Tuesday, September 26, 2017


On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, The Brentwood Arts Exchange and I will be once again hosting my well-known “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

This seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their careers to the next level.

Ever wondered how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards and residencies? How to approach a gallery?

Then this is the seminar for you! This program is free, but space is limited to 40 persons, and last year lots of artists were turned away because it filled up so quickly!

This seminar always books up very quickly!

3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

This program will be held in MNCPPC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange on the 1st Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722, just over the District line on Rhode Island Avenue.

The seminar, which has been taken by over 6,000 artists and arts professionals from all over the Mid Atlantic is designed to deliver information, data and proven tactics to allow artists to develop and sustain a career in the fine arts.
Sometimes called "Boot Camp for Artists" by the attendees, people as far as Arizona, California, New York and South Carolina have attended, including many, many university level art professionals.
In its seven hour format compressed into 2.5 hours, the seminar covers a wide range of structured issues including:

1. Materials - Buying materials; strategies for lowering your costs, where and how to get it, etc.

2. Presentation – How to properly present your artwork including Conservation issues, Archival Matting and Framing, Longevity of materials, a discussion on Limited editions, signing and numbering, Prints vs. Reproduction, discussion on Iris Prints (Pros and Cons).

3. Creating a resume - Strategy for building your art resume, including how to write one, what should be in it, presentation, etc.

4. Juried Shows – An Insider's view and strategy to get in the competitions.

5. How to take slides and photographs of your artwork

6. Selling your art – A variety of avenues to actually selling your artwork, including fine arts festivals, corporate acquisitions, galleries, public arts, etc.

7. Creating a Body of Works

8. How to write a news release

9. Publicity – How to get in newspapers, magazines, etc. Plus handouts on email and addresses of newspaper critics, writers, etc.

10. Galleries – Discussion on area galleries including Vanity Galleries, Co-Operatives, Commercial Galleries, Non-profit Art spaces, etc.

11. How to approach a gallery – Realities of the business, Contracts, Gallery/Artist Relationship, Agents.

12. Outdoor Art Festivals – Discussion and advice on how to sell outwork at fine arts festivals, which to do, which to avoid, etc.

13. Resources - Display systems and tents, best juried shows and ones to avoid.

14. Accepting Credit cards – How to set up your art business.

15. Grants – Discussion on how to get grants in DC, Regional and National, including handouts on who and where and when.

16. Alternative Marketing - Cable TV, Local media

17. Internet – How to build your website at no cost, how to establish a wide and diverse Internet presence.

18. Art fairs

Wanna go figure drawing tonight?

Hyattsville Figure Drawing Group

Tue, Sep 26, 6-9pm- Figure Drawing @ Pyramid Atlantic
Model: Desi

Join Hyattsville's best, brightest and only figure drawing group! They meet on Tuesday evenings (6-9pm) in Pyramid Atlantic's beautiful gallery space in their fabulous location in the Hyattsville Arts District. Bring along your favorite art materials and draw with us!

Each session begins with 5 5-minute warm-up poses with a live model and a single, sustained pose for the remainder of the session. Please bring your own materials, paper and easel (if needed). Chairs, tables and drawing boards will be provided. Free parking in the rear of the building; please enter through the rear doors. 

All are welcome; please forward this email or pass the word to anyone who might be interested in joining (under 18: legal guardian permission required).

Where: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center*

Free parking in the rear of the building; please enter through the rear doors. 

When: Tuesdays, 6-9pm

Cost: $20/session or $80/5-session punch card
Walk-ins and late arrivals welcome, no experience necessary!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Painting on the Plaza at Lake Anne

Experience the beauty and vibrancy of the Lake Anne Community as the Plaza comes alive with artists painting en plein aire, Saturday September 30th- Sunday, October 1, 2017. 

Join in the fun by painting or watching the artists as they work. Purchase an original artwork to take home.  And while you’re at Lake Anne, don’t forget to vote for your favorite painting and enter the drawings for door prizes.  The event will be held rain or shine.
Painting Competition
The Painting on the Plaza at Lake Anne painting competition is designed in the spirit of a "day painting” competition, which challenges artists to create works of art in a short period of time. The event is open to all artists and a variety of mediums.  To be eligible for prizes, artists must meet all painting competition eligibility requirements.  Multiple cash prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit http://lakeanneplaza.com/event/plein-aire-event-lake-anne/.
Saturday, September 30th 4:00pm-7:00pm – Registration and canvas stamping begins for artists participating in the plein aire painting competition.  Artists begin painting once their canvases are stamped.  The public is invited to join in the fun by painting or watching the artists as they work and enter the drawings for door prizes. Door prize drawing at 7:00pm.   
Sunday, October 1st:  10:00am-7:00pm The public is invited to observe artists painting, enter drawings for door prizes, and vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Original wet paint artwork will be available for sale.  Specific times for activities are as follows:
            10:00am                      Check-in and canvas stamping begins
            12:00pm                      Registration and canvas stamping ends
  4:00pm                      Deadline for return of completed artwork for judging
              5:00pm                      Voting for People’s Choice Awards ends.
             5:30pm                       Winners of painting competition announced
             7:00pm                      Door prize drawing and display and sale of artwork ends

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Washington White

DMV's cartoonist Adam Griffiths' graphic novel, "Washington White" is going to print! He has been working on it for about 9 years, and it's 600 pages, but the first installment will be printed in newspaper tabloid form (about 70 pages).

It's full color, and it's written in the form of a spy thriller, but is a civil rights science-fiction story!
"Science fiction meets the aftermath of the 1960's civil rights movement in Adam Griffiths' forthcoming graphic novel, Washington White, a pseudo techno-thriller about corporate greed, gentrification, and corruption set inside the District of Columbia.

Drawn in pencil with digital coloring, the mad-cap challenges that the story's range of characters face make for a bombastic, silly, and disturbing experience."
 The paper will be distributed around the city - artfully!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios

Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios
October 14-15, 2017

The open studios are an invitation into the artists’ workplace and into their universe. Get lost among the easels and paints and kilns and other artists materials as you mingle with the artists themselves.

Mayor’s Arts Award nominee Michael Crossett is a member of the MCA who will be showing his work along with Lucinda Friendly Murphy, Jane Cave, Branddave, Indira Marin Dingledin, Charlie Gaynor, Miguel Perez Lam, Chuck Baxter, George H. Smith-Shomari, Betto Ortiz, and Robert Wiener.

Event is free

For more information and to download a map please visit: https://www.midcityartists.com/open-studios/

Friday, September 22, 2017

How to Be an Artist, According to Josef Albers

Albers always relied on his training as an elementary school teacher to guide his lesson plans. He rarely gave lectures—instead, he encouraged his students to learn through hands-on experimentation. This progressive teaching method proved effective. Many of his students—Eva Hesse, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Cy Twombly, Richard Anuszkiewicz, John Chamberlain, Richard Serra, and Robert Rauschenberg among them—would later become some of the most influential artists of the 21st century.
Read the Artsy article here. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bethesda Studio Space Available

Studio B, located just a short stroll from the Bethesda Metro, features workspace for local artists. The studio includes exhibit space in each individual artist studio, as well as on the main wall. Studio B has retail hours as well as hours by appointment. 

  • Studio is 185 sq. feet 
  • Rent is $295 per month, inclusive of all utilities.
  • Artists are required to be in the space during retail hours of Tues. – Fri., 1-6pm and during the monthly opening receptions.
  • Artist has 24/7 access to Studio B and their personal studio space.
  • Artist may sell artwork and there is no commission taken on artist sales.

Complete the application and submit the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Artwork Samples
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Identity

Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

Application Fee: Free

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Call to Artists and Galleries

Application Deadline:  Sunday, October 1, 2017, before midnight.

The City of Alexandria is purchasing original art to add to the City’s art collection and to display in City-owned buildings.  Artists, art galleries, and art consultants working or residing in Alexandria and the Washington, DC area are encouraged to respond to this call.Project Overview:  The Alexandria Art Purchase Awards call will be held biannually for the next four years, totaling eight calls with each call purchasing up to $4000 in artwork.  For this first call, the concept of “Neighborhoods and Gathering Places” must be conveyed in the artwork submitted.  Each call will be in three phases.
  • Phase one:  Artists submit applications online. The Art Purchase Awards project task force reviews artist applications and selects artwork to be considered for purchase awards.
  • Phase two:  Artwork considered for purchase is displayed at City Hall for three months.  Community engagement will be encouraged throughout the process.
  • Phase three:  The task force makes their purchase recommendations to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.  After approval by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the purchase award(s) will be announced at a reception at City Hall.  Each artist chosen for the exhibition at City Hall but not given a purchase award will receive an honorarium of $100.
Application Deadline:  Sunday, October 1, 2017, before midnight.
Eligibility:  Applicants must be 18 years or older and reside or work in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC.  Artists, galleries, art consultants are eligible to submit original art.
Submissions:  All artwork submitted must be original, available for purchase, and made within the last 5 years.  Artwork must be two-dimensions and ready to hang on a wall.  Artists are allowed to submit up to five (5) works of art for consideration.  Art galleries and art consultants are allowed to submit up to (5) works of art from any combination of two (2) or more represented artists.  The pricing of artwork must include framed and unframed options.  The City reserves the right to negotiate the final price.
Artist Statement:  In one or two paragraphs, give a first person description of the artist’s approach to their art.
Letter of Interest:  In one or two paragraphs, describe how the artwork submitted expresses the concept of neighborhoods and gathering places. 
Resume:  Include a two-page artist resume.
Selection Process:  Appointed by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts (ACA), a five-member project task force made up of two ACA representatives, two community stakeholders, and one project stakeholder will review applications submitted on CaFE and choose the artwork being considered for purchase to be displayed for three months at City Hall.  After three months of community engagement and in coordination with City staff, the project task force will make their purchase award(s) recommendation(s) to the ACA.  The ACA will then vote on the purchase award(s) at their monthly meeting.