Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New gallery's grand opening is this week

Grand Opening of a new art gallery
“Gallery de Fabbio”
Saturday, December 1st 2012, from 1-8 PM pm at-

10007 Kinross Ave.,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
301. 593. 5507

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

At Aqua next week

This is "Peter Parker" by British artist Simon Monk (oil and alkyd on wood panel), which is one of the artists that I curated into the "Superheros and Super Villains" exhibition in room 116 of the Aqua Art Fair in Miami Beach next week!

Simon Monk - represented by Alida Anderson Art Projects, Washington, DC
"Peter Parker" by Simon Monk

Monday, November 26, 2012

Alexa Meade

DMV area uberartist Alexa Meade has been busy lately... she's been traveling a lot recently for art - painting Gotye in Australia, meetings in Tokyo, presenting her work at the Wired Magazine Conference in London, doing a show in Zurich...

She's now back home and debuting a new body of work this week which she made with friend/performance artist Sheila Vand. You can see it here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The curious case of the art fair model

For years I have been proselytizing about art galleries and art fairs and artists and art fairs. In a nutshell my gospel is simple: if you are a 21st century artist (or gallery) and you're not in Miami in December, then your business model is hopelessly bound to the meager crumbs of your local area and the random shot from your Internet website.

I know the costs are brutal, and that leaves a lot of galleries out of the equation in round one; but there are techniques and processes and approaches to diluting the "cost shock" - much like a cooperative gallery dilutes the huge odds against a gallery staying open more than a year by spreading out the costs amongst its members. In the last few years I have been hired by almost a dozen art centers, coop art galleries and even some commercial art galleries to advise them on how to approach the daunting task of "going to the fair" - to this date, ALL of them are returning to art fairs after their first, second or third fair -- All of them.

And that leads me to highlight that there is a most curious effect that I've been observing over the last few years.

In spite of the horrible economy, and in spite of the current administration's dated academic approaches to kick-starting the economy (and if it doesn't work, whatever it is, we blame Bush), and in spite of the threat of a financial doomsday with no happy ending no matter who wins (the who being the left wing or the right wing, with the rest of us caught in the middle)... in spite of all that... in my own empirical experience, and in talking to dozens of my fellow art dealers, it seems as though art fairs are doing OK.

Want empirical evidence Lenster?

Here locally, (e)merge has survived the most dire of predictions of the local art buying market and will return in 2013, stronger than ever. In Miami, this year there will be a record number of art fairs - even some of the top dogs (such as Art Miami) are so flooded with applicants that they've quietly started a second fair under a new name - all together there will be about 26 art fairs going on at once all over the Miami/Miami Beach region - 26!

The people who run Pulse also run the Affordable Art Fairs, and they're expanding to a bunch of new cities; DC was one of the cities on the draft list, and they came, explored, talked to a lot of people and decided that the DMV is not a viable market, but Seattle is.

But the biggest surprise of all (in my learned opinion) is the fact that a record number of DMV galleries and DMV area artists are heading south to the most Cuban of non-Cuban cities in the world next week to sell art and expose themselves to art!

If the mountain doesn't come to Mohamm ahhh... Monet, then Monet will come to the mountain.

We're heading to the Aqua Art Fair next week - if you want some free passes, drop me an email.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Saw Skyfall, the newest 007 movie tonight and then made the mistake of commenting too much about it on Facebook without a spoiler alert; my apologies.

My revised thoughts:
  • Terrific action movie; the franchise seldom disappoints
  • I'm lost on the whole "new" Moneypenny angle
  • Javier Bardem sucked as the bad guy: what's with the blond hair?
  • Ending is a bit of a take off on another movie
  • Old Scottish guy looks and dresses like a Scot, but must be the only Scotsman in all of Scotland without an accent!

Friday, November 23, 2012

At the Factory

Add a little sparkle to your holidays with the Torpedo Factory Art Center's annual Holiday Open House! Enjoy fun festivities as you wander from studio to studio stocking up on affordable, original artwork for everyone on your shopping list. 

Holiday Shopping in Studios & Galleries
Studio and galleries are open until 9pm for holiday shopping! Use our Holiday Gift Guide to find endless unique gift ideas in every price range from Torpedo Factory artists and galleries. From handmade ornaments and playful hats and scarves to small sculptures, elegant jewelry, and original paintings, there's something for everyone! Plus, for as little as $3, you can have your presents wrapped at a gift wrap station benefiting the George Washington Middle School Orchestra.

Guests are also invited to enter their free prize drawing for a chance to win a $100 Torpedo Factory Art Center gift certificate, which is good everywhere in the Art Center including all 82 studios, 6 galleries, The Art League, and the gift shop. 

Live Music & Refreshments
Sample sparkling wine and holiday treats from the Café by Bread & Chocolate as you get into the spirit with music by the acclaimed trio of Wytold Lebing, accompanied by Bryan Bowman and Jerry Tolkas.

Holiday Toy & Mitten Drives
Help them spread joy, hope, and compassion this holiday season with two opportunities to give back to the community. 

Annual Toy Drive
Give underprivileged children a reason to smile by donating new toys, infant/toddler items, and grocery store gift cards to Community Partners for Children, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes school supplies, clothing, toys, and other items for disadvantaged children from newborns to teens. The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be collecting toys November 12 through December 14 with a donation box located by the main entrance.

Mitten & Glove Drive
In conjunction with the Joys of the Season exhibition (November 29 - January 20), spread warmth to the community by donating to a mitten and glove drive benefiting Alexandria’s Child and Family Network Centers.

Click here for more holiday activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you all have the luck to spend today with your families and that we all think a thought for all those who can't, especially our men and women in uniform around the planet and their families...

Below is Little Junes and his mother cutting and assembling paper turkeys to give to his teachers.

Alida and Anderson Campello - Nov 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

American idiot

The picture below is of an idiot from Massachusetts named Lindsey Stone who's gone viral with this image of her flipping off the sign at Arlington Cemetery during a work-paid visit to the DMV. Because of the fact that this brainiac then posted this pic on Facebook, and it really offended a lot of people, someone then started a viral campaign to get Ms. Stone fired.

Lindsey Stone at Arlington
 And she got fired.

And I'm not sure that this is right. As much as I am offended, both as a veteran and also as a veteran who has former shipmates killed on active duty buried at Arlington, one of the reasons that people like me wore the uniform of the United States Armed Forces was to defend and protect the right of people like Ms. Stone to express their views freely.

We used to (and I'm sure that people serving today still do) have a saying that went along the way of "I may disagree 100% with what you're saying, but I am willing nonetheless to put my life on the line to defend your right to say it."

Lindsey, you're an idiot, but you're an American idiot, and you have the right to do this abhorrent act and should not get fired because of it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Please...

What are your 10 favorite galleries in the DC metro area?

ArtDC wants to know... check it out here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Call for Entries: On The Verge

"On the Verge" - At the Lowe House Office Building
Prince George's Delegation Area, Annapolis, MD.

January 11 - April 9, 2013
Presented by the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks of Recreation, Prince George's County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division

All submissions must be received by 4:00pm
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks of Recreation, Prince George's County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, with support from the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, is pleased to announce On the Verge: Extension, Transition, Conversation, this year's exhibition of Prince George's County artists in the Lowe House Office building in Annapolis, during the Maryland General Assembly's Legislative Session for 2013.

Verge is verb, signifying a shift, a switch, and evolution. Verge can also mean modification, expansion, and a substantial moment. This exhibition calls on Prince George's County artists to share their interpretation of what it means to be on the verge. As artists our perception of transition and change vary; is verge a meeting of artistic minds, a collaborative effort? Are you on the verge of a major decision in your studio? Or perhaps verge is an important moment for you conceptually or formally, on the cusp of a breakthrough in a new direction? The meaning of verge may present itself symbolically, through the exploration of boundaries, or literally through juxtapositions in ideas and materials. On the Verge provides an opening to reflect upon the interpretations of verge, or verging, asking artists to present work related to insightful, prospective and major transitions, as they define it. This exhibition celebrates Prince George's County artists as well as art's ability to represent these shifts and express the experiences that bring us all together.
  • Deadline for receipt of entries: December 10th
  • Notification of selected works: December 17th
*All notifications will be sent by email.
  • Artwork drop-off period: December 27st - 31th
  • Exhibition Opens: Week of January 9th
  • Opening Reception: TBA
  • Exhibition closes: April 9th
  • Artwork pick-up period: April 15th - 26th
This call for entries is open to all artists 18 years old or older who live, work, attend school or have studio's in Prince George's County, MD.

Artists may submit a maximum of 5 artworks for consideration. All works must be original and may use any media. Art works must also be presentation-ready and able to hang on a wall without projecting off the wall in such a way that they could obstruct or endanger foot traffic in the exhibition area. Art works must be able to safely hang on Walker Display system hanging rods. All works must follow the Maryland House of Delegates guidelines for displaying artwork. To receive a copy of these guidelines artists may contact staff at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at (301) 277 - 2863.

Artists selected to have their artworks exhibited in On the Verge will receive an honorarium of $100.
Submission materials should be mailed or delivered in person to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722. Please send:
  • Your name and contact information, including address, telephone number, and email.
  • A CD containing up to 5 images.
  • A printed list of the works submitted with titles, media, and dimensions.
  • If your mailing address is not in Prince George's County but you are eligible to apply under other criteria, please provide a very brief explanation of your eligibility (i.e. your in-county studio address, etc.)
  • *Optional: An artist's statement
  • If you would like your materials returned, please include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). Materials sent without an SASE will not be returned.
Please note: Only entries sent in digital formats will be accepted for entry. We will not review printed images, slides, or original artworks. We regret that we cannot accept submissions via email. Digital files must be submitted on a CD.

Attn: On the Verge
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD 20722

Effort will be made to review all submissions, regardless of format. However, please be aware that incompatible files may cause submissions to be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to format files as described below.
  • Image files should not be larger than 1MB, and should be formatted as jpeg or tiff.
  • Name each file according to the following format: "last name" underscore "document". Example: jones_imagelist.pdf.
  • Please number each image/video file corresponding to the work sample list. Example: 01_jones_stilllifewithguitar.jpg
All artists will be informed of acceptance or rejection by email. Artists who do not have email addresses may request to be notified by mail.

Artists are responsible for transporting work to and from the drop-off/pickup location at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. Artwork must be delivered ready to hang and appropriately presented. Artworks that differ significantly from the images submitted for judging or are not ready for gallery installation may be rejected. If you need to ship the work, please call us to let us know what arrangements you have made.

The exhibition will be transported, installed, and dismantled by
M-NCPPC staff or third parties contracted by the M-NCPPC. All work accepted for exhibition will remain at the exhibition site for the duration of the exhibition.

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all artworks sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC will insure all consigned artwork in the custody of the Brentwood Arts Exchange from the time they are received by delivery, until the pick-up date only.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: Rushern Baker IV, at the Brentwood Arts Exchange 3901 Rhode Island Ave.  Brentwood, MD 20722,; tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Black Friday Sale at Brentwood

Black Friday Sale
Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Store
Friday, November 23, 2012; 10am - 7pm 
Gary Irby mugs
"Mugs" Gary Irby.
Stop by the Brentwood Arts Exchange craft store Friday, November 23, 2012, from 10am - 7pm, for their Black Friday Sale. For the first time, customers will find the store's line of fine ceramic ware, hand-made jewelry, glass-blown vases, hand painted silk scarf's, and handbags available at a 20% discount. The Brentwood Arts Exchange craft store features a dynamic display of fashionable and functional items by local artists and is a favorite stop for customers looking to buy one of-a-kind gifts for loved ones and looking to support the local arts community. At this year's inaugural event over 90% of the sales on each item will go directly to the artists. 
Click here to view their virtual craft store.


When an anonymous donor gave art to the Goodwill as an early holiday gift this month, the staff thought it was junk.

"Across the board they thought it was ugly," said Shea Munroe, who sorts the art and collectibles donated at Goodwill Industries in Federal Way, Washington.

Co-workers told her: "What is that? And why would anybody want that?"

The art is actually a Salvador Dali original, by the master surrealist who in his day relished the role of public provocateur with his mind-bending imagery.
Read the story on CNN here.

Opportunity for Photographers

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is currently seeking submissions for its seventh annual contemporary Photography Exhibition running February 2nd through March 1, 2013 at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE.   CHAW is looking for any and all types of contemporary photography including traditional, alternative, black and white, color, photojournalism, fine art, time based, performance, installation…if you think it involves photography, please submit by December 14, 2012 at

The exhibition will be curated by Bruce McKaig, chair of the Photography Department at CHAW (  All submitting artists will be invited to participate in a workshop on business tips for artists and receive a marketing packet with exhibition, publication, marketing and funding sources.  CHAW will present cash awards and one or more participating artists will be invited to a public art project at Canal Park in 2013.

The entry fee is $25 and artists may submit three to five works or three to five minutes of video. Please call (202) 547-6839 or visit for more information and to submit work. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Opportunity for Artists

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Call to Artists 2014
BlackRock Center For the Arts is accepting entries for exhibits January - December 2014.

You can download the prospectus by clicking the link to the right or go to

Friday, December 21, 2012
Entry Fee:
$35 check or money order made payable to BlackRock Center for the Arts
Open to all artists 18 years and over residing in  Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. 
Special Consideration:
Artists who are willing to conduct a lecture or workshop for a BlackRock standard fee will receive special consideration during the selection process.    
About the Gallery
BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery is 1500 square feet of gallery space.  Its high white walls and beautiful windows allows in just the right amount of natural light. We take pride in the outstanding artists we have exhibited over the years, which have been reviewed by Claudia Rousseau, Lenny Campello, and other art critics in the area.


The Call to Artists is open to all artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the age of 18 for original artwork only. All work must be ready for sale and to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery. (See Terms for Exhibit for details.) Pedestals are available for three-dimensional work.

Selection Process

This call will cover exhibits in the Gallery from January to December 2014. An exhibit may include one applicant or a combination of applicants, based on the judgment of jurors (i.e., 1 or 2 wall artists may be combined with a pedestal artist). A jury will select the artists and create eight exhibits to be included in the exhibit year. This season, the jury panel is comprised of Lenny Campello (artist, writer, blogger), Marsha Staiger (artist, Torpedo Factory), and Tim Tate (artist, Washington Glass School). In addition, the panel will have an alternate juror, Krista Bradley (Executive Director of BlackRock).
Gallery Panorama
Send to:
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Call to Artist
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874


Gallery Manager

All correspondance by e-mail, no phone calls please.

Friday, November 16, 2012

All animals are equal

But in the Castro Brothers' Workers Paradise, some animals are more equal than others...

Vilma Rodríguez Castro, grand-daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro In Cuba (Via) this week, three dozen Ladies in White were beaten and arrested for trying to attend Mass; two dozen pro-democracy leaders were beaten and arrested for inquiring about a colleague's imprisonment; and a dozen pastors were arrested for trying to distribute independent hurricane relief to victims in eastern Cuba.

So how does the State Department reward this surge in repression by the Castro's dictatorship?

By granting a U.S. visa to Raul Castro's grand-daughter to attend an art exhibit with her boyfriend in New York City.

That's right, according to the Cafe Fuerte blog, Vilma Rodríguez Castro, grand-daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, is in New York City this week attending the contemporary Latin American art fair, PINTA 2012. She was accompanying her boyfriend, Cuban artist Arlés del Río.

Witnesses spotted her last night wearing Chanel shoes, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Rolex watch, as if it was the most natural thing in the world.

Is this ignorance, irresponsibility or just policy malpractice by the State Department?

From Amnesty International:


Cuban Man Targeted for Government Criticism

Government critic Antonio Rodiles has been charged with “resisting authority”. It is believed the charges may be used to punish and prevent his peaceful criticism of Cuban government policies.

Cuban dictatorship critic Antonio RodilesA coordinator of a civil society initiative calling on the government to ratify international human rights treaties, Antonio Rodiles, has been charged with “resisting authority” (resistencia). He has been placed in pre-trial detention (prisión provisional), but no date has been set for his trial.

Shortly after the arrest of the independent lawyer and journalist Yaremis Flores on 7 November, Antonio Rodiles, his wife and several other government critics went to the Department of State Security headquarters, know as Section 21 (Sección 21) in the neighbourhood of Marianao in Havana, to enquire after her whereabouts. Before they could reach the building they were approached by 20 people, all plain-clothed, as two officials from the Ministry of the Interior looked on. Antonio Rodiles was reportedly knocked to the ground and pinned down by four men. Several of the other activists were also manhandled and were forced into a police vehicle and sent to various police stations around Havana. All were released by 11 November, except Antonio Rodiles.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (fiscalía) informed Antonio Rodiles’ wife on 14 November that he was being charged with “resisting authority” but a formal charge document has yet to be issued.

Antonio Rodiles is one of the coordinators of Citizen Demand for Another Cuba (Demanda Ciudadana Por Otra Cuba), an initiative calling for Cuba to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the country signed in 2008. Amnesty International believes the charges against him may be being used to punish and prevent his peaceful activities as a government critic and is gathering further information on his case and treatment.

When museums bite

Susan Helen Adler paced the corridors of the Baltimore Museum of Art, searching for objects that once belonged to her great-great-aunt, the late Saidie Adler May.

In one room, she encountered about a dozen pieces, next to plaques that read “Gift of Saidie A. May.” But Adler, hungry to see more May donations on display, quickly grew upset with how much she thought should be there.

She was already frustrated that one of her great-great-aunt’s paintings, a small Renoir, had turned up in a box of junk at a West Virginia flea market. The painting, she eventually learned, had been stolen from the museum in 1951 and then largely forgotten. How could that have happened?
Read the article by Ian Shapira in the WaPo here.

Support Chickenhead!

Jessica Rose is one of the young artists that I am helping to mentor through Strathmore's highly successful mentoring project. She has created a children's book and now needs a little bit of our combined help to assist her into the next phase. See her note below:
My first children's book "Chickenhead" is nearing the home stretch! In preparation for its completion, I've launched a short, ambitious campaign to fund a limited initial print run, to get the book into the hands of prospective publishers and enthusiastic readers.


Go to the campaign page to learn more about the book (and what you can get for supporting it)!: 

Even if you can't support me financially, HELP ME BY SPREADING THE WORD! Follow the BLOG and share it on Facebook!

Thank you so much for your support!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

At the Mansion

Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 20
7:00 - 9:00PM

Forget about fifty shades—the magic of grayscale is infinite! From white to black and back again, the art of Grayscale explores the connection of grayscale images to the past and their meaning in the present, and addresses viewers’ ability to ascribe color to a black and white image by assessing the intensity of light that is different for every color.

The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3224

Exhibition Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10AM-4PM
Wednesday - 10AM-9PM
Saturday - 10AM-3PM
Closed Sunday

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Opportunity for Latino Artists

Entry Deadline:  November 18, 2012 (might be extended)

Call For Entries: Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists

September 6–October 4, 2013

I will be one of two jurors for this show...

Entries must be submitted via email.  Instructions are contained in the exhibition prospectus.
Click here to download the exhibition prospectus.
Click here to download the entry form.