Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will offer Unleash your Creative Spirit

On Saturday, November 11, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will offer Unleash your Creative Spirit, a collage workshop with Teaching Artists Carolina Mayorga and Sharon Burton.

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2023

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), 545 7th St. SE, Washington DC 20003

Cost: $15 (please pay in advance by calling 202-547-6839)

On Veterans’ Day, CHAW will offer a collage workshop to honor veterans and caregivers. 

Led by Teaching Artists Carolina Mayorga and Sharon Burton, participants will create a collage to honor themselves, veterans, and caregivers. Unleash Your Creative Spirit will offer participants an opportunity to celebrate creativity, self-expression, and a sense of community while exploring one of the most enjoyable and relevant art forms. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

You know you can't hold me forever

I didn't sign up with you

I'm not a present for your friends to open

This boy's too young to be singing

The blues, ah, ah

                               - Elton John 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Delna Dastur at Fred Schnider Gallery in Arlington

The Fred Schneider Gallery in Arlington will be showing a new body of work by DMV artist Delna Dastur to include paintings and drawings, in a solo show starting on November 10.  

The reception is on November 11, 2023 from 5-8PM  The artist will also be giving a talk on December 9th from 5-7p.m. 

Embracing Arlington Arts interviewed Dastur for this show and you can visit that interview here.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Friday, October 27, 2023

"Ninety Degrees" by Isabel Manalo

Ninety Degrees

By Isabel Manalo

Show Runs: November 4 - December 31, 2023

Artist Talk: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4pm


 3 Roads | 118 East Church Street, 118 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Isabel Manalo is an Artist’s Artist. She is a pro who not only maintains her own studio practice and exhibition schedule, but also guides countless other artists with aesthetic and academic counsel. Manalo’s paintings possess an uncommon transcendence and mysticism. Yet they are essentially simple and familiar in their subject matter, often with her two young daughters engaged in exploration and wonder amid the natural world. The jewel-like glances of vivid translucent color so musically applied to the picture plane provide a sense of hopeful providence and even joy. Manalo has been exhibiting her work internationally since 1999. Her art works are included in several public and private collections, such as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the permanent collections of U.S. Embassies in Bulgaria, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Nepal. Manalo is currently an Adjunct Professor at American University and George Mason University and serves as an Artist Mentor at Lesley University in Boston, MA. She is the Founder and Chief Collaborator of The Studio Visit, an art journal featuring artist interviews with artists in their studios.

“Lately painting for me has become a release and expression of my drawing process. That which is more immediate, gestural, imperfect and ephemeral and yet still driven by a highly saturated palette and layering of marks and pattern. Images of faces and bodies comingle with familiar plant life and foliage and bouquets of flowers that have been given and received in all the exchanges of hello's and goodbyes. Cues from media of current events pop up as does the pre-colonial script from the Philippines.”

                                                                                - Isabel Manalo

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Exhibition Featuring the work and words of Roy Utley

Live! From the Chair

Exhibition Featuring the work and words of Roy Utley

Opening reception this Saturday October 28, 3-6PM

Live! From The Chair is an exhibition featuring the works of Roy Utley at Otis Street Arts Project. The exhibition draws its name from a collection of poems he wrote while receiving chemotherapy, which were inspired by his personal journey through life and illness. These works reflect his never ending resolve to learn to live in peace, hoping he can help others to do the same.

Art by Roy Utley

The "Live! From The Chair" anthology that serves as the exhibition's inspiration is the heart of the exhibit. It is a wall that amplifies voices from around the world, sharing stories of those who've been "in the chair," to remind everyone that illness doesn't define them and that they're not alone in this experience. Additionally, Roy's seminal work, "The Art of Peace," is a map in the form of a digital logic circuit diagram. It illustrates a mechanism of self awareness and sentience, developed to help people on their own path to live in harmony and peace. Roy will also be honoring individuals who had a profound effect on and inspired him by being able to truly live in peace with a dedicated wall.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-4, M-F by appointment

Otis Street Arts Project

3706 Otis Street

Mount Rainier, MD


Exhibition October 28- December 2, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Judith Olivia HeartSong

Judith Olivia HeartSong is the founder and Executive Director of Artists & Makers Studios 1 - MD (located at 11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, Maryland 20852 and soon at asecond location in MD - also locations in Oro Valley, AZ, San Gabriel, CA, and North Hollywood, CA).

This human is clearly a shaker and a mover in the visual arts tapestry of the DMV (and multiple other places)... but she's also one of the nicest Earthlings whom I have ever had the pleasure to have worked with multiple times in the past (and soon again in the future).

Learn more about her in the below video.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

WPA Open Call: Where should we start?

2023-2024 Open Call: Where should we start?

Info Session: Tomorrow Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30pm (Virtual) 

From the WPA:

WPA's 2023-2024 Open Call welcomes proposals for one-night only events that will be presented in different locations around DC. DC-area artists are invited to imagine programs that will challenge WPA towards new unimagined directions for future project development in response to the question: “Where should we start?”

Your program can respond to this question in any way that interests you and supports your research. The program you propose may take any form, including: film screening, workshop, conversation, performance, book presentation, and beyond. As this call is designed for anyone from the DC-area to apply, so should your event be designed for anyone from the DC-area to attend. While proposals for virtual events are not accepted, hybrid events are welcome.

We will produce two (2) Open Call programs this season, in February and April 2024 respectively. Each presentation will receive a budget of $3,500.

To learn more about this opportunity, join us for a virtual Information Session on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30–7:15pm. RSVP Here.


Monday, October 23, 2023

The curious case of the snatched Chagall

Two things to learn about this story:

 A painting by artist Marc Chagall was stolen from a Midtown art gallery late last month, according to the NYPD.

The painting is valued at over $5,000, police said. Three suspects broke into Carlton Fine Arts and took the painting around 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 25, authorities said on Friday.

 In the article we learn that the Chagall was valued at $5,000.

$5K for a Chagall? I was curious and thus I went to Christie's and found out that indeed, one can grab an original Chagall for around that price - check them out here.

More importantly, and a lesson for artists...

Do you know what happens if one of your works is stolen from a gallery show?

Another lesson on the importance of having a gallery contract that would specify what happens in the event that happens!

Stay tuned and I'll tell you what usually happens!

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Deeming Memorial Fund

Support grants ($500 - $2000) to individual feminist women in the arts with primary residence in the US and Canada.

Applications from feminist writers and visual artists who are women (cis and transgender) or nonbinary and:

  • Exhibit high quality and originality in their work.
  • Use feminism as their central interpretive lens.
  • Value both personal and political changes that promote freedom and agency for women.  
  • Validate differences that intersect with gender such as race, ethnicity, and class.
  • Express an inclusive vision of social justice while focusing on justice for women. 


Saturday, October 21, 2023

New to the DC Art collection!

Now and through December 15, you can see the FY 2024 Art Bank Program Finalists in a very cool exhibition in the Commission’s first floor galleries, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm at 200 I (Eye) Street Gallery SE.  There’s photography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, textiles, and more! The gallery is free and open to the public.

Installed in the gallery are the works of Barbara Januszkiewicz, Bradley Stevens, Bria Edwards, Carol Rowan, Cathy Abramson, Charles Jean-Pierre, Cheryl Edwards, Cory Oberndorfer, Daniel Rios, David Fulton, Davide Prete, Debra Jean Ambush, Elaine Wilson, Elizabeth Ashe, Eric Celarier, Erwin Timmers, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Gary Kret, Gayle Friedman, George Tkabladze, Ivan Sigal, Jacqueline Crocetta, James Terrell, Jonathan Monaghan, Joseph Hamilton, Judith Peck, Judith Southerland, Julia Bloom, Julie Byrne, Julee Dickerson-Thompson, Justyne Fischer, Kasse Andrews-Weller, Khanh Le, Len Harris, Leslie Holt, Lexis Marie Jordan, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Lina Alattar, Lory Ivey Alexander, Madeline Stratton, Mariah Bonner, Marilyn Gates-Davis, Mentwab Easwaran, Michael Sirvet, Michele Banks, Michelle Lisa Herman, Nami Oshiro, Pixie Alexander, Rania Hassan, Rashad Ali Muhammad, Rashin Kheiriyeh, Regina Miele, Roderick Turner, Sarah Bentley, Sayeh Behnam, Sean Dudley, Selena Jackson, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Sheila Blake, Sheila Crider, Sondra Arkin, Steve Wanna, Tea Okropiridze, Tom Kim, Valerie Theberge, Walter Bo Bullock, Zofie King, and Zsudayka Nzinga.

As you can see from the list, it includes many of the DMV art superstars, but I am particularly pleased to see also many names which I do not know, which means new fresh artwork being added to the City’s collection.  I am also happy to see that many of the artists whom I gave good scores in the selection process made it to the finals!

Congrats to all of them!

Friday, October 20, 2023

Culturally responsive literacy motivation through diverse children's literature

This paper describes the implementation of a high-intensity reading tutoring intervention program using culturally responsive literacy practices centered on diverse children’s literature intended to uplift the needs and priorities of primary grade students experiencing literacy learning challenges. First, we present a critical review of the research on student literacy motivation and student identity. Next, we propose a culturally responsive literacy motivation model that re-conceptualizes student literacy motivation through culturally responsive literacy practices and literacy identity dimensions. We provide qualitative findings from tutor and student participants that reflect interconnections between dimensions of student literacy identity and literacy motivation through culturally responsive literacy practices. We provide implications and recommendations for literacy educators, researchers, and policymakers, along with a resource section for literacy educators.

Read the paper here

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Artists showing at Superfine DC

Meet the artists showing at the 2023 Superfine DC Art Fair this weekend!