Monthly Archives: September 2010

Next Level holds Launch Party to celebrate the opening of their U.S. headquarters at the House of Sweden in Washington

Ola ?tlund, Next Level-USA; Jessica S?gaard, wife of Next Level founder Runar Jessica S?gaard; Elaine Bergqvist, rhetoric expert and author; Runar S?gaard, Founder Next Level; and Gunilla Girardo, President, Next Level-USAOla ?tlund, Next Level-USA; Jessica S?gaard, wife of Next Level founder Runar S?gaard; Elaine Bergqvist, rhetoric expert and author; Runar S?gaard, Founder Next Level; and Gunilla Girardo, President, Next Level-USA

ON MONDAY evening, September 27, 2010, Next Level’s Launch Party celebrating the opening of their U.S. headquarters was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

THE MANY guests could enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and meet and mingle with Next Level’s founder, partners, leadership developers and clients in company with other executives and leaders from Sweden and the U.S.

SPEAKERS DURING the event included Gunilla Girardo, the recently appointed president of Next-Level-USA. Ms. Girardo was previously the president of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-USA). Other speakers were Next Level founder Runar S?gaard, rhetoric expert and author Elaine Bergqvist, and Karin Olofsdotter, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Sweden. Beautiful entertainment was provided by the Scandinavian tenor ensemble, Eclipse.

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Next Level is a new approach to leadership development, with highly personalized program, that is designed to build and develop leaders and to create techniques for decision making both professionally and personally. Next Level’s clients are CEO, upper management and other executives from the private sector, government agencies, associations, non-profits and other NGO’s.

David von Mettenheim and Pernilla Alex von Mettenheim, Next Level-USADavid von Mettenheim and Pernilla Alex von Mettenheim, Next Level-USA   

Next Level was established in Sweden over a decade ago by Runar S?gaard, who has been educating, training and developing people in more than 35 countries since 1990. For more information: www.nextlevel-usa.com.  

Sara Dahl? and Hanna JohanssonSara Dahl? and Hanna Johansson

Gunilla Girardo, president of Next Level-USA, introduces the Next Level-USA-team at the Launch Party. Gunilla Girardo, president of Next Level-USA, introduces the Next Level-USA team at the Launch Party.

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David Ivan Clark shows his art at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

Artist David Ivan ClarkArtist David Ivan Clark

HOVERING IN THE SPACE between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact, David Ivan Clark’s paintings dwell in limbo. Each marks the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge. Clark works in fine layers of oil on stainless steel or wood. From a distance each of his panels presents land, sky and nothing more, perhaps reflecting his western plains origins. His painting is based in the landscape tradition but it blurs the boundary between representation and abstraction; he is not concerned with re-creating the specifics of place.

Terry Dunmire, gallery owner Susan Calloway, and Thomas Fleetwood MeffordTerry Dunmire, gallery owner Susan Calloway, and Thomas Fleetwood Mefford

DAVID IVAN CLARK was raised on the vast plains of western Canada. He graduated from Princeton University in 1983 and studied architecture at the Oregon School of Design 1987-1989. In addition to numerous exhibits in the Bay Area, his work has been chosen by curators from the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Denver Art Museum for inclusion in shows at various venues in the western states. Clark’s work is held in over one hundred private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

ON FRIDAY evening, September 24, 2010, his show “Presence/Absence” opened at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The show will go on through October 23. The gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.callowayart.com, tel. 202-965-4601.

Painter David Ivan Clark 

Sculpture exhibition ‘Porous Borders’ opens at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

 Jayme McLellan, Civilian Art Projects; former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry; and Philippa Hughes, The Pink Line ProjectJayme McLellan, Civilian Art Projects; former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry; and Philippa Hughes, The Pink Line Project

“POROUS BORDERS,” a sculpture exhibition juried by Jayme McLellan, director and founder of Civilian Art Projects, opened on Wednesday evening, September 22, 2010, at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The theme is interconnection despite borders and boundaries, and the artists are members of the Washington Sculptors Group.

Sculptor Dalya Luttwak and photographer Claire BouleauSculptor Dalya Luttwak and photographer Claire Bouleau

THE ARTISTS featured in the exhibition are Julia Bloom, Jessica Braiterman, Anthony Comes, Frederic Crist, Brent Crothers, Joel D’Orazio, Pattie Firestone, Helen Glazer, Nestor Guzman, Artemis Herber, Dalya Luttwak, Emily Piccirillo, Guy Rando, Phillip Scarpone, Marilee Schumann, Mike Shaffer, Carmela Solell-Knepler, Diane Szczepaniak, Patricia Tinajero and James Wallace.

Jayme McLellan, Civilian Art Projects; Sandy Bellamy, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; and Margaret A. Hutto, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.Jayme McLellan, Civilian Art Projects; Sandy Bellamy, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; and Margaret A. Hutto, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

THE WASHINGTON Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an awareness and understanding of sculpture in addition to fostering the exchange of ideas among sculptors, collectors and the general public.

David Furchgott and Mitra M. LoreDavid Furchgott and Mitra M. Lore

THE HISTORICAL Society of Washington, D.C. serves the city, its residents and visitors as an educational institution that promotes knowledge of the past for better understanding of the future. It is located at 801 K Street, N.W., at Mount Vernon Square, Washington, D.C. Exhibition hours are 7 days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sculpture exhibition 'Porous Borders' at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.Sculpture exhibition 'Porous Borders' at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Euro Night party at the French Embassy is once again a great success

Guillermo Corral and Jimena Paz of the Embassy of Spain, and Roland Celette, Cultural Attach?at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., which traditionally hosts the Guillermo Corral and Jimena Paz of the Embassy of Spain, and Roland Celette, Cultural Attach?at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., which traditionally hosts the “Euro Night” event.

IT WAS ANOTHER successful – and sold-out – “Euro Night” event that was hosted at La Maison Fran?ise at the Embassy of France on Reservoir Road in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, September 17, 2010. This cultural journey and culinary buffet – for the third consecutive year – has become a tremendously popular tradition in the nation’s capital.

THROUGHOUT THE evening, guests could enjoy live music followed by dance mixes from DJ Jean Michel NYC, and feast on national dishes and drinks from open bars. Such as Spanish Jam? Serrano, Bitburger beer from Germany, Shrimp sandwiches from Sweden and a Finnish drink, consisting of Finlandia vodka.

MORE THAN 20 European Union embassies showcased their culinary specialties and traditions. Proceeds from the event will help support the numerous and varied cultural activities at the participating European embassies.

Linda Portas, Anna Magnusson and Sophie Kulevska represented the Embassy of SwedenLinda Portas, Anna Magnusson and Sophie Kulevska represented the Embassy of Sweden

Ambassador and Mrs. Adrian Vierita of RomaniaAmbassador and Mrs. Adrian Vierita of Romania

Representing Sweden: Tobias Andersson and Helena ErnstssonRepresenting Sweden: Tobias Andersson and Helena Ernstsson

Luis Chang Boldrini, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Camilla McCaslinLuis Chang Boldrini, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Camilla McCaslin

Dr. Hans-Ulrich von Schroeter, Counselor and Deputy Director of the German Information Center USA, and Priscilla BonsuDr. Hans-Ulrich von Schroeter, Counselor and Deputy Director of the German Information Center USA, and Priscilla Bonsu

Ira Reimann, Dennis A. Quinn and Epp MeisnerIra Reimann, Dennis A. Quinn and Epp Meisner

Peggy Orchowski and Camilla McCaslinPeggy Orchowski and Camilla McCaslin

Guillaume Kroll and Jan-Erik Hauge, Executive Chef at the Embassy of NorwayGuillaume Kroll and Jan-Erik Hauge, Executive Chef at the Embassy of Norway

Daniel Labonne, Executive Chef & Co-Owner of Bistro la BonneDaniel Labonne, Executive Chef & Co-Owner of Bistro la Bonne

Laura Espino, Jimena Paz and Barbara Minguez GarciaJimena Paz, Laura Espino and Barbara Minguez Garcia of the Embassy of Spain 

Gina and Tsuyoshi TakemoriGina and Tsuyoshi Takemori

Michelle Hailey and Rochelle CarrollRochelle Carroll and Michelle Hailey 

Greg MooreGreg Moore

Representatives of the Embassy of AustriaRepresentatives of the Embassy of Austria

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The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia, celebrates its First Year Anniversary

A few of the students, teachers and parents at the schoolA few of the students, teachers and parents at the school

THE SWEDISH School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia, began its second school year on Saturday, September 11. After class, new and returning students, parents, and teachers celebrated their school’s first anniversary with traditional Swedish cake decorated with strawberries and cream.

THE STUDENTS seemed to thoroughly enjoy their recess in the beautiful fall weather and a couple of parents led them in a quick game of field hockey. All meetings at the school end with a 30-minute gathering of students and their families.

The school's founders Lena Unander-Scharin and Carina OlssonThe school’s founders Lena Unander-Scharin and Carina Olsson

THIS FIRST MEETING of the year was spent sharing memories of the summer. The students, ages 5 to 17, were able to use their Swedish skills within the group. There were stories about flea market bargains in Sk?e (a region in southern Sweden), meetings with dolphins in Florida and bearded horses in Iceland, and other exciting stories.

FOR MORE pictures and information, visit www.swedishlanguageschool.com.

First year anniversary celebrationFirst year anniversary celebration

Opening reception for Michael Benson’s “Images from… Beyond: Visions of our Scolar System” at Long View Gallery in Washington

Writer, filmmaker, photographer and exhibitions producer Michael Benson at the opening reception at Long View Gallery in WashingtonWriter, filmmaker, photographer and exhibitions producer Michael Benson at the opening reception at Long View Gallery in Washington

BEGINNING in 1995, writer, filmmaker, photographer and exhibitions producer Michael Benson began hunting through hundreds of thousands of solar system photographs, dating as far back as the late 1960′s, to find raw or partially processed images with potential significance in the photograph landscape. As a locator, editor and curator of these images, which were originally taken by interplanetary probes traveling through space, Benson devoted substantial time to the creation of composite mosaics and the optimization of this body of work for print production.

ON THURSDAY evening, September 16, 2010, the opening reception for Michael Benson’s exhibition “Images from… Beyond: Visions of our Solar Systems” was held at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

ON TUESDAY, September 28, 2010, there will be a film screening at the gallery of the documentary film “Predictions of Fire” with opening remarks by Michael Benson.

LONG VIEW Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.longviewgallerydc.com, tel. 202-232-4788.

Frank Snodgrass, Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery, Jacob Hileman and Aaron L. MachadoFrank Snodgrass, Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery, Jacob Hileman and Aaron L. Machado

Artists Matt Sesow and Dana EllynArtists Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn

Alenka Slavinec and Gerhard OlsenAlenka Slavinec and Gerhard Olsen

Michael Benson

SACC Washington DC held traditional Swedish crayfish party at the House of Sweden

Sara Dahl? of SACC-USA, Max Litton of Saab North America, Inc., and Amanda Uhlman of SACC-USASara Dahl? of SACC-USA, Max Litton of Saab North America, Inc., and Amanda Uhlman of SACC-USA

WHAT CAN BE more Swedish than celebrating the end of summer and beginning of fall with a traditional crayfish party or, as the Swedes say, kr?tskiva? And that is what the Washington chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (www.sacc-dc.org) did on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2010, at the House of Sweden, beautifully located on the Potomac River in Georgetown. The cooked crayfish were dark red in color and delicious. They disappeared quickly accompanied by drinks, such as vodka or aquavit, called “snaps,” wine and beer. Guests, dressed in the colorful party hats and bibs, sang traditional songs or “snaps-visor.”

AS SWEDISH Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m mentioned in his speech, the famed Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson has said that “there is nothing more Swedish than the crayfish tradition.”

THIS VERY successful event was sponsored by Volvo Group North America, Inc., Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and IKEA.

Thomas Unander-Scharin, Carina Olsson, Elizabeth Avery and Craig CrutchfieldThomas Unander-Scharin, Carina Olsson, Elizabeth Avery and Craig Crutchfield

Anna Winberg of SACC Washington DC, Bradley Olsson, chairman of SACC Washington DC, and Maja Persson of SACC Washington DCAnna Winberg of SACC Washington DC, Bradley Olsson, chairman of SACC Washington DC, and Maja Persson of SACC Washington DC

Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m gives a speech about the Swedish crayfish traditionAmbassador Jonas Hafstr?m gives a speech about the Swedish crayfish tradition

Carina Olsson, M?ten Leijon and Dawn LeijonCarina Olsson, M?ten Leijon and Dawn Leijon

Jonathan Miller, Vice-President of Government Relations for Volvo Group North America, Inc., spoke to the gathering. Jonathan Miller, Vice-President of Government Relations for Volvo Group North America, Inc., spoke to the gathering.

Carina Olsson Carina Olsson

Hanna Johansson, Meredith Eisenhart and Birgitta ArnesdotterHanna Johansson, Meredith Eisenhart and Birgitta Arnesdotter

Traditional Swedish crayfish party at the House of SwedenGeorgetown and the Potomac River

Artist reception with painter Tina Palmer at U.S.S. Sequoia in Washington

Artist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord of Clifton Gunderson LLCArtist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord of Clifton Gunderson LLC

IT COULD not have been a more beautiful September evening, when nationally acclaimed artist Tina Palmer held a cocktail reception and end-of-summer Art Exhibit at U.S.S. Sequoia – the Presidential Yacht – on Maine Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday the 15th. Guests could admire Ms. Palmer’s art (www.tinapalmerart.com) and enjoy the delicious seafood offerings.

Artist Tina PalmerArtist Tina Palmer

Melissa Santos of Body by Santos and Dale McCleeseMelissa Santos of Body by Santos and Dale McCleese

Artist Tina PalmerArtist Tina Palmer

Artist Tina Palmer, and Dale and Jan McCleeseArtist Tina Palmer, and Dale and Jan McCleese

U.S.S. SequoiaU.S.S. Sequoia

U.S.S. SequoiaU.S.S. Sequoia

U.S.S. SequoiaU.S.S. SequoiaU.S.S. Sequoia

Artisan Series show opened at International Visions Gallery in Washington

Tim Davis of International Visions Gallery in Washington and Andr?Guichard of Gallery Guichard Tim Davis of International Visions Gallery in Washington and Andr?Guichard of Gallery Guichard

THE ARTISAN Series is a nationwide arts competition sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin and the Russell and Danny Simmons Rush Philanthropic Foundation. The Artisan Series aims to discover the next big names in both urban photography and multi-media arts, and celebrate today’s diverse up-and-coming artists on a national stage.

ON SATURDAY evening, September 11, 2010, International Visions Gallery (www.inter-visions.com) in Washington, D.C., held its Artisan Series art opening. Among the participating artists are Brigid Ashwood, Calvin Coleman, Dmitry Gubin, Jeffery Kent, Julian Lytle, Michael Platt, Edward Savwoir, Stan Squirewell, Tanekeya Word, Miles Bumbray, Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, Allysa Kazew, Marcus Kiser, Jamilla Okubo, Ellington, Cody A. Seekins, Richard Tu and Robinson.

ACROSS ALL markets 20 artists will advance to the Art for Life exhibition held during the Art Basel Miami in December 2010. From that group, two finalists will be invited to exhibit at Rush Arts Gallery in New York City in February 2011.

Smithsonian Director of Education Claudine Brown and famed sculptor Lilian BurwellSmithsonian Director of Education Claudine Brown and famed sculptor Lilian Burwell

Art by Swedish artist Anna U. DavisArt by Swedish artist Anna U. Davis

Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. opens three solo installations

Leigh Conner of Conner Contemporary Art, Rob Shapiro, and Jamie L. Smith, PhD. of Conner Contemporary ArtLeigh Conner of Conner Contemporary Art, Rob Shapiro, and Jamie L. Smith, PhD. of Conner Contemporary Art

ON SATURDAY evening, September 11, Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. opened three concurrent solo exhibitions featuring a sculptural installation and opening night performance by John Kirchner, paintings by John Stark and a recent video by Susan MacWilliam. The exhibition runs through October 30, 2010.

TO CREATE his fourth solo exhibition — “Infinity” – with the gallery, the D.C.-based artist John Kirchner physically and metaphorically deconstructs a 26-foot boat. By presenting a live performance in the gallery during the opening night reception, Kirchner confronted viewers with a provocative allegory of human condition.

MERCURIUS DUPLEX is London-based John Stark’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. Mr. Stark is an innovator in the dark undercurrent of London’s artistic traditions to from his own system of meaning. This is the artist’s much anticipated American debut with a new series of paintings in oil on wood panel.

Art by John StarkArt by John Stark

BELFAST-BASED artist Susan MacWilliam represented Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Ms. MacWilliam’s art probes the paranormal, the supersensory and the tradition of psychic research. She approaches her subject through the history of occult photography, biography and archival discovery.

CONNER Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. in the historic H Street Corridor/Florida Avenue Arts district. Gallery hours are Tuesday — Saturday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. For more information: www.connercontemporary.com, tel. 202-588-8750.