Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Artz & Craftz

Artz & Craftz...An Audio/Vizual Revolution
At The Common Share....2003 18th St. NW (adams morgan)

Wed. June 6

Featured Artist: Catrell Thomas
Title: "Little Harlem"
Medium(s): photography

$2 Tequila Sunrise
$2 Guinness

No Cover
No Dress Code
DJ 2-Tone Jones: Hip-Hop and Rare Grooves
Complimentary Gift Bags

At G Fine Art

G Fine Arts this Saturday June 2nd 6:30-8:30pm:
unveiling of Welcome To Lizard County. This series, inspired by the sale of my family's truck stop and experiences during the documentation of its lot, is made of collaged lady figures enthroned atop hand drawn semi-trucks. Jose Ruiz and Vesna Pavlovic also will be showing some very compelling installations. This show is not to be missed and is on display till July 7th, 2007

G Fine Art

is pleased to present

José Ruiz, Vesna Pavlovic and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

June 2 – July 7 2007
Opening reception, Saturday June 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Jose Ruiz Lisa Marie Thalhammer Vesna Pavlovic

José Ruiz, Descendents of Ascension, a multi-dimensional, mixed-media installation.

Jose continues to be guided in his interest in maintaining a visual conversation with the social issues that he describes as "out of his control." Each investigation, materialized through a wide variety of mediums and formal processes, inherently resurfaces his ongoing focus on identity, visibility, authorship, and labor.

The title, Descendents of Ascension, is an allusion to the American Dream: those who make up the US are the product of those who immigrated in hopes for a better future, and the spiritual meaning as it refers to the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan cultures, that many of the new Latino immigrants are descendants of. Many of the objects carry this double meaning, described often with a consistent transformation theme.

Among the many works in the show are a sci-fi video piece, depicting immigrants charging across the border, photos of the artist himself awaiting work with day laborers, and a series of A-frame ladders made out of drywall that reference the residue of labor as metaphorical symbols of ascent and descent in social class, society and spirituality. Also included is a series of emblems, the official Descendents of Ascension flag to represent this specific territory in the public realm and in the gallery and hanging above the installation, decals of a patriotic airbrushed eagle in a "preying" position, partially painted over, resulting in a set of wings ascending rather then descending.

Jose Ruiz is a curator at the Bronx River Art Center in the Bronx, NY. He is the Artist-in-Residence, for the workspace program at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY and he will be included in the upcoming show, The (S) Files: El Museo del Barrio's Bienal, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY. Curator: Elvis Fuentes, July 2007 – January 2008.

Vesna Pavlovic, Display, Desire, a photographic installation.

In this work Pavlovic explores performance, desire, projection and participation. Using display houses as a subject, she presents her exploration of images of display and the display of images. Pavlovic projects black and white slides of these staged homes, through pieces of colored plexi-glass, distorting the images and creating a space for the viewer to experience. She uses the image, its surface and physical properties to create a heightened atmosphere for participation and time to become integral in observing the transformation and destabilization of the image.

Pavlovic uses an extensive array of photographic display materials; also showing five black and white photographs from the Show Homes series and six and mounted digital color photographs from the Six Color Transparencies series. The artist describes her experience of these display homes; "walking through a staged house feels like walking through a catalog. You either desire it or not."

Pavlovic began her studies in documentary photography and cinematography at The Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She has shown in Serbia and in the US. She recently graduated from the MFA program at the Columbia University and has published several books, the most recent Office Taste co-authored with Casey Smith in 2005 and The Book Project in 2004.

Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Welcome to Lizard County, a series of drawings.

In this new series of work, Thalhammer investigates the underbelly of America's Highways. Inspired by her experiences in the family's truck stop, she draws the semi-trucks that brave vast expanses of highways connecting goods and consumers. Alone and lonely, full of desire and intent, this macho trucker world both idealizes women and supports abuse of them. Lot Lizards, a trucker term the title is based on, are prostitutes, who wait in truck stop parking lots. Thalhammer collages images of women from men's interest magazines as hood ornaments onto the drawings, examining the way feminine beauty is both reverenced and objectified. Appropriated gospel illuminations adorn the drawings, referencing the Bible belt, where the family truck stop was located.

Thalhammer was the recipient of the Young Artist Program Grant Award from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities in 2007, and in 2006 the Small Project Programs Grant Award from the DC Commission of the Arts and humanities. She lives and works in Washington DC, and participated in the Exercises for Emerging Artists, which culminated in the show E:3 Painters at Transformer Gallery.

3DG "Green" Open House & Fair

3DG "Green" Open House & Fair

June 3, 2007
1:00 -5:00 PM
1362 Otis Place, NW
Washington, DC 20010


On Sunday, 3DG will unveil its latest project - Washington, DC's first boutique residential condominium that will be LEED-Certified. At the tipping point in "green" awareness, this project represents how sustainable design and construction practices are being used in today's market.

3DG, a company born and raised in the rapidly transforming Columbia Heights neighborhood, has taken a typical Washington, DC Wardman row home and retrofitted it with the latest environmentally sustainable technology and construction methods. This project marks what many hope to be a shift to a "triple bottom line" approach to development as it is socially, environmentally and economically favorable.
The open house will provide visitors with an in-depth and interactive learning experience about the "green" features that will make this a LEED-Certified building. In addition, they will see "green" living from a more holistic approach as they are invited to tour a model unit outfitted completely with sustainable furniture and complimented with environmentally friendly household products and foods.

A special thanks goes to the following stores for their contributions of environmentally friendly products:

- Crate & Barrel

- My Organic Market (MOMs)

3DG would also like the thank the following local artists for displaying their work:

- Charlie Jones

- Anne Marchand

If you have any questions contact (202) 298-6636.

Opening This Saturday

Exhibit opening this Saturday (June 2) at Curator's Office

Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy and Detail in Drawing

co-curated by Dr. Fred Ognibene and Andrea Pollan

June 2 - July 14, 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2 6 - 8 pm

in conjunction with all of the gallery opening receptions

in the 1515 14th Street Arts Building

Gary Batty

Sandra Cinto

Marcel Dzama

Peter Feiler

Adam Fowler

Mary Judge

Avish Khebrehzadeh

Takehito Koganezawa

Ricardo Lanzarini

Kristofer Lee

Amy Lin

A.B. Miner

Beverly Ress

Frances Richardson

Eduardo Santiere

Chris Scarborough

James Siena

Sigga Björg Siggurdardóttir

Zach Storm

Daniel Zeller

Curator's Office

1515 14th Street NW

Curator's Office

1515 14th St., NW

Suite 201

Washington, DC 20005


Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat, 12 - 6 and by appointment.

At Hemphill

Saturday, June 2
6:30 - 8:30 PM

The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar

New Paintings

June 2 – July 28, 2007


Book Signing with Mingering Mike
Saturday, June 2
4:00 – 6:30 PM

1515 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Silver Spring Arts Walk

ArtsWalk will provide attendees with the chance to meet and talk with local artists exhibiting at The Heliport and working at studios in our community.

When: Sunday, June 10th 2-4pm

Where: Starting at: Gateway's Heliport Gallery, 8001 Kennett St.
Listen to artists: Cristina Montejo, Ellen X. Silverberg, Dana Maier, Mary D. Ott, Julie Miller, Bernie Van Leer and Alfreda Southerland present their work.

Next: Brian Hewitt's Studio, 7981 Eastern Ave. unit C-8
Brian is currently getting his MFA in Scotland, so he can't physically join us. However, he will be joining us through a live video stream so that he can discuss his method, approach and work. Folks will also get a chance to see his studio.

Next: Steve Hanks' Studio and Gallery, 7981 Eastern Ave., unit C-11
Steve's watercolors and drawings range from realistic wildlife to abstract expressionism. He has shown professionally on the wildlife show circuit, exhibiting at the prestigious Easton Waterfowl Festival among other such shows on the east coast. He also does watercolor landscapes and cityscapes. Many of his abstracts are fantastic anatomical figure metaphors and cityscapes with additional drawn details that call for closer inspection. In his space, Steve has created a studio and gallery for his work.

Next: The Graphic Workshop, above Jackie's on Sligo Ave.
Pauline Jakobsberg and Terry Svat will have several examples of their work at the studio will do a couple print-making demonstrations. For example, Pauline will show how a drypoint is done on a simple piece of Plexiglas using an engraving tool. We will then use the press and create a piece of art.

Gateway Georgia Avenue Revitalization Corporation
8001 Kennett St. Suite 3, Silver Spring, Md. 20910
Home of the Gateway Heliport Gallery : 20901,20902, 20903, 20906, 20910
Gallery Hours: Tue - Fri, 4-7pm : 301.562.1400


Art Outlet is having their first International Flash Movie Festival Flik.
In addition they will host a Second Life event broadcasting our flash movie festival to the global community.

WHEN:June 1: Opening reception at 7pm. Screening begins at 8pm
7:00 pm Tim Bracken (Genre: Alt-Country/Rock)
8:00 pm The screenings begin.

June 2: Opening reception at 7pm. Screening begins at 8pm
7:00 pm Art Daniels (Genre: Love Balladeer)
8:00 pm The screenings begin.

WHERE:Warehouse Next Door
(In the Café. The screenings will take place in the film auditorium.)
1017-21 7th Street NW
Washington D.C. 20001

The international line up is:

JOSH WIMBLE (Thailand)
Webcam Confessions
Sad Toaster Made of Glass

ALAN BECKER (Dublin, Ohio, USA)
Animator vs Animation pt 1 & 2

The Demise of Matchy

DAVID ALVARADO (Guadalajaro, Mexico)
My Monster

DJORDJE UNGAR (Novi Sad, Serbia)
A Short Story About Love

! ELI WILL ARD (Albequeque, New Mexico, USA)
Moon 9

JAN VAN LYSEBETTENS (Merelbeke, Belgium)
Dr Strangelove, or...

JASON RAYLES (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The Fair

Miniature Earth

ODD TODD (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Laid Off - Series

T BENNY (Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia)
Little Boy and the Mysterious Smiling Box
Bouncing Delicacy Loop

VIDLITS (Santa Monica, California. USA)
Newslits - Series

ALEX WASILEVSKI (Warsaw, Poland)

ADAM PHILLIPS (Sydney, Australia)
Brackenwood - Series

You can read the full press release here .
For more information about Flik, visit our website at
You can contact us at or call (202) 460-9100.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

My Artomatic Top Picks

Painting above by Margaret Dowell

Painting above by Gregory Ferrand

Painting above by Kevin Thomas Irvin

Painting above by Emily Green-Liddle

Ok, I know I waited until the last minute, but I finally have my top picks from Artomatic 2007 (listed in no particular order):

Dianne Tesler's AWSOMEly executed painting of an old house (Open House II)
Lynn Putney's dream-like abstractions
Chris Bishop's pop paintings (LOVE the pretty girls and robots)
William Remington's figures (Specifically the Picasso-esq paintings)
Emily Greene Liddle's juicy, beautifully rendered pierced fruit paintings

Dale Hunt's funky monsters
Kevin Thomas Irvin's graffitti-style paintings
Margaret Dowell's technically fabulous work
Gregory Ferrand's weird and wonderful narratives

Sean Henessey's cool wall sculptures
Veronica Szalus gigantically huge papers
Laura Lukaszewski's elegant porcelain "Feather"
Brad Taylor's super cool "Can Tab Chair" (that I had seen and fell in love with at Art Outlet's Flux)
Pamela Burris's welded steel, "Accumulative Effect"
Christie Otvas mosaic baby-doll, "Estes"

Tracy Lee's sensual and steamy erotic photos
Camille Mosley-Pasley's, "Mama Love" photos(GREAT juxtaposition in that room between the two varying depictions of the female nude: Mosley-Paisley's as maternal/nurturing and Lee's as sensual and sexual)
Jesse Cohen's photos (especially the new figure photo of the woman with the blueish tint and
I didn't write down the title, sorry , Jesse!)
Angela Kleis's cool graffiti photos
Alexandra Silverthorne's photos(this girl has a great eye!)

Tim Hayes, "Brave Soldiers Plus one Politician" (thanks to Steve Krensky of Light Street Gallery for reminding me about this incredible piece! It is superb!)

Pictures from Artomatic 2007

Pics from the top: Yours Truly, our room, work by Dana Ellyn, work by Matt Sesow, sculpture on the 8th floor by Veronica Szalus, lastly Emily Greene Liddle and yours truly. See the work of several of the above artists at the upcoming Warehouse show entitled "Art in Heat", opening June 30th! For info visit:

Last Call for Artomatic!

The very last day of Artomatic 2007. Can you believe it? We can't. What a wild ride it has been - but it's not through yet!

You have from 12noon to 10pm to come to Artomatic - THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! Come see the art, hear the bands, watch a film. Help us end Artomatic 2007 with a BANG.

Check out the Event Calendar for a complete listing of all special events happening on Sunday at Artomatic at

Don't forget to stop by room 6wo1 to check out work by yours truly.
Hope to see you there!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Artist Talk

At Civilian Art Projects:
Artist Talk with Hasan Elahi and Lynn Cazabon

Please join Civilian Art Projects for an informal
discussion with internationally recognized artist
Hasan Elahi and colleague Lynn Cazabon, Assistant
Professor of Photography, UMBC, as they discuss
the Tracking Transience project, his exhibition at Civilian,
and his forthcoming participation in the 52nd Venice

Artist Talk:
Friday, May 18, 2007
6:30pm to 8:00 p.m.
Free with light refreshments provided.

Seating is limited. RSVP to

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Washington DC, 20004
(202) 347-0022

Hirshhorn After Hours Tonight

This looks like it is going to be a great evening!

Friday, May 18, 2007 from 8 pm to Midnight
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave at Seventh St, SW

Opening celebration for the exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans
featuring DJ Spencer Product

Late-night exhibition viewing
Hang out with artist Wolfgang Tillmans
Add your thoughts to the audio scrapbook
Chat with friends or make new ones in the conversation lounge
Sip cocktails and dance outdoors on the Plaza until midnight

General Admission Tickets
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Closing Weekend for Artomatic-Last Call!

IF you haven't made it to Artomatic yet, this weekend is your last chance! Sunday is the last day for the crazy, ecclectic Art extravaganza!
Visit for event schedules and details!

Billy Colbert Open Studio

Billy Colbert is having an open studio this weekend.
1840 14th Street, NW
Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 1-5pm
Call to enter studio: 202-247-0595

MOCA Update

1 - Wednesday Model - Brandie - In costume - 7 to 10 pm - $12 artist fee - Art Students $5 - first time free

2 - Don't forget the 3rd Friday Open House this Friday, May 18 from 6 pm to ???

3 - Now accepting work for our June show, Artists & War - In Favor & Opposed - June Exhibit - check the details at - a major effort, guaranteed to be provocative

4 - A retrospective for Richard Takeuchi is planned for August, 2007 - will advise status later -- will include many, many of his finest work

5 - See these artists at Artomatic - Jim Akers, 6th Floor, Red, Room 6B08; Robin Walker, Salon 6B44; Luba Sterlikova, Blue 6D39; Bill Remington, 6D13; Tracy Lee, 6B40; Marielle Mariano, 6D39; Cedric Baker, 6C04;

6 - Gaithersburg Art Train - Call for artists to paint, decorate or otherwise adorn a fiberglass Locomotive & Caboose for display in Gaitherwsburg - Get app online at or call Natalya B. Parris at 301.258.6394

7 - Call to Artists - multiple galleries in Gaithersburg are participating in the City of Gaithursberg Visual Arts Exhibition for 2008 - Exhibition runs January through December 2008 - for more info contact Natalya Parris, Gallery Coordinator at 301.258.6394 or

8 - Images of Justice Art Show - The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is calling for submissions of artwork dealing with the theme of Social Justice. For complete information and prospectus visit: - Entry Form, slides and statement must be submitted by August 1, 2007. Exhibit on display during October 2007

9 - MOCA DC Fund Raiser - March to June - these events will be fundraisers, so donations - cash, artwork, ??? are welcome
a - Membership - if you aren't a member now, or have not paid dues prior to January of 2006, then a membership would be great - it's only $40 Regular, $30 for Seniors and $20 for Students - good for 1 year. Benefits include a reduced hanging fee for exhibits - ($40 nonmember - $25 member, $20 Senior, $15 Student) - you can probably enter at least 6 to 8 a year, depending on subject of show. And if you send in a membership now, but don't enter anything in the current exhibit, your membership period won't begin until you hang something in a show. For those non-artists, then, a membership now could conceivably be a lifetime membership. Other benefits include to have your work on the internet on the MOCA DC artists section, now under development. Will put headshot of the artist, brief bio and 2 images of work, plus a link to your website. If you don't have a website, then will add 2 extra examples of your work. This is in development now, and will begin to appear on the MOCA DC website in March.

b - Donations - cash - Any cash donations are welcome - bless you very much - make checks payable to MOCA DC - we now have a business checking account, and the gallery is both incorporated in DC and is an IRS certified 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Certificate of Good Standing available, as is all other paperwork to support this.

c - Donations - artwork - I am preparing a section of the gallery to hold all artwork donated for a fundraiser - so donate some stuff, look at some to buy, or just do something crazy to help fund the galleries expenses.

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

This Friday, May 18th

Constance Bergfors / Kay Chernush / Jared Davis / Michele de la Menardiere /
Elsabe Dixon / Fae Penland Gertsch /
Julie Steinberg / Emma O'Rourke / Mark Planisek / Angela White
William W. Parker (WWP) Gallery– housed in Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing
629 New York Ave NW (Gallery Place or Mt. Vernon Metro)

O'Neill Studios invites you for a night of artwork, live painting, dancing,
and drinking- all going to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
There will be a $10 donation suggested at the door. 50% of all proceeds from
the sale of the art go to the Society.
2424 18th St. NW, Washington, DC (Woodley Park Metro)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Call for Submissions!

Call for Submissions!

Images of Justice Art Show

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is calling for artwork dealing with the theme of Social Justice. For complete information and prospectus visit:

Sponsored by
Columbus School of Law
Department of Art and Campus Ministry

During the month of October 2007, The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, together with the CUA Department of Art and Campus Ministry, will sponsor the juried art exhibition entitled, Images of Justice, which will explore the theme of social justice through the vision of local artists in a broad spectrum of two- and three-dimensional media. The art displays will serve as a tangible expression of a theme well recognized by the law students and faculty who work with the law school’s clinical programs, serving the legal and, in many cases, fundamental needs of the indigent and underrepresented members of our local community.

Numerous events will be scheduled at the law school to coincide with the Images of Justice Art Show, including a national conference on The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Commitment to Pro Bono Publico, scheduled on October 5 and 6, 2007. For a calendar and detailed information of upcoming events, please visit

Entry Form, slides and statement must be submitted by August 1, 2007.

Images of Justice Art Show will be on display during the month of October 2007.

Call for submissions: March/April 2007
Submissions deadline: Submissions must be received by August 1, 2007,
no later than 5 p.m.
Notification of acceptance and regrets: no later than September 4, 2007
Delivery of accepted works of art: September 27, 2007
Installation of show: September 28, 2007
Opening reception: October 3, 2007
Dismantling of show/artists pick up art work: October 29, 2007


● Artists must be 18 years of age or older and must reside within a fifty mile range of
metropolitan Washington, D.C.

● Members of the Catholic University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni especially are encouraged to participate.


● Submissions must include:

1. Completed and signed entry form

2. Images on labeled slides or CD

3. One-or two-paragraph statement on how art work relates to the theme of social justice

4. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included for the return of materials

● Artists may submit up to three original images of 2-D and 3-D media, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, videos and multimedia; maximum dimensions not to exceed 60 inches in width.

● Artwork must have been completed within the last three years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

● The University will not engage in the sale of art work, however artists wishing to make their works available for sale may do so by providing business cards, which will be available to the public.

Selected artists must deliver and pick up artwork to and from the Columbus School of Law,
The Catholic University of America, 3600 John McCormack Road, NE, Washington, DC 20064
on the designated dates.

Each artist may submit up to three images on slides or CD, a one- or two-paragraph
statement on how their work relates to the theme of social justice, completed and signed
entry form and Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to receive returned slides/CD.

Friday, May 04, 2007

MOCA reception tonight

Before you head to Artomatic, swing by MOCA DC tonight for a reception for their new exhibition, "Black and White"
Also Dave Q. over at MOCA has been generous enough to share some wall space to show some of yours truly's student work from Catholic University. Congrats to my Drawing I students!
For location and info about MOCA, go to

At Conner

Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present Aversion, a new performance by Washington, DC based Mary Coble. An installation of video and photographs of the performance and related work will be view on through June 30, 2007.

In her opening night performance, Coble will attach electrodes to herself to recreate the severe effects of electric shock aversion therapy. The artist will simultaneously present a video narrative of experiences of gays and lesbians to whom this psychiatric treatment was forcibly administered with the objective of re-conditioning their sexual orientation.

Reorientation therapy was supported by the American Psychological Association until 1973, when homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder. Patients were subjected to repeated sessions during which they were shown a series of erotic images. Whereas opposite-sex images elicited no negative stimulation, shock was administered in conjunction with same-sex images.

In Aversion, Coble boldly calls attention to continued social pressures toward conformity which perpetuate the advocacy of reorientation therapy by extremist organizations today.

Mary Coble's work is currently on view in Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York through July 1, 2007 and was recently seen in Passion/Provocation: photography and video in the collection of Teofilo Cohen (Mexico City, MX) and me, myself and I: artist self portraits from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection (Virginia Beach, VA).

Recent performances include: Gender Mask (becoming) at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Binding Ritual Daily Routine at Artist's Space, New York, NY (Performa) and Marker at the D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY. Coble's work is in the collection of The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.

There will be a live webcast of the performance, Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm. To view the performance, go to must have Windows Media Player or Flash streaming video to view the performance.

The gallery is also pleased to announce Discuss VIII with Mary Coble in conversation with Andy Grundberg, Chair of Photography and Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC. Discuss VIII will take place on Thursday, May 24th @ 7pm.

Now in its second year, the Discuss series continues to go beyond the typical artist talk format, pairing gallery artists in conversation with each other as well as their peers, outside curators and collectors. Each Discuss conversation is available for mp3 download or via subscription on the gallery website @:
or on itunes @:

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1730 Connecticut Avenue, NW - 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm and by appointment.

Tonight! Meet the Artists at Artomatic!

Come mix, mingle and meet some of the area’s most creative talents during Meet the Artists Night at Artomatic.

From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, May 4, many of the artists who are showing their work or performing at Artomatic will be on hand to talk about what their work, discuss what inspires them and answer your questions. More than 700 people are participating in this year’s Artomatic, including 400 visual artists.

People who come to Artomatic on the evening of May 4 will also be able to take in a full schedule of free events including films, poetry, music and fire performances.

Live music will kick off at 7 p.m. and run through midnight, with performances by djesben, Koshari, Matt Wilschke, Dead Men's Hollow and Ephemeral Sun.

Also at 7 p.m., “Jolene Sugarbaker The Trailer Park Queen,” will teach attendees how to whip up tasty budget treats and recipes via a film shot straight from her “Trailer Park Test Kitchen.”

Capital Fire Arts, a Washington, D.C.-based performance company, will be on hand to wow the crowds with their unique style of fire dancing at 9pm in the Courtyard.

Stop by after 8pm and visit the lovely Emily Greene Liddle and yours truly in room 6w01 (yellow line)!

Hometown Frustration

Below is an article from the Buffalo News on-line. I am very frustrated with my hometown right now, here's why:

Article Title: Music Is Art is moving from Allentown to America's Fair

By Tom Buckham - News Staff Reporter
Updated: 05/02/07 7:45 AM

The Music Is Art Festival is packing up guitars, drums and amplifiers and moving to America’s Fair in the Town of Hamburg, ending an uneasy four-year coexistence with the Allentown Art Festival.

Robbie Takac, the Goo Goo Dolls bassist who founded the festival as a platform for local musicians, said Tuesday the decision to change venues and dates was made after city officials indicated that no permit would be forthcoming for this year’s event.

In a series of City Hall meetings, “It became evident that the forces who were helping us achieve our goals in Allentown weren’t necessarily going to be there to help us this time,” Takac said.

So instead of shaking exhibitors’ tents during the two-day art festival in June, the music event featuring local bands will take place Aug. 11, the third day of the 10-day county fair.

Whether a permit would have been issued is moot because Music Is Art did not apply for one, said Peter Cutler, spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown. “We would have reviewed them like everyone else.”

However, Cutler and Sue Gonzalez, the city’s director of special events, admitted Takac was urged to seek another site for his festival, which since 2003 has been staged near the guitarist’s Franklin Street recording studio — just outside the art festival boundary.

The relationship between festival organizers was testy from the outset.

“A fine art festival does not have music,” Mary M. Myskiewicz, president of the Allentown Village Society, complained after Music Is Art was granted a city permit in 2003. “We’re trying to protect an art festival that has a national reputation.”

With the nation’s largest outdoor art festival due to celebrate its 50th year with an expanded program June 9-10, “we started to look for other options for Music Is Art,” Gonzalez said. But Takac’s father, Bob, called March 19 to inform her that a deal had been struck with the fair.

America’s Fair “has been incredibly accommodating,” Takac said, “as opposed to Allentown, which was confrontational from the beginning.”

“We’ll be able to reach a huge crowd that we weren’t able to reach before — people who do not customarily come out to an art show,” he said.

The one-day music festival will be staged near the Agricenter inside Gate 4, “starting at 9 a.m. with the usual insanity and running straight through until the gates close,” Takac said. Forty bands will play.

“It breaks my heart not to be able to carry on the tradition I started in Allentown,” Takac said. “I didn’t want to lose my neighborhood. At the same time, this is the absolute best of scenarios.”

My response:
Dear Tom,
I just read your article on the "Music is Art Festival" and felt the need to share some thoughts. Having no place else to express them, I am writing to you.
What an absolute shame that the "Music is Art" festival was taken out of the Allentown Art Festival. As a WNY native, an Allentown home owner, a practicing visual artist and an adjunct Professor of visual art now living in Washington, DC, I was saddened by this news. I am very active in the DC art community, and have been involved in many events incorporating art and music. The quote from Mary M. Myskiewicz, that “A fine art festival does not have music,” , shows a very closed minded and quite frankly provincial view of art. Why not have music?? This is the kind of mindset that will keep Buffalo from moving forward. Has this woman not noticed Hallwalls and Ana Difranco's place; all the wonderful cutting edge, progressive "artists" of differing media and genres that are right in her own backyard? When she states, “We’re trying to protect an art festival that has a national reputation.” I have to question what that reputation actually is. The Allentown Art Festival is a wonderful event, but that's not to say there isn't room for progress. Keeping the festival a stuffy, narrow minded little venue full of fluff will not, in the long run, be the the best thing for Allentown or Buffalo.

(Those of you who have been long time Allen Town Art fest visitors know exactly what I'm talking about!) Ugh.
Here's a guy from WNY who has become wildly successful (Goo Goo Dolls) and wants to give back to his neighborhood. I have attended all of the last "Music as Art" festivals at Allentown and can say that it ADDED to the excitement, ecclectic nature and cultural richness of the outdoor venue. It is most certainly a loss to the event.

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