Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Photo Reference at Photo West Gallery in Philly
Photo Reference, with works by DC area's own Denee Barr, Matteo Colaizzo, Jeff Dentz, Emily Erb, Luis el Estudiante, Brendan Gavin, Bill Kelly, Eva Preston, Sheila Ruen, and Harry Sefarbi opens with an opening reception on the 12th of October from 5-10pm at Photo West Gallery. The exhibition goes through Oct. 22, 2007.
New gallery in Philadelphia
"Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is the newest face in the thriving Philadelphia art scene. Scheduled to open November 11, 2007, Rebekah Templeton will be exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art in all media.
Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is the brainchild of independent curators and artists Sarah Eberle and Ben Will. Eberle and Will have worked together on a number of underground curatorial projects. Sarah Eberle has an extensive background in visual art. After graduating from University of California at Berkeley, she worked for Worth Ryder Gallery and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Upon arriving in Philadelphia in 2002, she worked as the Gallery Store Manager for The Print Center and played a major role in the founding of Falling Cow Gallery as the inaugural Director. Ben Will has worked as an independent curator in London and Philadelphia, as well as working for a variety of arts organizations including Artistsspace in New York City.
The two met while co-curating an exhibition, “Squat,” displayed at Tower Investments in Northern Liberties, now known as Tower Gallery. Discovering a mutual love for contemporary art, they decided to open a gallery together. They bought a run down Row Home on the corner of Girard Ave. and Second St. in South Kensington, the heart of Philadelphia’s newest art neighborhood. After almost two years of renovations and a grant from the American Street Financial Services Center, Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is ready to open.
The inaugural exhibition will feature work from New York City artist Sara Gates and will include video and wall paper in addition to paintings and prints. The opening reception will be held on November 8, 2007 from 6-9 pm in conjunction with the neighborhood’s newly thriving Second Thursdays, modeled after Old City’s First Fridays."
Manon Cleary at DCAC
Were I ever to rank the District of Columbia's top ten artists of all time, Manon Cleary would easily make the list and challenge for the top three spots.
And although she has been in very frail health for many years now, Cleary continues to paint and draw and re-invent herself over and over, as all great artists do. Whether her subject matter focus is penises, rats, men in bags, flowers, or her own rape.
And next Friday, Cleary debuts yet another focus for her work with a series of new sky paintings at the District of Columbia Arts Center. From the news release:
Manon Catherine Cleary – by any earthly measure – is a luminary among Washington DC artists. Globally exhibited and collected, Cleary has enjoyed a forty-year career as an artist and teacher, and is principally acclaimed for her virtuosic and conceptually provocative enlistment of oil paint and graphite to photo-realist ends. It is with great honor, then, that DC Arts Center will showcase the artist’s very newest “skyscapes” in its Gallery during the month of October – works rendered and mounted in remembrance of Cleary’s dear friend and DCAC founder and patron Herb White, in whose company she spent countless contented hours “chasing clouds.”The show runs from Friday, October 12th – Sunday, November 4th and the opening reception is this Friday, October 12th, from 7 – 9 pm.
Art Happening in DC this Friday
Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Location: Lee Jensen Brake Service
1333 14th Street, NW
(between N Street and Rhode Island Ave.)
Music by eightyeight
Featured Artists: Steven M. Cummings, Daniel Davidson, Drew Ernst, Kate Hardy, Ju$t Another Rich Kid, Geoffrey Mann, Gregory McLellan, Ted Noten, Cory Oberndorfer, Painted Lady Performance Project, Chris Tousimis, René Treviño, and Trevor Young.