Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Call to Artists / Interactive H Street -- Pop Up Public Art Project

HURRY - Just received this afternoon!

Deadline: Friday, July 9, 2010 at 6pm
Budget: $70,000
Site Visit: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 6pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), DC Creates! Public Art Program would like to invite you to participate in our “Pop-Up Public Art Project” on a donated plot of land at 3rd and H Street, NE is a partnership initiative between DCCAH, the DC Office of Planning and the H Street BID to activate “Interactive H Street”. This initiative will establish a 14-block creative corridor along H Street NE, creating a framework for civic innovation; activation of dormant real estate; and creative business incubation. This project will make a critical contribution toward H Street becoming a destination for arts, business and community experiences in city design.
“Interactive H Street” is inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD). MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designs for their cities. MICD mayors know that the arts and culture contribute greatly as core components in building livable and sustainable communities. Cities across the country create diverse projects through the support of the MICD program. Projects include planning, design, and arts engagement.
For questions call 202-724-5613 or email Rachel Dickerson.
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Sparkplug/ Facts and Fictions

Facts and Fictions
June 18 - July 18
Artists Talk: July 18, 5pm

Curated by Blair Murphy
Featuring work by Rob Chester, Chajana denHarder, Todd Gardener, Joseph Hale, Chandi Kelley, Matt Smith and Dafna Steinberg

Featuring work by the seven new members of DCAC's Sparkplug artist collective, Facts and Fictions highlights the tension between the real and the constructed, between the production of elaborate fictions and the documentation of a seemingly concrete reality. Working in painting, photography and mixed media, the artists in the exhibition blur the boundaries between documentation and creation. Fictional narratives and imagined characters inhabit fantastical worlds that nonetheless speak to everyday experiences and anxieties. In other instances, work created with an eye towards everyday human experience transforms otherwise ordinary moments into unfamiliar and surprising visions.

LottoHEART - Where Art and CAMP Collide! at Rehoboth

Have you wanted to own one of my small paintings or another Washington, DC based artist's work? Try your luck? Well here's your chance to do both. Check out LottoHEART's Game Show for great art pieces. For only $100 you can own a piece of art and have some fun. If you can't attend, you can still play proxy online. Check it out!

Saturday, July 3

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center -

Here's the scoop on LottoHEART, what it is and how you can play!

Have you got your ticket yet? Worlds collide in the outrageous return of the LottoHEART Game Show to the RB Convention Center Saturday, July 3.

Featuring over 200 artworks, the fast paced, hilarious evening hosted by Christopher Peterson was awesome last year - this edition will be even more outrageous and fun. The Blue Moon's Pamala Stanley will be making a special guest appearance and joining Christoper for a Lotto surprise!

Simply put, come to the event for $25 (open bar, nibbles, friends and fun!) or buy an art ticket for $100 (get all of the above) and play LottoHEART - every player wins a piece of original art! The lotto part is the order in which the art is chosen. The earlier your ticket is drawn, the wider selection of your favorites's hilarious, fast paced and fab!

Oh, and the best part is the whole thing is conducted by Christopher Peterson and his talented cast, with a preview of his 2010 show, surprise raffle prizes, food, an open bar all night long, and the 2010 HeART of the Community Art Auction.

Purchase tickets and see the list of participating artists at All art will be previewed on the website. If you want to support the cause and can't come, call 302-227-5620 to purchase your ticket and Play Proxy online. LottoHEART debuted last summer under the direction of event chair Sondra Arkin and the CAMP Art Committee. What a success it was!

LottoHEART details: LottoHEART 2010; Saturday, July 3, 6 p.m. - 9.p.m., at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center; 229 Rehoboth Avenue; hosted by Christopher Peterson; open bar all night; general admission $25; art ticket admission $100; benefits CAMP Rehoboth.

Call to Artists / 2010 ArtsCapade Festival

2010 ArtsCapade Festival at Dulles Station, Virginia

Sponsored by The League of Reston Artists
October 23rd & 24th, 2010
Join the Evolution!

The Second ArtsCapade is not just another art festival… ArtsCapade has a unique character all its own.

Live Entertainment on Stage. International Foods, Wine & Beer Garden, Interactive Activities for all Ages and Children's Costume Parade. Band Parade. Pre-Festival Children’s Activities. Artist’s Demonstrations, … More

The categories of juried artists’ work - the usual and the unusual - open to outsider and visionary artists including:
Digital (Photography/computer painting/illustration)
Mixed Media – 2D
Drawing (Pastels/Pencil/Ink)
Quirky (use of unusual materials)

The site is planned for over a 140 tents for artists; vendors; international foods; a wine and beer garden and community business partners. We are anticipating thousands of attendees from this diverse and populated area to come together for a weekend of fun for all ages.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is a non-profit 501c3 all volunteer organization that was formed in 43 years ago when the community of Reston was born. LRA has since expanded to members throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  The LRA mission: Providing educational opportunities for students through scholarships;  Supporting artists of all levels and skills through mentoring; Arranging exhibitions for artists including community and corporate venues; Scheduling workshops and critique groups in photography, artistic techniques and marketing; and obtaining a permanent gallery/meeting/classroom space for the organization.

For more details and information visit: .  Then go to Artscapade at Dulles Station where more information and application are available. If you have more questions, please contact Kerin McBride – or call 703-585-6206.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Civilian Art Projects / Exquisite Corpse

June 24 - July 3, 2010

Exquisite Corpse - a collaborative photo project curated by Corcoran Photography alums Jessica Cebra, Dave Gustine, and Marissa Long.

Invented by Surrealists in 1925, the Exquisite Corpse method involves a group of collaborators assembling a collection of words or images - each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person has contributed. The technique is similar to an old parlour game called "Consequences" in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it on to the next player for further contribution.

While the Exquisite Corpse being exhibited at Civilian Art Projects utilizes the method most commonly seen in the writing exercise, words have been substituted here with images.

The project's photographers are an eclectic mix in themselves, including many artists based in D.C., and others living in New York, California, and as far away as China and South Africa. The Exquisite Corpse photographers:
Ken Ashton
Page Carr
Jessica Cebra
Jenn DePalma
Ginger Farnham
Dave Gustine
Avi Gupta
Kyoko Hamada
Whitney Hubbs
Paul Jeffreys
Marissa Long
Seth Lower
Michael Lease
Kate MacDonnell
Antonio McAffee
Andy McMillan
Ed Panar
Laurel Ptak
Eric Powell
Ahndraya Parlato
Cory Riggle
Paul Schiek
Mike Terzano
Zach Storm
Sarah Small
Asha Schecter
Sarah Wilmer
Jason Zimmerman

Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW
Washington DC 20004
(202) 607-3804

Monday, June 28, 2010

BANNED by Dana Ellyn

Solo exhibit of paintings by Dana Ellyn at the MLK Library in Washington, DC.

TONIGHT (Monday 6/28)
Opening Reception from 6:30-8pm
MLK Library (lobby)
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

“Each of the ‘Banned’ paintings are inspired by notable 'banned books'; books that have been challenged and declared 'prohibited' from the public by one or more authoritative body. Ellyn thrives on controversy, loves to read and tell stories, and simply adores the process of painting. This exhibit was literally tailor-made for her and by her.

The story told by an Ellyn painting is oftentimes opinionated. She delivers hard slaps to myths of all kinds -- from religion, to politics, to what it means to be a woman. Along with the emotional infusion, she spends countless hours brainstorming about what to paint. Ellyn puts tremendous importance on the content and meaning behind each of her paintings.”

To learn more about the show:

Glass Sculptures by Jackie L. Braitman

Zenith Gallery presents
Glass Sculptures by Jackie L. Braitman

The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
June 30 – September 30
Meet the Artist: Wednesday, July 14, 5:30-8:30 PM
Zenith Gallery features talented glass sculptor, Jackie L. Braitman, in “Transparency” opening at the Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on June 30, with a “Meet the Artist” Reception on Wednesday, July 14, 5:30-8:30 PM.  Zenith curates the gallery’s rotating exhibits.

An architectural designer by trade, Braitman exhibits her large- and smaller-scale work in galleries and art spaces in the mid-Atlantic region, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, California, and Texas, and in private homes through commissions.  In 2004, she was a finalist in “Emerge 2004,” a biennial international art glass competition.

The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
At 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Hours: Open weekdays, 8 AM-7 PM; Saturdays & Sundays by appointment
Information: 202-783-2963

Call to Artists / Art Bank

Art Bank 2010 Call to Artist

Deadline: Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 7PM                                                                       
All entries must be received by the deadline. This is not a postmark date.
Theme: District Identities Depictions of Washingtonian Life, Landscapes, and Cultural Legacies
The Commission is seeking two and three-dimensional works including prints, drawings, mixed media compositions, paintings, photographs, ceramics, moveable sculptures, digital media, and video art. Special attention will be given to innovative and dynamic photography, to meet the strong demand for photographs amongst government agencies.

For assistance in preparing your application
on Wednesday July 21st from 1-2PM and July 28th from 6-7:30PM
at the DCCAH Office, 1371 Harvard Street, NW 20009

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to all artists who reside or maintain studio space in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. However, preference will be given to District residents.

More info HERE

Saturday, June 26, 2010


In Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play, differences of opinion on the nature of art and on a very large, very costly white painting put friendships to the test. Alan Paul, associate director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, directs Andrew Long, Hugh Nees, and Howard Shalwitz. Post-reading discussion follows.

In conjunction with two exhibitions of white monochromatic paintings on view at the Phillips through Sept. 12, 2010—Robert Ryman: Variations and Improvisations and Pousette-Dart: Predominantly White Paintings

Thurs., July 1, 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $20 ($8 for Phillips members), and includes special exhibition and Phillips after 5 access. Patrons and Circle members free.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St., NW.
Metro: Dupont Circle (Q St.)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Call to Arlington Artists and Curators

Deadline Extended to June 29, 2010

Artisphere, the metropolitan-DC area’s newest cultural center, is set to open in Arlington on 10-10-10 with multiple venues, including: a 4,000 square foot ballroom space, a wi-fi lounge, a café, three distinct gallery spaces, as well as three flexible theater/performance spaces! MEZZ Gallery at Artisphere

The Mezz Gallery at Artisphere provides Arlington artists, arts groups, organizations and curators a new and exciting exhibition opportunity.

ELIGIBILITY: Proposals will be accepted from individual artists, arts groups, organizations, and curators who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County.

AWARDS: $500 honorarium will be awarded for each selected proposal.

ENTRY FEE: $25 application fee per proposal.

PROPOSALS: May include themed or solo exhibitions by Arlington artists. Arlington based curators may propose exhibitions featuring multiple artists in or outside of Arlington. Proposals may include single- or mixed-media. Media may include photography, hand-pulled prints, letterpress, wall hung sculptural installations, crafts, textiles, fashion, drawing, painting, etc. All proposals must be submitted via Only digital submissions will be judged.

 Arlington Cultural Affairs is committed to providing a diverse schedule of high quality programs in the arts, providing opportunities for visual artists, performing artists and arts organizations as well as developing an engaged and appreciative audience. If you no longer wish to receive emails from the Ellipse Arts Center please unsubscribe.

The Art of Last Minuteness @ Activation 440 | Surprise!

The Art of Last Minuteness @ Activation 440
440 Rhode Island Ave NW (The Josephine)
Saturday, June 26th | 6-10PM


Check out the photos from the Activation 440 Opening Party HERE!

Live Silkscreening/ Painting:
Truth Amoung Liars (TAL):
Diana Cruz:

Kelly Towles:
Nicole Aguire (Worn Mag):
Joshua Yospyn:
Aniekan Udofia:
No Kings Collective:
Ky’Leigh Wilson:
Annie Kielman:
Sarah Martin:
Dan Barojas:

Kelly Towles, Gaia and every artist in the Activation 440 space at the Josephine building absolutely crushed it with full room installations and mural work, and It was great to have them apart of the show over the past 3 weeks. What you don’t know is that all the artist appreciated the support far more than you could imagine. So in return all artist donated work that will be raffled off at the end of the show. It is free and you just need to RSVP. If you attended the first events you are already on the list. We welcome you to bid the space farewell and close it out right with great art, live silk-screening, a cool rooftop, good music, drinks and great friends. Be there and be counted at Activation 440 in The Joshephine building this Saturday.  ReadysetDC

Gallery Director for the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

The Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center is looking for a Gallery Director for the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery (a 600 square foot space in an urban Jewish Community Center).  This is a full-time position that includes benefits. Previous gallery experience required. 
 Read HERE for more information.

Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2010 Finalists through August 1

Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2010 Finalists
June 19 – August 1, 2010
Free exhibition

The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on July 10. Artscape is held July 16-19, 2010.

Finalists Exhibition will be shown in the Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Galleries of the BMA on Saturday, June 19 through Sunday, August 1.

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by the finalists for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. This year's finalists are: Leah Cooper, Ryan Hackett, Matthew Janson, Nate Larson, Christopher LaVoie, Matthew Porterfield, and Karen Yasinsky.

Named after the late Baltimore civic leader Walter Sondheim and his late wife, Janet, the Sondheim Prize recognizes the achievements of visual artists living or working in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The semi-finalists, finalists, and winner are all chosen by an independent panel of jurors. This year’s jurors are: Robert Nickas, an independent New York-based curator, writer and art critic; Magdalena Sawon, owner and director of New York’s Postmasters Gallery; and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator of the Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago. The finalists were announced on April 13.


Go to the Corcoran on Saturdays this summer for FREE admission, plus Gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances for families and all ages! Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, enjoy summer exhibitions and programming free of charge. Special programs, many free, have been planned to celebrate the Corcoran’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change and Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.

For more information on Free Summer Saturdays, visit

The schedule for Free Summer Saturdays programming is as follows:
Every Saturday:
Chalk Drawings; 11a.m. - 4p.m. 
Corcoran alum Randolph Williams recreates highlights from the Corcoran’s permanent collection with
chalk on the corner of 17th Street and New York Avenue.

Highlights Tours; 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Join a guided tour through the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Saturday, June 26; Noon – 3 p.m.
Sketching in the Atrium sketching from a life model. All materials are provided.

Saturday, July 3Chuck Close Prints:  Process and Collaboration opens

Saturday, July 10; 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Pulp to Paper (Family workshop)
Pre-registration is required.
Paint and canvas are not the only tools artists use to create. See portraits made from wood blocks,
strings, and even paper pulp in the special exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.
Following the tour, create your own hand-made paper from bits of paper pulp. $8 per child, Corcoran Members at the Family level and above; $12 per child, Public. To register, visit www.

Saturday, July 10; 1 p.m.
Tim Fort’s Muybridge-a-scope Domino Presentation in the Atrium
Tim Fort's kinetic gadgets go beyond ordinary domino tumbling to encompass other chain-reaction
techniques like the Muybridgeoscope, an animated device resembling a flip book. For the show, Fort
takes over the Corcoran’s North Atrium to create one of his unique kinetic gadgets that mixes several of
Eadweard Muybridge's motion studies into the design.

Saturday, July 10; 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Pulp to Paper (Adult workshop)
Pre-registration required.
Paint and canvas are not the only tools artists use to create. See portraits made from wood blocks, strings,
and even paper pulp in the special exhibition, Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. Following
the tour, create your own hand-made paper from bits of paper pulp. $8 Corcoran Members; $12 Public.
To register, visit or call (202) 639-1770.

Saturday, July 17; 2 p.m.
MONTAGE Music Society’s Starry Night Project
…such lovely music written exclusively about works of visual art is its own justification…
--Gramophone Magazine, 2009
Boston’s MONTAGE Music Society’s Starry Night Project features music of noted living American composers written exclusively about works of visual art. Combining original, contemporary music with artwork by such important visual artists as Rousseau, Van Gogh, Matisse, Degas, and Picasso, Starry Night Project connects the ear to the eye, and the eye to the ear. Forging these connections between art forms encourages active listening and observation and stimulates fresh, new insights in to the musical and visual creative processes. Learn more at

Thursday, June 24, 2010

“Informed Design” Exhibition at Long View Gallery

“Informed Design”
Reception: Thursday, July 8, 2010 
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW
Washington, DC

PLEASE RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Long View Gallery announces the upcoming exhibition “Informed Design,” opening on July 8 and running through August 1. “Informed Design” strives to expound on the role of art objects within the context of interior design and architecture. This exhibition will feature a sampling of the inventory in our newly launched corporate art consulting branch, as well as two architectural design vignettes by leading D.C. architects Ernesto Santalla and David Jameson.

In contrast to typical gallery shows in which pieces hang on blank white walls, “Informed Design” demonstrates how art can influence or interact with an interior. “Informed Design” aims to explore the relationship between art and architecture, and argues that exceptional works of art establish dialogues with their surroundings. The show will encompass a wide variety of abstract paintings and low relief sculptures by artists on our corporate art consulting roster. These artists include: Joan Konkel, Anne Marchand, Victoria Cowles, Steve Griffin, Patricia Burns, Wanda Wainsten, and Susan Finsen.

Local architects Ernesto M. Santalla of Studio Santalla and David Jameson of David Jameson Architect Inc. will install site-specific vignettes to accompany our artwork selections. Santalla and Jameson both consider art as the hub of their respective design processes.

Educated in the Bauhaus style of architecture, Santalla’s vignette adopts the unique curatorial approach of selecting artworks according to which pieces best utilize the space. His vignette incorporates a site-specific installation by Barbara Josephs Liotta, as well as a series of paintings by Ralph Turturro that echo the texture of gallery’s stone pillars. Specifically created for “Informed Design,” Liotta will unveil a 20-foot tall installation composed of white marble stones and matching tie cord that float against a black wall. She describes her work as “stripping away the superfluous and the decorative. I strive for a sort of essence, a clarity that will allow the work grace but not prettiness, rhythm but not contrivance, balance but not inertness. I strive to animate, not merely inhabit a space.” The work should resonate both with the architecture of the space it occupies, and with the materials from which it is constructed.”

Jameson’s vignette similarly allows the physical gallery space to dictate his design. Inspired by the raw feel of the exposed brick and concrete, he has selected work by artists that complement the industrial look of the gallery. According to Jameson, “conceptually, we are attempting to create an installation that stitches together a tectonic experience formed by pressures of the space with an art experience positioned within the added tectonic elements.” Displaying works by celebrated artists Steve Cushner, Mary Early, James Huckenphaler and Jackie Hoysted, Jameson is creating a gallery within the gallery by installing pillars, echoing the existing concrete beams, to act as walls. Not only will the architectural design choices enhance the interior of the gallery, they will also heighten the experience of viewing the artwork that adorns them, further elaborating on the importance of art objects in interiors.

About Ernesto Santalla
Cuban-born architect Ernesto Santalla has contributed to the changing skyline of Washington, D.C. and worked on projects in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Europe. A registered architect and LEED accredited professional, Ernesto practices architecture, interior design, and graphic design at his firm, Studio Santalla, Inc., located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Ernesto is also a fine art photographer and a regular contributor to Washington Life Magazine and The Washington Blade.

About David Jameson
David Jameson, FAIA founded his eponymous architectural studio in 1998 upon a rigorous commitment to design excellence and client service. Since then, his firm has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 150 design awards and featured in over nearly 200 design publications including Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, and Architectural Digest. London based Wallpaper magazine recognized the firm as one of four US based architecture firms to follow in its 2010 Fabulous 40 issue. This past spring Architectural Digest named David to their AD100 roster, a listing of the top 100 architects and designer’s worldwide. In academia, Jameson is an adjunct faculty at his alma mater Virginia Tech (91’) and is a guest critic at Yale and Columbia.

This Saturday | Art Salon | 32 Under 32

To learn more, click here

To view June's ART(202) Reel, Concrete Lizard, click here

Best Documentary this year at Tribeca / MONICA & DAVID

A love story about two adults with Down syndrome.
(Documentary, USA, 68 minutes.  English w/some Spanish.)

WINNER: Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival AUDIENCE AWARD, Top 10 at:
IDFA (Amsterdam), Thessaloniki (Greece) & Tribeca (NYC)

"unexpectedly engrossing"

-Robert De Niro

"The film goes beyond disability" 
-Chris Burke (Actor, Life Goes On)

SILVERDOCS Film Festival (Silver Spring, MD, just outside D.C.)

--FRIDAY, June 25 - 8pm
--SATURDAY, June 26 -11:30am

Director, Ali Codina, will be in attendance. 

LOCATION: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road (at Georgia Avenue),
Silver Spring, Maryland.  TWO BLOCKS FROM METRO-Red Line to Silver Spring.


Twelve contemporary mixed media paintings by Greenville, NC artist Destry Sparks will be on display in the Boatwright Gallery at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History in Danville, VA from June 25 to August 22, 2010. A public reception to honor the artist is scheduled for the evening of June 25th at the historic Sutherlin Mansion which houses the museum from 5:00 to 7:30. The mansion is the crown jewel of the tourist destination known as Millionaire’s Row in Danville, VA just over the border north of Greensboro.

Sparks is known for attaching a variety of worn found objects (both natural and manufactured) to burlap and other rough surfaces to create a particularly visceral effect atypical of traditional flat plane painting. His influences are diverse from traditional African craftsmen to contemporary masters including Anselm Kiefer. With objects ranging from decayed window frames to dried leaves, themes of deterioration are offset by redemptive messages of hope from Christian theology. Viewers are encouraged to consider the idea that everything (and by extension everyone) has a place in the world. Nothing is worthless or without purpose ultimately.

‘When objects typically categorized as junk are elevated and placed on a wall in a painting within the lofty sphere of fine art, we’re more likely to notice and appreciate the beauty and design of even the smallest of things’, Sparks says.

His work has been shown around the country and overseas later this year in the Outsiders Art Festival in Adelaide, South Australia. Spark’s work has won numerous awards including First Place last year in the 2nd International Society of Acrylic Painters Online International Open Exhibition. Media mentions include a feature on the website. Locally his work is normally available at Carteret Contemporary Art in Morehead City and InkStone Gallery in Winterville. During the Danville show however, many of his pivotal works will be dedicated to this important mid-career exhibition.

For more information about the artist’s work, visit The artist is also very active on where he regularly shares art ideas and news about his group show projects with other artists with over 4,000 art world friends. News about the exhibition in Danville is also available at the museum website at

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Bloomingdale Art Walk / Call for Artists

2nd Annual 1st on First
Art + Music Walk

The Second Annual "First on 1st" Art + Music walk is coming up on August 7 and is looking for great sculpture to place in several yards in the Bloomingdale neighborhood for the day.

If you would like to participate, click here for more information.

Cross Spectrum - Short Films from Helsinski and DC

On Thursday, June 24, see some of Finland and DC's finest short films in the elegant setting of the Embassy of Finland.

 More information and buy tickets HERE.

 Includes Open Bar Reception
 21+ to enter. No refunds.

R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE

Does humanity have a chance to survive on Spaceship Earth? Explore this question with Renaissance man R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome. Join Arena Stage through July 4th for 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, Bucky framed many of the great environmental ideas of his time and ours. This is your chance to get to know the man and his world-saving mission in a play "as startlingly funny as it is intellectually stimulating" (San Francisco Examiner). It may not only change your life but the life of our planet as well.

And don't forget about "Bucky Art"! The weather is warming up nicely, so plan a walk around the heart of Crystal City, VA to view the sculptures that celebrate the great scientific mind of R. Buckminster Fuller.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Argentine artist Wanda Wainsten exhibition at the Embassy of Argentina

JUNE 24th - JULY 1st

Opening: June 24th at 6:30 PM

The Embassy of Argentina will present the first exhibition after the remodelling of its building with works of art by the Argentine painter Wanda Wainsten. Geometryc Rhythm is a synthesis of tango and abstract paintings that reflect the unique style of the artist.

Wanda Wainsten was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She started painting interior and exterior murals while she studied achitecture at the University of Buenos Aires. Wainsten is a full time artist, exhibiting in galleries around the world; Sweden, Holland, Italy, Argentina and now in the United States. As in architecture, her paintings are ruled by geometry were you can see the structure emerge and organize the canvas, while the colors create the sensation of space which she wants to express.

Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave., NW, DC



Monday, June 21, 2010

Gaps Exhibition at GRACE


Juried Sculpture and New Media Exhibition

06/24/2010 -- 07/31/2010
Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 26, 5-7:30pm
Juror: Vesela Sretenovic, Curator for Contemporary and Modern Art, The Phillips Collection

Cosponsored by Greater Reston Arts Center, Initiative for Public Art Reston, and Washington Sculptors Group

Selected Artists

Ryan Boatright
Dickson Carroll
R.L. Croft
Brent A. Crothers
Joel D'Orazio
Jonathan Fisher
Marilyn Geldzahler
Carol Brown Goldberg
Artemis Herber
Gale A. Jamieson
Rebecca Kamen
Lori E. Katz
J.T. Kirkland
David L. Knopp
Ron Longsdorf
Dalya Luttwak
Ceci Cole Mcinturff
David Meyer
Chris Motley
Mike Shaffer
Diane C. Szczepaniak
Janet B. Wheeler
Millicent Young

Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street Suite #103
Reston, VA 20190

Gallery Neptune presents the Summer Artist Marketplace

Gallery Neptune presents the Summer Artist Marketplace 

June 26 – August 21, 2010
cool art in the months of rising mercury

Gallery Neptune presents a lively and colorful collection this summer of painting, collage, mixed media and graphite art. Abstract painting has a strong presence in this exhibit with work by Duane Cregger, Ellen Hill, Greg Minah and Katherine Mann, a recent Bethesda Painting Award 2nd place finalist. Lisa Montag Brotman returns with her 12” x 12” ironic narratives and Hsin-Hsi Chen offers a new line of lamps, clocks and frames made from her finely rendered graphite drawings. Joan Belmar continues the theme from his recent Neptune spring show, with  jewel like mixed media pieces which layer painted images and plastic. David Wallace, recently included in “Masters: Collage” by Larks Books, will have several of his collage inspired paintings on display. The gallery is pleased to round out our summer exhibit with naive animal paintings on aged wood planks by primitive artist Marco deChiro.

In addition to the marketplace, the gallery will host many special evening events this summer with this exciting line up of guests and activities:
June 26: Summer Artist Marketplace opening reception, 5-8 PM

July 8: Decorative Art Salon featuring exquisite paper jewelry by Jessica Beels and table top antiques from Consider It Done Boutique with Timothy Albrecht, 6-9 PM
July 9: Bethesda Art Walk, 6-9 PM
July 31: DRINK + DRAW, playing Exquisite Dog, 7-9 PM, $15.00 admission, please contact us for advance tickets, 301-718-0809
August 5: The Perfect Paper Toss with Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office, 7-8 PM. Spend a fun hour with Kacy to learn how simple design skills create great office organization.
August 13: Bethesda Art Walk, 6-9 PM
August 19: Ped Pole Music Contest Finalists and guest musicians, 7-9 PM, $15.00 admission, please contact us for advance tickets, 301-718-0809
August 21: DRINK + DRAW, playing Exquisite Head, 7-9 PM, $15.00 admission, please contact us for advance tickets, 301-718-0809

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Starting Wednesday, June 23 through Saturday, June 26, ArtJamz will launch at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. In a unique take on the traditional evening art event, participants--“ArtJammers”—unleash their inner artist with individual canvases and fine-art paint supplies while local DJs, wine and hors d’ourves keep the inspiration flowing. Each ArtJam is limited to 25 participants. For more information on ArtJamz and to reserve a canvas, visit

Haitian Children & Artists Use Art to Tell Their Stories

Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists' Visions of Home
National Geographic photojournalist, Maggie Steber
 Opening Reception: Friday, June 25, 6:00-8:00PM 

Washington, DC - June 23, 2010 - The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery located at 1632 U Street, NW announces the opening of Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists' Visions of Home, also featuring the work of National Geographic photojournalist, Maggie Steber. Haitian artworks provided by the American Visionary Art Museum, Zanmi Lakay and the Art Creation Foundation for Children.

Haiti's January 12th earthquake may seem like a distant memory for those of us safely grounded here in the U.S., but for Haitians the tragedy of that day is an everyday reality and far from over. 

Those who survived the earthquake are now falling victim to infection and disease, and up to a million have been rendered homeless. From our vantage point in the US we can only speculate how Haitians find the strength and hope to face the daily suffering surrounding them. Yet, in this rare exhibition, Maggie Steber, award-winning National Geographic photographer, and over 30 Haitian artists offer us a window into how Haitians perceive their disrupted world and a glimpse at their extraordinary strength of spirit and unwavering faith.

"Through Their Eyes" exhibits the work of artists and children currently living in Haiti and actively using the arts to heal: Featuring over 100 photographs and handcrafts produced by children, and traditional Vodou flags hand-sequined by seasoned artisans.  Alongside the Haitian artists' surprisingly uplifting visions, we are also showing Maggie Steber's poignant pre and post-earthquake works, which capture the "tortured, enchanted place" she has fallen in love with over her 20 years covering Haiti and its remarkable people. 

The American Visionary Art Museum, Zanmi Lakay and Art Creation Foundation For Children have generously provided the exhibition's Haitian artworks.  All works are available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds donated to Haiti relief.

The exhibition runs from June 23 to August 7.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11AM-5PM, Saturday 11AM-3PM and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center | 1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | DC | 20009

Ju-Yeon Kim: The In-Between

Ju-Yeon Kim: The In-Between
June 25, 2010 - September 13, 2010

In collaboration with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), artist Ju-Yeon Kim has created two new sculpture installations and numerous scroll drawings for her exhibition The In-Between. She drew inspiration for this body of work from the 8th-century Tibetan Buddhist text titled The great book of natural liberation through understanding in the between, popularly known in Western cultures as The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Alexandria-based The Art League Chosen for 2010-11 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington announces that The Art League has been selected to be featured in the 2010-11 Catalogue. A panel of 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, peer non-profit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 250 applications; The Art League is one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.

Now in its eighth year, the Catalogue’s mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits, and to create more meaningful experiences for donors. According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, “We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: dollars are down and need is up. Individual donors can continue to make a real difference – as they did last year – keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.”

The Catalogue raised $2.5 million in 2009-10, and has raised over $12 million since its inception in 2003.

The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals to get engaged and give. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.
20,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue in November, and others will visit the new Catalogue website ( the only regional philanthropy site of its kind in the country.

“Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact,” Harman said. “These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region.”

The Art League
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

A New Art Magazine / Stamp Magazine

Artist/Designer Jason Nickens is publishing a new art magazine to answer the question "Where has all the good art gone? Here's a teaser of magazine to give people a view of the publication before its printed. It features the work of Washington Metropolitan artists.

Here is the link

There's also a blog at

Check it out!

Art Delicacies at Biagio Fine Chocolate

Delicacies, a delectable exhibition of fine art
 May 22-July 11, 2010

VIP Reception:
 Thursday, June 24, 6-8pm

*Preview Art during Complimentary Tastings
Wed, June 16 from 6:30 - 8pm - Jason from Artisan Chocolates will be sampling new flavors
Saturday, June 19 from 3-6pm - Sample Saturday – up to 20 bars available to sample
Saturday, July 10 from 3-6pm - Sample Saturday – up to 20 bars available to sample

Exhibiting Artists:
Sondra N. Arkin
Chuck Baxter
Jody Bergstresser
Jim Bobick
Tanja Bos
Ann Marie Coolick
Lisa Farrell
Susan Finsen
Pat Goslee
Anne Marchand
Mary Beth Ramsey
Doris Ross
Di Stovall
Lou Stovall
Cynthia Sands
Helga Thomson
Novie Trump
Ellyn Weiss

Biagio Fine Chocolate and Studio H
1904 18th Street NW, Washington DC
May 22-July 11, 2010
Open Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

Friday, June 18, 2010

Picture Planes: Robert Mellor and Alexa Meade at Irvine Contemporary

Picture Planes: Robert Mellor and Alexa Meade
Gaia, The Urban Romantic

June 19 to July 24
Opening Reception with the artists, Saturday, June 19, 6-8PM
Book Signing with Gaia at Opening Reception

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th St. NW

A Celebration of the2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

The Board of Trustees of YoungArts,
The Commission on Presidential Scholars and 
The Presidential Scholars Foundation 

with the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

invite you to 

An Exhibition of Works
Artworks and Readings by the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Literary and Visual Arts
Sunday, June 20, 2010
5:00 p.m. Exhibition Viewing
6:00 p.m.Writers’ Readings and Cinematic Arts Screening

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eighth and G Streets, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
No RSVP or tickets required.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars exhibition will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, June 21-27 and July 3-9, 2010.

The Board of Trustees of YoungArts,
The Commission on Presidential Scholars and
The Presidential Scholars Foundation
with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
invite you to
A Salute to the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars and
An Evening of Performances
by the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
Monday, June 21, 2010
6:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception / Atrium & Foyers, Terrace Level
7:30 p.m. Performance / Concert Hall
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

RSVP by June 12 to 305.377.1140, extension 1306 or email
Admission is complimentary, but tickets are required.

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). The program’s mission is to identify emerging artists, provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society.

Dedicated to inspiring and nurturing young artists, YoungArts was founded in 1981 by businessman and visionary, the late Ted Arison, and his wife Lin. YoungArts is committed to identifying the next generation of emerging artists.

The Fridge presents DECOY ink

The Fridge presents DECOY ink, a solo exhibit of all-new, tattoo-themed work by DECOY that includes large paintings on canvas, gel medium transfer prints on wood, and prints on paper.

Live tattooing will be featured at the opening event.

Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

at The Fridge, 516 8th Street SE, Washington, DC

LIVE Auction off the work of the "SuperFacial" collage at Civilian Art Projects

Join Civilian Art Projects, Ryan Hill, MC Sasha Lord, and special guests for a closing talk and LIVE Auction on the closing date of "SuperFacial!"

To benefit Gulf Coast wild life, they are going to auction off the work of the "SuperFacial" collage directly following the talk. Get a gorgeous Valentino visage, or one of a kitty cat. Bidding starts at just $5! (Note, this is not original artwork - that's not $5.)

Proceeds after expenses will go to LA Gulf Response!

The fun starts at 4pm! Saturday, June 19th at Civilian Art Projects.

More on the exhibition:

TRAVELOGUE at Hemphill

Elsie Hull, Ruth Pettus, Foon Sham & Polly Townsend
June 18 – August 27, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, June 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Carroll Square Gallery

975 F Street NW
Washington DC 20004

Gallery Open During Business Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This exhibition is sponsored by Akridge and Seaton & Benkowski Partners in collaboration with Hemphill Fine Arts.

Private Practice: Bad Ideas, Dead Ends and Guilty Pleasures.

June 19 - July 17, 2010, 
Opening reception: Saturday, June 19th, 7 - 9pm
at Hamiltonian Gallery

Artists:  David Page, Christian Benefiel, Jon Bobby Benjamin, Anne Chan, Ian MacLean Davis, Leah Frankel, Linda Hesh, Mike Iacovone, Magnolia Laurie, Katherine Mann, Jonathan Monaghan, Bryan Rojsuontikul, Michael Enn Sirvet, and Lina Vargas De La Hoz.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tim Conlon “Derailed”

Tim Conlon
June 19 through July 14, 2010
Opening Show: June 19 from 6PM to 9PM

Washington, D.C. -- On June 19, 2010, Studio H will open Derailed, a solo exhibition featuring well-known aerosol artist Tim Conlon. Derailed pays homage to the artist’s almost twenty-year love affair with freight train graffiti art. In this new exhibition space on Washington’s edgy H Street Corridor, Conlon will showcase a series of new works including life-size aerosol paintings of freight trains; model trains featuring scaled-to-size graffiti in the bright colors and iconic characters for which CON is best known; and contemporary photographs of trains and their environs. The exhibition closes on July 15.

About Derailed Conlon says, “I discovered freight train graffiti as a college kid in Baltimore just as the scene was emerging. As one of the biggest port cities on the East Coast, commercial cargo regularly arrived on large ships in Baltimore Harbor and was transferred to freight trains headed toward big cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. As a result, train cars were everywhere and as a young artist with a thing for graffiti, it was easy to get hooked on this constantly revolving art gallery. In Derailed, I pay respect to the rolling stock and the craft.”

Conlon posts regular missives about art and culture both local and global on his website and blog,
Studio H
408 H Street NE second floor
Washington, DC 20002.
Hours are by appointment.

Washington Studio School Open House

Open House Sunday, June 20th, 2010 (11am-1pm)Meet the WSS Summer Workshop Faculty, register for classes, and take a free drawing class.

WSS Alumni Exhibition
A group show of work by former Washington Studio School Students. Join us for the Artist Reception, Thursday, July 8th, 6-8pm.

(202) 234-3030

ArtDefined at Foundry Gallery

“ArtDefined” people bringing art to the gallery instead of the gallery bringing art to the people, Gallery I. Peter Johnsen facilitator
June 20 (6:00pm to 9:00pm) – June 27, 2010

“ArtDefined” is an experiment that explores how we understand art, what it means for us, and how we use art in our daily life. Art may be defined by its creator’s intention to make artistic work or it may be defined by a spectator. One could argue that an object becomes art first when it is viewed, appreciated and valued as art by an observer. But does the observer need to be an art scholar? We all have an opinion of what art is and as such, we display in our homes artistic objects based on this opinion.

The “ArtDefined” will display pieces defined and valued as art by their owners and which are displayed in their own homes. Witness the ordinary to the extraordinary. ArtDefined will bring art out of the houses and into the gallery.

Peter Johnsen who has organized this exhibit grew up in Norway with an artist grandmother and mother and as such he was exposed both to art and the discussion of art by an early age. He soon realized that defining art is not easy and that modern art often is experienced as excluding. This has inspired him to explore what people see as art. He now lives in Washington, DC where he is realizing a long time idea to let people bring art to the gallery.

Foundry Gallery
1314 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1:00 to 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 6pm

Art (202) TV showcases local art and artist on Friday and Satuday nights

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in partnership with the DC Office of Cable Television (OCT), announces the premiere of Art (202) TV, an innovative one-hour television segment that showcases the diverse talents of the District’s art scene. Art (202) TV will be featured on TV-16 of the District’s cable system on Fridays at 9 pm and Saturdays at 11 pm. 

Art(202)TV gives viewers the opportunity to discover the evolving landscape of the District’s arts community. The new show spotlights artistic movements from across the city that are creating and solidifying Washington, DC as a world class cultural destination. Content will highlight gallery exhibitions, performances, cultural festivals, video art and short films.

This one-hour show will feature originally produced content by the Media Lab of DCCAH covering organizations and artists such as Life Pieces to Master Pieces, Holly Bass and event coverage such as Art Salon. The majority of programming will be acquired from organizations like The Washington Ballet, FotoWeekDC and Washington Project for the Arts, repurposed for promotional-use to air on Art(202)TV.
DCCAH Executive Director Gloria Nauden says, “One of our goals is to raise the profile of our 500-plus grantees, who reflect DC arts and culture, and to acknowledge their tremendous contribution to our community. Art(202)TV is the most powerful conduit to accomplishing this goal, leveraging the access to content and distribution. We are excited to work with OCT to present programming that highlights and makes relevant the District’s art scene.”

“Washington, DC has such a rich, diverse artistic history, present and future. We are pleased to partner with DCCAH to include Art(202) in our TV-16 broadcast line up so that viewers can have access to the best that DC has to offer,” said OCT Director, Eric E. Richardson.

DCCAH is currently accepting digital material from all District artists and organizations to be considered for Art (202)TV.

TV-16 (District Cable Providers, Comcast, RCN & Verizon)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CHAMPS Presents ARTventures on H on June 17. Thursday Night Art Walk Features Eleven Art Venues

Thursday Night Art Walk on H Street NE

On June 17, CHAMPS - Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce presents ARTventures on H. From 5-7:30pm, eleven different galleries and art spaces along the H Street Corridor will open their doors to the Capitol Hill community for a special neighborhood art walk. Participants will each be given an ARTventures “passport,” to be stamped at each stop on the art walk. For every stamp received, attendees receive an increased discount at more than ten participating restaurants that evening from 7-9pm.

The twelve stops on the art walk are: 

Bryant K. Adams: 300 block of H Street, NE (installation)
Studio H: 408a H Street, NE (
City Gallery: 804 H Street, NE (
Jorge Velazquez:
1015 H Street, NE
Performing Arts Center: 1333 H Street, NE (

SOVA Espresso & Wine: 1359 H Street, NE (
Gallery O/H:
1354 H Street, NE (
H Street Playhouse:
1365 H Street, NE (
G Fine Art:
1350 Florida Avenue, NE (
Conner Contemporary Art:
1358 Florida Avenue, NE (
Industry Gallery:
1358 Florida Avenue, NE – Suite 200 (
Evolve Urban Arts Project:
1375 Maryland Avenue, NE (

Call For Entries: 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market- Downtown DC

Call For Entries: 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market- Downtown DC

Deadline: July 6, 2009.

Diverse Markets Management announces a call to artists for the 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market, held September 8, 9, 10 and 11. The Weekday Art Market on Wednesday,Thursday and Friday will be held on the wide sidewalk of F Street, NW between 7th & 9th Streets. The full festival on Saturday will take place on F Street, NW between 6th & 7th and between 7th & 9th Streets, and 8th Street between E & F Streets in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Portrait Museum. The Art Market highlights the work of local, regional and national visual artists. 80-100 artists will be selected to exhibit in 13 media categories. All work must be original and completely artist-produced; imports and re-sales are not permitted.

All artists wishing to participate must complete an application and pay a $30 application fee. An independent professional jury will review applications, images of products, and booth display. When applying, artists should indicate if they wish to be considered for Saturday only or for all four days. Space fees, due upon notification of acceptance, are $175 for Saturday, $475 for all four days.

For more information, visit or contact:

"REFLECTIONS" at The Fisher gallery

"REFLECTIONS" at The Fisher gallery
Join the Capitol Hill Art League in celebrating their season-ending juried show "REFLECTIONS" at the Fisher Art Gallery on June 18th 2010 from 7:00-9:00pm.  The Fisher Art Gallery is in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community
College.  The show runs from June 18th to July 30th.

Juried by Clifford Chieffo, Professor Emeritus in Art at Georgetown University, the show represents a body of work created in the last 12 months by DC area artists who have been contemplating, considering, manifesting, bending, mirroring and turning their ideas and inspirations.  Professor Chieffo will be hold his juror's talk at 8:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen an understanding of art. Come ponder and muse upon the variations of 'REFLECTIONS' in our society, both personal and beyond.

The diversity of CHAL member artists is (every pun intended) reflected in the myriad of media represented in this show.  CHAL members span the artistic spectrum of experience from the novice to the educator, from the student to the professional.  CHAL looks forward to your participation in our final event of the season.

The Capitol Hill ART League
Affiliated with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE
Washington, DC  20003
(202) 547-6839

For more information on CHAL:
For more about the gallery:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

City Arts / 2nd Annual Bar Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser

City Arts Fundraiser
Thursday, June 17, 5 - 9 PM
Madam's Organ Blues Bar & Soul Food Restaurant
2461 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009

City Arts' second annual Bar Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser is here.  On June 17th, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM Madam's Organ Blues Bar & Soul Food Restaurant will generously donate to City Arts 20% of all food purchases and $1 dollar for every drink. So please, come thirsty and bring a friend - better yet, bring three!

This is a fabulous opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry while supporting City Arts' efforts to enliven DC's neighborhoods through public art. You will also have the chance to bid on unique art pieces created by City Arts student apprentices, as well as other donated silent auction items from local businesses and generous individuals.

Featured items include a vacation rental house in Maine, an original Inauguration panoramic photograph by noted photographer Sam Kittner, theater tickets to the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and gift certificates to local boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and casual eateries including CommonWealth, Gastropub, Zest Bistro, Masa 14, Cashion's Eat Place, the Little Fountain Cafe, Tonic, Homebodies, Lunar Massage, Frager's Hardware, U Street Music Hall, Chipotle, Ireland's Four Fields, and Amsterdam Falafel. Please e-mail erinbryan at for a full list of items.

Money raised from this event will support not only the year-round Urban Arts Mentorship Program for DC public school students, but also a variety of upcoming mural and mosaic projects in neighborhoods across the District.

Chuck Baxter / the Gallery at Iona

Artist in Residence Melanie Grishman, Special Guest Artist Chuck Baxter and Poet in Residence Anne Becker join the Gallery at Iona for a Meet the Artist Reception on Thursday, June 17 from 5 - 7 pm.  Read the artists' biographies here. For more information about the Artist in residence program, special workshops and events, please call Gallery Coordinator Patricia Dubroof at (202) 895-9407.

Chuck Baxter has 25 pieces in the show at the Iona Senior Center, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW,  a half block from the Tenlytown Metro stop behind the old Heckingers building which is now a huge condo with three or four different stores on the ground floor.

Reception: Thursday, June 17, 5 to 7 PM 
Refreshments will be served.
 The show runs through August 23 and is open to the public between 9 and 5 each weekday. 
For more information, visit:

Hillyer Open Mic Event / HOME

Friday, June 18th
Featuring: R Street Speaks 
 Sponsored by Soho Tea & Coffee

With special "Soapbox" performance in the alley at 6PM
Sign up at 6PM
Performances at 7PM

Free for IA&A members and performers
$5 for non-members

Hosted by Fred Joiner, curator and host of the American Poetry Museum's Intersections at the Honfleur Gallery and poet-in-residence at Busboys and Poets, Shirlington. This month's features poets are the R Street Collective and PhenmenaDaPoet.

R Street Speaks is a performance ensemble of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. These Literary Media and Communications students write their own words and speak for young people in a way never heard before: from the heart. Thought-provoking and system challenging, R Street Speaks continues to break boundaries of age, and redefines the caliber of spoke word and poetry.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fantastic Journeys at McLean Project for the Arts

Fantastic Journeys
June 17 - July 31
Opening reception and gallery talk June 17, 7 - 9 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Beatrice Gralton, the Evelyn S. Nef Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, selected the work for this thematic show featuring works inspired by the spirit of adventure, exploration or utopian visions.

Marise Riddell
Amy Glengary Yang
Lindsay McCulloch
Isabel Manalo
Lina Vargas de la Hoz
Sabine Carlson
Josephine Haden
Joel D'Orazio
Rebecca Katz
Jeff Huntington

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

Executive Director Irene Hofmann Accepts Sante Fe Position

Irene Hofmann, Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum, has accepted a position as Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, announced Contemporary Museum board president Pamela Berman. Hofmann joined the Contemporary Museum in 2006, and will assume her new role in October 2010.

A search committee has been created and will soon convene to identify candidates for the Contemporary Museum position.

“Irene’s creativity and influence have raised the profile of the Contemporary Museum locally and nationally,” said Berman. “Thanks to Irene, the Contemporary is financially strong and stable. Under her exceptional leadership, the museum has created thought-provoking exhibitions, three of which have traveled to peer institutions across the nation. She has initiated projects that encourage public participation, and developed meaningful collaborations that explore contemporary art in all forms.”

Of Itself: Medium as Message

Of Itself: Medium as Message
June 17 through August 1
Artists' Reception / Saturday, June 19 4 to 6 pm (free)
Left to right, top row: Michael Fitts, Skull, oil on scrap metal, 26" x 31"; Christian Benefiel, 5 Lb. Drawing, rust on canvas, 36" x 84"; J.T. Kirkland, Polyclear_021, Padauk and Yellowheart, polyacrylic on birch plywood 12" x 11" x 0.75"; Kim Manfredi, (Represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD) For Franz West, enamel on board, 24" x 24"; Kevin Kepple, Skin III minor,
glue medium, ink and varnish on panel, 12"x8"; Joanne Kent, First Thaw, oil on canvas, 12" x 12"; Laurel Lukaszewski, Tranquility, black stoneware , 9" x 9" x 3.5."

Using traditional media such as paint, wood and clay; as well as the non-traditional including rust, glue, and scrap metal, the nature of the media itself is given a voice through the works of Christian Benefiel, Michael Fitts, Joanne Kent, Kevin Kepple, J.T. Kirkland, Laurel Lukaszewski and Kim Manfredi. The show is curated by J.T. Kirkland and Twig Murray.

201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
703.548.0035 /

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Optical: Raandesk Photo Annual in New York City

Optical: Raandesk Photo Annual

Opening Reception
Five Finalists from the Optical 2009 Juried Competition
Theme: Beauty in the Mundane

Thursday, June 17th from 7 - 9 PM

Celebrate the work of the five finalists
from our annual photography competition:
Nadia Kyung Chae
Matt Gehring
Magda Biernat
Pattiann Koury
Jeremy Sachs Michaels

Raandesk Gallery of Art
16 W. 23r d Street
New York, New York 10010

Reel Journalism Film Series with Nick Clooney

The Newseum

Reel Journalism Film Series with Nick Clooney
and Special Guests
June 14, 7:00pm

State of Play
a 2009 film

Special guests David Gregory, Meet the Press moderator, and Betsy Fischer, Meet the Press executive producer, will join Nick Clooney to discuss the movie.

Doors open 6:00pm
Light fare available for purchase

Purchase Tickets
$25 general public, $20 Newseum members

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro:  Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter
Phone: 888.639.7386

Step Afrika!- District of Columbia¹s Official, First, and Only Cultural Ambassador

Access Granted: Home Performance Series 2010
Step Afrika! Homecoming at the Lansburgh Theatre
Performances are scheduled from June 16 - June 20, 2010.

This year, the Nation’s Capital official, first, and only Cultural Ambassador is peeling back its layers; revealing life-both on and off stage- to patrons. Home Performance Series 2010 takes a candid look at life on the road as a dancer through the high energy, high impact exciting art form; a culmination of rhythmic footwork, body percussion, and spirited vocalizing.

“In "stepping," a performer's body becomes a powerful percussive instrument, with the hands and feet mimicking drums and cymbals,” explains Step Afrika! Founder & Executive Director C. Brian Williams. “Stepping has expanded into an exciting dance form that has influenced pop culture and draws inspiration from many types of music, including doo-wop and hip-hop.”

Accompanied by violinist Brian-Joseph Uzuegbu, DJ RBI and a collage of multimedia entries, the audience is granted “access” to Step Afrika! creative process living vicariously through Step Afrika!’s lens of world travel, college tours, creativity, arts education, elation and moments of awakening. “Access Granted,” premieres works “X-Town: Chicago”, inspired by Artistic Director Jakari Sherman’s residency at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in the summer of 2009; and Party Walk, an homage to the pride of Greek social life.

On hand for this year’s, festivities is City Administrator Neil Albert, Chilean Cultural Attaché Her Excellency Natalia Allende, special invited guests Grammy Award -winning female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the exhilarating cast of Sophisticated Ladies; along with orange carpet host April Watts of WHW Rocks. Immediately after Home Performance 2010 Step Afrika! will be boarding a plane to Morocco and touring Central America, making stops in Panama, Honduras, and Belize. Proceeds from the entire run of the Home Performance Series goes to Step Afrika!’s year-round programming and recently established scholarship fund for college students.

The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th Street, Northwest. Tickets for Step Afrika!’s HPS 2010 range from $29.50 to $39.50. Discounts are available to students, seniors and military. For discount information, call the box office at 202.547.1122 and press option 1. Groups can contact Step Afrika! directly at 202.399.7993, ext. 103 for group ticket information.

For additional information about Step Afrika!’s HPS 2010, please contact Tynisha Brooks at (202) 399-7993 ext. 111 or events AT

Environmental Film Festival: Climate of Change

The Environmental Film Festival hosts a special screening of the 2010 film Climate of Change at the Letelier Theater (3251 Prospect Street, NW) on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. In this rich and inspiring documentary, director Brian Hill takes viewers around the world to find the ordinary people taking action in the fight to save our global environment through projects in their local environments. Driving Climate of Change is the beautiful narration written by British Millennium Poet Simon Armitage and voiced by Tilda Swinton. Tickets are $20. Details.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Street Art Exhibition, “Child of the Street” Opens at {Cre8}

June 12, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Cre8 Space Studio Gallery
1314 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

LottoHEART 2010

LottoHEART 2010
Saturday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 9.p.m.
@  Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
229 Rehoboth Avenue, Delaware

200+ artists are participating in a great fundraiser in support of CAMP Rehoboth, the non-profit gay and lesbian community service organization in Rehoboth Beach, that works on equality for all the people living in and visiting Sussex County, Delaware.

The mission of CAMP Rehoboth is about inclusion -- and this project reflects that mission by making it easy for everyone to participate as artist or patron. All the work is 5" x 7" so you aren't making a huge space commitment; there are established artists alongside emerging ones; and all the art is anonymous so you'll just select what you love.

A Sneak Peek Preview Party honoring the artists will be held at CAMP Rehoboth at 37 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Saturday, June 26th from 4-6pm (no tickets required for this event). Lots of folks come to this event and want to meet the artists so come on down! All art will be on exhibit at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center from June 24-July 3.

Come for the day! This year the DC2NY bus service provides daily service to downtown Rehoboth on the weekends so you can make a daytrip out for the preview reception. Spend the day in town, hang out at CAMP Rehoboth, and it's a 5 minute walk to the bus.They do a great job (tell them that you heard through CAMP Rehoboth).

Saturday, July 3rd, the LottoHEART Game Show will be at the Convention Center. The auction-raffle-show, hosted by Christopher Peterson, includes LottoHEART, the HEART of the Community live auction, and surprise prizes. It will be a two-hour, non-stop laughfest. 

For your $100 Art Ticket, you are guaranteed a small original work of art from one of the 200+ artists. If you come to the July 3rd event, the Lotto part is the order in which you get to select your art (along with great entertainment from Christopher Peterson, light nibbles and open bar).

If you can't come, use the online Proxy Program (available after June 25) to make your selections and someone will play on your behalf.

To buy your LottoHEART Art Ticket, find out more about the organization, and see the list of participating artists, please go to the CAMP Rehoboth website Click to the LottoHEART page where things are further explained (and see the participating artists). From there, follow the link for purchase.

Tickets may also be purchased by phoning 302-227-5620.
Thanks for your support.

Call For Entries: 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market- Downtown DC

Call For Entries: 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market- Downtown DC
Deadline: July 6, 2009.   Diverse Markets Management announces a call to artists for the 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market, held September 8, 9, 10 and 11.  The Weekday Art Market on Wednesday,Thursday and Friday will be held on the wide sidewalk of F Street, NW between 7th & 9th Streets.  The full festival on Saturday will take place on F Street, NW between 6th & 7th and between 7th & 9th Streets, and 8th Street between E & F Streets in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Portrait Museum. The Art Market highlights the work of local, regional and national visual artists. 80-100 artists will be selected to exhibit in 13 media categories. All work must be original and completely artist-produced; imports and re-sales are not permitted.

All artists wishing to participate must complete an application and pay a $30 application fee.  An independent professional jury will review applications, images of products, and booth display. When applying, artists should indicate if  they wish to be considered for Saturday only or for all four days.  Space fees, due upon notification of acceptance, are $175 for Saturday, $475 for all four days.  For more information, visit  or contact: info AT

TELLY-AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place

Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place

To Screen at Georgetown's MOCA DC Gallery With Exhibit of Inmate Art
 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12, 6-9 PM

 WASHINGTON, DC--Writer/Producer Deborah J. Schull's new half-hour film

 Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place, to play continuously at MOCA DC from June 12 through 26, offers a rare glimpse of life inside the maximum-security fortress known as the John Howard Pavilion of DC's St. Elizabeths Hospital. Deemed 'not guilty by reason of insanity' by the criminal courts, long-time residents Ronnie Crooks, Pamela Thomas, and Kevin McCain ultimately "luck out" when in 1989 then-social worker and chief of the hospital's Dual Diagnosis Treatment Branch, Ed Washington, conceives the Lens & Pens, Brushes & Friends program. His goal: to create an arts program that will bridge the divide between this often-ostracized treatment population and the outside world.  

 Framed by Ed's recollections of the thriving poetry, photography, and painting workshop's evolution; laced with interviews of Ronnie, Pam, and Kevin and their devoted volunteer-teachers; and with footage of the participants' highly skilled artwork, the documentary gives every indication that Ed's hopes will be realized. With public exhibits, performances, and even sales of their art, and with substantial leaps in artistic skill and self-confidence, Ronnie, Pam, and Kevin grow beyond anything they could have imagined--and must now balance a newfound freedom with an uncertain future.

The Telly Award honors the "very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web." Lens & Pens also garnered the Mental Health America Media Award, the Aegis Award, and the Aurora Award-Platinum Best of Show.

Offered along with the film will be a showing of paintings, photography, and poetry
by the artists of the John Howard Pavilion, as well as an exhibit of prisoners' art courtesy of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation that runs from June 4 through 26. The June 12 reception, for both the Lens & Pens and the Safe Streets programs, will offer wine and light fare. Artists are expected to attend.

MOCA DC  ·  1054 31st St., NW, Washington, DC, 20007  ·   202.342.6230


Friday, June 11, 2010

Bethesda Artist Market
June 12, 10am-5pm

Enjoy the original fine art and craft of local artists at the Bethesda Artist Market on Saturday, June 12, located on Norfolk Avenue between Fairmont & St. Elmo Avenues in the Woodmont Triangle. Shop for painting, jewelry, photography, wood, pottery, glass and more. Live entertainment will also be featured!

Featured Artists:
Jamie Agins, Cabin John, MD - jewelry/glass
Nataliya Andreyeva, Washington, D.C. - collage
Michele Cormier, Bethesda, MD - painting
Steph Dempsey, Arlington, VA - clothing
Evan Goldman, Bethesda, MD - painting
Tom Greaves, Washington, D.C. - mixed media
Wayland House, Washington, D.C. - wood
Shereen Kopp, Middletown, MD - photography
Laughter Pieces, Alexandria, VA - painting
LeMair Handcrafts, Washington, D.C. - textiles
Nancy McIntosh, Dayton, MD - ceramics              
Jenae Michelle, Berwyn Heights, MD - handbags
Carol Phifer, Fredericksburg, VA - painting 
Sherry Terao, Silver Spring, MD - jewelry
Pat Vojtech, Centreville, MD - photography
Steve & Sherry Whorl, Abell, MD - glass
Sandra Zacharia, Chevy Chase, MD - jewelry
Andrew Zimmermann, Arlington, VA - photography                   

Bethesda Art Walk
Friday, June 11, 6-9pm

Enjoy several galleries and art exhibits by walking throughout downtown Bethesda during the Bethesda Art Walk. Downtown Bethesda's 11 galleries and art studios stay open from 6-9pm. The free Bethesda Circulator stops within a few blocks of each Art Walk gallery, and runs throughout the duration of the event. More Info.

The Bethesda Painting Awards opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Visit the Fraser Gallery to view the work of the nine selected finalists, three of which were awarded $14,000 in prize monies. The Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibit will run through June 26.

For more information, call 301/215-6660 or

CALL TO ARTISTS Dupont Circle Scenes

Dupont Circle Scenes
Exhibition Dates:  Wed., Aug. 4 - Sun., Aug. 29, 2010
Opening Reception:  Fri., Aug. 6 -- 6 - 8 pm

DEADLINE: Sat., June 26, 2010

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists age 18 and older residing within driving distance of the Foundry Gallery, except current members of the Foundry Gallery. Artwork must depict scenes in and around Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Artwork must be hand-delivered to the gallery; shipments will not be accepted. All work must be for sale. The gallery retains a 30% commission.

JUROR: Dwight Young, National Trust for Historic Preservation. With a long career interpreting historic sites and a background in architectural history, Young will bring a unique perspective of looking at the ways that entries capture the soul of Dupont Circle. Young guides visitors on tours of the neighborhood for the Trust and is the author of several books on history, preservation and architecture.

ENTRIES: Each artist may submit no more than two pieces. If accepted, the images shown must be those that are delivered. A non-refundable $35 entry fee is required for each entry regardless of the number of pieces submitted. Each artist must submit the Entry Form, the $35 fee and the image(s) no later than midnight on Saturday, June 26.

For details and the Entry Form, please visit and look for the CALL TO ARTISTS on the home page.