Saturday, October 21, 2017

Museum Visitors To Match Artworks

One of those projects is “People matching artworks”. Although at first Draschan’s images seem perfectly staged, the secret behind them is actually patience. The photographer enjoys visiting different museums mostly in Paris, Vienna and Berlin where he waits for visitors to suddenly match with a piece of art in a funny way. The result is these humorous and unique pictures of unexpected harmony between people and the artworks they’re facing. It’s usually the outfits that match the art, but there are also people who match with the paintings because of their hair styles and colors, or even beards.

You just gotta see these great photographs! Check them out here. And to see a lot more... visit him on Instagram here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Image Online – What to Do Against Photo Theft

Author: Sophia Höttinger, Copytrack.com


The photo’s online and now at the danger of being used by anyone for free. Nowadays you have to expect that whenever you upload images online you are making yourself victim of photo theft. At Copytrack we work to change this.

It’s about time that we stop this crazy belief that anything online is free to use and finally hammer the law firmly into the heads of online users. Listen up: Photo theft occurs when anyone downloads images found online and uses them for other purposes, without permission of the rightsholder. Frustratingly, this is still unknown to majority of online users, however Copytrack is keen to educate. Thanks to the growing opportunities created by modern technology, which make stealing images just a click away, together with the lack of knowledge surrounding image rights online photo theft is possible.

Copytrack demand creators to know their rights. Before anything you have to understand your rights. You, as the rightsholder, have to know your rights and what you are able to claim. Copyright law, allows authors of work to have the right to claim damages when their rights have been abused.

Take-Down Request

You can start by personally informing the image abuser about their wrong doings, and request them to delete the image. This method is only recommended when your image has been used for private purposes only. Many – especially private users – are completely unaware of their crime when sharing images, and are dumbfounded when they learn that they have broken the law.

If your politely written email, the claim for deletion of the image are ignored, or the image user uses that image commercially you have to be prepared to legally enforce your rights! The job of a photographer is to take photos- not to enforce the law, ensuring that photos are always used legally. Operators of commercial should have no excuse when sharing images. As established online companies they should be completely clued up on online image laws. They ought to know the common requirements such as, making sure that the author is always named and that licenses are always legally purchased.

Cease & Desist

The legal equivalent to a nicely written email is a cease-and-desist letter that informs the user that legal action can be taken if the image continues to be used. This is a quick and easy tactic to state your rights. A cease-and-desist letter does not have to be sent by a lawyer. However, a lawyer might be recommended to ensure that your letter is affective as certain preconditions have to be met and it can quickly become complicated. It could also cost you at the beginning, but if the reminder is affective, the thief must take over any of the costs.

Post-Licensing

There’s also an option for those who don’t have an issue with others using their images, and just want to make sure that they’re paid for each usage of their work. You can sell a license for the use of your image, after they have started using it, allowing a once image rights abusers to become future customers. This is a great opportunity for you to profit from your work and generate new customers- a win-win situation.

Claim of Damages

You can always claim damages when your offer for a post-license is ignored or you have no intention to post license your work in the first place. There are three different grounds that justify claiming damages:
  1. Compensation based on the profit generated the image user gained by the illegal use of the image.
  2. Compensation determined by the profits lost by the rightsowner.
  3. Compensation based on the original cost of purchasing a license or using official price lists that help determine the price of a license based on the image usage.
Copytrack believe that image users should always be informed of photo theft, regardless whether it’s an email, a cease-and-desist letter or even giving them the opportunity to obtain a post-license. In no situation should image theft be ignored. It does not matter if photography is just your hobby. Only when photographers start to stand up for their right, or point out copyright abuse, can future photo theft be prevented. In a situation where your images are used commercially Copytrack strongly suggest that you take legal action and if necessary claim for damages.


About Copytrack:

Copytrack (www.copytrack.com) was founded in 2015 by Marcus Schmitt and currently employs around 25 people from legal, IT, customer service and finance. The service supports photographers, publishers, image agencies and e-commerce providers. It includes a risk-free search of the global Internet for image and graphics data uploaded by users at Copytrack are found with a hit accuracy of 98 per cent. The customers define if images are used without a license and even determine the amount of subsequent fees supported by an automatic license calculator on the portal. Copytrack is fully responsible for an out-of-court solution in over 140 countries as well as a legal solution in the areas relevant to copyright law. If the image has been successfully licensed, the rights holder receives up to 70 percent of the agreed sum. The pure search function is free of charge.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Call for Proposals

Deadline: November 12, 2017


The Photoworks Gallery 2018 Call For Proposals offers artists locally, nationally, and internationally an opportunity to submit up to 15 images with a proposal for an exhibition.


Solo and group exhibitions considered.  This year they are planning two exhibits, March 2, 2018- April 8, 2018 and July 6- August 12, 2018.


There is no fee for submission, selected artists are responsible for $600 exhibition costs.


Photoworks exhibits have been frequently reviewed by the Washington City Paper and mentioned in the Washington Post.


Glen Echo Park is a vibrant community of artists and attracts a large, eclectic audience.


Please click here for full details.


Photoworks Gallery @ Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD
Hours: Saturdays 1-4 PM and Sundays 1-8 PM
www.glenechophotoworks.org
@glenechophotoworks

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ARTgineering at Otis Street Arts Project


ARTgineering
Beyond the Obvious 

Curated by Gloria Vasquez Chapa

October 21- November 21, 2017
Opening Reception
and Performance by Erin Devine
Saturday, October 21, 5-8 PM


Art, science, math, meta-physics, et. al., think tank generated work. Explorations not considered previously or frequently. The brain’s elasticity can be stimulated by these observations. Present in this exhibition an assortment of explorations generated by the following artists: Alan Binstock, Chris Bohner, Roger Cutler, Erine Devine, Israel Hernandez Fandiño, Adam Hager, Laura Jamroz, Maria Josephy, Liz Lescault, Jassie Rios, Lisa Rosenstein, Barry Schmetter, and Diane Szczepaniak

In exploration of these themes viewers will have a chance to interact and become part of the exhibition. Below are a few examples of what viewers can expect.

Jassie Rio's installation “A Line Becomes a Cone: An Environment for 11 sq. ft.” the artist creates a real-time, interactive light and sound installation that includes software made from scratch.

Barry Schmetter’s “Perturbance” is an installation that addresses the indirectness of perception and action. The viewer uses an electronic frequency probe in conjunction with a modular synthesizer and video synthesizer to explore the theme of memory, perception and human cognitive processes.

Chris Bohner uses recordings in discarded and reclaimed Mortise locks to provide a small window into the radical political debates raging during the Gilded Era and WWII era.

Steven Jones “French Cut Rib” a coin operated kiddy ride allows the viewer to ride a piece of meat.

Performances:
October 21st Saturday - Erin Devine at the reception
November 18th Saturday 6pm – Experimental and Ambient Electronic Music: modular synthesizer performance with TL0741, Dave Vosh, Audio Mace, Geoff Wilt, Tom Davis, and Hovercraft.
 
Facebook Event Page
Hours:
Saturdays, Noon-5:00
and
By Appointment M-F

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712 
OtisStreetArts.Org

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top 10 Art Reproductions Sold

Online art distributor overstockArt.com released its 10 top-selling masterpiece artworks for the holiday season, culled from sales data collected by the company over the past 16 years between Black Friday and Christmas Day.


OverstockArt.com provides affordable, hand-painted fine art reproductions of classic and new works of art.

Top 10 Works Sold During Holiday Season:

  1. Vincent Van Gogh, "Café Terrace at Night"
  2. Claude Monet, "Garden Path at Giverny"
  3. Gustav Klimt, "Tree of Life"
  4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, "Luncheon of the Boating Party"
  5. Gustav Klimt, "The Kiss"
  6. Edgar Degas, "Star Dancer (On Stage)"
  7. Justyna Kopania, "Moon"
  8. Vincent Van Gogh, "Vase with Poppies Cornflowers Peonies and Chrysanthemums"
  9. Vincent Van Gogh, "Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom"
  10. Claude Monet, "The Road to Bas-Breau, Fontainebleau"

Monday, October 16, 2017

500 Women Artists at the NMWA

Five hundred local women artists are expected to gather on October 25 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for a historic group photograph to be taken by D.C. photographer Kim Johnson in partnership with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, and co-organized by D.C.-based artist Linn Meyers.


The photograph will be titled Now Be Here #4DC/MD/VA, and the Now Be Here project website will list each artist in attendance.


Previous Now Be Here gatherings have taken place in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami where, collectively, more than 2,000 women artists participated.    

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Artists commissioned to do the Obama portraits!

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced yesterday that it has commissioned the museum’s official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Artist Kehinde Wiley—best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African Americans—will create the portrait of President Obama. Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, has been chosen to paint Mrs. Obama. The two portraits will be unveiled at the museum in early 2018 and will be added to the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former President and First Lady,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

At the end of each presidency, the museum partners with the White House to commission one official portrait of the President and one of his spouse. There are two sets of official portraits: one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery. The museum began to commission Presidents’ portraits with George H.W. Bush.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gallery 209’s Featured Artist for November is Janet Fox

JanetFox Pacific Northwest Potlach Encaustic Mixed Media
Janet Fox's textured encaustic and mixed-media art will be featured in Gallery 209’s November show, November 1 - 28, with an opening reception on Friday, November 3 from 6-8 pm. Her abstract or representational art is often inspired by the curious images in dreams. The show will also display works by the Gallery’s eleven other resident artists.

Gallery 209 is in the Artists & Makers Studios 2 along with three other galleries and 50-plus studios of artists and photographers. Located at 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, Md.



Free parking is in the rear.

Artists & Makers Studios 2 will also host its periodic Open Studio weekend on November 4th and 5th, from 12:00-5:00 pm. with over 100 artists participating.  Regular monthly viewing days are Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 4pm.

For information 
301-448-2215 or visit the website: Gallery209art.com and www.gallery209art.com/janet-fox.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Heading to Miami

Jumping Through Hoops: let's help each other
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

she is tossed by the waves but never sinks
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

the climb is hard but the view will be worth it
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

we won't keep quiet
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Great art shows need great artists!

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is now accepting artist applications for the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (May 19--- 20, 2018), its largest fundraiser.

This competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the high-quality of the artwork presented and for our exceptional artist hospitality. Read more...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Submission Deadline Approaching


WERE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW A MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON WOMEN'S ARTS CENTER?

Submit your work to be considered for an exhibition honoring the work of the Washington Women's Arts Center and the female artists who helped shape the art scene in Washington, curated by Francoise Yohalem.

The submission deadline is November 6.

We're accepting work created between 1975-85 by artists from the WWAC. Learn more about the exhibition and how to submit here.


Questions? Call or email: (202) 885-1300 or aiwa@american.edu

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

She Walks in Beauty

"She Walks in Beauty"
(From the Written on the Body series)
Charcoal and Conte on Paper, 15x22 in.
c. 2017 by F. Lennox Campello

She Walks in Beauty

I.

She walks in beauty, like the night 
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright 
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light 
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

II.

One shade the more, one ray the less, 
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress, 
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express 
   How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

III.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, 
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow, 
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below, 
   A heart whose love is innocent!

Monday, October 09, 2017

On Columbus Day



Regardless which side of the Columbus issue you find yourself in, here's my advice to both the pro and con side: read Charles Mann's two books (1491 and 1493) and just like it happened to me, prepare not only to be educated, but also to be astonished at what you don't know, and how many of the "facts" that you think you do know, are inaccurate...

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Wanna go to an opening this Wednesday?


Do not miss the spectacular painting by the vastly talented Judith Peck!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Melissa Ichiuji's Guise and Dolls workshop

The inaugural Guise and Dolls figurative sculpture exhibition is fast approaching!!

Melissa Ichiuji's last Guise and Dolls workshop was so successful, she's decided to have another 2 day class before showtime! (new students are welcome!)

This intensive two-day figurative sculpture workshop will focus on preparation for the first Guise and Dolls Figurative Sculpture exhibition titled PROGENY, opening November 3rd, 2017 at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, MD. 

Previous participants will have an opportunity to:
complete works in progress
practice presentation skills
have their work photographed
 New students will learn basic techniques for joining soft materials and meaningful artifacts to create a uniquely charged avatar doll aligned with their innermost fantasies. This is a beautiful way to release negativity, nurture self-compassion and dial in points of power and attraction.
2 Day Workshop: October 28 & 29, 2017
Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm
Location: Town of Somerset Town Hall
4510 Cumberland Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Cost: $250
Materials/Lunch provided.
All levels welcome. 
No prior experience necessary. 
Registration required.
Space is limited. Early registration strongly encouraged.


More information @www.melissaichiuji.com

Friday, October 06, 2017

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Artists, do you need a press list? Tips on how to promote yourself?

Press Outreach Toolkit
Hyattsville CDC + Gateway CDC with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council have developed a Press Outreach Toolkit that offers Gateway Arts District stakeholders the ability to access an online, nationwide press/media contact database called Cision.

RSVP to attend and to learn more: 
Press Outreach Toolkit
Sat, Nov. 4th at 2pm
Free,
RSVP to reserve a seatBrentwood Arts Exchange



Part of BAE's ongoing "Making It As An Artist" Professional Development Workshop Series.  

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this art scammer trying to rip off artists:
From: Monalisa Buckwell 
Subject: Art Order
Date: September 28, 2017 at 3:22:30 PM EDT
Reply-To: m77bu@outlook.com

Hello,
I am Interested in purchasing artwork from your gallery inventory
therefore i will like to know if you are able to ship international
and also if you accept Visa Card/Master Card or Paypal for payment?
You can get back to me with your response along with your recently
updated web page.
Regards
Monalisa

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Petty died yesterday

I remember when I first heard Petty singing that he wouldn't back down and he'd stand his ground... and that there was no easy way out... it kinda influenced me in college... fair winds and following seas in the afterlife..


 #tompetty

Monday, October 02, 2017

We're going to SA!

We're doing our first international art fair!


Cape Town, South Africa - here we come!






We'll be featuring and showcasing a solo booth for the amazing work of Amy Lin!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Frida Smoking

Just finished this piece... heading to Chicago where it will be in SOFA.

"Frida Smoking"
Charcoal and Conte with Embedded Electronics
24x36 inches