Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Salon: BAD ART/GOOD ART Sept 19 7:00 p.m.

Tonight, a thought provoking discussion on the much discussed, always fun debate.


Join a wonderful panel of Curators, Academics, Artists and Critics:

1. John James Anderson, Art Critic for the City Paper, Professor and Artist

2. Bill Dunlap, Artist, Critic for WETA Around Town, Curator

3. Harriet Lesser, Curator, Strathmore Center for the Arts and Artist

4. Michael O'Sullivan, Critic for the Washington Post

P.S. Please bring your own examples too!!

September 19, 2012 7-8:30 p.m.

Hillyer International Art and Artists

9 Hillyer Court

Washington DC 20008

Free and Open to All

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Painterly Visions Blog Update

Dear Friends and Readers,

Painterly Visions Blog will no longer be posting with any frequency.  I will be concentrating future blogging at Marchand Studio News Come over and visit me there.

I'd like to thank my readers for their attention over the past eight years. When I first started blogging in 2005, it was a relatively new phenomenon. My mission was to create a news stream for art happenings in the Washington, DC area to compensate for the lack of news media coverage in the arts at the time. Painterly Visions helped fill a void and joined new voices getting the word out about our city's exciting art scene.

The web is a rich source for communication, with the advent of facebook and twitter along with other bloggers, there is a wealth of information about the art scene available online. My favorites sites, Pink Line Project and Daily Campello News still bring news of the arts to your screen.

Check the blogroll for additional sites that may be of interest. Thank you for the opportunity to connect over the years. It's been a pure labor of love to deliver news about a subject that is so vital and alive. To the artists; keep creating your truth. To the art lovers; keep returning to DC for more. Happy creating!

All the best~  Anne Marchand

“Colorful Paintings with Poetic Connections to Life”
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A FATAL ADDICTION: War in the Name of God

By Thomas Block

(Algora Publisher, New York)

This controversial book explores what the author calls a “violence of God” tradition which he claims exists in the world’s major religions, even Buddhism. It then examines how this dynamic is turned on its head by political leaders in the United States and other countries, who use spiritual and religious language to sell war to their populations.

The study argues that war is fundamental not only to religious worship but also to human civilization itself. As Thomas Block claims in A Fatal Addiction:

   The stability of war as a central facet of society is undeniable. During the 5600 years of recorded history, 14,600 wars have been fought. At the same time, the vast majority of people and societies throughout human time have considered themselves deeply religious. An article in The Washington Post noted that “92 percent [of Americans] believe in God or a universal spirit — including one in five of those who call themselves atheists.” At the same time, however, America has been involved in an unbroken line of military engagements since my birth in 1963, whose dead might count out the minutes that I have lived in the course of nearly 50 years. It was this pairing in contemporary America of war and religion, spirituality and destruction that inspired me to write this book. After all, shouldn’t the one (religion) mitigate the other (institutional violence)?

This book explores the fusion of war and religion throughout history, and then applies the historical knowledge to the contemporary United States. Block reviews specific instances of “holy war” as proposed in the holy books of the major faiths, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used repeatedly to explain and sanction violence as a spiritual quest. He proposes that this intermingling of war and spirituality is employed to prepare the population for the coming of war. In his view, war as spiritual practice appears inevitable, due to this religio-violent education which is woven through all of the principal faith traditions.

In the end, Block asks if God and war define the American spirit as much as apple pie and baseball.
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Thomas Block’s nonfiction book, “Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity,” was published in the United States (Fons Vitae, Louisville, KY) and Turkey (Bilim + Gonul, Istanbul) in 2010. His first novel, The Fool Returns, will be published in Turkey in 2012 (Bilim + Gonul, Istanbul). His first play, White Noise, was produced in Washington D.C. by Wanderlust Theater Company in June 2012.

Amazon link

Saturday, September 08, 2012

“KISS THE NAME OF THE NINE MUSES GOODBYE” opens tonight in Kensington, MD

September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm: Art Opening at the Adah Rose Gallery

Tom Block & Micheline Klagsbrun

August 31-Sept 30, 2012
Vernissage with the Artists: September 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m with live music by White Chihuahua

Tom Block—artist, poet, playwright, and activist—channels all of his roles in his series, “In the Garden of the Mystical Redoubt.”  His form of Neo- expressionism, which incorporates raw energy, art brut, and graphic design, belies a sensitivity to the multitudes of the human condition. Whether through black and white portraiture, abstract mixed-media collage, or text-based work, Mr. Block aims to garner empathy for his subjects who embody the idiosyncrasies and tendencies of humans which are at the same time unique and universal. From the angst of “Suburban Boy” to the exuberance of the “Rock and Roll Mystic,” Mr. Block conveys a range of emotional states which remain essential to his work.

Micheline Klagsbrun finds the inspiration for the “mythological realism” of her exquisitely rendered drawings from the classical Greek poet Ovid and his Metamorphosis. Micheline is enchanted by the poem’s traditional themes of identity and change, as well as its surprisingly modern relevance to human rights, feminism and environmentalism. Micheline empathizes with the conflicts faced by the classical figures, whose physical transformations represent the universal human struggle for identity, stability, and peace. Each drawing is based on a live model, whose pathos is shaped by the narrative of a corresponding poem. Series such as “Lotus/Dryope” (in which a young mother is transformed into a tree) are exemplary of her entire body of work and its anthropomorphic motifs.

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895
(301) 922-0162

Friday, September 07, 2012

Courage Unmasked Gala Event on Sept. 12, 2012

 Art Auction Gala
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
6:30 - 9:30 pm
The Katzen Arts Center at American University 
Wine reception, light fare and dessert. Free parking.

Please join 911 4 HNC for a unique gala event featuring a silent and live auction to raise money and awareness for head and neck cancer (HNC). Help support this worthy cause by attending this fun and whimsical art event. You'll love the art this year, some created by well known area artists and artists nationally. Come see! Tickets are on sale now! Purchase at the link below.

More than 50 artists from all over the country created fine art by transforming radiation masks formally worn by HNC patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment. These unique masterpieces will be auctioned at the Gala. Money from mask sales and admissions will fund 9114 HNC, dedicated to helping those in financial need during and after treatment.

Buy Tickets
Sponsor Courage Unmasked

The Katzen Arts Center at American University 
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016 
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Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Painterly Visions" On Sabbatical this Summer

 "Painterly Visions" will be on sabbatical for the summer months. There will be no posts in July and August, so the artist can devote herself to timely creative projects. Have a happy summer!
For your reading pleasure and art happening updates, check out Lenny Campello's blog, Daily Campello News and the Pink Line Project, where you will find many exciting art events to entice you through the summer.

Happy creating! Anne Marchand

Friday, June 29, 2012

Charlotte Dumas: Anima at the Corcoran

On July 14, Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas presents her first solo museum exhibition in Charlotte Dumas: Anima – the latest exhibition in the NOW at the Corcoran series – featuring a commissioned series of portraits of the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. Dumas, who travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals, typically works in series and portrays animals characterized by their utility, social function, or relation to people.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
Corcoran College of Art + Design
500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Thursday, June 28, 2012

“One Life: Amelia Earhart”

Opens June 29 at the National Portrait Gallery 
New Exhibition Features Portraits of the Acclaimed Aviator   

The exhibition curator is Frank H. Goodyear III, associate curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition focuses not only on Amelia Earhart's career as a female pilot, but also on her role as a woman’s rights activist. She was a prolific writer and proponent of women in the workforce and some of her writing is on display—she contributed to Cosmopolitan and wrote several books. The objects in the exhibition are portraits (mostly photographs), a sampling of her writing, artifacts associated with her flying experience and an A/V kiosk, which includes audio of Amelia talking about a flight.

“Amelia Earhart’s impact on American culture extends beyond her record-setting aviation feats,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “She was also an advocate for aviation and women and championed the first commercial airlines. Now we take for granted the convenience of air travel and equal rights for all, but in the 1920s and ’30s these positions reflected the ideals of a bold visionary.”

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Website: Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000


XL-XS is sponsored and curated by Maryland Federation of Art and Circle Gallery of Annapolis.
Opening reception Friday, June 29 from 6-8 pm.
University of Maryland's Art Gallery (in the sociology building)

Call and Response

July 2012 Guest Artists Exhibit at Foundry Gallery
presented by
The Artists of the Abstract Collective

Wed., July 4 through Sun., July 29

Opening Reception -- Friday, July 6, 6 - 8 pm

An eclectic group of artists, including Foundry Gallery members and guest artists, presents a diverse collection of bold, graphic paintings that combine organic elements and urban sensibilities.
The distinctive use of color, pattern, and light in each work comes together to create an interactive, visual fusion that mimics the energy of improvised jazz music.  Like musical riffs, the paintings call and respond to each other, producing a rythmic harmony that is both joyful and dark.

The Artists of the Abstract Collective are:
Ana Elisa Benavent*
Lisa Bohrer
Maruka Carvajal*
Ann Crain
Marie Crow
Denise Dittmar
Octavia Frazier
M. Jane Johnson
Katie Joselow
Cecilia Kalish
Paula Lantz
Meg MacKenzie

Foundry Gallery Ltd
1314-18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, June 22, 2012

FOON SHAM - LAST CHANCE - exhibition closing Saturday June 23

The last day to view Foon Sham's exhibition is Saturday June 23, 2012. Sham will be in the gallery on Saturday to speak with gallery visitors about his work.

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

Rob McDonald / Native Ground Photography and Graphic Design @ the Athenaeum

June 21 through August 5, 2012
Artist's Reception: Sunday, June 24, 4 to 6 pm (free) 
 Rob McDonald uses a primitive hand-held camera to capture the personal spaces and landscapes of writers from the American South, from James Agee to William Faulkner to Zora Neale Hurston. Native Ground is an exploration of the role place plays in shaping the literary imagination. In coordination with McDonald's photographs, the Athenaeum will feature typographic interpretations of the writers' works by ten of the region's best graphic designers.

Designers include: John Foster, Jason Gottlieb, Gerry Greaney, Francheska Guerrero, Dave Plunkert, Polygraph, Scout, Carolyn Sewell, Matt Wahl, and David Whitmore.

McDonald teaches American literature at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, and is a self-taught photographer. He is represented by the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC.

201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
703.548.0035 /

Irish artist Patrick Graham at the Katzen Arts Center

Special related event Saturday, 23rd June at 4pm: Gallery talk with Kenneth Baker, Chief Art Critic of the San Francisco Chronicle; Jack Rutberg, director of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles; and Peter Selz, Art Historian and curator.

American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington DC 20016

Chartier, Lambert, Fatzinger at Civilian Art Projects

Opening Friday, June 22:
Richard Chartier, Bridget Sue Lambert, and Shamus Ian Fatzinger

Civilian Art Projects presents three new exhibitions, including a multi-channel sound work from Richard Chartier and photographs from Bridget Sue Lambert and Shamus Ian Fatzinger.

The exhibitions will open to the public on Friday, June 22, 2012 and will be on view through July 28, 2012.

Opening Reception for the artists: Friday, June 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Civilian Art Projects

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

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran

JUNE 30–SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

A pivotal figure in the history of modern painting, Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) was an innovator whose work inspired legions of artists and greatly advanced the lexicon of abstraction. The Corcoran is the only East Coast venue for Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the artist's most celebrated body of work. The exhibition features more than 80 works, including large-scale paintings, smaller paintings made on cigar box lids, mixed-media drawings on paper, monotypes, and prints.

Corcoran Gallery of Art | 500 Seventeenth Street NW | Washington | DC | 20006

Women in Wax at Glenview Mansion

JULY 1-31, 2012

Women in Wax (encaustic / mixed media)
marilyn banner, susan feller, christy liffmann, bev ryan, angela white

Fran Abrams (polymer clay)

Elizabeth Steel (sculpture: stone)

Opening Reception: Sunday, July 1
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery
Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20851

For information, call 240-314-8682


Sculpture NOW 2012

A Broad Survey of Contemporary Sculpture, Installation, and Video Art
Presented by Washington Sculptors Group
June 19 - July 13, 2012  

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6-8 pmFree and Open to the Public

Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday,12 pm - 4 pm

Sculpture Now 2012 describes contemporary experience through three-dimensions. Reflecting the diversity of our time, this show hosts an array of artists who use a variety of materials to express personal viewpoints and philosophies that characterize the things we believe and do.

Unable to settle on a single unified vision, these contemporary sculptors opt for a variety of strategies to interpret the world in which we live. 

Dennis Beach
Michael Bednar
Christian Benefiel
Greg Braun
Meaghan Carpenter
Eric Celarier
Jeffery Cooper
Michael Corigliano
Terry DeBardelaben
Elsabe Dixon
Joel D'Orazio
Connie Fleres
Mimi Frank
Breon Gilleran
Felicia Glidden
Adam Hager
Artemis Herber
Linda Hesh
Mille Jewtich
Peter Karis
Elaine Langerman
Barbara Liotta
George Lorio
Rosemary Luckett
Olivia Rodriguez
Cathleen Sachse
Nicole Salimbene
Rima Schulkind
Diane Szczepaniak
Isabelle Truchon
Stephanie Williams

Sculpture NOW 2012 is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Call for entries / Power of Color IV

Deadline Sunday, August 5, 2012

Exhibit Dates: August 8 – September 2, 2012_
Artists' Reception, Saturday, August 18, 5-8pm

Gallery West announces a call for entries for its 4th Annual Power of Color juried show. The show will be juried from artwork delivered to Gallery West, 1213 King Street, Old Town, Alexandria, VA, Sunday, August 5, 2012, 12-6pm, and is open to all Washington DC metropolitan artists over 18.

703-549-6006 • gallerywest[at]
To download Call For Entries visit

2012 Fringe Festival’s Lucky Number Seven

Seventh Annual Capital Fringe Festival to Feature over 130 Uncensored Performances – July 12 – 29, 2012

Performance Preview – July 6, 2012

The innovative Capital Fringe Festival returns for its lucky number seven year of offbeat theatre, out of the ordinary music and groundbreaking performances, brought to you by the greater creative conscious of Washington, DC.  The Fringe begins July 12 and runs through the 29, taking place in over fifteen different venues in downtown DC.

This year’s offerings range from one act plays, comedies, musicals, dramas and dance to puppetry, improvisation, clowns, hip-hop, poetry, mime and more. In addition, much merriment and revelry is to be had at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at Fort Fringe, where viewers and fanatics alike can enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, and catch the latest buzz about all of the Fringe performances. The Baldacchino opens in advance of the festival on June 18.

All tickets are $17 (plus a one time purchase of a $5 Fringe button)
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 18, 2012. Online at or by phone at 1.866.811.4111

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I visited the beautiful airy gallery and frame shop of owner/artist Regina Miele on 14th Street NW, DC yesterday.
The Boys Be Good exhibition, DEBITUM NATURAE, explores growth and decay, loosely translated, means "the debt of nature". A life is spent in repayment to that which brought it forth.

Exhibition dates June 5 - July 17
Gallery open Wednesday - Saturday, 11-6pm or by appointment.

Performance night, June 19, 6-9pm
Performances begin at 6:30pm
Debitum Naturae Zine Launch, and Fundraiser for the It Gets Better Project,

Reserve seats now or pre-order the zine!  The night of performances, and zine launch benefits the It Gets Better Project.

Exhibition Artists
Nicholas Abriola
Armando Lopez Bircann
Max Fowler Cohen
Christopher Cunetto
Cassidy Duhon
Rene Medrano
Shawn Moriarty
Jason Edward Tucker
Daniel Rampulla

Performances From
Andrew Fogle
Jason Tucker
Pussy Noir
Rene Medrano
and guest performer Eleanor Barba

1830 14th St NW
Washington DC 20009

June 20: The Art Registry's Capitol Hill Debut

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eve Stockton's "Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III" at Longview Gallery

Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Show Dates
June 14 - July 15

Eve Stockton’s woodcuts are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, Eve is able to engage the variables of printmaking, allowing her to produce an ongoing body of dynamic, graphic images. The Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III exhibit contains prints that are exemplary of Stockton’s ongoing investigation of the natural world.

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

Friday, June 08, 2012

Messages from Outsiderdom

Visionary artists reveal their untamed realities using fur, bottle caps, sand, neon bark, and junk

June 15 to August 18, 2012
Opening Reception - Friday, June 15, 7-9pm

Raw, outsider, primitive, naïve, fringe, uninhibited, intuitive, marginal, fantastical, untrained... These are all words that have been used to classify and define visionary art, yet the term still continues to be just as enigmatic and varied as the art it encapsulates. Unlike all other art genres, visionary art, sometimes interchangeable with outsider art, can neither be defined simply as one movement set in time nor spelled out in convenient academic terms, rather it is truly only understood when experienced and witnessed first-hand.

Visionary Art Experts' Talk
Monday, June 25, 6:30-7:30pm | FREE

Two of the nation's experts in visionary art - Rebecca Hoffberger, founder & director of the American Visionary Art Museum, & Mary Ellen 'Dolly' Vehlow, curator and owner of Gallery O on H will share their personal stories working with visionary artists, and reflect on the art form's powerful healing ability to move both viewer and artist through personal loss and tragedy.

Shiny, Happy Things with Bob Benson
Saturday, July 14, 2 separate workshops: 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm
$35 per workshop, includes materials

Please register for one of the workshops at
Bob Benson, the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life at Baltimore's American Visionary ArtsMuseum, leads 2 workshops where you will learn to make your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles. You will leave with 2 finished FLASHIES, to keep, dangle, and adorn your home or garden with.  No artistic talent or experience is required; just bring your raw creativity.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Smith Farm Center | 1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | DC | 20009

Leo Villareal: New Work at Conner Contemporary through June 30, 2012

Leo Villareal: New Work
May 12 – June 30, 2012

Villareal’s latest body of work enacts formal inquiries into imagery closely identified with modernity, reimagining colors and forms in the works of post-painterly abstractionists Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Ellsworth Kelly.

Villareal introduces temporal actions of light into traditional abstract imaging, using LEDs (light emitting diodes), custom software and sequencing. With these new media the artist explores, in single digital sculptures, extensive frameworks produced in serial paintings, such as the colorful concentric squares in Frank Stella’s Scramble series. Villareal activates familiar static forms, changing their color, definition, intensity, and duration. His imagery unfolds gradually, as if revealing the live application of pigments, a process that color painters of the 1950s and 60s concealed in their canvases.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE –Washington, DC 20002 in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10-5pm and by appointment.

Inner Vision ART Options Gallery Opening

June 15, 5:30 -7:30 PM@
Providence Opticians
1802 11th Street NE | Washington, DC

Exhibition Runs through August 3
Open to the public

ART Options partners with Providence Opticians to bring you Inner Vision, a collection of paintings and mixed medium representing vision and sight.  Gallery opening celebrates community partnership and artistic expression.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

American University Exhibitions opens Saturday, June 09, 2012

June 9–August 12, 2012



Galley Talk @ 5:00 PM
Join the AU Museum director and curator Jack Rasmussen and exhibition curators Carlos Basualdo and Mónica Amor for a discussion of "Mexico: Expected/Unexpected." Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mónica Amor is an independent curator, lecturer and writer.




PARK inside the Katzen Arts Center:
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Metered: 8:00–5:00 weekdays
Free: weekends/holidays & weekdays after 5:00

Something and Nothing: Activating the Void

Something and Nothing: Activating the Void 
Juried by J.W. Mahoney 

June 14 – July 28, 2012 
Reception and Juror’s Talk,
June 14, 7 – 9 pm

This exhibition, juried by J. W. Mahoney brings together artists whose work deals with space, inclusion or absence. Many artists pay close attention to the “negative space” in their work, and often what is not included or that which is in-between is just as important as what is.
Jennifer Anderson,
Susanne Arnold,
Roberta Beasley,
Julia Bloom,
Stephen Boocks,
Nancy Bruce,
Katie Cassidy,
Mei Mei Chang,
Travis Childers,
Irene Clouthier,
Patrick Craig,
Catherine Day,
Joy Every,
Sharon Fishel,
Joan Giampa,
Kurt Godwin,
Pat Goslee,
Maggie Gourlay,
Bill Hill,
Lillian Hoover,
Rachel Jeffers,
J.T. Kirkland,
Anne Marchand,
Joyce McCarten,
Kathryn McDonnell,
Michele Montalbano,
Megan Nolde,
Ron Paras,
Pam Rogers,
Lisa Sheirer,
Alexandra Silverthorne,
Kristy Simmons,
Fierce Sonia,
Martha Spak,
Charles Sthreshley,
Alex Tolstoy,
Richard Vosseller,
Ellyn Weiss,
Alice Whealin,
Jeremy Witt,
Laura Yang,
Cynthia Young.

M c L E A N   P R O J E C T   F O R   T H E   A R T S
703.790.1953 WWW.MPAART.ORG

Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information?

May 4 - June 10
Artists Talk: Sunday, June 10, 3 - 5 PM

Experience 16 artists' responses to the increasing streams of information coming to us from an ever-growing array of devices and directions. Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information? is the third in a series of periodic group exhibitions of visual artists exploring contemporary cultural themes curated by Ellyn Weiss and Sondra Arkin.  

Presented are the works of artists JS Adams, Tom Block, Scott G. Brooks, Richard Dana, Anna U. Davis, Thomas Drymon, Adam Dwight, Claudia Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Pat Goslee, Michelle Lisa Herman, Ryan Hoover, Michael Iocovone, Elizabeth Morisette, Michael Platt & Carol Beane, M.V. Jantzen and Ruth Trevarrow.  Curatorial assistance by Amanda Jiron - Murphy.

WAMU, American University's Radio Station mentions Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information!  Check out what Sean Rameswaram has to say about DCAC's current show.  You can listen to WAMU's Art Beat program here -

Friday, June 01, 2012

Alexa Meade at the National Portrait Gallery Museum

Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color
National Portrait Gallery
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Alexa Meade creates her portraits in three-dimensional space by painting directly on top of live models, which appear to be two-dimensional paintings when photographed. For “Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color”, Meade will create an interactive installation in the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that will allow viewers of the art to become participants by entering into the space, experiencing it in depth, and reinterpreting the work through their own photography. The installation will reference the innovation in Harry Warnecke's photographic portraits seen in the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition “In Vibrant Color".

Alexa Meade and National Portrait Gallery Curator Of Photographs Ann M. Shumard will be available to discuss boundary-breaking work in portraiture.

For more information about Alexa Meade and her art, visit

Artist Talk with Foon Sham, June 6

FOON SHAM at Project 4

Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm

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In his second solo exhibition with Project 4, Sham furthers his investigation of the materiality of wood, now turning his focus to the self-made remains: sawdust. For Sham, sawdust is the evidence of his hard work, relics from the creation of numerous sculptures. These cherished remnants inspired the concept for a site-specific installation that will fill the first floor of the gallery and spill outside to the courtyard.

Part of this exhibition was made possible by a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant awarded to Foon Sham in 2010.

Project 4 | 1353 U Street NW | Suite 302 | Washington | DC | 20009

Megan Mueller: I built this for you

6.8.12 – 7.14.12
Opening Reception: Friday June 8, 6 – 8pm

I built this for you  will combine Megan Mueller's interests in both sculpture and drawing to create abstracted works of landscapes and natural forms.  Mueller’s work suggests a connection to the land and exploration, place and memory, alongside a technical interest in mark-making and repetitive gestures. Her creative process is intuitive rather than pre-determined and mapped. Play and experimentation are at the crux of her practice and Mueller responds to works as they evolve organically.

FLASHPOINT, 916 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Opening @ HEMPHILL, William Willis: Keeping It Alive & Steven Cushner: Works on Paper, June 8, 2012

William Willis: Keeping It Alive
Steven Cushner: Works on Paper

June 8—July 28, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 8, 2012, 6:00pm—8:00pm

1515 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20005

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Touchstone opens with Shelley Lowenstein and Susan Feller

Susan Feller

Shelley Lowenstein

May 30 - July 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 6 - 8:30pm

Encore party: Poetry, Blues and Art: Friday, June 15, 6 - 8:30pm
Poet - Susan Griffin Hill and Blues Guitarist - David Cole.

Featured solo artist Shelley Lowenstein will "perform her art" in Touchstone's gallery most Friday and Saturday afternoons throughout June. Come meet the artist, discuss her new series of narrative paintings, and watch her paint.

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001

Websites for Artists, a Workshop by Sarah Knobel.

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, at Hamiltonian Gallery

Sarah Knobel, a Hamiltonian Fellow, web developer and web designer will lead a workshop on how to install and use Wordpress to make custom websites specifically for artists. The workshop will go over how to do basic installation, how to choose and install gallery plugins and how to choose, install and customize predesigned themes to meet your professional needs.

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to have a functional website by the end of the day, which requires each registrant to come to the class with:
*their own laptop;
*images of their artwork;
*a webhosting plan and domain main name setup. Artists can purchase their domains from sites like

The cost for this workshop is $20 per person, and pizza will be provided.

The workshop has a limit of 15 attendees. Required Registration opens on Wednesday, May 30th, at 10:00am.

To register, please email Jacqueline Ionita, jackie [at]

Women of Power by Katarzyna Majak

Women of Power
Photographs by Katarzyna Majak

Katarzyna Majak explores the power of women as she searches for female wisdom and plurality of spiritual paths hidden within monoreligious Polish society.

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Exhibition through July 12

| 548 W. 28th Street | 3rd Floor | New York | NY | 10001

Foundry Gallery Opening Reception on June 1

Touch Points II

Watercolors by Katherine Blakeslee

Wed., May 30 through Sun., July 1

Opening Reception
Friday, June 1, 6 - 8 pm

Katherine Blakeslee is a watercolorist whose new work is a continuing exploration of nature and places real and imaginary, familiar and strange, at home and abroad.   She is fascinated by the connections between continents and peoples represented by the sea and the sky we share.

Foundry Gallery Ltd
1314-18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 200

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gesture: The Power of My Hand / DeBerardinis Solo Exhibition

Rosetta DeBerardinis

Opening reception
Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 6-8 pm.

On exhibit by Appointment through July 8th

Corner Store Arts
900 South Carolina Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-5807

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Snapshot of Artomatic 2012 by Jacob Foko


Artomatic has returned to Crystal City. Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, grab a drink, listen to music, go on dates, and mingle with the creative community. Artomatic features dozens of daytime art workshops for kids. (Please know that some art displayed at Artomatic may be inappropriate for children). No matter what kind of creative events you like, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic. The exhibit is open from Wednesday through Sunday, and extends until June 23rd. Don't miss your chance to see this one of a kind event. - Crystal City BID

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cavan Comhaltas & Martin Donohoe

Our own wonderful Washington DC artist, Carlotta Hester! represented by Govinda Gallery.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Doug Aitken’s “Song 1″ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

May 20th is the last chance to see Song 1 at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Doug Aitken’s “Song 1″ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Portfolio Review: Student to Emerging to Established

Saturday, June 2; 10am - 4pm

Artists of every level need feedback in order to move forward.  Student to Emerging to Established offers artists one on one sessions with experienced arts professionals.  And, this portfolio review is for everyone, students and seasoned artists alike. This is a rare chance to hear what the person on the other side of the gallery desk has to say about how you present your artwork. 

Artists must sign up for one of three sessions, of which they will later be notified of their 25-minute  time slot within the following session: 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm.

Portfolios on disc must be received by Saturday, May 19th to ensure review. Portfolios will be evaluated for completeness and sent onwards to our reviewers. We will then notify artists of their designated 25 minute slot within their selected session.

Reviewers include: Margaret Boozer, Jarvis DuBois, Helen Frederick, Sheryl Ameen Fiegel, Katie Dell Kaufman, Michael McBride, Norman Parrish, Laura Roulet and Valerie Watson. 

Advance Registration Required REGISTER NOW!!!
SMARTlink #883816 

The Business of Art is presented by the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Gateway Community Development Corporation and is sponsored by the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council.

Brentwood Arts Exchange - exchanging ideas through art.
A Facility of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
@ Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722
301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In the Mix: DC Area Abstract Artists opens this Sat., May 19, 3-5pm

May 7 – July 6, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

The Gallery @ 
Children’s National Medical Center
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010

a group exhibition featuring the works of internationally & nationally known artists: 
Joan Belmar, Anne Bouie, Elsa Gebreyesus, Wayson Jones, Anne Marchand, Tariq Tucker, Ann Marie Williams, and J. Bertram White

Curator: Jarvis DuBois

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mid City Artists 10th Annual Open Studios

 MAY 19th & MAY 20th, 2012 in WASHINGTON, DC

Twenty-six members open their studio doors, free to the public, with lots of art, refreshments, music, fun! This bi-annual event in Washington, DC's Mid City – in and around the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods – offers a special opportunity for art-lovers to take a peek into the artists' creative process, connect personally with artists and learn more about how and where they make art, and purchase art as well. The participating artists represent a great diversity of work, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media.

Host to some of the city's hottest restaurants, galleries, interior design shops and fashion boutiques, the Mid City corridor is a thriving destination for the arts in DC. Spend your weekend visiting Mid City Artists and see the community on foot, bike or public transit.

Plan your visits in advance by flipping through the artists' pages online to see what you like, who is new, and who is participating, and when. Not all artists are open both days. Download the map to guide you along at

Check out the business supporters and eat, drink and shop as you go. Support the visual artists by purchasing some art for yourself, for an upcoming present, or for the young collector in your life.

Participating Artists: Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Scott G. Brooks, Robert Cole, Michael Crossett, Aster da Fonseca, Thomas Drymon, Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Betsy Karasik, Sally Kauffman, Miguel Perez Lem, Regina Miele, Lucinda F. Murphy, Betto Ortiz, Dave Peterson, Brian Petro, Ronald Riley, Marie Ringwald, Peter Romero, Richard Siegman, George Smith-Shomari, Bill Warrell, Robert Wiener, Colin Winterbottom

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Artomatic 2012 Opens Friday, May 18th

Work by Over 1300 Artists and Performers in Crystal City 
Through June 23 

CRYSTAL CITY, VA (May 14, 2012) — This week marks the opening of Artomatic 2012, the Washington area’s biggest free creative arts event. Artomatic will feature work by more than 1300 artists, performers, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers, and creatives of all kinds. Doors open to the public on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at 1851 South Bell Street in Crystal City, Va., one block from the Crystal City Metro Station. The festival runs through Saturday, June 23.

“We are so excited to kick off this year’s festival. Artomatic 2012 will feature an amazing line-up of artists, performers and work by the area’s most eclectic creatives,” said Barry Schmetter, Artomatic’s Event Director. “Every day will feature something new, exciting and different. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy and truly celebrate the dynamic arts community we live in.”

Artomatic is well known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that celebrate creativity and create a unique and exciting event for tens of thousands of visitors - all free to the public. During the day, adults and children alike can participate in dozens of workshops and events. And at night, thousands of people descend on Artomatic to discover art, listen to music, and meet new people.

This year’s venue spans more than 380,000 square feet of event space – the biggest ever Artomatic. The event will feature a café, food and drink stations, and an artist marketplace where visitors can purchase select works by artists participating in the event.

“We are thrilled to welcome Artomatic back to Crystal City,” said Angela Fox, Crystal City BID President/CEO. “So much has happened since they were here five years ago.  We know that the artists and the audiences will have their biggest and best Artomatic experience ever.  A huge thank you to Vornado/Charles E. Smith for making the space available and to all of our local businesses for their contributions and services. This will be an amazing event.”

Artomatic will be open:
·         Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 p.m.
·         Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am (Opening night is Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m.)
·         Sundays: noon – 5 p.m.
·         Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

For the latest information about Artomatic events visit the Artomatic website. New events will be posted weekly.

About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit

About Artomatic
Artomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. Open-entry events showcase creative work including visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Other sponsors this year include the Washington City Paper and Ogilvy. For more information, visit

Monday, May 14, 2012

Artist Nat Jones at Suburban

May 1-May 31

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-7pm

Artist Nat Jones is 14 years old and autistic. He has no verbal language and yet he paints elegant, sophisticated and colorful abstract works on paper. Nat has been painting for eight years and uses watercolors, pastels, crayons, markers, colored pencils and even his own saliva to mix the colors.  They are meditative and transforming for both the artist and the viewer.  Owner Alison Cavallaro remembers the first time she visited Nat's home..."This kid has complete freedom to express himself artistically with no boundaries or constraints." His parents, Tom and Liz encourage his artistic freedom and welcome the pleasure the process brings to Nat. He can work on a piece for a long time and then return to it hours or days later. He is often covered in paint and pastels when working and receives a lot of sensory input from selecting colors, feeling the brush as it moves to make strokes and the tactile input he gets from applying crayon, pastel or paint to paper.

The palette Nat uses is elegant and the compositions are beautiful.  There is a strong use  of line and a delicacy in the application and layering.  Alison Cavallaro has given Nat a prior show at Suburban and says "Because of his autism, Nat's world does not include the language of words..but he has stories to tell and he tells them beautifully through his art".

The show continues through the end of the month.

Contact: Alison Cavallaro
Sub-urban Trading Co.
10301 Kensington Parkway
Kensington, Md 20895

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Sculpture Garden at Zenith Gallery Salon

Zenith Gallery Salon
“Sculptures Spring Where Waters Part”

New in-ground sculpture garden designed from a former swimming pool.

OF THE CHAOS of a Creative Cauldron of Earth, Water, Wind and Fire, The Elements Have Separated and the Waters have (de)Parted and Left in the Wake, A Fusion … A Phoenix, a Paradisiacal Garden filled with Wonders ….....An Earth-Fire Metal-morphosis

“Pete’s on Fire” 
Fire Painting by Peter Kephart
New work & demo showing his incredibly unique art form

Meet the Artists Reception:  
Saturday May 19th 2:00 – 8:00pm

Peter Kephart Fire Painting Demonstration:  6:30 pm
At The Zenith Gallery Salon  1429 Iris St., NW Washington, DC 20012

Show Dates May 19- August 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The Zenith Gallery Salon has become a wonderland of art and imagination, and will open a fabulous new in-ground sculpture garden May 19th.  Created from 100% recycled materials, the garden resides in a space formerly occupied by a swimming pool. The new garden will feature sculpture and sculptured furniture by well-known Zenith Artists, as well as, artists exhibiting with Zenith for the first time. Stop by for the show, as Spring is the perfect time to wander through the newly designed sculpture garden. New works by Peter Kephart will adorn the Zenith Gallery Salon.    

Artists featured in the exhibition: David Hubbard, Peter Kephart, Vince Magni, Donna M. McCullough, Paul Martin Wolff, Craig Schaffer and others.

Introducing new to Zenith: 
Pattie Porter Firestone and Colin Selig.

Landscape Design by Richard Miller of New Dawn Gardens

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Target Gallery opens FORGED, a contemporary look an ancient metalworking process



Known for his captivating use of color, Rufino Tamayo created a unique form of modernism in Mexico. At the forefront of taking on the international/national and abstraction/figuration debates that preoccupied modern Mexican artists during 1920s and 1930s, he promoted a new type of abstract figuration that privileged personal myths while also engaging with issues of Mexican cultural identity. He challenged the monumentality, politicization, and institutionalization of mainstream Mexican Art of his time, especially Muralism, in which he also took part, to warn of the limits of nationalism and the necessity to incorporate internationalism/universalism into diverse aesthetic programs. Tamayo synthesized the aesthetics of the European vanguards with Mexican content and form in a dynamic tension. His refusal to be didactic, yet his insistence on promoting Mexican aesthetics and motifs, has had a profound legacy on the development of modernism in Mexico, the United States, and Europe, places he lived and worked throughout his life.
Dr. Anna Indych – Lopez will discuss Tamayo’s various aesthetic influences, the contexts in which he worked, and the ways in which he constructed a new paradigm for Mexican painting.

2829 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009


Friday, May 11, 2012

"Tunnel Vision" Grand Opening

Bethesda Urban Partnership and
Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District
cordially invite you
to the
Grand Opening
"Tunnel Vision" Art Under the Avenue
Thursday, May 17

Bethesda Metro Tunnel
Reception at Gallery B will follow.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Coppula at scoppula[at]

The Subliminal Seduction of Spring

paintings by
Mona El Bayoumi

opening reception to meet the artist
Friday, May 18,  6:00-8:00 p.m.

 On Exhibit May 18-June 22, 2012

Washington DC artist Mona El Bayoumi says of this new work, “Subliminal seduction is a successful technique in the business world used to hypnotize consumers into making purchases.  It is also used by the very powerful for political means.” These paintings are her yearlong exploration of how the “children of the dictators” turned upon their oppressors and using the newest tools of seduction, such as social media and the humor of the streets, began to break the codes of despotism. But like all seducers, El Bayoumi couches this message in beautifully painted images.

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery
Contemporary Middle East and Arab American Artists
2425 Virginia Ave. NW   Washington D.C. 22037

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Conversation: Talking About Your Work

Get the tools to talk about your work. Discussion on strategies to tailor your talking points – from the snappy elevator pitch to an engaging artist talk. Learn how to effectively get your point across – whether you’re talking to press, collectors, or fellow artists – with valuable advice from expert art professionals. The panel will include Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post and artists Zoe Charlton and Carol Brown Goldberg.

Saturday, May 19 10am-12pm
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

916 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Other Professional Development Opportunities

State of Social Media: What’s Useful and What’s a Time Sink?
Feeling tangled in the web of social media outlets? Join Sydney Skybetter at Flashpoint to learn how to navigate the world of social media and capitalize on the latest online marketing trends. Learn effective strategies for creating a virtual persona for your organization, how to tell a compelling story (in 140 characters or less!) and prioritize an ever-growing list of social media channels.


CulturalDC's professional development initiatives and business centers at Flashpoint and Source are generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Prints and Bronzes by Robert Cook.

Capturing the Verve
May 18 - July 14, 2012.  Reception - Friday, May 18 from 5-8pm at The Old Print Gallery

Works in this one-man show span over 30 years of the artist’s drive to interpret motion.  With a secure grasp of the human and animal form, Cook, using the lost-wax process, transforms his subjects into pure and potent representations of their own energy and power. His bronzes divulge a remarkable sense of tension and strength, all ­revealed in the interplay between layers of stretched bronze and open spaces. Most notable is Cook’s understanding of not just a figure in motion, but also the humanistic urges and intentions that fuel the movement.

Cooks prints are two dimensional rhythmic abstractions- chaotic, yet uncluttered, expressions of the figure and the space around it. His etchings and woodcuts are an undeniable indication of a lifelong and dedicated study of motion and the natural form across all mediums.

 The reception is free and open to the public.

The Old Print Gallery
1220 31st Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202-965-1818

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Exhibition on display from May 7 – July 6, 2012
Anne Marchand, Drops of the Sun, Oil on Canvas

Please join us for a special gallery opening

Saturday, May 19, 2012
                             3:00 – 5:00 pm 

The Gallery @ 
Children’s National Medical Center
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010

a group exhibition featuring the works of
internationally & nationally known artists: 
Joan Belmar, Anne Bouie, Elsa Gebreyesus, Wayson Jones, Anne Marchand, Tariq Tucker, Ann Marie Williams, and J. Bertram White

Curator: Jarvis DuBois
Not too unlike a DJ's “digging in the crates” to pull together seemingly disparate musical styles and sound effects, many contemporary artists mine various mediums for their individual art production. This exhibition explores the creative drives and experimentation of mixed media abstract artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia who have often chosen to combine untraditional painting and assemblage materials (acetate, plant pods, metal components, pumice) with more straightforward acrylics, pastels, and oils to create their both energetic and powerful visual "mashups". As curator one of my goals is to expand the understanding of what abstraction is and can be as expressed by these eight artists.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
For more information, call 202.476.3225



17 Venues.  70 Studios.  120 Artists.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
12 Noon - 5 pm
 Opening Reception & Tour After Party, 5:30 - 8 pm 

On May 12th, over 120 Gateway Arts District Artists will open their studios to the public. Visitors are invited to interact one-on-one with local artists, see their work, and explore their studios, during this annual event. To learn more, visit

Arts, Military, + Healing (Free Events in Washington D.C.)


Veterans traumatized by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan find healing through art.

Sunday, May 13 – Friday, May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON—A new generation of artists is responding to the traumatic experiences of prolonged war, creating haunting and memorable work. For the first time, veteran and civilian artists at the forefront of this movement are coming together with national cultural institutions, art schools and the military community as part of the Arts, Military + Healing: A Collaborative Initiative (AMH).

The weeklong FREE event takes place over seven locations, including the Library of Congress, National Air and Space Museum, and George Mason University. The program includes exhibitions, workshops, a film screening and a dance performance highlighting the therapeutic and healing benefits of the arts - for both the artist and the public, who have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

See schedule at for specific times.

Workshops running May14-18
Create Arts Center, 816 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
George Mason University |School of Art, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Corcoran College of Art + Design, 500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Carroll Square Gallery, Space is the Place

Site-Responsive Installations by Mariah Anne Johnson & John Watson
May 11 – August 24, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11

Space is the Place invites two artists working in the field of installation to create new works responding to Carroll Square Gallery’s architecture and environment. Mariah Anne Johnson and John Watson negotiated the use and allocation of the gallery space for their individual projects. Each artist’s characteristic mode of operation is evidenced in his or her use of the space. Johnson’s folded fabrics grow in undulating forms along the wall. Watson’s construction builds from the floor into a complex labyrinth of reclaimed wood. Together their works create a charged environment for visitors to view and experience.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004

Gallery open during business hours
Monday–Friday, 8:00am–6:00pm

Symposium - Art in the Expanded Field

Doug Aitken: SONG 1Happening
Friday, May 11, afternoon

Ring Auditorium

SONG 1, perhaps one of the most monumental iterations of a total work of art, involves many creative disciplines and energies. Creators, critics, and experts gather to discuss topics at the convergence of art, architecture, music, cinema, and the urban landscape in a series of critical conversations. This program is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. See for the complete schedule.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street & Independence Avenue, SW

Monday, May 07, 2012


Third Biennial Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Curated by Laura Roulet
April 21 - October 20, 2012

Foggy Bottom Historic District

Joseph Dumbacher
John Dumbacher
Linda Hesh
Peter Lee
Barbara Liotta
Dalya Luttwak
Pat McGowan
Yukiko Nakashima
Adam Nelson
Jefferson Pinder
Foon Sham
Dan Steinhilber
Blake Turner
Lina Vargas De La Hoz

For information on the exhibit's artists, tours, events, location and the history of Foggy
Bottom go to Click on Arts in Foggy Bottom where you can download a map of the sculptures.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Live Director Chat | Tuesday, May 8th

Tuesday, May 8th and every second Tuesday
thereafter chat with D.C. Commission on the Arts and
Humanities' Executive Director, Lionell Thomas.

Do you have a question about upcoming programs?
Log on and ask. 

Do you have a question about a funding application?
Log on and ask.

Have questions about deadlines, calls to artists,
or just want to be heard?
Log on and be heard.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
2PM - 3PM

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities


This exhibition reveals the politically engaged side of Miro through some 120 paintings and works on paper that span his entire career. They reflect the artist's passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history, which included two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the decades-long dictatorship of Francisco Franco in Spain. Through it all, Miro maintained a fierce devotion to his native Catalonia, a region in northern Spain.
May 6-August 12
National Gallery of Art
East Building, Mezzanine

Cynthia Connolly, Cara Ober and Pamela Hadley at Civilian

Cynthia Connolly, Cara Ober and Pamela Hadley

May 11 - June 16, 2012
Reception: Friday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Civilian Art Projects presents three new exhibitions, including photographs by Cynthia Connolly, a video projection by Pamela Hadley, and, in the project space, new works on canvas and paper by Baltimore artist Cara Ober.

Cynthia Connolly: The twelve photographs comprising the series Letters on Top of Buildings have been a work in progress since the artist was a child. She remembers riding in the backseat of her mother's car and feeling like "a flying bird" on the elevated freeways of the L.A. She enjoyed the solitude and focus of sitting in the back seat looking at the neon letters of old art deco buildings in Hollywood and downtown L.A. She recollects "Jesus Saves," "Hotel Roosevelt," and the "Fontenoy," buildings and signs no longer available to her.

Accompanying the photographs will be "photographic grab-bags" of cards of each building that Connolly has letter pressed as a souvenir for patrons of the work.
Pop Deco:
New Work by Cara Ober

Civilian Art Projects presents Pop Deco, new works on canvas and paper by Baltimore artist, Cara Ober. In her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Ober continues to experiment with visual mash-ups, creating decorative images from vintage wallpaper, textiles, ancient artifacts, and home decor.

In her newest body of work, the artist focuses exclusively on the patterns she has collected for many years in order to investigate their power. Rendered in a simple palette of black, white, and metallic paint, these ornamental embellishments are divorced from their original context and take on an iconic, totemic presence.
Pamela Hadley: 14,000 ft.In addition to Letters On Top of Buildings and Pop Deco, Civilian presents a project by Pamela Hadley in the middle gallery space. Hadley's large-scale video projection on paper will be on view in the middle gallery.

Hadley's work is influenced by a combination of imagery and process, concept and materials. While general themes include intimacy, alienation, emptiness, loss, strength and identity, specific narratives are intentionally obscured.

Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804
Exhibition hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Glenn Moreton at Gallery 555dc today

Gallery 555dc
555 12th Street NW
Washington DC 20004

Ellen Verdon Winkler at Washington Printmakers Gallery

A Thing or Two
Recent Work by Ellen Verdon Winkler

Exhibition Runs May 2-27
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 1-4 pm
Gallery Talk and Reception: Saturday, May 12, 1-4 pm

(Talk starts at 1:30 pm)

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

Donald Depuydt / Lithographs and Etchings

May 3 through June 17, 2012
Artist's Reception: 

Sunday, May 6, 4 to 6 pm (free) 

Fusions of lithographs, intaglios, and collagraphs, Donald Depuydt's works include haunting figurative and architectural references, rich textures, and mark making,both precise and spontaneous.

201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va
703.548.0035 /


FotoDC National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of FotoDC's National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest! You can see the winning pictures and the judge's favorites in the exhibit in the interior walkways. Don't miss your chance to see these gorgeous pictures displayed in the interior concourse that connects the Crystal City Metro to countless office and residential buildings as well as the Crystal City Shops.

Friday, May 04, 2012


Lisa Dillin: The Alternate Present
The Alternate Present will showcase Lisa Dillin’s recent sculptures. The works investigate the contrast between primitive and contemporary culture and the tension between the built environment and the natural world.

Factory 449: The Ice Child
Urban legend gets a shot of Edgar Allan Poe and a dash of contemporary horror in Factory 449’s world premiere of The Ice Child. Catherine wakes to find herself imprisoned in a coffin-size freezer chest. To discover how she got there and whether she can talk her way to freedom, she must quickly decide which of her captors to trust…

State of Social Media: What’s Useful and What’s a Time Sink?
Feeling tangled in the web of social media outlets? We can help. Join Sydney Skybetter at Flashpoint to learn how to navigate the world of social media and capitalize on the latest online marketing trends. Learn effective strategies for creating a virtual persona for your organization, how to tell a compelling story (in 140 characters or less!) and prioritize an ever-growing list of social media channels.

The Conversation: Talking About Your Work
Get the tools to talk about your work. We’ll discuss strategies to tailor your talking points — from the snappy elevator pitch to an engaging artist talk. Join us and The Studio Visit for a panel discussion about how to effectively get your point across — whether you’re talking to press, collectors, or fellow artists — that will provide valuable advice from expert art professionals.

FLASHPOINT, 916 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
SOURCE, 1835 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Occasional Acts of Art

Assemblage by Peter Loge
May 2 - May 27, 20112

Opening Reception -Friday, May 4, 6 - 8 pm
Peter's work is conceptual assemblage - found boxes or small painter's canvasses with tableaus of found objects and small plastic figures. Peter's pieces often feature found photographs, film negatives and lights. Peter explains, "To keep ourselves sane we insist that what we do has purpose and will last and ultimately that the world makes sense. In my art I try to point to the tenuousness of that found order, and draw attention to the randomness and transient nature of our world."

Foundry Gallery
1314-18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20036

Hinckley Pottery 21st Annual Student Show

More than two dozen potters will be selling their work at the 21st Annual Student Show at Hinckley Pottery on Sunday, May 6th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The studio is located in the heart of Adams Morgan at 1707 Kalorama Road, NW.

The potters work in stoneware and porcelain and incorporate more than 30 different glazes ranging from vibrant blues and greens to ochre and rust earth tones. The show will feature platters, bowls, mugs, vases, teapots, and other vessels, and all of the pottery is meant to be used and enjoyed.

Come and meet the potters, enjoy delicious food, and find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for housewarmings, Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings, and everyday use.

More information can be found on Facebook:

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cuisine des Artistes! May 10

Thursday May 10, 2012 at Meridian House

Buy  your tickets for Cuisine des Artistes!  Come and experience the biennial explosion of culinary and artistic talent in the setting of the beautiful mansion Meridian House.  DCAC's unique dinner happening showcases the talent of 20 professional visual artists, 11 chefs paired with 11 visual artists and three performance artists.  Share an evening of surprise and delight with some of Washington D.C.'s most talented artists!  Tickets are selling quickly; purchase yours at For more information, email  info[at] of call 202-462-7833 or visit