Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where is Sprouse now? On TV that's where!

We opened the Fraser Gallery in Georgetown's Canal Square complex in 1996. At the time, there were several galleries in that square: Parrish, MOCA, Alla Rogers, Veerhoff and eklektikos... at one point more galleries came in and once upon a time there were seven in total.

eklektikos (with a small "e") was the hard working gallery run by George Thomasson and his partner Michael Sprouse.

Sprouse was and remains a brilliant artist, and while he lived in the DMV, he was often considered amongst the top young contemporary painters in the area.

eklektikos moved to the 7th Street corridor sometime in the mid 2000s - to the building there that used to house multiple galleries and art dealers, across the street from Zenith, and next to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They were kind enough to offer me a solo show, which I accepted and which sold really well... In fact, one of my drawings from that show, which at the time probably sold for around $200, showed a while back at a Sotheby's auction and went at auction for $1,100!

Cool, uh?

Anyway, a few years later, Sprouse and Thomasson relocated to Delaware, and now live by the ocean... must be nice!

In addition to continuing to create art, Sprouse is breaking new ground...

Tomorrow on WRDE TV, the Delmarva's NBC affiliate, Sprouse makes his debut with the WRDE NBC Coast TV Arts & Entertainment Report - the initial debut takes place tomorrow evening during the 6:00 and 11:00 PM news. 

For Delmarva area residents, WRDE broadcasts in HD on channels 209 and 809 on Comcast (also in Standard Definition on Channel 9 on Comcast). For viewers with Direct TV and Dish Network, use channel 31. For over the air non-cable or dish viewing, use channel 31.1.

Go Michael! We wish you the best!

Dead tree media on McLellan firing

LAT art critic Christopher Knight weighs in the Jayme McLellan and Corcoran mess.  Read the LAT piece here.

The WCP's Christina Cauterucci also has a really good read here.