Wednesday, November 23, 2005

New DC Arts Blog

Painterly Visions is a new arts blog by DC area artist Anne Marchand.

And she already comes up with a scoop by revealing that CuDC no longer hosting the 3rd Thursdays gallery crawls in the Penn Quarter.

I invite CuDC to respond, but I hope that this is not true, as we need to continue to grow, not scale back, our gallery scene.

Read Painterly Visions here.

Silverthorne on current shows

Alexandra Silverthorne reviews Gilliam, Warhol and Scully at various venues around town.

Read them here.

Tim Tate Review

Dr. Claudia Rousseau reviews Tim Tate in The Gazette; she writes:

In his third solo exhibit at Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, artist Tim Tate shows new work with exciting explorations of subject matter and materials. "Caged by History" is tightly themed with a marked unity of form and content. The show’s title refers to the myriad ways our histories direct our futures, the carrying of memory and the persistent effects of choices and events of the past.

Tales of Magnetism by Tim TateTate’s work also references the great unseen forces of nature that inexorably shape and direct our lives. The latter is especially well represented in works that include iron filings held captive by earth magnets. A fine example is the formally elegant "Sacred Cone of Magnetism," with its echoing shapes and etched formulas for magnetic forces.

The brilliance of Tate’s work is in the way it fuses expression of ideas such as these with a deeply personal iconography about taking control of fate, healing and the will to live. "Positive Reliquaries, No. 1-3" are three blown-glass spheres topped with large red cast-glass crosses. They are also plus signs. Inside each is a cast glass nest, each with three spotted glass eggs. All around the exterior of the spheres the artist has etched a handwritten narrative relating his reaction to being diagnosed HIV-positive 20 years ago, and of the process this fact provoked. It was then that he decided to become an artist and then that the whole array of life affirming, healing imagery he uses began to come into focus.

Much of this imagery has a distinctly Catholic feeling. For example, the spheres topped by crosses unavoidably look like the orbs often held by Christ in medieval and renaissance art. The hot-glass flaming hearts – here in strong reds and blues, traditionally colors of divine and human love — are distinctly reminiscent of votive objects. Nevertheless, these works have a fascinating polyvalence, a sense of layered history that draws the viewer close and rewards attention with a rich variety of allusive meaning.

Tate has long used steel as a corollary to fragile glass in his work, which also frequently contains found objects. Recently, he has experimented with concrete as a sculptural medium with varied results. One of the most powerful works in this exhibit, however, is "Heart of St. Sebastian," a concrete heart with a neck, like a vessel, topped with a dark red cast-glass flame. By shaking the concrete in the rubber mold, Tate caused a skin to separate from the heart form into which he has cut a large plus sign — an equal armed cross. In the neck is a tiny biohazard symbol. The work explores a number of iconographies including an identification with St. Sebastian, martyred by arrows, and the sense of being targeted as a biohazard when one is HIV-positive. A consciousness of death produces no pathos here, rather life-affirming strength, hard and resistant as the Sacrete Concrete mix with which the work is made.
Tate will be discussing his work at an artist's talk at Fraser Gallery Bethesda this coming Saturday, November 26, starting at 1PM.

Arthelps 5th Annual Silent Art Auction Benefit and Reception

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JAM Communications is the sponsor for this year's Arthelps 5th Annual Silent Art Auction Benefit and Reception to raise money for Food & Friends and the DC Arts Center (DCAC) – two organizations are in their own way are key components of our area's social and cultural tapestry.

Support from artists and art donors is integral in making this night a success and that is why they are asking for your help. They welcome a variety of art donations–from original and limited edition paintings and prints, to photographs, glasswork, jewelry and sculpture.

I have donated to this auction and really encourage galleries (my kudos to Irvine Contemporary for donating several pieces) and artists to do as well!

See donated artwork (so far) here, and see my donation here.

For more information on how you can donate art, and for additional details on the Arthelps event, please go to – where you can download a PDF art donation form.

To arrange for a pickup of your artistic donation call: 202.986.4750 and talk to Ambre Bosko (ext 19) or Alex George (ext 13) or email: or

You can also drop off or mail your donation to the JAM offices located at:

1638 R Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20009,
between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm (Monday – Friday).

Please RSVP for the event at

bethesda painting awards

No excuses! Get your slides ready!

The deadline for the inaugural Bethesda Painting Awards is rapidly approaching, and painters from the DC, Maryland and Virginia region have until Tuesday, January 31, 2006 to submit their applications. With $14,000 in cash prizes, this is one of the largest painting awards in the country, thanks to the incredible generosity of Ms. Carol Trawick, who also sponsors The Trawick Prize.

Once the jurors have selected the finalists, we will exhibit them in our Bethesda gallery, where the final four will be awarded $14,000 in cash prizes based on the actual work. $10,000 will be awarded to the top prize winner, $2,000 to the second place winner, $1,000 to the third place winner. Additionally, a "Young Artist" award of $1,000 (artists born after March 11, 1975) will also be given.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimension should not exceed 60 inches in width. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Each artist must submit five slides, application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2006. To request an application, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Bethesda Painting Awards
c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Or call 301/215-6660 or visit

For more info:
Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
Heather Blum
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
t: 301.215.6660 x.17 or f: 301.215.6664 or or


Congrats to the award winners from the Unlocked: Open Exhibition selected by Andrea Pollan.

Congrats also to Andrea and the Fairfax Arts Council for putting on a great show in Annandale last Thursday.

First Place - Ian Jehle
Second Place - Saul Becker
Third Place - Linda Hesh
Honorable Mention - Naomi Chung
Honorable Mention - Heidi Fowler

Artist Participation in Online Published Interviews

Deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2005

Black Cat Bone, an art blog edited by artist/photographer firebrand James W. Bailey, has an opportunity for the metro D.C. area artist community to participate in a unique artist interview project titled "The Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other Modern Art Questions."

Artists may freely participate in this project by emailing their answers to the six project questions posted here.

If you are interested in participating in this project, simply email your answers to the six questions to Bailey.

Also, include up to four jpeg images of your representative work - be sure to name your image files with the proper titles and provide the media for each work.

Artists are also encouraged to include a brief (1-2 paragraphs), bio, and artist's website URL for publication.

For more info:
League of Reston Artists
James W. Bailey
11196 Silentwood Lane
Reston, Virginia 20191
t: 504.669.8650 or or