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FotoDC Opening Night Reception for the exhibition ‘Spring in Focus’ at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington

Exhibition Opening night reception at Pepco Edison Place Gallery

THE OPENING night reception for the exhibition “Spring in Focus – A Showcase of Cherry Blossom & Unique Washington Photography” was held at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, April 4. The group show featured work by Bob Epstein and Randy Santos and TIMELESS Collection by Ron Blunt as well as Cherry Blossom and Spirit of DC Photo Contest Favorites. The exhibition is part of FotoDC, which will select new favorites to be hung each week through April 26.

Exhibition Artwork of Cherry Blossoms shown at Pepco Edison Place Gallery as a part of FotoDC.

THEE ARE also two photo contests - “Cherry Blossom Photo Contest” and “Spirit of DC Photo Contest” and deadline is April, 18. To enter: www.fotodc.org.

Exhibition Opening night reception at Pepco Edison Place Gallery

Exhibition Exhibition “Spring in Focus.”

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‘Intimate Network’ – a solo exhibit with artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer – opened at The Fridge in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 2

Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer in front of her work “Desires for Connectivity: Shauna & Jaime,” oil on canvas.

ON SATURDAY evening, Feb. 2, a solo exhibit – “Intimate Network” — with artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer opened at The Fridge in Washington, D.C. On Feb. 16, noon-2 p.m., there will be an artist talk and live mural painting, and the show runs through Feb. 24.

Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer

THE EXHIBITION examines intimacy and relationships, and the artist chooses to paint people from her life that unravel the boundaries between personal and political. Her work documents her networks of family and friends within the LGBTQ community, and assert ideas about civil rights, marriage equality, polyamory and gender identity, and at the same time shows the private look at the inner workings of the artist’s life today.

Artwork by Lisa Marie Thalhammer

The Fridge is located at 516? Eighth St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. For more information: www.thefridgedc.com.

The Fridge gallery in Washington, D.C.The Fridge is Washington, D.C.

ARTpocalypse event at The Dunes Gallery in Washington

ARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in WashingtonARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in Washington

ARTpocalypse – the brain-child of Washington, D.C. professional visual artist Dana Ellyn - was celebrated with a party at The Dunes Gallery in Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Dec. 21. It signifies the impending “end of the world” according to the Mayan civilization, set to happen Dec. 21, 2012.

ARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in Washington“Dead End” by Anna U. Davis

DANA ELLYN called together 20+ of DC’s established and undiscovered artists to create works of art that predict and parody what might happen on that date. The artists are Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn, Scott G. Brooks, Anna U. Davis, Sherill Anne Gross, Todd Gardner, Emily Green Liddle, Jared Davis, David Yano, Milena Spasic, Roger Cutler, Abby Martin, Bernie Smith, Jennifer Liberto, Justin Ballard Weiss, Jenn Block, Julia Colton, Amy Denniston, Leigh Bailey, Andy Hendricks, Sarah Noble, Annie Sawabini, Erin Sheley and Jeanine Valles.

ARTpolypse is on display through Jan. 31, 2013. The Dunes Gallery is located at 1402 Meridian Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010, tel. 202-436-9118. For more information: www.thedunesdc.com.

Exhibit showcasing the work of six New York-based Chilean artists opens at the Embassy of Chile in Washington

“Untitled” (Resin, pigment, enamel on panel wood, 2012) – artwork by Pablo Jansana

“VISIBLE ARCHITECTS: New Chilean Art at a Global Crossroads” – an exhibition showcasing art by six New York-based Chilean artists opened at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11. The artists are Francisca Benitez, Ernesto Burgos, Pablo Jansana, Cristobal Leyth, Rodrigo Lobos and Andrea Wolf. The exhibit is curated by Christian Viveros-Faune.

THE EMBASSY of Chile is located at 1732 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. For more information: http://www.chile-usa.org/.

Exhibit showcasing the work of six New York-based Chilean artists opened at the Embassy of Chile

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

Thumbnail image for Bronze bust of the famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy at American University in Washington, D.C.Bronze bust of the famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy at American University in Washington, D.C.

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.  

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

Exhibition with Paintings and Drawings by Manon Cleary at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md.

Exhibition with Paintings and Drawings by Manon Cleary at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md.Artists Sondra Arkin, Ann Stoddard and Anna U. Davis

AN EXHIBITION – “Creating a Legacy: Paintings and Drawings” by the late Manon Cleary (1942-2011) opened with a reception on 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland, on Saturday evening, September 22. The show, with 14 paintings and drawings, is curated by F. Steven Kijek and John Paradiso.

Exhibition with Paintings and Drawings by Manon Cleary at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md.An exhibiton with work by the late Manon Cleary and eight artists that were mentored by or had close relations to her opened at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland, on Saturday evening, September 22.

Exhibition with Paintings and Drawings by Manon Cleary at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md.Swedish-born artist Anna U. Davis and husband Peter next to her artwork “Garden of Heathen,” 2010, ink on paper.

ALSO SHOWING in the gallery space are eight of Ms. Cleary’s students at University of the District of Columbia (UDC) or artists that she mentored or had close relations with — Swedish-born artist Anna U. Davis, Paul Feinberg, Patricia Goslee, Jeanette Herrera, Yar Koporulin, Jared Miller, Jessika Tarr and Tom Wolff.

Artwork by Manon ClearyArtwork by Manon Cleary

THE SHOW will run through November 17, 2012. 39th Street Gallery (Second Floor) is located at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md. 20722. Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday 7-9 p.m., Saturday 12 noon-3 p.m., and by appointment 301-864-3860 x3. For more information: www.39thstreetgallery.com. 

Artwork by Manon ClearyArtwork by Manon Cleary

Exhibition – ʻCafé Days and Club Nights’ — with artist Walter Clark opens at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.

Artist Walter Clark and exhibition organizer Samira Georgi

“CAFE DAYS AND CLUB NIGHTS” – and exhibition of 50 artwork inspired by moments glimpsed and expressions stolen in places and times – with Washington artist Walter Clark opened on Wednesday evening, September 12, at L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Additionally, there was a live violin and French chansons performance with violinist Rafael Javadov during the opening event.

Artwork by Walter Clark

WALTER CLARK (born in Washington, D.C., in 1932) has dedicated his life’s passion and soul to the study of fine art. After graduating from George Washington University in 1957 with a joint B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts, Clark entered the Federal Civil Service in 1958 as an artist after six months of active duty in connection with his military obligations in the U.S. Army Reserves. In 1965, he became the director of Art at the National Institute of Mental Health. Shortly thereafter, he went on to pursue his Master’s degree at American University in Film and Public Affairs. Over the next three decades, Clark produced several films as assistant chief of the Mental Health Education Branch at the NIH, along with becoming a special assistant to the associate director of Public Affairs at the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. Clark retired from the Federal Service in 1993, while continuing to teach life and portrait classes and other art-related activities, a practice that he continues to this day.

Artwork by Walter Clark

ENTRY DONATIONS and proceeds from artwork sales in part support a Syrian refugee fund. The event was presented by Ça Va Magazine and organized by Samira Georgi. For more information about the exhibit contact info@cavamagazine.com.

Artwork by Walter Clark

Artwork by Walter Clark

Artist’s Statement

Sketches are not paintings, at least usually they’re not.

This particular group of elaborated sketches were made on the sly. No one knew they were going to end up being hung. Hung that is, on the walls for everyone to gape at, to be amused by, and to be commented on.

Very much like candid photos, these candid sketches display individuals and groups that are usually employed in having fun. They are doing so in a way that makes them insensible to the guy in the corner wearing a fedora and glancing from time to time at a pad.

I am that guy.

If these pieces are studied carefully, it is easy to see that they were done over decades, decades that allowed smoking in crowded places, beards and suits that were worn in one time and considered outre in others. This matters, because it allows time to stop, to pause, and to allow us, we Americans, to see ourselves as we are, or how we once were.

Therefore, they become historical documents, modified by the artist for effect, but still an essentially accurate document of the time it was drawn.

I don’t remember any current artist that does a convincing job of this. Most do pictures of people posing, of those frozen attitudes they usually take, leave a static impression rather than a dynamic one.