Friday, August 31, 2007

SPARKPLUG, a newly forming visual arts collective in the DC area

The District of Columbia Arts Center, under the guidance of its Visual Arts Committee announces its support of SPARKPLUG, a newly forming visual arts collective in the DC area.

What constitutes an art collective? What is the difference between a collective and a cooperative? Do artists need collectives? What can/should membership in a collective provide for its members? Are collectives only about showing? Are curators involved in collectives? Are some mediums and aesthetic approaches better suited to collectives than others? How much feedback and criticism is involved in a collective? What would be the most important features of a DC-based collective? Am I ready to be in a collective?

These are some of the questions DCAC hopes to address with the initiation of SPARKPLUG. Over the next few months DCAC will host discussions and forums on these and similar topics as they seek the optimal structure to assist area artists in their artistic advancement.

The goal of SPARKPLUG is to identify superior artists, curators and arts writers without current gallery representation or institutional employ, provide an environment to help foster their development, provide legal, technical and other resources, and provide opportunities for them to exhibit both in DC and around the country. SPARKPLUG actively seeks its membership from all communities in the Washington, DC Metro region with the goal of bringing together emerging artists and curators with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, and a diversity of professional preoccupations and creative visions.

Are you a DC-area artist or independent arts professional who would like to engage with the possibilities of SPARKPLUG at its outset? If so, please join the District of Columbia Arts Center's first public forum to explore this exciting new prospect:

Wednesday, September 5th 7-9pm @ Bedrock Billiards, 1841 Columbia Rd NW

If you are interested in learning more, send an e-mail to with "SPARKPLUG" in the subject line.

DCArtsCenter · DCAC is a nonprofit artspace dedicated to emerging art and artists.
Located in Adams Morgan, DCAC is comprised of a gallery and theater and works to help artists gain a foothold in the professional arena.
2438 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Gallery Exhibition closings

City Desk's Matthew Borlik reports Friday's Exhibition closings

Flashpoint’s "Earth on Stone on Earth is Naturally So" exhibition closes Friday, Aug. 31, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1310

“What Remains: The American Landscape,” closes Friday, Aug. 31, at Zenith Gallery, 413 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 783-2963.

“Tails of Art” closes Friday, Aug. 31, at Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1767 P St. NW, 2nd Floor. Free. (202) 328-0955.

Maryland Art Education Association Juried Exhibition

The exhibition includes three new encaustic works by Angela White. Angela White, "Taking Off", 8" x 10", Encaustic on Wood

August 31 – October 19, 2007
Reception, Friday, September 7th, 2007 6-8pm.

Exhibit of work from the Maryland Art Education Association members. The collection of artwork is juried by Laurie Snyder, Professor of Photography and Artist's Books at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Relying on Memories with art by landscape artist Michael Farrell and the late Edda Jakab in Gallery II.
A FREE public reception will be held on September 7, 2007 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
410-313-ARTS (2787)
Gallery Hours: M-F 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Art Romp 20 at The Gallery at Warehouse

Sept 7th - Sept 30th, 2007

the grand finale  *Friday Sept 7th  *Warehouse  *6pm til late
*art  *performance  *projection inside and out  *picnic in the parking lot  
      artists - hipsters - friends - patrons 
come bring a friend

1021 7th Street NW
202 783 3933

Artist drop off Information.
Artists -Important - Please let Molly Ruppert know when you are bringing your work. If you have not talked, send a jpeg or description of proposed work. Drop off times are more complicated because of vacation schedules.

Drop off times
If you have not yet dropped off your work, here are the remaining scheduled drop off times. 
If you need a different time, email me or call 301 654 2580

It is helpful if you can let me know when you are bringing your work. 

Drop off times

Friday August 31 8am -3pm- upstairs at 1017
Friday August 31  5:30 - 7pm- Warehouse
After Labor Day- Tuesday  Sept 4th  8am-noon and 5:30-7:30   
On Wed 1-4pm  and Thursday noon-3, I will be at Warehouse hanging the show.

If you need other arrangements it's ok, please be in touch by email or 301 654 2580. Molly Ruppert,

Please send Christina, your info as soon as possible so she can start on lists and labels. Include name, title, medium, size, price.
Email or bring what you would like included in the book- statement, resume, color copies, show info or anything you wish people to look at.

I am looking forward to a wonderful ArtRomp. Thanks to everyone for making this work.

The Katzen Center for the Arts presents

September 4 - December 30, 2007
Reception: September 8, 6-9pm
I had the pleasure of exhibiting with Sculptor Alan Binstock at the Zenith Gallery in 2006. Alan is a great person and an excellent sculptor working in metal and glass. His sculptures are filled with both light and density. Alan is a sculptor to watch and to collect. His work is included in the upcoming exhibition, "Architecture/Sculpture" curated by John Beardsley at the Katzen Center of American University. Don't miss it!

The world around us can both provide inspiration and create vast opportunities for artistic creation: the possibilities are limitless. John Beardsley, a senior lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the Washington Sculptors Group present submissions responding to the configuration and scale of the Katzen Arts Center, including its material, color, and light, as well as its experiential qualities. John Beardsley is the curator and a Senior Lecturer at The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and author of numerous books including Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape and Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists.

American University Museum @ The Katzen Center for the Arts
September/October Exhibitions:
Song Without Words: The Photographs of Countess Sophia Tolstoy
Carol Goldberg: Listening to Ivy
Keiko Hara: Topophilia Imbuing
All in The Family: A Juried Show of American University Alumni

American University Museum @ The Katzen Center for the Arts
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In Baltimore, Touch and in Bethesda, Woman's Caucas for Art Exhibition

Both exhibitions include the work of Sharon Burton of Authentic Art DC.

Touch: "Touch: the coming together of various mediums of art,"
August 4-September 15, 2007
Reception Saturday, September 8, 2007, 3;00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

featuring original paintings and photography by
Bill Allen
Marina Reiter
Robin McDougal
Sharon Burton

Peace and a Cup of Joe Cafe
713 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD

Presented by the Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC

September 5-25, 2007
Reception : Sunday, September 9, 2007, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Katrina Diaries includes work by members of the Louisiana Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art in response to Hurricane Katrina. These works travel throughout the country to various Women's Caucus for Art Chapters, where the chapter members create work in response. Artwork by members of both chapters is then displayed together in one group exhibition called the "Katrinia Diaries."

Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
10001 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 897-1518

Andrew Margolies Mezvinsky at G Fine Art

September 1, 1-4pm
Labor Day weekend

If you are not out of town, than consider visiting the gallery on Saturday afternoon (the 1st) from 1-4.
Food and drink will be provided, as well as an opportunity to view the work of Andrew Margolies Mezvinsky
Mezvinsky’s work is created on fabrics that become sculptural, as folds create dramatic lines of light and shadow. The painted images on these multi-ethnic cloths are like pieces cut from unusual ecosystems, where absurd situations become real. They are places where hybrid beings thrive and call to mind genetic engineering.

The artist’s goal is to filter through and redefine the human form in his paintings. The physicality of the drape elements make is impossible to dismiss the works as windows to some imaginary space. They are real objects.

A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Mezvinsky is short listed for the Walker Contemporary Art Show at the Liverpool National Gallery in Liverpool, England. Most recently he was in the Peace Corps in Ghana where in addition to his duties, he created five “Glow in the Dark School” murals.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Highlights from the Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS)

The Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank opens a new exhibition of outstanding works by artists from the Spanish, English, French and Dutch Speaking Caribbean.

August 27 to October 26, 2007

A selection of 39 important works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and photographs) by recognized Caribbean artists from Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Suriname, and early Cuban masters such as Amelia Peláez, Juan José Sicre and Mario Carreño, in the collection of the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, on loan to the IDB Cultural Center for this exhibitio

The IDB Cultural Center
1300 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
The nearest Metro station is Metro Center (13th Street exit). All the events are free of charge.
Mon. - Fri., 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Cultural Center home page is located at:
E-mail address:

Friday, August 24, 2007

Go Figure! at Gallery Plan b

September 5, 2007 – October 14, 2007

Opening reception with the artists
Saturday, September 8, 2007, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tory Baggiano
Gordon Binder
Chris Edmunds
Dana Ellyn
Timothy Johnson
Micheline Klagsbrun
Massimo Righini
Jim Vecchione
Melissa Widerkehr

gallery plan b
1530 fourteenth street, nw
washington, dc 20005

wed - sat 12-7 sun 1-5 or by appointment

Chance Video-Dances at Transformer

Public-art projections presented by Transformer
Direction - Jane Jerardi
Videography - Fernando Ortega & Michael Wichita
Performance - Brian Buck, Jane Jerardi & Ginger Wagg

Friday, September 7 8-9:30 pm
The Warehouse
1017 Seventh St NW
On New York Avenue facing side of building

Saturday, September 15 8-10 pm
Viridian Restaurant
1515 14th St NW
On the North side of the building
Coinciding with Transformer and 1515 14th Street gallery openings
Raindate: September 16 8-10 pm

Friday, September 28 8-9:30 pm
Dance Institute of Washington
3400 14th St NW
On the entrance to the building

Saturday September 29 8-9:30 pm
Next door to Mexicali Blues Restaurant
2925 Wilson Blvd
Part of Clarendon Day

More information:

Made possible through the support of the Creative Communities Fund - The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Transformer, and WVSA Arts Connection/SAIL. Additional support received from Washington Parks and People; Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Montgomery County, and the National Park Service, The Warehouse, Giorgio Furioso/Viridian Restaurant, Dance Institute of Washington, Clarendon Alliance, Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Ellipse Arts Center/Project Mobile Ellipse, Mexicali Blues Restaurant, as well as numerous individual supporters.

1404 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

An Eco-Friendly New Orleans

NBC is running news tonight and tomorrow on Hollywood star Brad Pitt's efforts to help the rebuiding of New Orleans with ecofriendly affordable housing. Tune in to this important coverage.

Brad Pitt champions affordable energy efficient housing for former residents of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Global Green, in partnership with Brad Pitt, sponsored an international design competition during the summer of 2006, with more than 125 entries competing to design a zero energy affordable housing development in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward. Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD in New York created the winning design. The units could save 75% on energy and 50% on water bills. Working with Global Green, Pitt is working towards helping the portion of society that was overlooked with Katrina.

See MSNBC video

Portrait: Berlin

Contemporary Photography and Video Art

Wednesday, August 22 – Thursday, September 27

Opening Reception
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm
with photographer Christian Rothmann

Official, private, and intimate Berlin is seen and captured on film

Berlin has changed dramatically since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Society’s structure has been altered, as have the city’s temperament and architectural design. Juxtapositions, transitions, façades, and Doppelgängers both imagined and real exist in the city’s spaces, people, and culture. Photographers and other artists have contributed to this transformation, to this new way that Berlin perceives itself and is perceived by others. The city is a magnet for artists from around the world, including many from former Eastern Bloc countries. Eleven modern-day artists who live and work in Berlin express this new city through private and public images. Matthias Harder, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin curated the exhibit.

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Goethe-Institut Washington
The German Cultural Center
812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Chinatown exit)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Covenant House celebrates Eastern Market opening

On Saturday, August 25, the Artisans of Covenant House will help celebrate the opening of the new Eastern Market building on the Hine Jr. High School side of 7th St. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty will be there, along with numerous civic leaders and community members - and all of your favorite vendors!

Fine wooden gifts made by young people dedicated to a life off the streets and on the road to success.
Visit the Artisans at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, 7th and Pennsylvania SE.
On the Hine School lot next to the new Market Building, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 - 5:00pm
All purchases directly benefit Covenant House Youth. The Artisans create beautiful engraved gifts and awards - see examples here - Blog

Learn more about Covenant House Washington and services for youth in the DC area.

Celebrity Portraits from the Warhol Factory Years at the Ludwig Museum

Irvine Contemporary and Ludwig Museum Exhibition Collaboration

The Martin Sanders Collection
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany

August 26 – October 28, 2007
Opening reception at the museum: August 26, 11:00.

Dr. Martin Irvine, President and Director of Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Celebrity Portraits from the Andy Warhol Factory Years:
Photographs by Billy Name, Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga & Carl Fischer—The Martin Sanders Collection at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany. The exhibition at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, was curated by Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, Director, Ludwig Museum. Catalogue published by the museum with an essay by Martin Irvine.

Celebrity Portraits from the Andy Warhol Factory Years spans exactly two decades of portrait photography surrounding Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York (1963-1983). The exhibition was first exhibited as a curated collection at Irvine Contemporary in February 2006 (see original exhibition information) and was purchased by New York-based collector Martin Sanders. The Ludwig Museum exhibition now brings together 32 photographs by Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, Carl Fischer, and Curtis Knapp in a unique set from the private collection of Martin Sanders. Martin Sanders has now assembled one of the most important photography collections from the Warhol years. The exhibition is the first of its kind, presenting many photographs never exhibited before in a museum curated collection. The exhibition includes Sander's recent important acquisition, the unique color processed self-portrait from the Andy Warhol Screen Test Series by Warhol’s assistant and collaborator, Gerard Malanga, which Malanga produced from frames of the very first Warhol Factory Screen Test film as a positive and negative diptych pair.

Mr. Sanders has worked closely with Dr. Irvine for the acquisition of this body of photographs and for the museum exhibition, and Dr. Irvine has also written a catalogue essay to accompany the Ludwig Museum exhibition.

Link to the Ludwig Museum Exhibition

Link to the Museum Catalogue Essay by Martin Irvine (pdf)

Information for Collectors
The photography by Warhol's collaborators and Factory associates represents a great opportunity for collectors, and the works are becoming scarce. Billy Name, Gerard Malanga, Carl Fischer, and Curtis Knapp continue to work with Irvine Contemporary on the representation of available works.

Representative and available works are on view on website. Contact the gallery for availability and pricing.

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

Freedom Place Collection

Presented by Zenith Community Arts Foundation ZCAF
September 6 – 30, 2007

Benny Andrews · Romare Bearden · Robert Freeman · Alma Thomas · Richard Yarde

The prominent artists whose work is represented in The Freedom Place Collection are separated artistically by the individuality of their creativity and process, yet linked by the African-American experience and heritage, a powerful wellspring of inspiration that has uniquely nurtured and enriched their art.

The Freedom Place Collection is owned by Washington residents Stuart Bloch and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, who started collecting African-American Artists 35 years ago while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Blochs are sponsoring the ZCAF exhibition.

The Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF), established by Margery E. Goldberg in 2000, is the non-profit division of Goldberg’s Zenith Gallery, recognized nationally and internationally for 29 years for its unique selection of abstract, contemporary and realism artworks in sculpture, painting, photography, neon art and contemporary crafts. Created to further Goldberg’s vision of artistic and community activism, ZCAF is committed to arts advocacy, collaboration and using art to benefit community. Among ZCAF’s most successful projects is its annual Food Glorious Food calendar with associated Giclée prints, which have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Molly is looking for you

Molly Ruppert will be contacting all artists who have participated in Art Romps 1-19, to exhibit in Art Romp 20 on September 7. 2007. If your email or contact information has changed, drop Molly a line and let her know your whereabouts so you can be part of the art romp to end all art romps!!!!!

Warehouse is located at 1017-1021 7th Street NW, between New York Ave. and L St. in downtown Washington, DC across the street from the new Washington Convention Center.

METRO » MT. VERNON SQ. (Green/Yellow Lines): 1 Block walk south on 7th St.
» GALLERY PLACE Chinatown Exit (Red/Green/Yellow Lines): 4 Blocks walk north on 7th St.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Govinda's Spinning

Back in June at Govinda Gallery in Georgetown, Director Chris Murray featured some amazing photographs of hip hop and rap Artists by NY based photograper, Jonathan Mannion. If you missed the show you can still get a video glimpse of the photographs and highlighted rappers at Spin Daily.

Govinda Gallery
1227 34th Street NW
Washington DC 20007
T. 202.333.1180

Trawick Prize finalists

2007 marks the fifth anniversary of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. Eleven artists be featured in this annual exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The exhibition runs September 4-28, 2007 in downtown Bethesda at Creative Partners Gallery located at 4600 East-West Highway. Creative Partners Gallery is located two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station and there are two public garages on either side of Waverly Street just before Creative Partners.

Trawick Prize finalists are: Mary Coble, Washington, D.C. Mary Early, Washington, D.C. Suzanna Fields, Richmond, VA Inga Frick, Washington, D.C. Jeanine Harkleroad, Chesapeake, VA Linda Hesh, Alexandria, VA Baby Martinez, Washington, D.C. Kathleen Shafer, Washington, D.C. Jo Smail, Baltimore, MD Bruce Wilhelm, Richmond, VA Nicholas F. Wisniewski, Baltimore, MD

There will be an reception for Trawick Prize winners on Friday, September 14 from 6-9pm held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk.

Creative Partners
4600 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD
gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6pm.
For more information, please call 301/215-6660.


DCAC's annual fundraising event 1460 Wall Mountables will be on display through September 7
at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW.
Open Wednesday though Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Read DCist Revew here

Don't be scammed

The Internet is a great resource. We still have to beware of scam artists preying on real artists who passionately want to sell their art.
Be Alert. Keep up with the common art scam emails. Don't be clueless, learn to recognize a scam. A good resource is Art News Blog. I myself have gotten these types of inquiries and now delete them without deliberation. One artist friend was nearly scammed this year after corresponding with a con artist over a period of a time. If you're not sure about an email inquiry, ask other artists or business colleagues who may be able to spot a fraud.
Words of wisdom...Be skeptical... If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your homework.

If you are looking for a discussion forum for artists to join, Art Calendar Magazine provides one on business, supplies and education at

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Franz Bader bookstore to close

I'm sorry to hear this news..Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space blogger Richard Layman tells us that Sabina Yanul, owner of Franz Bader Books, 1911 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C., plans to close the store this fall. As Chris Kerr of Parson Weems put it, "Beloved by university presses and art book publishers and supported for a generation by Washington's Embassy Row and traveling diplomats, Sabina and her husband, Richard, were an oasis of civility and culture in the desert of D.C. politics."


Frank Warren's new PostSecret Video trailer to promote a new book. Very well done!


New Management Team to Continue CHAW’s Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), President Eric Tobias has announced the selection of Jill P. Strachan, PhD as CHAW’s new Executive Director. In addition, Tobias announced that Jenny Chowning will be Director of Education & Programs and Jody Barasch will be the Director of Operations. All three appointments are effective immediately. They join Michelle Cohen who became CHAW’s Director of Development in May 2007.

Tobias stated, “The Board of Directors conducted an extensive search to find a new Executive Director. We selected Jill Strachan to fill the position because we know that she will bring the right mix of management, fundraising, and mentoring experience to CHAW and because she has an unrivaled passion for the arts and CHAW’s vision of building community through the arts.” Strachan has been involved with CHAW in many capacities (including Board member, former interim Executive Director, teacher, student, and grant writer) since 1999. In addition, she brings a broad range of experience with non-profits and the arts from her more than 20 years as a free-lance consultant in the arts.

In selecting Jenny Chowning as Director of Education and Programs, CHAW will benefit from Chowning’s broad knowledge of education and her research and policy experience with Americans for the Arts. Chowning will have responsibility for shaping the long-range vision of education and programs at CHAW while building on the many successfully, current multi-disciplinary offerings.

As Director of Operations, Jody Barasch will have responsibility for managing CHAW and its facility on a day-to-day basis. Barasch, already familiar with CHAW through her participation in the ceramics program, has broad experience in managing schedules, vendors, and volunteers after eleven years as the House Management Coordinator for Arena Stage.

Tobias commented, “We are confident that the arrival of the new management team will continue CHAW‘s tradition of excellence and will provide valuable leadership to the organization for fulfilling its mission of building community through the arts.”

CHAW will formally welcome Strachan, Chowning, and Barasch at a reception at CHAW in conjunction with the opening of the Photography Exhibit on Saturday, September 8, 2007, 5-7 PM. All are welcome to attend.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts education facility, located on the corner of 7th and G Streets, SE (just two blocks south of Eastern Market). For more information about classes, performances, exhibitions, and programs, visit . CHAW offers a tuition assistance program. CHAW’s mission is building community through the arts. CHAW was recognized as a featured charity by the 2006-2007 Catalogue for Philanthropy.

9X10 WPA\C Member Show opens Friday at William W. Parker Gallery

William W. Parker Gallery
629 New York Ave. NW
Washington DC 20001

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Back to School at the Dupont-Kalorama Educator Open House

The Phillips Collection's Education Department will be one of many museums and cultural institutions making presentations at the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Consortium's Educator Open House. The event will be held at the renowned Textile Museum on August 29th from 4pm to 7pm.

This free event will provide opportunities for teachers to learn about educational programs, exhibitions and resources offered at eight museums in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. Light refreshments and prize giveaways will make the open house an invigorating experience. Other museums who will be presenting at the Open House include: include: Anderson House, the Woodrow Wilson House, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, and The Textile Museum.

The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street, NW, a 10-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station, Q Street exit. This program is free with no reservations necessary. For more information, please call (202) 667-0441, ext. 35,or visit or

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Desiderio da Settignano at National Gallery West Buidling

National Gallery of Art, Washington through October 8, 2007
Organized by the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Passes are not required for this exhibition. On view in the National Gallery's West Buidling, Main Floor, Galleries 10 and 11. Sponsored by The Exhibition Circle.

Blake Gopnik Review - In His Hands, the Spirit Lives,
Sculptor Desiderio Gave Substance to The Ethereal Realm

National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

Terence Blanchard Remembers Katrina

Dcist's Sriram Gopal reviews Jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard latest CD release. This month marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's assault upon the city of New Orleans. Blanchard's latest release on the Blue Note label, entitled A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), is a somber and plaintive look back on how Mother Nature and the country at large betrayed a great American city.

Terence Blanchard will be performing at Blues Alley this Thursday through Sunday with daily 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. sets. Tickets here $27.50 + $10 food/drink minimum.

DC PLAYBLOCKS PROJECT coming to an auction near you

DC PLAY BLOCKS PROJECT will host a live auction on Novemeber 14, 2007. Beacon Hotel
1615 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
(Dupont Circle neighborhood)

The Beacon Hotel is located three blocks from the Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stops, both on the red line. Valet parking is available. Visit for directions.

Tom Weschler of Weschler’s, DC’s only auction house, has agreed to volunteer as auctioneer of the live event.

The public is invited and tickets cost $50.00 each.

Proceeds from the event will go towards arts education for preschoolers, advocacy, public awareness, and accreditation of local child care centers—a critical issue in this field. For buyers who wish to own a unique playblock,

Contact Cathy Madison

Sponsors of the DC PLAY BLOCKS campaign are:
Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities with the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the DC Early Care and Education Administration, DC Leadership in Action Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, E*TRADE Financial Corporation Donor Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Fannie Mae Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Federal City Council, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, M. Russell and Associates, PNC Bank, Procter & Gamble, Teaching Strategies, and W. K. Kellogg Foundation. James G. Davis Construction Corporation and Miller & Long Concrete Construction very generously constructed the concrete bases for the blocks and placed the blocks at the sites throughout the City.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Monica Tinker: Out of b[Order] review read here.

at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
through August 30, 2007

Monica Tinker: Out of b[Order] is a site-specific installation that incorporates the use of natural and man-made materials to create a temporal exhibition drawing upon the immediate surroundings. On entering the exhibition space, viewers find that they’ve wandered into a three dimensional sketchbook where the meanderings of a thought are realized in drawings, sculpture, and text. Tinker utilizes steel, concrete, mixed media paintings, rope, encaustic, plastic, and a variety of natural matter to create a visual dialogue between objects and the installed environment. Ultimately, Tinker works to make sense of the visual and material world and invites the viewer to join in her journey.

Out of b[Order] is evolving organically over the course of two months, as Tinker returns to Hillyer Art Space on a weekly basis to alter her work. Her adjustments, whether it is the removal or addition of an object, or the rearranging of materials, reflect the challenge to find order among disparate fragments of experience while confronting the passage of time. Tinker creates a live studio where experimentation and play, rather than the results of those processes, take center stage. Her work is truly a metaphor in materials and aims to rearrange the viewer’s concept of the ordinary by providing a place of honor to everyday materials and subjects.

Hillyer Art Space
International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008 USA
or e-mail Amanda Lewis

Saturday, August 11, 2007

An Autumn Shoe Art Exhibit and Sale


An Autumn Shoe Art Exhibit and Sale
September 5 - September 29, 2007

Phoenix Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 6, 2007; 6 - 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11:30 – 6

Profits from the sale of this artwork go to buy running shoes for girls in Ethiopia. By training as athletes, these girls can delay traditional arranged marriages which can occur as early as 12 years of age.
For more information and to see some of the art that will be on exhibit, visit

Opportunities for Artists

MAP has two calls for artist submissions. Please review all of the guidelines, available on MAP's website before submitting work.

ANNUAL FALL BENEFIT:MAP is accepting submissions focusing on the theme of “Nudes” for its Annual Fall Benefit. All mediums and styles will be considered. ONLY submissions emailed to will be considered. The DEADLINE for emailed submissions has been extended to 5pm on August 31, 2007.

22nd ANNUAL CRITICS' RESIDENCY PROGRAM: Artists and writers are encouraged to apply to MAP's 22nd Annual Critics' Residency Program. This year's critic is Art in America contributor, Robert Berlind. DEADLINE: Postmarked or hand delivered by 5pm on August 31, 2007.

MAP's gallery space is located in Baltimore's entertainment district, Power Plant Live!, just a short walk from Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor.
Power Plant Live! 8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 | 410-962-8565

Green Cuisine: Veggie Options

The Color Green....

My new favorite vegetarian restaurant, Java Green was featured Tuesday night, July 31 on NBC4 as part of a “Going Green” special hosted by Wendy Rieger. Go to NBC4 to hear this informative and excellent report on the vegetarian lifestyle. Try out the restaurant on 19th St NW. It's a treat even for meat lovers. It's casual atmosphere with a wide selection of mock dishes will satify every taste. Try the carrot cake for dessert if you love sweet and moist.

1020 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-775-8899
Fax: 202-315-3485

Mon—Fri 7am – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm

Reviews in City Paper

Kriston Capps reviews "Useless" exhibition at Project 4. The exhibition is on view from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, to Saturday, Sept. 8, at Project 4, 903 U St. NW. Free. (202) 232-4340.

+ "Academy 2007" exhibition at Conner Contemporary Art. The exhibition is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, to Saturday, Aug. 18, at Conner Contemporary, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor. Free. (202) 588-8750.

+ "A Good Time Is Now" exhibition at Knew Gallery. The exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, to Sunday, Aug. 19, at Knew Gallery, 1639 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-4588.

Maura Judkis reviews "Earth on Stone on Earth Is Naturally So" exhibition at Flashpoint. The exhibition is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, to Friday, Aug. 31, at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1305.


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size and length of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Artists interested in obtaining application forms and information on the application procedure can download the forms from Web site or must write, fax or e-mail their complete mailing address to:

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
863 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Attn: Request for Application

Fax: (212) 288-2836


Baltimore, MD

August 10-September 7
Curated by Hermonie Williams


Painting, sculpture, performance, sound and video works by over 25 artist that either "proposed an alternative way to experience time or acknowledge the coming of the end of time".

Ann Everton & Jackson O'Connell
Alan Reid
Christopher Cassidy
Dan Talbot
Domnic Terlizzi

Current Gallery | 30 S.Calvert | Baltimore, MD 21202

hours of operation: tuesday 3-7pm, friday - sunday 11-3 pm

Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery presents
Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky

September 6–December 30
Opening Reception: September 6, 5:30–7:30 pm

1529 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 777-3208

Gallery Hours
Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, August 10, 2007

Photo Focus: A Regional Show of Photography

August 8 - September 8, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: August 10, 6-8:30

This August, Touchstone Gallery presents some of the region’s top emerging and established photographers juried by one of DC’s most esteemed photojournalists.

Touchstone Gallery encouraged photographers in the surrounding area to enter their finest photographs, expecting only the best to fill Touchstone’s walls. PHOTO FOCUS is a collaboration of photographs that appeals to diverse tastes within a sole medium.


Antonia Macedo Barbara Tyroler Ben Marcin Candace Clifford Carl Root Chandi Kelley Chris Christy Chris Hanessian Christopher A. Rok Christy Stebbins Cynthia Young Daniel Nakamura Danielle Eure Dave Montgomery David Kosar Deborah Brooks Deborah Kane Dennis O'Keefe E. de Planque, III Eric McCollum Esther Hidalgo Harvey Kupferberg Jennifer Fairfax Jerry Swain Jim Mitchell Joan DeMoss Joshua Gomez Julie Miller Julie Woodford Karen Keating Lee Goodwin Mary D. Ott Michael Borek Michael Fleischhacker Michael Lang Myeongsoo Kim Peter Karp Philip J. Gross Rhett Rebold Rona Eisner Schuyler Borton Sheila Meyer Steve Maxwell Steve Strawn Susana Raab Tyrone Paige Ulrich Stein Vincent Lee Smith William Atkins

JUROR: Sharon Farmer

JUROR Sharon Farmer is a professional photojournalist and lectures extensively on photography and photojournalism. Among her many roles, she served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001; was A White House photographer since 1993, documenting the Clinton-Gore Administration; was the campaign photographer for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential election campaign in 2004; curated a photography show entitled “Cuba Now” at the District of Columbia’s Sumner Museum. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, and The American Association for the Advancement of Science, to name a few. Ms. Farmer’s work has been featured in several books and her photography has been exhibited at the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Bethune Museum Archive, Inc. Ms. Farmer has taught and lectured extensively on photography and journalism at the American University, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon College, The National Geographic Society, Indiana University and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). In 2001 she lectured in five cities for the “Flying Short Course” sponsored by the National Association of Press Photographers.

Touchstone Gallery
406 7th Street, N.W.
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20004
202-347-3339 (fax)
Hours: Wed - Fri, 11-5 and Sat-Sun, 12-5

Masterworks Challenge Reception

Overdue Recognition Art Gallery
HillTop Plaza
6816 RaceTrack Road
Bowie Maryland 20715
1-866 726-8642
(301) 805-8812

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Arts in Criminal Justice National Conference

October 3rd through 6th, 2007

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is hosting this fall - the Arts in Criminal Justice National Conference.

The Mural Arts Program is the first organization to facilitate a national, large-scale conversation about the burgeoning field of arts in criminal justice. Taking place in Philadelphia October 3rd through 6th, 2007, the Conference is expected to draw hundreds of individuals from around the country to participate in three days of sessions that will include analysis, problem-solving exercises, and discussions addressing the opportunities and challenges in this innovative field.

Conference registration is now open. Please visit to view the schedule, peruse the sessions, and register online.

For questions or for more information or (215) 685-0759.

Conference sponsors: The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and Philadelphia Safe and Sound, with funding from the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

Flights of Fancy

A Solo Exhibition by Heather Levy
August 4th - September 8th, 2007

Opening Reception
Sat., August 11th 6-8pm

205 Lavinia Gallery
Milton, DE 19968 (right near Rehoboth) (302) 684-3379

...with the amazing musical talents of Basso Moderno Duo and a Beer Tasting by Dogfish Head Brewery

The Compliment Machine by Tom Greaves

You are sooooo good-looking
Washington, D.C., area artist invents machine that spits out compliments

"The compliment machine was commissioned by SiteProjects DC, a program partially funded by the D.C. Commission of the Arts & Humanities, which asked 16 artists to create public exhibits that were placed from July 15-28 in a six-block area of the nation's capital."

Washington, DC artist Tom Greaves is interviewed by Mike Celizic on the Today Show.
TODAY host Matt Lauer talks to Tom Greaves, the creator of this box that includes 153 feel-good phrases to praise people. Listen hear.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

National Gallery of Art
5:00 – 8:30pm

August 10: North/South Ensemble (jazz quintet)
August 17: The Greg Hatza ORGANization (organ trio)
August 24: Marc Cary and the FOCUS Trio (piano)
August 31: Johnny O'Neal (piano)

Picnickers are welcome to bring blankets, but alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted
A special menu of creative American cuisine will be available in the Pavilion Café
No charge for the performances

National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets

Blowing Grasses

on the coast of California

Position Open at Pyramid Atlantic

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Re-Opens Search for Executive Director in MD. Deadline: August 17, 07. Silver Spring, MD

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, contemporary visual arts center and gallery dedicated to creation, exhibition and appreciation of paper, prints and book art, seeks Executive Director to succeed founder, Helen Frederick.

See for full job description.
To apply send email with your cover letter, resume and salary requirements by no later than August 17th to:


WASHINGTON, DC CHALK4PEACE 2006 9/16 "The Plaza at Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Library" organized by the DC Public Library System and CHALK4PEACE, N. A. photo: John Aaron

CHALK4PEACE is happening Sept. 14-16, 2007 in more than one hundred sites around the world this year, 20 some sites in the Beltway area alone! Find the partial list at Feel free to get down and dusty at any of the locations during the weekend.

A CHALK4PEACE Decompression Storytelling Dinner will be held at Nam Viet Restaurant, 1127 North Hudson St., Arlington, VA.
(across the street from the old Modern ARF),
to celebrate dusty experiences of the weekend's events of CHALK4PEACE, the cooperative chalk art event for young artists of all ages.

Monday, September 18 at 7:00pm

Join us for a colorful reunion at one of the East Coast's premier Vietnamese restaurants (that we all know and love)
We'll CHALK you in...!
Wash yer hands...

When the chalk dust settles,
let peace wash the streets....

John Aaron

Splattering Bad. Moodling Good.

I've been wondering what that dreamy time is called when we artists incubate our best work. Now, Songwriter Christine Kane has come up with a great post on how the imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering.
Enjoy your moodling (or playtime).

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Annual Museum Shop Sidewalk Sale tomorrow

Be sure to see Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters
July 6, 2007 - October 14, 2007

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Annual Museum Shop Sidewalk Sale / Free
(Today and Wednesday)
8/7/2007 - 8/8/2007
Cool Bargains! Hot Savings!
August 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
August 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.
1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970
202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

Bird in Flight / a misty palette

along the California Coastline

Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem

Hey, am I moving up in the cyber world or what.

I'm a Multicellular Microorganism in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem.
Now that's something.

Randall Scott Gallery

artists reception this Saturday

sub text: five photographers working below the surface

August 4th - September 8th
artists reception August 11th, 6pm-9pm

Victor Cobo
Alejandra Laviada
Lindsey McCracken
Caitlin Phillips
Sarah Wilmer

Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Laurel Hausler at Nevin Kelly Gallery

Another talented artist featured in the March “Women’s Work” exhibition, Laurel Hausler, brought some of her recent haunting and mysterious works to share with....