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claudine hellmuth's magazine alterology workshop @ artistic artifacts studio 10/24

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 11:09 am

A one day Magazine Alterology Workshop in Alexandria VA was just added to Claudine’s calendar!! Workshop will be at the Artistic Artifacts studio.

Learn exciting techniques to create amazing images and background papers with used magazines and various household products! Create Polaroid-transfer looking images with household materials and old magazines.

Alter magazine pages to create backgrounds for collages, make incredible images to collage with and more! Class details and sign up information are on the Artistic Artifacts Web site. Almost full! Limited spaces left!


ny art book fair 10/2 – 10/4 – publications made by artists

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 am

Printed Matter, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to publications made by artists, presents the fourth annual NY Art Book Fair, October 2-4 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens.

The Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers,
antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers presenting a diverse range of the best in contemporary art publications.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board at Printed Matter, said: “Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair re-establishes New York City as the heart of art publishing. This extraordinarily democratic and far-reaching project brings together ground-breaking and unique exhibitors, speakers, and events from twenty countries.”

Printed Matter presents a special exhibition of books, posters, and ephemera by Richard Prince, as well as screenings, book signings, and performances. Other events include the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, cosponsored with the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY); and The Classroom, a full-schedule of informal artist talks, performances, and screenings.

The Fair opens for preview October 1, 6-8 PM at P.S.1. Following the preview, Deitch Studios, Long Island City will generously host an evening of special events to benefit Printed Matter. Tickets begin at $20 and include limited artist editions by Elmgreen & Dragset, Jutta Koether, Tom Sachs, and Mungo Thomson.

For a list of exhibitors, benefit tickets, and more information please visithttp://www.nyartbookfair.com.

34 million friends of the UN population fund 2009-2010 from Jane Roberts

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

Hello good people. Let’s keep 34 Million Friends going and going. Here is my message for 2009-2010 to everyone who supports gender equality, women’s and girls’ education, health, and human rights. The dollar by dollar grassroots movement “34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund” (www.34millionfriends.org ) has been going for seven plus years. The more than $4 million that YOU have contributed has saved women’s lives in childbirth, provided family planning which is crucially important for women’s empowerment, kept girls in school, informed adolescents about AIDS, discouraged the deeply imbedded cultural practices female genital mutilation and early marriage, repaired obstetric fistulas and engaged men and boys in the battle against gender based violence and rape used as a weapon of war.

My vision for 34 Million Friends has been that it would serve as a basis for a worldwide grassroots movement for the women and girls of the world. I must quote Stephen Lewis: “I challenge you to enter the fray against gender inequality. There is no more honorable or productive calling. There is nothing of greater import in the world. All roads leave from women to social change.”

There has never been one human being who has not come out of the womb of a woman. And yet, when that baby is a girl, there is often commiseration instead of celebration. My God! Women are the givers and keepers of life. When the world takes care of women, women take care of the world!

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl Wudunn is a new ground breaking book which, through riveting stories, shouts to us that women, given the chance or taking the chance, can do incredible things to change their world and ours. I am elated to say that Chapter 8 includes “Jane Roberts and Her 34 Million Friends”.

Please keep 34 Million Friends going and going. Small amounts from millions of people can make an absolutely huge difference. Taking care of women and girls is a moral imperative. And with population, climate, water, food, energy, economic, and environmental crises bearing down on us, there is added incentive do the right thing. Please visit http://www.34millionfriends.org from time to time. There is good stuff up there. As you will see, we are now a project of the United Nations Association, a welcome change. And UNFPA continues to support our efforts. I will write you again in September/October 2010. As I have always said: ON WE GO!

Cordially, Jane Roberts

Here’s chapter 8 “Jane Roberts and Her 34 Million Friends” as reprinted with permission by Women’s eNews.

8th biannual art in the garden show 10/3 & 4

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 10:30 am

You’re invited to attend the 8th Biannual Art in the Garden Fall Show featuring great entertainment and a fabulous showcase of art from the following artists:

Betty Baines
Tony Dyson
John Beckley
Al Burts
T. H. Gomillion
Viola Leak
Michele F. Lucas
Belly Snell
Francine Haskins
Wayland House
Traci Lynn
Roland Richardson
Amber Robles-Gordon
Elbert R. Roberson
Henry Elliott

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, 12:00noon – 6:00p.m.
Sunday,Oct. 4, 2009, 1:00 – 6:00p.m.

3218 Chestnut Street, N. E.
Washington, DC 20018

Music By:
Michael I. Gormley

For Directions:
use www.mapquest.com or contact
T. H. Gomillion at art.of.gomillion@erols.com
Phone: 202-269-2757 or John Beckley 301-589-5237

kate fraser's "how to approach a gallery" seminar @ art league 10/22

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 10:23 am

How To Approach a Gallery: Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm in The Art League Gallery
Come hear Kate Fraser of Fraser Gallery in Bethesda as she gives us a "How To" for artists in approaching and getting your work in galleries. She will discuss types of galleries, including vanity galleries, co-ops and commercial galleries, how to approach a gallery, gallery artist relationships and contacts. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn about the art world from a recognized professional that has worked in the DC region for many years.

– Vanity Galleries
– Co-Operatives
– Commercial Galleries
– Non-profit Art spaces
– How to approach a gallery
– Gallery/Artist Relationships
– Contracts

courage unmasked (cancer treatment and research) transformed to art @ pyramid 10/10

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

alexandria waterfront development community meeting notes 9/29/09

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Well, it appears the good people of Old Town DO pay attention to city notices about the Waterfront development plan.  A crowd of about 50 – 60 have assembled at the Torpedo Factory.  Upon arrival guests were treated to complimentary water, about 10 schematics set up on easels, and a worksheet chart about ideas & options complete with 3 green stickers and 1 red.  This has me anxious.  A voting system?  Time will tell. 

The City of Alexandria has a Waterfront Master Plan developed by  EDAW & AECOM.  Tonight’s event is the 5th community forum in a long-standing and somewhat behind-the-scenes movement to capitalize on our unique environment for the sake of development and mostly economy.  I recognize a couple of artists, a couple of city people, but my God there’s a lot of consultants walking around.  An official photographer is present and as the announcement is made that the presentation will begin, people are scurrying for the remaining seats.

A welcome address is given by Rosemary Covey (TFAA President) who is delighted to be connecting the community.  Kudos about the recent film festival are being discussed as well as upcoming music, mosaic, and Halloween Ofrenda events.  The City’s Planning Director takes the mic and introduces illustrious council members and the Planning Commissioner. 

The Deputy Planning Director is now presenting in what is termed an “open house” format to “check in with you” about what you think the Waterfront should be.  A rundown of past meetings is covered including “historical issues” with a slide of lower King Street flooding.  This draws laughs – but I don’t think it funny.  He reveals the green dots represent things we like while red dots represent what we don’t.  Ideas are being considered through the city’s FaceBook page.

The Waterfront experience begins before you get to the water.  Access and visibility are important.  Continous waterfront access is being considered.  The history of the waterfront should be used as a constant touchstone.  Many people feel the arts should be highlighted in its role in the community to include public art development.  Shoreline treatment should be improved and treatments should work together to create rhythms.  Many people want to be able to access the water.  Support for greener space, more boating services, and transportation/parking issues have also been voiced. 

Sustainability, environmental, economic, and operational issues should be pursued to support efficient operations.  Key focus areas were highlighted.  Opportunities to extend the pier are being developed to extend out over the water.  The waterfront core is where there will continue to be the most activities and visitors. 

Redevelopment opportunitites are cited as ways to generate revenue to enhance the public realm.  Focus on developing The Strand as a larger entity, outdoor dining, amenities and open space.  Respecting the historical buildings, engaging the water, and connecting The  Strand with adjacent waterfront areas are highlighted.  City Marina development is oriented to improve commercial boat activity. 

Founders Park is to be kept, protected and beautified.  Providing a strong and intuitive pedestrain conection between the Park and Marina are also important.  Redevelopment of Robinson Terminal includes options for boutique hotels, floating docks, extended boardwalk.  Oronoco Park is lacking facilities and support and so the consultants are looking for ways to support events and activities for cleaner “small” celebrations like family reunions and weddings.  Childrens activities are connected to past shipwrecks.  Opportunities for kayaks and non-motorized boating for Oronoco Bay are cited. 

Creating water gardens and native plantings leads to an improved plan for Windmill Hill Park, Jones Point Park, and the North End.  Enhancing rails and trails is being assessed.  Daingerfield Island should have increased acces and awareness of natural environments by working with NPS to activate natural trail areas. 

For the remainder of the evening, participants will look at “idea maps” with lines to various points to the Waterfront – they represent ideas and NOT plans.  The City is looking for guidance on which ideas we like best.  Participants can also notate ideas on survey sheets.  Information boards provide text on ideas on changing the Food Court, Robinson Terminal, and other plans.  Participants start to rise and approach the schematics.  Why can we only red sticker ONE idea, but we can green sticker THREE.  Yes, the city will do what the city wants.  One to three?  Insulting. 

Did I mention the proposed slogan is “Old Town – New Taste”?  What does THAT say about the old taste and just who are the new taste makers?

the miraculous artist @ WPA member carolina mayorga opens 10/2

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Upcoming Exhibition
Opening Friday, October 2nd at WPA
the next installment in the Coup d’Espace series:
The Miraculous Artist
A performance and video installation by WPA member artist Carolina Mayorga


Exhibition Dates: October 2–30, 2009
Exhibition Location: WPA Headquarters,
2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2009 6–8pm

The Miraculous Artist is an interactive installation comprising video, performance, live music, printed material, and a non-denominational confessional. On opening night, audience members will have the opportunity to consult with and receive free advice from The Miraculous Artist. For a small fee, visitors can purchase a variety of laminated cards to that proffer solutions to individual problems. Mayorga’s installation will be accompanied on opening night by an improvised organ repertoire performed by musician, Greg Svitil. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance! (Installation will be on view at WPA through October 30)

mary van cline exhibition & interview (asian aesthetic) @ habatat 9/26

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm
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merri nelson's summer in maine @ the art league 10/8 – artist demo on 10/24

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm

“Summer Island,” Merri Nelson’s Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery October 8 – November 2, 2009

“Summer Island,” Merri Nelson’s solo exhibit of delicate, detailed drawings, portrays the diverse environments of a small Maine island. For years this island has been her subject and inspiration.

This small island, which will remain unnamed, was once inhabited but has reverted back to the wild. “The moment I stepped on the island I felt at home. I love that it’s absolutely pristine, private, and untrampled. The interior forest of ancient firs, dripping with moss and filled with ferns like a tropical environment… the island’s pink granite ledges scoured by glaciers and smoothed by waves… and deserted coves of cobblestones, tidelines, and tidepools with shells and sea creatures are all as they were a hundred years ago.”

The shoreline constantly changes bringing new shapes and colors. Nelson is interested in contrast that is created, inspired to realistically capture the forms, textures, and colors in the environment. “The landscape is dramatic, yet quiet and
contemplative. My medium (colored pencil and graphite) is perfect to capture the soft colors and details of these landscapes.”

Nelson lives and works in the Loudoun County Virginia countryside. A professional artist, art instructor, and illustrator for over 30 years, she has done natural science illustration for local and national groups, written and illustrated interpretive exhibits for the National Park Service (including Grand Teton National Park), and taught art classes for The Art League, the Smithsonian Associates, US Botanic Garden, VA State Arboretum, NY State Museum and others. Nelson specializes in teaching adult beginners to draw realistically and activate their right-brain seeing skills. She has been awarded two artist residencies. Her artwork is exhibited locally and nationally.

In The Art League Gallery

“Summer Island,” October 8 – November 2, 2009

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, October 8, 6:30-8:00 pm

Artist Demonstration: Saturday, October 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Gallery Hours:

Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm,

Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

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