Monthly Archives: March 2011

Exhibition with artist Carlos R?s (CRIOS) opens at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington

Artist Carlos R?s (CRIOS)Artist Carlos R?s (CRIOS)

AN EXHIBITION – “M?sica, Colores del Sur, Todos estos a?s…….” – with the artist Carlos R?s (CRIOS) opened at Sala de las Artes at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, March 11, 2011. The Embassy of Uruguay and The Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts sponsored the event.

Amb. William Ehlers, Sandra Ehlers, Consul General of Uruguay Maria Barcelo and Rodolfo PacualAmb. William Ehlers, Sandra Ehlers, Consul General of Uruguay Maria Barcelo and Rodolfo Pacual

Artwork by Carlos R?sArtwork by Carlos R?s

Artwork by Carlos R?s

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Swedish New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson talked food on The Dylan Ratigan Show

MarcusSamuelsson.20080507 003.JPGNew York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson grew up in S?edalen, Gothenburg, Sweden.

OVER THE YEARS, the Swedish New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson (www.marcussamuelsson.com) has earned much acclaim in the United States. Known for his work at the Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York, he recently opened Red Rooster (www.redroosterharlem.com) in Harlem at 310 Lenox Ave. He says that the menu at Red Rooster “reflects on the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal food makers.” According to his Web site, Samuelsson, who is a resident of Harlem, has long wanted to bring a restaurant to that vibrant community.

WHILE OPENING a new restaurant, he has also found time to publish a cook-book “New American Table,” assisted at a state dinner at the White House, and win Bravo’s series Top Chef Masters in 2010 where he competed with about 20 world-renowned chefs.

ON THURSDAY afternoon he discussed food with Dylan Ratigan on Ratigan’s MSNBC show (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42016522#42016522). Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and grew up in S?edalen, a suburban area of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast.

The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia, held its own traditional ‘Vasaloppet’

Students and adults gathered after the Students and adults gathered after the “Vasaloppet” competition.

A REAL SWEDISH tradition – “Vasaloppet” — was celebrated at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia, on Saturday, March 5.

VASALOPPET IS a 90 km cross-country ski race that traditionally takes place between the towns S?en and Mora in the province of Dalarna, Sweden, the first Sunday in March. It is the oldest, the longest and probably one of the biggest cross-country ski races in the world. At that event, typically more than 15,000 skiers gather to commemorate the trip made by the 16th century Swedish King Gustav Vasa, who according to the history was the first one to ski that route in 1520 as part of his escape to Norway eluding the troops of Christian II, the king of the Kalmar Union.

The The “Vasaloppet” competition

VASALOPPET AT the Swedish School for Language and Culture in Virginia is held every year at nearby parking lot, where children from the school compete with their parents and other adults on skis made of wood. After the competition, the Swedish traditional blueberry soup and home-made buns are served to the participants.

FOR MORE information about The Swedish School for Language and Culture, visit www.swedishlanguageschool.com.

The The “Vasaloppet” competition

Thomas Unander-Scharin and M?ten LeijonThomas Unander-Scharin and M?lt;/span>rten Leijon

The The “Vasaloppet” competition

After the competition, according to Swedish tradition hearty blueberry soup and home-baked buns were served to the participants. After the competition, according to Swedish tradition hearty blueberry soup and home-baked buns were served to the participants.   

’17 Swedish Designers’ – exhibition of contemporary Swedish women designers at House of Sweden in Washington

The exhibition The exhibition “17 Swedish designers” can now be seen at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

AN EXHIBITION OF the work of a group of young and progressive designers – “17 Swedish designers” (www.17swedishdesigners.com) – is touring the United States. It has now reached Washington, D.C., and their ceramics, furniture and textiles, in black and white and with some bright accents, can now be seen at House of Sweden.

THE ARTISTS are Pia Amsell, Lena Bergstr?m, Camilla Diedrich, Front, Monica F?rster, Anki Gneib, Nina Jobs, Anna Kraitz, Anna Lerinder, Lotta K?hlhorn, Ulrika M?tensson, Eva Schildt, Carina Seth Andersson, Anna von Schewen, Sara Szyber, Pia T?rnell and Barbro Wesslander, all of whom were born between 1960-1970. 

The exhibition ALL OF THESE 17 designers have early in their careers exhibited at the Gallery Pascale in Stockholm. Gallery Pascale is the creation of Pascale Cottard-Olsson, a French woman living in Sweden, who has a an instinctive ability to spot talented designers. She is the author of the book “17 Swedish Designers, chez Pascale,” released in Stockholm on Women’s Day, March 8, 2007.

The exhibition runs through March 20, 2011. For more information, visit www.swedenabroad.com/washington.

The exhibition The exhibition The exhibition  

Exhibition with artist Antonia Ramis Miguel opens at Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Artist Antonia Ramis MiguelArtist Antonia Ramis Miguel

THE EXHIBITION “Observations” with artist Antonia Ramis Miguel (www.antoniaramismiguel.com) opened on Saturday, March 5, at Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C.

MS. RAMIS MIGUEL, who was born in Spain, has been painting since childhood. Trained in Europe, she studied for seven years with Professors Edgardo and Alceu Ribeiro, themselves students of the renowned constructivist Joaqu? Torres-Garc?. Following her formal training, she spent several years studying the techniques of, among others, Rubens, Sargent, Vel?quez, and Vermeer.

RAMIS MIGUEL PAINTS primarily in the medium of oil, on canvas and on wood; her subject matter includes street scenes, still-lifes, landscapes and figures. She has shown her work in individual and collective exhibitions in her native Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria and the United States.

THE SHOW GOES until April 2, 2011. Watergate Gallery is located at 2552 Virginia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. 202-338-4488. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information: www.watergategalleryframedesign.com.  

Champagne Open House with artists held at Gallery 555dc in Washington

Gallery owner Jodi WalshGallery owner Jodi Walsh

A CHAMPAGNE Open House for the exhibition “Landscapes: Big & Small” with the artists Georgia Nassikas, Ellen Sinel and Bruce Fransen was held on Saturday afternoon, March 5, at Gallery 555dc in Washington, D.C.

Artist Georgia Nassikas Artist Georgia Nassikas (www.georgianassikas.com)

THE EXHIBITION runs through March 30, 2011. Gallery 555dc is located in the Lobby of 555 12th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. 202-393-1409.

Artist Bruce Fransen Artist Bruce Fransen (www.brucefransencreations.com)

Artist Ellen Sinel Artist Ellen Sinel (www.ellensinel.com)

Photographer Leslie Cashen and artist Ellen SinelPhotographer Leslie Cashen (www.lesliecashen.com) and artist Ellen Sinel

Gallery talk with acclaimed Swedish artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar at House of Sweden in Washington

Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist at the Embassy of Sweden, artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Kate Novak and Madelaine FusfieldCultural Counselor Eva Bergquist at the Embassy of Sweden, artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Kate Novak and Madelaine Fusfield

CHARLOTTE GYLLENHAMMAR (www.charlottegyllenhammar.com) is an acclaimed Swedish contemporary artist, whose work is among the most idiosyncratic and expressive Swedish art today. Currently her series “Hang” is being showcased in an exhibition in the Nobel Hall at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

ON THURSDAY evening, March 3 a gallery talk was held with the artist, Jack Rasmussen, Ph.D., director and curator at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, and Eva Bergquist, cultural counselor at the Embassy of Sweden.

Artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar and Jack Rasmussen, director and curator at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center discuss Ms. Gyllenhammar's artwork. Artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar and Jack Rasmussen, director and curator at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center discuss Ms. Gyllenhammar’s artwork.

MUCH OF Ms. Gyllenhammar’s work represent states of mind or highly emotionally charged situations that often provoke in the viewer a reaction of fascination, exhilaration or anxiety. She began her career as a painter at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1993, she broke through the Swedish art scene when she suspended a 120-year-old tree over Drottninggatan, the main street in the center of Stockholm. The work, titled “Die for You,” was the first step in a progression of images and environments that invert perspective.

Madelaine Fusfield and Eva Danielsson-CohenMadelaine Fusfield and Eva Danielsson-Cohen

THE SERIES “Hang,” from 2006, comprises both color of c-prints and gelatin silver prints, and shows a woman, who is suspended, trapped within the flower-like imprisonment of her formal formal skirts and is fixated within the male gaze. The photographs were premiered at Paris Photo in 2006, in the Central Exhibition, which was dedicated to the Nordic countries, where Gyllenhammar represented Sweden. “Hang” will be on display at House of Sweden until May 1, 2011. Ms. Gyllenhammar is also represented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of Sweden and House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.swedenabroad.com.

Artwork by Charlotte Gyllenhammar

Show with mixed media artist Sharon Geraci opens at Parish Gallery in Georgetown

Artist Sharon Geraci and gallery owner Norman ParishArtist Sharon Geraci and gallery owner Norman Parish

AN EXHIBITION, titled “Cultural Landscapes,” with mixed media artist Sharon Geraci, opened at Parish Gallery in Georgetown in Washington on Friday evening, March 4, 2011.

MS. GERACI was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, raised in New Jersey, and lived in Boston and Los Angeles for a number of years prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 1991. At the same time as having a career in public transit and urban development, she engaged in a parallel pursuit of art, starting with realistic watercolors, and eventually migrating towards abstract mixed media. She became a full-time artist in 1999.

Artwork by Sharon GeraciArtwork by Sharon Geraci

SHE SAYS ABOUT her art: “My work is about understanding the complexities of people, both as individuals and as societies. We are all the product of mixing and matching over cons, despite any specific identity to which we attach ourselves. In a world driven by technology, instant communication further blurs the lines between viewpoints, causes, social orders and cultures. It allows us to observe and experience things far beyond the confines of our immediate environment. I believe that humankind, much like the physical environment, is a continuum of changing features. Ultimately those influences from afar seep into our being and shape our relationship to the world.”

THE EXHIBITION runs through March 15, 2011. Parish Gallery is located 1054 31st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-944-2310. For more information: www.parishgallery.com.

Artwork by Sharon GeraciArtwork by Sharon Geraci

Traditional Swedish pea-soup event with SWEA Washington, D.C.

Martina Lash, Lena Brisland, Ann-Sofie Cox and Evalena Raymer, who prepared the delicious meal. Martina Lash, Lena Brisland, Ann-Sofie Cox and Evalena Raymer, who prepared the delicious meal.

PEA-SOUP – “?tsoppa” in Swedish – and pancakes with the slightly sweet liquor Punsch – the latter being served warm – is a traditional Swedish meal around this time of the year. So accordingly, members of the Washington chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) and their guests meet every year in early March to enjoy this typically Swedish dish.

Press Counselor Gabriella Augustsson of the Embassy of Sweden in Washington and Chair of SWEA Washington, D.C. Cecilia Browning Press Counselor Gabriella Augustsson of the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, who gave an interesting speech about the work and activities at the embassy and House of Sweden, and Chair of SWEA Washington, D.C. Cecilia Browning, who is also the general manager of House of Sweden.

IT IS ALSO A traditional to invite a speaker for this event, which took place in Alexandria, Virginia, last evening, March 3. And this year it was the press counselor at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, Gabriella Augustsson, who spoke about her work, the daily tasks and activities at the embassy. She told the guests about an upcoming series of programs for 2011, titled “Fabric of Life” at the popular House of Sweden. The Swedish Embassy was voted “Best Embassy 2010″ by The Washington Post Express edition.

 

Gerald and Marianne KrellGerald and Marianne Krell

Vanja Huth, Inger Margulies and Christina HigginsVanja Huth, Inger Margulies and Christina Higgins

Exhibit by artist Bethel Aniaku at La Maison Fran?ise in Washington, D.C. opens Francophonie 2011 Cultural Festival

Artist Bethel Aniaku and Mimi Wolford Togo artist Bethel Aniaku and Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art in front of one of the artist’s work.

THE FRANCOPHONIE 2011 Cultural Festival (www.francophoniedc.org) in Washington, D.C. – running from March 2 through April 15 – opened on Thursday evening, March 2, with an exhibit, “La Porte,” by Togo artist Bethel Aniaku at La Maison Fran?ise.

BETHEL ANIAKU, who was born in Lom? Togo, is a self taught artist, and now internationally recognized. His compositions play with color, light and space and various materials, and he concentrates on capturing present reality by using the abstract. His inspiration comes from everyday life and experiences. Aniaku uses wood as a base for his paintings, to honor the trade of his carpenter ancestors.

Yanira Caparros and Kimberley Heatherington, director of The French-American Cultural FoundationYanira Caparros and Kimberley Heatherington, director of The French-American Cultural Foundation

MR. ANIAKU is represented at the Contemporary Art Museum of Hiroshima (Japan), B.C.E.A.O. Bank (Dakar, Senegal), Tokyo Museum (Japan), The Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.) and Mbari Institute (Washington, D.C.).

The exhibition runs through March 24. La Maison Fran?ise is located at 4101 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

Pierre and Evan RahalPierre and Evan Rahal

Yanira Caparros and Peter HickmanYanira Caparros and Peter Hickman

Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art and Dan E. MoldeaMimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art and Dan E. Moldea

French Cultural Attach?Roland Celette (to the left) introduces artist Bethel AniakuFrench Cultural Attach?Roland Celette (to the right) introduces artist Bethel Aniaku