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Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Halloween Edition

This article is cross-posted in the following DC Blogs:

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Frozen Tropics
The Hill is Home

Saturday October 30

Albus Cavus presents Monster Mash at 680 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington DC.  Activities begin at 9am and include a magic show, face painting, mask making, pumpkin decorating and prizes. Young and old are encouraged to dress up in their most frightening outfits! 

CITY Gallery will close M.M. Panas’s “Action Painting” from 2-6pm at 804 H ST NE second floor; artist will be in attendance.  If you want to know more about Panas’s work read an interview with her HERE.

Conner Contemporary Art opens Federico Solmi’s “Douche Bag City”.  The New York based Italian animator and sculptor has had one of his recent works “Evil Empire” (2008) censored in France and Spain due to its controversial content.  The opening reception is from 6pm to 8pm with artist in attendance.  Conner is located at 358 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002.

Right next door to Conner Contemporary Art, G Fine Art will open “Mixed Bag” by Dan Steinhilber.  During the next six-weeks Steinhilber will create the exhibit in the gallery itself.  The opening begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm. G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Ave, NE Washington, DC  20002.

Sunday October 31

Jill Finsen of CITY Gallery will have a solo show at an Art House Open House at 911 G ST SE, Washington DC 20003 from 1pm to 3pm.  Finsen’s oil on panel works quote New England coastal landscapes in bright Fauvist colors.

CITY Gallery associate members will be showing their work at Park Café in a group exhibit.  The opening will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  At Park Café openings, the owner serves wines from his native Chile and finger food to die for.  Park Cafe is located at 106 13th ST SE, Washington DC at Lincoln Park. 

Halloween and art meet at Design Studio Art Gallery’s “Night of the Living Art”.  A group show will feature horror movie inspired work from 5pm to 10pm.  Gallery goers are encouraged to come in costume.  Design Studio Art Gallery is located at 702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, 20781

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Art House Open House October 31 Featuring the Work of Jill Finsen

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Opening Reception: Sunday October 31 from 1pm to 3pm

City Gallery will be presenting the work of gallery member Jill Finsen at an Art House Open House located at 911 G ST SE, Washington, DC 20003.

About the Artist
Jill Finsen's paintings explore the formal and emotional content of landscape and still life. A central focus of her work begins with vernacular New England scenes—coastline, architecture, woods and marshes. Raised in Eastern Massachusetts, with summers in Maine and on Cape Cod, she returns to the region as frequently as possible to further reexamine this set of personally iconic elements.

Jill Finsen "Sailing Beach Point" Oil on Panel.  Photo Courtesy of CITY Gallery

Finsen's work embodies the spirit of primitive or naïve styles, using composition and color to balance forms and rhythms and the directness of the palette knife to create a distinct and whimsical exploration of surface. With allusions to the works of early 20th century American painters and the Fauvists, Finsen's paintings embody a tension between familiarity and abstraction, drawing viewers in, yet leaving unresolved their placement within the imagined space.

About the Property
911 G Street SE is a two bedroom brick home with a deep shaded yard.  While the property has off street parking, you might consider selling your car as you are located within walking distance of Eastern Market, the Metro,  the shops and restaurants of 8th Street SE, Ginkgo Gardens and Fragers.   The home has retained the charming elements of the past while boasting modern amenities such as a remodeled kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops. 

The home will be open Sunday October 31 from 1-3PM.  For more information about the home contact Realtor Genie Hutinet at 202.413.7661

CITY Gallery Associate Member Show at Park Cafe

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Opening Reception: Sunday October 31 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Image Courtesy of CITY Gallery
City Gallery presents a group show at the Park Cafe representing the follwing associate members:

Anne Oman
Tara Hamilton
Marth Huizenga
Sarah Porter
Marilyn Christiano
Liz Lescault
Cissy Webb
Tom Kenyon
Will Fleishell

The represented group works in a variety of mediums including block print, engraving, watercolor, photography and ceramic sculpture.

The work will hang from October 31 through December 10, 2010.

Park Cafe is located at 106 13th ST SE, Washington DC right across the street from the eastern end of Lincoln Park. To make reservation call 202.543.0184 or visit their site at www.parkcafedc.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Albus Cavus Monster Mash!

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Design Studio Art Gallery Presents: "Night of the Living Art"

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Opening Reception: Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 5pm - 10pm

The public is invited to attend Design Studio Art Gallery's opening reception for "Night of the Living Art." Prepare to trick-or-treat and bring your children for an alternative haunted house experience. In spirit of this eerie holiday, explore "dark" creativity and view local artists' paranormal pieces which have taken inspiration from classic horror films and pop culture.

To celebrate the "darker half" of the year with Design Studio Art Gallery, all staff will be in costume and attendees are encouraged to follow suit. Night of the living art runs from October 22nd-November 17th.

The gallery is located in Hyattsville’s new Arts District at 5702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, 20781. Contact the gallery at (301) 779-4907 or (202) 446-7373 and by email at info@designstudioartgallery.com  Editors Note: New Fall Hours are Wed 10am-6pm, Thur 1pm-8pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat and Sun 10am-5pm

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

M.M. Panas "Action Painting" Closing Show at CITY Gallery

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Closing Reception: Saturday October 30, 2010 from 2pm -6pm

M.M. Panas "Dancin'".  Photo Courtesy of CITY Gallery

CITY Gallery invites the public to view "Action Painting" by M.M. Panas, one last time.  Artist in attendance.  Refreshments will be served.  To read the Wade Carey Interview, click HERE

About the Artist:
Maria Margarita Panas was born in Munich, Germany in 1946. She arrived in the U.S.A. in 1949 and subsequently became a citizen. After living in Brooklyn, NY until 1960, she moved to Michigan, where she attended Wayne State University (1963-1967) and met and married John Panas, a fellow student. They have two sons.

Margaret has been a practicing artist since 2002 and is a member of both The Art League of Alexandria, VA and The Capitol Hill Art League of Washington D.C.  She is also a member of the Columbia Pike Artist Studio.

Additional information may be found at: www.citygallerydc.com For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 202.468.5277 or info@citygallery.com   City Gallery is located at 804 H ST NE second floor, Washington, DC 20002. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturday 1-5pm.  

G Fine Art presents Dan Steinhilber’s "Mixed Bag"

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Opening reception October 30, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo Courtesy of G Fine Art

Exhibit runs from October 30 - December 11

G Fine Art presents Dan Steinhilber’s latest exhibition, Mixed Bag. During the next six-weeks Steinhilber will make work in the gallery itself, engaging the commercial environment as both material and as studio space.

Starting with a lawn mower, broom, and iron, items associated with quotidien suburban existence, Steinhilber will create installations throughout the gallery, transforming it into the site of his sculptural experiments using tools associated with domestic chores.  The gallery audience will witness Steinhilber making these works, and dialogue with him as he folds his private concerns together with public discourse.  Shredded plastic bags will transform the floor with the brushstroke of the broom, and photographic snapshot “castings” will capture the indexical traces of his actions, creating an archive of images from his temporary installations. 

Working last summer at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York with a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Project for the Arts, Steinhilber invited the public to participate in his sculptural practice.  For his series of  "earthbound" angels, members of the community worked with Steinhilber to cast their bodies in concrete in the manner of snow angels, resulting in a legion of everyday saints that was exhibited on the grounds of the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Dan Steinhilber received his MFA from American University in 2002, and has been working and living in Washington DC since his student days. He has exhibited widely in the region in commercial and alternative venues alike.  Steinhilber has participated in numerous solo and group shows at museums and art spaces internationally  including, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Des Moines Art Center, the MCA Houston, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh PA, Brigham Young University Museum Of Art, Provo UT,  Cheekwood, Mass MOCA, SECCA in Winston Salem, NC, and the Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea in Siena, Italy.

Future projects include a solo show on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Raleigh, NC and a show at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC in 2012

G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Ave, NE Washington, DC  20002.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday noon – 6 pm  For more information contact 202.462.1601 or visit  www.gfineartdc.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

Conner Contemporary Presents: Federico Solmi "Douche Bag City"

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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 30th from 6pm - 8pm. Artist in attendance.

Federico Solmi  You Are Dick Richman from Douche Bag City. 2010, video-animation. Photo Courtesy of Conner Contemporary Art
My works are filled with corrupt politicians, murderers, swindlers, tyrants, porn stars, religious preachers... I want to present viewers with an ironic but perverse vision of our times and our near future.
- Federico Solmi

To preview the work: CLICK HERE

Conner Contemporary Art presents Douche Bag City, a major exhibition of video-animation, painting, and sculpture by Federico Solmi. Douche Bag City will run from October 30 through December 18, 2010

Solmi shocked Europe last year by exhibiting The Evil Empire (2008), the video portrait of a future Pope whose violent sex addiction leads to widespread ruin. Because of the work’s controversial content, the video was censored in France and Spain. Solmi, who lives in New York, was put on trial in his native Italy for obscenity, blasphemy and offense to religion. Later that year, the Guggenheim Foundation honored Solmi by awarding him with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, in the category of video and audio, and commissioned work from him. This year, curators Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco selected Solmi’s latest video, Douche Bag City (2010) for exhibition in the SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Exhibition.

In Douche Bag City, Solmi turns his satirical lens toward Wall Street. Here, the artist applies his signature style, combining painting and hand-drawn animation with digital models, through the implementation of computer gaming engines. Solmi’s satire of Wall Street greed and corruption operates as a critique of the violence inherent in social and economic power structures. The artist has designed a special installation of custom-framed LCD screens for the presentation of Douche Bag City in the gallery. In addition to Solmi’s most recent videos, we will present his seminal works Rocco Never Dies (2005), The Giant (2005), and King Kong and the End of the World (2006).

Conner Contemporary will also show Solmi’s newest works, which have never before been exhibited: a large-scale sculpture inspired by The Evil Empire and paintings for the video animation Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth (a work in progress).

For further information contact the gallery at info@connercontemporary.com  or call 202.588.8750

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Gallery  hours are as follows: Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5pm.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Arts Organization Leasing Opportunity in NOMA


So you've always wanted to run an art gallery, perhaps an artist co-op, rent out studios to individual artists or maybe you are an artist who needs a huge amount of space for your studio to create massive installation pieces.  Better yet, you've always wanted to run a museum or some type of art education program.  Well look no further.

Come visit "The Cave" this weekend for your chance to preview approximately 7,500 square feet of space at very, very reasonable rates.  The NOMA Business Improvement District has partnered with the owner of 16 M Street NE to seek out an arts organization who would like to lease the space over the next five years.  East City Art has been told that there is a new roof, working HVAC (Heating and Air Conditining), a kitchen and a couple of bathrooms.  From an arts perspective, it is turn-key. We've also been told that if you can not make this weekend, to contact the NOMA BID to preview the property (info listed below).  

While there is a November 1 due date, the owner will review all proposals and may consider a time extension if needed to accommodate serious requests.

More information as follows from the NOMA BID:

NoMa Warehouse Available for Arts Uses
An approximately 7,500 square foot warehouse with parking is available for lease in the heart of NoMa at 1st and M Street NE, one block from the New York Avenue Metro. The NoMa Business Improvement District is publicizing the opportunity to arts and cultural entities that may be interested in leasing the space for office, studio, gallery, workshop or performance space or other related uses. The property owner, Stan Weinstein, has expressed openness to leasing the property for arts and cultural uses. The NoMa BID is interested in partnering with cultural organizations to make this a neighborhood hub of creativity. If needed, the BID is open to considering grant requests from organizations interested in the space.

Warehouse Entrance.  Photo courtesy of NOMA BID

About the Property
Location: 16 M Street, NE. The building is located on M Street between North Capitol Street and First Street, NE, one block from the NY Avenue Metro.

Details: The warehouse is an approximately 7,500 SF one-story masonry building with three small offices, a kitchenette, two bathrooms along the west side of the building and a loading dock with two roll-up doors that faces M Street on the south side of the building. The window-less building is newly painted with new fluorescent lighting, heating and HVAC systems.

Parking Lot: An approximately 7,500 SF parking lot sits adjacent to the warehouse on the east side; the lot is fenced and gated, and contains about 22 parking spaces. The parking lot will be leased with the building.
Lease Term: 5 years; for rental rates please contact the owner.

22 car secure parking space.  Photo Courtesy of NOMA BID

For more information on leasing rates, property information and other building details:
Stan Weinstein, Property Owner

For more information on possible opportunities for collaboration with the NoMa Business Improvement District, or additional information about the neighborhood:
Liz Price, BID President

Side view of building (note the length of the structure)
Photo Courtesy of NOMA BID

Due Date: 
Proposals are due Monday, November 1. Please submit all proposals electronically to Stan Weinstein. Please include information about your organization, financial proposal and capabilities, and your proposed uses for the space. If financial support from the BID is needed, please submit a separate proposal and grant request to the NoMa BID by November 1 including organization qualifications, proposed uses for the site, and grant request.

About the Neighborhood

NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) is a mixed-use neighborhood north of Massachusetts Avenue and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Between 2007-2009, private developers have invested more than $1.5 billion in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space over the next 15 years. More than 5,000 new employees and residents will move into NoMa in 2010, and more than 700,000 SF have already been leased in NoMa this year, putting the neighborhood on track to follow the successes of the past two years; NoMa leased more than 1 million square feet in both 2008 and 2009.

The warehouse building sits one block from the New York Avenue Metro station, and half a block from the First and M Streets, NE, intersection – this intersection will be a busy hub for residents, employees and visitors by the end of 2010 when Harris Teeter, CVS and other retailers are open.

About the NoMa BID

For more information about the BID, visit the BID Web site at www.nomabid.org. View their NoMa Summer Screen video www.nomasummerscreen.com for more information about theirsignature film festival event; and visit www.zestfestdc.org for more information on Zestfest, an upcoming beautification and arts event in October 2010.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Weekend East City Event Round Up

This article is cross-posted in the following DC Blogs:

Free In DC 
Frozen Tropics
The Hill is Home

Thursday October 14

Tim Conlon “Con Rail” (Photo Courtesy Studio H)

Studio H and CITY Gallery present the season’s first Art House Open House at 748 7th Street SE.  The works of the following artists will be represented:

Geoff Ault- photography (CITY Gallery)
Tim Conlon- graffiti artist (Studio H)
Ellen Cornett- pastels (CITY Gallery)
Sherill Gross- cut outs (CITY Gallery)
Liz Lescault- ceramic scuplture (CITY Gallery)
Katherine Mann- mixed media painting (Hamiltonian Gallery)
Steven Pearson- mixed media painting (Studio H)
Pam Rogers- mixed media painting (CITY Gallery)

Refreshment and hors-d’oeuvres will be provided by Marvelous Market Capitol Hill.

Friday October 15

"Barking Pumpkins" created from glass, wire, styrofoam by Erica Fallin.  (Photo Courtesy of Authentic Contemporary Art)

Be part of history when the first art gallery opens in Ward 7.  Don’t miss the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery’s inaugural opening “ReCREATE” at 3938 Benning Road NE from 6pm to 8pm.  The juried group show required artists to work with recycled material.

The following artists will be represented: Chuck Baxter, Sandra Davis, Jim Duckworth, Chava Evans, Erica Fallin, Magaly Gaza, Christopher Golden, Gints Grinbergs, Rania Hassan, Sean Hennessey, Roxanne Jarrett, Guru Sangat Khalsa, Gloria Kirk, Marla Mclean, Rose Mosner, Jordan Quintero,Wendy Rabinowitz, Kathy Turner, Ja'Ski Watkins and Sherry Ways

Saturday October 16

The Fridge presents Graham Boyle’s first solo exhibit “Thrive, Despite!” from 7pm to 10pm.  The gallery is located behind Belga Café in the alley between 8th and 9th streets SE.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kate Fraser to Review Artist Portfolios at CHAW

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Attention artists, here is a chance to have your work assessed and reviewed by a professional in the art field.  Coming this Saturday October 16th, the Capitol Hill Art League has organized a portfolio review day from 12pm to 5pm at CHAW.

Kate Fraser, owner of the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, will conduct portfolio reviews.  Each participating artist may bring at least 5 pieces; no more than 20 (even if they are photographs).  The cost to participate is ony $20 for CHAL members and $30 for non-members.    Each participant will be assigned a specific time slot for an individual review so that you can have an personal conversation with Kate Fraser about your art direction.  To sign up, you can call CHAW during office hours 202-547-6839.

Ms. Fraser will review your portfolio and offer guidance and practical information on your career as a fine artist.  For 15 minutes, one of the area’s most knowledgeable and experienced arts professionals will answer questions about the direction specifically of your work, pricing, presentation, approaching galleries, entering juried competitions, marketing, getting attention from art critics, or almost anything else you can think of. 

To clear up any confusion, this session is designed to discuss the development and direction of your art portfolio on the business side.  This session is not an art critique of the artistic merits of your individual pieces.  If you wish to participate in a critique of your art pieces, then Lisa Semerad's Nov 13th seminar, 1-4pm at CHAW, on critiquing art is for you.

Ms. Fraser, an accomplished photographer, has over 20 years of experience as a photographer, curator, gallery Director, judge, and educator. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums and art centers both in Europe and the United States and has won many awards. Ms. Fraser is one of the most highly collected photographers in the DC region.

CHAW is conveniently located 2 blocks south of Eastern Market Metro station on the northwest corner of 7th & G streets SE.

The Fridge Presents: Graham Boyle "Thrive, Despite!"

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekend East City Event Round Up

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This week's post is cross-listed with the following DC blog:

The Hill is Home 

Saturday October 2

Note: the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has cancelled its Saturday open figure drawing this week. 

However, if you haven’t already, do pick up tickets for CHAW’s ArtSmash . The proceeds benefit children’s art programs.  CHAW never turns away a child because he or she can not afford a class.  This is you chance to help out and have a blast!

CITY Gallery  opens "Action Painting" , new work by mixed-media painter M.M. Panas.  The opening reception begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm.