Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy 21st Birthday KT !!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Rob Browning sent me this enchanting painting, I just adore it! It is already framed and on my dresser. thank you thank you. This morning I am picking up pedestals from Novie that we are borrowing for the Smith Farm show then off to NIH to finish my art committee update. I don't have my usual connection to my NIH email and its giving me fits trying and get any work done from home.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

ok this isn't going to be so bad

I found an old compaq under the bed (was it gretchen's at one point??) and happily it has my adobe program on it. Today I pick up the auxiliary harddrive or whatever you call it at best buy so I'll have my current info. Looking through this computer I found lots of old images - some from my favorite college professor. Paul Hartley his gallery here

Saturday, October 27, 2007

ooohhh nnooo

well folks,
I am outta commission. My laptop stopped working last night. I took it in this morning and talked to the head geek. There are a myriad of things wrong so they have it until NOVEMBER 22! yikes. I'm on Gabe's laptop at the moment but he just woke up so I'm sure he'll kick me off as soon as he's out of the shower. as an aside hmmm what a nice computer Gabe has.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Donna McCullough - don't you just love this?

Gallery Neptune
"The Brand New Talk Collection"
November 7- December 1, 2007
4901 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

pictured: Sea Relicat
Morpeth Gallery
Hopewell, N

Thursday, October 25, 2007

oh thats what that is..

I must admit I've driven by this many times in Crystal City and wondered what it was. I assumed it had something to do with monitoring the sound levels from flights into National. This image and description from Arlington County's extensive web site (here). Visit their site - they have an impressive collection of public art.

Arlington County presents an environmental public artwork in three locations in Arlington County, created by artists Jack Sanders, Robert Gay, and Butch Anthony. The installations, entitled CO2LED, were erected in June at the traffic island at Ft. Myer Drive, North Lynn Street, and North Fairfax Drive, and at the "southern gateway" to Crystal City at the intersection of Route 1 and Crystal Drive. The art in Rosslyn will be on display through Labor Day, and is presented in coordination with the second annual Planet Arlington World Music Festival, held on September 1, 2007 at the Netherlands Carillon/Iwo Jima Memorial grounds. See the artists' CO2LED website for more photographs and information.

CO2LED is designed to promote the use of alternative energy sources and recycling, as part of Arlington's environmental initiative, FreshAIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions). At each site, the artists will erect hundreds of solar-powered LEDs (light-emitting diodes) secured to rods topped with reused plastic bottles. They will create a soft, undulating cloud of light. A native American prairie grass, little bluestem, will be planted beneath the poles. At the exhibition's conclusion, the plants will be transplanted to sites throughout the County, and all project materials will be recycled.

Each installation will demonstrate that using energy-efficient, solar-powered LEDs instead of conventional incandescent bulbs can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a global warming gas. Being solar-powered, CO2LED will produce long-lasting illumination that is free of toxic by-products. The team collaborated with local solar-power supplier Jody Solell of Solar Electrics. CO2LED was developed in conjunction with Planet Arlington, a year-round cultural programming initiative designed to explore issues of immigration, globalization and the environment via the arts. It is sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

this in from Margaret Boozer

Open Studio Sunday, November 11, 20071 - 5 pm
red dirt studio 3706-08 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 202.607.9472

Please join us for our fall Open Studio show and sale.
Visit neighboring artists also opening their studios to the public.

From top left: Kate Hardy, Ani Kasten, Sean Lundgren, Mila Kagan, Sandra Dwiggins, Leila Holtsman, Judit Varga, Margaret Boozer, Joe Hicks, J.J. McCracken, Elizabeth Kendall, Liz Lescault, Kyan Bishop, Tetyana Wittkowski and Laurel Lukaszewski.

Red Dirt Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of work by
artist-in-residence Ani Kasten through Dec. 9.

postcard designed by Kate Hardy

one more sweet pastel of Carol's, KT rolling in the leaves. One of her best works I think

Carol Bruce

Carol Bruce did these enchanting pastels of Raph, gosh about ten years ago. The image above was taken at her opening at River Farm. I was trying to get the kids to pose and her husband caught Raph sticking out his tongue at me. The one below from a photo I took at Virginia Beach. Carol and I had been good friends for many years. She had just moved to Del Ray and we were meeting for lunch at a local resturant once a month, when she died suddenly. She was such a lovely talented person. I will always miss her.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Busy day - early meeting with Crystal for a new area at NIH, then to the Inn to work with Novie and Philip on the mock up of their interactive mirror project. It is going to be extraordinary! Drove home and then took an awesome nap, one of those where you sleep for 20 minutes but wake up not knowing where you are or what time it is, with your car keys still in your hand.

Then on to a great reception at City Hall tonight, for the show that I juried a few weeks ago, wonderful to see so many old Alexandria friends. Including one of my rowing buddies Anna.

@ Smith Farm Center Gallery

Curious Stories. By its nature this exhibit is inquisitive, touching on issues of illness, aging, and the bonds of relationships. These visual narratives explore what we would ordinarily want to keep quiet. There is a real beauty in facing what we equally desire and dread, creating images we find both exquisite and disturbing.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
Retreats Workshops Health Nutrition Creativity Support Groups
Artist-in-Residence Gallery

For adults living with cancer, their caregivers and the healthcare professionals who support them.202-483-8600
1632 U Street, NW Washington DC 20009

Monday, October 22, 2007

you have until the end of the month to see Margaret Kranking's beautiful watercolors on exhibit at NIH.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

really loved Laurel Lukaszewski's installation Kaminari at Arlington Art Center. (up until November 17). I had seen Laurel's amazing ceramics at artomatic and then met her when I visited Novie at her new studio space Flux. What an exciting place that corner of Mt. Rainier is becoming.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

crazy busy, proposal in for a hospital in NY yesterday. Proposal for bldg 35 due Monday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Art for Empty Walls

great on line web site for affordable original art. here
REMINDER: Artists & Communities Workshop to be Held in DC!

Thursday, October 18th, 2007 from 4-6pm

Announcing...Artists & Communities Grants WorkshopThursday, October 18th, 2007 from 4-6pmFlashpoint, Washington, DC Free Informational Workshop: Come join Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, for a brief overview of the Artists & Communities program and grant application process. This workshop is intended for artists interested in one-to-six month residencies with community organizations and community organizations that are interested in hosting artists. Discussion will include best practices and examples of successful projects.

Artists & Communities supports residencies by visiting artists from the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania at nonprofit organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia). Proposals for residencies that will occur between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 are due Monday, December 3, 2007. Grants generally range from $5,000-$20,000. Artists & Communities applications/guidelines for 2008- 2009 are available here The workshop will be held at:Flashpoint, Mead Theater Lab916 G Street, NWWashington, DC 20001

To RSVP contact Heidi Warren at or 215-339- 0606.
Flashpoint, a Cultural Development Corporation project, is generously supported by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts and many other sponsors. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint's 2007-2008 Hotel Partner. Special thanks to Jaylee and the late Gilbert Mead for their generous support of the Mead Theatre Lab.

Contact Us
web: here

Monday, October 15, 2007

Reaching Younger Audiences with New Media

Come hear October’s Arts Marketer of the Month here.
Jennifer Rossi of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as she is joined by Edward Cambron from The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Marc Ciglar of Cinevative, Chuck LaMark from Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties (SC), and Cheryl Slover-Linett from Slover Linett Strategies as they discuss the latest in podcasting techniques at the "Podcasting and Beyond to Reach Young, and Forever Young, Audiences" session on Sunday, November 4 from 1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of podcasting and videocasting—from how to achieve buy-in at the managerial level to how you can create a podcast with tools you may already have. Learn how to think creatively about what your organization offers that people want to hear about. When asked, “What would you say has been the biggest success in your career?” Jennifer replied, “I consider the Hirshhorn podcasts to be my baby and I’m very proud of them! Our museum has such amazing curators and interesting artists that I considered it such a missed opportunity to not document their thoughts and opinions. I quietly launched the podcasts in December 2005. We currently have over 200,000 podcasts downloaded in 2007 alone and are ranked in the top 40 Visual Arts Podcasts in the iTunes store. I was able to develop the podcasts from a little nugget of an idea into a very important component of our online presence and our museum’s mission. The podcasts also attribute to the growth of our web visitation which has experienced a 100 percent increase since last year. Combined, I would call this the biggest success of my career.” Come hear Jennifer and her colleagues speak at the NAMP Conference. Register today!
my dear friend Sandra sent me flowers last week - what a sweetheart. Sunday I made Gabe the first batch of beef stew of the season. With the cold snap we've all been sleeping long and late. That and only one kid home, the house is quiet. Took care of odds and ends and wrote my curator's statement for the Nov. SFC show. Today it's a full installation day at NIH.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

These were my favorites from the dcarts show

I had seent Kim Reye's work at artomatic but thought these were really wonderful. Beautiful installation.

loved this work of art made of coffee filters

I was amazed that they installed the show so quickly, since I was there the evening before and nothing was up. The installation looked very clean, hard to do with a variety of work. I met the charming owner of Greater Goods. Gretchen and I went during the day since I wanted to be home when Gabe left for homecoming. TCW won their football 34 - 14 first win on homecoming in 8 years.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

since dcarts is having their event next door to our Smith Farm Center Gallery we decided to do a little preview of our upcoming shows. This beautiful painting is by Angela Hennessy
Message from Sadako. Angela will be part of a group show along with Allegra Marquet and Sheep Jones in September 2008 in our gallery.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

also happening this weekend...

At Pyramid Atlantic...

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 from 6:00-8:30pm

They have an opening reception for two exhibits in the new galleries:

Primarily Paper: An International Exhibitionwith Roberto Mannino, Michelle Samour, and Peter Sowiski
An international group show of artists who incorporate paper into their practice in ways that reveal the versatility and beauty of this age-old material.
FrasassiA multi-media installation by Lynn Sures that evokes the ambience (visual and sound) of the depths of a cave filled with formations, darkness, space, and life.

The artists will talk about their work from 6:00-7:00pm followed by a reception from 7:00-8:30pm. Both exhibits continue through November 1st

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 from 1:00-4:00pm

Book Signing and Talk with Betsy Karel
Author of Bombay Jadoo

Betsy will give a presentation at 2pm. Come before or stay after to meet her and have a book signed.
Inspired by contemporary Indian authors, Betsy Karel went to Bombay to find visual equivalents of the humanity, humor, mystery, and psychological energy of these writers’ stories. Unlike many photographers who are drawn to the cacophony of urban India, she focused, often in an intensely personal way, on individuals going about their everyday street lives in this singular city.
Patiently waiting amidst the bustle of Bombay, home to more people than the entire continent of Australia, she captures a poignant lyricism in the familiar. As individuals transform public spaces into private places, forging islands of intimacy, she encounters the true “jadoo” (Hindu for magic) of Bombay and its people. To accompany the photographs, the globally acclaimed author Suketa Mehta has written a companion piece about his boyhood in India.
Books will be available for purchase. Please RSVP by October 12th by calling 301-608-9101 or emailing

Their fall classes are continuing. We still have a few spots in the Pop-Ups class and Paper Lithography next weekend. For full details about classes, go to:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

an art event with our new neighbors at Smith Farm Center Exhibition at U Street Space
WASHINGTON, D.C, a Washington, D.C., artist's forum, presents Art in Transition Continued on Saturday, October 13, 2007, in the future Greater Goods building, 1626 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Doors open at noon; an art party is 6 p.m. to midnight. Art in Transition Continued is the continuance of a group art show held in 2005. For the first show, Art in Transition, 27 Washington, D.C.-area artists displayed their work in four transitioning commercial spaces in Silver Spring, Md. This year's show is in the future home of Greater Goods at 1626 U Street, NW. This empty building provides the perfect opportunity for an organization such as artdc to host its own art show. Jesse Cohen, founder of, explains, Transitional space provides an opportunity to develop grassroots art shows, which currently aren't available through existing spaces. The participating artists are: Steve Mead, Antoinette Wysocki, Jodi A. Patterson, John N. Grunwell, Dan Rosenstein, Alexandra Zealand, Alexandra Silverthorne, Kim Reyes, Emily Berl, Christie Ortiz, Rhett Rebold, Raju Singh, Steve Loya, Stephen T. Hanks, Matthew Best, Graham Meyer and Adam Eig. initiates artist discovery, encourages art discussion, advances creative development and promotes art collection, with the goal of developing movements in Washington, D.C. provides virtual real estate for artists and art organizations. aims to bridge the communication between artists of all mediums, galleries and collectors. With this goal in mind, the aim of is to develop face-to-face relationships in addition to those in the virtual world.

Monday, October 08, 2007

NY Times

Furniture by the Swiss designer Nicola Enrico Stäubli is just the thing for Frank Gehry fans, origami lovers and cheapskates alike. “His Web site,, provides downloadable patterns for a stool, a chair and a rocker, all of his own design and all for free,” writes Andreas Kokkino. With easy, step-by-step instructions, you too can make Gehryesque modern seating out of cardboard. It’s sized for kids, so either have some or learn to perch.
Know When to Fold Them,” by Andreas Kokkino

Sunday, October 07, 2007

received a nice email from Randall Tipton thanking me for blogging his paintings at Migration Gallery. He sent me this new image, Estuary, 26x20 watermedia.

I like his work the more I look at it. (see for yourself, web site here). His engaging composition, luscious painterly surface and masterful use of color - I was suddenly reminded of David Levine, who I haven't thought about in years. These perhaps not the best examples of their work to illustrate my point, but go to their web sites you'll get my drift.

David Levine's web site here

this from the Art Law Blog

I was trying to remember what year we exhibited Sharon Louden's drawings at NIH, anyway she's in the news...

By Donn Zaretsky
In today's Wall Street Journal, Kelly Crow reports on another VARA controversy, this one involving Yahoo and the artist Sharon Louden. Seems that, in 2001, Louden's "Reflecting Tips, 2001" was installed on the front lawn of the company's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters, pairing "real wetlands grass with artificial cattail-like reeds." When the grass recently grew too high, Yahoo sent in a grounds crew to cut it down -- and they ended up damaging the work ("Nearly half of the wires were severed in the process."). It's unclear, but it sounds like there may have been previous damage as well, unrelated to this bout of weed-whacking ("Over the years, other wires had become bent to the ground or twisted into shapes.").
Then, last spring:"Yahoo tore up the lawn. On April 24, Yahoo's legal director, Tad Ravazzini, emailed Ms. Louden's dealer and her lawyer photographs of what they called the 'improved site,' which showed closely mowed green grass where the sedge had been, plus a new border of perennial flowers. ... The artist howled. Mr. Kamm, the dealer, called his lawyer. ... 'What remains of the work,' lawyer John Cahill wrote on April 30, 'mimics nothing so much as a miniature golf course or the median of a shopping mall's parking lot.'"
In a May 14 letter, Cahill "accused Yahoo of breaching its agreement with the artist and violating a number of laws," including VARA. Yahoo responded that it was "'willing to dedicate reasonable resources' to working with Ms. Louden to improve the site," but talks apparently stalled over the summer, and remain stalled today.I'd be interested to see how the contract dealt with these issues. I'm assuming the surrounding weeds were not included as part of the definition of the work. But did the contract include any specifications about the surrounding site? Sometimes public art contracts provide that the artist gets to approve any proposed alteration of the site "that would affect the intended character and appearance of the work." Is there anything like that here?

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Michael Janis

I hope you got by to see Michael Janis's show "That Quadrant of Sky" which closed today. I finally got there last Wednesday. It was glorious - incredibly ambitious. He showed some of his graphite figurative work and also some (new to me) work in series which I found really appealing. Every direction felt well thought-out and mature. I also loved how the work itself seemed to drive not only the scale but the use of color. I've always enjoyed Michael and been impressed by his art, kudos to Gallery Neptune for giving us the opportunity to really experience his work.
well it was fun last week hanging with two 7 year olds. lots of activities. But I'm sure they are delighted to have their mom back. The board retreat was great. I really enjoy the dynamic of the group (I cant say that has always been the case) but I knew it could be like this - hard wonderfully rewarding work.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

back home after spending several days babysitting the twins (no wireless). Tomorrow and Saturday SAH board retreat. Saturday is also Art on the Avenue our local art festival in Del Ray. All of the kids will be home this weekend and Gretchen's big event is Sunday.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

so today I'm at NIH to review an artists portfolio then to Sharon's house to take care of the twins for a few days.

Monday, October 01, 2007

September 27, 2007
MICA Launches National Project

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has announced a national convening & research project to advance the field of community arts. The gathering will be held at MICA's campus in Baltimore, Md., March 16-18, 2008, with funding from the Nathan Cummings Foundation. It will provide a platform for college and university faculty and students and community-based practitioners to meet and generate new ideas; share resources and models for best practices in the field; define and solve problems; identify and conduct new research; develop leadership in the field; and cultivate new partnerships. Research and other writing deriving from the completed editorial process generated through the community arts convening project will be published online in spring 2008 on the Community Arts Network and the Community Arts Convening project Web sites. Review of abstracts: October 1-November 15, 2007. For details, consult the project Web site, debuting first week in October. [LINK]

Last week I went by torpedo factory and stopped by Sheep Jone's charming studio, then on Saturday I saw Sheep again when she was volunteering for the Art in City Hall exhibit. October 9 - March 14, reception Tuesday Oct. 23, 5:30 - 7pm.
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