Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Games Opening

What the hell was that opening all about? Was I the only one who thought it was rather unintelligible? And that opinion is coming from someone who lived in the UK for a few years...

What were those guys (dressed like the Monopoly guy) in the top hats supposed to be?

Jitterbugging nurses and doctors?And the scary huge puppets being taken down by the dozens of Mary Poppins (who looked like giant flies coming down)... and what about that giant creepy baby!

Interesting that the Scottish kids sang an anti-English song (Flower of Scotland)... the ahh... National Anthem of England's pesky Celtic Northern neighbor...

Cool part: When the Olympic rings lit up and rained fire... did anyone notice that one of the rings was sort of "leaking" fire for a bit while all the others had stopped?

Awright... the Queen's entrance was cool too...and that bit with 007 eclipsed the robotic Chinese opening four years ago. And Mr. Bean (Blackadder!!!!) was really funny in that subtle English way

I am a big McCartney fan, but... has Sir Paul become the duty "closer" for anything British (or big name musical)? Didn't we just see him doing the same skit for the Queen's 1000th Jubilee?

And after Kobe and LeBron made the comments about this team being better than the dream team, they better not get surprised by Spain, or Argentina, or some Eastern European country...

I'm just saying... cough, cough...

Gallery B call for proposals

Gallery B  
The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership are accepting applications for Gallery B in downtown Bethesda!

This beautiful gallery space (the former Fraser Gallery), located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E in downtown Bethesda, 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 in 2013.  There is approximately 1,500 sq. feet of available exhibition space.  The deadline for submission is August 10, 2012.

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

Opportunity for Artists

629 N 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19123
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CALL TO ARTISTS: “Fresh Impressions” Juried Exhibition
Deadline:  August 20, 2012
Exhibition Dates:  October 5-27, 2012

Nationally known Projects Gallery announces a call to artists for an exhibition.  Occasionally, this prestigious gallery creates opportunities in its exhibition schedule to showcase quality artists in a respected exhibition venue.  The gallery seeks to serve the wider artist community through a variety of thematic group shows, opening new avenues for artists to present their work to a broader audience.  In the past, these types of venues have occasionally resulted in Projects Gallery discovering unique talent, which have resulted in long-term relationships.
The Brandywine Workshop, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2012, has been a presenting partner with Projects Gallery in the past.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) is hosting Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop, from September 7-November 25th this fall.  Projects Gallery is joining with The Print Center, Taller Puertorriqueño and other art groups to extend the impact of Full Spectrum by providing related programming outside the PMA.  In this particular case, Projects Gallery will partner with the Brandywine Workshop to present Fresh Impressions, which will draw attention to the breadth and depth of printmaking talent and innovative, new approaches. The combined efforts of local institutions and artists will demonstrate the prominence of Philadelphia in the global field of printmaking.
Theme:  Artists are invited to submit examples of contemporary printmaking for review by an expert jury.  Today’s technologies and mixed media approaches challenge age-old forms of printmaking, creating new genres and new forms.  It is a goal of Fresh Impressions to help introduce young artists or those new to the area with a sincere interest in printmaking or print media as a creative process.
Anticipated Jurors: Raphael Damast, Exhibitions Director, Taller Puertorriqueño; Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Elizabeth F. Spungen, Executive Director, The Print Center
Eligibility:  Open to all non-student artists.  Works for consideration may be of any print media. There is no size limitation but weight may not exceed 50 lbs.  All works must be original, for sale and available for the duration of the exhibition.  Gallery commission on sales is 50%.  An artist statement and resume will be required for all accepted artists.  Artist is responsible for transportation of work to and from 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.  Accepted 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:  Artists may submit via email or snail mail up to three artwork entries.  Three additional detail images are permitted. Entry materials will not be returned. Do not send original artwork.  No slides.   All documents should be in .doc or .pdf format.  All entries for this exhibition must be received no later than Monday, August 20th.  If any of these requirements are not met, the submission will be deemed ineligible. 
Documents required:
  1. Artist contact information: including name as it should appear in print, email address, phone number(s) and mailing address
  2. List of entries: including the following information – artist name, titles of images, media, date and retail price of work submitted (Smith, Joe / Image 1 – Untitled / mixed media / 24”H x 36”W x 6”D / 2011 / $xxx)
  3. Short resume or bio
  4. 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 tiff format. Each image file should be labeled as follows: (LastName_FirstName_TheEntryNumber.jpg (Smith_Joe_1.jpg). 
Email entries to:  Please indicate on the subject line “Fresh Impressions”
Snail mail all materials to:
Projects Gallery
Attn:  Fresh Impressions
629 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19123
Calendar for Fresh Impressions
  • Entry deadline:  Monday, August 20, 2012
  • Final notification via email:  Monday, September 3, 2012
  • Selected work(s) to Philadelphia gallery:  Friday, September 28, – no works accepted after September 30th
  • Exhibition opens:  Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Exhibition closes:  Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Reception:  First Friday, October 5, 2012 6-9 pm
  • Work pick up or return shipping:  October 31 – November 3, 2012
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.  Any works not picked up by November 3, 2012 will be charged a $5 per day storage fee.
In addition to the exhibition, press releases and images will be sent out; and the exhibition will be highlighted on the gallery’s website. 
Questions?  Contact         

Wanna go to an opening tomorrow?


WHO:         BlackRock Center for the Arts
WHAT        An exhibit with works by Robert Stuart Cohen, Elissa Farrow-Savos and Fierce Sonia
WHERE:    Main Gallery at BlackRock, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD
RECEPTION:  Saturday, July 28 5:30 -7:30 pm
WHEN:      Wednesday, July 25-Saturday, August 18, Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Closed Sat & Sun
PRICE:        Admission is free
CONTACT: Gallery phone is 301-528-2260, website is

Take a cool and inspiring break this summer at BlackRock’s Main Gallery where work by Robert Stuart Cohen, Elissa Farrow-Savos, and Fierce Sonia is on exhibit July 25-August 18, 2012.  Pieces on display include mixed media, sculpture, photographs and acrylics. Hours are Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00. There is an Artist Reception on Saturday, July 28 from 5:30-7:30, which, like the exhibit, is free and open to the public.

About the Artists and Their Work

Robert Stuart Cohen finds painting to be “a process of discovery, in which working with change, matters of perception and color is essential.”  He likes to combine multiple canvases and a variety of techniques, believing “differences working together are beautiful...a new energy emerges and relationships continue to surprise and overlap.”  Cohen taught for more than 30 years at Montgomery College in Rockville and is now a full-time artist. View his gallery online at

Elissa Farrow-Savos tells stories through her sculpture, “each a narrative of some woman somewhere, and every woman everywhere.” She uses common themes, such as physical, emotional, and spiritual burdens, connections lost and found, love and anger, dignity and strength. She incorporates rusty chains, weathered wood, decaying bones, abandoned objects, and scraps of fabric – the debris of life, lived. Says Farrow-Savos, “My women are the same, they show their scars and wear them proudly because after all, they make a good story, if nothing else.”
Fierce Sonia explores digital and traditional photographic processes in her “Paper Dolls” works. “Paper Dolls” is a series of narrative figurative self-portraits. Sonia combines her photography with collage and painting mediums to construct “an outward expression of an inner fantasy world.”