Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Paint the Town Labor Day Show 2022

 I'm sooooooooooo excited to jury this show coming up Labor Day weekend!

The three-day Paint the Town Labor Day Show & Sale. This is one of the longest-running and largest art shows in the region, with hundreds of works by 175 local artists, all members of the Montgomery Art Association. The event is free and open to the public.

All works are for sale. In addition, the Artist Marketplace will have small works, prints and notecards available for purchase. A portion of all sales proceeds goes to support MAA's arts mission.

Walk around Kensington on Saturday, and you'll see dozens of artists painting and drawing. Those are participants in our annual Plein Air Competition!

From 7 am-3 pm, adults and children complete paintings with a Kensington theme and submit them for prizes. The competition is open to all adults and children. It's free for kids under 18 and current MAA members; adults pay $10.

Full three-day schedule here.

Participating Artists

Sasa Aakil

Laura Aikman

Anne Albright

K. Lin Allen

Nataliya Andreyeva

Peijisan Art

Ken Bachman

Matthew Baker

Jennifer Barlow

Jennifer Lynn Beaudet

Marcia Bhorjee

Nancy Blacker

Walt Blackwell

Elissa Borzilleri

Regina Boston

Rick Bowers

Blandine Broomfield

Susan Fitch Brown

Virginia Browning

Holly Buehler

Sandra Cane

Sandra Cepaitis

Jing-Jy Chen

Pat Coates

Carol Cober

Shannon Cockett

Amanda Coelho

Meredith Coffey

Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cole

Lou Ann Collins

Jean Cooper

Mari Craig

Susan Crawford

Jennifer Crouch

Kellie D.

Beth Daly

Arindam Dasgupta

Sarah Clayton Davis

Nan Dawkins

Amelia De Silva

John Dillon

Paul DiVito

Grace Dobrow

Jamie Downs

Jennifer Dreyfus

Sandra Edmonson

Lynn Faiola

Rosemary Fallon

Stephanie Fernandez

Jean Finkleman

Elisabeth Fletcher Nicholson

Susan Friend

Susan Sinclair Galego

Kalpana Goel

Susanna Goldman

Ann Gordon

Madeleine Greenwald

S. J. Hadley

Jack Hammond

Christina Haslinger

Samantha Hecox

Nadia Hewchuck

Christopher Hoppe

Carrie Horton

Jeffrey Human

Beverley Hunter

Margaret Ingram

Monica Ingudam

Jonathan Jaeger

Benita Kane Jaro

Edward Johanson

Bill Johnson

Hiral Joshi

Anastasiya Kavalenka

Elielle Kayomb

Rajendra KC

Cecile Kirkpatrick

Jim Klumpner

Edward Knight

Joyce Koeneman

Alan Kolnik

Galina Kolosovskaya

Mary Kosterlitz

Joanne Lamm

Ruth Lampi

Karen Lantner

Maria Elena Lazarte

Robin Lazarus-Berlin

Margo Lehman

Elissa Leibowitz Poma

Robert LeMar

Carol Leo

Judith Levine

Lynn Lewis

Nancy Loomis

Marta Lopez Teigeiro

John MacArthur

Lalleh Mahlouji

Rahela Majidi

Barbara Mandel

Gale Marcus

Isabella Martire

Mark McAlister

Karen Merkin

Christine Merry

Debbie Miller

Audrey Moog

Ally Morgan

Laura Myers

Sara Niles

Maedeh Noroozi

Barbara Novak

Elizabeth Ochoa

Melissa Ou

Laura-Leigh Palmer

Simin Parvaz

Dora Patin

Robert Pearlman

Terry Pellmar

Sandra Pérez-Ramos

Yik Chek Phan

Ann Pielert

Deborah Pollack

Judith Prevo

Maria Quezada

Pauline Rakis

Nancy Randa

Ting Rao

Sharon Reinckens

Cindy Renteria

Amy Rice

Teresa Rizzo

Faye Ross

My-Linh Rouil

Myra Ryan

Raya Salman

Eve D. Sandmeyer

Alden Schofield

Michael Schoppman

Sandra Schraibman

Martina Sestakova

Lian Sever

Ruja Shemer

Diane Shipley

Sanford H. Shudnow

Patrick Sieg

Teresa Sites

David Sommers

Pritha Srinivasan

Carol Starr

Julie Steinberg

Emily Strulson

Jeanne Sullivan

Vicky Surles

Eleanor Tanno

Antonia Tiu

Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare

Tena Turner

Kathleen Tynan

Andrea van den Heever

Mary Vinograd

Twila Waddy

Anastasia Walsh

Christina Webber

John Weber

Jenny Wilson

Helen Wood

Ellen Yahuda

Rosemary Yue

Lis Zadravec

Paula Zeller

Vicky Zhou

Michelle Zugrav

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Summertime in the Swamp…

 An easy way to spend most of a summer rainy afternoon is a visit to the Torpedo Factory, host to many art studios and some key galleries. While you’re there, go check out the current Open Exhibit, juried by artist Jessie Boyland.

According to the Art League’s press release, Boyland “is a painter and has a BFA from VCU School of the Art, Painting and Printmaking. Jessie plans and curates all the exhibits at Art Works. She arranges for the Thriving Artist Exchange workshops engaging talented and knowledgeable speakers and demos.”

For the show awards, the juror gave the Art League Award for Best in Show to Wendy Donahoe for “Traveler”, and Honorable Mentions to Mary Elizabeth Gosselink “Twister”, Cindy Grisdela “Color Grid”, Hyesuk Kong “In City”, Craig Nedrow “At the Classic Car Show”, Susan O’Neill “Transposition”, and Beverly Ryan “Starlet.”

Read the whole article here. 

Monday, August 15, 2022

"Paint the Town" Labor Day show in Kensington

 I will be the judge for this year’s "Paint the Town" Labor Day Show sponsored by the Montgomery Art Association

The Paint the Town Labor Day Show is one of the region’s largest and longest-running art shows composed of all local artists. The show will be open to the public Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, and I will do both the closed-door judging and then and on Saturday, September 3, I will also judge the plein air competition and then present the awards. 

About the Plein Air Competition: As you walk around Kensington on the Saturday of the show weekend, you'll see dozens of artists painting and drawing all over town. Those are participants of the annual Plein Air Competition. From 7 am-3 pm, adults and children complete paintings with a Kensington theme and submit them for prizes awarded by me. The competition is open to all adults and children. Free for children under 18 and current MAA members; adults pay $10 per person. Registration opens July 15.

Details here.


FRIDAY, JULY 15: Call for entries opens (members only)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Exhibit floor open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Plein air art competition, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Awards ceremony, 6-8 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: Exhibit floor open, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: Exhibit floor open, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pick up purchased artwork, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists

McLean Project for the Arts to Open Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists September 16, 2022

Opening Exhibition Reception set for September 22, 2022 at 7pm 

McLean Project for the Arts will open its fall 2022 exhibition, Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists, on September 16, 2022. An invitational exhibition highlighting work by artists who give significant time to teaching, mentoring, and community-building, while continuing to sustain and develop strong and innovative personal bodies of work, Continuum will run September 22 through November 10, 2022, with an Opening Exhibition Reception on September 22, 2022 from 7-9pm. RSVP here ( 

"We are delighted to bring this group together as we celebrate sixty years of exhibitions at MPA,” said MPA Curator and Artistic Director Nancy Sausser. “Each individual featured is both an amazingly accomplished artist and a beloved educator. Continuum honors their important and continuing contributions to our vibrant arts community." 

Continuum includes the work of artists and educators from most of the area colleges and universities, including George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Also represented are some non-profit teaching institutes such as the Washington Glass School. All of the participants are as dedicated to their on-going artistic practice as they are to their students, and vice versa. 

Continuum featured artists include: David Carlson, Patrick Craig, Robert Devers, Kate Fitzpatrick, Helen Frederick, Janis Goodman, Rene Gower, Michael Janis, Maria Karametou, Steven Prince, John Ruppert, Foon Sham, Judy Southerland, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Stephanie Williams, Sue Wrbican, and Peter Winant.  

In addition to the September 22 Opening Exhibition Reception, an Artist Talk is planned for Thursday, October 13, 2022. Additional details to follow. 

The Atrium Gallery portion of Continuum will be available for viewing during McLean Community Center operating hours. The Emerson Gallery portion of the exhibit will be open for visitors Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Online exhibitions will also be available for viewing at a future date. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

The curious case of John Leguizamo, Fidel Castro, and Latino Horror Vacui in Hollywood

John Leguizamo, the talented Colombian-born actor who once erred about his own ancestry by claiming that he was Puerto Rican on his father's side (I wonder how his Colombian dad feels about that) and once even carried the charade as the Puerto Rican Day Parade Global Ambassador of the Arts, has an issue with the casting of the upcoming Indie film “Alina of Cuba.”

Specifically with the casting of actor James Franco to play the murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro Ruz. The not Puerto Rican actor writes in Instagram:

“How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?” “No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong!” “I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!” 

The "boycott" was quickly joined in by such luminaries as Nicaraguan-American political strategist and commentator Ana Navarro, and the casting made fun of by Carolina A. Miranda, a really good and influential Wyoming-born Los Angeles Times art critic.

Have not heard of anyone of Cuban ancestry complaining... cough... cough...


Ángel Castro y Argiz
Fidel Castro Ruz, known to many Cubans as "La Bestia de Biran", was born in 1926 out of wedlock in Biran, Cuba. He was the son of Ángel Castro y Argiz, an immigrant to Cuba from Galicia, the former ancient Celtic kingdom in the north of Spain, and Lina Ruz González, his Cuban-born maid who was the daughter of immigrants from Spain. 

That's Castro's father to the right and his mother to the left below.

Fun fact: A lot of Galicians left their rugged mountain villages in northern Spain and settled in Cuba in the early 1900s (including both my paternal grandparents). 

So many in fact, that Cubans routinely refer to all Spaniards, regardless of which region of Spain they come from (Andalucia, Castille, Catalonia, etc.) as "gallegos", which I suspect pisses off most non-Galician Spaniards.  

In my experience, Galicians are a very clannish people, have their own language, customs, etc. and in Cuba even their own community centers, separate from others. In Guantanamo, for example, there used to be a Centro Español and a separate Centro Gallego.

Fidel Castro as a child with his siblings
Fidel Castro as a child with his two of his four siblings

Back to the tempest of Franco being cast to play Castro in the film and not being of Latino ancestry, however widely and confusing that classification is.

Part of me understands that Leguizamo means well, but as often happens when one is too passionate about a debatable issue, he mixes apples mangoes and oranges when making this argument.  Passion is an unforgivable mistress - witness my own conversion when I complained about a Spaniard (Javier Bardem) being cast to play a Santiaguero (Desi Arnaz) - for all the non-Cubans who have jumped into this Franco boycott: A Santiaguero is someone from Santiago de Cuba, which is where Arnaz's family was from.

But distilled to the simplest fact:

  • Latinos don't get enough roles in Hollywood films
  • ALL, repeat, ALL roles where the subject is Latino, must be cast to a Latino/a actor
  • Latino/a actors must also be eligible to be cast to play any and other roles regardless of the racial or ethnic background of the role
A great example of the last rule is the recent (and great) casting of Cuban-born actress Ana de Armas to play American icon Marilyn Monroe - as far as I know, neither Leguizamo, or Miranda, or Navarro bitched about that.

Are Leguizamo, Navarro, and Miranda hypocrites? Maybe, but I don't think so.  What I think they are, is a combination of passionate dogma plus misguided (maybe misfired) good intentions... the alleged Leguizamo trying to pass for a boricua episode bothers me -- sort of like when H.G. Carrillo spent years passing as a Cuban.

Here are better Campello rules to achieve the same goal:

  • Latinos don't get enough roles in Hollywood films
  • Hollywood casting must be sensitive that Latino/a actors come from every racial and ethnic background and must be eligible to be cast to play any and all roles regardless of the racial or ethnic background of the role AND should make an effort to increase Latino/a casting.
  • The casting should go to the best actor for the role.

In this particular case, some points which destroy the Leguizamo effect:

Almost done... now for my own complaining: 

I am having a hard time swallowing an Argentinean actress (Mia Maestro) playing a Cuban woman (she plays Naty Revuelta Clews - Alina's mom - that's Naty to the left).

And Ana Villafañe (she plays Alina): I'm keeping my eye on you! You're only half Cuban! Cough... cough...

Campello out.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Toxic seeds

I hope that the future can handle the seeds planted by the Justice Department in Mar-a-Lago today.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

This morning: Art Clinic Online

On Saturday, August 6, 10:30 - 11:30am, the ACO hosts DC Digital Printer, Ric Garcia

Art Clinic Online

ZOOM Link:

I'm  happy to announce that today's Art Clinic Online meeting is with artist Ric Garcia. 

Ric is a painter and digital printmaker with work that builds on the tradition of pop art and is infused with references to various cultures in America. These references are "a meditation about identity rather than a cultural primer." Ric’s perennial favorite is Latino culture and its consumer branded products.  

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Art Clinic Online: Ric Garcia

On Saturday, August 6, 10:30 - 11:30am, the ACO hosts DC Digital Printer, Ric Garcia

Art Clinic Online

ZOOM Link:

I'm  happy to announce that the next Art Clinic Online meeting is August 6 with artist Ric Garcia

Ric is a painter and digital printmaker with work that builds on the tradition of pop art and is infused with references to various cultures in America. These references are "a meditation about identity rather than a cultural primer." Ric’s perennial favorite is Latino culture and its consumer branded products.  

On Saturday, August 6th, 2022, we will welcome Ric Garcia, a well known artist whose work you may have seen in the past, either at the Stone Tower Gallery, and Popcorn gallery, among other locations. Some of his work can also be seen on his website at He will tell us about his process of making art and about his career and what inspires him. And there will be time for Q & A so it should be fun! Join us!

A little more about Ric here.

Ric Garcia works and exhibits in the DC metro area. He is a painter and digital printmaker. His work builds on the traditions of pop art and is infused with references to various cultures in America. These references are a meditation about identity rather than a cultural primer. Garcia’s perennial favorite is Latino culture and its consumer branded products.

Garcia thinks of his depictions of these everyday products as still lives, commenting that “ultimately the work is less about representing the product and more about eliciting emotional reactions, introspective questions and celebrating Latino culture.” The cans and packages in his work are based on real products, but the slogans and illustrations on the labels are re-imagined in ways that express and comment on his bi-cultural experiences as a Cuban-American.

His art and work process has been featured in online articles at Artists & Makers Studios and East City Arts. Garcia’s art is in many private and public collections. Most recently his work has been added to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank collection and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County, Maryland collection

We look forward to hosting everyone on August 6th and beyond! We have a nice line up of upcoming interviews and topic discussions in the next ACO meetings this month and next. After Ric, Jordan and I will conduct a discussion on papers and substrates for drawing with all kinds of tools. More information on this to come. 

And if you can, don’t forget that the ACO needs your help with donations (small or big ones are all welcome, any amount you can spare) so we can pay a small honorarium to professionals whom we invite for interviews and/or demonstrations. Many thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity!

On Saturday, August 6th, at 10:30am