Monthly Archives: October 2010

Opening reception for artist Scott G. Brooks ‘We the People’ exhibition at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Washington artist Scott G. BrooksWashington artist Scott G. Brooks

“WE THE PEOPLE” – a solo exhibition of 12 new works by Washington artist Scott G. Brooks – opened on Friday evening, October 29, 2010, at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. Brooks’ works reflects the political and economic turmoil that takes up the head space of those who are paying attention, and shows the detailed figures and storytelling themes the artist has become known for. In the past the messages were often subtle and hidden in the elaborate artworks. In contrast, “We the People” blatantly speaks to the pop-culture-obsessed and politically-charged landscape in which Brooks live today. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. in two years.

Christie Pell, Long View Gallery, and Thomas Henry QuinnChristie Pell, Long View Gallery, and Thomas Henry Quinn

BROOKS IS originally from Flint, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. Brooks has recently been featured in the shows “100 Artists See Satan” at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California, “New Work” at Last Rites Gallery, New York, “Everything But the Kitschen Sync” at La Luz de Jesus, in Los Angeles, October 9, 2010 – November 7, 2010, and “The Thirteenth Hour” at Last Rites Gallery in New York, October 2010.

Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, tel. 202-232-4788. For more information: www.longviewgallery.com.

Swedish artist Anna U. Davis and her husband Peter DavisSwedish artist Anna U. Davis and her husband Peter Davis

Siobhan Gavagan, Long View Gallery, Nathan Ford, Megan O'Neill and Ken LavineSiobhan Gavagan, Long View Gallery, Nathan Ford, Ken Lavine and Megan O’Neill

Peggy Orchowski and Mary Lou CollectorPeggy Orchowski and Mary Lou Collector

Parisa Mazratian and Maria-Stella GatzoulisParisa Mazratian and Maria-Stella Gatzoulis

Pierre and Evan RahalPierre and Evan Rahal

Artist Cory OberndorferArtist Cory Oberdorfer

Scott G. Brooks event at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Scott G. Brooks event at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 

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‘Living Legends’ – a panel discussion on collecting black art at Parish Gallery in Georgetown

Gallery owner Norman Parish, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Walter BryantGallery owner Norman Parish, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Walter Bryant

“LIVING LEGENDS” was the theme of an evening with collector, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke, with a panel discussion on the importance of collecting art by black artists at Parish Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Moderator was Larry Frazier and panelists were Janet Stanley, chief librarian at the National Museum of African Art; and Richard Everett, creator of Tokesplace.com. The event was presented by Parish Gallery (www.parishgallery.com) in Georgetown and Misty Brown Productions.

Photographer Bruce McNeil and Juanita HardyPhotographer Bruce McNeil and Juanita Hardy

Radio host and columnist Jonetta Rose Barras, artist Michael Platt and Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African ArtRadio host and columnist Jonetta Rose Barras, artist Michael Platt and Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art

Misty Brown of Misty Brown Productions and photographer Bruce McNeilMisty Brown of Misty Brown Productions and photographer Bruce McNeil

Opening of ‘Synergy” Exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, Swedish musician Andi Almqvist, Swedish producer Carl Granberg and Peter DavisSwedish artist Anna U. Davis, Swedish musician Andi Almqvist, Swedish producer Carl Granberg and Peter Davis

THE D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities celebrated D.C.’s emerging and established arts movement with a festive opening of “Synergy” on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

THE CELEBRATION, or Grand Fete as they called it, featured works by D.C. Arts and Humanities artist fellows. It was fittingly presented during October, which is the National Arts & Humanities Month.

Artist Marta Perez-Garcia in front of her artwork Artist Marta Perez-Garcia in front of her artwork “La Fleur de l’Age.”

Peter Davis and his wife Swedish artist Anna U. DavisPeter Davis and his wife Swedish artist Anna U. Davis

“Self Portrait” – artwork by Anna U. Davis

Moto Boy performed at House of Sweden in Washington

Swedish Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist and Moto BoySwedish Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist and Moto Boy

“I PLAYED romantic pieces, it was love all the way,” said Swedish musician Moto Boy (www.motoboy.se) after an acclaimed performance at the House of Sweden on Wednesday night, October 20, 2010. “I’ll always love,” “Young love,” – the musician’s own composition — and “Ave Maria” were among the songs on the repertoire. The next day Moto Boy was off to the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival in New York, along with a performance at the Backstage Bar on Saturday.

MOTO BOY, whose real name is Oskar Humlebo, has been described as “a one man’s choir with a magnificent ‘operaesque’ voice accompanied by high lonely tones on a hard rock guitar with the distortion pedal well hidden in the basement.”

OVER THE YEARS leading up to his emergence as Moto Boy in 2006, he has worked his way through various forms of music and living, and in late 2006 he planned one final concert before he quit his quest for artistry. The concert became instead the first one, followed by a year of appearances cementing a new form of artist, and a new sort of audience, both humble and glamorous. Moto Boy’s debut album was released in January 2008 in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Swedish musician Moto BoySwedish musician Moto Boy

Gunilla Fritjofsson and Moto BoyGunilla Fritjofsson and Moto Boy

Rodrigo Cabezas and Jenny ZhangRodrigo Cabezas and Jenny Zhang

Acclaimed artist Tina Palmer hosts exhibition of her art at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Artist Tina Palmer and Tony CordArtist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

A COCKTAIL PARTY featuring an exhibition of artist Tina Palmer’s nationally acclaimed work (www.tinapalmerart.com) was held on Wednesday evening, October 20, 2010, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Guests at the reception enjoyed delicious appetizers from Tuscana West restaurant and fine wines from Chateau O’Brien. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art at the exhibition will be donated to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Sam Sanders and Lauren BrownSam Sanders and Lauren Brown

Salman Mujahid, Maryim Mujahid, Tony Cord, artist Tina Palmer, Kaitlin Kusturiss and John KusturissSalman Mujahid, Maryim Mujahid, Tony Cord, artist Tina Palmer, Kaitlin Kusturiss and John Kusturiss

Musician Mateo Monk, who performed at the event, and Tony CordMusician Mateo Monk, who performed at the event, and Tony Cord

Aram Taghavi of Bisnow, artist Tina Palmer and Tony CordAram Taghavi of Bisnow, artist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

Geologist William E. Brooks discussed Mining and Metallurgy in Ancient Peru at the Embassy of Peru

Luis Chang Boldrini, the Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru; Ana Maria Deustua, Commercial Counselor of Peru; and geologist and mineral commodity specialist William E. BrooksLuis Chang Boldrini, the Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru; Ana Maria Deustua, Commercial Counselor of Peru; and geologist and mineral commodity specialist William E. Brooks, who has translated “Mineria y Metalurgia en el Antiguo Per?” to English.

AMERICAN geologist and mineral commodity specialist William E. Brooks discussed his translation to English of “Mineria and Metalurgia en el Antiguo Per?” by Georg Petersen G. – at an event at the Embassy of Peru in Washington on Tuesday evening, October 19, 2010. The English title is “Mining and Metallurgy in Ancient Peru.” The book was originally published in Spanish in 1970 through the Institute of Anthropological Researches in Lima, Peru.

IN 2009, Peru was the world’s leading producer of silver, the world’s second leading producer of copper, and the leading producer of gold in Latin America. And the country’s importance as a metal producer extends to centuries in the past.

GEORG PETERSEN GAULKE was born in 1898 in Flensburg, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in 1922. In 1924 he came to Peru, and became a Peruvian citizen in 1934. He was also the President of the Geological Society of Peru.

PETERSEN’S book blends the archeology, art history, biology, Colonial exploration, ethno-history, geochemistry, geology, metallurgy and the mining technology of ancient Peru. It also gives valuable knowledge about ancient mining in the country, the tools and the methods, mining sites in the extensive Andean region, metallurgical techniques and fabrication procedures.

For more information about “Mining and Metallurgy in Ancient Peru:” www.geosociety.org.

Exhibition with photographer Paolo Ventura opens at the Italian Embassy in Washington

Evangelia Papaioannou and Liliana PulvirentiEvangelia Papaioannou and Liliana Pulvirenti

AN EXHIBITION of Drawings and Photographs, titled “Before and After Winter Stories,” by Paolo Ventura, opened at the Italian Embassy/Italian Cultural Institute (www.iicwashington.esteri.it/IIC_Washington) in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening, October 18, 2010.

IN THE exhibition, Mr. Ventura shows work in progress inspired by Venice during the World War II, as well as a few drawings from “Winter Series,” his latest book. Two works by Mr. Ventura were recently acquired by the Library of Congress – the first time an Italian photographer will be included in the prestigious collection.

MR. VENTURA was born in Milan, Italy, in 1968. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in the early 1990s. His work has been exhibited internationally at, among other places, the Forma International Center for Photography in Milan, the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, and the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris. Mr. Ventura now lives and works in New York and Italy.

Peter Hickman and Nazira KarimiPeter Hickman and Nazira Karimi

Work by photographer Paolo VenturaWork by photographer Paolo Ventura

Work by photographer Paolo VenturaWork by photographer Paolo Ventura

Fashion Fights Poverty Celebrates 6th Annual Fashion Benefit

Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari and Naomi FosterPakistani designer Nomi Ansari and Naomi Foster

FASHION FIGHTS POVERTY (FFP) (www.fashionfightspoverty.org) – a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness on the fight against global poverty through the world of fashion – hosted its 6th annual benefit at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday evening, October 15, 2010.

Fashion Fights Poverty celebrates 6th Annual Fashion BenefitWITH CUTTING edge presentations every year, this year’s “Raw” theme is a return to the “primal” state of making clothes and art for both spiritual nourishment and economic survival. For this year’s show Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari (www.nomiansari.ws) presented his collection, with extraordinary pieces. Nomi Ansari Studios supplies not only pr?-?porter but also Eastern and Western couture pieces to Dubai, India, United Kingdom and the United States.

Anika Maiden, Kadrieka Maiden and Barbara MaidenAnika Maiden, Kadrieka Maiden, Vice President of Communications and Co-founder of Fashion Fights Poverty, and Barbara Maiden

PROCEEDS FROM from this year’s benefit will support Fashion Fights Poverty’s community youth programs, including Woodrow Wilson High School and its globally sustainable projects, aimed at creating income-generating or microfinance opportunities for individuals as well as for families and communities in developing countries.

Fashion Fights Poverty celebrates 6th Annual Anniversary Benefit Director of Educational Programs at Artisphere Lisa Marie ThalhammerDirector of Educational Programs at Artisphere Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Fashion Fights Poverty celebrates 6th Annual Fashion BenefitGail Sullivan and Lais LacherGail Sullivan and Lais Lacher

Fashion Fights Poverty celebrates 6th Annual Fashion BenefitChristina Fulton and Stephen LeacockChristina Fulton and Stephen Leacock

Fashion Fights Poverty celebrates 6th Annual Fashion BenefitSara Hafiz, Designer Nomi Ansari, Nazia Hussain, Ahmed Bajwa and Sara MalikSara Hafiz, Designer Nomi Ansari, Nazia Hussain, Ahmed Bajwa and Sara Malik

Fashion Fights Poverty eventSean O'Brien and Nathalia VealeSean O’Brien and Nathalia Veale

Fashion Fights Poverty eventFashion Fights Poverty eventFashion Fights PovertyFashion Fights Poverty eventFashion Fights Poverty eventFashion Fights Poverty event

What a birthday party! A grand celebration for art impresaria Philippa Hughes

Washington art impresaria Philippa HughesWashington art impresaria Philippa Hughes

THIS WEEK, guests were invited to an exciting arts and performance property – called “Wonderbox” — next to a dark and winding alley in central Washington, D.C., to celebrate well-known art impresaria Philippa Hughes’ birthday. The big crowd – asked to “Dress like a star!” in the invitations — got to enjoy a buffet of delicious food and drinks, listen to stimulating music provided by a deejay and musicians, watch energized performances of modern dance and pose for pictures taken with the “Birthday Girl.”

PHILIPPA HUGHES, who is the successful founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pink Line Project (www.pinklineproject.com), has been a major leader in developing the local art scene in the nation’s capital. She has been featured in The Washington Post as one of “The Cultural Crowd’s Refreshing Faces” who is “remaking the scene” in Washington as a connector and gatekeeper. She is also a commissioner on the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities among other assignments.

Artist Emma O'Rourke, press secretary and spokesman of the Embassy of Finland Kari Mokko and Krista TaubertArtist Emma O’Rourke, press secretary and spokesman of the Embassy of Finland Kari Mokko and Krista Taubert

Michael Clements, who is Executive Editor at the Washington Life Magazine, and Anchyi WeiMichael Clements, who is Executive Editor at the Washington Life Magazine, and Anchyi Wei

Michael Pollack and Lena SkanbyMichael Pollack and Lena Skanby

David TittsworthDavid Tittsworth

Art impresaria Philippa HughesArt impresaria Philippa Hughes

Entrance Outside Outside Birthday party for art impresaria Philippa HughesBirthday party for art impresaria Philippa HughesBirthday party for art impresaria Philippa HughesBirthday party for art impresaria Philippa Hughes

Peruvian baritone Jos?Sac? performs at United Church in Washington

Pianist Mari Paz, baritone Jos?Sac? and Cultural Attach?at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington Blanca OchoaPianist Mari Paz, baritone Jos?Sac? and Cultural Attach?at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington Blanca Ochoa

PERUVIAN BARITONE Jos?Sac?, accompanied by pianist Mari Paz, did an acclaimed performance at the United Church in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, October 13, 2010. The special concert included a program mainly of Peruvian songs as well as tangos, boleros and some zarzuela, and was presented by the Embassy of Peru in Washington.

MR. Sac?, whose “voice of liquid gold was heard soloing in the Papal mass at the Nationals Stadium,” has performed as a soloist with the Washington Opera, the Baltimore Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Opera de Lima, and several other prestigious venues. Mr. Sac? is also a winner of the Montpellier Cultural Arts Center Competition in 2001, the 1999 Annapolis Opera Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. Among his operatic roles are Count Alma viva (Le Nozzedi Figaro) and Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana). He has also performed as a conductor.

MARI PAZ, who was influenced by her uncle Cuban composer Maestro Rodrigo Prats studied piano in Cuba, Mexico and the United States. She received a B.A. in piano from La Habana, Cuba. In Washington, D.C., she has appeared in concerts at the Mexican Cultural Institute and several embassies, as well as for the Mount Vernon College “In Series.” Ms. Paz has also been a featured artist at Gala Hispanic Theatre in several productions as both pianist and arranger.