Monday, December 31, 2012

Washington vs The Other Washington

It was bound to happen sooner or later... the iconic Washington DC football team with a storied past would meet the Pacific Northwest's football team from the "other" Washington in a game that means something more than a win during the regular season.

The Redskins is a team with a long history of heroes, Super Bowls and dozens of Hall of Famers. The Seahawks is as close as the NFL comes to having a foreign team in its roster, and whose only Super Bowl appearance resulted in a loss due to the the worst officiated championship game in history.

The Skins stubbornly cling to a name that allegedly offends some people, and it is also one of the most famous and recognizable names in professional sports. As far as Seattle, I don't even know if a Seahawk is a real bird, although someone once told me that it was another name for an Osprey, which is some kind of sea bird that eats fish.

The Skins, even through all of their woes over the last few years, are still the Skins, and you can always count on seeing them on all the highlight reviews. Last night I spent several hours watching football and not once did I see any Seattle highlights in any of the half time, post game or any time of the day shows, after all, who outside of the Pacific Northwest follows that team?

But the one thing that Seattle has always been able to do, in good years and in bad years, is to be able to beat anyone and lose to anyone on any given Sunday. And even in their worst years, most NFL teams would rather play in Beirut, Baghdad or Damascus than in Seattle, and thus the Skins should be grateful that in spite of having a worse record that the Seahawks, they are hosting them at home rather than in Starbucksland.

This will be an interesting game; as in the last few weeks the Seahawks have opened a most impressive can of offensive whoop-ass which is sure to test the Skins' suspicious secondary.

Not only that, but because they might as well play in a foreign country, most football fans (especially DMV Skin fans) are not aware that Seattle is also led by a rookie quarterback, a little guy who may in fact be as good, and in my opinion better, than celebrated other rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and (here it comes DMV) RGIII.

The Seahawks' appearances on national TV are counted in dog years, even when they win their division (which in the last few years has been quite often) and thus it is understandable why most people would debate that Russell Wilson is as good as Luck or RGIII - until last week, they hadn't seen Wilson play.

Because he is such a game-changer in a place as visible as the DMV, you can bet the family farm that RGIII will win the Rookie of the Year award. And yet his amazing quarterback ratings and stats are almost exactly the same as Wilson's.

Which is why Wilson will try to outdo RGIII when the two Washingtons meet.

I don't know which team will win; both teams are playing exceptionally well, and both teams deserve to move on.

Go Ospreys Hawks!

2012 ====> 2013

What a great year (for me anyway) this was... easily the best "art" year ever, with the most art sales, including sales to not one but two collectors in the Top 100 Art Collectors List, plus an offer of my first ever museum show, plus my best art fair ever, plus continuing and steady sales of my book (look for a couple more to come out next year)...

But by far the best thing about 2012 was my wonderful family, and it is from all of us that I wish all of you a terrific 2013!

See ya there!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Just saying...

Torpedo Factory Opportunities

Forward to a friend
2013 Visiting Artist Program &
2013 Annual Jury
Artists working
2013 Visiting Artist Program: June - August 2013
  • Call for Applicants opens January 10, 2013
  • Deadline: February 10, 2013
Emerging and experienced artists are encouraged to apply for residencies of one, two, or three months at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (June-August 2013). Visiting Artists are provided with workspace and are able to display and sell original work.

Juror: Maria Karametou

Learn more about the Visiting Artist Program >

2013 Annual Jury for Artist Members: March 18-21, 2013
  • Information Sessions:
    • Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2-3PM in Studio 31
    • Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2-3PM in Studio 31
  • Drop-off Date: Monday, March 18, 2013, 9AM - 6PM
Artists working in fine arts and fine crafts are eligible to apply for the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Annual Jury for new members. Upon selection, the associate artist member is eligible to sublease from resident artists and work toward joining a studio in the future.
Ask questions and learn about the jurying process and its benefits by attending one of two information sessions scheduled for Sunday, January 20 and Sunday, February 24.

Learn more about the Annual Jury Process >

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Drew Storm Graham

(Via) The DC-area knows that Strathmore Hall houses the incredible Baltimore Symphony, but Strathmore is not just for the performing arts anymore - Strathmore features fine visual arts. The organization is in its second season of its Fine AIR program, where the center cultivates local visual arts talent by pairing emerging artists with established professionals in the community in its Fine Artist in Residence (Fine AIR) program and exhibition. Fine AIR residencies last six months, during which time participants expand their craft, build their audience, create a curatorial proposal, solidify their artistic voice and, ultimately, premiere a new body of work commissioned by Strathmore.
"Twisted" Drew Storm Graham
2012-2013 Strathmore class of fine artist-in-residence Drew Storm Graham expands his knowledge of artwork media by working in glass at the Washington Glass School.

Multidisciplinary artist Drew Graham's artwork references imagery steeped in the counter cultures of tattoo and graffiti art. Normally working with airbrushed laminated wood veneers,  under the mentorship of writer and artist F. Lennox Campello, Drew has been exploring new artistic possibilities. 

Drew Graham begins sifting crushed glass powder onto panels of glass for color samples.
Color, texture, patterns, sequence and how depth can be achieved are the goals of the glass workshop.
The culminating Fine Artists in Residence Exhibition  will be on view in the Mansion at Strathmore beginning August 31, 2013.
About Strathmore
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, is immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Go vote

Trust me... you want to vote; Details here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Go enter something...

than $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, and Top Award Winners
will be featured in the December 2013 issue of The Artist's Magazine!
All winners will also appear in a special online gallery. There are 5
categories for you to compete and win. Plus, there's a Special
Student/Beginner Division for new artists. Entry fee. For details and
to enter: Entry Page OR

Prof in Painting beginning 7/1/2013. Artist in painting and
drawing. Salary commens. w/ ed. & exp. Applications incl. cover
letter, CV, state. teaching phil, rep. of prod. & 3 ref. letters in
PDF emailed to Painting Search, Art Department, UCR. Appl review
begins 1/8/2013 until filled. The University of California, Riverside
is an EEO/AA Employer. Details/email for Application: OR

Publications holds Cover and Content Competition with up to $4000 in
awards. Entry fee. Details:

Exhibition: May 1st, 2013 to October 1st, 2013. The exhibition is
located in North America's first and foremost international Peace Park
established in 1921. Peace Arch International Park (border crossing)
is the Western United States' International Gateway between Vancouver,
BC, Canada & Seattle, Washington. Stipend $200. No entry fee. Details:

December 28, 2012 MYSTERY BUILD $15K ART CONTEST $15,000 in cash
awards. Create a work of art using ONLY the materials provided in a
Mystery Build Kit, without knowing what's inside! Submit photos or
videos of what you make to compete for cash. Deadline for entry is
October 20, 2013. The 5 lb. kits are 12" x 9" x 3" and contain a wide
variety of materials. $36 entry fee includes materials kit. Details: OR

January 4, 2013 LACDA "SNAP TO GRID" OPEN CALL Every entry shown! The
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art seeks artists for an un-juried
international exhibit featuring digital art and photography, Jan 10,
2013 - Feb 2, 2013. All entries will be printed (8.5"x11" on
heavyweight paper) and shown in the gallery arranged in a
grid. Entrants submit JPEG files of original work. Exhibit is limited
to space available, early entry is advised. Entry fee. Details:

January 7, 2013 10th INTERNATIONAL CALL TO ARTISTS A total of $3,000
in awards for the 10th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating
diversity to be displayed during April - May 2013, in Sarasota, FL. 38
artists will be selected for the exhibit. No entry fee. Details:

January 15, 2013 MIDWEST ARTIST RESIDENCY The Anderson Center, one of
the premier artist communities in the Midwest, is current accepting
applications for the May - October 2013 residency period. The
residency includes room, board, studio space for visual artists and
the chance to collaborate with other artists. Application
fee. Details:

Open to any artist over the age of 18 residing in Texas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. More than $8,000 in cash prizes will
be awarded in 4 categories for you to compete and win. Over 80
selected artists exhibit at the Irving Arts Center and online
gallery. Deadline for entry is February 5, 2013. Entry fee. Details: OR

PHOTOGRAPHY Explore these themes through personal, familial, cultural
and/or universal imagery. This gallery and online exhibition is juried
by Regina Anzenberger. $750 in cash prizes offered as well as
sponsored awards. Entry fee. Details: 970-224-1010 OR OR

Special Invitation to Join a Global Community of Over Half a Million
Creators. You are invited to celebrate your creative passion with an
international community of over half a million members on See.Me. To
inaugurate our global launch, we're offering over $125,000 in awards
to inspired creators like you. No entry fee. Details: OR

receive a total of $2,500 in cash awards and winners and juror's
selections will be presented in a group show at the 69 Leonard Gallery
in the SOHO art district in New York City and an online gallery on the
NYC4PA website with the Grand Prize winning image being posted on the
NYC4PA home page. In addition, an exhibition catalog of the group show
will be available and the gallery show will be listed and reviewed in
a NYC Gallery magazine. Entry fee. Details:!winter-2012

EXHIBITION Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space. Accepting
entries in all media. $2,000 CASH AWARDS. Jurors: Joann G. Moser,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Jack Rasmussen, Katzen Arts
Center at American University, Washington, D.C. Online sales
gallery. Open to artists living in the USA and Puerto Rico. Entry
fee. Details:

February 28, 2013 CALL FOR ART BIOLOGIC A thematic exhibition based on
art inspired by the biologic and natural world. Entry is limited to
biologic and nature based artwork and is open to all interpretations
of theme as it applies to landscape, fruits, vegetables, flowers and
fauna; and to human figuration as part of the biological world. The
exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, May 18 - June 15,
2013. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. National
magazine publication awards. Entry fee. Details/questions: Limner
Gallery, 123 Warren St, Hudson NY 12534 OR OR

Annual International Competition for $26,000 in publication awards in
Volume 20 of Direct Art Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013 issue. Direct Art
has both print and online editions. The print edition has several
distributors, including COMAG Marketing Group, the distributors of Art
News and Art in America. Direct Art can be found in bookstores across
the USA, including Barnes and Noble. The competition is open to all
artists working in any media. The twenty two awards include the covers
of magazine, feature articles and full page displays. Entry
fee. Details/questions: SlowArt Productions, 123 Warren St, Hudson NY
12534 OR OR

can be found at:

EROTIC ART GALLERY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS Guidelines for submissions can be
found at:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Xmas present ever!

Feliz Navidad!

Family Tree by David FeBland

"Family Tree," oil on linen, 24x36 inches by David FeBland

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Nervous fish?

We often get together with my wife's family at Hinode Sushi in Rockville, a hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant in Rockville.

One of my nephews is very much into aquariums and pet fish, etc. and next to Hinode is a pet shop with a lot of fish to choose from... anyway, my nephew usually wonders into the pet shop, buys a fish, they put it in a plastic bag filled with water, and then my nephew walks back to Hinode, and eventually we all go our respective ways.

I've often wondered if the fish, elated to be "rescued" from the boredom of the tank in the pet shop, is all excited that someone has finally bought it, and is looking forward to a new place to swim... and then is walked into a sushi shop.

Does the fish think: "oh, oh... crap!"

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Campello men

Anderson, Florencio and Lenny Campello, Hialeah, FL 2012
That's three generations of Campello men... Left to right: one blue-eyed, one very light grey-eyed, and one brown-eyed - how's that for throwing genetics to the wind?

Friday, December 21, 2012

World will not end without a fight!

Conan - by the amazing Frank Frazetta
Just in case you were wondering... I'm in the middle of a gigantic struggle fighting the dark side in an epic fight to save the world today!

Battle is still going on, but so far nothing is looking shimmery, like Marty McFly does every time that he's about to be eliminated from the future when he's in the past.

Struggle on!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Score one for the Mayans

Since tomorrow is the end of the world, I'm gonna be saving big bucks, because the day after tomorrow is my wife's birthday, and since tomorrow is the end of the world... do you see my logic?

Of course, no one wants the world to end, except maybe those mutant Ayatollahs in Iran, but there's that whole "present-buying" angle to work...

Hirst leaving his dealer...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When modern art baffles

"If you've ever stared at a piece of modern art and felt you just didn't "get it," you're probably among the majority.

The Smithsonian is trying to change that. The American Art Museum has begun hosting discussions aimed at helping museum-goers grasp the meaning behind some of the museum's more enigmatic works."
Read the whole story by WTOP's Madeline Tallman here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wake effect continues

Remember me harping about the "wake effect" of art fairs?

Review: The "wake effect" is akin to the wake that a ship leaves behind as it sails through the water. In artfairese, it is what happens (sales, contacts, articles, etc.) after an art fair is over.

Since Aqua ended, we've closed a deal for four 30x40 photographs by the amazing Dulce Pinzon - all to be sent to a major private collection in NYC which although "private" is open to the public.

And ballsy Cuban photog Cirenaica Moreira will be the focus of a profile article in VOGUE magazine.

And yours truly has been offered his first museum solo!


Blake Gopnik Laid Off at Newsweek

Former WaPo art critic Blake Gopnik, who escaped the sinking ship known as the WaPo's Style Section for Tina Brown's nearly submerged Newsweek, has been fired ; according to NY Magazine:
Also leaving Newsweek/The Daily Beast amid substantial layoffs is art and design critic Blake Gopnik, he confirmed to Daily Intel. Gopnik joined Tina Brown's magazine from the Washington Post in 2010, along with Robin Givhan, the first and only fashion writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Givhan was let go in the downsizing as the company kills its print edition. "It's been a wild ride, and a strange one," Gopnik said.
Before he left, the Blakester had this great article on the coming explosion of the art market bubble... I sorta agree with him. Read that here.


In this work, the digital imagery completes the narrative of the visual image. 

We see the woman’s mind begin the effort to clear the mind of all things and achieve the perfect state of a blank mind. 

Her struggles are followed through the digital imagery of food, drinks, candy, space, Mr. Spock and other images before settling on a perfectly blank mind. 

Furthermore, the buyer of this piece has the option to request to have me add some specific “distracting” digital images to the piece, if so desired, and thus become a “contributor” to the work.

Charcoal and Conte on Paper with Embedded Electronics
© 2012 F. Lennox Campello

Monday, December 17, 2012



on behalf of the entire staff...
As our nation returns to its week of work and plans for the upcoming holidays, the hearts and minds of all of us remain with the community in Newtown, Connecticut.  In the arts, the process of creation, separation and renewal is a continued reminder of the majesty of this life and of its, at times, fleeting and, at other times, uncontrolled nature.  Our songs, images, dances and writings, now and in the future, will have moments of either sadness or joy but will always contain our story and shared history. In this way, the arts will always honor the community that so suffered this past weekend and in this way will so participate in its healing and future.  We join in the shared expression of grief through the United States and will hold the same solemn promise to never forget in the unique and singular way that only the arts can do. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Opportunity for Artists

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Call to Artists 2014
BlackRock Center For the Arts is accepting entries for exhibits January - December 2014.

You can download the prospectus by clicking the link to the right or go to

Friday, December 21, 2012
Entry Fee:
$35 check or money order made payable to BlackRock Center for the Arts
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 gallery space.  Its high white walls and beautiful windows allows in just the right amount of natural light. We take pride in the outstanding artists we have exhibited over the years, which have been reviewed by Claudia Rousseau, Lenny Campello, and other art critics in the area.


The Call to Artists is open to all artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the age of 18 for original artwork only. All work must be ready for sale and to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery. (See Terms for Exhibit for details.) Pedestals are available for three-dimensional work.

Selection Process

This call will cover exhibits in the Gallery from January to December 2014. An exhibit may include one applicant or a combination of applicants, based on the judgment of jurors (i.e., 1 or 2 wall artists may be combined with a pedestal artist). A jury will select the artists and create eight exhibits to be included in the exhibit year. This season, the jury panel is comprised of Lenny Campello (artist, writer, blogger), Marsha Staiger (artist, Torpedo Factory), and Tim Tate (artist, Washington Glass School). In addition, the panel will have an alternate juror, Krista Bradley (Executive Director of BlackRock).
Gallery Panorama
Send to:
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Call to Artist
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874


Gallery Manager

All correspondance by e-mail, no phone calls please.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Zero Dark Thirty

As I've noted before, I am not really sure why I continue to get passes to many press previews of movies, but every once in a while, I do have the time and interest to go see one ahead of time and I saw Zero Dark Thirty and came away entertained, but as usual disappointed as to how Hollywood distorts historical events in order to make a film... ahhh... entertaining.

My basic issue with Zero Dark Thirty, and almost every single Hollywood movie allegedly representing a historical event, is that I am a pedantic Virgo, who tends to over notice little "wrong" things about celluloid history... little things such as a military ribbon out of place, an uncovered salute from a sailor, a wrong line.

To start, the very start of the movie is made up and never happened. But even before the start of the movie I have an issue.

"How can you have an issue before the movie starts, Lenster? ", you ask.

The title is wrong.

No one in the military says "Zero Dark Thirty."  The statement used to depict a very early hour in the day is "O Dark Thirty" -- "O" as in the letter; not "Zero" -- and I understand that this may confuse some folks who never served, but if I'm going to be pedantic, then I might as well start with an erroneous title.

Back to the start of the movie.

There were only three people terrorists who were water boarded by the CIA in their effort to gather intelligence from the bad guys (and thousands of US military people as part of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) school - at least when I was in, being water boarded was part of the school curriculum); the dude being water boarded in the movie was not one of them, so why make that up?

That's two strikes already, and we're not even finished the first few minutes of the film, but Hollywood has already seeded suspicion about nearly everything that follows and that bugs the pedantic me.

The vast left wing nut house is going bananas over this film because it thinks that it is too flattering to the CIA, to the US Government, to whatever... they also rightly complain about perceived historical inaccuracies (although I didn't recall any such complaints on equally intellectually dishonest efforts such as Oliver Stone's "W" or Michael Moore's pick any documentary).

As a work of historical fiction, the film was splendid in its entertainment factor... and Hollywood will tell you that it is a "film and not a documentary." The problem is that a lot more people will see this film, and take it for a full, true story, than will ever read the actual facts about the OBL hunt.

Art Purchase Awards

Heading out to hand out some art purchase awards from the Prince George's County Arts and Cultural Heritage Division... congrats to Robert W Kincheloe, Ric Garcia and Celestine Ranney-Howes!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Aqua Pics from ABMB

Simon Monk Superheros in bags at Aqua Art Fair, Miami 2012

Carol Goldberg reception tomorrow

Addison/Ripley Fine Art

NT9, 2011, acrylic on canvs, with pulverized glass, 84 x 72 inches
NT9, 2011, acrylic on canvas, with pulverized glass, 84 x 72 inches
paintings & sculptures
December 7, 2012 - January 11, 2013


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

When governments fund art...

Government support of the arts allows art to become definable by the state. That is, if the government is going to give tax breaks, grants, or funding to organizations or businesses that sell art, they have to define what art is. 
Read the whole piece by Lauren Galik by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Art2Art Auction


Online bidding of featured artwork in the show ends at 10 p.m. on December 20, 2012. Click here to visit the website.

All proceeds from artwork sales will support the DC Collaborative’s flagship program, Arts for Every Student, which provides arts experiences for 30,000 DC public school and public charter school students each year to attend Washington’s world-class art and cultural institutions.

What to do this Saturday?

The Washington Glass School is having their Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 15th, 2012.  The opening is around Noon, through 5:00pm on Saturday. 

As I've noted many times before, this is one of my favorite places to do some Christmas shopping for special people! What better present than original art?
DMV uberstar artist Tim Tate
Works by DMV uberstar artist Tim Tate will be available.
The artists and instructors of the glass school will be exhibiting artworks.
Beautiful works by Syl Mathis will be on exhibit and for sale!
Get yourself a Sean Hennessey - his work is hot, hot, hot!
Metal artist Chris Shea will be there with his stunning forged iron work
The WGS invites the community to visit and experience a unique DC area arts venue. And there's more: the adjacent studios - Red Dirt and Flux Studios will also be open - a great chance to see whats going on in the very vibrant Gateway Arts District!
Check out Nancy Donnelly's colorful artwork.

See ya there! 
Holiday Open House and Sale
Saturday, December
15, 2012, from Noon til 5 pm.

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street

Mount Rainier, MD 20712