Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Art of E.J. Montgomery & Lilian T. Burwell

Rivers and Memories  
Saturday, February 4, 2012; 4pm - 7pm
at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Tuesday, January 31, 2012; 4pm - 6pm
Memories from All Directions
The annual Prince George's County artists exhibition during the Maryland General Assembly
First floor Room 180 at the Lowe House Office Building 
6 Bladen Boulevard Annapolis, Maryland 21041
RSVP elewis@pgahc.org ; (301)277-1402

Rivers and Memories features highly developed explorations into the expressive potential of color, space, and metaphor. Visually engaging, the exhibition's two and three dimensional works play on a careful balance between fluid and static motion that gives the viewer a sense of deep meanings created through time and place. Each of the works carries a sense of anticipation, excitement and nostalgia for what is, what was, and what is to come. Timed to coincide with Black History Month as well as Women's History Month, Rivers and Memories brings together these two influential artists to form an exhibition and talks that cannot be missed

Conversations with the Artists 

E.J. Montgomery - Saturday, February 25. 3:00pm
Lilian T. Burwell - Saturday, March 3. 3:00pm

Brentwood Arts Exchange
@ Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Monday, January 30, 2012

John James Anderson & Susan Stacks


February 8 - March 11, 2012
Opening Vernissage with the Artists:
February 11, 6:30-8:30pm, Music by Walker Road
@ Adah Rose Gallery

about the artists

John James Anderson

The printed word and the acquisition of language are the principal ideas in the work of John James Anderson. His first series, “Building Blocks,” adopts the playful vocabulary of pop art with familiar logos and graphics which require reading through a lens that is both nostalgic and cerebral. Mr. Anderson creates a graphic alphabet from the eye-catching lettering of soda cans, candy wrappers and cereal boxes. In his second series, “Out of Print,” language and the evolution of our collective literacy is also explored, this time in the decline of print journalism. Mr. Anderson collected the front pages of national newspapers and carefully erased portions of their content, resulting in graphic and poetic musings on the fate of mass communication.
Susan Stacks

Beginning with the unconsciousness of a doodle, but executed with the commitment of surgery, Susan Stacks creates drawings with pencil and pen that are artifacts of a meditative experience. These intricate and elegant works reference landscapes, microscopic forms, and cartography. As Ms. Stacks draws, a twist becomes a tug, a dash a dot. Her influences are as varied as novels, mythological figures, plant and bacterial life, rock stars and vending machines. She refers to her drawings as emotional maps, parasites, friends, and penance.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Deborah Willis and Hank Willis @ George Mason'

This exciting lecture and exhibition is opening at George Mason's School of Art Fine Art Gallery.

Deborah Willis & Hank Willis Thomas
Feb. 1 - 29, 2012

Lecture: Feb 16, 1:30pm
Reception: Feb. 15, 3 - 5pm

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993 - 4375 | http://soa.gmu.edu/gallery/

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Night and Day: the Suburbs of Northern Virginia"

Arlington Artisphere Presents:

Night and Day: the Suburbs of Northern Virginia

Photographs by Everitt Clark

February 1 – March 31, 2012

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 2, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
in the Mezz Gallery

Artist's Talk at 6:00 PM
“Untitled (Night 16)” and “Roots, Trash, and Stream”

Artisphere presents an exhibition of large format black-and-white photographs by northern Virginia-based photographer Everitt Clark.

In two recent series of photographs – one taken during the day, the other at night – the artist has uncovered the beauty of northern Virginia’s suburban landscape. The daytime images depict the ornery persistence of the natural world in the suburbs, while the nighttime works reveal the uncanny contrasts that lurk in our own backyards when the sun goes down.

The photographs are black-and-white silver gelatin contact prints from 4”x5” negatives. They are printed, bleached, and toned by hand so that each image is unique. It is a labor-intensive process which produces images of unsurpassed tonal density and razor-sharp detail. They reveal the unexpected grandeur of an abandoned gas station, the scraps of plastic caught in a tree, and the lamps on a lonely street at dusk.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. The general hours are 4PM – 11PM Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 11PM Saturday, and Noon – 5PM Sunday. Artisphere is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The opening reception and artist talk are free and open to all.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


January 27–March 30, 2012

Scott G. Brooks
Manon Cleary
Rebecca Davenport
Fred Folsom
Martin Kotler
Kevin MacDonald
Gregory Thielker
Joe White
Trevor Young

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27

Washington Realism gathers representational paintings by local and regional artists who paint “what the eye can see." Each artist in the exhibition approaches a challenge that has persisted in painting for more than 3,000 years—that of realistically representing people and places—what we might call our perpetual reach for realism. Realism as a modern artistic movement developed in opposition to the romanticism dominating 19th century French painting. It coincided with the advent of photography, which solidified a concept of the everyday as subject matter. As similar as we believe our ideas of reality might be, each painting in the show attests to how varied reality is from one artist to another, as well as from one observer to another. Yet, the show possesses a collective viewpoint. Contrary to the political drama and imagery projected by mass media to those outside our nation’s capital, these artists choose to eschew the glitz and glam and depict the everyday.
Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW
Washington DC 20004

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

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Opening Reception: Mike Weber's "Homestead", Thursday, January 19th, 6:30-8:00pm

by Mike Weber

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 19th
6:30 - 8:00pm
Show Dates
January 19 - Febraury 19
Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St NW, Washington, DC 20001
info@longviewgallery.com | 202.232.4788
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Long View Gallery | 1234 9th St NW | Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Transformer Featured on NBC

Transformer was profiled as a Washington, DC "hidden gem" this past Saturday, Jan 14 on NBC's "LXTV First Look".  If you didn't catch this show highlighting the current exhibition with artist Lily DeSaussure, and interviews with both Lily and our Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis, check it out here:

Check out New Artists at Transformer

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crystal Couture – Show and Sale

Crystal Couture – The DC area’s hottest fashion SHOW and high-end bargain trunk SALE returns to Crystal City this February 7th to February 11th, 2012. Crystal Couture – Show & Sale brings over 40 of the metropolitan area’s most stylish boutiques and designers all under one roof. The one-stop shopping experience lets guests browse discounted offerings on the rack AND on the runway as models showcase offerings of participating boutiques.  Music from DJ Neekola.
Experience the one-of-a-kind ambiance that is Crystal Couture!

Red Tails

Red Tails

George Lucas' version of the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, 20 years in the making.

‘Red Tail’ actors honored to play Tuskegee Airmen on screen - Chicago Sun-Times

First days of release is in theaters January 20th.



Friday, January 13, 2012

Touchstone All Member Show & Paula Lantz

January 4 - 29, 2012

Into the Wild by Paula Lantz
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6 - 8:30pm

Lantz’ paintings from "Into the Wild" reflect personal life experiences painted with bold colors and collaged abstractions. Lantz’s show is inspired by her recent safari to South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. She recalls, “Take nothing but photos and memories, leave nothing but footprints.” “Into the Wild” invites the viewer to feel the awesome beauty to be found in a world that is wild and natural, but highly threatened. The animals are a part of this world: it is the human being who is the alien, and paradoxically, the steward of the land as well.

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001


Opening Reception: this Friday January 13, 7 - 9 PM
January 13 - February 5

The semi-finalists show the results of the worlds first art decathlon! After centuries of specialization in art that has relied on labels such as painter, sculptor or photographer, DCAC asked artists working in the DC metropolitan area to submit proposals exploring what  “unspecialized” means to being a working artist today. For the competition, decathletes produce work falling under 10 disciplines-- textiles/fiber; painting; drawing; printmaking; photography; collage; sound; video; conceptual art; and sculpture. Semi-finalists, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Lee Gainer, Lisa Rosenstein, and Mary Woodall. This exhibition culminates in a medal ceremony, but only one artist will walk away with gold! To follow the progress of the decathletes right now, visit the blog at dcacdecathlon.wordpress.com.

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

Figurative Encaustic Paintings: Mixed media + Wax

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Figurative Paintings in Encaustic and Mixed Media
January 14 – 29, 2012
Reception: Sunday, January 15, 3:00 - 5:30 PM
The Popcorn Gallery, Arcade Bldg
1st Floor, Glen Echo Park

The exhibition will feature the encaustic paintings of Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, many of which focus on the grace of the figure. The “back and forth” of additive collage imagery is married with encaustic’s mysterious depth and transparency. Wolf-Hubbard is an instructor at Glen Echo Park teaching collage and mixed media for children and adults.

Preview Exhibit--- Figurative Encaustic Paintings: Mixed media + Wax@

The Popcorn Gallery, Arcade Bldg
1st Floor, Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, Maryland 20812
More info.:  (301) 634-2222 or glenechopark.org.

Hours: Sat. & Sun. 12-6 PM and by appointment 301-634-2223

Thursday, January 12, 2012

GA Gardner: Interconnections, curated by Jarvis DuBois
January 26 — March 11, 2012
Artist’s reception - Sunday, January 29, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
The Athenaeum
GA Gardner: Freedom, diptych, mixed media on canvas, 36” x 48”, 2011

Gardner uses the vibrant colors and energy of his native Trinidad and Tobago in his paintings and mixed media works to address our often-complicated relationship with mass communication.
Gardner’s works provide keen insight into how the proliferation of media in contemporary society results in a cacophony of mixed messages. Intricate layers of painted printed strips cover some canvases to interpret today’s advanced, digital modes of communication and their relationship to an intended thought or message. His uniquely vivid palette recalls the sky, sunsets, sea, and terrain of his Caribbean roots — yet his subject matter, style, and content speak more to our fast-paced urban environment.

Jarvis DuBois is an independent curator and arts consultant based in Washington, DC.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns and maintains the historic building called the Athenaeum.  For additional information on the organization, please visit www.nvfaa.org

The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Innovations at Dowd Gallery Opens Jan. 18

Juried Group Exhibition
Jan. 18 - March 2, 2012
Reception: January 26, 2012
 Reverberation, 30x30", 2011 by Anne Marchand

 One of my paintings, Reverberation, was selected for the "Innovations" Exhibition at Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland. The exhibition opens on January 18 with a reception on January 26, 4-6pm. Check it out.


Rachel B. Abrams, Brooklyn, NY
Colin Blakely, Wyoming, MN
Melinda Eckley, Jackson, TN
Jessica Gondek, Montgomery, IL
Patti Jordan, Mont Clair, NJ
Scott Ludwig, Boone, NC
So Yoon Lym: North Haledon, NJ
Anne Marchand, Washington, DC
David Mazure, Milford, PA
Lori Miles, Indianapolis, IN
Rebecca Mushtare, Mount Kisco, NY
Scott Oldfield, Cortland, NY
Matt Sheridan, Los Angles, CA
Kathleen Thum, Central, SC
Jake Winiski, Watervliet, NY
Biying Zhandg, Belmont, MA
Zelda Zinn: Santa Monica, CA

Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, 56 Prospect Terrace, Cortland, NY 13045

For more information go here.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Call for Entries: You, Me and Everybody Else : Figurative Interpretations

Call for Entries
You, Me and Everybody Else: Figurative Interpretations


New! First juried show at established Washington DC gallery located in Georgetown. Theme: You, Me and Everybody Else. Artists are encouraged to consider broad contemporary interpretation of the figure. DEADLINE for received entries FEB 6 2012. $15 FOR 3 IMAGES. For details and entry form go to UP FRONT page on www.mocadc.org.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Washington, D.C. - Today, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the appointment of veteran arts administrator Lisa Richards Toney as Deputy Director.

"I am extremely excited to have Lisa join the DCCAH team," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "She has a long track record of success as an arts professional, including a previous stint with the DCCAH. We are pleased to welcome her back as we continue to grow as a world-class arts destination."

Mrs. Richards Toney, a native Washingtonian, was previously an arts management consultant specializing in strategic planning and production and event management. Prior to consulting, Mrs. Toney served with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four years as Arts Program Manager and Interim Deputy Director.

"I am honored to return to serving the Washington, D.C. arts community and the residents of our city.  I look forward to working together with all of you and the committed team at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to make an indelible impact on the arts and the community at large," said Richards Toney.

She earned her Masters Degree in Educational Theater from New York University with coursework in Arts Administration and her Bachelors Degree as a Presidential Scholar from Spelman College in Drama and English. Mrs. Richards Toney was awarded a Vilar Institute for Arts Management Fellowship with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the management structure of Black British Dance Companies in the United Kingdom.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part
by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists

Millennium Arts Salon Opens "In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists" at Capital One's Reston, Virginia Executive Center
February 6 through April 30, 2012

"In Unison:  20 Washington, DC Artists" represents a collaboration of a group of Washington, DC area artists, distinguished by their diversity in terms of accomplishments - emerging, mid-career, and masters; ethnicity - African American, White American, Asian American and Latin American; age - from the 30's to the 80's; gender - male and female; and varying artistic approaches - painters, sculptors, digital media and installation artists, and a few printmakers. 

These artists came together in the welcoming space of the print studio at George Mason University School of Art to each create 5 monoprints (from February to June 2010 and during the month of June 2011).  While they were exploring their artistic expression individually through the printmaking process, the environment provided opportunities for interaction among the artists and promoted a true sense of collaboration. In the Washington, DC environment where art communities remain largely segregated, these artists crossed the color line both literally and figuratively, fostering hope for our world's future. Selected works from the over 100 monoprints created were initially shown at the Kreeger Museum and then selected works of the 20 at the Hillyer Art Space in 2011. 

Participating Artists:
Akili Ron Anderson
Sondra N. Arkin
Paula Crawford
Sheila Crider
Edgar Endress
Helen Frederick
Claudia Aziza Gibson-Hunter
Susan Goldman
Tom Green
Billy Colbert
Bill Harris
Joseph Holston
Martha Jackson-Jarvis
Walter Kravitz
EJ Montgomery
Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane
Al Smith
Renée Stout
Patti Underwood
Yuriko Yamaguchi

For individual monoprint purchases, contact Jarvis Dubois,
jduboisarts[at]aol.com. For group portfolio purchases, contact Neil and Juanita Hartbarger, in.unison.syndication[at]gmail.com.

Capitol One Executive Center, 1680 Capital One Drive, Reston, Virginia 22102 

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Call for Artists

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is recycling the “Eco-Art” concept with today’s Call for Artists. The fully recycled theme brings back the popular and award-winning “Eco-Art” exhibition featuring environmentally inspired designs to the Crystal City Water Park.

“The 2009 Eco-Art Exhibit was arguably the BID’s most awe-inspiring art project yet,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Playfully recycling the Green Theme appropriately celebrates the program’s fifth iteration while demonstrating the BID’s commitment to the environment.”

The previous rendition of Eco-Art by Sergio Martinez won the 2009 Design Arlington Award for Excellence. Martinez used sustainably- and locally- grown and harvested bamboo to mimic and reflect the dynamic characteristics of water through varying lengths, orientations, and heights. The pieces represented water in varying states of the liquid form including through the natural energy of waves, the geometry of a drop of water, or the rippling effect of water moving past an old wooden post of a pier.

Today’s Call for Artists kicks off the search for qualified artists to conceive and implement a new interpretation of the Eco-Art theme. The exhibit is scheduled to open on April 2, 2012. Interested artists should visit www.crystalcity.org to learn more and download the formal application which is due by January 13, 2012.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Colorful Paintings with Poetic Connections to Life