Monthly Archives: February 2012

Australian Embassy Night with the National Press Club held in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Winnie and Ambassador Kim Beazley of AustraliaRalph Winnie and Ambassador Kim Beazley of Australia

AN EMBASSY NIGHT with the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee was held at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Feb. 23. The Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley gave an informative speech about the U.S.-Australian relationship in the context of the developing new world order and how it will continue to adapt, evolve and intensify to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. A Q&A session was followed by a reception with delicious food and beverages from Australia.

Joan Keston, the chairman of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club Myron Belkind and Jan Du PlainJoan Keston, the chairman of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club Myron Belkind and Jan Du Plain

Australian Embassy Night on Feb. 23Australian Embassy Night on Feb. 23

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‘Suprasensorial – Experiments in Light, Color, and Space’ opens at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Patrizia Benetton and Donald SyrianiPatrizia Benetton and Donald Syriani

AN OPENING PARTY and exhibition preview for “Suprasensorial – Experiments in Light, Color, and Space” was held on Wednesday evening, Feb. 22 at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. The artists are Carlos Cruz-Diez (French, b. Venezuela 1923), Julio Le Parc (French, b. Argentina 1928), Lucio Fontana (Italian, b. Argentina 1899-1968), Jes?s Rafael Soto (French, b. Venezuela 1923-2005), and H?io Oiticica (Brazilian, 1937-1980). Mr. Cruz-Diez and Mr. Le Parc joined the Wednesday evening festivities.

Evi Salpea and Heiko HesseEvi Salpea and Heiko Hesse

THE ARTISTS developed successful careers in painting and sculpture while also pioneering new genres. Suprasensorial presents large-scale installations by the artists, who abandoned traditional art in favor of ephemeral and subjective forms based on light, color, motion and space. In the United States audiences have been more familiar with light works by such American artists as Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Doug Wheeler, and these Latin American have received little attention in the United States. However, Suprasensorial demonstrates how Latin American artists independently and contemporaneously used comparable methods and effects.

Abigail Brooks, Allen Lewin, Jessica Benton Cooney and Olga KalashnikovaAbigail Brooks, Allen Lewin, Jessica Benton Cooney and Olga Kalashnikova

SUPRASENSORIAL: A Panel Discussion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ring Auditorium. The exhibition runs through May 13, 2012. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located on Independence Avenue and Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Per Augustsson of Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies will discuss changes in the Arctic at a SACU luncheon in Washington

“CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC: Melting Ice Means New Challenges and Opportunities” is the title of a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 29 with speaker Per Augustsson of Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies/Center for Transatlantic Relations in Washington, D.C.

MR. AUGUSTSSON will discuss changes in the Arctic, which produces many questions, such as who owns the Arctic and the resources beneath the ice and water; how the changing climate will affect fish and marine mammals; and who will regulate shipping and guarantee security in the North.

THE LUNCHEON will be held at the Pier Seven Restaurant at the Channel Inn, located at 650 Water Street, S.W., on the Washington waterfront, beginning at 12 noon with cocktails and concluding at 2 p.m. Member cost is $25.00 and non-members $29.00. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage. The Metro Green Line stop Waterfront Station is located nearby.

FOR RESERVATIONS: ekcarl@msn.com. Choice of menus: (1) Broiled filet of sole and scallops, (2) Seafood Newburg, (3) Breast of chicken tarragon, (4) N.Y. medallions of beef sirloin, or (5) Fresh fruit plate with cottage cheese. Please make reservations by Monday, Feb. 27. Cancellations should be made no later than 9 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

3rd Annual Georgetown Art Show opens at House of Sweden

Mary Bird and Bob Laycock, member of CAG Board of DirectorsMary Bird and Bob Laycock, member of CAG Board of Directors

THE OPENING reception for Georgetown ARTS 2012, the 3rd annual art show of The Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG), at House of Sweden was held on Thursday evening, Feb. 16. A big crowd came to the event and exhibition, which showcases talents of Georgetown’s artists, both those who are residents and those with Georgetown studios.

Donna Christenson, Sue Hamilton, artist Jane Lepscky and Kathy DarlingDonna Christenson, Sue Hamilton, artist Jane Lepscky and Kathy Darling

THE FEATURED artists in the Arts 2012 show are Michele Banks, Jack Bell, Leslie Bryne, Betsy Cooley, Guy Fairlamb, Karen Feld, Robin Hill, Cynthia Howar, Joan Konkel, Stephany Knight, Jane Lepscky, Dale Loy, Edward “Bear” Miller, Natalia Mokina, Elba Molina, Shaun Murphy, Lisa Neher, Emma O’Rouke, Isabella Page, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Berit Robertson, Camilla Rudolph, Ross Ruot, Suzy Strack, Laura-Anne Tiscornia, Dariush Vaziri and Mary Wagner.

Artist Berit RobertsonSwedish American Artist Berit Robertson

HOUSE OF SWEDEN, which is the chief sponsor of the show, opened in 2006, and is the home to the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of Iceland, and 19 corporate offices and a commercial event center.

Anders Lundegard, artist Montana DeBor, Bennett Barsk and Paul SikoraAnders Lundegard, artist Montana DeBor, Bennett Barsk and Paul Sikora

FOLLOWING Thursday’s opening reception, Georgetown ARTS 2012 will be open daily Friday, Feb. 17 through Monday Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Artist Guy Steele Fairlamb, Ingrid Beach and Jim KaiserArtist Guy Steele Fairlamb, Ingrid Beach and Jim Keyser

Wendy Graham and Sally BecharaWendy Graham and Sally Bechara

3rd Annual Georgetown art show opens at House of Sweden. 3rd Annual Georgetown art show opens at House of Sweden.

Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, holds its 4th Annual Invitational Show

Artist Margaretha Bull in front of her work Artist Margaretha Bull in front of her work “Jordn?a” created in mixed oil media along with Stockholm tar for sail boats.

WAVERLY GALLERY in Maryland, Bethesda, opened its February 2012 invitational show on Friday evening, Feb. 7 – an annual event that has proved to be one of the gallery’s most popular shows offering plenty of artistic expression.

Artist Dana Ellyn in front of her work Artist Dana Ellyn in front of her work “Judgement Day” (acrylic on canvas).

FOR THE FOURTH year, the 23 member artists of the gallery invite 23 other artists to exhibit their work alongside the Gallery artists. 23+23 features nationally and locally recognized artists working in almost every medium – painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fiber and ceramics.

Artist Margaretha BullArtist Margaretha Bull

THE SHOW RUNS through March 3, 2012. Waverly Street Gallery is located at 4000 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md. Tel. 301-951-9441. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. For more information: www.waverlystreetgallery.com.

Artist Dana Ellyn next to her acrylic on canvas work Artist Dana Ellyn next to her acrylic on canvas work “Baby Back Ribs.”

Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C. celebrates its 25th anniversary

Ingrid Beach, founder of Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) and artist Gunnel GyllenhoffIngrid Beach, founder of Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) and artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff

A BIG CROWD came to Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C., for the gallery’s 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday evening, Feb. 11, with a show of paintings and sculptures. Many of the artists who had exhibited at the gallery over the years participated in this anniversary exhibition.

Artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff and gallery owner Dale JohnsonArtist Gunnel Gyllenhoff and gallery owner Dale Johnson

THE ARTISTS showing their works are Ahlin, Richard Barrett, Richard Binder, Jeffrey Russells, Lee Casey, Robert Cole, Alonzo Davis, William D’Italia, Peter Garon, Swedish American artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff, Don Herman, Eva Jacob, Craig Kraft, Barbara Kobylinska, Shirley Koller, Elizabeth Martineau, John McMahon, Philippe Mougne, Sam Noto, Antonia Ramis Miguel, Mark Palmer, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Haydeh (Heid) Rastin, Alfredo Ratinoff, James Schaefer, Craig Schaffer, Pam Soldwedel, Gia Tkabladze, Marjolein van Milligen, Marion van Ruiten, Alexander Vasiljev and Helen Zughaib.

THERE WILL BE artist talks on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.; and Monday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The closing party will be Saturday, March 31, 6-8 p.m. The show runs through March 31, 2012.

WATERGATE GALLERY & Frame Design is located at 2552 Virginia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. Or by appointment. Tel. 202-338-4488. For more information: www.watergategalleryframedesign.com.

SWEA Washington, DC holds its annual meeting at the residence

New board members of the Washington chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) New board members of the Washington chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association)

ON THURSDAY, Feb. 9 the Washington chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) (www.swea.org) held its annual meeting at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence on Nebraska Ave. in Northwest Washington, D.C. Cecilia Browning was reelected as the chapter’s chair. After the agenda and deliberations were finalized, a buffet of Swedish delicacies was served in the residence dining room.

SWEA board members 2011-2012SWEA board members 2011-2012

SWEA is a global non-profit organization – for Swedish and Swedish speaking women who are or have been living abroad — that was founded in 1979 in Los Angeles by Agneta Nilsson. Today SWEA has about 8,000 members worldwide in 77 local chapters in 35 countries in five continents.

SWEA Washington, DC's annual board meeting at the residence SWEA Washington, DC's annual board meeting at the residence

The Gothenburg pop/soul/rock band ‘Fibes Oh Fibes!’ performs at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

FibesOhFibes.20120209 009.JPGSwedish group Fibes Oh Fibes! with lead singer Christian Olsson, performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8.

THE SWEDISH pop/soul/rock band Fibes, Oh Fibes! (www.fibesohfibes.com) – which was the winner of “Pop Album of the Year” at the 2010 Swedish Grammy Awards — performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8.

THE GROUP from Gothenburg – which consists of Christian Olsson (vocals, songwriter), Mathias Nilson (guitar), Edvin Edvinson (bass), Martin Blomberg (drums) – was formed in 2001 and rose to fame in 2004.

IN 2004 they released their first album, “Still Fresh,” and two years later their second album, “Emotional,” and in the fall of 2009 the album “1987,” which won the “Pop Album of the Year.”
Fibes, Oh Fibes! get their inspiration from the soft rock genre of artists like Phil Collins, Lionel Richie and Toto.

Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert at the House of Sweden.Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert at the House of Sweden.

Daphne and Linda White and Rhoda Septilici came to the concert. Daphne and Linda White and Rhoda Septilici came to the concert.

The Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert on Wednesday evening drew a big crowd to the House of Sweden.The Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert on Wednesday evening drew a big crowd to the House of Sweden.

Art Exhibition of Cecilia Paredes ‘NATURAL ARCHIVE Object and Photography’ opens at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

Evangelina Elizondo, assistant curator at the World Bank; artist Cecilia Paredes; and Sue Spaid, executive director at Contemporary Museum in BaltimoreEvangelina Elizondo, assistant curator at the World Bank; artist Cecilia Paredes; and Sue Spaid, executive director at Contemporary Museum in Baltimore

THE ART EXHIBITION of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes “NATURAL ARCHIVE Object and Photography” opened at the Embassy of Peru on Tuesday evening, Feb. 7.

MS. PAREDES constructs her objects using mainly discarded natural elements and transforms them into casts and weavings with new meaning. She also does performances using make up and body painting to transform herself into animals, plants and landscapes. These acts are recorded with photography, creating her “photoperformances.”

“Dress for the Act of Flying,” Cloth and Peacock Feathers, 2012

CECILIA PAREDES was born in Lima, Peru, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia and Lima. She has also lived in Mexico, Rome and San Jose, Costa Rica. She studied at the Catholic University Art School in Lima, the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England and at the Scuola del Nudo in Rome.

Her work has been shown at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the U.N. headquarters in New York, the Inter-American Institute of Rome, Open Maps in Madrid, the World Bank in Washington, D.C., ICPNA and Inca Garcilaso Cultural Center in Lima, Beijing National Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA), and at the 51st Venice Biennal in Italy, among other venues. Her artwork is also shown permanently in the Natural World Museum in California and Museo del Barrio in New York, among many other institutions, and she has also received many awards.

The show runs through March 23, 2012. The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The embassy’s art gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission free. Tel. 202-833-9860.

Sri Lanka celebrates its 64th Independence Day in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador and Mrs. Jaliya Wickramasuriya greet guests. Ambassador and Mrs. Jaliya Wickramasuriya greet guests.

SRI LANKA’S 64th year of independence was celebrated in Washington, D.C. by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan community at the University of the District of Columbia’s auditorium on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2012. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Wickramasuriya personally greeted the many guests.

THE CELEBRATION featured a reception with Sri Lankan dishes and Ceylon tea before a program started with traditional Sri Lanka dances and speeches and appearances by notable diplomats and U.S. government officials.

ASSISTANT Secretary of State Robert Blake, as well as a number of other diplomatic dignitaries, took part in the celebration, which highlighted the economic and social progress that Sri Lanka has achieved since its 26-year long conflict with the terrorist group LTTE ended in May 2009.

Guests at the Sri Lanka Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C.Guests at the Sri Lanka Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C.

THE PROGRAM also included performances by the world-renowned dance troup Channa Upuli Performing Arts Foundation and the talents of local dancers from the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington area Sri Lankan soprano Anjalika Silva sang the U.S. National Anthem and a group of Sri Lankan-American children sang the Sri Lankan anthem.