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happy new year

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 pm



julie metz: island sketchbook

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm



December 30, 2008—January 24, 2009
Opening: Saturday, January 3, 2009 , 3-7PM

The BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by JULIE METZ. Metz is a landscape artist whose connection with the Maine coast has been an inspiration since her childhood summers on Monhegan Island, where she learned to handle paint and paper as a student of her artist father. On Swan’s Island, where she has worked for the last fourteen summers, Metz creates works on paper inspired by the rough and moody shoreline of rocks and waves. While perched in precarious locations at water’s edge, she captures the changing light and tides. Her fascination and focus is the challenge of capturing the fleeting moment as light plays over water and immovable granite.

The final works on paper are presented as diptychs, the facing pages of sketchbooks. The media is a combination of wax crayon, pencil and watercolor on archival rag paper. Metz creates larger oils in the studio, inspired by drawings and supplemental photographs.

In addition to this exhibition at Blue Mountain, Metz will participate in a two-person show with her father, Frank Metz, in June 2009 at the Minor Memorial Gallery in Roxbury, Connecticut. She will also show at The Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine during the summer of 2009. Julie Metz will publish her first book in June 2009, a memoir titled Perfection with Voice/Hyperion.

Blue Mountain Gallery

530 West 25th Street
4th Floor (Chelsea)
New York, NY 10001 United States
Tel. +1 (646) 486-4730
Fax . +1 (646) 486-4345


Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 6PM

Featured Image:  Three Rocks Number 5 (2007), Julie Metz, wax crayon, watercolor, gouache, pencil on paper, 8.5 x 25″. 

decoupaging in 09

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm


Decoupage has been around in one form or another for centuries. Fortunately for modern-day crafters, the materials that are used now are much easier to handle than those commonly used just a few years ago. These new products make it easier to achieve professional results with fewer steps, so the process goes much quicker.

In 1998, decoupage artist Durwin Rice published a wonderful reference. His book, “New Decoupage: Transforming Your Home With Paper, Glue and Scissors” (Clarkson Potter, $19.95, 144 pages), was published in paperback last February. It is filled with projects, detailed instructions and advice for beginning and advanced artists.

Here are some tips based on information in Rice’s book.

• You can decoupage over a painted surface, but make sure the paint is not peeling or chipping. If it is, sand the surface. If you use a metal object, make sure to remove any rust by sanding or polishing with steel wool.

You can paint or stain the background item if you want to change its color; just make sure it is dry before you decoupage.

• Nearly any paper image can be used including magazine pages, wrapping paper, wallpaper, catalogs, pages from a book, sheet music, scrap book paper, photographs and art prints.

• If you have just one image but would like to use it more than once, or if you don’t want to permanently attach your original, you can have color laser copies made for about 50 cents at most office supply stores. Just make sure it’s laser and not inkjet, which isn’t colorfast when it gets wet.

• Don’t rule out an image because it is not the right size. Adjust the size when you have your laser copy made.

• For most projects, white craft glue like Elmer’s Glue-All works just fine. Wallpaper paste and wheat paste are also good because they allow the paper image to be moved without tearing. If you have problems working with the craft glue, try diluting it with a little water.

• If you layer images, you should allow them to dry between layers.

• After you have glued the image to the background, use your fingers to gently coax any air bubbles to the edge of the image. Don’t push the wet paper image with fingernails or a hard object like a spatula because the wet paper will tear.

• After the glue has dried, seal the image with several coats of polyurethane, varnish or lacquer, allowing the project to dry fully between coats. It comes in high-gloss, semi-gloss and matte finish. Craft stores also sell decoupage finish such as Triple-Thick.

• After you have applied two or three coats of sealer, if the surface looks bumpy, lightly sand it with 400-grit sandpaper, then add more layers of sealer until the surface is smooth and you can no longer see a ridge where the paper is glued.

Note:  This article copied from the Sacramento Bee at http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081230/FEAT/812300344.  Also, I noticed the other day that Michael’s Craft Store is now selling Martha Stewart Decoupage Glue – we haven’t yet tried it. 


a DC art advisor's new year's resolutions

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm


1.   I will embrace all the natural curiosities in the world, particularly botanical art and seashore art with a distinct goal of incorporating more natural materials in my home, life, thoughts, and personal artworks.  As artists, we must stay in tune with the natural world around us and influencing our daily lives – especially if we live in the city.

2.  I will do the ONE thing I have been postponing for 5 years and which I swore I would never allow myself to do – fall into the trap.  I WILL, no, i MUST reposition myself personally.  I will try to understand how I could have let this certain circumstance continue for as long as I have,  how I could have dealt with the distinctly negative influences and unhappiness it has caused, and I will challenge myself to re-create a new reality.  As artists, we all fall into ruts and we must be willing and able to re-examine our choices.

3.  I will continue my abandonment of Starbucks Coffee and Coca Cola (successful on the later since 11/21/08 – I broke down on the former this morning and has my “last” peppermint mocha) and I will “think” about food origins, food source, food quality, food intake, food sustainability,and food in my life.  I will support local farms and farmers markets.  As artists, we must care for and love ourselves and our bodies – our intellectual and artistic lives have a way of morphing the physical.  Beware!

4.  I will try to attend at least two new and major art shows in different realms this year, one being the Ephemera Society’s show in March and the other a new major coastal show.  I will examine the Vegas art market in late April.  As artists, we need new influences, new social groups, and new contacts.  Your success may very well depend on the NEXT new person you meet or direction you take.

5.  I will give the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Walters Museum of Art the attention they deserve and I will participate in the National Portrait Gallery’s wonderful media/educational opportunities.  Artists tend toward isolation, introspection, and immediate surroundings.  History and the art community at large can immensely help us expand our vision.  I will use these experiences in developing the commercial and residential art programs our advisory supports. 

6.  Not only will I show more of my own work, even though I am (fearfully and with trepidation) exploring very new and different realms, but our advisory will function as a community catalyst for artists, particularly those who are in the Eisenhower Valley of Alexandria, VA or those who or otherwise overlooked in the greater DC market.  As artists, we must have an eye to the arts community – and we can start right where we are!   We must also feel the fear and do it anyway – it takes courage to put yourself out there, but you and I can believe in ourselves.

7.  I will expand my Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York art connections to be of more value to gallerists and museum curators.  As artists, we must understand that regionalism does play a role in the greater art market and we must look to centers of art commerce even if we’d rather … not. 

8.  I will write less about upcoming shows & exhibitions, unless they are of real and immediate value to the DC art scene.  I will unsubscribe to every email list that is of no value and only eats up my limited time and I will dedicate this saved time to my own artistic vision and encouraging the vision of others.  Technology can overcome the artist.  I recently went to a wonderful book making/ printers organization only to find two students diligently surfing the net.  YOUR art is not on the Internet.  So make it already. 

9.  I will continue to develop instructional art classes and workshops and our own Lange Art Gallery, thus carving a niche market within the metropolitan DC arts area and showing works which might not otherwise have a venue.  I’ve been very inspired this year by a local gallery who’s made a personal commitment to art they love, and the magical thing is they’re responding to a whole new customer base.  Art is like cars, everyone has their favorite model – this year, let mine be the SMART (car). 

10.  In 2008, I’m happy to report that I paid a LOT of attention to our own personal studio, organization, tools, techniques, equipment, files, and supplies.  I made many changes in this area which really have catipulted my ability to work.  I read much about other creatives studios – what works for them and what does not and I would like to try to keep an eye on this corner of our art advisory – the studio development, organization, and utility.  Form follows function, don’t you know?  Ha. 

11.  I will co-source, co-create, and collaborate with the DC art power brokers to gain a deeper understanding of how, why, where, and when our arts advisory can help the underground arts market – DC resurgent color school.  And, if time allows, without feeling overwhelmed, I will think about writing an arts  book this year.  As artists, there’s NEVER enough time.  So slow down, do it right the first time, and think and live and love and breathe and DO what’s going to be of value.   

12.  Lastly, I will continue to keep and eye and ear to the ground especially as it relates to artists relocation programs – many of us are having to make new choices in where and how we live and these very valuable programs bolster the artist, the community, and our world at large.  Paducah, KY has much to be proud of. 

artist's coach – taking inventory

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm


Alyson Stanfield’s newsletter inventory list.  (Alyson writes at Artbizcoach.com – do yourself another favor – sign up for her newsletter and podcasts for 2009.  You won’t be sorry!) Review your 2008.

How did you promote your art? (Check out I’d Rather Be in The Studio! for ideas.

What did you do to enhance your online presence?
What technological skills did you learn or improve?
How many people did you add to your mailing list?
Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
Whom did you mentor or help out?
Did you create a new business card, portfolio, or other marketing piece?
What medium or skill did you attempt or master?
What did you try that was completely new?
What did you try that was uncomfortable, but helped you grow?
What worthy cause did you support in some way?
What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit?
What resources did you discover?
How did you improve your studio habits?
What books did you read to help your career? What videos or films were useful?
What seminars/workshops/lectures did you attend or teach?
How did you enhance your office or studio environment?
What organizations were you involved with?
What grants/honors/awards did you receive?
What articles were written about your work?
What exhibits, grants, contest, etc. did you submit your art to?
Where did you save a wad of money?
What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2008?

art vs. technology

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm

A few of our friends have been experiencing computer glitches, as in “I can’t get the darned thing to work – it should be so much easier than this.  What SHOULD be easy, isn’t!”  So we had to laugh when we saw Karen Blados (artist & designer’s) sketchbook blog address this universal (?) challenge!  We empathize with you Karen and hope 2009 is just fine for all of us PC or Apple wanna-be-gurus!

I’ve Said It Before …
… and I’m sure I’ll say it again. I really hate computers. My keyboard quit working today for no apparent reason. I checked all the USB connections and even went so far as to try a different USB port. I restarted my computer multiple times in multiple ways. Didn’t help. The thing I’m still the most confused about is the mouse still worked. And caps lock. All the other keys not so much.

So now I’m trying to get used to the latest Apple keyboard — it has directions and I needed to download software. Sigh. My technically-challenged little self is in big trouble.


manifest hope – obama art report

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm

The Manifest Hope site has just been updated with a partial list of participating artists as well as information on the Manifest Hope Art Contest. Much like the Denver show, Manifest Hope DC is taking submissions and will be picking 15 pieces to display during the event. The artwork will be divided into three categories: Healthcare Reform, Workers Rights and Green Economy. Applicants can submit one entry per category in any medium. Judges this time around include Shepard Fairey, Spike Lee, Van Jones and many more. For all you artists out there, the deadline is Friday January 9th, so get crackin!For more info on the contest, judges and participating artists please check out:

Update 1/7/9: 


Irvine Contemporary has been invited to manage the Manifest Hope:DC art exhibition produced by EMG (Evolutionary Media Group) and Shepard Fairey’s OBEY group during the inauguration week. Manifest Hope:DC is also sponsored by MoveOn.org and the SEIU.

Manifest Hope:DC will celebrate the role that art and artists have played in the national grass-roots movement that carried Barack Obama to the presidency. Over 100 artists from across the nation and the DC region will participate. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Duke Ellington School In Washington, DC. (See the ManifestHope.com website for more information about events, artists, and art competition.)

A celebration for all regardless of partisan affiliation, Manifest Hope:DC will be a historic inaugural event to match this extraordinary moment in the history of our nation.

Location of Manifest Hope:DC: 3333 M St., NW, Washington, DC, in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, near the Key Bridge.

Collectors and VIP Preview Evening: January 16
(For Preview, RSVP Lauren Gentile: lauren@irvinecontemporary.com)

touchstone gallery's my space on 7th: 88 artists

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Touchstone Gallery


January 7 – February 7, 2009

Opening Reception and Wine Tasting 

Friday, January 9, 6 – 8:30 pm
My Space on 7th
featuring 88 local artists
My Space on 7th
Two years ago Touchstone Gallery created My Space on 7th. It’s a unique, non-juried opportunity for local artists to exhibit at Touchstone’s gallery. In a short time, My Space on 7th has become a gallery tradition.
The upcoming January exhibition, like the two before it, drew an immediate response. All available spaces (88 artists’s selected 125 spaces for 300 or more artworks) were chosen within hours after registration opened. My Space on 7th is designed to tap into two significant community needs: 1) to give local, often emerging, artists the rare opportunity to exhibit at a very low investment; and 2) to offer collectors the equally rare opportunity to view new and often reasonably priced work.
In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to have a thriving local arts scene. Support your local artists and join us at My Space on 7th from January 7 through February 7, 2009.
Artists participating:
Roberta Alberding, Cynthia Angeles, Mia Baila, Amber Baum, Jennifer Beinhacker, Daniel Bell, Patricia S. Bennett, Gary P. Bergel, Olga Berman, Sophie Bethune, Harmon Biddle, Jorge Caceres, Mark Caicedo, Jeff Chyatte, Carol L. Clatterbuck, James Coates, Ceci Cole McInturff, Patricia Correa, Stephen Cromer, Matthew Dailey, Charles Dale, Karen Egbert, Alexander Feshenko, Jill Finsen, Eric Franklin, Oliver Freeman, Eric M. Ginsburg, Idamarie Giusti, Steve Goldenberg, Alexandra Goldschmidt, Joshua F. Gomez, Phil Gross, Catherine Guarne, Regine M. Guillemin, Dede Haas, Justin D. Hoffmann,  Josh Holland, Anne Hornsby, Sandra D. Humphfrey, Neal Hutchko, Angela Iovino, Shahrzad Heyat Jalinous, Jessica Jastrzebski, Dorothy Johnson, Rebecca Kallem, Peter Karp, Jenufa Kent, Angela Kleis, Rebecca J. Kuper, Harvey Kupferburg, Paula B. Lantz, Kay Layne, Gwendolyn L. Lewis, Emery J. Lewis, Andrew Logan, Teresa Roberts Logan, Rusty Lynn, Mary Mallia, Melinda Merinsky, Gerda V. Merwald, Elba A. Molina, Rachel Mooney, Del Moran, Lyonel Moreau, Tisha Myers, Kannan Naik Cangro, Martin Piccariello, Aline Pilar, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Haydeh Rastin, Marina Reiter, Yelena Rodina, Lisa Rosenstein, Kaitlyn Scott, Paul W. Sharratt, Carole Lyles Shaw, Raju Singh, Brendan Smith, Matthew Smith, Luba Sterlikova, Rachel Sultanik, Sally ShangMing Tsou, Laurie Tylec, Caroline Urbania, Susan Van Pool, Daniel Venne, Paul Vickers, Cory Way, Anthem Wingate, Gwenn Zaberer.
Click here see full press release as PDF file

Click on the links below to download HI-RES jpg images:


For more information or to receive HI-RES jpg images directly please contact Ksenia Grishkova at touchstonegallery@verizon.net

Thank you for you interest and Happy Holidays!




Touchstone Gallery has been a prominent, artist-owned gallery since 1976. The gallery moved in 1996 to an elegant and spacious location at 7th and D street NW in downtown Washington. At this 3000-plus square-foot location, Touchstone is based in the heart of an active art scene, with several exhibition spaces in the immediate area.

christmas eve

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm


lange's artworks invited to participate in servicemembers legal defense network's national dinner & charity auction

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 at 6:24 pm


Washington DC’s Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory was invited to participate in the 2009 Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s Annual National Dinner & Charity Auction:

As you may know, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the only law in our country that mandates the firing of an individual based solely on his or her sexual orientation. Under this law more than 12,500 servicemembers have been discharged simply because they were gay or lesbian. Further, tens of thousands of active servicemembers face an ever present fear of losing their dreams, their careers, and their livelihoods because they can be discharged for simply acknowledging their sexual orientation to anyone – a friend, a parent, a doctor – at any time, including when they are out of uniform or even before they began their service.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, helping with the silent auction to be held at its National Dinner on March 14, 2009. The event will be held in DC, and will bring together over 1,000 people from across the country to honor brave men and women in uniform and raise funds for SLDN.

SLDN is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to ending discrimination and harassment of military personnel affected by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

I hope that you will conclude, as I have, that SLDN – and the men and women it serves – truly deserve our support.  The SLDN would be thrilled to feature one of  Shauna Lee Lange’s artworks in our silent auction.


National Gala


Stronger Military, Stronger America!

SLDN’s 17th Annual National Dinner and Silent Auction

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC 20001

When: Saturday, March 14, 2009 – 6:30pm Reception and 7:45pm Dinner 

Tickets start at $250 – Tickets and Tables can be purchased here

If you are interested in being a table captain please contact David Hall at dah@sldn.org