Thursday, February 24, 2011

ADELSBERGER / FALCHOOK @ Civilian Art Projects

Laying Tracks
New Work by Jason Falchook

Bordering on Painting
New Work by Seth Adelsberger

On view:
February 26 - April 9, 2011
* Please note, Civilian will be closed March 2-5 to participate in the SCOPE NY ART SHOW.

Opening reception for the artists:
Saturday, February 26, 7-9pm

Laying Tracks
New Work by Jason Falchook

Jason Falchook's photography has always examined our perception of the built world. He is particularly interested in exploring the human drive to organize space and create the illusion of control. His new work taps into these curiosities while suggesting a greater order outside of human dominance. The new work focuses on moments changed by light and the passage of time.  

Bordering on Painting
New Work by Seth Adelsberger

Baltimore-based artist SETH ADELSBERGER has taken a dramatic leap in his work since his 2009 solo exhibition "Semi-Final Frontiers" at Civilian. In that time he has pursued a curatorial path as co-director of Nudashank (a gallery in Baltimore run with his partner Alex Ebstein). Stepping back to see a bigger picture of how works thread into a greater whole, Adelsberger has departed from his signature vivid, sci-fi psychedelia based works to examine the mechanisms, literally and philosophically, behind painting.

Pursuing a more experimental process in the studio, Adelsberger released himself from constraints, particularly that of "creating worlds" on the canvas. Instead he focused on, according to the artist, "creating a body of work that references painting but in many cases doesn't involve painting directly." The new work deconstructs painting to its base elements - the structures, supports, formats, and materials.

Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804

Sweet-Meat Cherry-Whip Flip / Artwork by Victoria F. Gaitán

Sweet-Meat Cherry-Whip Flip

Artwork by Victoria F. Gaitán
Through March 12
Artist Talk with Victoria F. Gaitán and Curator Al Miner:  Friday, February 25, 6 pm

Mezz Gallery @ Artisphere

Victoria F. Gaitán's photographic series of flesh-and-blood still lifes visualize human subjects as meat puppets. The images are calling cards from the artist's explorations of internal worlds, illness, in-between states, shared delusions and hells, stillness, memory, interpretations of pain, private and public intimacies, trauma, beauty and conditioned responses.

Victoria F. Gaitán's work has been shown in galleries and public spaces in Washington, DC., Arlington, VA, London, Brooklyn, NY, Beijing and Australia.  Recent shows include: Curator's Office DC, Addison/Ripley, DC, Flashpoint Gallery DC, GRACE VA, The Fridge Gallery DC, Katzen Museum DC, Pyramid Atlantic MD, Civilian Art Projects DC, Arlington Arts Center, VA.

This exhibition includes nudity. 

1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22209
(703) 875-1100

Juan Tejedor: Standing Atop the Ladder

Juan Tejedor: Standing Atop the Ladder 
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 26, 6 – 8pm 
February 18 - March 26, 2011
Art + Coffee Series Talk: March 20, 1:30pm*
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 26, 3pm

In his first solo exhibition in Washington, DC, Juan Tejedor presents a variety of media including sculpture and works on paper that reference mapping, topography and the behavior of dynamic systems. In Standing Atop the Ladder, Tejedor looks to various natural and man-made systems, including public transit routes, star systems, and bird migratory patterns, to investigate the very nature of structure and organization.

Tejedor will also present a 30-minute talk on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30pm as part of Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art + Coffee series, held in the *Luce Foundation Center (F St. entrance). Tejedor will discuss The Hyades by Ibram Lassaw as it relates to his current body of work.

Flashpoint Gallery • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
t. 202.315.1310

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

February 28 to April 29, 2011  
Monday–Friday, 11 AM–6PM    

An exhibition honoring Canada and the City of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, site of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Twelve Canadian artists: Briar Craig, Delio Delgado, René Derouin, Katie Fife,    Joscelyn Gardner, Michel Gautier, Vanessa Hall‐Patch, Miriam Rudolph, Tracy L. Templeton,    Todd Tremeer, Oscar Danilo Vargas, and Laura Widmer, selected from an Open Call, present 34 works   in various printmaking techniques, from etching to monotype.  

On occasion of the celebration of the 52nd Annual Meeting of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, in Calgary, Alberta, in March of this year, the IDB Cultural Center pays tribute to Canada with an exhibition in Washington, DC entitled “Canadian Impressions,” which gathers twelve printmakers belonging to different regions in Canada. The multicultural background of the artists selected exemplifies just one aspect of the fascinating cultural spectrum of Canada today. The curator of the exhibition is Félix Ángel, Director of the IDB Cultural Center.

According to Ángel, “Change is good when it is for the better, of course, but its paradoxical nature entails many risks. While embracing change is not a guarantee of things getting better, not pursuing it condemns us to perennial doubt about what else can be done to improve our lives. Artists are particularly susceptible to change because of their sensibility, their humanistic view of civilization, their holistic concept of the world, and their tendency to be uncompromising with regard to principles. Increasing levels of anxiety are symptomatic of a pattern pervading society these days that needs to be modified.”

“Canadian Impressions” is a dense exhibition camouflaged with a deceptive appearance of innocence, lightness, and ingenuity; it is reinforced with a strong, diverse determination to show sides of a world that tires and suffocates us, but where the promise of a better future is not yet lost. That is, at once, the most disturbing and the most outstanding quality of this exhibition.

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

Millennium Arts Salon Series

Millennium Arts Salon Series
6:00 - 8:00 PM @
Millennium Arts Salon

These events are conducted in MAS' signature "Salon Style."
FEE events, Open to the Public (free or discounted for Millennium Arts Salon Club Members).

March 5:  Tuliza Fleming -Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing:  How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.  This Salon will include discussion about the exhibition, curated by Dr. Fleming, and book signing.

May 7:  Dennis Forbes - Krisna Reddy: Master Printmaker, Sculptor, Artist.  This continues our Salons with featured author and self-publisher Mr. Forbes who has much to share about modernism.  We will explore this and more at this Salon and book signing.

June 4:  William T. Williams - Among the most significant contemporary modernist painters,  Mr. Williams finds direct artistic and philosophical lineage to the Harlem Renaissance.  Mr. Williams is acknowleged as a pillar of American Color Field painting, and extols the "syncronicity" and fusion of jazz in his paintings.

For information about membership levels and benefits visit:

Now celebrating over 11 years, Millennium Arts Salon is committed to advancing cultural literacy through its art and cultural programs, which includes salon talks, exhibitions, tours and special events. Based in historic Columbia Heights, DC, its intimate salon talks are held in its beautifully restored 1923 town home. Through its outreach efforts, it also hosts programs in various venues around the city and collaborates with art institutions, including The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, The Sumner School, The Kreeger Museum, the David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park, Pyramid Atlantic, George Mason University Department of Art, and Parish Gallery of Georgetown DC, to name a few.

Millennium Arts Salon
1213 Girard Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 319-8988

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Freya Grand & Amanda Stark @ Seraphin Gallery

Freya Grand "Another Journey" & Amanda Stark "The Astral and Tellurian" 
February 26 - April 17 

OPENING RECEPTION: February 26, 6pm - 8pm 

Artist Freya Grand’s paintings from “Another Journey” explore the vitality and wonder of breathtaking landscapes. She chooses to work with sceneries from various regions in Africa, South America, and Ireland, highlighting locations which are both untouched by man and extreme in climate and terrain. Grand travels but once a year, documenting, drawing, noting her experience and then in her studio recreating the experience of how it felt to be there, in that place. The experience is both physical and metaphysical.
Each work explores not only the tactile and spatial feel of these remote places, but carries their emotional impact as well. Details are secondary to the overall sweep of the brushwork, and yet we feel that we are looking at places that are very real. These paintings walk the line between abstraction and realism.

Amanda Stark is a sculptor who uses copper, bronze, and glass to make intricate vignettes evoking space, depth, and time. Her exhibition, titled “The Astral and Tellurian”, is an exploration into the fantastical world of the imaginary scientific exploration by the means of handmade objects. The exhibition is Wunderkramer of odd jewel-like ornaments and brings about a thoughtfulness and inquisitive nature from the viewer while also exploring the subjects of purpose and science to the art exhibition. Each piece suggests or resembles astronomy, navigation, or chemistry like instruments by the various materials used and antiquated formed structures. Every work carries its own imagination, conquests the current mind frame and historical concepts, and brings about a grace and enlightenment which can only be characterized as evocative and beautiful.

Seraphin Gallery
1108 Pine Street
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19107
Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm

V.O.I.C.E.S (Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment, and Support)

V.O.I.C.E.S (Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment, and Support) 
DATE: Thursday, February 24th, 2010 
TIME: 6-9:30PM 
ADMISSION: $5 admission 
(additional donations are welcome)
Have you heard about the V.O.I.C.E.S event that happens at Hillyer Art Space, every month?
Thursday, February, 24, 2010, highlights the work of Step Up OLPC.

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.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of music, drink and food and 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.

Step Up OLPC is a division of Step Up, a 501C(3) non-profit that works with grassroots organizations to develop and facilitate projects for training and community improvement on the two-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, just off the coast of Gabon and Nigeria. In 2009, students at the Sao Joao secondary school in Sao Tome's capital were given 100 durable, energy-efficient laptop computers by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Not knowing how to use the laptops, the school's administrators kept them locked away in an office and out of use until Step Up OLPC was formed to address the school's concerns. Today, 150 students in Sao Joao's sixth grade class take the computers home and back to school everyday to write stories, paint digital pictures, record music and research online.

International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA
T 202.338.0680

Call for entries: Arts for Arthritis Gala

Call for entries: The Arthritis Foundation, Mid Atlantic Region (MD) is issuing a call for donations for its Arts for Arthritis Gala, March 19, 2011.

Art can be put up for auction as a full donation, or 50/50 split. Artists set the value of their piece and the minimum bid.

Art work can be dropped off anytime after the 7th of March: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814.

See attached for further information.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Govinda Gallery presents Bustin' Loose by Fernando Sandoval

Fernando Sandoval
Bustin' Loose
Opening Friday, February 25th, 2011 6-9pm
Govinda Gallery
1227 Thirty-Fourth Street NW
Washington, DC

Museum shows

Artists Reconsider and Reframe Past, Present, and Future Events in “Agitated Histories”
Final Project 20 exhibition opening Feb. 11 explores social, political movements and icons

The Contemporary Museum exhibition “Agitated Histories” brings together an international and intergenerational collection of artists whose works create a dialogue with history, on view beginning Friday, February 11, 2011. Using a range of media including site-specific installation, video, photography, drawing, and theater, and working both individually and collaboratively, these artists reconsider, reframe, and reenact specific historic events to put them in new contexts. The exhibition also includes a commissioned piece whose long-term impact stands to alter the future skyline of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. “Agitated Histories” will be on view through Sunday, May 1, 2011.

The Contemporary Museum is located at 100 West Centre Street, in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon Cultural District. Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information about the Contemporary Museum and Project 20,

The Corcoran celebrates the release of the landmark publication Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945, organized and edited by the Corcoran’s Bechhoefer Curator of American Art Sarah Cash.  Comprised of a fully illustrated 336-page hardback volume as well as a companion online component - free and available to all via the Corcoran Web site - it is the first to authoritatively catalogue and place into larger context the Corcoran’s historic collection of American art.

Opens at The Jewish Museum on Friday, March 11
Major Museum Survey Features Original Works by Much-Beloved Illustrator.

Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) was curated by ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner.

New York, NY – The first major museum survey of the work of illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman (b. 1949, Tel Aviv), known for her whimsical yet probing imagery, opens at The Jewish Museum on March 11 and remains on view through July 31, 2011. Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) features a selection spanning thirty years of 100 original paintings, drawings, and sketches shown along with the many ways Kalman’s work has entered contemporary culture – in books and magazines, and on commercial products, from clothing to watches.  Less widely seen works in photography, embroidery, textiles, and performance are also included.

Kalman illuminates contemporary life with a profound sense of joy and a unique sense of humor.  Many of Kalman's best-known works are on display in the exhibition, including iconic covers created for The New Yorker magazine; Stay Up Late and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love), and other children’s books she authored and illustrated; drawings from her critically hailed illustrated edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, the classic writer’s reference manual; and artwork from her online columns for The New York Times. 

Born in Israel in 1949, Kalman emigrated to the United States and has lived in New York since the age of four.  New York seems a perfect milieu for her sharply observed world.  As she explains in the exhibition catalogue, “There is a strong personal narrative aspect of what I do. What happens in my life is interpreted in my work.  There is very little separation.  My work is my journal of my life.”

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

City Gallery's exhibit "Color & Shape" closing reception this Saturday

Wednesday, February 23 Gallery Open 11 am–12:30 PM; 
Thursday, February 24 from 5:30–8 PM: CHAMPS H Street Art Walk; 

Saturday, February 26, Gallery Open 1–5 PM
Closing Party, Saturday, February 26, 3–5 PM

City Gallery's  exhibit "Color & Shape"—Jill Finsen and Nancy Donnelly's—closes next Saturday, February 26 at 5:00 PM. The gallery is located at 804 H Street NE, (Atlas District) Washington DC and is on the second floor above T-Mobile

Elevating the Profile of Latin American Art @ IDB

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The IDB Cultural Center invites you to attend a lecture by
Puerto Rican art historian
Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Elevating the Profile of Latin American Art

In her IDB Cultural Center presentation of the ICAA, Dr. Ramírez will discuss the growing interest in Latin American art in the United States, and the plans for the ICAA to become the most comprehensive research center in the Western Hemisphere.

The mission of the ICAA, which was established in 2001 at the MFAH, is to pioneer research of the diverse artistic production of Latin American and Latino artists—from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States—and to educate audiences in order to transform the understanding of Latin American and Latino visual arts while opening new avenues of intercultural dialogue and exchange. The Center collaborates with Latin American organizations for exhibitions, holds symposia that result in publications, and sponsors research.  It is organizing a long term project of locating and digitizing primary documents in seven Latin American countries and the United States.

Free and open to the public.  CR2 Conference Room, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center- Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
Metro Center Photo ID required.  The lecture will be in English. 
202 623 3558

Monday, February 21, 2011

Speaking of Art... presents John Penny!

The Stamp Gallery presents the second installment of the
artist lecture and performance series
Speaking of Art…
Featuring artist and theorist John E. Penny to speak on “Allographic Drawing”

February 21st 2011 at 6:30pm
Prince George’s Room

1st floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park

 John Penny
New Mexico Found Drawings and Measuring Stick
2009, Ongoing
wood, graphite, measuring stick 6’x1”x1”
Allographic Drawing

‘Allographic art’ is a term first introduced by American philosopher Nelson Goodman to distinguish between autographic – being peculiar to an individual – and allographic – meaning any other form of notation that is not autographic.  John Penny will discuss ‘allographic drawing’ as a conceptual tool to aid in understanding a broad range of contemporary art production and the attitude underpinning it. In essence, allographic representation allows for the widest possible set of variations of a form, and includes an unlimited selection of media. Such an understanding necessitates the expansion of the notion of drawing and opens new possibilities for the practice of contemporary art.

Artist and theorist John E. Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art, UK, Penny went on to complete an MFA in sculpture, with a minor in drawing at Ohio State University, and a PhD in theoretical studies from the University of Leeds, UK.  Penny currently serves as faculty in the Foundation department at the Maryland Institute College of Art  (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY announces membership opportunities

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY announces membership opportunities as they launch 2011 solos and member exhibitions in the new modern gallery at 901 New York Ave. NW.  It's an attractive street-level space in the heart of Washington, DC. Touchstone Gallery is seeking excellent artists with a contemporary vision who work in fiber, book as art, video, glass, interactive art and other media.

New Members Benefits: a biennial solo show, one or more pieces on exhibit in each monthly member show, artist bins and gallery website artist pages:

To be considered for one of the limited membership’s available, contact Ksenia Grishkova, Gallery Director, now at info[at] or 202 347-2787.  She'll answer questions and explain the jury process.  The next jury of actual works will take place on February 23, 2011.

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Tel: 202-347-2787

Friday, February 18, 2011

Select - WPA's 30th Annual Art Auction Exhibition opens Feb. 19, 2011

Select - WPA 30th Annual Art Auction Exhibition
February 19 - March 12, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, February 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Open to the public free
700 Sixth Street, NW, 10th Floor, daily 11:00am - 6:00pm

Eight curators selected works by over 100 local and nationally-known artists for Select

Auction Gala is on March 12
Funds raised benefit local artists and the art community
for Auction Gala Tickets, contact Eleanor Smitherman,  202.234.7103, ext. 5 or ESmitherman[at]

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Eco-art East of the River: Chispa DC This Thursday @ The Atlas Performing Arts Center

Chispa DC - Thursday @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Eco-art East of the River: Chispa DC  @ The Atlas Performing Arts Center presented by Sharon Burton on the topic Eco-art East of the River: Green Urbanism, Business and Art in Ward 7

February 17, 2011, 7:00 pm@ The Atlas Performing Arts Center
Atlas District, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC.

Chispa is a quarterly curated media mash-up for artists, organizers and change agents in the DC area to share what they’re thinking, dreaming and doing. The event features 8 – 10 people “who have the freedom to present anything they’re passionate about.” Chispa is an opportunity for cultural creatives to connect with each other and share what they love both in and outside of their own circles – theater, organization development, community organizing, etc.

Chispa is inspired by a presentation format that emerged in Japan as a way for architects to share their work: each speaker is limited to 20 images which automatically advance after 20 seconds. Variations of this format, called Pecha Kucha, have sprung up around the world.

Order of presentations...

1. the study of color from every angle - physics, art, biology, psychology and rainbows / albus cavus

2. voice of privilege, performance of power - black male feminism and spoken word / tony keith

3. eco-art east of the river - green urbanism, business and art in ward 7 / sharon burton


5. people’s history of DC - storytelling and the art of building community / danny harris

6. traveling to find home - the making of a one-woman show / margaux delotte-bennett

7. hip-hop improvisation - how freestyling can increase productivity/ christylez bacon

Chispa is a collaboration between Potomac Group, LLC and Spark Creativity, small organization development practitioners with deep roots in social justice and cultural creation. For more information about Chispa visit the website at

Censored 2011 @ artdc Gallery

Censored 2011
artdc Gallery
February 12th – March 5th 

In 2010, Censored was a success.  ArtDC developed the show as a response towards public opinions about nudity in local galleries, where invited artists to exhibit figure work which we self-censored.

ArtDC re-tooledl this show and produce censored 2011 with new work and new self-censorship.
Invited artists are: Andrea Hope, Chris Brady, Frank Turner, JM Hoover, Jerry Harke, Jonathan Zuck, Joshuva, Nigil Brice, Pamela Viola, Rahul Saha & Renee Azcra Woodward.

Curator: Renee Azcra Woodward

Gallery owner, Jesse Cohen, says: "Our theme, Censored, is in response to the typical thought process that nudity is taboo. Our intention is to poke fun at the long-running practice of moral and societal censorship of art by covering the genitalia in each work with post-it notes. Visitors will be encouraged to take a sneak peek of what’s going on underneath the notes. The photographers in this show were specially chosen for their work in the areas of fine art nudes and erotica.

The exhibition runs from February 12th – March 5th. The gallery is open by appointment only so please contact gallery owner, Jesse Cohen, at fineartventures[at]

 5710 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Goddess Soul: Celebrating the Feminine

Goddess Soul: Celebrating the Feminine
*Collage and Mixed Media Art
by Sharon J. Burton*

January 25, 2011 - Februrary 25, 2011

Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe
963 Bonifant Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

"Art & Coffee" Reception

Friday, February 18, 2011,
6:30-8:30 pm

(Snow Date: Friday, February 25, 2011)

Goddess Soul  is a collage series that is about celebrating the feminine -mind, body, creativity and spirit. It is a series that recognizes the "goddess" that exists within all women and insights that we learn as women that are uniquely ours. A portion of all sales from this exhibition will be donated to CARE's  programs focusing on empowering women in poverty. 

About CARE:

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. For more information about CARE visit the website at
About Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe

Founded in 2004 by artist Tom Block, Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe offers a small gallery, a salon series, an intimate performance space. Kefa Cafe owners Lene and Abeba Tsegaye have created a friendly atmosphere, strong sense of community, and successful small business. The Cafe is open Monday through Thursday: 7am-5pm, Friday 7am-9pm Saturday: 8am-5pm. New: also open on Sundays.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Destry Sparks 
Everything has a Purpose

February 25 - March 20, 2011 
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 25, 7-10 pm

Jane Sandelin Gallery 
Art Works Studios & Galleries
320 Hull Street
Richmond, VA
There Is a Path, Destry Sparks, 30” x 40” 

Painter Destry Sparks unveils his largest solo exhibition to date this month at Art Works Studios & Galleries in Richmond, VA.  About 25 of his contemporary mixed media works will fill the spacious Jane Sandelin Gallery at Art Works, a venerable institution on the Richmond art scene. The opening reception is Friday, February 25 from 7-10 pm.  The show runs through March 20. 

Sparks attaches worn found objects to rough surfaces including burlap, window screens and wood pallets.  This creates a quite visceral effect atypical of the traditional flat plane.  The objects are usually made of a mix of natural (crushed pine cones, sticks, wood, etc) and manufactured (plastic bottle caps, wires, rusted mechanical parts, etc) materials.  While all of the things at hand share the effects of use and aging, their dire state of existence is offset by optimistic titles and scenarios suggesting an ultimately better end.

Sparks cites a diverse range of influences from modern masters Paul Klee, & Joan Miro to leading contemporary figures led by Anselm Kiefer & Gregory Amenoff.  American outsider artists hold equal sway as well, alongside traditional African & Aboriginal craftsmen.   The French art brut pioneer Jean Dubuffet is key as well, with his insistence on developing a kind of raw intuitive visual aesthetic.

It’s a busy year for the Greenville, NC artist with solo exhibitions also scheduled in Charlotte, Miami & New York.  For more information about his work as a painter & curator, visit his site at  

Sparks 2009 mixed media on burlap painting, There Is a Path, was selected for the National Collage Society’s 25th Annual Exhibit at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, GA.

Artwork of Eve Stockton @ Heurich Gallery

Boston Properties

Heurich Gallery Exhibit Opening
Tuesday, February 15, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Wine and Cheese Reception
Celebrating the Artwork of Eve Stockton

Artist's Talk 6:00pm

Exhibit on display through April 28

Boston Properties
The Heurich Gallery
505 9th Street, NW
Metro:  Gallery Pl-Chinatown, 9th Street exit

DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous AKA DASER

National Academy of Sciences 
DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Wednesday, February 16, 6:00pm
Doors open at 5:30pm

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences is partnering with the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, to present this and future monthly discussion forums on
art and science projects in the national capital region.  This event provides both a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fosters interdisciplinary networking.

February 16 PresentersLee Boot, Associate Director, Imaging Research Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Carol Christian, Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Gunalan Nadarajan, Vice Provost, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
Thomas Skalak, Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

No charge
Refreshments provided
Photo ID and reservations required cpnas[at] or 202.334.2415
More Information

National Academy of Sciences
Keck Center. Room 100

 500 Fifth Street, NW

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Curated by Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Material Girls celebrates accomplished women artists whose sculptures, installations and mixed-media assemblages incorporate both traditional and unexpected art-making materials. Using hair, beads, tissue paper, rubber tires, plastic and other materials, the artists craft provocative forms and intricate surfaces that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
February 12 - October 16, 2011
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Click here for more information

Upcoming event at the High Museum of Art:
Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Renée Stout

March 24, 2011, 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Friday, February 11, 2011

Art Workshop for Teens and Adults Celebrates DuVal Art Studio Birthday

As part of the tenth birthday celebration of the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio, McLean Project for the Arts is offering a Basic Monoprint Workshop with Stephanie George on Saturday, February 12 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm in the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio. Stephanie George is a McLean based artist who recently exhibited her work in the Ramp Gallery at McLean Project for the Arts. Participants will learn the basic techniques of making, registering and hand printing a monoprint using oil paints. Students should bring an image they would like to work from.

All supplies will be provided. Registration Required! $20 per person. Please call MPA at 703.790.1953 or email

Susan Bontecou DuVal an accomplished painter and catalyst for the arts and was an active member of McLean Project for the Arts from its inception in 1963. After her death in 1997 her husband, the late Senator Clive L. DuVal, 2d, and the DuVal family, wanted to honor Sue by building a living memorial to her belief in the importance of the visual arts. With the goal of providing a place for artists of all ages to learn and work, the DuVal Studio was born. Thanks to Senator DuVal's vision and generosity, McLean Project for the Arts' classes are now held in the light-filled Susan B. DuVal Art Studio at the McLean Community Center. McLean Project for the Arts is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue in the McLean Community Center For more information visit or call 703-790-1953.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Art Openings DC

Resonant Forms
Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Frank Smith
Opening Reception
February 11, 2011 5pm-8pm

Resonant Forms is A Collaborative Exhibition in Two Galleries at:
The Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.Gallery 110

Brentwood Arts Exchange - exchanging ideas through art.

FRESH PRODUCE: First Annual Festival of Live Art
Wednesday, February 16
7:30 to 9:30 PM
@ The Fridge
516 8th Street, SE, Rear Alley

Melissa Fisher, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University
B Stanley, Director of DC Arts Center and performer
David London, Performance Magician and Gallery Manager of The Fridge
Philippa Hughes, Moderator

Fresh Produce Festival of Live Art kicks off with a bang!
Friday night: Variety show performed to a live Bluebrain concert! Join magicians, mimes, stilt-walkers, dancers, and more and welcome in a month of performance!
Saturday night:  Poet Sonya Renee Taylor along with Beltway Poetry Slam Poets Sarah Lawson, Jonathan Tucker and Chris August.
Sunday: "Threshold to Supper Table," and have the opportunity to play with your food in a participatory performance that consists of a shared meal that functions as a score for action and sound. The menu includes Elongated Baguettes, Herbed Bean Pate, Sweet Goat Spread,Gerry's Meat Balls and Lemon Blueberry Petit Fours.
Sunday night: Local Diva's of Delight, The Sweater Set, will be offering a Sunday Night Ukulele Lessons to teach you some basic songs to play in their Valentines Day Concert!
More information and advance tickets can be found at

Sculpture and Paintings by Joel D’Orazio 
February 7 – May 13, 2011 

Meet the Artist: Wednesday, March 2, 5:30-8:00 PM 
at The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Art chairs, sculpture and abstract painting by architect turned painter/sculptor Joel D’Orazio.  New as a Zenith Gallery artist, D’Orazio will be featured in a solo show, Listen to Me, at the Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, curated by Zenith Gallery.

 Black History Month
The DC Connection

Washingtonian Carter Godwin Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926. Dr. Woodson was an educator in public schools and at Howard University, and he saw a conspicuous absence of black history at all levels. Woodson believed that the revelations coming out of a dedicated study of Black History would gradually become part of the mainstream narrative of American History; that the false reality of a past without African agency would eventually be dispelled. In 1972, Woodson's Negro History Week became Black History Month, a celebration that is widely observed in the United States and Canada.

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC will celebrate this year's Black History Month by featuring relevant items from their DC Digital Museum Collection on the blog, Human Ties.

Empowered Women International / Call to Artists

Empowered Women International ( is issuing a call for an exhibit entitled: “Muslim Women Speak.”
Deadline: April 1, 2011

Empowered Women International is looking for paintings, photographs, sculptural work and art installations by Muslim or Arab women in the Washington DC Metro Area or by artists depicting the lives, stories and cultures of Muslim and Arab women.

The exhibit will take place at the Takoma Park Community Center, May 28-June 25, 2011.  A day long series of events (readings, performances, Middle Eastern food etc.) will take place on June 11, from 10:30-4, followed by a reception for the artists from 5-7:30 pm.

Please send lo-res jpeg images or a website URL to the curator, Tom Block, at thomasablock[at], by April 1.  All decisions of included work will be made by May first. 

There is no fee to enter; however, there will be a $35 fee for non-members of EWI who are accepted into the show.  This fee will include a one-year membership in EWI.

Tom Block is the Author of Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity
"Block's evident enthusiasm for the revelation of these common roots as a way forward for Muslim-Jewish relations propels this great read." Publishers Weekly, 10/27/10

Blog on Israel/Palestinian issues:

Documentary by Dalton Narine / Trinidadian Carnival artist, Mas Man Peter Minshall

The IDB Cultural Center
presents the DC premiere of a new documentary by Dalton Narine on the Trinidadian Carnival artist

Mas Man Peter Minshall
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
2010, directed, produced  and introduced by Dalton Narine.  Digibeta, 57 minutes, color documentary

Emmy award-winner Peter Minshall (1941- ) is a Trinidadian Carnival artist who describes his medium as “the Mas” (masquerade) and prefers to be called a “Mas Man.”  He combines in his craft the qualities of sculpture with those of movement.  His bands are never merely costumed parades, but exercises in total theatre, using music, drama, dance, and visual spectacle to communicate a metaphor-rich narrative.  Through interviews and historical footage, this film traces his development over three decades from costume designer to allegorical fabulist who opens confrontation between good and evil against the backdrop of the celebrations.  As he tells it, his mission is to awaken themes about humanity in mobile street theater with outrageously enormous and powerfully designed “dancing mobiles” moving among 2,500 masqueraders in Trinidad’s spring festival.  His talent for filling open spaces with fantastic productions attracted the attention of the Olympic Games which hired him as Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremonies in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City.

DALTON NARINE is a Trinidadian-born writer and film producer.  Mas Man Peter Minshall has been nominated as Best Documentary at eight festivals, winning in Trinidad and Tobago, New York and South Africa International Film Festivals; and also won Best Cinematography at Chagrin Falls Documentary Festival.  Narine has written for the Village Voice; served as features editor at The Miami Herald, editor at Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and associate editor at Ebony magazine.  He has also received awards for feature writing at Ebony and The Herald.

In November 2010, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported that the country plans on working on the exportation of local mas to the world  in the near future.  The amount of US $355,000 has been granted by the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund to the twin-island country, following a request by the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI).

Free and open to the public,  Inter-American Development Bank,  Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  Metro Center  13th Street exit.  Photo ID required.
Business casual.  Unreserved general admission, 380 seats.  202.623.3558
2011 – Inter-American Year of Culture

The Alternative Valentine's Masquerade Party @ Hillyer Art Space

The Alternative Valentine's Masquerade Party @ Hillyer Art Space
International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA
T 202.338.0680 |

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Art Openings

The Black Exhibition
BADC at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives 
Opening Feb 10th, 6-9pm
Washington, DC


New Waves 2011 show @ the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
opens Feb 10th

February 8 - March 3

Germany for Beginners (Deutschland für Anfänger): An Interactive Sculptural Exhibition on Modern Germany
Opening reception on Tuesday, February 8, 6 – 8 pm
with Dr. Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Sponsored by The Embassy of Germany with Dr. Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in attendance.  RSVP 202.289.1200, ext. 162 or rsvp[at]


Call for Artists

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is now seeking artists for the development of its Art Advisory.Postmark by APRIL 6, 2011

The Art Advisory, a full service entity of the gallery, will assist private collectors, corporations, and healthcare facilities in transforming their home or office environments through the thoughtful integration of artwork to create spaces that enhance creativity, promote tranquility, and offer inspiration.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery currently seeks works by painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, installation and new media artists to support our developing advisory services and future projects. Chosen Advisory artists will work with the gallery to sell existing works or to create commissioned pieces specific to future clients' needs.

Complete the Call to Artists form and submit materials according to the set guidelines, postmarked by APRIL 6, 2011. For guidelines and Advisory Prospectus please see the gallery website:

Participating Jurors include: 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.

Announcing New Artist-In-Residency Program 

The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College announces a new Artist in Residency Program. The Department of Visual Arts and Design is seeking proposals for residencies beginning in fall 2011. Artists will be provided studio space in the Morris and Gwendolyn Foundation Arts Center. Proposals are sought that will benefit, involve, or impact art students and members of the college community. Residency proposals lasting from one month up to two academic semesters will be considered. Application deadline for Fall 2011 Residencies is March 30, 2011. For full AIR Program information and Application Form please go to Montgomery College website and search “Visual Arts Artist in Residence”

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) invites your support for the 9th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction, "Masterful and Gifted" on Friday, June 3, 2011.

New to this year's event: downtown, Silver Spring location
Inaugural Youth Art Fair, " Gifted, Artistic, and Under 21"
Performances from some of the area's most talented musicians and dancers.
For more information on the event, click here.

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is looking for local and regional artists to display and sell their fine art and fine craft during the Bethesda Artist Market. Application and slides must be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2011

This year’s Market will take place on Saturday,  June 11 and Saturday, July 9, 2011.  The application is  available on

The Dynamics of the DC Art Scene panel discussion @ Kreeger

The Dynamics of the DC Art Scene
The Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington, in partnership with The Kreeger Museum presents a panel discussion on how Art Dealers, Collectors, Curators and Museum Directors interact to support the visual arts in the DC area.

The Kreeger Museum,
2401 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007
Thursday, February 24, 2011 
6:30pm - 9 pm

Tickets: $20 / The Kreeger Museum Members: $15
Includes a cheese and wine reception.

Preceding the panel discussion, guests will have an opportunity to view In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists, the culmination of a project initiated by renowned artist Sam Gilliam, consisting of monoprints by 20 artists from the DC community, who typically work in different styles and mediums.

For reservations, call 202-338-3552.
Parking on W Street, NW or in the surrounding neighborhood.

Panelists include Juliette Bethea, Collector, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art, Judy A. Greenberg, Director, The Kreeger Museum , Giselle Huberman, Collector, Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, and moderator Bill Dunlap, Artist and Art Critic.

Facing History and Ourselves to Present “Choosing to Participate”

Facing History and Ourselves to Present “Choosing to Participate” 
Historical Society of Washington, D. C., 
February 17-June 17, 2011
Opening Wednesday, February 23

This exhibition examines the impact and history of bigotry and injustice, and inspires conversation about the choices we can make every day to foster civic engagement, tolerance and mutual understanding in our communities. While the exhibition will open its doors on February 17, the official opening will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.

Choosing to Participate is part of a national initiative, created by Facing History, aimed at encouraging young people and adults to think deeply about the importance of participating in a democratic society, and to consider the consequences of action and inaction. One of the highlights will be “Upstanders: Portraits of Courage,” featuring photographs and stories celebrating Washington-area individuals or groups who were nominated and selected for the exhibition based on their having taken a stand on behalf of others, be it a small or large act of courage or kindness. Choosing to Participate has visited Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Memphis since 1998, and in each city, the Upstanders are local residents.

"Choosing to Participate is a catalyst for conversation about civic participation in our community, our nation, and across the globe,” says Margot Stern Strom, Facing History’s founder and executive director. “The exhibit reflects our mission to help students think deeply about what democracy means and what it asks each of us. Our young people are among the best moral philosophers, and by engaging in Choosing to Participate, they learn how to confront the moral decisions they face each day and develop the skills to build an inclusive community.”

The Walmart Foundation is the national sponsor of Choosing to Participate’s current five-city tour that began in Cleveland and will move to Memphis, New York, and Chicago after its Washington stay. To learn more, visit

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide and mass violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.The positive impact of Facing History on teachers and students has been documented in more than 90 studies over the last three decades.

For more information, visit and watch a video at

Monday, February 07, 2011

AfriCOBRA: Art For The People

In honor of Black History Month, TV Land is paying tribute to the art and artists of AfriCOBRA with an original special entitled  “AfriCOBRA:  Art For The People” premiering Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8:30PM ET/PT.  Narrated by three-time Emmy® Award nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, (“The Cosby Show”) this half-hour documentary features an engaging and animated history of the AfriCOBRA group, contemporary interviews with some of the AfriCOBRA artists and an illustrious display of their artwork.  After the special airs, it will be offered in its entirety on

“AfriCOBRA’s artwork is visually stunning and radiates unity and possibility,” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land.  “This small and organized movement from Chicago uplifted and educated their struggling community with their own creative aesthetic and positive imagery.  We have the very unique opportunity to speak with these artists’ firsthand and to share their philosophies and masterpieces which are still being created today.”

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Medium is the Message @ Gallery 555

Gallery 555

The Medium is the Message
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 5, 12- 5pm
555 12th Street NW
Washington, DC

Art Openings DC

Parish Gallery
Anacostia River School of Photography's
"Revealing the Treasures of the East" exhibition 

Opening reception  Friday, February 4, 6 to 8 p.m
An artist's talk Saturday, February 5, 4 to 6 p.m

The reception features the works of six fine art/nature photographers, highlighting the beauty of the Anacostia River.

Parish Gallery
1054 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC

Lauren Rice: Heirlooms
February 5 - March 12, 2011
 OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, February 5; 1-7pm
Meet and greet throughout the day with artist Lauren Rice.

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, February 5; 2pm

Installation work of Detroit-based artist Lauren Rice in her first DC solo exhibition. Similar to set designs for theatrical events, the landscapes Rice creates in her sculptural work are fantastical - elements appear to collapse, levitate, burst and grow within the gallery space. With Heirlooms, Rice references gardens, flowers and vases, while simultaneously vulgarizing their traditional preconceptions as feminine and romantic.

1404 P Street NW Washington, DC 20010 / 202-483-1102


Latines / Latin hood
A collective of 13 DC-based artists share their vision of what it means to live, feel, grow and evolve as latinos ... coming into a new reality and a new life,  in a place where the language is different, the flavors different and everything takes shape differently. Here and there at once. Your self-identity and present reality in a state of conflict.

Participating, artists include: Elva Lovos, Lázaro Batista, Francisco Rosario, Mauricio López, Ronald Chacón, Iván Mendizábal, Luis Peralta, Wilfredo Valladares, Katya Miranda y Alberto Roblest.  Saturday reception poetry readings by Quique Avilés, Sami Miranda & Iván Mendizábal, with music by Pepe González.

Curated by Ronald Chacón

February 7-13th, 2011
Grand Celebration / Reading/ Music: Sat. Feb. 12th from 5-10pm. No RSVP necessary!
Beverage and appetizers Friday 11 & Saturday 12.  

The Consulate of El Salvador, 2332 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Georgetown, WDC

Mexican Cultural Institute 
Colors and Threads:
Preserving a Cultural Heritage

A  journey through Oaxaca, its people and culture with a
special open house dedicated to weaving, one of the state's most deep-rooted


12:30 - 2:00 pm
Weaving demonstration on a backstrap loom by Elsa Abigail
Mendoza Antonio from Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca.

3:00 pm
Ana Paula Fuentes, director of the Textile Museum of Oaxaca, will
discuss the history and work of the Textile Museum.

Admission is free and open to the public.
RSVP to 

Saturday, February 5 | 12:00 pm
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C.



DCCAH Celebrating 2011 Black History Month | Feb 2-28

February 2 - 27, 2011
by 50 artists
Opening Reception: Friday, February 4, 6-8:30pm

Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC

Excellence in Printmaking
Juried by Katherine Blood,
Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress

 40 prints by mid-Atlantic BFA and MFA candidates.
Exhibition runs February 2-27
Opening reception and awards:
Saturday, February 5, 1-4 pm

Short talk and award announcements by Katherine Blood starting 1:30 pm,

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

Tania Karpowitz
Artist's Talk: Sunday, February 6, 2pm-4pm

Washington Studio School
 2129 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

CITY Gallery Presents:
Nancy Donnelly (glass) and
Jill Finsen (paintings)
Color & Shape

Opening, Saturday, February 5 from 6–9 PM

Project 4
Drive By

February 5 - March 5, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The show Drive By at Project 4 Gallery features six artists whose drawings, paintings, collages, and video art offer unexpected insight into the common scenes we observe while moving through the structures of an urban and suburban landscape. People play a periphery role in the artwork and are frequently absent altogether. The material objects that encapsulate our urban lifestyle take on subtle psychological, emotional, and spiritual characteristics. Mundane landscapes and ordinary object are transformed by the artist into quiet reflections of the intangible structures that form the individual experience in a Western culture.

The featured artists Kim Beck, Martyn Blundell, Zlatko Cosic, Sarah McKenzie, Michael A. Salter, and Gregory Thielker take different approaches to explore what we miss when driving by seemly unimportant landscapes, too trivial for our conscious recognition or attention.

Friday, February 4th, 2011
ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation

Clouds InFormation: Helen Glazer
Exhibition Dates: Feb 4 - Feb 25, 2011
For the past five years, Glazer’s work has been heavily influenced by chaos and complexity theories’ perspectives on the unpredictability of natural phenomena. As her latest Clouds series (on view from February 4th 2011 to February 24th 2011 at Hillyer Art Space) demonstrates, the artistic process is analogous to the dynamical systems posited by chaos and complexity theories — that is, an artwork takes shape within particular conditions of time, place, medium and the artist's own hand, finally unfolding as these unpredictable forces interact.
Monstrous: Jessika Tarr
Exhibition Dates: Feb 4 - Feb 25, 2011
Emerging from the dark yet whimsical world of children’s literature, Jessika Tarr’s exhibition Monstrous features works that are both narrative and theatrical. Just as German story books combine dark and provocative themes with seemingly innocent illustrations, her works contain a tension between content and style.
Members' Gallery: Artists' Advisory Committee Show
February's Members' Show features work by Hillyer Art Space's Artists' Advisory Committee members. The Artists' Advisory Committee is comprised of well-known artists' from the Washington DC area and is primarily responsible for selecting artists for Hillyer Art Space's exhibitions. Come see specially created work by Billy Colbert, John Blee, Tom Wolff, Manon Cleary, Pat Goslee, Barbara Liotta, Judy Southerland, and Foon Sham in this unique Members' Show

Hillyer Art Space 

Black Abstraction exhibition
Jan. 17 through March 12, 2011 
Harmony Hall Gallery in Ft. Washington, MD 

Jarvis DuBois, Curator

Last Chance to See UNIVERSE this weekend

Last Chance to See 
UNIVERSE Anne Marchand & Craig Schaffer 
Extended Show Date: Now - February 4 
at The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
 "Like This", oil on canvas by Anne Marchand        "Gallo Verde", welded bronze by Craig Schaffer

The abstract paintings and sculpture of Anne Marchand and Craig Schaffer are well paired in this exhibition with their graceful swirls and rhythms.  Yet, they differ in their genesis.  Marchand paints visual song-poems and joyous expressions of life, using luminous depth contrasted with surface richness. Schaffer creates sculptural pieces inspired by science and nature.  In this series, his work is based on fractal forms ... the shapes repeating at different scales created by the ongoing processes of life; such as the branching of plants to catch the sun.

Marchand has exhibited her paintings in national and regional galleries and museums.  Schaffer, has also shown his work nationally and internationally.  Both artists' works are also featured in private and public collections.

1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004 (12th & Penn)
Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 7 PM; Sat & Sun by appointment

For information and appointments, call 202-783-2963 or email art[at]

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Call to Artists

Call for Artists!
Bethesda Painting Awards
Deadline to apply: February 25, 2011

The Bethesda Painting Awards is now accepting applications for the 7th annual competition that honors regional painters with $14,000. Up to eight finalists will be invited to display their work in June 2011 at a downtown Bethesda gallery. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

Bethesda Artist Market
Deadline to apply:  March 4, 2011

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the Bethesda Artist Market, an outdoor event featuring 30 regional artists who display and sell their original fine art and fine craft.  Bethesda Artist Markets are scheduled for Sat., June 11 & Sat., July 9.

Select: The WPA Art Auction Gala

Select: WPA 2011 Art Auction Exhibition and Gala 
February 19 - March 12, 2011 @
700 Sixth Street NW, an Akridge Property 

Opening Reception: February 19, 6-9pm 
Curators Talk: March 1, 6:30-9pm 
Auction Gala: March 12, 6:30-midnight 

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Resonant Forms / A Collaborative Exhibition

Resonant Forms 
Feb. 1 - Apr. 9, 2011 
Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Frank Smith
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 11, 5-8pm
The Gateway Arts Center

Public Programs:

Saturday, February 12, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Artist Talk with Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and
Frank Smith

A rare chance to hear from three esteemed and dynamic artists as they relate and share their unique experiences of their art work.

Saturday, March 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Message in the Bottle:
A Discussion with Martha Jackson-Jarvis and A.M. Weaver

A major voice shaping the discourse and dissemination of information on visual artists of color and women artists, artist/curator/writer A. M. Weaver will engage in a discussion with artist Martha Jackson- Jarvis about her work.

Saturday, April 2, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Alonzo Davis & The Bamboo Muse
Join artist Alonzo Davis for a discussion and poetic recitations featuring The Bamboo Muse, a book of Davis' artwork paired with the poetry and prose of twelve writers inspired by his work.


Resonant Forms is A Collaborative Exhibition in Two Galleries at:
The Gateway Arts Center
 3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.
 Gallery 110

Gallery Hours:

Brentwood Arts Exchange - exchanging ideas through art.

2011 Mayor's Arts Awards | CALL FOR NOMINATION

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities | 1371 Harvard Street N.W. | Washington | DC | 20009

“COLOR OF LOVE” at Touchstone gallery

January 4 – February 27, 2011


Opening Reception:
Friday, February 4, 6-8:30 pm


Touchstone Gallery announces COLOR OF LOVE, the upcoming February Member Show featuring many interpretations on the theme the "color of love".

This year, February is doubly the month of the heart: As well as containing Valentine's Day, it is also the American Heart Association's declared American Heart Month. 

Fifty artists will have work on exhibition and their materials and color palettes will be as varied as their definitions of LOVE,  including oil, water media, photography, sculpture, clay, wood + metals. And for many of the artists, also on view will be their venture in haiku to introduce their pieces.

This heartfelt opening is on February 4, 6-8:30pm and can be enjoyed thru February 27, 2011.
For more information please contact Ksenia Grishkova, Director, at 202-347-2787 or email