Monthly Archives: June 2013

Exhibit with work by Norman Parish and farewell reception for Parish Gallery in Georgetown

Artwork by Norman ParishArtwork by Norman Parish

LONGTIME FRIENDS and guests gathered at Parish Gallery in Georgetown in Washington Friday evening, June 21, for the opening of an exhibition of Norman Parish’s works titled “Norman Parish: The Artist,” and for what was billed as a closing reception for the gallery. The gallery opened 22 years ago, and since then has featured more than 170 artists, showcasing primarily, but not exclusively, artists from Africa and the African diaspora. While there are plans to eventually close the gallery, no date has been set. Mr. Parish is ill, and his wife Gwen Parish is carrying on.

Many friends and guests came to the closing reception of Parish Gallery in Georgetown. Many friends and guests came to the closing reception of Parish Gallery in Georgetown.

NORMAN PARISH, who spent his early childhood in New Orleans, is a fine artist graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Briggs Dyer, John Fabian, Paul Wiegart and Leroy Neiman. For nearly three decades he exhibited his paintings in the Chicago area as well as internationally. Mr. Parish came to Washington in 1988.

THERE HAVE BEEN few exhibits with work by the Mr. Parish – only when celebrating the gallery’s 5th, 10th and 15th anniversaries – and after many years visitors are now able to admire his recent work. Working primarily in oil on canvas, Mr. Parish paints recognizable subjects that he terms “Stylized Realism.”

Parish Gallery is located at 1954 31st Street, N.W. in Georgetown.

Artwork by Norman ParishArtwork by Norman Parish

Many guests came to the closing reception of Norman Parish Gallery. Many guests came to the closing reception of Norman Parish Gallery.

Artwork by Norman ParishOil on canvas by Norman Parish

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Opening of the special exhibition — ‘Silence Exhibition’ – and reception at the Embassy of Finland in Washington

'Silence Exhibition' at the Embassy of Finland in WashingtonCultural Counselor Anneli Halonen of the Embassy of Finland introduces the artists.

ON WEDNESDAY, June 19, the opening reception for the exhibition, “Silence Exhibition,” was held at the Embassy of Finland in Washington.

IN 2011 the internationally acclaimed Finnish architect and teacher Juhani Pallasmaa spoke at the Finnish Embassy about the qualities of silence in Finnish architecture. “Silence Exhibition” continues the theme, and includes a selection of powerfully silent and not so silent works.

OVER THE centuries authors, artists, and spiritual leaders have spoken about the importance of silence. American composer John Cage created a work for silent piano, and German dramatist Bertolt Brecht famously described Finnish people as being able to be silent – in two languages.

'Silence Exhibition' at the Embassy of Finland in Washington“Silence Exhibition” at the Embassy of Finland in Washington

PARTICIPATING artists and scholars are Simo Alitalo, Tuike Alitalo, David Carlson, Jocelyn Frank, Nundo Geraldes Friere, Seth Horvitz, Harri Huhtam?i, Betsy Stewart, Alex van Oss and Esa Vesmanen.

'Silence Exhibition' at the Embassy of Finland in Washington“Silence Exhibition” at the Embassy of Finland in Washington


Embassy of Finland in Washington

Spa Logic Grand Opening Launch Party in Washington

Spa Logic grand opening launch party in WashingtonKathy Luu of Spa Logic, Amanda Williams-Vasquez of Minnianda, Guilaine Omanda of Minnianda, Zhen Lin of Spa Logic and My Ly Tong of Spa Logic

SPA LOGIC – a new boutique hair salon in Dupont Circle in Washington – hosted its Grand Opening Launch Party on Thursday evening, June 6.

Spa Logic grand opening launch party in WashingtonSpa Logic in Washington held its grand opening launch party on Thursday evening.

THE CELEBRATION featured a special storefront presentation of summertime hair and beauty looks by Spa Logic’s award-winning stylist Thomas Shelton, City Paper’s “Best of D.C.” Best Hair Stylist winner (2012, 2013); Spa Logic’s owners and master stylists Kathy Luu and Zehn Lin; and award-winning cosmetic tattooartists and stylist My Ly Tong. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were also provided as well as international sounds during the evening.

Spa Logic grand opening launch party in WashingtonMy Ly Tong of Spa Logic and Amanda William-Vasquez of Minnianda

Spa Logic grand opening launch party in WashingtonGrand opening launch party at Spa Logic in Washington

Spa Logic is located at 1721 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. For more information: www.spalogicdc.com.

Spa Logic grand opening launch party in WashingtonSpa Logic opening launch party

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee in Washington

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee in WashingtonJerome Berry, Ambassador Pu-tsung King and Mrs. King, and The National Press Club’s vice chairman and the chair of NPC’s International Correspondents Committee Myron Belkind and Alan Hermesch

THE TAIPEI Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C. invited members of the International Correspondents Committee for National Press Club to attend a reception and briefing at Twin Oaks Estate on Wednesday evening, June 5.

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee in WashingtonThe National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane and Ambassador Pu-tsung King

THIS YEAR’S briefing was conducted by the new chief representative of the Taipei mission, Ambassador Pu-tsung King. The reception and dinner featuring Taiwanese delicacies was followed by Ambassador King’s briefing on U.S.-Taiwan relations and peace prospects in East Asia.

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee in WashingtonThe National Press Club’s vice chair and the chair of the International Correspondents Committee Myron Belkind introduces Ambassador Pu-tsung King of the Taipei Mission.

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee in WashingtonAmbassador Pu-tsung King speaks on the U.S.-Taiwan relations and peace prospects in East Asia.

Taipei Reception and Briefing with The National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee in WashingtonTaipei reception and briefing

Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative and its predecessors have been located in the Twin Oaks Estate in Cleveland Park in Washington, D.C., since 1937.

Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.

Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception at the House of Sweden in Washington

JENNY LIND: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception will take place on Thursday, June 13 at 6:15 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

JENNY LIND, a Swedish opera star when the great impresario P.T. Barnum escorted her to the United States in 1850 for a grand tour, is a legend still today.

THE JENNY Lind Scholarship is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People’s Park and Community Center in Stockholm. The prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship for 2013 has been awarded to Ms. Magdalena Risberg, soprano, based on a voice that is natural and simple, yet rich and moving, showing great musicality. Her accompanist is Mr. David Huang, who has been awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Accompaniment Scholarship.

A RECEPTION with light refreshments, courtesy of SWEA, will take place before the concert. The concert begins promptly at 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $15. RSVP to: sweadcprogram@gmail.com. The event is presented by SWEA Washington DC and supported by Embassy of Sweden.

The Swedish School for Children in Washington, D.C. held its graduation party at the Swedish residence

The Swedish School for Children in Washington, D.C. held its graduation party at the Swedish residence.The children sang traditional graduation songs like “Den blomstertid nu kommer” and “Idas sommarvisa”. Everybody joined in singing the national anthem.

THE SWEDISH School for Children in Washington, D.C. held its graduation party in the gardens of the residence of Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m of Sweden on Saturday May 18. The school is subsidized by the Swedish Department of Education and has more than 60 students, aged between 3 and 17. For three hours every Saturday morning the students learn about Swedish history, culture, grammar and creative language. Photos: Kristina Smith and Monica Koppelman

The Swedish School for Children in Washington, D.C. held its graduation party at the Swedish residence.The Swedish School for Children in Washington, D.C. held its graduation party at the Swedish residence.Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and his wife Eva were presented with a gift basket full of essential American goods, such as peanut butter, canned marshmallows, root beer and beef jerky, for them to bring home to Sweden when their assignment in the United States ends this summer.

The National Press Club’s Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador

The National Press Club's Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss AmbassadorAmbassador Manuel Sager of Switzerland and the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee Chair and Vice Chairman of the National Press Club Myron Belkind

MEMBERS OF The National Press Club in Washington organized under the auspices of the International Correspondents Committee were invited to an Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador on Wednesday evening, May 29.

AMBASSADOR Manuel Sager of Switzerland briefed the NPC members on economic and political relations between the United States and Switzerland as well as cooperation in the areas of research and innovation and tourism.

An elegant reception followed the briefing.

The National Press Club's Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss AmbassadorEmbassy Night at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington

The National Press Club's Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss AmbassadorThe National Press Club's Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss AmbassadorThe Swiss residence in Washington

The National Press Club's Embassy Night at the residence of the Swiss AmbassadorEmbassy of Switzerland in Washington