Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blog Roll

Cleaning up my blog today. If you haven't posted in a while, I'm updating the blogroll with active bloggers. Hope to hear from you soon.

Caos on F Street / First Fridays

November 7th - January 5th
Date: Fri, January 2, 2009
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Caos on F

Caos on F Street invites you to visit the downtown gallery any First Friday as part of F Street arts, the suite of art studio spaces in the newly developed Carroll Square building featuring Fine Art and Fine furniture.

On exhibit at Caos on F is the work of painters Michael Berman and Quint Marshall, ceramaist Joe Hicks and furniture by Matthew Falls.
The show continues until January 5.

Open to the public every Friday. For more information,
call 202-215-6993 or 410-330-2267

Caos on F is an artist owned, artist operated collective at 923 F St. NW in DC launched as part of F St arts, the suite of art studio spaces in the Carroll Square building.

923 F St NW
Carroll Square building
Washington, DC

Save the Date / 2009 WPA Art Auction

MARCH 7, 2009
Katzen Arts Center at American University

2009 Auction Curators

Margaret Boozer (Table Sculpture Curator)
Director, Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Ranier, MD

Georgia Deal
Professor & Printmaking Program Head,
Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC

Mark Alice Durant
Professor, Department of Visual Arts
University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Kimberly Gladfelter Graham
Independent Curator & Private Consultant, Baltimore, MD

Daniel Kunitz
Art Critic for The Village Voice, & former Editor of
The Paris Review and Art Review Magazine, New York, NY

Luis Silva
Professor & Chair of the Department of Art,
American University, Washington, DC

Matthew Witkovsky
Chair of the Department of Photography,
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

For Patron Information contact Alice Atkinson,
Development Director

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents

Indefinite States of Emergency / Prints
by Guest Artist Helen Frederick

December 30, 2008 - January 25, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 2 2009, 5 pm - 8 pm

Saturday. January 10, 2009, 2 pm

Washington Printmakers Gallery

1732 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009

Located between R S Streets, 1.5 blocks North of DuPont Circle Metro, Q Street exit,
above Mourayo Restaurant

NEA Encourages US Educators to Apply for Summer Programs in the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is encouraging educators across the United States to apply for 2009 summer study opportunities in the humanities.
Each summer, the NEH supports rigorous national, residential seminars, institutes, and workshops located in the United States and abroad. Program participants receive stipends to help defray travel and living expenses.
For more information, including eligibility and application information and details about each of the seminars, institutes, and workshops offered, visit the NEH Web site.

Primary Subject: Education
Secondary Subject(s): Arts and Culture
Geographic Funding Area: National

Mayor Fenty Announces New District Agency and Office Directors

WASHINGTON, DC— In an effort to continue the momentum of ensuring the District is transformed into a world-class city, today Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the appointments of four District agency and office directors.

Today’s announcements include:
• Gabe Klein, District Department of Transportation
• Lee A. Smith III, Department of Small and Local Business Development
• Bridget Davis, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs
• Tracy Sandler, Office of Boards and Commissions

Golden Paints New Artists Products

Golden Artist Colors, OPEN Acrylics
While this product is an acrylic paint, it really feels like no other paint. The distinctive performance features of OPEN Acrylics are built into the product. Without the need to modify their paints with an extensive array of retarders, mediums and additives, or to race to finish their work before the paint dries, artists are brought closer to their work. If an artist does desire to modify opacity or speed up drying time, OPEN Acrylics are designed to be a seamless extension of the existing GOLDEN line of acrylics and mediums and may be blended with them to achieve the desired result. In addition, the OPEN line is supported by just two mediums and one additive, which are designed to be very intuitive for the artist to grasp.

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Happy New Year / Enjoy your Big Plate

Grande Assiette, Available in Gicleé Edition of 26, 18" x24" Anne Marchand

Speaking of food, I was paired with Vegetate Restaurant for the ZCAF Food Calendar 2009. This gicleé image is published as the March page for the 2009 calendar. The image sums up my year in 2008. My sister modeled for the figure in the plate or fishbowl, however you see it. The fish remind me of youthful adventures near the Gulf Coast waters, and my dad's love of tropical fish or any fish for that matter, even those pesky sharks! There's even a big fish tale in our family, where dad caught a shark with his bare hands! but that's another story. This dreamy image, Grande Assiette, reminds me that life can be fluid, magical, transformative. My big plate is filled with observation as well as wonder and delight. I hope what's on your plate is too.

Anne Marchand
"Grand Assiette" (In French, the words grande assiette translate literally into "large plate")
gicleé on paper, edition of 26
18" x 24" unframed
24" x 30" framed

Available at Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Convention Floral in Shaw

Do you need a source for corporate or family gifts for the New Year? Support our local businesses and try Convention Floral in Shaw. You can call in for a flower arrangement to be delivered. Today, the proprietor, Nubia Fasil welcomed me into her small shop. I left with a lovely arrangement packaged in a see thru carry bag which delighted my client. Enjoy the artful flowers.

Happily delivered!

Convention Floral
1920 9th Street Nw
Washington, DC 20001

A Zenith Community Arts Foundation 2009 calendar event, silent auction contributor, benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank.

State of the Art in '08

Stepanie Merry at Going Out Gurus, gives us
"a sampling of the reasons art made us smile, think, sigh or... even get a little choked up in 2008."
Read Here

Galleries DC, 10 Highlight Exhibitions From The Year

Read Optimist Opportunities By Maura Judkis
"Politics are usually unavoidable in D.C., and in 2008 especially many of the offerings in local galleries and museums skewed sharply political. And yet, mirroring a larger trend, cynicism seemed to shed as the election grew closer, leading to the optimistic “Portraits of Power” show at the Corcoran and the magic touch of Shepard Fairey....and the unabashed adoration for collector Philip Barlow in “15 for Philip,” a homage to a D.C. art patron."

Museums Year End Review

Jeffry Cudlin writes a year end review on the state of Washington, DC museums in the Washington City Paper.
"The state of D.C.’s art museums at the end of 2008 presents a quandary not unlike the one currently on everyone’s mind in the financial sector: Should troubled institutions be rescued or allowed to fail?"

New Year's Eve Shoutouts: Ring in 2009 in Shaw at VEGETATE!

Looking for a place to celebrate the New Year? Among other restaurants in Shaw, Vegetate, who recently participated in the ZCAF Food Calendar Fundraiser is offering two special New Year's Eve seatings. Read here...New Year's Eve Shoutouts: Ring in 2009 in Shaw.

Vegetate Restaurant & Lounge
1414 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

You can purchase a 2009 calendar at Zenith Gallery, 202-783-2963, Food Calendar 2009
Available at Zenith Gallery, the Capital Area Food Bank, Periwinkle, Politics and Prose, Bridge Street Books and other locations for a minimum donation of $15.

Bethesda Painting Awards to Honor regional Painters with $14,000 in prize monies

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the fifth annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition honoring four selected painters with $14,000 in prize monies.

Deadline for slide submission is Friday, February 20, 2009. Up to eight finalists will be invited to display their work from June 3 – July 4, 2009 in downtown Bethesda at the Fraser Gallery.

The first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000. A “young” artist whose birth date is after February 20, 1979 may also be awarded $1,000.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. Each artist must submit five slides, application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

Applications are available online at or please call 301/215-6660. You may also send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814.

Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc.
Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
301/215-6660, Ext. 17

2008 in Review: Trends of the Year

1. Artists Heart Obama
2. The Russians Are Coming. Are the Russians Coming?
3. Museums Show Their Feminine Side
4. Unmonumental Everything
5. The Recession By Sarah Douglas

Read Article, 2008 in Review: Trends of the Year HERE at ARTINFO. David Grosz, Lyra Kilston, Jillian Steinhauer, and Kris Wilton contributed to this article.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Reclaimed / call for Entries

Show Dates : April 1 - April 26, 2009
Deadline for Entries: January 13, 2009
Entry Fee: $35
Artists' Reception & Gallery Talk: April 13, 2009, 6-8pm; Gallery Talk at 7pm

Reclaimed, an exhibition that focuses on everyday common objects that are reclaimed, recycled, reinterpreted and transformed into art. From Marcel Duchamp’s “ready-mades” to Robert Rauschenberg’s “combines”, artists have been for years recycling and reclaiming everyday common objects and transforming them into something new and unique. This exhibition is open to all artists nationally and internationally to submit work that has been reclaimed and transformed into their own personal artistic statement.

Juror: Steven and Linda Krensky
Steven and Linda Krensky are avid art collectors and gallery owners. They have a contemporary art gallery in Baltimore known as Light Street Gallery. The gallery came about for their need for more space so that they could continue to collect art but also to help promote artists.

Please download prospectus for complete guidelines and instructions on how to enter. Image entry will be by PC compatible JPEG digital files only.
Download Prospectus

For a hard copy of prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565 x 4

2009 Open Exhibition / Call for entries

Show Dates: October 28-November 29
Artist's Reception & Gallery Talk: November 12, 6-8pm; Gallery talk at 7pm
Deadline for Entries: February 2, 2009
Entry Fee: $40
Chosen artist will recieve a $500 stipend and a small catalog to accompany the exhibit.

This is an annual exhibition opportunity for an artist to have a solo exhibition in the gallery. This is an Open Call for proposals for an exhibition in the fall of 2009. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. Proposals for exhibitions by both individuals and groups will be considered. The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive a solo exhibition at the Target Gallery from October 28 - November 29, 2009.

Lia Newman - Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. There she is responsible for organizing more than thirty exhibitions per year.

Paul So - Visionary founder for both the Hamiltonian Artists and the Hamiltonian Gallery. He is a painter and a physics professor at George Mason University.

Philippa Hughes
- Founder of The Pink Line Project, an organization dedicated to building community and transformation through art.

Please download prospectus for complete guidelines and instructions on how to enter.
Download Prospectus

For a hard copy of prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565 x 4

Saturday, December 27, 2008

On Our Way Home

17th Street Mansion, Anne Marchand, oil on canvas, 36"x48"

After two days and a canceled Delta Flight we are finally heading home today! New Orleans and Hot Springs, Arkansas held fine holiday festivities. I look forward to celebrating the New Year in the place I call home... DC. See you around the hood.

DC Creates Public Art Video

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


WASHINGTON, DC – After 22 years at 413 Seventh Street NW, Zenith Gallery will leave its current location at the end of February 2009 when its lease expires. In making the announcement, founder and proprietor Margery E, Goldberg said, “Mind you, we are not closing. We’re just changing the way we do business. We will continue to sell art and remain active in Washington’s cultural arena.”

As such, Zenith Gallery (Zenith Consulting Services) will manage and curate arts projects, provide high quality services to its corporate and residential clients, and expand its consulting, commissioning and acquisition business. Goldberg says she will also arrange shows, programs and events in locations in and beyond Washington, DC while also organizing artist studio and gallery tours.
“My motivation for opening Zenith Gallery 30 years ago … to nurture talent and meld art with commerce and community … still inspires me. We’ve had a wonderful run, celebrated many milestones and become a mainstay in Washington’s art world. Most of all, we’ve been able to grow and sustain what some call a difficult business, thanks to the support of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, our landlords and especially the many artists, patrons, staff, vendors, fans and businesses we’ve worked with for 30 years on Seventh Street, and at Zenith Square where we first opened our doors at Rhode Island Avenue and 14th Street NW.
“But, now it’s time for a change and a new phase that will enable us to focus on projects and priorities that we’ve wanted to pursue for years, but not had time, given the demands of operating a storefront gallery.
“We’ll also have more time to focus on the Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF), a non-profit I started eight years ago to express my activism and to initiate arts projects and partnerships that seem more appropriate for a non-profit entity, such as educational, community and underwriting ventures that are aimed at effecting positive change in the world rather than our bottom-line.”
True to tradition, Zenith will close its doors on Seventh Street with fanfare and the same types of shows and events in January and February that have made the gallery what it is today … a friendly oasis where people convene to discover, appreciate and purchase great art.

For Goldberg, Zenith’s future holds opportunities and promise as she begins to explore options and plan how she wants to present, provide and promote art in her next phase as a Washington impresario and activist. In the next few years, she’s also slated to move Zenith Gallery to a luxury hotel at Mt. Vernon Triangle, which is part of a multi-use project (The Arts at 5th & I, awarded by Mayor Fenty) that will include a residential complex, jazz club, restaurant and more.

Zenith Gallery est 1978
Celebrating 30 Years in the Nation’s Capital
. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Address: Zenith Gallery, 413 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC 20004
Metro: Red/Yellow/Green to Verizon Center or Yellow/Blue to Navy Memorial

Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-7pm, Sunday: noon-5pm
Information: 202-783-2963

Now in our 30th anniversary year, Zenith is recognized for breaking new ground with a dynamic mix of contemporary artworks that stimulate, engage and amaze. A member of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington, Zenith places art by established and emerging talent in public, residential and corporate collections.

Schedule of Exhibits & Events: January – February 2009

December 5, 2008 –January 11, 2009
Paintings & Sculpture

Frank Holmes, Shelley Laffal, Jill Mackie, Joey Manlapaz, Davis Morton, Reuben Neugass, Zachary Oxman, Marie Ringwald, Ellen Sinel, Bradley Stevens, Cassie Taggart, Steven Weinberg

Commemorating a Momentous Occasion!
Painting and Giclee prints of President-Elect Obama, plus other paintings, jewelry, sculpture and related artworks

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 14, 6-9pm
Exhibition: January 14 – February 7, 2009

Jerry Berta, Cheryl Derricotte, Drew Ernst, Robert Freeman, Siobhan Gavagan, Azizza Gibson-Hunter, Cassandra Gillens, Julie & Ken Girardini, Margery E. Goldberg, Brenda Gordon, Stephen Hansen, Philip Hazard, Robert C. Jackson, Joey Manlapaz, Anne Marchand, Michelle Marcello, Carol Newmyer, Cynthia Sands, Leo Twiggs & others

Works by preeminent African American artists Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman & Richard Yarde, presented by the Zenith Community Arts Foundation

The Gallery at University of New England, Portland Maine
January 16 – March 15, 2009


Paintings by Robert Freeman will be presented by Zenith Gallery at
the University of New England, concurrent with The Freedom Place Collection


Visit regularly to learn more


Join friends of like mind and heART for Zenith’s long-standing holiday tradition and party
with champagne, sweet sensations and a chance to purchase art from Zenith’s fabulous vaults.
Tickets, only $35, benefit the Zenith Community Arts Foundation.

Saturday, February 14, 7-10pm

A celebration of Zenith’s legacy and a chance to pick up art by
your favorite Zenith artists at incredible prices.

Saturday, February 28, 6-10pm

For more information about these shows & events, visit regularly, call 202-783-2963
Zenith Gallery, 413 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC 20004




Revised December 23, 2008
This Request for Qualifications seeks an artist or artist-led team to create a series of art to mark the principal entry points into West Philadelphia. These site-specific works are being commissioned as part of a broader community development strategy. The public art component is being managed by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
The selected artist or team will be asked to prepare conceptual designs for a prototype gateway or system of gateways, create one gateway artwork, and conceptualize a youth component that can be executed by MAP’s Mural Corps. The overall budget for conceptual design, the initial project and the artist’s involvement in the youth component is $42,500.

All submission requirements for this Request for Qualifications must be received (not postmarked) by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 23, 2008 at the mailing/delivery address given below. Please note that submission will not be accepted via email or fax.

Submissions will be due January 23, 4 p.m. This is a receipt, not a postmark, deadline.
Short-listed artists will be notified by January 27.
Short-listed artists will be invited to meet with the SCI West Philadelphia Steering on January 30.
Concepts will be due on at 4 p.m., February 20.
Short-listed artists will be invited to make presentations to the community on February 24.
Final selection will be made by February 27.
The gateway project must be substantially complete by June 30, 2009.
The Mural Corps component must be completed between June 29 and August 7.

Project Contact:
Jane Golden
Phone: 215-685-0760

Mailing Address:
Brian Campbell
West Philadelphia Gateways Project
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center
1729 Mt. Vernon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-685-0750

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


African, Asian Art
Located in the Penn Quarter since 1972

Jewelry, Beads, Textiles, Carpets, Lanterns, Baskets, and a vast assortment of unique and creative items

Special Discount Offer
*Print and bring this announcement with you to receive a 20% discount through December 31

641 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter

Monday, December 22, 2008

Akridge Carroll Square Gallery

Artwork by Tracy's Kids Through January 2

Children in this program create art works as a means of coping with the stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. The program's goal is to create a safe environment for children where they can gain a sense of control and express themselves, thus be better equipped emotionally to fight cancer.

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Akridge Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 11th and G streets

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Me and You: Two

Recent experimenting with inks and translucency.

Anne Marchand, 20" x 22" ink, acrylic, marker on Vellum mounted on paper,

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Reyes + Davis Group Exhibition

December 1-31, 2008

Artists From Left to Right: Barbara Liotta, Janis Goodman, Judy Jashinsky, Pepa Leon, Johanna Mueller

Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions
923 F Street #302
W, F, Sat 1 - 6pm | Th 2 - 7pm | and by appointment.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Crystal Flight Auction

January 13, 6-9pm
Own a piece of Crystal City Aviation History!

Online bidding beginning on January 1, 2009

The Crystal City Business Improvement District's overwhelmingly successful 2008 initiative, Crystal Flight - A Celebration of Art & Air, will have its final salute and charity auction send-off on January 13, 2009 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The airplanes will also be available for viewing on-line starting on December 5, 2008 with online bidding beginning on January 1, 2009. The proceeds from the auctioned airplane statues will be donated to a variety of area charities, designated in advance by each airplane's sponsor.

The charity auction will be held at the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive where the airplanes are on public display until the auction. Tickets for the live auction will be sold at the door for $20.00 and include a Crystal Flight commemorative book, registration for the auction and a wine and cheese reception. Additional copies of the book, Crystal Flight - A Celebration of Art & Air, are available for purchase through the Crystal City BID website for $15.00.

Please note that starting bid prices are subject to change prior to the opening of the auction on 1/1/2009.

January 13, 2009

Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive

Event Fee:

6PM to 9PM

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Zenith Gallery is closing on 7th Street

Tom Sherwood, from channel 4 WRC TV heard that Zenith Gallery is closing on 7th Street and did a story today about the gallery on the 6pm news. Did anyone catch it.

Here's the final line up of exhibitions:


Commemorating This Momentous Occasion!
Opening reception: Wednesday January 14, 6-9
Exhibition: January 14 - February 7, 2009
Art about Inspiration & Hope

Presented by Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF)
Preeminent African-American artists Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden,
Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman & Richard Yarde
University of New England, Portland Maine
January 16 - March 15, 2009


February is the last month for Zenith Gallery on 7th Street
Grand Finale Sales and Final Events

VALENTINE'S DAY pARTy & SALE - Saturday, February 14, 7-10 pm
Tickets are $35 to benefit the Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF)


Grand Finale on Seventh Street - Saturday, February 28, 6 - 10 pm
A party you don't want to miss.

Schedule subject to change

Zenith Gallery
413 Seventh Street NW
Washington DC
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-7pm, Sunday: noon

Arts Eve DC

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008 1pm-5pm

The Historical Society of Washington
801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square | WDC

Embark on a global adventure through Arts Eve DC
Explore arts and cultural traditions of
Italy, Mexico, Korea and Ethiopia


Live international performances
Arts and crafts
Dance instruction
Short film screenings
Poetry and much more!

This New Years Eve, celebrate with friends and family for an unforgettable artistic journey that's free and open to the public
Perfect for youth ages 3 - 16


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Peace Mural Concert Series

Friday, December 19, 2008
featuring Mikuak Rai & KUKU
3336 M Street NW
Washington, ~ ~

*Nearly 15 years in the making, Huong's Peace Mural is the culmination of searing memories that bring history to life and depict the universal pain of war and hope for peace. The complete mural includes nearly 2000 paintings. Far more than simply an exhibition of art, the Peace Mural is highly interactive and participatory as it evokes civic engagement and calls forth from viewers a response through reflection, dialogue and action. This concert series, held at the Peace Mural exhibition, compliments the artist's vision by featuring musical performances that raise consciousness through creative expression and resonate with the sounds of healing and restoration for all people and the planet.

Take Metro (Orange/Blue Line) to Foggy Bottom or to Rosslyn (walk over Key's right there!)

Art is a Versatile Tool; Use Your Collection to Your Advantage

An Article in Huffington Post about how artists, collectors and institutions can better ‘use’ art to their advantage by Paul Klein

Thursday, December 18, 6 - 7:30 pm
Artists at Work Forum: How to Turn Your Art Into a Career
A panel discussion tomorrow evening at Chicago’s Cultural Center. Paul Klein will be sitting in with Dawoud Bey, Juan Angel Chavez, Tony Fitzpatrick, and Joyce Owens discussing How to Turn Your Art into a Career, talking about “what they do to have their art take care of them”. The forum is open to the public, and admission is free.

Moderator Paul Klein is a curator, art journalist, activist and former gallerist who has long been an art advocate and proponent for art in Chicago.

First Floor Garland Room
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL

Call for Artists

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services: Youth Center Mural
Budget: $75,000
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2009

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) seek an artist or artist team to design, create and install a mural that will be centrally located in the new 60-bed state-of-the-art secured juvenile rehabilitation facility located in Laurel, Maryland (the Youth Center). The goal of this project is to help enliven and reinforce a sense of place within this facility and encourage the youth in positive behavior through design and creation of this large colorful mural. The selected artist(s) will be required to engage youth in the project.

Call 202.734.5613.
Public Art--Current Call for Entries

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Contemporary Museum, Walters Art Museum Offer Dawoud Bey Exhibitions

December 13, 2008 - February 21, 2009

Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, simultaneous exhibitions at the Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum celebrate the works of renowned photographer Dawoud Bey. At the Walters, Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project will feature contemporary photographs by Bey juxtaposed with historic portraits from the museum’s private collection. Dawoud Bey: Class Pictures, a companion exhibition of more than 40 of Bey’s portraits, will be on view at the Contemporary Museum. Both exhibitions run through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2009.

Portraits Re/Examined is the result of a three-week summer residency at the Walters during which Bey and a diverse group of 12 Baltimore-area public and private school students collaborated to curate the exhibition. The exhibition will explore how race, class, and identity have been addressed in portraiture throughout history. These themes became central to the teens’ experience and the project as a whole. The Walters’ collection is the basis for discussion about the role of museums in society and the relationship that contemporary art has in museums with historical collections. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s fourth floor Centre Street Drawings Gallery.

To create Portraits Re/Examined, students worked with Bey to select historic drawings, paintings, and portrait miniatures from the Walters’ collection, positioning them alongside 10 of Bey’s similarly evocative portraits. The student-curators also will create auxiliary components for the exhibition, including a blog, Facebook page, podcast series, and cell phone audio tour.

Both exhibits open with a public lecture by Bey and his teen protégés at the Walters on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. The artist discussed his unique approach to portraiture and the process of creating Portraits Re/Examined.

On Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Walters’ Graham Auditorium, Bey will be in dialogue with fellow contemporary photographer Carrie Mae Weems. They will discuss both exhibitions as well as the range of Bey’s photographs from 1975 to the present. Admission to this discussion is free for members of the Walters, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Contemporary Museum
100 West Centre Street,
between Cathedral and Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Orleans Snow!

Snow Falls in the Deep South
Not everyone thought the southern snow was cool, this family did.

"We had 5” fall in 2 hours. We had a blast all day Thursday making snowmen and having snowball fights"

Covington, LA
Photo: Chris Licciardi


dec 11, 08 - Jan 17, 09

artist talk:
sat, Jan 10, 2:00 pm

Project 4 has moved. their new address:

1353 u street nw
3rd floor
washington, dc 20009

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Barry Brinker Trunk Show

Zenith Gallery Presents
Barry Brinker Trunk Show

Rings, earings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, cuff links for men & women

Tuesday, December 16th from 12-8pm at

Zenith Gallery
413 7th st. NW
Washington, DC 20004

Wide Range of Affordable Pieces

Sculpture Invitational at Gallery 10

December 3 - 27, 2008

Essential Patterns I. David Hubbard. Rusted steel, checkered blate, bronze & stainless steel mounted on plywood. 40"H x 48"W


Gallery 10
1519 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Art also on exhibit at Washington Square
1050 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036
November 3 - January 30, 2009

Saturday, December 13, 2008

LindaHesh, Youngmi Organ, James Rieck / Opening Tonight

Hamiltonian Gallery
Works by Linda Hesh, Youngmi Organ and James Rieck

Opening reception Saturday Dec. 13th  7-10 pm
Exhibition continues until Jan. 24th

Hamiltonian Gallery and Hamiltonian Artists are proud to announce the opening of a three person exhibition featuring James Rieck’s newest series of larger-than-life oil paintings, Linda Hesh’s photographic works documenting recent installations and products used in them, and Youngmi Organ’s delicate drawings constructed from individual strands of her own hair. Including both bold moments and subtleties, each artist presents an idiosyncratic viewpoint on our material world.

Hesh will be exhibiting 3 series from 2008:
The Bench Project - a temporary interactive public art project resulting in 2 benches, 1000 opinions,  and 304 photographs
The Conflict Series - a group of 20  images investigating the effectiveness of protest against the ubiquity of conflict
Lost in Chelsea -  8 photographs of doorknob hangers printed with statements of longing hung on Chelsea galleries in NYC 
Info on the Bench Project:

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
Washington DC 20009
open Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Nevin Kelly Gallery has moved to Columbia Heights

Nevin Kelly Gallery has moved to a new location in Columbia Heights last week. They are in the Highland Park complex at 14th and Irving Streets, NW just above the Columbia Heights Metro station on the Green Line.

You can tune into the gallery blog, for information.

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1400 Irving Street, NW, #132
Washington, DC 20010

Aspect:Ratio 1 at Irvine

December 13 to January 10
Opening reception, Saturday, December 13, 6-8PM.

a curated group exhibition of small-format paintings by nationally recognized artists whose work reflects the interplay of concept, complexity, and scale.

Participating artists:

Richard Colman
Iona Rozeal Brown
Edward Del Rosario
Lori Esposito
Lori Field
Teo González
Susan Jamison
Courtney Jordan
Ryan Pierce
Heidi Taillefer
Oliver Vernon
Eric White

Irvine Contemporary

1412 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20005

Friday, December 12, 2008


Dec. 13th , 2-6pm

Annual Holiday Open House & Sale – this year's sale will be bigger & better than ever – the surrounding artists studios will all be open - come on by and make a day of art! There will be art, music, food, jewelry, craft, class discounts & more!

Artwork by Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers, Syl Mathis, Liz Mears......and and many more of the region's most accomplished artists will be shown at incredible holiday markdowns!

What : Washington Glass School's Annual Holiday Party and Sale!
Where : The Washington Glass School, 3400 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD. 20712
When : Saturday Afternoon, December 13th from 2pm to 6pm, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Open Studios in Mt. Rainier, MD

Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 - 5 pm.

Ellyn Weiss, 12 linear feet of art,"November 5, 2008"

Open Studios and sale for Sinel/Stewart/Weiss, plus artists all over Mt. Ranier and environs - including the annual Washington Glass School Holiday Sale.

Sinel/Stewart/Weiss Studios
3706 Wells Ave
Mt. Ranier 20712
two blocks from the DC line

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Experimental Media Series

Washington Project for the Arts and The Phillips Collection Present:


DECEMBER 11, 6-8pm
curated by Sonja Simonyi + Niels Van Tomme @The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Washington Project for the Arts announces the launch of the fourth annual Experimental Media Series: "When Absence Becomes Presence," an exhibition and screening program that explores the play between two separate, but linked conditions of absence and presence, and which reflects upon the very nature of time based media. Curators Sonja Simonyi + Niels Van Tomme have selected a staggering variety of experimental artworks that include sound art, music, literary readings, video art, as well as a mysterious sound recording. In addition to the screening of selected works from the exhibition, winners of the Kraft Prize for New Media and the WPA Experimental Media Prize will also be announced.

Artworks from the exhibition include: Herman Asselberghs, The Conet Project, Paul Chan, Martin Creed, Andrea Geyer, Ibro Hasanovic, Damir Niksic, and Douglas Ross

During the screening, the Kraft Prize for New Media and the WPA Experimental Media Prize will be presented to two winning artists from the When Absence Become Presence Call for Entries competition. The finalists are:
Brass Art
Richard Chartier
Mark Cooley
Martijn Hendriks
Minou Norouzi

Sonja Simonyi is a film researcher, currently pursuing a PhD in Cinema Studies at NYU. Previously, she has worked at the National Gallery of Art’s film department where she organized the film series Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe, which traveled to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, among other venues.

Niels Van Tomme is a curator and researcher. His exhibitions and screenings are shown internationally and investigate the sociopolitical aspects of contemporary audio-visual culture. Since fall 2007, he is the Curator and Director of Arts and Media at Provisions Library in Washington, DC.

All events are free and open to the public.

Washington Project for the Arts
2023 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Media.Mix: 21st Century Collage

Patrick McDonough
it wouldn't be long before they were on the table

December 12 - 27, 2008

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 12, 7-9pm

CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS is pleased to announce its final exhibition of the year: Media.Mix: 21st Century Collage. Inviting the viewer to examine expectations of collage, curator Iciar Sagarminaga and assistant curator Erin Lingle have selected a group of artists who explore this genre to find relationships between elements and build narratives in their distinctive bodies of work. No material is off limits and diverse methods are explored.

Jennifer Mattingly
Constructing Our Past

Pulling from their individual experiences and incorporating materials that are culturally relevant, the artists establish a collective identity reflecting a consciousness that all matter is precious. The transformations that take place offer an opportunity to revel in the abstraction and creative use of ordinary materials and discarded images. This quiet manifesto of salvaging, not wasting, and finding new life for old pieces, is a poetic and central experience in collage, and one that continues to stretch its boundaries. The creative freedom and versatility found in combining and altering objects, textures, images and sound to create new meaning and aesthetic value creates work that is accessible and extols the enduring power and relevance of collage into the twenty-first century.

The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, drawing, fabric and textiles, video, music, and photography by Kristina Bilonick, Cheraya Esters, Steven Frost, Laura Hensley, Anamario Hernández, Steve Ioli, Jennifer Mattingly, Patrick McDonough, Chinaedu Nwadibia, Betsy Packard, Nicholas Popovici, Teresa Sites, David William and a musical remix of sounds by Damu.

Most works are affordable, priced at $500 or less. Give the gift of art at the holidays.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Washington DC
(202) 347-0022

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Nominations for 24th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Dear Arts Community and Friends,

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Invites you to submit nominations for the
24th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards
Please note nominees must be residents of the District of Columbia

All nominations must be received by:
Monday, December 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm
For more information, call 202.724.5613



December 11, 2008 - January 17, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11, 6:00-8:30 pm
Artist talk: Saturday, January 10, 2:00 pm

Margaret Boozer approaches ceramics with an eye for painting and a mind for experimentation. She encourages clay’s physical properties to express themselves in unpredictable manifestations of cause and effect. Drying, warping, cracking- small studio processes echo large geologic events as clay reclaims its origin as earth. Boozer disguises her hand underneath clay’s distortions, then claims authorship with carefully orchestrated compositions driven by the randomness of the result. The work is unexpectedly recognizable as a variety of subject matter that crosses genres between representation and abstraction, painting and sculpture.

For additional information please contact:
Anne Surak, director
Lily DeSaussure, assistant director

Project 4
1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20009
tel: 202 232 4340

NMWA Holiday Gift Market

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Annual Holiday Gift Market
Tuesday, Dec. 9
10 am - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970
202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Paper Trail Selections from Transformer's FlatFile Program

DECEMBER 12, 2008 - JANUARY 24, 2009

Heineman Myers - Friday, December 12, 6-9pm
Transformer - Saturday, December 13, 6-9pm

A two-site exhibition presented in partnership with Heineman Myers Contemporary Art. Launched in spring 2007, Transformer's FlatFile features a variety of two-dimensional, unframed works in mediums including photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking - all approximately 16" x 20" in size and smaller. With works by regionally, nationally and internationally based emerging artists, the program is open to artists that have exhibited with Transformer in the past and those who are new to Transformer.

Paper Trail will be presented at both Transformer's project space and Heineman Myers Contemporary Art in Bethesda, MD, highlighting different selections from the current FlatFile, as well as new work by Emily Andrews, Victor Aguilar, April Behnke, Alan Brown, Jessica Cebra, Natalie Cheung, Melissa Dickenson, Paul Jeffreys, John Lancaster, Katherine Mann, Nikki Painter, Bondé Prang, Lauren Rice, and Bonaia Rosado.

Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
4728 Hampden Lane, one block South upon exiting the Bethesda station on the RED line. 301-951-7900.

Transformer's Gallery
1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102

Transformer: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm by appointment.
Heineman Myers: Tuesday - Saturday, 1-6pm by appointment.
Both Transformer and HeinemanMyers will be open by appointment only December 24 - January 5.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

American Indian Art Market

Saturday, December 6 and
Sunday, December 7

10:00 am to 5:30 pm

National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Avenue at 3rd Street, SW

35 artists

Fine apparel
Handwoven blankets
Traditional bead work
Dolls in native regalia

For more information, visit

It's Time for the 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations!

Submit by Monday, December 15, 2008

We invite you to submit nominations for the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award, the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, organizations, and patrons of the arts. Award Categories include:

* Excellence in an Artistic Discipline An individual artist or an organization that has demonstrated a substantial history of extraordinary achievement in an artistic discipline.

* Outstanding Emerging Artist A promising individual artist or group of artists who have demonstrated excellence and achieved distinction in an artistic discipline.

* Excellence in Service to the Arts An individual or a private, public, or government organization that has demonstrated a substantial history of exemplary leadership, financial support, or other services vital to the development of the arts in the District of Columbia.

* Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education An individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to evoke interest and understanding of the arts. Innovation in the Arts An individual or organization that has demonstrated use of skills or resources to produce art, art programs or services.

For an entry form please download the New Guidelines for 2008.* We are also happy to mail a nomination form to you. Nominations must be received at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities office by 7 pm on Monday, December 15, 2008.

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1371 Harvard Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Friday, December 05, 2008

Joan Belmar and Alan Binstock

Two artists to watch!!

Alan Binstock: Suspended Cosmos
Joan Belmar: Life’s Many Layers

Alan Binstock: Suspended Cosmos, Glass 2008

Joan Belmar, Animal Instinct.(from Exhale series) acrylic, mylar and acetate on masonite 2008

December 4 – January 11

Opening reception: Saturday, December 6 from 5-8pm

H&F Fine Arts is pleased to present concurrent solo shows of works by Alan Binstock and Joan Belmar. Both artists’ work explores the circle of life and construct dialogue assessing the parallels of three dimensional abstract structures and human life. Belmar’s work will serve as a layered backdrop to the translucent sculptures created by Binstock. Alan Binstock’s work explores the forms that express or reflect the sacred, the inner life's varied manifestations of the micro and macro worlds. Many years of work as an architect and now in Master Planning at NASA, Binstock’s work is a result of deep space image and ideas that arise from his observation, reflection and meditation. Whether six inches or 60 inches tall there is an compelling mix of steel and glass, Binstock pushes glass to it’s limit…chiseling as if it were stone.
Binstock completed a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Architecture. He has exhibited at American University Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Binstock has many private and corporate collectors.

Experimentation with materials such as plastic, acetate, polycarbonate, Mylar,
and glass, allows Joan Belmar to create worlds where the viewer is allowed to see somethings clearly and some things opaquely. But all things seen are intended to reflect an outer and inner world of psychological stress, fragility and dislocation. Belmar’s work takes on a cosmic-like illusion that carefully entwines photography and optical effects.
A native of Chile, he has lived in the United States since 1999. Belmar has exhibited at the American University Museum, the Corcoran Art Auction Gala. He was a nominee as a Mayor’s Award Finalist as an outstanding emerging artist and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

H&F Fine Arts
3311 Rhode Island Avenue
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
(301) 887-0080

District Fine Arts / Sidney Lawrence

Ink Cities
Book Signing, Saturday, December 13, 4-6 pm

Artist Sidney Lawrence will provide personalized inscriptions and sketches for his 200-edition artist's book, Ink Cities, from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, Dec. 13, at District Fine Arts, 1639 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Georgetown.

Inspired by pocket-sized sketchbooks artists often carry while traveling, the 32-page, spiral-bound publication ($26) presents Lawrence's highly detailed, often fantasy-laden drawings of 24 cities from around the world-DC, Shanghai, Fez, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Sydney, to name a few---with a handwritten fact, anecdote or impression to accompany each image. Ink drawings, Lawrence says, are "my Oiuja Board for capturing a city's buzz and sense of adventure."

Ink Cities is meant to appeal to all ages, Lawrence stresses. "At the end, readers may use their own words and images to portray their favorite cities on five blank pages," he says.

The reproduced drawings date from 1987 to 2008; several are in local and national collections.

Ink Cities appears as part of Lawrence's current show at DFA of paintings, reliefs and works on paper (Nov. 15, 2008 to Jan. 17, 2009). The artist has exhibited in the DC area since the early 1980s and also in California and Massachusetts.

Todd Savitch

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

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Edith Kuhnle: New Work

December 6 , 2008 - January 10, 2009

Artist, Edith Kuhnle exhibits in many galleries including ones in London, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Kuhnle has work in numerous collections including the American Chancery in London and American Embassies in Peru and Columbia. She has been granted such awards as a Kreeger Purchase Award, DC Commission of the Arts Purchase Award, and a Commission for Regan National Airport. In addition she participated in an exhibition, "Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century," which traveled throughout Asia.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


December 6 & 7, 2008
Washington DC's Coolest Art Tour!
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

rapture, ecstasy & bliss

december 5th at studio b

rapture, ecstasy & bliss

delicious small artworks by
sondra n. arkin
joan belmar
scott g. brooks
anna u. davis
Tom Drymon
mary beth ramsey
kelly towles
ellyn weiss

a chocolate tasting by amedei of italy
wine by first vine
middle eastern olive oil tasting by our neighbours

-------- store hours -
Tuesday - Saturday | noon - 8 pm
Sunday | noon - 5 pm
Monday | closed

biagio fine chocolate
1904 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
tel - 202.328.1506

Monday, December 01, 2008

An evening of readings by emerging poets and writers

Thursday, December 4, 7-9pm

In conjunction with Nilay Lawson's exhibition at Transformer.
If You Didn't Know What This Was, Would You Know What This Is?

This evening of experimental writings and readings at Transformer will be lead by Transformer Advisory Council Member and Corcoran Professor Casey Smith, along with recent Corcoran grads Mike Terzano, Jenn DePalma, David Williams, and current Corcoran student Caitlin Lennon.

Transformer's 6th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition presents the work of Nilay Lawson in her first solo exhibition. Questioning whether or not her artistic endeavors only truly exist in the conceptual form, when a project can actually be considered "finished", and if the objects she creates are merely remainders of larger artistic production - Nilay's painting, drawings, and mixed media installations document her obsessive consideration of objects and belongings used, consumed, and often discarded.

EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday - Saturday
1-7 pm through to DECEMBER 6.
1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102

Holiday Celebration at Longview

Thursday, December 4th from 6-9pm.

Stop in for some coffee or spiked cider and walk away with the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. On display will be works from artists - Scott Brooks, Mary Chiaramonte, Dana Elyn, Matt Sesow and Chris Stephens - as well as works from some artists coming up in 2009 including Anna U. Davis and Billy Colbert. We will also have an excellent gift selection ranging from hand-made glass ornaments to wood and ceremic pieces.

The show runs into the new year – closing on January 4th.

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