Friday, May 13, 2005

The Weekend Art Primer

This is one visual arts intensive weekend! No excuses allowed: go out and see a show or two.

For starts, tonight is the second Friday of the month, and thus the Bethesda Art Walk, from 6-9PM with fifteen participating art spaces. The artwalk also features free guided tours. Tours will begin at 6:30pm. Attendees can meet their guide at the Bethesda Metro Center, located at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue. Attendees do not have to participate in tours to visit Art Walk galleries.

We will open Compelled by Content, perhaps our most important exhibition ever, and one that's causing intense debate already in the online fine arts glass community. Opening reception to meet all the artists is from 6-9PM.

Tonight is also J.T. Kirkland's opening from 6-9PM at the University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus. Directions here.

In Alexandria, Principle Gallery has an opening tonight from 6:30-9:00PM for Lynn Boggess. Also tonight in Adams Morgan, Studio One Eight, a new space in town, has an opening of works by Steve Griffin.

On Saturday from 10AM-6PM and Sunday from 10AM-5PM is the massive Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, with over 130 artists from all over the nation showcasing original artwork and fine crafts. I will be there as well, in booth 23. This is an excellent opportunity to see a lot of original artwork all in one place. The festival is free and open to the public and takes place on Auburn and Norfolk Avenues in the Woodmont Triange of Bethesda and directions are here. The event is located six blocks from the Bethesda Metro station and is near several public parking garages where visitors can park for free on Saturdays and Sundays.

And Saturday evening is the Light Up the Warehouse party and fundraiser for the Warehouse Theatre and Galleries. It starts at 7PM and there are over 100 artists who have donated original work for this event. More details, including a list of artists, here.

Also on Saturday night, Evolving Perceptions is throwing a multi-genre and performance party at the Ratner Museum. It all starts at 8PM; see details here. At 11PM they will announce the Synergy finalists!

And on Sunday at 7:30PM, DCAC hosts Chris Lee's The Chelsea Manifesto: A three part discussion series about major trends and ideas in contemporary art and culture. Inspired by the current state of the London and New York art scenes - from which the title is derived - it is a mock "manifesto" of the modern revolutionary aesthete. Part III is this Sunday and it is titled "I Once was a Black Artist, Gay but not Stonewall, and All man/Almost." Race, alternative sexuality and feminist issues are all discussed in the context of mainstream culture. More details here.

That's a weekend full of art to satisfy any visual art cravings!

The Weekly Reviews

In the City Paper, Louis Jacobson reviews our current Viktor Koen show in Georgetown. Jacobson also reviews Tom Barill at the Ralls Collection. Barill, of course, is the magician who did all the beautiful printing and darkroom work for Mapplethorpe.

In the WaPo, Michael O'Sullivan reviews Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics, at the Cultural Institute of Mexico.

And Jonathan Padget discusses 12-year-old Hannah Rose at Hemphill Fine Arts, where Rose (who is the daughter of well-known artist Robin Rose) is exhibiting her artwork: "Gallery owner George Hemphill took note of Hannah's art, and he approached her parents last year about exhibiting what he considers a "prodigious" talent. The exhibition opening next week also features works by Lisa Bertnick and Tanya Marcuse."