Intl Film Festival where NOBELITY received a standing ovation and the festival top honor Audience Award.

Student Pugwash USA (SPUSA) is an educational, nonprofit organization that increases students' ability to think independently about the issues that affect society — issues that range from international conflict to environmental protection, from genetics research to civil rights. SPUSA focuses on the interplay that lies at the juncture of science, technology, and public policy. More information is available at

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Exhibition - Mindy Weisel: Words on a Journey

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - Sunday, October 29, 2006
The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Artists' Reception: September 9, 2006 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: AU Museum at the Katzen

Celebrate the openings of AU Museum's five fall exhibitions:
Life After Death: New Leipzig Painters from the Rubell Family Collection;
Eberhard Havekost: New Works from the Rubell Family Collection;
Hungarian Revolution, 1956;
Mindy Weisel: Words on a Journey;
Athena Tacha: Small Wonders.

Free and open to the public.

"Mindy Weisel's heritage as the only daughter of Holocaust survivors has long spurred her work as a painter, author, and lecturer (currently at the Corcoran School of Art and Design). In this exhibition, the Washington-based artist premieres works in an entirely new technique, fused glass.

Weisel, an AU alumna, began working in glass two years ago almost by accident, taking an informal class near where she makes prints. There she discovered the medium's “ability … to hold the moment, the memory, the feeling” more effectively than painting. Weisel starts each piece by writing calligraphic marks and then manipulates, improvises, stains and sometimes breaks up several pieces of the molten material to fuse and layer into a single composition.

Words on a Journey (borrowed from a poem) refers to Weisel's journey through life as well as the implied meanings within each piece. In one work, her father's concentration camp number and mother's love of the color blue fuse into a luminous, emotionally charged commentary on memory and loss. Catalog with an interview by Jack Rasmussen, AU Museum Director and Curator accompanies the exhibition."

The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Metro: Tenleytown/AU (Red line)
Phone: 202-885-1300

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Frontiers and Edges" - A Video Tour: Part I

James Bailey has created a dizzying video tour of his current exhibition, "Frontiers and Edges". You might just want to go see the exhibition in real time - slow motion.

“Frontiers and Edges”
August 4 – September 15, 2006
An Exhibition of Photographs by James W. Bailey and Louise Noakes
A Narrative Dialogue Between Experimental Film-based Photography and Experimental Digital Photography

Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
9419 Battle Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Phone: 703-330-2787