Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Women Artists Women Healing panel tonite

CentroNía’s ‘La Plaza’ March 31 from 6pm- 9pm,
(1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009)
in celebration of Women’s History Month.

An Evening with Marla Rutherford

Celebrating her work in the Character Project
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-8:00PM

Join Irvine Contemporary at the gallery to meet Marla Rutherford, who will be in Washington for the DC exhibition of USA Networks Character Project. Marla will give a short talk about her new portrait shots for the project, and will sign copies of the Character Project book, just published by Chronicle Books. Reception with the artist at Irvine Contemporary, Wed. April 1, 6:30-8:00PM.

For the Character Project, Marla Rutherford shot portraits of people from around Los Angeles who had never before been professionally photographed. The Character Project is now on tour through major cities in the US; the exhibition in Washington will be on view at the Edison Place gallery, 703 8th St., between G and H Streets, April 3-4.

Watch the video introduction to Marla's portraits in the USA Network Character Project. View the USA Network website video trailer. View Marla Rutherford's portfolio of photographs for the Character Project.

Marla Rutherford, an internationally recognized editorial and portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, is represented by Irvine Contemporary. Marla Rutherford's recent exhibitions include the Discovery Award exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival in Arles, France, 2008 (Guest Curator, Christian Lacroix), and a solo exhibition at the Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg. View her works on the Irvine gallery website.

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

(202) 332-8767

USA American Characters: Exhibition

Friday, April 3, 2009: 9am - 6pm
Saturday, April 4, 2009: 10am - 6pm
USA American Characters: Exhibition

Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Robin Rose & During the Wet

Robin Rose: Endeavor


During The Wet: Aboriginal Bark Paintings from Western Arnhem Land, Maningrida

April 4 - May 30, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday April 4, 2009
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

1515 14th Street NW
3rd Floor
Washington DC 20005
tel. (202) 234-5601

Monday, March 30, 2009

Solas Nua's Irish Book Day

NBC 4 features Solas Nua's Irish Book Day HERE.

'Eat, Pray, Love': Elizabeth Gilbert Speaks at Washington National Cathedral

"The last time I was here," she says, returning from her neo-Gothic reverie, then launching into the story of visiting the Washington Cathedral with her family when she was 9, and how she wanted to return to their low-ceiling Connecticut farmhouse and redecorate her bedroom to look like the cathedral. The result didn't live up to the picture in her mind.

That's what writing a book is like, continues Gilbert, 39. (She has published four of them; the movie "Coyote Ugly" was based on one of her magazine pieces.) To the writer, she says, the result is somewhat disappointing, never quite the cathedral you set out to build. Except, with "Eat, Pray, Love," millions of readers found just the cathedral they were looking for.

- washingtonpost.com Article HERE
By David Montgomery


After a long hiatus, LACED returns to a new venue; upgrading the art to match the fun.

solSource presents:

FRI 04.03.09

LACED, an event that combines art, fashion and music videos spun by VJs, was a centerpiece on Washington D.C.’s U Street corridor, as Washington Post deemed it a year ago as “one of the hippest nights on U Street”. After the party’s long hiatus since summer with the close of the Cue Bar, LACED returns brand new, and grown up at a new commercial location with an official art show by evening, party by night expanding its art loving crowd and welcoming back its party crowd. “I’m happy to provide another opportunity for our people who got used to LACED that offered a wide range of entertainment and cultural value,” affirms Brandon Felton, one half of event producers the solSource group, who are known more significantly for their Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Festival and newer Hip Hop Cinema Café series.

The return of their LACED event marks the beginning of a series that Felton calls “evolution of culture”, noting Obama has been an inspiration on uniting all walks of life, adding “art never fails to unite, and you can’t stereotype it.” This new series occurring monthly is curated by Jonathan Sears, a University of Maryland alum and artist.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday April 3rd , patrons will have the opportunity to view paintings, photography, sculpture and more from some of D.C.’s hottest emerging fine and street artists. In addition, attendees can dance to DJ Adrian Loving on one level, or view art to live classical Carnatic music played by world traveling Indian violinist Rangashree Varadarajan and local DJ Vshal Kanwar, who will accompany her on with the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. A fashion show will also occur with local fashion designers and stylists, with complimentary wine and champagne for guests.


Live installation by ANIEKAN UDOFIA


Fashion exhibition by DANA AYANA GREAVES
Additional stylings by L'RAI ARTHUR-MENSAH
Classical Carnatic music by RANGASHREE VARADARAJAN (Violin/Vocals) & V:SHAL KANWAR (Tabla)
also with music by DJ ADRIAN LOVING & DJ I-WAH

Complimentary wine & champagne by BAREFOOT
Complimentary beer by RED STRIPE
Partial proceeds donated to LIFE PIECES TO MASTERPIECES

2136 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Parking in rear | 3 floors + rooftop

Admission for the LACED Art Show from 6-10 p.m. is $10, and the LACED Party is $20 beginning at 10 p.m.

Limited space, RSVP strongly encouraged


For more information on LACED
http://www.solsource.org or Facebook “LACED”

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Phillips Collection Lectures

Anne Wagner: Everyday People
Monday, March 30, 5:30 pm

Everyday People demonstrates that much of what seems valuable in recent art takes as its subject the question of what globalization means for our lives as social beings, our experiences as bodies and selves. Professor Wagner shows how artists today offer their own distinctive responses, not least through their reinvention of the linked categories of portraiture and the everyday. Anne Wagner is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Free; registration required: CSMAprograms[at]phillipscollection[dot]org or 202.387.2151 x 286.

Conversations with Artists: Joel Ross
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 pm

Joel Ross portrays the American cultural and political landscape in sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos. The road and its mythic presence in the country’s psyche have been at the heart of his work for many years. His current project is a series of outdoor sculptures that take the form of roadside signs, which are photographed and then left at their installation sites.

Free; registration required: CSMAprograms[at]phillipscollection[dot]org or 202.387.2151 x 286

Center programs are supported by a generous grant from
The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st NW
Washington, DC 20009


Architect and Urban Planner Léon Krier will be lecturing on "THE ARCHITECTURAL TUNING OF SETTLMENTS" at the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture on
Monday, March 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM


the University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Léon Krier is recognized today as one of the world's outstanding architects and urbanists. He received the inaugural Richard Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture in 2003.

Lectures are free and open to the public

Congress for the New Urbanism DC Chapter

"White Noise" at Hamiltonian Gallery

March 29, 2009, 3:00pm

"White Noise"
Stroyka Theater Company
@ Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, Washington D.C.
CHARGE: $10 (all proceeds go to benefit the actors)

Please rsvp to jackie[at]hamiltoniangallery[dot]com

The Stroyka Theater Company offers a reading of Hamiltonian Fellow and playwright Tom Block's work: "White Noise."

The piece will be performed at Hamiltonian Gallery on March 29th, at 3:00 pm. The play reading will take place in front of Mr. Block's 63 foot long painting installation, "Conference of the Birds," a visual exploration of some of the same themes of moral ambiguity that "White Noise" looks at. The painting, along with the work of Lisa Brotman and Michael Enn Sirvet, will be on view until May 2, 2009.

In "White Noise", Tim, an African-American painter on spiritual themes, travels to Detroit to expand his ministry of the arts, as well as escape from interior demons. However, far from getting away from himself, his inner psychic turmoil becomes manifested in a series of increasingly strange encounters with his hosts, as well as the appearance of a scantily clad 20th century female mystic, Simone Weil, who emerges from out of his own fevered interior world. The play leaves us with more questions than answers, and explores the divergence between personal experience and the social effect of an action, and which is more important to building a "moral" world.

Microworlds at Cross MacKenzie Gallery in Georgetown

March 6, 2009 thru April 15, 2009

Cross MacKenzie opened "Microworlds", an exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Neil Forrest paired with photographs by Norman Barker & Giraud Foster. These artists explore worlds unseen by the naked eye and through their inventiveness and original techniques create intricate and beautiful representations and interpretations of these invisible realms.

Cross MacKenzie
1054 31st st nw dc 20007
202 333-7970

Summer hours for July
12-5 tues thru fri
weekends by appointment
open by appointment in August

Friday, March 27, 2009

Register for Artomatic

Artomatic registration is now open!

Artomatic is celebrating its 10th anniversary in D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood
May 29-July 5, 2009.

Whether you are a visual artist or a performer, there's room for you at Artomatic.
Register online HERE.

Last Days, The End of an Era at Zenith

Closing March 31, 2009
(The Doors Will Remain Open As They Move Out
The First Couple Weeks of April)

Open Late Friday Until 8pm, Saturday 11-8pm and Sunday 12-5pm
and Open Monday, March 30th 10am-3pm, Tuesday 11-6pm


John Aaron, Beatriz Blanco, Gloria Cesal, Francois Chauvin, Patrick Cochran, Renee duRocher, Drew Ernst, Leslie Exton, Robert Freeman, Siobhan Gavagan, Sofia Gawer-Fische, Cassandra Gillens, Julie & Ken Girardini, David Glick, Margery E. Goldberg, Brenda Gordon, John Grazier, Stephen Hansen, Philip Hazard, Chris Hayman, Frank Holmes, Robert C. Jackson, jodi, William King, Susan Klebanoff, Lucartha Kohler, Joan Konkel, Shelley Laffal, William Ludwig, Jill Mackie, Michael Madzo, Stephen Maffin, Vincent Magni, Michaela Mansuino, Davis Morton, Elizabeth Raphael, Amanda Richardson, David Richardson, Guenther Riess, Ron Schwerin, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Bradley Stevens, Bill Suworoff, Cassie Taggart, Ray Wiger, Paul Martin Wolff , Michael Young, Joyce Zipperer

The End of an Era and the Start of Another on their 31st Anniversary

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

Millenium Arts Salon

Between East and West
March 28 - May 30

Opening reception:
Saturday, March 28, 2009
6 - 8pm

Rachelle Puryear, Anne Bouie, Shelia Crider, Billy Colbert,
Paul So,
Barbra Blanco, Bill Dallas, Alonzo Davis, Bryan McFarlane

Millennium Arts Salon
1213 Girard Street NW
Washington, DC

After Hours

AFTER HOURS tonight! 8pm - Midnight.

According to Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project, you can still get a ticket for tonight's event if you join the Hirshhorn Museum at the entry level of membership.
Adventures of Hoogrrl!

More info about joining the Hirshhorn here.

Paintings by Joey P. Mánlapaz


Through the Looking Glass: Paintings by Joey P. Mánlapaz
January 14 – 25 & March 14 – 29, 2009

Exhibition at the Corcoran Corridor, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Museum is located at 500 Seventeenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20006

Now until Sunday, March 29, 2009

General Information: (202) 639-1700


Artist Talk at Hillyer Art Space

Saturday, March 28 at 12:00pm
Hillyer Art Space

Free Admission

301-237-0531 www.juditvarga.net

We the People Project 2009 - Empowered Women International

March 29, 2009

Isabel Castaneda, American Angel, Acrylics

Sunday, March 29, 2-5 PM
2 pm Reception * 3 pm Performances

Adelina Perez, Chela Sanabria, Edith Graciela Sanabria, Elsa Gebreyesus, Evelyn Brooks, Fatana Baktash Arifi, Gita Bhatia, Irina Avilova, Isabel Castaneda, Jenny McKenzie, Jung Eun Kim, Kathlyn Avila-Reyes, Kata Witorsh, Klara Sever, Mekbib Gebertsadik, Meseret G. Desta, Naomie T. Belayneh, Rabia Naeem Pervez, Rusty Lynn, Sam Nelson, Shanta Monroe, Sharmila Karamchandani, Sheldon Reiffenstein, Stephanie Bianco, Sush Mazumdar & Valentina Dimilo

Jewelry designers, fiber artists and handmade book artists will feature unique artworks for sales. Bring your checkbooks, and support our artists and EWI's work! Complimentary wine and refreshments.

Free of charge and open to the public. RSVP Required.

Workhouse Arts Center
Gallery W-16, Second Floor
9517 Workhouse Way
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Info: http://ewint.org/showcase/we-the-people/

Fabricating Rain embroidery circles


FABRICATING RAIN EMBROIDERY CIRCLES: Thursday and Saturdays, 2 - 6pm at Transformer. Exhibition: March 21- April 25, 2009

Created by New York based artist Julia Mandle, Fabrication of Blindness/Fabricating Rain seeks to mend wounds caused by America's abuse of civil rights at a turning point in our country's policy on the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay.

After a successful opening day with Julia and many enthusiastic participants this past Saturday, March 21, Transformer continues the Fabricating Rain embroidery circles every Thursday and Saturday between 2 and 6pm through April 25. Add to this powerful installation and interactive, community-driven intervention by participating in the creative action of hand-embroidering detainee-written narratives and poetry onto hoods made of U.S. military issue sandbags.

Embroidery takes approximately 2 hours. No experience necessary! All newly-embroidered hoods will be added to the installation, which will go on to be exhibited at New York City's Crossing the Line festival, September 2009, and in Paris.

1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Celebrate Women's History Month by participating in the Second International SWAN Day on March 28. Visit the Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) website for ideas and resources.

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is a new international holiday that celebrates women artists. It is an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Love is A Losing Game / Billy Colbert

Opening March 27, 6-9 pm
Longview Gallery
"In the game of love it seems that a good defense is a better offense. Relationships are fruitful as well as constraining. In order to avoid conflict, we are concurrently more truthful and more deceptive with the ones we love. Furthermore, we are more likely to entrust those who are prone to deceive us, just as we are most likely to deceive those who we really love and trust. Were these helmets created as symbolic artifacts to protect ourselves from love’s game or are they used to battle the ones we love? These helmets are both offensive and defensive. They are meant to protect us from the hyperbolic sense of love that is propagated by pop culture’s garish glow. They are an allurement to capture the "so called" perfect mate. Love is a conundrum. This game started with a coin toss. The probability of you winning the coin toss is nearly equal to your chances of successfully getting through the game without it ending in heartbreak. In this game, there are no winners or losers; just players. Let the games begin!"
-Billy Colbert

Longview Gallery
1302 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Graham Caldwell

Exhibition extended to to April 4th, 2009

And the Washington Post article on , and Ian Whitmore:
Washington Artists Head to New York City

Please click on the link below to see the article:

1515 Fourteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20005


It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

In DC on the National Mall
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 11am - 6pm
Jefferson Drive SW
between 12th & 14th Streets

Nationally touring public art project by Jeremy Deller.
Produced by Creative Time, NYC.

Deller's project is a catalyst for public discussion about the history, present circumstances, and future of Iraq through unscripted, nonpartisan conversations in cities across the country. These talks will be held in public sites such as shopping malls and parks by guest experts Jonathan Harvey and Esam Pasha, specially selected by Deller to participate in the tour. The presentation includes the remains of a car destroyed in a bombing in Baghdad.

Please come and participate and feel free to bring objects related to Iraq that could serve as a focus for discussion. More information about the project, including daily video updates as the project travels can be found at www.conversationsaboutiraq.org.

Washington is the first stop on a three-week, 10-city road trip from New York to Los Angeles, featuring Jeremy Deller and guest experts Jonathan Harvey (an Iraq war veteran and recently demobilized Psychological Operations platoon sergeant) and Esam Pasha (an Iraqi refugee, artist, and former translator for the Chief Advisor in the British Embassy of Baghdad).

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq is curated for Creative Time by: Nato Thompson, Curator; and for the New Museum by: Laura Hoptman, Kraus Family Senior Curator, and Amy Mackie, Curatorial Assistant. The research team includes: Shane Brennan, Sarah Demeuse, Ozge Ersoy, Jazmin Garcia, and Terri C. Smith. The DC presentation was jointly organized by Provisions Library; Foreign Policy in Focus; the Institute for Policy Studies; Street Scenes: Projects for DC.

PNC Foundation Awards $5 Million to Expand Arts Audiences in Greater Philadelphia

PND - News - PNC Foundation Awards $5 Million to Expand Arts Audiences in Greater Philadelphia - READ HERE
"The Philadelphia-based PNC Foundation has announced a five-year, $5 million initiative to expand access to the arts for people in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Funded primarily by the PNC Financial Services Group, the foundation will award grants of at least $25,000 through the PNC Arts Alive initiative to build participation among diverse audiences and support fresh and emerging arts programs, value-added public programming, and innovative uses of technology."

Maryland Art Place’s Annual Self-Hung Exhibition, Silent Auction, and Gala

All Artists Are Welcome to Participate in
Out of Order

Hanging Dates and Times: Beginning 9 am, Wednesday, April 1st, ending 9 am, Thursday, April 2nd That’s Right—24 hours nonstop!

Silent Auction and Gala: 8 pm, Friday, April 3, 2 009

For More Details or to Become a MAP Member: call 410-962-8565
website: www.mdartplace.org

Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21202

410-962-8565 |

National Association of Women Artists: Celebrating 120 Years

March 28, 2009
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free. No reservations required

In honor of its 120th anniversary, the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) presents a day-long, multi-faceted program at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

10:00 - 12:00 pm: Welcome and Panel Discussion by past presidents of NAWA.

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch on your own.

1:00 - 2:00pm: Jeffrey Wechsler, senior curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, will discuss the role of a curator in relation to art exhibitions and exhibition juries.

2:00 - 4:00pm: Artists and authors Alice Harrison and Susan G. Hammond present and illustrated reading and discussion of their book, Artists' Guidebook to a New Creative Life. The presentation concludes with a book signing.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Conversation with Artist Robert Frank

Thursday, March 26, 3:30pm
East Building Auditorium

In connection with the exhibition Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, on view through April 26, the museum welcomes Robert Frank as part of the Elson Lecture series. Frank will discuss his work and the exhibition with Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the museum's department of photographs.

This program is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served
in the East Building Auditorium

Information on the exhibition

National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter

By the Way: Designing Views of the Natural Landscape

March 30, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Norwegian architects Henning Kaland, partner, Code: architecture, and Tommie Wilhemsen, head of his own firm, discuss their designs for Norway's National Tourist Route. Brad Cownover, ASLA, of Scenic America, joins them to discuss the history and current state of scenic byways in the U.S. and Europe. Martin Moeller, senior vice president and curator at the Museum, moderates. The exhibition Detour is open for viewing prior to the lecture. $12 Member and Student; $20 Non-member. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Winners: Mayor's Arts Awards

24th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards, Washington, DC

Excellence in Artistic Discipline
CityDance Ensemble

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
Joy of Motion Dance Center

Outstanding Emerging Artist
Jason Garcia Ignacio

Excellence in Service to the Arts
Judith Korey, professor of music at the University of the District of Columbia
Andy Anas Shallal, Iraqi American activist, artist, and social entrepreneur

Innovation in the Arts
Arts in Foggy Bottom

Mayor's Award for Arts Teaching
Language Arts: M. Kamel Igoudjil (School Without Walls)
Performing Arts: Samuel L. Bonds, Haewon Moon (Duke Ellington School of the Arts)
Visual Arts: Carole Whelan (School Without Walls)

Mayor's Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts
Septime Webre, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet
Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre

Read highlights at DCist

Excellence showcased at the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards -The Washington Informer

24th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards @ Kennedy Center

Dolly Parton at the National Press Club

Country Singer/Actress/Composer, Dolly Parton is featured on "Artistically Speaking with Marilou Donahue," this month.
Read Interview with Dolly Parton HERE.

SCULPTURE 1275: Lucile Driskell

March 30 – May 22, 2009

Washington, DC: The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth exhibition in a series of sculpture solos featured in the lobby of 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. In cooperation with the Axent Realty Group, the WSG is presenting a series of curated sculpture exhibitions to showcase the work of their membership.

This exhibition features the work of Lucile Driskell, who is a native of New York and a graduate of Finch College in Manhattan. She makes distinctive and original works in a number of mediums and has been professionally creating artwork since 1968, primarily as a sculptor. With a lengthy and notable resume, Ms. Driskell has exhibited widely in solo, group and juried shows, frequently in New York City and Philadelphia. Her art is included in several private and corporate collections, in addition to the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. She has also received the honor of being selected to the National Association of Women Artists.

Norman Parish,was selected by the WSG to serve as a juror for this series of shows.

Exhibition dates are March 30 – May 22, 2009. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The building lobby is accessible Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 am - 8 pm.

1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Lobby)
Washington, DC

The state of public arts funding

The state of public arts funding (Things could be worse) / Washington Grantmakers Daily

Over the last few weeks, Washington Grantmakers members have gotten a good sense of how private funders are navigating the economic crisis. Last week, WG’s Arts and Humanities Working Group invited representatives from several public grantmaking organizations to share their perspectives.

READ HERE By Christian Clansky, program associate.

Works on Paper by Fleming Jeffries

31 March - 26 April 2009
Impossible Tourist

"Visitor's Guide to Cloud Garden"
Double Accordion Book-form

Opening Reception
Friday, 3 April 2009, 5 to 8 pm

Artist Talk
Sunday, 19 April 2009, 1 pm

Washington Printmakers Gallery
| 1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Washington | DC | 20009
202-332-7757 www.washingtonprintmakers.com

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lajos Vajda at Katzen Arts Center

March 17–April 19, 2009

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of the work of Lajos Vajda, the greatest master of twentieth-century art in Hungary.


Another Time—Another Place: Contemporary Hungarian Video Artists, the exhibition explores shifts in time and space mostly in the context of exhibitions running in parallel.

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC 20016-8012

Tonight! 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Mayor's Arts Awards
Monday, March 23, 2009
6:00 PM
@ John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall - Millennium Stage

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the Mayor's Arts Awards on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 6 pm in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Finalists for the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards demonstrate the wide range of talent the arts community offers in the District of Columbia.

In the tradition of the Academy Awards, winners are announced for the first time during the ceremony hosted by award-winning journalist Cyneé Simpson, weekend evening anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV. This year’s award ceremony will feature a performance by special guest Raheem DeVaughn. Throughout the evening the audience is treated to a diverse range of performances including The Washington Ballet, Coral Cantigas and DC’s own Mambo Sauce.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required. For additional information on the Mayor’s Arts Awards or other DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities programs call (202) 724-5613.

CRYSTALart - Call to Artists


March 17, 2009
To continue to highlight Crystal City’s Green characteristics and add artistic elements to the neighborhood’s streets, sidewalks and public spaces, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is introducing ECO-Art Statues – a temporary, outdoor environmental art exhibit in one of Crystal City’s most landmark open spaces, the Crystal City Water Park.

In the Spring of 2008, the Crystal City BID placed six of the fifty artistically designed airplane statues that were part of Crystal Flight program onto the six grassy knolls within the Water Park. The Crystal Flight exhibition attracted increased attention in and patronage of the park and the Crystal City BID is seeking to replicate that success with another spring exhibition exclusively for that area.

This Call for Artists announces the opportunity to design and construct a three-dimensional, biodegradable sculpture for placement in the Crystal City Water Park for the exhibition, which will kick-off Crystal City’s spring Green event - Green Scene.
Selected artists will receive a grant of $2000 from the Crystal City Business Improvement District. In keeping with the theme of Crystal Green’s Green Scene schedule of events, selected pieces must be constructed of 100 percent biodegradable materials.

Design Submission: Please submit a full-color sketch or schematic of your design on 8.5 x 11-sized page (electronically is preferred). Be sure to include dimensions and call-out specific materials used.

Questions/Information Requests: For any questions or information requests, please contact Robert Mandle at 703-412-9435 or via email at rmandle[at]crystalcity[dot]org

Deadline: Artist Participation Forms should be received by April 17, 2009. Please send to Robert H. Mandle via email at rmandle[at]crystalcity[dot]org
or by mail at:

Robert H. Mandle
Crystal City Business Improvement District
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 505
Arlington, VA 22202

Artist Fact Sheet

What: A creative, environmental art project meant for the Crystal City Water Park. The exhibition highlights Crystal City’s green characteristics and one of its most popular public spaces while continuing the policy of incorporating art into the fabric of Crystal City.

Why: The success of the placement of Crystal Flight statues into the Water Park demonstrated the power of art to add value to public spaces. The 2009 exhibition will ensure that area residents, employees, and visitors continue to visit and enjoy the Water Park.

Who: The Crystal City Business Improvement District is responsible for changing how people see and perceive Crystal City. Art remains a critical means of achieving this goal by adding color, interest, and conversation to the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces of Crystal City.

Where: Each of the selected Biodegradable ECO-Art Statues will be placed on the six (6) grassy knolls within the Crystal City Water Park across from 1750 Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia.

When: In the Water Park between the end of May through the end of July 2009.
Calendar of Key Dates
Call for Artists Sent March 17, 2009
Artist Participation Form Submission Deadline April 17, 2009
Artist Design Selection April 20, 2009
Preparation/Construction Phase April 21, 2009 to May 24, 2009
Exhibition Opening – Water Park May 25, 2009
Exhibition Ends End of July 2009

Design Guidelines
Artists may submit up to three designs. Submission of design does not guarantee selection.

Each design submitted must include an Artist Participation Form and a sketch of the proposed design on an 8.5 x 11” sheet and include dimensions and material call-outs.

Designs may not be political or derogatory.

Design submissions should be true to color.

Artists selected are required to sign a contract assigning the rights for all designs to the Crystal City BID.

The Crystal City BID reserves the right to use the designs or derivations of the designs on marketing materials and promotional materials as it deems necessary. Any personal use of designs selected must be approved by the Crystal City BID.
Designs MUST be 100 percent biodegradable.

The Artist Participation Package, including the Participation Form and any design submission must be received by April 17, 2009.

Design Selection Process
All designs must be approved by Crystal City Business Improvement District Staff.

Design selections will be completed and artists notified by April 20, 2009.

Artists selected will be required to sign a contract before receiving payment. Payment will be in two phases – 50 percent will be paid upon contract signing with the remaining 50 percent paid upon satisfactory completion and installation of the selected design.

Edgar P. Richardson Symposium Marcel Duchamp

Friday, March 27, 1:00-6:00 pm
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

The fourth Edgar P. Richardson Symposium features new research on Marcel Duchamp and the role of portrayal in his career and his legacy. This symposium is presented in conjunction with the opening of the museum's exhibit Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture. Speakers include Dr. Catherine Craft, independent scholar; Dr. Linda Dalrymple Henderson, David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor in art history and Distinguished Teaching Professor, the University of Texas at Austin; Dr. David Hopkins, professor of art history, University of Glasgow; Dr. Lewis Kachur, associate professor, art history department, Kean University; Brian O'Doherty, artist; and Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings,


Conservation Panel: New Research on Marcel Duchamp Portraits by Jean Crotti
Friday, March 27, 10:00-11:30 am

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
A panel of conservators and curators from the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery discuss new research on portraits of Marcel Duchamp by his brother-in-law Jean Crotti. Reserve seats at no charge

National Portrait Gallery. Reserve seats at no charge, call 202.633.8330. More information: www.npg.si.edu

Acting with Wisdom

PND - News - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Offers Blueprint for Surviving Economic Uncertainty: "If you cut excessively — and I think I can say this is wisdom for our current situation in our field right now — the public will lose interest in you," - director Neal Benezra, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Interview with David Reed

Below is a link to a great interview with the fine New York abstract painter, David Reed by D.K. Row at The Oregonian on October 30, 2008.

Source: Columbus, Ohio based Painter Jeffrey Collins

READ Interview HERE

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony

March 28, 10:00am - 5:30pm

Family Festival 10:00am - 3:30pm
Opening Ceremony 4:00 - 5:30pm

Celebrate the opening of Washington's cherry blossom season with a family festival that explores Japanese arts and design and the official opening ceremony of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

No charge. Drop-in program. All ages.

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Missing Piece in the Economic Stimulus: Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation | Psychology Today Blogs

A Missing Piece in the Economic Stimulus: Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation | Psychology Today Blogs
As the economy stumbles, the first things to get cut at the national, state, and local levels are the arts. The first thing that goes in our school curricula are the arts. Arts, common wisdom tells us, are luxuries we can do without in times of crisis. Or can we?

Let's see what happens when we start throwing out all the science and technology that the arts have made possible.


The Foundry Gallery is offering free workshops addressing the artistic interests of a varied community. The March session is geared to those who appreciate art but have yet to experience the joy of making art.

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 2:00 – 4:00
“We believe the experiential enhances appreciation.”

Presented by
Ron Riley and Doris Colbert Kennedy
Attendance is limited, so email or call now to reserve your space:

1314 18TH STREET, NW, 1ST Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Saturday, March 21, 2009

CHALK4PEACE at Peace Alliance's Conference for PEACE

From John Aaron

Visit Chalk4Peace Blog to follow stories of the Peace Alliance's Conference for PEACE: "Peace Within Reach: People and Politics Partnering for our Common Security"

John Aaron and Marielle Mariano of CHALK4PEACE offer a continuing narration of events attended and instigated by CHALK4PEACE in this coming week.
See the posts HERE; feel free to pass on your comments onto the blog and they will post them.

John and Marielle,

John Aaron
Ventura, California, United States
John is the Global Project Founder and CEO of CHALK4PEACE, Inc., a non-profit organization that oversees the CHALK4PEACE Project worldwide. CHALK4PEACE, the young person's global Chalk Art Painting event will happen again for the fourth time at hundreds of locations worldwide during September, 2009.

Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums

A Panel Discussion Celebrating Women's History Month
March 26, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In celebration of Women's History month, four women who direct museums in Washington, D.C. will candidly explore the role of women in 21st-century museum management in a panel discussion at NMWA. The program is co-sponsored by ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, and NMWA, dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

At the panel, Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums, nationally renowned interviewer and N.P.R. Morning Edition special correspondent Susan Stamberg will moderate a lively conversation with directors whose institutions reflect Washington's broad range of museums:

  • Camille Akeju, Director, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Leslie Buhler, Executive Director, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
  • Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
  • Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts
During the evening, the panelists will share their professional journeys, offer advice to emerging professionals, and communicate their vision for leading museums today and beyond. Tickets are available at www.arttable.org or 212-343-1735 x 25

$20 for ArtTable members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students (with ID)

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005-3970
202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270
Two blocks north of Metro Center

The Reverse Ark: In the Wake

Explores Baltimore’s Industrial and Environmental History
Contemporary becomes forum for learning and artistic production beginning March 26

Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, August 22, 2009
opening March 26, 2009

The Contemporary Museum will be transformed into an evolving laboratory when the Futurefarmers art collective creates The Reverse Ark: In the Wake. The exhibition will explore the social, historical, and environmental history of Baltimore's mills and textile industry through installations and experiences created throughout the run of the show.

Using the concept of an “ark” as a place of preservation and exploration, the San Francisco-based collective Futurefarmers will work with students from the Maryland Institute College of Art and community residents to create a multidisciplinary exhibition that is both art installation and educational forum exploring culture, science, and the environment. Futurefarmers will use locally-sourced waste or surplus materials including fallen trees, hundreds of floorboards from abandoned Baltimore row homes, cast-off paper, and surplus clothing and textiles, to create an installation filling the museum that will illustrate the city’s industrial past.

The Reverse Ark will take shape during a series of public workshops beginning Saturday, March 21.

Contemporary Museum
100 West Centre Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday, March 20, 2009

Women's Work: Lynn Cazabon, Hadieh Shafie, Tory Wright


"sometime yesterday, or maybe the day before"
New Work by Noelle K. Tan

March 20 - April 24, 2009

Opening reception for the artists
Friday, March 20, 2009, 7 to 9pm

In honor of Women's History Month, Civilian presents two exhibitions featuring works from four female artists who archive, transform, and re-mediate forgotten or discarded imagery into new forms. In Women's Work, the artists intervene upon seemingly insignificant material such as discarded motion picture film, cosmetic advertisements, and ordinary paper to create captivating, whirling forms and sculptures. Though formally and conceptually distinct, each project comments on change, the passage of time, and what is preserved versus left behind.

Exhibition hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.


Civilian Art Projects, an art gallery based in Washington, D.C., supports the voice and vision of the artist through exhibitions, events, and collaborations in D.C. and abroad. The gallery is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood in downtown Washington near many major museums, galleries, and national treasures.

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

Hero and Baddie / Calla Thompson

Project 4 presents :

Hero and Baddie

March 21 - April 18, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

“...humor has been described as a ‘mediation tool’ to carry out aggressive interactions in a smooth way.” – Salvatore Attardo, Linguistic Theories of Humor

Project 4 presents a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Calla Thompson. Her art practice crosses media and includes digital photography using montage techniques, as well as drawing and installation. Her work examines the way power is enacted and exchanged in our culture. She uses stark, wry humor to examine small gestures and proverbial objects that shift power among individual characters. “I am interested in the place where the simple dichotomy of good and evil collapses, where each character has the potential to be both hero and baddie," she says.

Calla Thompson lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA in Photography from Syracuse University and her BFA in Photography from the University of Ottawa (Canada). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in South America.

Project 4
1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor,
Washington, DC 20009
tel: 202 232 4340
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.

Hamiltonian Arists

Reception: Saturday, March 21, 7-9pm
Lisa Brotman, Thomas Block, Michale Enn Sirvet

Hamiltonian Gallery and Hamiltonian Artists announce the opening of their fifth exhibition featuring the lush and emotional work of Lisa Brotman, the tumultuous second installment of Tom Block's series exploring mysticism in our post-religious age, and Michael Enn Sirvet's sculptural work exploring the complex dualities of the natural and fabricated world. Disparate as the work may appear on the surface, each of these three artists endeavor to embolden the viewer to reevaluate the relationships of three overlapping realms through the filter of our modern-day sensibilities; namely, the world around us, the world within us and the world we cannot see.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW
Washington DC 20009

HOME / Carol Malachi at Hillyer Art Space

International Arts & Artists invites you to come
HOME this Friday, March 20th!
Featuring Carolyn Malachi

Hosted by Fred Joiner, curator and host of the American Poetry Museum's Intersections at the Honfleur Gallery and poet-in-residence at Busboys and
Poets, Shirlington.

Sign-up for poets is at 6 p.m.
The open mic begins at 7 p.m.

$5 for non-members of International Arts & Artists
Free for members of IA&A
Free for performing poets

HOME is on every THIRD Friday of the month at Hillyer Art Space.

Hillyer Art Space | 9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 |


March 21- April 25, 2009

March 21, 2009, 2 pm

This installation and interactive, community-driven intervention created by New York based artist Julia Mandle seeks to mend wounds caused by America's abuse of civil rights at a turning point in our country's policy on the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay.

Fabrication of Blindness is presented in partnership with J Mandle Performance. This work was initiated through a commission from The Baryshnikov Arts Center and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Fabricating Rain is produced in part from the generous production support from King's Fountain.

FABRICATING RAIN EMBROIDERY CIRCLES: Thursday and Saturdays, 2 - 6pm at Transformer

EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday - Saturday, 1 - 7pm and by appointment.

1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: March 27, 2009 (postmark).

The Fine Arts League of Cary is seeking entries for its 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held from May 8th to June 27th, 2009 in Cary/Raleigh, NC. Show awards and purchase awards will total over $5,000. Entries can only be mailed via CD. The postmark deadline for the mail-in registration is March 27, 2009. Lenny Campello will be the juror for this show.

Full details and a printable prospectus are available on the web at www.fineartsleagueofcary.org or call Kathryn Cook at 919-345-0681.

Mary McFadden: Goddesses / Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers

March 20, 2009 - August 30, 2009

Mary McFadden: Goddesses juxtaposes fashion with cultural studies and ancient history, inviting viewers to explore the relationship between traditions of the past and styles of the present. On view are more than 40 major works from McFadden's haute couture collections and many stunning examples from her personal jewelry collection, along with traditional ethnographic textiles and clothing collected by the designer during her world travels.


Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers,1900-1945
March 20, 2009 - July 5, 2009

At the turn of the 20th Century, photography afforded Hungarian women their first legitimate opportunity to become artistic professionals. This exhibition focuses on the work of Hungarian women photographers during the tumultuous years between 1900 and 1945, a transitional period that witnessed unprecedented growth in educational and career opportunities for women. Hungarian women artists, inspired by the success of their counterparts in America, eagerly took advantage of their newfound freedoms by pursuing careers in photography and by training at prestigious institutions in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, and Paris.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970

3 x 5 at Capital Hill Art & Frame

Opening Friday, March 20, 6-8 p.m.

3 x 5
3-D Art by 5 Washington Artists

Donnelly, Evelyn, Mould, Syndler, Weisenburger

Capitol Hill Art and Frame
623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Wash., DC

Matters of the “HeArt” - Tour the Wilson Building

At 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The public is invited to the Wilson Building for a guided tour through the City Hall public art collection that highlights women artists in the permanent display on floors 1-5 of the Wilson building. The tour will be led by DCCAH Art Bank Coordinator, Beth Baldwin. The tour will take about 70 minutes. The City Hall Collection, “HeArt of the City”, has been assembled over the past two years under the sponsorship of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. It is the richest and largest permanent exhibition of the work of local artists in the city, featuring a broad range of work, including internationally known artists such as Alma Thomas, Renee Stout, Maggie Michael and most local of the artists of significance. The collection truly serves as a window into the scope of creative talent and energy that DC offers today, all styles and media. Tours are offered quarterly and by request.

The tour is free, however, space is limited.
Please RSVP to beth.baldwin@dc.gov with the number in your party. Meet at the receptionist’s desk on the first floor near the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance - the building is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW. ID is required to enter the building.

Upcoming dates:
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Every cloud has a silver lining

I've been working on new paintings that touch on the poetry of our the times, infused with contradictions and holding the opposites.

Silver Lining, © 2009 Anne Marchand, 40" x 40" acrylic and mixed media

What's the perspective in these times, the silver lining or the big black cloud.

"Every cloud has a silver lining" proverb refers to storm clouds having a silver gleam of sunlight along one edge. The proverb refers to a negative situation that produces something that is very positive. The positive thing or situation is the "silver lining".

I also completed a new piece called Waterfall.
Waterfall, © 2009 Anne Marchand, 60" x 40" acrylic and mixed media

Here' a glimpse of several works in the studio.

Waterfall and work in progress, Anne Marchand 2009 Washington, DC Studio

See more paintings at www.annemarchand.com

Pushing the boundaries: Fiber and books as art

Pushing the boundaries: Fiber and books as art
By Claudia Rousseau on gazette.net
The question about definition becomes more complex with a show like "Tribute to Fiber Art" where the title suggests that the work needs support. This was, in fact, curator Jodi Walsh's intent in organizing this second annual "tribute" exhibit at BlackRock. Fiber art covers a very large swathe of object types, from quilted pieces to sculptural works. Identifying criteria are somewhat vague — anything made of fiber, using sewing, weaving, wrapping or similar techniques to create works that are either two- or three-dimensional. This selection of more than 20 regional artists, all women, shows a predominance of quilting techniques. The most compelling is Cynthia Harrison's "Nocturne/Crape Myrtle," which, with its large size and luscious colors, has a strong design reminiscent of early 20th century American painter Augustus Tack, who, interestingly enough, painted a curtain still in use at the District's Lincoln Theatre.

Article on "BookEnds: The Book as Art" at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring and "A Tribute to Fiber Art" in the Art Gallery at the BlackRock Center in Germantown HERE.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg

April 3, 2009 - April 5, 2009.

400 of the nation’s most accomplished fine artists and craft designers will present their handcrafted works at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5, 2009 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD.

The jury-selected artisans at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will display and sell their unique creations in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography.

In addition to meeting the artisans producing the one-of-a kind items, visitors to the Festival will see live demonstrations by professional craftspeople working in metal, wood, and ceramics. Live music and activities for children enhance the festival atmosphere. Specialty gourmet foods are available to sample and purchase.

Hours for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg are: Friday, April 3, 2009, 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday, April 4, 2009, 10 am - 6 pm; and Sunday, April 5, 2009, 10 am to 5 pm.

Adult admission to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is $7 through online purchase, $8 for adults at the door,and free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days. FREE parking is available.

To preview the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, get directions, or to purchase discount admission tickets visit: www.SugarloafCrafts.com or Call: 800/ 210-9900.

Spring Opening/ Anacostia Art Gallery

Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique Presents Spring Opening Celebration
April 2, 2009 – April 5, 2009, 11am – 7pm

The Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique is a uniquely decorated house located just up the hill up from the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. The Gallery celebrated its grand opening and dedication of the Kwame Nkrumah Ancestral Garden in September 2005. It features the best selection of fine art, African artifacts, unique clothing, jewelry & accessories, ethnic home decor crafts, books black memorabilia and Obama collectibles. The Gallery displays the works of approximately 75 artisans from 23 countries and highlights the talents of Washington metropolitan area artists throughout the year. The Gallery is also the home of a 2nd floor boutique: Bae’s Place, featuring designer collections of wearable art & accessories.

Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique
2806 Bruce Place SE
Washington DC 20020
(Up the hill from Smithsonian Anacostia Museum)

Gallery hours:
Thursdays - Sunday 11 am until 7 pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Appliquéd, Fabricated & Cast

Tapestry: Amanda Richardson
Sculpture: Julie Girardini, Paul Martin Wolff
Through April 10, 2009

Amanda Richardson

Paul Martin Wolff

A decorative three-dimensional exhibit of works by tapestry artist Amanda Richardson and sculptors Paul Martin Wolff and Julie Girardini offers viewers an interesting mix of form and texture ranging from sleek steel and bronze pieces to colorful Asian-stylie tapestries.

The show is one of four curated annually by Zenith Gallery.
The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Zenith's New Address: PO Box 55295, WDC 20040

Now in its 31st year, Zenith Gallery provides high-quality acquisition, consulting and commissioning services to residential, corporate, non-profit and government clients; manages and curates arts shows, projects and events in and beyond Washington; organizes artist and gallery tours; and makes “house calls.”

CALL 202-783-2963 or EMAIL art@zenithgallery.com

2009 Baltimore Sculpture Project

Call for Entries

The Baltimore Sculpture Project, an outdoor sculpture exhibition that engages sites around the city, is currently open for submissions. This exhibition will open in July 2009, and run through April 2010. This year’s exhibition will concentrate on the Artscape site on Mt. Royal Avenue by the Maryland Institute College of Art with other possible locations being North Avenue between Charles and Howard, Patterson Park, and Pratt Street between Liberty and Charles.

For more information contact Kim Domanski at 410-752-8632 or kdomanski@promotionandarts.com.

Mail or hand-deliver application by Friday, March 20, 2009 to:
Baltimore Sculpture Project
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202

2009 Rawls Museum Arts Juried Exhibition


Open to artists in DC, VA, MD, NC
On view June 4 – July 11

Application deadline: April 11, 2009

John Pollard is the founder of Richmond’s ADA Gallery where he has been exhibiting emerging and mid-career artists since 2003. John has represented artists at art fairs world wide and sold to a client list that includes Cindy Sherman and Talking Heads front man David Byrne. John received his BA in studio art from University of Virginia and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Deadline for receipt of application April 11, 2009, 5pm

22376 Linden Street| Courtland, VA 23837
757.653.0754 |


Deadline for receipt of application April 11, 2009, 5pm
Notifications of juror’s selections mailed May 13, 2009
Deadline for receipt of work May 28 by 5 pm
Opening reception June 4, 2009, 6:30 pm
Exhibition on view June 4 – July 11, 2009
Pickup of hand delivered work July 15 – July 20, 2009
Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 pm
Wednesday through Friday 10 am –5 pm

Best in Show $700 and eligible for a solo show in the 2009 season
Second Place $500
Third Place $300
Robert Riddick Memorial Award $200
Doris Conover Memorial Award $100
Jean Camp Water Color Painting Memorial Award $100


Only original works not previously shown at RMA will be eligible. All media will be accepted.

Artists residing in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia age 18 and up are eligible for entry.

Entry Requirements

Artists may submit a maximum of three (3) images of individual works.
You may submit digital images only on a compact disc 300 dpi, jpeg format no larger than 1 mg. Each file name must follow this precise format: It should include your last name, the image number (1–3) as it corresponds to the image description form on the application, and the title.
No substitutions or extractions will be allowed once selected.

Entry Checklist:
- CD images marked appropriately (see requirements)
- Completed and signed application form
- Legal sized envelope for notification of acceptance with name and return address.
- Cash, check, or money order

Selected Works
Works selected for exhibition must have a completed label affixed to the lower right hand corner on the back of the work. All works must be ready for installation. Two- dimensional work must not exceed 6’ vertical and 8’horizontal, including the frame. RMA reserves the right to exclude any work from the exhibition. RMA reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any work for publicity purposes.

Entry Fee: $25
All fees are nonrefundable. Submit cash, check, or money order payable to RMA. Entry Fee includes a one-year membership to RMA.

Entry Deadline
Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, April 11th, 2009 no exceptions.

Address all entries to:
Rawls Museum Arts
22376 Linden Street
Courtland, VA 23837

Delivery and Pickup of Work
Shipped work must be in reusable packing materials and accompanied by a check or money order covering return freight. Shipped work arriving without the proper return preparations will not be the responsibility of RMA. Insurance coverage for works in transit to and from RMA is the responsibility of the artist. Works not retrieved by July 21, 2009 becomes property of RMA.

RMA will charge a 25% commission on the sales price of any works sold during the exhibition.

Jurying and Notification
Jurors will review all entries and make selections. Notification of acceptance will be mailed by May 6, 2009. Information regarding acceptance will not be available until that time. No telephone inquiries, please.

Application Form
Artist’s Name: _______________________________________________________________________
City:___________________________________________ State:_______ Zip:_________________
Day #:__________________ Evening #:___________________
Number of images enclosed:________

Please complete application and mail with images, entry fee and self-addressed, stamped envelope to RMA. Make checks payable to RMA.

I authorize use of images submitted with my application or duplicates thereof for publicity or documentation. RMA reserves the right to refuse entry or remove work for any reason. Artist’s signature indicates agreement to all conditions stated in this prospectus:
Signature_____________________________________________________________ Date:__________

1) Artist name:
Date completed:
Price or Value if NFS:

2) Artist name:
Date Completed:
Price or Value:

3) Artist name:
Date Completed:
Price or Value:

Be Creative and Watch Your Language

by Christine Kane

A few years ago, I was in a car with the promoter of one of my performances. He had picked me up at the airport and was driving me to my hotel. On the way, we talked guitars. We got onto the subject of Olson Guitars, arguably the best guitar in the whole world. At one point, the promoter said, "Yea, well, in my entire life I'll never own an Olson guitar."

There was a time when I'd let a remark like this slide on by, even adding my own "me either" to the mix.

Now, I can't. Yoda steps into my head and says, (in his Yoda voice) "So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done."

So, I turned to the promoter and said, "You are NOT allowed to say that!"

This is because I know the power of language. When you know that words become things, it's hard to let language slide.

I can't help it. I have a rule:

Friends don't let friends speak crappily.

Language is powerful. Words can create reality. Even if my promoter friend doesn't know how on earth he'd ever get his guitar, it doesn't mean he should cut off the possibility with his own words.

If you're wondering how to begin watching your words, here are 7 practical language principles for becoming a better creator of your life.

1 - Eliminate "never" and "always."

Never and always are words of hysteria. "I always mess everything up!" "I'll never figure this out!" "I'll never get an Olson Guitar."

First off, it's not true. If you always messed everything up, you wouldn't have made it out of the womb.

And second off, extreme words are designed to hook you. It's just your emotions taking a joyride. You're more powerful than that.

2 - Use AND instead of BUT.

"But" dismisses the statement before it. "And" includes it. For instance, "That's a good article, but it needs some editing" isn't nearly as encouraging as "That's a good article, AND it needs some editing."

"I love you, but..." is another great example of the dismissive power of "but."

3 - Avoid "Should."

Should is a heinous word for many reasons. It is victim-speak. It disempowers its object. It negates desires, thereby making it harder to make choices. It adds a nebulous energy to the decision making process. Use empowered language instead: "I could..." "I would..." "I am choosing to," "I would like to," "I don't want to," or "You might consider..."

4 - Stop calling yourself depressed.

Also stop allowing anyone to tell you that you are depressed. When you call yourself "depressed" or "obsessive compulsive" or "ADHD" or whatever - you're claiming this thing. You're calling it forth with the most powerful two words in our language: "I am." That creates very little option for the transformation of this condition.

5 - Delete the word "hate" from your vocabulary.

"Hate" has lots of energy. When you use it, you send lots of energy out into the very thing you "hate." Even if it's negative energy, it's still a powerful force, adding its charge to that thing. You're also depleting this energy from your own spirit as you say it.

6 - Be "great." Or "wonderful."

A disease of the creative temperament is a belief that we must be authentic at all costs. So we can't answer a simple "How are you?" without delving into an in-depth scan of our emotional temperature.

Try this instead: When people ask you how you're doing, just say, "I'm great!"

I used to think if said this, then I better have a good reason for saying it, like I just won the lottery or something. I thought it would make me look suspicious, and people would start to wonder if something was wrong with me. But then I did it. And you know what? Most people don't care why you're great. You're saying it for you.

7 - Pay attention to the music of your speech.

You know how some people? They talk in question marks? And you have no idea why? But it makes you think you shouldn't really rely on them? And it makes you not want to hire them?

The music of your language says a lot about you. If you let your sentences droop like Eeyore, ("Thanks for noticing me.") or if you do the uncertain question mark language, take note of what attitudes are causing this. These patterns are created for a reason. Even if it feels like faking it at first, generate confidence as you speak.


Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her 'LiveCreative' weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.

See Christine's blog - Be Creative. Be Conscious. Be Courageous - at ChristineKane.com/blog.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


The Howard County Center for the Arts, a 27,000 square foot facility located in Ellicott City, Maryland, is seeking proposals from artists and curators nationwide for solo and group exhibits for the 2009-2010 gallery season. All original artwork in any media, including installations, will be considered for the general review. There is no fee to apply.

Call 410.313.2787 or visit www.hocoarts.org for an application. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more info please visit www.hocoarts.org

Call for Entry: Wild Things

A national juried exhibition; cash awards

From amoeba to zebra, extinct to extant, real to imagined, this show invites artists to submit works impelled by the animal. The jury seeks pieces revealing the anima, the vital breath or soul of animals, and works reflecting the diversity of animals – from microscopic to enormous, from active to sedentary, from simple to complex. The call is open to all media with the goal of creating a diverse and exciting exhibition. Ultimately, each piece selected must vitally locate it’s genesis in the appearance, shape, sound, smell, energy, diet, behavior, history, prehistory, or folklore of wild things.

Theme: works inspired by animals – extinct, extant, real, imagined
Show location: Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland
Eligibility: all media; must be 18 or older
Exhibition Dates: May 31-August 30, 2009

For more Information: gardenevents@chesapeake.net or visit www.annmariegarden.org

Deadline: March 23, 2009