Friday, September 30, 2005

Things that make me go Mmmmm...

Still in San Diego, working hard, but this weekend visiting some "galleries" in the San Diego and La Jolla area... and some thoughts about things that make me go mmmm...

• Art galleries that have a locked door and you have to be buzzed in, and once you are buzzed in, no one says a word to you.

• Art Bloger(s) who have a page counter, but then put it under a password to hide their number of visitors, lest we all discoverer what an insignificant number of people we all reach on a daily basis.

• Art galleries where it takes an Act of Congress to get a price list or a listing.

• Right wingers who opposed the invasion of the Balkan nations but who endorsed the invasion of Iraq.

• Left wingers who applauded the invasion of the Balkan nations but who opposed the invasion of Iraq.

• Washington museum curators who travel all over the world to see emerging artists' works, but who will not visit Washington galleries or area artists' studios.

• Newspaper culture editors who have seldom set foot inside a museum or art gallery in the city that they are supposed to cover.

• Newspaper art critics who do not write about their city's art and artists.

• Huge major local corporations who ignore local art groups pleas for help in funding, while some small businesses contribute generously.

• Art galleries with contracts where the artist is responsible for the cost(s) of an exhibition.

• Writers, commentators, critics and blogers who bitch about everything and anything without ever actually doing anything constructive to solve the issue at hand.

• Old right wingers who immediately dismiss anything that young liberals have to offer, while forgetting that most likely they were once young lefties.

• Young left wingers (who one day will most likely age into old right wingers) who boo and shout down anyone that they disagree with, all the while apparently espousing freedom of speech.

• People who have never run an art gallery, but who are always giving out advise on how to run one.

• Drivers who never use their turn signals.

• Senior citizens driving huge RVs, and who leave their turn signal on for miles and miles.

Grubs who come into the gallery, head straight for the food and wine, grab some of each and go back outside without even a glance at the artwork.

• Otherwise law-abidding citizens who think it is OK to leave their dog shit on your lawn.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Boot Camp for Artists

On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, we will present another one of our highly successful "Success as an Artist" Seminars. This next seminar will be jointly hosted with the good people from Art-O-Matic, and the Warehouse Theater, Café and Gallery, on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 from 10:30-6PM, with lunch provided.

The seven hour seminar, which has been taken by over 2,000 artists and arts professionals from all over the Mid Atlantic is designed to deliver information, data and proven tactics to allow artists to develop and sustain a career in the fine arts. The seminar costs $80 (includes lunch) and is limited to 50 people. For more details please visit this website. For this seminar, sometimes called "Boot Camp for Artists" by the attendees, people as far as Arizona, California, New York and South Carolina have attended, including many, many university level art professionals.

In its seven hour format, the seminar covers a wide range of structured issues including:

1. Materials - Buying materials;strategies for lowering your costs, where and how to get it, etc.

2. Presentation – How to properly present your artwork including Conservation issues, Archival Matting and Framing, Longevity of materials, a discussion on Limited editions, signing and numbering, Prints vs. Reproduction, discussion on Iris Prints (Pros and Cons).

3. Creating a resume - Strategy for building your art resume, including how to write one, what should be in it, presentation, etc.

4. Juried Shows – An Insider's view and strategy to get in the competitions.

5. How to take slides and photographs of your artwork

6. Selling your art – A variety of avenues to actually selling your artwork, including fine arts festivals, corporate acquisitions, galleries, public arts, etc.

7. Creating a Body of Works

8. How to write a news release

9. Publicity – How to get in newspapers, magazines, etc. Plus handouts on email and addresses of newspaper critics, writers, etc.

10. Galleries – Discussion on area galleries including Vanity Galleries, Co-Operatives, Commercial Galleries, Non-profit Art spaces, etc.

11. How to approach a gallery – Realities of the business, Contracts, Gallery/Artist Relationship, Agents.

12. Outdoor Art Festivals – Discussion and advice on how to sell outwork at fine arts festivals, which to do, which to avoid, etc.

13. Resources - Display systems and tents, best juried shows and ones to avoid.

14. Accepting Credit cards – How to set up your art business.

15. Grants – Discussion on how to get grants in DC, Regional and National, including handouts on who and where and when.

16. Alternative Marketing - Cable TV, Local media

17. Internet – How to build your website at no cost, how to establish a wide and diverse Internet presence.

The seminar has been a spectacular success, and the feedback from artists can be read online at here and we continue to receive tremendous positive feedback on the practical success that this seminar has meant for those who have taken it.

You can sign up for the seminar at 301/718-9651 (starting next week) or via email (immediately) at Hurry, as the 50 spaces usually book very quickly, and we already have a bunch of people signed up (they already were on a wait-list from the last time that the seminar was offered and sold out).

Marianela de la Hoz

When I visited the Mirrors/Espejos exhibition currently at the Cultural Institute of Mexico, I immediately fell in love with the tiny paintings of Mexican artist Marianela de la Hoz.

Last night I had dinner with her (she lives in San Diego), and I am happy to report that we will be bringing her work to the DC area in the future; meanwhile go see her amazing work at the Institute.

Galleries in Mags

I haven't seen the magazines yet, but I am told that the Washington Flyer magazine has an excellent article on the 14th Street galleries. You can read that article online here. Other than one to-be-expected negative and typically ill informed, fact-less opinion/quote, it's a super article by Heather Morgan Shott, which describes the art scene around the many galleries now clustered around the 14th street corridor, and rightfully so focuses on the hard work of Sarah and Patrick of Fusebox in becoming the initial gallery magnet for that area.

And the first issue of the huge new super glossy DC, published by Modern Luxury is also out, and this first issue has a profile of the Hirshhorn's Olga Viso and also a profile and discussion of our upcoming Georgetown video/painting show by Scott Hutchison.

Let's hope that DC magazine continues to pay attention to our area's visual art scene, and let's also hope that Washington Flyer continues to discuss our city's widespread gallery pockets in future issues.

Well Done!

Tate, Cojones and Bailey

Edward Winkleman reports on the Tate's decision to remove artwork from an exhibit. Read it here.

Bailey reacts. Read that here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

In San Diego

Aaaargh! no time to write... more later!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Lenny flies away
Airborne today and heading to the Left Coast, where I'm hoping to meet with artist Marianela de la Hoz, whose arresting work at the Mexican Cultural Institute's current exhibition stole the show (in my opinion).

And again... more of our gallery artists have made available art to be auctioned off for hurricane Katrina and Rita relief causes. All net proceeds will be donated to the Southern Arts Federation.

The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and now I suppose also Rita.

We have the art online here, and it includes work by Vladimir Pcholkin, Jacqueline Saunders, Camille Mosley-Pasley, and myself. See all four here.

click to bid on Pcholkin photo

Vladimir Pcholkin Nude XII
Bid here.

Iris Cluster by Jackie Saunders

Jacqueline Saunders Iris Cluster
Bid here.

Bid for Mosley-Pasley here

Camille Mosley-Pasley Bonnie & Jasmine (from Mama Love series)
Bid here.

bid for Frida and Elvis
F. Lennox Campello "Frida Wearing an Elvis T-Shirt"
Bid here.

My Frida Wearing an Elvis T-Shirt is a silly pen and ink wash drawing that I did in 1978 on the first anniversary of the King's death. In it I married two of my icons: Kahlo and Elvis, and had Frida wearing an Elvis T-shirt under her rebozo. Sacrilege or what?

New DC Art Blog

There are now virtually dozens of terrific DC area art blogs, and the newest one is Authentic Art DC.

Visit often.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Nude Opportunities

Deadline: October 24, 2005

"Nudes" at Atlantic Works Gallery in Mass. This juried show is call for art work in any medium that depicts a nude or nudes in its subject matter or presentation. Artists are asked to submit up to two works. The submission fee for 2 pieces of art is $15.00. One piece of art submission fee $10.00.

Please address the checks to Laurie Hoffma. Slides/JPEGS of art work must be received by October 24th, 2005 Mailing address:

Atlantic Works Gallery
Attn: Juried Show
80 Border Street 4th floor
East Boston, MA 02128

Works to be hung should not be bigger than 3'x3.' Installation and mixed media are encouraged, however any specific set-up needs must be completed by the artist submitting the work. Artists accepted into the show will be notified in late October. All work that is to be hung should arrive at the gallery with a wire backing or an easy to hang set-up. An Artist resume and/or bio is optional.

All questions regarding this show should be directed to

There will be a cash award for the work selected by the jury that depicts a Nude or Nudes in a "notable conventional/classical manner." A cash award will also be given to the work selected that depicts a Nude or Nudes in a "notable unconventional/creative manner."

Nudes will open on November 12th, 2005 and the reception will be held from 6-9pm.

Nude International

Deadline: October 14, 2005

The Nude is an annual, juried international art exhibit now in its 20th year, sponsored by the Lexington Art League, of Lexington, Kentucky. Exhibition dates are January 14 - March 5, 2006.

The Nude celebrates one of the most classic and enduring forms to challenge artists. All artists using visual media are eligible to enter. Pat Oliphant, renowned editorial cartoonist and accomplished artist, will jury. Significant prize money is available. The postmark deadline to apply is Oct. 14. Entry fee: $25 for 1-3 slides, $35 for 4-6 slides. Slides ONLY accepted. Prospectuses are available on their website, or send a SASE to:

The Nude
Lexington Art League
209 Castlewood Drive
Lexington, KY 40505

For more information, please call 859-254-7024.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

More artwork for Katrina (and/or Rita) Relief

Some more of our gallery artists have made available art to be auctioned off for hurricane Katrina and Rita relief causes. All net proceeds will be donated to the Southern Arts Federation.

The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and now I suppose also Rita.

We have the art online here, and it includes work by Vladimir Pcholkin, Jacqueline Saunders, Camille Mosley-Pasley, and myself. See all four here.

click to bid on Pcholkin photo

Vladimir Pcholkin Nude XII
Bid here.

Iris Cluster by Jackie Saunders

Jacqueline Saunders Iris Cluster
Bid here.

Bid for Mosley-Pasley here

Camille Mosley-Pasley Bonnie & Jasmine (from Mama Love series)
Bid here.

bid for Frida and Elvis
F. Lennox Campello "Frida Wearing an Elvis T-Shirt"
Bid here.

My Frida Wearing an Elvis T-Shirt is a silly pen and ink wash drawing that I did in 1978 on the first anniversary of the King's death. In it I married two of my icons: Kahlo and Elvis, and had Frida wearing an Elvis T-shirt under her rebozo. Sacrilege or what?

Wanna go to an Opening Tonite?

DC area artist Diane Bugash's work is one of the sort of art that can be spotted in a group show right away. And not only because Diane is an exceptional painter, but also because she will not paint on a "normal" or ordinary canvas.

Bugash shapes her canvas until they become an integral and intelligent part of her painting. All shapes and sizes...

And Bugash has an opening tonight in Baltimore's Light Street Gallery, located at 1448 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, 410-234-0047 and website here. The opening is from 5-9PM, and the show runs until October 15.

See ya there!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Warehouse Peace Weekend

Warehouse Gallery has six gallery spaces devoted to the peace effort though the exhibition Where's the Peace? Details here.

They will be open all weekend, and the exhibit feautures 45 artists examining war and peace in our world through painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video.

Additionally, the Warehouse Screening Room has a free film all weekend: Trail of Feathers: The Missile Dick Chicks.

Meet the Missile Dick Chicks in person tonight (open till midnight).

Wanna go to an opening on Sunday?

The Sandy Spring Museum presents Photography is Dead; Long Live Photography.

Opening reception, Sunday, Sept 25, 2-4 pm. Organized and curated by Bert GF Shankman, an expressionist flower photographer and master printer, this exhibition focuses on Gyclee-printed photography and includes the work of the always innovative Danny Conant, Libby Cullen, Min Enghauser, Judith Goodman, Colleen Henderson, Allan Hockett, Barbara Southworth, Barbara Tyroler, and Frank Van Riper.

Most of the artists will be available to discuss their work. Rt. 108 and Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Can Bloggers be sued over comments?

Apparently yes... read it and weep.

[Tks TAA]

Secondsight Meeting

Secondsight is an organization dedicated to the advancement of women photographers through support, communication and sharing of ideas and opportunities.

The next Secondsight meeting will be held on Friday, September 23, 2005.

All meetings are held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, (just accross the street from the Fraser Gallery Bethesda) located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. If you are catching the Metro, exit on Wisconsin Avenue, take a left on Old Georgetown Road and walk for one block. The entrance to the services center is next to Chipotle. There is a public parking garage on Old Georgetown Road. The meetings start at 6.30pm and end at approximately 9pm.

The presentation by the guest speaker will be followed by portfolio sharing. The group will split up into smaller groups of about ten and each member will have the opportunity to discuss their work. For those who brought their portfolio to the last meeting, please feel free to bring it again as you will be sharing your work with an entirely new group of photographers.

Meetings are free for members of Secondsight and $10 (cash or checks only) for non-members.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend the meeting.

The Art Bloggers of the World

Zeke has put together an amazing list of over 400 Art Bloggers from around the world. [thanks Alexandra].

WOW! What a lot of work that must have been! Kudos to Zeke for the first ever, all-comprehensive listing of art blogs from the planet, where we're number 121! (so far).

Gilliam at the Corcoran

I can't wait to see what Jonathan Binstock has done with the Sam Gilliam Retrospective at the Corcoran.

Mark your calendars, as that exhibit opens Oct. 15 and runs through Jan. 22 of 2006, and it is (incredibly enough) Gilliam's first retrospective.

As Binstock wrote his doctoral dissertation on Gilliam, if anyone is qualified to organize a retrospective for Sam, it is Jonathan.

And kudos to the Corcoran for looking in its own backyard.

Other area residents who are worthy of a show and/or a retrospective (in my opinion) include Manon Cleary, Joe Shannon and our own John Winslow.

Like Gilliam, they have created great, lasting art in the District for decades and decades, and (like Gilliam) have been generally ignored by our "national" museums.

Free Press for All or Free-for-All?

Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater.

Blogging: Free Press for All or Free-for-All?

In honor of Constitution Day, the Newseum and the National Archives present a program examining how technological advances are reshaping interpretation of the first amendment, which guarantees, among other things, free speech and free press.

It has been said that the power of the press belongs to the person who owns one. Today, as the Internet turns desktops and laptops into personal presses, first amendment rights are challenged, and a power shift seems to be under way. Bloggers are staking a claim to "grassroots journalism," and print and broadcast journalists are looking to the future and wondering where their reporting skills fit in.

What’s credible? What’s not? And, just how far does the first amendment protect this new wave of journalism? Frank Bond of the Newseum and former Channel 9 anchor will moderate a discussion with Robert Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association and managing editor of "The National Debate"; Bruce Sanford, a first amendment lawyer with the D.C. office of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, and chairman of the board, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression; Jay Rosen, chairman and professor of journalism at New York University ; and Deborah Potter, president and founder of NewsLab as they examine the issues on the line when technology meets traditional journalism.

Reservations required by emailing them here. All programs are free and open to the public. The National Archives is located between 7th and 9ths Sts. on Constitution Ave, NW. Use the Special Event entrance just off the corner of 7th and Constitution Ave.

Rousseau and O'Sullivan on Trawick Prize

Dr. Claudia Rousseau reviews the Trawick Prize.

Read the review here.

And the WaPo's Michael O'Sullivan reviews the top prizewinner of the Trawick Prize here.


1. Where is the WaPo's Style section major (large, or more than 50 words) review of (in my opinion) our area's most important (and influential... details to follow) juried art exhibition? Fer Christsakes... This is the 3rd year of this prize! C'mon Pancake! C'mon Heard!

2. Where is the WaPo's feature on Olga Viso ascending to the top rung at one of the nation's top museums?

This is why the Post's Style section's anemic coverage of our area's visual arts draws so much criticism for that newspaper in general: [with one notable exception] An astounding lack of attention and (by now) an expected lack of interest (and knowledge) of what makes Washington area visual arts "tick."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Arts Job

Director, Vienna Arts Society.

The VAS, a prestigious art society, seeks a candidate with managerial experience and a love of art to fill a p/t position as director of a fast growing arts center in Vienna, VA.

The director is responsible for the day to day operation of the Center, including: ensuring that it is staffed during business hours; serving as liaison with the public; handling all bookkeeping; scheduling and supporting all activities at the center. In addition, the director identifies and promotes services provided by the VAS, such as art classes, workshops, space rental, and private and member shows. This position reports to the executive board of the Vienna Arts Society. Work Schedule and salary to be discussed.

Skills and Experience:
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral
• Marketing experience
• Self starter with flexibility and attention to detail
• Computer and office skills
• Experience managing others
• Experience with volunteer and non-profit organizations

History: VAS was founded in 1969 as a non-profit organization bringing artists and people interested in the arts together for developing and promoting local art and related activities.

Towards that end, VAS, through its Art Center on Pleasant Street and the gallery in the Village Green Shopping center, manages a broad variety of programs, workshops, classes, and trips.

Please email resume here.

A Taste for Art
Friends of the Torpedo Factory
Just back from jurying the prizewinners for the $1000 prize money for "A Taste for Art."

"A Taste for Art" is a cool art and food marriage of a party that takes place at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria to raise funds for the Factory and hosted by The Friends of the Torpedo Factory.

It involves a great art auction as well as loads of great food from most of Old Town's top restaurants. It takes place on Friday, October 14 from 7:30-10:30PM and tickets are available by calling 703-683-0693 or emailing them here.

EarthRights International Fundraiser

Dan Fatton, the Major Gifts Coordinator at EarthRights International, is looking for donations for their 10th Anniversary Silent Auction Fundraiser.

The event will be held on Friday, October 21, 2005, at the WVSA Arts Connection from 7 pm to 11 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan at EarthRights International at 202-466-5188 ext. 106 or

Dan Fatton
Major Gifts Coordinator
EarthRights International
1612 K St. NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20006
tel: 202-466-5188 ext. 108
fax: 202-466-5189

AU Lecture

Dr. Lisa Farrington, who just wrote "Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists," will be lecturing at AU this Friday, the 23rd, at 8pm in the recital hall of the Katzen Art Center.

She will be discussing African-American Feminist Art. Details here.

Bailey Interview

The Reston Observer with an interview of Bailey and his experiences with Katrina's damage in New Orleans.

Read it here.

Annual Hispanic Heritage Competition for Artists

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Open to all local artists, this competition is designed to showcase the interpretation of rich and diverse Hispanic heritages in U.S. communities. All artists from the Greater Metropolitan Washington Area are eligible. Top prize: $3000 and extensive local and national promotion.

For details on how to enter, please visit this website or call 800.989.2860.

For more info:
Hispanic Yellow Pages Network
Arte de America Hispana
2721 Prosperity Avenue Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22031

Call for Drawings

Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2005

Arlington Arts Center: Drawing: Tradition and Innovation

Exhibition Dates: November 15, 2005 to January 7, 2006

All artists living or working in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware are invited to enter. Drawings in any media on any kind of ground will be considered. No size restrictions, but work must fit through a standard double doorway. Outdoor works will also be considered.

Artists may submit slides or CD, application form, resume, and application fee.

To obtain more information or to download a prospectus, visit their website here, or call them at 703.248.6800.

For more info:
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Opportunity for Photographers

Deadline: October 1, 2005.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA)/Reston Photographic Society (RPS) announce their 2005 Call for Entry for its Annual Judged Photography Exhibition. This exhibition will feature $300 in prize monies awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Juror: Charles A. Veatch: As a fly fisherman and lover of nature, Veatch began photographing the beautiful scenes around him from the Florida Keys to the outback of Alaska. Photography soon became his passion and in 1999 he published his first book, The Nature of Reston, about the fauna and flora of this celebrated “New Town” in Virginia. His creative images have appeared in many publications including a cover story in Nature’s Best Magazine in 2003 which took an artistic look at the landscape of the American southwest.

Veatch is a past president of The Northern Virginia Photographic Society and is a frequent judge and lecturer on photography and visual design. He has also been a guest curator for the Greater Reston Arts Center where he serves on the Board of Directors.

How: This call for entry is limited to a maximum of two framed photographs. The entry fee for LRA/RPS members is $15. This exhibition is restricted to members of the LRA/RPS. Membership in the LRA/RPS is $25 per year.

The entry form can be downloaded from the LRA’s website here. Send completed entry form to the LRA, POB 2513, Reston, VA 20195. Entry forms must be postmarked no later than September 29.

Entries sent by mail must be received by October 1; entries will also be accepted at the door when artwork is dropped off. Please send your entry form and a check made payable to League of Reston Artists to LRA, PO Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195.

Drop off entries at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, Jo Ann Rose Gallery on Monday, October 3, 10–11 AM.

For directions to the Jo Ann Rose Gallery, see the LRA’s website.


The Miami Herald with an excellent article on our own Olga Viso.

Read it here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline October 14, 2005

AFRICA! Juror: Martha Jackson-Jarvis - This exhibition is open to all artists working in all media in the United States and abroad. Works can relate to contemporary and/or historical notions of Africa. Artists may respond to the theme freely, and are encouraged to present work that challenges traditional definitions and understandings.

Show dates January 18- February 19, 2006. Entry fee $30.00 for 3 images (slide or CD).

For a prospectus call 703-838-4565 ext. 4, or E-mail:, or send a SASE to:

Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Mojica Opens at Emma Mae

The Emma Mae Gallery has an opening this coming Friday for Brooklyn artist Marily Mojica.

Mojica, who is a self taught artist born of Puerto Rican parents, is a visual artist, doll maker, and a restorer of old furniture and lamps.

The Visions of Marily opens Friday at the Emma Mae Gallery and you can meet the artist and view her works at the reception on Friday, September 23, 2005 from 6-8pm. The exhibit runs through October 8, 2005.

Richmond Gallery Seeks Director

Executive Director for the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA.

This non-profit contemporary art gallery is seeking a full time executive director to "lead nationally recognized financially sound organization to the next level."

Requires Masters degree +2-5 yrs or equivalent in fundraising, grant writing, management of arts programs, staff, volunteers and public relations. Position reports to active Board. EOE/AA. Benefits. For details visit this website.

Salary: 35K to 40K.

Send cover letter, resume and references to:

1708 Gallery
P.O. Box 12520
Richmond, VA 23241

No phone calls.

Grants for Young Artists

Deadline October 26, 2005

Grants are currently available for DC artists between the ages of 18 to 30. The funds are available for arts projects and community service arts education projects. For an application and more info visit this website

New gallery I found

A while back, while passing through Chestertown, Maryland (for the first time ever), I unexpectedly ran into a really nice gallery with a very good exhibition going on.

It's the Carla Massoni Gallery and the show (which ends Sept. 24) is Point of Departure: The Structured and Unstructured Landscape, featuring work by Heidi Fowler, Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern, Karen Hubacher, Jessie Pollock, and Grace Mitchell.

Anyway, from now on, any visit to this area of Maryland should include a visit to this great gallery.

And talking about landscapes, Addison/Ripley Fine Art has a really good exhibit going on through October 15: Mary Page Evans: Mountains and Sea. If you are around Georgetown, you should also drop by and visit this show.

Warhol at the Corcoran

Warhol image courtesy of the CorcoranWarhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum opens at the Corcoran on Sept. 24.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and made possible through the support of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Stacey Schmidt, Corcoran Gallery of Art Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and John Smith, The Andy Warhol Museum Assistant Director for Collections and Research are the curators for this show.

I'll be taking a look at it tonight at the preview, which I will be attending together with my good friend Lida Moser, whose own work is in the collection of the Corcoran.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Arts on Foot Report

Alexandra has a report on Arts on Foot.

Read it here.

Alligators (and a giant bunny)

I am super busy this week, with some deliveries and installations to take care of, as well as a massive amount of deadlines and work that has all come down to this week, as I have an unplanned trip to California next week.

More later... there are loads of terrific shows around town that needs some good mention and discussion.

Meanwhile, Michelle Banks sent me the below, which brought a smile to my face this morning:

giant pink bunny
Artists erect giant pink bunny on mountain

An enormous pink bunny has been erected on an Italian mountainside where it will stay for the next 20 years.

The 200-foot-long toy rabbit lies on the side of the 5,000 foot high Colletto Fava mountain in northern Italy's Piedmont region.

Viennese art group Gelatin designed the giant soft toy and say it was "knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool".

Group member Wolfgang Gantner said: "It's supposed to make you feel small, like Gulliver. You walk around it and you can't help but smile."

And Gelatin members say the bunny is not just for walking around - they are expecting hikers to climb its 20 foot sides and relax on its belly.

The giant rabbit is expected to remain on the mountain side until 2025.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

New Arts Newspaper

There's a new (at least new to me) arts-focused monthly. It's the Scout Newspaper, and they're looking for submissions.

Details here.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Arts on Foot

Today is the Arts on Foot festival around the Penn Quarter.

Arts on Foot will feature visual and performing artists at multiple venues between 4th and 14th Streets, Pennsylvania Avenue and L Street.

New this year are a preview of the 2006 Capital Fringe Festival, participation at the Canadian Embassy of the DC Shorts Film Festival, sculptor Robert Cole’s street exhibit at Gallery Place, and Woolly Mammoth’s new theatre, which people may take tours of during Arts on Foot.

Edison Place Gallery with an exhibit organized by the YWCA has also joined the list of participants. And the juried Art Market is more than fifty percent larger than last year’s market with many well-known names exhibiting and selling their artwork as part of the festival.

Along with all of the day's scheduled events, 22 area restaurants will be offering "Samplings" of their cuisine at modest prices on F Street between 8th and 9th and celebrated chefs from a number of these and other restaurants will demonstrate their cooking skills.

Details, schedules and directions here.

See ya there!

Friday, September 16, 2005

I went to the opening of "Mirrors: Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States," last Wednesday at The Cultural Institute of Mexico, and it was packed.

The exhibition, curated by my good friend Santiago Espinoza de los Monteros was absolutely terrific, and if I have time, I will return to it and write more extensively about it.

My top pick for the group was the astonishing work by San Diego artist Marianela de la Hoz, who displayed a set of tiny tempera miniatures that were absolutely breathtaking in detail, composition and intelligent titles that became doors into the psyche of the painting.

Hoy estuve tejiendo con el estambre de tus ojos

"Hoy estuve tejiendo con el estambre de tus ojos"
Egg tempera on board
3.9 x 1.9 in. c.2003

Thursday, September 15, 2005

And on Friday...

Numark Gallery has the opening of its fall season with The Empire of Sighs, a group exhibition curated by Andrea Pollan. The Empire of Sighs brings together nine artists: Laura Carton, Sarah Hobbs, Kyung Jeon, Michael Kalmbach, Takehito Koganezawa, Michele Kong, Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz, Roxy Paine and Julianne Swartz. These artists conjure a mood of delicate neurosis, awash with fantasy, obsessiveness, hallucinatory allusions, erotic illicitness, childhood fears, solitude, ethereality, and hints at forces unseen. The reception is from 6:30-8PM and the show will be up through October 29.

In Georgetown, the five Canal Square galleries will host their usual third Friday openings from 6-9PM. We will host the American solo debut of Lithuanian artist Zygimantas Augustinas, whose work we've been showing since he was an art student in Vilnius in 1997, and whose career skyrocketed in Europe when he was one of the prizewinners in the prestigious BP Portrait Prize Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The openings are catered by the Sea Catch Restaurant and go from 6-9PM.

Moved man by Zigymantas Augustinas

Moved Man by Augustinas

At the Arlington Arts Center, the Fall Solo Exhibitions series open with a reception from 6-9PM, featuring six one-person shows, each in its own gallery. If you're there, don't miss the amazing video paintings by Scott Hutchison and the glass work of Allegra Marquart.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Wanna go to an opening tonight?

"Mirrors: Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States," opens tonight at 7:00 pm at The Cultural Institute of Mexico.

Details here.

And also opening tonight is That's Not How I Remember It... at Salve Regina Gallery at CUA. This is an exhibition exploring how our identities shape and are shaped by memories. Opening from 6-9PM. The exhibition includes work by:

Beverly Ress
Candace Keegan
Elizabeth Jernigan
John Figura
Judy Jashinsky
Karen J. Topping
Lori Spencer
Matthew Liddle

Salve Regina Gallery is located on the campus of Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave, NE. Washington DC, 20064 or take Metro’s Red line to the Brookland/CUA. Details here.

WSC Fundraiser

The Washington Sculpture Center is being kicked out of their building in order to build the new baseball stadium.

In order to help raise funds to pay for relocation and set-up expenses at their new site, they are hosting a Sculpture Soiree and Silent Auction on September 22, 2005.

View details and RSVP here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Opportunity for Artists
Deadline: October 15, 2005.

The Cultural Affairs Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services invites the submission of proposals for individual and group exhibitions for its 2006/07 gallery season screening. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed for programming in two city galleries: the Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery at 800 South Brush Street or the Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery at 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North.

To download a pdf with images and floor plans of these gallery spaces click on "Gallery Floor Plans" under related links at this website.

To participate in the screening, artists/curators must submit a written exhibition synopsis (no more than one page) with 15-20 supporting images (slides or jpegs on CD) with an identification list, artist statement(s), and artist resume(s). Other suitable supporting materials include color prints, exhibition cards and press clippings, all of which are optional. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.

All visual art practices suitable for gallery installations of 10 to 12 weeks will be considered. All applicants can expect notification regarding their proposal by mail by February 1, 2006. Address submissions to:

Catherine Borg
Charleston Heights Arts Center
800 South Brush Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89107

Call (702) 229-4674 or e-mail for information.

Role Play at Target

The exhibition "Role Play: The Definition of Self in Contemporary Society" is currently on view at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. This thought-provoking show was curated by my good friend J. W. Mahoney, Washington, DC, Corresponding Editor for Art in America magazine.

This exhibition looks at the range of societal roles and assumptions placed on individuals in contemporary American life. Mr. Mahoney selected artists from some 200 applicants nationwide. The exhibition goes through October 16.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Art Blogs Come to Montreal

ARTIVISTIC 05 is dedicating a significant portion of their conference schedule to Art Blogs and I've been invited to participate, but don't know yet if I will be able to come, due to some health complications of one of my daughters.

But it sounds interesting! Check it out here.

Bailey on Katrina

Bailey has an Op Ed in the Reston Times and Reston Observer newspapers.

Read it here.


Mirrors Espejos

The Cultural Institute of Mexico has what sounds like a great exhibition opening on Wednesday.

Titled "Mirrors: Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States," the opening will take place on September 14th, 7:00 pm at the Institute.

The exhibition presents works of 36 Mexican artists currently living in different cities of the United States. The 100 works in this exhibition have been selected by the prestigious curator Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros and includes paintings, videos, sculptures, installations and photographs.

See ya there!

CAMH for Katrina

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston announced today the launch of the Katrina Artists Trust (KAT), a grant-making trust to provide financial support for visual artists in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

By focusing its support on the painters, sculptors, and other visual artists who lived in the regions damaged by the hurricane, the Museum’s KAT program provides a unique source of revitalization for a community with a long artistic tradition. By helping artists rebuild their studios, purchase new materials, and even salvage damaged works, the Trust’s grants will also contribute to the economic revitalization of the devastated region, aid these communities in their reconstruction efforts, and help renew cultural tourism.

The Museum welcomes other organizations as partners and collaborators in this effort. For further information, please call 713 284 8250 or visit their website.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Moon for Katrina

Trawick Prizewinner Jiha Moon's donated piece from her show at Curator's Office sold last night at the opening for $800. Moon also donated the sales proceeds from one work at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, where she's in the group show called "Red Beans and Rice"; that work sold for $700.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Tapeman Cometh

Mark Jenkins raised $410 dollars today for Habitat for Humanity's Katrina Relief Fund.

A special thanks to our upstairs neighbor, the lovely Anne C. Fisher, who threw in a couple of nice checks both to Mark's fundraiser and one to be added to our donation to the Southern Arts Federation.

Monuments, TV and Tape

Saturday schedule:

1. Drop daughters off at the Mall for sightseeing, museum hopping and monument visiting.
street sculpture by Mark Jenkins
2. Head to Alexandria for videotaping of ArtsMedia News' first segment: the Alexandria Festival of the Arts.

3. Head to Georgetown to Canal Square, where Mark Jenkins is having an installation "tape yard sale" going on from 12-6PM (lots of sangria and munchies). The Canal Square is at 31st and M Street, NW in G'town.

The Daughters of F. Lennox Campello

Vanessa, Elise, and Lennox Campello
The Campello sisters are in town

Friday, September 09, 2005

Trawick Prize Winners Announced

Jiha Moon of Annandale has won the $10,000 Trawick Prize.

Jiha Moon Wins 2005 Trawick Prize
Trawick Prize Chair Catriona Fraser, 2005 Best in Show winner Jiha Moon and Trawick Prize founder Carol Trawick

Read the WaPo story by Jonathan Padget here, and see lots of photos from the opening and awards ceremony here.

Winners were announced last night at a private reception in Bethesda's Creative Partners Gallery, which is hosting the exhibition of work by the ten Trawick Prize finalists.

Dean Kessman of Washington, DC (who will be having a solo show coming soon at Conner Contemporary) came in second and received $2,000. The third-place winner, Denise Tassin of Baltimore, received $1,000.

Baltimore's Michele Kong, 30, won the $1,000 young-artist award, which we sponsor.

Montgomery County Council Members Howie Denis and Nancy Floreen
Montgomery County Council Members Howie Denis and Nancy Floreen at the opening reception

The Trawick Prize is sponsored by the amazing generosity of Carol Trawick, who also sponsors the annual Bethesda Painting Awards.

Art Season Opens Tonight

The DC "art season" opens tonight with a series of openings throughout the city and continues through the weekend...

Details here.

I'll be on the radio and on TV over the next few days and weeks discussing all the upcoming DC area gallery and museum shows. More later.

Bethesda Art Walk Tonight

Tonight is time for the Bethesda Art Walk, with 13 participating galleries and art venues.

A free guided tour is also offered. See details of the tour here. 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.

And the $14,000 Trawick Prize(s) winners at the finalists' exhibition will be on display at the Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda. The opening reception will be from 6-9PM.

Also not to be missed is Neptune Gallery's solo exhibition for Scott G. Brooks titled "Jumping Through Hoops." Reception for Scott is from 6-9PM.

We will host the return to the DC area of former area artist (now living in Philly) Michael Sprouse, who returns with an exhibition of new paintings. The catered reception for Sprouse is from 6-9PM.

See ya there!

More Katrina Art Fundraisers

Anne Marchand is offering posters of five of her cityscape paintings in the month of September with all of her September Poster sales going to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. See details here.

Nikolas Schiller has prints of his Katrina Quilt for sale on line. For more information and to see the work click here.

An update on Katrina Art fundraisers follows... Also Solarize This has a great listing here.

Matt Achhammer.

James W. Bailey.

F. Lennox Campello.

Warren Craghead.

Catriona Fraser.

Paul Goode.

Duane Kaiser and also here.

J.T. Kirkland.

Tracy Lee.

Heather Levy.

Anne Marchand.

Gary S. Medovich.

Jiha Moon.

Nikolas Schiller.

Alexandra Silverthorne.

Meghan Taylor

Samantha Wolov.

Where's the Peace?

I missed the opening of Where's the Peace? last night at Warehouse (I was in the emergency room with one of my visiting daughters - she's fine now), but Alexandra Silverthorne has some great photos of the opening here.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bailey on Slate

Bidisha Banerjee, with a pretty good piece on Katrina, quotes Bailey in Slate.

Read it here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Opportunity for Artists: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Deadline December 15, 2005

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, takes place next May 13-14, 2006 and it is a great opportunity to exhibit, see and buy great original art from 160 artists from all over the nation.

I know this first-hand, as I've now done it twice and have sold a lot of work, and I guess about 35,000 to 40,000 people came to this year's festival, and I bet more will come next year as the word gets out. The time to prepare is now! as you will need slides, displays, etc.

Send a SASE to:

Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information call the festival Director, Catriona Fraser at 301 718-9651. Download application form here.

Openings this week

Tomorrow, Warehouse Gallery hosts the opening for Where is the Peace?, an exhibition by mostly DC area artists where the artists examine war and peace in our world through painting, sculpture, photography, installations and video. The exhibition runs from September 8 through October 2, 2005 and the Opening Reception is Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm.

Also on Thursday, the Arts Program Gallery at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD has an opening reception from 5-7PM for glass sculptor Alan Binstock's solo exhibition titled "A celebration of glass, steel and stone." The show runs until October 2, 2005.

On Friday, September 9, 2005, it is time for the Bethesda Art Walk, with 13 participating galleries and art venues. A free guided tour is also offered. See details of the tour here. 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. Noteworthy this Friday is the fact that the $14,000 Trawick Prize(s) will be announced at the finalists' exhibition at the Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda. The announcement ceremony and catered reception will be from 6-9PM. Also noteworthy is Neptune Gallery's solo exhibition for Scott G. Brooks titled "Jumping Through Hoops." Reception for Scott is from 6-9PM. We will host the return to the DC area of former area artist (now living in Philly) Michael Sprouse, who returns with an exhibition of new paintings. The catered reception for Sprouse is from 6-9PM.

Also opening on Friday, Sept. 9 is Julee Holcombe at Conner Contemporary in DC. The exhibition, titled "Homo Bulla (Man in a Bubble)" opens with a reception from 6-8PM and runs until Oct. 22, 2005.

Kendall Buster's "Model City" opens at Fusebox on Saturday, Sept. 10 with an opening reception from 6:30 - 8:30PM. The exhibition runs until October 22.

Also on Saturday, Transformer has video artist Jason Zimmerman' "Fair Game." This is Zimmerman's first solo show and he has taken footage from over 150 episodes of Fox TV’s reality show "Cops" to create a looped video projection of foot chases edited into one continuous sequence. According to Zimmerman: "the fast paced movement, and rough-cuts of each clip, stream endlessly into one another creating a scenario where the police and the criminals are caught-up in an endless game of cat and mouse." The opening reception is Saturday from 7-9 PM. Zimmerman will also have an artist's talk on Saturday, October 1, 2005, starting at 2PM.

Still on Saturday, Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo has guest artists joining the Photoworks faculty in exhibiting their work in the Photoworks Gallery. Representing a range of media and artistic perspectives, the Faculty/Guest show is a celebration of the broader Washington area arts community and offers a window on the local artistic influences that have shaped the work of Photoworks photographers. Artists will be on hand at the opening reception to answer questions and discuss their work. Opening Reception Saturday, September 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, and the exhibition runs until Sept. 28, 2005.

And Hemphill Fine Arts also has an opening on Saturday, from 6:30 - 8:30PM, when they host Renee Stout's Fragments of a Secret Life and Joseph Mills' Anarch Angel. The exhibitions run until Oct. 29th. George will also host a book signing and cocktail party (you must RSVP ) for Mills' book Loves of the Poets, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30PM and an art talk and conversation with Renee Stout and Stephen Bennett Phillips (Curator of the Phillips Collection) on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10-11:30PM (RSVP required and $12 per person).

And David Adamson has an opening for an old schoolmate of mine, Chuck Close (no, not same class, geez). The exhibition is titled A Couple of Ways of Doing Something and opens with a reception on Saturday from 6-8PM.

And the ubiquitous Mark Jenkins expands upon his current "Storker" exhibition at our Georgetown gallery by setting up an outside installation in the Canal Square (31st and M, NW), where he will set up an entire yard sale of tape sculptures. Jenkins intends to make a variety of the usual objects found in a real yard sale, but made out of tape. As part of the installation and event, Jenkins will then barter with buyers, like a real yard sale, and sell the tape sculptures after agreeing on a price. All proceeds will be donated to charity. The "yard sale" reception will be from 12-6PM. See ya there!

On Sunday, September 11, photographer Scott Lassman opens an exhibition from a new series of photographs entitled "Come Unto Me," which documents life over the past year at All Souls Unitarian Church in Mount Pleasant. The exhibition will be held in Pierce Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church on 16th & Harvard Streets, NW.

Also on Sept. 11, artist G.C. Myers is having an artist's talk at the Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria commencing at 1:30 PM.

If I missed anything of substance, email me.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Tate on TV

Well... his pad actually.

If you ever wanted to see Tim Tate's swank artists' condo, it will be appearing on HGTV Thursday night at 8pm on the show "Small Space, Big Style."

More Katrina Art Fundraisers

An update on Katrina Art fundraisers. Also Solarize This has a great listing here.

Matt Achhammer.

James W. Bailey.

F. Lennox Campello.

Warren Craghead.

Catriona Fraser.

Paul Goode.

Duane Kaiser and also here.

J.T. Kirkland.

Tracy Lee.

Heather Levy.

Gary S. Medovich.

Jiha Moon.

Alexandra Silverthorne.

Meghan Taylor

Samantha Wolov.

Medovich for Katrina

Gary Medovich steps up to the plate with two limited edition digital prints, each signed and numbered 3 from an edition of 25. Size is 16x20 inches. Each print is individually available and for sale to the highest bidder with all proceeds donated to the relief fund. Email your bid to Gary here.

The auction will close at noon next Monday, Sept. 13, 2005.

Gary Medovich Digital Print

Gary Medovich Digital Print


Frank Warren's Secret Project continues to roll!

The PostSecret Book, "PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives," is now available from Amazon.

Currently, it is in the top ten pre-orders on Amazon and is near the top 100 sales rank for all books.

Pre-order the book here.

And next December 15, 2005 through January 8, 2006, the WPA\C presents Post Secrets.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 15, 2005 from 6-10pm
Fundraiser: Wednesday, December 14 from 6-10pm for Kristin Brooks Hope Center ($10 suggested donation)
Location: Former Georgetown Staples Store, 3307 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Exhibition Hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri 6-10pm, Sat & Sun 2-10pm

Monday, September 05, 2005

Closing the book on Seven

Now that Seven has ended, I wanted to do a littlre recap and toot my horn, and review what was accomplished by this massive show.

One of the goals of Seven was to expose as many new WPA/C artists as possible to the public. At least half of the artists included in Seven had never participated in a WPA/C exhibition before, and 24,000 slides later (twice-viewed) a full third of them were new names to me.

A second goal was as a fundraiser for the WPA/C, and this exhibition has, I am told, become their best selling gallery show ever. Among the dozens of sales made during the show, three of Washington's best-known power collectors and one major corporate buyer came away with artwork from Seven.

A third goal (my goal) was to bring some fellow gallerists to the exhibition, in the hope that they would find some new artists among the lot that I selected for the exhibition. To date, several artists that I know of have been picked up for (or offered) representation by DC area galleries (and one by a California gallery!).

Furthermore, the focus of the "Text" gallery in Seven has become of interest to a couple of area curators, and look for that group of artists to push the theme and focus in an area art venue soon, and later in a Virginia museum.

Seven was widely reviewed in the press, with the expected range of flavors from such a large exhibition, from the expected dismissal by the WaPo, to online reviews by G.P. and by The Artery, to a rousing endorsal of a review by The Georgetowner.

The show was also discussed on CNN and was filmed as part of a new art documentary film.

And, although the City Paper did not review this massive show (tsk, tsk), they did profile several of the artists who came across to their writers and critics' attention through Seven (such as Samantha Wolov and Ben Tolman).

And last but not least, a rousing "well done!" to Kim Ward of the WPA/C for busting her tail in all aspects of this show, as well as to my two co-curators, Sandra Fernandez and Adrian Schneck, and to the the Rupert family for the generous donation of their magical spaces.

Where is the Peace? Opens on Thursday

Warehouse Gallery hosts Where is the Peace?, an exhibition by mostly DC area artists where the artists examine war and peace in our world through painting, sculpture, photography, installations and video. The exhibition runs from September 8 through October 2, 2005 and the Opening Reception is this coming Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm.

Artists in the exhibit include:

John Aaron, Sondra Arkin, Joan Belmar, Ib Benoh, Gabriela Bulisova, Cynthia Carter, Randi Cecchin, Travis Childers, Richard L. Dana, John De Fabbio, Michele de la Menardiere, Rick Delaney, Laura Elkins, John Hayes, Matt Hollis, Djakarta Jacobs, Michael Janis, Mark Jenkins, Joroko, Maria Karametou, Joanne Kent, George Koch, Katya Kronick, Heather Levy, Rosetta McPherson, Gary S. Medovich, Joseph Merchlinsky, Rosa Naparstek, Claudia Olivos, Dino Paxenos, Rob Redding, Ann Ruppert, Rolf Rykken, Hussein Saidi, Anita M. Schmied, Alexandra Silverthorne, Fierce Sonia, Kim Stark, Ann Stoddard, Karen Joan Topping, Ruth Trevarrow, Ellyn Weiss, and Andrew Wodzianski.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: September 15, 2005.

UNLOCKED: Open Exhibition 2005, Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Artists from DC, MD, or VA are encouraged to apply. Artists working in any media can submit up to four (4) slides, the first two (2) will be considered for exhibit.

This year's Juror is Andrea Pollan, independent curator and past Exhibitions Director at the McLean Project for the Arts. Cash prizes totaling $2000. Entry Fee: $35 (waived for current members). Exhibition will take place November 4 – December 2, 2005. For more information, please contact or 703.642.0862 x 5. The prospectus is also available on their website.

Jiha Moon for Katrina

Curator's Office next hosts the exhibition Symbioland: Works by Jiha Moon. The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 10 and runs through October 15, 2005. A reception for the artist takes place on Saturday, September 10, from 6 to 8 pm.

As part of the exhibition, they will donate the proceeds from the sale of the piece "Tie the Knot" to a charity helping the victims of Katrina. See the image below:

Tie the knot by Jiha Moon

Curator's Office micro-gallery Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 pm and by appointment.

Curator's Office
1515 14th Street NW
Suite 201
Washington, DC 20005
tel - 202.387.1008
fax - 202.387.1066

Lichtenstein Painting Slashed in Austria

A German woman from Munich visiting the Kunsthaus Bregenz exhibition "Roy Lichtenstein — Classic of the New" in Austria pulled a pocket knife from her purse and delivered several slashes to a painting by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Read the story here.

Catriona for Katrina

The fair Catriona Fraser has one of her spectacular infrared photographs from her "Seven Celtic Nations" project on auction with all proceeds to be donated to the The Southern Arts Federation's Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

click here to bid
Bid for "Balvenie Castle, Scotland" here.

Keegan for Katrina

The fair Candace Keegan has one of her sensual paintings up for auction at her website, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

Bid for this painting here
Bid for it here.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Bailey on Katrina

If Art Blogs were eligible for Pulitzers, then I'd vote for Black Cat Bone, who is doing an amazing job reporting from inside the devastation and focused on the effects upon the area's art world.

Read it all here.

More Katrina Art Fundraisers

Two new artists in the below listing of area artists who are having artwork for sale/auction and who will donate the proceeds to a reputable charity to help with the Katrina disaster. If anyone else knows of anybody else, please email me. Be generous. The new artists are Heather Levy and Meghan Taylor. Also Solarize This has a kicking listing here.

Matt Achhammer

James W. Bailey

F. Lennox Campello

Warren Craghead

Paul Goode

Duane Kaiser and also here.

J.T. Kirkland.

Tracy Lee

Heather Levy.

Alexandra Silverthorne

Meghan Taylor

Samantha Wolov

Saturday, September 03, 2005

ArtsMedia News Returns

The second season of the TV show ArtsMedia News returns in a couple of weeks, and we'll be videotaping a segment next week.

As some of you know, I am the talking head (or often voice) discussing the Greater DC area art scene, doing reviews of area shows or interviewing DC area artists and curators.

The show airs on Thursdays at 8:30PM and and Saturdays at 8:30AM on the MHz TV Network.

In some of the next few segments, we'll be covering the Alexandria Festival of the Arts next weekend, and later on I'll be taking the camera crew (maybe next month) through some of the openings of the Dupont Circle galleries on their First Friday Art Walk.

Bethesda Artist Market Returns Sept. 11

On Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 10am-5pm, the Bethesda Artist Market returns to Bethesda Place Plaza, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda (one block from the Bethesda Metro stop). The event features artwork and fine crafts for sale by nearly 30 regional and local artists working in painting, photography, jewelry, turned wood, blown glass, metalwork and mixed media.

Details here.

Arts on Foot Returns September 17

Arts on Foot is a one-day event on September 17, 2005 from 11AM-5PM celebrating arts in the Penn Quarter. The event takes the place both as a street festival and in neighborhood venues and institutions between 4th and 14th Streets, from Pennsylvania Avenue to L Street.

The Art Market is located in the "T-Shaped" Street Festival adjacent to the Hotel Monaco and National Portrait Gallery (currently closed):

Street Festival Location:
F Street, NW between 7th and 9th Streets
8th Street, NW between E and F

In addition to the Art Market artists, museums, restaurants and theaters will have activities in the Street Festival and there will be a stage with music and dance performances.

Details here.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Dawson on Coble

Jessica has a very good interview with Mary Coble in yesterday's WaPo. Read it here.

Mary Coble's Brandon
More on Coble at Conner Contemporary here.

Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists

I'll be donating all the proceeds from my Katrina art auctions (plus my own donations) to the Southern Arts Federation.

The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Distribution and decisions on the use of funds will be made by state arts agencies. Donations may be made by check or credit card. Please make checks out to: Southern Arts Federation Emergency Relief Fund.

All donations are tax-deductible. Please, click on the following link to complete the donation form -- here.

David Dombrosky
Contemporary Arts Manager
Southern Arts Federation
1800 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-874-7244 ext. 22
FAX 404-873-2148

Katrina Art Fundraisers

Below is a listing of area artists who are having artwork for sale/auction and who will donate the proceeds to a reputable charity to help with the Katrina disaster. If anyone else knows of anybody else, please email me. Be generous.

Matt Achhammer

James W. Bailey

F. Lennox Campello

Warren Craghead

Paul Goode

Duane Kaiser and also here.

J.T. Kirkland.

Tracy Lee

Alexandra Silverthorne

Samantha Wolov

DCist looking for art writers

DCist is looking to improve its visual arts coverage, but in order to do that they need writers who are qualified and willing to review galleries, art venues and museum shows.

If you are interested, contact Rob Goodspeed at

Katrina Art back up at Ebay

I've relisted the artwork that Ebay removed yesterday.

See and bid for one or both of them here. All proceeds will be donated to a reputable Katrina relief fund.

Bid for Kahlo oil wash here
Bid for the Kahlo oil here

Bid for the Morrigan here
Bid for The Morrigan here

Also opening today

JET Artworks has the opening for GO FIGURE! – a group exhibition of 22 artists running from August 31 – October 8.

This exhibit is a survey of artists working in a variety of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video – all using the human form, face, or figure in some way.

There will be two receptions – September 2 and 9, 6-8pm. JET Artworks is located at 2108 R St. NW 202.232.4407 / hours are Wed-Sat 12-6, Sunday 12-4PM.

Katrina and the Arts

Just follow Bailey's Blog and you'll begin to shake inside your soul at the destruction and loss.

Bailey is doing a spectacular job so far in leading the Arts BLOG reporting from inside the destruction area.

And we all knew that he would, didn't we?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Auctions cancelled by Ebay

In case you're wondering what happened to the two auctions that I had going, to raise some funds for the Katrina victims, they have been terminated by Ebay. They sent me the below email:
We appreciate that you chose eBay to list the following listing(s):

7347481288 - The Morrigan signed Celtic print 4 Katrina Relief Fund
7347617747 - 1981 Frida Kahlo oil portrait signed 4 Katrina relief

However, your listing was in violation of eBay's Charity policy and has been removed from eBay. We have credited all associated fees to your account and notified eBay users associated with the transaction that it has been cancelled.

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know what part of your listing is not permitted.

Your listing(s) contains the following information:

Title States: Katrina Relief Fund
Description States: All proceeds from this auction will be donated to one of the charities helping with the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Title States: Katrina relief
I've asked Ebay why they terminated it; perhaps they have a blanket policy like this in order to avoid scams.

Update: I've relisted both items. Bid for them here.


Tomorrow is the first Friday of September and thus usually time for the openings and extended hours of the Dupont Circle area galleries. However, because of the holiday weekend, it seems that some of the area galleries are having the opening receptions next week sometime. Make sure to check their websites for the correct times.

Anyway, I've already mentioned the Mary Coble performance at Conner. This is also the last few days to see the "Introductions" exhibition at Irvine; this is the acclaimed show of some talented young artists who have recently graduated from art colleges on the East coast. The show closes Sat. Sept. 3, 2005.

A few doors down, Washington Printmakers has "Interior Alternatives," recent monoprints and monotypes by Carolyn Pomponio, and they are having a reception for the artist from 6-9PM.

Also on Friday, Monument Snowboards is having their End of Summer Bash at Club FIVE, located at 1214-B 18th Street, NW Washington, DC. Why am I mentioning that event here? Because Kelly Towles, Adam Stab, and Ron Thompson will be exhibiting work at the party, and get this: They're having an open bar from 9:30 to 10:30PM! You can pay $5 instead of $10 if you go here and RSVP. Please go and support a small indie snowboard company and the artists; all for $5 for on open bar hour of fun!

There are loads of new openings next week, both in the District and in Bethesda; check later for those times and places.

Kahlo for Katrina Relief

I've put a second piece of my artwork online at Ebay to raise funds for the victims of Katrina. This piece is an original oil wash on gessoed paper that I did when I was a student at the University of Washington School of Art. It measures 19x15 inches and it is matted to 24x20 inches in a white, pH-balanced, acid free mat.

Bid for Kahlo oil wash here
Bid for it here

The piece is part of my well-documented obsession with the image of Frida that started in 1977 when I first visited Mexico City. It has a very low starting bid price.

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