Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Major DMV Gallery to close

Have heard from a couple of artists that a major DMV area gallery, which has been around for almost two decades has announced to them that it will close its physical location.

As this gallery is one of the few DMV galleries that does the major art fairs, I suspect that they will now just become an online dealer and simply continue to do the art fairs.

I think that I broke this story, but Lou Jacobson confirms it in the Washington City Paper... Fraser Gallery will close.

Update 2: Heather over at DCist gets the credit for breaking the story... see it here.

Update 3:
artdc has an interesting string of artists' comments about Fraser closing; read them here.

Opportunity for Artists

EXHIBITION DATES: June 22, 2011 - August 21, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: June 24, 2011, 6 to 9 PM

PLANNING PROCESS: Drawings and Finished Works at Arlington Arts Center.

Juror: Helen Allen, former creator and Executive Director of PULSE Art Fairs, former Executive Director of Ramsay Art Fairs, and current partner for the upcoming (e)merge art fair in Washington DC.

PLANNING PROCESS is a juried drawing show with a difference: All of the drawings selected for inclusion must be studies created in preparation for finished artworks.

Winning studies will be shown alongside finished pieces in a variety of media: A sculptor or a painter could show sketches alongside finished objects . . . a video artist could show storyboards alongside video . . . an installation artist could show plans alongside photos documenting a finished project--or a recreation of that project onsite.

Artists can submit images of up to three projects, and four preparatory drawings per finished project. The juror will pick as many projects from a given artist as she likes, and as few or as many studies connected to each project that she would like to feature.


- This show is open to cutting edge contemporary artists working in any/all media, and who live or work in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania.
- You may submit images of up to THREE PROJECTS: Up to four images of preparatory drawings may be submitted for each project; submit one JPEG of each finished 2-D work; up to TWO JPEGs of 3-D works; and MPEGs no longer than five minutes for video works.

Application here.

Armory Week in NYC

The Armory fair starts tomorrow in NYC, and this year an ever growing number of satellite fairs tag along, including a first for Brooklyn!

It's a little puzzling to some why it seems like (in the US) art fairs only tend to be successful in Miami and New York - and the best evidence of that is the growing number of satellite fairs which tag along Art Basel Miami Beach in Florida and Armory in NYC.

Moving Image, a fair dedicated to video, makes its debut this year, and it is offering free admission! The fair is co-founded by Edward Winkelman of Winkleman Gallery and Penny Pilkington and Wendy Olsoff of PPOW Gallery, continuing the trend of gallerists starting their own art fairs.

DMV galleries are mostly staying home this year, but Conner Contemporary is at the Armory show itself, and Civilian is at Scope, while Richmond's ADA and Norfolk's Mayer Fine Arts are in other satellite fairs.

Deborah Kahn at the WSS

The Washington Studio School will present a drawing exhibition of work by Deborah Kahn. The show will be on view March 21 to April 23.

Join them Friday, March 25 for Events with the Artist:

Workshop*: 2pm-4pm

Slide Lecture: 5pm-6pm

Reception: 6pm-8pm

Registration is required for workshop ($55). Register here. Space is limited, sign-up early! Slide lecture and reception are FREE.

RSVP kindly appreciated to 202-234-3030 or Deborah Kahn's paintings will be also on view this spring at the Bowery Gallery in NYC from April 26 through May 21.

DC artist John Grazier pops in


I just experimented with a new marketing tool:  two youtube videos.  One, to sell a 40"X60" painting of an apple, "Big Apple," the 'hook' of the video being photos of New York and a soundtrack of music from the 1940s and 1960s, -- and as you must know, New York being called the big apple.  This video is about five minutes long, "Big Apple, New York, New York."

The second is a video montage of about twenty drawings and paintings, with a chamber music soundtrack, "Years of Dreams in Minutes," less than two minutes long.

I am sending this email to all recipients in my list of contacts.  If you receive a duplicate of an earlier email, I apologize.

I have posted two videos about my paintings on youtube.

It is best to click on the hyperlinks instead of the youtube icons at the bottom of the page; then select full screen

Also, if you don't already know, I have a new website,


John is one of the most talented artists in our region - a true master of drawing and painting!