Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Windows Into DC / Dedication Pictures

Here are some scenes from Windows Into DC festivities.

September 29, 2009 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Exhibition runs through March 2010 on M St. NW and N St. NW (between 7th and 9th Sts) and on 7th Street near Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center Metro.

The artists are: Beth Baldwin, Jason Clark, Tim Conlon, Liani Foster, Amber Robles-Gordon, Eve Hennessa, Michael Dax Iacovone, Anne Marchand, Cory Oberndorfer, Michael Platt & Carol A. Beane, Kelly Towles, Aneikan Udofia, Colin Winterbottom, The New Community for Children and singer, songwriter, KUKU, the Afro-Soul Acoustic Experience.

Washington, DC

Flickr set "Photos by: Christiana Aretta"

Feeders by David D'Orio

Hillyer Art Space
Exhibition | October 2 - October 31

First Friday Reception: October 2nd, 2009, 6-9PM

Acoustic Ambience by Matthew Hemerlein!

Food and refreshments will be served

$5 suggested donation

The Feeder series references residue from past actions, equipment for events either past or future, and alludes to people whose relationship to the objects and the viewer is unclear. The sculptures presented are objects of some dystopian past or future and become placeholders for conversations we have, should have, or will have. D'Orio intends his work to be the starting place of dialogues regarding consumption and distribution, and thus offers no answers, but rather poses the questions for the viewer.

9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC 20008

Colossus by Nekisha Durrett

Hillyer Art Space
Exhibition | October 2 - October 31

First Friday Reception: October 2nd, 2009, 6-9PM

Acoustic Ambience by Matthew Hemerlein!

Food and refreshments will be served

$5 suggested donation

Colossus is a full scale installation by Nekisha Durrett inspired by a poem of the same name by David C. Ward. The poem and the installation visualize a land deforested by Colossus, a metaphoric representation of industry and civilization.

9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

October 1, 2009 - May 2, 2010

East Building, Mezzanine and Upper Level

Ten themes—Scrape, Concentricity, Line, Gesture, Art on Art, Drip, Stripe to Zip, Figure or Ground, Monochrome, and Picture the Frame—illuminate specific works across the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection. The resulting juxtapositions, often surprising and provocative, provide a new way to tell the story of postwar American art, and of a great collection. Through remarkable acuity, exhaustive study, and close relationships with the artists, the Meyerhoffs amassed one of the most outstanding collections of modern art, with an emphasis on six American masters: Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella, in addition to important works by leading abstract expressionists and younger artists. A number of the ten themes concern the material process of creation, others address issues of form and composition, and still others extend past material and formal issues to broach the self-reflexive aspects of modernist painting. Some 126 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints include several acquisitions made after the collection was last highlighted in a major exhibition at the Gallery in 1996. All of the works in the exhibition have been donated or promised to the National Gallery of Art and continue to shape and greatly enhance the Gallery's modern and contemporary collection.

4th & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565 | Map
Free Admission

Picasso Gallery

Lou Borghetti and George Iso
October 2, 6-9pm

Monday, September 28, 2009

Betto Ortiz: Exotic Textures

September 25, 2009 - November 15th, 2009

Reception: Saturday, October 3, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Betto Ortiz Columbian-born Betto travels the world with his camera in-hand, capturing situations familiar to local subjects yet seemingly exotic to our eyes. In Exotic Textures, Betto’s work quietly slips into the realm of abstraction and integrates the smooth surfaces of large (20”x30”) photographs with the three dimensional texture of mixed-media matting. The photographs notably refuse to dwell in, or reflect upon, the panoramas often associated with documentary-based, travel photography. Betto deliberately eschews capturing large-scale, narrative images, focusing instead upon the nuances of color, shape and texture. This abstraction is further heightened by the use of handmade, collaged matting formed by hundreds of miniscule photographs covered in layers of vibrantly colored acrylic paint. While Betto steadfastly refuses to digitally manipulate or otherwise enhance the content of his photographs, the unique acrylic design of the matting infuses his latest work with a three-dimensional depth not normally associated with photography.

According to Eric Hope, the Project’s curator, Betto’s abstract style brings a fresh, exciting perspective to how we experience foreign, “exotic” imagery . “An old dingy laying discarded on a sunny Columbian beach becomes an interplay between fading patterns of reds, whites and browns and the rough wood underneath, highlighted by an unrelenting sun and undulating line of sand. Likewise, a chandelier in Geneva’s cathedral is reduced to an interplay between the competing hues of dark blues on the ceiling and the light sconces,” states Hope. “By focusing on these abstract details, Betto’s photographs demand us to let go of our need to assign these images to one specific point on a map. In stripping the image of its concrete, local identity Betto invites the viewer to slowly savor the resulting impressions that lay underneath and reassess their notions of what constitutes ‘exotic’."

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 1 - 4pm


Evolve Urban Arts Project

1375 Maryland Ave, NE

Washington, DC 20002

DC Arts Center Hosts Open House

DCAC Open House
Saturday, October 3, 2009 12 noon - 4 pm

Poetry reading at 1 pm. Discussion with Executive Director at 2 pm.
Light refreshments will be served, board members and DCAC stake holders will be on hand to discuss the organization.

“It’s not philanthropy, it’s faith that keeps DC Arts Center alive,” says Director B. Stanley. “Our energetic supporters and arts community are exactly why we have survived and continue to thrive despite the drastic lack of financial support for the arts.”

In the heart of one of Washington’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods, cutting-edge artists and performers have found support and encouragement at the District of Columbia Arts Center for 20 years. Today DCAC is the vibrant hub of alternative arts activity in Adams Morgan. Poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors, and performance artists from around the corner and around the world gather here to participate in the exchange of ideas and the creation of new visions.

On Saturday, October 3 between 12:00 noon and 4 pm, the public is invited to see why DC Arts Center is indispensable to the local arts scene and is one of this neighborhood’s exciting cultural highlights. The afternoon will feature board members, visual artists, actors, a poetry reading, and an open discussion with the Executive Director about DCAC’s past, present and future as well his experience in the DC arts scene over the past 25 years.

In addition to coming by DC Arts Center's open house, visitors can take the opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood of Adams Morgan and all it has to offer. Check out the annual Crafty Bastards Craft Fair, taking place on October 3rd, from 10am to 5pm right down the street from DCAC at the Marie Reed Community Center.

For more information, contact Blair Murphy at 202-462-7833
info[at], or online at

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The DC Convention Center is bringing its artistic side out

The DC Convention Center is bringing its artistic side out. With a first-of-its-kind exhibit to fill windows and exterior gallery spaces with art, the Windows Into DC show is a reflection of our community. A little known fact about the Convention Center is that it houses a dynamic $4 million permanent art collection. With this new show, the Convention Center extends its inner-artists out to the sidewalk spaces around the building.


This is the time to take another look at the Convention Center. Thirteen DC artists created installations and new artworks for the exhibit. “Filling empty spaces with art is a great way to beautify the community and connect with new audiences,” says Windows into DC Artist Tim Conlon. “My Shaw Scrabble piece is a fun play with the words that connote the community. This way, area residents will see themselves reflected in the windows.”

The artists are: Beth Baldwin, Jason Clark, Tim Conlon, Liani Foster, Amber Robles-Gordon, Eve Hennessa, Michael Dax Iacovone, Anne Marchand, Cory Oberndorfer, Michael Platt & Carol A. Beane, Kelly Towles, Aneikan Udofia, Colin Winterbottom, The New Community for Children and singer, songwriter, KUKU, the Afro-Soul Acoustic Experience. (

The entire DC community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29 at 7th & M Streets outside of the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro entrance. At that time, young students from the New Community for Children will be finishing their three-panel art piece that shows their pint-size view of Shaw.KUKU will be performing, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM on Tuesday at 7th & M Streets outside of the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro entrance.

Pick up a Windows Into DC brochure at the information desks located in the Grand Lobby. The installation will be open through March 2010.

Source: Massey Media Own The Press

Public Input Session / Arts in Community

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Public Input Session
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 - 8:30pm

1371 Harvard Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Big Bang / Flashpoint Season Kick-off

Cultural Development Corporation

The Big Bang
Flashpoint Season Kick-off
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Honorary Host, Councilmember Jack Evans
Kick-off the new art season
Mingle with artists and Penn Quarter neighbors
Food by Jaleo
Wine and Beer

Suggested Donation $35.00

RSVP rsvp[at]culturaldc[dot]org

Cultural Development Corporation
916 G Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, 9th Street exit, or Metro Center, 11th & G exit

Inside Gold Leaf Studios -

Inside Gold Leaf Studios -

Art @ Work
"In a building in Chinatown, area artists come together each day to create. And the sense of community there has proven to be its own thing of beauty." By Holly E. Thomas

Gold Leaf Studios artists, designers and musicians include: Artist Mike Abrams, Artist Tendai Johnson; Printmaker Kristina Bilonick; Jewelry Designer Sarah McLaughlin; Graphic Designer Nick Pimentel, Designers Will and Cole Sharp / streetwear company - Durkl; FFFever musicians Aaron Baird, Justin Rodermond and Alex Clarke; US Royalty musicians John Thornley, Luke Adams and Jacob Michael.


an exhibition of paintings by
Sondra N. Arkin, John Blee, Carlotta Hester and Linda St. Clair

October 2- October 13, 2009

Reception / Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm

Fresh, Carlotta Hester
acrylic on canvas 4'x6'

Lichen, Sondra Arkin
32 " x 32" encaustic on canvas on dibond

Aaron Gallery
1717 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Parking: 2001 S Street, Location No. 531, 202.667.3030

Gallery talk with artist John Dreyfuss / Hemphill

Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00pm - 3:00pm
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

John Dreyfuss will discuss his works on view in the Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden at the American University Museum.

Featuring six large-scale works by sculptor John L. Dreyfuss, this exhibition is an exploration into the evolution of form and the wonder of invention. Referencing bones and early tool shapes, each work examines the relationship between form, strength of materials and the harnessing of power. Beginning with sketches, wax, plaster and cast metal models, Dreyfuss has subtly refined each work over the past decade and, through an ongoing collaboration with aerospace engineers, has experimented with the fabrication process. Rendered for the first time at monumental scale in composite materials, these extraordinary works simultaneously draw on ancient and primal references, while being distinctly contemporary in their conception.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Head Cinema--Sleep, Dreams and Reality / Call to Artists

Head Cinema is a US (Art Outlet)/German (Der Kunstladen, The Art Shop) artists' swap meet showcasing German and US artists' explorations of dreams and dreaming.

The Art Shop artists will show us their dream stuff and Washington area artists will return the favor during a live webcam reception October 17, from 2-4 (EST) at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in SW DC's Skyline Lounge and Magnolia Room. (Tell your cousin in Mannheim to show up for a shout out!).

Art Outlet's reception will include dream performance by Floating Lab Collective, dream magic by David London with Jeramie Bellmay, and a performance TBA. Art by DC area artists will include audio, still photography and video about dreams broadcasted during the reception. DJ CJ Weaver will spin dreamy ambient tunes, and the Skyline Lounge will be pouring libations.

The Art Shop will feature a video tour of the 2 and 3-D art in the show, live performance, and recorded video about dreams.

Call to Artists - E-Mail Us Your Dreams!

We are seeking audio, video or still photography cell phone art that explores dreaming dreams, dream theory, the act of dreaming, etc.) to project during the reception and send to The Art Shop to show at future dates.
You may send jpeg images and/or 15 – 60 second audio (mp3) or videoclips (mpeg) about dreams no later than October 9, 2009. This is a curated exhibition with no registration fee.

Your digital files should not exceed 5MB. If larger, please use

E-mail us your dreams at Along with your submission, include your name, contact information (phone, email), the name of your piece, duration, medium, any credits you want us to include, and a short description.

About Der Kunstladen
The Art Shop (Kunstladen) began in 2004 to improve the cultural and social climate in the city of Mannheim and to aid in the viable and sustainable development of communities. This includes developing a network of art professionals. Like Art Outlet, The Art Shop is run by artists for artists and the community.

Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden / Rebecca Kamen

October 1 – November 14, 2009

Saturday, October 17 – Reception and Catalog Signing 5 – 7pm
gallery talk at 6pm
Rebecca Kamen, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden, installation detail, size variable,
Mylar and fiberglass, 2009 Photo credit: Terry Lowenthal

The Greater Reston Arts Center presents Rebecca Kamen’s Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden, a sculpture installation inspired by the periodic table of chemical elements. Kamen transforms the arts center’s octagonal gallery into a spiral garden of luminous, white “flowers” representing the eighty-three naturally occurring elements. Each flower is comprised of white Mylar tiers supported on slender fiberglass stems. The number of tiers (or petals) corresponds to the element’s orbital pattern while the number of stems is based on its electrons.

While Kamen’s garden of elements transforms the arts center’s main gallery into a floating sea of pagoda-like forms, in an adjacent gallery the artist uses the geometric forms of the Platonic Solids to create wall-mounted sculptures inspired by the five original elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Cosmos. Kamen is well-known as a sculptor and educator who creates thoughtful bodies of work based on science. Her unique process, based on wide ranging research into science, cosmology, spirituality, and philosophy yields sculptures that begin with complex concepts and transform into distilled objects of refined beauty.

Another hallmark of Kamen’s process is her keen interest in collaboration. In addition to the important association resulting in the soundscape by Susan Alexjander, the artist joined forces with architect Alick Dearie to develop a precise installation layout based on mathematic principles. Dearie’s elegant drawings are included in the exhibition catalog documenting the installation.

Choreographer Jane Franklin, who is well regarded for her unique collaborations in unusual locations, will present an evening of dance within Divining Nature on October 21st.

Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, Virginia 20190

Friday, September 25, 2009

Memento Art Gallery / September Exhibition

Galleries: Jessica Dawson on John Dreyfuss at Hemphill and Katzen Arts Center -

Galleries: Jessica Dawson on John Dreyfuss at Hemphill and Katzen Arts Center -

Has the economy stumbled so badly that gallerists have given up selling?

Not exactly. But for the next several weeks, at least, one dealer will throw up his hands and throw out his price list, devoting his gallery's fall debut to an exhibition of the (practically) unsalable. The gallerist is George Hemphill, and now through the third week of October he's hosting District sculptor John Dreyfuss's most provocative works to date.

Girls Gotta Run Foundation: A Running Commmentary

October 7-31, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Featuring: Traditional Ethiopian Songs and Dances by "Addis Flower," local Ethiopian children's performance group, organized and conducted by Kebe Tesfaye


An Ethiopian Marketplace
Premiering poetry for "the girls"
by popular local DC poet Dehejia Maat

Join us!
Friendship Heights Village Center
4433 South Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, Md 20815

Presented by Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Inc

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joins Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA) and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for a ribbon cutting and unveiling of "Windows Into DC" - a temporary art installation by 14 local artists including the Shaw youth group, the New Community for Children.Anne Marchand, "Playground Series," Windows Into DC - M Street Window@ 9th St. NW, WDC

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 5:00 PM
- Public ribbon cutting and unveiling

with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Gregory A. O'Dell, WCCA, CEO and General Manager, Gloria Nauden, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Executive Director, 13 local artists, Shaw's New Community for Children
Walter E. Washington Convention Center 7th & M Streets outside of the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro entrance.

Beth Baldwin, Jason Clark, Tim Conlon, Liani Foster, Amber Robles-Gordon, Eve Hennessa, Michael Dax Iacovone, Anne Marchand, Cory Oberndorfer, Michael Platt & Carol A. Beane, Kelly Towles, Aneikan Udofia, Colin Winterbottom and featuring The New Community for Children.

Join In!!

New Community for Children student group will be live painting

Media Contact: Sarah Massey, 202-445-1169, sarah[at]massey-media[dot]com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DC This Week ™: Washington Design Center Fall Design House this Thursday

DC This Week ™: Washington Design Center Fall Design House this Thursday

City Arts has been named the charity beneficiary for the Washington Design Center's Fall Design House. Several City Arts custom murals and mosaics will be featured throughout the Design House, which pays tribute to eight historic DC neighborhoods.

Click HERE to purchase your $50 tickets to the Opening Night Party on Thursday, September 24, 6 to 8 pm. City Arts will receive 100% of ticket proceeds.

Karlisima / Latin Perspectives

Sept. 15th - Oct. 15th, 2009

You are cordially invited to an art Show by Karlisima (Karla 'Karlisima' Rodas)

Artist's Reception: Thursday Sept. 24th, 6:00 pm
Artist's Talk: Thursday Sept. 24th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Artist Talk at the Auditorium at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts and Anne Arundel Community College.

"Arts Gallery," Anne Arundel Community College. 101 College Parkway
Arnold, Maryland 21012
(near Annapolis, Maryland)

Celebremos la Herencia Latina / Celebrate
Hispanic Heritage

Exhibit of books on Latin America and the Caribbean sponsored by Truxal Library Careers Center 2nd floor exhibit case near Room 215

¡Perspectivas Latinas! / Latin Perspectives
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays

Oil and acrylic paintings by award-winning artist Karla “Karlisima” Rodas of Washington,
D.C., an El Salvador native; currated by Wilfredo Valladares Lara, AACC visual arts instructor

Artist’s talk: Sept. 24 Sabor Latino event

Pascal Center for Performing Arts

Sabor Latino / Latin Flavor 4-6 p.m.
Dance performance by the Salsero Group; keynote address by Luis Borunda, founder and president of U.S. Hispanic Youth Enterprise Education; talk by award-winning artist Karla “Karlisima” Rodas, an El Salvador native now of Washington, D.C.; and presentation by Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, concludes with 6 p.m. reception at adjacent art gallery.

Pascal Center for Performing Arts

EL MUSEO DEL GHETTO / G Fine Art Presents

Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz At G Fine Art, Washington DC

Jefferson Pinder, José Ruiz, Roulette, video, 2009

September 26 – October 24 20009
Opening reception September 26, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Curated by Christopher K. Ho

@ 625-27 E Street NW
Washington DC 20004

(G Fine Art) El Museo del Ghetto is pleased to present new, major collaborative and individual works by Jefferson Pinder and Jose Ruiz at its temporary location on 625-27 E Street, NW, Washington, DC. El Museo del Ghetto at once deepens and exceeds the constellation of issues—about history, narrative, and identity—explored with various intensity in Pinder’s 2006 solo show at G Fine Art, and subjects them to the sly, deadpan humor evident in Ruiz’s own previous solo shows, in 2005 and 2007.

Perhaps the signal piece is Roulette, a collaborative video projected in the main space, Pinder puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. Ruiz responds by taking a different kind of shot—of tequila. The initial set up—a simple alternation, registered by the camera’s back and forth movement—engenders radically divergent, even contradictory, narrative structures. The anxious anticipation of watching Pinder’s game of Russian roulette eventually softens into staccato rhythm, while Ruiz becomes increasingly incapacitated by alcohol. That Pinder is African American and Ruiz is Latin American adds yet another layer.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Tel: 202 462 1601

MPA Artfest

McLean Project for the Arts • 1234 Ingleside Avenue • McLean, Virginia 22101
Phone 703-790-1953 • Hours: TUE-FRI 10-4 SAT 1-5

Monday, September 21, 2009

Conversations...Michael Cottman speaks with Angie Fox Of The Crystal City BID

Conversations...Michael Cottman speaks with Angie Fox Of The Crystal City BID

Crystal City thinks differently!

"Conversations"...Michael Cottman speaks with Angie Fox Of The Crystal City BID

September 17, 2009 -

As part of a continuing series "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Angie Fox, President of the Crystal City Business Improvement District, about Virginia's public/private partnership through which property and business owners collectively contribute to the maintenance, development and promotion of Crystal City… Wamu 88.5

The Art Registry at Coldwell Banker

Artist Reception
Friday September 25th
5pm til 8pm

The Art Registry at Coldwell Banker
1606 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Illusion of the day / Kurt Wenner Street Painting

If you haven't seen the work of Kurt Wenner, pop over to Union Station today. His fabulous chalk painting is just at the Metro entrance in front of the Station Grill (located at the west end of Union Station). The street painting will be up until the end of today, so hurry over!

Kurt was invited by General Motors to complete a street painting near the restaurant in celebration of the diverse world of art and design. Kurt Wenner is an international master artist with a background in classic Renaissance art. He has been street painting since 1982, and was recognized as one of few Master Street Painters by 1984. His dynamic, illusionistic street paintings are not just works of art, but also interactive experiences for passersby. And, for the weekend of September 19-20, visitors to Union Station are able to see his talents displayed around the Buick LaCrosse.

GM designer Richard Duff was joined by street artist Kurt Wenner to celebrate the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, a new approach to design that reinvigorates the brand. Richard was instrumental in creating a fresh look for the car. As he puts it: “The main idea of the LaCrosse was to take some design elements from the great history of Buick and integrate them into a thoroughly modern and appealing design. I wanted to make this a car that would attract new buyers, people that wouldn’t have considered buying a Buick before.”

DC Commission Honors Dolores Kendrick

Tuesday, September 22, 6pm reception
Heritage Center at the Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

To reserve a space on the shuttle and to RSVP,
contact: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Art and gender in Mata Ortiz

Mexican Cultural Institute presents

Art and gender in Mata Ortiz

by Eli Bartra, Ph.D.

LECTURE | September 22, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

In this presentation, Dr. Bartra will address the question of the famous “Mata Ortiz miracle”, which began more than 40 years ago when Juan Quezada first began producing an extraordinary type of pottery; since then, the economy of the small town of Juan Mata Ortiz has shifted considerably. She will tell the story of the women potters and gender relations, and explain the socio-economic changes that the resurgence of pottery production has meant for the town.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C.
RSVP: icmdc{at}instituteofmexicodc{dot}org

Poetics of Material

September 11 - October 11, 2009

Work by Kate Carr,
David D'Orio and
Lisa Hill

Curated by Landria Shack
Curatorial Mentor: Laura Roulet
with work by Kate Carr, David D'Orio and Lisa Hill

The Poetics of Material explores the role of materiality in contemporary sculpture, featuring three artists who explore and exploit a variety of materials and processes. The resulting work marries the conceptual with striking formalism, drawing from and expanding on the legacy of post-minimalism

DCAC 2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

T r a n s f o r m e r / Ink Storm

Images: Paula TSAI, CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu

September 18 - October 31, 2009
INK STORM OPENING: September 19, 2009; 1 - 7pm

Transformer is thrilled to be partnering with Shigeko Bork mu projects and artist/guest curator Jennifer Wen Ma in the presentation of Ink Storm at Transformer, September 18 - October 31, 2009. This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.

Following the success of Transformer's 2007 Big in Japan exhibition collaboration with Shigeko Bork mu project, exploring duality in contemporary Japanese art through the work of emerging Japanese artists who respond to the tradition and popular culture of Japan - Ink Storm, guest curated by artist Jennifer Wen Ma, presents three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation.

The subject of ink play is important to curator and artist Jennifer Wen Ma, who works in a variety of mediums including: installation, video, drawing, fashion design, and performance, as well as pursuing architectural and public works. Originally from Beijing, and now based in New York, Jennifer has participated in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Ink Storm & Brain Storm are made possible through the generous support of Studio Door.

1404 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Life Essentials Art Show x Fundraiser x Concert

Eighteen Street's Lounge newest band
Ancient Astronauts

Are here from Germany and will be performing!
New Price for the show only $25

Opening set by Thievery Corporation's own, DJ Stone

Catch More of the ESL MUSIC Labelin the Life Essentials Touring Show
during Art Basel in South Beach Dec 4th!

Art Whino and The International Lifeline Fund (“ILF”) present Life Essentials, a four-city tour that brings together the best Visual and Musical Artists in support of ILF’s ground-breaking humanitarian and environmental projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The exhibit will feature the works of over 100 artists from across the country and around the globe. The tour will kick off in Washington, D.C. with a two-night event on Thursday and Saturday, September 24 and 26. Following the D.C. launch, the show will hit the road with stops at Art Basel in South Beach on December 5-6, New York City in March, and San Francisco in June.
Thursday, September 24, 2009, will be an invitation-only event featuring live musical performances, a presentation by ILF, and an exclusive sneak preview of the artwork in advance of the official opening of the “Life Essentials” show on Saturday. Guests will be given the opportunity to purchase the artwork and otherwise to support ILF’s vital mission through participation in a silent auction and individual donations. Many celebrities, politicians, ambassadors, and other DC power players are expected to attend. Savory hor’dourves and sweet desserts will be served along with libations.
Saturday, September 26, 2009, will be the official “Life Essentials” art show opening kicking off the four city tour at the Portals Theater in Washington, DC, Art Whino opens this incredible art show and reception party featuring a night of lush entertainment by Ancient Astronauts, ESL music’s newest signed talent from Germany, who will headline the evening with a special performance, setting the mood for this spectacular evening.

Event Location for both nights:
The Portals Theater
1236 Maryland Ave Washington, DC 20024
16,000sqft Art Exhibit

Saturday, September 26th, from 6pm – 12pm
$25 - Non Profit Donation Entry Fee
The upstairs Art Exhibit is Free and open to the public
Exhibit featuring work by 100 Artists

Photography exhibit by Deborah Terry

Music by Ancient Astronauts

To buy tickets and more show info go to:

Friday, September 18, 2009


Raymond Uhlir, I am Not Your Father

September 19 - October 24, 2009
Opening Saturday, September 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Project 4 presents, “Relatively Epic” by Raymond Uhlir. The artist’s first solo exhibition at Project 4 reveals a winding narrative not only within the paintings themselves, but throughout the entire gallery space as the viewer moves from one piece to the next. The clean crafted, meticulous paintings reminiscent of cartoon cells reflect on human interaction and drama as they set the stage for Uhlir’s epic.

Uhlir’s work is driven by the persisting conflicts among ideologies and mythologies and between rationality and religion in Western civilization. By combining influences from pop culture, art history and religious imagery, Uhlir creates allegories, which confront these conflicts and present them in startling and fantastical scenes.

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

This Land is Your Land and Beacon Puritanu

This Land is Your Land and Beacon Puritanus
New works by James Rieck, Chad Yencer and Hamiltonian Fellow, Jon Bobby Benjamin

September 19 – October 31, 2009
Reception: Saturday, September 19, 7 – 9pm

Through meticulous installation, painting and sculpture, each artist muses on America – her landscape forms the mise-en-scène and her history becomes the lead.

In This Land is Your Land, James Rieck confronts the grand genre of history painting in his seven works, all comprised of two cropped female figures dressed in alluring costumes of American icons, who frame a poignant history painting, which becomes the backdrop behind them. As highfalutin' as a 4th of July parade, this linear series is assembled in seven acts, each painting depicting periods in American history in which lands were conquered and a subsequent shift in power occurred.

Chad Yencer quite literally takes on the petite genre in his twenty matchboxes, which, when opened, reveal tiny, ambitious landscape paintings, all sourced from snapshots of Yencer's personal history and travels through the American Mid-West. The mundane and commercially produced matchbox preserves moments of escape into the sublime, and through this juxtaposition of high and low, the banal and the significant are bridged.

Beacon Puritanus delves into the roots of American cultural values in a two-part installation by Jon Bobby Benjamin. Benjamin intertwines imagery from Puritan New England, mid-20th century suburban development and contemporary post-industrial decay, and binds them all with the concept of American Exceptionalism. A large, wooden cargo ship carrying modular, little plaster houses through a sea of black ash, approaches the wooden shoreline of a community of sunken, abandoned structures. By isolating only the landscape and architecture, this installation tells the tale of a defunct society and mirrors the failed Puritan experiment that took place only a few centuries ago.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW (14th and U Streets)
Washington, DC 2009

Pink Panel @ Flashpoint

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM
@ Flashpoint
916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

A discussion of absurdist art with artist Bradley Chriss

Andrea Pollan, Director, Curator's Office.
Luis Silva, Director of Studio Arts, American University.
Becky Jones, Freelance arts writer and independent curator.
Philippa Hughes, Moderator.

$10 suggested donation.
Light refreshments.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Juror: Kelly Gordon, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


September 24, & October 1, 2009, 7-8:15pm
at The Phillips Collection Auditorium 1600 21st Street NW DC

October 13 & 14, 2009, 7-9pm
at Falvey Hall, Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD

October 15, 2009, 8 - 9:30pm
at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW DC

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Appliquéd, Fabricated & Cast

Curated by Zenith Gallery

This show of decorative three-dimensional work features artists who have exhibited at Zenith Gallery for years. Here, you’ll see form and texture ranging from sleek steel and bronze pieces by Paul Martin Wolff to colorful Asian-styled tapestries by Amanda Richardson.

Appliquéd, Fabricated & Cast
is one of four shows curated annually by Zenith
at The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Hours:Weekdays, 8am -7pm
Saturdays & Sundays by appointment only

A Solo Exhibition of Sculpture & Wall-Hung Work by Jackie Braitman

Jackie Braitman
Sept 30 - Oct 31, 2009

"The Body in Motion"
All New Work From 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Detail from "Amber Waltz"
Cast & Polished Glass
22" x 14" x 14"

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

Monday, September 14, 2009

Artists Forum at Hillyer

Join IA&A Founder and President, David Furchgott and Lachelle Slade, Membership Director for the
4th International Arts & Artists Artists' Forum

Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30-7:30
Hillyer Art Space (9 Hillyer Ct. NW, DC 20008)

David and Lachelle will be available to address artists' comments, concerns, and listen to suggestions of what you want and need as an artist or arts supporter. You are encouraged to bring guests with you. Whether they are friends, family, or co-workers, IA&A wants their opinion on what they need and want as an artist or arts supporter!

International Arts & Artists is dedicated to serving the artist community locally, nationally, and internationally. IA&A continues to develop distinct and relevant services designed to enhance careers in the visual arts and to foster a sense of community. As a member of IA&A, What do you NEED? Please inform IA&A of services that you would like offered, suggestions on the improvement of the membership program, or anything else that comes to mind regarding your satisfaction. You can email suggestions to membership[at]artsandartists[dot]org.

For questions or concerns contact Lachelle Slade at 202-338-0680

Figure Drawing at McLean Project For the Arts

McLean Project for the Arts announces Open Studio Figure Drawing sessions for Fall 2009. Sessions are held in the DuVal Studio at McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

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


Envy You, 2009, oil on Gesso board, 40 x 40 inches

September 12 - October 17, 2009
Reception: SEPTEMBER 19, 5-7PM

In her premiere exhibit at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Isabel Manalo presents a collection of paintings and drawings that give new definition to the concept of Magic Realism. Her exhibition, "Once, Upon", seems to allow innocence and experience to exist on the same white surfaces. The places are primeval forests. The persons are, initially, her two, young daughters. A flash of time-stopping white light sears each of these works, freezing them in dreamy color at once fantastic and foreboding. Like the manipulated photographs that are the artist's starting point, the paintings and drawings have a quality of captured time.

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

Smoke Rings: New Works by Rob Tarbell

September 18 - October 31, 2009
Reception: September 18, 7-10pm

Gallery Imperato presents Smoke Rings, a solo exhibition of new work by Rob Tarbell from his series, Smokes. Comprised of smoke-marked works on paper that depict performing animals, the work intends to balance accident with control and give permanence to the ephemeral. The parallel between the artist's subjects and unconventional process makes for a thought-provoking exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to animal rescue organizations.

The idea for Smokes stemmed from a self-help technique in which sentimental objects are burned to remove their emotional burden. Tarbell took the technique a step further by mounting paper to the ceiling in a Michelangelo-like fashion in order to capture the resulting smoke. Credit cards, photos and slides of his artwork are frequently sacrificed. In the process of being destroyed, the burning objects emit smoke upwards onto the paper thus capturing and containing the memory of what was. The finished pieces depict almost ghost-like images of galloping horses, dancing bears and trickster elephants.

Modifying the behavior of the animals for use in entertainment requires knowledge of their specific natures and how they would respond to different stimuli. The same is true for the use of smoke as an instrument for creating art. The properties must be known and used appropriately or the desired result will not ensue. Attempting to control and direct smoke onto paper is much like taming a wild animal. It is unpredictable and unnatural, yet the result is often breathtaking. The images are kinetic, powerful, haunting and beautiful. They seem to have a life of their own, a spirit, a memory.

Gallery Imperato
921 E. Fort Ave. Suite 120
Baltimore, MD 21230

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lida Moser at the Arts Club

Photographer Lida Moser through Sept. 26, 2009

"The Arts Club of Washington, DC (in the McFeely Gallery) will be hosting a solo exhibition of legendary American photographer Lida Moser, who now lives in retirement in nearby Rockville, Maryland."

Daily Campello Art News

Dark Matter / Ellyn Weiss

September 17 - October 17, 2009

"Dark Matter"
New Work in Tar by Ellyn Weiss
Opening Reception Thursday, September 17, 6-9 pm.

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

"Weiss has discovered that tar is not the dull and uniformly black substance it first appears to be. It contains a range of subtle hues—rich browns, subtle grays and warm amber tones. She uses these colors to coax images from the tar. The images are not planned in advance, but reveal themselves as she works.They have an eerily organic quality to them, appearing to the artist like living things “swimming up from the primeval darkness.” They register with us at the most basic level of all, as if triggering a memory we carry in our DNA of the moment life began."


Curated by Anne Collins Goodyear
September 17 - October 31, 2009

Opening Reception: September 17 6-8pm
Presented at Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE - 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Launched in 1981, WPA's biennial exhibition, OPTIONS, highlights the best and brightest emerging visual artists in the DC, MD and VA regions.

Featuring: Leah Beeferman (VA), Jessica Braiterman (MD), Graham Coreil-Allen (MD), Younseal Eum (VA), Andy Holtin (DC), Sue Johnson (MD), Kim Manfredi (MD), Patrick McDonough (DC), Jenny Mullins (MD), Ding Ren (DC), Matthew Smith (DC), Polly Townsend (DC), and Matthew Wead (MD)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scenes from Arts on Foot 2009

Yael Shafer of Little City Style is in DC for her first Arts on Foot festival. Lucky for me, I got these beautiful peridot earrings before anyone else blinked. See her beautiful jewelry at

Jen of Jen-A-Fusion is holding the beautiful new pouch I bought! She will be at Arts on Belmont Sunday, Sept. 13 in Adams Morgan. go see her stuff! She has some great designs for fall purses too.
Adams Morgan Day - Arts on Belmont
Belmont Road between Columbia Rd and 18th Street
Washington, DC
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009
10am - 7pm

Penn Quarter, Washington, DC

Artists CRIT '09

International Arts & Artists' Crit '09 has been scheduled for
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
from 6:30 - 8:30pm
at Hillyer Art Space

This event is a scheduled open critique for ALL artists. Each critique will be open to 8-12 artists on a first come, first serve basis (this will be a monthly event).

Hillyer is still accepting artists for this first opportunity until October 14, so don't miss out!

Here are the guidelines:

Theses critiques are to provide helpful feedback to artists' works that are in progress or completed, by telling the artist NOT WHAT YOU LIKE OR DON'T LIKE, but by:

-simply telling the artist what you SEE...

-by perhaps describing and analyzing HOW you perceive the overall structure/composition of the work; what part of the piece 'works', what part might not be 'working', i.e. strengths and weaknesses...

-by interpreting the meaning, content, expression, artist's intention, etc.for the work as conveyed through its formal visual language...

-by offering feedback on quality of craftsmanship

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lachelle Slade at membership[at]artsandartists[dot]org or 202-338-0680.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Ct. NW
Washington, DC, 20008

International Arts & Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public.

Washington Studio School

Fall Open House
Sunday, September 13th, 1-3pm

Meet the faculty, register for classes, tour the school, participate in a free drawing class.

Washington Studio School
2129 S St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 234-3030


Artist's Talk: Sunday, September 13, 1 to 3 pm

WPG Members exhibit alongside their Mentors & Mentees

Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC

McLean Project for the Arts / New Exhibitions

September 17 – November 7, 2009
Reception and Gallery Talk, September 17, 7 – 9 PM

Tom Baker, To My Way of Thinking, silk screen/relief, 7 x 9 inches

Michael Janis, The Tower,Tarot Card Series, cast glass with sgraffito glass powder imagery

Allegra Marquart, The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings 18"x18", two color sand carved glass

Emerson Gallery:
To Tell the Tale: Works by Allegra Marquart, Michael Janis and Tom Baker
These three artists make art that dabbles in storytelling and takes the viewer on a journey into the mind of the maker. Marquart mines the fairy tale for both content and imagery. Janis leads a guided tour of the interpretations and impressions he finds in the Tarot fortune telling system. Baker opens the door to both his conscious and unconscious thoughts as they take the form of unlikely images ranging from kitchen mixers to rockets. Executed in both glass and various print media, these works engage the viewer in an imaginative attempt at interpretation.

Uncharted Sky: Sculpture by Novie Trump
Atrium Gallery
These sculptures by Northern Virginia artist Novie Trump depict books, reliquaries, houses, boats, bones and birds, and draw on her training in classical archeology and interest in ancient myths and tales. Trump creates works from clay that possess the warm and worn patina of classical antiquity, while exploring timeless themes such as love, fear, death, courage and transformation.

Paintings by Marise Riddell
Ramp Gallery
Longtime MPA/Corcoran teacher and artist Marise Riddell exhibits abstract paintings exploring order and chaos. Using layers and visual transparency, these works are influenced by time spent in the American Southwest among Native American cultures, and by the customs, colors and spiritual beliefs that permeate that unique environment.

McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Avenue
McLean Community Center
McLean, VA

Emerson Gallery hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm
The Atrium and Ramp Galleries are open during the community center hours
For more information visit

Art of the Universe Greg Mort Artist Astronomer

Mort’s presentation Mars in Real Time will be featured along with his artwork at the Paris Observatory on September 18, 2009 as part of the International Year of Astronomy celebration.

Greg Mort artist and astronomer broadens our visions of the cosmos through his paintings.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Arts on Foot

Saturday, September 12, 11am to 5pm
7th and F Street, NW

Stop by the Pink Line Project Booth!!

1. Take cultural tours led by performance artists "We Are Science!"

2. Decorate lunch bags for artist DECOY's "Eat ur he(art) out" project to raise awareness of hunger in DC.

3. Design a quilt square for "The American Quilt 2009" for a chance to be exhibited at The Textile Museum.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Public Panel Discussion @ Georgetown University

Irvine Contemporary and the Artists of New Realisms

Georgetown University

Saturday, September 12, 2:00-3:30

Leavey Center, Program Room (First Floor)

Guest panelists:

Dorothy Kosinski, Director, Phillips Collection
Vesela Sretenovic, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Phillips Collection
Alison Hilton, Professor of Art History, Georgetown University
Moderator: Martin Irvine

The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.

This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s graduate program in Communication, Culture & Technology and the Department of Art and Art History.


Parking is available: enter from Reservoir Road across from 38th St., NW.

If driving, go to Reservoir Road, NW and turn into the parking entrance across from 38th St. Parking is directly behind the Leavey Center (map: building 22).
Taxi: you can enter the Georgetown Main Campus from the main gate at 37th and O Streets, NW, and a short walk to the Leavey Center (map: building 22), or be dropped off at the Leavey Conference Center and walk through the building toward the front campus entrance.


Opening Reception for New Realisms is

Saturday, September 12, 6-8pm


Transformer at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 2pm

Artist talk and presentation of images from
Give & Take / Da y Toma exhibition in Mexico City

Give & Take / Da y Toma artists: Holly Bass, Breck Brunson, Nilay Lawson, Solomon Sanchez, and Señor Tangcito (aka Tang).

Join them for this special presentation at the Mexican Cultural Institute highlighting their exhibition and creative experience, including extensive images and a talk with the artists about their work. Attendance is free.

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

Weisser Glass / Carien Quiroga

Weisser Gallery


Carien Quiroga
“In Her Shoes”

August 29th - September 13th

Closing reception & artist talk: Sunday September 13th 2009, 2pm

Exhibition made possible through a grant from the Greater Washington Creative Communities Initiative

Weisser Gallery


4080-B Howard Ave.

Kensington MD, 20895