Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Some Kind of Truth installation

Scott and Ray did a marvelous job installing the show

A really fascinating exhibit of work - 6 women who are exploring such different personal "truths" as; making order from chaos, the female and nature, visions, dreams, subconscious, intuition, survival, motherhood, and the nature of being a woman.

Happy Birthday KT!!

today Jeff Wilson delivers his work for his show at NIH, can't wait to see it! We have a meeting about starting a sculpture garden and then I'll go to Smith Farm to install the Some Kind of Truth Show. Tomorrow I'm off to C'ville to install Mark Palmer's show at MJH. Back on Friday for the opening.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I spent the afternoon photographing my portfolio to apply for artist in residences and some shows next year.

Art in Healthcare

another blog I have here it is devoted to artists and their stories as they relate specifically to the healthcare environment.

This image by Kay Churnish was just purchased by NIH for their collection

Saturday, October 28, 2006

watched Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. liked it, thank god for google - or I would have spent the whole movie trying to figure out who Shirley was (Judith in Bridget Jones Diary), Jimmy was the lead in The Full Monty and Dek, Hugh's crazy roommate in Notting Hill. Amazing young actress playing Marlene reminded me of Meghan. One review said it was Eastenders with likeable characters ... ah me Eastenders...

I had such a good time in Nashville, lovely event in their beautiful new Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. What an amazing building! This picture from their web site here. I kept asking everyone where the new music building was, because I couldn't believe this was it. Great conversation with Cam and her delightful husband and as always Leonard Shalin web site here gave an insightful, entertaining keynote. I first heard him speak at the Sotheby's symposium The Value and Importance of Art in Health Care Settings last February.

The next morning Donna gave me a tour of the charming Vanderbilt Children's hospital web site here The glass image below is from their chapel.

Yesterday we had a very nice dedication ceremony for our Louise Nevelson sculpture Sky Horizon and today we changed the shows at NIH. Frustrating that an artist didn't show after I drug myself out of bed on a rainy dark Saturday morning to make sure I had the show down and wrapped by 9am. oh well.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Frist Museum

I took a walk this morning to the Frist Museum, web site here it is a beautiful art deco building that was originally a post office. Unfortunately... wait for it.... the ONLY exhibit open was an exhibit from the Walters Museum in Baltimore. But it was a delight to explore the building and they seem to have an amazing children's' program with lots of studios.

my room with a view

Easy flight down, I slept for almost an hour. Interesting architecture, a real blend of old and new. I'm up on the 8th floor which is nice. and able to get on the internet which allows me to get some work done. Talked to Donna's assistant and figured out the event is right across the street from my hotel. lovely.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

if you are anywhere near c'ville I would suggest you attend

Wine Warehouse & l'├ętoile Restaurant

A Bordeaux
Wine Dinner

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
6:30 PM

Seating is limited
Please contact Kevin at l'├ętoile for reservations
at (434) 979-7957
my two favorite haunts for sure
tomorrow early, early I'm off to Vanderbilt for an event. Don't know what the wireless situation is with the hotel so I may not post again until Friday.

two very fun YouTube videos Gabe showed me

Monday, October 23, 2006

went to lunch today @ B. Smith with Claire, her friend Mia who was visiting from Boston, and the ever entertaining pc. Great conversation, good food... what a treat. We are trying to twist Claire's arm to be part of our last monday of the month lunch group. I was freezing by the end of the day, I swear the temp must have dropped 20d. from the morning.

Site specific works by Sally Brucker, Lillian Fitzgerald, Elaine Langerman, Sheila Rotner, Susan Serafin and Carien Quiroga at Smith Farm Center for Healing and The Arts
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009.
Phone Number: 202-483-8600.
November the 3rd to December the 29th
Opening reception, first Friday, November the 3rd, 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
Seven local women artists will develop this site-specific themed show, each articulating inner transformation and the process through which healing and art interact. The group process will be documented through video and photography, while the artists will create the art work for the show independently. (Sheila Rotner)

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Thanks to a heads up from grandma I saw Sheep Jones' article in the post. Sheep is an amazing artist. When I first saw her work she was painting watercolors on acetate, beautiful compositions on mostly white background. It seemed like overnight her work changed dramatically, became more dense, colorful, richly textured. We have exhibited her work several times at NIH and MJH in C'ville owns this luscious little painting and two others.
I took an encaustic workshop she taught at the Washington Glass School that changed the direction of my work and for that I'll always be grateful to her. Sheep's web site here

Making It
By Margaret Webb Pressler
Sunday, October 22, 2006
For Virginia painter Sheep Jones, the best part of selling so much artwork isn't that she's making a lot of money. It's that she's doing what she always wanted to do.
Sheep, whose given first name is Elaine, grew up the oldest of five in rural Maine, with parents who did not support her artistic plans. They wanted her to make a decent living, but creating art "was all I ever wanted to do," she says. She acquired the nickname Sheep as a teenager trying to grow out her bangs, and it stuck.

Sheep Jones, a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, has an unusual perspective. After getting a degree in fine art at the University of Maine, Sheep married her high school sweetheart, Charles Jones, and followed him from one academic job to another. She painted in her spare time and in her twenties had one successful art show. She never forgot how good it felt.

Much as I would post the entire article pc would get on my case. read it here

ahhh bliss

yesterday after going out to lunch w/the boys I spent the afternoon in the backyard napping and reading Anna Quindlen's new book Rise and Shine. Read almost half of it in one sitting. I love her books and bought it for my flight to Vanderbilt but it was just too tempting.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

River Farm

I didn't intend to go to River Farm yesterday. In the early morning the weather was dark and threatening, but by the afternoon it was a gorgeous fall day. With the fall colors just starting to turn it was the perfect thing to do for a few hours.
River Farm has a very interesting past, read all about it here

I also felt fortunate to see Amy Lamb"s beautiful show while I was at River Farm. I've heard we will be showing her work at the USBG soon. Her web site here

the imelda marcos of christopher newport is home for the weekend. so good to see him.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Strathmore Hall

Yesterday I went by Strathmore Hall to see the Washington Printmakers show, which was already down. What I saw was some really impressive artwork from the Washington Calligraphy Guild. I have a great appreciation - having worked as a framer for Tolley Studio, in the very early 80's, web site here. I loved how far the artists in this exhibit pushed the medium, so go see it if you have a chance. Strathmore's web site here

Washington Calligraphers Guild
October 20, 2006 - November 4, 2006
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Washington Calligraphers Guild will have a special exhibition of works that shows both the historical and contemporary aspects of calligraphic art by a wide- range of lettering artists and craftsmen. The non-profit guild was founded in 1967 and boasts over 500 members who adore lettering and book arts. Today it is recognized as one of the most active calligraphic groups in the world.Art Talk for AdultsSaturday, October 28 at 1 p.m.Free, no reservations required.Children's Talk and TourSaturday, October 28 at 10:15 a.m.Reservations required. Call (301) 581-5109 The guild's web site here
gretchen gave me a hard time for posting "dirt" yesterday - implying of course I've run out of inspiration... never happen. I thought the image was in its own way very beautiful

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

so not my favorite way to spend the evening....

but it was for a worthy cause... Carole is having a portrait of her dog(s) painted by WVAS Arts web site here

Every Dog Has Its Day: Celebrating our Canine Companions
Commission a portrait of your dog at ARTiculate gallery!
Click Here to Order your commssion NOW!
ARTiculate gallery is the home of the ARTiculate Employment Training Program, a unique program focused on training young people with special needs and special talents in social and employment skills through the arts.
Our Artist Apprentices are seeking commissions of pet portraits for a very special show in November - Every Dog Has Its Day: Celebrating Our Canine Companions. Price ranges and artistic styles vary, and you are sure to be thrilled with your portrait. Also a perfect holiday gift for that dog-lover in your life!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006



sent this picture with the caption ".... and don't ask me why because I don't know yet"

web site here
his thoughtful blog on painting here

Saturday, October 14, 2006

watched a wonderful movie, Stage Beauty with Claire Danes and Billy Crudup. Set in the 1600's in England, at a glance like Shakespeare in Love but in reality not at all, fascinating story, rich direction.

yesterday was just slightly friday the 13th-ish. I called Tim to arrange pick up of one of his works of art, but he wasn't going to be at the studio until later in the day. decided since I was close I'd go by the portrait gallery which I haven't seen yet, but it didn't open until 11:30. So I wasted all morning getting nothing done.

so beautiful out this morning I drove to the Y but ended up walking on the path around the baseball diamond instead of going in and using the treadmill.
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