Friday, December 05, 2008

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

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