Saturday, October 31, 2009

The RAANDESK GALLERY OF ART Annual Small Works exhibition

Annual Small Works Exhibition
November 6, 2009 – January 8, 2010
You're invited, please join me for this exciting opening on
November 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

You will see several of my new small works series in the exhibition, 
just in time for the holidays! -Anne Marchand

The RAANDESK GALLERY OF ART Annual Small Works exhibition
is about to open on November 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Raandesk Gallery

16 W. 23rd St., 4th Floor

First 35 buyers receive a special set of gifts!
The RAANDESK GALLERY OF ART takes the idea of giving art as a gift to a new level with the exclusive ART2Gift -services.

Fixation '09

Saturday, November 7, 6 to 10 PM
1358 Florida Avenue, NE
(above Conner Contemporary, around the corner from Rock & Roll Hotel
and other H Street fun spots!)

Last November, Ten Miles Square and the Pink Line Project presented the photography exhibit "Fixation" at Fight Club, which drew over 700 people on opening night, not to mention coverage from the Washington Post both before and after the show.

This year, "Fixation" moves to H Street, NE! And features awesome photographers who document DC's subcultures. Along with great live music and lots of the usual beverage. Skater's welcome!

6-9 PM Music by Yoko K!
7:30 PM ayyoko confidential
9:00 PM Suspicious Package (recently mentioned in Spin!)

Portrait photographs: Have your portrait taken by photographer Tracy Clayton in front of a specially commissioned backdrop created by fab artist Cory Oberndorfer.

Awesome "Fixation" photographers: Aziz Yazdani, Drew McDermott, Angela Kleis, Pat Padua, Karon Flage, Joshua Yospyn, Amit Mehta, Nicole Aguirre, and Jay Westcott.

Celebrate DC's newest art center with:
*An opening of Koen Vanmechelen's "Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (DC)" at one of DC's top contemporary art galleries Conner Contemporary.
*G Fine Art's new space on the same block.
*A first look at the home of the new Industry Gallery, a contemporary design exhibition space.

$10 suggested donation.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Oliver Vernon, Double Down and Phil Nesmith Flight Patterns

Irvine Contemporary

October 30 to December 12, 2009

Opening reception and discussion with the artists: 
Friday, October 30, 6-8 PM

Oliver Vernon’s alley wall mural in progress: 

Saturday, October 30-31, 3-8PM

Phil Nesmith, Contained, 2009. Varnished dryplate photogram on black glass. 18 x 13 in.

Oliver Vernon, Gypsy, 2009. Gouache, watercolor, ink and graphite on paper. 23 1/2 X 17 3/4 in.


Irvine Contemporary

1412 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005-3705
(202) 332-8767

Listening to silence / Ann Stoddard

October 2, 2009 through October 31, 2009

Closing Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday Oct 30, 6-8

Listening to silence-“ is the title of new work by Ann Stoddard, including video installation, drawings, and photographs. Wave [video installation] uses recordings of water, conceptual art, live CCTV video, and site context to explore waterboarding torture, as well as the suppression and destruction of evidence by the U.S. government. pm

PASS Gallery, Dupont Circle , 1617 S Street NW Rear, Washington DC 20009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flashpoint Gallery House Party

Cultural Development Corporation
Flashpoint Gallery

House Party
Friday, October 30, 9:00pm - Midnight

A costume party in conjunction with House, Andrew Wodzianski's paintings that lift imagery from William Castle's 1959 b-movie horror flick, House on Haunted Hill
Don Your Costume
DJs Sharkey & Smudge

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 on Friday
Purchase Tickets

All proceeds benefit Flashpoint Gallery

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

FreeSoul @ ArtSpring

FreeSoul @ ArtSpring
8519 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland

Saturday, October 31, 2009
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Authentic Contemporary Art and Liberated Muse Productions present an afternoon of music, art and warm energy. Set in the new ArtSpring Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store in Silver Spring, MD, this afternoon features some DC's hottest emerging artists.
A book sale and signing of Liberated Muse, Vol 1: How I Freed My Soul Anthology, featuring local visual and literary artists, will also be featured.

Featuring live performances by Ne'a Posey, Quineice Clarkson, Gary Young & Sadie Flick, the musical sounds will entertain while you enjoy the artwork and activities. Bring the family out for arts, crafts & more!

Music for grown-folks, fun for the family!

Music for grown-folks, fun for the family! To RSVP, visit the FaceBook page here.

Washington Space Features Philippa Hughes

Think Pink  / Kicking Back With DC's 'Art Evangelist'

Philippa Hughes is a shape-shifter. She was once a lawyer; now her business card reads “chief creative contrarian.” She’s the newest member of the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities. And she calls herself an “art evangelist.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival / CALL FOR ENTRIES

Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival
April 24-25, 2010


The Art Festival is looking for activist art workshop, roundtable or other interactive ideas around the idea of using art for social transformation. These are to be part of programming for the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival.

GUIDELINES:  Two paragraph idea submitted via email
DEADLINE: December 1
DETAILS: or visit our Facebook page>>
Info: 240-305-6742 / humanrightsartfestival[at] /

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie / Fotoweek DC Kick-Off Party

October 29, 2009, 6:00 To 9:00 PM

Neiman Marcus Store at Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

Hear Remarks From Lucian Perkins, The Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Runway Madness
•View an Exhibit of Runway Madness Images
•Enjoy a Sneak Peek of Fotoweek DC Coming November 7-14
•Walk the NM Fashion Runway
•Receive Makeovers and Blowouts With PR at Partners
•Enjoy Fashion-Forward Furnishings from Roche Bobois

Suggested Donation: $20 at Door (Proceeds Benefit Fotoweek DC).

RSVP at: http:

Co-sponsors: Neiman Marcus * Fotoweek DC *PR at Partners * Roche Bobois * Mazza Gallerie* DC Magazine

Call to Artists 2010 / BlackRock Center for the Arts

Deadline  November 20, 2009
Exhibit Year: Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2011

The Call to Artists is open to all artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the age of 18 for original artwork only. All work must be ready for sale and to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery is 1500 square feet of exquisite gallery space. With its high white walls and beautiful windows strategically placed it allows in just the right amount of natural light.  The eclectic group of artists exhibited over the past seven years have been reviewed by Claudia Rousseau, Lenny Campello, and other art critics in the area.

Download call to artists:

Ofrenda - Art for the Dead

Saturday, October 31, 3pm – 12am
Free Admission

The Torpedo Factory hosts Art Outlet's Ofrenda 2009, a spectacular Halloween celebration in the tradition of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is Art Outlet's third annual Ofrenda. More info about Art Outlet at .

ART RECEPTION: Saturday, October 31, 3 pm – 7 pm
PARADE: Saturday, October 31, 7 pm – 7:45 pm
MASKED BALL: Saturday, October 31, 7:30 pm – 12 am
ART EXHIBITION: October 31 – November 3

Saturday | October 31 | 3 pm – 7 pm

Ofrenda is an art exhibition of 40 local artists' shrines, altars, and other art in the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition. Exhibiting artists:

Michael Auger, Kathlyn Avila-Reyes, Jennifer Beinhacker, Carlos Beltran, Jennifer Bishop, Ismael Carrillo, Kate Clark, Andrea Collins, Rosemary Feit Covey, Anthony Delfin, Jackie Ehle, Cavan Fleming, Ric Garcia, Jeannette Herrera, Jacqueline Inglefield, Kevin Irvin, Jessica Jastrzebski, Rebecca Marion Kallem, Lori Katz, Shauna Lee Lange, Emily Green Liddle, Carolina Mayorga, Peggy Meckling, Heather Miller, Mara Odette, Claudia & Sergio Olivos, Chris Peloso, Kevin Peshkepia, Caren Quinn, Lisa Rosenstein, Skeeter Scheid, Heather Schmaedeke, Hillary Sloate, Kenya Rene Smith, Constance Springer Zabowski, Neil Leon Stavely, Erika Stone, Henrik Sundqvist, Roy Utley, and Alexandra Zealand

Dark Rococo / Ruth Bolduan

Magician, Detail, Ruth Bolduan 

Dark Rococo / Ruth Bolduan

with The Ripple Effect / Paintings by Matthew Fisher,
Maya Goldweber, Theresa Pfarr, and Jonathan Weston

October 8 through November 15, 2009
Gallery Talk: Sunday, November 1, 3 pm

In Dark Rococo, Ruth Bolduan finds a correspondence between 18th century painting and current aesthetic ideas, particularly the renewal of interest in the concept of Beauty. Her works are linked to history, to the feminine, and to an unbroken lineage of artistic creation. These paintings reveal a sense of global and political malaise beneath their light-hearted façade, just as the splendid flowering of the Rococo contained the seeds of its own collapse. The paintings in Dark Rococo were created shortly before, during, and after the economic collapse of September 2008.

The Ripple Effect, featuring the works of former students of Bolduan, is a manifestation of the subtle interplay between teacher and student, fragments and moments of perception, occasional anger, insight, and awe, which characterizes the relationship between older and younger artists throughout history. The exhibition presents the work of four former students: Matthew Fisher, Maya Goldweber, Theresa Pfarr, and Jonathan Weston.

201 Prince Street
Alexandria, Va 22314

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Old Skoolin for the Children

Art Show x Fundraiser x Concert

Art Whino and WHALER’s Creation present “Old Skoolin’ for the Children,” a four city concert and art show tour that brings together the best visual and musical artists to benefit programs that support foster care and adoption programs. Legendary founder of the hip-hop movement Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC will perform old skool, throw back shows true to the roots of the genre. Over 100 of Art Whino’s internationally renowned talents from the underground street art world will be showcasing their old school, 80's themed creations.

Event Location:
The Portals Theater
1236 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Saturday, Nov 7th, from 6pm – 12pm
$25 advance tickets, $35 at the door - Non Profit Donation Entry Fee

Exhibit featuring work by 100+ Art Whino Artists
Show Run Date: 1 Day so don't Miss it!

Art Installation by AM RADIO

Special musical performance by:Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC

Music by Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e

Opening for DMC will be the winner of the Talent Search Competition.
For more information visit:

More Show Info Here:

Purchase Tickets here:


The Shape of Color
October 9-November 3, 2009

Harriet Lesser, Limes Waiting, 18x36; Shirley Koller, The Shape of Color, 9x16

Reception : FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009, 5-7:30PM

Watergate Gallery
2552 Virginia Avenue NW
(downstairs, next to Safeway)
Washington, DC 20037        202 338 4488

Gallery Hours:  Mon-Friday 10-6 or by appointment

Strategies for Securing Gallery Exhibitions

Workshop: Strategies for Securing Gallery Exhibitions
With Myrtis Bedolla, founder and director of Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD

Saturday | NOV 7 | 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cost: $95 | Contact Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts to register.

This is a workshop designed to demystify the business of art and prepare artists to succeed in the highly competitive art market.  Artists will receive insight on gaining exposure through alternative art spaces, preparing a professional portfolio and what every artist should know before signing a contract.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street, NW | Washington DC | 20009

Made in America / Sandi Neiman Lovitz



Sandi Neiman Lovitz graduated from Penn State University in '69 with a Bachelors degree in art education. She attended summer art classes at Carnegie Tech and was a juried member in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society before moving to Philadelphia to continue an art career.

Lovitz's passion for art led her to form various businesses that involved the creative process. She started Plastic Fantastics with a friend, designing and manufacturing Plexiglas functional art pieces. As a sign writer, she did free style hand lettering on windows, tractor trailers, paper and wood for 10 years. She created murals in private and commercial settings and created a line of hand-painted furniture that was represented by area galleries. During this time, Lovitz continued to exhibit her paintings in gallery exhibitions. She was President of the Tri-State Pennsylvania Artists Equity, and  continues to be an active board member. Lovitz is an active member of ART SISTERS, a group of professional women visual artists who empower each other and the community through art. She is on the faculty at Main Line Art Center, an Art Center recognized for the quality of its community-based exhibitions, instructional programs and outreach.  The artist can be reached at her studio in Manyunk, Pennsylvania.

Check out Sandi Neiman Lovitz's work at these events: 
17th Annual Open Studio Tours
Saturday & Sunday, November 7- 8
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mills Artists’ Studios
123 & 124 Leverington Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa
Nouns: people places things
November 8-29, 2009 
Opening Reception: November 8, 1-4 PM
DaVinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Sandi will also be there from 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Saturday 11/14, Saturday 11/21 Sunday 11/22
Opening Reception: Saturday November 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Frame House
7900 High School Rd # 5
Elkins Park, PA 19027-2672
72nd Anniversary Members' Exhibition
Dec 18, 2009 - Jan 14, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 18, 6-8pm
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road
Haverford, PA 19041
Sandi Neiman Lovitz and Joye Schwartz offer

Theme: Realizing What You Have: Creativity through Gratitude
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:00- 4:00 PM
@ Tyme Gallery
17 West Eagle Rd.
Havertown, Pa. 19083
Tuition: $60.00 including materials

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Diagnostics" - new work Rob Tarbell

One of my favorite artists is opening here.

Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College
October 30 - December 11, 2009
Lecture: October 29 @ 5pm Olin #231
Opening Reception: October 30, 6-8pm

The Art of Transformation through November 20 / Embassy of Japan

Illuminating Japan’s Industrial Revolution with Nishiki-e Prints
September 15-November 20, 2009

When Commodore Perry’s black ships anchored at Edo Bay in 1853, Japan’s era of seclusion came to an abrupt end. Almost overnight, the island nation was inundated with western ideas, goods, and technology. Railway and postal services were established and Western-style factories were built. More people moved to the cities and, with increasing leisure time and disposable income, Japan’s modern society began to take shape.

A key architect of this emerging modern society, Eiichi Shibusawa recognized that strong international relations were another essential component to the country’s modernization. A dynamic force in the industrial world, he helped to establish hundreds of enterprises, social welfare and education organizations. When the focus of his nation building efforts shifted from economic modernization to Japan’s place in the international community, he devoted his extraordinary energies to building positive relationships with nations he saw as important actors on the world stage. In 1909, he led the first delegation of Japanese businessmen to the United States, where they were warmly welcomed by leaders in every field.

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of that historic exchange, over 50 color woodblock reprints from the Shibusawa Memorial Foundation will be on display, revealing the foundations of the nation’s modern infrastructure, industrialization, and urbanization. Historic images and articles highlighting the Japanese Commercial Commission’s trip to the United States will accompany these vibrant works of art in capturing the dynamic encounter of cultures that took place during the Meiji and Taisho eras of Japan.

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan・Lafayette Centre III・1155 21st Street NW・Washington DC, 20036

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Last week of Ink Storm at Transformer

 Image: DAI Guangyu, Empires Borders

Visit Transformer through Saturday, October 31 for a last look at the compelling work of Beijing-based artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI in Transformer's Ink Storm exhibition.

Ink Storm highlights how the participating artists incorporate traditional uses of ink into their work, and how each individual exploration contributes to contemporary art discourse.

Ink Storm is the result of a creative collaboration between Transformer, Shigeko Bork mu projects, and artist/guest curator Jennifer Wen Ma.

Click here to see what Jessica Dawson of The Washington Post has to say about Transformer's Ink Storm and its sister exhibition Brain Storm at The Phillips Collection.

Ink Storm Exhibition Hours: Wed - Sat, 1-7pm, and by appointment.

Studio Gallery Exhibitions

Exhibitions: October 28 - November 21, 2009

First Friday Reception: November 6, 6 - 8 pm
Meet the Artists Reception: November 7, 4 - 6 pm

Duo Show: Bulerias
Fulvia Musti Ciarla
Flamenco music infuses these new works. Each painting in its unique way expresses Fulvia Musti Ciarla's personal response to this wonderful music.

Duo Show: Abstractions of Earth's Forces
Steve Fleming

Solo Show: Madonnas Assembled
Elena Stamberg
exposing a life with humble materials

Studio Gallery
2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008 202.232.8734


Thursday, October 29, 2009, 8:00PM- 11:30 PM


 Lenfant Moderne
3232 P Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Art Klash is a social gathering and live art battle celebrating creative minds in the nation?s capital. The battle places four of the Washington D.C. area's best painters in front of a live audience with nothing more than a blank canvas and 90 minutes to construct a painting based on a randomly selected theme. Winners will be selected by judges and live audience.

X.O., Studio 43 recording artist, and Juanita "Busy Bee" Britton, owner of the Anacostia Art Gallery, are guest judges for the battle.

Musical vibes provided by DJ Beatstreet
Hosted by Leo Breckenridge
Spoken Word performance by Danielle Koon

Tickets are $8.00 in advance for Students and $10.00 in advance Regular Price. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10.00.

Doors Open at 8:00pm. Competition starts at 8:30pm.

Visit for more info and pictures from the past events.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

6th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

6th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

November 7, 2009
7:00 - 10:00 pm
The Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW

Tickets for Transformer's 6th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party are now on sale! Space is limited and tickets are selling out quickly. Contact Transformer staff asap to secure your participation. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Transformer staff 

Visit Transformer's website to download and invite, and for recent updates on participating Auction Artists, our Host Committee, and Sponsors.

New this year - A downloadable pdf of the artworks to be included in this year's Auction is now available! Visit .

Images: Carolina Mayorga, Love Me; Jessica Cebra, Fools Gold (Marilyn); Cynthia Connolly, AUTAUGAVILLE, AL, 11-2-02; Maggie Michael, Travel; Robin Rose, Celestial 1,Tang, Singing Softly To Me

Gallery Neptune presents FASHION ART COCKTAILS

October 24th, 2009   7:30-10:00 PM

 Gallery Neptune presents FASHION ART COCKTAILS an evening where fashion meets art set within the sensuous exhibition of new work by Joyce Zipperer and Rania Hassan

Gallery Neptune hosts an exciting evening of informal modeling featuring the newest collection from DC’s De*Nada with shoes provided by ShoeFly. The event will be photographed by fashion photographer Violetta Markelou. FASHION ART COCKTAILS will take place during Neptune’s fall exhibition featuring established Virginia artist Joyce Zipperer’s latest collection of high heeled shoe sculptures in metal along with the knitted mixed media work of Washington, DC artist Rania Hassan, a recent James Renwick Alliance Award of Distinction recipient.

De*Nada is an emerging accessories line, specializing in handmade knits for women and men. De*Nada is currently sold at select retailers throughout the U.S. and around the world. De*Nada is the vision of its founder, Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, who in spring 2005 sought to blend contemporary styles with ethnic elements to offer stylish yet high-quality merchandise. Inspired by the culture and the traditions of her Peruvian heritage, Arrisueño continually works alongside skilled artisans in Perú to create De*Nada's growing collection. She put her business savvy and artistic aptitude to work and established De*Nada (which commonly means "you're welcome," in Spanish), initially selling handbags and t-shirts. Over the years, the De*Nada collection has grown to include knit accessories such as scarves, gloves and hats.

The idea for ShoeFly was started out of a need for unique yet wearable shoes at prices that were not over the top. In their stores, you will find a large selection of shoes from a wide variety of companies including Pink Studio Footwear, Seychelles, Campers, Jeffrey Campbell, J-41, Blowfish, Naughty Monkey, and Gola. Men need not feel slighted, as they also carry men’s footwear by Camper, PF Flyers, John Fluevog, Gola, Earth, Pony, and more. Men and Women alike can also find Vegan styles from Matt & Nat and Earth. ShoeFly has a reputation for great affordable accessories, handbags, and more. ShoeFly locations include 2727 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 1520 U St, NW, Washington, DC, 4731 Elm St., Bethesda, MD and online at

Violetta Markelou attended the University of Maryland in Baltimore majoring in Photography and Art History. While completing her BFA, Violetta became a makeup artist for the Estee Lauder Company. She continued working in the makeup industry for the next five years, freelancing with local TV studios and photographers. Violetta is self-taught in the areas of beauty and makeup for photography but has received formal training for theatrical and special effects makeup from Montgomery College, Maryland and the University of Maryland. With ample experience in the makeup industry under her belt, Violetta began assisting several commercial photographers in the Maryland and DC area to hone her craft in photography. After a few years Violetta decided to open her own studio and create an enticing brand of images under the name VM, on the web at

5001 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Contact: Elyse Harrison

Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

October 13 - November 21, 2009

Adamson Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Edward Burtynsky. "Oil" examines the resource from all sides, depicting the mechanics of its extraction and refinement, the details of its consumption and the effects; physical, political, and economic, of its influence. The large-scale photographs are reminiscent of the tradition of landscape painting, yet the landscapes they depict force the viewer to rethink the connection between nature and industry.

Burtynsky has traveled the world to document the influence of oil, taking photographs of oil fields in Azerbaijan, Canada, California, highways in Texas, and industrial parks in Shanghai, among other places.  Like the landscape painter before him, the artist shoots from a distance, letting the scale and sprawl of his subjects overwhelm the piece and its viewer.  Like paintings in the sublime tradition, Burtynsky's photographs inspire awe as well as apprehension-the images are very beautiful, but they document a frightening reality.

Highway #2, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2003

Highway #2 is an aerial shot of a highway loop in Los Angeles - the road twists and turns, making complicated, abstracted swirls. The patterns are mesmerizing to the eye and remind the viewer of the power of technological and industrial innovation. However, in the context of this series, and when placed alongside Burtynsky's other photographs, this piece acts as a powerful reminder of the continuum of production. These dual messages are a potent commentary on contemporary life.

The artist writes, "These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire - a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times."

This project is part of a larger inquiry into the interactions between nature and industry. Burtynsky has also completed series of photographs of shipyards, quarries, and urban mines which have been exhibited internationally. Images from the series are also on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and have been collected in a new artist book from Steidl.  Edward Burtynsky's work has been collected by the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among many other institutional and corporate collectors. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

1515 fourteenth street nw
washington dc 20005

Friday, October 23, 2009


Scientists Visualize / Artists Experiment

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - 6pm reception, 7pm keynote address & panel
Carnegie Institute of Washington
1530 P Street, NW, Washington, DC
FREE and Open to the Public

How and where do art and science - two seemingly disparate disciplines of intellectual inquiry - overlap? And, at that confluence, what can practitioners of both disciplines learn to expand their unique fields of knowledge and to affect consciousness?

SOFAlab's keynote speaker, Tod Machover - Professor of Music and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, the inventor of Hyperinstruments, a trained-Juilliard musician, and, the man Los Angeles Times deemed, “America's Most Wired Composer” - will bring his boundless knowledge of creative technology to the discussion. With each of Machover's innovations, such as his Hyperinstruments, Hyperscore, Brain Opera, Toy Symphony and MMH (Music, Mind and Health), he has intentionally explored the space where science and art collide and in doing so challenged traditional perceptions of both fields.

Expanding the discussion further, SOFAlab's panelists will include Maria Barbosa, Professor of Biology and a DC-based installation artist, Ernesto Barreto, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, and Brandon Morse, Professor of Digital Media at the University of Maryland and a DC-based video installation artist specializing in 3-D environments and animation software.

Funding was provided by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University, with support from Hamiltonian Artists, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, and the School of Art, George Mason University.

For more information please contact our organizers: Helen Frederick, Shanti Norris, or Paul So, or view the event website at:


October 24th - December 5, 2009

 Opening reception for the artist

In his premiere exhibit at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, photographer James Osher presents an exhibition that examines subject matter which is derived from historic paintings in several museums, including, most recently the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  As the artist states, "My work explores the transitory aesthetics of contemporary art viewing." By basing the work on the paintings of Masters and Old Masters, the artist is able to examine culturally assumed "value" as it pertains to "priceless" objects. Osher's work allows viewers to experience these masterpieces in entirely new ways, forming fresh conceptual relationships with historically relevant works of art. 

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

Call for Proposals

Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) is requesting proposals for Flashpoint Gallery's September 2010 - August 2011 season. Open to all artists, independent curators and arts organizations presenting contemporary work in any medium. The Request for Proposals may be found online.

All proposals must be received no later than 5 pm on Thursday, December 17, 2009.

Flashpoint Gallery presents cutting-edge contemporary art and provides a springboard for talented artists and curators to enhance their careers. The gallery seeks to inspire creativity and encourage the creation of new work by emerging and under-represented artists and curators. CuDC is seeking inventive, original proposals in any media.

This year, for the first time, CuDC is partnering with The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region to make grants to artists participating in the Flashpoint Gallery Program. The Creative Communities Fund (CCF) will provide grants of up to $2500 to artists to support the creation and presentation of new work. DC area artists applying to the Flashpoint Gallery are encouraged to submit grant applications in conjunction with their program applications.

Visit for more information on the request for proposals and the Creative Communities Fund.

Mid City Artists Open Studios

Saturday, October 24, - Sunday, October 25, 2009

Come out this weekend and tour the studios of local artists located in Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. The self guided walking tour is metro accessible.  Plan for a unique day in this art mecca and visitor friendly location. Supporting businesses include restaurants and galleries that are located near all the artists studios. Make a day or two of it. You'll be surprised and delighted with the artists and the art.

Mid City Artists are a diverse and talented group of nearly 40 professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art, and the Dupont/Logan neighborhoods they call home. It is an opportunity to integrate their art with the fast growing retail and commercial concerns that are located in this area.
Download a handy map @
Washington, DC USA

School 33 Art Center

Open Studio Tour Exhibition
through Saturday, November 14, 2009

This exhibition located in Gallery I features work from artists participating in Open Studio Tour. For over 20 years School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour has brought together professional artists and the general public, giving collectors and art lovers the opportunity to visit studios of visual artists.

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
P: 410.396.4641  


John Dreyfuss: Enigma
Closing on Saturday, October 24, 2009


18 Mammals
Photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine, Keith Carter, Martin d’Orgeval, Larry Gianettino, Jill Greenberg, Henry Horenstein, Tony Mendoza, Mary Noble Ours, Ludlow Porch, Grace Robertson, Anne Rowland, Pentti Sammallahti, Walter Schels, William Wegman and Jason Zimmerman
Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street, NW
Washington DC, 20004
(202) 624-8643

John Dreyfuss: Inventions
Through  January 17, 2010
American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Jackie Braitman


Artist's Talk
Sunday, October 25, 2009 - Noon to 2PM

"The Body in Motion"
New Work From 2009

A Solo Exhibition of Sculpture & Wall-Hung Work by Jackie Braitman
Sept 30 - Oct 31, 2009

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

Nudashank / Knit wit

Anthony Record's "The Gulf"

Knit Wit
 An Exhibition of Contemporary Knit and Sewn Work
October 23 - November 18

OPENING RECEPTION: October 23, 2009
7 - 10 PM

Sarah Applebaum (California)
Anthony Record (Florida)
Nathan Vincent (New York)
Jennifer Strunge (Baltimore)
Chiara Keeling (Baltimore)
Todd Knopke (New York)

405 W. Franklin Street 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Gallery Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm
and by appointment

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Call-for-Entry for the 2010 Sondheim Prize

Application deadline – December 18, 2009

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the fifth edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize.  The prize will award a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. The prize is in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and is produced with our partners, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Approximately six finalists will be selected for the final review for the prize.  Their work will be exhibited in the Thalheimer Gallery of The Baltimore Museum of Art.  Additionally, an exhibition of the semi-finalists’ work will be shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of the Maryland Institute College of Art during the Artscape weekend.

The fellowship winner will be selected from The Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition after review of the installed art and an interview with each finalist by the jurors.  The remaining finalists not selected for the fellowship will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.  Artist collaborators if chosen as the winner will receive a single $25,000 prize or $1,000 honorarium that will be equally divided among the members of the group.

The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who have been instrumental in creating the Baltimore City that exists today.  Walter Sondheim, Jr. had been one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years. His accomplishments included oversight of the desegregation of the Baltimore City Public Schools in 1954 when he was president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City.  Later, he was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor.  He continued to be active in civic and educational activities in the city and state and served as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee until his death in February 2007.

Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn.  Later, she turned to teaching where she spent 15 years at the Children’s Guild working with severely emotionally disturbed children.  After retirement, she was a volunteer tutor at Highlandtown Elementary School.  She married Walter in 1934, and they were together until her death in 1992.

The Jurors will be announced on December 1, 2009.

An application can be downloaded HERE.

No Artist Left Behind

Copyright and Contracts for Artists presented byWALA and WPA
October 24, 2009 2-4 pm
Arlington Arts Center
3220 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

October Art Newsletter from Anne Marchand Studio News

Anne Marchand, Whirl 2009 acrylic and mixed media, 36" x 36"

Hello everybody,

It's been a busy fall and the October newsletter is online with art news that I'd like to share with you. Click on

You can also go to my website and download a pdf of the newletter from my events page at (You'll see FALL NEWSLETTER in the black area above google groups. Click on the text to download a copy).

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I hope you enjoy reading about the projects and will come to see some of the work. Please write with any questions or insights you'd like to share. I would love to here from you.

Happy creating!
Anne Marchand
“Colorful Paintings with Poetic Connections to Life”

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spotlight on Design / Léon Krier

October 27, 6:30- 8:00 pm

Léon Krier is the recipient of the Richard Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture and 2006 Congress for the New Urbanism Athena Award. Hear the noted architect and urban planner discuss his work, including the town of Poundbury, England, which he designed for the Prince of Wales.  Following the lecture, Krier will sign copies of his books, including The Architecture of Community (Island Press) and Drawing for Architecture (MIT Press) 1.5 LU (AIA)

$12 Museum and Congress for New Urbanism Members / $12 Students / $20 Non Members

Spotlight on Design Series is sponsored by Lafarge, the world leader in construction materials, with additional support from the American Institute of Architects.

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington DC 20001

Courage Unmasked II at Artspring

October 10-24, 2009

Closing Reception

Saturday, October 24th, 12-4 p.m.

Courage Unmasked continues as CU 2 at Pyramid's Art Spring store
in downtown Silver Spring, MD
8519 Georgia Ave.. at the corner of Georgia and Ellswoth Dr.

Wine and food reception
Saturday, October 24th, 12-4 pm
(Silent auction will end on this date)

Please come and tell your friends about the exhibition.  Every mask is unique and beautifully viewed in person. The show is up now and the store is open everyday except Monday.

Pyramid's Art Spring store
8519 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

An Evening with Michael Smith at the Corcoran

Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m.

With high-profile clients, including Barack and Michelle Obama, and an award-winning style, designer Michael Smith’s career is soaring. Now set to redecorate the White House, he’ll discuss his favorite projects and creative inspirations at the Corcoran.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20006

For more information, call 202.639.1700 or visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Call for Artists

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) - The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Arena Stage is introducing a temporary, outdoor art exhibit that pays homage to the great scientific mind of R. Buckminster Fuller and his creation of the geodesic dome. “Bucky-Art” celebrates Arena Stage’s spring production of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE which runs May 28 – July 4, 2010. The exhibition will open April 1, 2010, and will last throughout the summer.

“We foresee ’Bucky-Art’ generating a buzz, not only about Arena’s show, but also about the environmental aspects associated with Bucky’s Design Science Principles, especially since Crystal City has such a strong connection to sustainability and green efforts,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “This exhibition is a bold example of arts and culture in Crystal City that visitors, workers and residents of the area have come to expect and love.”

To kick off the project, the Crystal City BID has announced a call for artists – whether Bucky fans or proponents of his green principles – and expects to launch the statues on April 1, 2010. Interested artists should visit to learn more and download the formal application.

Arena Stage, a nationally recognized non-for-profit theater, has made a temporary home in Crystal City. Its production on renaissance man R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, will explore humanity and its chance to survive on “Spaceship Earth.” The show is an unforgettable journey inside one of the most remarkable minds of the 20th century in a dazzling, virtuoso multimedia performance. A hero of the green movement, Fuller framed many of the great environmental ideas of his time and ours. The play may not only change your life but the life of our planet as well.

“Bucky-Art” is part of the Crystal City BID’s ARTFUL program. This new exhibition builds on the success of previous Crystal Art projects which have demonstrated the power that art can add to public spaces. The Crystal City BID is responsible for changing how people see and perceive Crystal City, and art remains a critical means of achieving this goal by adding color, interest and conversation to the streets, sidewalks and public spaces of Crystal City.

Ben Tolman

Check out this talented artist!

Washington, DC artist Ben Tolman is one of the 50 finalists in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009.  His drawing "Jana" will be up at the museum from October 23, 2009 to August 22, 2010. There will be an opportunity to vote for his piece as the "visitor's favorite" both in person as well as online. Ben is writing a blog as part of the exhibition at

No Artist Left Behind workshop

October 24, 2009 2-4pm

Washington Project for the Arts and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) invite you to a No Artist Left Behind workshop on Copyright and Contract basics at Arlington Art Center. John D. Mason, an attorney at The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC., will share valuable information about contemporary issues in copyright law that artists need to know, followed by a question and answer session.

John D. Mason is a Washington DC/Maryland-based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark matters, litigation, contracts, and commercial matters. He works with writers, artists, and creative people and companies to protect and promote their work and is also a literary agent. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts.

No Artist Left Behind is a series of professional development workshops offered by Washington Project for the Arts providing resources to help artists succeed both inside and outside the studio.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendance is limited to 50 people. Please RSVP to agriffiths wpadc org

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Dirty Green / 1236 9th Street NW

October 22, 2009 7:00 - 10:00 pm

The Dirty Green, a two-man art show by Washington, DC-based artists Kelly Towles and Billy Colbert. The show explores thievery and and how cartoons have chronicled the actions of bad con men, in their endless pursuit to conquer the good.

One Night Only
Soundtrack by DAVO, sponsored by Oakley
1236 9th St NW.
Washington, DC 20001

District of Columbia: Mid City Artists hosts annual tour in time for pre-holiday shopping - Neighborhood



District of Columbia: Mid City Artists hosts annual tour in time for pre-holiday shopping - Neighborhood

Washington's popular fall walking tour of artists' studios in the U Street, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Thomas Circle neighborhoods takes place this year on October 24 and 25 with the addition of three new artists and a host of business supporters. Visitors to the Mid City Artists' (MCA) event meet community artists in their workspaces to see a range of new work, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media. MCA hosts the tour twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Download walking map for Fall Open Studios at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

RUSH HOUR: Art Beats Traffic

In Our Nature: Artists Reflect on the Manmade Landscape
Art finds beauty in eco-systems

Thursday October 22, 2009
5pm Closing Reception, 6pm Gallery Talk

Kim Beck
Curator Rachel Sitkin discusses her view of the exhibition's social relevance. Participating artists Alex Lukas and Michelle Hagewood speak to their interest in the manmade landscape.

Artists: Kim Beck, Laura Cooperman, Michelle Hagewood, Alex Lukas, Igor Pasternak

Part of MAP's Seventh Annual Curators' Incubator Program

Free and Open to the Public. No RSVP required.

Maryland Art Place
Power Plant Live!
8 Market Place, Suite 100,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

DLA Piper / Empty Bowls A Charity Event

Wednesday, October 21, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Purchase an original artist-created ceramic bowl of your choice for $25 and fill it with one of the soups provided by Clyde's of Gallery Place, Café Atlántico, PS 7's, and three non-profits

Larger donations will be accepted
All of these funds will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank

Collector's Bowls are also available for a slightly higher price
Half the proceeds of each Collector's Bowl will be given to its artist
and half to the Capital Area Food Bank

DLA Piper
500 8th Street, NW
Metro:  Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G or 7th and F

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A new Museum is coming to the National Mall

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $10 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, expected to open in late 2015 on the National Mall in Washington. The purpose of the grant is to support the capital campaign of the new museum, which is raising funds for the design and construction of its building."

Read More:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gives Major Gift to Smithsonian Museum - The First Art Newspaper on the Net

Friday, October 16, 2009

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV)

A group of Chicago artists discuss creative ways of making a full-time living beyond the traditional gallery system.

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV)

Robert Storr: Most theory has little bearing on art | The Art Newspaer

Robert Storr: Most theory has little bearing on art | The Art Newspaer: "Robert Storr: Most theory has little bearing on art
The critic and curator speaks to The Art Newspaper"

Robert Storr, US critic, curator and dean of the Yale School of Art, is visiting Frieze Art Fair for the first time, to take part in “Scenes from a Marriage: Have Art and Theory Drifted Apart?”, a panel discussion today at 12pm with artist Barbara Bloom and philosophy professor Simon Critchley. He spoke to The Art Newspaper about the role of art theory, and what advice he is giving to his students in today’s artistic climate.

Design Week DC: A Unique Opportunity for Designers, Oct 19-24 -- Please retweet! - Design Notes Photos

Design Week DC: A Unique Opportunity for Designers, Oct 19-24 -- Please retweet! - Design Notes Photos

Design Week DC is upon us! This is a unique opportunity for Washington DC designers-- just take a look at the action-packed agenda. Your best bet: an education lecture series on Saturday, October 24, made up of 30-minute back-to-back presentations at Cady's Alley in Georgetown (these presentations are usually given to architectural firms, but they are free for your enjoyment during Design Week). Free food and drinks will be offered at the events. For more info, visit Design Week DC.

Georgetown Gallery Gaze

Celebrate Georgetown's art community with an array of artists and artisans at the first monthly art walk! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th 6 - 9 PM

Georgetown's gallery walk, coined the “Georgetown Gallery Gaze” will be taking place every 3rd FRIDAY of the month. The participating gallery owners will be opening their doors with extended hours, from 6-9 pm, welcoming people with art, music, libations, and nibbles. Fine art , wearable art to adorn, and artful patrons will be there. All are invited to explore the festivities along the cobble-stoned streets of Georgetown, enjoying, appreciating, and socializing with the different local and visiting artists that each gallery spotlights.

Closer to Canal Square, one will hear a soft hum of an acoustic guitar. Through the small passageway from M St., you'll find yourself surrounded by a handful of art galleries as well as musicians Mike Meier on acoustic guitar with Linda Bird on flute.

Friday, November 20th 6 - 9 pm

There will be musical guest artist Dave Freund and sponored by Barefoot Winery.


6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

long view gallery
1234 Ninth St, Washington, DC 20001

featured artists include

Steve Pyke | Scott Brooks | Anna U Davis | Drew Ernst
Mike Weber | Dana Ellyn | Matt Sesow | Stacy Albano
Tony Savoie | Billy Colbert | John Whipple
Victor Ekpuk | Chris Stephens


Thursday, October 15, 2009

A one-evening group exhibition /"True Beauty - Young Womanhood in D.C." photobook by

Richard Chu/ Ripplestone Project and the True Beauty team

A one-evening group exhibition of photographic artworks from the "True Beauty - Young Womanhood in D.C." photobook by Sardar Zaib, Jim Tretick, and Richard Chu

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 7:00pm-Friday, October 16, 2009 at 1:00am

The Fridge (

Rear Alley, 516 8th Street SE - across from Matchbox, 2 1/2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station on the Orange/ Blue Line

 Signed limited-edition print of the artworks will be available for sale and a raffle will be held for portfolio-quality photo sessions with the photographers

--- All proceeds from this event go toward the funding of a medical vehicle that goes to underprivileged communities to provide free breast cancer screening ---

Exhibited alongside the photos will be tribute artworks from the photobook by DECOY, Anna U. Davis, Randall Holloway, and Graham Jackson

Info on the True Beauty project and sample photography and verses from the photobook are on our website:

There will be a after-party from 10PM to 1AM DJ'd by the inimitable Cheryl DJ Breeze spinning her groove thangs and dance music from the 80 's and 90 's - David Bowie, Blondie, Devo, B-52 's and such

1) a man/ woman a-la-carte naked sushi 's that can only be retrieved by your bite ;). If you drop the piece, you will have to down a cup of sake and pay double for the sushi!

2) a drag-queen show by Lady XXX Rapture and a sensual pas-de-deux dance performance

3) a live auction of donated paintings, antique/ vintage items and high-end designer clothing & accessories

Artworks of Silvia Santiago

October 16 - November 7, 2009

Opening Thursday, October 15, 2009
MOMENTO Art Gallery
2141 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
3RD Floor Washington, DC 20008
(202) 333-3308

Premiere Premiere Screening of "Eastern Market: The Rebuilding," by Langley Bowers '04

Langley Bowers' ('04) documentary "Eastern Market: The Rebuilding" is an 18 minute video which tells the story of the 2007 Eastern Market fire and the inspirational rebuilding process that followed.

Interviewees and contributors include a charismatic array of market vendors, DC public officials (Adrian Fenty, Dan Tangherlini, Tommy Wells, Eleanor Holms Norton), non-profit representatives, and community members. The video was sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF) and the Ruth Ann Overbeck Oral History Project.

Premiere Screening
Date/Time: October 17th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: North Hall of Eastern Market, 7th and N. Carolina, SE

DVDs will be available at the premiere, and the video will be made available online through the CHCF website.

With These Hands: The Sculptures of Sy Gresser and Bill Taylor

September 15 - December 15, 2009

Opening Reception and Artist Talk:
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 until 8:00 pm
To RSVP or request additional information, call (301) 955-7937.

University of Maryland’s University College (UMUC)
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Exhibition Hours:
The exhibition is free and open to the public 9 am – 9 pm.

The exhibition features work by two accomplished area sculptors who utilize hand tools in the direct carving tradition. It celebrates a half-century of friendship, artistic expression, and a shared passion for sculpture. In connection with the exhibition, UMUC will publish curatorial essays about the artists according to Eric Key, Director of the UMUC Arts Program. Sy Gresser is a founding member of the Washington Sculptors Group.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


October 17 – November 14, 2009

Artists’ Reception October 17, 7 PM

October 24, 7:30-10:00 PM

Bethesda Art Walk, November 13, 6-9 PM
Artists’ Talk, November 14, 2 PM

 MARDI GRAS by Joyce Zipperer
aluminum, brass and crocheted copper wire
8"h x 4"w x 10.5"d.

An intriguing exhibition of metal and fiber graces Gallery Neptune this fall with the outstanding artwork of Joyce Zipperer and Rania Hassan. Both artists excel in their mediums and both use their art to define communities that are personal to each of them. Joyce Zipperer has been producing art in the Washington, DC area for more than twenty years and fashion has played a major role which informs her work. Her history of women’s undergarments has been expressed through hand crocheted metal wire or sheet metal sculptures and covers everything from corsets to bloomers to brassieres and “Days of the Week” underwear. Woman’s accessories have also made their way into Zipperer’s portfolio. In 2007 she was featured in Neptune’s “Brand New Talk Collection” with oversized jewelry, hats, gloves and high heeled shoes in metal, fabric and wood. In the gallery’s current exhibit, she returns with her focus strictly on high heels: “Throughout history, women have been influenced by trends in fashion, often discounting comfort and health issues. Some of my work addresses issues concerning bound torsos and cramped feet in shoes of exaggerated styles.” Acknowledging its allure, Zipperer agrees that fashion design sometimes weakens our sensibilities; a difficult thing to reckon with when trendy is hip and fun. In 2003 Joyce Zipperer was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in New York, for sculpture.

Rania Hassan is an emerging artist who has been steadily producing art from her Washington, DC studio for the past ten years. Recently named an outstanding artist in the field of fiber by the James Renwick Alliance, Hassan has combined her painting and knitting skills to create a unique presentation of art that honors the community of knitters that share her passion and communicate with her regularly through her blog Hassan also views her art as a symbol of universal connectedness: “I am fascinated by the connections we find in our everyday experiences: from the isolation of communities on the subway, to the solitary experience of introspection, to the feelings of deep communion. How do we think of our place in this world? How do we fit in it?”

gallery + studio

5001 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Md. 20814

Sparkplug presents FINDINGS

October 16 - November 15
Opening Reception: October 16, 7-9pm

Featuring work by Deborah Carroll Anzinger, Peter Gordon, Michael Matason, Lisa McCarty, Kathryn McDonnell, Karen Joan Topping and Jenny Walton
Curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow and Blair Murphy

DCAC's resident collective considers the artistic process as a mode of inquiry, a domain characterized by sustained research and vigorous experimentation, yet focused less on the production of definitive answers than on the discovery and negotiation of contradictory truths.  While the exhibition demonstrates the diverse concerns and creative tactics of the nine Sparkplug members, it also reflects the purposeful development of Sparkplug as a collective over the group’s first two years of working together. 

Positing art as an ideal vehicle for navigating seemingly irreconcilable ideas and inspirations, and raising questions about the nature of new knowledge and the Artist’s Work, FINDINGS  brings themes cultivated during collective meetings and studio visits into the gallery space.  In this way, the audience is invited to engage in active conversation with individual artists, and with Sparkplug as an organic and multifarious whole.

District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Westminster Playground Art Exhibition

Sunday, October 18th, 2009, Noon until Sundown
913 Westminster Street NW
Washington, DC

You are invited to a special outdoor art exhibition at the Westminster Street playground. Neighborhood artists Chuck Baxter, George Smith-Shomari, and Nikolas Schiller, who all live on Westminster Street, will have their artwork display throughout the afternoon.

Crowned by the vibrantly-colored, 3 story mural titled "Community" by local artist Anne Marchand, the Westminster Playground is urban oasis that brings neighbors together and helps foster the mural's namesake, community. The playground exhibition is free and open to everyone, is wheelchair accessible, and only two blocks from the U Street Metro station (10 Street exit). Since this exhibition is weather sensitive, please check Nikolas’s website, before noon o n October 18th if the weather looks bad. We hope to see you!

The Westminster Playground is located on the Northeast side of Westminster Street, a one block street between 9th & 10th and S & T Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.

About The Artists:

Chuck Baxter creates found object art from materials tossed in DC’ s gutters and alleys. For the past decade Chuck has built a reputation, in his own mind, as the D.C. area’s foremost collector of gutter gifts. He’s a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs bureaucrat, a DC artist, and minimal director of his own life. Few of Chuck’s pieces hang in DC business and government offices, and in the homes of art collectors and friends around the world. “I have always felt the pull of throw-aways, and sought to invoke the world of junk as the natural medium for the urban artist.”20His fascination with the flotsam of city life and the details of trash, such as broken glass, smashed plastic, crumpled paper, and lost toys, is the starting point for most of his pieces. The=2 0underlying compositional theme of his work draw from the common shapes and forms found in the gutter. Chuck currently resides in the Shaw where he simmers in his own private studio.

Member of MidCity Artists visit:

George Smith-Shomari is an artist, professor and artistic consultant who's artwork focuses on the Universal African Diaspora. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Professor Smith received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and his Master's with a specialization in printmaking and art education from Pratt Institute. In addition to teaching at the University of the District of Columbia, George Smith has taught in the DC Public School System and several museums in New York City. The artistic works of George H. Smith, have appeared in numerous one man and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
For more information visit:

Nikolas Schiller is a digital artist who maps the territory between art & science. After studying geography & computer science at the George Washington University, in 2004 he began developing abstract geographic designs based on kaleidoscopic aerial photography and satellite imagery. In the years since, he has mapped nearly every major city in the United States, including each ward of Washington, DC. His unique maps have been featured on book covers, album covers, and are in the permanent m ap collections of the Library of Congress, British Library, New York Public Library,=2 0and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the two-time recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Young Artist Program Grant (2006 & 2008) and most recently had his artwork on display at Artomatic 2009 in Washington, DC and "Photocartopgrahies: the Tattered Fragments of the Map" in Los Angeles.
For more information visit: