Thursday, March 27, 2008

equinox at Woodman Studios in Silver Spring

woodman studios presents:
March 28th -April 14th

Featuring works by:
damien alomar, caroline battle, miles doyle,
peter gordon, joe hoffman, matt horn,
sarah laing, sam moore , elizabeth moorshead,
jonathan sears, berta zoltan, matthew lincoln yake

curated by ryan mckibbin and christian benefiel

woodman studios
1414 Woodman Ave.
Silver Spring MD 20902

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

REMINDER: Don Kimes Artist Talk This Thursday Evening!

Hillyer Art Space Artist Talk
Thursday, March 27th, 2008, 6pm to 8pm

International Arts and Artists invites you to Hillyer Art Space for an evening with our currently featured artist Don Kimes. Don's exhibit, After the Flood, opened with great success on the First Friday of March, drawing one of the largest crowds we've ever had here. Many people were curious about the process by which he creates his multimedia paintings. Although Don does not normally reveal his methods, he has agreed to discuss it with a small group at Hillyer Art Space this month. He will be talking about the role of process and the evolution of his work over the past 3 decades

Space is limited for this event and priority will be given to members of IA&A. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 25. $5 Entry, FREE for Members and students with ID. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

After the Flood, by local artist Don Kimes, features collage-like paintings both subtle and abstract. The exhibited work demonstrates Kimes' ability to express the intimate and sensitive effects of time and change in large scales and organic movements. Using obscured contours and vivid color combinations, Kimes reminds us of nature's delicate balance between creation and destruction.

For information on becoming an IA&A member please contact Katherine Potosky, membership coordinator, at (202)338-0680.

9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 | MAP
T. 202.338.0680 | Gallery Hours: Mon. 10am-5pm, Tues. - Fri. 10am-7pm, Sat. 11am-4pm

The Washington Studio School has great new digs!

The Washington Studio School is in the process of moving into their new facility at 2129 S Street NW--right off of Connecticut Ave. near the intersection with Florida Ave. in Dupont Circle. It's in..."transitional" shape right now, but it's a beautiful space.

Check it out during their Open House Sunday, April 6, 10am - 12 noon. Meet faculty, register for classes and participate in a free figure drawing class.
For more info call them at: 202.234.3030
or email:


On your mark. Get set. Go! Artomatic 2008 registration opens March 27

Calling all artists: Time to wash off those paintbrushes and tune up your guitars. Registration will open online Thursday, March 27, at noon for artists who want to participate in Artomatic 2008.

The annual art extravaganza, to be held May 9 through June 15, 2008, will be the largest Artomatic to date. Hosted by the NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID), Artomatic 2008 will be held on nine floors (more than 200,000 square feet) of the Capitol Plaza I building. The building is located at 1200 First Street, N.E., just one block west of the New York Avenue Metro station, in Washington, D.C.

Registration for Artomatic will be $90 per visual artist — such as painters, photographers, sculptors and graphic designers. Each visual artist is required to serve three volunteer shifts (approximately 15 hours total) to help stage the event. Artomatic is an unjuried show, so all artists are welcome to participate, from professionals to beginners. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will end once space is filled. Full details on registration, exhibit space, installation and hours of the event will be on the Artomatic Web site at

Performers — such as those who present music, dance, theater or poetry — are also invited to register and take part in Artomatic. Details for performers will also be available on the Artomatic Web site at

Artomatic is expecting about 1,000 local and regional artist participants and 50,000 visitors at this year’s event.

“We are looking forward to seeing what the creative energy of the area’s arts community can bring to the event and to the NoMa neighborhood,” said George Koch, chair of Artomatic.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free films, educational presentations and children’s activities, as well as musical, dance, poetry, theater and other performances.


It takes a legion of volunteers to move Artomatic from rumor to reality. If you've always vowed to get involved, here's your chance.

Performing Arts? Visual Arts? Event Management? Marketing and Development? There's a place for everyone!

For general inquiries, email
For Performing Arts committee, email
For Visual Arts, email
For Marketing and Development, email
For Events Planning and Management,


Wednesday, April 2nd, 6-8 pm at The Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW, Washington DC 20036. Come on out!
Artomatic Happy Hour happens the 1st Wednesday of every month. The next meet up will be Wednesday, May 7th

Monday, March 24, 2008

BlackRock Center for the Arts Seeks Executive Director

Company: BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD)
Job Title: Executive Director
Description: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a multi-arts facility providing professional performing arts, visual arts and arts education to the community. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for developing, guiding and implementing the strategies, activities, budget and operations of BlackRock Center for the Arts, as well as overseeing the day-to-day execution of fundraising, marketing, arts programming and operations of the organization.

Direct or oversight responsibilities include fundraising, budget and finance, community outreach, marketing, education, visual and performing arts programming and operations. The ED is responsible for working with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to create, fund, promote and deliver professional arts programming. This position is critical in leading efforts to meet BlackRock’s objectives. Current full time staff is seven personnel, including: Executive Director, Director of Finance/Administration, Development Director, Marketing Director, Education Director, Technical Director, and Administrative Assistant. There are four part-time personnel: Rental Coordinator, Data Coordinator, Data assistant, and Education assistant.

With its state-of-the art facility, the growing community, and the mission of providing excellence in the arts for a broad audience, BlackRock has the potential to make a significant impact in the regional arts arena, as well as to enhance significantly the quality of life of area residents. The next few years are critical years in making this vision become a reality. The ED has the challenge of leading BlackRock through the next stage of its development - a transition from a young and growing organization into a mature and expansive organization that will take its place among the great arts organizations in the area.

Details, apply for position:

INTO THE LIGHT at Gallery Honfleur

Opening Reception Saturday, March 29th, 6-8pm

Selected exhibitors are as follows: Mark Planisek, Marie Cobb, Lynn Silverman, Craig Kraft, Emily Erb, Phil Stein, Joan Belmar, Cathlyn Newell and Kendall Nordin. Expect to see all types of media from video installation to photography

Show Dates - March 29th-May 3rd, 2008

The Honfleur Gallery
1227 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington DC 20020
202.580.5972 f)202.889.5035

Title: Courtyard West With Clouds
Artist: Mark Planisek
Medium: Photo Box Collage w/Mixed Media
Size: 9" H x 7" W x 2" D
Date: 2007

Friday, March 21, 2008

DO NOT miss these shows of excellent works by DC's acclaimed color painter Willem deLooper

Willem de Looper
(Tuesday, April 1–Sunday, May 18)

The Katzen Art Center
4400 Mass. Ave, NW Washington DC

Born in 1932 in The Hague, Netherlands, Willem de Looper studied under Ben L. Summerford and Robert Gates at American University and was the long-time curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. This one-person show examines de Looper’s unique contributions to color field abstraction developed during the past fifty years. An acclaimed Washington painter and member of the Washington Colorist School, his work is in permanent collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, and in many private collections.

Also see deLooper's work at PASS Gallery

May 2 through 31, 2008
1617 S Street NW Washington, DC 20009
phone: 202.745.0796 email:

Thursday, March 20, 2008

REVELATION: Recent black and white still photographs by Gene Markowski

April 12 - May 31, 2008
Opening Reception
Saturday April 12, 5 to 8 pm

Gene Markowski's, "Revelation" at District Fine Arts uses the Roman Catholic Church as the springboard into his personal (he is a practicing Roman Catholic) revelations about the church and its rigid stance on such topics as abortion, gay rights, priestly sexual abuse and entitlement, the exclusion of women, and saintly myths. He approaches his subject with a sense of humor without losing the importance of the issues, or that the images are primarily works of art. Without question, his poetic side manages to shine through the issues he touches on, which keep the series engaging. However, the key to fully appreciate the exhibition are the titles of the photographs which are often with a double amusing meaning.

Still/life, the human figure, and self-portraits form an enigmatic series of images that consistently underscore such psychological states as eroticism, ecstasy, revenge, and rejection. The images are intentionally without photographic refinement, but carry a deeply expressive and vital energy that conjures Markowski's personal journey into a visual representation of some of the troubling aspects of the contemporary church today. The human condition which is so deeply wound around these photographs can be read entirely separate from the Catholic question, revealing our own inner lives, shaped by the complicated world we live in. The moral and intellectual questions Markowski poses are the core of the exhibition, and he gives the entire show the lift it needs through his sensibility and salient humor.

Markowski is a Professor of Art at Trinity University where he has taught studio courses for the past twenty years. He is an active artist with many one man and group exhibitions in his extensive career. His work is represented in many private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.

District Fine Arts
1639 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20007


Hours: 11 am - 6:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday

After hours by appointment

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Callling All Geniuses or genii

Creative Genius Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, April 3 at Aroma Bar in DC
Are you an dancer or a poet? A writer or a graphic designer? A drummer or a tagger? Come out and meet other creative geniuses at Aroma (in the back room) (3417 Connecticut Ave, NW) on Thurs., April 3, 6-8 pm. Artists, musicians, writers, and all creative people are welcome. This happy hour is for you!!!
And, feel free to bring your supportive friends who put up with all your...creativity for this casual networking event. RSVP to
Please pass this on to all your genius friends!!!

Heidi Taillefer, Muse Paintings at Irvine Contemporary

April 5 - May 10
Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, April 5

Irvine Contemporary is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer. Taillefer's oil paintings on canvas and panel are an original creative fusion of realism and surrealism combined with popular traditions ranging from illustration and manga to Victorian romanticism. Her striking imagery combines painterly surrealism with the latest cyborg fantasies--Max Ernst meets The Matrix. Preview images.

About the Artist

Heidi Taillefer began drawing at the age of 3, and after a decade of private art lessons, she began pursuing careers in both fine art and illustration. After studying at McGill University, Taillefer dove into the deep wells of Surrealism and Symbolist painting, illustration and comic styles, and all the variations of cyborg imagery. She developed a style in oils and acrylics known for a fusion of mechanical and organic imagery and the appropriation of symbolic styles. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she also designs book, album, and magazine covers. She has exhibited her paintings through venues across North America, including the McAllen International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas, and she is well-known for having designed the internationally recognized image of "Dralion" for the Cirque du Solei

Image Courtesy of Irvine Contemporary

craigslist and 100 ways to kneel and kiss the ground: two exhibitions opening at Civilian Art Projects

In the main gallery: craigslist

On Exhibit:
Friday, March 21 - Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday, 2 to 6pm and by appointment

craigslist explores how four artists utilize this renowned community website as a conceptual component in their artistic practice. The exhibition features works by the artist team Joseph Dumbacher & John Dumbacher, Jason Horowitz, and Jason Zimmerman and is co-curated by Jayme McLellan, Director of Civilian Art Projects and Andrea Pollan, Director of Curator’s Office. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 21 from 7 – 9 pm. An essay by Andrea Pollan will accompany the exhibition.

The artist team of Joseph and John Dumbacher solicit willing models on to meet them in movie theaters where they create haunting and identity-obscuring photographic portraits. Similarly, Jason Horowitz advertises for models to pose in his studio where he shoots extreme close-ups of their body parts and then explodes the scale of the image to create an unsettling nexus of anonymous portraiture and landscape. Jason Zimmerman exploits images posted by users on as his raw material. He creates digital photo albums of hundreds of individuals who publicize their sexual availability by uploading images of their naked bodies but with their facial identities distorted or obscured.

100 ways to kneel and kiss the ground

Concurrently on exhibition with craigslist is 100 ways to kneel and
kiss the ground
, photography by Kate MacDonnell, curated by Jayme McLellan with an essay by Kristen Hileman, a Washington D.C.-based curator working at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Kate’s photography is inspired by and departs from the new topographic school of photography and its prolific photo-documentation of the suburbs during the 1970s and 1980s. Inspired by such photographers as Lewis Baltz, Chauncey Hare, Bill Owens, Robert Adams and Catherine Wagner, Kate builds upon and departs into the documentation of a more personal environment. “Born into this changed landscape and growing up with its visual language…my images are often diaristic, shot within domestic interiors or places that I know intimately,” says the artist. “I look critically and with awe at ordinary, seemingly aesthetically devoid spaces… My domestic interiors are a celebration of the ordinary, of a calm or soothing or just familiar place that does not have the velocity or multiplicity of the outside world. If there is clutter, it is the domestic clutter that dust has comfortably settled upon. If there is life, it is plant life that grows little by little -- imperceptibly. If there is human life it is already fixed in time as a photograph, now rephotographed. Though these pictures celebrate the banal, they also act as reminders that something, many things, are happening outside of the frame.

According to Hileman, “Kate takes us beyond the classic ‘decisive moment’ of photography to an instant that seems impossible.” Precisely mediated and re-mediated which Hileman discusses in her text, Kate’s work reveals a patient, watchful eye that connects these moments in a way that seems to slow our pace and allow for space and time to consider. Instead of jumping from image to the next, as one might read a narrative or watch a documentary, each image uniquely holds the viewer, providing a chance to weigh its power and connection to a larger whole.



May 9 – June 15, 2008
Capitol Plaza building, located at 1200 First Street, NE
(at the corner with M Street)
Washington, DC 20002
Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet Univ.
(M Street exit)
Free admission. Donations accepted

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 pm – 10 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: Noon – 2 am
Sundays: Noon – 10 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s eclectic, engaging — and occasionally even eye-popping — arts extravaganza is back this spring and promises to be more of a draw than ever before.

The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) will host this year’s homegrown art extravaganza, Artomatic. From May 9 through June 15, 2008, hundreds of local and regional artists will exhibit their works throughout the Capitol Plaza building, located at First and M Streets, N.E., just one block west of the New York Avenue Metro station.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and incredibly diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free musical, dance, and theater performances; holiday celebrations; films; educational presentations; and much more.

This year’s Artomatic, occupying 200,000 square feet at Capitol Plaza, will be the largest to date. Designed by the renowned architect Shalom Baranes and owned by Polinger, Shannon & Luchs, Capitol Plaza offers 293,000 rentable square feet of Class A office space, with dramatic Capitol and city views from the upper floors.

Announcement from the artomatic web site

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Please let last night be the last time...

I'm hoping last night was the last time I will let Whole Foods sucker me into buying $2.00 worth of food at their food bar for $11.00.
Some people just never learn!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Baltimore Clayworks Presents: Terra Incognita: Unknown Land

March 1 – April 18, 2008 -- Free Admission

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to exhibit Terra Incognita: Unknown Land which will feature installation and sculptural work that map the interior and exterior landscape. Terra Incognita: Unknown Land runs from March 1 through April 18, 2008 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 1st, from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free.

Rebecca Harvey, curator and a professor at Ohio State University, states: “What makes a map? In its simplest definition a map is the recording of one sort of information at the cost of others. A map is an abstraction in the extreme, a representation of information stripped of the extraneous. We live in the age of maps; we map roads and weather systems, geopolitical boundaries and nerve systems. I am interested in looking at the work of these artists in terms of mapping, in expanding the definition to include the abstraction of form and meaning, in a stripping away to uncover meaning. Can a map be a line, a pattern, a series of objects? How do we map the unknown?”

Invited artists include: Dylan Beck (PA), Tim Berg (LA), Margaret Boozer (MD), Myung Jin Choi (PA), Naomi Cleary (PA), Guy Michael Davis (OH), Trevor Dunn (UT), Edith Garcia (UK), Holly Hanessian (FL), Rebecca Harvey (OH), Jill Oberman (MT), Forrest Snyder (MD), Steve Thurston (OH), June Woest (TX).

“Can a map be a line, a pattern, a series of objects? How do we map the unknown? I am interested in looking at the work of theses artists in terms of mapping, in expanding the definition to include the abstraction of form and meaning, in a stripping away to uncover meaning.”

Above image: “Legend” by Margaret Boozer

In the Associates Gallery: Samuel Wallace

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bethesda's Gallery Neptune is moving

This summer Gallery Neptune will relocate to a fantastic new space at 5001 Wilson Lane. The new three level building will house Gallery Neptune on the second floor. They look forward to continuing their exhibition schedule in this new space and welcome you to visit often. You should definitely have a look.
As many of you know Betheda is a very nice spot. There are gallery's and plenty of excellent restaurants, so make an evening of it!

Gallery Neptune's new digs are at "The PeriPoint"

Very hip digs indeed!!


Transformer welcomes new staff member Marissa Long, who is joining Transformer's team as Gallery Manager & Program Coordinator. Marissa is an artist and graduate of the Corcoran College of Art & Design. She brings several years of arts and project management experience to Transformer having worked with DC galleries Fusebox and Randall Scott Gallery, area developers Metropolis, as well as providing personal assistance and collections management to collector Lorie Peters Lauthier. We are thrilled to have Marissa on staff!

Additionally, Addie Johnson joins the staff as a part-time Development Assistant. A relatively recent transplant to Washington from Colorado, Addie has been building experience as an intern with the Washington Project for the Arts as well as a marketing firm that focuses on non-profit management. She is currently completing her Masters in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with an emphasis on marketing and development.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Charles Cohan's Airfield Exhibition at Curator

Saturday, March 15 6:30 - 8:30 pm

curator's office
1515 14th street nw
suite 201
washington, dc 20005
+ 202.387.1008
gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 12 - 6 pm and by appointment.

Charles Cohan,
Airport Terminal Series, carborundum collagraph prints, 22" x 22" each, 20

Check out the happenings in Cleveland!

Urbancode's Burning River Arts. Blogs by Arabella

Mini Interview with artist Peter Gordon

Urbancode: You work in both oil and in color pencil. Can you tell me a little about the difference between working with the two--in relation to your work of course.

Peter:Freedom and discovery are the major differences in my approach to drawing and painting. These differences largely account for the varying visual tendencies
between the work.
The pencils’ sharp points lend to a slow, gradual buildup of thousands of lines. Compared to the versatility of brush sizes and paint consistencies, the manner in which compositional form arrives is quite different. Preparation time for the two methods also contrasts, affecting the mindset and process involved in each. Literally, a new piece of paper is
taped up, utensils are sharpened and away it goes. Over several weeks, spontaneous layers of lines build form in a very loose way. These drawings offer freedom from the focused concentration that accompanies the building of supports and lengthy drying times of oil paint. In this way, drawing offers a careless, childlike experience that serves as a great mental stretch before painting.
In the paintings, potential for visual discovery, as dozens of layers evolve over months, overshadows that potential in the drawings. The paintings live, die and come back to life with the addition and removal of paint. It’s an unsure game of give and take. In comparison, the drawings are limited to an eventual darkening of a clean sheet of paper.

Urbancode: Your pencil work has an obsessive quality with its Twombly-esque scribblings, but in your recent works in oil, you seem to have tempered that obsessiveness. Can you tell me about that?

Peter: Following weeks of drawing, I began this series of eight oil paintings. Their more subdued, considered style wasn’t predetermined. Usually, I’d observe each piece for hours for roughly every ten minutes of actual painting; a stark contrast to the endless, almost mindless accumulation of line in the drawings. In painting, major changes happen quickly, taking the
piece, for better or worse, in a different direction. The months long process involves a deep commitment that, in the end, confiscates part of me. The struggle needed to create from the heart is an artist’s strained obligation. That said, the paintings lack a sort of playful immediacy that lives happily in the careless activity of scribbling.

Urbancode: What is your subject-matter?

Peter: At its core, my art is a statement about the power of nature and unexpected circumstances over our lives. The forms resemble my impression of the natural world.
The work is fueled by my desire to learn and evolve through experience.

Urbancode: Thanks for doing this urbancode mini interview Peter!!

Peter Gordon was born in 1978 in western Massachusetts, where he lived with his family until 2004. From an early age he was encouraged to draw and explore his imagination. Nature hikes and outdoor activities were common in the beautiful countryside of Berkshire County. The
four distinct seasons and wooded, mountainous landscape inspires his work to this day. In 2000, Peter studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy for six months. In 2002, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2007, Peter earned his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland College Park. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and has been the subject of two solo shows.
Currently, Peter resides in College Park, Maryland and is an active artist in the Washington DC. area.

Friday, March 7, 2008

James Kalm reviews the Whitney...sort of

James Kalm peddles up town and attempts to bring viewers a few glimpses of the latest Whitney Biennial. Every two years, "the show you love to hate" stirs up controversy and passion. As an art critic who has covered several show at this museum in the past, inexplicably for this preview, Kalm was excluded See what happens when he challenges this cultural institution's notions of elitist control and access, and covertly tries to expose this art to a worldwide audience vie the internet. (less)
Added to his site March 07, 2008

All content property of and courtesy of The James Kalm Report

Check out this video of Nicholas Krushenick's work at the MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY

Check out this video of Nicholas Krushenick's work at the MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY, reviewed by the "guy on the bike" art critic James Kalm.

This video is a year old, but it's interesting because
in his later years, Krushenick taught at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1977 to 1991. He died in New York on February 5, 1999, at age 69. He was a great guy and an interesting spirit in the mold of the old Cedar Bar expressionist brawlers.

Nicholas Krushenick (May 31, 1929February 5, 1999) was one of the forerunners of the pop art movement.

Krushenick began showing his work publicly in New York in 1957, at the age of 28. By 1962, his work was shown at upscale galleries and, by the year 2000, was part of major permanent collections throughout New York and the United States

Nick was born in New York City in 1929, Krushenick served in World War II, then studied art upon his return to home life. He attended the Art Students League of New York (19481950) and the Hans Hofmann School Of Art (1950-1951). He and brother John Krushenick opened an artists' cooperative called the Brata Gallery in the late fifties.

In 1969, Krushenick gave up his soft brush abstract expressionist technique for bolder colours and lines similar to illustration, yet maintaining use of abstract figurative forms. This style marked him as one of the original practitioners of pop art.

The Sartorialist at Adamson Gallery

The Sartorialist
March 15
th – April 26th, 2008

Opening Gallery Reception:
Saturday, March 15th
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Adamson Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of prints by Scott Schuman, who is better known by the moniker The Sartorialist, the name of his astoundingly popular street fashion blog ( Schuman is one of TIME magazine's 100 most important design influencers, and contributor to , GQ, Italian VOGUE, and other fashion periodicals. The images in this exhibition were originally taken by Schuman for his blog, but are now reproduced as digital prints. Displayed in a gallery setting, contextually reconfigured from fashion documentary into fine art, Schuman's striking images are evocative of the street photography of Diane Arbus or Lisette Model.

Schuman's goal as The Sartorialist, launched in 2005, is to "shoot people who execute their style really well." He states "I thought I could shoot people on the street the way designers looked at people, and get and give inspiration to lots of people in the process." In just over two years, he has become one of the most popular style bloggers on the internet, drawing thousands of daily visitors to his site who leave hundreds of comments for each image. In addition, Schuman's work has been profiled in WWD, British, French, Italian, Greek, Brazilian, Korean and Spanish VOGUE, Esquire, and others.

For more information, please contact Laurie Adamson or Erin Boland at (202) 232-0707.

Reception for Scott Schuman
Wednesday, March 19th 6:30 – 8:30pm

Please join us for a special reception with Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist), on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Adamson Gallery.

1515 Fourteenth Street NW
Washington DC
/ 20005

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m


Cara Ober at Randell Scott Gallery

Cara Ober
i am who i pretend to be
March 8th—April 12th

Randell Scott Gallery
1326 14th street nw washington, d.c. 20005
202.332-0807 (fax)

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday by appointment

Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm


Cross streets are 14th Street NW at Rhode Island

We are on the second floor, above Thai Tanic Restaurant.
Metro: Dupont Circle walk East along P Street and turn right on 14th St.
Metro: McPherson Square walk North along 14th Street about 5 blocks).

Susan Fisher Sterling Named Director of National Museum of Women in the Arts

NMWA Chief Curator/Deputy Director Appointed Director Effective March 7, 2008

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announced today that Susan Fisher Sterling, the museum’s longstanding and highly regarded chief curator and deputy director, has been named director effective March 7, 2008.

“We are thrilled to begin NMWA’s third decade by announcing our new director,” said NMWA Board President Mary V. Mochary. “Susan is a creative and energetic leader with the capacity and wisdom to shape a compelling vision for the museum’s future. She has earned the confidence of the Board of Trustees over many years and we look forward to working with her to bring the museum forward to the next level.”

“Certainly, no one knows the museum and its workings better than Susan,” said Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder and chair of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. “Her taste, scholarship, and innovation have been instrumental in the museum’s success almost since the beginning.”

Sterling has been with NMWA more than 19 years and is credited with helping to shape much of the museum’s artistic direction over its twenty-year history. Sterling holds a Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University. She joined the staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 1988 as associate curator, was promoted to curator of modern and contemporary art in 1990, chief curator in 1994, and was appointed deputy director in 2001. She is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty (2004), and has received the Royal Order of Merit from the government of Norway and the Order de Rio Branco from the Republic of Brazil for her cultural diplomacy.

Among the major modern and contemporary exhibitions she has curated and/or organized for travel are the first surveys of Carrie Mae Weems (1994), Sarah Charlesworth (1997); two groundbreaking exhibitions of Brazilian art—Ultramodern (1993) and Virgin Territory (2001); The Magic of Remedios Varo (2000), Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks (2000), Alice Neel’s Women (2005); and the upcoming Fall 2008 Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography; as well as a host of projects in the museum’s acclaimed contemporary Forefront series. She also has enhanced the museum’s reputation by bringing significant traveling exhibitions to NMWA such as A History of Women Photographers (1997), Inside the Visible: An Elliptical Traverse of 20th Century Art (1997), Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire (2000), and most recently, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007).

Sterling also has significantly expanded NMWA’s holdings in contemporary photography and photo-based art, abstract painting and sculpture since 1960, and feminist art.

Check out the review of the Gay Blades at DC9 at urbancode's DC Show Hopper

Check out Heidi's review of the Gay Blades raucous show at DC9 on the DC Show Hopper!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

ToolboxDC does mural for Eric Hilton's new restaurant MARVIN

You may have now been to or heard of Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation’s amazing new DC restaurant/lounge dedicated to Marvin Gaye at 14th/U Street, NW called Marvin. Eric commissioned ToolboxDC to design and build an installation piece in the form of a large mixed media mural of Marvin Gaye, now prominently displayed as the restaurant's centerpiece. The beautiful piece measures 6 ft by 10 ft, and is for sale (please contact Brian Liu directly).

toolbox creative, inc
studio ph +1 202.462.5731

Also check out their new work blog:


At Gateway’s Heliport Gallery
8001 Kennett St., Suite 3

Silver Spring
, MD 20910


March 8 – 28, 2008

Participating Artists:
Cynthia Angeles

Prudence Bonds

Ethel Bustamante

Joyce DiBona

Carmen Eliam

Pat Kagan

Elba Molina

Wendy Plotkin-Mates

Haydeh Rastin

Marjolein van Milligen

Marion van Ruiten

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri, 4 – 7 pm and by appointment

Parking across the road

Metro: Silver Spring Station (Red line)

Take a trip to a very cool island indeed!...the island of Baltimore. Check it!

Check out Tom Brown's very cool Urbancode Baltimore blog!


Julie Saul, owner of one of New York City’s most prestigious contemporary photography and art galleries, will be the juror for the 2008 Photo Review Photography Competition. The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 24th
annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2008 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and will be exhibited on The Photo Review’s website.
Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

Awards include a Microtek ArtixScan M1 Dual Media Scanner ($650), a copy of SilverFast HDR Studio digital camera RAW conversion software from LaserSoft Imaging ($499), a Lensbaby 3G Lens and Wide Angle /Telephoto kit ($359), camera bags from Lowepro ($200 and $100), a
$250 gift certificate from Calumet Photographic, a $250 gift certificate for Museo Fine Art Paper, two $50 gift certificates from Sprint Systems, and $250 in cash prizes.

An entry fee of $30 for up to three prints, slides, or images on CD and $5 each for up to two additional images entitles all entrants to a copy of the catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $35, a 20% discount.

All entries must be received by mail between May 1 and May 15, 2008.

For a prospectus and details, send a self-addressed, stamped business size (#10) envelope to: The Photo Review, 140 East Richardson Avenue, Suite 301, Langhorne, PA 19047. The prospectus may also be downloaded from The Photo Review website, For further information call 215/891-0214.


Publishing since 1976, The Photo Review covers photography events throughout the country and serves as a central resource for photography in the Mid-Atlantic region. The quarterly journal, printed on coated paper with high quality reproduction, contains reviews, portfolios, interviews, book reviews, and news. The Photo Review has presented previously unpublished images by Duane Michals, Weegee, and Frederick Sommer, and catalogues for a James VanDerZee exhibition, a show of Lois Greenfield’s dynamic dance photographs, “Changing Visions of the American Landscape,” and a widely praised catalogue celebrating the centennial of Stieglitz’s Camera Work. Its writers include A.D. Coleman, Frank Day, Shelley Rice, Peter Hay Halpert, Barbara L. Michaels, Daile Kaplan, Jean Dykstra, and Mark Power. Subscriptions are $44 per year for the quarterly journal and the newsletter, issued eight times a year, which contains exhibition listings, exhibition opportunities from around the country and the world, and news.

The Photo Review 2008 International Photography Competition is sponsored by Microtek, Calumet Photographic, LaserSoft, Lensbabies, Lowepro, and Sprint Systems.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Please join Transformer Saturday, March 22 for the opening of their next exhibition

(September 2006 - December 2007)

MARCH 22 - APRIL 26, 2008

Hatnim Lee creates vivid, large-scale photos of saturated colors-from fashion shoots to poignant portraits-with an ease that belies her youth. Following an internship with David LaChapelle, in 2006, Hatnim Lee continued to develop her craft in Los Angeles, CA, Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, DC.

Lee's exhibition at Transformer will feature a range of works reflecting her photographic interests over the last two years, and launch her new book: HATNIM LEE PHOTOGRAPHS September 2006 - December 2007.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 22, 7-9pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, April 5, 2pm

EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm & by

Transformer is thrilled to announce the launch of: COLLECTOR'S VIEW

Collector's View is a new program created by Transformer providing the rare opportunity for participants to comprehensively view some of Washington's best private collections of contemporary visual art.

With the generous support of several leading area collectors, Transformer is thrilled to present this series of visits to some of Washington's best homes for personal views of a diverse range of art collections. Participants will be privy to learn, from an insider's perspective, the motivations, interests and passions of these dynamic collectors on the work they collect.

Each "view" promises to be as unique as the collectors and collections themselves - featuring personal anecdotes on how certain works were acquired, conversations between the collectors and artists in their collections, as well as collection overviews by outside curators and critics. Light fare and cocktails will be served at each event.

Participation in the Collector's View series is $75 dollars per person for each "view". By becoming a "Visionary Friend of Transformer" at the "Advocate" level for $250 per person, supporters receive a discount on attending all four events in the series.

All donations via the Collector's View series and the Visionary Friends of Transformer are fully tax-deductible, and will directly benefit Transformer and our 2008/2009 Exhibition series.

Invitations for Collector's View will be available for download on Transformer's website March 7, 2008. Hard copy invites will be mailed beginning March 12, 2008. For further immediate information about this program and/or to confirm your participation, please contact us at: or call 202-483-1102.




March 8 – April 12, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Project 4 is proud to present a drawing and sculpture installation by Seattle-based artist Patrick Holderfield.

Drawing from diverse associations and sources, Patrick Holderfield endeavors to create work that requires an emotional and intellectual engagement. His goal is to offer some type of authentic experience inciting the viewer’s contemplation of his or herself in relation to the larger world through the poetic use of both familiar and the idiosyncratic imagery.

This current body of work centers around a series of drawings portraying environments that suggest pilgrimage, inappropriate expressions of emotions, transformation and conflict. Using the landscape as a grounding element, these scenes of tragedy and eloquence make analogy to current political, social and personal happenings. The accompanying sculptures and site-specific installations are seen as an extension of the drawings referencing boundaries and nature: specifically, the space, physically and psychologically, that confines and defines an environment.

“My vision is of the individual setting off on a journey that is both benevolent and malevolent and where the two are not so clear. It is also what’s found along the way” Patrick Holderfield, 2007

Patrick Holderfield holds a BFA from State University College in Buffalo NY. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the Pacific Northwest including the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and James Harris Gallery in Seattle. His work is in collections including the Tacoma Art Museum, Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, and the City of Seattle.

For additional information please Contact:
Anne Surak
, Director
Rebecca Jones, Assistant Gallery Director


Project 4

Contact: 903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340 fax: 202 232 4341
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment.
Map: See our location on Google Map (We are located at the intersection of 9th Street and U street NW).
Metro Access: Project 4 is easily accessible by metro. We are located one block east of the green line U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station, 10th Street exit.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Urbancode's New Poetry Blog featuring the works of Joseph Ross and J.M. Sannes

Check out the poetry of J.M. Sannes and Joseph Ross on urbancode's new poetry blog site.

Local Artists Travel from Anacostia to Belfast

While Irish Culture has taken thousands of years to develop, on March 9, 2008, five young artists and writers living and involved in the Anacostia community will experience that culture first hand with a journey to Belfast, NI. Joining in a cultural exchange celebration, the five Washingtonians travel overseas to learn of the life Irelands own live, as ‘Americans in Ireland’ week begins.

This talented group was selected as a result of a collaborative effort hosted in 2007 by Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure of NI, the Honfleur Gallery and ARCH. When Irish Photographer Meryn Smyth and US poets Katey Richey and Fred Joiner began a collaboration of their works, “Anacostia Exposed” was the result and it became a renowned exhibit at the Honfleur Gallery in July 2007, showcasing six DC Poets and black and white documentation of Anacostia by Mr. Smyth. The transatlantic relationships kept growing with a public art project; with the expertise of two international muralists, and under the watchful hand of local artist Seneca Wells, "Long Legs Take Great Strides" exploded with color onto the scene and still adorns the building on Martin Luther King Avenue SE. High school student Simone Simmons could be found behind the lens of a camera as a result of the Discovering Anacostia photography class, her photographic and literary works included in the Honfleur Exhibit. As a facilitator for these many community projects, ARCH’s Briony Evans will travel to NI as well. All of this talent will now be one link in building transatlantic bridges between NI and Washington DC, and sharing our cultures.

About The Artists

Fred Joiner is a poet and artist living in Washington, DC's Historic Anacostia neighborhood. As a poet Fred has given poetry readings at Busboys and Poets, Grace Church, and Howard University, among other places. His writing has appeared in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, Mosaic Literary Magazine, and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas.
Some Fred's other interests include, photography, mixed media collage, and African Diaspora Studies. Fred works as a Systems Administrator for a social conscious technology consulting company, Community IT Innov

Katy Richey is a poet and teacher living the Washington Metro area. Her work has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine. She has performed poetry at venues throughout the Washington Metro Area and has been a featured reader at the Arlington Public Libraries Reading Series and WPFW 89.3 FM "On the Margin." Her work has also been on display at the Honfleur Gallery, as part of a traveling photography and poetry exhibit: Anacostia Exposed, which will go to Belfast, Northern Ireland in March 2008. She currently writes curriculum and teaches English to second language learners in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Simone Simmons is a senior at Dunbar High School. In her “spare” time, she is completing in an internship with Fox News. Ms Simmons is also involved with two local theatre groups, Ana’s Gold Youth Theatre, where she fulfills many roles including actor, playwright, producer, director, marketing agent and box office manager, and Diary of Theatre, which she started. Simone took the “Discovering Anacostia” black and white photography and literacy class at ARCH last summer and worked with NI’s Mervyn Smyth as a part of this project. She is looking forward to photographing Northern Ireland, especially in seeing the ancient castles.

Seneca Wells is the Art Director for the Lifepieces to Masterpieces, a DC-based after school arts program for young men. Seneca and his students created the “Long Legs Take Great Strides” mural last summer with the guidance of Muralists Tracey Gallogly from Northern Ireland and Cheryl Foster from Washington DC. Seneca mentors youth in the LPTM program in specialized painting and sewing techniques which involve a collaborative creative process. The young men’s amazing creations can be viewed at, along with more information about this innovative arts education organization.

Briony Evans is the Creative Director for the Honfleur Gallery, in the Anacostia neighborhood of SE Washington DC. With a diverse background in fine art and sculpture, public art, carpentry/construction, community development and education, Ms Evans is the representative for ARCH and Honfleur Gallery, and assisted administering last years cultural projects with Northern Ireland. She looks forward to many more artistic collaborations with the creative minds of Northern Ireland.