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featured artist caroline adams @ susan calloway

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Caroline Adams, Recent Works, September 1 – September 30.
Opening Reception Friday, September 11, 6-8 pm.

Caroline Adams creates landscapes and seascapes that have a degree of ambiguity, allowing them to provoke a sense of familiarity and calm without presenting a specific location. She states: “While the Greek landscape and, most recently, the mid-Atlantic countryside are the inspiration for my current artwork, my hope is that the images themselves have become something more universal. I do not wish to offer social discourse; I am simply trying to express beauty.” Adams currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

For more images click on the link below–
http://vps906.inmotionhosting.com/~callow5/gallery.php?E=ID_exhibit&T=current&ID=13

– exhibition location:
Susan Calloway Fine Arts
1643 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
V 202.965.4601 F 202.338.1660
gallery@callowayart.com

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9/12 meet a textile designer from laos – virtuarte & NMWA

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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On the 12th of September from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in collaboration with the National Museum of Women in the Arts Museum Shop’s International Women Artisans Initiative, Virtuarte will host a “Meet the Artist” Event for Carol Cassidy, textile designer from Laos. Not only will you have the opportunity to meet Carol and hear her story, you will also be able to see and purchase the beautifully hand woven scarves, shawls and other textiles from her studios in Laos and Cambodia.

Carol has been working with textiles and fiber art for many years. She studied weaving and textile design in Norway and Finland and earned a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1980. In 1989, Carol moved to Laos as a weaving advisor on a United Nations International Labor Organization project. While working on this project she was impressed by the technical skills of Lao weavers. This, in combination with her discovery of extraordinary antique textiles in local markets prompted her to establish Lao Textiles, an independent weaving studio in 1990. Her goal was to demonstrate the commercial viability of creating textiles based upon tradition for a modern world.

She has had a significant impact on the preservation of Lao textile traditions. Carol has shown that a market exists for the finest Lao textiles and has encouraged weavers to be proud of their profession as a source of income and as an expression of both their personal skills and their country heritage. In 2005 she became the owner and manager of Weaves of Cambodia, a weaving studio located in a remote village in Northern Cambodia.

In July Carol was given the 2009 LongHouse Award by LongHouse Reserve for her work with artisans from the developing world to revitalize traditional weaving and increase their local pride in this craft.

So make plans to come Meet the Artist …. and visit the shop at The Women’s Museum

Carol Cassidy – Lao Textiles

Saturday 12th of September 2009

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Presentation – 1:30pm, Trunk Show to follow

25% discount on purchases of products from the Museum Shop’s “Global Gallery and Marketplace”

For more information about Carol Cassidy and her textile studios go to

http://www.virtuarte.com/artist/carol-cassidy-laos

http://www.virtuarte.com/artist/carol-cassidy-cam

http://www.virtuarte.com/blog/textiles-preserving-rich-weaving-tradition…

For more information about the National Museum of Women in the Arts go to http://www.nmwa.org

women's equality day – 8/26/09

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

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August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the 89th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S.! In 1971, Bella Abzug instituted Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Women’s Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

Although we’ve seen women make great strides, there is still much to be accomplished to achieve parity in all fields of endeavor. Until we see an equal number of women in public office (and one finally as Commander in Chief), women reaching pay equity, equal opportunity and respect in the workforce and education, full control over their reproductive decisions and equal partnerships at home, there is still much work left to do. These equity issues are the heart and soul of women’s organized efforts today.

The White House Council on Women & Girls has set the following women’s advancement agenda:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Obama-Announces-White-House-Council-on-Women-and-Girls/

For more information, see Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Maloney’s “Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting Any Easier and How We Can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and Our Daughters” at
http://www.amazon.com/Rumors-Progress-Greatly-Exaggerated-Easier/dp/159486327X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251213547&sr=8-1.

Or read Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make
History” at http://www.amazon.com/Well-Behaved-Women-Seldom-Make-History/dp/B002GJU1W0/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b.

The Forest Service has an interesting article on White House Correspondent Ms. Helen Thomas and her personal accomplishments at http://www.fs.fed.us/fstoday/090814/02National_News/womens.html.

$100 gets your art in Feb '10 2-day Virginia Wine Showcase

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 11:05 am

 

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Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory is pleased to announce we have received an exclusive invitation to join a perfect few exhibitors for the upcoming Virginia Wine Showcase – the premier “finer things in life” show in the DC area.

The event is scheduled Feb 6-7, 2010 at Dulles Expo Center in 
Chantilly.As I do not currently have enough market-place works to independently support this show, and am currently interested in arts promotion, I am looking for four artists who specialize in hand-made works to participate under the name of Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory.  
Each artist will pay $100 and get an equal share of a 10 x 10 space to exhibit works.  Each artist must also sign up for a table shift (there will be four shifts).  The artists selected to participate will be guaranteed that their works will be complimentary to but not in conflict with the other works shown.  Lange will assemble a group that spans a broad range of high-end art, craft, and other visual merchandise.  Use your creativity!  This could be a fabulous opportunity to open new pathways to the food, wine, tourism, and travel industries.

A copy of the application Lange will be completing on the group’s behalf is here:  
http://www.virginiawineshowcase.org/downloads/VWSapplication.pdf
More about Virginia Wine Showcase is found here:
Donna Henrickson
Virginia Wine Showcase
703-823-1868
www.vawineshowcase.org
Image Credit:  http://www.scheipeter.com/gallery/scheipeter_gallery/2_files/004_wine_cellar_01.jpg

poetic art benefits yellow ribbon fund: lorton arts foundation

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 10:29 am

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From Marti Kirkpatrick, Manager of Poetic Art:

I am the Studio Manager & Exhibition Coordinator for the Lorton Arts Foundation (LAF) at the Workhouse Arts Center www.workhousearts.org in Lorton Virginia. The LAF, a grassroots non-profit organization is creating an all inclusive cultural arts center thru a remarkable “adaptive re-use” of the closed D.C. Correctional Facility at the historic Occoquan Workhouse. The grand opening of the first of five phases was celebrated September 2008 with the opening of 7 studio buildings for working artists, a two story gallery building and a building dedicated to the art of movement, “Mind, Body, Spirit”.  
 
This fall we will present an exhibition featuring both professional and amateur poets and artists invited to work in collaboration to produce Poetic Art. The work of art will inspire the poet’s words, or the poem will inspire the artist’s creation.  The exhibition will open to the public Oct. 21 – Nov. 20, with an opening reception October 25, 2009 featuring a reading of submitted poetry.  
 
The catalyst for this exhibition is very personal and whole heartily supported by the staff here at the Workhouse. My husband Ed is a photographer; I’m an abstract artist and our son Scott a poet. He performed his slam poetry not only here in Washington and Baltimore, but New York, Boston and Chicago and in 2000 won the DC Slam Poet Championship.   After 9/11 and much reflection, Scott joined the Army, and during his second tour in Iraq on August 11, 2007, he and three others were killed while pursuing a sniper. 
 
Before he joined the military the three of us were working on a collaborative exhibition of art and poetry. Of course, when he started soldiering we dropped our plans for the duration. The day before his deployment Scott said that should he not make it home we were to select a charity that helps his brothers in arms so those who wished could make a donation.  Following his request we chose The Yellow Ribbon Fund www.yellowribbonfund.com. It was not long after this that I started thinking about a new direction for our art/ poetry collaboration.
 
Poetic Art is a benefit for Yellow Ribbon Fund which was created in early 2005 to assist our wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families while they recuperate at Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Center.  
 
A full color show catalog will feature the paired art and poem to be sold as part of the fundraiser. Each participating artist and poet will receive a copy of the Show Catalog. However, none of the proceeds from the sale of the Show Catalog will be paid to the artists/poets.  
 
All work must be for sale.  Artists and Poets will retain all copyrights. LAF will take a 50% sales commission from sold work. The artists/poets will establish a single price for their combined work and determine the division between themselves of sales proceeds.  Artists/poets are encouraged to donate a part or all of their sales proceeds back to LAF & YRF. 
 
Please email me martikirkpatrick@ <mailto:martikirkpatrick%40lortonarts.orglortonarts.org for more information and a show prospectus 
 
Thank you,
Marti
 
Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick
Studio Manager/Exhibition Coordinator
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079
703 584-2946   cell 301 706-6393
www.lortonarts.org  www.workhousearts.org 
 The Workhouse Arts Center…escape to arts and entertainment!

7 emotional ails facing today's women

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 am


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1.  It is tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow – overshadowed.

2.  It is tough being a woman where beauty is a treatment – underrated.

3.  It is tough being a woman in a very mean men’s world – overwrought.

4.  It is tough being a woman who is thrown a giant sized weight – under qualified.

5.  It is tough being a woman in the tight fist of fear – under attack.

6.  It is tough being a woman who can balance passion with patience – over anxious.

7.  It is tough being a woman who feels responsible for the how – over responsible.

spirits in a bottle – congolese tradition by barbara hardaway

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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August 27, 2009
Host of Event: Black History Museum
Name of Event: “Spirits in a Bottle” Exhibition Opening
Type of Event: Exhibition
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location of Event: 902 Wythe Street
Description of Event: Washington, D.C., area artist Barbara Hardaway decorated 100 Arizona Tea bottles for this exhibition of decorative expressions of an ancient African tradition. This whimsical show pays homage to the 9th– and 10th-century Congolese tradition of adorning the ends of tree branches with colorful bottles that would catch the sunlight. Hardaway updated this ritual by festooning her bottles with feathers, fabric, beads, netting, ribbons and seashells, bestowing each with character and panache. In addition, she has designed bottles featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Marian Anderson, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other luminaries

Free opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To attend, please RSVP to 703.838.4356.

Exhibition open through Saturday, October 3. Suggested museum admission: $2

Phone: 703.838.4356

artists – help a girl. space of her own's bedroom renovation mentor program

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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“Space Of Her Own” (SOHO) is an art-based program serving pre-teen girls, ages 10 to 12. The program offers participants yearlong mentoring through engagement in creative art activities and meaningful community service projects. Each volunteer mentor makes a one-year commitment to the program, which fosters long-term relationships. This program utilizes evidence-based life skills curricula and the National Mentoring Partnership’s model program guidelines. For the 2009-2010 school year SOHO has expanded to a second location; the original Old Town Alexandria location and the new West End Alexandria location at Hammond Middle School.

As a result of a citywide survey of Alexandria’s teens and parents, and community focus groups, it was concluded that at-risk girls would be most successful in avoiding juvenile criminal activity and improving social skills and self-esteem, through engagement in long-term mentoring involving art activities. Consequently, a partnership between the local Court Service Unit and the non-profit Art League was developed and a “Space Of Her Own” was conceived.

Girls are matched with adult, volunteer female mentors, who work with them in weekly art classes as part of the yearlong program. Homework support, life skills, communication and anger-management classes are infused into every program day. The mentors are not professional artists. They and the girls learn artistic concepts and techniques throughout the course. Both mentor and youth work together to create expressive and attractive artwork for the girl’s bedroom, which may include a “dream” chest, mirror, personalized chairs, lamps and wall hangings.

SOHO is loosely based on popular HGTV programming because upon completion of the program, girls and mentors work in teams to remodel other girls bedrooms, being sure to include ample lighting and study space. Each girl is then required to “pay it forward” by completing community service projects with her mentor. Artwork and a before-and-after renovation video are exhibited at a community reception. 

The promise of gorgeous new bedrooms is the program’s hook, promoting near-perfect program attendance, which also attracts mentors. Because of the program’s non-threatening approach, mentors, program administrators, and seasonal volunteers are welcomed into the girl’s homes during renovations. This often results in connecting families to appropriate city services. The success of this program is not only the one-year commitment by mentor and youth, but also the three-year follow-up of activities and supportive services through the SOHO Sisterhood Club, which is available to graduates throughout their middle school years. 

The SOHO program’s evaluation measures assure the program’s effectiveness.  The following items are measured:  the duration of the mentor/mentee relationships, the quality of the mentor/mentee relationships, developmental assets (via pre/post tests), criminal involvement and teen pregnancy.  Since its inception, SOHO has serviced 93 girls, only 3 of which have subsequently become involved in the court system.

Alice Merrill from The Art League and Linda Odell from the City of Alexandria Court Service, are recipients of the 2005 Leadership Fairfax Community Partnership Award for the development of “Space of Her Own.” The program has been awarded the 2004 United Way Eureka Award, by INOVA Health Services. SOHO has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, on WAMU 88.5 FM Metro Connection radio show, The Washington Post, and the recently published book, “Healing the Inner City Child: Art Therapies for At-risk Youth.” SOHO has been presented at various local, state and national conferences, which has prompted solicitations for support in replicating the program in other cities. The program is currently being replicated in Richmond by Art 180 and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Alexandria’s Youth Fund supports this program, along with the Otto Whalley Family Foundation and The Meltzer Group. Other contributors include: Alive! (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically), Bittersweet Catering, Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar, Duron Paint Company, Mattress Discounters, and many more who have contributed their time, materials, and financial support.

SOHO has a waiting list of interested girls and mentors.

zip code show: an art outlet and artdc.org collaboration

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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Art about place. Some of it cool and calculated. Some of it with its heart on its sleeve. Wrap it up with entertainment rooted in place—Djembe drumming, belly dancing, American folk, blues, rock and films, a Nigerian singer/songwriter, and some from-everywhere ambient and drum and bass—topped off with art show-priced beer and wine (read: cheap)  and you have The ZIP Code Show , a scene your GPS would have fun at (and you too!).

The show, an artdc.org and Art Outlet collaboration, is being held in partnership with Halstead Arlington (www.halsteadarlington.com) and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO). It will take place at the Halstead Arlington, a new luxury apartment building at 1028 South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, VA.

The ZIP Code Show will open and close with Saturday night receptions that will include art, artists, performers, a cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres courtesy of Rincome Thai Cuisine . The work will be on display during the receptions and Tuesday, September 1 through Friday, September 4, 5 – 7:30 pm. 

Artists: 
Erin Antognoli, Michael Auger, Jennifer Beinhacker, Stephen Dobbin, Cheryl Denise Edwards, Laura Elkins, Rita Elsner, Deirdre Forgione, Vickie Fruehauf, H.A. Gallucio, Ric Garcia, Eve Hennessa, Kevin Irvin, Mishka Jaeger, Jessica Jastrzebski, Angela Kleis, Tara Kocourek, Carrie Marie Lipscomb, Matthew Michael Malone,  Stephen Mead, Bono Mitchell, Claudia & Sergio Olivos, Kelly Perl, Linda Plaisted, Caren Quinn, Tariq Rafiq, Jeremy Arn Ramirez, Rhett Rebold, Stephanie Elaine Robbins, Johanna Rodriguez, Lisa Rosenstein, Roy Utley, Jessica Van Brackle, Emily Voigtland, Alexandra Zealand

Show dates and times: 
Opening Reception: August 29 from 5:30 pm – 12 am
Closing Reception: September 5 from 5 – 10 pm 
Gallery Hours: September 1 – 4 from 5 – 7:30 pm

Location: 
Halstead Arlington, 1028 South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, VA 22204

lange installing chromolithograph collage @ nationals stadium

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory & Design Studios has been retained by Akridge Half Street to install a public mural art panel at the entrance of Major League Baseball’s Nationals Stadium.  The project is designed in part to draw the public and local artists’ attention to the promise of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District‘s plan for a revitalized Southeast DC.  

Lange’s vintage chromolithograph collage (featuring victorian vignettes [original works examples below]) will be installed late September 2009 during Major League Baseball games from 9/27 – 9/30.  If you’ve got your red on, stop by and say hello.  Lange is a self-taught, late-emergent artist who is also the founder of an arts advisory and design studio serving the greater metropolitan DC area.  Lange is an avid fan of public installation art and believes whole-heartedly that more art IS more love.  

Update 9/9/9:  Lange has been invited to extend the exhibition from 9/24 – 9/30.  Come by and see us!  

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update 9/26/09:  here’s the artist preparing collage elements in her home studio

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here’s a picture following day one of install – still covering the existing work with collage:

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here are some closeups of work completed:

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here are some pictures of the overall environment and one of my new friend Marcus (also an artist): 

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