Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Estate of David Seymour (CHIM)

The CHIM collection website has opened at the Library of Congress: David Seymour (CHIM) Photograph Collection 
These photos emphasize the Spanish Civil War period, and I am told that more will be added.  There will be a November public reception in DC, and as soon as I find out more, I will let you know about that. 

Here is the link to the Chim website: http://davidseymour.com/

Monday, September 29, 2014

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline:  November 7, 2014

Exhibition Dates:  November 22, 2014 - January 10, 2015

Internationally known Projects Gallery announces a call to artists for “Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux.”  During this year’s world-acclaimed Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery will again create a mosaic-style wall in its trendy Wynwood Lofts gallery in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.  A minimum of 100 artists will be selected on a first-come basis.  Creating a grid comprised of 12”x12” individual spaces with works of all styles and media, Projects Gallery will provide artists an opportunity to be part of the Art Basel Miami art fairs events.  This remarkable gathering of international art fairs and renown emerging venues, such as Aqua, Art Miami, Concept, NADA, Pulse, Red Dot, Select, Scope and numerous others, creates an arts-conscious concentration uniquely found in Miami every year in early December.  It attracts collectors, curators and artists worldwide in a variety of settings with a level of enthusiasm and energy that is fitting for this international destination.
Open to all artists working in all styles and media.  The only requirement is that all works must conform to a dimension of 12”H x 12”W, inclusive of any framing.  Juried by Projects Gallery Director, Helen Hyder, and international artist, Frank Hyder, the first 100 artists to apply are guaranteed at least one space on the grid
Full prospectus available at http://www.projectsgallery.com/prospectus_SquareFootABMRedux.html.

Questions?  Contact info@projectsgallery.com or call 267-303-9652. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WPA changes

From the Washington Projects for the Arts
I'm thrilled to share with you today that Washington Project for the Arts has revealed a dynamic new visual identity, including a complete redesign of our website and an enhanced ArtFile Online.

Several months ago, we engaged ripe, a DC-based design studio, to help us develop a bold new "look and feel" for WPA. Informed and inspired by our vision for the future, the modern and forward-thinking design strengthens our position as the largest visual arts based membership organization in the DC area.

The clean aesthetic and black and white palette allows our artists' work to be the focus - across all platforms. The website offers an opportunity for increased interactivity between our artists and audience by making ArtFile Online - our signature service for member artists - the centerpiece of the site, giving greater accessibility to artists' work for viewing and purchase.

The rebrand is part of our larger organizational strategic plan, timed to our upcoming move to a vibrant space in the U Street corridor cultural district and our 40-year anniversary milestone in 2015.

It is an exciting time to be a part of WPA! I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the website and connect with us at one of our many upcoming events. Stay tuned for future updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter @wpadc.
Thanks for your support!

Lisa Gold
Executive Director, WPA

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Senate and the First Amendment

I heard on the radio today that the Senate is advancing a Democratic bill to amend the Constitution so that Congress would have the authority to regulate political speech... I thought this must be wrong... until I Googled it... WTF? 

Are they smoking dope in the Senate? Why is anyone wasting time trying to change this:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program offers $8,000 in awards to professional artists, $6,000 in awards to graduate students, and $4,000 in awards to undergraduate students. Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History (graduate students only). 

All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. 

The deadline for Fellowship applications is November 7, 2014. Full eligibility criteria, an application, and a printable PDF flyer can be found on this website.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Petty Officer Third Class, Naples, Italy

 That's an oil portrait of me done by an Italian artist in Naples, Italy during a port visit by USS Saratoga in the summer of 1975. The US Navy used to allow beards back then...

Simon Monk at (e)merge

Superman - Oil and alkyds on Wood by Simon Monk
"Mind the Store"
Oil and Alkyds on Wood by Simon Monk
British painter Simon Monk will be featured at the (e)merge art fair next week in the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

We will be in rooms 205 and 206.

In addition to Monk's amazing work, we will also feature the work of DMV artists Audrey Wilson, Judith Peck, Tim Vermeulen and Elissa Farrow-Savos (who sold over a dozen sculptures at (e)merge last year!).

We will also show the work of former DMV painter (and now a California girl) Jeannette Lilith Herrera.

Opportunities for Artists

Deadline, On-Line Gallery:  February 1, 2015
BRASH, Washington, DC area poet of Artomatic fame, has written a poem titled "The Journey" that addresses recovery.  BRASH and the team at www.addictionandart.org now challenge visual artists to follow suit.
Submission guidelines for the challenge and the on-line gallery are at www.addictionandart.org - a site inspired by the book Addiction and Art (Santora, Dowell and Henningfield - Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).  
This site, which in turn has inspired addiction related art exhibitions nationwide, receives significant traffic and the site's images are used (non-commercially) worldwide for the good of mankind by schools, treatment centers, community programs, and the general public.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Julian Navarro to direct Context Art Miami

Art Miami LLC has announced the appointment of Julian Navarro as Director of CONTEXT Art Miami - Miami's international emerging, mid-career cutting edge art fair which launched in 2012. Art Miami LLC annually presents CONTEXT during Miami Art Week, in addition to their International Contemporary and Modern Art Fair, Art Miami, which is celebrating its 25th year along with Aqua Art Miami. And most importantly, that's the art fair that we will be doing this coming December!
After a comprehensive selection process, involving several national and international candidates, it was determined that Julian Navarro was the appropriate choice to continue to grow and elevate the importance of the CONTEXT Art Miami fair.

"The appointment of Julian Navarro to the position of Director of the CONTEXT fair will strengthen the importance of the relationship between participating galleries, artists, collectors, curators, art professionals, the Fairs selection committee and the overall curatorial program", said Art Miami LLC Partner & Director, Nick Korniloff. Julian Navarro has been promoting the work of established and emerging artists focusing on contemporary art, from conceptual work to large-scale installation, performance and sound art. Since 2001, Julian has developed art projects nationally and internationally in collaboration with galleries and art institutions.

CONTEXT is the sister fair to Art Miami dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. CONTEXT Art Miami's open atmosphere creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for the presentation of cutting-edge and emergent talent. Eighty international galleries, vetted by the CONTEXT Selection Committee, exhibit highlights from their gallery programs, solo artist exhibitions and curated projects. The combined efforts of CONTEXT and Art Miami provide a unique and alternative opportunity for leading primary dealers and their artists to be marketed and promoted internationally during the most important week for contemporary art in America.

In addition to its roster of international exhibitors, CONTEXT Art Miami will present curatorial projects, solo and special exhibitions as part of its 2014 edition. The full list of exhibitors and programming will be announced later this month.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Opportunity for Artists

LINES DRAWN: America's Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue

LINES DRAWN: America’s Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue 
Artists resident in the United States are invited to submit original works of art for a juried exhibit timed to the 2014 Congressional elections; the exhibit will open Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART Gallery in Washington, DC.
Works of art submitted for this exhibit should provide visual evidence of social, economic or political issues which the artist believes are being ignored or inadequately addressed by our Government and political leaders due to the extreme partisanship and political paralysis which characterize Washington today. Artists may also submit artwork which examines the causes of the current political paralysis and/or focuses attention on those political leaders the artist holds responsible for the current paralysis/breakdown of our political system.
SUBMISSIONS: Please send no more than 2 high resolution jpegs of each work, its dimensions, suggested retail price (gallery commission 40 per cent) and Artist’s Statement for each work to LINESDRAWN2014@gmail.com
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Please limit your statement to 150 words. It should state the issue the art work addresses and why the artist believes the issue is important to the future well-being of our country.
SELECTION PROCESS: All work submitted for this exhibit will be reviewed, and the winning entries selected, by a jury of experts selected by Washington’s Millennium Arts Salon.
NOTIFICATION OF WINNING SUBMISSIONS: Artists whose work has been selected for the exhibit will be notified on Sunday, October 5th and will be expected to have their work delivered to the Gallery no later than Thursday, October 9, 2014.
THE EXHIBIT: LINES DRAWN: America’s Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue will open on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART Gallery /1300 13th Street NW, Washington,. DC 20005
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE See Future Exhibitions at www.charleskrausereporting.com or contact Charles Krause at ckrause@charleskrausereporting.com

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Art studio space to rent in Bethesda...

Space available for rent NOW.  

Great group of women artists... Collegial atmosphere and a great location— Easy access to Bethesda Metro and public parking.  $201 per month for one year (+ insurance), with additional year on current lease.

For more information and to see space please contact Jane:  jrostov@verizon.net

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Marvel 75th Anniversary Iron Fist sketch card by Campello

2014 Marvel 75th Anniversary sketch card 
The card is officially licensed by Marvel

Friday, September 19, 2014

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has announced the programming for the annual art festival Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC -- it will be expanding across the city on September 27, 2014.
Art All Night presents an eclectic evening of music, visual and performing artists. Based on a festival concept that began in Paris, Art All Night offers residents and visitors an exciting opportunity to engage with DC arts and artists. Programming includes live painting, performances by local musicians, poetry readings and exterior lighting displays. Art All Night activates and enlivens neighborhoods with arts and cultural activities, contributing to the vibrancy of the city.

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 27 and conclude at 3:00 am Sunday, September 28. A full listing of programming is available online at www.artallnightdc.com. Additional information can be found at www.dcarts.dc.gov.

The DC festival was founded in 2011 by Creative Director Ariana Austin, who is this year's project coordinator and was presented by Shaw Main Streets.This year, through the efforts of DCCAH, the festival will also include the Dupont Circle, North Capitol, H Street NE, Congress Heights, and Shaw Main Streets. Each of the five neighborhoods will host their own unique mix of artistic programming for audiences to enjoy free of charge. The DC Main Streets program is funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. DCCAH hopes to build on the success of previous events that attracted audiences of up to 15,000 people in one night.

"The Commission has supported Art All Night since its first activation, and we are thrilled to be able to expand it across the city for even more to participate," said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "Art All Night is a fun and festive event that engages all residents across the city. With this festival, Washington, DC joins a global network of Nuit Blanche all-night arts events, that started in Paris in 2002 and has captivated audiences from Montreal to Melbourne."

"Art All Night is a great example of how the arts drive economic development through creative place-making," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "The event is a great mechanism for increasing foot traffic to the neighborhoods and businesses, while spotlighting local arts and culture."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland Independence Vote

Scottish voters (starting at the age of 16) are voting today in an attempt to once again secede from the 307 year-old union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A union that was started by a Scottish king, not an English king.

I love Scotland - I lived there from 1989-1992 and was seduced by one of the most beautiful nations on the planet and some of the hardest working, smart, people on the same planet... when you are in Scotland, and walk around the glens, and see the sun poke a hole in the clouds and shine on this planet's greenest pastures, one understands why people believe in magic. And thus my my heart says yes to independence, but the Scottish National Party -- like most politicians on the planet - are a bunch of crooks with half lies, empty promises and jingoistic fervor that history teaches us leads to no good end! What they have promised the Scots, if they vote yes, has been built mostly on deceit and promises of a super nanny state funded by disputed oil resources in the North Sea.

In spite of that, I would think that I would let my heart rule and I would vote yes to secede and take my own chances as an independent nation of very tough, brilliant people... same for the Catalans, who are in a similar situation in Scotland's ancestral home in Spain...

Here's what I'm afraid of -- if they secede...

1. The English will force them off the pound - as they should! Why would Scotland vote to leave, but keep the old currency?

2. They will also boycott any attempt by Scotland to join the European union - Even if they don't, it will take years for the Scots to join the EU.

3. They will actively work to isolate Scotland and teach those Celts a lesson!

4. Scotland is essentially a rural country with a very strong sense of identity, but lacks an industrial infrastructure - because the English have designed it that way for centuries; even the shipbuilding in Scotland is dependent on English imports.

5. The international courts will rule against Scotland for the oil wells outside of the CTML 12 mile limit - this is where future funding for the SNP nanny state is supposed to come from...

6. Scotland will depend on imports to form an industrial base.

7. The English will work to make that difficult.

8. A desperate Scotland will present a BRILLIANT opportunity for China (or Putin) to step in and "help the Scots."

Result? English arrogance and ethnic insolence (they consider Scots as WOGS) - will push the Scots into the arms of the old Reds and the new Reds; Mark my words... So I hope the Scots vote no. And of course... "IF IT'S NOT SCOTTISH ---- IT'S CRAP!"

Need to borrow...

A call out to the DMV arts audience: I am in need to borrow two sets of Pro-panels (http://www.propanels.com) for (e)merge art fair next month... I just need them for about a week during the fair and will gladly trade a piece of original art for them... 

Send me a note if you can lend me some and I will pick them up and return them after the fair.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Live Art Auction at Katzen

The AU Museum exhibit "Estate Art of H. Marc Moyens" will close this Saturday Sept. 20 for Fall for the Arts. The day of art classes, spontaneous performances and fun for the whole family ends with an auction of art from Moyens' collection.
Moyens' collection is unique - the museum exhibited works from the collection in 2006, Remembering Marc and Komei, to rave reviews. Moyens has an interesting back story; he left France in 1946 with $40 in his pocket and arrived in Washington. He became a translator at the World Bank and began to collect art. By 1970, the Corcoran Gallery of Art honored him with an exhibition of his collection. He regularly attended the biennial exhibitions at Venice, São Paulo, Tokyo and Paris as well as Documenta, the Guggenheim and Pittsburg Internationals, the Salons de Mai and Whitney Annuals. According to one review: "At the core of Mr. Moyens’ sensibility is a taste for the fantastic, the magical, and the surreal expressed with realistic detail… Another characteristic common to all of these works is a particularly European pleasure in materials, care and craft of application, and preciousness in handling and feeling… an essentially European and cosmopolitan sensibility.” 

As Moyens' collection grew, he opened his own gallery, Gallery Marc in 1969. Six years later, he joined forces with Komei Wachi to open Gallery K. Besides the great European works in the collection, Moyens also bought the works of important Washington artists represented in the auction, artists like Ed Bisese, James Bumgardner, “Big Al” Carter, Pat Craig, Betsy Falk, Ruby McLain Grady, Robert Hynes, Alfred McAdams, Jody Mussoff, Franklin White, and Washington ex-pats John Harne and Alan Stone. There are also examples of American Folk Art, and Latin-American and Southwestern landscape painting of extremely high quality. Moyens and Wachi both passed away in 2003.

Fall for the Arts is a fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit the arts at AU. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students and those under 18. For workshop schedules, online tickets, and auction information, visit the Fall for the Arts website here.
See the auction items and then and bid here.

There are some great deals to be had in this auction, for example:

Robert Hynes Joe's Soluner Tables, 1976
Graphite on paper, 23 x 27 in.
Starting Bid: $100

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Congrats to the Nats on clinching the division title!

Red Dirt Studio is moving - Party!!!

Firehouse PARTY and Fundraiser!
Saturday, September 27 from 4-10 pm
4051 34th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 
(a couple blocks up from GLUT food co-op and Ani Kasten Ceramics)
In the early hours: kid-friendly stuff sponsored by Joe's Movement Emporium and Art Works Now, plus steel drums performance...
Featuring a special aerial performance by Red Dirt's own, circus professional Kirsty Little --- Kirsty owned her own circus in England (The Wrong Size) and moved to the United States a couple years ago to study performance art.

In the later hours: exciting new compositions by Marc Blackwood's band, InnerLoop, featuring Jill Warren on vocals, plus...
They've reserved a keg of Franklin's recent limited edition special brew--come check it out!
They've also got Red Dirt t-shirts for sale, and some other awesome stuff...
And, they're launching an Indiegogo site on or near same day to begin their fundraising campaign.

Click "join" and look for updates on their Facebook FIREHOUSE FUNDRAISER + PARTY event page here...