Thursday, November 30, 2006

First Fridays in Dupont Circle


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

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

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

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

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

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

Pictures from the opening reception last night

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

Millennium Art Center Artists at 901 E Street NW

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A holiday exhibition for collectors

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

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

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

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

Opening anyone?

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Save the Date

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

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

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

Dynamic Field
December 2 - 23, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

Maggie MICHAEL and Linn MEYERS discussion at the Corcoran

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

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

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

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

Juried submissions from Open Call by Peggy Parsons & Paul Roth

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


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

Total running time: 80:00 min.


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

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

Monday, November 27, 2006

Millennium Art Center Artists featured at Zenith Gallery Alternative Space

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

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

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

Millennium Art Center Artists

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

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The end of a Thanksgiving weekend.
Pie anyone?

New Calendar for The Capital Area Food Bank

Zenith Community Arts Foundation Annual Event 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 24, 2006

vastness - matter

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

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

Opening Reception: December 1, 6-10pm

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

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

Red Door Gallery
1607 West Main Street, Richmond, VA

Meat Market Gallery Opening, "Marcela Rodriguez"

December 1, 6-8:30 pm

Artomatic news update

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

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

QUEEN OF ARTS (read article)

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

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

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

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

by Grayson Perry

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

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Frank Day @ Addison Ripley

Frank Hallam Day

Oct 21 – Dec 2, 2006

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

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

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

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

Cranberry Nut Bread

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

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

Curators walk thru City Hall Art Collection

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

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

Freud tops favourite artist poll (read here)

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

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"Palenke Music Company"

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

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

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

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

Cafe Luna looking for a photographer to exhibit

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

Cafe Luna
1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 20, 2006

Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place

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

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

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

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

Inanimate Adventures / Robert C. Jackson

Zenith Gallery
Through December 3

Preview the show at
413 7th Street, NW

Saturday, November 18, 2006

City Hall Art Collection in the news again

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonight at G Fine Art

Jefferson Pinder’s video installation Juke.

November 18 - January 6 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

via Xerox Web site forwards customized postcards designed by kids,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Project 4 presents :


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event for Darfur, Thursday, November 16th

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

National Academy of Sciences

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

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

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

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

National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street. NW

Monday, November 13, 2006

Kelly Towles: I call Shotgun

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

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

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

Whitman Walker Clinic / Art For Life Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 12, 2006


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

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

31 Washington artists are throwing open their doors for Fall

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

Saturday, November 11, 2006

DC Art Reviewers Are Weighing In, Thank You Tony!

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

In District Government Building, All Art Is Local

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

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

Friday, November 10, 2006

Jacob Kainen Exhibition at Hemphill

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

1515 14th STREET N W
WASHINGTON, DC 2 0 0 0 5
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Transformer's 3rd Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Reis, Executive Director / Transformer

Kelly Towles: I call Shotgun

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

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

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

Food Glorious Food Opens tonight

2007 Food Calendar at Zenith Gallery

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

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

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

Calendar and Reception Benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wanna be or see Elvis (lots of him)?

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

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

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

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

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

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

An Evening with the Art of the Future

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

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

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

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

*Gallery talks exploring Marcel Duchamp and the Spirit of Dada

*Concert performance by award-winning pianist Gilles Vonsattel

*Extended hours for the museum café

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

Jeff Spaulding in Art Forum

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

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Civilian Art Projects

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

Dynamic Field
Dec 2, 2006 Dec 23, 2006 

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

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

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

phone: 202.607.3804

Original Digital Images Wanted for Art Walk Project

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

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

Monday, November 06, 2006

Vintage New Era Notecards featuring printmaker Lou Stovall and other artists


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 05, 2006

CA comes to DC

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating Midtown and Mid City Artists Open Studios

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

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

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

Saturday, November 04, 2006

F.L. Wall at Ewing Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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


at Nevin Kelly Gallery | 1517 U Street NW | Washington, DC

mixed-media abstract seascapes on canvas
Show Dates: November 4 - December 3, 2006

See samples of the work on the gallery website:

and here:

Friday, November 03, 2006

Maggie Michael’s closing party

November 11, 2006

It's the final week of Open End, Maggie Michael's current show at G Fine Art. There will be a closing party on Saturday, November 11 from 6-8 pm. Other art venues on 14th and P street's are open that night as well.

G Fine Art
1515 14th Street, NW, Washington DC 20005
202 462 1601


November 3 – December 22, 2006

Conner Contemporary Art presents Origin, a new digital light sculpture by media artist Leo Villareal.

To create this new work, Villareal integrated physicist Issac Newton's Laws of Motion into his own computer code, augmenting his earlier explorations of rule-based cellular automata programs that were inspired by mathematician John Conway's Game of Life. By applying principles of physics, the artist has increased the complexity of his simulated worlds. As the elements move within the large matrix of white LED's (light emitting diodes),Villareal's encompassing patterns evoke stars swirling in space and at other passages biological interactions deep within the body. Lively interactions between objects in Orign's matrix generate visual stimuli pulsing with energy suggestive of specific behavior and personality.

"I am very inspired essential questions like 'How does life begin?' Villareal explains, referencing both studies in the birth of the universe as well as cellular processes such as fertilization and cell division in his patterning. "I liked the minimal feel of my last show Horizon, here in 2004, yet the experience of the new piece will be like seeing a very zoomed up view of my worlds. Origin's scale within the gallery will create a sense of immersion, like being in a giant microscope or scientific instrument," comments the artist on the relationship of the new work to his earlier installation.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1730 Connecticut Ave., NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For further information and visuals contact Leigh Conner or Karyn Miller at 202-588-8750 or

The Art Installation Celebrating the Day of the Dead is up!

It is on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
until November 26, 2006...
at the "9" and "G" Street window of the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.
The exhibit is entitled: "OUR FRIEND CATRINA"
A Mexican Tradition to Celebrate The Day of The Dead.

In addition to seeing the exhibit, the public is invited to attend a special program for El dia de Los muertos on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Library.The Program will take place at the Central Lobby.
Please join us

(Washington, D.C.) In celebration of the Day of the Dead, the District of Columbia Public Library will host the art installation, “Our Friend Catrina,” from October 28 to November 27, 2006, in the G Street windows of the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

This art installation, created by artist Mara Odette, features a blend of Mexican indigenous traditions with European influences, and highlights the Mexican tradition of honoring their ancestors.

Mara Odette named the art installation, “Our Friend Catrina,” because the exhibit includes a classic character in Mexican folk art, Catrina, a skeleton dressed to represent an upper-class lady of the turn-of-the-century, always depicted in her broad-brimmed hat. Catrina symbolizes La Muerte-Death. She is also known as la Flaca, la Huesuda, la Pelona-Fancy Lady, Skinny, Bonny, Baldy.

The Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead on November 1st, is dedicated to Catholic saints and infants who after dying became angels (according to the Mexican tradition), and November 2nd is dedicated to the souls of those who passed away in their adulthood.

Mara Odette was born in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. She studied art at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), Open Programs at the Corcoran School of Art, and the Maryland College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia, India, People's Republic of China and the United States . Mara Odette, currently a resident of Bethesda, Maryland has recently illustrated the book, “Don’t Let Anyone Take Your Joy Away”, the story of the Negro Baseball League, by Stanley Glenn (Universe, Inc., 2006). She also had 13 portraits included in the “Faces of the Fallen” exhibit displayed at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia last year.

All programs and exhibits at the D.C. Public Library are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Elena Etcher, coordinator of exhibits and programs, at (202) 727-1183.

Elena Tscherny, (202) 727-1183

Another new gallery on 14th Street!

Randall Scott Gallery | 1326 14th Stteet NW | Washington | DC

Randall Scott Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition
"No Fancy Titles"
November 18th — December 30th

a group exhibition of gallery artists including....Catalina Estrada, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Lawrence Gipe, Margot Quan Knight, Amy Lin, Lucy McLauchlan, Amy Stein and Kelly Tunstall

Opening reception
November 18th 6pm-8pm

Details and directions can be found at:

Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009

gallery hours: 11am-6pm Wednesday-Saturday
or by appointment

The Randall Scott Gallery presents works by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. working in painting, photographics, sculpture, printworks, illustration, video and all the above.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Mid City Artists Open Studios
November 11 - 12, 2006
12 - 5 pm
Washington, DC

Open Studios to Feature Diverse New Work

Mid City Artists, a prominent group of diverse artists in central Washington, will unveil exciting new work during its semi-annual Open Studios event, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12.

During the last six months, many of the Mid City Artists have been creating exciting new art work that they plan to show during this Fall’s Open Studios. Such offerings have made Open Studios one of the most unique art events in the nation’s capital.

The two-day event, which comes as the holiday shopping season begins, will feature new and varied collections of sculpture, painting, photography and other media.

Mid City Artists is a diverse and talented group of more than 40 professional artists who work together to promote their work and to create an artists’ community in the central part of the nation’s capital. Their studios have added to the quality of life in the rapidly growing retail and commercial center of the city.

Participating artists are all located in the area loosely bounded by Logan, Dupont and Thomas Circles and U Street to the north. Visitors can hop from one studio to another in the dynamic mid-city area and see an expansive offering of art on display by the city’s most-talented and creative artists.

Most of the studios are within walking distance of each other, allowing visitors to design their own walking art festival. And with many great restaurants in the mid-city area, Open Studios is a great way to spend a Fall weekend day.

“Our artists have had an incredibly creative summer,” said Susan Cole, a spokeswoman for Mid City Artists. “This is a great time for collectors to check out new work by their favorite artists. And it is also a good opportunity to see work by artists they missed during the last Open Studios.”

Central Washington has become known for real estate development – soaring property values, new condos and plenty of new shops and restaurants. Mid City Artists has helped keep art and creative expression alive in the central Washington area. The group has grown from a core of artists who made a name for themselves over the last decade by offering great art in their local neighborhoods.

“It’s like gallery hopping in New York City, as you get to see top-quality talent..” said Robert Dodge, a photographer who focuses on landscape and male figure studies. Talented artists like Freya Grand and Angela White, produce landscape and new encaustic paintings in their townhouse studios.

Among the pioneers in the group are artists like Sondra Arkin, Nicolas Shi, Anne Marchand and Robert Cole, who located in the neighborhood before it became so popular. Other artists fled downtown after being evicted by real estate developers and helped revitalize the 14th Street and Logan Circle areas.

Some of those artists included Gary Fisher, Brian Petro and John Talkington. They were later followed by others like Colin Winterbottom and Mike Weber. Mid City Artists continues to grow with new artists like Charlie Gaynor and Lucinda Murphy.

Visiting the artists’ work places during Open Studios gives enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to check out the studios of painters in various media, including oil, acrylic, pastels, collage and mixed media. There also are studios featuring sculpture, photography and jewelry. Some artists are well-known and have attained international recognition. Others are emerging artists and Open Studios provides an opportunity to connect with their new work.

“Our artists work in some incredibly interesting places,” said a painter who works with acrylic on canvas. “Their studios are in everything from retail spaces, old carriage houses, spare bedrooms, apartments and basements.”

More information and a map can be found at
Susan Cole