Sunday, May 31, 2009

Body Language Sculptures by Paula Stern in Bronze, Terracotta & Resin

Paula Stern, Ruth, Wither Thou Goest, terracotta, 21 x 6 x 5.25
Paula Stern, Odalisque, Bronze, 13 x 24 x 10.5
Paula Stern, Quartet 22.5”x17”x17”

June 9 – July 3, 2009
Reception: Fri, June 12, 6-9pm
Meet the Artist: Sat, June 13, 2-4pm

Paula Stern’s figures and busts echo her deep appreciation of the beauty and complexity of the human form … small, thin, big and fat … and this show represents a broad selection of her work ranging from mostly serious sculptures and smaller studies to whimsical wall and ceiling pieces. While Stern creates each piece as its own entity, she sometimes places them together to tell a
story or chronicle life as chapters in a biography.

Stern, whose sculptures have been featured in juried exhibitions, galleries and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, has been fascinated with the grandeur of the human anatomy since her very young days as a ballet student who also took art classes and drew on her ballet experience for lack of live models. This interest has continued throughout her life, even though she put sculpting on hold for years to pursue three master’s degrees from Harvard and Tufts universities and a Ph. D in International Studies from Tuft’s Fletcher School, followed by a successful career as an international trade expert, including chairmanship of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and opening her own consulting firm.


Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of the James Backas Gallery


Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) invites artists and curators to submit exhibition proposals for realization in its gallery space from Fall 2009 through June 2010 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the dedication of the James Backas Gallery at MSAC. Co-curators are welcome to apply. The space is located at 175 W. Ostend Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Curators will receive honorariums from the Arts Council.



Sofia Rutka
Registry Coordinator
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

(410) 962-8565

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Why the Arts in School Matters

Some interesting articles on the importance of arts education in the elementary school years.

Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter : Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in School. -The Dana Foundation - Read HERE
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., of Harvard University, spoke about the importance of arts education in elementary schools during the Learning, Arts, and the Brain conference at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on May 6, 2009.
Brain Scientists Identify Links between Arts, Learning
Brain Fitness Revolution at SharpBrains
Arts education influences learning and other areas of cognition and may deserve a more prominent place in schools, according to a wave of recent neuroscience research.One recent study found that children who receive music instruction for just 15 months show strengthened connections in musically relevant brain areas and perform better on associated tasks, compared with students who do not learn an instrument.

The Washington Men's Camerata Silver Anniversary

25th Anniversary Season!
"Thanks For the Memories"

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Hear Music Director Frank Albinder lead the Camerata men in "Thanks for the Memories," the crown jewel of the Camerata's silver anniversary.

The concert will feature old and new favorites from the Camerata's repertoire, including selections the Camerata's critically acclaimed recordings and the world premier of works written especially for the group, including "Alas For Those Who Never Sing," by renowned New Zealand composer, Christopher Marshall and a setting of William Carlos Williams' "Nantucket" by Elliott Grabill.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at or by calling (202) 364-1064. Tickets are also available from the Kennedy Center's Instant-Charge at (202) 467-4600 or

The Washington Men's Camerata is America's preeminent men's chorus. It offers concerts of the highest artistic quality to the widest possible audience, collaborates with other arts organizations, and encourages composers to write new music for male choruses. The Camerata also preserves neglected repertoire through its National Repository Library of Men's Choral Music (The Demetrius Project), which is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Artomatic tonight

Express Night Out | Arts & Events | Art for the People: Artomatic

STARTING ON FRIDAY, the Navy Yard is getting a booster shot of energy, as Artomatic takes on the burgeoning neighborhood. Through July 5, the whirlwind, nomadic event, with its 1,500 artists and performers in tow, is filling a brand-new, 275,000-square-foot office building with all Washington's creative types have to offer.
» Artomatic, 55 M St. SE; opens Fri., May 29 through July 5, free. (Navy Yard)

Check out pictures from the Press Preview this morning and be there tonight.

Artomatic Press Preview

Chinatown arch in DC will be restored

Washington, DC USA

Chinatown arch to get major makeover - Washington Business Journal


'The 23-year-old iconic Chinatown arch stretching over H Street, which celebrates the neighborhood’s Asian roots and predates tourists scuffling its now-busy streets, will get its first makeover.'

'The $1 million piece of public art, which was decorated in the style of the Ming and Qing dynasties and dubbed the “Friendship Archway,” was built by the D.C. and Beijing governments to mark the Chinatown area as a place for Asian trade.'

Chaka Khan is Officially Kicking off Live! June 3rd on Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Live! the nations' best outdoor concert series at
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

June 3 - September 25th, 12 - 1:30pm, Monday - Friday
All concerts are free to the public

Thursday, May 28, 2009

NYFA Current - Esther Robinson on Looking Debt in the Eye

"Think fast: When was the last time you used a credit card? Probably pretty recently, if you’re like most people. These days, using personal credit as a constant source of financing is so common that we barely even register the individual transactions."
NYFA Current - Art News for artists and all those who support them. READ ARTICLE

Art Salon at Artomatic

On Monday June 1, 2009 the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities presents Art Salon -- a monthly convergence of artists, techies, green-collars, art enthusiasts and educators that are creating the momentum for the new era of DC art. This month, Art Salon takes place at Artomatic, a month-long art festival in DC, featuring over 1,500 artists, is free and open to the public . Art Salon will feature live art, performers and music by DJ Harry Dixon.

Art Salon is modeled after the Paris salons of the late 19th century to inspire and provoke the minds of the creative community.

When: Monday June 1, 2009, 7pm-10pm
Where: Artomatic -- 55 M Street, SE Washington, DC
RSVP: dccahevents[at]

Artomatic 2009: Celebrating 10 years of bringing art and community together across the District

Artomatic 10th Anniversary Square-ish Banner
55 M Street, S.E. (at the corner with Half Street above the Navy Yard Metro)
Washington, DC

May 29–July 5, 2009
Opening night, Friday May 29!!

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Artomatic will be bringing its trademark one-of-a-kind multimedia arts event to Half Street’s 55 M St, SE in D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in 2009. In 2008, Artomatic attracted 52,500 visitors and 1,540 participating artists.

In conjunction with the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and Monument Realty, Artomatic will be presenting more than five weeks of art, music, theater, workshops and more — all of it free for visitors.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays by hundreds of artists, the event features free films, educational presentations and children’s activities, as well as musical, dance, poetry, theater and other performances over the course of five weeks. Artomatic is an unjuried event and registration is open to all artists, from professionals to beginners.

Artomatic 2009
is being held in a 275,000 square feet LEED Silver Class A office building developed by Monument Realty.

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon – 1 a.m.; Sundays, 12 noon – 10 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Metro stop: Green Line, Navy Yard, Ballpark exit

James Walker Solo Show

June 5, 2009, 6-12pm

Art Whino

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tips for starting an art collection

Sharon Burton, new DC Fine Arts Examiner on has some great tips and reads on starting an art collection. Check it out.

DC Fine Arts Examiner: Art 101: Tips for starting an art collection, HERE

Artist Talk: Erick Jackson & Ken Ashton

Thursday, May 28, 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Civilian Art Projects, Erick Jackson & Ken D. Ashton for an informal discussion of their exhibitions All Night Flight and The M Street Project.

Hear about how these warmly received exhibitions offer diverse avenues into the artists' practice and philosophies. Ashton's work is a new approach toward street photography shooting and Jackson's image making penetrates a particular era and consciousness.

Refreshments will be served.
There is no cost to attend.

RSVP to info[at]

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

Josephine Haden

Solo Exhibition "Stranger than Paradise"
June 5 - September 13, 2009

Chameleon I and II, acrylic on canvas, 36" square (91.44 cm.)

Josephine Haden, Click HERE for artists website and press release.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia USA 23220-4007

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Flora: Growing Inspirations

Flora: Growing Inspirations
A Sculpture Exhibition presented by
The United States Botanic Garden and The Washington Sculptors Group
May 23, 2009 through October 12, 2009

Artists Reception: Thursday, May 28, 2009 6 - 8 pm

"This exhibit features a series of highly stylized garden rooms on the Conservatory Terrace that immerse the visitor in a vibrant, albeit slow, form of performance art. Within the rooms and in an adjoining gallery are featured original sculptures inspired by plants. The sculptures, selected by a jury from a national competition, celebrate the symbolic and aesthetic role of plants in culture. Contemporary artists have drawn on the diversity of plant form and the fundamental strength of plants’ life force for powerful metaphors that comment on the state of modern society and individual human existence."

The United States Botanic Garden
245 1st Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


First Annual Spring Internet Exhibition , April 15 - June 30 2009

The rapidly increasing interest in art in Washington, DC and the proliferation of new art businesses have resulted in a correlative focus on the importance of the role of the responsible art dealer. It is the dealer who usually discovers and exhibits the work of emerging artists. It is by the dealer's effort that such artists are brought to the attention of collectors, museum curators, and the public.

Dealers' exhibitions, which are generally open free to the public, are among the most important cultural contributions to the city. Each of the members of the Washington Art Dealers Association is an experienced and knowledgeable professional in the category of art he or she sells, and warrants the confidence of the community. - from website

Monday, May 25, 2009

Gallery Plan B

May 13, 2009 – June 14, 2009

Paintings by William Dunlop
Prints by Donald Depuydt

1530 fourteenth street, nw
washington, dc

Icons of a Border Installation: Photographic Search for Traces in Today's Berlin

May 27 - June 12
(Ikonen einer Grenzanlage:Fotografische Spurensuche im heutigen Berlin)

Since the Wall fell 20 years ago, the appearance of the capital, its everyday life and the attitudes of its citizens have changed fundamentally. Still, the Wall lives on, not only where one can view material remnants of the Berlin Wall, but also in the self-image of the city, its residents and visitors. Starting with historic photos documenting the building of the Wall and texts in which the wall finds a voice, 36 students attempted to ferret out the atmospheres of the past. Organized by Prof. Dr. Barbara Becker and photographer Jürgen Spiler at the Institute for Media Science, University of Paderborn.

Goethe-Institut Washington
812 Seventh Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Chinatown exit)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Reform Exhibition

May 13 – June 27, 2009

* In conjunction with this event, there are several activities planned for Saturday, May 30.
Artist panel discussion, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Opening reception: 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Juror’s talk: Will begin at 4:30 pm

Artists selected for this exhibition include:
Christian Benefiel, Adam Bradley, Joel D'Orazio, Alonzo Davis, Leah Frankel, Breon Gilleran, Leila Holtsman, Mila Kagan, Dalya Luttwak, David Meyer, Lincoln Mudd, Pattie Porter Firestone, Marilee Schumann, Foon Sham, Novie Trump, Elizabeth Whiteley, and Millicent Young.

Workhouse Arts Center Gallery
9601 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Visit for directions

Reform is an exhibition co-sponsored by the WSG and the Workhouse Arts Center which features the work of selected WSG members. Juried by Claire Huschle, Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, the exhibition seeks to explore the many interpretations and concepts of change, as the title suggests. All are invited to attend and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Claire Huschle has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Washington, D.C. area and in addition to her work at the Arlington Arts Center is an adjunct professor in the Masters in Arts Management program at George Mason University, where she teaches gallery management coursework.

The Workhouse Arts Center is a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation that provides essential visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as engaging arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an awareness and understanding of sculpture in addition to fostering the exchange of ideas among sculptors, collectors, and the general public. Visit

Arlington Arts Center: 2010 SOLOS

Call For Exhibition Proposals

Arlington Arts Center
Arlington VA

Deadline: August 1, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Every year, the AAC picks 10-14 of the finest, cutting-edge, contemporary artists working in all media from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Each artist will have a self-contained SOLO show in one of AAC's seven separate exhibition spaces, or outside on the grounds. Proposals that specifically take into account AAC’s space, layout, and surrounding environs are encouraged. Floor plans are available.

Artists who produce cutting edge contemporary art in any/all media, and who live or work in Virginia; Washington, DC; Maryland; West Virginia; Delaware; or Pennsylvania may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

Submissions will be reviewed by the AAC Exhibitions Committee, which will be led by two special guest panelists: Anne Surak, Director of D.C.'s Project 4 Gallery, and Henry L. Thaggert, notable D.C. collector and curator.

Entry fees
AAC Members $25
Non-Members $35
New members $45

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Apply by June 1, 2009, and take $10 OFF your entry fee!

New member entry fee includes a one year AAC Artist’s Membership with all benefits, including announcements of exhibitions, show and program opportunities, and reduced rates on classes, workshops, and other events.

Application: [pdf]

Floor Plan: [pdf]

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington VA 22201
t: 703.248.6800
f: 703.248.6849

Saturday, May 23, 2009

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Launches 2010 Grant Cycle for Artists & Arts Organizations

05.23.2009 – Washington, DC (May 11, 2009

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is renewing its commitment to supporting local artists and arts organizations through its distribution of grants for the fiscal year 2010 grant season. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks first among states in per capita investment in the arts.

“The creative industry is one of the most prosperous business sectors in the District, in workforce numbers, ticket sales and tax revenue generation,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Gloria Nauden. “We also boast of more than 460 non-profits in the city that self-identify as arts, humanities or cultural organizations.”

Executing world-class arts and cultural programming requires a joint effort of the Commission and the non-profit organizations it serves. The Commission is dedicated to growing and retaining the city’s artist-community base by offering free grant writing assistance. Resources include an online instructional video; one-on-one appointments with program coordinators; technical assistance workshops on “Workshop Wednesdays” with webinar access; and a new public resource center with computer workstations located within the Commission’s office that are available weekdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“One of our priorities for disseminating the grants is to ensure that the process is demystified. Our staff is available to help artists and arts organizations develop the most effective grant application possible,” Nauden added.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expression and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of the city. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on grant opportunities or to receive a grant application, visit or call 202-724-5613.

Artomatic is online

Artomatic opening night! Friday, May 29
Artomatic hits Capitol Riverfront's Half Street at 55 M St. SE
May 29 - July 5, 2009

Artomatic is all over the web with a new website, Blog*, + YouTube channel!

Featured now on the Artomatic Blog* - a nice clip of the DC view from inside this year's 10th anniversary event space sent in by Artomatic artist Sean O'Grady.

A serene scene switches styles next Friday May 29 at 12pm - when Artomatic hits Capitol Riverfront's Half Street at 55 M St. SE - above the Navy Yard Metro station.

Western Artists and the Contemporary Asian Art Scene

Panel discussion at Hamiltonian Gallery
Saturday May 30, 6-8pm

There will be a reception immediately following the panel discussion.

Cost: $10 general public, $5 Millennium Art Salon members, and FREE for Millennium Art Salon Patron level members.

Hamiltonian Gallery and Millennium Art Salon announce Western Artists and the Contemporary Asian Art Scene, a collaborative panel discussion with three artists who share the commonality of living and/or working in China. The discussion is part of Millennium Art Salon's continuing series, Between East and West. This series of exhibitions, artist talks, and discussions address issues in contemporary art not only within the east and west borders of the continental US, but extending further east and west to Europe and Asia. The Panel Discussion will be led by Sheila Crider, Bryan McFarlane, and Paul So.

Sheila Crider is an abstract painter based in Washington, DC. She is interested in texture, pattern, line, color, form and sequence, and uses these ideas as a foundation for her work. With these ideas in mind, she uses western concepts to explore the role of "art" and "aesthetics" as referenced in traditional African and Asian societies in our contemporary society.

Bryan McFarlane, born and raised in Jamaica, is a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He has been a visiting artist at over 35 universities and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He draws from his Jamaican roots and ancestry, to create work that celebrates culture and diversity.

Paul So is the owner and founder of Hamiltonian Artists, a new artist-centric fellowship program for aspiring innovative artists in Washington DC. Additionally, he is as physicist and an abstract painter, with strong interest in the interplay between colors and forms as expressed through nature. He is a Chinese American with a strong linkage to both his hometown in Hong Kong and his adopted home in Washington DC. While his art does not have an overt eastern aesthetic, his dual dialogue with nature through science and art embodies the eastern harmonious approach in appreciating nature.

The Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
Washington, DC.

For further information please contact Millennium Art Salon at 202-319-8988 or Hamiltonian Gallery at 202-332-1116.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Contemporary Explores Human Consumption, Energy Production

Opening Friday, May 22, 2009 - August 22, 2009
The Contemporary Museum

Artist Hugh Pocock features findings of 63-day experiment in new exhibition “My Food My Poop,” an ecological exploration and meticulous examination of man’s relationship to the production of energy and issues surrounding the earth's natural resources.

For the project, Pocock became the subject of an intimate experiment to better understand the energy produced by our bodies from the food we consume each day. For 63 days, the artist weighed all the food and drink he consumed, and the waste he eliminated. He then calculated the difference between these weights as an approximate measurement of his energy production each day.

My Food My Poop will convey Pocock’s findings using sculpture and installation. A series of wood blocks of different sizes and weights illustrate the artist’s final food intake of 511 pounds, his overall waste production of 255 pounds, and his cumulative energy production of 253 pounds. Visitors can handle the blocks to help them visualize human food consumption and its relationship to energy output. A series of Pocock’s diary entries will line the walls of the exhibition space, chronicling his daily activities, thoughts about the project, and reflections on his use of natural resources.

Electricity in the exhibit will be generated by a solar panel mounted in the museum’s front window.

Pocock’s work complements the Contemporary’s The Reverse Ark: In the Wake, which also explores social and environmental themes. Created by the San Francisco-based Futurefarmers art collective, the exhibition examines the history of Baltimore’s mills and textile industry using locally sourced waste and surplus materials including fallen trees, hundreds of floorboards from abandoned row homes, cast-off paper, and surplus clothing and textiles.

The Contemporary Museum
100 West Centre Street,
Baltimore, MD

Flora: Growing Inspirations

May 23 – October 12, 2009
Reception: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

The Washington Sculptors Group Artists in the exhibition include: Christian Benefiel, Mary Early, Pattie Firestone, Barbara Kobylinska, Laurel Lukaszewski, Dalya Luttwak, James Mallos, Donna McCullough, Wendy Ross, Foon Sham, John Jayson Sonnier, Laura Thorne, Novie Trump, and Millicent Young.

Other artists selected to be part of the exhibition are: Betsy Alwin (Brooklyn, NY), Jessica Broad (Pamplin, VA), Micah Cain (Micaville, NC), David Eisenhour (Port Hadlock, WA), Stephen Fabrico (Bloomington, NY), Arthur Fata (Zimbabwe), Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC), Janet Gohres (Falls Church, VA), Mary Anne Hensley (Richmond, VA), Richard Herzog (Tulsa, OK), Tamara Laird (Takoma Park, MD), Allen Linder (College Park, MD), Chris Mahonski (Richmond, VA), Julie Ann Nagle (Richmond, VA), Anne Percoco (Fanwood, NJ), Justin Shull (Piscataway, NJ), David Silverman (Silver Spring, MD), John Thigpen (Decatur, GA), Jim Tisnado (Greenville, NC), and Lenny Wilson (Wilmington, DE).

Following a national competition, more than 30 sculptures by artists from across the United States and Zimbabwe were selected by a jury as art that best celebrates the symbolic and aesthetic role of plants in culture. The artists chosen have drawn on the diversity of plant form, and the fundamental strength of plants’ life force to create powerful metaphors that comment on both modern society and individual human existence.

A complement of lectures and special events will accompany the exhibition, including a stone-carving workshop; sculpture, music, and culinary festivals; and a special exhibit tour with Matt King, Assistant Professor in Art Foundation and Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, and one of the exhibition jurors.

East Gallery of the United States Botanical Garden (USBG).
Outdoor garden rooms spanning the Conservatory Terrace.
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, at the foot of the U.S. Capitol.
Open to the public, free of charge, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sculpting Time

On view: May 21 – July 26, 2009
Opening Reception: May 21, 6:30 – 8pm

If you get a chance, go see Laurel Lukaszewski's wonderful new installation in Sculpting Time at Vis Arts, it opens tonight at VisArts in Rockville, MD.

Sculpting Time juxtaposes the permanent properties of sculptures with the transitory qualities of time. From raw to woven clay, site-specific installations showcase a range of ceramic explorations and techniques that reflect the changes and cycles taking place within and around the artists.

Converse with an artist in action, May 23 – 24, 2009! Emerging from VisArts’ gallery floor and walls, Louise Radochonski manipulates clay to shape the body, legs and arms questions about her techniques, what inspires her, and how she solves aesthetic problems. Never to be fired, Radochonski’s Fallen Figure will shrink and change shape over time, existing only for the duration of the exhibition.

VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20850

Style Fashion & Beauty: Philippa P.B. Hughes Mini-Profile -

Style Fashion & Beauty: Philippa P.B. Hughes Mini-Profile -

Philippa Hughes of Pink Line Project is a dynamo for the DC artscene! Her events bring excitement, education and fun to budding and lifetime art collectors and artists. The Washington Post features her good work and style HERE.

Idylls / World Bank Art Program

May 29 - July 3, 2009:

In partnership with the World Bank Art Program
juried by Andrea Pollan, Director of Curator's Office

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29 6-8pm
(please rsvp to kbilonick[at] by May 20th to attend)

Location: The World Bank
Main Complex, Front Lobby Gallery
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC
Featuring WPA/corcoran member artists:

Joan Belmar
Christene Carr
Sara Clark
Benjamin Edwards
Amy Glengary Yang
Pat Goslee
Tom Greaves
Bridget Sue Lambert
Barbara Liotta
Isabel Manalo
Mark Parascandola
Diane Szczenpaniak

The World Bank aims to build better societies through lending funds for civic infrastructure, basic services, housing, and food programs. This is a critical yet utopian agenda that tries to take into account the needs of its constituents. The goal of this exhibition is to see how artists of this greater metropolitan area interpret the idea of an idyll or a utopian environment.
-Andrea Pollan

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Special preview of a new sculpture by Peter Krsko
Friday May 22, from 6 - 10 PM

Affinity Lab
2451 18th Street NW
Washington DC

The piece will be the centerpiece of Red Bull Art of Can exhibit in Union Station in Washington DC in October. At the Affinity Lab preview, there will be sketches of the process of twisting and figuring out the knot. This is a unique chance to view the piece before it's finished. You will be able to build your own paper model.

Free refreshments, Red Bull, their new natural Cola, mixed drinks, a keg of beer and good times… Music by Philippe of Fatback.

7th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Friday, June 12, 2009
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $150 per personArt jury: Julia Burke, The National Gallery of Art; Tim Davis, International Visions Gallery; and Claudia Rousseau, Montgomery College

Join 39 artists and Honorary Co-Chairs Catherine Leggett and Constance Morella on Friday, June 12, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., for NCCF's 7th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction at The Music Center at Strathmore. 56 pieces of orignal art - from textiles to glass and oil on canvas will be featured.

JC Hayward of WUSA-TV Channel 9 will host the live auction featuring works by youth from the Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP) and noted artists Kari Minnick and Ellen Sinel. The silent auction will feature Gifts from the Soul (non-art items) and juried pieces from regional artists. In addition, guests will enjoy music by Sony recording artist Julia Nixon, the premier of NCCF's new image, and the presentation of this year's Spirit of Humanitarian Awards (see complete list below).

Regional Artists in the Silent Auction
Lila Asher, Tom Block , Jacques Bodelle, Cynthia Jawitz Brower , Richard Dana , Katherine Dilworth , Mike Edelman , Susan Fleischmann , Nancy Frankel , Susan Goldman , Bud Hensgen, Ellen Hill, Phyliss Hoffman, Micheline Klagsbrun, Joan Konkel, Andrea Kraus, Elaine Langerman, Richard Lasner, Bonny Lundy, Mary Mallia, Anne Marchand, Joyce McCarten, Jane McElvany-Coonce, Laurie Mertens, Dominie Nash, Mara Odette, Peter Otim, Susan Due Pearcy, Anne Elise Pemberton, Phyllis Plattner, Beverly Ress, Robert Sanabria, Sherry Zvares Sanabria, Elzbieta Sikorska, Jill Tanenbaum, Ruth Viktoria Ward, Diane Weiner, Ellyn Weiss, Ann Zahn

Art & Soul Charity Auction tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by contacting Heidi Coons at (301) 365-4480, extension 114. Proceeds from the evening benefit the groundbreaking of the Freddie Mac Foundation Youth Activities Center (YAC), NCCF’s sole cultural arts and recreational facility on the Bethesda Campus.

If you are interested in becoming an Art & Soul Charity Auction sponsor or would like to donate a Gifts from the Soul item for the silent auction please click HERE .

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Alisha Matlock, Director of Volunteers and In-Kind Resources at (301) 365-4480, extension 113 or amatlock[at]

Hamiltonian Artists Launch E-philanthropy Initiative

In an artistically vibrant city like Washington DC, there is a constant need for funding in support of well-thought-out and cutting-edge artistic ideas and art projects. As a response to this need, Hamiltonian Artists announces the launch of the first stage of its e-philanthropy initiative. Used in conjunction with the Hamiltonian Artists website, this not-for-profit e-philanthropy tool gives donors direct control over their contributions in supporting worthwhile and innovative art proposals by the So-Hamiltonian Fellow artists.

Hamiltonian Artists is planning to expand this e-philanthropy service to other artists outside of our program. Through the Hamiltonian Artists' website, interested art philanthropists can browse through various proposed mini-grants online and donate directly to support one or more artist projects.

Proposals include a variety of mediums and range from large-scale sculptures, to site-specific installations as well as more traditional photography and painting projects. Project proposals range from small projects costing under $100 to larger projects costing up to $5,000. In Hamiltonian Artists first stage of the initiative, their site includes proposals by the So-Hamiltonian Fellows: Christian Benefiel, Tom Block, Anne Chan, Ian Maclean Davis, Leah Frankel, Linda Hesh, Michael Dax Iacovone, Bryan Rojsuontikul and Michael Enn Sirvet.

Individuals can search proposals and learn more about the Fellows, their proposed projects, motivations, and challenges. Interested donors can then choose to fund the project(s) that they find most compelling. Hamiltonian Artists focus for this e-philanthropy initiative is to build community-based support for the artists, donors can contribute as much or as little as they want (with a minimum of $5) toward a project. Hamiltonian Artists hopes that you can join in building this DC Arts Support Network.

For more information or to donate now, please go to

Hamiltonian Artists is a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for creative artists in their early careers offering a competitive two-year fellowship program for new innovative visual artists in all media, which are awarded through an annual competition.

Jacqueline Ionita, Program Manager
Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW (14th and U Streets)
Washington, DC 2009
jackie at

Pulse 2009 - The Art Newspaper

Didn't get to go!? Want to see a bit of the latest Art Fair offerings? Check out videos of contemporary art fairs on The Art Newsletter

Pulse 2009 - The Art Newspaper: "Pulse 2009
With the 2009 Armory Show exhibiting modern works, the door was left open for Pulse to become recognised as the largest US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary pieces."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Street Art Video Night at Irvine Contemporary

Greatest Hits of Street Art Documentary Films
Thursday, May 21, 7PM - 10PM

Shepard Fairey, wall mural, alley behind Irvine Contemporary,
14th and P Streets, Washington, DC. Created: Oct. 2008

Remix of selections from the greatest hits of street art films.

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St., NW, near P St.

An Expression of Joy

Having Fun Yet?

"One renowned artist is given a 300-horsepower paintbrush and total creative freedom."
I'd love to drive this 300 horsepower paintbrush called the Beemer. Artist Robin Rhode was given total creative freedom to create a 100 x 200-canvas painting driving this awesome machine, the BMW Z4. Take a look at this exhilarating project put together by BMW and some brilliant minds. There's also a slideshow of some of BMW's art cars by the likes of Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and others. Oh what fun, a marriage of art, color, design and commerce!

Watch the Expression of Joy, VIDEO

The documentary airs tonight on HD Theatre TV Special
BMW: An Expression of Joy 05/18 - 06/02

State of the Art: The Lasting Impact of Bob Marley

Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley (Insight Editions).

State of the Art: The Lasting Impact of Bob Marley:- from the editors of American Photo

"Sometimes photographers have to work long hours for days on end just to get a handful of interesting images. And sometimes all it takes is a little quality time with a generous subject.
In 1976, Time magazine sent photojournalist David Burnett to Jamaica to work on a story about reggae music, which was becoming a popular addition to radio play lists in the U.S. Burnett started his work by shooting a number of musicians around Ocho Rios, on the island’s north coast. “They all told me that if I wanted to get the story right, I had to go see Bob Marley,” says Burnett."

Govinda Gallery

Highlight: Matt Sesow / Washington, DC Artist

Matt Sesow is an established artist in Washington DC, dedicating his life to his art. Watch the story and then check out his site at

Johanna Mueller / Engraving Classes at Reyes+Davis

Johanna Mueller is offering engraving classes at Reyes+Davis (923 F Street NW) this June. If you would like to learn a new printmaking medium or if you are curious about her technique, sign up for this class!

contact Brigitte Reyes to enroll:,

Johanna Mueller : 303-913-5253

Monday, May 18, 2009

Art:21-Consumption / Screenings

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00pm

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Art:21 present a special series from the award-winning documentaries, Art in the Twenty-First Century. Each film features behind-the-scenes conversations with contemporary artists in their studios, homes, and communities.

May 20 screenings include artists Barbara Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel and Mel Chin.

@ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Collector's Roundtable - Dr. Walter O. Evans (final in a series of 3)

Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm

Collectors' Roundtable provides a forum for experienced private collectors-and those just starting to collect-to learn from acclaimed experts. On May 19, Dr. Walter O. Evans, one of the country's foremost collectors of African American art, speaks.

Advance registration required at There is a $20 fee for this program.

@ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Of Bricks and Beauty: Murals feed the urban soul -

In today's Washington Post Magazine article, Deneen L. Brown writes a compelling story about the place and need for murals in our communities.
"Beauty always seems to fall on the lowest step of the staircase of needs. You tread on it to get to other things, such as food, shelter, safety, companionship."
The article includes mention and a photo of the Westminster Playground mural, Community which I completed in 2002 for DC Creates Public Art. Information was provided by historian Perry Frank who is working on a book about Washington murals. Read this lovely article with an online photo gallery to see a dozen of DC's landmark murals.
HERE: Of Bricks and Beauty: Murals feed the urban soul. By DeNeen L. Brown
"Standing on the side of Bohemian Caverns on U Street NW, looking at a pair of jazz greats painted against black bricks, it seems a mistake to ignore the beauty set generously before you."

"Murals have the same claim to your attention."

"In the mural overlooking a playground in Shaw, blight is transcended, the red houses are leaning, yet never falling; swaying in a frozen dance in a happy neighborhood where the sky is always blue."


May 16 - July 4, 2009


120 American Way
Tel. (202) 333 1180
National Harbor, MD 20745
Fax. (202) 625 0440

"Spring is in the Air"

Opening: Tuesday, May 19, 6-8pm
Through June 30, 2009

Featured Artists:
Sharon J. Burton, Rosalind Kennedy, Constance Mattox, Zenobia Rickford, George Tuggle, and E. LaVerne Whitley.

"Les Cuisine des Artistes" is a collaborative effort between Creative Artisans (based in Baltimore, Maryland) and the Golden Flame Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland to promote and support local arts. Les Cuisine des Artistes serves as a bridge between the restaurant and the local art community. It serves to fostering a relationship of support by allowing artists to display and sell their artworks though its venue.

The Artists' Reception will include Refreshments and an Artist Talk
RSVP by May 14th at (301) 588-7250

The Golden Flame
8630 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, Maryland

Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Art Pics

Go out, enjoy & purchase some art treasures at these area events this weekend!

Art Openings,
Friday, May 15, 2009

Small Piece Art Show to benefit The Black Women's Agenda, @ Upstairs on 7th, 6-8pm

Commonalities, Mid City Artists @ Coldwell Banker, 5-8 pm

Multifarious: An Evening of Art & Empowering Women's Poetry, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Space 7:10 @ Kefa Cafe, Silver Spring, MD

Masters for the First Family @ Parish Gallery, 6 - 8 pm

Monotypes and Chine Colle, Mary E. Wagner @ Picasso Gallery, 6 - 10 pm

Critical Mass @ Civilian Art Projects, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$5 at the door

Art Openings, Saturday, May 16
, 2009

Domesticated, Curator & Artist Talk, 4pm @ Transformer, 4 - 8pm

Haunted by Mary Chiaramonte @ Long View Gallery, 7 - 9pm

Lou Kaplan: Art into Life, Life into Art, Gallery Talk: 2 – 3 pm @ Edison Place Art Gallery

Dave Burnet: Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley @ Govinda Gallery/National Harbor, 6-9pm.
A Free, Live Performance by the Reggae Band, Proverbs 7 pm

May 16 & 17
Weekend / Area Open Studios :

Mid City Artists, Washington, DC, May 16 & 17

Mt. Rainier Artists, Maryland, May 16 & 17

Arlington Neighborhood Arts Walk
, Lee Arts Center, Virginia, May 16

Hyattsville Arts Festival, Maryland, May 16

18th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston Town Center, May 16 & 17

Mt. Ranier Open Studios

This Saturday, May 16, from 12- 5 pm
the artists' studios in beautiful Mt. Ranier and environs will be open to the public to see and buy.

Sinel/Stewart/Weiss Studios (Ellen, Betsy and Ellyn)
3706 Wells Ave, just behind and across the driveway from the famous Washington Glass School and Red Dirt Studio.

Binstock Sculpture Studio
4218 31st Street
, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

WASHINGTON GLASS SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, noon to 6 p.m. May 16 (one day only)
3700 Otis St, Mt. Rainier, MD

You can see the work of a couple dozen top-drawer artists in the complex and pick up a map to get you to the other studios in the area. The Gateway Arts District folks will have a bus to shuttle you around.

If you live downtown, take Rhode Island Ave. all the way out to Eastern Ave. Right on Eastern, first left on Monroe, second right on Otis, follow Otis to the white industrial complex, right in the driveway (past the Glass School), left between the buildings, 3706 is the last studio on the right.

If coming from upper NW or Bethesda, take Military Rd through the park, across Georgia where it turns into Missouri. Stay on Missouri past North Capitol to right on South Dakota NE. Take South Dakota to slight right on 24th NE, left on Rhode Island, right on Eastern, first left on Monroe, second right on Otis to the white industrial complex. Right in the driveway (past the Glass School), left between the buildings, 3706 is the last studio on the right.

Ten Miles Square and Civilian Art Projects Invite You to Celebrate Critical Mass

Friday, May 15th, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$5 at the door, refreshments available

Art and dance night for Heather Goss from Ten Miles Square and Jayme McLellan from Civilian Art Projects, a one-night only art show featuring 20+ talented D.C. artists, followed by a straight-up dance party with DJ KC from Fatback.

Civilian Art Project's ongoing solo exhibitions featuring Erick Jackson and Ken D. Ashton
Ten Miles Square will host a salon show in the office space gallery, including well-known artists like Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Cory Oberndorfer and Billy Colbert, along with TMS regulars (and soon-to-be well-known names!) John Ulaszek, Cesar Lujan, Kyle Gustafson, and many more.

Every piece in the office will be available for under $150 that night - a downright steal that is our artists' gift to us and all our guests. And much of the work in the Jackson & Ashton exhibitions is priced at below $300 to boot!

Arrive between 9 and 10 p.m. for some mingling and art viewing. At 10 p.m. our arty birthday party will reach Critical Mass as DJs KC and Nite Krawler take over for a gallery dance party.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW

Lou Kaplan Retrospective

Lou Kaplan: Art into Life, Life into Art
April 14 – June 26

Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.,
gallery open 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Edison Place Art Gallery
701 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20068

HOME at Hillyer Art Space

International Arts & Artists
HOME this Friday, May 15!
Featuring Rasheed Copeland

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

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.

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

9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 |
T. 202.338.0680

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Highlight/ Project 4 / Foon Sham

Project 4 has a light airy space at 1353 U Street NW that's just right for exhibiting the sculpture of Foon Sham. Up a flight of stairs, thru an unmarked door, onto a sculpture deck and the gallery invites you into it's two tiered space. A colossal work by Foon Sham towers in the twenty foot atrium, giving visitors a unique view of the sculpture from the 2nd level. You can peer over the balcony and look down into the work to see it's construction. I like the way Mr. Sham puts pieces of wood together to create undulating forms from geometric shapes. Many of these larger works combine the look of a vessel with references to architecture in the warmth of natural wood. Foon Sham's addition of recycled phone book pages into his work, links ideas of identity, population, and the environment to these evocative pieces. I highly recommend a trip to see this exhibition. Seek out this unique gallery perched on top of the 14th and U St corridor and treat yourself to a fabulous art experience.

Foon Sham
May 9 - Jun 13, 2009

Foon Sham, Opening Night
Spiral Vessel, 32 ” x 45” x 65”, phillipine mahogany

Gallery Director, Anne Surak (R)
and visitors

Wrapture, 71.5” x 27” x 26”, black walnut

Opening night at Project 4, Foon Sham, Sculpture Exhibition

Opening night at Project 4, Foon Sham, Sculpture Exhibition

Opening night at Project 4, Foon Sham, Sculpture Exhibition

Opening night at Project 4, Foon Sham, Sculpture Exhibition

Project 4 is a new voice in the growing Washington D.C. art scene. The gallery's programming promotes an international, forward-thinking exhibition schedule of contemporary art and design. Focusing on one-person shows and thematic exhibitions by mid-career and emerging artists, the gallery also invites guest curators to host exhibitions emphasizing trends in contemporary art and design. It is, in effect, a room for art and ideas spanning a range of cultural issues. -from Project 4 Website


The gallery is 1000 square feet on two levels, including a twenty-foot double-height space. Designed by Washington based architecture firm Inscape Studio, the gallery is meant to be flexible and provide a platform for a variety of media including installation, video, sculpture and site specific works. Project 4 is located at the intersection of historic 14th and U Streets NW, a burgeoning area of restaurants, galleries, bars and stores half a mile east of Dupont Circle. It is less than one block from the U Street-Cardoza stop on the Metro's Green Line.


Project 4 is in a building that houses the 2,000 square feet Hamiltonian Gallery owned by physics professor Paul So. The current exhibition at Hamiltonian, "FELLOWS CONVERGE: Redefining the Environment," is a group exhibition marking the culmination of the Hamiltonian Fellowship's first year. Exhibiting artists include: Helen Frederick, Christian Benefiel, Tom Block, Anne Chan, Ian MacLean Davis, Leah Frankel, Linda Hesh, Mike Dax Iacavone, Youngmi Organ, Bryan Rojsuontikul and Michael Enn Sirvet. The galleries are located in a neighborhood with several other contemporary arts galleries, including, Hemphill Fine Arts, G Fine Art and Gallery Plan B.

Project 4
1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
wednesday-saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm and by appointment

The Modern Wing / Art Institute of Chicago’s Massive Extension

The Modern Wing
The Art Institute of Chicago
Opening May 16, 2009

Art Institute of Chicago’s massive extension opens on Saturday - The Art Newspaper
Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US
By Jason Edward Kaufman
The Art Newspaper, From Issue 202 (May 2009)

CHICAGO. "The Art Institute of Chicago has completed a stunning new building designed by the architect Renzo Piano to house one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in the United States. The Modern Wing, which opens to the public on 16 May, is the largest expansion in the Art Institute’s 130-year history. The building increases the institution’s space by 35% to one million square feet, making the Art Institute the second largest art museum in the US after the Metropolitan Museum in New York."

"Fundraising was largely completed before the downturn in the economy, but the expanded museum will be expensive to operate. Mr Cuno says the budget will rise from $77m to $97m. Mr Bryan says that is too high. The endowment has lost a quarter of its value since 30 June 2008 when it was $641m, and the economic outlook is causing “some anxiety”. Mr Cuno is confident that a deficit can be avoided without slashing programmes by reducing costs and raising money."

Summer Exhibitions
Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000–2007
May 16–September 13, 2009
Judith Turner: Framing the Modern
Gallery 286
May 16–January 15, 2010
Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the St. Louis Art Museum
June 27–September 27, 2009
A Case for Wine: From King Tut to Today
July 11–September 20, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Space / NON-JURIED exhibition opportunity

My Space on 7th is a NON-JURIED exhibition opportunity for wall-hung and floor space (3-D) artwork, wherein artists pick a space at Touchstone Gallery (wall or floor) to install their own artwork in any medium. The art you install is up to you, as long as it fits within the space(s) you purchase. Because Touchstone Gallery may be moving to a new location in October, this may be the last opportunity for My Space on 7th.

· Each wall space offers approximately 22 square feet for hanging your two-dimensional art.

· Each floor space offers a rectangle 3 feet by 5 feet wide, and 5 feet tall for your three-dimensional art.

· Each space costs $100

· Artists may purchase more than one space.

· Artists may hang as much work as can fit in the space without interrupting adjacent spaces.

· Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and only after payment is received. No holds.

· REGISTRATION will begin on Thursday, May 14 at noon. ONLY EMAIL registrations to with a subject line My Space Registration will be accepted. Phone calls and in-person registrations will NOT be accepted.

Hang Your Art: Sunday, August 9, 2pm - 6pm and Monday, August 10, 1pm - 8pm
Open to Public: August 12 to September 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, August 14, 6 - 8:30pm
Removal by Artists: Saturday, September 5, noon - 5pm, or Friday, September 4 if pre-approved by the gallery.

Please take a look at the prospectus and diagrams of the various spaces at

Win a Bike and Discover New Public Art

On Thursday, May 14 at 10:30am, the Golden Triangle BID will be unveiling its new, artistic bike rack located at the Dupont Metro station South entrance (on 19th Street at Dupont Circle).

Come scope out this interesting and unusual bike rack before Bike to Work Day on Friday. At the event, the Golden Triangle will be giving away a Diamondback Wildwood Citi bike to a lucky attendee in the crowd, so make sure to swing by so you can win a great new bike for getting around town! Friends from the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, District Department of Transportation, League of American Bicyclists, and other groups will be on hand to celebrate this new rack and the importance of supporting bicycling throughout the city and the central business district.

You must be at the event to win the free bike and sporty snacks will be given out to those in attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Sloan Carroll at scarrol[at]goldentriangledc[dot]com or 202 463 3400.

Artists Network - 12 Tips for Selling More Art in a Recession

READ Article HERE - Artists Network - 12 Tips for Selling More Art in a Recession - - - Christine Sharp is an artist and former CNN journalist who lives, writes and paints in the Northwest.


MAY 16 & 17

Mid City Artists
May 15 – July 10, 2009
Coldwell Banker
1606 17th Street NW

Reception with the Artists
Friday, May 15, 5-8pm

Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Jody Bergstresser, Thomas Drymon, Gary Fisher, Charlie Gaynor, Rod Glover, Regina M. Miele, Betto Ortiz, Mark Parascandola, Brian Petro, Mary Beth Ramsey, Ronald Riley, Peter Romero, Nicolas F. Shi, Anita Walsh, Robert Wiener, Colin Winterbottom

Visit for more information, to view artwork and to download an Open Studio map.

Masters for the First Family

Masters for the First Family
May 15 - June 16, 2009

Opening reception
Friday, May 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

One in a series of exhibitions intended to acknowledge and present the significant contributions by artists of the African Diaspora.

Parish Gallery
1054 31st Street, NW

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


TO JUNE 19, 2009!!
Mortal Plush: I am not your toy
Call for Entries
The show will be held July 11, 2009 through August 11, 2009 at Art Whino Gallery 173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. Entries must be original handmade plush works of art produced within the past two years. A maximum of four works may be submitted by any artist. There is no size restriction. Works may be created by any methods that produce a soft plush work of art such as: sewing, felting or crocheting.

Art Whino,llc
173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Office: 301.567.8210
Fax: 574.830.1651

Please email any questions to mortalplush[at]artwhino[dot]com.