Monthly Archives: February 2011

Splendid performance with artist Olivia Stevens in Washington

Per Augustsson, Eva Bergqvist, artist Olivia Stevens, Carl Jan Granqvist, Gabriella Augustsson and Holger Carlsson Per Augustsson, Senior Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at SAIS; Eva Bergquist, cultural counselor at the Embassy of Sweden; Olivia Stevens, acclaimed Swedish-American performing artist; Professor Carl Jan Granqvist of Vink?laren Grappe in Stockholm, Sweden; Gabriella Augustsson, press counselor at the Embassy of Sweden; and Holger Carlsson of LW Productions.

IT WAS QUITE an evening when Swedish-American artist Olivia Stevens (www.oliviastevens.com) performed her program “Passion,” with Erich Rauch playing the piano, at the House of Sweden in Washington last night, Friday, February 25. She delivered a rich mixture of songs and stories from her Swedish, French, Norwegian and American experiences, with lyrics and narratives in Swedish, English, French and German.

Inka Reilly, performing artist Olivia Stevens, and Marie-Louise BernalInka Reilly, performing artist Olivia Stevens, and Marie-Louise Bernal

FOR THE OCCASION, the House of Sweden transformed its Alfred Nobel Hall into a cabaret night club for the performance, complete with cocktail tables with candles, low lights and plenty of wine for the audience.

Maude Svensson and Lars Engstr?m of the IMFMaude Svensson and Lars Engstr?m of the IMF

MS. STEVENS WAS born in Sweden to an American father and a Swedish mother, and is now based in New York and Stockholm. She has starred in plays and musicals in London, Stockholm, Oslo and Warsaw. Being a true cosmopolitan, she has performed at the Th?tre du Soleil in Paris, played Shakespeare in London and Oscar Wilde in New York. Critics hailed her leading roles in Cabaret, West Side Story and Chess as “outstanding.”

Performing artist Olivia Stevens performs at the House of SwedenTHIS YEAR, Olivia Stevens has performed her acclaimed one-woman shows “Pleasure & Peril” and “Romance” to sold-out audiences in Europe and New York City. She has also co-starred in the feature film “All Screwed Up,” and her Swedish feature film “Lies to Love” opens in Europe this spring.

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‘The Dynamics of the DC Art Scene’ discussed at The Kreeger Museum in Washington

Juanita and Mel Hardy of Millennium Arts Salon, and Judy A. Greenberg, director of The Kreeger MuseumJuanita and Mel Hardy of Millennium Arts Salon, which sponsored the exhibition “In Unison – 20 Washington, DC Artists” at The Kreeger Museum, along with Judy A. Greenberg, director of The Kreeger Museum.

A LIVELY AND interesting panel discussion was presented at the Kreeger Museum (www.kreegermuseum.org) last night, February 24, by The Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington, in partnership with The Kreeger. The topic “The Dynamics of the DC Art Scene” focused the discussion on how art dealers, collectors, curators and museum directors interact to support visual arts in the D.C. area.

THE STELLAR array of panelists included Juliette Bethea, collector; Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art; Judy A. Greenberg, director of The Kreeger Museum; Giselle Huberman, collector; Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center; and moderator Bill Dunlap, artist and art critic.

Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, and artist Joyce WellmanDr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, and artist Joyce Wellman

PRIOR TO the panel discussion, guests also had the opportunity to view “In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists,” the culmination of a project initiated by renowned artist Sam Gilliam. The exhibition, which runs through February 26, consists of work by 20 artists from the DC community.

Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts and Jack Rasmussen, Curator and Director, American University Museum at the Katzen CenterSusan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts and Jack Rasmussen, curator and director, American University Museum at the Katzen Center

Angela Goerner of Hamiltonian Artists, Susan Rosenbaum of The Abramowitz Project, and Stacie Kirby of the Greater Reston Arts Center.Angela Goerner of Hamiltonian Artists, Susan Rosenbaum of The Abramowitz Project, and Stacie Kirby of the Greater Reston Arts Center.

Artist Rory Anderson and Dr. Erich Keel, Head of Education at The Kreeger MuseumArtist Rory Anderson and Dr. Erich Keel, Head of Education at The Kreeger Museum

Olivia Stevens to perform her show ‘Passion’ at House of Sweden in Washington

ON FRIDAY evening, February 25, 2011, Swedish artist Olivia Stevens (www.oliviastevens.com) will perform her show “Passion” at a sold-out event at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

STOCKHOLM-BORN performer Olivia Stevens have over the last few years gaining recognition for both her acting and singing on the scenes in Europe and New York. She co-starts in the feature film “Lies to Love,” which is to be released this year. Additionally, she has toured with her one-woman shows, and played for full houses in Europe and New York City. She has performed in Swedish and English as well as in French and German.

OLIVIA STEVENS will be part of the inauguration events for the new program theme called “Fabric of Life,” which will explore the fabric of life through the life cycle of man: child, teen, adult, elderly. Examples of research and ideas, as well as products and services which improve life quality and ease every individual’s existence will be showcased at House of Sweden.

‘New Artists, New Art’ exhibition opens at Long View Gallery in Washington

Ann and Tim Gavagan and Eva C. StefanAnn and Tim Gavagan and Eva C. Stefan

“NEW ARTISTS, NEW ART” is a new exhibition at Long View Galley in Washington, D.C., which opened on Thursday evening, February 17, 2011. The exhibition celebrates the works of several very talented and remarkable new artists, including Ryan McCoy, Shaun Richards, Jordan Bruns, Zach Sherif, Thomas Burkett, Amy Genser, Shawna Moore, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz and Clyde Fowler.

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

Artist and lighting designer Zach Sherif Artist and lighting designer Zach Sherif (in front of a few samples of his chandeliers), whose clients includes celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, A-Rod (Alex Rodriquez) and Naomi Campbell.

Eric BrewerEric Brewer in front of Mike Weber’s “Joy Ride.”

“New Artists, New Art” opening event at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Daniela Manna, artist Zach Sherif and Peggy OrchowskiDaniela Manna, artist Zach Sherif and Peggy Orchowski


‘Afro-Peruvian Culture’ event at Embassy of Peru in Washington

Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva and Dr. M'bare N'gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in BaltimorePeruvian singer Vicky Leyva and Dr. M’bare N’gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in Baltimore

“AFRO-PERUVIAN Culture” - an event in celebration of the National African American History Month – was held at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, February 16, 2011.

THE EVENT featured a lecture with the title “The Transafrican Experience in Peru: History and Identity” by Dr. M’bare N’gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Black History Month was celebrated at an event - Black History Month was celebrated at an event – “Afro-Peruvian Culture” – at the Embassy of Peru on Wednesday evening, February 16.

MR. N’GOM’S lecture explored the black experience in Peru from colonial period to the 20th century. He discussed the contributions of blacks, Africans and Transafricans, and their protagonism in the construction of “Peruanidad,” or Peruvian national identity through their participation in different phases of the country’s history.

Renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva performs. Renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva performs.

THE LECTURE was followed by Afro-Peruvian rhythms with staging of the culture through music and dance, presented by renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva (www.vickyleyvadelperu.com) and dance group Mamauca.

MS. LEYVA’S performance with traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms with modern arrangements was captivating. She focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Lima, and sings land? zamacueca, festejo and other music, offering a blend of Peru’s African and Spanish musical heritage.

MS. LEYVA is also the Art and Culture Director of MZO Center in Washington, D.C. – an Afro-Latino Development Center.

Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.

MAMAUCA is an Afro Peruvian dance and music group based in Washington, D.C., created by Elena Barrueto and her children and friends.

Luis Chang, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Dr. M'bare N'gomLuis Chang, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Dr. M’bare N’gom

Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.

Swedish Washington-based journalist Lovisa Frost talked about her experience in covering the White House at a SACU luncheon

SACU Chairman Nils Bruzelius and Swedish Washington-based journalist Lovisa FrostSACU Chairman Nils Bruzelius and Swedish Washington-based journalist Lovisa Frost

“INSIDE THE White House: A Swedish Journalist Close-up” was the title of a SACU (Swedish American Cultural Union) luncheon with Swedish Washington-based executive producer and correspondent Lovisa Frost in Washington on Tuesday, February 15.

MS. FROST, who grew up outside H??r in Sk?e in southern Sweden, has covered the White House, Capitol Hill and presidential politics for more than 10 years for Talk Radio News Service, a network of American talk radio stations. And she has reported on them in detail for the often-passionate audiences that follow talk radio.

IN HER INTERESTING and witty speech, and with her uniquely close-up view of the last three administrations and workings of American politics, she discussed how the White House and America’s increasingly fractious political system look to a journalist with a Swedish perspective, and explored the differences between Swedish and American media and how they cover politics, among other things.

EDUCATED AT University of Sk?vde in Sweden followed by studies in the U.S. – Shenandoah University and University of Maryland – she has previously worked at the leading Swedish daily newspaper Sk?ska Dagbladet, which is based on Malm?, Sweden.

International Vision’s 14th Anniversary Celebration and Small Works Show reception in Washington

Gallery founder and director Tim Davis and artist Helen ZughaibGallery founder and director Tim Davis and artist Helen Zughaib

ON SATURDAY evening, February 12, International Visions Gallery in Washington, D.C., held its 14th Anniversary Celebration and Small Works Show reception.

THE PARTICIPATING artists are Anne Bouie, Lila Snow, Bill Dorsey, Bruce McNeil, George H. Smith Shomari, Tim Davis, Betty Murchison, Frank Smith, Nestor Hernandez, Michael Ross, Marsha Staiger, Michael Platt, Carol Beane, Wadsworth Jarrell, James Phillips, David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Kevin Cole, Verna Hart, April Harrison, Charly Palmer, Betty Press, Dmitry Gubin, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Miriam Rylands (Brazil), Helen Zughaib (Lebanon), Donna Brown (Aboriginal Australia), Ed Kazaryan (Kazakhstan), Iris (Haiti), Adam Abdalla (Sudan), Vidal Bedoya (Bolivia), Edorh Sokey (Togo), Mikhail Gubin (Ukraine), Bela (Martinique), Hamid Kachmar (Morocco), Marlene Godoy (Brazil), Lanre Buraimoh (Nigeria), Yaw Obuobi (Ghana), Scherezade Garcia (Dominican Republic), and Fred Mutebi (Uganda).

THE ANNUAL small works show will go on through March 12, 2011. International Visions Gallery is located at 2629 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008. Tel. 202-234-5112. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or by appointment. For more information: www.inter-visions.com.

Bettye Robertson, Anita Moore-Hackney and Pat WaltersBettye Robertson, Anita Moore-Hackney and Pat Walters

Violet Morris and Isabella PintoViolet Morris and Isabella Pinto

Photographer Bruce McNeilPhotographer Bruce McNeil

Artist Helen Zughaib and her artwork Artist Helen Zughaib and her artwork “Moonlight Fishing” to the right.

Artist talk with Swede Anna U. Davis at Artisphere in Washington

Fernando Batista, artist Anna U. Davis and husband Peter DavisFernando Batista, artist Anna U. Davis and husband Peter Davis

LAST NIGHT, February 11, Swedish Washington-based artist Anna U. Davis (www.frocasians.com) held an artist talk at Artisphere in Arlington, Va. She discussed the expansion of her drawing series – “The Dance Before the Kill” – at the WIP Gallery.

THE PARTY Crashers artist has created a large painting from start to finish at the gallery, and visitors could experience the artistic process first-hand while observing the artist at work creating the painting.

Anna U. Davis: A Work in Progress – a live, on-site installation at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia

Swedish Washington-based artist Anna U. DavisSwedish Washington-based artist Anna U. Davis

SWEDISH artist – and Party Crashers artist – Anna U. Davis (www.frocasians.com) has been creating a large painting from start to finish at the WIP Gallery in Artisphere (www.artisphere.com) in Arlington, Va., the last few weeks. Visitors have been able to experience the artistic process first hand while observing the artist while she is at work.

Anna U. Davis explains her work in her statement:
“In my drawing series ‘The Dance before the Kill,’ I continue my investigation of contemporary feminist concerns, this time giving form to the sexually charged hostilities that pervade both gender and race. In this series I adapt the paso doble as a metaphor to evaluate the fluidity of women’s role in relation to the aggressive, prideful posturing that typically characterizes paternal authority. I have in these drawings transformed my gray frocasians figures (an amalgam of the terms Afro and Caucasian) of my mixed media paintings into starkly black and white illustrations of entangled bodies. The Frocasians symbolize my utopist aim to transcend identity politics. The distinct, flamboyant clothing and histrionic facial expression of each character evoke the dance of the bull fight as these attributes increase the dramatic tension between sexes.”

Artist Anna U. DavisArtist Anna U. Davis

On Friday, February 11 at 6 p.m., Anna will hold an artist talk at the WIP Gallery – and discuss the expansion of her drawing series “The Dance before the Kill” — to conclude her residence. WIP Gallery at Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209.

Anna U. Davis at work.Anna U. Davis at work.

Artwork by Anna U. Davis

Designers Jens Praet and Vibeke Skar showcase their new lamp design – Evergreen – during the upcoming Stockholm Furniture Fair

Designer Jens Praet, Janine Durand and Craig Applebaum of Industry GalleryBelgian-born, Florence-based designer Jens Praet, to the left, with Janine Durand and Craig Applebaum of Industry Gallery in Washington, D.C. in January 2011 at the opening of Praet’s first solo U.S. exhibition — “Fossilized” – at the DC gallery.

“EVERGREEN” – a new mood making lamp from Northern Lighting – will be officially launched during the Stockholm Furniture Fair in Sweden. The fair runs from February 8 through February 12.

EVERGREEN IS a collection of height adjustable pendant lamps, which refer strongly to industrial evergreen elements, and consists of a series of lamps of different sizes, available in either black or white. The collection is designed by Belgian designer Jens Praet and Norwegian designer Vibeke Skar.

JENS PRAET established Studio Jens Praet (www.jenspraet.com), a design studio in Panzano in Chianti, a small town near Florence, Italy, in 2007. Praet studied Industrial Design in Florence and attended Master classes at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, under Droog Design’s co-founder Gijs Baker.

VIBEKE SKAR began her studies in Italy. While working for Frost Produkt, she attended The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Since completing her Master’s degree in 2009, she has worked as a freelance designer under the name of Studio Vibeke Skar (www.vibekeskar.com).

For more information about the Stockholm Furniture Fair: www.northernlightfair.com. Address: Stockholmsm?san, M?sv?en 1, 125 30 ?vsj?, Sweden. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., February 8-12, 2011.