Wednesday, March 27, 2013

McLean Project for the Arts Announces the Call for Entries for Strictly Painting 9

MPA's highly anticipated biennial juried exhibition Strictly Painting 9 is accepting entries.  Submission deadline is April 19, 4 pm.  Exhibition date is June 13 through August 3.  This year's juror is Margaret Heiner, owner and founder of Heiner Contemporary, an art gallery in Georgetown specializing in work by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. 

All Mid-Atlantic artists (DC, VA, MD, PA, NJ, DE, WV) are invited to submit up to 4 jpegs of paintings or works related in some way to painting completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited at MPA. Work that combines painting with other materials is acceptable and encouraged as well. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded by the juror. Decisions are final. 

For more information and the entry form, please visit

Saturday, March 23, 2013

125 Local Artists & 16 Curators Join Forces for Upcoming Exhibition + Benefit

“Alchemical Vessels” artists will examine the idea of transformation and healing through the arts and sacred space
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
April 26 – June 7, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 7-9pm

Benefit Event: Friday, May 17, 7-9pm
Artists' Closing Reception: Friday, June 7, 7-9pm

Washington, DC, March 19, 2013 - Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is thrilled to announce a unique initiative to engage local artists, curators, collectors and the general public in a community dialogue about the transformative power of the arts.

Debuting April 26, 2013 at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, the “Alchemical Vessels” exhibition will feature the work of 125 local artists, hand-selected by 16 invited curators, to transform ceramic bowls by means of their own personal aesthetic and medium. Garnering inspiration from the alchemical process, each bowl symbolically references creating a place where healing can take place, which is at the heart of Smith Center’s work and mission. The respected 20th century alchemist, Jean Dubuis, wrote, “Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies.” 

Benefit Event
The reception offers the public the opportunity to claim one of the 125 unique pieces for their own collection—with the purchase of a benefit ticket. Tickets for that event go on sale Tuesday at A $50 ticket will also be made available for supporters who would like to attend but are not interested in owning a work of art.

Featured Curators Include:
Felix Angel, Myrtis Bedolla, Margaret Boozer, Lenny Campello, Richard Dana, Mary Early, Lillian Fitzgerald, Helen Frederick, Mel & Juanita Hardy, Laila Jadallah, Bridget Lambert, Wendy Miller, John Paradiso, Annette Polan, Alec Simpson, Ellyn Weiss, and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Featured Artists Include:
Akili Ron Anderson, Sondra Arkin, Tom Ashcroft (Workingman Collective), Joanna Axtmann, Rosana Azar,  Cedric Baker, Carol Barsha, Joan Belmar, Kristina Bilonick, Alan Binstock, Emily Biondo, Natalya Borisovna Parris, Anne Bouie, Elle Brande, Laurie Breen, Sally Brucker, Lenny Campello, Gloria Capron, David Carlson, Mei Mei Chang, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Kay Chernush, Natalie Cheung, Irene Clouthier, Tory Cowles, Sheila Crider, Joan Danziger, Alonzo Davis, Katie Dell Kaufman, Elsabe Dixon, Mary Early, Cheryl Edwards, Laura Elkins, Kathy Emery, Dorothy Fall, Phoebe Farris, Susan Finsen, Lillian Fitzgerald, Helen Frederick, Maya Freelon Asante, Adrienne Gaither, Ric Garcia, Matthew Gifford, Olivier Giron, Carol Goldberg, Susan Goldman, Pat Goslee, Elizabeth Graeber, Drew Storm Graham, John Grunwell, Mel Hardy, Winston Harris, William Harris, Elyse Harrison, Rania Hassan, Francie Hester, Tom Hill, Ellen Hill, Lisa Hill, Laila Jadallah, Pilar Jimenez, Wayson Jones, Becca Kallem, Rebecca Kamen, MJ Kavian, Madeleine Keesing, Jeffrey Kent,  Micheline Klagsbrun, Bridget Lambert, Elaine Langerman, Mary Virginia Langston, Joren Lindholm, Shelley Lowenstein, Marta Luz Gutierrez, Dana Jeri Maier, Matthew Mann, Kaltoum Maroufi-Colle, Percy Martin, Janet Mathias, Kathryn McDonnell, Maggie Michael, Wendy Miller, Nan Montgomery, Bill Newman, Sarah Nikitopoulos, Jared Packard-Winkler, John Paradiso, Brian Petro, Michael Platt, Darien Reece, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon, Jessica Rose, Wendy Ross, Rachel Rotenberg,Louise Sagalyn, Rachel Schmidt, Greg Scott, Pat Silbert, Alec Simpson, Susan Stacks, Rob Tarbell, Valerie Theberge, Evelyn Tickle, Erwin Timmers, Novie Trump, Aniekan Udofia, Patricia Underwood, Pamela Viola, Kazaan Viveiros, Sigrid Vollerthun, Tom Wagner, Jenny Walton, Ellyn Weiss, Lee Wheeler, Peter Winant, Julie Wolfe, Tom Wolff, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Millicent Young, and more...

About Smith Center for Healing & the Arts & the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery:
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a unique 17-year old health, education, and arts nonprofit that serves individuals affected by cancer. We offer programs and resources built on an integrative model that addresses healing and wellness for the whole person – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  As the only DC-based cancer support organization serving the entire community, Smith Center specializes in using creativity and the arts as tools for healing.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery &Smith Center for Healing and the Arts 
1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 
202.483.8600 | 
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment

"The Best of All Worlds ... Modern and Traditional Art"

Zenith Gallery at the
Sculpture Space at Eleven Eleven Pennsylvania Avenue

"The Best of All Worlds ... Modern and Traditional Art"
The Sculpture of Paul Martin Wolff and Oil Paintings by Bradley Stevens

SHOW DATES: Now through April 27, 2013 

Zenith Gallery at
Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space
1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004
Open Daily: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 7 PM (enter on Penn Ave)
(evenings and weekend entrance on 12th Street)