Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Elaine invited Crystal and I over for lunch yesterday. The most enchanting home and we had just a delightful conversation & meal. She is showing with us @ NIH in September, can't wait...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

watched me without you last night, loved it. Great, complex relationship between the main characters. Wonderful direction and acting, just wish the netflix had a director's cut.

Friday, July 27, 2007

watch WETA tonight at 8:56pm to catch the Washington Glass School on Around Town !

this is the little painting I've been working on, you might remember the image, its a garden gate I blogged last week. Today I'm hoping to finish it, then go by torpedo and look at the landscape show. KT called, she comes home tomorrow, Raph is going to the Baltimore Aquarium with his campers and Gabe has a game tonight.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

not often I can work Hugh Grant into the blog

NY Times reports - Hugh Grant, bought one of Warhol’s famous 1963 paintings of Elizabeth Taylor at Sotheby’s in New York in November 2001 for $3.5 million. (from the series pictured here) Now deciding to sell at auction they are estimating he should make between 25 and 35 million.

Bill Mould

installed this georgous ceramic by Bill Mould in the Medical Board Room today. It is stunning. I've had a tough time photographing it - this really doesn't do it justice.
I've blogged his artist statement already but it bears repeating.

The Hippocratic Oath

When NIH approached me about commissioning a work for their permanent collection, the choice of subject came to me almost immediately. Most of my work has had a relationship to texts, words, communication. I have often tried to evoke documents from antiquity, hinting at lost languages, hidden meanings. Using only ceramic clay, my goal is not to directly imitate a substance or texture, but to evoke it.It was natural to choose the Hippocratic Oath as the focus of a piece of art. The choice led to a number of surprises. Having determined to use the Oath in its original Greek, I began to search for the text.I was stunned to discover that the original text is long lost -- no one even seems sure of when it faded from sight. Many medical schools devise their own version of the Oath, fitting it to the particular needs of the institution.I was finally able to track down a reconstruction of the original Greek Oath. Opening with an invocation to Apollo, the patron deity of medicine, it enumerates a number of standards and practices for the physician to observe. Studying the Greek writing and its meaning led to another discovery. Nowhere in the lengthy text is the phrase "First, do no harm" to be found. Not only had the original text disappeared, but the closest thing we have does not contain the most famous words attributed to the Oath.The materials I suggest -- metal, leather, and parchment/papyrus -- have all been used to transcribe and immortalize the Oath.. Ranging from the Bronze Age to the near past, all strive for permanence. But the surfaces evoked are subject to decay and destruction, as was the text itself. Yet despite the ravages of time and Nature, the essence of the Hippocratic Oath lives on as the moral and spiritual foundation of the medical profession.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Once opon a time in the woods

Sunday, July 22, 2007

We've had a good weekend. Went to Gabe's game where he scored a goal then visited Sharon and the kids on Friday night. She has remodeled her kitchen and bathrooms and they are beautiful! Gabe and I had such a good talk on the car ride home.
I've worked out for the last 5 days and feel good about that, may even start swimming again. the pool at the Y looks so refreshing every time I walk by. Am starting two little paintings - one of a beautiful garden gate I saw in old town and the other a scene from a flower shop while I was out with Gretchen.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sabyna Sterrett

Sabyna is having a show in NYC @ luiserossgallery.com her lovely new web site here

Thursday, July 19, 2007

@ Photoworks in Glen Echo

July 17 - August 26, 2007. Opening reception July 20, 6 - 8.
web site here

going into work a little late today. I've been answering phones and working longer than normal hours. We've got a huge new project at NIH.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

lots of wonderful progress being made with showing films at our next conference. We had so many great ones last year that no one had a chance to see... We are also hoping to submit one of the award winners for a competition sponsored by Americans for the arts and ovation TV. Our delightful volunteer Melanie is such a joy to work with, I'm hoping she will also be able to do some work with Smith Farm. Speaking of SF, toured what will be our new gallery space today - how incredibly exciting.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

had the most enchanting lunch w/wez on Friday. it lasted for hours, by the time she looked at her watch it was 5pm. We've known each other since we were 14 - in girl scouts, we were best friends in high school and college roommates. We've always always been close, even when years went by and we didn't see each other. She is like family.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

watched Born Into Brothels last night. fascinating documentary of children who live in the red light district of Calcutta. Zana Briski intended to document life in the brothels but the children were so fascinated w/her camera she ended up teaching them photography and changed the direction of their lives. Hard to watch in moments - when the prostitutes are cursing at each other, watching the children's faces is devastating, but in the end an uplifting story. their web site here

Friday, July 13, 2007

had lunch yesterday at eastern market, Darien's paintings looked great!

can you tell I went to sleep too early?

blogging at 3am. Totally had a great day yesterday but watched a movie w/Gabe and then just went to sleep around 9. so wide awake now. Anywho, really interesting workshop at the USBG.

Garden Sculpture: Carving Stone
Tuesday - Friday, August 14-17
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$475.00 per person
July 12, 2007 - Washington, DC -- This four-day garden sculpture workshop is designed to establish a basic understanding of stone-carving. Students will be guided through the process of creating their own unique garden sculpture with a hands-on approach. Utilizing the human face as a template, students will learn how to use the various hand tools, and how to implement the techniques and procedures, related to the art of stone-carving. Stone and carving materials are provided for the class. This workshop is taught by award-winning sculptor DJ Garrity (http://www.djgarrity.com/), Sculptor-in-Residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The workshop is appropriate for the novice or for students with previous experience, and it is recommended both for individual exploration and professional development. Registration must be made by calling the U.S. Botanic Garden at 202-226-8038.

The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is open to the public, free of charge, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW, on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Our National Garden’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and Bartholdi Park is open from dawn to dusk. Visitors are encouraged to take Metrobus and Metrorail. Further information is available by calling 202-225-8333 or visiting http://www.usbg.gov/. Electronic recording for rebroadcast purposes is not permitted during U.S. Botanic Garden programs.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

see there - all I had to do is complain about the heat and it is a beautiful morning. you locals totally have me to thank! It's nice not to have to rush to work. I'm taking our new SAH executive director to HHS to meet my good friend Joyce who is also our contact for changing exhibits. Then we are out to lunch. sweet! Plan to go see some exhibits this afternoon. Bill Mould reminded me there is an opening @ Touchstone Gallery this Friday, July13, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The exhibit is part of the Capital Fringe Festival. both Bill & Rob Kleinsteuber are exhibiting.
Last night had a glorious long talk w/KT, just as everyone was out of the house, it was lovely. And last bit of news, here is a link to a story about our NIH researcher's exhibit ART loves Science. CC NEWSLETTER

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

poor old blog....

ok, lets blame it on the dog days. So not conducive to picture taking, too hot & I have lots of just plain old work to do. I'll get back on it soon. Here's a pic from KT's trip

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I've been playing w/ www.pandora.com today. Radio from the Music Genome Project. very cool try it.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Two of Victoria Farr's paper sculptures have been occupying a chair in our living room for the last few days. I'll actually miss them when she picks them up. Yesterday I worked on my encaustics and went to lunch w/Raph. Today we go to the outlets for his bday. The opening at Smith Farm was lovely.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Print Saturday
Saturday, July 7
12 – 5 pm
Jane Haslem Gallery hosts Print Saturday on July 7, one of two events highlighting artists from Washington Printmakers Gallery. Jenny Freestone, Betty MacDonald, Max Karl Winkler, Martha Oatway who is also showing with us at NIH, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Lila Oliver Asher, Terry Svat, and Yolanda Frederikse will present portfolios of their prints and be on hand to talk about their work from 12 to 5 pm. This is a unique opportunity to meet the artists and see their latest prints!

2025 Hillyer Place NW
Washington, DC

Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit UnionPri ntmakers Atelier, a printmaking facility in downtown DC providing studio access to artists who work in lithography, intaglio, relief, letterpress and book arts. For more information call Jane Haslem Gallery at 202-232-4644 or Washington Printmakers at 202-332-7757.

Come to an opening tonight!

Like Perfume Poured Out
Works by Eve Hennessa and John Grant JUL 6-AUG 31 2007
First Friday! Artist’s Receptions FRI JUL 6 5:30 PM-8 PM
Gallery is open from 9AM to 5PM weekdays and by appointment.
“Like Perfume Poured Out” is the title of Eve Hennessa’s body of work, but I feel it is a perfect description of John Grant’s photography, as well. Both artists are keenly observant. Their work has a sensibility that delves deeply into the spiritual.”

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

such a good day yesterday. KT instant msg me from Ireland and then sent a poem and short story. That girl is hilarious. She has a wonderful way of personifying objects that is so close to my heart. Last night I stopped by and saw Carole on the way home then went out for Chinese takeout. Raph just walked in the door in a state of euphoria after being up all night w/his friend Bryce. stuff you can only do when your young...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Women In Art


When in Charlottesville last week I made a concentrated effort to hit all of the galleries. I saw Sally Mann's show at Second Street Gallery. I loved her large images of daughter Virginia, as with all of Mann's work they hardly seem like photographs. The What Remains series I had seen at the Corcoran. One of her untitled images of a found object reminded me of a photograph of Rodin's Balzac, they were really my favorite, beautifully simple yet so evocative. created on glass rather than paper, I loved the surface as much as the images.

I also found a delightful new gallery, Migration: A Gallery. on exhibit Women in Printmaking. One of my favorite artists who I haven't seen in forever, Richmond based, artist Foust was on exhibit. Margie Crisp who is new to me and does lovely work and Betty McDonald who is currently in the same Strathmore show I'm in - Strathmore celebrates Women in the Arts. Anyway, I loved Migration, beautiful space, thoughtful installation and interesting variety of media. Also the most delightful UVA intern gallery sitting, in that six degrees of Kevin Bacon, we realized her roommate knows Remi. One if my favorite artists was in the bins, Brian Mallman. I had a tough time not buying one of his drawings. (not a great photo here) am t0tally starting to regret it. @ 400.00 it was a steal. Migration has published a book of Brian's portraits of passers-by from a 2007 exhibit in the gallery. it has a very postsecret feel. I cant wait to show it to KT, she will love it.

I saw Loes Van Riel at Angelo. When we were building the collection we purchased three of her mixed media pieces for MJH. She has a background in jewelry making, and does just exquisite work. I offered her a show at NIH in 2008. Loes web site here

Also for the first time, I went to C&O gallery/restaurant and saw a delightful exhibit of b&w photographs, Concrete World. I met the owner as I was leaving and he gave me a tour. What a great space, I can't wait to go back and dine there! this image from their site... here

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