Monthly Archives: May 2011

Festive Evening in Washington to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Restoration of Georgian Independence

H.E. Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili of Georgia and guestsH.E. Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili of Georgia and guests

A FESTIVE celebration - “Portrait of Georgia” – was held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Georgian independence on Tuesday evening, May 24, 2011.

THE BEAUTIFUL event in the courtyard atrium of the National Portrait Gallery featured fabulous performances of the National Ballet Company Sukhishvili, the world renowned vocalist Sopo Nijaradze, a portrait exhibit – Georgia at the Crossroad of Modernity, Supra – and a delicious buffet of Georgian specialties and wines.

Tati Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze, Founder and President of Art Soiree Co Tati Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze, Founder and President of Art Soiree Co (www.theartsoiree.com).

AMONG THE  many guests at this celebration were H.E. Ambassador of Georgia and Mrs. Temuri Yakobashvili; Martin Sullivan, Director of The National Portrait Gallery; and Elizabeth Braun, Director of The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

ADDITIONALLY, guests could watch vibrant and colorful Georgian pieces of artwork, that were exhibited throughout the venue

Elena Postnikova and Theo AdamsteinElena Postnikova and Theo Adamstein

Gia Kereselidze, Natalia Mashaeva, Alexander V. Kariman and Katya ForbesGia Kereselidze, Natalia Mashaeva, Alexander V. Kariman and Katya Forbes

The Buffet table with delicious Georgian specialtiesThe Buffet table with delicious Georgian specialties

H.E. Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili of Georgia and guestsH.E. Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili of Georgia speaks to guests.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.The 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration of Georgian independence in Washington, D.C.

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‘Music Doc after Dark’ performance at House of Sweden in Washington

Press Counselor Eva Bergqvist at the Embassy of Sweden, Mattias Carlsten and Carlotta KuylenstiernaPress Counselor Eva Bergqvist at the Embassy of Sweden, Mattias Carlsten and Carlotta Kuylenstierna

MUSIC DOC’S fifth anniversary after dark celebration, with performances at House of Sweden on Saturday evening, May 21, featured an eclectic mix of live music and performance by Miguel Azcue & Prylf, film screenings, DJ’s Music Doc Crew/Rooftop Lounge, and music videos among other things.

THE EMBASSY of Sweden hosted the event in partnership with the Music Doc Team from Sweden and New York.

 “Music Doc after Dark” at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

 “Music Doc after Dark” at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

 “Music Doc after Dark” at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

 “Music Doc after Dark” at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

‘Artists of the Washington Glass School’ exhibition opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery and artist Tim Tate of the Washington Glass SchoolSiobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery and artist Tim Tate of the Washington Glass School

THE EXHIBITION, “Artists of the Washington Glass School – The First Ten Years,” opened Thursday evening, May 19, at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition shows work by artists who have studied and taught at the Washington Glass School over the past ten years.

Artist Sondra Arkin and Christina WaddlerArtist Sondra Arkin and Christina Waddler

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. area has become international renowned as an emerging center of glass art, and in the forefront of the change is the Washington Glass School, where instructors, artists and students have dragged it away from decorative craft and into the rarified atmosphere of “fine art.” The school has produced artists whose art can be found in museums and collections worldwide.

Featured artists in the exhibition include Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers, Elizabeth Mears, Robert Kincheloe, Syl Mathis, Lea Topping, Allison Sigethy, Dave D’Orio, Kirk Waldroff, Robert Wiener and others.

 “Artists of the Washington Glass School” exhibition at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition runs through June 19, 2011. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., tel. 202-232-4788. For more information: www.longviewgallery.com.

    

Reception for artists at Zenith Gallery attracts big crowd at Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington

Margery Goldberg of Zenith Gallery and artist Rosetta DeBerardinisMargery Goldberg of Zenith Gallery and artist Rosetta DeBerardinis

A WELL-VISITED “Meet the Artists Reception” was held at Zenith Gallery in Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, May 18. The show ZARTiculation commemorates Zenith’s 33rd year in business in the nation’s capital. The gallery presents its trademark mix of artworks by more than 40 artists, many who have been with the gallery since its early beginning.

ZARTiculation, which opened April 3, is on display throughout Chevy Chase Pavilion until July 3. For more information: www.zenithgallery.com.

Artwork at Zenith GalleryArtwork at Zenith Gallery

Forestry expert Lars Laestadius discussed furniture and forest ecology at SACU luncheon in Washington

Lars Laestadius led the international consortium of Global Forest Watch that located and mapped the world's remaining intact forest landscapes. Lars Laestadius led the international consortium of Global Forest Watch that located and mapped the world’s remaining intact forest landscapes.

SWEDISH FORESTRY expert Lars Laestadius, who is a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., was the lunch speaker at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon on Wednesday, May 18. His topic was “Furniture and Forest Ecology: Making the Map that Helps IKEA Preserve Virgin Forests around the World.”

LARS LAESTADIUS led the international consortium of Global Forest Watch that located and mapped the world’s remaining intact forest landscapes. He discussed the forests of Russia and China, and told the audience the inside story of the campaigns that triggered the mapping. He explained how the map was made, and how the Swedish home furnishings store IKEA and others are using it in an effort to use wood in ways that do not damage irreplaceable wild woodlands around the globe.

Lars Laestadius discusses forest ecology with guests. Lars Laestadius discusses forest ecology with guests.

LARS Laestadius started the lecture with a colorful and humoristic introduction of the Swedish Skogsh?gskolan, founded in 1828, with its rich history and traditions, and where he was educated as a forester (j?m?tare in Swedish). In 1977 Skogsh?gskolan became part of Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), and is located in Ume? in the northern part of Sweden. Additionally, Mr. Laestadius holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) tennis tournament reception hosted by Swedish ambassador and his wife

Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m; Janine Tursini, Executive Director of AFTA; and Chris WarnkeEva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m; Janine Tursini, Executive Director of AFTA; and Chris Warnke.

TRADITIONALLY EVERY May the nonprofit organization AFTA (Arts for the Aging, Inc.) (www.aftaarts.org), founded by Lolo Sarnoff, in Washington holds its tennis tournament with individual games played at private courts throughout the Washington, D.C. area and with semi-finals and finals, together with exhibition games, played at the Swedish Ambassador residence’s tennis court on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington.

THIS YEAR unfortunately, the rainy weather on Sunday, May 15, didn’t permit the traditional morning competition to many players’ disappointment. However, they were able to enjoy the exhibition game in the late afternoon. Afterwards, when another of the day’s thunderstorms and heavy rain swept through the area — Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and his wife Eva were hosts at a delightful and delicious buffet reception.

Monique Summers-Mally, Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and Gerhard MallyMonique Summers-Mally, Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and Gerhard Mally

Dominic and Gunilla RamellaDominic and Gunilla Ramella

Executive Director of AFTA Janine Tursini, Leavy Mathews and Susan RosenbaumExecutive Director of AFTA Janine Tursini, Leavy Mathews and Susan Rosenbaum

Monique Summers-Mally and Neshan NaltchayanMonique Summers-Mally and Neshan Naltchayan

Rachel Moncure, Nancy Bliss, Rhoda Septilici and Jay KaplanRachel Moncure, Nancy Bliss, Rhoda Septilici and Jay Kaplan

Monique Summers-Mally, Liliana Pulvirenti and Lilly PapaioannouMonique Summers-Mally, Liliana Pulvirenti and Lilly Papaioannou

Exhibition game at the Swedish residence's tennis courtExhibition game at the Swedish residence’s tennis court

Exhibition game at the Swedish residence's tennis courtExhibition game at the Swedish residence's tennis courtTennis tournament guestsTennis tournament guests

Mark Ein of Venture House Capital, who participated in the exhibition game, during the awards ceremony.Mark Ein of Venture House Capital, who participated in the exhibition game, during the awards ceremony.

Dorian MacGrath speaks during the awards ceremony.Dorian MacGrath speaks during the awards ceremony.

Eva Hafstr?m picks the winning numbers during the traditional lottery.Eva Hafstr?m picks the winning numbers during the traditional lottery.

The buffet table in the residence dining roomThe buffet table in the residence dining room

The embassy gardenThe embassy garden

The embassy gardenThe Swedish Ambassador's residence in northwest Washington, D.C.The Swedish Ambassador’s residence in northwest Washington, D.C.

AFTA Tennis tournament

The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia, held an early Midsummer celebration on Saturday

 The midsummer processionThe midsummer procession

A TRADITIONAL Swedish Midsummer celebration was held at The Swedish School for Language and Culture (www.swedishlanguageschool.com) in Vienna, Virginia, on Saturday morning, May 14.

SWEDISH MIDSUMMER is one of the biggest if not the biggest holiday of the year for Swedes. It is observed during the time around the summer solstice, and takes place on a day between June 21 through June 24, and the preceding evening – “Midsummer eve.” The exact date varies from year to year.

IN SWEDEN, people dressed in their national costumes and garland, made of flowers and leaves, put up a midsummer pole also of flowers and plants, which they dance around. In Vienna, students, teachers and parents danced to familiar Swedish songs, such as “Pr?tens lilla kr?a,” “Sm?grodorna, sm?grodorna” and “R?en raskar ?ver isen.”

Lena Unander-Scharin, who together with Carina Olsson, founded The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia.Lena Unander-Scharin, who together with Carina Olsson, founded The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia.

Midsummer celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, VirginiaMidsummer celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

The midsummer processionThe midsummer procession

Midsummer celebrationMidsummer celebration

Midsummer celebrationMidsummer celebration

The midsummer poleThe midsummer pole
 

SACC-USA holds House Warming Party at House of Sweden in Washington

Johan M. Westberg, President of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, Inc., and Therese Lind? Executive Director of SACC-USAJohan M. Westberg, President of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, Inc., and Therese Lind? Executive Director of SACC-USA

TO CELEBRATE its new location at the House of Sweden in Washington, SACC-USA (www.sacc-usa.org) — the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce — held a House Warming Party on Friday evening, May 13. Guests could enjoy a delicious buffet and the beautiful view of the Potomac River from the balconies of House of Sweden. The events host was Therese Lind?lt;/span>, new Executive Director of SACC-USA. Among the many guests were Gabriella Augustsson, Press and Communications Counselor at the Embassy of Sweden; Bradley J. Olson, Chairman of SACC-DC; Dr. Kamilla Kohn R?lt;/span>dberg, Science Counselor at the Embassy of Sweden; Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet’s US Correspondent Karin Henriksson; and Yvonne Thunell of Mentor International. SACC-USA’s previous headquarters was located in Alexandria, Va. 

Alan N. Schlaifer and Cecilia Browning, General Manager of House of SwedenAlan N. Schlaifer and Cecilia Browning, General Manager at House of Sweden

Carlotta Kuylenstierna and Sara Dahl?Carlotta Kuylenstierna and Sara Dahl?

Johan M. Westberg, Therese Lind?and Alan N. SchlaiferJohan M. Westberg, Therese Lind?and Alan N. Schlaifer

SACC-USA's House Warming Party on Friday eveningSACC-USA’s House Warming Party on Friday evening

View from the balconies of House of SwedenView from the balconies of House of Sweden

View from the balconies of House of SwedenView from the balconies of House of Sweden

  

Photographer Paul Gallegos shows his work at L2 Lounge in Georgetown

Photographer Paul Gallegos and Fernando Batista, W.A.V.E.Photographer Paul Gallegos and Fernando Batista, W.A.V.E.

ON THURSDAY evening, May 12, L2 Lounge in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. hosted Fernando Batista’s W.A.V.E. (World Art/Versed Exhibits) featuring an exhibition of photographer Paul Gallegos’ work, titled “Visions of Paradise.” Gallegos loves water, and he draws inspiration from years of surfing and from images captured through travels and through friends in the fashion world.

Photography by Paul GallegosPhotography by Paul Gallegos

L2 LoungeL2 Lounge