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Photographer Eva Fidjeland – one of several artists to show their work at the AthensArt’s Annual Arts Festival at Hardeko in Bispg?den, J?tland, Sweden

“The Red Lady” – digital photography by Eva Fidjeland

ON FRIDAY, May 2 at 6 p.m. there will be an art opening at Hardeko, Bj?rkstigen 3 in Bispg?den, Ragunda, J?tland, Sweden, featuring Swedish photographer Eva Fidjeland and other artists. AthensArt is a network of artists living in different parts of the world, and every year they exhibit their work together. This year Sweden has been chosen as the country for AthensArt’s annual arts festival.

THE SHOW, which runs through May 11, is organized by Center of Arts 4 Seasons and Hardeko and Mr. Geert Weggen. For information about the participating artists, please visit http://athensart-2010.ning.com/.

EVA FIDJELAND is an artist, poet and photographer who lives in Orrefors, Sweden. She was born in Stockholm in 1955. Her art reflects cultural influences from childhood years spent in Portugal, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan. In 1978 she went to live in the artists’ village Ein Hod in Israel, where she learnt the art of making stained glass from Professor Joseph Chaaltiel http://ein-hod.info/artists/ora.

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

UPON RETURNING to Sweden Ms. Fidjeland was approached by the Vasa Museum to reconstruct glass details for the famous Vasa Ship from the 17th century — http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/The-Ship. The new Vasa Museum was inaugurated in 1990.

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

EVA Fidjeland has exhibited her work at numerous museums and galleries in Sweden as well as abroad.

For more information about the artist and her work, go to http://evafidjeland.centerpoint.me/, http://Svenskakonstnarer.se/galleri/EvaFidjeland and http://galerie-stexwig.com.

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

DOMINIC RICHARDSON, writer and editor of Art Bracket LLC (www.artbracket.com) writes this about Eva Fidjeland: “A new trend in visual art is emerging due to artist Eva Fidjeland’s implementation of an innovative, creative approach to the process of manufacturing art. The artist is known internationally for creating in a variety of mediums, from the traditional canvas to digital, and is currently presenting her work in a new style of collaborative art. The artist is displaying her creative expertise within the various mediums and is also transforming her physical expression and character for introduction within her creations. Fidjeland is seamlessly incorporating aspects of digital technology with visual and performing art, creating unique works that tell stories through intricate details.”

 

Photography by Eva Fidjeland

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The exhibition “Women of Egypt” by Norwegian-born and Egypt-based artist Britt Boutros-Ghali opened at Syra Arts in Washington

Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.Sylvia Van Vliet-Raghed of Syra Arts and Dagmar Painter of The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, both galleries in Washington, D.C., in front of one of Britt Boutros-Ghali’s paintings

ON THURSDAY, April 10, the exhibition “Women of Egypt” by the Norwegian-born, Egypt-based painter Britt Boutros-Ghali opened at Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.

MRS. BOUTROS-GHALI – who is considered one of the important Norwegian artists of this century – is known for her vibrant, colorful and energetic paintings. In the late 1950′s she studied painting and sculpture under Ellen Christensen and Ferdinand Lunde in Oslo. Her earliest work debuted in Paris at Galerie de L’Universit?in 1965 at the same time that Niki de Saint Phalle joined her onto the Paris art scene. She participated in the Abstract Expressionist movement in Europe in the 1960′s and 1970′s, and has exhibited internationally throughout her career. Her work is widely collected in both public and private collections worldwide.

Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.Artwork – oil on canvas – by Britt Boutros-Ghali

BRITT Boutros-Ghali was born in 1937 in Svolvaer in northern Norway. She has spent the last 35 years in Egypt and her studio is a barge on the Nile. The many years spent in Egypt’s rich, colorful and exotic culture and environment has greatly influenced her work.

THE EXHIBIT runs through 10 May, 2014. Syra Arts is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W. #A, Canal Square in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-733-8199.

Exhibition with Sweden’s Master Painter Anders Zorn opens at the National Academy Museum in New York

A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE of Swedish Master Painter Anders Zorn (1860-1920) opened at the National Academy Museum on Thursday, Feb. 27, in New York. The exhibition features 90 rarely seen works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States and reveals the vibrant artistic personality of the painter.

ZORN, a watercolorist, painter, etcher and sculptor, rose from humble beginnings in the Swedish countryside to travel the world, captivate American artists and politicians, and paint some of the most sought-after portraits of America’s Gilded Age.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS at the National Academy Museum include film, music and historical lectures, which will highlight the artist’s remarkable life. There will be a screening of the film documentary “Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age” on March 8, a choral performance by the Church of Sweden in New York on March 30, and historical lectures “Emma Lamm Zorn: Philanthropist, Ethnographer, Woman, Jew” on March 26 and “Zorn, Paris, and the International Avant-Garde” on April 16.

THE EXHIBITION runs through May 18, 2014.

NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM is located at 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street in New York City. Admission: adults $15, seniors (65+) and students $10. Children under 12, members and students of the National Academy School free. For more information: www.nationalacademy.org.

‘Heroes – Gone But Not Forgotten’ – the art of Charles White exhibited at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland

Pat Walters and David C. Driskell gather in front of an etching titled “Cat’s Cradle” by Charles White, which was loaned to the exhibition by Ms. Walters.

AN OPENING RECEPTION for the exhibition “Heroes – Gone But Not Forgotten,” which features 47 works by the great African American artist Charles White was held on Thursday evening, Jan. 30 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. The exhibition will be on display at the center through May 23, 2014. For more information, visit www.driskellcenter.umd.edu.

David C. Driskell Center.20140131 017.JPG“Micah”

'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland“Cat’s Cradle”

 'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland“Study for Pope X”

'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of MarylandOpening reception at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD


'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland

‘Vues Africaines 2013′ exhibition at Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.

'Vues Africaines 2013' exhibition at Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.Mimi Wolford of the Mbari Institute with artists Edmond Nassa from Burkina Faso and Kine Aw from Senegal

ON SATURDAY afternoon, Nov. 16 an opening reception was held for the art exhibition “Vues Africaines 2013,” with paintings by Kine Aw (www.kineaw.com) from Senegal and sculptures by Edmond Nassa (www.bigaart.com) from Burkina Faso, at the Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.

For more information: 202-244-6094.

'Vues Africaines 2013' exhibition at Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.Painting by Kine Aw

'Vues Africaines 2013' exhibition at Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.Sculpture by Edmond Nassa

'Vues Africaines 2013' exhibition at Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.Mimi Wolford, Mbari Institute, painter Kine Aw and her mother

An Almost Unknown Swedish Treasure in Washington DC’s Vicinity

Fountain of FaithThe Fountain of Faith by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles at the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA

ONE OF THE sculptor Carl Milles’s greatest works lies in the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA (7482 Lee Highway, telephone: 703-560-7400).

DO NOT MISS an excursion to the Fountain of Faith, which is a collection of sculptures in a fountain showing many different groups of people being reunited in heaven. Carl Milles was commissioned to do this work in 1952, toward the end of his life. He himself considered it as one of his greatest accomplishments. A great admirer of Milles, Robert F. Marlowe, commissioned the work and Milles himself contributed a copy of his famous statue the Sun Singer to be adjacent to the fountain. Unfortunately, this statue lies so far away from the fountain that you won’t notice it unless you climb up to Korean Gate above the fountain and look beyond it. Do not miss a walk down to this statue which is a copy of the one which stands in front of the Parliament building in Stockholm. Text: Ingrid Beach

The Sun Singer by Carl MillesThe Sun Singer, sculptor by Carl Milles

 

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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

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

Exhibition ‘Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)’ opens at ARCHER Modern in Washington

Exhibition 'Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)' at ARCHER Modern in WashingtonBenjamin Abramowitz’s daughter Susan Rosenbaum and Robert Chapman of ARCHER in front of one of the artist’s paintings

THE EXHIBITION “Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)” opened with a reception and launch party at ARCHER in Washington on Wednesday evening, May 29.

MANY never-before-seen works by renowned Washington, D.C., artist Benjamin Abramowitz are being showcased, and more than 10 large-scale abstract canvases and smaller works of the period are on view.

Exhibition Paintings by Benjamin Abramowitz

A PROLIFIC ARTIST with a career spanning seven decades, Benjamin Abramowitz (1917-2011) devoted a lifetime to art. A master artist and teacher in painting, sculpture and works on paper, Abramowitz began working in New York City in the early 1930s. His talent was evident in his first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1936) at the young age of 16. Later, finding a place in the Works Project Administration (W.P.A.), the artist flourished as a painter often under the name of Benjamin Hoffman. By the time he moved to Washington in 1941, Abramowitz had 11 works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and quickly became a star in the regional art scene winning numerous awards and attracting the attention of galleries, critics, curators and patrons.

Exhibition

IN ADDITION TO a number of exhibitions at prestigious institutions, Abramowitz’s work has been collected by the Met, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, The Phillips Collections, Howard University, Baltimore Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

ARCHER.SwissExhibition ARCHER is a leading gallery of fine art and design, and regularly showcases 20th Century design alongside fine art and signature furniture collections. ARCHER is located at 1027 33rd Street, N.W., in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. For more information: www.archermodern.com.

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‘Fear Strikes Back’ exhibition at DC Arts Center in Washington

“Dead End” (2012) – artwork by Swedish-born artist Anna U. Davis

“FEAR STRIKES BACK” – an exhibition that “explores the cultural dimensions of how we deal with our fears and anxieties, built upon distortions of information fed to us by various types of media and social networking” – opened on Friday evening, April 26, at DC Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

THE FEATURED artists are Shahla Arbabi, Ed Bisese, David Carlson, Colby Caldwell, Michele Coburn, Nick Collier, Mei Mei Chang, Anna U. Davis, Sam Holmes, David Page, Annette Polan, Joyce J. Scott and Julia Kim Smith.

CURATOR is Helen Frederick and Curatorial Apprentice Jessica Pavone. The closing panel is June 2 at 5 p.m.

DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. Gallery hours are Wed-Sun 2-7 p.m. For more information: www.dcartscenter.org .

 “Untitled” (2012) by Mei Mei Chang

 “Paladin Unconscious” (2013) by Ed Bisese

DC Arts Center opening reception for the exhibition “Fear Strikes Back.”