ON THURSDAY evening, May 1, two FotoDC events took place in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend. A creative exhibit of White House News Photographers Association’s best political photographs from 1900 to present – in partnership with FotoDC and Brightest Young Things — opened at the W Washington DC Hotel across from the White House. This event was hosted by Theo Adamstein, Kristin Guiter, Philippa Hughes, Svetlana Legetic, Sheldon Scott and Kate Warren. The exhibition runs through May 20.
The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. will host the festival “Nordic Cool 2013″ February 19 through March 17, 2013.
THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will present the international festival “Nordic Cool 2013″ Feb. 19 – March 17, 2013, featuring traditional and contemporary expressions of Nordic theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design and film. The festival will include highlights from the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as Territories of Greenland, the Faroe and ?and Islands.
THROUGH THE exploration of the interplay of themes central to Nordic life, such as nature, technological innovation, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurial spirit and youth culture, the festival will seek to answer the question of what is “Nordic,” and explain the region with its dynamic culture and cultural diversity, its creative economy and emerging global influence.
IN ADDITION to the performing arts, New Nordic Cuisine will be highlighted in the Kennedy Center’s restaurants and demonstrations by the region’s renowned chefs will be featured at the Millennium Stage. Panel discussions and forums as well as a Nordic film series will be part of the festival. For more information about the Kennedy Center: www.kennedy-center.org.
Photographer Bruce McNeil in front of his work
THE LUMEN8ANACOSTIA (www.lumen8anacostia.com) arts shows ended on Saturday, June 16, with several events in Anacostia in Washington, D.C. Among them were live performances at Honfleur Gallery, DJ and dancing at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, opening studios featuring Honfleur’s artist-in-residence, theatrical performances at 2020 Shannon Place, S.E. and after party at the Big Chair Bar and Grill.
Photography by Bruce McNeil
Creative altar by Missy Brown
Dress designs by Brian Evans (www.bltevans.com).
American and African artwork exhibited by Anacostia Art Gallery (www.bzbinternational.com ).
Artist Walter Clark
AN OPENING NIGHT reception for an exhibition – “Echoes of Distant Dreams” — with work by area-native and artist Walter Clark was held at L2 Lounge in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, April 26, 2012.
ORGANIZERS Amanda Minnie Williams-Vasquez and Samira Georgi presented fifty of Mr. Clark’s mixed media works inspired by the ancient Persian poetry of the great mathematician-astronomer Omar Khayyam (1048-1131). Produced over the last decade, these never before seen works take the viewer on a mystical journey to other times in other lands. Thirty-five of the works are accompanied by a quatrain of four lines written by the artist that inspired the works shown with it.
WALTER CLARK STATES that the inspiration for his art is Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” the collection of poetry from the 11th and 12th century by the Persian mathematician and astronomer. The high-level civil servant had to keep his verses hidden because of their sensuality and irreverence, but they were discovered after his death and immortalized over the centuries with Fitzgerald’s translation being a hallmark of that effort. Mr. Clark says that he models his art and the accompanying quatrain verses on the writings of Omar Khayyam, with an emphasis also on the sensual and irreverent. The result is a mystical perspective on life, beauty and humanity.
Artist Walter Clark and Amanda Minnie Williams-Vasquez of Minnianda, who arranged the exhibition at L2 Lounge.
Amanda Minnie Williams-Vasquez and colleague Samira Georgi put up fifty of Walter Clark’s artworks at L2 Lounge in Georgetown.
Artwork by Walter Clark
Belly-dancing was also on the program during the opening night.
DJ Donald Syriani provided exotic tones during the event.
Artwork by Walter Clark
Belly-dancing was on the program during the opening event on Thursday evening.
Tatjana Kostic, designer Maja Svensson, and Dragana Pajovic
“ELSA AND ME” (www.elsaandme.com) is a dress line created by Swedish New York-based designer Maja Svenssson. On Thursday evening, March 1, she welcomed Washingtonians for a showing of her designs at Heiner Contemporary Gallery in Georgetown.
“ELSA and Me” was established in 2009 and provides comfortable, versatile and classic dresses for the urban woman, produced to the extent possible with sustainable materials. The signature ELSA dress is sold online and through sales ambassadors only.
Gina Om, Britney Pardoe and Pei Hung
Carl Ek, Per Augustsson of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and Nils Bruzelius, chair of SACU
“CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC: Melting Ice Means New Challenges and Opportunities” was the title of a speech given by Per Augustsson at a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Mr. Augustsson, a Swedish diplomat, is currently Senior Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. In his address, he discussed changes in the Arctic, such as “who owns the Arctic and the resources beneath the ice and water?” Other questions were “how the changing climate will affect fish and marine mammals” and “who will regulate shipping and guarantee security in the North.”
Ingrid Beach, founder of Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) and artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff
A BIG CROWD came to Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C., for the gallery’s 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday evening, Feb. 11, with a show of paintings and sculptures. Many of the artists who had exhibited at the gallery over the years participated in this anniversary exhibition.
Artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff and gallery owner Dale Johnson
THE ARTISTS showing their works are Ahlin, Richard Barrett, Richard Binder, Jeffrey Russells, Lee Casey, Robert Cole, Alonzo Davis, William D’Italia, Peter Garon, Swedish American artist Gunnel Gyllenhoff, Don Herman, Eva Jacob, Craig Kraft, Barbara Kobylinska, Shirley Koller, Elizabeth Martineau, John McMahon, Philippe Mougne, Sam Noto, Antonia Ramis Miguel, Mark Palmer, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Haydeh (Heid) Rastin, Alfredo Ratinoff, James Schaefer, Craig Schaffer, Pam Soldwedel, Gia Tkabladze, Marjolein van Milligen, Marion van Ruiten, Alexander Vasiljev and Helen Zughaib.
THERE WILL BE artist talks on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.; and Monday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The closing party will be Saturday, March 31, 6-8 p.m. The show runs through March 31, 2012.
WATERGATE GALLERY & Frame Design is located at 2552 Virginia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. Or by appointment. Tel. 202-338-4488. For more information: www.watergategalleryframedesign.com.
Swedish group Fibes Oh Fibes! with lead singer Christian Olsson, performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8.
THE SWEDISH pop/soul/rock band Fibes, Oh Fibes! (www.fibesohfibes.com) – which was the winner of “Pop Album of the Year” at the 2010 Swedish Grammy Awards — performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8.
THE GROUP from Gothenburg – which consists of Christian Olsson (vocals, songwriter), Mathias Nilson (guitar), Edvin Edvinson (bass), Martin Blomberg (drums) – was formed in 2001 and rose to fame in 2004.
IN 2004 they released their first album, “Still Fresh,” and two years later their second album, “Emotional,” and in the fall of 2009 the album “1987,” which won the “Pop Album of the Year.”
Fibes, Oh Fibes! get their inspiration from the soft rock genre of artists like Phil Collins, Lionel Richie and Toto.
Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert at the House of Sweden.
Daphne and Linda White and Rhoda Septilici came to the concert.
The Fibes, Oh Fibes! concert on Wednesday evening drew a big crowd to the House of Sweden.
Evangelina Elizondo, assistant curator at the World Bank; artist Cecilia Paredes; and Sue Spaid, executive director at Contemporary Museum in Baltimore
THE ART EXHIBITION of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes “NATURAL ARCHIVE Object and Photography” opened at the Embassy of Peru on Tuesday evening, Feb. 7.
MS. PAREDES constructs her objects using mainly discarded natural elements and transforms them into casts and weavings with new meaning. She also does performances using make up and body painting to transform herself into animals, plants and landscapes. These acts are recorded with photography, creating her “photoperformances.”
“Dress for the Act of Flying,” Cloth and Peacock Feathers, 2012
CECILIA PAREDES was born in Lima, Peru, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia and Lima. She has also lived in Mexico, Rome and San Jose, Costa Rica. She studied at the Catholic University Art School in Lima, the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England and at the Scuola del Nudo in Rome.
Her work has been shown at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the U.N. headquarters in New York, the Inter-American Institute of Rome, Open Maps in Madrid, the World Bank in Washington, D.C., ICPNA and Inca Garcilaso Cultural Center in Lima, Beijing National Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA), and at the 51st Venice Biennal in Italy, among other venues. Her artwork is also shown permanently in the Natural World Museum in California and Museo del Barrio in New York, among many other institutions, and she has also received many awards.
The show runs through March 23, 2012. The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The embassy’s art gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission free. Tel. 202-833-9860.
A pre-State of the Union reception at Library of Congress was hosted by The Atlantic and National Journal.
THE ATLANTIC and National Journal hosted an elegant pre-State of the Union reception at the Library of Congress’ Great Hall on Tuesday evening, Jan. 24. The glitzy reception attracted members of Congress, journalists and other high-profile Washingtonians. Among them were Steve Clemons, editor in chief of Atlantic Live; John Fox Sullivan, publisher at large of National Journal; California Congress Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Henry Waxman; and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). Susan Gage Caterers provided the delicious hors d’oeuvres.