“LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” was the title of the Policy Brand Trunk Show and Happy Hour on Friday night at 1240 Ninth Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., on Friday night, June 26. “Yummy Food” was provided by Chix, DJs Obeyah and Small Axe handled the music, and Policy Brand and The Pink Line Project presented fashionable and edgy shirts for men and women. It was a great respite from the summer downpour that swept through Washington that evening.
Cecilia Browning, General Manager at the House of Sweden, and Andrew S. Osborne, Managing Director of Conferences & Events at the House of Sweden
HUNDREDS of people came by the House of Sweden on Thursday, June 25, for an open house to enjoy the cocktails and wine, as well one of Washington’s most beautiful views of the city. They also got a tour of one of the most unique event centers in the nation’s capital as well as getting a sneak preview of Embassy of Sweden’s official meeting room during the EU presidency.
Sue Hamilton, President of Innovative Enterprise
Justine Schmidt and Maria T. Placht
Open House at the House of Sweden
View of the Potomac River from the rooftop at the House of Sweden
Andrew Sostek, Danish artist Lars H.U.G. and Rhoda M. Septilici
On WEDNESDAY EVENING, June 24, a reception and preview of paintings by Danish artist and composer Lars H.U.G. was held at the Danish embassy near the Vice President’s house in Northwest Washington, D.C. Lars H.U.G. is one of the most progressive and widely respected Danish artists of his time. He is an acclaimed visual artist, but he has also integrated his visual art into his musical career. His musical career has included work in the areas from new wave to pop, jazz, experimental and electronic music.
DURING HIS TIME as a student at the Art Academy of Jutland, Lars H.U.G. together with some colleagues, started the punk and new wave group Kliche. Inspired by musicians like Roxy Music and Kraftwerk, Kliche established themselves as an important Danish underground band, with the intention of breaking away from the classic perception of a rock band. The band’s first hit single was “Militia Women,” which in many ways was the start of Lars H.U.G.’s solo career. He also says he likes to work with and collaborate with Swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl.
Lolo Sarnoff (in the middle), founder of the Arts for the Aging Inc. (AFTA), in conversation with friends.
IN 2004 Lars H.U.G. was the first artist to receive the Award set by the world famous Danish composer Bent Fabricius Bjerre. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark quoted lyrics from one of H.U.G.’s songs as the very last words in his speech to his wife, Mary Donaldson, at their wedding later that year.
LARS H.U.G. is today one of Denmark’s most loved artists. He continues touring and giving concerts with his band. He is also active in supporting charities such as Amnesty International, Folkekirkens N?dhj?p and Medics Without Borders.
HE HAS BECOME a very productive painter since his first huge retrospective exhibition at the “Geth huset” in 2001, titled “1000 Soundless Pictures.” His artwork garnered a lot of attention, and in 2007 an art collector bought all his available paintings. He is currently working on several new exhibitions at his studio in Berlin.
IN 2009, he was invited by the Danish ambassador to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration, and he gave a lecture at the prestigious Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.
Janine Tursini is Executive director of Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA).
Robert Bettman, Roy Wyscarver, Lena Skanby and Bill Farrand
Swedish artist Anna U. Davis and Todd C. Wiggins
The Danish Embassy
Swedish soprano Eva-Lotta Ohlsson and Danish pianist Linda Dahl Laursen after the concert
The 2009 Jenny Lind Concert – named after the singer Jenny Lind, “The Swedish Nightingale” – was held Tuesday evening in Anna Lindh Hall at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.
Swedish soprano Eva-Lotta Ohlsson and Danish pianist Linda Dahl Laursen performed works by E. Grieg, W. Stenhammar, A Dvor?, W.A. Mozart, and C. Gounod among others. Ohlsson’s vocal performance was particularly impressive when she sang “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka’s aria from “Rusalka” by A. Dvor? and “Je veux vivre” from Julia’s aria from “Romeo and Juliet” by C. Gounod. She also excelled with pieces by V. Bellini and R. Strauss. Pianist Linda Dahl Laursen accompanied her and was outstanding with her solo presentations of Scherzo op. 39 and Nocture op. 27 no. 2 by F. Chopin.
The soprano Eva-Lotta Ohlsson is from Sk?vde, Sweden. She was awarded the 2009 Jenny Lind Scholarship for a performance characterized by reviewers for its vocal beauty of sound and expansion, combined with mature artistry. Eva-Lotta’s early interest in music led her to study dance and theater. Eventually she focused on classical music, and she is now completing her final year at the Opera College in Gothenburg. She is also under a one-year contract with the Gothenburg Opera, where she has already performed Barbarina in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” with great success. She is currently an understudy for the roles of Ad?e in Strauss’ “Die Fledermus,” Musetta in Puccini’s “La Boh?e,” and Cleopatra in Handel’s “Julius Caesar.” Later this spring she will perform in “Romeo and Juliet.” After the concert she mentioned that her dream role is to play Violetta in “La Traviata.”
Danish pianist Linda Dahl Laursen, who was raised in the small town of Struer, Denmark, is the recipient of the 2009 Otto Goldschmidt Scholarship. After completing her studies at the Music Conservatory in ?hus, she continued her studies at the Music College in Malm?, Sweden.
She has received a number of awards from such prestigious institutions as the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Ljunggrenska Competition in Gothenburg. Additionally, she has performed extensively as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles throughout Scandinavia.
The Jenny Lind concert was arranged by The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. and Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) of Washington, D.C. SWEA served food and refreshments at a reception following the concert.
Gunilla Ekberg and Christian Ekberg
Rhoda M. Septilici and Count Vladimir Tolstoy
Eva Wattenmaker and Mary Slaninka
Xiong Min, Washington correspondent for the Chinese newspaper 21st Century Business Herald, and her friends Jie Bai and Song Wei
Rody Douzoglou, www.douzandmille.com; artist Chanan Delivuk; Claire Huschle, Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center; and Philippa Hughes, The Pink Line Project
“Not from Concentrate: A Juicy Art Exhibit” was the title of an event on Saturday night, June 20, arranged by the Pink Line Project and Hounshell Real Estate, at Hounshell on 14th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Artists Chanan Delivuk and Joshua Yospyn showed artwork, and guests enjoyed “Tunes + Sips + Vegan Eats.”
Art gallery owner Wisson West and his wife Mary West, and photographer Bruce McNeil
ON SATURDAY evening Gallery Serengeti in suburban Washington held a reception opening an exhibition of digital photography by Washington-area photographers.
AMONG THOSE featured in the exhibition was Bruce McNeil who described his work as a “digital collage with a lot of narrative and hidden symbolism.”
OTHER ARTISTS in the exhibition include Gloria Kirk, Chinaedu Nwadibia, Oggi Ogburn and Zoma Wallace. Gallery Serengeti is located at 7919 Central Ave. in Capitol Heights, Md. The gallery is open Monday -Tuesday and Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.galleryserengeti.com.
Photo artists Bruce McNeil, Zoma Wallace, Gloria Kirk, gallery owner Wisson West and Oggi Ogburn
Swedish artist Anna U. Davis and friend Lena Skanby
SWEDE Anna U. Davis was among the artists whose works were featured in an opening of the exhibition – “Stimulus” — at Nevin Kelly Gallery on 1400 Irving Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., last Tuesday night.
ANNA U. DAVIS, who moved from Lund, Sweden, to the United States in 1998, paints with a unique and provocative style. She was awarded a Bachelors of Arts from the University of District of Columbia in 2002, and has since worked as a full-time artist. Her artwork consists of plenty of colorful squares that are the backdrop for her “Frocasian” figures (Frocasian is Anna’s word that comes from “Afro” and “Caucasian”). Her bold, colorful and graphic use of acrylic painting and collage is provocative and compelling. Anna often focuses on portrayals of women striving to look the way “they are supposed to look.” Her work has been shown in Sweden and in New York and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Ett s?kallat “historical house” (historiskt hus) fr? 1860-talet utanf?r New Market, Maryland.
EN TIMMES bilf?d nordv?t om Washington, D.C., i Maryland, ligger New Market och dess vackra omgivningar. Staden ? kanske mest k?d f?r sina antikvitetsaff?er, och utg?r ett v?bes?kt utflyktsm? f?r washingtonbor.
PHILIPPA HUGHES, doyenne for the local art scene in Washington, D.C., has been appointed to the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, which provides grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities for D.C. residents and visitors.
PHILIPPA was sworn in as a commissioner at a ceremony on Monday, June 15. She is the founder of the Pink Line Project, an organization with the objective to promote the local art scene through different events and projects, and generally spreading the word about art and creative thinking.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, Philippa met with friends to celebrate at Marvin restaurant and bar at 2007 14th Street, N.W., in the U Street Corridor neighborhood in Washington.
Richard Gould and Lena Skanby
Bachelors and Spinsters-inbjudan 2009
FORTFARANDE dimper inbjudan ner till Bachelors and Spinsters Ball, det traditionella och popul?a – och “By Invitation Only” — Washingtonevenemanget varje v? f?r singlar… I b?rjan av 90-talet, d?jag var assistant publisher f?r Washington Life Magazine var f?rsta g?gen jag kom i kontakt med festen. Detta ? framf?r allt ett ungdomsevenemang, vilket dock inte hindrar att de h?gre — och h?gt — upp i ?drarna deltar. Allts?ingen ?dersdiskriminering h?! Jag minns att vid ett tillf?le en av g?terna ber?tade att han varit USA:s bitr?ande utrikesminister. I vilken administration? Jo, i Eisenhoweradministrationen p?50-talet! Och hans g?t denna kv?l var en protokollchef i Vita Huset f?r ett 20-tal ? sedan. Vilket naturligtvis inte h?jde n?ra ?gonbryn…
Ett annat traditionellt Washingtonevenemang – inbjudan till Corchoran Ball 17 april 2009, en fundraiser f?r Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Inbjudan till fundraiser den 9 juni 2009 f?r St. Andrew’s Foundation of Romania, en organisation som hj?per gatubarn i Rum?ien.