Saturday, January 29, 2011


t r a n s f o r m e r


Protest of Smithsonian Censorship this Monday 1.31.11
 Lauren Rice: Heirlooms Opens at Transformer 2.5.11

Tell the Board of Regents - Clough must go!

Monday, January 31, 1:00pm
Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro station, at the Mall entrance
. From there, we'll head to The Castle, Smithsonian Headquarters.

Last November, Smithsonian Institution head G. Wayne Clough touched off a firestorm of controversy when he quickly capitulated to the complaints of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group and removed a video work by seminal gay artist David Wojnarowicz from the ground-breaking National Portrait Gallery show Hide/Seek.

His shocking and unconscionable decision to censor this exhibition triggered widespread condemnation - a New York Times editorial called it "an appalling act of political cowardice" and protesters marched in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles. Today, Clough still refuses to put the video back in the show, and has publicly defended his censorship, saying he would do it again "only handle it better."

When the Smithsonian's Board of Regents meets Monday, Jan. 31 in Washington they will be confronting this controversy and Clough's action for the first time. They have the power to restore the video and fire Clough.  We want to be there to let them know that this decision was wrong and it will not stand.  Clough's actions are a clear threat to this country's largest cultural institution, the Smithsonian.

View the Facebook event here.

Organized by ART+, a New York City-based
art action groupfighting censorship and homophobia.

With support from:
Museum of Censored Art

Friday, January 28, 2011

Karlisima / Art Show Reception & Mural Presentation

"The Light of The World"
Mural Presentation 
Art Show through February 4
(mural on the outside wall of the Potter's House)

Reception: Saturday Jan. 29th, 4 - 6:00 pm

The Potter's House
Mary Cosby Gallery

(Bookstore and Cafeteria / Community Art Gallery)
1658 Columbia Road NW
Washington DC 20009
The Potter's House
Karlisima, Fine Art, Murals & Design 

Note: 30% of the paintings will go to the Potter's House for their Programs to feed the Homeless. Mural was sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Potter's House and it was painted in the Summer, 2010.

OPEN SOURCE / Carroll Square Gallery

January 28 – March 25, 2011

Kelly Criscuolo-DeButts
Floating Lab Collective
Olivier Giron
Lindsay Hawks
Peter Lee 
Brooke Marcy
Ryan McCoy
Alex Straub

Opening Reception: Friday, February 4
6 pm – 8 pm

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW
Washington DC 20004

Open Source reflects the collective resource base from which the students and faculty at George Mason University’s School of Art approach the inspiration, inquiry and methodology that brings ideas into form. This exhibition is co-curated by Tom Ashcraft and Peter Winant, professors, the School of Art at George Mason University.

Gallery Open During Business Hours
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 6 pm

The Freedom Place Collection at Monroe Community College

The Freedom Place Collection
February 2–February 27, commemorating Black History Month.

Reception: Wednesday, February 2, 7–9pm
Gallery Talk at 4pm
Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College 
Rochester, NY
Photos courtesy: Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF)

Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF), which manages and tours The Freedom Place Collection of seminal works by African-American artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Richard Yarde and Robert Freeman, announced today that the exhibition will be on view at Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, February 2–February 27, commemorating Black History Month. Robert Freeman, one of two living artists featured in the collection, will conduct a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, February 2 at 4pm, followed by a reception from 7–9pm.

In making the announcement, Margery E. Goldberg, a Rochester native and ZCAF’s executive director said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for Rochester residents and students to experience these rarely seen works, painted during a time when African-American artists were overlooked in the mostly white art world. The five artists in the collection followed their vision, and paved the way for generations to follow.”

Although linked by the African-America experience and heritage that inspired their work, the Freedom Place Collection artists speak with their own styles in their drawings, collages, lithographs, oils, acrylics and watercolors. Their subjects and messages range from abstract to figurative and rural to urban. Scenes of cotton fields, paintings of jazz musicians and partygoers and geometric forms share the walls in this exhibition.

Showing of Robert Freeman’s “Love Letter” Paintings, One Night OnlyIn conjunction with The Freedom Collection exhibition, the Zenith Community Arts will also showcase paintings from Robert Freeman’s Love Letter series on Thursday, February 3, at a reception at Brio Grill, hosted by Sami Mina, from 6-8pm, at 3400 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford Colony Plaza in Rochester. The paintings are for sale, and represent Freeman’s more recent works.


Thursday, January 27, 2011



January 29 - March 5, 2011
Opening Reception
Saturday, January 29, 5 - 7 pm
Intersection, 2010, painted wood sculpture, 66 x 38 x 6 inches 
Image courtesy Addison Ripley Gallery

There is no one who makes more distinctive three dimensional forms than Dickson Carroll. This new exhibition, which celebrates form, color and function in all the overlapping complexity of carved and manipulated wood and in the readily identifiable palette which is solely Carroll's, is as pleasing to look at as it is accomplished in its execution.

This exhibit, featuring a series of abstract wall pieces, incorporating mirrors, brings together the architect and artist, the craftsman and dreamer. These bright fantasies are concrete, engaging and provide food for thought. Carroll, in whichever scale he works, provides us, the viewers, with a Through the Looking Glass glimpse at the possibilities of his world.

1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202.338.5180 .

Coup d'Espace: Fort Distraction

Coup d'Espace: Fort Distraction
Mariah Johnson
January 17 – February 11
First Friday Reception: February 4, 6-8pm
For the project Fort Distraction, artist Mariah Johnson will transform the WPA office space by slowly folding, arranging, stacking and layering bed sheets around the architectural features and furniture in the space. Part performance, part site-specific installation, Fort Distraction invites viewers to witness Johnson’s process and the work behind her beautifully arranged installations. Throughout the project’s four-week run, Johnson will add to the installation on a daily basis. The public is welcome to stop by during the installation process to view the installation’s progress and watch Johnson at work. After weeks of adding, rearranging and layering, Johnson’s installation will engulf the audience, transforming the WPA office space into a kind of artist’s pillow fort. A First Friday reception in honor of Fort Distraction will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011.

Washington Project for the Arts
2023 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC

"Color and Shape" at City Gallery DC

"Color and Shape" showcases Nancy Donnelly’s elegant glass art and Jill Finsen’s whimsically primitive paintings executed in oil paint. 

Openmg Saturday: February 5, 2011 from 6-9pm 
Closing party: February 26 from 3- 5pm.

Fascination with texture as a component of color and shape is apparent in the work of both these artists. Allusive of the natural world, they are direct and accessible. Yet surface abstraction is paramount to the success of these art pieces—the texture of the glass complements layered textures in the paintings. These works complement each other and pull the exhibit in new and exciting visual directions. Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work and in this sense make each more complete. Donnelly and Finsen’s works provide tension between familiarity and abstraction and at the same time question placement within imagined space. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rachael Ray Show - How to Rent Anything - including art at Raandesk Gallery

 Improvisation by Anne Marchand, 48 x 48 IN, acrylic and mixed media canvas 
featured on the Rachael Ray Show
Courtesy of Raandesk Gallery, NYC

The Rachael Ray Show, How to Rent Anything aired on January 25 and featured the work of Washington, DC based Anne Marchand, courtesy of Raandesk Gallery in NYC. You can see the clip on art 3 minutes 32 seconds into the The Rachael Ray Show video online. Hope you enjoy the show!

Look for Raandesk Gallery credits online at Rachel Ray website.

Rachael Ray Show - How to Rent Anything

Raandesk Gallery

Anne Marchand

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Art Openings DC

CAG presents Georgetown Arts 2011
Group show
of 30 Georgetown Artists 
Shops at Georgetown Park, Level 2 
Reception, Thursday Jan 27, 6-9 pm 
Show continues 11-6 until Feb 1 

2 Contemplate 2
DC Loft Gallery
January 21-February 19, 2011

Paintings by Michal Hunter      
Opening Reception at the Arts Club of Washington
Friday, February, 4th, 2011, 6:30 to 9:00 PM     
The Monroe Gallery 
2017 I Street, N.W.  
Washington, D.C. 20006

Hamiltonian Gallery Presents "Bound"
Selin Balci & Katherine Mann
January 22 - March 5, 2011

Artist Talk with Katherine Mann and Selin Balci 
 Thursday, January 27th, at 7:00 pm
*Rescheduled  artist talk, with Selin Balci and Katherine Mann, for Monday, January 31st, 7:00pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery | 1353 u street, nw | suite 101 | washington | DC | 20009
February 5 - March 5, 2011

                OPENING RECEPTION at PROJECT 4 GALLERY                  
SATURDAY, February 5, 2011: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
 Artist talk at 8:15 pm
*Image Credit: Artist: Zlatko Cosic, Title: CCTV East, Year: 2010, Medium: Video

Project 4 Gallery
1353 U Street N.W. 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C.

Color & Shape
Closing party on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 3-5 PM
City Gallery is at 804 H St NE, Washington DC. Phone: 202-468-5277.

 Jane Pettit 
                  Old Metal and Recycled Dishes Team Up With Glass

February 6, 2011 from 3-5PM 
The River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (RRUUC)
6301 River Road in Bethesda, MD. 
Pettit creates a new aesthetic out of commonplace, disparate parts with evident influence from the abstract expressionists, Klimt and Modigliani. Intricate mosaic combined with asymmetrical forms defines her style. The three-dimensional nature of her work means dramatic changes come as the light shifts, shadows emerge and mirror creates shifting shapes. The art expresses emotion in unexpected ways.

Call for Art: The Center for Green Urbanism

http://www.centerforgreenurbanism.orgCall for Art: "Making Herstory 6: The Era of Our Dreams"

The ThickArt Collaborative, LLC, in conjunction with Authentic Contemporary Art and The Center for Green Urbanism (Washington, DC), seeks submissions for "Making HerStory 6: the era of our dreams."

Deadline: Expressions of interest must be received by February 11, 2011 to be considered.
Exhibition Dates:   Exhibition dates are March 4 - 31, 2011
The Grand Opening Reception Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Center for Green Urbanism, Tubman-Mahan Gallery.  
For Additional Information: Contact Michelle d. Parrish at mik(at)

Call for Art: "Mama Earth"

Entry Deadline: February 12, 2011

Mama Earth is a visual celebration of the beauty of the planet Earth through a variety of artistic mediums. It will serve as the backdrop to the Center for Green Urbanism’s first annual Earth Day Celebration in April 2011 and related activities.

For download prospectus

Monday, January 24, 2011

See "Improvisation" on Rachel Ray talk show

Check out Anne Marchand's Improvisation painting on Rachael Ray on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
Raandesk Gallery

Show time: January 25, WJLA 7 10:00 AM, Washington, DC

Raandesk Gallery
16 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Friday, January 21, 2011

Anne Marchand Embraces the Element of Surprise

Abstraction has been the consistent thread in Marchand’s work. Within the last five years, she has focused on abstract painting and exploring the physical,mental and emotional connection between people and their surrounding environment. Her interest in mystical poetry has inspired her to create art that questions man’s place in the universe.

written by Cecile Oreste

Cecile covers the arts in Borderstan and writes about dance at her blog, danceDC. 
(Luis Gomez Photo credit) 


100 Artists of Washington, DC / Schiffer Publishing

Our own Lenny Campello has put together a book on Washington, DC Artists, published by Schiffer Publishing and coming out in June. Check it out!
100 Artists of Washington, D.c.

Book Details:
ISBN: 9780764337789
8 1/2 x 11" Hard Cover
735+ images, 224 Pages 
Available Jun 2011

100 Artists of Washington, D.C.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Art Peek-Show Pops Up on U Street Corridor

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery announces the launch of its 2011 window-installation series, IN-FLUX window peek-show. Kicking off the IN-FLUX series this year, John M. Adams presents his site-specific drawing, Efflux.

Adams' work straddles the domains of performance and installation art; his drawings are designed and created specific for their space, and immediately destroyed at the close of the exhibition. The feathery line-quality of his graphite drawings evoke plumes of smoke, equally transitory and in keeping with the larger work's momentary existence.

 Alongside the installation's gestural work, a TV monitor loops footage of Adams creating the piece itself. Then, on Monday, February 14th at 6pm Adams will destroy the piece on site. Thus, together Efflux's components offer a metaphor for evolution - moving the viewer through creation, existence, and eventually destruction.

Don't miss your chance to see his elegant and fleeting work transform the gallery space, now on display thru February 13th, with a final performance of the work's destruction on Monday, February 14th at 6pm.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Harmonious environment in "Universe" / Anne Marchand & Craig Schaffer

Harmonious environment in "Universe" written by Tara Heuser @ Pink Line Project
Anne Marchand, Stratum, 40" x 40" acrylic and mixed media
 The name of the exhibit that brought us to the Sculptural Space of 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue is called “Universe” and consists of paintings by Anne Marchand and bronze and steel sculptures by Craig Schaffer.... Even though their work is of a different origin, their pieces create a surprisingly harmonious environment. 
 Read more HERE

Universe showing through January 28th, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, open weekdays from 8:00-7:00, Saturday and Sunday by appointment

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Art Openings DC

Eve Hennessa at The Art Registry Gallery


Marian Osher 
ART MATTERS: a selection of eco-spiritual paintings and prints  
January 9 - February 6, 2011 
Artist's Reception and Talk: Sunday, January 23, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

The composit image:  Left: Airescape 8 (mixed media acrylic painting), Sacred Site (monotype) Tribute 2 (painting) Star-Crossed (monotype)  bottom image:  Shells (mixed media acrylic paint and collage)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD 20850    Phone: 301-762-7666
The exhibition is located in the entrance corridor, fellowship Hall, founder's Hall and Lobby.
Ask in the office to have the lights turned on.
Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 10 am - 4 pm    Sundays, 11 am - 12 pm

Woven with Her Brush
Paintings by Zohra Ben Hamida
At the Jerusalem Fund Gallery
January 21—March 4, 2011
Reception to meet the artist Friday, January 21, 6-8 p.m.
Artist Zohra Ben Hamida says of herself “I am an Arab and Berber by ancestry, Tunisian by birth, Mediterranean and African by a lucky chance, American by destiny, and who I am today by choice.”  

In her paintings at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, color is the theme.The blazing sun straddling the cool shades over the desert in Saudi Arabia, memories of the bright garments adorned with gold and silver fibulae my Berber grandmother always wore with such pride; colors encountered every day, the colors of the bougainvillea and jasmine, indiscriminately lending their beauty and fragrance to modest and luxurious houses alike; a bigger than life icon inhabiting a Roman church for hundreds of years, still calling attention to itself with its dazzling gold-leaf garment, ,bright colors, sprinkled everywhere you look, reminding us that beauty exists around and within us, reminding us that beauty will always prevail.”
Tania Karpowitz, photo courtesy Washington Studio School

Washington Studio School presents
paintings by Tania Karpowitz
Work on view: January 10- Feb 11, 2011.

Artist's Reception: Friday, January 21, 6-8pm.

The latest  in subtitled cinema from Germany, Switzerland and Austria appears January 21-27 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

ARTiculate Gallery presents I'm A Fan
a collaborative project with Mandarin Oriental that opened at The Gallery at The Mandarin in November.
(for now), contact gallery for rescheduling
January 20th, from 5:30-7:30PM
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Light refreshments will be served.
ARTiculate Gallery
1100 16th St. NW, Washington, DC

Call to Artists


On-line Gallery.  AddictionAndArt.Org is seeking artworks addressing the complexities of addiction and recovery to post/share with a worldwide audience - for the good of mankind.  Works in any media, completed in any year are eligible. - go to "Submit Art Images" in the menu.  Questions: or call 301-639-3520. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ernesto Santalla - Symmetries @ Long View Gallery

Ernesto Santalla - Symmetries 
January 20 - February 13, 2011 
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 20, 6:30-8:30
Please RSVP to info[at] by Monday, January 17th.

EErnesto Santalla's photographs from his collage series uniquely document Washington's record-breaking snows of 2010. With camera in hand, he trudged through the inhibited landscape and captured monotonous images from the storm. His shots were not wholly unlike the thousands of photographs many amateurs captured on their camera phones, but, according to Santalla, his otherwise "uneventful, uninspired and often mundane images evolve into fascinating kaleidoscopic photographs." Santalla's process of repeating and mirroring images results in a view of our city, under the blanket of a blizzard, unlike anything you've seen before. The images that emerge from the process are images that speak to the viewer on an individual level, from the prurient to the metaphysical, similar to inkblots
Source: Long View Gallery Website

Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Art Openings DC Area

Special Invitation: Mixing Bowl: Reception this Thursday 6-8pm

 Alison Sigethy Understory @ The Art League Gallery
January 6 – February 7, 2011
Opening Reception and Meet the Artist with a performance by Karen Reedy Dance:
Thursday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm
Storyteller Laura Bobrow: Sunday, January 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Environmental artist Alison Sigethy draws inspiration from the natural world surrounding her. From collages created of natural fibers to sculptures made from recycled glass, her works have an innate organic quality.

Controversial Characters of Portraits Past
an exhibition of epoxy resin paintings by Eric Finzi, curated by Cherí Landry
January 14 - February 18, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday January 14th @ 7pm
Honfleur Gallery / Workshop @ 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE
2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20020 

a collaboration with Apartment Zero

artist talk & closing reception
Sat. Jan 15th 4pm @ Civilian Art Projects

Black Artists of DC (BADC) presents juried show "Black Abstraction" 
@ Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd, Ft. Washington, MD.
Curator: Jarvis DuBois
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 17 
Artists Reception: Jan. 22, 5-7pm 

Art Reception @ Gary Fisher Gallery

@ Houndshell Real Estate
1506 14th Street NW, WDC

JANUARY 15, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibiting Artists: Chuck Baxter, Scott Brooks, Jane Cave, Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Jill Garrity, Charlie Jones, Hanna Naomi Kim, Anne MArchand, Lucinda Murphy, Dave Peterson, Ronald Riley, Peter Alexander Romero, George H. Smith-Shomari, Isabelle Spicer, Robert Weiner, Colin Winterbottom

Jens Praet @ Industry Gallery

Shredded Collection © Jens Praet, courtesy Angelika Annen / EcoDesign Home and Industry Gallery

Industry Gallery presents Fossilized, the first solo US exhibition of work by Jens Praet, opening January 15, 2011, 6-8 PM, and continuing until February 26, 2011.  The Belgium-born, Florence-based Praet has shredded and recycled copies of Art in America, Capitol File, Details, Fast Company and Robb Report mixed with clear resin to create five different designs - console, bench, side table, large table and large shelf - each in an edition of 12 with each design made from a specific title.  Fossilized is part of the designer's Shredded Collection, which originated out of his concern about sustainability and the amount of waste paper being generated globally.


Viewing Rm./ artworks of special interest @ Hemphill

Viewing Rm.
January 15 - March 26, 2011

Washington DC – Hemphill opens Viewing Rm. on Saturday, January 15, 2011, with a public reception from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through March 26, 2011.

Robert Rauschenberg, Front Roll, 1964, ed. 39, lithograph, 41” x 29”  
Photo Courtesy Hemphill Gallery.

Hemphill’s exhibitions typically focus on works by artists and artist estates that the gallery represents, punctuated by occasional thematic exhibitions addressing political or social issues. Often not seen by visitors are the artworks moving through the back rooms of the gallery. In 2004 a relocation to our current 14th Street address allowed us to design office and private viewing spaces for the display of artworks of special interest to individual collectors, pieces representing rare acquisition opportunities, and works that we–the staff–find to be uniquely powerful. From time to time someone wanders into our private spaces and becomes transfixed by what he or she otherwise would not see. Viewing Rm. aims to share the back room experience with a larger audience by bringing a selection of those artworks out into the exhibition spaces of the gallery.

Viewing Rm. includes paintings, mixed media, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and video installation. Works by Eugène Atget, Christopher Brooks, Margaret Burroughs, Colby Caldwell, William Christenberry, Steven Cushner, Don Donaghy, Thomas Downing, John Dreyfuss, Godfrey Frankel, Paul Fusco, Sam Gilliam, Alfred Jensen, Jacob Kainen, William Klein, Sally Mann, Tanya Marcuse, Mingering Mike, Joseph Mills, Portia Munson, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Richenburg, Robin Rose, Tom Sachs, August Sander, Sharon Sanderson, Alma Thomas, John Watson, and William Willis.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm and by appointment.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Call to Artists

April 6, 2011 - Postmark deadline for entries
Acceptance notification by August 1, 2011

The Art Advisory is currently seek works by painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, installation and new media artists to support our developing advisory services and future projects.  To be considered for the Art Advisory artists must complete the Call for Art Submissions form and submit materials according to the set guidelines, postmarked by APRIL 6th, 2011.

The Art Advisory, a full service entity of The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, will assist private collectors, corporations and healthcare facilities in the transformation of their home or office into beautiful live and work environments, through the thoughtful integration of artwork enhancing creativity, promoting tranquility, and offering inspiration.

Individual art works will not be selected; rather, The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will invite selected artists to be non-exclusively represented by the Advisory. Chosen Advisory artists will work with the gallery to sell existing works or to create commissioned pieces specific to future clients’ needs.

After an initial review process a preliminary selection of artists will be asked to deliver/ship one work to the gallery, upon which the final decision will be based. Consequently, all artists, except installation & new media artists, should plan to be available to deliver or ship one work for either the week of July 4 or July 11, exact dates TBD. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis.

Rosana Azar, Creative Adventures; Myrtis Bedolla, Galerie Myrtis; Mary Early, Hemphill Fine Arts;
Lillian Fitzgerald, National Institutes of Health; Helen Frederick, George Mason University School of Art and Design; Anne Marchand, Professional Artist; Foon Sham, University of Maryland College Park; Alec Simpson, Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center; and Tim Tate, The Washington Glass School.

Artists 18 years and older, residing in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and of diverse ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to participate. All artworks must be original in both concept and execution, and completed within the last 2 years.

For questions please email:

Lecture: Dr. Jonathan Katz / Hide/Seek @ Foundry Gallery

Lecture: January 15, 2011, 4PM
Dr. Jonathan Katz 

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
FOUNDRY GALLERY 1314 18th Street, NW, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Dr. Jonathan Katz, director of the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the State University of New York Buffalo, and co curator of the “Hide/Seek” Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, will be delivering a lecture at the Foundry Gallery on Saturday January 15, 2011, beginning at 4:00pm. “Hide/Seek” shows works by American portrait artists that deal with sexual non-conformity. Topics include: how artists show their subject’s sexuality affects a portrait as well as how the presentation in art has changed over the last hundred years, as well as how sometimes the people in the portraits, and sometimes the artists themselves, have been forced into creative ways of expressing their identity, in the face of a society that would otherwise exclude them.

The “Hide/Seek” exhibit has received a good deal of notoriety due to the National Portrait Gallery’s decision to pull one of the works of art from the exhibition under pressure.

Attendance at Dr. Katz’ lecture is free, although donations are appreciated, is open to the public but on a first come first serve basis. For information please call 202-463-0203.


January 15 - February 26, 2011 

The Kreeger Museum presents In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists, the culmination of a project initiated by renowned artist Sam Gilliam, consisting of 20 established artists from the DC community, working in different styles and mediums. 

bk.iamART.Adams, Akili Ron Anderson, Sondra N. Arkin, Paula Crawford, Sheila Crider, Edgar Endress, Helen Frederick, Claudia Aziza-Gibson Hunter, Sam Gilliam, Susan Goldman, Tom Green, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Walter Kravitz, Gina Lewis, EJ Montgomery, Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane, Al Smith, Renee Stout, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Joyce Wellman

It is experimental, improvisational, it is ‘found’, like jazz. It is the history of what’s here, taking another step. –Sam Gilliam, artist

Millennium Arts Salon is sponsoring this major exhibition at the Kreeger.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Elvis!!

Elvis at 21 @ the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC 
A true Capricorn title!  - Elvis the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977).

 Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer is on view at the National Portrait Gallery thru Jan. 23! If you love Elvis and Rock and Roll, go see it! The exhibit was developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Govinda Gallery, and is sponsored nationally by The History Channel.
 Check out Govinda Gallery's New Year's blog post. Photographer Vivienne Foster set up a portrait studio at Govinda Gallery’s party for Alfred Wertheimer and his Elvis at 21 exhibition in Washington D.C. Yours truly has a mug shot in the lineup.

The book, "Elvis 1956," by freelance photographer Alfred Wertheimer is published by Welcome Books © 2009 with an introduction by Govinda Gallery  Owner, Chris Murray. You can learn more at the book's website.

National Portrait Gallery is located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
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Friday, January 07, 2011

Richard Siegman @ The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC)

ReSolve New Works by Richard Siegman 
Curated by Joanne Kent and Stuart Greenwell 

Jan. 14 - Feb. 6, 2011
Opening: Friday, January 14, 7-9pm

ReSolve is abstractionist Richard Siegman's re-examination of a 30-year painting process that finds him creating his most realized, and freshest work to date. By balancing his signature expressionist gestures against a contra-indicated slick, hard-edged ground, the result is a controlled dynamism of infinite proportion.
An artist faces a blank slate when beginning a new work. Regardless of the artist’s experience, creating even a single piece requires the same investigation of self in relation to materials and pictorial elements, and solving or re-solving those challenges. This process reinvents and keeps the work fresh and relevant to the present. Richard Siegman is a committed abstractionist. His most recent body of work is a continuation of the style developed in his signature large-scale acrylic abstractions on resin board. The palette for those paintings with vigorously applied thick strokes was mostly primary colors and black on a white background. These new paintings include more secondary and tertiary colors, and surfaces are as often hard slick gloss as thick impasto. These works are more thoughtful and controlled, and weave together a complex whole made up of disparate elements. Parts consist of shapes, including inverted pyramids or bands, either vertical or horizontal and often at right angles to each other, that interact with areas of thick paint or gloss enamel. The expressionistic strokes of color, rather than dominating the overall surface, are contained within the bands or other hard-edged shapes. These new paintings merge his earlier physical and intuitive spontaneity with a thought out and considered process, and result in a dynamic interplay of parts and surface. Joanne Ken

DCAC is located at 2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Art Openings DC

Kyan Bishop @ Hillyer Art Space
Jan 7 - Jan 28, 2011 
Opens Fri., Jan 7th, 6pm-9pm  
ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation  
Artists' Talk:  Sat. Jan 15 at 1:00 pm  
Kyan Bishop's sculpture and installation work is often built by creating accumulations of simple, yet expressive forms that seek to provide an enriched understanding of the human experience. While at times highly referential in nature, Bishop views her work as an intimate exploration of space and time as well as a reflection upon our rapidly changing landscape.

Leah Appel: Southern Aperture  @ Hillyer Art Space
Jan 7  - Jan 28, 2011
The images in the Southern Aperture exhibtion are shot with a Holga camera, darkroom printed, then toned with an antique process called Berg printing to give them the earth colors that embody both the beauty and grittiness of the real South.

Guest juror, Barbara Liotta
Jan 7- Jan 28, 2011
Showcasing the work of Ellen Weiss, Lauren Kotkin, and Craig Kraft.The selected pieces will be shown @ Hillyer Art Space's newly revamped Members' Gallery.


Washington Winter Show Celebrates 
"Georgetown: Over 200 Years of Style" 
Jan 6- 9, 2011 @ the Katzen Arts Center
The Washington Winter Show will take place on Jan 6 - 9, 2011 at the Katzen Arts Center at American University. The theme for the 2011 show is Georgetown: Over 200 Years of Style. The antiques and fine arts event features over 40 premier dealers from the U.S. and Europe and draws over 6,000 attendees. A different event will be held each day of the festival, including an opening night party, lecture and buffet luncheon, jazz night, appraisals, and a tasting of dishes from Georgetown restaurants during the final show date.
For more information about the event, visit

Studio Gallery "The Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America" 
Jan 5 - 29, 2011
Opening reception: Fri., Jan 7, 6-9 PM.  
Author Talk: Steve Roberts, Wed., Jan 12: 7 - 8:30 pm
Artist Panels: Wed., Jan 19 and Thurs., Jan 20: 7 - 9 pm
Painters, pacifists, revolutionists and dreamers have all contributed to the beauty of art and culture
in America. Studio Gallery applauds the unique American spirit in this show featuring the diverse work of artists all informed or influenced by the immigrant experience.

OPENING NIGHT for POLAROID: The Retrospective
Thursday, Jan 6 at 6:30pm - Jan 7 at 2:30am
 "Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective" is an exhibit dedicated to the world of Polaroid and instant film photography, with over one thousand images being displayed by local photographers. All images being used were taken with retro instant-film cameras of different styles."
SOVA is a locally owned coffee and wine bar located in the heart of the Atlas District/H Street Corridor. With a full bar, plenty of space for performing acts and a charming interior SOVA has quickly become one of the major staples of the H Street scene. 
SOVA, 1359 H St. NE, Washington, DC 202-397-3080 

Suzannah Vaughan: Tracing Form
Jan 7 - Feb 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 7, 6-8pm
Artist talk: Thursday, Jan 20, 12:30-1:30pm
Suzannah Vaughan’s Tracing Form will feature a luminous string installation in juxtaposition with a new series of glass and cement sculptures. This is the second exhibition by a contemporary Irish visual artist that Flashpoint Gallery has presented in conjunction with Solas Nua, one of Flashpoint’s resident organizations.

"Celebrate Gay Marriage" January show at the Foundry Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, Jan 7, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Art work for the show was selected based on its ability to visually represent "same" sex marriage. The show will run from January 5, 2011, through January 30, 2011. 

Of special interest is that well known art historian Dr. Jonathan Katz who co-curated the "Hide and Seek" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, which forced the removal of one of the pieces in the show, will deliver a lecture on Saturday Jan 15, 2011, at the Foundry Gallery starting at 4:00pm. 202-463-0203.

"Saturnalia" at Irvine Contemporary
Saturday, January 8 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Irvine Contemporary presents Saturnalia, a group exhibition of new works by gallery artists. The exhibition will include works by Teo González, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Kahn & Selesnick.

Bewick's Legacy: Six Contemporary British Wood Engravers
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 8, 1-4 pm 
Curated by Simon Brett: Neil Bousfield, Harry Brockway, Peter Lawrence, Hilary Paynter and Sue Scullard

Reception and Wood Engraving Demo with American Wood Engraver Rosemary Covey: Saturday, January 15, 1-4 pm

CITY Gallery Presents
Ronnie Spiewak "Leaves, Words & Screens"
Opening Sat. Jan 8, 6-9pm
In Spiewak’s words: “Collage has always been a satisfying vehicle for expressing my ideas and emotions. Scissors and exacto blades are among my most coveted tools, serving in effect, as my paintbrushes. They help create lines and shapes quickly and crisply giving the work the energy I seek.  I am most comfortable when I’m tearing, cutting and pasting paper onto paper. Paper also has a 3-dimensional quality that I’m constantly exploring. Glossy black  ink-saturated magazine paper sings. The color, plainness and usefulness of brown paper give it an earthy quality.

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

 Touchstone Gallery January Exhibition  
Paintings by Leslie M. Nolan
Jan 5 - Jan 30, 2011

Opening Reception, Wine Tasting and Live music:
Fri., Jan 14, 6-8:30 pm
Leslie Nolan's color drenched figurative paintings capture the uncertainties of our world. OFF-KILTER, Nolan's solo exhibit at the newly reopened Touchstone Gallery, conveys the emotional intensity shared by its subjects. 202-347-2787


Works by Magda Watts & Malcah Zeldis: 
January 12 - February 25, 2011 @ Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
The George Washington University, Media & Public Affairs Building,
2nd Floor, 805 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052

Last Chance Closings

Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy @National Gallery of Art East Building
Through January 9
Bizarre yet scientifically accurate, 16 examples of the fantastic composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo are exhibited together for the first time in the United States. Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics provide a context for Arcimboldo's inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies.

Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Through 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.

Art Calls

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is seeking qualified artists to help produce a temporary, outdoor art exhibit featuring illuminated sculptures in the Crystal City Water Park. Selected artists will receive a grant of $5,000 to build and implement their concept.
Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2011
Location: Crystal City Water Park
Click here to download the submission packet.

WPA's 2011 Artist Directory
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2011

Register for the 2011 Artist Directory
Published bi-annually, this four-color, 8.5 x 5.5 inch directory is the definitive listing of established and emerging contemporary artists throughout the Washington region. It is seen by more than 2,000 galleries, curators, art consultants, and interested art patrons. Copies are distributed to selected art critics and other members of the press, and to museums both in the region and outside the area. The 2011 Artist Directory will also be available for sale on the WPA website and at select area retail locations at the price of $9.95.

All current WPA members are eligible for publication in the Artist Directory. There is an additional $75 registration fee that includes a copy of the Artist Directory. The final registration deadline is February 1, 2011. No submissions will be accepted after this date.

OVERVIEW: Mama Earth is a visual celebration of the beauty of the planet Earth through a variety of artistic mediums. It will serve as the backdrop to the Center for Green Urbanism's first annual Earth Day Celebration in April 2011 and related activities.

This exhibition will feature work that expresses the artist's unique interpretation of the natural beauty of the Earth. Artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply.

Visual Arts Opportunities – Artisphere

Mezz Gallery 2012-2013 Exhibition Season
Deadline: Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, November 17th, 2011 – Sunday, January 11th, 2014
Curators: Donald Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Library and Kristina Bilonick, Artist and Program Director at Washington Project for the Arts
Proposals will be accepted from individual artists, art groups, organizations and curators who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington Country. $500 award. $25 entry fee. View the complete call for entries.

Photo 11: Annual Juried Mid-Atlantic Photo Exhibition
Deadline: Monday, May 9th, 2011
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, July 28th, 2011 – Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Juror: Amanda Maddox, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Associate Curator of Photography & Media Arts
Photo 2011 at Artisphere is a continuation of Arlington Ellipse Art Center’s two decade-old juried photography show and provides regional photographers the opportunity to showcase and sell their work. Two $500 Juror’s Choice awards. $25 entry fee.
View the complete call for entries.

Art Talks DC

FOCUS GROUP: Four Walls, Five Women
Artist Talk, January 9, 5 PM
Presented by Black Artists of DC (BADC). A discussion on how material languages are deciphered, valued, interwoven, and acquired. Featuring work by Kristen Hayes, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Danielle Scruggs. Curated by Zoma Wallace
DC Arts Center

Featuring Sara Reisman and Welmoed Laanstra
Monday, January 10, 7 PM
@ Dome Theater, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington 

Artist Talk with Magnolia Laurie & Jon Bobby Benjamin @ Hamiltonian Gallery
holding up / going home
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 7:00 pm
Both Laurie and Benjamin have employed the politics of place, each highlighting the debris of our throw-away culture, breathing new life into the idle spaces and objects which surround us in an ever-expanding field.

Art and Science Lecture Series: Alexis Rockman @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wednesday, January 12, 7:00pm
Contemporary artist Alexis Rockman launches a lecture series that places the science of climate change within a cultural context. Alexis Rockman talks about his artistic influences and the impact humans have on our planet.

Andreas Huyssen on Guillermo Kuitca: Everything @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Thursday, January 13, 7:00 pm
Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and contributor to the exhibition catalogue, discusses Guillermo Kuitca's work in relation to recent conversations about transnational modernism and its imaginative transformation in the contemporary arts.

SALON CONTRA Featuring Matt Ravenstahl and Jefferson Pinder
Monday, January 17, 7 to 9 PM @ Pink Line Project HQ 

Filmmaker Rob Parrish on Directions: Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres
Friday, 12:30 pm January 21
@ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

John M. Adams @ Atheneum

John M. Adams / Finding Zero
January 6 through February 27, 2011
Opening Reception / Sunday, January 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm (free)

John M. Adams' work activates the perceptual connection between artist, object (or environment), and viewer. The paintings reflect a meditative process of repetitive mark making through the transparent layers of subtle atmospheric and textured surfaces. These chaotic marks are juxtaposed with the structure of a regulated rhythm of horizontal lines.  The combination resonates with a quiet vibration that propels the viewer into an image whose color scheme and composition remain ambiguously familiar, as if from an incomplete memory that is nonetheless vivid.

Above: Detail: "Seep," 2009, 20" x 17", oil and acrylic on birch panel

201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Shape of Things to Come: A Creative Collaboration

The Shape of Things to Come: A Creative Collaboration, an art exhibition featuring artists Sharon Keyser- Jackson, Cynthia Farrell Johnson, Desiree Sterbini, Sherry Burton Ways, Lezetta Moyer, Betty Farrell opening January 5, 2011 at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, MD.  

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 2PM to 4PM. 

It all started when Cynthia Farrell Johnson, a painter, met Sharon Keyser Jackson, a fiber artist. Each admired the work of the other. They mused about the possibility of doing a joint project some day. A little over a year after that initial conversation, they hit upon an idea. Johnson would create four designs and Sharon would interpret them as tapestries. Johnson invited longtime friend and an extraordinary quilter, Lezetta Moyer, Johnson to join the group. The next artist drawn into the project was Johnson's sister, Betty Farrell, an accomplished knitter who has collaborated with her sister in the past. When Desiree Sterbini, who does exquisite oil pastels, heard about the project, she wanted to join. Wanting to find a way to bring a three-dimensional artist into the mix, and remembering a doll exhibition they had seen at Sandy Spring Museum, the group invited, noted one of a kind doll artist extraordinaire,  Sherry Burton Ways to join. Altogether their work celebrates the many ways that artists express themselves. The titles from each of Johnson's original paintings form the common thread.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD

Urban Landscapes: From DC to Denmark by Photographer Kimberly Gaines

Artist’s reception: January 7, 2011, 6:00 to 8:30 pm 

(Washington, DC) – Join Authentic Contemporary Art  for the digital photographic exhibit Urban Landscapes: From DC to Denmark by Photographer Kimberly Gaines, December 1, 2010 through January 22, 2011 at the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery in The Center for Green Urbanism, DC’s newest art-infused green business incubator. The Center is located at 3938 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC. The Artist’s reception will be held January 7, 2011, 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Through digital photography, Urban Landscapes: From DC to Denmark exhibition showcases re-gentrified urban neighborhoods in both the District of Columbia and Denmark and the effects of these changes on vulnerable populations residing in these communities. . “Solar panels, green space, bicycles and assimilation; brick, construction, power and gentrification, those are the words that I equate with Denmark and DC,” said exhibit photographer, Kimberly Gaines.  “When gentrified neighborhoods and marginalized people have been camouflaged with new store fronts and street signs in DC living, the battlefield has a glossier appearance. This exhibition is about the surfaces."