Sunday, September 30, 2007

"Trust in Me"

- don't miss this!

September 15 - October 20, 2007

I stopped by the exhibition "Trust in Me" by Susan Jamison at Irvine Contemporary last week. This artist's new series of egg tempera paintings depicting the female figure are quite moving. The nude figures are decorated with traditional henna tattoo patterns which evoke a sensual mystery of the feminine. Exposed biological features on the human heads resemble the branches of trees and reflect possiblilites of new growth. Birds, butterflies and insects carry offerings of the woman's world such as fabric, needles and thread. Two paintings that held me in fascinated silence each contained a hummingbird messenger. Jamison's timeless images are put together in two classic forms: a traditional Renaissance portrait profile combined with a naturalistic illustrative style. The overall effect successfully combines the qualities of the mysterious power of growth and decay, communication, sensuality, fantasies, and longing. This is a beautifully crafted exhibition with a haunting lyisicism that you will want to visit more than once.

Also on view is Courtney Jordan, Restructuring a new series of drawings in ink and graphite on mylar that reconceive architectural forms and structures from the human built environment. Percy Shelley wrote in Defense of Poetry, that poetry “strips the veil of familiarity from the world, and lays bare [its] naked and sleeping beauty.” Poetry, he continues, “makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar; it reproduces all that it represents.” Without necessarily invoking Romantic transcendentalism, Jordan’s drawings strip away the veil of familiarity from known structures to reveal our deep emotional connectedness to the built forms of everyday life, in which we live, move, and have our being.

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
p 202.332.8767
hours: tues-sat 11-6 and by appointment

Marcos Díaz

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

The IDB Cultural Center and the Embassy of Spain present a recital by the brazilian-spanish guitarist .

Under his father´s guidance, Marcos Díaz began to play the guitar when he was eight years old. Shortly after, he began studies with the guitarist Isaías Savio at the Conservatorio Dramático e Musical de São Paulo, Brazil. Some years later, he moved to Spain and took up his studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Ourense where he studied under Tomás Camacho. He enrolled in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, where he studied under José Luis Rodrigo and won the "I Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera de Guitarra" in 1984.

He is regularly invited as a soloist in festivals and concert halls in Europe and the U.S., and has released three CDs for the recording label Ópera tres: one with works Dowland, Bach, Sor, Barrios and Rodrigo, and the others contain his own guitar transcriptions of six suites for the cello by J.S. Bach.

Program: Three Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; Three pieces by Joaquín Rodrigo;
Asturias by Isaac Albéniz; Suite nº 6 BWV 1012 by J. S. Bach;
Three pieces by F. Moreno-Torroba; Rondeña by Regino Sainz de la Maza.

Free and open to the public - photo id required

Inter-American Development Bank, Metro Center, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center
1330 New York Avenue NW - Washington, DC
For more information call 202 623 3558

Saturday, September 29, 2007

"The Power Of Ten" at PASS Gallery

Group Exhibit: Mark Planisek, Sondra Arkin, Willem deLooper, Stuart Greewell, Rogelio Maxwell, Kathryn McDonnell, Bill Miller, Albert Scweitzer, Judy Southerland, Rocky Wang

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 5th, 7 - 10 PM
Exhibit runs from Oct. 5th-Oct. 30,2007

Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 1- 5 PM and by appointment.
The gallery is located
at the rear of 1617 S Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Contact: Gallery owner Richard Siegman (202) 745-0796



Participate in the eBay Auction and Live Auctions to Sell ALL 22 DC PLAY BLOCKS:

1. eBay online auction. Questions: Cathy Madison at the Endowment: 202-420-0031.
On the auction date, you may use this page to enter online (eBay) auction site.

2. Live auction. November 14, 7-9 PM
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.

Near the auction date you will click here to purchase your ticket and/or make your tax deductible contribution through PayPal to the live auction.

Please purchase your ticket NO LATER THAN November 7. You may also send a check or money order directly to:

The GCH Endowment
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 715
Washington, DC 20036
Att: Live Auction

The auction for DC PLAY BLOCKS – a unique project that it is both a public awareness and a public art campaign. Each of the 22 PLAY BLOCKS is based on the theme “Quality Preschool Matters” and showcases the work of DC artists, and artists working with youth organizations on three sides. Every BLOCK has a fourth panel which is a mirror with the message “Every Child is a National Treasure.”

The Commemorative BLOCK was designed by nationally renowned DC artist Di Bagley Stovall and illustrates the need for all children to reach the sun, moon and the stars. This block was unveiled in October 2006 and displayed outside the John A. Wilson District Building.

The other twenty-one BLOCKS have been strategically located in all eight wards of the City for the summer. DC PLAY BLOCKS were inspired by the DC Party Animal and Pandamania public art projects from a few years ago

Friday, September 28, 2007

Apes and NY's These Are Powers perform @ The Bobby Fisher Memorial Building

Yes, that's right, you heard it here and hopefully somewhere else too...

Civilian artist Erick Jackson, whose Vlad's Crib is on exhibit at Civilian through October 20, will be performing with his band Apes and NY's These Are Powers (ex-members of Liars and other bands) this Saturday!

Come early, stay late, support this talented group of artists in the most DIY space in DC.

Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2007
Apes/These Are Powers
@ The Bobby Fisher Memorial Building
1644 North Capitol Street @ Florida Ave
$5 donation
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW
Washington DC
(202) 202-347-0022

Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge Benefit

Artists Wanted

Visual AIDS invites artists to participate in the tenth annual Postcards From the Edge benefit. Artists donate a 4"x6" original work on paper for the exhibition and sale. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and mixed media are all welcome in the host gallery location at James Cohan Gallery, NYC.

DEADLINE is postmark Friday, November 9, 2007 (NO late entries)

Postcards From the Edge is a show and sale of original, postcard-sized artworks on paper by established and emerging artists. All artworks are $75 and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The works are signed on the back and exhibited so that the artists' signatures cannot be seen. While buyers have a list of all participating artists, they don't know who created which piece until it is purchased and the signature is revealed. A collector might end up with a work by a famous artist or one they don't yet know. Either way, they walk away with a great piece of art while supporting Visual AIDS's important work.

If you would like to participate, you can DOWNLOAD Artists Submission Forms here.

Visual AIDS
526 West 26th Street #510
New York, NY 10001
(212) 627-9855 or

Shake it at the D.C. Dance Festival This Weekend

DCist Contributor Meghan Welsh writes,
"What originally began as a venue to expose the residents of D.C. to traditional and folk dance genres has now become an annual tradition. Today through Sunday, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 4th D.C. Dance Festival."

The festival will be held at various venues throughout the District of Columbia from September 28-30, 2007 and will feature a wide array of folk and traditional dance forms practiced by local area ensembles and artists. Some of the genres include hip-hop, salsa, swing and others.

Dance DC Schedule

Sympathy for the Devil at MCA Chicago

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
September 29, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Read Paul Klein's commentary in Art Letter on Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art's new show Sympathy for the Devil (named for a Rolling Stones’ song. This exhibition is curated by MCA Curator Dominic Molon.

Fiesta DC 2007


Mt. Pleasant Street

Once again, the Latino Festival of Washington will take place in the nation’s capital. Fiesta DC will be celebrated on Sunday, September 30, 2007, coinciding with the festivities of Hispanic Heritage Month, in the historical, multicultural Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in NW, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

International Year of RUMI

Sunday, September 30 is the 800th birthday of Rumi. For those of you who aren't familiar with Rūmī's writings, he was a 13th Century brilliant Persian mystic and poet. He was born in Balkh (present-day Afghanistan) and died in Konya (in present-day Turkey). His poetry is in Persian and translated in many languages worldwide. His followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the "Whirling Dervishes. My favorite translations of Rumi poetry are by Coleman Barks, a renowned poet who taught English and Poetry at the University of Georgia for many years.

"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing- by Coleman Barks

Happy 800th!

“Like birdsong beginning inside the egg.
Like this universe coming into existence,
The lover wakes, and whirls
in a dancing joy
then kneels down
in praise.”


We All Need a Pygmalion:

A Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style: Musical Panel Discussion

Saturday, September 29, 2007
3pm, Ring Auditorium
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artist to Artist: Pablo Helguera
Pablo Helguera is an educator and artist who uses satire to explore the complicated social structure of the contemporary art scene. His performance at the Hirshhorn, “We all need a Pygmalion,” takes the form of a “self-improvement” workshop with a musical component—Helguera sings songs about the art world to melodies from My Fair Lady. The performance is an introduction to his book The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style. Written in the style of an old-school etiquette handbook, Helguera’s wry advice is practical for any artist.

Related Exhibition: Mexico Treasures of the Smithsonian and Lola Alvarez Bravo

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC, at the corner of Seventh Street SW and Independence Avenue. West of the US Capitol and east of the Washington Monument, it is the round building next to the Smithsonian's red brick Arts and Industries building.

Ian Whitmore: Food for Thought

At G Fine Art, Teasing the Eye With Hints of Abstraction
Jessica Dawson reviews Ian Whitmore in today's WaPo here

Thursday, September 27, 2007

5th Annual Curators' Incubator gallery talk at MAP

Friday, September 28

5th Annual Curators' Incubator gallery talk: 6pm
Reception: 7pm

Listen as this year's participating curators discuss their exhibitions. Now in its fifth year, the Curators’ Incubator program provides new and emerging curators with an opportunity to curate an exhibition at MAP. Selected curators are mentored through all aspects of the curatorial process as they prepare for the exhibition, and for publication in a program catalogue.

This year’s exhibitions are: Objects of Adoration, curated by Rachel Bradley; Memory Works, curated by Dylan Hay; and anti-matter curated by Bryan Leister and Susan K. Serafin.

To learn more about this and other programs of Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place / 8 Market Place, Suite 100 / Baltimore, Maryland 21202 / 410.962.8565

14 New Etchings by Joseph Holston

Available at Washington Printmakers Gallery
View all 14 prints at

Or visit the gallery

Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009
DuPont Circle Metro Stop, Q Street exit
Gallery Director: Gail Vollrath
Phone: 202-332-7757

t r a n s f o r m e r - e x h i b i t i o n s

Transformer presents Holly Bass in "Pay Purview," the second installment of Show and Prove:

September 15 - October 20, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 - 8pm

Pay Purview is an ongoing multidisciplinary work combining live performance with original recorded music and video. Pay Purview is an exploration of the role of women in commercial hip hop music and videos. In the live performance for Transformer, Holly Bass wears a "booty ball" costume piece made of playground balls to create an exaggerated, oversized, Hottentot-style derriere. Presented in Transformer's storefront window space, the audience, participating from the sidewalk outside the gallery, is asked to pay a dime for each viewing. A curtain opens for a short time and the performer dances to a selection of songs ranging from Rodgers Hart's "Ten Cents a Dance" to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back."
Visit the exhibitions page on Transformer's website.

Also, check out an interview with Holly in the new issue of the Washington City Paper, Thursday 9/27 that also profiles SASS. For a press release featuring information on SASS, profiling each artist's work as well as artist bio information, please click here

SAVE THE DATE: Women Spoken Word Artists Event, Thursday, October 11 at Transformer.
Check Transformer's website.

Exhibition Hours for SASS: Wednesday - Saturday 1- 7 pm, and by appointment.

Last Chance
The last weekend of Chance Video-dances Public Art Projections by Jane Jerardi Don't miss the opportunity to experience the last two dates of this beautiful, experimental visual piece.
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

The Grate Project - A new series of large-scale public paintings by Kelly Towles
Kelly Towles is creating murals that will completely cover the roll-down security grates at One World Fitness, outside the artist studios at 926 N Street in Blagden Alley, and at the Black Cat nightclub.

The Grate Project is intended to further dialogue about the nature of street art and public art work, while enhancing DC's street-scapes. Kelly will be finalizing the creation of The Grate Project this weekend on September 29 with a large scale multi-panel work covering the facade of The Black Cat.

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 23 at The Black Cat Backstage beginning at 8pm, a reception to celebrate the success of The Grate Project.

1404 P Street NW Washington DC 20005 (202) 483-1102

Joan Konkel at Zenith Gallery

October 5 - November 2, 2007
Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6 pm - 9 pm

Joan Konkel transforms commonplace materials into intriguing works of art that play tricks on the eye with color and space, based on the angle you view them. Layering aluminum sheet metal, acrylic and mesh on canvas, Konkel works from a sculptor’s point of view, creating low-and sunken- relief art that is abstract and architectural. As light dances among the materials, her work takes on luminosity and illusions of deeper space.

Konkel has exhibited her art at Zenith Gallery numerous times, but this will be her first solo show at the gallery. She received an NEA grant for her work incorporating metal into garments, and has exhibited her works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, through the State Department’s ART in Embassies program, and in galleries in the Washington area, Philadelphia and New York. Konkel’s works are held in private and corporate collections in the south, mid-Atlantic and mid-west regions.

Zenith Gallery is recognized for its varied selection of sculpture, abstract, contemporary and realism artworks, Zenith Gallery has been placing art in public, residential and corporate collections throughout the Washington metropolitan area and beyond for more than 29 years. Meet the Artist Joan Konkel Thursday, October 4, 6 pm - 9 pm

Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW
Washington DC

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


October 13th - December 8th, 2007

District Fine Arts presents "Hit Me With Music!" a Group Show featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

· Leon Armour Jr. - photographer. Music has always been a special part of my life, from my earliest childhood memories, to the current soundtrack to my life. Photographing live entertainment has been another way for me to share those memories and to try to convey the emotional intensity of that performance in a single image. Even if you were not there, I want you to be able to hear the music through my images.

· Ken Butler- sculptor. Ken's work is on view in conjunction with KNEW Gallery. He is an artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments, collage drawings, performances, and installations explore the interaction and transformation of common objects, altered images, sounds and silence. His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions and performances throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe including Mass MoCA, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His pieces have been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times and The Village Voice. He has been featured on PBS, CNN, MTV, and NBC, including a live appearance on The Tonight Show.

· Chester Simpson - photographer. In the mid 1970's, while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, Simpson met two of the major influences on his life, legendary master photographer, Ansel Adams, founder of the Institute's photography department, and Jim Marshall, the famous Rock-n-Roll photographer. He soon indulged himself in the evolving punk rock scene. This led to the start of his professional career as a rock-n-roll photographer when Rolling Stone Magazine published his first picture while he was still in school. Ten years later, Simpson found himself in Washington, DC working as Director of Photography for the Pentagon's Newspaper. This in turn led to an ongoing contract as a lead tour photographer for the USO. In this capacity, Simpson has enjoyed documenting over 35 USO Tours with many noted celebrities and entertainers. His work has been in most major publications around the world including New Musical Express, Melody Maker, People, Newsweek and he has exhibited worldwide.

· Leah Tinari - painter. Leah, who lives and works in New York City graduated from R.I.S.D. in 1998 and has been showing in New York City and beyond ever since. She has been featured in publications such as; NY Arts, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Spin, Lucky, and Elle. The imagery in her paintings is based on photographs that she takes of friends and family. Her work often examines seemingly mundane situations and environments, in order to portray the complexities inherent in the unpolished human existence. Leah's art ultimately provokes questions and discussions about family, relationships, class, gender, personal collection and one's surroundings.

"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain." Bob Marley

Leah Tinari - Halloween Dance Party

Opening Reception: Saturday October 13th, 2007 5-8 pm
at our NEW location,
1639 Wisconsin Ave. N.W
(between Q St. and Reservoir Rd.)

Featuring an acoustic set by Justin Jones at 7pm playing songs from his new cd, "...And I am the song of the drunkards"

District Fine Arts
1639 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C 20007

Sam & Adele Golden Foundation™ for the Arts 10 Year Celebration and Silent Art Auction

On Saturday, October 6, 2007, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation™ for the Arts is holding a Silent Art Auction Benefit, offering for sale, works of some of the most acclaimed artists of our time to rural Upstate New York. Longtime friends of the Golden Foundation and Golden Artist Colors, Inc. have donated artwork for the Silent Auction. Included is artwork created by artists who have received the Golden Foundation Award as well as others with significant international acclaim and honors, including Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Jamie Wyeth, Sam Gilliam, Larry Poons, Dale Chihuly, and Walter Darby Bannard. The Foundation has received over 140 pieces of artwork for the Benefit. All proceeds from the sale of work will benefit the endowment fund of the Golden Foundation.

Go to to learn more about the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts 10 Year Celebration and Silent Art Auction.

Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
188 Bell Road
New Berlin, NY 13411-9527 USA

VisArts at Rockville

Grand Opening and Dedication
Sunday Sept. 30th, Noon – 5pm

Grand Opening Schedule of Events:

Noon - VisArts Dedication in Rockville Town Square

12:30pm - A very unique ribbon cutting ceremony at the 155 Gibbs Street entrance!
Official opening of the VisArts gallery featuring the inaugural exhibition, ZAPP! Comic Books and the Arts

1:00-5:00pm - Education Sneak Peek! Meet the teachers, see artist demonstrations, enjoy hands-on art activities, and find out more about art classes for you and your family. Register in person and receive a free gift!

Visit Resident Artist studios. Featuring Karen Fricke, Fabric
Kathie Lynch & Eileen Martin, Glass
Bertrand Mao, Chinese Ink-brush
Pam Hill Byrne & Johnnie Gins, Jewelry
Lauren Hinds, Fabric/Sculpture

ZAPP! Comic Books and the Arts. Kaplan Gallery: Comics in our Culture
Regional Gallery: The Beat Goes On
Children's Discovery Gallery: What's a Hero? What's a Villain?
Portfolio Gallery: Anime, Manga and You
Children's Imagination Stations! Look for Lola the Art Dog
Building Tours

For more information please call the VisArts office ~ 301-315-8200

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts
155 Gibbs St
Rockville, MD 20850
tel: 301.315.8200
fax: 301.315.8296

Sunday, September 23, 2007


The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities announces its 4th Annual Dance DC Festival. The festival will be held at various venues throughout the District of Columbia from September 28-30, 2007 and will feature a wide array of folk and traditional dance forms practiced by local area ensembles and artists. The Kennedy Center co-presents this festival with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Dance DC -Dance Asia Festival (FREE ADMISSION)
Saturday, September 29, 2007 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage

For more information on the Dance DC Festival, call the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 202.724.5613 or email at

Friday, September 21, 2007

Whittled with Wit & Whimsy

September 12 – November 25, 2007

Ann Citron, Stephen Hansen, Gary Hughes
Robert C. Jackson, June Walker, Bill Suworoff

Meet the Artists
Wednesday, October 17, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Zenith Gallery Alternative Space
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Vintage Project

A vintage fashion trunk show for a good cause

Friday, Sept. 28 6:00-8:00pm, cocktail preview party
Saturday, Sept. 29 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 30 12:00-5:00pm

Project 4 hosts "The Vintage Project" - a sampling of of vintage originals from Uesa Goods. The gallery will host a three-day trunk show in which a portion of the proceeds from each sale go towards purchasing school uniforms for children in Africa. Uesa will be presenting one-of-a-kind, timeless attire for work, play and evening from such pioneers as Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Oleg Cassini, Geoffrey Beene, Emma Domb, Rudi Gernreich & Lilli Ann as well as classics from former D.C. icons Julius Garfinckel, Erlebacher, and Claire Dratch. Also included will be amazing vintage shoes, lingerie, handbags & accessories. Come for cocktails, shopping and fabulous vintage. Please view an article about Uesa’s cause in the Kenya Times on her website .

Project 4
903 U Street NW
Washington DC 20001
202 232 4340

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


Show #7: September 21 – October 19, 2007

Alonzo Davis / Wendy Garner / Gina M. Lewis / Kevin Mellema / Tea Okropiridze / Stefan Prosky / Elissa Farrow Savos / Jeffrey Sutton / Vera Vandendries / Elizabeth Whitely

9x10 : WPA\C Member Shows @ WWP Gallery
In tribute to the late William Warren Parker’s support for emerging DC artists, his family has generously donated space at the William W. Parker (WWP) Gal lery – housed in Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing at 629 New York Ave NW - to WPA|C for a new “nine-by-ten” exhibition series: 9 shows of 10 member artists each. These shows will provide a new outlet for WPA\C member artists, and each exhibition will present a diverse cross-section of the WPA\C membership to the public, showcasing works in all media. The 9x10 exhibitions will run monthly from March 2007 to January 2008.

WWP Gallery (Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing)
629 New York Ave NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Info: 202.639.1828 / /

Premiere of Turning A Corner, An Unprecedented Women's Advocacy Piece

On Sept. 27th - One Night Only in Washington, DC... 7:30pm @ Landmark's E Street Cinema

Urban Film Series Welcomes CBC Weekend and the 20th Anniversary Festival of Women's Film & Media Arts... Women's Advocacy
Turning A Corner

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Diane Upright on Morris Louis tonight

Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited
September 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

“Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited” is the first consideration of Washington, D.C.–based artist Morris Louis’s work since 1986. The exhibition presents major paintings dating from the early 1950s until his death in late 1962, the years Louis developed an innovative method of painting by “staining” his unprimed canvases with thinned washes of acrylic pigments. The artist, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1912, studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine and Applied Arts. As a young man he painted in a realist manner; only in his forties did he find his signature style. Even in cramped quarters in Washington D.C., Louis was able to make large paintings, achieving an exuberant, lyrical celebration of colors hovering in white space. Louis became an inspirational figure for other artists in the Color Field movement in the 1960s, notably Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler. The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, in close collaboration with the artist’s widow, Marcella Louis Brenner and independent scholar Diane Upright. The Hirshhorn’s presentation is coordinated by senior curator Valerie Fletcher. Coinciding with this exhibition will be galleries devoted to the recent research and conservation of Color Field paintings in the Hirshhorn’s collection.

Diane Upright on Morris Louis
September 20, 2007 at 7 pm
Join Diane Upright on the opening day of the Morris Louis Now exhibition as she shares her perspectives on the artist. The foremost authority on Louis, Dr. Upright is a former professor of art history at Harvard University and was a curator at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In 1985 she published Morris Louis:The Complete Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, widely considered to be a major contribution to the understanding of Louis's aesthetic and influence. Support for this lecture is provided by Dr. Penn Lupovich.

High Museum Curator Jeffrey Grove on Morris Louis
September 21, 2007 at 12:30 pm

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC, at the corner of Seventh Street SW and Independence Avenue. West of the US Capitol and east of the Washington Monument, it is the round building next to the Smithsonian's red brick Arts and Industries building.

Artists Tour of the Wilson Building Collection

Thanks to Authentic Art for posting this tour...
At 12 p.m. on Wednesday September 26, the public is invited to the Wilson Building for a guided tour through the City Hall public collection of art on permanent display on floors 1-5 of the Wilson building.

The tour will be lead by local artist Sondra N. Arkin, curator to the collection of over 170 pieces. This is a unique chance to meet with local artists featured in the collection and have a discussion on being an artist in the Nation’s Capitol and to see a rich cross section of local artists (both established and emerging). This will be a bi-monthly occurrence.

The tour is free, however advanced registration for the series is preferred. Please RSVP to with the number in your party. Meet at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance — the building is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW. ID is required to enter the building.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yes Organic Grocery Coming to U Street Corridor

Of interest in the hood....

Councilmember Jim Graham is pleased to announce that Yes! Organic grocery will occupy one of the six retail spaces on the first floor of the Union Row building, located at 14th and V St, NW.

The Union Row project is part of the overall rejuvenation of the U Street Corridor. Yes! Organic grocery will offer residents natural foods as part of a unique shopping experience. Please visit for more information.

The 5,000 square foot Yes! Organic grocery is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. This will be the fifth location for the DC-based grocer. More retailers will be announced soon, including a restaurant, a dry cleaner, and a large national chain store.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Emergence Art Parties

is sponsored by Raandesk Gallery of Art, a virtual gallery and art consultation business The events will be located at 2125 14th Street, NW, Suite 417, (in the Flats at Union Row (14th & V Streets, NW, just off U) Washington, DC:

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Private Viewing, RSVP only)
Friday, September 21, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (free public viewing, no RSVP necessary)

Featured artwork will include local artist Jeff Huntington, along with work by 14 other artists including painting, drawings and photography--

Caramel + Creations! / art reception for Michele de la Menardiere

Friday, September 21, 7:00PM
A September Solstice Art Soiree at Caramel Boutique, ushering in Autumn with a enchanting evening of fine art, fashion, and conversation!

Michele de la Menardiere will be exhibiting her latest paintings and Caramel will be offering a 15% discount off selected urban fashions for men and women.

DC Style Magazine will be there covering the event so stop by this U Street corridor gem, meet the artist, mingle, and explore!!

Caramel Boutique
1603 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 US

Arts on Foot in Penn Quarter, Washington, DC

Here's a few pictures from the weekend's Arts on Foot Festival downtown DC, strolling through a diverse group of artist exhibitors.

Arts on Foot, Washington, DC

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art: Benjamin Forgey

The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art present new insights from the perspective of a critic, a scholar, and an artist. This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.

Changing Context: Architecture in Washington / Critic Benjamin Forgey

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 PM

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Free tickets available in the G Street lobby, one hour prior. Reception follows each lecture.
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level

Smithsonian American Art Museum and
the National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Information: 202-633-1000
TTY: 202-633-5285

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Giving Artists Space to Create

Groups Public and Private Sponsor Affordable Places to Live, Work
Read WAPo article click title above

A battered two-story warehouse in Northeast will soon undergo a conversion that could have come from the imagination of one of the artists who will live there.

Friday, September 14, 2007

A Bold New Stage For D.C. - The Shakespeare Theatre

Sunday's article in WaPo announces the opening of the Shakespeare Theatre’s new Sidney Harman Hall across the street from the MCI Center at 610 F Street. The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW) on Saturday, September 15, 2007. The event begins with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11:00 a.m. The Shakespeare Theatre Company will then open the theatre to the public for the first time, offering self-guided tours, free performances and activities for children until 7 p.m. The Harman Center for the Arts Open House is sponsored by Target and coincides with the Penn Quarter neighborhood’s annual Arts on Foot, a free festival of art, music, theatre, dance and film.

Harman Center for the Arts Open House
Saturday, September 15
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Read WaPo article here.

Bethesda Art Walk tonight!

The Bethesda Art Walk features 13 galleries and studios that open their doors from 6-9pm on the second Friday of every month. Downtown Bethesda galleries showcase artwork created locally, nationally and internationally including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

You can enjoy several galleries by walking throughout downtown Bethesda’s fun-filled streets. The free Bethesda Circulator stops within a few blocks of each Bethesda Art Walk gallery, and runs continuously throughout the duration of the Art Walk.

The Bethesda Art Walk features a free guided tour to participating galleries and studios during select Art Walk Fridays. Guided tours give Bethesda Art Walk patrons the opportunity to learn about downtown Bethesda’s galleries and studios as well as their current shows featuring exhibiting artists.

List of participating galleries here

CHALK4PEACE has begun around the world.

An article that came out today...
Reston, VA

Contact John Aaron
Global Project Founder

Amy Lin and Jill Finsen at Blackrock Center for the Arts

(Colored Pencil; Oil/Acrylic)
September 12 - October 12 , 2007

Artist Reception: September 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The works of Amy Lin and Jill Finsen are studies in harmony, in the interaction between color, shape, levels and space. Whether suggesting connected molecules, vibrant landscapes or abstract figures, the artists convey a boldness, an energy that seizes the viewer’s eye, demanding attention … and offering enchantment.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874

5th Annual Curators' Incubator Program at Maryland Art Place

through Saturday, October 13

Objects of Adoration, curated by Rachel Bradley.
Memory Works, curated by Dylan Hay.
anti-matter: recontextualizing the material, curated by Bryan Leister and Susan K. Serafin.

Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Transformer launches its 6th exhibition season with SASS

September 15 - October 20, 2007

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 15, 7-9pm
PERFORMANCE: Show and Prove, a dance-theatre work by Holly Bass, Thursday, September 27, 6:30 - 8pm

Featuring work in a variety of disciplines including photo-collage, video, performance, painting, drawing, and mixed media installation, SASS offers a small survey of contemporary artwork by a new generation of women artists.

Holly Bass (WDC), Amanda Douglas (Lexington,KY), Natalia Fabia (LA, CA), Danniel Swatosh (NYC), and Lisa Marie Thalhammer (WDC) each explore concepts of femininity, identity, and pop culture perceptions of women through their diverse artistic endeavors. For a press release featuring information on each artists' work in SASS, as well as artist bio information, click here (PDF) . Exhibition Hours for SASS: Wednesday - Saturday 1- 7 pm, and by appointment.

Transformer Presents Two New Public Art Projects
Supported by the Creative Community Initiative of the Community Foundation:
*Chance Video-dances
*Public Art Projections by Jane Jerardi

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

The Grate Project - A new series of large-scale public paintings by Kelly Towles Seeking to create large scale paintings that will exist in the public realm, Kelly Towles is creating murals that will completely cover the roll-down security grates at One World Fitness, outside the artist studios at 926 N Street in Blagden Alley, and at the Black Cat nightclub. Re-vitalizing these grates into dynamic contemporary artworks, The Grate Project is intended to further dialogue about the nature of street art and public art work, while enhancing DC's street-scapes. Kelly will be creating The Grate Project public paintings throughout September at the following locations:

September 15 -16: One World Fitness
September 22-23: Blagden Alley
September 29-30: The Black Cat

1404 P Street NW
Washington DC 20005
(202) 483-1102

Embracing Mexico : Mariana Yampolsky, "Art and Life" at The Mexican Cultural Institute

Thursday, September 13 − Wednesday, November 21, 2007

An esteemed modern photographer in Mexico , Mariana Yampolsky was also known for her printmaking, book design and editing, as well as her work as a curator and collector. This exhibition presents those facets of her creative work: prints, photographs, a selection of the art books she edited, and examples from her folk art collection.

Mexican Cultural Institute | 2829 16th Street N.W. | Washington, D.C.

National Hispanic Heritage Month at

In honor of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month, explores Louis Castro's contribution to Major League Baseball, examines the private life of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who so profoundly influenced American art, and offers a list of festivals, concerts and lectures at the Smithsonian Institution and throughout the country. Be sure to check out the virtual tour of the ruins at Tikal in Guatamala.

National Hispanic Heritage Month at

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the Smithsonian Institution and places across the country will honor the culture and diversity of Hispanic Americans with exhibits, lectures and festivals. See a list of Washington, DC events here.

Nathan Baker - Rupture (part one) at Randall Scott Gallery

September 15th-October 20th

Artists Reception:
September 15, 6pm-9pm

In Being and Time, Heidegger describes the "Present at Hand" as a situation that arises when things break down; when the routine of life pauses and the door is opened for basic, unmediated humanity to step in and replace the automata of contemporary rigor. Such moments are inflections on how we function on a most basic level, without the societal and psychological influences that we have grown to rely upon.

This work, titled Rupture, Part One aims to portray this idea visually. Consisting of Large Format Color Photography, Video, and Sound Installation, the work approaches this idea from multiple angles. Two distinct veins of photographic work describe both a first person perspective that presents the viewer with a representation of Present at Handedness, and a voyeuristic perspective that allows the viewer the spectacle of watching another in the thrall of this experience. Thirdly, a meditation on the context of this moment - a direct comparison between before, after, and during the experience that defines the banality that exists outside of this moment, is provided by the video work.

View more of Rupture Here

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

1/2 block south of Rhode Island at 14th Street NW
2nd floor above Thai Tanic Restaurant

Artists’ Roundtable Lecture at The National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art will host an Artists’ Roundtable question and answer session on September 25, 2007 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Gallery’s West Building Lecture Hall. The topic for questions and answers will be: Oil Paints, Materials and Techniques presented by Michael Skalka, Conservation Administrator.

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW.

Preserving Edward Hopper's summer house and studio in Truro, Massachusetts

Truro, MA—

The opening of “Edward Hopper, etc.” at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday, September 16 is drawing a group of Massachusetts residents concerned about the fate of the artist’s summer house and studio in Truro, Massachusetts. The group is traveling to Washington to alert visitors to the show, a major retrospective of the painter acclaimed for his capture of 20th century American life, that a proposed mansion on the land, next to the artist’s former studio will destroy the view that inspired Hopper for more than 30 years.

Plans for the two-story 6,500 square-foot house, with swimming pool, reflecting pools and wine cellar, have generated petitions from over 400 local residents and visitors calling attention to the imminent risk posed to what is known as the Hopper Landscape. The quiet and isolated landscape lured the American realist to build his summer home here where he created many of his most famous paintings, several of which will be on view at the National Gallery until WHEN. Among the famous works associated with the landscape are "Hills, South Truro," "Camel's Hump," "Rooms by the Sea," and "Cape Cod Evening."

Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine, first came to Truro in 1930. They built the Cape Cod-style house and studio four years later and spent six months of every year there until his death in 1967. The family that inherited it following Josephine’s death a year later has faithfully preserved the house. The artist’s easel still stands next to the large north-facing studio window, a kind of sentinel over the landscape he immortalized which old-timers in Truro refer to as the Hogsback.

Virtually unchanged since the construction of the Hopper residence itself, the Hopper Landscape also has great environmental significance. In addition to protecting nearly ½ mile of dune land and sandy beach, it is a classic example of the grassy heath community that has been disappearing on Cape Cod with the spread of building and landscaped development. Grassy heath is considered rare and is noteworthy for many distinct plant species and habitat for such endangered species as the spade foot toad, box turtle and northern harrier. Perhaps of most significance is the exceptional abundance and density of Broom crowberry in the area, which grows in very few locations in North America and is classified as rare by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program.

Thanks to the contributions of neighbors several years ago, the Truro Conservation Trust acquired a key parcel in the Hopper Landscape. In addition, the Trust was given a restriction on an adjoining property that prevents any future development of the site. One other parcel, while not presenting the same immediate threat, may also be slated for development. The entire area is located just outside the protective boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore where it crosses this narrow portion of the Outer Cape to span the wooded hillsides stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Cod Bay. –more-

Recently, the Massachusetts Historical Commission declared the Hopper House and Landscape as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a potential National Register historic district.

The Cape Cod Commission, a regional planning agency with oversight of development considered to have regional impact on the Cape’s historic and environmental resources, will be taking up the question of whether to study the proposed mansion as a Development of Regional Impact at its meeting on September 20.

The controversial project has been the subject of a front-page story in the Boston Globe and numerous articles in Cape newspapers over the past month. The Truro group, led by artist Nathalie Ferrier, hopes that the Hopper Show in Washington will call the nation’s attention to the imminent danger facing the site and subject so strongly linked to one of America’s greatest artists.

CONTACT: Nathalie Ferrier
Phone # 508-349-1795

Ansel's Art at the Corcoran

September 15, 2007 — January 27, 2008Ansel Adams

On Saturday, the Corcoran Gallery of Art will open an exhibition by famed photographer Ansel Adams. The photographs showcase Adams’ extraordinary range and span the length of his six-decade career. The exhibition features a broad range of Adams’ work with more than 125 images from The Lane Collection. Adams was skilled in documenting people and cities and breathtaking scenes from nature.

Ansel Adams arrives at the Corcoran after an international tour with stops at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Japan; the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada; and the Detroit Institute of Arts in Michigan making D.C. its home until the end of January. Ansel Adams is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which hosts The Lane Collection under the supervision of Karen Haas, curator of The Lane Collection.

Tickets to Ansel Adams cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/military and $10 for students. Exhibition ticket prices include Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990—2005 (opening October 13, 2007) and general admission.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St., N.W.
Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Chuck Close at Adamson Gallery

New Work

September 15th - October 20th, 2007
Opening Reception: September 15th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Adamson Gallery announces the opening of the fall gallery season with an exhibition of new works by Chuck Close. The always-innovative Close is unafraid to experiment with both subject and medium: Close's work forces the viewer to pay attention to not only the pieces themselves, but also their very process of creation. Close references the daguerreotypes of nineteenth century portraiture, the tapestries of classical craft, and finally his own photorealistic works. As tropes of process and of representation are referenced and inverted, the resulting images are striking, modern, and beautiful.

Close's newest works are breathtaking tapestry pieces. Daguerrotype images of artists Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson, supermodel Kate Moss and Close himself are translated into large- scale jacquard tapestries using a customized "digital" loom: using 17,800 warp threads and repeating groups of eight colors. The enormous tapestry pieces appear to be photographs, it is only upon closer inspection that the viewer sees their true form. As the tapestry becomes mechanized, the photograph is realized as thread, image is deconstructed into craft.

Also featured is a new portfolio from Adamson Editions: a series of flower prints originally commissioned by Vogue magazine. Like the tapestry images, these are originally daguerreotypes, but are rendered as pigment prints. Close turns his photographic eye on flowers: a calla lily, hydrangea and a sunflower. Likening his photographs to a "mug shot", the flowers are both humanized, and perversely, reduced to ethereal shapes, forms, and light.

Finally, a new photograph of the artist Kara Walker is rendered in the silhouette style of her own works. The portrait is not only of Walker, but of Walker's accomplishments, done in the artist's own style. While Walker's own works are monochromatic, the silhouette here is backed by a soft gradation of color. Again, Close examines the roles of portraiture and even photography itself in fine art.

For more information please contact Laurie Adamson or Erin Boland at (202) 237-0707.

1515 Fourteenth Street NW
Washington DC 20005

XVIII Latin American Film Festival

The Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association, the American Film Institute, and the IDB Cultural Center cordially invite you to the XVIII Latin American Film Festival with the participation of Spain and Portugal.

Complete schedule and more information on

On Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. the IDB Cultural Center will present the opening night ceremony and film (Brazil's The Greatest Love of All - with English subtitles, not for minors)
at the IDB's Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center
1330 New York Avenue NW, Metro Center
Washington, DC

This event is by invitation only, but the balconies and extra seats at show time (150+seats) will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis, with free passes distributed to the public at 6:00 p.m.

Photo ID required. 202 623 3558

Postcards From The Real, Genomes and Daily Observations, Fairy Tales at MPA 


Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 7-9 PM
Artist’s Slide Talk: Thursday October 4, 7:30 PM
Tea and Curator’s Talk: Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 AM

A 24 page exhibition catalogue is available from the McLean Project for the Arts . It includes 33 illustrations of the artist's recent work, and essays by Nancy Sausser, Curator, and Donald Kuspit . Click here to see larger version of Totem.

Postcards From the Real 
Works by Josephine Haden
Emerson Gallery

Like postcards from another place and time, these large-scale landscape based paintings offer viewers a glimpse into the extraordinary and unexpected.

Genomes and Daily Observations
An Installation by Suzanne Stryk
Atrium Gallery

Exquisitely poetic drawings of natural objects and modern genetic symbols

Fairy Tales
Paintings by Joy Every
Ramp Gallery

Landscape, fantasy and  fairy tale co-exist in these expressive paintings

Directions From Key Bridge Coming from the District:
Cross over the bridge and take an immediate right onto the GW Parkway. Take McLean exit; veer right onto 123 (Dolly Madison). After Churchill Road (6th light) take 4th right onto Ingleside Avenue. Turn left at the McLean Community Center.

Directions From the Beltway:
Take Exit 46B (Rte. 123) toward McLean. After Old Dominion Drive (5th light) take 1st left onto Ingleside Avenue. Turn left at the McLean Community Center.

Directions From the GW Parkway Going West:
Take McLean exit; veer right onto 123 (Dolly Madison). After Churchill Road (6th light) take 4th right onto Ingleside Avenue. Turn left at the McLean Community Center.

McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Avenue
McLean, VA  22101

Art Romps the Night at Warehouse

Art Romp 20 opened last Friday night at the Gallery at Warehouse with a packed house of artists and patrons. One had to squeeze their way through the crowd to see art on the three levels of the gallery. It was a great way to start the visual arts season in DC. You can view the exhibition until September 30 on 7th Street by making an appointment. (Call Molly). See the invitation here
You can see the nights festivities in photos at
Visual Arts Openings / Art Romp 20 and Civilian Art Projects

The Gallery at Warehouse
1017-21 7th Street NW
Washington, DC
Contact Molly Ruppert

ABSTRACTIONS/LANDSCAPES at Landow Gallery at Landon School

new paintings by

September 16 - October 12, 2007

Opening reception Sunday, September 16 from 4 to 7 PM.
Live Music by Robert Lighthouse.

Barker-Wilson, Fleming and Wagner are professional abstract artists who have painted together for several years. The three artists met under the mentorship of Helen Corning who teaches at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD.

Amy Barker-Wilson works on canvas, paper and stretched silk, in mixed media including fabric dyes, which she has developed into a more painterly technique than in traditional silk painting. She has worked as a professional artist including teaching fine crafts with adolescents, designing textiles for industry in Europe and as an art therapist/educator. She is enjoying the discoveries of abstraction, both in non- and representational forms.

Patsy Fleming's landscapes were painted on site in Tuscany, Vermont and Elbow Cay, the Bahamas. They are somewhat abstract but retain the sensation of horizon, land, water. There are other paintings in the exhibit that represent a playful side to Patsy's work. She has been painting for most of her life, but left her day job to paint full time in 1991. Her work is in collections across the U.S. and in other countries.

Mary Wagner's paintings reflect her interest in the exploration of color and form as a means of expression. The work in this show include both paintings on canvas and new collages, both on paper and on canvas, growing out of a recent trip to China. She exhibits widely in the Washington, DC area.

Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 301-320-3200
Gallery Hours - 8:30 AM-3:00 PM Mon-Fri. 9:00-3:00 Sat-Sun.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

GESTURE, By Manju Shandler

September 11th – October 6th The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center buildings shocked and disarmed the modern world. This act of hate resulted in the death of 2,752 people. 

This number is almost inconceivable. The painting installation Gesture gives a tangible allegory to the size of this loss by grouping together one brick-sized painting for every life taken on that day. When hung together as a single installation, the paintings form a grid of vibrant blocks of red, yellow, white, black and pink that subtly shift from color to color. On closer examination each painting bares its own mark, paying tribute to the uniqueness of each individual who perished on September 11th and the massive repercussions of this event on society as a whole. Gesture is a meditation on the many facets of life, death, the past, and the future that have been inextricably altered by that single day. Completed over a three-year period, the style and content of each piece spans the range of human emotion from horrific to uplifting, from dark to light.

Gesture is a tribute to those who perished in New York City on September 11, 2001, as seen through the eyes of one New York artist. 

Manju’s Mission:

To use GESTURE, a large scale, colorful art installation as a memorial to reach populations who were confronted and affected by the attacks of September 11th while encouraging the use of the GESTURE format as a model for other smaller scale social and community issues throughout the United States.

The Honfleur Gallery is located in Historic Anacostia between the 11th Street Bridge and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE , Washington , D.C.

1241 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington , D.C. 20020

Fall Visual Art Preview at the Washington Post

a few excerpts in September...

"Carol Goldberg: Listening to Ivy," large-scale paintings, at the American University Museum. Through Oct. 21.

"Keiko Hara: Topophilia Imbuing," the artist's take on Monet's "Water Lilies," incorporates cloth, text and calligraphy, at the American University Museum. Through Oct. 21.

"Black Maps: Photographs by David Maisel," large-scale aerial images exposing humanity's impact on the American environment, at the National Academy of Sciences. Through Dec. 5.

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards," an exhibition of the 11 finalists for this local honor, at Creative Partners Gallery. Through Sept. 28.

"The Freedom Place Collection," rarely seen paintings by Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas and others exploring the African American experience, at Zenith Gallery. Through Sept. 30.

11 -- "A Quest for Fabulous: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977--2007," highlighting acquisitions made since the opening of Marjorie Merriweather Post's grand residence as a public museum, at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Through Dec.

13 -- "The Kimberly Collection: Four Decades After the Muralists," painting, sculpture and photographs, at the Cultural Institute of Mexico. Through Nov. 21

13 -- "Jenny Holzer: Projections for D.C.," a site-specific project in which the artist projects light and text from the Kennedy Center onto the Potomac River and Roosevelt Island. Late evenings only through Sept. 16.

13 -- "Options 2007," the latest edition of this survey of emerging local talent organized by the Washington Project for the Arts, at Edison Place Gallery. Through Oct. 26.

15 -- "Chuck Close: New Work," portraits in various media including tapestries, pulp paper, prints and photographs, at Adamson Gallery. Through Oct. 20.

15 -- "Jiha Moon: Line Tripping," drawings from the Korean-born artist, at Curator's Office. Through Oct. 27.

15 -- "Renee Stout: Journal, Book One," diary-like paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawings, at Hemphill Fine Arts. Through Oct. 27.

20 -- "Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited," a retrospective of the founder of the Washington Color School, at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum. Through Jan. 6.

21 -- "Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution," an international survey exploring the impact of feminism on contemporary art from 1965 to 1980, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Dec. 16.

28 -- "Flow: The Landscape of Migration," an interactive installation by Foon Sham that visitors help construct, at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Through Nov. 10.

Plus more here

The Freedom Place Collection

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

Presented by The Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF)

September 6 - 30, 2007
Opening Reception
Meet Artists Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde
Friday, September 14, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Arts on Foot
Meet Artists Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde,the Collection's only living artists
Saturday September 15, 1:00 – 4:00pm

This is the first time The Freedom Collection has been publicly exhibited in Washington. Though the artists’ styles and motifs vary, they are tied together by the African-American experience. This is a rare opportunity for you to to enjoy this privately-held collection of works by five of our country's most distinguished artists whose ties are steeped in the African-American experience that has inspired, nurtured and enriched their art. Paintings in the Collection are not for sale but additional paintings by Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde will be available for purchase.

Zenith Gallery
413 Seventh Street NW
Washington DC

Zenith Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington.

Project 4 presents : CEDRIC DELSAUX

Landscapes / Star Wars on Earth

September 15 - October 20, 2007
Opening reception: Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 6:00 - 8:30pm

Project 4 presents "Landscapes / Star Wars on Earth", a solo exhibition featuring two bodies of work by photographer Cedric Delsaux. Delsaux's digital photographs combine myth and reality. The work is subtle and serene in his Landscapes series, and overtly humorous in his Star Wars on Earth Series, in which Delsaux photographs toy figurines and then digitally places them in Parisian suburbs. His training in commercial photography is evident with his play on branding in the Star Wars on Earth series. Conversely, in Landscapes, traces of human existence are either remote or totally absent. In both series, the expansive and dream-like scenes combined with colors that contrast the washy with the bold is what captivates.

For additional information please Contact: Anne Surak , Director

Project 4
903 U Street NW
Washington DC 20001
202 232 4340

Metro Access: Project 4 is easily accessible by metro, located one block east of the green line U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station, 10th Street exit.

Stacie Albano - Nature Perceived

September 15 - October 13
Opening Reception - Saturday, September 15, 6-8pm

Stacie Albano paints landscapes, but her work differs significantly from traditional notions of landscape painting. She only briefly and initially documents a space on her canvas so that her work can present her personal perceptions and memories. Gone are the breezy pastel flowers and soft clouds; they are replaced with blue skies back-painted in an electric orange that peeks through enough to intrigue. Full of imagination, she composes images that transport the viewer to places one only experiences in dreams. Albano heightens the experience by utilizing a surreal color palette, conveying an emotional connection to a place rather than a physical copy of what she sees. This process allows her to create works of an iconic quality that engage the viewer, and although it is influenced mainly by the rural low country around Savannah, Georgia, her work has a decidedly modern edge.

Long View Gallery
1302 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Edward Hopper at the National Gallery of Art

September 16 - January 31, 2008

This is the first comprehensive survey of Edward Hopper's career to be seen in American museums outside New York in more than 25 years. Focusing on the period of the artist's great achievements—from about 1925 to midcentury—the exhibition will feature such iconic paintings as Automat (1927), Drug Store (1927), Early Sunday Morning (1930), New York Movie (1939), and Nighthawks (1942).

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176.

Admission is always free. Please check the current exhibition page for pass information.

Dos Pestañeos - Every Last Day at DCAC

Sept. 14 ˆ Oct. 7
opening reception Friday, Sept. 14, 7-9pm

Schedule of Events
September 14, 6:00: Hope Hilton leads a 20-minute walk in complete silence as part of performances happening at the same time all over the world; in conjunction with the Conflux Festival.

September 14, 7:00: Opening Reception

September 16, 7:30: Gallery Talk w/ Dos Pestañeos Collective

September 30, 7:30: Gallery Talk w/ Skote Collective

October 7: I See D.C.: Bridget Donahue, Kate McNamara and Hope Hilton ( Brooklyn ) discuss Washington D.C. and what they see happening, with a reception + book release following the discussion, 7:30PM

Dos Pestañeos is an artist collective formed in Atlanta , GA that curates and collaborates with local, national, and international artists.

District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-7833
Fax: 202-328-7099

Monday, September 10, 2007

Call to Artists, Mural Project - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with LeDroit Park Residents seek an artist or artist team to design, create and install a mural that will be centrally located in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. The goal of this project is to create a unique landmark that expresses the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The large colorful mural will help generate and reinforce a sense of place within this community.

Budget: $75,000. Open to Mid-Atlantic Region Artists.
Deadline: Friday, October 12th, 2007. Artists must be open to working with local students.

Email: Deirdre Thayer Ehlen, DC Creates Public Art Consultant at to receive a pdf of the application form.

Ian Whitmore at G FINE ART

honi soit qui mal y pense

September 15 – October 27, 2007
Opening reception, Saturday September 15th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In the show honi soit qui mal y pense, Whitmore explores the medieval hunt and key players in the Bush administration.

In his five “monomania portraits” Whitmore references Gericault’s empathetic portraits of monomaniacs from the 1820’s. Monomania in psychiatry is a type of paranoia, in which the patient has only one idea or type of ideas. George W. Bush’s own portrait is the smallest of the works, strutting through a bright pink background while wearing a white suit, Bush looks outward toward the horizon without concern or trouble. Whitmore’s portrait of Dick Cheney depicts him at the solemn anniversary of Auschwitz, where leaders gathered together to mourn and remember. All in attendance wore suits and ties, while Cheney however, wears a parka with a fur-lined collar.

In the hunt series Whitmore deals with two somewhat opposing forces, nature and culture. Focusing on different stages and perspectives of a hunt, in one painting he references the Salem witch trials while in another depicting a gluttonous vision of dinner. Other paintings include a lamb bound at the feet, a rearing horse with unseen rider, and a mythical hyena.

The title of the show may serve as an initial meeting point for the two themes. Anne Ellegood describes in her essay, “ The motto, ‘shame upon him who speaks evil on it’ suggests a silencing, or a censoring of digression or dissention. Although not expressed in Old French this sentiment is one we have heard repeatedly in recent years as our political leaders insist that to question or disagree with their policies is un-American, an arguably irrational and hysterical position in an ostensible democracy.”

In these works, Whitmore’s handling of the paint continues to be demanding and intriguing. Inviting interpretation while challenging it, he combines abstraction and representation, while collaging from various sources the imagery, style, and subjects. He describes his own canvases as skirmish fields where issues of form challenge content for supremacy.

Essay by Anne Ellegood, Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
1515 Fourteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20005
T 202.462.1601 F 202.462.1604

Big Foot by Rosetta DeBerardinis

The Gallery@ Marcus-Boyd Realty
presents an exhibition of recent work by local artist
Rosetta DeBerardinis

Exhibition: Friday, September 7 through Sunday, October 7, 2007
Reception: Friday, September 28, 2007 from 6 to 9 PM.

Marcus-Boyd Realty
926 Light Street, Baltimore
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday-Sunday 9-5

Studio: School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street, Studio #201
Baltimore, MD
(By Appointment Only)
Phone: 301-564-8018/Studio


Opening Saturday, September 15, 2007

Susan Jamison: Trust in Me
Solo exhibition of new paintings in egg tempera on panel. In Trust in Me, Susan Jamison’s second solo exhibition at Irvine Contemporary, the artist presents a new series of egg tempera paintings that extend her signature approach to the female figure through provocative new imagery on dark tempera grounds. Jamison uses large-scale panels to depict fantasy worlds that appear both timeless and of our own moment. Jamison combines two classic forms: the portrait, in a traditional Renaissance profile position, and panels reminiscent of Audubon and naturalist illustration and Asian art forms. The exquisitely rendered details in the paintings evoke a magical realism that balances naturalism with strikingly original allegories of the feminine.

Courtney Jordan: Restructuring
Solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings on mylar.
For Restructuring, Courtney Jordan, who first exhibited with Irvine Contemporary in last year’s Introductions2 show, presents a new series of drawings in ink and graphite on mylar that reconceive architectural forms and structures from the human built environment. Jordan’s subtle but complex works employ recognizable details of built structures and urban industrial infrastructure that are encoded with social and emotional values. Indeed, Jordan has created a new poetics of architectural form.

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005

Reneé Stout at Hemphill

Journal: Book One
September 15 - October 27, 2007

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm

1515 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
2 0 2 . 2 3 4 . 5 6 0 1

Chalk4Peace is coming Sept. 14 -16, 2007

to a neighborhood near you. CHALK IT UP FOR PEACE

Over 100,000 Artists to Participate in Global Chalk Art Project for Peace.
Contact: John Aaron
Tel. 248-720-9119

CHALK4PEACE, the worldwide chalk art project for young artists of all ages, will kick off its second year as a global peace event September 14-16, 2007. Over 200,000 young artists are expected to participate at hundreds of sites across four continents, each artist encouraged to express his or her vision and message for peace with sidewalk chalk.

“We invite you to help us paint the planet the colors of peace,” says John Aaron, the Global Project Founder of CHALK4PEACE. “This year, there are some 20 sites around Washington, DC alone. It appears that many of last year’s venues, including schools, libraries, churches and even the Organization of American States (located across from the White House) enjoyed the event so much that they are repeating their participation. It teaches kids about peace.”

Chalk4Peace2007 SEPT 14 -16 - The Global Street Art Event - ITS HAPPENING - EVERYWHERE!___ Click for Locations.

CREATIVES, a new blog in town

CREATIVES, a new blog for the creative economy from George Koch. Creatives is a discussion on creative clusters, industries and the creative economy to help D.C. creatives find innovative approaches to vitalizing the local economy as it relates to the act of creating. He has also started hosting Sunday brunches so folks who want to exchange ideas can comtribute their ideas.

Read more in the latest issue of Urban Code ezine.

Creatives blog at

Friday, September 07, 2007

III Duke Ellington Jazz Festival at the IDB

Jazz Concert
Monday, September 10, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.
IDB Auditorium, is located in the EVI Conference Center, at 1330 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20577. Photo ID required.

The IDB Cultural Center is hosting the opening of the III Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
on Monday, September 10, 2007 in the Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium.
Opening gala and concert of 2007 Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. By invitation only.

Limited number of free seats available to the public, first comes first seated.
The concert starts at 7:30, and any unfilled seats (on all 3 levels) will be available.

Top balcony A1 passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.
in the G level of the Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center.

1330 New York Avenue NW, Metro Center
Photo ID required

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America - Sketch Tour

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America


S E P T E M B E R 8 , 2 0 0 7, 1 0 A M - 2 P M

Free to members. $10 for non-members.
Meet south on Mall side.

RSVP to Nir Buras

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Conscious / Inaction at Meat Market Gallery

E. Brady Robinson: Shift at Flashpoint

Curated by Chan Chao

September 7 – October 6, 2007
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

The gallery at Flashpoint is pleased to kick-off their fall exhibition season with an installation of color photographs by E. Brady Robinson, organized by photographer and curator Chan Chao. Shift represents the culmination of over two years of Robinson’s work and travels. Robinson is a photographer who exploits the tradition of the “snapshot” to examine social and cultural environments. Her work is informed by the technology of instant mobile image capture, as well as travel and landscape photography. She offers viewers multiple points of view and cross-cultural references while evoking the split second of time during which one experiences fleeting frames of existence from the window seat of a car, train or airplane.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by BB&T.

916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

"Peer Pressure" at Nevin Kelly Gallery

September 8 - October 7, 2007;
Reception: Saturday, September 8th, 6-9 pm

Local artist and guest curator Thom Flynn has assembled a group of his peers to size-up contemporary trends in art. Artists: Sue Huang (LA), Carrie Mallory (DC), Baby Martinez (DC) and Pascual Sisto (LA).
Flynn chose the title "Peer Pressure" to demonstrate the positive potential of a concept that is generally perceived as negative.

Having recently earned her MFA from UCLA's Media Arts program, Sue Huang, works in photography and video, often combining other elements to create multi-media installations. This show will include a photo series that illustrates pareidolic phenomena in spinach as it is handled with chopsticks.

Carrie Mallory, an MFA graduate from American University and a respected painter, has more recently been working in video and installation. This exhibition will showcase a photo series that captures the ephemeral nature of a sculpture, part of her ongoing "Box" series, stuffed with leaves.

The work of Baby Martinez, a 2007 Sondheim Prize finalist, consists of trivial, often altruistic, acts that alter the way one experiences communal areas. The exhibition will include photo documentation of these typically anonymous acts.

Pascual Sisto, also an MFA recipient from UCLA's Media Arts program, works primarily in video. For this show, Flynn has selected videos that depict what the artist describes as "mundane objects enduring transitional change and looped into a constant state of suspension."

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-232-3464 and

Ice Stories: Digital Prints by Lisa Sheirer at Hillyer Art Space

There are lots of art openings for the season openers beginning September 7 in Washington, DC and environs. I'll list some of them daily.

September 7, 2007 - October 25, 2007

Opening Reception: September 7, 6 - 8pm

To create her Ice Stories, artist Lisa Sheirer takes photographs of naturallandscapes through icecoatedwindows, then manipulates them to create abstracted compositions, which are printed with archival ink onto watercolor paper. Minimalist in shape, but complex in their detail, Sheirer sculpts the images digitally in order to accentuate the symmetry and repetition found in the pattern of the ice crystals. Drawing inspiration from musicians, Sheirer compares her process to that of a composer; layering the rhythms of her imagery into distinctive arrangements. The Ice Stories radiate the natural color of the landscape, which appear illuminated from within. No longer resembling a traditional landscape, Sheirer’s abstract forms instead exude the inner energy of the landscape. Their meditative quality, reminiscent of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes, conveys universal concepts about time, memory and dreams.

Opening reception sponsored by Mark & Orlando’s, 2020 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

International Arts & Artists
Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008 USA

Hillyer Art Space is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Fri Sept 7
6pm til late

the art romp to end all art romps!!!!!
the grand finale

*art *performance *projection inside and out *picnic in the parking lot artists - hipsters - friends - patrons come bring a friend - free

See the work of artists from all the years of ArtRomps
See art in all the Warehouse spaces buzzing with the echos of the past
Be part of the past and future of Warehouse. AND as usual Food - Drink - Fun

Adrienne Mills * Monocle Society * Adrienne Moumin * Nooni Reitig * Alexandra Silverthorne * Peter Romero * Angela White * Manon Cleary * Anne Marchand * Piero Passacantando * Beth Baldwin * Randall Stoltzfus * Beth Cartland * Rania Hassan * Bridget Sue Lambert * Gary * Carolina Mayorga * Richard Wellons * Cameron Ayres * Tierney * Dana Ellyn * Rosetta Mc Pherson * Dara Friel * Peter Woods * Elizabeth Morrisette * Ruth Trevarow * Ellen Weiss * Frederick Nunley * Erwin Timmers * Tim Martin * F Steven Kijek * Ryan Hackett * Gabriela Bulisova * Tim Tate * Gail Peck * Michael Janis * Ian Jehle * Karen Schnitz * Heather Schmaedeke * Stephanie Dinkins * Heather Levy * Matt Sesow * Ira Tattelman * Sheila Crider * Isabel Manelo * Sondra Arkin * James Coleman * Soumiya * Jared Davis * Steven Strichter * Jason Gottlieb * Dan Murray * J S Adams * Terence Nicholson * Joroko * Tom Drymon * Jose Ruiz * Rick Delany * Karen Joan Topping * Verta Reyes * Karey kessler * Travis Childers * Kevin Cowl * Kerri Sheehan * Kristin Holder * Richard Kightlingler * Kim Burke * Kristina Bilonick * Keith Stanley * Laura Elkins * Linda Hesh * Mark Planisek * Margaret Dowell * Michele delamenardiere


Some of the best things in life seem to happen by chance.

Chance is the latest project by Jane Jerardi - a set of video-dance shorts and a public art project that considers the luck of being in the "right place at the right time." Chance will focus on the everyday coincidences that go mostly unnoticed, but create beautiful relationships between diverse people. Imagine this: on an early fall night in DC, eerie and beautiful dance videos will be projected on the outside of buildings. Those passing by will walk downtown and be stopped by huge images of dance and light overhead. It'll be about bringing startling and beautiful art to everyday places. It's first appearance will be at The Warehouse for ArtRomp on Sept 7 after sunset. Look for it in the parking lot - along with the cookout.