Tuesday, October 31, 2006

City Hall Art Collection - Opening Reception Night Photos

The City Hall Art Collection Reception "HeArt of DC" on October 31, 2006. Check it out. I hope you like the photos! My cityscape painting, "Westminster Street" is on the Fifth Floor in the Ceremonial Hallway, Special Collection. The work of 113 well-known and emerging artists is on view from the ground to the fifth floors. John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Open to visitors, photo ID required.

The opening reception was well attended with over 1000 folks coming to support the arts. Mayor Anthony Williams, Council members Linda Cropp and Vincent Gray, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Chair Dorothy McSweeney and Executive Director Anthony Gittens gave welcome speechs to visitors and lots of applause to the many artists whose works now adorn the halls. As Mayor Williams said, Art is not just necessary; it proves vital to the economy of Washington, DC. Mayor Williams reminded us that after September 11, DC was desperate to bring economic recovery to the city. With the help of the arts, through whimsical projects such as the Party Animals and Pandemania, the city made an economic recovery and is strong today! As he was speaking to the many guests, I thought G--! I’m going to miss this Mayor who is a strong supporter of the arts in DC…and his mother, Mrs. Virginia Williams. I hope they will continue working to keep the forward momentum for the arts. I’ve seen amazing changes through the partnership of the city with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in the last decade and I like the current art climate. Now, with the newly installed City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC is coming of age as a vital arts destination showcasing its finest creative talent. 80% of the artists in this new City Hall Art collection live in the Washington, DC area.

Artist Sondra N. Arkin was the Collection's Curator with Exhibition Selection Panelists: Betty Akers, Patricia Elwood, George Koch, Jack Rasmussen, Jacquelyn Serwer, Alec Simpson, and Ira E. Stohlman. Weighing in with essays on the art, in a handsome commemorative catalogue, are F. Lennox Campello, David Furchgott, Johanna Halford-MacLeod, Jack Rasmussen and Claudia Rousseau. The catalogue was designed by Mary Beth Ramsey with editorial assistance by Julia Morelli. The staff at the DC Commission including Charlotte Hoffman, Lisa Thomas, Rachel Dickerson, Carolyn Parker and Ebony Blanks did an exemplary job of coordinating the event and facilitating the installation.

Lots of folks put in time and effort for this amazing collection to come to life. City Hall is a cavernous building, albeit beautifully redone, which has more uncovered walls just waiting for art. Council Member Linda Cropp commented how wonderful to enter the building on the D Street entrance now and see a beautiful painting (Freya Grand’s Haute des Forets). As well, the main entrance on the ground floor showcases 13 artists and the art continues on every level up to the fifth floor. "All the artwork makes the building come alive," says Cropp. And I agree that roaming through the vast halls with open spaces and long corridors feels more like “home” now with “our” artists hanging on the walls. Great job everybody!

The City Hall Art Collection is one of many projects brought to life by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Contact: Charlotte Hoffman or Rachel Dickerson
Email: cah@dc.gov

Anne Marchand's Larger Slide Show - view here photoset


Monday, October 30, 2006

Upcoming Bethesda Painting Awards

Bethesda’s 3rd annual juried art competition and exhibition honoring painters. This competition will award $14,000 in prize monies to four selected painters. Artists must submit 5 slides of original work that has been completed in the last 2 years, and will be available for the duration of the exhibit (June 6 - July 7, 2007).

A panel of jurors will be selecting the finalists; Dr. Brandon Fortune, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery; W.C. Richardson, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Maryland and Tanja Softic, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.

Artists must submit 5 slides of original artwork, $25, and the application form to apply.

For a submission form download at www.bethesda.org, call 301/215-6660 ext 17, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 to receive an application.

Contact: Carly Meyers
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc.

Mayor's Arts Awards on the Horizon

(Click image for larger view)
Who do you want to nominate?
Contact Lisa Richards at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for a nomination form.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Arts Council of Fairfax County Partners with GRACE to Present Annual Exhibition

Opens this week...a great group show juried by Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the new American University Museum at the Katzen, Washington, DC.

Arts Council of Fairfax County Annual Juried Exhibition
at the the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in Reston, Virginia,
a first time collaboration to present this annual exhibition

November 3 - December 1, 2006

Opening Reception at GRACE
Friday, November 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
Awards and Juror's Remarks, 7 p.m

"As I approached this portrait, I kept thinking about how Papa looked over his lifetime. A handsome man, I wanted to capture that as well as show the signs of time that now mark his features. ..I saw the face that I wanted to portray: a portrait stripped of the usual accouterments of status associated with traditional portraits, yet conveying a man of dignity and distinction." "Portraits are posed figuration. But what is most important is who is doing the posing. Is the subject posing, is the artist inventing the pose, is the pose meaningful or an accidental glimpse of life that communicates on a personal level. It can be all of this, and I think that is why figuration and portraiture are so compelling and continue to be relevant in today’s art. " -Josephine Haden www.josephinehaden.com

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)
12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, VA 20190
Telephone: 703-471-20190
GRACE Gallery Hours
Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

New life comes to once gritty capital streets

Meeghan Truelove of Travel Leisure Magazine writes about D.C's Mid City burgeoning art and city scene with a mention of several new galleries including Project 4, Nevin Kelly and Irvine Contemporary.

"New life comes to once gritty capital streets, as shops, restaurants, galleries, clubs, and scenesters take up residence." Read here

Conversation with Collectors Hugh and Marie Halff

Illustrated Lecture--Barbara Guggenheim
and Conversation with Collectors Hugh and Marie Halff
4:00 PM
Reynolds Center--McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Discover how personal art collections evolve from a conversation with collectors Hugh and Marie Halff, moderated by Chief Curator Eleanor Harvey. Expertise will also be offered in a lecture by Barbara Guggenheim, an internationally known art consultant.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery—two museums that tell America's stories through art, history and biography—share a newly renovated National Historic Landmark building in downtown Washington D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, named in honor of a generous gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, includes the two museums and their special-purpose facilities: the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

The museums are located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s vibrant new downtown, a few blocks from the National Mall. The main entrance is at 8th and F Streets, N.W.

Admission is free
11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily
Closed December 25

In today's WaPo "The Heart of DC"

The District
Saturday, October 28, 2006; Page C14

"EXHIBIT Looking Into "The Heart of DC" We spied a few big local names, including Sam Gilliam, William Christenberry and Jiha Moon, among the 100 artists whose works have been acquired by the District for the John A. Wilson Building's very own collection of art. The 175 pieces, amassed this year in what officials say is only the first phase of the collection, will be unveiled Tuesday in their new home during a reception, with hors d'oeuvres and music by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Combo. Free, but ID required. 5-7 p.m. (After the opening, the works can be seen weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP to 202-724-2042."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Links: Iron Works Sculpture Exhibition

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
(Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line, North, Q Street Exit)

November 2, 2006 – January 25, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2006 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Orna Ben-Ami's 19 iron sculptures "convey thought-provoking contrasts: war and peace, memory and forgetting... Critically acclaimed for the surprising contrast between the material and themes of the sculpture, Links presents a collection replete with personal content that intersects with collective memories."


Saturday, October 28, 10am - 4pm

Church of the Pilgrims

2201 P Street, NW, Washington, DC

Please come out tomorrow to the Dupont Circle Arts Festival. Over 80 artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their crafts including Mary D. Ott and Michele de la Menardiere.

For details please visit Church of the Pilgrims Fall Festival This event is happening RAIN OR SHINE (there will be booths inside and outside!) So come out either way. The church is conveniantly located just 3 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro (walk down P Street towards Georgetown).

Meat Market Gallery Opening, "Urban Sight"

November 2 - 26, 2006
Opening Reception: November 3, 6-9pm

Have you seen the new gallery in town? (North of the Safeway on 17th Street between Church and R Street NW). It's a bright interior open space and a welcome addition to the art galleries.

Meat Market Gallery
1636 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Want to Find Out How To Design Your Walls With Art?

Design Scheme Interiors is partnering with Authentic Art Consulting and Roxanne's Artiques to bring you a workshop about incorporating art in your interior decorating and design. See information below!

Saturday, November 4, 2006
Workshop: Collecting and Displaying Art in Interiors
Co-Sponsored by Roxanne's Artiques, Authentic Art Consulting and Design Scheme Interiors , LLC
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $20.00 per participant
Location: Roxanne's Artiques, 3426 9th Street, NE, Washington, DC
Metro: 1/2 block from Brookland/Catholic University -Red Line

This interactive workshop will help you identify the right kind of art for your interior decorating needs; choose a theme to bring continuity to art displayed in your home; and, display art in unique ways in your home.

For more information and to register contact Roxanne Carter at Roxanne's Artiques at (202) 526-7020 or e-mail: Roxannesartiques@hotmail.com

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Review of Inga Frick @ MPA

Thinking About Art has pictures of the exhibition.
The exhibition is on until November 4, 2006.

llusion: Now, Mind and World
New Work by Inga McCaslin Frick

Curator's Statement

Inga McCaslin Frick creates large and complex works that deftly combine painting, assemblage and digital images. Exploring far reaching ideas that include the nature of spatial perception and how subjective and objective reality combine to create experience, these pieces speak clearly to both intellect and imagination. In addition, they also draw the viewer into an engaging and often arresting dynamic based on a visceral reaction to the interaction between materials and technique.

McLean Project for the Arts
located on the second level of
The McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue
McLean, VA 22101
Phone 703-790-1953
E-Mail mpaart@aol.com

The word is out! - New Bloggers in town

Julia Morelli, deputy director of the gallery and Nevin Kelly, owner and gallery director of Nevin Kelley Gallery are new bloggers, the first gallery to join the ranks in Washington, DC.
Check them out often, http://nevinkellygallery.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

An Artist's (and Others) Worst Nightmare

So much for gestural articulation. Oops, that hurts.

Wynn Punches Hole In $139 Million Picasso.

"Steve Wynn was showing a group Picasso's "Le Reve" when... "He raised his hand to show us something about the painting -- and at that moment, his elbow crashed backwards right through the canvas. There was a terrible noise. Wynn stepped away from the painting, and there, smack in the middle of Marie-Therese Walter's plump and allegedly-erotic forearm, was a black hole the size of a silver dollar - or, to be more exactly, the size of the tip of Steve Wynn's elbow - with two three-inch long rips coming off it in either direction." Read more here...Huffington Post

Employment Opportunity / Studio Manager for Public Artist Studio

Office/Studio Manager: Weitzman Studios - MD

Weitzman Studios, Inc. creates some of the largest and most remarkable public art and highway infrastructure projects across the country. Please visit website, www.weitzmanstudios.com , to see examples of the exciting sculptures and interactive environments. They are looking for a resourceful person with at least one year of office experience, including a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and normal office equipment, to assist with general office maintenance. This position is full-time. The employee (salary commensurate w/ exp.) should be a strong writer and have great organizational skills. He/she will do project support, copy writing, finance tracking, and general office duties. Email resume, cover letter, salary requirements and two writing samples to Weitzman Studios, Inc. at creativedesignresolutions@hotmail.com or fax them to 301-699-0389. This job is located in the Washington, D.C. metro area in Brentwood, MD. No phone calls please.

Free Hugs Campaign (here)

Interesting...Do you need a Hug? "All The Same" music by sick puppies.

One Way To Rip Money (Click here)

Banksy does Kate Moss. "A series of Kate Moss paintings in the style of Andy Warhol were sold at a Sotheby's art auction for a record £50,400."
How's that for a haul?

Best Seller: CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, Opens In Movie Theatres This Week.

"CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD opens in theaters this coming Friday, October 27, 2006 and in Canada, November 10.  I highly recommend that you go see the film this weekend. We need more films like this in theaters and the best way for us to support the filmmakers is to show up on opening weekend! Let’s show the media and the studios that we will turn out to see a movie about love and compassion, not the Hollywood formula of fear and violence." - Hale Dwoskin
“An incredibly emotional journey.”
--Deepak Chopra

Watch the trailer: www.cwgthemovieonline.com

Adapted from the books by Neale Donald Walsch that inspired and changed the lives of millions worldwide, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD tells the true story of Walsch (Henry Czerny) who, at the lowest point in his life, asks God some very hard questions. The answers he gets from God/within become the foundation of an internationally-acclaimed book series that has sold over 7 million copies and been translated into 34 languages. The film chronicles the dramatic journey of a down and out man who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author.


Industry veteran and producer/director Stephen Simon had long aspired to bring CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD to the screen.

“My film career has been dominated by the quest to make films out of three extraordinary books, the first two as a producer and the third as producer/director,” he says.

“First, it was SOMEWHERE IN TIME, which took almost 5 years from the time I first read it until the film was released. Next, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME took almost 20 years. Now, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD has been in my head and, most importantly, my heart for almost 10 years.

For the past decade, I have dreamed of making Neale’s very emotional, provocative and surprising journey into a movie. As a filmmaker, my guiding principle has been that this film had to be from and of the heart.”

Over the past ten years, Neale Donald Walsch received offers to turn his book and life story into a film. He turned them all down. However, due to Walsch’s enthusiasm for WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, the Academy Award-winning film that Simon produced in 1998, the two became friends.

Walsch says that Simon has an “extraordinarily high level of artistic integrity, vision and willingness to collaborate,” and therefore, he finally agreed to have his story told on the big screen.

Principal photography on CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD began November 7, 2005. It was shot over the course of five weeks in and around beautiful Ashland, Oregon and the nearby Rogue Valley.

The Starbucks Experience

An interesting observation by Canadian Artist Robert Genn

Recently I wrote a letter about the similarity of running a business and being an artist. As usual a whole bunch of artists agreed with me, and a whole bunch of others told me I'd been drinking my turps. Then yesterday I picked up a reading sample--that's book-talk for a preview of an upcoming book. "The Starbucks Experience, Five Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary," by psychologist Joseph Michelli will be out next month.

Michelli was granted unlimited access to the inside workings of Starbucks. In case you didn't know, Starbucks is the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world. There are now more than 11,000 outlets in 37 countries--five new ones start pouring coffee every day. Howard Schultz, the founder, began in Seattle, Washington in 1971 with one shop. If you'd invested $10,000 when stock was first offered in 1992, you'd now have $650,000. Starbucks is regularly voted one of the best run companies. Starbucks has changed coffee culture from dullsville 50 cent mugs of murky brew to $4.00 specialties like "quad, two-pump vanilla, one-and-one-quarter sugar-free hazelnut,ristretto latte, half soy, half nonfat, extra hot, with whip." Staff at Starbucks are real friendly taking dough out of your pocket, and customers love the custom treatment. Who would've thought? Even Howard Schultz was surprised. His second big idea had been to open another shop in Portland.

Michelli found the Starbucks culture to be an overflowing cup of empowerment. All employees, from the top brass to the 20-hour-per-week "baristas" are offered a stake in the company. But this is only part of what makes the company so different and so successful. When I read the five principles I almost gagged:
1 Make it your own
2 Everything matters
3 Surprise and delight
4 Embrace resistance
5 Leave your mark

I'm inviting you to take a look at those principles and see if they don't apply every time you go into your studio and pick up your tools. Think about those principles, and then let's meet at Starbucks. It's just down the road.

PS: "The Starbucks Experience reflects tenets that are simple, yet not simplistic. They are results-oriented and can be deceptively powerful when applied." (Joseph Michelli)

Esoterica: Starbucks goes to a lot of trouble to train employees to be both skilled in the culture and happy in their work. Unlike most companies, Starbucks spends more on training than advertising. Job satisfaction translates into an emotional customer connection. For example, when "Surprise and delight" happens during the making of something, the effect is transferred down the line. In any creative endeavor, "How can I delight myself?" is a most important question. It's hard for some of us to believe, but more than one person has a stake in the outcome of our work. "Double double, please."

Sunday, October 22, 2006

City Hall Art Collection - Opening Reception


The City Hall Art Collection at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, DC will make its debut with a reception for the artists and the artwork from 5-7PM.
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The artwork of 113 artists is on display in the Wilson Bldg. on the Ground floor through the 5th Floors in public hallways. The new public art collection of Washington, DC area artists showcases 100 artists including Bill Christenberry, Freya Grand, Sam Gilliam, Steven Kushner, Maggie Michael, Marie Ringwald, Robin Rose, Renee Stout, Lou Stovall, Alexandra Silverthorne, Renee Stout, Tim Tate, Yuriko Yamaguchi, and many others. The Collection is representative of the enormous creative talent in Washington, DC. You can see my painting and 12 other artists work including Sylvia Snowden, Betsy Damos, Gene Davis and Walter Kravitz in the Fifth Floor Ceremonial Hallway, Special Collection. 80% of the artists reside in DC and it is the largest collection of local art open to the public. Established and emerging artists are represented in this important City Hall Art Collection.
Hosted/sponsored by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Reception Details:
City Hall Art Collection
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Remarks @ 6:00 p.m.
General Public is Invited
Photo ID required to enter this building
Free Admission
Music by Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Combo
Food provided by Whole Foods Market
RSVP Requested to Carolyn.Parker@dc.gov or (202) 724-2042

Congratulations to Curator, Sondra Arkin for bringing excellence to light in the halls of Washington, DC with the City Hall Art Collection. Sondra has put in a lot of hard work over the year to make this exhibition a top notch collection. Come meet and congratulate her at the opening reception! Read Jessica Gould's (she's the new and welcomed WCP reviewer) article "If These Walls Could Gawk"
With over 4000 works to choose from in the first call, and 153 purchased by the Selection Panel, the arts commission is committed to adding work every couple of years. This will be the largest collection of DC artists on exhibition downtown open daily for visitors.

There are a number of parking garages nearby, but they highly recommend public transportation.
Enter through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.
Remarks begin at 6:00 —There will be "maps" of the collection at the Opening Reception and at the Security Desk in the future to help visitors find where the art is hung. Art will be on the Ground Floor through the 5th Floors in public hallways.

Read more at Nevin Kelley Gallery Blog

Saturday, October 21, 2006

You know Those Days When Things Just Click?

According to Vedic Astrologer, Dennis Flaherty, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in the constellation of Libra form a variety of Saraswati Yoga in the second to third week of October. "Saraswati is the goddess of the inspirited Fine Arts." So if you haven't already reved up your creative engines, this could be a good week to get in the studio!

September 16 - October 28, 2006

I went to the Hemphill Gallery this morning with the lovely Carlotta Hester to hear Robin Rose talk about his new encaustic works. This new body of work, he refers to as his terrestrial and celestial paintings. Rose is a very personable, down to earth yet eccentric artist, who considers excellence in craft a prime component of his work. He produces each piece, one at a time, without the help of studio assistants. During his talk, Rose discussed his motives for painting, the need and desire of the artist to connect with something personally meaningful. Music, sounds and life experiences are the somethings that resonate in the life of the artist and get translated to the work. His references to Jimmy Hendrick and Billie Holiday as well as his background as a musician (keyboards) with the Urban Verbs gives some insight on his love of sound and rhythm. Likeness - Rose's paintings are like mantra's where the artist enters a world of trance, like the whirling dervishes, to arrive at a point of universal connection with the divine. "I have never experienced anything else like that state of trance in painting and I want to keep experiencing it." says Rose.

Robin Rose is a contemporary master of the encaustic process, an ancient artform using beeswax and pigment. Rose uses the medium on honeycombed aluminum panels that float off the gallery walls in their worldly and other worldy rhythms and pulses. The visual sound of the paintings are part of the experience. The subtle textures and colors mesmerize the eye. Robin Rose is a man who intensely studies the world around him. His work reveals the patterns of growth and decay that he witnesses. Translucency plays a big role in his surfaces that reflect layers of painting underneath. Rose plans to mount an overhead camera and document a painting's progress in the future to reveal the hundreds of paintings underneath.

This morning's lecture brought a breath of fresh air into my psyche and I hope to hear more from this inspired and inspiring artist. It is not often enough, that I meet an artist who exudes an optimism and zest for life and creativitiy with the honest expression of this artist. When you spend time looking at his paintings, you enter the trance with the artist and stand in a space of wonder and awe. "Something is going on in the Washington Art Scene," says Rose...and that something is Robin Rose's new encaustic paintings. Don't miss this exhibition!

1515 14th ST. N W
W A S H I N G T O N , D C
2 0 2 . 2 3 4 . 5 6 0 1

-Mary Roehm

Mary Roehm is a ceramic artist, professor, and Director of the Ceramics Professional Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York.  Mary is known for her gravity-defying, paper-thin, wheel-thrown, wood fired porcelains.  Her design and technical skills, as well as the subtlety and beauty of her work, have led to residencies, exhibitions, and travels internationally.  Her work is in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as many other distinguished public collections.

Related Lecture/ Slide Show: Mary Roehm will discuss the extraordinary design of her elegant wood fired vessels on Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00 pm in the Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery.
In this workshop, Mary will combine a morning demonstration of her technique, ideas, and concerns about preparing and handling the material, with an afternoon interactive discussion with participants. Those who work in clay may bring their own work, and collectors may bring the work of others for discussion and critique. Participants who wish to will be able to work on the potter’s wheel and talk about their own technique. The workshop will be held at Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studio.

Workshop Participants:  For those who wish to participate in the hands-on portion, please bring clay, throwing tools, a couple of soft bristled (haki) brushes and a stick about 30" to 36" long. Instructions for and directions to the workshop will be sent out approximately one week before the workshop.

For more details and to register, contact the Renwick Gallery at (301) 907-3888 or jraoffice@jra.org

Friday, October 20, 2006

Abstract Art Show Work by Michele de la Menardiere

October 21, 2006

Studio One Eight
2452 18th Street, NW

cost: free

Come out October 21st for a super fun art show at StudioOneEight gallery in the heart of Adams Morgan. Michele de la Menardiere will be exhibiting her most recent colorful abstract work along with other talented artists. There will be treats, libations...all that good stuff.

Michele de la Menardiere

Opportunity for Classical Artist

Inaugural Application Deadline Extended to December 1, 2006


A Biannual Affiliated Fellowship at The American Academy in Rome for American Painters and Sculptors

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America is pleased
and proud to announce the establishment of the Alma Schapiro Prize, a new affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome for distinguished American students or professionals with demonstrable commitment to the classical tradition and its contemporary practice in painting and sculpture. The Alma Schapiro Prize will be a permanent and prominent part of the Institute's national educational mission.

Room, board, and a working studio will allow the recipient to
participate fully in the rich intellectual milieu of the Academy along with the great world capital it calls home.

Further details and the application form are posted on

Cafe Luna is Calling all Artists!

Come in and claim your niche!

Please email proposals to: webmaster@skewers-cafeluna.com 
  Deadline for submitting proposals: November 15, 200

cafe luna & skewers 
1633 P Street NW - Washington - DC - 20036 - (202) 387-4005

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Trunk Show
Apparel by Diana Inman
Reversible Apparel casual daytime clothes that convert to elegant evening wear
Travel Wear coordinated attire for perfectly dressed business or personal trips
Custom Designs
made-to-order garments
Diana Inman will be available to help with selections and discuss custom designs

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will be donated to support museum exhibitions and educational programming

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

'Wash Post' Editor Downie: Everyone in Our Newsroom Wants to Be a Blogger (click here)

Read what journalists think of bloggers.

"Reporters love newsroom blogs, said Downie, because they put writers in better touch with their readers: "Everyone in our newsroom wants to be a blogger."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


10:00 - 11:30AM

RSVP 202.234.5601



Studio One Eight is pleased to announce the Opening Reception of Abstracticon;  an exhibition featuring works by artists Ben Olsen, Michele de la Menardiere, Marina Reiter, Melissa Allison, and Gabriel Pons.  
Saturday Night | 10.21.06 

Abstracticon explores our artists’ sensitivities to rhythm and pattern resulting in vivid ruminations of color. Mediums are manipulated into an evolving compendium of shapes, lines and layers that suggest the inner monologues of their creators. Without concrete imagery to tell a story, viewers are liberated from specifics and allowed to meditate on simpler theories and themes of their own. 

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 21st 2006 from 7-10 p.m. Closing reception will be held November 4th 2006 from 7-10 p.m.

Contact Gallery Manager, Noriko Allison noriko@studiooneeight.com| 703.862.2775 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Studio One Eight
2452 18th Street NW | DC | 20009 | www.www.studiooneeight.com| 703.862.2775 


October 20,  7pm
416 H St NE Washington DC 20002

One of their projects is the exciting opening of a new gallery space. Dissident Gallery presents Valentina Loi, Piero Passacantando and Steve Frost.

studio line :: 202-332-3346

Dissident Display Studios
416 Hst NE
Washington DC, 20002


November 3 to December 22, 2006
Opening reception / Friday / November 3/ 6 - 8pm

Mixed media wall and standing sculptures

A. AUBREY BODINE: Baltimore Pictorial Photographer
Celebrating Bodine’s 100th Birthday,
Vintage photographs from the 1940s to 1960s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Takoma Community Center Mural - Poster Available


DC Creates Public Art Program Artist, Anne Marchand publishes poster of the Takoma Community Center Mural, “Building Blocks, High Up Close To Heaven”

Washington, DC, October 17. 2006--
WHO: Anne Marchand, Artist and Muralist, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Parks and Recreation

WHAT: Publication of a 12” x 18” Poster through the DC Creates Public Art Program, a partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Department of Parks and Recreation to bring Public Art to recreational centers in DC.

300 Van Buren Street NW
Washington, DC 20012

DC Creates Public Art Program
“Building Blocks, High Up Close to Heaven”
7’ x 18’ Interior Mural
acrylic mural on aluminum panels

WHEN: Poster Release date: October 15, 2006

For more information:
Rachel Dickerson - Rachel.dickerson@dc.gov
Anne Marchand - art@annemarchand.com

Release date: October 15, 2006
Early Bird Discount + autographed copies thru Halloween October 31, 2006.

You are previewing my new 12" x 18" poster which is published this month. This mural, the second in my public art series was commissioned by DC Creates Public Art Program, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation. The poster celebrates the collaboration between the artist, the Takoma Community Center, and the District agencies to bring public art to recreational centers in Washington, DC.

You can learn more about this program at DC Creates Public Art Program. You can drive or metro out to see the 7'x18' interior mural at the
Takoma Community Center
300 Van Buren St., NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 576-7114

Fall/Winter Hours:
Monday-Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Monday, October 16, 2006

New Arts Coverage

Sharon Burton at Authentic Art gives us some insight on new arts coverage around Washington, DC. WETA Launches Local Arts, Culture Program

Save this Date

The City Hall Art Collection at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, DC will make its debut with a reception on October 31 from 6-8pm. (Halloween)

Yours truly is represented in the 5th Floor Ceremonial Hallway Special Collection with Michael Clark, Betsy Damos, Gene Davis, Felicity Hogan, Walter Kravitz, Val Lewton and Sylvia Snowden to name a few. Over 100 artists are represented in this hugh new public art collection. Click, Washington, DC MidAtlantic Art News for important details on Lenny Campello's blog. Lenny wrote one of the five essays in the commemorative book to mark the occasion.

See Invitation here

Irvine Contemporary: New Exhibition Openings

Irvine Contemporary Exhibition News 
Exhibition Openings 
October 21 - November 25 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 6-8 PM 
Preview: Friday, October 20, 1-6 PM 
Over Under Sideways Down,
Backwards Forwards Square and Round
Works On & With Paper
Drawings, paintings, photography, prints, mixed media

Works by:
Chuck Close, James Siena, Charbel Ackermann, Franklin Evans, Julie Evans, Sean Foley,
Peregrine Honig, Ju-Yeon Kim, Susan Jamison, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, 
Christine Kesler, Beverly Ress, Lisa Stefanelli, Randy Toy 
Lori Esposito: She Had to Go
Solo Exhibition
New paintings and works on paper
1412 14th St ., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 11-6 pm, and by appointment
| Phone: (202) 332-8767 | 
| Email: info@irvinecontemporary.com | 
Martin Irvine, Director


TRANSFORMER 1404 P Street NW Washington DC 20005 (202) 483-1102 / www.transformergallery.org

October 28 - Dec 2, 2006

GENTLE READER - Molly Springfield - DC Artist Solo Exhibition
An opening reception will take place Saturday, October 28, 2006, 7-9pm.

Transformer's 2006 DC-based artist solo exhibition features a comprehensive installation of work by Molly Springfield, exploring concepts related to the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and the "photogenic drawing" techniques he documented in his book The Pencil of Nature.

TRANSFORMER’S 2006/2007 Exhibition Series is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities/NEA, and the Visionary Friends of Transformer.

TRANSFORMER proudly presents the
Third Annual Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit Party
Saturday, November 4, 2006 from 7-10pm
Edison Place Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW – Washington , DC

Friday, October 13, 2006

Duveen: A Life in Art

National Gallery of Art
Saturday, October 14, 12:00pm

Biographer Meryle Secrest
will lecture and sign her latest book, Duveen: A Life in Art

Joseph Duveen was one of the most influential art dealers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a key intermediary in bringing many great old master paintings to major museums across the United States, including the National Gallery of Art.

Secrest has written biographies of Romaine Brooks, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark, Salvador Dalí, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

The lecture will take place in the East Building Auditorium (at Fourth Street) National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh streets, NW

Herb’s Choice: Born Again Dada!

curated and juried by J.W. Mahoney
 October 13- November 5, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13,
7-9pm- curator's remarks 8pm

DCAC put out an open call for Dada artists, poets and performers. This show will feature artists selected by curator, J.W. Mahoney and will also include a variety of performances and readings throughout the show’s duration. A gluttonous $250 prize will be awarded to the most ‘dada’ submission from the open call.

Featuring work by:
JS Adams, Ian Chase, David Hartwell, Linda Hesh, Brendan Howell, Mariah Josephy,
Carolina Mayorga, Aaron Oldenburg, Betsy Packard, Anne Stillwood, Paul Thomas and
Charles Westerman

DCAC is located at 2438 18th Street NW, between Belmont and Columbia Roads, in the heart of the Washington, DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood.
202. 462.7833

Opportuntity for artist residencies at the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park - CT

Application Deadline: November 20, 2006.  I-Park announces its seventh season hosting The Artists’ Enclave.  Artists’ residencies, self-directed/project oriented, will be offered from May through October 2007.  Most sessions are four weeks in duration, with a six-week session planned for October-November.  Residencies will be offered to visual (including digital) artists, music composers, environmental artists, landscape and garden designers and architects.  Work samples will be evaluated through a competitive, juried process.  

There is a $20 application processing fee required and artists are responsible for their own transportation to the area.  They also provide for their own food and work materials.  The facility is otherwise offered at no cost to accepted artists.  I-Park is a 450-acre natural woodland retreat in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. Accommodations include comfortable private living quarters in an 1850’s farmhouse, shared bathroom facilities and a private studio on the grounds.  An electric kiln, music equipment and library facilities are provided. International applicants welcome.  

For additional project information, go to http://www.i-park.org.  Application materials for 2007 are available for direct download from the website (Residency Program section).
E-mail: ipark2002@ureach.com
Phone: 860-873-2468.

Contemplating Cleary at Edison Place

Today's WaPo features an article on Manon Cleary at Edison Place Gallery By Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post Staff Writer, Page WE47

It isn't often -- or, I should say, it isn't often enough -- that the contributions of longtime Washington artists are recognized with the kind of thoughtful retrospective treatment being given the career of William Christenberry at the Smithsonian American Art Museum ... That's why "Manon Cleary: A Retrospective" -- an exhibition of more than 60 works spanning nearly 40 years organized by the Washington Arts Museum at Edison Place Gallery -- is such a rare treat."

"It rubs, like a grain of sand, against our notion of what's worth contemplating. Over time, as with pearls, that slight irritation has proved capable of forming great beauty."

Edison Place Gallery 
701 Ninth St. NW, entrance on Eighth Street (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). 
Open Tuesday-Friday noon to 4. Free.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Me, You & Those Other Folks

A. B. Miner, Ian Jehle, Nekisha Durrett:

Opening Reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm
Exhibition: October 26 – November 22, 2006

In Me, You & Those Other Folks, artists A. B. Miner, Ian Jehle and Nekisha Durrett examine one of portraiture’s basic questions – the artist’s point of view – by approaching the genre from the first, second and third person perspectives. Painter Miner takes on the first-person perspective with claustrophobic, intimately scaled and focused self-portraits. Jehle examines the second person perspective with delicate but large-scale pencil drawings of personalities in the DC art world. Finally, Durrett investigates the third person with fantastic, large-scale computer-generated portraits of the “other.”

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
Rebecca Lowery, Gallery Manager

t. 202.315.1310 | f. 202.315.1303
rebecca@culturaldc.org <mailto:rebecca@culturaldc.org>  

The Gallery at Flashpoint • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001

Speaking of Names....

This Saturday, October 14th at 1:30pm there’s a ceremonial renaming of the P Street Bridge as the "Lauzun's Legion Bridge" to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the American Revolution followed by a reception at the Anderson House, 2118 Mass. Ave. The ceremony is on the Dupont side of the bridge.

From Rob Hallligan at the Dupont Forum

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Emergent Behavior

You know how sometimes things travel in waves over the brains of many? When I was an undergraduate at Auburn University, we had a group of artists who continued to communicate outside of the college arena. We posted mail that traveled the circuit of maybe eight artists in whatever creative whim might strike us from the correspondences. We had many inspired and inspiring moments by mail, one of which was a collage that circulated called the Meat Market. Of course, it included a nude and had all the subtleties of a jackhammer but then those were creative times. The Meat Market image has stayed in my subconscious until recently when I stumbled into a brick and mortar gallery. This new gallery is a connection to my past (in concept) and I like to think that synchronicity plays a bit of a part/prank in these shenanigans. I've walked by this gallery space daily over the summer and watched it's transformation from a Hispanic meat market and grocery to a bright white-walled gallery featuring cutting edge artists from South, Central and North America - disbelieving all the while that my "meat market" was materializing.

Today, I went in to see the exhibition "Emergent Behavior," which features five artists "exploring how perception can transform the prescribed everyday qualities of the banal and the benign." Plastic is everywhere in Malia Stenerson's protruding frolicking tubes and other household plastics that travel the galley walls. Other works by Reuben Breslar, Chad Yencer, Judy Tsai and Sir Christopher II invite a playful yet unsettling look into the artists observations of the world. It's a good exhibition and a welcome addition to the DC art scene. As for the Meat Market name, well, we'll have to dream up some new ideas. I have to meet the new owners...Soon.
enter site
Meat Market Gallery
1636 17th Street
Washington, DC

Gallery Talk - Athena Tacha: Small Wonders at The Katzen Arts Center 

Gallery Talk - Athena Tacha: Small WondersSaturday, October 14, 2006
4:00 PM
Location: The Katzen Arts Center at American University

Join visiting artist Athena Tacha for a talk in conjuction with  her AU Museum exhibition Small Wonders. Ms. Tacha will lead a walk-through of her exhibition.

One of the initiators of site-specific architectural sculpture, Athena Tacha premieres a new group of small scale works reflecting her abiding fascination with nature and space. Made variously of sand and stones, epoxy, grey slate, lead, aluminum, vellum, and a host of other natural and synthetic materials, the 15 sculptures on view, none more than two feet high, invoke canyons, caves, a glacier, and frozen in mid-air, a waterfall, wave, and volcano.

The artist, who has lived and taught in the Washington area since 1998, has received more than 40 public commissions internationally since the 1970s, among them an entire city block forming a park in downtown Philadelphia and two environmental installations at the Morgan Boulevard (Blue line) and Grosvenor-Strathmore (Red line) Washington Metrorail stations. A  47-page color-illustrated catalog with an essay by Anne Ellgood and article excerpts by Brenda A. Brown accompanies the exhibition.


Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue,NW 
Metro: Tenleytown/AU (Red line)
Phone: 202-885-1300

The Katzen Arts Center at American University

Joseph Cornell lecture to benefit the Sitar Center

The Friends of The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts invite you to a lecture by Robert Lehrman, Art Collector and Philanthropist about his renowned collection of works by artist Joseph Cornell to benefit the Sitar Center’s after-school arts programs.

Champagne Reception, Exhibition and Silent Auction
Thursday, October 12, 2006
7:00 pm -8:30 pm

The de Laski Theater at the Sitar Center
1700 Kalorama Road NW, Suite 101

Valet Parking Available
RSVP to Sara Gibson (202) 797-2145 ext. 101 or sara@sitarcenter.org by October 6th

The Friends Committee: Mary Kathleen Ernst, Andrea Kirstein and Sandy Masur
The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts is an after-school arts center located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. The Sitar Center provides a comprehensive arts education program for children and youth from low-income households who live in Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights and offers community members and some of DC’s finest arts organizations a vibrant place to share their artistic talents in support of local youth.

Poetry Reading: Galway Kinnell and David Tucker

Thursday, October 12, 2006 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Library of Congress

"Galway Kinnell and David Tucker will read selections of their poetry. Strong is Your Hold, is due in November. His Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin) won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1982. Another poetry volume A New Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) was a finalist for the National Book Award. It is to include When the Towers Fell, a poem about lives lost in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Kinnell is a former MacArthur fellow and was the Vermont state poet from 1989 to 1993."

"Journalist and poet Tucker studied poetry with Donald Hall and Robert Hayden and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. In 2005, Tucker's first volume of poetry, Late for Work, won a Bakeless Literary Prize from Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. According to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin, Late for Work follows reporters jostling for headlines, evoking the gritty glamour of the newsroom in wry, poignant poems. Tucker has worked for 28 years at leading newspapers and is a member of the New Jersey Star-Ledgerteam that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news."

Location: Mary Pickford Theater 3rd floor, James Madison building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE.
Admission: Free
Phone: 202-707-1308 

Library of Congress

Town Hall Speakout for Ward 2

"Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a Town Hall Speakout atthe Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street, NW. The purpose is to give Ward 2 residents an opportunity to ask questions, give comments and make suggestions about Parks and Recreation activities and services in their ward. The Speakout will be held Thursday, October 12, 2006, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

For more information about the Town Hall Speakout, please contact Robert King, Special Assistant for Community Affairs at (202) 673-7645."

Artist Maya Lin to Speak at SAAM,The Reynolds Center

Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Wednesday, October 18 for a lecture by artist Maya Lin. Recognized for her award-winning designs, artist and architect Maya Lin shares her vision for creating intensely private experiences within public spaces as realized in the highly acclaimed Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.

This lecture is the second of three in SAAM's annual Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art. As the series continues, scholar David Park Curry will speak on November 8. All lectures, which are free and open to the public, take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Doors open for each lecture at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets are available beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the G Street lobby information desk. Please limit 2 tickets per person.

What is the Reynolds Center?
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery—two museums that tell America's stories through art, history and biography—share a newly renovated National Historic Landmark building in downtown Washington D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, named in honor of a generous gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, includes the two museums and their special-purpose facilities: the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

The museums are located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s vibrant new downtown, a few blocks from the National Mall. The main entrance is at 8th and F Streets, N.W.

Illustrated Lecture: William H. Johnson's World on Paper

Thursday, October 12, 2006
4:00 PM
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join scholar Eric Denker as he explores the unique atmosphere of William H. Johnson's World on Paper. Denker is a senior lecturer in education at the National Gallery of Art and the curator of prints and drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects + Planners wins Design Award

Washington, DC, Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects + Planners have been recognized for their efforts designing the Master Plan for the City of Long Beach, as part of the Mississippi Renewal Forum, with a design award to be presented on Friday, October 20, 2006, at the 43rd Annual Design Awards and "Italian Renaissance" Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Architect Dhiru Thadani is on the cutting edge of town planning, "We are advocates for neighborhoods’ identity, convenience, services and entrepreneurship." The planning process uses New Urbanism principles to relate development, quality of life, and the natural environment in communities connected to academic institutions.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dhiru when I produced the Westminster Playground Mural, "Community" in the summer of 2002. Dhiru Thadani had redesigned the Westminster Neighborhood Playground, a small pocket park in the Shaw area of Washington, DC, which has changed the character of the neighborhood. The Playground won a Visions Award from the Commuittee of 100 on the Federal City for a pocket park revitalization in 2003. Now Dhiru's team is up for another award. Congratulations to all for the well deserved recognition.

800 I Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20001

"Community" Mural at the Westminster Playground.

89 powerful press release tips

I often look for people who have tips that artists can use. Joan Stewart writes a free email newsletter "The Publicity Hounds Tips of the Week." She is offering a tutorial, 89 powerful press release tips to generate valuable publicity. And every tip is free!

Go to publicity expert Joan Stewart, a.k.a. The Publicity Hound website and sign up to receive the first day's lesson: http://www.PublicityHound.com/pressreleasetips/art.htm

Success Strategies for Arts E-mail Marketing:

This looks interesting. If I wasn't already teaching on Wednesday mornings, I'd spring for this.

Ellipse Art Center
Presented in conjunction with the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington
For arts marketing professionals, executive directors, board members, marketing directors, publicists, and creative business owners...

E-marketing Seminar with Eugene Carr,
President, Patron Technology

Success Strategies for Arts E-mail Marketing:
A Hands-on Workshop
Wednesday, October 18
9:00am - 12:00pm

This hands-on workshop will give those already engaged in e-mail marketing the knowledge and tools to improve their results, through a series of case studies and active participation with their colleagues during the session.

We will focus on the four areas that are most important to arts e-marketers:

E-mail makeover: How to design a successful e-mail. We’ll look at specific e-mail designs and participants will create and evaluate their colleagues' campaigns.

E-mail list growth: We’ll explore the most effective list building techniques and hear case studies of what has been successful for other organizations.

List segmentation and targeting: We’ll talk about why sending the same e-mail to everyone on your list doesn’t work nearly as well as when you segment your list. You'll hear about segmenting based on user-defined categories, as well as based on response rate targeting.

Editorial Plan: We'll look at what an editorial plan looks like and how to put one in place.

The session will end with a discussion of the next generation of e-marketing - including such things as RSS, podcasting, blogs and video streaming for arts organizations.

Ellipse Arts Center
Arlington Cultural Affairs
4350 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Hours: Wed. - Fri: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Arlington Arts Center

October 10 - November 25, 2006
Reception: October 13

Akiko Kotani, silk drawings
Trish Tillman, light Installation
Mahasti Mudd, installation
Candice Welsh, drawings
Suzi Fox, Sculpture
Daniel Burke, mixed media paintings

Robert Cwiok, paintings

Sabyna Sterrett

Contemporary Sculpture Curated by Twylene Moyer,
Managing Editor, Sculpture Magazine

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201
(703) 248-6800

Monday, October 09, 2006

A Nationwide Call to Start the Art Week

Monday October 9, 11:10 am ET
Schools to Celebrate the Arts from October 9-13

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Because kids have a right to arts education, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in conjunction with Americans for the Arts will launch Start the Art Week, during the week of October 9 and as part of National Arts & Humanities month.

Start the Art Week is a national initiative to inspire students to participate in the arts and keep arts in schools. Parents, teachers, and arts advocates across the country are encouraged to embrace, sponsor and support the arts during the week-long celebration.Read here

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Artists & Communities Grants Workshop for nonprofit community organizations

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
In partnership with the
Stockton Rush Barton Foundation
Artists & Communities Grants Workshop
Monday, October 16, 2006 from 4-6pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Free Informational Workshop:  Come join Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, for a brief overview of the Artists & Communities program and grant application process.  This workshop is intended for nonprofit community organizations that are interested in hosting visiting artists for one-to-six month residencies.  Discussion will include best practices and examples of successful projects.

DC Artists are welcome to attend. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is working on securing funding to expand the Artists & Communities program to include DC artists beginning with the 2007-2008 cycle. At this time, that funding has not been confirmed, but it seems possible that DC artists might be eligible during 2007-2008. The Foundation expects to make an announcement on DC artist eligibility in the next two weeks.
Artists & Communities supports residencies by visiting artists from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania at nonprofit organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia).  Proposals for residencies that will occur between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008 are due Monday, December 4, 2006.  Grants generally range from $5,000-20,000.  Artists & Communities applications/guidelines for 2007-2008 will be available in September 2006 at www.midatlanticarts.org.
The workshop will be held at:
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
To RSVP contact the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation at 215-545-4037.
Karen Newell
Marketing and Communications Officer
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD  21201
410.539.6656 x104

Friday, October 06, 2006


Sunday, October 8, 2006,
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Shaw is much more than just the neighborhood where the new Washington Convention Center is located. Residents, businesses, and institutions have been working for years to renovate 100-plus-year-old buildings, turning one of Washington’s oldest neighborhoods into the place to be in Washington, DC. Some of these outstanding architecture and interior design efforts have been recognized with feature articles in the Washington Post, the Washington Blade, and Metro Weekly.

Take the Shaw House Tour and you’ll discover some of DC’s best-kept secrets, including:

* A former firehouse that now houses the studio and home of a noted neon artist.
* The home of a leading architect specializing in renovation of historic properties.
* The art-filled home of a longtime political operative, with poetry on the walls.
* The home and garden of the owner of a local garden design store, decorated and planted for fall.
* Works of art by two noted local artists of different generations, in a school where a third artist taught for decades.
* And other newly-renovated homes and spaces in progress filled with surprises.

Along the way, you’ll meet some of the proud homeowners, entrepreneurs, organizations, architects, designers, and developers that are helping to make Shaw’s renaissance a reality. And also see some of the diamonds-in-the-rough that still await restoration.

Tickets: $20.00 in advance, $25.00 on the day of the tour
To get tickets, mail a check (payable to Shaw Main Streets) to Shaw House Tour, Shaw Main Streets, 1426 9th Street, NW, NW, Washington, DC 20001, or purchase advance sale tickets at the following locations (call for hours):

Warehouse Theater Café
1021 7th Street, NW

Miller Copying Service
1123 7th Street, NW

Breakwell’s Coffee + Tea
900 M Street, NW

Modern Liquors
1200 9th Street, NW

Wagtime Pet Spa and Boutique
1232 9th Street, NW

Long View Gallery
1302 9th Street, NW

Azi’s Café
1336 9th Street, NW

Logan Hardware
1416 P Street, NW

Nationwide Insurance/Lumsden Agency
1525 9th Street, NW

Garden District
1801 14th Street, NW

Home Rule
1807 14th Street, NW

Lettie Gooch Boutique
1911 9th Street, NW

African American Civil War Memorial Museum Store
1200 U Street, NW

On Sunday, October 8, 2006, tickets will only be available at the Welcome Center in front of Shaw Junior High School, 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, during tour hours.

Maggie Michael

October 14 – November 11

G FINE ART is pleased to present Open End, Maggie Michael’s third solo show with the gallery.

This show marks a departure from the clear, suggestive works of the past. Michael set out in a complex direction with the explosion drawing exhibited in the show Blasts of September 2005. In this new work she responds to destruction with a cautious desire for control and repair. Her paintings are suspended worlds of violence and growth, somewhere between living and dying..

Michael’s titles, bold and compact, press into the nuances and intricacies that exist within the paintings. The words, although maintaining multiple inferences, reference her experience and associations with the work. Throw describes a physical and psychological release. Cage can refer in part to her older works, executed with more restraint, or the boundaries that trap an evolving image or state of mind. Cradle suggests Michael’s experience as a mother, nurturing her pieces from a destructive potential, or guiding a viewer’s experience with seeing. Icon: Sweep Under powerfully and sensually suggests both bodies and water.

As for the pieces themselves, these works seem to bleed, breathe, and pulse.. The thin delicate lines that spread and weave around the painting gather together the fractured planes of dripping latex house paint and spray-painted volumes, they hold us in a moment of unpredictable and spectacular experience.

Imagine the sudden manifestation of a storm cloud dripping with rain and exploding with lightning in the middle of a clear sky, or a floating world attempting to stay intact as if by a visceral force.

Maggie Michael was recently included in New Acquisitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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

Taste of Dupont: A Culinary and Visual Experience

Tuesday, October 24th
6pm to 9pm

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is launching a new annual promotional event focusing on fine food and fine art. Local Dupont Circle chefs will compete to be named the Dupont Circle Chef of the Year! The winners will be selected by attendees and culinary professionals. Come taste and judge dishes by top chefs and mingle with Dupont Circle Galleries and Museums.

The Carlyle Suites Hotel, 1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased by calling 202.441.1474 OR by . PayPal

Museums and Galleries Attending
The Philips Collection
The Anderson House
The Woodrow Wilson House
The Textile Museum
Meridian International Centee
The Spectrum Gallery
The Foundry Gallery
Kathleen Ewing Gallery
Washington Printmakers Gallery
Alex Gallery
Haslem Gallery

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Illusion: Now, Mind and World

New Work by Inga McCaslin Frick
September 14 - November 4

Artist's Image Talk with Inga McCaslin Frick, October 5, 7 PM
Emerson Gallery:

Inga McCaslin Frick creates large and complex works that deftly combine painting, assemblage and digital images. Exploring far reaching ideas that include the nature of spatial perception and how subjective and objective reality combine to create experience, these pieces speak clearly to both intellect and imagination. In addition, they also draw the viewer into an engaging and often arresting dynamic based on a visceral reaction to the interaction between materials and technique.

McLean Project for the Arts
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue
McLean, Virginia 22101

E-Mail mpaart@aol.com

GLORIA CESAL "Lightness of Being" Opens tonight!


Opening Reception-
Thursday, October 5th, 6-9pm

Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Email: art@zenithgallery.com


Wednesday, October 04, 2006


New work in steel, wire, plexiglass and paper

Friday, October 20, 2006
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Showing through November 14, 2006

1054 31st STREET NW

Artist Statement
"I use reflections, transparencies and surface depths of metal, screening and plastics to demonstrate both our shifting perceptions of the world-obscured and revealed-and the essence and variety of the forms. I manipulate materials to counter viewers' expectations of them to evoke a fresh look at the forms and their shaping of the space in which they sit."

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Street Scenes: Projects for DC

"Art Not Ads" project...
I missed this project a few weeks ago. Did anyone spot this drive by art happening? Read the WaPo article here by Jessica Dawson

Street Scenes: Projects for DC is a public art initiative for Washington, DC, that will take place in 2006 and 2007. The project is curated by Nora Halpern and Welmoed Laanstra. Partnering with leading art galleries, collectors, businesses and arts organizations, the aim is to bring contemporary art into the public domain and insert art experiences into unexpected places.

Project 4 presents :


Daniel Davidson
Tricia Keightley

October 7 - November 11, 2006
Reception: Saturday, October 7,  6:00-8:30pm

Project 4 is proud to present "Good Cop/Bad Cop", two solo exhibitions featuring the work of artists Daniel Davidson and Tricia Keightley.

Daniel Davidson asks the larger questions in life through his acrylic paintings and watercolor drawings of self-deprecating figures in collage-like compositions. Davidson's work reveals a highly subjective fusion of hybrid characters, spaces and styles. "My goal is the creation of a meaningful reflection of the emotional states inherent in everyday experience", says Davidson. "Often employing the comic or the grotesque, these paintings are multiple and fractured personalities looking for a cobbled identity."

Tricia Keightley has a knack for explaining the inexplicable in her sleek, playfully engineered paintings and works on paper. "The paintings I make may seem organized and pre-planned," Keightley explains. "But they are actually improvised from start to finish. I wrap and weave elements around a basic frame derived from Renaissance woodcuts. Starting with this form from the past, images from an imagined future are added into the composition. Culling forms from sources ranging from the scientific to the mundane, the painting slowly takes shape. An industrial shape may end up in a painting next to a form inspired by a Faberge egg or a plant spore. Forcing these contradictory forms into such a condensed space reflects what I see in everyday life."

Both Daniel Davidson and Tricia Keightley received a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Their work has been exhibited widely in both the United States and abroad. They live and work in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Contact: Anne Surak, Director

Project 4
903 U Street NW  Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340  fax: 202 232 4341
Website: www.project4gallery.com

Hours: Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm,  Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.

Located at the intersection of 9th Street and U street NW).
Metro Access: Project 4 is easily accessible by metro, one block east of the green line U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station, 10th Street exit.