Monthly Archives: February 2010

Retired Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen spoke about U.S.-Swedish submarine cooperation at the SACU luncheon

SACU Chairman David Paul, Mrs. Margareta Paul, Undersecretary Jay M. Cohen, Mrs. Ingrid Beach, and Col. Lars-Olof Corneliusson, Swedish Marine Attach?in the United States and Military Attach?in Canada.

SACU Chairman David Paul, Mrs. Margareta Paul, Undersecretary Jay M. Cohen, Mrs. Ingrid Beach, and Col. Lars-Olof Corneliusson, Swedish Marine Attach?in the United States and Military Attach?in Canada.

JAY M. COHEN, Undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department for Homeland Security and a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, was the featured speaker a the Feb. 24th Swedish American Cultural Union luncheon in Washington, D.C. He spoke about the visit to San Diego in 2005-2007 by the Swedish submarine HMS Gotland. Admiral Cohen was in charge of arranging for the Swedish submarine to come to the United States and share its naval technology with the U.S. Navy.

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Embassy of Finland in Washington Celebrated as First Green Embassy in the U.S.

Mrs. Laurel Colless, the wife of the Finnish Ambassador; Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project; and Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu.

Mrs. Laurel Colless, the wife of the Finnish Ambassador; Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project; and Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu.

THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND in Washington, D.C., located on Embassy Row/Massachusetts Avenue, celebrated its building’s recognition as the first green embassy in the U.S. at an event on Wednesday evening, February 24. The beautiful and modernistic embassy edifice – an architectural landmark in the U.S. capital — has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for existing buildings, marking the first time a diplomatic mission in the U.S. has received this recognition. The Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu and his wife Laurel Colless were hosts during this celebration, and the Ambassador also received the award from the Council.

Jim Healy, Christine T. Mangi and Nick Schandlbauer

Jim Healy, Christine T. Mangi and Nick Schandlbauer

THE MANY GUESTS – who were asked to wear something green (which actually not many did pay heed to!) — could feast on a fabulous buffet with many Scandinavian delicacies and martini drinks lit up by a bluish light, put together by the executive chef at the Embassy of Finland, Mikko S.P. Kosonen, and his colleague at the Swedish Embassy, Martin Johansson.

Nils Bruzelius and his wife Lynne Weil

Nils Bruzelius and his wife Lynne Weil

BEHIND THE ARRANGEMENTS for the creative programs during this festive evening were art impresario Philippa Hughes and her arts organization The Pink Line Project (www.pinklineproject.com). The performers and artists were the musicians Christylez Bacon (nominated for a Grammy!), the dance company City Dance Ensemble, and video DJ was John Bowen/Videokillers, and painter Cory Oberndorfer.

Lena Skanby and Richard Gould

Lena Skanby and Richard Gould

Martin Johansson, Executive Chef at the Embassy of Sweden, and Mikko S.P. Kosonen, Executive Chef at the Embassy of Finland, arranged a fabulous buffet.

Martin Johansson, Executive Chef at the Embassy of Sweden, and Mikko S.P. Kosonen, Executive Chef at the Embassy of Finland, arranged a fabulous buffet.

Finnish Press Secretary Kari Mokko and Christina R. Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative.

Finnish Press Secretary Kari Mokko and Christina R. Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative.

Veronica Jackson and Paula Schumann

Veronica Jackson and Paula Schumann

Jenni J?ventaus, Lars Roth, Saija Nurminen and Suzanne D.A. de Groot

Jenni J?ventaus, Lars Roth, Saija Nurminen and Suzanne D.A. de Groot

Christine T. Mangi and Michel Heitstuman

Christine T. Mangi and Michel Heitstuman

 
Ambassador Pekka Lintu (to the right) receives the LEED Gold award for the Finnish Embassy. The LEED rating system provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction and existing buildings.

Ambassador Pekka Lintu (to the right) receives the LEED Gold award for the Finnish Embassy. The LEED rating system provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction and existing buildings.

 

The evening's video DJ was John Bowen/Videokillers.

The evening’s video DJ was John Bowen/Videokillers.

The Embassy of Finland is located on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. Its building is being recognized as the first

The Embassy of Finland is located on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. Its building is being recognized as the first “green” embassy in the U.S.  

Black History Month exhibition at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia holds it closing reception

Martha Jackson Jarvis

Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis says, “My works on paper invite viewers into inner space, where energy, form and color guide our journey. Enigmatic fragments construct polyrhythmic narrative that are discovered and revealed as dynamic artifacts of our lives.”

The closing reception of the Black History Month Exhibition – a diverse exhibit of African American artists — at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia was held on Sunday, February 21. The exhibition, which opened February 3, will go on through February 27. The participating artists are Margo Humphrey, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Michael B. Platt, Preston Sampson, Stanley Squirewell and Therman Statom.

Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079. Tel. 703-495-0001, www.workhousearts.org.

Dr. Margaret Burroughs exhibition at Parish Gallery in Washington

Dr. Margaret Burroughs

Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ exceptional skill as a printmaker has earned her a place within the history of art.

ON FRIDAY, February 19, Parish Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. held its opening reception for well-known artist Margaret Taylor Burroughs. It was one of several galleries that held openings or were open that night as part of the “Georgetown Gaze.” Dr. Burroughs, who is a prominent African American cultural figure: a visual artist, poet, educator, arts organizer, community activist, and institution builder, was born in Saint Rose, Louisiana, in 1917, and later moved to Chicago, where she received a B.A. in art education in 1946 and an M.A. in 1948 at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Gallery owner Norman Parish and glass artist John Henderson

Gallery owner Norman Parish and glass artist John Henderson

IN 1961, Burroughs and her husband, Charles, made the first of her contributions to African American posterity in the founding of the DuSable Museum of African American History, opening the museum in their Chicago home. The museum later moved into its own buildings in Washington Park and has become an internationally recognized resource for African American art.

Sue Hamilton and Al Slaughter

Sue Hamilton and Al Slaughter

DR. BURROUGHS IS an exceptional printmaker and her skills have earned her a place within the history of art, even though she has also worked in sculpture, painting and many other art forms throughout her career. She has also illustrated children’s books, published poems, and exhibited her own artwork internationally. In particular, she has felt a special affinity to the Mexican muralists and both studied and collaborated with artists in Mexico. Her work has been shown at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Studio Museum in New York.

THE EXHIBITION at Parish Gallery will run through February 27. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m; other hours by appointment. Tel. 202-944-2310, www.parishgallery.com.

Juanita and Mel Hardy

Juanita and Mel Hardy of Millennium Arts Salon

Artist Rodgers Naylor shows paintings at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington

Painter Rodgers Naylor and gallery owner Susan Calloway, Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Painter Rodgers Naylor and gallery owner Susan Calloway, Susan Calloway Fine Arts

WASHINGTON, D.C. born artist Rodgers Naylor works in an “alla prima” manner, usually beginning with a warm-tone under painting and completing a painting in one session when possible. This method, since it involves painting directly into wet paint, allows great flexibility in mixing colors and attaining soft edges, and fosters a fresh, spontaneous approach to painting.

Architect Christian Zapatka

Architect Christian Zapatka

ON FRIDAY EVENING, February 19, the opening reception of Naylor’s exhibition “Here and There” was held at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. The exhibition consists of paintings of urban life, including scenes from Washington, D.C., Chicago, and other US cities, as well as places in Mediterranean European such as Barcelona and various towns in southern France.

New Yorkers Rob O'Donnell and Robert Tursi

New Yorkers Rob O’Donnell and Robert Tursi

THE ARTWORK SHOWS the artist’s strong interest in the effects of light and shadow, warm and cool colors, and the interplay between the landscape and its human inhabitants. Rodgers Naylor, who grew up on a farm in Maryland, currently resides in Colorado, and gathers inspiration both close to home and in his distant travels.

Photographer Holly Foss and the artist's sister Debra Naylor

Photographer Holly Foss and the artist’s sister Debra Naylor

SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ARTS is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.20007. Tel. 202-965-4601, www.callowayart.com, and e-mail: gallery@callowayart.com.

Siobhan Gavagan (to the right) and a friend

Artist Michael Platt’s exhibition “In Abandoned Places” opens at International Visions Gallery in Washington

Artist Michael Platt and L. Christina Waddler

Artist Michael Platt and L. Christina Waddler

AFTER A one-week delay – like for so many other events — due the severe snowstorms and blizzard conditions in Washington, D.C. the last few weeks, artist Michael Platt’s exhibition “In Abandoned Places” opened at International Visions Gallery in the nation’s capital on Saturday afternoon, February 13.

Gallery manager Violet Morris and Tawana Edwards

Gallery manager Violet Morris and Tawana Edwards

MICHAEL PLATT is widely recognized for his fusion of digital conventional photography, drawing and printmaking. It is a way for him to explore and expose “the human condition, and in particular the history and experiences of African and African Diaspora culture.” He tells the story of the marginalized and the survivors who exist in spaces that are discarded.

Carol Beane and Micheline Rice-Maximin

Carol Beane and Micheline Rice-Maximin

PLATT WAS BORN and raised in Washington, D.C., where he currently works and resides. He has received numerous grants from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and received the Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts in 1999. He has public collections in institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the David C. Driskell Center of the University of Maryland, Yale University Art Gallery, Hampton University Museum, and Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture.

INTERNTIONAL VISIONS GALLERY is located at 2629 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tel. 202-234-5112, e-mail: intvisions@aol.com, and www.inter-visions.com.

Artwork by Michael Platt

Artwork by Michael Platt

Artwork by Michael Platt

Artwork by Michael Platt

Movie “Dear John”, directed by Swede Lasse Hallstr?m, opens strongly in its first week

Film review in The New York Times

Film review in The New York Times

“DEAR JOHN,” a movie about young love, opened on Friday, February 5, in theaters nationwide. It is directed by the well-known Swedish film director Lasse Hallstr?m. The movie received lukewarm response in the media, but was a hit at the box office, with revenues this weekend of $32.4 million. It even came out ahead of the much talked about movie “Avator,” which grossed only $23.6 million.

“DEAR JOHN” is based on a best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks about a soldier and his sweatheart back home. Young actors Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried play the lead roles in this romantic story that takes place in the shadow of 9/11. The traditional ingredients in Mr. Sparks’s novels are love, illness and death.

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ critic A.O. Scott writes in his film review that “He (Sparks) is a master of the feel-good weepie, a form of mass-market deep-tissue massage.”

A.O. SCOTT says, “In the hands of director Lasse Hallstr?m…this story of interrupted passion takes on a ripe, summery glow.”

MR. SCOTT adds, “Mr. Hallstr?m and the screenwriter, Jamie Linden, are careful to respect the vague, whispery tones of Mr. Sparks’s writing (They do, however, change the book’s ending in a way that both deepens and blunts its impact.)”

DIRECTOR Hallstr?m is married to the award-winning Swedish actress Lena Olin. The couple lives outside New York.

Celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence at the Meridian in Washington, D.C.

Christina R. Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative; Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian Cultural Center; and Betty Ann Tanner and Congressman John Tanner (Tennessee).

Christina R. Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative; Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian Cultural Center; and Betty Ann Tanner and Congressman John Tanner (Tennessee).

A CELEBRATION of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence was held at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, February 3. “Borders without Boundaries – Cultural Connections between Mexico and the United States,” was the theme of a conversation with H.E. Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; The Honorable Dana Gioia, poet at The Aspen Institute; and Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, essayist and professor at ITAM in Mexico.

AFTERWARDS – at the Bicentennial reception — guests could admire a stunning exhibition of 40 signed prints by renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1889-1991), which was presented by Meridian International Center, together with Mixografía(ʀ) workshop and Landau Traveling Exhibitions in Los Angeles, along with video art by Mauricio Alejo, Alberto Roblest and Laureana Toledo. They also enjoyed Mexican delicacies and exquisite tequila from the producer Casa Dragones. Among the guests were congressmen John Tanner of Tennessee and Dennis Moore of Kansas, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and art impresario Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project among others.

Marie Royce of Alcatel-Lucent and the wife of Californian congressman Ed Royce, and Mary Ellen Matheson, who is Director of Development at the Meridian International Center.

Marie Royce of Alcatel-Lucent and the wife of Californian congressman Ed Royce, and Mary Ellen Matheson, who is Director of Development at the Meridian International Center.

Izette Folger and Mrs. Veronica Valenca-Sarukhan, wife of the Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.

Izette Folger and Mrs. Veronica Valenca-Sarukhan, wife of the Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.

Kier Peterson and Gwen Holliday, wife of Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center.

Kier Peterson and Gwen Holliday, wife of Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center.

Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Marie Royce

Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Marie Royce

Anamaria Ceseña, who served the famous Casa Dragones tequila, and Ali Rasiv.

Anamaria Ceseña, who served the famous Casa Dragones tequila, and Ali Rasiv.

Print by renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1889-1991).
Celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence at the Meridian in Washington, D.C.
Celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence at the Meridian in Washington, D.C.
Meridian International Center

Meridian International Center