Thursday, November 23, 2017

How to get press

What can galleries do to get press? 
That was the question at the heart of a recent roundtable for Artsy gallery partners. Hosted at our London office, the panel of experts included journalists, marketers, and PR specialists. We also followed up with panelists Josh Rivers, Marketing Manager at Gay Times Magazine, and Sophie da Gama Campos, Pelham Communications, to learn more about their press advice for gallerists and their experience with the art world online.
Read the Artsy article here. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Art Scam Alert!!!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - Apply today!

Deadline to Apply: Dec. 15, 2017
Chosen artists have the opportunity to be featured at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2018 
The 15th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2018, in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, a lively urban area renowned for restaurants, shopping, galleries and theaters. The festival features 130 booth spaces. 

Submit 6 images (a booth shot is required) for your chance to purchase a booth and join some of our best local artists sell their work at this two day festival. 

FY18 Curatorial Grant Program

Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhibition proposals intended for presentation in CAH's 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003. Visit their website to learn more and submit an application. Early submissions are highly encouraged.
Curatorial Grant Program (individuals) 
The Curatorial Grant Program aims to provide a greater opportunity for the development and public presentation of visual art exhibitions by District resident curators.  Through grant support and access to a contemporary exhibition space, CAH intends to serve the District's residents by presenting compelling exhibition concepts of resident curators. 
For complete guidelines on available grant programs and to submit an application, visit Current Funding Opportunities online at

Monday, November 20, 2017

Amateur Photog of the Year

Deadline: November 30, 2017

The contest is organized by the Amateur Photographer, a British photography magazine. It is divided into eight monthly rounds, each one focusing on a specific theme. The competition is open to all amateur photographers. There is no age limit for entering, and international entries will be accepted. The first entry to each round is free.


Sunday, November 19, 2017


Deadline: November 30, 2017


A juried selection of images inspired by the classic novel will be published in a newly designed layout for its 200th anniversary. Open to artists working in any media. Selected works compensated. Entry Fee.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Young Frida

Rare photo of a very young Frida Kahlo - photographer unknown, but probably her father...

Very young Frida Kahlo

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pyramid Atlantic Opens Outdoor Pop Up Gallery in Takoma Park

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center – with funding from City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program —will create a pop-up art gallery in a 177sq. ft. open air site, likely a former garage, which cuts into the slope of Hilltop Road. The site is close by the defunct Sligo Creek Water Works, which pumped water to residents as far away as Kensington from 1900 to 1930. The first of two planned exhibitions on this site, Water Works, opens December 2.
Pump House Pop-Up opens its first exhibition, Water Works, on December 2 with a reception from 2 – 4 pm (Rain date: Sunday, December 3). Water Works runs through March 3. The outdoor gallery is open to the public daily and located at Hilltop Road between Maple and Geneva Avenues in Takoma Park, MD. More at or 301-608-9101.
Pump House Pop-Up is the brainchild of Pyramid Atlantic Artist Marty Ittner, a Takoma Park resident of 17 years. “This space was waiting to be a gallery,” remarks Ittner, who has walked past the structure almost daily for over a decade. “I’m an artist and I saw an opportunity. It was just sitting there doing nothing! I wanted to transform it to be something else.”
It took Ittner two years to get around to slipping a little note into the mailbox of her neighbor on whose property this should-be gallery sits. “He emailed me right back!” After getting permission from the site owner, and convincing Pyramid Atlantic and the City of Takoma Park of the undertaking, Ittner’s work truly began. She convinced the Department of Public Works to clear the site of large rocks, spent 8 hours clearing the ground by hand of about 4 inches of packed debris (mostly glass), and secured free mulch to level the “gallery” floor. Further, on December 2nd she and fellow Pyramid Artist Gretchen Schermerhorn open the site’s first exhibition: Water Works.
Water Works focuses on the gallery’s proximity to the defunct pumping station and the importance of clean, clear water to Takoma Park’s founder B.F. Gilbert. Ittner and Schermerhorn are creating a cyanotype /screenprint installation that utilizes imagery of the era sourced from Historic Takoma. For their cyanotypes (photographic prints exposed in the sun) they drew inspiration from Sligo Creek Park, using found rocks and sand. The work will be mounted to the walls of the gallery in an installation that will weather and change in the open-air.
In tandem with the exhibition, a self-guided walking tour encourages visitors to be present in historically significant spots. Sepia-toned prints are waiting to be discovered in the very spots where the original photos were taken in the 1900s. Highlights include spotting the circular foundation of the filtration building, and envisioning Washington Adventist’s sanitarium—an architectural gem razed in 1982—at the top of the hill near the creek.
Pump House Pop-Up gallery is made possible by the City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program, Giuseppe Cimmino, and Historic Takoma. A second exhibition is scheduled for May 5 – July 4, 2018. A call for entries from local talent will be issued in early December.