We are less than one week away from Brookland Creative our co-sponsored salon fundraiser for Becky's Fund with Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby's International Realty. The event will include arts, crafts, food and music GALORE - an amazingly creative evening! Ready for round 1 of our meet the creative folks? Here we go...
Pamela H. Viola is a Washington DC visual artist creating fine art photography and mixed media works for corporate and residential collectors.Though she segued from still photography and into the world of motion pictures for a portion of her career, she was ultimately pulled back to her true artistic passion several years ago. Today she enjoys a successful career as award-winning artist, well known for her innovative images and interpretive style that has emerged as an outgrowth of her cinema background and experimentation with various forms of photographic transfer printing.
Fawna Xiao is a printmaker based out of the Atlas District in Washington, DC. She first learned to screenprint after hitting the mini-jackpot at a New Zealand casino, and promptly put her newly won funds to work. She built wooden frames, stapled some wedding veil fabric to them and started printing. Fawna recently launched herself into the DC art scene with a sold out solo show at Hillyer Art Space and has continued to show her work around the city.
I have been making art and music since early childhood in rural Germantown, MD in the 1970’s-- before the arrival of grocery stores, highways, or fast food chains. I took piano lessons, drew pictures, and went on hikes with parents and dogs in the vast seemingly endless woods. When I was 4 years old, I made ‘save the trees’ posters when I saw developers cut down trees in my subdivision to build townhouses. I knew that people needed to see pictures of what they were going to lose, in order to care about that loss, in order to stop that loss.
Barbara Januszkiewicz is an American painter and filmmaker who is best known for her stylistic independence. However she has associations with the conceptual art and avant-garde schools. She specializes in watercolor painting in a hybrid style paintings that blur the line between drawing and painting.
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ArtSee and Michael Hines, of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty Collaborate on Brookland Creative: A Salon to Benefit Becky’s Fund
10+ Local Artists, from traditional fine art medium to craft, design and cuisine
On May 15th, Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby’s will team up with ArtSee, an art management services agency, at one of his latest properties on the market, to celebrate creativity in the Brookland neighborhood, at 728 Lawrence St NE. The salon will celebrate creativity by showcasing more than 10 local artists and artisans, while raising awareness and support for Becky’s Fund. The event will be open to the general public from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Lawrence St location in conjunction with the Monroe St Market Thursday Arts Walk. A suggested $10 donation is requested for attendance to benefit Becky’s Fund
THURSDAY, May 15th
TIME: 6:30pm – 9pm
PLACE: 728 Lawrence St NE
Artists will include:
Leah Appel, photography
Patrick Burns, mixed media
Barb Januszkiewicz, painting
Mei Mei Chang, mixed media
Amanda Kleinman, photography
Pamela Viola, photography
Jane Johnson, painting
Michael Crossett, printmaking
Margret Kroyer, painting
Cristina Steadman, photography
Fawna Xiao, printmaking
Queen Bee Designs, jewelry
About Michael Hines, Real Estate Professional in Washington, DC
Michael Hines has made DC his home for the past 10 years. Voted by Washingtonian Magazine as one the area's brightest young entrepreneurs, Michael began working in the real estate industry and has seen his career flourish into a full-time business with TTR SothebyÂ¹s International Realty. A highly engaged community activist, Michael has worked closely with current and former DC City Council members and the mayor, providing him with a deep knowledge of real estate development activity in the city.
About Becky’s Fund
Domestic Violence in our world has to come to a halt. We at Becky’s Fund are doing everything we possibly can to fight this issue and make many aware of its dangers to our world. See our People, Programs and Partners helping us to play our part in this worldwide issue. The mission of Becky’s Fund is fourfold:
- Foster awareness: Help people understand the elements of domestic violence through education, such as its prevalence, why battered victims cannot always leave easily, and what can be done to fight against domestic violence.
- Encourage advocacy: Encourage people to care about and help put an end to domestic violence.
- Promote activism: Take an active role in helping battered victims find safety through counseling, education and legal representation.
- Create support: Provide support for victims of domestic violence.
Brighten your workplace, brighten your walls, and brighten your day. The high resolution and vibrant photographs of landscapes and iconic DC structures that grace the walls of Sotheby’s International Reality’s Chevy Chase office shot by Pamela Viola do just that.
My first introduction to Pamela was her show at the Hillyer Art Space in September, where she debuted her new take on abstract photography and innovative use of technology in Having a Ball. To prep for my interview I explored her blog where the ‘about me’ touted Viola as “a photographer and fine artist working in the Washington DC area specializing in fine art photography for corporate, hospitality, health care and residential collectors.” To me, there seemed to be something dissonant about this description and her work. It was time to dig underneath the two titles of ‘fine artist’ and ‘photographer’ and reconcile the pair.
Pamela Viola, a classically trained photographer, has seen herself constantly evolving and adapting her style to combine new techniques and technologies. Viola does not desire to compose, point, shoot, and then edit. She sees the photograph as a “starting point” and this is what propels her into the realm of the elusive ‘visual artist’.We see this pseudo rebellion even in Viola’s more classic photographs of iconic buildings. The artist expressed that she has always been passionate about architecture and tends to capture the lines and shapes that may be less recognizable parts of an attraction but are essential to the form as a whole. Viola has also found great success in printing on different substrates, such as aluminum and Japanese Washi paper. Developing images on aluminum has the effect of refreshing old landmarks and exposes the crisp, airy, light filled depth that resides in them.
Moving into the abstract is where Pamela Viola seems to be at her current peak in terms of ingenuity and inspiration. Having a Ball was composited completely on an iPad and developed on Japanese Washi paper with cold wax applied after printing. The resulting images can no longer be called photographs and were a truly fantastic new form of artist expression. My first impression of these images was Hokusai prints and antique wallpapers; an interesting combination that proves Viola’s exceptional layering and love of technology.
While photographers can sometimes see a backlash from peers and critics for embracing digital outlets, no one will stop this artist from manipulating images on her iPhone. Viola has found that you can challenge and improve yourself with new technology and sees her camera as a tool to create with, not capture, a mere paintbrush versus the entire canvas.
I am certainly looking forward to what Pamela Viola will produce in the future and a recent trip to India has already sparked the creative process and made for some beautiful fresh work capturing the movement, chaos, beauty, depth, and warmth of the country.
Many thanks to Pamela Viola for sitting down with ArtSee, see more from the artist here.
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