Thursday, March 21, 2019



My proposal was to present my lecture/question & answer presentation titled: "On Identity in the Arts: What does it mean to be Latino/a?"

I've presented this in various colleges across the US, but so far oh for two with MD... it is usually well-received and kick starts a lot of good discussion and gets a lot of muddy waters cleared...
events maryland 
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for submitting a proposal for the Maryland Arts Summit 2019. Unfortunately, your proposal was not selected to be presented at this year’s conference.

This process elicited an overwhelming response from the Maryland Arts community, which led to a very competitive pool of applicants and more quality proposals than we had space for in this year’s Summit.

We hope you will consider joining us for the Maryland Arts Summit 2019 as an attendee and that you will apply again in the future.

The Summit Staff

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Heloisa Escudero at Otis Street Arts Project

Heloisa Escudero
Opening Reception March 30, 2019, 6-9 PM
Special performance April 27th 2-5 PM

Solo Exhibition of new work created for Otis Street Arts Project by Heloisa Escudero.
Every human being follows a unique life path, with no two paths being alike. All of these paths are governed by countless life equations, where all of our phobias, fears and anxieties are parameters and variables that define a part of this equation, and the values of which may determine our learning directions.  The solutions to these multivariable and complicated equations are held inside each of us, we hold all the secrets to our unique self.  This exhibition aims at the realization of the (unique) self. By direct visualization of our phobias, it makes our parameters explicit. And by creation of rituals that provide positive thinking, it aims at finding solutions to our life equations.  One of the main goals is that the viewer actively integrates their life path while interacting with the art. 
About the Artist:
Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987 where her interest in Fine Arts developed. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazillian citizenships.  She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. In 2007 she moved to Sweden where she worked as a full-time artist, creating four successful projects and exhibiting in Sweden at the Uppsala Art Museum and in Spain at the University of Valencia.  Her art was mentioned at the the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Resource Magazine, Harvard University Archive and etc.  
Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.
March 30- May 4, 2019
Hours: Saturday 12-5, M-F by appointment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this rip off artist: 
Captain Ralph  
Good Day How are you doing? My name is Ralph Lauren from NC.I observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of art work,. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $450 to $5000. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.( Best regards, Ralph

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wanna help out our local arts community?

Then read the note below from one of the DMV's leading art presences:
We are asking you, our community, for your help and kind assistance!
By now you know us well, we will never ask you for monetary donations, but right now there IS something you can do to help A&M! We are working to open our third location as a part of a mixed-use development waiting for approval in the beautiful town of Kensington. The developer brought us in specifically to help make more of an arts anchor and presence in this (already) art-filled community, and we could not be more excited about this amazing opportunity.
If you love Artists & Makers Studios, and what we do in and for the community, would you please help us by doing one of the following to help us grow our vision to expand into our third art center?
1. Show up - Come to the Kensington community meeting next Thursday March 28th at 7pm, and join us in support. Newport Mill Middle School Cafeteria, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895
2. Contact me if you would like to speak about your experience at A&M as a resident or visitor!
3. Jot me an email about your experience with A&M and I will print and deliver it to the council.
We need community support to help get this project up and running, and any one of the three steps above (or any combination of all three) will be invaluable in helping get this project approved and started!
The developer engaged three new architects to take all of the community input offered so far, and is bringing a brand new vision for the building design to the meeting. lt is gorgeous and a building we would love to inhabit on that prominent corner in Kensington.
Our vision statement:
Artists & Makers Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.
My email:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Each October, 190 leading artists nationwide turn Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. “Art Fair Sourcebook” has recognized the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (BRAF) as one of the top 30 Fine Art Shows in the United States, attracting 45,000 art patrons over the two-day event.

Bethesda Row, just outside of Washington, DC, features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries and unique restaurants with outdoor seating. A few short blocks from the Metro, and on the Capital Crescent Trail, the area is accessible to the entire region by subway, bus, car and bike. 

Details and application here.

I've done this show several times over the years and I'm thinking of doing it again and doing some artist interviews and vlogging live - more later.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CHAW's 50 States Project

Tomorrow will be the official launch of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's groundbreaking, artist-led mobile artist residency program, The 50 States Project.

Beginning Fall 2019, painter Kate Fleming and photographer Tom Woodruff will spend a year traveling in a small camper van to all 50 states, exploring regional similarities and differences through art. This national project will concurrently serve as a mobile classroom for students at CHAW in a new Social Justice youth arts program. 
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is excited to announce the launch of The 50 States Project, a groundbreaking mobile artist residency. Beginning Fall 2019, painter Kate Fleming and photographer Tom Woodruff will spend a year traveling in a small camper van to all 50 states, exploring regional similarities and differences through art.  This national, artist-led project will concurrently serve as a mobile classroom for students at CHAW in a new Social Justice youth arts program, striving to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate students to promote social change through artistic means. For more information, please visit
Near Toyota Dealership by Kate Fleming
“Meaningful conversation is largely absent amid the intense division and discord found across the American landscape today,” says Amy Moore, CHAW’s Executive Director. “CHAW believes artists are uniquely situated to contribute by capturing and interpreting the ideals of our nation. Alongside the residency, CHAW’s new youth Social Justice program will allow students to explore how art has been used as a means to record history, shape culture, cultivate imagination, and harness individual and social transformation.”

As they travel to all 50 states, artists Kate and Tom will conduct their own individual research, producing works of visual art engaging with a particular theme or research question of their choosing. The artists will anchor their trip with stops at arts organizations across the country, engaging with at least one formal arts community in each state. Upon returning to DC in the fall of 2020, the artists will present their research through an exhibition, public programs, and an exhibit catalogue which will be shared with the communities they will have visited.

“By physically immersing ourselves in other American cultures during both an election year and a census year, we will learn and share the stories of our fellow Americans,” says artist Kate Fleming. “The artworks we create along the way will act as a vehicle through which others can experience and develop empathy for these people and places.”

About the artists:

Kate Fleming is a painter, printmaker, muralist, and installation artist based in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia. She has shown her work throughout the DC area and across the U.S. at galleries and mural festivals including POW! WOW! DC; Site:Brooklyn in New York; and Flatbed Press in Austin. Kate was artist-in-residence at CHAW in the Spring of 2018 and she has also completed residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia and Penland School of Craft in Bakersville, NC. Additionally, Kate has worked as a set designer with CHAW’s resident theater company, Taffety Punk, whom she met during her residency at CHAW. Kate conducted an artistic survey of biodiversity in North Carolina in 2017 with fellow artist Kristen Orr, painting her way across the state on an intensive seven-day road trip.

Tom Woodruff is a photojournalism graduate student at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, with an expected completion date of May 2019. He has undertaken multiple long-term photographic studies of place, including photo essays on tourism and the National Mall, gentrification of DC’s Massachusetts Avenue, and perseverance of community in the small coal mining town of Hemlock, Ohio. Tom works to develop trust with the communities he photographs through his working philosophy of empathy, rather than of exploitation. In 2019, Tom was a finalist for the Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling. Kate and Tom spent six months traveling around Australia in 2016, living and traveling in a camper van for two months of the trip. In 2017, the pair presented their Australian artworks in a two-person collaborative exhibition at Falls Church Arts in Falls Church, Virginia.