A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.


AU Arts Management Program auction

The AU Arts Management students invite you to
a Silent Auction

Saturday, January 31
6:00- 9:00 pm
@ Katzen Arts Center at American University

This year's silent auction will take place in conjunction with the American University Museum's reception for the following exhibitions: Carrie Moyer: Painting Propaganda; Evri Kwong: Just Pretend Everything Is OK; Paul Daniel: Kinetic Sculpture; and Kugach, Kugach, Kugach:Three Generations of Russian Artists.

All proceeds from the auction will support the second annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, hosted by American University. This student-run event presents information on topics of leadership and career development for young arts professionals and provides them valuable networking opportunities as well as a free public forum.

Auction items include, but are not limited to:

Artworks by:
Brandon Hill,
Peter Chang,
Cory Obendorfer,
Susannah Parnin,
Jeff Pastorek (New Orleans)
Jenny Walton

Tickets to performances and events by:
CityDance Ensemble
FilmFest DC
Folger Shakespeare Theatre
Imagination Stage
Joy of Motion
Washington Bach Consort
Washington Concert Opera
And more...
And groovy t-shirts from The Pink Line Project!

Best of DC Shorts 2008

Best of the DC Shorts!

Watch 14 films from across the country and from around the globe in a special 3-hour screening of the best films from the 2008 DC Shorts Film Festival competition. Meet the festival organizers and filmmakers during the intermission or after the screening, and get a sneak-peak into DC Shorts 2009 -- and the Our City Film Festival which plays on Sunday, February 8.

Friday, February 6, 7:00pm and Saturday, February 7, 7:00pm
US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
(Metro: Archives/Penn Quarter/USNM -- Green and Yellow lines)

Post-screening party after Saturday Screening at Bar Louie, 10pm to closing. Your tickets admits you to the event: nibbles and soda provided, cash bar.

$10 for the screening. (That's only 71¢ a film -- very economical!)
Buy tickets here.

Anything pink rocks!

From muohace_dc.


Save the Date - An art & music experience over Valentines Day Weekend

Valentines Day is a cockamamie, fake "holiday" that makes so many people feel inadequate regardless of whether or not you have a sweetie in your life. It's a huge joke! So instead of buying into the Hallmark propaganda, why don't all you jokesters come on out to an art and music experience sometime that weekend and avoid the insanity. More info later but please keep it in mind when planning your "romantic" weekend.

An Art & Music Experience
In the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood
@ Navy Yard metro

Friday, February 13
6 to 9 pm

Saturday, February 14
6 to 9 pm

Sunday, February 15
2 to 6 pm

Lots of great restaurants to enjoy nearby after you get your art on at Barracks Row.

A collaboration between The Pink Line Project, Artomatic, and Capitol Riverfront BID.


Arty stuff this week...

Portrait of a Girl by Ekaterina Kugach

An Evening of Russian Culture at the Embassy of the Russian Federation

Friday, January 30
RSVP required (703) 351-5708

@ Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave NW

Gayle Friedman, Susie Ganch, Jimin Park, Anya Pinchuk, and Natalya Pinchuk
January 30 - February 8

Opening reception:
Friday, January 30
6 - 9pm

@ Studio 4903
4903 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Ben Kinsley and Robin Hewlett, Street With a View

January 30 - April 4

Opening reception:
Friday, January 30
6 - 9pm

@ Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington

Sherill Anne Gross, Beauty Ritual #4

Carl Gombert, Lisa Kellner, Sherill Anne Gross,
Susan Palmisano and Mary Robinson

Fluid Identity
January 16 - February 27

Opening reception:
Friday, January 30
6 - 8pm

@ Howard County Arts Council
8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD

Anthony Pontius
Why on Earth?
January 31 - March 7

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 31
6 - 8:30pm

@ Project 4
1353 U Street NW

Bob Johnson Presents Selections From the Barnett-Aden Collection:
A Homecoming Celebration

January 31 - March 7

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 31
6:30 - 8:30

@ Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th Street NW

John Kirchner, Untitled

John Kirchner: Unknowns & Brandon Morse: This Shape We're In
January 31 - March 21

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 31
6 - 8pm

@ Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Avenue NE

Gary Fisher

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 31
6:30 - 8:30pm

@ Vander Zee Gallery
105 South Lee Street, Alexandria

Mark Cameron Boyd, Christian Benefiel and Leah Frankel
New Works
January 31 - March 14

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 31
7 - 9pm

@ Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW

Petition to appoint Secretary of Arts

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.
Sign the petition here.


Some images from Lifeguard opening

Lisa Marie and DECOY worked together on a painting of Amanda Novcic during the Lifeguard opening. The finished product was raffled off to raise money for Sitar Arts Center. Congratulations Mark Seibel for winning this great painting!

Over 500 people came through to experience Lifeguard! Though the show space is a real estate office, it was designed with displaying art in mind. Great lighting and wall space, and most definitely doesn't feel like any humdrum real estate office I've ever visited before.

Yoko K and DJ Natty Boom rocked the house with awesome sound.

One of DECOY's paintings. This image also appears on the side of Marvin alongside pieces by Shepard Fairey and Ron English. It got photographed a lot during the inauguration. Could be good for whoever ends up with it in his or her collection.

The show will be on display until April 10. Please stop by and take a look!

See more images from the opening event on my Facebook page. I'll try to get them on Flickr soon.

Lifeguard: Lisa Marie + DECOY
@ Hounshell Real Estate Office

1506 14th Street, NW
Monday through Friday
9 - 5
Or email me and I can let you in anytime.

Thank you Marvin and Stewart Title Group for providing all the beer and wine for the event!

Thank you Richard for hanging the show. Looks awesome!


ARTnews reviews Vanitas

ARTnews reviewed Vanitas, Nick & Sheila Pye's recent show at Curator's Office. Such a beautiful body of work.

Sick mural!

When I left the Hounshell space late last night, DECOY and friend were painting this sick mural for the Lifeguard opening tonight.


Lifeguard - Saturday night! (That's tomorrow)


Inaugural dress

Go here to read a chronicle of how Dana Greaves hand-stitched a gorgeous inaugural dress for me in less than a week. Absolutely amazing piece of art. Who says DC isn't fashionable?!

Note that I wore jeans under the dress because (1) it was 12 degrees, and (2) the dress ended up a tad shorter than we'd originally intended. Also note that I was walking through a bar late Tuesday night after Art of Change when a woman from NY stopped me to tell me she represented fashion designers and wanted to know who designed my dress!


Winter surfing on Lake Superior

T. C. Worley for The New York Times

If you saw Step Into Liquid, then you know there is a pretty dedicated surfing scene around Lake Superior. And they don't stop just because the temperatures dip below 0 degrees! More here.


Arty stuff this week...

John Babineau of Arlington, Virginia & Cécile Bethléem of Remis, France
Crossing Glances: Regards Croises
January 23 - March 28

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 22
6 - 9pm

@ Ellipse Art Center
4350 Fairfax Drive, Fairfax

Sherry Brukbacher

Sherry Brukbacher
The Space Between

Opening reception:
Friday, January 23
6 - 9pm

@ Caramel
1603 U Street NW

Betsy Stewart

Inauguration Week Art Appetizers
Friday, January 23
6:30 PM

RSVP to info@mpaart.com
$20 door charge

@ McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean

with Mark Verbos, Ian Funk, Dan M. and Yoko K.

Friday, January 23
9pm - 3am

@ Gallery
1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring

Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
January 24 - March 8

Preview performances:
Saturday, January 24
12:30 & 3:30 pm
to purchase tickets, visit www.ImaginationStage.org
or call (301) 280-1660

@ Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda

Mary Lee Bendolph, Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Bennett
Gee's Bend: Quilts and Prints
January 17 - February 21

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
5 - 7pm

Artists' talk:
Saturday, January 24

Please RSVP, seating is limited to the first 50 people:
(202) 338-5180

@ Addison/Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Ave NW

Etsuko Ichikawa

Etsuko Ichikawa
January 17 - February 14
Opening reception:

Saturday, January 24
6 - 8pm

@ Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW

Akemi Maegawa, 2008 Daruma, porcelain

Kwaku Alston, Gary Baseman, Lori Field, Susan Jamison, Kahn & Selesnick, Akemi Maegawa, Shawne Major, Jiha Moon, Phil Nesmith, Izel Vargas, Zack Wirsum
Aspect:Ratio 2
January 24 - February 18

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 8pm

@ Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW

Lisa Marie Thalhammer + Decoy

Exhibition opening:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 9pm

@ Hounshell Real Estate
1506 14th Street NW

Marina V

Celebrate Russian Music, Culture and Art!
with special performance by Marina V

Saturday, January 24
7 - 11pm

@ Russian Cultural Center
1825 Phelps Place NW

Bryan Collins

Bryan Collins
Proof of Faith

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
6pm - midnight

@ Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD


DECOY bombs Marvin

Sooooooooo awesome! On the side of Marvin at 14th and U, from left to right: Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and our very own DECOY. You can see work by all these artists at Manifest Hope:DC (3333 M Street, NW) through Wednesday.


A Shepard Fairey weekend

Manifest Hope opened this weekend and you should seriously get over there (3333 M Street NW) to take a look. You can see work by some of DC's best artists like DECOY alongside arty legends like Ron English. See above super cute picture of these two at the Manifest Hope opening party.

If you go to Manifest Hope, then you will also get to see Lisa Marie Thalhammer's awesome portrait of Michelle Obama, the only one in the show.

The whole show has a palpable excitement about it. As Kelly Rand reports from DCist:
Reflecting on the happenings over the past year, Fairey said, "No one could have quantified the role that art plays. It makes you believe that the world can be a better place." Being surrounded by the numerous images that reflect hope and a positive attitude, his words are easy to believe.

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled the latest addition to its collection yesterday morning: Shepard Fairey's iconic image of Barack Obama. The NPG was able to acquire this important portrait through the generosity of Heather and Tony Podesta on behalf of his late mother Mary K. Podesta and with guidance from Irvine Contemporary.

Yosi Sargent - the mastermind behind Manifest Hope. Watch out for this guy. I hear he's moving to Washington and I have a feeling he's going to be making a big impact. Awesome!


Flavor of the Month reviewed in Washington Post

Jessica Dawson's Washington Post review of Flavor of the Month, Cory Oberndorfer's show that recently opened at Flashpoint, is a great example of one of the many reasons why I love art: because it can engage people in a dialogue about social issues that are raised by the art.
Today we also call ourselves "girls." And even as we participate in brutal sports like roller derby, we dress in hot pants and fishnets. Could we be undermining ourselves as we make these great strides?
Art isn't just pretty pictures. What's great about it is that it can be a vehicle for expressing ideas that can stimulate lively discussions.

Entangled by CityDance Ensemble

You know there are other things happening this weekend besides inauguration stuff right? I suggest you take a break from it all and go see something really creative and original, like the CityDance ensemble's sexy and powerful production Entangled. "Using dance to illustrate the pushes and pulls that keep us all connected, Entangled features works both serious and light-hearted in their perspective on relationships." I'm going tomorrow night.

City Dance Ensemble

January 16 and 17
8 pm
@ Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street, NW


Apres Ski

I'll be at X on Saturday night. Come dressed for Apres Ski and get a discount on the cover.

Artinfo's round up of art in DC

Nice little overview in Artinfo that sums up Washington's arty highlights for visitors. Good for us residents too!

DECOY and Towles on the street

I was walking around this morning cursing the bitter cold when my day was brightened up by finding these new pieces by DECOY and Kelly Towles at 9th and U. Awesome!


Save the Date - Lifeguard

Lisa Marie + DECOY

Exhibition opening:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 9 pm
@ Hounshell Real Estate
1506 14th Street

DJ Natty Boom
Yoko K

Live painting by Lisa Marie Thalhammer and DECOY will be raffled to benefit Sitar Arts Center.

Art of Change - buy your tickets soon!

Go here to buy tickets.