Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas cards by Swedish artist Leif S?dergren inspired by the rural, itinerant painters of the Swedish province Dalarna

God Jul.1.jpgChristmas card by Gothenburg, Sweden based artist Leif S?dergren, inspired by painters of the Swedish province Dalarna.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden-based artist Leif S?dergren is inspired by the rural, itinerant painters of the country’s province of Dalarna, during the years 1720-1870. His artwork is painted with acrylic paint on wooden panels.

THE LARGE FLORAL decorations (Kurbits), found in all his paintings are an invented, fantastical symbol of vegetal fertility, based on a gourd or pumpkin of biblical legend. Mr. S?dergren’s artwork can be viewed at http://swedishfolkart.blogspot.se.

Christmas card by painter Leif S?dergrenChristmas card by painter Leif S?dergren

LEIF S?dergren has recently designed a series of Christmas cards – with English as well as Swedish text — based on his paintings. And they can be purchased in the United States through “Fine Art America” — http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/leif-sodergren.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=225317.

God Jul.3.jpgChristmas card, with Swedish text, by painter Leif S?dergren

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Nelson Mandela – ‘Life, Legacy and Values’ — South African Night celebrated at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday evening, Nov. 26

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool of South Africa delivered an eloquent keynote speech about Nelson Mandela that got a standing ovation. Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool of South Africa delivered an eloquent keynote speech about Nelson Mandela that got a standing ovation.

A SOUTH AFRICAN NIGHT: “Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson Mandela” - under the auspices of the International Correspondents Committee – was celebrated at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening, Nov. 26.

Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association from Mount Rainier, Md. Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association from Mount Rainier, Md.

AFTER WELCOME REMARKS by Myron Belkind, Chair of the International Correspondents Committee, followed a traditional South African gumboot dance performance by Taratibu Youth Association (www.taratibu.org) from Mount Rainier, Md. Its members danced and sand a cappella the traditional South African work song, “Shosholoza” and a spiritual song, “Hlonolofatsa.”

VIDEO EXCERPTS of President Nelson Mandela’s Oct. 7, 1994, appearance at the National Press Club and a short clip from the movie “Invictus” were also shown during the event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER was Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool of South Africa who gave an eloquent explanation of the magnanimous and generous spirit of Nelson Mandela, who became President of South Africa after being imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid regime in that country.

A PANEL DISCUSSION on Nelson Mandela’s legacy was also part of the program. Mr. Belkind as moderator, led the discussion with panelists Ambassador Edward Perkins, who was the first black U.S. ambassador to be sent to South Africa, serving from 1986 to 1989; Charlene Smith, the author of the biography, “Mandela: A Celebration of a Great Life,” and her newly published book, “Mandela and America”; and Phillip van Niekerk, who was a journalist in South Africa for two decades covering the last years of apartheid and the transition to democracy. He worked for the anti-apartheid Weekly Mail and became editor of the paper from 1996 to 2001 after it was transformed into the Mail & Guardian.

Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association.Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association.

AFTER PROGRAM Coordinator Jan Du Plain gave the closing remarks, a reception was held with some of Nelson Mandela’s favorite South African dishes and wine from that country.

Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association.Traditional South African gumboot dance performed by Taratibu Youth Association

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren of Illinois, founder of the Congressional Swedish Caucus, will be the featured speaker at a SACU luncheon in Washington on Nov. 28

CONGRESSMAN Randy Hultgren of Illinois (IL-14), founder of the Congressional Swedish Caucus, will be the featured speaker at a SACU (Swedish American Cultural Union) luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

THE TITLE of the speech is “The Swedish Caucus in Congress,” and Rep. Hultgren will discuss his efforts to preserve and promote economic and cultural ties between the United States and Sweden. The caucus composed of members from both the House and Senate, serves as a bipartisan platform for advancing US-Swedish interests, and its membership is growing. Congressman Hultgren will discuss his recent trip to Sweden and how bringing people and ideas together will benefit both countries by improving their job outlook and economies.

THE SACU luncheon will be held at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, which is located at 650 Water Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. The event starts at 12 noon and concludes at 2 p.m. Member cost is $25 and non-members $29. Parking is available in the Channel Inn parking garage. For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Green Line is located nearby.

Please make reservations by Monday, Nov. 26, by contacting ekcarl@msn.com.

Dedication ceremony celebrating a new bronze bust of Leo Tolstoy at American University in Washington

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ON THURSDAY, Nov. 15, a special dedication ceremony celebrating the gift of a bronze bust of Russian author Leo Tolstoy by renowned Russian sculptor Gregory Pototsky was held at American University in Washington, D.C. The ceremony took place on the front steps of the Battelle Building on the University Quadrangle.

AMONG THE guests were Mr. Pototsky; Russian ambassador Sergey Kislayak; Susan E. Lehrman, Advisory Chair for American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture; Count Vladimir Tolstoy; Peter Starr, Dean of American University’s College of Arts and Sciences; and Anton Fedyashin, Executive Director of American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon with the artist in the American University Museum.

Thumbnail image for Dedication ceremony celebrating a new bronze bust of Leo Tolstoy at American University in WashingtonGuests next to the bust of Tolstoy after the dedication ceremony. Russian sculptor Gregory Pototsky is second from the left.

MORE THAN 70 of Potatsky’s busts, sculptures and monuments can be found in important buildings around the world, including the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The legacy of WPA artist Benjamin Abramowitz is discussed at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington

Thumbnail image for The legacy of WPA artist Benjamin Abramowitz is discussed at the Woman's National Democratic ClubThe panel included the artist’s daughter Susan Rosenbaum (in the middle), and Mary Anne Goley, Lilian Thomas Burwell, Scott Baker and Jean Lawlor Cohen.

“MAKING ART IN the New Deal: Dancing on Top of the Volcano” was the title of a luncheon seminar presented by Susan Rosenbaum at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. A panel discussion focused on the artistic legacy of her father, the WPA artist Benjamin Abramowitz. The panel included, except Ms. Susan Rosenbaum, Mary Anne Goley, Lilian Thomas Burwell, Scott Baker and Jean Lawlor Cohen. Currently, a selection of Mr. Abramowitz’ artwork is being exhibited at WNDC.

MR. ABRAMOWITZ, who passed away at the age of 94 last year, was born in Brooklyn, but settled in Washington in the early 1940s. In his early works – a collection of remarkable lithographs and drawings – he described, in a humoristic and expressive way, the day-to-day life of that time.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he had 13 one-man shows. Eleven of his lithographs are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and two of his paintings are at the Phillips Collection.

For more information: www.benjaminabramowitz.com.  

Washington event with photographer and artist Samira Georgi that will benefit iCancer campaign/The Uppsala University Oncolytic Virus Fund

Photography by Samira GeorgiPhotography by Samira Georgi

“THE SHADOW WOMEN” – an exhibit with photographer and artist Samira Georgi, and dedicated to women?s beauty through the eyes of a woman, will be held at Puro in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, Nov. 9, between 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

THE EXHIBIT will showcase pieces and video footage from the collection “Provocative Mirage,” and 75 percent from the sales will benefit iCancer campaign/The Uppsala University Oncolytic Virus Fund.

A POTENTIAL cure for neuroendocrine cancer – the same cancer that killed Steve Jobs a little over a year ago – is sitting idle in a freezer at Sweden?s Uppsala University. Reportedly, the biotech industry has abandoned it because it cannot be patented. The iCancer campaign is raising $1 million for the Uppsala University Oncolytic Virus Fund to begin human trials and to potentially cure neuroendocrine cancer. For more information: http://netcure.weebly.com/.

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SAMIRA GEORGI is a photographer of European decent. She spent her childhood years in Poland and Bulgaria and began an early career in performing arts, modeling and dance. She toured Europe with pop singers and artists. A highlight of her dance career was performing at the opening of “Miss Bulgaria 2001,” and she hosted her own television talk-show, Cherno Kadife (“Black Velvet”), where she interviewed Bulgarian musicians and actors. Studying both classical and modern ballet, Samira has always had an appreciation of movement and art.

AFTER COMPLETING her first degree in International Business at the University of Maryland, The R. H. Smith School of Business, she realized that her true calling is art and decided to devote herself to the study and practice of photography, only this time behind the camera. Her work has been published internationally and she has exhibited at Washington, D.C., venues, among them Russia House, Peacock Caf?and L2 Lounge. Her debut solo exhibit “Provocative Mirage” on September 15, 2011, was followed by “Enchantment” and “The Shadow Women.” She works with both commercial as well as personal clients. Since she was young she has also enjoyed painting and her work has been influenced by the symbolism movement.

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ENTRANCE: $5 online tickets at www.cavamagazine.com until Nov. 8, 12 midnight, and $10 at the door.
Puro is located at 1529 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The event will take place in Puro’s new space on the 2nd floor.

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