Monday, April 30, 2012

VIDEO: The Art of Collecting – A Woman’s Perspective

VIDEO: The Art of Collecting – A Woman’s Perspective
On Sunday, March 25, 2012,  The Artinista Art Advisory along with Morton Fine Art hosted a wonderful conversation with passionate “Artnistas”  about collecting fine art in Washington, DC.  

ART TALKS with Colby Caldwell at HEMPHILL

Anatomy, Colby Caldwell
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00am

Colby Caldwell will discuss the current exhibition, gun shy, a culmination of Caldwell’s work from the past 10 years. He will explore the anatomy of the exhibition, how it was organized both conceptually and formally, and how the show echoes his dialog with photography in the 21st century.

ART TALKS is an ongoing series of talks with artists, curators, collectors, and experts. Since 1998, the series has presented topics such as collecting for beginners and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art.

ART TALKS is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is concurrent with Colby Caldwell: gun shy, on view through May 25, 2012.

HEMPHILL, 1515 14th Street NW, Washington DC

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Exhibits: Frédéric Nauczyciel, Benjamin Nguyen & Tommie Adams

Our Time Ahead: Anachronism and Utopia in the French Countryside


curated by Amy Cavanaugh Royce
(Executive Director at the Maryland Art Place)

Opening Reception:
Friday May 4th @ 7pm

Le Temps Devant produced and funded by ARCH Development Corporation in collaboration
with the Alliance Francaise of Washington

Honfleur Gallery
Honfleur Art Gallery | 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE | Washington | DC | 20020

Benjamin K. Nguyen

reception with artist:
May 4, from 6-8pm

April 14 - June 29th


it's a shame that beauty is temporal.

it is here and then gone. forever.

capture this very moment.

embrace it. enjoy it.

even the birds, who are so free, will die.

i digress.  i collect.

Featured LUMEN8Anacostia Artist:

Tommie Adams
1-hour seminar on photographing the male form in natural light

this Saturday, April 28 from 2-3PM
Where: top floor of the old Anacostia Bank building
2021 Martin Luther King Ave SE

You can see some of his additional works on display in association with the Serenity Players in the ARCH Development Training Center, Rm 104, located at 1231 Good Hope Rd.

Tommie will also be one of the featured gallery speakers on Monday, May 28 from 11am - 2pm.

A full list of workshops, presenters and times, are available at:

The Role of Empathy in Art

Lecture by Jen Samet
Thursday, May 3 at 7:00pm

Stay for conversation after the talk while surrounded by the exquisite paintings of Jo Weiss. 

Jennifer Samet, Ph.D., is an art historian who authored the 2010 dissertation, Painterly Representation in New York,1945-1975 (The Graduate Center, CU NY).  She has curated exhibitions on the history of the New York Studio School and on the Jane Street Group, written for The New York Sun and numerous exhibition catalogs.  She was formerly the Director of the Center for Figurative Painting.  She is the co-director of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, a gallery on the Lower East Side in NYC (208 Forsyth Street).

WSS event is open to the public.
Washington Studio School | 2129 S St NW | Washington | DC | 20008

Project Create Art Auction

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Art sale at Jackson Fine Arts Gallery, April 28

Exhibition and art sale at Jackson Fine Arts Gallery on April 28, 2012, 4-8pm. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will be contributed to the EJ Montgomery Scholarship Fund

SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN: Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos

Architect Enrique Norten explains why he relies less on inspiration than on a complex and analytical research-focused design process. See for yourself as the founding principal of TEN Arquitectos presents the firm’s recent work, including One York Street, and the Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. Norten has also designed two striking new buildings for Washington, D.C.'s West End. G. Martin Moeller, Jr., the Museum’s senior vice president and curator, moderates a discussion between Norten and his client, Eastbanc's Anthony Lanier, about these projects and modern architecture in the nation’s capital.

401 F Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
Register here

Realism @ artdc

Realism Exhibition and Reception: April 28, 2012 
April 22 - May 20th, 2012
@ artdc
5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD

Realism and more from Washington, DC area contemporary artists.  These artists work hard and have studied to develop great skill in creating realistically recognizable elements of their work.  These works move beyond manipulating the surface and work to trick the eye bringing realism out of the two dimensional world. Find the work of Simmy Pell, Rachel Kerwin, Johanna Rodriguez, Olivia Rodriguez, and Patrick Kirwin on display at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

The Hour of Sunlight

Reading and discussion: "One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker"
Sunday April 29th At 7 PM

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda, MD

Free Admission



Friday, April 27, 2012

MPAartfest 2012 Call for Entries!

MPAartfest is a one-day juried fine art and craft show and sale featuring the work of 40 local and regional visual artists. McLean Central Park will reverberate with the sights and sounds of art and music on
Sunday, October 14nd at the 6th annual MPAartfest.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked by May 1
Notification of acceptance: June 1

Click here for more info and a printable PDF
McLean Project for the Arts  •  1234 Ingleside Avenue  •  McLean, Virginia 22101

Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Ito Jakuchu (1716–1800)

Hours Extended
Open until 8 p.m., April 27, 28, 29 Use the 6th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance
West Building, Ground Floor

Celebrating the centennial of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the nation's capital, this exhibition features one of Japan's most renowned cultural treasures, the 30-scroll set of bird-and-flower paintings by Ito Jakuchu. Titled Colorful Realm of Living Beings (J. Doshoku sai-e; c. 1757–1766), these extraordinary scrolls are being lent to the National Gallery of Art by the Imperial Household. Their exhibition here—for one month only—provides a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: not only is it the first time all 30 paintings will be on view in the United States, but it is also the first time any of the works will be seen here after their six-year-long restoration.

6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Admission is always free

FY2013 Grants Kick-Off

Converge. Again.
MONDAY | MAY 7 | 2012
9:45 AM - Noon | Lincoln Theatre 1215 U Street, NW

Washington, DC

On Monday, May 7, 2012, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will launch their 2013 grants cycle. Last year was the inaugural Grants Kickoff. Once again, they want to bring as many of you as possible under one roof to hear about what they have in store for FY 2013. From panels to changes in grant structure, there's plenty in store.

There will be plenty of space, but for an accurate count, sign up soon and spread the word!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Birds and the Bees Opens Saturday

Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow
April 18 - May 20, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Live music by Demivolt and Walker Road
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington Md, 20895

New Exhibition Opens at GRACE

April 26 — June 9, 2012

This exhibition features six regional artists whose work explores different
facets of play through sculpture, furniture, painting, fiber art, installation,
and performance. Artists include Ed Bisese, Calder Brannock, Dickson Carroll,
Jacqueline Levine, Marco Rando, and Ming-Yi Sung Zaleski.

Curated by Joanne Bauer.

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 28, 5-7 pm
hub theatre staged reading, May 24, 7:30 pm
Weekend family workshop, June 2, 10-11:30 am

Enjoy a night of culture also on April 28: Out of Place at 7:30 p.m.
at Lake Anne Plaza.

Reston Town Center
12001 Market Street
Suite #103
Reston, VA 20190

Panel Discussion with the Curators of Four Perspectives: Becoming MPA

Thursday, April 26, 7 PMfree, RSVP's appreciated

In honor of MPA’s 50th Anniversary, four past and present MPA curators — Andrea Pollan, Sarah Tanguy, Deborah McLeod, and Nancy Sausser — have come together to choose four individual exhibits featuring artists who have shown their work in the past in the MPA galleries. These exhibits will reflect MPA’s history as well as the strengths of the artists and the unique perspectives of each of the curators. Taken together, these four exhibits demonstrate the formation of the exceptional MPA exhibition program and acknowledge the efforts and influence of the fine curators who have made it what it is.

Still passionate today about its mission to exhibit, educate and promote understanding of contemporary art, MPA has grown to become a critically acclaimed visual art center that serves more than 20,000 visitors each year.

Artists selected:

Sarah Tanguy: Don Cook, Michael Platt, John Ruppert, Colby Caldwell,Tanja Softic

Andrea Pollan: Helen Frederick, Brandon Morse,YurikoYamaguchi, Susan Eder, Dan Steinhiber,
Kendall Buster, Jason Horowitz, Jeff Spaulding,Tom Green

DeborahMcLeod: Millicent Young, Beverly Ress, Pat Goslee, Isabel Manalo, Elsabe Dixon, Betsy Packard, Craig Pleasants, Paul Ryan, Rebecca Kamen

Nancy Sausser: Michael Mendez, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Solomon Wondimu, Jeffrey Smith, Joy Every

McLean Project for the Arts1234 Ingleside Ave
McLean, Virginia 22101

Susan Calloway Fine Arts: Synaesthetic Impressions

On view from April 27 through May 26, Susan Calloway Fine Arts (1643 Wisconsin Avenue, NW) is pleased to present Synaesthetic Impressions, featuring artist K Silve, with an opening reception on Friday, April 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Synaesthetic Impressions includes paintings from Silve's Sacred Place series, where she draws inspiration from both the natural and urban environment around Portland, and paintings from her Market series, which captures the energy and color of a Mexican marketplace. Many of Silve's works are accompanied by a journal entry, inviting the viewer into her thoughts and recollections of the experiences which provoked her to paint. 202.965.4601


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

American Landscapes and April Closing Party

Now on display: MIORI INATA

Closing party - Friday April 27, from 6-9 pm,

While traveling through South Western America, Miori Inata finds a connection and a distinct closeness to her Japanese roots. Though initially surprised by the primitive forms and colors found in the landscapes, the element of surprise has left Inata with a longstanding impression. Inata became deeply absorbed with photographing the beauty of the landscape; connecting to the energy of the ground beneath and the force above in the sky. The grandeur of the scenery taught her how nature can support and nourish human beings.

American Landscapes will be on display for the remainder of the month of April.

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

FINAL WEEK: 5x5, DC's Citywide Art Project & Public Tour

The 5x5 Project, the DC Commission and the Art and Humanities' citywide exhibit featuring 25 ground-breaking public art installations from artists from around the world, will be concluding on Monday, April 30th.

The Commission has planned a tour of the exhibits for both media and the general public to catch the works before they come down. This 5x5 bus tour will begin and end at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street, SW) highlighting selected projects located across Southwest and Southeast DC.

Date and Time:
Saturday, April 28th from 11:00am – 2:30pm **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

Please RSVP for the tour to this email address.
Dana Berkowitz <pr[at]>

National Testimonials
“The vibrant 5x5 project is the start of a new era of tradition.” - Interview Magazine
“ I came away with a better understanding and appreciation of DC culture and got to see aspects of the city which I never really knew existed ... After a whirlwind weekend of public art, it's clear that the DC art scene is on the rise, and has earned a spot alongside the creative capitals of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.” - Blackbook Magazine

Five national and international curators were selected to work with five artists each to create a public artwork ultimately producing twenty-five installations. These five curators lead the 5x5 implementation process and oversee each artist’s conceptual intent. The installations are of varying durations, but they will not exceed four months.

1. Curator Amy Lipton’s (New York, NY) 5x5 project titled “BiodiverCITY.”

2. Curator Justine Topfer’s (San Francisco, CA) 5x5 project is titled “Betwixt & Between.”

3. Curator Richard Hollinshead’s (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) 5x5 project is titled “Magnificent Distance.”

4. Curator Laura Roulet’s (Washington, DC) 5x5 project is titled “Activate => Participate.”

5. Curator Steve Rowell’s (Los Angeles, CA) 5x5 project is titled “Suspension of Disbelief.”

For a schedule of 5x5 events, and information about participating artists and organizations, please visit

2012 Christchurch, Georgetown Art Show and Sale

The Christchurch in Georgetown is holding a 3 day fundraiser this weekend. Last year funds were contributed to the Sitar Arts Center which provides a multidisciplinary arts education program to the children and youth of Washington, DC and to Josephs House in Adams Morgan. There will be 60+ artists exhibiting works for sale at affordable prices and 50% of proceeds will benefit Christchurch charities.

The 2012 Christchurch, Georgetown Art Show and Sale
Keith Hall
31st and O Streets NW
Washington, DC

Show Dates:

Preview Reception: Friday, April 27, 5-8pm
Saturday, April 28, 11-4pm 
Sunday, April 29, 10 am - 2pm

American Express, Discover, Visa and Mastercard accepted

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Touchstone Gallery Closing Reception: Thursday, April 26, 6-8pm

April 4 - 29, 2012
Touchstone All Member Show and
Ceramic Sculptures and Wall Art by Bill Mould

String theory
by Elena Tchernomazova

Music - Vladimir Garmanik (electric violin)
Please RSVP at rsvp[at]

Closing Artist Reception: Thursday, April 26, 6-8pm

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001  

Monday, April 23, 2012


Through July 29, 2012 

The Jewish Museum is presenting Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel, featuring 14 large-scale paintings from the contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley's newest series, The World Stage: Israel. The vibrant portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations are each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ceremonial art. Also included are 11 works - papercuts and large textiles - chosen by the artist from The Jewish Museum's collection. All of the 14 paintings on view are being displayed in New York for the first time. A new acquisition by Wiley (born 1977, Los Angeles) served as impetus for the exhibition.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rethinking Depression Blog Tour with Eric Maisel

Welcome Dr. Eric Maisel

There are inevitably bumpy times in the life of a creative. You know those curve balls that life throws challenging us to stay focused. When the going gets tough, I turn to author Eric Maisel for insights into the creative process. I am convinced that with understanding, moods can be trumped and replaced with creative action. Dr. Maisel is author of 35 books on a wide variety of subjects, including many on the challenges of the creative life. His insightful books offer a look into the creative process and personal meaning making.

In his new book, Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning, Dr. Eric Maisel invites depression sufferers and their service providers to consider whether human sadness has been monetized into the disease of depression, as he introduces practical tools for working with this common human condition. His book does two key things: 1) it disputes the prevailing view that depression is a disease and 2) it introduces a complete program for addressing human sadness.

While Rethinking Depression takes on the “manufacturing” of mental disorders and the over-medication of our society, Dr. Maisel does not discount the real sense of sadness, frustration, exhaustion, and lack of motivation that have been rolled into a “diagnosis” of depression. However, he does challenge those who are dealing with it to acknowledge the reality of unhappiness as an inherent part of life, and to begin to take control of their well-being back from the medical establishment by having their own existential program in place for dealing with it.

In part two of Rethinking Depression, Dr. Maisel turns his focus to practical advice for dealing with sadness and offers practical tools for taking as much control as possible of our thoughts, attitudes, moods, behaviors, and orientation toward life. “If you would like to try to live that strange, shining ideal — the authentic life…this is the program for doing so,” writes Dr. Maisel.

I am very happy to welcome Dr. Eric Maisel as my special guest today.

Q & A

Why is recognizing the role of unhappiness in our lives an important feature of “rethinking depression”?

To acknowledge the reality of unhappiness is not to assert the centrality of unhappiness. In fact, it is just the opposite. By taking the common human experience of unhappiness out of the shadows and acknowledging its existence, we begin to reduce its power. At first it is nothing but painful to say, “I am profoundly unhappy.” The words cut to the quick. They seem to come with a life sentence and allow no room for anything sweet or hopeful. But the gloom can lift. It may lift of its own accord — or it may lift because you have a strong existential program in place whereby you pay more attention to your intentions than to your mood. One decision that an existentially aware person makes is to focus on making meaning rather than on monitoring moods.

What does your Existential Program offer people who are hoping to shed the mental illness label of depression?

I ask that people take as much control as possible of their thoughts, their attitudes, their moods, their behaviors, and their very orientation toward life and turn their innate freedom into a virtue and a blessing. Even if people decide to take antidepressants or engage in psychotherapy to get help with their unhappiness, they will still have to find ways of dealing with their meaning needs, the shadows of their personality, their consciousness of mortality, and the facts of existence. This book offers guidance in all of those areas.

How does following your Existential Program make it possible for people to take control of their lives?

Living authentically means organizing your life around your answers to three fundamental questions. The first is, “What matters to you?” The second is, “Are your thoughts aligned with what matters to you?” The third is, “Are your behaviors aligned with what matters to you?” You begin by removing the protective blinders that human beings put in place to avoid noticing the many painful facts of existence, including painful facts about their personality shortfalls. You decide to understand “what meaning means” to you so that you can proceed to lead your life in ways that feel personally meaningful. You choose to take responsibility for your thoughts and your actions and to lead life instrumentally. You accept and embrace the fact that you are the final arbiter of your life’s meaning. With this approach to life, each day is a project requiring existential engineering skills as you bridge your way from one meaningful experience to the next. By accepting the realities of life and by asserting that you are the sole arbiter of the meaning in your life, you provide yourself sure footing as you actively make meaning.

How does being one’s own meaning-maker affect how one approaches important decisions about life?

You weigh your actions against a vision you have of the person you would like to be, the person it would make you proudest to be; you take action; you learn from your experience to what extent you guessed right; and you make use of what you’ve learned as you weigh your next decision. We can give this a shorthand name: the principle of personal pride. We use the principle of personal pride to make our meaning. This may be the beautiful, imperfect, harrowing way — the way of making meaning.

How do you suggest people go about creating a life-purpose vision?

You might start by creating a life-purpose sentence or statement. In one great gulp you take into account the values you want to uphold, the dreams and goals you have for yourself, and the vision you have for comporting yourself in the world, and then you spend whatever time it takes turning that unwieldy, contradictory material into a coherent statement that reflects your core sentiments about your life. Your life-purpose vision is the inner template by which you measure life, and it remains that measure until you revise it. When you agree to commit to making meaning you agree to participate in a lifetime adventure. As you live you gain new information about what you intend to value and what you want your life to mean.

Why is embracing responsibility for making one’s own life meaning so liberating and such an antidote to depression?

As you become expert at existential self-care you begin to understand the extent to which you create meaning and the extent to which meaning is a deep, inexhaustible wellspring and an infinitely renewable resource. You can invest the increments of time that rise up before you with appropriate meaning: there is always another meaning available. You make it; it comes out of you; it is new each day; it is infinitely variable. You arise each morning and make your next meaning decision. When you arm yourself with your intentions and act this bravely your unhappiness can’t linger.

To sum up our discussion on his new book, Rethinking Depression, Eric Maisel states:

“The experience of unhappiness is not one you want to prolong or, if you can help it, repeat. How to avoid that? Work your existential program. You take as much control as possible of your thoughts, your attitudes, your moods, your behaviors, and your very orientation toward life and turn your innate freedom into authentic living."

"Life is a project. One excellent way to deal with your life-as-project is the way that I’ve been describing: by following an existential program that focuses on your ability to create the psychological experience of meaning."

Thank you Eric for your insights and for your passion in helping others to create a meaningful life.

To learn more about the author and his work go to

Eric Maisel, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and the author of Rethinking Depression and numerous other titles including Mastering Creative Anxiety, Brainstorm, Coaching the Artist Within, and A Writer’s San Francisco. He blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post and writes for Professional Artist Magazine. Visit him online at

February 15, 2012 • Pychology/Personal Growth • 256 pages • Trade Paperback
Price: $14.95 • ISBN 978-1-60868-020-7

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Bus Tour of 5x5 Projects

Saturday, April 28th
11am - 2:30pm 

This 5x5 bus tour will begin and end at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street, SW) highlights selected projects located across Southwest and Southeast DC.

Please RSVP to Mary Beth Brown at marybeth.brown[at] with 5X5 BUS TOUR in the subject line and your phone number in the content of the message if you'd like to attend.

The tour will visit the following projects:

Cherry Blossom Cloud by Charles Juhasz-Alvarao, curator Laura Roulet

Spoken For by Jo Ray, curator Richard Hollinshead

Polygonal Address by Deborah Stratman & Steven Badgett, curator Steve Rowell

Marathon by Cath Cambell, curator Richard Hollinshead

S.O.S. p:ARK by Tattfoo Tan, curator Amy Lipton

Finding a Line by Ben Ashworth, curator Laura Roulet

Natural Wishing by Chrysanne Stathacos, curator Amy Lipton

Res Publica Vending Device by Wolfgang Weileder, curator Richard Hollinshead

How much? How little? The space to create by Habitat for Artists, curator Amy Lipton

Home Mender by Monica Canilao, curator Justine Topfer

For more information, visit

5x5 is a public art initiative that will result in twenty-five groundbreaking temporary public art installations that will be installed concurrently throughout the District Columbia. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities selected five highly-experienced and innovative curators to each identify and work with five artists (or artist teams) to create exciting, temporary art works. The resulting twenty-five installations will activate and enliven vacant, dormant, and open spaces while bringing cutting edge creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the Distric

Tom Block: Working toward Beauty

May 1 - 26, 2012

Artist Presentation
Friday, May 4th, 6pm - 8pm
Phophetic Activist Art

Shalom/Salaam A Story of a Mystical Fraternity
Book Presentation
Saturday, May 5th 6pm - 8pm
Sunday, May 6th 3pm - 5pm

Mishin Fine Arts
445 A Sutter St
San Francisco, CA

Friday, April 20, 2012

Galerie Lareuse 'spring shindig'

Galerie Lareuse
Opening Reception: April 27th at 7pm
Artwork by Laura Tighe and Emma Denvir.
2820 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Contemporary Middle East and Arab American Artists

From There
mixed media paintings by Manal Deeb

Opening reception to meet the artist
Friday, April 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
On exhibit April 20 – May 11, 2012

“FROM THERE” is a portfolio of memories by a Palestinian artist, an attempt to interpret the known versus the unknown of finding home, self, identity, and the challenge it presents in the creation of art. The content and narrative behind each piece explains her Palestinian origin. She uses textured surfaces to convey memory's persistence and perseverance. In some cases she incorporates words from the Quran to capture the wisdom and power of the verses and to communicate their imaginative energy.

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery
25 Virginia Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 22037 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Two Views/One Vision: The Paintings of Richmond Jones and Christine Osada Jones"

Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 2012
6 - 8 PM

Showing through May 15, 2012
Christine Osada Jones states "art has always been the focus of my professional career." She started out as a beginning illustrator and went on to designing visual merchandising elements. She says she was fortunate to have creativity as her companion over her 20 plus years as the supervisor of the Chicago Public Library's graphics and exhibition design department. Her full time fine art career began in 2000 when she began exhibiting along with her husband in two-person exhibitions. Her works done in oil pastel represent the textures and colors, people and places in which she finds inspiration and have been exhibited in numerous group shows in Illinois as well as on the West Coast.

Richmond Jones enjoyed a lengthy graphic design career working in New York as an art director for several prestigious companies. He established Richmond A. Jones Graphics in Chicago in 1970, operating a graphic design studio successfully for thirty years. In 2000 searching for a new creative direction he began his career as a transparent watercolor painter. Since then Richmond 's work has been exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions around the country and he has received many awards. His work is in private collections throughout the United States .

Parish Gallery
1054 31st St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow

“The Birds and the Bees: A Swarm of Recent Paintings by Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow” 

April 18 - May 20, 2012
Opening Reception, Saturday April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Live music by Demivolt and Walker Road

Dana Ellyn
“I’m not sure if I paint in my pajamas or sleep in my clothes,” says Dana Ellyn, who is consumed, delighted and absorbed with the process of painting. Art is her way of telling stories with themes as varied as mythology, religion, feminism, politics and the American Dream.  Dana’s paintings are at once playful, morbid, endearing, ironic, menacing, and intoxicating. All of these emotions are released as a liberation in her work. She plays the role of social realist, caricaturist, satirist and expressionist in her visually arresting canvases, often referencing artistic and cultural motifs as varied as Alfred Hitchcock, Picasso, Fairy Tales, Mexican Folk Art and Charlotte’s Web.

Matt Sesow
There is a lexicon of iconography to the work of Matt Sesow. Bunnies, breasts, scars, airplanes, teeth, angels and dogs all recall an aspect of the artist’s past and emotional life. His work is authentic and humanistic, referencing the ideas of artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Keith Haring, and Jean Michel Basquiat, in the style of Art Brut. Matt paints to make visible his inner turmoil, social commentary and pure pleasure of expression.  The allegory in Matt’s paintings evolve from his own personal trauma and his many travels through countries such as Spain, China and Costa Rica. Matt is a self taught painter who uses his art for both political expression and to convey the suffering of the disenfranchised. HIs paintings are powerful, savage and intuitive.

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895

Blackrock presents Elroy Williams, Sabine Carlson, and Evelyn Jacob

Pastel, Mixed-Media & Photography

Exhibit: April 18 - May 19
Reception: Saturday, April 21, 5:30-7:30

In the Terrace Gallery....Nancy McNamara
print, etchings and collagraphs through April 27

BlackRock Center for the Arts | 12901 Town Commons Drive | Germantown | MD | 20874

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Transformer invites you to Collector’s View 2012

Transformer’s Board of Directors, the 2012 Collector’s View sponsor J.P. Morgan, and Collector’s View exclusive media sponsor Washington Life Magazine, invite you to participate in this year’s series:

Collectors View 2012

Advance Registration REQUIRED!
Sharing the private collections of a select and diverse group of DC's leading contemporary art collectors through special receptions, Transformer’s annual spring Collector's View series highlights the relationship collectors have with artists, the role they play in building artists' careers, as well as their impact in creating healthy arts communities.

Through the generosity of several leading DC contemporary art collectors, and with the sponsorship support of J.P. Morgan and Washington Life Magazine, Transformer invites Collector's View participants into some of Washington's best homes for personal "views" of a diverse range of private art collections. Participants will be privy to learn, from an insider's perspective, the motivations, interests and passions of these dynamic collectors on works they collect. Light fare and libations will be served at each event.

Participation in the Collector’s View series is $50 dollars per person for each “view.” Transformer is offering a special $175 package for registration of all four “views” in this year’s series, which includes complimentary attendance to this year’s bonus Artist View, offered exclusively to full series supporters.

All donations via the Collector’ s View series are fully tax-deductible, and will directly benefit Transformer’s 2012 / 2013 Exhibition Series.

Participation in this special series is limited. To register, please contact Stephanie Kwak at stephanie[at] or 202.483.1102. Online registration is also available at

See Collectors View 2012  for more information.

Joan Konkel / Mesh and Metal - Art and Concert

Joan Konkel
Mesh and Metal
 Art Reception, April 21, 6pm
Concert 7pm

RSVP: jhelling[at]
202-686-8000 ext 1057  

Lang Recital Hall
Levine School of Music 
2801 Upton Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Four Perspectives: Becoming MPA, McLean, VA

April 19 – June 2, 2012
Reception and Curator’s Talk: April 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion with Curators: April 26, 7 – 9 p.m.

A four-part group exhibit, curated by Deborah McLeod, Sarah Tanguy, Andrea Pollan, and Nancy Sausser.

50th Anniversary Exhibit at the McLean Project for the Arts includes the work of mid-Atlantic artists - a celebration of the exhibition history of this curated space.

In honor of MPA’s 50th Anniversary, four past and present MPA curators — Andrea Pollan, Sarah Tanguy, Deborah McLeod, and Nancy Sausser — have come together to choose four individual exhibits featuring artists who have shown their work in the past in the MPA galleries. These exhibits will reflect MPA’s history as well as the strengths of the artists and the unique perspectives of each of the curators. Taken together, these four exhibits demonstrate the formation of the exceptional MPA exhibition program and acknowledge the efforts and influence of the fine curators who have made it what it is.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eric Maisel on Painterly Visions Blog this Sunday

Dr. Eric Maisel will be visiting us here at Painterly Visions Blog on April 22. Eric is author of over 35 books including Coach­ing the Artist Within, Cre­ativ­ity for Life, Fear­less Cre­at­ing, The Van Gogh Blues and Mastering Creative Anxiety. His new book, Rethinking Depression, will be the topic of discussion on Friday. Eric will give valuable insights into creating meaning in our lives. Stay tuned.

February 15, 2012 • Pychology/Personal Growth • 256 pages • Trade Paperback
Price: $14.95 • ISBN 978-1-60868-020-7

Sounds of Catalonia: Experience the Music and Culture of Spain

Co‐Sponsored by The New York Opera Society and the Embassy of Spain

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm
The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Toward its mission of furthering premiere international collaborations, the New York Opera Society and the Embassy of Spain present Sounds of Catalonia to celebrate masterpieces by Picasso and Miró at The Kreeger Museum. In addition to featuring the beautiful, contemporary cycles El Combat del Somni and La Memoria de les Canelles from the Society’s composer in residence, Ricardo Llorca, the concert will offer select masterpieces by important Spanish composers. The music will be interpreted by renowned baritone Gustavo Ahualli, guitarist Giuliano Belotti, and soprano Rosa Betancourt and pianist Rosa Torres‐Pardo.

Tickets: $35, includes a light reception with the musicians following the performance.
Valet parking: $10, free street parking. For reservations, visit or call 202‐338‐3552

Audio tour for visitors to the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland

The Maryland State Arts Council announced that a new audio tour is now available to visitors of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland, which was unveiled last September on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The audio tour, which is intended as a cell phone tour to accompany visitors to the Memorial, educates listeners on the history of 9/11, explains the history and aesthetic design of the Memorial, and  provides information on the 9/11 exhibit within the World Trade Center at the Top of the World. The free audio tour may be accessed by dialing (410) 767-7911.

Located on the plaza of the World Trade Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland commemorates the extraordinary heroism, commitment, and sacrifice of the 69 Marylanders who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.

The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland provides a special site to reflect upon the events of September 11, 2001. The Memorial is a vital civic landmark, honoring citizens across our State while providing a public space for remembrance. Donations are still being accepted for the conservation and care of the Memorial. To learn more about the Memorial or to donate, please visit

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Artomatic Artist Registration Now Open

CRYSTAL CITY, VA — Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic 2012, the DC area’s biggest free arts event, being held from May 18 to June 23 in Crystal City at Vornado/Charles E. Smith's 1851 South Bell Street. Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may now register to participate in Artomatic at

Anyone can participate in Artomatic - there are no criteria to register, and space is allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. At its last event in 2009, Artomatic attracted more than 76,000 visitors to see work by more than 1,200 artists, and more than 600 performances. This year, Artomatic expects to attract even more artists, performers, and visitors than ever before.

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 visit.

Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, listen to music, go on dates, grab a drink, and mingle with the creative community. Artomatic features dozens of daytime art workshops for kids and adults. No matter what kind of creative events you enjoy, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic.

“We are very excited for this year’s artists to exhibit at Artomatic,” says Barry Schmetter, Artomatic’s Event Director. “It’s always amazing to see the variety of work displayed by our artists and performers, and exciting to see how much our visitors enjoy discovering new art.”

“Artomatic was our first big event, which showcased the transformation of Crystal City while establishing our role as a vibrant hub for arts culture,” says Angela Fox, president of the Crystal City Business Improvement District. “We’re excited to conduct an even bigger event this year that reflects Crystal City’s next wave of creativity and redevelopment.”

For the latest information about the event, how to participate, and when to visit, subscribe to Artomatic by email or Facebook, and check the Artomatic website for updates.

Paul Myoda: Glittering Machines

through April 28, 2012
Glittering Machines is a solo exhibition of sculpture by Providence-based artist Paul Myoda. This is Myoda’s first exhibition at Project 4.

Glittering Machines are modular, kinetic, interactive, sonic and illuminating sculptures investigating the human relationship with the digital world. Refuting the restrictions and disembodiment of the interfaces on our everyday electronic devices, Myoda explores ways in which computers can break from the limitations of the screen and interact with the physicality of the human body. By emulating natural behaviors, these works blur the distinction between the animate and inanimate realms.
1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20009
tel: 202 232 4340

NGA Images new online

The National Gallery of art launched a new resource that revolutionizes the way the public interacts with its world-class collection. Users may now search, browse, share, and download free of charge more than 20,000 digital images believed to be in the public domain. This repository and the open access policy underscore the Gallery's mission and national role in making its collection available to scholars, educators, and the public.

6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565 | Map
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Admission is always free

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Workshop: The Write Stuff: Artist Statements

The Studio Visit & The Business Center at Flashpoint present

The Write Stuff: Artist Statements

Saturday, April 21st 10am-1pm
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001

Learn the ins and outs of crafting a successful artist statement at this FREE hands-on workshop. The workshop will include a panel discussion with photographer and UCF professor, Brady Robinson and GWU Art History professor, Bibiana Obler. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback and make changes to a current (200 word or less) artist statement.

Please RSVP to thestudiovisit[at]

Michael J. Singletary ART at Busboys and Poets

Transplanted NYC artist, filmmaker and former CBS RADIO producer will be exhibiting some of his latest paintings at Busboys and Poets until JUNE 2012

Michael will be Exhibiting his new work at:
Bus Boys and Poets
Busboys @ 14th & V.
2021 14th St
Washington D.C. 20009
(202) 387 - POET (7638)

Michael will also be exhibiting work from his famed “Chocolate Series” at the: Maruka Gallery 1300 Ninth Street NW (corner of 9th and N) Washington DC
info[at] tele: 202 745 1881

Art Salon and Vernissage

April 17, 2012
One Lounge
1606 20th Street Dupont Circle, 7 p.m.

Washington, DC

In December 2008, photographer Patrick Cariou filed suit against Richard Prince and Gagosian Gallery in Federal district court for copyright infringement in response to Prince’s appropriation of 35 photographs taken by Cariou without his knowledge or permission. Several of the works by Richard Prince were sold, some for as high as $2.5 million. The Court in New York ruled against Mr. Prince and stated that the appropriation of the Rastafarian images was not a “fair use” and therefore a copyright violation. The case is currently on appeal and many museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and  MoMA have voiced support for Mr. Prince.

If you have ever thought or cared about the changes occurring in the art world with mass media and the internet, please join artist John James Anderson, Nora, Alex, Kate, Lizzie, Leah, Nadia and Adah Rose Gallery for a lively and robust discussion on the merits of the case, appropriation art and ethics and legality in the art world.

Read more about the case here

Friday, April 13, 2012

LUMEN8Anacostia is Saturday!

From Noon to Midnight, Anacostia will come alive with art, music and light.

Over 100 visual artists, dancers, performers, curators and arts entrepreneurs will participate in this historic event.  Just about half of the participants are either from Anacostia or from Ward 8.

Be sure to visit the updated East City Art LUMEN8Anacostia page at :

Event map:

DC NOW reception at Gallery B in Bethesda

Reception: Friday 4/13, 6pm-9pm (in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk)

Run Dates:  through Sunday 4/29.

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12pm-6pm

Address: Morton Fine Art presents *a pop-up project in Galley B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Right across the way from The Original Pancake House!

"Art Talk" by George "Shomari" Smith today

There will be a "Art Talk"  presented by George  "Shomari" Smith

Friday April 13, 6-8pm

The Gallery at Iona
4125 Albermarle St. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Touchstone Gallery Reception

Ceramic Sculptures by BILL MOULD

String theory by Elena Tchernomazova

April 4 – 29, 2012
Public Reception: Friday, April 13, 6 - 8:30pm

Bill Mould's unusual use of ceramic sculpture evokes myths and mysteries, often with sly humor.

The exhibition integrating a number of Elena's artworks through the ideas of string theory and the threads that the Fates weave together...

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Zenith Gallery Salon through April 28

"In Loving Memory"
through April 28, 2012 

Zenith Gallery Salon in Washington, DC NW 20012 
 (just off 16th Street) 

Open Saturday's 12-6, or by appointment. Call for directions 202-783-2963.

Zenith Gallery's In Loving Memory Exhibition is dedicated in loving tribute to Judith Keyserling. Ten percent of the sales will go to the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, a fund in honor of Judith Keyserling, to continue the programs she had worked on for the last 6 years.

ARTISTS: Kim Abraham, Fabiano Amin, Rosetta D'Berardinis, Harmon Biddle, Deborah Brisker Burk, Renee duRocher, David Glick, Ken &amp; Julie Girardini, Margery E. Goldberg, Diane Britton Dunham, Stephen Hansen, Christine Hayman, Phil Hazard, David Hubbard , Robert C. Jackson, Shelley Laffal, Carol Levin, Lou Kaplan, Katie Dell Kaufman, Peter Kephart, Joan Konkel, Chris Malone, Anne Marchand, Joey Manlapaz, Michela Mansuino, Michelle Marcello, Donna McCullough, Bill Mead, Davis Morton, Carol Newmyer, Joan Samworth, Ron Schwerin, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Karen Starika, Paula Stern, Bradley Stevens, Charles Taube, Paul Martin Wolff, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Kenneth Wyner, Joyce Zipperer and more.

Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion Closed for Renovations until May 7, 2012.
Please call anytime for an appointment 202-783-2963

Celebrating 34 years in the nation's capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in all media. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services through its gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion, level 2; Zenith Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, a salon gallery off 16th Street NW, and via its website

Theorizing the Web Conference 2012: “Theory Meets Art”

SATURDAY, APRIL 14th 2:30-4pm

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, some of the brightest emerging and established researchers, activists, educators and artists from around the world will descend on the University of Maryland to present, argue, and tweet about the social implications of the Internet for the second annual Theorizing the Web conference. This event is open to the public with a minimum registration contribution of $1. The daylong conference will be held throughout the Art and Sociology Building located on Campus Drive at the University of Maryland, College Park.

To preregister for the event please visit:
Registration on the day of the event begins at 8am on Saturday, April 14th.

For more information about Theorizing the Web 2012 please visit:


in partnership with the Washington Project for the Arts

Thu April 12 - Sun May 20
Terrace Gallery / Dome Theatre / Education Lab + Phillips Collection

On view April 12 - May 20 / Free / Terrace Gallery
Opening Reception: Thu April 12 / Free / 7-10pm

D.O.L.L: DIWO OPNSRC LMFAO LHOOQ, is an exhibition of experimental and interactive new media installations that highlights the creative use, re-use and mis-use of technology by contemporary artists. Exhibiting artists include Christian Benefiel, Jeff Chyatte, Eric Celarier, Blake Fall-Conroy, Mark Cooley, K. David Fong, Pete Froslie, Michelle Lisa Herman, Hiroshi Jacobs, Patrick Resing and Steven H. Silberg.

Artisphere in Arlington, VA

"Masculine Impressions" at Vitruvian Gallery

Applications for Three Seasonal Markets Announced

Applications for three seasonal Washington, DC markets were posted online recently by Diverse Markets Management, LLC (DMM), a DC firm specializing in the development and marketing of outdoor public exhibitor markets.

Fairgrounds, Opening Day, April 12First to launch will be Fairgrounds, a pop-up entertainment & shopping destination across from Nationals Park, on Opening Day of baseball season, April 12, 2012. Housed in eco-friendly shipping containers, Fairgrounds is a great example of "up-cycled" building materials, allowing for unique creative opportunities with minimal environmental impact.Located along Half Street between M and N Streets, SW, Fairgrounds will serve customers coming to the ballpark for games; for a lunch, happy hour and dinner spot seven days a week; and as a unique shopping destination of retailers and creative entrepreneurs, food truck restaurants, bars, entertainment stage and farmers market. DMM will be coordinating a weekly Wednesday jazz series and twice-weekly farmers market, both sponsored by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.
web site and application process is located here:

WellnessWorks Farmers Market, Opening Wednesday, May 2
The WellnessWORKS Farmers Market, produced by DMM in partnership with the US Government launches its 2012 season on Wednesday May 2. WellnessWORKS Farmers Market is located in the courtyard of the OPM Roosevelt Building at 1900 E Street NW in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood where I-66 becomes E Street. The market is intended to showcase and provide healthy foods and nutritional items and to highlight sustainability by featuring only locally grown or produced products.  The market will operate every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm through October. 
Application and additional information can be found

Mount Vernon Triangle Market, Opening Sunday, May 6

Initiating its second season, the market is situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and Eye Streets NW just north of Chinatown in downtown DC. The market boasts a prime position in a growing high-end residential neighborhood near the Convention Center and popular restaurants such as Busboys & Poets. The market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Sunday beginning May 6 from 10 – 4 p.m. The market will also highlight local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages. In addition to some low-key live entertainment, seating for the community will be provided to enjoy this new neighborhood gathering place.

Application and more information

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

THIS THURSDAY! Michelle Peterson-Albandoz's \"Urban Forest\", Opening Reception: 6:30-8:00pm

Urban Forest

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 12th 6:30 - 8:00pm

April 12 - May 20

Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is driven by a desire to shine light on the destructive relationship humans and technology have on nature as well as an aesthetic need to make pretty what others deem unfit. She scours her neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago, Illinois searching for discarded wood, often rubble from renovations of decades old row houses. One man’s trash is Michelle’s treasure, as the scraps transform into the reclaimed wood and mixed media pieces for which she has become known.

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

52 O Street Open Studios

Saturday, April 14, 11-5pm
Sunday, April 15, 11-5pm

52 O Street Artist Studios
52 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Free and Open to the Public

Washington, DC - Open Studios is an annual event that invites the public into the creative spaces of the renowned artist studios at 52 O Street. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore artists’ work spaces, meet a variety of artists and arts professionals from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, and to see and purchase artists’ most recent works fresh from the site of creation. Additionally, visitors will enjoy film screenings, a bike clinic, the store at SCRAP-DC, food from local restaurants and vendors, and more events to be announced.

This year, Open Studios artists will include: Andrea Haffner, Becca Kallem,Bittersweet Creative, Capital Letter Press Studio, Cianne Fragione, Dan Treado, De*Nada Design, Derek Lieu, Drew Xeron, DJ Natty Boom, Eames Armstrong, GHOOM, Jane Claire, Remick, Jeffrey Smith, Jon Malis/TUBE Studio, Kelly Towles, Kendall Nordin, Lisa K Rosenstein, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Maeve Sheridan, Malte Renz, Mann Designs, Matt Costanza, Matt Hollis, Matt Pearson, Micheline Klagsbrun, Monier Barakat, Peter Harper, Raye Leith, Robin Schaefer, Ryder Haske, SCRAP-DC, Stephen Crouch, Thom Flynn, Threepenny Bikes, and, Topher Paterno.
For a sneak peak of Open Studios, please visit the annual group show of 52 O Street artists up the street at Big Bear Cafe, located at 1700 1st Street NW.

For a full schedule as it is announced, please visit:
Facebook: Twitter: @52_O_Street

PHILIP MICHAEL WOLFSON / Animated Unobtainium: Tsukumogami DC Series 1

Showing through April 28, 2012

Born 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a NASA engineer, Philip Michael Wolfson studied architecture at Cornell University and the Architectural Association, London, England. After completing his studies he spent ten years as head of design for renowned London architect, Zaha Hadid until establishing his own studio in 1991.

Wolfson has established his distinctive pathway, re-examining the forms and ideas of the early 20th century Modernist movements, particularly Constructivism and Futurism. In his first U.S. solo exhibition at INDUSTRY, Philip Michael Wolfson will exhibit a new series of Tsukumogamis, a type of Japanese "artifact spirit"--living inanimate objects. Tsukumogamis originate from discarded items that have reached their 100th birthday and thus become alive and aware. This experimental study uses Concrete Canvas, which has an innate organic quality and movement.

Atlas Theater District
1358 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Dedication of Farragut Spheres | Wednesday, April 11

Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the WMATA Art in Transit Program are holding a dedication ceremony for a sculpture series created by DC artist, Michael Enn Sirvet, Farragut Spheres which will take place at the installations location (the entry of the Farragut West Metro Station at 17th and Eye streets NW, DC). It will be a short ceremony with Mayor Vincent Gray speaking, a few other DC and Metro dignitaries and the artist. 

Free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY | APRIL 11, 2012 | 3PM
FARRAGUT WEST Metrorail Station
17th and Eye Streets Entrance

Mayor Vincent C. GrayMayor
The District of Columbia
Greg Meyer
President of the Board
Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Lionell Thomas
Executive Director
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Richard Sarles
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


Opening reception: April 13, 2012, 6-8pm.
Curator’s talk at 7 pm.

Exhibition Dates April 6-28, 2012

To mark 20 years of operation, MOCA DC gallery in Georgetown is launching UPFRONT at MOCADC. The space will feature international juried shows of figurative art from classical nudes to contemporary interpretations of the figure in all mediums.

The inaugural exhibition entitled You, Me and Everybody Else is juried and curated by Washington-based international artist and writer Lilianne Milgrom, and offers an impressive range of styles and mediums by artists from the United States, France and Israel. The show’s title alludes to the undeniable interconnectedness between people and reflects upon the infinite fascination with which we contemplate ourselves and those around us.

MOCA DC Art Gallery
1054 31st Street NW
Washington DC 20007

Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival

Festival Spotlights International Comedies and Caribbean Journeys
April 12 – 22, 2012

WASHINGTON—In its 26th year, Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival continues its commitment of bringing new and award-winning cinema from around the world to the nation’s capital. Beginning this Thursday, April 12, and continuing through April 22, Filmfest DC presents more than 80 films from more than 35 countries at top venues in Washington, DC. A full list of films, locations and screening times is available on the Filmfest DC website,

Monday, April 09, 2012

MSNBC host Chris Matthews Book signing at IDB

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm, MSNBC host Chris Matthews will discuss his new book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (2011, Simon & Schuster) with the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

Book signing will follow.

Free and open to the public, photo ID required.  Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, one block from Metro Center.


Deadline Extension for Call for Entries for MPA's summer juried exhibition "Something and Nothing: Activating the Void"

This exhibition will bring 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. For this exhibition, we are looking for works that explore this territory, either in a conceptual or formal way.

The juror will be J.W. Mahoney who is an artist, critic, and independent curator who serves as Washington’s Corresponding Editor for Art in America. He is an Affiliate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and his latest exhibition “Canceral” will open at Curator’s Office in Washington in May of this year.

Important dates:

April 11 Deadline for submissions

June 14 - July 28  Exhibition

For more information and the entry form, visit

Artist Talk at Hamiltonian

Hamiltonian Gallery presents an artist talk with Jenny Mullins and Sarah Knobel on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7:00 pm. This exhibition will run from March 17 - April 14, 2012 

Hamiltonian Artists | 1353 u street, nw | suite 101 | washington | DC | 20009

SPRING WPG Group Exhibitionon on view now

March 28-April 29
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 14, 2-6 pm
(in conjunction with Pyramid Atlantic's Open House)

Group showing by select WPG members all exhibiting prints inspired by the season in a range of techniques and aesthetics.  

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

Ripography: Works with Paper Rex Weil

 March 23 - April 29, 2012

Cultural symbols of success fetishized in commercial photography are used to create works that blur the lines between installation and collage in Rex Weil's solo show. The gratuitous signs of pleasure and success that drift daily through the mail slot— luxury catalogs, realtors’ brochures, and home renovation magazines— are the materials Weil uses to construct work that recalls Barthes’ Mythology. Through intuition, analysis and mordant humor Weil illuminates the discourse of repression, desire, exploitation and frustration percolating just below the surface of commercial photography. For the artist each shred of imagery is tantamount to an isolated bit of DNA from which the complete texture of our social and economic relationships can be surmised. Pumped up lips, gold chains and other fragments are removed from the systems that imbue them with power and isolated within a dialogue of desire, frustration and exploitation.

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

Sunday, April 08, 2012


SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012, 6–8 P.M.

NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2012 is a dynamic, interactive, and innovative presentation of work by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. NEXT, for the first time, includes both an exhibition of the thesis work of the bachelor of fine arts class of 2012 and a showcase of the masters of arts degree programs at the Corcoran.

For more than 120 years, the Corcoran has trained the next generation of artists—as well as art and design professionals—while displaying the most important works of the time. Celebrate the achievement and promise of graduating BFA and MA students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design as the Corcoran showcases what's NEXT.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington | DC

Saturday, April 07, 2012

FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions, & Connections at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Artists explore the complexities of human existence through written word & science

April 13 to June 9, 2012 
Opening Reception - Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
Artists' Talk - Saturday, May 12, 3:30pm

Visit to learn more.

FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions, & Connections, features the works of Francie Hester, Lisa Hill, and Rebecca Kamen, in collaboration with Susan Alexjander.

FLUID tackles the oft-unexplored complexities of human existence and visually ponder questions relating to loss, memory, and our connections to nature and one another.

The tragic passing of Brendan Ogg at the age of 20 from brain cancer was one of those moments in life that brought a family and a community together in search of a way to connect. The result is a unique artistic collaboration, Words as Legacy-A Leaf of Knowledge, created by Hester, Hill, Mattson Ogg and a community of knitters who came together to grieve and remember Brendan Ogg through the words and poetry he left behind.

Lisa Hill follows up on the impact of words left behind, by examining the nature of human existence as represented in one of the most intimate expressions - a signature. SIGNINGS: Mother and Father charts the signatures of Hill's parents over the course of their lives and shows how identity is formed and altered by life's events and the ravages of time and health.

Moving beyond the written remnants we leave behind, Francie Hester and Rebecca Kamen individelve into the abstract by exploring not the language that allows us to connect to one another, but rather neurological biology that enables us to connect to both our past and even nature.

Francie Hester takes her inspiration from the NIH's ongoing mapping project of the brain's minute electrical currents, our connectomes.

Together Hester, Hill, and Kamen explore the intangible realms of memory and human connectivity.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U Street NW
Washington DC

Friday, April 06, 2012

ABSTRACT art opening at Camp Rehoboth

Art Reception

April 14, 2012 from 1:30 - 3:30pm

CAMP Rehoboth community celebrates the opening of ABSTRACT.

Refreshments will be served.
The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will run from March 28 - May 17, 2012.

CAMP Rehoboth
37 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design present the 57th Annual Corcoran Ball

Friday, April 20, 2012 from 7 p.m. until midnight.

This year, guests will join Honorary Patron His Excellency Francois Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States and Madame Delattre, along with Honorary Chair and internationally acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam, a past Corcoran College of Art + Design faculty member and advocate for arts education in Washington, D.C., and beyond.  Additionally, a select number of tickets to Club Corcoran – an exclusive after-dinner opportunity to experience the grandeur of the Corcoran Ball at a lower price-point – will be offered from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  A highlight in Washington’s spring social calendar, the black-tie benefit features uniquely decorated formal dining rooms in the Corcoran’s historic galleries; a lavish, three-course seated dinner; and a festive evening of music and dancing.

Proceeds from the 57th Annual Corcoran Ball benefit the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design’s institutional programs and activities, including special exhibitions, scholarships for students, educational outreach, and more.

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, visit

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Bethel Aniaku "Instinst of Desire"

Showing through April 17, 2012
Born on July 4, 1970 Bethel started drawing at 8 years of age. In the 1990's he became an understudy at the Bernard Art Studio in Bordeaux, France and later studied at the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, Germany. The cultural themes used by the artist in his paintings, include a blend of historical, literal, and artistic elements immediately recognizable, and in which each viewer returns magically to his own culture. He honors the trade of his carpenter ancestors by using wood as the base for his paintings. His inspiration comes from everyday experiences and life.

"Painting is a continual research for me. I best capture present reality by using the abstract. My compositions play with color, light, space, and various materials. Day after day I slowly add a layer to my canvas trusting my instincts over any particular idea. In the end this process lets the true nature of the piece emerge."

Mr. Aniaku was represented at the Francophonie 2011 Cultural Festival in Washington, D.C., he is also represented by the Contemporary Art Museum of Hiroshima, Japan; B.C.E.A.O. Bank, Dakar, Senegal; Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; and Mbari Institute; Washington, D.C, as well as exhibits in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, and Italy.

Parish Gallery-Georgetown
1054 31st. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Julie & Ken Girardini at Gallery 555dc

Art changes people and people change art.

Gallery 555dc
555 12th Street NW
Washington DC 20004

Sunday, April 01, 2012

a pop-up project's show DC NOW

April 4th - April 29th, 2012
Gallery B
7700 Wisconsin Ave, Suite E
Bethesda, MD 20814

Featured in Washington Post: LAUREL HAUSLER’s “Vera” by Morton Fine Art (MFA)
On display at MFA & *a pop-up project's show DC NOWopening Wednesday 4/4/12  at Gallery B in Bethesda, MD.

*in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk

5x5 Public Art Projects

1x1 by Office of Experiments
Now until April 3rd

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transformer Gallery
1404 P Street, NW, Washington DC  

A relational art piece and emotional catalyst connecting visitors with tsunami victims. Office of Experiments' temporary lab space at Transformer acts as a center of activity: offering prints to visitors in exchange for a donation to tsunami charities and displaying 1000 vials - symbolic tears collected from Japan. Volunteers will pour drops from vials, numbered and trackable online, as offerings of remembrance onto cherry blossom trees across the city. Further performative interventions at federal and global media sites throughout DC will be announced at

Curator: Steve Rowell

Ben Ashworth & Workingman Collective| Finding a Line @ CHAW
April 2, 4 & 6th

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE, Washington DC 20003 

Ben Ashworth & Workingman Collective will work with Capitol Hill Arts Workshop spring break campers in the ongoing transformation of the public art space and skateboard park under I-295 adjacent to Garfield Park. For more information, please visit:

Curator: Laura Roulet

1st Henry 'Box' Brown: Forever performance By Wilmer Wilson IV  
Thursday, April 5, 9:00 am-3:00pm

University of the District of Columbia
UDC Firebird Inn, Building 38, B Level

Though still a student at Howard University, Wilmer Wilson IV has already staged successful performances at Hillyer Art Space and the (e) merge art fair in the district. Wilson will create a suite of performances based on the historic 19th century figure Henry "Box" Brown, a slave from Richmond, Virginia (the artist's hometown), who mailed himself to freedom in the North by paying to be shipped in a crate. For Henry 'Box' Brown: FOREVER, Wilson will cover himself with three grades of postage stamps and walk into post offices, asking to be mailed.

Curator: Laura Roulet

Habitat for Artists
How Much? How Little? The Space to Create

1901 Mississippi Ave., SE Washington, DC 20020 

Habitat For Artists has built small, temporary, 6 by 6 foot art studios made from recycled and reclaimed materials to engage local artists and youth groups to take an active role in participating both inside and outside of the habitat.
5x5 Photo Competition

Photography is about freezing moments to take with us. Whether these images land on the pages of the family photo album or shared with the world on Facebook, our best photos tell a story without words. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) would love for you to share your 5x5 moments with them. While scouting each of the installations, snap fun and creative photos with your phone, tablet or camera and upload to the ArtAround (app available for iPhone and Android), a comprehensive and interactive map of all the public art in the District.

5x5 PUBLIC ART PROJECT presented with the

Questions? MaryBeth.Brown[at]