Sunday, October 31, 2010

City Gallery at Park Cafe

Day of the Dead at The Mexican Cultural Institute

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS | Sunday, October 31, 10am – 4pm
Open House

The inauguration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar, a quintessentially Mexican tradition, is a lively event of the year and always fun for the entire family.

This year, the altar will be dedicated to the Mexican Revolution, one of the most important social movements of the 20th century, which celebrates its landmark centennial anniversary in 2010.

Enjoy the altar and other activities during one of Mexico´s most unique holidays!

Location: The Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

Free entrance | Blocks from Columbia Heights Metro Station (Map location)

I'm A Fan / The Gallery at the Mandarin Oriental

"I'm A Fan"
  through December 31st

Opening reception: November 2nd from 5:30-7:30
Interpretations of the iconic Mandarin Oriental 11-blade fan. 
The Gallery at the Mandarin Oriental 
1330 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC

VSA DC has established a unique partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and on November 2nd from 5:30-7:30 will showcase their interpretations of the iconic Mandarin Oriental 11-blade fan in an opening reception for an exhibit called "I'm A Fan".

Presented by VSA Washington DC, a non-profit organization for arts and disabilities.

Polymer Clay Art by Fran Abrams / Foundry Gallery

Clay on the Wall 
Polymer Clay Art by Fran Abrams 
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5, 6-8 pm 

Artist discussion and demonstrations: Sat., Nov. 20, 12-6 pm  

Fran Abrams works in polymer clay to create three-dimensional pieces that hang on the wall like bas relief. Polymer clay is a man-made material that begins as blocks of colored clay. The colors blend like paint, allowing her to create rich colors without the use of paint. All of the color comes from the clay. Fran has been using polymer clay as an art medium for more than 10 years.

Foundry Gallery
1314-18th Street NW, WDC
Dupont Circle South Metro exit.

"Every Dog Has Its Day" Art Show

Due to popular demand, the VSA Washington D.C. ARTiculate Gallery will “unleash” its 4th annual exhibition for dog lovers and art lovers alike. The reception will feature one-of–a-kind portraits of furry four-legged friends created by VSA Washington D.C. ARTiculate ARTist Apprentices. The event will be free and open to the public with live music and complimentary refreshments. A range of pet venues will participate and
the opening will be a fantastic time for animal enthusiasts wanting to brush up on their pet resources, as well as for art appreciators to check out the unique work of ARTiculate Apprentices.

If you would like to have your pet's portrait commissioned, fill out the form on kintera site:

The first 60 commissions will be featured in the show!

The reception will be on November 18th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at VSAWashington DC's ARTiculate Gallery, located at 1100 16th St NW, Washington
DC 20036.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Busy, Busy Life

by Luann Udell

This post is by  Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews.  Luann also writes a column ("Craft Matters") for The Crafts Report magazine (a monthly business resource for the crafts professional) where she explores the funnier side of her life in craft.  She's a double-juried member of the prestigious League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (fiber & art jewelry).  Her work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers across the country and she is a published writer.  She's blogged since 2002 about the business side--and the spiritual inside--of art.  She says, "I share my experiences so you won't have to make ALL the same mistakes I did...." You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

As a modern day artist, we are blessed to have access to all kinds of information about how to make, exhibit, market and sell our art.  Art books, art galleries, art magazines, art blogs, art consultants, art reviewers, all give us excellent inspiration, advice, venues and opportunities.  The internet puts all this information right at our fingertips and speeds up the entire research process.

Just in case we still have trouble, we don’t have to look far for help.  Today in my e-mailbox I have at least a dozen offers from different internet gurus selling their services to help me market my business in all kinds of ways.

The one that caught my eye this morning was about getting things done.  Today’s topic was making decisions.  Faced with so many opportunities and possibilities, we often still find ourselves paralyzed and unable to move forward.  The key, this particular guru claimed, is not enough information.

Hmmmmm, I thought.  Not enough information?  Or…too much?

Years ago, I was one of those people who researched my budding art career to the max.  I was like a sponge, soaking up everything I could get my hands on, any information that could tell me how to stay inspired; how to find galleries to represent me; how to get my work published.

This approach is effective, too.  Sometimes you play the numbers—apply to enough exhibitions, for example, and even if you only get into one or two a year, it will quickly add up to an impressive resume.  Or you can fine-tune your approach—vetting galleries thoroughly before applying to them, targeting specific jury members or show curators, etc.

As I look back on this busy, busy time, I think I also wanted to be taken seriously as an artist.  To me, that meant treating my art as a business, with success attained by achieving measurable goals on a regular basis.

I was such a go-getter, I frightened my peer groups.  I was fierce in my pursuit of success.

Then the bottom fell out of the handcraft marketplace.  And all my determination and energy, my organizational skills and my beautiful work, suddenly they were getting me nowhere.

So.  In a culture where money is the coin of the realm, where money is often the easiest measure of our success….

What does it mean when nobody is buying our art?

It can feel like either your work is no good, or that nobody wants it, or both.

To survive as an artist, I had to change something.  Fast!

I had to do some deep thinking about WHY I made art, and WHO I was making it for.  I had to find a way to stay the course, even when it seemed like the world did not want or need my art.

I realized, finally, that maybe it seemed like the world didn’t want my art--today.

But I needed to make it.

So I let my focus drift.  I stopped looking for the “one big thing” or “the next really great show” that would make me successful.    I began to see “success” in a very different way.  This will be different for everyone, of course.  I’m still on that journey, too, so don’t ask too many pointed questions yet!  :^)

I grew grateful for the people who still wanted it, even when it was hard for them to buy it.  I realized I was learning a lot about myself in the process of making art.  I began to share that with people, in my booth at shows, on my blog—and people responded to that.

I began to soften my focus.  I even let go of the money thing.  I quit pounding on doors.  I stopped adding shows to my schedule and even dropped some major ones.  I fell off the advertising bandwagon, simply alerting my current customer base when I was doing a show or having an open studio.

I became more comfortable with NOT KNOWING.  Not knowing what to do next.  Not knowing how much money I could expect to make from any venue or show.  Not knowing what where this will all lead.

And a funny thing happened.

My work slowly, but steadily, began to sell again.

Even as galleries cut back on their inventory, others clamored for it.  Even as some shut down, others opened.  Customers who had not made a purchase in years, suddenly needed a piece of my jewelry or fiber art in their lives.  Internet sales picked up.

Why?  I’m not sure.  Something of the passion I put into my work, and the place it has in my life, was resonating with other people who wanted the same thing.  A reason not to DO, but to BE.  Telling that story and letting people respond.

I’d love to say I figured out that this new kind of relationships were key to this new business/life model.  But I didn’t.  It just happened when I quit struggling so hard.  It happened when I let go of controlling everything so well.

I just fell into it by wanted something deeper than simple monetary success.  By being open to a different opportunity.  And that has started me down a whole other kind of journey with my art.

In fact, during my open studio last week, a customer said something wonderful about my work, how highly personal and original it is.  I said, “Yes, when I first started out, I knew not everyone would want my work.  And I still know not everyone needs it….”  Before I could say any more, she raised a finger and said, “They don’t know they need it….YET.”

Oh, and the example given in the highly-focused email I got today?  It was about managing your email.  Yep.  An entire article on how to manage all that stuff in your inbox.

Me?  I think I’ll just let the inbox sit for awhile.  And go make something beautiful today.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Personal Complexity by Leslie Nolan

Personal Complexity by Leslie Nolan
Leslie M. Nolan opens her exhibit of new work, Personal Complexity, with a
reception on Saturday, October 30, 6-8 pm at 1st Stage Theater, 1524 Spring
Hill Road, McLean, VA
. The exhibit features all new work from this
Washington, DC region, award-winning figurative artist.

Fotoweek DC 2010

FotoweekDC: November 6-13

FotoWeekDC's exhibitions, juried competitions, and lectures introduce the DC community to global issues and encourage positive social change. In 2009, FotoWeekDC attracted over 20,000 visitors to DC.

from dccah calendar

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Work by Noelle K. Tan & REMOTE: A group photography exhibition

The America Project: utopia
New Work by Noelle K. Tan

A group photography exhibition including work by Lisa K. Blatt,
Lely Constantinople, Kate MacDonnell, and E. Brady Robinson

Exhibitions on view:
October 29 - November 27, 2010

Opening Reception for the artists:
Friday, October 29, 7-9pm

Civilian Art Projects launches two new photography exhibitions of work by women artists. The America Project: Utopia, new work by celebrated photographer Noelle K. Tan, and REMOTE, a group photography exhibition featuring Lisa K. Blatt, Lely Constantinople, Kate MacDonnell, and E. Brady Robinson, open on Friday, October 29, 2010. The exhibitions will be on view through November 27th with programming throughout DC's Fotoweek celebration (Nov. 6-13, 2010).

The America Project by Noelle K. Tan is an expansive three-part photographic series depicting historical sites and cultural markers in America. The project includes the series utopia, being exhibited for the first time at Civilian Art Projects; Trace; and Main Street. The work addresses the idealization of the past and the consequences of pursuing the idea of better.

REMOTE is a thematic exhibition of the photographic work of four compelling women: Lisa K. Blatt (San Francisco, CA), Lely Constantinople (Washington, DC), Kate MacDonnell (Washington, DC), and E. Brady Robinson (Washington, DC & Orlando, FL). The exhibition's theme refers to desolate far reaches of the mind and the land -- places hard to reach, but rich with reward when discovered and investigated. Images of Antartica complement hypnotic, ethereal images of the sun and sky. Mysterious pictures of Paris and romantic images of Mexico connect and entwine the desolation of the desert with the muted colors of the beach and ocean.
Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804

The Corcoran is FotoWeek Central for FotoWeek DC

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will serve as FotoWeek Central for FotoWeek DC 2010 (November 6-13) and will be FREE of admission for the duration of the festival.  In addition, the Corcoran will open its doors Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9 – days the museum is normally closed.

The Corcoran will be home to numerous festival activities and events—the official launch party November 5, portfolio reviews, photography exhibitions and projections on the Corcoran’s historic Beaux Arts façade as part of NightGallery.  Lectures and talks include a gallery talk of newly installed photography by the Corcoran’s Amanda Maddox, fascinating evening lectures by Tim Hetherington (Infidel) and Newman Visiting Lecturer Bruce Davidson, among others.

See a full list of programming online at

FotoWeek DC Launch Party
Friday, November 5, 8 – 11 p.m.
Admission is $45 and benefits FotoWeek DC, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit.
Corcoran Atrium; SPACE IS LIMITED

FotoWeekDC 2010 kicks off with an official launch party at FotoWeek DC 2010 Central – the Corcoran
Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. Event highlights include photography projections, photo
booth, entertainment by ESL Music, dancing, and food and drinks. Photography from the Corcoran’s
permanent photography collection will be on view, and the exhibition of works by the winners of the
International Awards Competition will be unveiled to the public in the Corcoran Atrium and on view
through November 13.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Surreal DC: A Magical Halloween Masquerade

Surreal DC: A Magical Halloween Masquerade
Live Music · DJs · Performance · Art · Surreal Costume Contest!!

Buy tickets now before they sell out!

Saturday, October 30
8pm to 4am
1701 Florida Ave NW, DC.

Tickets: $20 -- open bar 'til 10pm, surreal treats + tons of candy!!

Proceeds to benefit Artomatic's next main event.

If you love Artomatic and DCWEEK you don't want to miss this party!
Reunion of hundreds of DC's creative and technology community members.

Washington Project for the Arts / CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Washington Project for the Arts

Contain, Maintain, Sustain Curated by Welmoed Laanstra, Sara Reisman, and Ernesto Santalla
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, December 20, 2010, 5 PM
Exhibition location: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209
Exhibition dates: Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, July 17, 2011

Contain, Maintain, Sustain is a juried indoor and outdoor exhibition hosted by Artisphere in collaboration with Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and Washington Sculptors Group (WSG). The exhibit will feature static and time-based artworks conceived to explore sustainability as it relates to contemporary sculpture and installation practices. Artists are encouraged to widely interpret this call for submissions so that the exhibition concept will reflect the concerns of artists living and working in the Washington DC area and beyond. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $250 to assist with the execution and transportation of works.Entry to the exhibition is open to all current members of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and directory members. Artists who are not already members should join either organization before submitting their entry to this exhibition online.

All media and application materials must be submitted online via the Arlington Slideroom site

Cultural Center Exhibition: Turns and Directions, Central America and Panama - IDB

Turns and Directions
Changes in the Arts of Central America's Spanish-Speaking 
Nations and Panama During and After the 1950s
thru November 19, 2010 
The exhibition presents a total of 27 pieces, coming from the IDB and the OAS collections, and it is part of an ambitious project, “About Change,” organized by the World Bank Art Program, with the collaboration of the IDB Cultural Center.

The focus is on the arts produced in Latin America and the Caribbean during the last decade through the works of artists thirty-five years of age or younger, with the purpose of exploring the changes that have resulted, in great part, from the effects of economic globalization and information technology.
At the Center's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC

The Cultural Center
of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
202 623 3774

National Museum of the American Indian

Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection
September 25, 2010 – August 7, 2011
NMAI on the National Mall, Washington, DC

Vantage Point highlights the National Museum of the American Indian's young but vital collection of contemporary art, with significant works by 25 artists in media ranging from paintings, drawings, and photography to video projection and mixed-media installation. These complex and richly layered works speak to the concerns and experiences of Native people today, addressing memory, history, the significance of place for Native communities, and the continuing relevance of cultural traditions. The artists featured include Marie Watt (Seneca), James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Alan Michelson (Mohawk), and Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk).

NMAI on the National Mall 
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Admission is free, and the building is fully accessible

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Millenium Artist Salon Talks @ Charles Sumner School Museum

Please join me and three artists from “10 for 10″, for the first Art Salon talk on November 3 at the Charles Sumner School. The panel will be moderated by curator, Sharon Burton. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6-8pm Where We Have Been 
Artists: Victor Ekpuk, Billy Colbert, Doris Kennedy, Anne Marchand 
Moderated by Sharon J. Burton

 Artist Salon Talks will feature “10 for 10″ Exhibiting Artists
at the Charles Sumner School, 6:30-8pm on November 3, November 30, December 10


This exhibition features the works of 10 emerging and mid-career artists, reflecting the diverse artistic expressions that have helped to shape the Washington DC art scene for the last decade.
 Artists featured include: Gwen Aqui, Billy Colbert, Doris Colbert Kennedy, Victor Ekpuk, Elsa Gebreyesus, Sonya Lawyer, Chris Malone, Anne Marchand, Michael Singletary and Frank Smith.

Art Salon Talks:

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010Time: 6:30 pm
Topic: Where We Have Been.
Artists: Victor Ekpuk, Billy Colbert, Doris Kennnedy, Anne Marchand
Moderator: Sharon Burton

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Time: 6:30 pm
Topic: Where We Are
Artists: Gwen Auqi, Frank Smith, Chris Malone
Moderator:  Christine Waddell, MAS Board Member

Date: Friday, December 10, 2010 Time: 6:30 pm
Topic: Where We Are Going
Artists: Elsa Gebreyesus, Sonya Lawyer, Michael Singletary
Moderator: Phil Barlow, MAS Board Member
Phone:  202-319-8988

Renée Stout: The House of Chance and Mischief On view through October 30, 2010

Renée Stout: The House of Chance and Mischief On view through October 30, 2010
Renée Stout: The House of Chance and Mischief was reviewed by Michael O'Sullivan in The Washington Post on Friday, October 15, 2010.

“The last room contains an actual bed. The art won't put you to sleep, however. A journey through the show is more invigorating than sleepy. It's allusive, absorbing, scary, even funny at times. Its iconography may be personal, but it's far from private. That's because Stout's imagery alludes to things we can all relate to…”
-Michael O'Sullivan

Click here to read the review.

Hemphill, 1515 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

BLU: opening October 27th

The Studio Gallery presents:
"Escape"--acrylic on canvas, 2010

Fulvia Musti Ciarla
October 27 - November 20, 2010

First Friday Reception (as part of the Dupont Circle Galleries openings):
November 5, 6 - 8 pm

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 13, 3 - 5 pm

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

Scott Brooks / We the People

Scott Brooks
We the People

October 28 - November 28

Opening Reception
Friday, October 29th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Food and beverages provided by Design Cuisine
Featuring live music by J.E.L.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St NW, Washington, DC 20001

By Wednesday, October 27th
info at

Scott Brooks' work reflects the political and economic turmoil that takes up the head space of those who are paying attention. "We the People" maintains the detailed figures and story-telling themes Brooks has become known for, albeit on a much larger scale. In the past, Brooks' message was often subtle, hidden in his elaborate tableaus. In contrast, "We the People" blatantly speaks to the pop-culture-obsessed and politically-charged landscape in which Brooks lives today.

Ofrenda: Art for the Dead

Ofrenda: Art for the Dead
Saturday, Oct 30, 3-11pm

Activities, Exhibition, and Parade: Free and Open to the Public
Masquerade Ball: No Cover, Cash Bar

Art Outlet and the Torpedo Factory invite you to party Day of the Dead style during Ofrenda, a festival of local artists' shrines, altars, art, music, dancing, magic and spoken word based on the Day of the Dead tradition.

• Live music, art exhibit and public altar 3-11pm
• Sugar Skull activity 4-5pm
• Ofrenda parade (beginning at Market Square) 7-8pm
• Masquerade Ball featuring live music, drumming, and belly dancing 8-11pm

Click here for more information.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ A workshop series

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ A workshop series at the DOME Theatre @ Artisphere.
(Monday evenings through November 22nd)  Sign up for all sessions or pick and choose.

October 25 - 6 pm Session #2: Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ Copyright/Trademark Protection & Use
November 1 - 6 pm Session #3: Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ Contracts & Licensing
November 8 - 6 pm Session #4: Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ Tax Strategies
November 15 - 6 pm Session #5: Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ Negotiation Skills
November 22 - 6 pm Session #6: Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs ~ Commercial Leasing

Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture in American Art

Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture in American Art
Art and Photography Critic Mark Feeney
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00pm

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe arts and photography critic and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, presents Four Photographers on Three Wheels: William Eggleston's Tricycle and Before. Reception follows lecture. Free tickets required and available beginning at 6:30pm in the museum's G Street Lobby. Lecture webcast live at

Programs are held in McEvoy Auditorium unless otherwise indicated
There is no charge for programs unless otherwise noted

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F streets, NW
Metro:  Gallery Pl-Chinatown, 9th & G or 7th & F exits

Look In Look Out, Portraits in Progress

Montgomery College in Silver Spring - Studio Downstairs 
Look In Look Out, Portraits in Progress
Artist reception-November 9th, 4-6pm 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

You are invited to attend the most exciting event of DC's fall arts season: 

The 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party 
Saturday, November 13, 2010 7-10pm 

Mexican Cultural Institute  

2010 Auction artists

Setting the pace for cutting-edge art, at this year's Auction Transformer will feature: Over 200 original artworks by emerging & established artists Savories & sweets from Washington's top chefs and restaurants Open bars of champagne, wine, beer & TEQUILA Experimental music performances Support Transformer and their work on behalf of emerging artists & emergent visual expression. Buy your tickets now! $175 per person; $200 after Nov. 1

Click here to download the invite.
To purchase, call 202.483.1102 or reply by mail.
For more info, e-mail Transformer and visit their web site.

Goethe-Institut Fall Highlights

Highlights of Goethe-Institut's fall program include:

November 10, 2010 - January 28, 2011
Documentary Photography: Wüstenrot Foundation Award Winners 2007/2008
Opening reception on Wednesday, November 10, 6 – 8 pm
with photographers Andrea Diefenbach, Aymeric Fouquez, Kirill Golovchenko and Margret Hoppe.
In conversation with Susan Sterner, Director of Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art + Design

-The film series, “Made in West/East Germany,” 
Monday,  November 1, 2010 – Monday, January 10, 2011Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
German with English subtitles

*Focus on environmental issues featuring experts from Germany sharing their thoughts on issues of energy efficiency and generation.

(Re)Building a New Era of Energy Efficiency: A Transatlantic Policy Exchange
Luncheon and Panel Discussion, Wednesday, October 27, 12 - 2 pm
Monika Griefahn, Former member of the German Parliament and co-founder of Greenpeace Germany in 1980
Brooks Rainwater, Director of Local Relations, American Institute of Architects
Kurt Shickman, Director of Research, Energy Future Coalition
Moderated by Knut Panknin, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Washington
Policy experts from the German and U.S. policy arena discuss the obstacles and opportunities that exist in greening our existing building stock.
RSVP to rsvp at
In cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Green Living Series - The Green Revolution

Panel Discussion, Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm
Panelists: Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation
Additional speaker to be determined
A transatlantic dialogue concerning the revolution in energy generation. Local generation of energy and regional integration of resources will be addressed.
RSVP to rsvp at
In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Goethe-Institut Washington
812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3718, USA
phone: +1 (202) 289-1200
(202) 289-1200

Humberto Castro / "TRACES OF MIGRATIONS"

I find this Cuban artist's work particularly poignant. Take a look.

Exhibition through December 31st, 2010
Virtual Tour

Like works in the artist's previous one-person shows at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, "First 15-Year Retrospective" in 2006 and "Contemporary Fables" in 2008, Castro's new paintings continue to explore visual metaphors based on the concept of historic immigration as the foundation for today's society, along with emancipation of the human spirit.

"Clearly, Humberto Castro's work is directly inspired by his experience and those of his peers as Cuban emigrants," said gallery director Virginia Miller. "But these works have a universal, visceral appeal--after all, virtually every region of the world was settled through emigration."

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Access and Alteration / Colin Winterbottom and Adrienne Moumin

Access and Alteration,
October 26 through January 2011, 8am to 7pm

Boston Properties, Inc., announces the opening of an exhibition of photographs by artists Colin Winterbottom and Adrienne Moumin.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, 
Artists' Talks at 6:00 pm. 
The Heurich Gallery 
505 Ninth St., NW
(Building located at 9th and E Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20004

In Access and Alteration, both photographers present their interpretations of iconic architectural subjects, using various combinations of traditional photography, digital output, and (in Moumin's case) hand-cut-and-assembled collage techniques.

Access and Alteration is sponsored by Boston Properties, and curated by Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC.
Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC provides fine arts services to corporate clients. To purchase an artwork or inquire further about Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC, please contact 202.223.1626.

Houdini / Art and Magic

The Jewish Museum is presenting the first major art museum exhibition to examine Houdini's life, legend, and enduring cultural influence from October 29, 2010 through March 27, 2011.  Through 163 objects, including 26 recent works of art inspired by Houdini, exhibition visitors will be able to explore the career and legacy of the celebrated entertainer while considering his lasting impact on contemporary art and culture.

Works in a variety of media by such artists as Matthew Barney, Jane Hammond, Vic Muniz, and Raymond Pettibon will be on view along with historic photographs; dramatic Art Nouveau-era posters and broadsides; theater ephemera; and archival and silent films.  Magic apparatus - rarely exhibited together - handcuffs, shackles, straitjacket, a milk can and a packing trunk will be showcased in the context of their original presentation.  A recreation of the famous Water Torture Cell (much of the original was destroyed in a fire in 1995) will also be included.  Visitors will learn about Houdini's evolution from a fledgling circus performer in the 1890s, to a stage magician at the turn-of-the 20th century, to a daring escape artist in the early 1900s, and a world-famous celebrity who commanded a mass audience.

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY  10128

Friday, October 22, 2010

Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show and Sale

Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show and Sale
October 23rd and 24th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
at the National Building Museum

36 exhibitors of wearable art, jewelry and clothing previously juried into the Smithsonian Craft Show
General Admission $5
Advance Chance Party
Friday October 22, 5:30 - 8:30pm
First Choice shopping, wine and hors d'oeuvres, music, modeling and more

Advance reservations required
Tickets $50

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro:  Red Line - Judiciary Square, museum exit

Smithsonian Institution
Craft2Wear Reservations and Information

Freya Your Mind | The Pink Line Project

Read the wonderful article on Freya Grand's work now showing at G.R.A.C.E. in Reston, VA

Freya Your Mind | The Pink Line Project
Freya Your Mind by Jackie Cantwell  
     Freya Grand, Gullfoss, oil on canvas, 54 x 60, 2002

 Freya Grand
September 30 - November 12, 2010

12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, VA 20190


National Museum of Women in the Arts events

Books Without Words: The Visual Poetry of Elisabetta Gut 
September 10, 2010-January 16, 2011
The exhibition will present 22 artists’ books, collage-poems, book-objects and object-poems by Italian artist Elisabetta Gut (b. 1934). Her visual poetry is inspired by her dreams, memories, and love for music and poetry.

Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color 
October 9, 2010 - January 9, 2011
The first major retrospective features more than 70 paintings, textiles, and sketches from the pioneering African American artist’s 75-year career. Jones was inspired by the social struggles that she witnessed in the U.S. as well as by her travels from Martha’s Vineyard and France to Haiti and Africa. A Howard University professor, Jones imbued her work with the brilliant colors, patterns and African motifs that came to distinguish her art.

A conversation with Judy Chicago introducing her latest literary achievement: Frida Kahlo: Face to Face
10/24/2010 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free. No reservations required. Includes free admission to the museum.

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, and educator, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that women's artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. She will discuss her recently published book Frida Kahlo: Face to Face. Deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this volume is a dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of the iconic Mexican artist and reframes Frida Kahlo for contemporary audiences. Essays explore Kahlo's many facets: woman, artists, historical figure and inspiration and are accompanied by a handpicked selection of a hundred portraits that speaks to the full spectrum of women's experience. Books will be available for sale and signing.

NMWA will host Judy Chicago's only personal appearance and book signing in the metropolitan DC area.

1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3970

Thursday, October 21, 2010

An Evening with Collector, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke at Parish Gallery-Georgetown

PARISH Gallery-Georgetown & Misty Brown Productions
LIVING LEGENDS: An Evening with Collector, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke
A panel discussion on the importance of collecting Black artists.
Moderator: Larry Frazier, Esquire
Panelists: Janet Stanely, Librarian, National Museum of African Art,
Richard Everett, Creator of
Special Guest: The Honorable Michael A. Brown,
At-Large-Member, Council of the District of Columbia

Saturday, October 23, 2010
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Ticket Donation $10.00

Experienced collectors know how to identify art that has the potential of being valuable and artists whose careers are on the rise. Those are the skills that seperate an art enthusiast from a collector. Come learn from the people who have been collecting art for years.

Catering By: SWEET MANGO CAFÉ, New Orleans Café & Old City Cafe of Jerusalem
Media Sponsor: Washington Informer Newspaper
Co-Sponsors: SWEET MANGO CAFÉ & Sweet Mango Arts Salon

PARISH Gallery-Georgetown
1054 31st Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20007
202 . 944 . 2310

Meet Alfred Wertheimer at his “Elvis at 21″ exhibition / October 23rd

Elvis at 21 opens Saturday, October 23rd, at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Photographer Alfred Wertheimer will be at his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, October 23rd, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM to meet visitors to the exhibition. 
Check out the details on Govinda Gallery's Blog

Opening Reception for Thomas Müller: Neither Here Nor There @ Project 4

Thomas Müller 
“Neither Here Nor There” 
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

6:30–8:30PM: Opening at Project 4 (1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC)

7:30–9:30PM: Opening at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th Street NW, Washington DC)

Guests are encouraged to visit both galleries to see and hear Thomas speak about the work at each location. Thomas will also be answering guests’ questions following his talk.

This Fall, Thomas Müller’s work will be showing in the DC area at Project 4, Fathom Gallery, and the 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit Party

Project 4 | 1353 U Street NW | 3rd Floor | Washington | DC | 20009
RSVP info at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Ten Artists for Ten Years," Exhibition at the Sumner School

Commemorating Millennium Art Salon's ten years of serving the DC Arts Community,

"Ten Artists  for Ten Years," Exhibition. 
October 22 -December 15, 2010
Opening Reception: October 22, 6:00 PM -- 8:00 PM 

Curated by Sharon J. Burton, and on display from at the historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington, DC.
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036-3009
(202) 442-6060
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Featured artists  include: Gwen Aqui, Billy Colbert, Doris Colbert Kennedy, Victor Ekpuk, Elsa Gebreyesus, Sonya Lawyer, Chris Malone, Anne Marchand, Michael Singletary, and Frank Smith.

"10 for 10" Artist Salon Talks in November and December:
Salon Talks with featured Exhibiting “10 for 10” Artists at the Sumner School:
·         Wednesday, November 3rd, 6-8pm – “Where We Have Been”
·         Tuesday, November 30th, 6-8pm – “Where We Are Today”
·         Friday, December 10th, 6-8pm – “Where We Are Going”

V.O.I.C.E.S / Oct. 21st & Global Lens on Oct. 22nd @ Hillyer

V.O.I.C.E.S (Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment, and Support)
Thursday, October 21st, 2010, 6-9.30 PM

ADMISSION: $5 admission (you can also contribute any additional monetary donations)

Have you heard about the V.O.I.C.E.S event that happens at Hillyer Art Space, every month?
Well it's time for another one of these events designed to raise funds and awareness for grassroots organizations across the globe working to help youth, women and underserved communities through music, arts and culture.

Come out and enjoy an eclectic mix of music, drink and food. Network with like-minded people interested in activism, international development and social change. Enjoy DJs spinning global hip hop and international tunes, and then settle in for a multi-media presentation on a cutting edge, grassroots organization. Round out the evening listening to some skilled lyricists and emcees sum up the experience with a hip hop cipher.

Global Lens International Film Series 2010
Monthly - October 22nd, November 12th, and December 8th. 7-9pm
ADMISSION:Suggested donation of $5-$10, free for students with valid ID

The Global Lens 2010 international film series features independent films from around the world depicting stories about different cultures and people.

Washington, DC 20008

Calling All Artists: Illuminate Crystal City with Your Bright Ideas

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) prepares to further “enlighten” the area with “Illumination,” the latest temporary outdoor art exhibit planned for the Crystal City Water Park. With the issuance of a Call for Artists, the Crystal City BID announced the exhibit which will provide a lit experience that showcases the essence of the Crystal City brand.

To kick off the project, the Crystal City BID has announced a call seeking qualified artists to help conceive and implement the illuminated sculptures in the Crystal City Water Park. The Illumination exhibit is scheduled to open on April 1, 2010. Interested artists should visit to learn more and download the formal application.

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008

Check out the Hirshhorn's exhibition of Argentinean Artist, Guillermo Kuitca opening October 21. Check their website for related talks and events including a Friday Gallery Talk: by Independent curator Laura Roulet on "Guillermo Kuitca: Everything" on 10/29/2010 from 12:30 - 1:00 PM.

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008                October 21, 2010 to January 16, 2011 
Since his first exhibition at the age of thirteen, Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinean, b. Buenos Aires, 1961) has forged a distinctive path as an artist, creating visually compelling works that reflect his intense and often ambivalent relationship to his primary medium: painting. “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything” is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work in the United States in more than ten years, and is co-organized by the Hirshhorn; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and the Miami Art Museum. Examining the artist’s continuing development between 1980 and 2008, the show presents the spectrum of Kuitca’s thirty-five year career, from early pieces inspired by his experience in theater, with titles often drawn from music, to recent complex abstractions that evoke the history of modern painting.
Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 is co-organized by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida. 
Source: Hirshhorn Website

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with “Synergy” Exhibit

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with “Synergy” Exhibit at the Corcoron Gallery of Art

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
2011 Visual and Media Artist Fellows
“Synergy” Exhibit Opening & Celebration 

Thursday, October 21, 6 - 8 PM
on exhibit until October 28.

Corcoron Gallery of Art, 500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

(Washington, DC) -- Join the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) to celebrate DC's emerging and established arts movement during National Arts & Humanities Month on Thursday, October 21 at 6 PM at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This fete will toast hundreds of grantees as the DCCAH celebrates recipients of 2011 funding. DCCAH is one of the few state arts agencies that grants funds to individual artists. See their works on display for the festive opening of "Synergy," a showcase of visual and media artist fellows.

Introducing 2011 Artist Fellows: Alexis E. Gillespie, Asmara Ghebremichael, Brandon W. Bloch, Eleanor Walton, Ruth Stenstrom, Virgina N. Durrin, Adam Davies, Alexandra Silverthorne, Anna U. Edholm Davis, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Barbara Josephs Liotta, Colin Winterbottom, Cory Oberndorfer, Erik Sandberg, Gediyon Kifle, Janis Goodman, John James Anderson, Joshua Cogan, Judy A. Southerland, Kenneth George, Khanh H. Le, Marta Perez Garcia, Mary J. Early, Mia Feuer, Michael Dax Iacovone, Michelle Herman, Molly Springfield, Rik Freeman, Scott G. Brooks, and Tim Tate.

For more information, please see: Introducing our 2011 Artist Fellows: The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Publication: Thomas Block / Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity

Author Thomas Block announces that his "10-year project has at last reached fruition."
"Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity is a groundbreaking study introducing to the popular reader, the story of respectful and loving interfaith relations between Sufis (Islamic mystics) and Jewish spiritual thinkers for nearly one thousand years. "
To see a listing and purchase a copy of Thomas Block's book on its publisher's (Fons Vitae, Louisville, KY) page, please visit:

Thomas Block, Author and Visual Artist

The Foundry Gallery "Call to Artists"

"Call to Artists" The Foundry Gallery
"Celebrate Gay Marriage" is the January 2011 show theme.

The Foundry Gallery is located at 1314 18th Street, NW, 20036 near Dupont Circle.
Obtain the prospectus at their website.

Deadline: December 3, 2010 at 5pm 

Elia Kahvedjian / The Eye Behind the Camera

Elia Kahvedjian
The Eye Behind the Camera
Rare silver prints from a Jerusalem photo studio
At the Jerusalem Fund Gallery

October 22-December 3, 2010
Opening reception: Friday October 22   6:00 -8:00 p.m.
Elia Kahvedjian was born in 1910 in Ourfa, Turkey and passed away April 1999. In 1915, Elia’s family of both parents, five brothers, three sisters, uncles and aunts were massacred along with 1.5 million other Armenians. After being homeless, sold as a slave, and even chased by cannibals,  Elia was rescued by the American Near East Relief Foundation (A.N.E.R.F) and taken first to Lebanon and then to Nazareth. Since his childhood, Elia had dreamed of becoming a photographer. Krik`orian and Toumaian, photographers in Jerusalem, made his dream a reality. When Elia came to Jerusalem, he was fascinated by Jerusalem’s historical places, landscapes and characters and began taking pictures in 1924. From there Elia devoted himself to photography, catching the scenes and lives of Jerusalem’s streets.
The Jerusalem Fund Gallery
2425 Virginia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 202-338-1958

Saturday, October 16, 2010

MAS Membership Reception kicks off its 2010-2011 Program Season, Celebrating Artists, October 16

Millennium Arts Salon
2nd Annual Membership Meeting Drive
Reception: Saturday, October 16th from 3-6pm  
1213 Girard Street, NW
Washington, DC. 

Millennium Arts Salon officially kicks off its 2010-2011 Program Season at its 2nd Annual Membership Meeting Drive and Reception on Saturday, October 16th from 3-6pm. This year's theme, "Celebrating Artists," salutes artists through exhibitions, salon talks, print collaborations and more. Here are a few highlights: 

Commemorating Millennium's over ten years of serving the DC Arts Community, "Ten Artists for Ten Years," Exhibition, curated by Sharon Burton, opens October 22nd with reception from 6-8pm at the Sumner School.  A series of artist talks featuring "10 for 10" exhibition artists will occur at the Sumner School in November and December.  

A monoprint project sponsored by MAS featuring 20 Washington artists under the creative leadership of Sam Gilliam printed at the George Mason University Print Department will be exhibited at the Kreeger Museum in January and February 2011.
A "Collector Series" involves viewing the artwork of passionate collectors while enjoying a culinary dining experience in their homes amidst their art.
Millennium's tenth anniversary celebration is planned in the spring at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, one of Washington's newest "artsy" hotels owned by The Rubell Family, prominent collectors of contemporary art.
There will also be private events for salon club members, such as the recent Saturday morning brunch salon talk with Renee Stout at Hemphill Gallery on September 25th and collaborations with local art institutions, such as with The Phillips Collection with whom MAS has collaborated for the past three years.

Attend the Millennium's 2nd Annual Membership Meeting Drive and Reception on Saturday, October 16th from 3-6pm-- to meet and mingle with MAS board members, salon club members and art advocates, get more details about the program season, learn about MAS salon club membership benefits, and enjoy a glass of wine or soft beverage and appetizers in the intimate space of Millennium Arts Salon, 1213 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC.

THIS IS A PUBLIC EVENT, but please RSVP to assist planning:  email: info at or call 202-319-8988.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Application

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Festival Dates: May 14 &15, 2011
Deadline to apply: December 10, 2010
The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was ranked  #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, September 2008; making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland.

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival features 150 booth spaces. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District advisory committee will select the artists. All original fine art and fine craft is eligible to apply. All work must be created by the artist; no manufactured or mass produced work is eligible. All artists must provide their own white tents and weights.

For more information, call 301/215-6660
or visit

Friday, October 15, 2010

Marian Bantjes Lecture at Corcoran

I Wonder / Marian Bantjes
Thursday, October 28; 7 p.m.
Marian Bantjes is one of today’s most innovative typographic illustrators and graphic designers. Her whimsical custom typography and highly ornamental and detailed art work have earned her international recognition and an enthusiastic cult following. Bantjes’ work has been published in books and magazines around the world, and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. On this evening, Bantjes discusses her unique graphic work and signs copies of her new book, I Wonder (Monacelli Press, 9/28). $12 Members; $15 Public.

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
(202) 639-1700

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Select works from 2011 DCCAH grant recipients in Gallery 31

October 20 - October 31
Gallery 31 / Corcoran
National Arts and Humanities Month is recognized by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The Honorable Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will make an official proclamation in recognition of the arts. The Executive Director, Gloria Nauden to announce and celebrate the 2011 grant recipients. Meet and Greet the Board of Commissioners and Staff of DCCAH for an exhibit of select works from 2011 grantees in Gallery 31.

Sitar Arts Center Event to Support Arts Education for DC Youth

Special event to benefit safe, affordable afterschool arts education programs for children
Washington, DC – A committee of philanthropic and community leaders combined with corporate and media sponsors will join forces with Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan on Thursday, October 21, 2010 to host its annual benefit event, A Night of Sitar Stars, in support of over 700 inner-city students who find an afterschool safe-haven at the Center each week, where they take classes in visual art, music, drama, dance, creative writing and digital media.
At Sitar Arts Center, every student’s tuition is substantially subsidized by the Center and 80% of the students enrolled are from low-income households. Many families pay as little as $15 for a semester of classes, though the real cost is just over $1,000 per student. The goal of Sitar Stars is to raise the funds to sponsor 100 students at the Center this year.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a special open house at Sitar Arts Center featuring student led tours, an art exhibition and an opportunity to mingle with students, volunteers, artistic partners and families. Immediately following the open house at 7:00 pm will be a cocktail reception, silent auction and student performances from Sitar Arts Center’s Saints Band, an encore presentation of songs and scenes from Sitar’s summer musical Hello, Dolly!, and a fashion show featuring Sitar’s up-and-coming young designers at The Meridian International Center.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Faces, New Prints / Washington Printmakers Gallery

through October 24 
New Faces, New Prints

An all-member exhibition with a special feature on the six artists added to the membership over the past year: Shahla Abdi, Trisha Gupta, Joan Krash, Tony Lazorko, Matina Marki Tillman, and Brad Widness.

"Thank You Silver Spring"
Saturday, October 23, 1-4 pm

A party celebrating the welcoming nature of our new community.  Free and Open to all residing in and outside of Silver Spring.  PRINT RAFFLE of select WPG prints - $5 per ticket.  FREE Gift Certificates for lucky attendees to WASHINGTON PRINTMAKERS GALLERY, FIRESTATION 1 RESTAURANT, AND 8407 KITCHEN BAR!

Washington Printmakers Gallery
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 2nd Floor
8230 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

The 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party  

November 13, 2010 7 – 10pm 
The Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW

Innovative, experimental, diverse, and hip – Transformer is at the nexus of DC's cultural scene.
Transformer's Annual Auction is an ideal way to begin or expand your art collection while connecting with a smart, sophisticated audience. This very special, one-night only event features an impressive array of over 150 artworks in a variety of mediums, dimensions and prices by a diverse mix of emerging and established artists. In addition to a range of works by many leading DC based artists, Transformer is introducing new national and international visual talent to Auction guests this year. The Auction is taking place again this year at the beautiful and historic Mexican Cultural Institute.

Transformer's Annual Auction is also supported by a Host Committee of Washington's cultural leaders and patrons. Chaired this year by Transformer Board Members Shigeko Bork, Kate Damon, and Izette Folger, the Auction Host Committee helps to underwrite tickets costs for the over 100 artists that will attend the event. As a thank you for this support, Host Committee members are invited to a special October 13, 2010 thank you reception hosted by the Auction Chairs Mirella & Dani Levinas, featuring a sneak preview of works that will be featured in the Auction. To join the Host Committee of this year's Auction, please contact Alison Konecki, Development & Commmunity Outreach Coordinator at for additional details.

Join the Host Committee today to secure advance tickets to the event and help underwrite the attendance cost of nearly 100 participating artists. An Individual Auction ticket is $175 if received by 11.1.10; tickets are $200 after this date*.

Proceeds from The 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party will match recent grant awards, directly supporting artists throughout the 2010/2011 exhibition season, including: artist honoraria, travel and accommodations, exhibition material costs, and related programming support.

*Attendance is on a first paid, first secured basis – space is not guaranteed. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the Auction night. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

For more information:

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Art of the Recycled / ReCr3ate

ReCr3ate / The Art of the Recycled 

October 11 - November 13. 2010
Opening Friday October 15, 6-8pm

Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery
Center for Green Urbanism



September 11 - October 16
Closing: October 16

Project 4 presents the second solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Beau Chamberlain to start off the 2010/2011 art season. Chamberlain's riotous scenes of nature run amok are fantasies that provide the viewer with an opportunity to abandon the quotidian. His canvases are bursting with color and a dizzying assortment of botanical and entomological subjects. And yet, because they lack any concrete clues about time, place, or even scale, these very figurative works begin to verge on the abstract. Nonetheless, Chamberlain sees the landscape genre in general, and his works in particular, as being linked to the idea of narrative. To that end, he addresses his viewer with tantalizingly meaningful titles such as "Apartment Living", "This is Your Mess", and "Survival Tactics". Chamberlain sees these titles as a way to help to guide the viewer through these environments, and provide the framework for a narrative of their own construction.

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

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence & The Universal Question of Identity

"We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life." -- Carl Jung

Washington, DC - The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery announces the opening of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Identity Writ Large, featuring the photography of Matthew Black.

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday, October 15, 7-9pm
FotoWeek DC Reception & Meet the Artist: Saturday, November 6, 7-9pm

Since 2007, Matthew Black has documented the outrageous and provocative social activist group, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  Members of this international Sisterhood take on the identities of 21st century nuns, dedicated to "promulgating universal joy, expiating stigmatic guilt, and serving the community." Far more than street performers or typical drag queens, they use the art of drag to raise awareness for the LGBT community, educate about safe sex & AIDS, raise money for local non-profits, and advocate for human rights.

In Black's engrossing, public-private portraits of Sisters in the Seattle chapter he visibly captures their transformation between various personas and brings to light the deeper, universal question we each ask ourselves - Who am I really? 

The exhibition runs from October 15 to November 13.

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

Public Lecture and Tour with Deep Ocean Shipwreck Explorer Mark Gordon

Just Announced: Public Lecture and Tour with
Deep Ocean Shipwreck Explorer Mark Gordon

Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Maryland Science Center

601 Light Street
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Free Admission

Dive deep into underwater exploration with the president of Odyssey Marine Exploration Mark Gordon at a free lecture and tour of the new SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibition at the Maryland Science Center.

In his multi-media presentation, Gordon will share the specialized technologies, equipment and techniques that Odyssey uses to find sunken ships, and recover and conserve artifacts.  He will also discuss the importance of inspiring the next generation of explorers, engineers and entrepreneurial-minded students. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

M.M.Panas / Action Painting

Action Painting

September 29 to Saturday October 30, 2010
Panas’s genre definitely proceeds from the “action painting” of the abstract expressionists of the 40’s and 50’s. The complexity, clarity and courage of this work has always excited her. “Action Painting has always been my forte. This series is heavily influenced by the Gutai Group of Japanese artists. I was always heading in the direction of unrestrained movement and color but seeing their work set me free” explains Panas.  The visual language, applied spontaneously, usually requires long periods of thought, observation and reworking to create a satisfactory image. Therein lies the pleasure of painting: physical application and mental arrangement of material on a canvas, both body and mind totally involved.

City Gallery
804 H Street NE, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Shuli Sad Shifting Perception: Meditation on Time and Velocity

Shuli Sade
Shifting Perception: Meditation on Time and Velocity
September 15th - January 30th, 2011

CYNTHIA-REEVES PROJECTS launches its Fall lineup with Shuli Sade's retrospective exhibition, SHIFTING PERCEPTION: MEDITATION ON TIME AND VELOCITY at Gensler's headquarters in Washington, DC. This comprehensive installation includes wall based installations that investigate our relationship to architecture and urban environments through a fugitive sense of time.  Sade choreographs her beautiful photography and video stills into lyrical sequences that communicate a dynamic sense of movement and interaction with iconic examples of our architectural surroundings.
2020 K Street, NW
Washington DC

Closed Caption / Shaun Richards

Closed Caption
New Paintings by Shaun Richards

Exhibition Dates: October 3 - 21, 2010
Reception: October 14, during Second Thursday Art Night • 6-8pm 

Artist Talk at 7pm 

Shaun Richards exhibition, “Closed Captioned”, consists of approximately 10 large scale mixed media paintings. His current work examines social dynamics, role modeling, and how media affects our opinions, actions, and identity. These investigations are both reflective and observational. Richards states that early in his career he was concerned solely with traditional, figurative painting. Now his focus has shifted to juxtaposing media, mark making, elements of traditional painting, and text to create artwork that presents a message on multiple levels. Including the art-historical perspective, ethical considerations, and the political, he prefers to raise questions rather than take an overt stance.

Open Exhibition is an annual opportunity, selecting an artist for a solo show in the Target Gallery. A panel of three jurors selects the winning proposal and the gallery provides a catalog for the winning artist. This year's juror panel consists of Cynthia Connolly, visual arts curator for Arlington County’s new Artisphere, Joey P Mánlapaz, a DC-based painter and faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Shauna Lee Lange, founder of Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory and Design Studio.

The Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

MEMBERS CRITIQUE at Hillyer Art Space


October 18th Members Critique!

Date: October 18th and every third Monday of the month thereafter
Time: 6PM - 8PM

We will select ten member artists to showcase 1-2 pieces of artwork each. Although it is free to enter, this opportunity is on a first come first serve basis so please submit your entry as soon as possible! This is an open event, so even if you are not participating, please feel free to come along and join in the discussion!

To enter email the Gallery Director, Jordan Burke @ and include details of the size of the work(s) you intend to display.

Admission: Free to members

Artists will be able to display a piece of their work for constructive criticism and group discussion. Theses critiques are fundamentally designed to provide helpful feedback to artists. They ought not only to tease out the formal strengths and weaknesses of a piece, but also any perceptible meanings the piece seems to communicate. Criticisms must therefore reach beyond binary value judgments ("I like the piece" or "I don't like the piece") and into the realm of more astute intellectual observation and advice.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact IA&A at 202-338-0680 or
danielled at

International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA

Rosemary Luckett & Charlie Dale at Touchstone Gallery

September 29 – October 31, 2010
 Artist Talk: Sunday, October 17, 2 pm
“Altered Terrain”
Rosemary Luckett

Drawings & Sculpture
Rosemary Luckett juxtaposes sculpture and mixed media drawings in a lively interplay between 2-D and 3-D expression. Finely-honed technique, a penchant for repeating forms, and a strong concern for the environment combine with a questioning mind and a sense of humor to form these surreal landscapes; stories of the altered natural landscape and how each person unwittingly contributes to its transformation

(that you've never seen before)

Charlie Dale
 “JUST FLAGS” is anything but. Charlie Dale takes us on an imaginative journey, sometimes whimsical sometimes thought provoking, to countries and places yet to be discovered with flags that we have never seen before. The fourteen flags in the show retain some of the familiar shapes, structure, symbols and colors that we expect to see in a flag but each one departs from the familiar in some important way.

 Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC



September 10 - October 10
Artist Talk: October 10, 5pm
Six contemporary artists in a variety of media explore the elements with abstract presentations.

Featuring work by Jessica Beels, Graham Boyle, Katie Cassidy, Vincent Colvin, Suzanne Izzo, and Stu Searles

Curated by Pam Rogers
Mentor Curator: Trudi Van Dyke

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

Faculty Member Jean Bartoli on display at Washington Studio School

Washington Studio School presents works by

Artist Reception: Friday, October 15th, 6-8 pm

This is a free event. RSVP is NOT required.

Jean Bartoli earned his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1964 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1969. He worked extensively in Carrara and Pietrasanta, Italy working with stone and casting bronze. Bartoli has taught and exhibited in the U.S. and Italy and is represented in private and corporate collections.

Smithsonian Resident Associate Program; Washington Studio School, sculpture.

Washington Studio School
 2129 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Friday, October 08, 2010

Glass Sculptures by Jackie L. Braitman
The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Show Extended Through October 22, 2010

“Jackie is a very talented artist whose sculptures have been shown in some of the finest glass galleries in the country. Her work is lyrical, clean and colorful, with an underlying tension that makes it particularly interesting. She is agile in her techniques, and often imposes dance and the human figure onto her pieces. She creates large-scale and small works, free-standing and wall pieces, often in themed series, exploring her craft.”  - Zenith founder/director Margery E. Goldberg.

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

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Books Without Words: The Visual Poetry of Elisabetta Gut 
September 10, 2010 - January 16, 2011

The exhibition will present 22 artists’ books, collage-poems, book-objects and object-poems by Italian artist Elisabetta Gut (b. 1934). Her visual poetry is inspired by her dreams, memories, and love for music and poetry.

Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color 
October 9, 2010 - January 9, 2011

This retrospective features more than 70 paintings, textiles, and sketches from the pioneering African American artist's 75-year career.

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


The metropolitan-DC area’s newest cultural center is set to open in Arlington on 10-10-10!

Located only one block from the Rosslyn metro, at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Artisphere will feature four distinct performance venues, three visual art galleries, a wi-fi lounge, and a 4,000 square foot ballroom that will bring regional, national and international cultural offerings to the area! Combining the newly-renovated former Newseum space with the exciting Spectrum Theatre next door, Artisphere's multi-disciplinary cultural offerings will permeate the 62,000 square foot 'cultural campus' seven days a week, 12 hours a day, offering more than 100 events per month!

The Honorable William T. Newman Jr. and Sheila C. Johnson are the honorary co-chairs of this exclusive party that will give guests the first opportunity to experience Arlington's unique new stage for the arts: Artisphere, an Arts Space for Everyone! Swing and sway to an evening of music, dance, theatre and hula hoops, and a special cabaret performance by Signature Theatre! The Gala is presented by the Arlington County Board, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District and the Artisphere Advisory Board.
Tickets: $250, Valet Parking Order
Information: or 202-333-4406

Artisphere's second opening will be hosted by arts impresario Phillipa Hughes' Pink Line Project  and Bright Young Things, who are coming together to celebrate the launch.  The amazing lineup includes Baltimore's Deep Sugar DJs (with Ultra Nate); DC's own Soul Controllers DJs; A very special Best Of Edition of "Family Hemerlein" featuring some of their favorite music and comedy performances from the last year; video and performance artist from Japan Mamoru Iriguchi; a balloon artist explosion lead by Katie Balloons and Addi; the Terrace Gallery's Skateboarding Side Effects;  interactive photo wall -- and much more!
Tickets $20, Free parking
Order tickets online

10AM Ribbon Cutting

9PM CHOPTEETH (Afro-Funk) in the 3,000 sq. ft. Ballroom
Ibis Chamber Ensemble, Bowen McCauley Dance, Sonic Circuits BLK with Bear, Sans Facon Video Installation, Joe Falero & the DC Latin Jazz All-Stars, Tunde Jegede Trio, Mamoru Iriguchi, UrbanArias, Memphis Gold.

SKATEBOARDING SIDE EFFECTS in the Terrace Gallery. The motion of skateboarding captured by artists who skateboard. The exhibition will continue through November 28, 2010.

Bowen McCauley Dance, Mary Ann Redmond, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Grandsons, Tunde Jegede Trio, Mamoru Iriguchi, Salsa Deconstructed (Lecture Demonstration with Eileen Torres & La Excelencia).

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Adam de Boer: Finca

Adam de Boer: Finca
October 15 – November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 15, 6 – 8pm

Flashpoint Gallery presents 13 new works by Washington, DC-based painter Adam de Boer. In December 2009, de Boer visited a friend’s finca – or farm – in Villeta, Colombia, 40 miles northwest of the capital city, Bogotá. Upon his return, de Boer began a series of paintings that comprise the exhibition Finca. The intensely colored, narrative works are informed by de Boer’s visit to Villeta as well as by the religion, music and diversions that define finca culture.

De Boer used Colombian Vallenato music, a form with ties to minstrel traditions of Colombian farmers, to inform the palette for the exhibition. The palettes are derived from Hardesty Maratta’s early 20th century theory on “chords of color,” where notes on the musical scale relate to a particular hue. The artist employed Maratta’s theory to construct three distinct color compositions based on the chord progression of his favorite Vallenato song. De Boer explains, “At the end of 2008, I had become dissatisfied with the color in my paintings, so when I came across the Maratta system and its promise of beauty through color harmony – by way of musical harmony – I decided to experiment.”

Each painting depicts a vignette of life on the Villeta finca. The works serve as a visual journal, creating a narrative in the gallery space. Themes and imagery vary considerably—from those that highlight the landscape, to images of family members at play in a swimming pool, to more intimate depictions of young women in bunk beds before falling asleep. The works reflect the simple, distinctive stories of a large, extended family in Colombia, and through their specificity comment on universal themes of religion, class and culture.

Flashpoint Gallery 
916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Spencer Finch at he Corcoran

NOW at the Corcoran
Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud
September 11, 2010 – January 23, 2011

This month, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design launched its new contemporary
program, NOW at the Corcoran, a series of one- and two-artist exhibitions that presents new work
addressing issues central to the local, national, and global communities of Washington, D.C., and that
responds to the collection, history, and architecture of the Corcoran.

NOW at the Corcoran opens with an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch.
Finch’s sculptural installations, photographs, and drawings seek to capture the elusive space between
perception and the outside world, probing the intersections of science, nature, and memory. Using
industrial materials to recreate individual experiences or particular sensations such as candlelight or the
wind off of Walden Pond, he often draws from historical accounts by poets and philosophers to explore
the persistence of human curiosity. Finch’s works play with light, color, and time to remind his viewers
that looking is never as simple as it looks. Passing Cloud, 2010, is a site-specific sculpture made for the
Corcoran’s Rotunda that alludes to a moment on a summer’s day in 1863 when Walt Whitman and
Abraham Lincoln crossed paths in Washington.

Get Ready for the Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter!!

It may seem like just the beginning of fall but just two short months away is the opening of the 6th annual Downtown Holiday Market on the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F Streets NW.

Running for 21 days, from Friday, Dec 3 through Thursday Dec 23, the market will feature a plethora of treasures from local artists, regional crafters, distinctive small creative businesses and importers of goods from around the world. Tasty treats and live music every day and night will spice the seasonal mix. The event runs from noon to 8pm each day and more than 170 different exhibitors will rotate through the market.   Check the official website: soon for the announcement of exhibitor assignments.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


October 7 - November 5, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 6 - 8 pm

WSG and AREA 405 announce the opening of 41 Miles North. The exhibition features works from the Washington Sculptors Group, a DC-based membership organization that promotes an awareness and understanding of sculpture among artists, collectors and the public.

The exhibition bridges the distance between two cities. Washington, DC is the heart of US politics and red tape with little industrial history. Baltimore has a crumbling infrastructure with industrial spaces transforming into hubs of culture. Two beltways with very different "insides," the title speaks of the distance from The White House to Area 405.

Artists: Dennis Beach, Leah Frankel, Artemis Herber, Joel D'Orazio, Ben Lock, David Meyer, Lincoln Mudd, Mike Shaffer, Millicent Young
41 MILES NORTH is being held in conjunction with CONNECTIONS-2010 , The annual Conference of Tristate Sculptors, sponsored this year by  theTowson University Department of Art and Design, October 8-10, 2010. For more information about this conference please visit: Tristate Sculptors Conference 2010.

AREA 405
405 East Oliver Street
Baltimore MD 21202
(410) 528-1968