Monthly Archives: July 2011

Big Sur, California – 90-mile stretch of spectacular coastline along Scenic Highway 1

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BIG SUR is located along the spectacular Scenic Highway 1 in California, approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. The name was derived from the unexplored wilderness along the coast south of Monterey – “el pa? grande del sur.”

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BIG SUR REFERS to the 90-mile stretch of rugged and beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon/Hearst Castle to the south. In 1937 the highway was completed after 18 years of work, and has since been declared California’s first Scenic Highway. It was not until the early 50′s that electricity came to Big Sur, and it still it doesn’t extend to the more remote areas.

The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides for a temperate climate, with mild winters and rainy days with periods of bright sunshine.

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Well-known Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, California Well-known Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, California

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Art Collector Dianne Whitfield-Locke held her annual 4th of July Party

Dr. Victor Scott, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke, Dr. Helen Kinard Scott and Bruce McNeilDr. Victor Scott, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke, Dr. Helen Kinard Scott and Bruce McNeil

DOCTORS Carnell Locke and Dianne Whitfield-Locke, owners of one of the most dramatic and comprehensive collections of African American art, welcomed guests from the art world to their home in the Woodmore community of Mitchellville, Maryland over the 4th of July holiday. The gathering was their Seventh Annual 4th of July Party, which also serves as a celebration of the dazzling art collection they have amassed in their home.

Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and her husband Dr. Carnell Locke in front of a Richmond Barth?statue and a Charles White painting.Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and her husband Dr. Carnell Locke in front of a Richmond Barth?statue and a Charles White painting.

“THE LOCKE COLLECTION” includes such masters as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Richard Hunt, Sam Gilliam, James Wells, Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White and many more. The collection also has a Warhol, a Chagall, a Dali, and a Delacroix.

Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Interim Director, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Va.; and Eric Key, Director, Arts Program, University of Maryland, University College, Adelphi, Md. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Interim Director, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Va.; and Eric Key, Director, Arts Program, University of Maryland, University College, Adelphi, Md.

“IT IS IMPORTANT for us to live with our art,” says Dianne Whitfield-Locke. “Why store it in boxes or storage facilities? My desire is for our guests, who are family, friends and local artists, to have a fun-filled artistic holiday.”

Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke in front of a Delacroix artwork. Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke in front of a Delacroix artwork.

Dr. WHITFIELD-LOCKE and her husband have adorned their lovely expansive home with hundreds of pieces of art from near and far. Since both of them are alumni of the Howard University School of Dentistry, they have a significant number of Howard artists represented in their collection.

Photographer Bruce McNeil in front of his work. Photographer Bruce McNeil in front of his work.

: Artist E.J. Montgomery and Dianne Whitfield-Locke. On the wall in the background is an artwork by E.J. MontgomeryArtist E.J. Montgomery and Dianne Whitfield-Locke. On the wall in the background is an artwork by E.J. Montgomery.

A HIGHLIGHT OF the holiday party was the tour of the art throughout the house in which Dr. Whitfield-Locke described each piece and the artist who created it.

Carol Beane and artist Michael Platt and his work on the wall. Carol Beane and artist Michael Platt and his work on the wall.

Book release – ‘Thoughts of a Butterfly” – by Shirley J. Ramos at Art Soiree event in Washington, D.C.

Shirley J. Ramos has written Shirley J. Ramos has written “Thoughts for a Butterfly,” and a book release for her book was held at Puro Lounge in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, June 30.

“A VERY SPECIAL night of poetry, art and music” was the title of the program at Puro Lounge in Georgetown in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, June 30. It was a book release party for local poet Shirley J. Ramos. The evening also presented an art exhibit featuring the original illustrations by Nena Depaz, and was accompanied by melodies of DJ FOTIFO and other performances.

ART SOIREE DC (www.theartsoireed.com) hosted the event.

Artist Nena Depaz and Sandro Kereselidze, Founder and President of Art Soiree DC    Artist Nena Depaz and Sandro Kereselidze, Founder and President of Art Soiree DC

Shirley J. RamosShirley J. Ramos

Book release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in WashingtonBook release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in Washington

Book release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in WashingtonBook release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in WashingtonBook release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in WashingtonArtwork by Nena Depaz Book release party and Art Soiree event at Puro Lounge in Washington

The Washington European Society Holds Summer Party at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.

Heiko Hesse, President of the Washington European Society (WES); Evi Salpea; and DJ Donald SyrianiHeiko Hesse, President of the Washington European Society (WES); Evi Salpea; and DJ Donald Syriani

THE WASHINGTON European Society (WES, www.wes-dc.org) held its summer party at L2 Lounge in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, June 29.

WES was founded in September 2007, with the objective to foster debate, discussion and mutual ties among Europeans and European-minded young professionals living and working in the Washington, D.C., metro area, as well as to promote exchange of ideas and awareness of shared values. The organization is open to all, whether European by origin or European in spirit.

Bassima Alghussein, Will Howerton and Alexandra PuglieseBassima Alghussein, Will Howerton and Alexandra Pugliese

Timothy Fitzpatrick and film maker Fabienne Lips-DumasTimothy Fitzpatrick and film maker Fabienne Lips-Dumas

Bassima Alghussein and DJ Donald SyrianiBassima Alghussein and DJ Donald Syriani

Krystyna Kushnir, Allen Lewin, Elaine Maslamani, Greg Faron and Bill FarrandKrystyna Kushnir, Allen Lewin, Elaine Maslamani, Greg Faron and Bill Farrand

Bassima Alghussein, Bill Farrand and Yasmin NaghashBassima Alghussein, Bill Farrand and Yasmin Naghash

The Washington European Society Holds Summer Party at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.The Washington European Society Holds Summer Party at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.

The Washington European Society Holds Summer Party at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.