Friday, March 20, 2009

Thomas on Huddy

The WaPo's Holly E. Thomas writes about The Torpedo Factory and Margaret Huddy.

Elise Campello reviewed again!

Elise Campello

"Showing great range as an actor, Campello goes from sexy and brash to tender and vulnerable in the bat of an eye.

She sets the tone for Ariel when, once out of her parent’s sight, she slips out of her modest clothes to reveal tight shorts and an exposed midriff and she then vamps wildly to 'The Girl Gets Around.'"
Read the News Tribune review here.

Is it just me?

School of Fish PainMaybe it is just me.

But doesn't the new McDonald's singing fish commercial look, feel and sound like the work of former DC area artist (and now in Los Angeles I think) Thomas Edwards's 2004 Artomatic entry "School of Fish Pain" which was subsequently exhibited at Fraser Gallery's 2005 show?

See Edwards' video of School of Fish Pain here. What Edwards did was to reprogram a whole set of Billy Bass talking fish to complain about being eaten and assorted other things.

Edwards is a superb technological artist; I think that MickeyDees needs to get in touch with him soon. See McD's fish commercial below. What McD's has done is to reprogram a Billy Bass talking fish to complain about being eaten.

Wanna go to a DC closing tomorrow?

Longview Gallery has a closing reception for Anna U. Davis's paintings of her made up "Frocasian" (from Afro and Caucasian) characters. Closing reception: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

Hemingway's Cuban son

Details here.

Wanna go to an Alexandria, Virginia opening tomorrow?

"Private Arts: A Designer's Exhibition" is the event... don't miss this massive show of over 150 works by 40 artists. The opening is Saturday at Artery 717 in Alexandria from 7:30-11PM. There will also be Live Blues/Rock music, and of course, like most great gallery events it is all free!

Artery 717
With over 10,000 square feet of gallery and event space, Artery 717 is a world of art all by itself.


To my good friend Adam Griffiths, who is a new commissioner on the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission.

They are having a public photo slideshow event tomorrow night in Takoma Park with live music, poetry, with a Word/Text Mural Workshop tonight that will be installed tomorrow. Click below image for more details.

Takoma park

Wanna go to a Baltimore opening tonight?

Gallery Imperato in Baltimore has Patterns of Obsession, a three-person show that brings into light the visual and behavioral patterns of each individual artist. On display will be Dana Reifler Amato's luminous and three-dimensional drawings, Chris Bathgate's precision made, metal sculptures, and Matthew Kern's mixed media Polaroid collages.

Join them tonight from 7-10pm for an opening reception. Meet the artists, view the work in person, enjoy a glass of wine and sample hors d'oeuvres courtesy of The Wine Market. Opening Reception: Friday, March 20, 7-10pm.

Wanna go to a DC opening tonight?

My good friend Nevin Kelly recently moved his outstanding gallery from its former U Street location to a new location in Columbia Heights (will have to visit soon), and the opening reception for "Atmospheric Conditions" tonight is the way to check out the new space!

Tonight's opening is for works by New Yorker H. Wesley Wheeler and takes place from 6-9PM. Details here.

Wanna go to a DC opening tomorrow?

Click for more details

Call for Artists

Deadline: March 27, 2009 (postmark).

Only a week left to submit your work!

I'm going to be jurying an art show for The Fine Arts League of Cary in North Carolina, and they are seeking entries for its 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held from May 8th to June 27th, 2009 in Cary/Raleigh, NC. Show awards and purchase awards will total over $5,000. Entries can only be mailed via CD. The postmark deadline for the mail-in registration is March 27, 2009.

Full details and a printable prospectus are available on the web here or call Kathryn Cook at 919-345-0681.

Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums

Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums is panel discussion celebrating Women's History Month 2009.

In celebration of Women's History month, four women who direct museums in Washington, D.C. will candidly explore the role of women in our nation's cultural life in a panel discussion at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on March 26, 2009.

The program is co-sponsored by ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

At the panel, nationally renowned interviewer and NPR Morning Edition special correspondent Susan Stamberg will moderate a lively conversation with directors whose institutions reflect Washington's broad range of museums:

* Camille Giraud Akeju, Director, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution

* Leslie Buhler, Executive Director, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

* Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection

* Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts

"Women are making extraordinary contributions to our nation's cultural life, but still face marked challenges, from the gender pay gap to work-life balance," said Elizabeth Ash, Chair of the D.C. Chapter of ArtTable. "These museum directors will offer their unique perspectives on how to succeed at the highest levels and what they wish they had known sooner."

During the evening, the panelists will share their professional journeys, offer advice to emerging professionals, and communicate their vision for leading museums today and beyond. Admission is $20 for ArtTable members, $25 for non-members, and $10 forstudents (with ID). Tickets are available at this website or 212-343-1735 x 25. For general information about the program, call 703-231-5242.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: May 27, 2009

Axis Gallery's 4th National Juried Competition Exhibition has a call for artists. The competition deadline is postmarked May 27, 2009.

The exhibition dates are August 1-30, 2009. This year's juror is Janet Bishop curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This year's competition is open to artists residing in the US. Accepted media includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, original digital images, and photo processes produced in the last two years.

The entry fee is $30 for 3 entries and $5.00 for each additional entry with a limit of 6 total. Entries must arrive in the form of a CD and must be in jpeg format. Please get a prospectus for details. The prospectus is available at Email: Phone: 916.443.9900.