Friday, March 30, 2007

What is Artomatic?

I had a lot of folks asking me about Artomatic; so here's the lowdown!

About Artomatic

Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge. It was originally conceived as a way to break down the geographical and social segmentation of the Washington arts scene, to bring art directly to the public and to build cohesion among artists. The city's ongoing development in recent years has diffused the arts community by breaking up pockets of artist studios. In addition, local artists are sometimes overshadowed by national blockbuster shows and federal landmarks. Artomatic provides a forum for all of our area's artists to convene, perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington's arts community.

Artomatic began in 1999 in the historic Manhattan Laundry building. A dozen or so artists originally toured the empty building and within a month, three hundred and fifty artists had cleaned, lit, painted and colonized the 100,000 square feet. Over 20,000 visitors attended the first Artomatic over 6 weeks. From there, it grew organically, as buildings were made available to Artomatic by community developers. Music and performance of all kinds were added. In 2000, 665 artists exhibited and 200 performed at the old Hechinger’s building; more than 1000 artists and performers took part in 2002 at the Southwest Waterfront and even more in 2004 at the old Capitol Children’s Museum in Northeast. The number of visitors has also more than doubled to over 40,000.

By artists, for artists

Artomatic is organic; there are no juries or curators. A Board of Directors comprised of local artists and supporters and a steering committee comprised of local artists, arts administrators, and community activists develops outreach procedures and participation guidelines to ensure the broadest possible artistic representation from the DC metropolitan area. Each participant pays a nominal fee and commits to volunteering for 15 hours. Most participants, however, give much more of their time; volunteers execute every task, from hauling trash and building exhibit structures to maintaining the website. As a result, the show draws artists and visitors of different races, cultural backgrounds, ages and experience levels.

Emerging and established artists have the chance to work with and learn from one another and the diversity of artwork and performances attract the broadest range of people, providing a forum to build institutional connections; linking public and private schools, universities, community development organizations, human service organizations, corporations, foundations, and cultural organizations. Artists, organizations, and visitors come together and illustrate the energy, vitality and strength of the arts to impact the community.

April 13–May 20, 2007
2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.
Metro stop: Crystal City
Free admission. Donations accepted

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Noon–10 p.m.
Thursday: Noon–11 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: Noon–1 a.m.
Closed Mondays

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Work

Here's my latest. "Objects of Desire #10" charcoal and oil paint on canvas, 30" x 40"
Look for me at Artomatic 2007.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Portraits at Pass

Portraits - group photography show

Opening Friday April 6 7-10pm
PASS Gallery
rear 1617 S St. NW
(a carriage house down an alley off of 17th St. between Swann and S St.)
Part of the first friday art openings at Dupont Circle galleries

Washington, DC 20009
open tuesday and saturdays 1-5 pm and by appointment
exhibit continues through April 28

exhibiting artists:
Lydia Douglas
Dennis Drenner
Carol Harrison
Linda Hesh
Jason Horowitz
Denise Odell


April 13–May 20, 2007
2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.
Metro stop: Crystal City
Free admission. Donations accepted

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Noon–10 p.m.
Thursday: Noon–11 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: Noon–1 a.m.
Closed Mondays
Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s eclectic, engaging — and occasionally even eye-popping — arts extravaganza is back this spring and promises to be more of a draw than ever before.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic is the region’s one-of-a-kind multimedia art featuring more than 600 regional artists and performers. The free five-week event, to be held April 13–May 20, will feature nearly 90,000 square feet of paintings, sculptures, photography and other creative work.

Friday, March 23, 2007

9th Street Galleries

The 9th Street Galleries will have a wine and cheese reception for the opening
of the Spring and Summer Gallery Season this Friday evening from 6-8 PM.

Ninth Street Galleries * Brookland,
Washington, DC

*** Wohlfarth Galleries
3418 9th Street
(Fine Painting and Drawings, and Sculpture)

*** Washington Works on Paper
3420 9th Street NE
(A nonprofit Gallery and will be showing local artist Ray Allard's Prints)

***Roxanne's Artiques
3426 9th Street NE
(Paintings, Sculpture, Jewelry)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Women's Work

Women's Work: Five Distinct Points of View from Young Female Artists

Featuring the work of: Molly Brose, Mary Chiaramonte, Jenny Davis, Laurel Hausler and Abbe McGray

March 14-April 8, 2007

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15th 6-9pm

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Studio In-Sight

New show from Studio In-Sight!

The show is titled "Color In-Sight" as it features some radical color
designs from the group. Deliberate works to redefine the boundaries
of the color spectrum.

Gallery opening Sunday March 11th from 12:30-2:30
At the:

Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Four blocks West of the Dupont Circle Metro.

Open from March 11th - 30th
9AM to 4PM M-F
202.387.6612 (call ahead)




Equinox features the work of 22 Mid-Atlantic artists selected by Lorie Mertes, formerly of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Miami Art Museum. Mertes selected work in three categories: manipulated materials, abstraction and the figure. For a complete list of exhibiting artists, visit here:

Eye on Arlington, the AAC’s intermittent series of Arlington artists, features
Cynthia Connolly: See at 15 at Once!
Don't bother traveling all over Alabama!! Cynthia already did it! Instead, come and lounge at your leisure and see the “real” Alabama through the examination of fifteen roadside arrow signs in photographs printed as 16" X 20" black and white silver gelatin prints with titles letterpressed clearly across the front! NO NEED TO EVEN STAND UP! JUST RELAX AND LOOK!

Wyatt Gallery: Resident Studio Artist Group Exhibition featuring work of all 13 resident artists in our upper level gallery

Sculpture on the Grounds: the continuation of Insight Out on the grounds of the AAC, featuring work by Laura Amussen, Jackson Martin, and Renee Rendine. Presented in partnership with the Arlington Commission for the Arts and Arlington County’s Cultural Affairs Division.

Founded in 1976, the AAC is dedicated to presenting and supporting new work of contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic states. Located in the historic Maury School, it holds exhibitions, rents studio spaces, and conducts educational programs for all ages. Normal public hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call (703) 248.6800 or The AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd., in Arlington, VA, just off the Virginia Square-GMU Metro stop on the Orange line.

Friday, March 02, 2007


March Schedule of Events - Erotica 2007

Friday, March 02 - 6 pm to???
Opening Reception - Body Painting Nude Models

Sunday, March 04 - 2 pm to ???
Figure Models Guild Meeting

Sunday, March 11 - 1 pm to ???
Body Painting - Artists draw - Photographers shoot - $10

Sunday, March 18 - 1 pm to ???
Model Training Video production - artists $10

Sunday, March 25 - 1 pm to ???
Body Painting - Artists draw - Photographers - $10

Friday, March 30 - 6 pm to???
Closing Party with a Big Surprise!

Open Sessions every Wednesday - 7 to 10 pm - one female model, long pose $12
1054 31st St NW
Canal Square in Georgetown
Underground Parking - $7 all day on Weekends and after 5 pm weekdays
Free parking may be found on side streets a few blocks up or down 31st St

visit our web sites
Figure Models Guild -
Artists & Models chat group at
MOCA DC Gallery chat group at

Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project

The Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project is organizing its 2nd annual community performance fundraiser for Saturday March 10th from 4-7 pm. A talented group of performers is lined up, along with raffle prizes and free food.

Where: Edmund Burke School (4101 Conn. Ave, NW...Van Ness/UDC metro)
When: Saturday, March 10th, 4-7pm
Cost: $10 at the door / proceeds support YWDEP's summer program
More Info: (brand new website...check it out!).

At The Warehouse this weekend

Sat Mar 3 from 5-7pm
A Multi-Artist Reception / Arts Opening


Bryan Leister's Sound/Video Art interactive installation with Theremin and composed sound/video

The Birds: Mostly Chickens
small paintings by Fay Stanford

48 Hour Film Project
Screening & Posters
Award-winning posters and the latest shorts from the international phenomenon that began in DC


Warehouse Arts
1021 7th Street NW
202 783 3933

Convergences in Silver Spring

In conjunction with Convergences, the current exhibit at Gateway’s Heliport Gallery

Gateway is proud to present

An Evening with the Artists March 8, Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm

Each artist will speak for approximately 20 minutes, after which the floor will be open for questions…dialogue and discourse.

Karim Chaibi:
Even before the coining of the term of “Judaeo-Christianity” in the nineteenth century, Western scholars largely considered Islam to be an outsider culture and tradition that few attempted to study. Yet a review of historical data readily shows that Judaism and Islam converge in many areas and senses, though this field has unfortunately not yet been fully researched I will speak about convergences and commonalities between Judaism and Islam not to answer but to pose pertinent questions about these shared roots that can serve as a source for Jewish-Muslim renewal.

Thomas Block:
Hardly growing in a vacuum, the Jewish/Muslim mystical entanglement was merely one single facet of a larger positive relationship enjoyed by these two cousins for nearly a millennia during medieval times. In this talk, Tom Block will place the ideas of his exhibit, Shalom/Salaam, in a greater cultural context, exploring the deep ties between Muslims and Jews in everything from education (they attended each other's schools) to the law (it was not uncommon for medieval Jews to resort to the Muslim courts to resolve Jewish religious questions!). Ultimately, this talk will broaden our understanding of just how deeply intertwined these two peoples are -- and how the way their history is viewed in today's world has more to do with current political realities than historic truths.

Note to writers: Poets and others interested in developing poems or prose based on the CONVERGENCES exhibit are invited to arrive early—at 5:45 PM—to chat with the artists individually and to discuss common interests.

RSVPS not required, but appreciated.

Gateway Georgia Avenue Revitalization Corporation
8001 Kennett St. Suite 3, Silver Spring, Md. 20910
Home of the Gateway Heliport Gallery : Convergences
Gallery Hours: Tue - Fri, 4-7pm : 301.562.1400

Celebrate International Woman's Day at GW's Marvin Center

a thought provoking and creative evening
at the George Washington University
Marvin Center
to celebrate the
International Women's Day
March 8th!

The event will host a panel discussion titled 'Women Crossing Borders and Engaging Creativity for Empowerment', that intends to draw attention to vital issues from human trafficking to stories of women entrepreneurs who make positive differences in their communities. Throughout the evening the For Women By Women photo-project exhibit will be on display as well as arts and crafts from the Anatolian Artisans. A silent-auction will be conducted to raise funds for a non-profit women's initiative that provides shelter and guidance for victims of abuse, Bursa Gunyuzu Women's Solidarity Cooperative in Turkey.

Date: March 8, 2007
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Panel: 7:00 pm
Reception & Silent Auction: 8:00 pm

George Washington University
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
3rd floor, 800 21st Street NW,
Washington DC 20052

Please RSVP:
Call: 202-725-0273

For more information on the DC area exhibits visit:

Collaborators & Supporters:
Arts for Global Development, Inc.
Anatolian Artisans
Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble
Program Board, the George Washington University
Student Association, George Washington University
Turkish Student Association, the George Washington University
Elitok and Hartnett at Law

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