Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New DC gallery

Studio H, a new Washington, DC art space, is located in the burgeoning and energetic H street corridor on the North end of Capitol Hill.

The grand opening is Saturday, October 17 with an opening reception from 6-8PM for Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux.

Founded by Washington, DC native and Capitol Hill resident Philip Hutinet, Studio H Gallery and Workshop will serve DC residents through interdisciplinary artistic, cultural and social events. The gallery at Studio H will feature monthly art exhibits from local artists and expand to show national and international artists from the mid-Atlantic region, Europe and Latin America. Studio H Gallery and Workshop will present lecture series open to the public at no cost. As a working space, Studio H also provides various services including website design, custom illustrations, portrait paintings and public murals.

Art tax woes in PA

The budget deal reached late Friday in Harrisburg, which includes an extension of the state sales tax to cultural performances and venues - including museums - has stunned and angered the arts community.
Read all about it in the Inquirer here.

At Parish Gallery in Georgetown

I've been hearing a buzz about the current exhibition at my former next door neighbor in Canal Square, the Parish Gallery, which has been in business for 18 years now, which in gallery years in like a 100.

Twenty-seven artists are featured in the current exhibition and this group exhibition is honoring the work of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, the living founder of the National Conference of Artists (NCA).

The NCA, established in 1959, is the first professional organization devoted to the creation, promotion and education of art by African American Fine Artists.

The show goes through October 13, 2009 and it includes the following artists:

This exhibition will include the following artists:

Ana Maria Allen, Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, Daniel T. Brooking, Gloria A. Bradley, Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, Dr. Floyd Coleman, Dr. David C. Driskell, Dr. Sandra Epps, Claudia “Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Margo Humphrey, Larry B. Joseph, Gloria C. Kirk, Serenity Knight, E. J. Montgomery, F. Magruder Murry, Bruce McNeil, Norman Parish, Donte Player, Rachel Pope, Amber Robles-Gordan, Malia Kai Salaam-Steeple, Emma Smith, Frank Smith, George “Shoman” Smith, Willard Taylor, and Derrek, Vaughn

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: October 1, 2009

The City of Bowie, Maryland is seeking artists for two public art projects: one, a kinetic sculpture, $80,000, and the second a large working sundial, $100,000. The RFQ call is nationwide and artists may apply for one or both projects. To view the Call for Artists, please visit www.cityofbowie.org and click on "Call to artists to design artwork for the new City Hall." For more information, contact Annette Esterheld, Arts Specialist, at 301.575.5601 or aesterheld@cityofbowie.org.

Electrifying nature

"Forget the notion of a reverent nature photographer tiptoeing through the woods, camera slung over one shoulder, patiently looking for perfect light. Robert Buelteman works indoors in total darkness, forsaking cameras, lenses, and computers for jumper cables, fiber optics, and 80,000 volts of electricity. This bizarre union of Dr. Frankenstein and Georgia O'Keeffe spawns photos that seem to portray the life force of his subjects as the very process destroys them."
Read the cool article in Wired here, but for an even cooler perspective, check out his work currently on display at Artists Circle Fine Art in North Potomac, MD.

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Robert Buelteman, Eucalyptus

I love it when artists take their subject matter and change their perspective by the use of technology, such as Buelteman does by using electricity, or Andrzej Pluta does with submergence and ink dyes.

Buelteman, Clematis

Robert Buelteman, White Clematis

This is a terrific show that readers of the Washington Post will never be aware of because their gallery critic (Jessica Dawson) rarely, if ever, gets outside the District, unless it is to bash the Bethesda art scene with her silly un-comparison to Brooklyn.

So don't expect her to get to North Potomac, wherever that is...

Cola nut, un-Cola nut...