Sunday, July 09, 2017

Our View From Here

Linn Meyer's wonderful wall drawing/show at the Hirshhorn, Our View From Here closes on August 13!  

Our View From Here, Linn Meyers, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Our View From Here, Linn Meyers, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Photo by Cathy Carver
After that date, the drawing will be painted over and the piece will vanish.  If you haven't yet seen it, I hope you will visit the Hirshhorn before the exhibition is over.  

There have been several articles written about the show. If you're curious to read more, check out: Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington TimesHyperallergicThe Washington Post, and Bmore Art.  

More information on the exhibit can be found on the museum's website here.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia to install, and then attend a party for a giant commission that was delivered about a month ago...

Since I'm there already, will stay a few days - anyone have any tips as to what to do and see?

Friday, July 07, 2017

Harry Potter, the NSO, and Wolftrap

We have three Wolftrap stadium seats tickets to the sold out HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE™ - IN CONCERT NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with EMIL DE COU,  conducting at Wolftrap for tomorrow evening (Saturday) and now can't go.... anybody interested in buying them from me? 

Details here: 

2018 Maryland Individual Artist Award

Deadline: July 21, 2017

The deadline for Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) 2018 Individual Artist Award (IAA) applications is fast approaching. 

These highly competitive awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement, honor the unique contributions of Maryland artists to the state's creative economy, and include grants of $1,000-$6,000 to support artists as they advance their craft. 

MSAC is accepting 2018 IAA applications in the following categories: 

  • Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Non-Classical Music: Composition
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Photography

  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) administers MSAC's IAA program.

    Applicants can access IAA guidelines, application, and application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab here on MAAF's website. 

    The deadline for 2018 applications is
    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm EST
    All applications must be submitted online.

    MSAC and MAAF will offer one additional webinar before the deadline to guide IAA applicants through the application process. Advance registration is required. 

    Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM - Register here

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    Art Scam Alert

    Beware of this thief trying to rip off artists:
     From: Dennis Smith <>
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    Do you Shipped to Poland  ? and Accept Credit Card issued in USA as Payment Method and Regarding The shipping Company l have a Freight Company that you will contact Regarding Shipping Cost ,They can get the items picked up from your location and deliver directly to the final destination without any Problem of additional importation tax.

    Dennis Smith

    Bootcamp for Artists Seminar

    Early heads up!

    On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, The Brentwood Arts Exchange and I will be once again hosting my well-known “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

    This seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their careers to the next level.

    Ever wondered how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards and residencies? How to approach a gallery?

    Then this is the seminar for you! This program is free, but space is limited to 40 persons, and last year lots of artists were turned away because it filled up so quickly!

    As soon as they start taking reservations (and I will announce that soon), I recommend that interested people reserve early, as this seminar always books up very quickly!

    This program will be held in MNCPPC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange on the 1st Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722, just over the District line on Rhode Island Avenue.

    See ya there!

    Tuesday, July 04, 2017

    Duty station ball caps

    A sampling of some duty stations ball caps while I was honored to wear the uniform of the United States Navy (not all of the duty stations... by a long shot... but a "sampling" - missing are NTC Orlando, NTC San Diego, NTC Great Lakes, NTTC Corry Station, NSGD Rota, NSGA Imperial Beach, USS Fresno, USS LaSalle, USS Coronado, USS Virginia, NSGA Edzell, NPS Monterey, COMSPAWARSYCOM, and who knows how many others I've forgotten....
    Petty Officer Third Class Campello
    , US Navy

    Lieutenant Commander Campello, US Navy

    Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans! 

    Whatever your political views are... always remember that what makes us different is that we are the mongrels that created the greatest experiment and then the greatest nation in the history of this planet!

    Disagree with your neighbors if you have to... but always listen to them... and then shake hands and have them over for a BBQ.

    “I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy." - John F. Kennedy

    USS Saratoga ball cap

    USS New Jersey ball cap

    Nave Ardito ball cap

    USS Aylwin ball cap

    USS Thorn ball cap



    NSGA Skaggs Isalnd Ball Cap

    Monday, July 03, 2017


    And... nu ......... I broke down: this is my Instagram:

    Vintage 1997 Mermaid at Auction

    Bid for it here.
    Limited Edition Lithograph, circa 1997. 9 x 4.5 inches
    Bid for it here.

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia

    August 2 - 27, 2017
                   Opening reception:  Saturday,  August 5,  5 - 8 pm
                               Artists' talk: Sunday, August 20, 5:30 - 7
    Foundry Gallery
    2118 - 8th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC  20001
    Hours:  Wed - Sun 1 - 7 pm, except Fridays 3 - 9 pm
        Juror Jack Rasmussen will speak at the opening and moderate the artists' talk.
        Guest artists Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia populate their images with iconic superheros, princesses, damsels in distress and empowered queens, all portrayed in contemporary and re-imagined ways.  Their collective vision explores new narratives about struggle, power, and heroism.  Who has been the hero in traditional stories, comic books and fairy tales?  And how do changing roles affect these stories?
    Fierce Sonia - Mirror-Mirror - 12 x 12 - mixed media, acrylic and collage
    Fierce Sonia - Mirror-Mirror - 12 x 12 - mixed media, acrylic and collage
        Says Fierce Sonia, "I often work on many pieces at once, obsessively re-telling the story much like a folk tale is folded over the mouth many times.  The images remain decidedly feminine.  I am most interested in universal and unifying narratives found in fairy tales, mythology, advertisement, and religion."
    Ric Garcia - GI Cash - 30 x 30 - oil on canvas
    Ric Garcia - GI Cash - 30 x 30 - oil on canvas
         Ric Garcia sees his appropriation of images as a meditation on identity.  "I infuse my art with references to various mythos, focusing on hero worship, literary works, Latino and gender cultures, creating images about Americana filtered by my bi-cultural experience," Garcia says.
         Jack Rasmussen is Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

    The Business of the Arts - You're Invited!

    Topic: Crafting the Case: Learn to Write a Case to Raise Funds & Win Support
    Do you want to dramatically increase your contributed income by turning prospects into donors? Then you need a case for funding. A strong case. The kind that incites goosebumps. The kind that pulls heartstrings. The kind that leads to support.
    Join Leila Fitzpatrick and Nadine Gabai-Botero, CFRE for an in-depth
    workshop to crafting an effective case for funding.
    You will learn...
    • How to write a compelling "Problem Statement" and a powerful solution
    • Effective storytelling techniques that inspire donors 
    • Tactics to cast the donor as the star of your story 
    Monday, July 10, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
    Location: 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Multipurpose Room Washington, DC 20003 
    Metro: Navy Yard/Ballpark (Green Line)RSVP via Eventbrite

    The Business of the Arts
    The Business of the Arts Professional Development Series refers to workshops organized by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) that aim to provide CAH grantees (past, present, and future) knowledge and skills that will increase capabilities for successful grant writing, networking, advancing cultural democracy, and improving operation sustainability.
    For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kali Wasenko at or (202) 724-1445 by Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    The curious saga of Bringing in the Turf by William Conor

    Art Recovery International has announced the successful recovery of an important Irish painting, stolen under mysterious circumstances from a private residence in Belfast in 2008.

    Bringing in the Turf by William Conor
    Bringing in the Turf
    by William Conor is considered among the leading works in the Irish folk art movement, popularised by portrayals of working-class life in Ulster. It was purchased in 1948 by Frank and Turid Malpress and was displayed in their family home for 50 years.

    In 2003, the Malpress family received warning from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) that thieves were known to be operating in their area and that the Malpress collection may be at risk. In an innovative plan, the PSNI arranged for copies of two paintings to be created and installed in place of the originals, acting as bait for potential thieves while the family were away. When no theft was attempted, the originals were replaced and the fakes destroyed.

    In 2008, Turid Malpress, now 95 years old, fell victim to a home-invasion and two artworks were stolen. The thieves left a token sum of money in the family home: a method common to thieves known as ‘knockers’. Mrs Malpress immediately called her grandson and the PSNI to report the crime and complete an incident report. The location of the paintings remained a mystery for 5 years.

    In May 2013, Bringing in the Turf was offered for sale at Whyte's auction house in Dublin and, with no claim to the painting revealed by the saleroom’s due diligence processes, it was sold to a collector based in Chicago, USA.  In August 2013, Robin Thompson, the victim's son-in-law, noticed the sale record for Bringing in the Turf listed on Whyte's website and contacted his insurance company who turned to Art Recovery International to recover the painting.

    Christopher A. Marinello, CEO of Art Recovery International, led recovery efforts by bringing together the saleroom’s owner, Ian Whyte, along with representatives from the PSNI, An Guarda Sionchana and the FBI. Following almost four years of negotiations, Ian Whyte agreed to return the stolen Conor to the Malpress family, over nine years after the theft.

    Christopher A. Marinello said: "The recovery of this painting could not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of FBI Special Agent Luigi Mondini. A member of the FBI's Art Crime Team, Agent Mondini went above and beyond the call of duty to aid two foreign police forces and the Belfast based victims in this extremely complex matter.  This case shows that auction houses need to perform due diligence, not only on the artwork consigned for sale, but on the consignors themselves.  Ian Whyte's eventual cooperation was a welcome turn of events."

    Robin Thompson added, ‘We are absolutely delighted to have ‘Bringing in the Turf’ back in our family over 9 years after the original theft.  This would not have been possible without the professional expertise of Chris Marinello, and his team at Art Recovery International, and their persistence in the matter when all seemed to be lost. We are eternally grateful to them for their supreme efforts.”
    The Malpress family are still seeking the other stolen painting by Daniel O'Neil, entitled The Prodigal Son

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Art Scam Alert!

    Do not fall for this mutant trying to rip off artists:
    From: "Kyle Aylen"
    Date: Jun 26, 2017 9:55 PM

       My name is Aylen Kyle from New York.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..
    Thanks and best regards..

    A Sense of Renewal: A Group Show

    June 29 - August 13, 2017      Goldman Art Gallery

    Featuring: Miguel Perez Lem, Nancy Nesvet, Terry Svat, Pauline Jakobsberg and Felisa Federman

    Reception with the Artists

    Thursday, July 13 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

    Felisa Federman
    RSVP to Lisa Del Sesto

    About the Exhibit

    A Sense of Renewal presents images that long for the past, portend the future, and examine our present world. Through their work the artists convey the sense of renewed depictions of what was, what is, and what will hopefully remain.
    • Miguel Lem passionately recreates scenes of the great beauty of his beloved Argentina’s mountainous landscape.
    • Nancy Nesvet’s seascapes long for the fast disappearing wildlife and glaciers of the northern seas.
    • Terry Svat’s inquiry into the marks and symbols conveys a sense of connectivity to her past, present and future.
    • Pauline Jakobsberg’s prints construct poignant narratives of personal and cultural memory.
    • Felisa Federman delves into her cultural and personal memories of landscape and folk legends.
    For more information please contact Lisa Del Sesto at or 301-348-3756.

    The Goldman Gallery is open when the Bender JCC is open.

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Call for Artists

    Altered Realities
    MAP's Fall Benefit Exhibition
    On View: September 14 – November 4, 2017
    Application Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017 at midnight
    Maryland Art Place is accepting applications to exhibit in Altered Realities, MAP’s annual Fall Benefit Exhibition. This exhibition will open Thursday, September 14 and will be on display at Maryland Art Place through Saturday, November 4, 2017.
    Altered Realities focuses on uncanny interpretations of the everyday experience. Artists are encouraged to submit works of art that subvert the viewer’s perspectives literally or metaphorically. MAP is seeking to showcase artworks of all mediums with a preference towards submissions using technology and virtual reality (VR).

    To view the full prospectus,
    click here!
    For questions regarding the application process, contact Naomi:!

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Laura Beth Konopinski arrives in August!

    Laura Beth Konopinski
    The Washington Glass School (WGS) has announced the hire of Laura Beth Konopinski as Studio Coordinator. 

    Laura Beth will coordinate the projects and classes of both the Washington Glass School and the public art projects of the Washington Glass Studio, as well as acting as the liaison for the Studio Artists and Residency Artists that are part of the WGS Arts Incubator.

    She will also be working with us at various art fairs around the nation. 

    From the WGS Blog:
    Laura Beth received a BFA with glass emphasis from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has taught and worked in facilities such as the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass, which has allowed her to explore many methods of the glass making processes. 

    For 3 years, Laura Beth worked as assistant to noted glass artist, Susan Taylor Glasgow.

    Laura Beth Konopinski, “Within the chambers of Your Blackened Heart” Blown and recycled glass, sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, mixed media.
    Throughout her artistic career, Laura Beth Konopinski has kept her material concentration primarily with glass, although uses other mediums including photography and metal.

    Arising from her interests with environmental conservation, Laura Beth repurposes used materials and integrates carefully preserved organic compounds into sculpted layers of glass. 

    She uses transparent glass as a lens for distortion with great effect to emphasize the ambiguous nature of human emotion. Laura Beth facilitates the idea of comparing reason and sentiment by combining figurative imagery with biological materials. 

    “We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Beth to our team,” said WGS Co-Director Tim Tate. “She is a bright young talent who will play a critical role managing WGS’ projects and ensuring the quality as we implement our business and artistic ideas”.

    Read a great profile about Laura Beth by Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune – click HERE.

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    House Party!

    Home is not just a structure. Home is family, community, stories, food, and culture. "If You Lived Here" is a hands-on public art installation that encourages us to reflect on how we live − in the house, the home, and the broader community across 150 years of shared history. Please join in this week to learn more about the historical and archaeological context of this project, help complete the home, and have fun at an open house party on Saturday!

    For more information, please visit:

    Historical and Archaeological Contexts
    June 28 | 6-8 PM

    Workshop with artist Amber Robles-Gordon
    June 29 | 6-8 PM
    Help Amber make art pieces that will complete the home.

    Open House
    July 1 | 1-4 PM
    Music and ice cream!

    Sunday Salon
    July 2 | 2-4 PM
    Learn more about the influence of the church in the community.

    Location of the installation: On the grounds next to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, SE.

    Imagined and produced by The Pink Line Project + Citizen Innovation Lab, in partnership with the DC Historic Preservation Office and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, funded by DC Office of Planning and the Kresge Foundation.

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Art Scam Alert!!!

    Do not fall for this jerk trying to rip off artists:
    From: "Kyle Aylen"


       My name is Aylen Kyle from New York.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..
    Thanks and best regards..

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Free Online webinar

    A Free Online webinar that will teach you methods to find Patrons and Sponsors for your art. You will learn how one artist got Apple Computers and Bose Sound to sponsor art work and art projects and also how individual donors and Patrons can be solicited. There is also an option to extend your education in other areas. All those who register for the free webinar get a free booklet right away on how one artist got invited to the Whitney Biennial. No Entry Fee.  


    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Art Scam Alert!

    Stay away from this mutant trying to rip off artists!
    From: Squarespace <>
    Date: Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:45 PM
    Subject: Form Submission - contact

    Name: john davidson
    Email Address:
    Message: Hello
    Hope you are fine? Pardon my manners, i'm John Davidson from NC. You are doing a really great job in your artworks. I observed my wife has been
    viewing your site on my laptop and i see she has an interest in your art piece
    ,well I was also amazed after seeing your various works too. I would love to receive further information about your piece of work and what actually inspires your imagination so vividly. Very much interested in purchasing a piece to surprise my wife. So kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and my best regards. John Davidson

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Call for proposals

    Deadline September 1, 2017

    The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is accepting proposals in all media for solo and group exhibitions for their 25th anniversary year, 2018-2019.  A community art center on the Great Miami River in arts-driven downtown Hamilton, Ohio, the Fitton Center provides experiences in the arts through exhibitions, classes, performances and other events.  Four galleries provide 2,600 square feet of space.  Solo artists generally are asked to exhibit 10 – 30 works, depending on scale, media and available space.  They also offer group shows of existing guilds or alliances and to individuals willing to be selected into a curated group. 

    For full requirements, please contact Cathy Mayhugh, or visit , click on Exhibitions and download the Solo/Group Show Proposal Form.  101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton OH 45011, (513) 863-8873 ext. 122. 

    Chesapeake Gallery Call for Entries 2018-2020

    Deadline: August 15th, 2017

    The Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College, located in Bel Air, MD, is inviting artists, artist groups and curators working in any medium or format to apply for their 2018-2020 exhibition seasons! Artists and/or curators are responsible for the transportation or shipping of all artwork to and from the Chesapeake Gallery.

    There is no application fee or commission on sold work.

    Please visit the website below for more details on how to apply! (OR) Google Search: Harford Community Chesapeake Gallery; E-mail questions to Brad Blair:

    Friday, June 16, 2017


    Mark Jenkins has a cool review today in the Washington Post about my solo show at Artists and Makers Studios II in Rockville.

    Read the whole Galleries column here.

    Now at Strathmore

    25th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America
    International Exhibition

    Sat, June 10–Sun, Aug 6, 2017
    Juried by Joann Moser, former Senior Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Mandarins and Paper by Paco Martín Dominguez
    Mandarins and Paper by Paco Martín Dominguez
    Founded in 1990, the Colored Pencil Society of America highlights the versatility of this vibrant, distinct medium, by selecting the world’s most amazing colored pencil works for this annual, international exhibition.

    Please join Strathmore for the following events presented in conjunction with the exhibition:


    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Bummerstein... or why artists (and writers) need a thick skin!

    Dear Florencio L. Campello:

    Thank you for sending "The Mother of All Rock Fights." Your work received careful consideration here.

    We've decided this manuscript isn't right for us, but we wish you luck placing it elsewhere.

    Kind regards,

    The Editors

    P.S. Without submissions like yours, we'd lose the sense of discovery that keeps AGNI fresh. Please click here for a discounted subscription rate offered as a thank-you to our submitters:

    Dear Florencio,

    Lunch Ticket receives a number of excellent submissions each reading period, and while yours is one of them, it was not chosen for the upcoming issue. This is not a reflection on your work or on your worth as a writer. Our direction for the next issue of Lunch Ticket was simply different than the vision of your work.

    Rejections are never easy—for you the writer, or for us, the editors. But as we both know, they are part of being a writer. We are sorry that we weren't the right market for The Mother of All Rock Fights, but we know that there is another market waiting for you, and to them, this piece is exactly perfect. We hope you know that this letter doesn't mean "no forever", and we hope you will submit to Lunch Ticket again.

    Best of luck, and take good care,

    The Editors of Lunch Ticket

    You can go here to view the submission:

    Dear Florencio,

    Thanks for letting us read The Mother of All Rock Fights. Unfortunately, we've decided this one's not right for us. We wish you the best of luck in finding a home for the essay elsewhere, and in your continued writing.


    Team Barrelhouse

    You can go here to view the submission:

    Dear Florencio Campello,

    Your submission was received successfully.

    writer: Florencio Campello
    title(s): The Mother of all rock fights
    genre: nonfiction

    Thank you for your submission. You can check the status of your submission at any time by visiting and logging into your account.

    Thank you for your submission to Bethesda Magazine’s Short Story Contest. The judges have made their selections, and your story was not among those chosen this year.
    We encourage you to enter the contest again in the future.
    Kathleen Neary
    Bethesda Magazine

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Wanna go to an opening this weekend?

    SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 4:00-6:00pm

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Art Scam Alert

    Beware of this rodent trying to scam artists:
    James Thomas

    Good day,

    Flying Solo

    Flying Solo: An exhibition of photographs by Tanguy de Carbonnières
    June 30 – August 6, 2017
    Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 5-7 PM
    Gallery Hours: Sat 1-4pm and Sun 1-8pm
    Abstracted shapes and brilliant colors and light patterns captivate the viewer of this exhibition of photographs by Tanguy de Carbonnières. Taken from an aerial perspective, de Carbonnières's images are studies in the wonders of nature. Soar above the plains of southern Africa and across the dynamic Victoria Falls. Mystical skies, the scorched earth of the bush, the luscious grass of the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls' roaring waters and elusive wildlife await.

    Photo by Tanguy de Carbonnières

    7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812