Friday, September 30, 2011

This weekend: MPAartfest!

This Sunday is MPAarfest in McLean - I did it last year and it was amazing, so I'm back this Sunday.

Thus, on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 MPAartfest will transform McLean Central Park into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of a diverse group of 46 juried artists, including The Lenster.

MPAartfest includes activities to captivate art-lovers of all ages. Stroll through the Children's ArtWalk, sponsored by McLean Community Foundation and coordinated by New Dominion Women's Club, to experience the work of young artists from McLean area schools. Budding artists may create their own works of art at Innovation Station sponsored by TTR/Sotheby's International Realty.

Live model drawing, courtesy of MPA's Open Studio, will give all ages a chance to draw and an "en plein air" demonstration will help round out the festival.

The Gazebo Stage will feature a variety of live performances throughout the day. Click here for the schedule

And their food vendors will offer a wonderful selection of food and beverages for your discerning palate.

See ya there!

Tolman creatures

I am hearing all kinds of great things about Ben Tolman's show "a few more drawings..."? at The Fridge.

Wonder how he does it? Come on Sunday, October 2nd from 2-4 and learn how to design a creature with him. All ages and skill levels welcomed. Supplies are included for a suggested $20 donation
Details here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tonight: Contrasts at Arlington Artisphere

Artisphere presents an exhibition of large format black and white photographs by Arlington, VA based photographer Andrew Zimmermann.

The artist uses an 8 x 10 camera and traditional darkroom processes to reveal the changing forms of light, perception, and landscape. This series of images, made half in winter and half in summer in Colorado’s Front Range, presents a particular geographic place as a set of dynamic contrasts. The series shows the natural world is constantly in flux, rather than fixed and unchanging.

Andrew Zimmermann lives and works in Arlington, Virginia. His work has been influenced not only by photographers, but also by old masters such as Titian and Cezanne, and 17th century Chinese ink painters Dong Qichang and Bada Shanren.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. The general hours are 11AM – 11PM Monday – Friday, 11AM – 2AM Saturday, and 11AM – 9PM Sunday. The opening reception and artist talk are free and open to all.

Opening Reception: Thursday September 29, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Artist Talk at 5:30

Me in the Med

Lenny and Elise Campello floating in the Med
That's me and my second-born (Elise) floating in the Mediterranean around 1992... Check out that tan line! And below is a pic of her now as an actress and model...

Elise Campello

Elise Lenna Campello

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2011

The gorgeous BlackRock Center For the Arts is accepting entries for their October 2012 - August 2013 exhibit season.

You can download the prospectus here.

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years and over residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Special Consideration: Artists who are willing to conduct a lecture or workshop for a BlackRock standard fee will receive special consideration during the selection process.

About the Gallery: BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery is 1500 square feet of exquisite gallery space located in Germantown, Maryland. With its high neutral walls and beautiful windows strategically placed it allows in just the right amount of natural light. The windows are located above the walls which makes it an ideal space for fiber art. BlackRock Center for the Arts takes pride in the eclectic group of artists we have exhibited in the gallery since 2002.

Jurors: Jack Rasmussen: Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Jodi Walsh: mixed medium artist, curator, national speaker, owner and Gallery Director of Gallery 555 in Washington, DC.

Carol Brown Goldberg: professional fine artist and lecturer, Carol has been exhibiting her work locally and internationally over the past 36 years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Artomatic baby!

Now that the Big Bang of (e)merge and 30 Americans has taken the DMV by storm and following in the footsteps of the DMV's amazing Artomatic's footsteps, Artomatic @ Frederick opens its doors on September 28 and runs through November 6.

Artists are occupying 27,000 sq ft in the former Frederick County Public School Central Office Building at 115 E. Church St. in historic downtown Frederick. This mega, mega, mega arts event includes 300+ visual artists and 100+ performing artists.

Did you get that performance art lovers?....... 100+ performing artists!

A ribbon cutting ceremony and "Meet the Artists" night is being held on Saturday, October 1, starting at 5 PM. More information:!

Five gets you ten that the WaPo ignores this...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Artinfo on (e)merge

So, will (e)merge return? The nation's capital, according to the fair organizers, has youth, vitality, a "tremendous interest in culture," and, perhaps most importantly of all, wealth (the suburbs of Washington include many of the wealthiest communities in the nation). All that is left is convincing the D.C. upper crust that they should be spending their money on art.

That, it seems, might prove to be harder to do than to say. As Mayer Fine Art's Lenny Campello said during a Friday lull, "A curator here would rather take a cab to Dulles to see an emerging artist in Berlin than take a cab to Georgetown to see an emerging artist at a local gallery." Still, (e)merge was a step in the right direction.
Read the whole article here.

Anne Marchand at King Street Gallery

Ann Marchand

Ann Marchand

Anne Marchand will give a short talk about her work in the show, "Of Shining Worlds: Recent Paintings by Anne Marchand" curated by Claudia Rousseau. Artist Tom Block, a scholar of medieval literature, will do a reading of poems by Rumi, the great early thirteenth century Persian mystical poet. Maurice Sedacca, a musician and composer from New York, will play a prelude and accompanying music on the the guitar and the oud, a middle eastern instrument that is the forerunner of the lute.

Location: The King Street Gallery is located on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Garage, which is located immediately behind the Arts Center.

RSVP Facebook Event Page here

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
The King Street Gallery
930 King Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

DC in American Contemporary Art magazine

Read it online here.

until every shape has found its city

Reston, VA: GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center) is pleased to present until every shape has found its city with Evan Reed from September 29 through November 12, 2011. The exhibition explores the intersection of art, literature, and architecture through complex sculptures and drawings that transcend literal interpretations.
Using commonplace materials – lumber, plaster, wall board, and nails – Evan Reed creates fantastical sculptures that reference reality but travel beyond into the realm of imagination. His “impossible buildings” with skewed framing, walled-off rooms, and disappearing passages invite the viewer to slip through reality and enter an alternative space where architectural forms become departure points for dreams.

Reed’s diverse influences range from poetry and literature to sacred geometry and visionary architecture. His title, until every shape has found its city, is borrowed from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a novel featuring imaginary conversations between Marco Polo and The Kublai Khan. In the book, the explorer describes his travels to the emperor through a series of evocative stories. In a similar manner, Reed invites his audience to discover his works through multiple viewpoints. By building sculpture as Calvino organized his novel through complex interlocking sections, Reed draws the viewer deeper into the mystical meanings of his work.

until every shape has found its city (all in lower case) features six large-scale sculptures and twelve drawings which incorporate diverse, multi-cultural sources. Visitors entering the gallery are met by the soaring, thirteen foot “Burj al-Shawq” (Tower of Desire) growing and evolving from its solid, spiral base into a tower of cluttered construction cranes. Drawing on a trip to Dubai during its building boom, Reed explores the conflicts between the old and the new Middle East in architecture, culture, and political upheaval.

Towards the rear of the gallery “October Hive” hangs in space just as its name implies – like a beehive suspended from a tree. In an unplanned coincidence, the sculpture’s eight interconnected chambers precisely mirror the hexagonal architecture of the GRACE gallery space. Although “October Hive’s” eight peaks resemble dormers on a traditional Cape Cod home, Reed is also referencing the round Hakka houses in

Fujian, China and eighteenth century Panopticon architecture designed so that prison guards could secretly observe inmates from a central tower.

Filling the gallery’s main front window “A Corner for Gaston and Gonzalo” extends over a built-in bench and five feet into the gallery. The sculpture’s simple, overall form is based on Reston’s nineteenth century Bowman distillery building while its center niche (the corner referred to in the title) references Reston’s more recent architecture – in particular the built-in planting boxes on Heron House balconies and the decorative sculpture and niches designed by Gonzalo Fonseca in Lake Anne. Reed made several exploratory trips around Reston gathering ideas for this site-specific work including visits to the Reston Museum and a meeting with Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, who discussed his intentions for the community.

The niche in “A Corner for Gaston and Gonzalo” also holds a surprise – an etched glass panel which reveals a street scene projected by a hidden camera obscura. Here Reed has brought the outside cityscape into his sculpture and given form to his title while alluding to the community’s history and hopes.

“Using architectural forms has given me a way to create a dialogue between many distinct impulses. The viewer can move through time and location. Memories of familiar forms yield to frameworks that describe a potential future or reveal a desertion of plans.” Reed’s beautifully crafted, intricate sculptures and drawings offer a rare opportunity for dialogue about our complex relationship to structures

A twenty-four page catalog accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by Vesela Sretenovic, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

Monday, September 26, 2011

What's the next big art event in town?

"30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations."
Check it out online here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

(e)merge day three

Lenny Campello by Tim Tate
That somewhat odd pic of me was taken at (e)merge by Tim Tate.

Today was the last day, and even though people traffic was a little slower, towards the 4PM hour, it increased and then suddenly there were five good sales at once: one of the very cool self contained video installations by the very young John Miles Runner (who I think was the hit of the MFA room), two paintings by Sheila Giolitti and three more drawings by yours truly.... yeah buddy!

The hot wire known as Mera Rubell dropped by the space during the day (she'd also come by the day before to chat), bringing in some of her friends and colleagues, and said some very nice things about both my work and Giolitti's paintings. Several of them stayed behind after she left, chatting and asking for business cards. That dynamo of a woman is something else, and her presence in the DC art scene is electric; I also met her gigantic husband, who is also a very nice guy.

Who was the (e)merging star from (e)merge? I predict that it will be Wilmer Wilson IV. The kid was on fire and I am told that some key collectors were picking up the photographs of his performances. Get him now (I've already have and plan to get some more).

Was (e)merge a success? Only time and 2012 will tell, but as an experienced art gallery participant (as critic, artist and dealer), I can tell you that (e)merge's success can be best measured by the fact that in its first year, it felt like an established art fair. I know, I know... were people buying art? That's the key question and the main one that gallerists use to measure a fair's success, especially in these times of financial austerity.

However, and lacking any empirical financial/sales data, it certainly "felt" like most other successful art fairs: some galleries appeared to do well, some appeared to have broken even (always a "success") and some appeared to have sold nothing. That's what happens at every art fair on the planet.

However Number Two: (e)merge is more (at least for the DMV) that just a fair:

(a) It sparked a satellite fair which in turn gestated a couple more satellites of its own; this is good for our art scene.

(b) It brought a small number of art collectors from New York and other places to DC instead of the other way around and I think they were pleased.

(c) It broke through the art apathy of the Washington Post, even if it was the typical snarkellitist diatribe of Philip Kennicott (did you notice that I've just invented a new word?) Note to the WaPo: Next time send Michael O'Sullivan please.

(d) It brought cool, new (and even snarkier) art bloggers to DC.

(e) It was a key element in getting the immensely talented Victoria F. Gaitán hooked up with Conner Contemporary.

(f) It will prove to be the launching pad for Wilmer Wilson IV's art career and I'm betting that several other unrepresented artists will be picked up by galleries.

(g) It got semi-naked people into the Skyline Hotel's pool - that's tame by Miami standards, but a first for a Washington art event.

(e)merge 2012 coming up...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

(e)merge day two

Whatever ends up happening with (e)merge - and I think that good things will happen - one issue is clear: they have brought in the crowds.

82 by John Miles Runner at Mayer Fine Art in (e)merge art fairPeople were constantly streaming in throughout the day, and very heavy at night. It is clear the buzz of (e)merge has worked in bringing in people to the Skyline Hotel, and the question now is: "is anyone selling artwork?"

I can only discuss what's happening on the third floor, since I haven't had the time or opportunity to escape room 313 and visit the other galleries on the second floor, but today was the first day that red dots began to show up in the rarified upper floor of the fair, as most of the spaces there were selling work today.

My dealer sold a massive 7 feet by 7 feet woodcut by Virginia artist John Miles Runner (currently living in Japan - see image above) to a Baltimore collector. She also sold one of my video drawings (yay!) to a well-known DC art collecting couple who have recently re-located as well as a couple of loose drawings.

That's Tim Tate below reversing the process on art paparazzi and uberartcollector Steve Krensky.

Tim Tate

And that's someone checking out two of my video drawings. The one on the left is the one that sold.

Lenny Campello video drawings at (e)merge art fair

Tomorrow is the last day - let's hope it doesn't rain when we all have to compete for the elevators to take the art to the street and reload all the vans and trucks... come see some artwork!

Friday, September 23, 2011

(e)merge day one

I never got to the pool deck last night, but I was told by reliable sources that at one time about 1500 people were jamming the Skyline's famed pool area for (e)merge's opening party.

"Some folks were jumping in the pool and swimming around in their clothes or their underwear," reported the very young reporter from one of the newspapers' covering DC's cool new art fair.

"Was anyone naked?" asked you-know-who.


OK, so maybe next year.

The pre-opening party night was packed, as I reported yesterday, and (as an astute observer of the DC art scene) I can tell you that there were a lot of new faces, in addition to the usual suspects; this is a good thing... and I've never seen so many gigantic women in one place in my life. Where are all these Amazons coming from all of a sudden?

Meander: Did I mention that I was involved in a car (actually van) crash on the way to the fair? Don't ask.

I have my work in room 313, as I am being represented by MFA, my hardworking Virginia dealer.

I have three video drawings there; this is the one (which is hanging in the bathroom... oh yeah - The Lenster tricked out the head into a cool mini gallery), which has been gathering the most commentary:

Obama Agonistes, charcoal drawing with embedded video - by F. Lennox Campello

Obama Agonistes. Charcoal on 300 weight paper with embedded video player and continuous loop video. Matted and framed under glass to 16 x 32 inches. Circa 2011 by F. Lennox Campello

On Thursday night, I managed to piss off members of both the vast left wing nuthouse and the even vaster right wing conspiracy.

"How dare you show our President looking so vulnerable and desperate?" questions the LWNH card-carrying member. I try to explain a little, but get interrupted: "There have been NO failures!" he almost shouts and stomps off.

Later on I catch it from the right. "I don't like the way that you pretend that this guy even cares about anything but his political agenda," notes the card-carrying member of the VRWC; I start to explain, "He's not worth the paper on this drawing," ha adds (I think) as he walks off.

Interesting how in Washington, politics even come seeping into narrative artwork; but we all knew this, right?

But that was all last night.

Tonight, after I arrived I aimed for Flashpoint and bought one of Kenny George's art slot machines; I had my eye on them last night and didn't want to become one of those "I'll be backs" who comes back and the piece is gone.

Essentially, Kenny George buys discarded slot machines, early table sized video games, pin ball machines, etc. and re-designs them so that they are each an individual work of Kenny George art. At $400 each, the fully functional slot machines (he rebuilds them) are the best deal in the entire art fair. There are two left, go buy them now.

Pac Man slot machine by Kenny George

That's me (on the left) and Kenny below, flanking my new art acquisition:

Lenny Campello and Kenny George at (e)merge art fair, Washington, DC

Later on the night, the amazing Mera Rubell dropped by and we spent quite a while chatting about DC and our art scene. Rubell is an amazing magnet - that's the best way that I can describe her. Before she left room 313, Sheila Giolitti's work caught her attention (always a good thing, uh?) and she popped back in and discussed it with the artist.

I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Wilmer Wilson IV's performance from various people ("His performance was amazing," noted Prof. Chawky Frenn), and later on I ran into him in the halls and Wilson was still buzzing, as he had just finished it. He looked both exhausted and primed for more action - if that's even possible.

I predict that Wilson will be offered representation this weekend: this is sort of what (e)merge is all about - at least in part - right?

Tomorrow: Back for the whole day this time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


(e)merge opened tonight and the joint was packed to the gills... saw lots of familiar faces, many of whom were greeted by Kristina Bilonick's crew of cheerleaders.

I didn't have much time to look at the artwork in most of the galleries, but I've already picked an amazing piece of artwork to buy from one of the galleries on the third deck - I think I'll get it tomorrow. The very quick walk-through through the ground floor revealed a lot of really good work from the individual artists showcased there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Opening Tonight

Zenith Gallery hosts "Visual Voices" - an exhibition of DC area artists profiled in the new book "100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic" by E. Ashley Rooney. The show at Zenith Gallery will open with a Book-signing Party with the author and artists, tonight, September 21, 6:00 – 8:30pm, and remains on display through October 29, 2011.

Visual Voices - featuring works by: Alan Binstock, Joan Danziger, Julie Girardini, Margery Goldberg, Robert Jackson, Michael Janis, Joan Konkel, Ann Marchand, Donna McCollough, Davis Morton, Carol Newmyer, Marc Rubin, Barton Rubenstein, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Betsy Stewart, Cassie Taggert, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Paul Martin Wolf, Joyce Zipperer and yours truly.

Book Party, Meet the Author and Artists

Wednesday September 21, 6 - 9 PM
Exhibition: September 21 - October 29, 2011

Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion, second level next to Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20015

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Opportunity for Photographers

Deadline: November 15, 2011

Call For Exhibit Proposals 2012 - Photoworks Exhibit Committee

The Photoworks Exhibit Committee invites photographers to submit a proposal for a group or solo photography exhibition in 2012 at Photoworks Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park. Proposals must be received on or before the November 15, 2011 deadline.

Photography Exhibition Dates:

1. March 2 - April 9, 2012

2. June 15 - July 23, 2012

3. September 7 - October 15, 2012

4. November 16, 2012 - January 17, 2013

Deadline for Exhibit Proposal Submissions: NOVEMBER 15, 2011

Visit for more details.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Meanwhile at Obama, Japan...

Here's the gist of the story: Two artists, Joe Beddall and Gregory Coates, left DC in the mid 80’s. Long story since – they both stayed in touch having bonded over color theory (Greg was at Corcoran/Joe via Kutztown) – and eventually both end up in Pennsylvania.

And now, both get selected for Artist in Residence in – seriously – Obama, Japan, which is just north of Kyoto. They’re there now creating public sculpture, which will open this Friday – Sept. 23rd.

But, I am told that there's more DC connections: these two artists are extensions of the DC color theory school. They met in the early 80’s, appreciated art here but also moved on.

Fast forward: Obama, Japan! Is that cool or what? Check out some of the new sculptures here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flight woes

So I boarded my plane in San Diego on Friday around 3PM, and had a plane change in Dallas for my return to Reagan National.

Around the time that we were supposed to arrive in Dallas, I noticed that the plane was doing the racetrack flying thing that they do when they are circling the airport but not landing.

20 minutes later the pilot announces that Dallas airport is closed because of rain and lightning. It seems it has been around 100 years since it rained on Dallas, and ahh... anyway - he says that he expects that we'll get the green light to land in 20 minutes or so.

Half an hour later he announces that we will need to land in Killeen Airport because the plane is running out of fuel.

We land in Killeen, where we notice that there are a lot of other airplanes on the tarmac... waiting. The pilot comes back and says that all those planes are waiting to refuel, and it seems like there's only one refueling truck at the airport. He points out that the huge plane to our left is the same model as ours, and that we're next after them.

He continues to advise that the fuel truck can only load 5,000 pounds of fuel a trip, and thus we will need three trips (and so will the guy who's before us). A little while later the fuel truck shows up and begins to fuel the big plane who is before us in line. We start a game to time how long it takes to fuel - soon we notice that it has been 20 minutes and the truck is still fueling our neighbor.

The pilot comes on and tells us that (in case we haven't noticed) that the plane to our left is being fueled and that as soon he's done we're next. He says he expects that to be 20 minutes or so. The whole planeload of people groan, and someone shouts "bullshit!" As my fellow passenger to my left notes, it has taken over 20 minutes for the first fuel load, and since the pilot said each plane needs three loads... well... you do the math.

A few minutes later, the fuel truck departs and goes away, presumably to reload and come back for part two. To our surprise, another fuel truck shows up and begins to fuel us.

"I thought he said there was only one truck in the airport," someone notes. But the fact that apparently our pilot was wrong, is good news, as we're sucking up the first 5,000 pounds of fuel now.

Soon we notice that our neighboring plane is lighting off and moving away. "Looks like that guy decided that 5,000 pounds was good enough for him to get to Dallas," someone notes.

"Someone tell our pilot," suggest another passenger.

20 minutes later, our fueling truck departs and our pilot announces that as soon as everyone sits down, we can take off for Dallas. None of us mention that he had said (several times) something about us needing three trips to fuel up... after all this is good news, and his math hasn't been very good so far.

A fellow passenger has been listening to my tale of woe about missing my connection to DC, and she has checked the web and notes that my flight has been re-scheduled to depart at 10:56PM (original departure was around 9PM).

As we prepare to take off, it is around 10PM and we're told that the flight will take 25 minutes and we'll be at the gate at 10:39PM. Looks like I'm going to make my connection.

As we approach Dallas again, once again I notice that we're doing circles around the airport, and we actually do not land until 11PM or so - more than an hour for a 25 minute trip.

And, after we land, as I had already figured out, we're told that all the gates are occupied and we'll have to wait on the tarmac until gates open up.

An hour later, almost at midnight, we get a gate and disembark.

I stand on line to get some info on what to do next... I figure that I'm sleeping at the airport tonight. Soon the lady at the counter notices the long line and informs us all that she's closing, but that we can go to any other line for help.

I switch lines, and begin to scan the horizon for shorter lines. 20 minutes later, the same person who had been at the counter is still there and there are 4-5 people in front of me.

I notice that several counters away, a new service agent has opened a desk and there is no line. The Japanese guy behind me has noticed the same thing, but by the time he's reached for his huge carry on, I'm already ten steps ahead of him and bolting (more like hopping on one foot - more on that later...) for the open counter.

It is now almost midnight, and I ask the nice American Airlines lady when the next flight is, expecting her to say 6 or 7 am. "We have a flight leaving," she looks at her watch, "in a few minutes..." She notes the look of despair on my face. "But there are still boarding." She begins to punch numbers in to get me a ticket.

I thank her profusely, and get my ticket and groan when I see that I have to take the rail to another terminal, and then I'm bolting/hopping to Terminal A. Have I mentioned that my right foot had been killing me - for some mysterious reason - since Thursday? A really scary intense pain on the top of my foot that had me limping like an old man...

I arrive at terminal A, and limp run to my gate, which is of course the farthest one away from the rail terminal. When I get there, I note the large crowd awaiting to be board and breathe a sigh of relief, as I haven't missed the plane.

It is then that I notice that this flight is going to Dulles, rather than National. Did I mention that I had driven my van to the airport and left it at the parking lot at National Airport? So I'm heading to the wrong airport.

Oh well, I figure, at least I'll be in the DMV, and maybe I can share a cab to National from Dulles to pick up my van... I'll worry about my checked in luggage later.

An hour later, after the crew shows up, we finally take off. While we're taxing to the runway, I smell vomit and an alarmed flight attendant begins to bring bags to the guy sitting behind me. The poor bastard is clearly either suffering from food poisoning or from a massive hangover, as he throws up multiple times during the flight, especially five minutes after the attendants bring him Ginger Ale and crackers. It could have been worse: I could have been sitting next to him.

We land at Dulles around 3AM, and of course, nearly everyone's bags are missing, so a huge line forms to report the missing bags to the one bleary-eyed attendant on duty. The huge line is moving very slowly when a guy tries to cut in front, and soon a near fist fight is taking place in front of me, with a female Army general almost kicking this jerk's ass in front of us. I decide that I can report the missing bag on the phone and decide to grab a cab for National.

Soon I get to the huge line waiting for taxis, and of course, there are hardly any taxis around 4AM, so it's moving slowly. The same Army general asks if anyone is heading to National and wants to share the cab with her. Soon me and another guy join her and we're heading to National and I'm praying that the $25 bucks that I have left in cash in my wallet are enough to cover my share. The fare turns out to be $64 for all of us, so I'm safe.

I hobble over to the parking garage and begin to look for my van. To my horror, my system of remembering where my van is parked has failed me, and 45 minutes later, I'm still looking for my van and my foot is really killing me.

I give up and head to the exit gates to talk to a parking attendant and see what I need to do. As I limp to the exits, I continue to click my remote.

And then I hear my van and see it, about 50 feet in front of me, right by the exits, and nowhere where I recalled I had left it (on the lower level, by the other exit). But I don't question this complicated issue dealing with chaos theory and quantum physics and head to my van, fully expecting a tire to be flat or the battery dead.

But it all fires up OK, and soon I'm on the George Washington Parkway and heading home with a gorgeous view of Washington and once again I note what a beautiful city our capital is.

I get home around 7AM, completely exhausted, crash on my bed without waking up Alida, and smile as I hear Anderson begin to awake and he shouts: "Mamma! Mamma! Find Dadda!"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Obama Agonistes

Obama Agonistes, charcoal drawing with embedded video - by F. Lennox Campello

Obama Agonistes. Charcoal on 300 weight paper with embedded video player and continuous loop video. Matted and framed under glass to 16 x 32 inches. Circa 2011 by F. Lennox Campello

The above piece is my latest exploration of marrying embedded video with drawing. You will be able to see this new piece at the coming (e)merge art fair this coming week.

The work is being presented by Mayer Fine Art, who will be in room 313 of the fair. MFA will also showcase works by DC's own Ben Tolman and self contained video installations by Tidewater area artist (currently living and working in Japan) John Miles Runner.

The new video/drawing shows the President, hugging his knees and agonizing over a variety of issues and problems during his presidency - much like the same way in which every President before him and those who will come after him are often brutalized by the weight of the White House. The extraordinary responsibility of being POTUS and the even more extraordinary demands and expectations that we leverage on all who occupy that job, is reflected on the immense internal combat depicted on this piece.

The continuous loop video plays a series of 20 appropriated news clips, cartoons and other material that deliver a conceptual tie-in to the struggling President, almost overwhelmed by his failures as much as by his successes, but nonetheless ready to continue to fight.

Matted in a white pH-balanced, acid free white mat and then framed under glass in a custom-made black wood frame to 16 x 32 inches.

Detail of Obama Agonistes by F. Lennox Campello

Detail of Obama Agonistes, showing the embedded video being played.

Detail of Obama Agonistes by F. Lennox Campello

Detail of Obama Agonistes, showing the drawing part of the mixed media piece

Flight from hell

I started my flight back from California yesterday and just arrived home around 7AM after unexpected landing in Killeen/Ft Hood Airport in Texas... yea.

More later on trip from hell.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Visual Voices at Zenith

Zenith Gallery hosts "Visual Voices" - an exhibition of DC area artists profiled in the new book "100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic" by E. Ashley Rooney. The show at Zenith Gallery will open with a Book-signing Party with the author and artists, on Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 – 8:30pm, and remain on display through October 29, 2011.

Visual Voices - featuring works by: Alan Binstock, Joan Danziger, Julie Girardini, Margery Goldberg, Robert Jackson, Michael Janis, Joan Konkel, Ann Marchand, Donna McCollough, Davis Morton, Carol Newmyer, Marc Rubin, Barton Rubenstein, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Betsy Stewart, Cassie Taggert, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Paul Martin Wolf, Joyce Zipperer and yours truly.

Book Party, Meet the Author and Artists

Wednesday September 21, 6 - 9 PM
Exhibition: September 21 - October 29, 2011

Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion, second level next to Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20015

Thursday, September 15, 2011

American hero

Later today President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, a Marine sergeant who braved a hail of enemy fire in Afghanistan to rescue trapped fellow Jarheads and recover the bodies of fallen ones.

We salute this courageous Leatherneck, whom I am told, shared a brewski with POTUS yesterday.

C-Note Art Sale in Reston

The Greater Reston Arts Center's ever popular annual art sale is here with a new twist!

Preview the artwork from 11am to 5pm now through the 15th. The sale itself starts on Thursday, September 15th and runs each evening through Sunday the 18th from 5-8pm. Buy your favorite pieces directly off the walls, so get there early. All art will be for sale at $100, $200, or $300.

Your participation in this fundraiser directly supports GRACE's exhibitions, educational programs and the participating artists. Get more info from GRACE, including a list of the participating artists here.

The artists are:

John Adams
Don Allen
Amos Amit
David Amoroso
Lynda Andrews-Barry
Ann Barbieri
Nancy Bass
Ann Batton
Cheryl Bearss
Kyan Bishop
Carol Bladergroen
Sam Bleier
Leonor Brazao
Jim Budish
Ruth Buhrman
F. Lennox Campello
Thomas Clarkson
Gina Cochran
Candiss Cole
Kathy Cooper
Pam Coulter
Andrea Sherfy Cybyk
Anita Dameron
Catherine Day
Danielle Desplan
Gregg Diamond
Jennifer Duncan
Jacqueline Elwell
Joy Every
Laurie Fields
Jo Fleming
Robert Flowers
Amy Flynn
Collette Fortin
Lillian Forziat
Ricky Frank
Paul Freundt
Pong Gaddi
Rosemary Gallick
H.A. Gallucio
Magaly Garza
John Geci
Annie Gedicks
Stephanie George
Geoffrey Giles
Brendan Ginsburg
Silvia Gonzalez Roman
Helen Gotlib
Joseph Grieco
Marie Gruber
Mike Guyot
Hilary Hachey
Laura Jean Hamilton
Michael Hamlin-Smith
Jeanne Hammett X
Marian Howard
Laura Howell
Jackie Hoysted
Walter/Suzy Iwanciw/Gemborowicz
Nicolette Jelen
Kristofer Johnson
Robert Jones
Michael/Steve Kane/Sells
Kathy Kautter
Joan Kelly
Greg Knott
George Kochev
Deborah Kracht
Kristin Krongard
Michele Ledoux
Steve Levine
Allison Long Hardy
Val Mahan
Marielle Mariano
Ellen Marshall
Nathaniel Mather
Carolina Mayorga
Joyce McAdams
Tom McQuaid
Mary Ellen Mogee
Laya Monarez
Marius Moore
Gene Morris
Vad Moskowitz
Ray Mosteller
Jim Mueller
Charles Munday
Anne Nagay
Michele Norris
Cathryn & Tom Nowicki
Lori O'Neill
Tim Olson
Barbara Palmer
Terri Parent
James Parker
Matthew Parker
Cheryl Parsons
Pat Peck
James Perry
David Petlowany
Jeanne/Dennis Petrosky/Guzinski
Chelsea Pomeroy
Carolyn Reynolds
Greg Roche
Livingston Rodgers
Huguette Roe
Dale Rogers
Lisa Rosenstein
Ellen Rosenthal
Beverly Ryan
Ellen Sanders
Tomas Savrda
John Scanlan
Dana Ann Scheurer
Stephen Sebastian
Karen & Eric Shi
Alan Simensky
Donna Sinclair
Connie Slack
Michael Stewart
Robert Taylor
Douglas Thayer
Roberta Thole
Anne Timpano
Susan Vaughan
Caroline Viene
Elena Volkhanskaia
Paula Wachsstock
Ashley Wells
Ann Marie Williams
Richard Wilson
Marius Winograd
Ping Wu
Lynn Yarrington
Zhou Yu
Zu Sheng Yu
Erica Zap
Jie Zhou

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Options 2011 Opens Tomorrow

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 6-8pm
Curator & Artists' Talk: Saturday, October 1, 3pm

629 New York Avenue NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

OPTIONS 2011 is WPA's 30th anniversary biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.

Artists include: John James Anderson, Bittersweet Zine , Heather Boaz, Amy Chan, Mahwish Chishty, Lisa Dillin, Adam Dwight, Twig Harper, Artemis Herber, Katherine Mann, Jimmy Miracle, Amber Robles-Gordon, Oscar Santillan, and Stewart Watson.

Curated by Stefanie Fedor, newly appointed Executive Director, Arlington Arts Center

On view: September 15 - October 29, 2011

Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon - 6pm

Admission is free.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Planets aligning

Gorgeous imagery being reflected on the back of the airplane seat as we landed at O'Hare Airport in Chicago on September 11, 2011.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Old Fraser space to host new show(s)

The first exhibit will feature architect and sculptor Mark Kramer, who will present, “A Retrospective of Figurative Bronzes” from Oct. 12 to Nov. 5. Read it in the WCP here and in the Bethesda Patch here.

Anne Marchand at King Street Gallery

Ann Marchand

Ann Marchand

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lest We Forget

Studio View, 9/11 by David FeBland
"Studio View, 9/11"
Oil on Canvas c. 9/11/2001 by David FeBland

I'm sitting on a strangely quiet Reagan National Airport waiting to catch American Flight 467 to Chicago and then 779 to San Diego.

This is a tough week to be away from the DMV, as it is the last week before the (e)merge art fair and I still have loads of things to do before the fair.

Below is the little guy scarfing up the finger sandwiches and veggie sticks at the Marymount University show opening; curator Judy Bass did a great job of assembling this show and I am honored to be included in the company of photography by Jo Ann Tooley, woodcuts by Kristin Reiber Harris, and mixed-media work by Ann Marie Williams

Anderson Campello

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Heading out tomorrow

I'm not too psyched by the fact that I need to be airborne tomorrow, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and I'm flying to the Left Coast via Chicago.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Join me tonight

In Black and White is a four person show opening at Marymount University tonight, Friday.

The exhibition features photography by Jo Ann Tooley, woodcuts by Kristin Reiber Harris, mixed-media work by Ann Marie Williams, and drawings by yours truly.

Pleased join me at the opening reception tonight Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The show will run from September 9 through October 13 at Marymount University’s Barry Art Gallery.

Directions here.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Book review

My local newspaper (The Potomac Almanac) pops in with a nice article by Maya Horowitz on the 100 Artists of Washington, DC book.

Read the review here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Come to this opening Friday

In Black and White is a four person show opening at Marymount University this coming Friday.

The exhibition features photography by Jo Ann Tooley, woodcuts by Kristin Reiber Harris, mixed-media work by Ann Marie Williams, and drawings by yours truly.

Pleased join me at the opening reception on Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The show will run from September 9 through October 13 at Marymount University’s Barry Art Gallery.

Directions here.

New gallery to open in Bethesda

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership are opening Gallery B in downtown Bethesda!

This gallery, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E in downtown Bethesda (the beautiful and bright, former airy space of the now closed Fraser Gallery) is available to interested artists and arts organizations for one-month rentals. All media including, but not limited to, painting, photography and sculpture is eligible to use the space. Gallery B does not take a commission on any artwork sold during the exhibition.

They are seeking applications from local artists and arts organizations for month-long exhibitions from November 2011 - May 2012. There is approximately 1,500 sq. feet of available exhibition space.

To be considered for a solo or group exhibition, and to review the gallery requirements, please complete this application.

Questions? Please send them an email to

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Natural Selection Opens Tomorrow

Natural Selection
- Paintings by Amy Lin and Sculpture by Paul Wolff. Amy
Lin appears courtesy of Addison/Ripley Fine Art.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
5:30 – 7:00pm
Artist Talk: 6:00pm

September 7- December 7, 2011

The Heurich Gallery
505 Ninth Street, NW
Building located at 9th and E Streets, NW
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm; Sat 9am – 4pm

New gallery in the DMV

The Mysteries of Place and Space is the inaugural show of the Adah Rose Gallery, which is a new art gallery located in Kensington's Antique Row. The gallery showcases contemporary art in a variety of mediums.

The inaugural show at Adah Rose Gallery features the work of artists Lori Anne Boocks and Elizabeth Grusin-Howe.

Ms Boocks, a painter, is the keeper of stories. The act of remembering and sharing stories is a powerful influence on her work. Just as the passage of time creates layers of experiencing -- the remembering of an event, the misremembering of it, the distancing, the forgetting -- are all important pieces in her process and thinking. In her paintings, text serves as both subject matter and the basis for mark-making. Texture for each piece comes from her hands, brushwork, and a subtractive process where layers of poured washes are added to the surface, then partially removed with cloth. Ms Grusin-Howe, a printmaker, also uses layering in her one of a kind prints that revel in the splendor, decay and serenity of Venice. In layers of paint, metallic pigments and waxes, she builds layer upon layer reflecting the experiences of the city itself and the intrigue and stories implicit in such a mysterious place.
Opening Reception with the Artists: Saturday, September 10, 6-9pm. Music by Walker Road and catering by "Cookies".

See ya there!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Amnesty International Demands Release of Cuban Dissidents

Amnesty InternationalEleven members of a dissident organization and three of their relatives have been detained, without being told of any charges against them, since their arrest on 28 August in Cuba. They have not been allowed access to their families.

Eleven members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU), an umbrella group of dissident organizations from the east of Cuba have been detained without charge since 28 August. Three other men, who are relatives of the detainees, are also in detention. According to relatives they are being held at a State Security facility on the outskirts of the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Twenty-seven members of UNPACU met at the house of Marino Antomarchit in the town of Palma Soriano, in the south-eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, to discuss the current crackdown against dissidents in the province.

Witnesses state that around 140 members of the security forces, including the National Revolutionary Police (Policía Nacional Revolucionaria), State Security and members of the prison service surrounded the house at 1pm.

Shortly afterwards, tear gas canisters were launched into the house, where Marino Antomarchit's two-year old daughter and 76-year-old mother were also present, causing nausea and coughing of those who were there. At 5:40pm, between 30 to 40 members of the security forces entered the house and reportedly beat the men and caused damage to the house. The 27 UNPACU members were arrested as were three relatives who had come to the house after the arrival of security forces. Sixteen of the men were released on 31 August, all without charge. Eleven of them remain incarcerated in overcrowded conditions and have not been allowed family visits.

Please Take Action here.

Also, more Ladies in White were arrested today in Cuba.

At least 10 Ladies in White, including one of their leaders, Laura Pollan, were arrested today in the central province of Matanzas.

Also re-arrested was Sara Marta Fonseca, who led a courageous protest on the steps of the Capitol building in Havana early last week. Fonseca is part of the Movimiento Feminista por los Derechos Civiles Rosa Parks (The Rosa Parks Civil Rights Feminist Movement).

Some of the others were Yaneris Perez Rey, Caridad Brunate, Mercedes Evelin, Teresa Castellanos, Rosario Morales, Mayra Morejon and Ivonne Mayesa.

Their crimes? Peaceful marching together, dressed all in white, as a form of civil protest, on their way to Mass.

Sooner or later the criminal Castro Brothers will be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Triathlon of the Muses

Performance artists Kathryn Cornelius and Jeffry Cudlin are getting physical. On Saturday, September 24 (12-2pm), the two DC-based artists will stage their own battle of the sexes, competing head-to-head in a two-person sprint triathlon during the (e)merge art fair.

At the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Cornelius and Cudlin will engage in three very real tests of physical and mental stamina: They'll both swim 750m in the hotel pool, pedal 20k on stationary bikes, and run a 5k on treadmills. Immediately after the competition, in a pomp-filled ceremony held poolside, a champion will be declared; a loser will be shamed; and gold and silver medals will be awarded.

Kathryn Cornelius and Jeffry Cudlin, photo by Max CookAbout the Athletes (that's them to the left, photo courtesy of Max Cook):

The competitors could not be more physically different: Nearly a foot in height and 50 pounds in weight separates them.

Cornelius is, of course, a woman; stands 5' 6 3/4" tall; and weighs somewhere between 118 and 121 lbs--depending on whether or not she's had her daily constitutional.

Cudlin, meanwhile, we think is a male (usually); stands 6' 4 1/2" tall; and weighs between 171 and 180--depending on his cupcake intake.

The two also sit on opposite ends of the food chain: For the past 14 years, Cudlin, in line with his insect-like (stick insect) appearance, has eaten a strict vegan diet, eschewing meat, dairy, eggs, and all other animal products in favor of grains, legumes, and vegetables. Cornelius, meanwhile, eats a strict Paleo diet, avoiding grains, legumes, and dairy in favor of meat, nuts, seeds, some fruit and little sugar.

In addition to totally dominating one another, Cornelius and Cudlin aim to counter the stereotype of artists as weak, non-athletic sensitives who are notoriously bad at sports.

About the Competition:

The "Triathlon of the Muses" attempts to insert the conventions of popular sporting spectacle into the structure of the art fair—replacing one form of competition, costume-wearing, and role-playing with another. In this way the piece provides a more clearly legible analog for transactions both prior to and within the fair. It also presents a symbolic battle between artists of opposing genders for the same limited resources of audience, patronage, and cultural capital.

The performance's title is a nod to Pierre de Coubertin's "Pentathlon of the Muses," a series of art competitions typically held at the Olympic games during the first half of the 20th century. In the Pentathlon, the sport-inspired work of amateur artists would be judged by arts professionals and other dignitaries. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded.

Watch the pre-competition drama unfold:

Team Cornelius (Twitter training log) -
Team Cudlin (Twitter training log) -

For more details...
Triathlon of the Muses (Performance info) -
Triathlon of the Muses (RSVP) -!/event.php?eid=231500870235589

(e)merge art fair -

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Internationally known Projects Galleryannounces a call to artists for “Square Foot Art Basel Miami.” During this year’s world-acclaimed Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery will create a mosaic-style wall in its trendy Wynwood Lofts gallery in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.

A minimum of 100 artists will be selected on a first-come basis. Creating a grid comprised of 12”x12” individual spaces with works of all styles and media, Projects Gallery will provide artists an opportunity to be part of the Art Basel Miami art fairs events. This remarkable gathering of international art fairs and renown emerging venues, such as Aqua, Art Miami, Art Now, NADA, Pulse, Red Dot, Scope and numerous others, creates an arts-conscious concentration uniquely found in Miami every year in early December. It attracts collectors, curators and artists worldwide in a variety of settings with a level of enthusiasm and energy that is fitting for this international destination.

Eligibility: Open to all artists. All works must conform to a dimension of 12”H x 12”W, inclusive of any framing. Works may be smaller in size, but framing must bring the measurement to 12”x12”. For example, a painting measuring 5x7 must have framing that increases the edges to meet the 12”x12” requirement. A video must be shown on a hanging apparatus that makes the player 12”x12”. Sculpture must be wall mounted either by a hanging device or a shelf measuring 12”W. There is no limitation on depth dimension.

Jurors: Projects Gallery Director, Helen Meyrick, and international artist, Frank Hyder. The first 100 artists to apply are guaranteed at least one space on the grid. Once the first 100 entries are received, any subsequent submissions will be considered according to space availability. As entries are submitted, each artist will be notified immediately of their entry placement number. Selected artists will receive photographic proof of their placement on the grid.

Works for consideration may be of any media and any style, including painting, drawing, mixed media, print, photography, video, sculpture, etc. Weight may not exceed 50 lbs. All works must be original, for sale and available for the duration of the exhibition. Gallery commission on net sales is 50%, and gallery reserves the right to discount 10% off retail. Artist is responsible for transportation of work to and from the Miami gallery. Projects Gallery will not be responsible for loss or damage of any work while on the premises or during transit to or from the gallery. All works must be exhibition ready, including wire, hooks, etc. Video artists must supply viewing equipment. Selected artists must permit use of their work images for publicity purposes, including but not limited to print and web.

To Enter: Entries may be submitted via email, snail mail or hand delivery to the Philadelphia gallery. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $60.00 (U.S.) per artist for up to two artwork entries with two additional detail images. Multiple entries are permissible. Each entry is guaranteed a space until the first 100 entries are received, i.e. make one entry application receive at least one space; make two applications received at least two spaces.

Documents required:

Artist contact information: Including name as it should appear in print, email address, mailing address, phone number(s).
List of entries: Include the following information - artist name, titles of images, media, date and retail price of work submitted (Smith, Joe / Image 1 – Untitled / mixed media / 2011 / $xxx).
Resume or bio
Artist statement

Image submissions: Must be digital 300 dpi and at least 600 pixels but no greater than 1200 pixels in either direction. Jpg, gif or tif format. Each image file should be labeled as follows: LastName_FirstName_TheEntryNumber.jpg (Smith_Joe_1.jpg). Do not send original artwork. No slides.

All documents should be in .doc or .pdf format. Entry material will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided. All entries for this exhibition must be received no later than Saturday, October 1st. Entry fee may be made by credit card or check/money order payable to: Projects Gallery and mailed to the Philadelphia gallery (address below). Entry fee may also be paid via PayPal. If any of the above requirements are not met, the submission will be deemed ineligible.

Mail or drop off submissions and entry fee to:
ProjectsGallery Attn: Square Foot Art Basel Miami
629 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

PayPal payments to either: or 267-303-9652
Indicate payment for Square Foot ABM

Calendar for Square Foot Art Basel Miami

Entry deadline: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Final notification: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Selected work(s) to Miami gallery: November 14-19, 2011 – no works accepted after November 19th
Exhibition opens: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Exhibition closes: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Reception: Second Saturday, December 10, 2011 7 – 11 PM
Work pick up or return shipping: December 11-12, 2011 pick-up work or prepaid shipping returned

All shipped works must arrive in reusable packaging (with complete installation instructions where applicable) and include a prepaid, return-shipping label. An appointment must be made for hand-delivered works to the Miami gallery. DO NOT send works to the Philadelphia gallery. Any works not picked up by December 12, 2011 will be charged a $5 per day storage fee.

In addition to the exhibition, postcards and e-announcements will be produced, press releases and images will be sent out and the exhibition will be highlighted on the gallery’s website.

Questions? Contact or call 267-303-9652.

Chilean artists at AMA

Opening this Friday

Touchstone Gallery is opening a show of new works by Lou Gagnon with an opening reception this coming Friday, September 9, 6-8:30pm.

Gagnon is not only a superbly talented artist, but also one of the area's hardest working ones; from the press release:

Believing Joy is always there for the making, this exhibition of recent pastels by Lou Gagnon, offers the joy that comes from Seeing, Working and Sharing. Bridging the methods of the ancient, old and modern masters with 21st century cognitive and visual science, Lou creates simple yet sophisticated color arrangements, inspired by his families’ farm, that move both visually and emotionally. The joy of seeing, working and sharing comes from focusing our attention beyond ourselves and connecting to nature. So much of our time is wrapped in thought… in navigating complexity. These pictures are a small space of peace.

Lou lives and works, with his wife and children, on their eighth generation family farm in Gainesville, Virginia. He studied art at Mary Washington College and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He practiced architecture, urban planning and environmental design for fifteen years in Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon and Glendale, California. He has received regional, national and international awards for fine art and design including the 2004 IDEA Gold Medal for Environmental Design for Mission: Space at EPCOT, Walt Disney World. Lou was the Concept Architect at Walt Disney Imagineering for Mission: Space and the lead designer for Hotel MiraCosta at Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan. While at Imagineering, Lou mentored with Disney Legend John Hench on color and design. He has also studied with Wolf Kahn.

In 2002, Lou and his wife Andrea, founded LynnVale Studios llc in an effort to preserve the family farm. LynnVale Studios llc is dedicated to cultivating creativity and the human spirit though alternative agriculture and fine art. There, they grow over 200 varieties of specialty cut flowers that they sell at farmers markets in they Washington metro area and offer floral design services for events. In addition to making art, Lou teaches art to home school children and through summer camps, coaches professional artists of color and design, facilitates corporate creative workshops and collaborates with Virginia Tech’s Masters of Architecture program.

This is his first solo show at Touchstone Gallery. He has shown at the the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Caton Merchant Center for the Arts in Manassas, VA, The Delaplaine Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Architectural and urban design illustrations were exhibited at Portland State University in Portland, OR and The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Go see this show.

Arts on Foot next weekend

DC's Arts on Foot is next weekend and it has all kinds of great activities including 115 exhibitors; details here.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Congrats to Trawick Prize winners

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a juried art competition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, announced the top four prize winners on Wednesday evening during the exhibition’s opening. Mia Feuer from Washington, D.C. was awarded “Best in Show” with $10,000; Caryl Burtner from Richmond, VA was named second place and given $2,000; Ryan Browning from Frederick, MD was bestowed third place and received $1,000 and the “Young Artist” award of $1,000 was given to Lu Zhang of Baltimore, MD.

Mia Feuer and Carol Trawick

Mia Feuer and Carol Trawick

The work of the finalists will be on exhibit at the Artery Plaza Gallery, 7200 Wisconsin Avenue September 1-30, 2011. The public opening reception will be held Friday, September 9 from 6-9pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm.

The Trawick Prize is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded over $126,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of over 100 regional artists.

Visual Voices at Zenith

Zenith Gallery hosts "Visual Voices" - an exhibition of DC area artists profiled in the new book "100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic" by E. Ashley Rooney. The show at Zenith Gallery will open with a Book-signing Party with the author and artists, on Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 – 8:30pm, and remain on display through October 29, 2011.

Visual Voices - featuring works by: Alan Binstock, Joan Danziger, Julie Girardini, Margery Goldberg, Robert Jackson, Michael Janis, Joan Konkel, Ann Marchand, Donna McCollough, Davis Morton, Carol Newmyer, Marc Rubin, Barton Rubenstein, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Betsy Stewart, Cassie Taggert, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Paul Martin Wolf, Joyce Zipperer and yours truly.

Book Party, Meet the Author and Artists

Wednesday September 21, 6 - 9 PM
Exhibition: September 21 - October 29, 2011

Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion, second level next to Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20015

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Trawick Prizewinner

Congrats to Mia Feuer, winner of the 2011 Trawick Prize!