Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lecture: On Identity in the Arts: What Does It Mean to be Latinx?

Lecture: On Identity in the Arts: What Does It Mean to be Latinx?

Montpelier Art Center

9652 Muirkirk Rd

Saturday, September 21, 2pm.

I will be delving deep into the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label and then discussing important questions on the issue while wrapping it around the context of the fine arts in a sometimes funny, but always informative presentation. 

Lecture is free and open to the public.

The Art of Evolution

The Art of Evolution, on view through Sunday September 8, is an offshoot of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Sister Cities grant to Paris that was awarded to DMV artist Michele Banks.

With her grant funding, Michele was able to go to Paris and meet Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo, PhD where she collaborated with the research lab to make art about evolutionary biology.

Later Michele invited Virginie to come to DC and participate in an educational and creative workshop featuring Arnaud Martin of George Washington University who is actively using CRISPR technology to edit butterfly genomes.

The workshop was held at the studio of Jessica Beels (Off the Beaten Track) and all of the women in this exhibition (Michele Banks, Jessica Beels, Mei Mei Chang, Pat Goslee and Shelley Loewnstein) participated in the workshop.

There will be a closing reception on Sunday afternoon, September 8 from 1 to 3 pm.

Facebook event link:

Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center

( directly above the Takoma Park police station )
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:30 AM – 9:30 PM* Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 10:00 PM Friday
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday

Main: 301-891-7100
TTY: 1-800-735-2258

Friday, August 16, 2019

Opportunity for artists

Leonardo: When the Arts Reach the Sky

Deadline: August 30, 2019

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland (ICCM) in collaboration with Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), and office of First Lady Yumi Hogan is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for two juried art exhibitions celebrating the genius of the Renaissance. The exhibition pieces may include works that reinterpret or reimagine Leonardo’s originals. The exhibition pieces will ultimately reflect Leonardo’s legacy of creating art that rests on a foundation of inquiry and knowledge. 

Entries should visualize or materially reflect on laws of nature and/or the order of the universe, both natural and human-made (including but not limited to current events, historical events, political concepts, and human emotions). The two exhibitions will take place in September, 2019. 

One will take place at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and other will take place at the National Italian American Gallery (NIAG) at the ICCM. 

Curator for the exhibitions is Gioia Milano, Director of Education, Exhibitions and Programs at the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland. Contact 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Art Scam Alert!!!
From: Roger Gordon
Date: August 12, 2019 at 7:08:44 AM EDT
         I am Gordon from Richmond Indiana. thoughts of the best anniversary gift of the century to my wife has been roaming my mind for a while now. i figured out later that my wife spends noticeable time on viewing artworks from your page on my laptop and i can easily guess she likes your work, which i found quite impressive and intriguing too. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. 
      With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if i have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable anyways.  .
      I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Opportunity for Artists

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Open all-media themed juried show with a $1,000 First Prize!

A total of $1,800 is to be awarded.

Show theme: Southern Maryland Art

Southern Maryland is defined as Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay,
south of Rt. 50 (D.C. to Annapolis), and outside the I-95/I-495 D.C. Beltway.
The challenge to you: Bring Southern Maryland to life as visual ART.
Join the competition to win cash prizes and sell your artwork.

ELIGIBILITY: All artists over 18 years of age, both MCAC members and non-members, may enter.
Entries must relate to Southern Maryland and have been created after Sept. 30, 2018.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 for MCAC members and $40 for non-members. Fee is non-refundable.

SALES POLICY: MCAC will retain a 25% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibit.
t least 2 pieces must be for sale; 1 of 3 may be marked “not for sale” (NFS).
The Call For Entry is posted on the MCAC website:

You may contact MCAC by email at or by phone at 301-743-5159.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center is located in Smallwood State Park, Marbury MD, 20658

35 miles south of Washington, D.C. on Md. Route 224 in Charles County.
Park Entry fee is waived for Art Center visitors.

Friday, August 09, 2019

On Identity in the Arts: What Does It Mean to be Latinx?

Lecture: On Identity in the Arts: What Does It Mean to be Latinx?

Montpelier Art Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd
Laurel, MD 20708

CHANGE OF DATE: Instead of Sept. 14 it is now Saturday, September 21, 2pm.

I will be delving deep into the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label and then discussing important questions on the issue while wrapping it around the context of the fine arts in a sometimes funny, but always informative presentation. 

Lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Affordable Art Fair New York

We'll be at the Affordable Art Fair New York this coming September - booths C3 and D20! Our 13th year at this fair!

This year we're showcasing Jodi Walsh, Seth Fairweather, Kathleen Hope in booth D20 and Lori Katz, Matthew Langley and Macyn Bolt in booth C3.

Module 8 by Jodi Walsh

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Wann go to three openings in one place this weekend?

Workhouse Arts Foundation | 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

VMFA: Futures
Group Exhibition

On View through October 6
Reception: Saturday, August 10, 6-8pm
McGuireWoods Gallery, 2nd Floor

Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present VMFA: Futures showcasing a select group of artists joining the 2019-2020 Fellowship Program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. This lucid presentation is comprised of a broad selection of humanizing works of ingenuity which liven the art landscape through sculpture, videography, painting, photography and new media.

VMFA: Futures highlights emerging talent but also explores commonalities amongst the artists’ work each sharing visual, woven poems referencing subjects such as the acceleration of environmental destruction, the grasp of fading moments, the provocation of word play, the resonance of family belongings and the ritual of preservation. Exploring forms of personal documentation, this exhibition examines the artists’ response and dealings with traces of past and present and interacting perspectives.

Featured artists include Soomin Ham, Rebecca Silberman, David Franusich and Sarah Phillips.

(Im)Permanence Continued
Solo Exhibition, Cynthia Myron

On View through October 6
Reception: Saturday, August 10, 6-8pm
McGuireWoods Gallery, 2nd Floor

Clay International
Juried Exhibition

On View through October 13
Reception: Saturday, August 10, 6-8pm
Vulcan Gallery, 1st Floor

Clay International represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country. Ceramic Artist and Educator – Peter Beasecker juried over 300 images to select 52 pieces of art which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material. The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques which encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts.

Juror’s Statement – It was an honor to be asked this year to jury the 2019 Workhouse Clay International. With over a few hundred entries, it was exhilarating as it was exhausting. As a juror, I found myself exercising my imaginative abilities to envision the three-dimensionality of the objects, filling the absence of intimacy experienced only by close inspection and touch. I was most drawn to the pieces that ignited my curiosity and left me wanting more: works that both challenged and reaffirmed my own sensibilities. Though I was impressed with the range of entries, I did not select pieces for diversity’s sake. Rather, I chose objects that expressed a sense of confidence in what they were or the conviction of their message. While some pieces clearly embraced risks and were a part of a more contemporary conversation, that did not dim the light of those pieces quietly celebrating the rich history of the functional vessel.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Guess who's on the cover

Yep - those smiley folks on the cover of Potomac Living magazine are none other than The Campellos!

The photo is by an uber talented photographer - the spectacularly talented Ksenia Pro - see more of her work at her website here.

August 2019 cover of Potomac Living Magazine - Cover by Ksenia Pro

And more about Potomac Living magazine here!

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Two new exhibits, opening on August 30, 2019: Transformations and Fragments.

Transformations features mixed media and installation works created by Rachel Borgman, Artemis Herber, Chris Hornsby, and Sunyoung Lee. 

While these artists focus on a variety of concepts, they each describe the process of art-making as integral to their work. Rachel Borgman uses art historical documentation and biographical sources to weave together a complex web of possible narratives that marry fact with fiction, creating painting copies and immersive painting spaces inspired by her investigations. Artemis Herber’s large-scale artworks on corrugated cardboard raise questions about urban culture and sustainability while exploring geo-economic landscapes expressing local issues or global concerns. Chris Hornsby utilizes dark and light fractured imagery to create paintings that explore the complex yet surprising interaction between control, contradiction, and humanity’s violent struggle to succeed. Sunyoung Lee’s work stems from the similarities between painting and writing. Using thick and rapid calligraphy-like brushstrokes, she creates abstract letter paintings intended to be read emotionally rather than literally.

Fragments showcases photography by local artists Willy Conley and Don James. 

In Willy Conley’s self-titled “watergraphs,” he captures water reflections which are then turned upside-down. Depending on environmental factors such as wind, debris in the water, and the color of the sky, each inverted reflection creates a painting in its own right. Don James’ photographs appear to be abstract creations but are actually a faithful representation of the shape and near-monochrome appearance of his subjects. Drawn to subjects rarely noticed by others, he photographs man-made structures, details of common objects, and short-lived fragments of nature.

Transformations and Fragments will be on display from August 30 – October 11, 2019. A reception for both exhibits will be held on Friday, September 13 from 6–8 pm, in conjunction with the Arts Council’s Annual Meeting and Grant Awards Ceremony. Resident artists will also host Open Studios from 7-8pm. This reception is part of the Arts Council’s annual Road to the Arts weekend, featuring special exhibits and receptions hosted by Howard County galleries and art spaces from September 12-15. 

HCAC Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. The Galleries are closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2019. To learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit

Friday, August 02, 2019

Homage to the Ice Pirate

As I noted earlier, my best friend from the Navy, and one of the US Navy's most legendary figures... simply known to the world of Navy submariners as the "Ice Pirate" died unexpectedly a few weeks ago.

As an homage to William Randall (Randy) Ray, I've done these four pieces which I will be gifting to his family.

"The Ice Pirate"
Pen and ink on toned paper, 20x24 inches

Study for "The Ice Pirate"
Charcoal on paper, 8x10 inches

Study for "The Ice Pirate"
Graphite on paper, 8x10 inches

"Randy Ray in the Arctic"
Ink on paper, 10x8 inches