Monthly Archives: October 2012

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science — Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Chris Warnke, Neshan Naltchayan and AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum

A FUNDRAISER FOR Arts for the Aging (AFTA) (www.aftaarts.org) - an organization founded by Lolo Sarnoff - was held on Monday evening, Oct. 22 at Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Susie and Clayton Eisinger, and Monique Summers-Mally

THE EVENT FEATURED an opera performance by tenor and Spanish dancer Peter Joshua Burroughs, a performance of Spanish dances with Mr. Burroughs and Marla Bush, a keynote address by Sunil Iyengar, Director, NEA Office of Research & Analysis, and a tribute to Founder and Chair Emerita Lolo Sarnoff. Additionally remarks were given by AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum and Executive Director Janine Tursini, and painter Bill Dunlap.

A VIP reception was followed by a buffet dinner.

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Kristin Guiter, Bill Dunlap and Monique Summers-Mally

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Rhoda Septilici and Elvi Moore

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini and Leavy Mathews

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Bill Dunlap gives a speech before the Spanish dance performance.

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Spanish dance performance

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science — Arts for the Aging Fundraiser holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science — Arts for the Aging Fundraiser holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.


Benefit Party Celebrating Art & Science -- Arts for the Aging (AFTA) holds fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

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SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair to be held Sunday, Nov. 18

SWEA New Jersey Christmas FairSWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair will be held Sunday, Nov. 18

“WE HAVE ARRANGED the SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair for 27 years in the same location in Upper Montclair, and usually we have about 850 visitors,” says events manager Madeleine Hershberger, who handles public relations for the fair and is also responsible for its kitchen. The New Jersey chapter of the Swedish Women’s Educational Organization, SWEA, will hold its traditional Christmas Bazaar in the Commonwealth Club at 26 Northview Ave., in Upper Montclair, N.J., on Sunday, Nov. 18, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Santa Lucia processionSanta Lucia procession

THIS PICTURESQUE event, with SWEA members in attendance wearing traditional costumes, will present two Santa Lucia processions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with children and teenagers singing Christmas hymns and songs. The 11 a.m. pageant will be with SWEA members’ children, and the procession at 2 p.m. is arranged by Swedish School of New Jersey, located in Princeton, Basking Ridge and Ridgewood. Additionally the fair will feature handmade holiday decorations, linens, rag rugs, books and wooden items, as well as a raffle and a tombola with many prizes, and activities for children, such as the Swedish “fishpond,” where the young children can fish for prizes. The fishpond will be overseen by teenagers. Anita Rhodes has had the main responsibility for this Christmas Fair for many years.

SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair

THE BAZAAR’S caf? which is managed by Ulla Jenkins, will be serving traditional open-faced sandwiches and waffles made by the kitchen, as well as hot dogs, pastries and beverages. The food shop will offer Swedish delicacies such as herring, cheese, breads, homemade cookies and cakes.

SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair

“ARTIST Yvonne Rodrigues will be selling her artwork with Swedish motifs, and at the information table in the entry hall there will be two SWEA products for sale – ‘Swedish Taste,’ a book, put together with the New Jersey members best Swedish recipes, and the popular yellow luggage strap with the name ‘SWEA’ in blue,” says Madeleine Hershberger.
Admission to the Christmas Fair is $1. For more information call 908-229-4148 or go to the website www.swea.org/newjersey – SWEA is a global nonprofit organization promoting Swedish language, culture, history and traditions.

SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair

SWEA New Jersey Christmas Fair

‘Tug of Life’ – event and exhibition with photographer Julia Blaukopf at L2 Lounge in Washington

The image The image “Tug of Life” – photography by Julia Blaukopf

? VA MAGAZINE presents “Tug of Life,” an exhibition of works by photographer Julia Blaukopf at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C. The opening is on Wednesday evening, 6-11 p.m., Oct. 17.

JULIA BLAUKOPF is a social artist and photographer who crafts visual narratives based on the work of creative minds and innovators in Africa and Europe. Her work fuses images with various materials, including wallpaper, glass disks, shells and fabric to create documentary installations that speak to folklore and design. Her art is a reflection of the unanimous undertones that bring people together. Julia’s work seeks to emphasize a belief that all people share an essential human need for survival and growth.

THE IMAGES in the show were captured in Ghana, West Africa, and Munich, Germany. They are printed on fabric surfaces, as well as on mother of pearl and shell medallions.

“MY GOAL IS to evoke the emotions of the place, people and environments – to speak to the feeling of a painter’s studio or metalsmith’s workshop,” says Julia Blaukopf.

Photography by Julia BlaukopfPhotography by Julia Blaukopf

JULIA Blaukopf has worked as a photographer and creative partner with organizations and businesses in Denmark, Kenya, Ghana, Quebec, Lithuania, Germany, Sri Lanka and throughout the United States.

HER AWARD-WINNING photography has been exhibited in Denmark, Lithuania, Holland and Germany as well as in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Portland, Oregon.

ENTRY $15 at the door, RSVP on Facebook or rsvp@cavamagazine.com. L2 Lounge is located at 3315 Cady’s Alley, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. For more information: www.l2lounge.com. Works on view can be purchased on the night of the event, and by contacting Samira Georgi at info@cavamagazine.com. 10% of artwork sold will support Artfully Unforgotten, http://www.artfullyunforgotten.com/.

‘The Image of Strindberg’ – Strindberg lecture at the House of Sweden in Washington

Bj?rn Meidal, Professor of Literature at Upsala University in Sweden presented a lecture about the famous Swedish dramatist and author August Strindberg (1849-1912) on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9.

BJ?N MEIDAL, Professor of Literature at Uppsala University in Sweden, and one of the world’s most qualified Strindberg scholars, presented a lecture - “The Image of Strindberg” – about the world famous Swedish dramatist and author August Strindberg (1849-1912) on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9 in the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Images of the Swedish playwright and author August Strindberg (1849-1912)Images of the Swedish playwright and author August Strindberg (1849-1912)

THE LECTURE WAS followed by a vernissage of the new Strindberg exhibition at the House of Sweden. There are many different images of the author – images of the genius, the madmen, the jealous man, the woman hater, the anarchist, the vain man, the vagabond, the brazen man.

THE EVENT was part of Sweden’s year-long tribute to the author’s 100th anniversary of his death. The Strindberg year will commemorate the world renowned playwright by events in Sweden and around the world.

Images of Strindberg's three wives - Frida Uhl, Siri von Essen and Harriet BosseImages of Strindberg’s three wives – Frida Uhl, Siri von Essen and Harriet Bosse

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

Farewell reception for Ambassador and newly appointed Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov of Kazakhstan at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington

Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.Ambassador and newly appointed Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov, surrounded by Sang Joo Kim, Executive Vice-President of ICAS (Institute of Corean-American Studies), and Chi Wan Kim, Commissioner for ICAS Liberty Tennis Classic.

AN ELEGANT farewell reception was held for Ambassador and newly appointed Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov of Kazakhstan at The Crystal Room at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Oct. 4.

Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.Ambassador and newly appointed Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov, surrounded by Rachel and Myron Belkind, Chair of ICC (International Correspondents Committee) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

ON OCT. 3 Foreign Minister Idrissov held a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the shared priorities of the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States.

Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.Ambassador and newly appointed Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov of Kazakhstan gives the keynote speech.

Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.Farewell reception at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Lithographs and Drawings by Artist Benjamin Abramowitz showcased at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

The artist Benjamin Abramowitz’ daughter Susan Rosenbaum next to one of his artwork – “The Campers” (color woodcut, c. 1937).

“OUT OF THE VAULT” – an exhibition of lithographs and drawings by WPA artist Benjamin Abramowitz (1917-2011) (www.benjaminabramowitz.com) opened at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20. The show, which was curated by the artist’s daughter Susan Rosenbaum and Nuzhat Sultan, runs through Nov. 28, 2012. WPA or Works Progress Administration was a federal program created in 1935 to employ construction workers, writers and artists.

“Homecoming” (ink wash and crayon on paper, c. 1945)

THE ARTIST’S EARLY ink and crayon drawings on paper from the 1930s and 1940s really touch the viewer with their social criticism. Additionally the works include color woodcut impressions on stone. “He was very concerned about the war, the lynchings in the South and things going on in Washington, D.C. in the 1940s and 1950s,” says Ms. Rosenbaum. “I want to reintroduce him and his work at small, nontraditional exhibitions.” And she has reached out to friends in museums and universities for their opinions.

Ms. Rosenbaum next to “Gossip” (ink and crayon on paper, c. 1945).

IN THE 1940s and 1950s, Mr. Abramowitz had many one-man shows and 11 of his lithographs, signed with his pseudonym Ben Hoffman, are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are also two of his paintings at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

“Gossip” (ink and crayon on paper, c. 1945)

MR. ABRAMOWITZ, who was born in Brooklyn, started drawing early and some of his work was shown at the Brooklyn Museum when he was a teenager. He joined the WPA at age 18. In the early 1940s, he moved to the Washington area with his wife Ruth, and became a creative presence in the city’s art scene for six decades. He was a forerunner of the bold style of Washington’s famed Color School and worked into his 80s. His lifetime of work comprises a collection that includes almost 8,000 pieces — convases, prints and sculptures.

Susan Rosenbaum next to “Revelers” (ink on paper, c.1945).

National Democratic Club (WNDC) is located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel. 202-232-7363. For more information visit www.democraticwoman.org.

Artist Emmanuel Sogbadji shows his work at Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art in Washington

Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art Artist Emmanuel Sogbadji and Mimi Wolford of the Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art in Washington, D.C.

PAINTER AND SCULPTOR Emmanuel Sogbadji presented his art in an exhibition at the Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C., last weekend, Sept. 29-30.

EMMANUEL SOGBADJI was born in Togo and has studied art in France and Italy. In his work his uses mixed media. He has had many exhibitions in Togo, France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg. For more information: http://emmanuelsogbadji.net.

THE MBARI INSTITUTE for Contemporary African Art, which was founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization, which has organized many solo and group shows focusing on African art. For more information: mbarimbayo@aol.com.

Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art Artist Emmanuel Sogbadji and Mimi Wolford of the Mbari Institute

Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art Artwork by Emmanuel Sogbadji