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Arty stuff this week...

Phillips After 5

Poet Night
5 - 8pm

Summer Films at the Phillips:

Gallery Talks
Paint Made Flesh:
Nip/Tuck- Perfection & Distortion of the Modern Body
6pm, 7pm

Film screening and gallery talks included in admissiong to special exhibition.
$12, $10 for students, visitors 62 & over, Free to Members

@The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW

Fringe Festival Preview
Wednesday, July 1
7 - 10pm

Free and Open to All
*Must be 21 to enter

@RFD - Back Room
810 7th Street, NW

Last week to experience Artomatic!!

Now - July 5

Fri-Sat: Noon - 1am
Sun, Wed, Thurs: Noon - 10pm

@55 M Street SE

Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout
July 3 - August 26

First Friday Reception
Friday, July 3
6 - 9pm

Food and refreshments will be served.
$5 suggested donation.

@Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Art Salon

Wednesday, July 1
7 - 9pm

@Merdian International Center
1624 Crescent Place, NW

Barbara Bell, Entrance

Double Artists
by Foundry Members and Guest Artists
July 1 - August 1

Opening Reception
Friday, July 3
6 - 8pm

@Foundry Gallery
1314 18th Street, NW

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents
An exhibition of printed matter from
40 printmaking studios from around the world
June 29 - July 26

Opening Reception
Friday, July 3
5:30 - 8:30pm

@Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Landscapes for Lucy by Brian Williams
New Member Show: All in Color
June 24 - July 18

First Friday Reception
Friday, July 3
6 - 8pm

@Studio Gallery
2108 R Street, NW

The Mapplethorpe Demonstration - Twenty Years Later

Tuesday, June 30
(doors open at 6:00pm)

@Warehouse Gallery & Theater
1021 7th Street, NW


WALA 25th anniversary celebration

As a recovering lawyer, I often conveniently forget that there are a lot of lawyers out there who are extremely supportive of the arts and of creatives. Especially the lawyers who volunteer for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA!) and provide support for "artists in their creative endeavors through education, advocacy and pro bono legal assistance." They're throwing themselves a 25th anniversary party "to celebrate WALA’s work helping the arts community to grow and thrive." An excellent mission!

July 14, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar

Capital Fringe Headquarters

607 New York Avenue, NW

$100 includes 2 tickets to Capital Fringe performances

More info here.

DC arts commission doing good stuff

Even though I'm a DC arts commissioner now, I can't take credit for some great programming that's coming out of the Commission these days. Like Art Unplugged, a series of summertime acoustic performances throughout the city that showcase DC talent. See performance schedule here.

And the Art Salon on Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at the White-Meyer house of the Meridian International Center @ 1624 Crescent Place, NW, just off 16th Street. Mix and mingle with creative folks in DC.

Anything pink rocks!

Photo: Sarah Chadha


Synchronized Swimming competition

This is the best call for artists I have seen in a long time! The WPA will hold a synchronized swimming competition at the newly-hip Capitol Skyline Hotel on July 19. You must register your team by July 3. There will be prizes and I will be judging so feel free to try to buy my vote. Call 202-234-7103 for more info!

Save the Date: DCCAH Art Salon

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Art Salon

Wednesday, July 1
7 to 9 PM
@ Meridian International Center
1624 Crescent Place, NW

Remarks by Regie Cabico, Poet/DCCAH Grantee
Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Curator, White-Meyer House
Yosi Sergant, NEA, Director of Communications

Soundscapes by Brian Liu


More art ideas for the White House

Ken Ashton, "The Ontario Theater" (1993)

ArtInfo asked DC's own awesome gallerist and arts activist Jayme McLellan what art she suggested for the White House and here are her ideas:
“The Obamas would most definitely benefit from having the work of Sam Gilliam in the White House. Gilliam is internationally recognized as the foremost contemporary African-American Color Field painter and lyrical abstractionist. Further, he has called Washington, D.C., his home since 1962. Adding his work to the collection would contribute to the breadth of the White House collection and support D.C. as a place for historical, living artists.

“Ken Ashton resides in Washington, D.C., and has spent the past decade photographing neighborhoods throughout the world. He has undertaken an encyclopedic project of photographing communities in the Northeastern corridor of the U.S., from D.C. to Boston, entitled ‘Megalopolis.’

“Iona Rozeal Brown’s most recent paintings are an unprecedented mixture of anonymous courtesans, geisha, and other Japanese subjects. She explores the theme of Afro-Asiatic allegory, addressing the global influence of African-American culture as fetish. Brown’s work signals the energy, critical direction, and complexity of contemporary practice that is engaged in a tenuous marriage of commerce and resistance. Brown brings a subversion to her art and manipulates hyper-self-conscious imagery to articulate contemporary concerns regarding race, gender, and class.”


Majorly recommended: A very pink weekend!

Love Thy Neighbor
Policy Brand Trunk Show and Happy Hour
Featuring new DC-inspired clothing

Friday, June 26

6 - 10 pm

@1240 9th Street, NW
(enter through Blagden Alley...next to Fight Club)

Yummy food by Chix

Killer beats by DJ Obeyah and DJ Small Axe

Art Chat
The Passionate Collector: Look at this art. It'll change your life.

Saturday June 27
8 PM
@ Artomatic

55 M Street, NE
(Navy Yard metro station on the green line)
In the Education Room on the 4th Floor

Philippa Hughes
Veronica Jackson

Anything pink rocks!


Awesome installation art piece in Copenhagen.

Thanks Nik!

Arty stuff this week...

"Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia" Webinar
Tuesday, June 23

Webinar Address: 

RSVP: Lyz Bridgforth
bridgforthe@si.edu or 202.633.0521 by June 20, 2009
 For more information: http://www.asia.si.edu/CeramicsForum/

Lu Zhang, Hairpiece, 2008

Elizabeth Crisman, Laura Hughes and Lu Zhang
June 25 - July 24

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 25
6 - 8pm

@ Stamp Gallery
University of Maryland, College Park 

Flashpoint Business Center presents:
New Space Roundtable: GALLERIES IN FLUX
Navigating the real estate challengers around visual arts space

Wednesday, June 24
9:30 - 11am
RSVP: redcircle@flashpointdc.org by Monday, June 22

@ Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Ave, NE

A Preview of Paintings by Danish Artist
Lars H.U.G.

Wednesday, June 24
6 - 8pm
RSVP: jackie@hamiltoniangallery.com

@ Royal Danish Embassy
3200 Whitehaven Street, NW

Paper Jam: The Art and Grime of the East Coast Rock Poster
Q&A Session with Artists

Thursday, June 25
The reception: 6:30pm
Talking: 7pm

Free with refreshments provided.

@ Civilian Arts Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor

Lecture with Painter: 
John Currin

Thursday, June 25
6:30 pm

@ The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW

Faraway Nearby:
Artists' Roundtable

Thursday, June 25

@ Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston

Artist Victor Ekpuk
at National Museum of African Art 

Friday, June 26
12 - 1pm
@ National Museum of African Art, Lecture Hall
950 Independence Avenue, SW 

May 29 - July 3
in partnership with the World Bank Art Program

Take a public tour of the exhibit
Friday, June 26th
12pm and 4pm

To sign up for a tour, contact kbilonick@wpadc.org by Wednesday, June 24. Note which tour you would like (noon or 4pm).
The works can also be viewed from the glass exterior of the building on H Street between 18th and 19th Streets, NW

@ The World Bank, Main Complex, Front Lobby Gallery
1818 H Street, NW

Landscape Biology
Natalie Cheung, Melissa Dickenson, Kim Manfredi, Katherine Mann
June 26 - August 28

Opening Reception
Friday, June 26
6 - 8pm

@ Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street, NW

The Pink Line Project and Policy Brand present
Love Thy Neighbor
Trunk Show/Happy Hour
with a preview of new D.C. inspired clothing by Policy Brand Clothing. Co.

Music by
DJ's Obeyah and Small Axe
Chop-Chop Food Bar by Chix

Friday, June 26th
6 - 10pm

@ Vacant Warehouse
(enter through the rear of the building on Blagden Alley)
1240 9th Street, NW

Mixed Media Multiplied
Del Ray Artisans Opening Party

Opening Party
Friday, June 26
7 - 10pm

@ Del Ray Artisans Gallery Nicholas A Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria

Sam Gilliam: New Paintings
May 22 - June 27

Exhibit closing
Saturday, June 27

@ Marsha Mateyka Gallery
2012 R St., NW

 iona rozeal brown, all falls down, 2008, Mixed media on panel, 62.25” x 50.125” x 1.5”

Figurative Art Today: Between East and West
a Symposium at The Phillips Collection

Saturday, June 27th
1 - 5pm

@ the Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW

 Landscapes For Lucy by Brian Williams
New Member Show: All In Color
June 24 - July 18

Meet the Artists Reception
Saturday, June 27
3 - 6pm

@ Studio Gallery
2108 R Street

Burning Desires: 
Exhibition, Music, and Artist Graduation

Support international women artists as they begin their journeys as leaders, art educators and entrepreneurs.

 Saturday, June 27
3-6 pm

@ Convergence Gallery
1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria 

The Sickness 3 Closing Party
Artist-in-Residence Aniekan

Saturday, June 27
6 - 9pm

@ Dissident Display Gallery
416 H Street, NE

Aurora Robson

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 27
6 - 9pm

@ Project 4 Gallery
1353 U Street, NW, 3rd floor

Margaret Boozer
Dirt  Drawings
June 27- August 16

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 27

@ American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave  NW

Leslie Holt, Hello Picasso (dancers), oil on canvas, 6" x 4", 2009

Leslie Holt   |   Hello Masterpiece
June 27 - August 1

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 27
6:30 - 8pm
in conjunction with the opening reception at Adamson Gallery next door
and in celebration of Hello Kitty's 35th Birthday!

@ curator's office
1515 14th Street nw
suite 201

This District Moment: 
Report from the Streets

Closing Reception
Saturday, June 27
7 - 11pm

@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

The Passionate Collector: 
Look at this Art. It'll Change Your Life

Saturday, June 27

@ Artomatic
55 M Street, SE
James Renwick Alliance
Education Room (4th Floor)

New York Night Train Happening

Saturday, June 27
$10 at the door/21+

@ Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW

Workshop and Chalk Art Event for Children and Families 
(all are invited to attend)

Sunday, June 28
12p- 1ish 

@ Artomatic 
8th floor, Children’s Workshop Room
For more information: www.chalk4peace.org

Summer Open House

Sunday, June 28
2 - 6pm

@ Gold Leaf Studios
443 I Street NW

Cover of Artforum, September 1989. Photo © Frank Herrera

Washington Project for the Arts Presents:
The Mapplethorpe Demonstration - Twenty Years Later

Tuesday, June 30
(doors open at 6:00pm)

@ Warehouse Gallery and Theater
1021 7th St NW 

Sleeping Tree 
Catalog Signing and Film Screening

Tuesday, June 30

@ Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston

Created by Scott Burgess, Allyson Currin and Kate McGraw
Tuesday, June 30 - Sunday, July 5

Source Festival date
Tuesday, June 30

@ Source
1835 14th Street, NW


Party pics from Not From Concentrate

Chanan Delivuk's work pictured above.

Fun pictures from Saturday night's opening of Not From Concentrate. Some really fantastic art and it's all for sale. Let me know if you're interested and I can take you by the Hounshell space to take a closer look without hundreds of people jostling you. You can also see Josh Yospyn's work here.

Many many thanks to Eat Well DC for providing the wine for the event! They are great neighborhood supporters so please support them at Logan Tavern and Commissary, both on P Street.

Ginormous thanks to DJ Anish and his partner in musical crime Chris for spinning the best vinyl I've heard in a long long while!

And yummy cupcakes for all you Pink Line Project fans provided by Yours Truly cupcakes.

Two revelers wearing delicious fruity colors that work quite well with Josh Yospyn's photographs.


Anything pink rocks!

Check this girl's pink skateboard! Awesome! Pictures of Go Skate Day by maxedaperture.