Friday, April 26, 2019

Save the Date | Senior Thesis Exhibition

Gormley Gallery - Notre Dame of Maryland University 

Featuring Sabine Hern-Nagle, Esther C. Jones, Caroline O'Donnell, and Nia Willis

Artists' Reception
Monday, May 6, 2019
4:30 to 6:30pm
Kappa Pi Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 5:30pm

Exhibition on view May 6 through May 19, 2019

The Senior Thesis Exhibition showcases the work of Sabine Hern-Nagle, Esther C. Jones, Caroline O’Donnell, and Nia Willis, four seniors graduating from the Art department. Works include oil paintings, works on paper, illustrations, mixed media pieces, and an art history thesis. The students are working with concepts such as myths and fables, power and the human form, the intersection of psychology and art, and the reclamation of the gaze.

Gormley Gallery is located on the second floor of Fourier Hall on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Call for art

ENTRY DEADLINE: April 26, 2019

Reminder, deadline to enter the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Public Arts Trust's Contemporary Works on Paper Collection call for art is tomorrow, April 26th, 11:59 pm. Be sure to submit on time! 

This juried call seeks to purchase original and unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style by visual artists located in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington area.

Artwork in the collection will be owned by Montgomery County under the county’s Public Arts Trust program and loaned to county agencies for exhibition in public buildings.

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
No Entry Fee
Required Materials: 
 - Artist Statement
 - Artist Resume
 - List of Artworks
 - Images

This Call for Art is open to artists residing in Montgomery County, MD and the Greater Washington Area.

All work must be original and unframed two-dimensional works that are contemporary and modern in style. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lida Moser in New York

Neel / Picasso 
April 30 - July 20, 2019
Opening reception: April 29, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

Sara Kay Gallery | 4 East 2nd St, New York

A series of vintage and lifetime photographs by the amazing Lida Moser accompanies this new exhibition in NYC:
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Neel / Picasso, on view from April 29 through July 20. The exhibition will feature significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). 
Neel and Picasso were contemporaries who transformed and revitalized portraiture. Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key 20th century painters. 
Neel, a self-described “painter of people,” chose not to idealize her subjects. Instead, with bold strokes, an imaginative line between the interior experience and the outward appearance of the sitter is revealed. 
In her portrait of Lida Moser from 1962, Neel focuses on facial expression, body language and clothing, illustrating the overlapping of inner essence and outward appearance, of vanity and vulnerability. Painted by her artist friend during the rise of the feminist movement, Moser was an accomplished photojournalist at a time when women were a rarity in the field. Moser is an unmistakably dynamic figure. Painted in lucid tones with fingers jutting out like spindles, her form is magnetic and commanding.
In juxtaposition to Neel’s probing of the space between the inner and outer life, Picasso reconfigures his subject’s features revealing his own interpretation of their essence, inadvertently serving as a barometer for his own emotional state. 
Painted in 1937, Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure depicts the artist’s young mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Here, the formal experimentation and emotional intensity that characterize his most celebrated portraits of women are embodied. The small group of portraits that he painted on 4 December 1937, the present work included, make it almost possible to track the slow transition from his relationships with Marie-Thérèse Walter to Dora Maar, and reflects the artist’s conflicted feelings surrounding this transition. 
The final two works of the presentation highlight a shared acknowledgement of the artists’ own mortality, as both turn their gazes inward. Picasso, in Homme assis les bras croisés II from 1964, portrays an energetic vibrant sitter, unlike a man of Picasso’s age, though the features are unmistakably those of the artist. In 107th and Broadway, Neel offers an anthropomorphic view of her final home painted as a portent with dark shadows nefariously playing across the surface of the canvas. She described the large shadow that engulfs the building’s facade as the “shadow of death.” 
Picasso said that his work acted as a “sort of a diary.” Neel claimed she was “a collector of souls...” capturing “what the world has done [to her sitters] and their retaliation.” Linked in time, differing in approach, the parallel viewing of these two innovative 20th century painters offers insights into both their artistic achievements and the radicalization of portraiture. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

$51K in awards!

With the help of the Jerry Goldstein Foundation, Jerry's Artarama, and its sponsors, they are giving away a minimum of $51,000* to artists with great personal stories, incredible talent and/or unique creativity and achievements to share! Jerry always liked a good personal story and we hope that you share one with them. No matter if you have achieved immense success, are still struggling or are a student wanting to go to art school your story is important to them!

How To Enter

Enter Now – April 28th, 2019

    1. What is your achievement?
    2. Submit a picture of yourself, a group or maybe a piece of artwork
  • Include: Your personal story
  • Include: How you or someone you know can benefit from the award
  • 102 artists will receive $500 to do what they want with it!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bad Things Galleries Do To Artists and Bad Things Artists Do To Galleries

A bad thing that unethical galleries do to artists:
Unethical galleries all over the nation and in most countries will take in a piece of artwork by an artist, and when the price is discussed, the gallery says: “What’s the price?” and the artist says: “$1000″ The gallery nods OK and the artist leaves, knowing that if sold, he’ll get $500 (most galleries in the US charge 50% commission — in NYC some are as high as 70%). The gallery then sells the piece, but for $2,000, sends the artist a check for $500 and pockets the extra $1,000. That is why artists should insist on having a contract with a gallery, and the contract must specifically address that the artist will get 50% of the actual sale price.
A bad thing some artists to do galleries:
A good reputable gallery is a work of love, with gallerists usually running the business by the skn of their teeth. And when a gallery gives an artist a show, they go through all the various multiple expenses associated with doing so (rent, electricity, staff salaries, publicity, ads, post cards, opening reception catering, etc.) - usually before a single work of art is sold. So far the gallery has put forth a considerable investment in presenting the artist’s works - all because the gallerist believes in the artist’s work. An interested novice collector meets the artist at the opening and expresses interest (to the artist) in buying some of his artwork. The artist, wishing to stiff the gallery for their commission says: “See me after the show and I’ll sell it to you directly and save myself the gallery commission.”This is not only unethical, but it’s also guaranteed to ruin the artist’s reputation in the city, as these things always come out in the wash, and soon no gallery will exhibit any work by this artist. Remember, when a gallery gives an artist a show, and nothing sells, the artist still walks away with all his/her work, and maybe even a review, plus the art has been exposed to collectors and the public. The gallery gets to pay all the bills, even though no sales were made.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Homegrown Opens Tomorrow!

APRIL 19, 2019  6:00–8:00 PM


200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Michael Crossett, Cheryl D. Edwards, Justyne Fischer, Ric Garcia 
Gail Shaw-Clemons, Henrik Sundqvist 

HomeGrown explores the creative process of six art­ists from the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region who utilize the medium of printmaking to express issues of racial injustice, genetics, ancestry, gentrification, cultural identity, and the environment    |   CURATED BY CLAUDE L. ELLIOTT

Mila arrives!

At 9:08 AM, my first grandchild - Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello was born to my daughter Elise!

Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello
Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grants Winners

Congrats to all these talented and lucky folks - they are winners of the 2019 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grants!

That "Florence" down there is me - this is my first award since I was an art student at the University of Washington School of Art, when I received Ford Foundation art grants 1977-1981.


Lesa Cook Frederick
Bobby Coleman Baltimore City
Lania D'Agostino Baltimore City
Sally Davies Prince George’s
Brian Michael Dunn Montgomery
Ric Garcia Prince George’s
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi Montgomery
Jahru Anne Arundel
Matt Klos Baltimore
Kate Kretz Montgomery
Lindsay McCulloch Montgomery
Gregory McLemore Baltimore City
Ping Shen Anne Arundel
Grace Doyle Baltimore City
Jessica Van Brakle Montgomery
Nicole Dyer Baltimore City
Taha Heydari Baltimore
Sam Lacombe Baltimore City
Giulia Piera Livi Baltimore City
Janet Olney Baltimore City
Randi Reiss-McCormick Baltimore
Carolyn Case Baltimore
Maud Taber-Thomas Montgomery
Deborah Tomlin Montgomery
Alice Valenti Baltimore
Karen Warshal Baltimore City
Lauren Frances Adams Baltimore City
Scott Ponemone Baltimore City
McKinley Wallace III Baltimore City

Works on Paper
Erin Fostel Baltimore City
LaToya M. Hobbs Baltimore City
LeJea Williams Howard
Amy Boone-McCreesh Baltimore City
Florence Lennox Campello Montgomery
Deborah Addison Coburn Montgomery
Elliot Doughtie Baltimore City
Ariston Jacks Baltimore City
Kristina King Montgomery
Angelo Kozonis Baltimore City
Mike McConnell Baltimore
Jerry Truong Montgomery
Lu Zhang Baltimore City
Amanda Burnham Baltimore City
Jackie Milad Baltimore City
Leslie Suzanne Shellow Baltimore City
Julie Wills Kent
Jowita Wyszomirska Baltimore City

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center

A decade ago I wrote this about the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria - one of my fave places in the DMV... how much of it has come to pass?

Read my 2009 thoughts here...

Monday, April 15, 2019

At the CATO Institute

Should art offend? Does it matter if people are offended? Should offensive art be displayed? Should it be censored? Who decides what is offensive or appropriate? Join us to hear a discussion of these questions and more.

A discussion panel featuring Philip Kennicott, Chief Art and Architecture Critic, the Washington PostJanis Goodman, Panelist, WETA Around Town, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University; Lenny Campello, Author, Daily Campello Art News; and Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute and Editor, Cato Books; moderated by Caleb O. BrownCato Daily Podcast host, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.

May 22, 2019 
6:30PM to 8:00PM EDT

Cato Institute

1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Phone (202) 842 0200

Sunday, April 14, 2019



It’s about a child suffering from insomnia and anxiety. It’s a topic not often addressed in children’s books, but something that the author - Susanna Fields-Kuehl, a licensed therapist and artist in Maryland sees daily in her practice. 

I Hope you can all support the project and spread the word! Kickstarter end April 24!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz

My good friend Barbara is opening at the gorgeous Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria - easily one of the most beautiful art spaces in the DMV!

Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz

April 18 – June 2, 2019

Artist Reception: Sunday, May 12, 4 - 6 pm

Collaboration: Light Exists, Sunday, June 2, 1 pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, June 2, 2 pm
Barbara Januszkiewicz luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of colors across her large compositions. In these acrylic works, tones melt together and "veils of pigment appear to fold over one another, creating illusory creases and hollows. The overall affect is one of slow, powerful visual rhythms. Januszkiewicz semi-translucent colors floats across her surfaces, soaking into the unprimed canvas and paper to create tactile fusions of paint and support that envelope the viewer in diaphanous veils of paint. 
Januszkiewicz pure abstract forms call to mind the stained canvases of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, but her work embodies a unique elegance that differentiates it
from that of her color fields with wonderful abstract shapes that are rendered loosely with a great feeling of fluidity and motion. "My brushwork is applied in waves of curving, color shapes, submerged in translucent washes. My goal is to achieve the highest degree of richness, with a light source that comes not from applied paint, but rather from the luminosity of the brilliant white paper or canvas," said Januszkiewicz. Here we see Januszkiewicz produce zen-like brush strokes across large formats with watercolor-like acrylics effortlessly.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Saint Joseph's University galleries says NO!

Another layer of thick skin added:
Dear Mr. Campello,
Thank you very much for sending us your resume and images for consideration in our 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.  The committee was pleased to learn about you and view your work.  Unfortunately, we are unable to exhibit your work at this time.
There were close to three hundred applications and only five available slots this year.   We thought that many of the applicants this year would show well in our gallery, and as you can imagine, it was very difficult to limit our choices. 
We wish you the best of luck with your artistic endeavors and thank you again for your interest in our program.  
Jeanne Bracy
Jeanne Bracy
Gallery Curator
The University Galleries, 
Merion Hall and Boland Hall
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this art scammer!
From:  "Jill Welberg"
Do you ship to Switzerland and accept US issued credit card as payment?, you will contact my shipper who handles all of my shipment, they pick up the items at your location and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle. Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering. 

Jill Welberg

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tonal Visions

Multiple Exposures Gallery
Presents an Exhibition of New Photography by
Alan Sislen

"Tonal Visions"

May 7th - June 15th, 2019

Please join them for the Artist's Reception on Saturday, May 11th,   2 - 4 pm
This exhibit of dramatic black and white architectural photographs explores the range of tonal possibilities that might or might not have existed, but were visible in the mind of the photographer. None of the photographs are of total or complete structures. Each is a piece, a portion, an extraction that may convey more a sense of the whole than the entire building. The beauty of the forms, the lines, the shapes, the volumes and the play of light and shadow created by the infinite tonalities is what this exhibit celebrates.
Multiple Exposures Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #312
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
Hours:  Daily 10 am - 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Navy drawing

Just found a bunch of pen and ink, and also pencil drawings and sketches that I did back in the 1970s when I was a young Petty Officer in the Navy.

If you ever served in the USN, then you'll capish the title...

"Seaman Schmuckatelli Grew Up", 1975 pen and ink by F. Lennox Campello
"Seaman Schmuckatelli Grew Up", 1975 pen and ink by F. Lennox Campello

Monday, April 08, 2019

WPA Collectors' Night

WPA Collectors’ Night A Silent Auction to Benefit Artists

Date: Saturday, May 4, 7:00 – 11:00 pm | Location: 1501 M St NW

President Obama Walking to his Right Charcoal on Paper  c. 2009 by F. Lennox Campello
President Obama Walking to his Right
Charcoal on Paper

c. 2009 by F. Lennox Campello
The above drawing will be one of the pieces being silent-auctioned off at the WPA Collectors' Night gala. This drawing, done in 2009, was one of about 15-20 drawings that I did between 2008 and 2009 for an exhibition which Philadelphia's Projects Gallery staged once the Senator from Illinois became President.

Details on bidding, gala, etc. HERE.