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 Sotheby¹s 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Beam Me up Edition

Takoma Art Hop—  The festival will take place over the weekend as follows: Friday from 6-8 p.m. | Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Details can be found here.

Saturday, May 3

CHAW  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Annual Student Ceramic Sale will be held at Eastern Market.  Support future crafters and an annual neighborhood tradition. Details here.

Eastern Market is located at 225 Seventh Street SE

East DC Studio Tour 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You know you’ve always wanted to peek into the private lives of local artists.  Artists include Kathryn McDonnell, Gail Vollrath, Zofie Land, Peter Harper and many more.  Details and map here.

The studio tour takes place in NE & SE DC.  See detailed map at link above.

SCRAP DC 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.       

SCRAP DC doesn’t just celebrate Earth Day, the organization seeks to reuse and recycle materials year round.  At the inaugural opening of their Re:Vision gallery, see a group exhibition by local artists who were required to incorporate 75% recycled materials into their work.  See artist list here.

SCRAP DC is located at 3101 12th Street NE in Brookland

art works gallery 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In Artist Imprint; A Family Story, Olivia Di Benigno tells the story of her Italian American heritage through delicately carved clay tiles. Full eexhibition description here.

art works gallery is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD

The Fridge 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Local artist Ben Tolman, third place winner in the first annual EMULSION regional exhibition opens a solo exhibition at the Fridge.  His new work examines the absence of truth in our shared environment.  Details here.

The Fridge is located at 516½ 8th Street SE (rear)on Barrack Row

Spring Studio Tours (Save the Dates!)

May 10—  10th  Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: New work from Ben Tolman.  Image courtesy of the artist

This Weekend: It's Guna Be (a wet) May

In case you feel like getting wet this weekend for the good of art... 

1. Contemporary Wing opens Friends with Benefits on SATURDAY from  6-8 pm [link]
2. First FRIDAY in Dupont at Hillyer, Studio Gallery and more! [link]
3. Fiction @ The Fridge opens SATURDAY from 7- 10 pm [link]
4. And interested in making the hike up Wisconsin? The Georgetown Spring Season Art Walk in FRIDAY from 6-8 pm [link]
5. Oh and as an added bonus... Let's funky on down @ the Funk Parade this Saturday May 3 [link and photo credit]

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Social Media 101: How an Artist can Succeed!

In case you missed some of our tips on how to use social media... Here they are again:

  1. Using social media for marketing is an ongoing process. Stay dedicated and people will pay attention! 
  2. It isn't necessary to sign up for all social media platforms. Pick 1 or 2 and be consistent with them - find the one that works best for you! 
  3. Like and follow your favorite galleries, publication, events, and organizations to stay up to date on trends, events, and how you can connect with them.
  4. Just because people aren't commenting, liking, sharing doesn’t mean they aren’t paying attention.
  5. Be yourself online! Show followers who you are as a person and as an artist. you are unique!
  6. Separate your personal and professional profiles. Often these lines can be blurred but use a separate account for your artwork. 
  7. Be respectful of other people's thoughts, comments, & opinions. Like it? Tell them. Otherwise, maybe keep it to yourself - unless it's constructive! 
  8. Promote yourself & your work like crazy. This doesn't mean bombard people 24/7, this just means that YOU should be using YOUR social media to promote YOUR work! 
  9. Friend and follow people who you think would make great professional contacts and then stay connected and up to date with them. 
  10. Are you posting at the right time of day? Gauge the times when you post to ensure the maximum amount of views - check here

In the coming weeks we will dig deeper on specifics of social media and how it can be used most effectively. Stay tuned... 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Black & White Edition

Friday, April 25

Mount Rainier Better Block– 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mount Rainier’s Better Block Project kicks-off its third year of festivities featuring Lesole’s Dance Project, Urban Eats Arts and Music Café, Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio, Beloved Community Mosaics, artist Kenny George and Patrick McDonough’s Chard/Hops spot, a Hoop Jam by Noelle Powers to the body rollin’ tunes of BOOMscat, an open studio at Ani Kasten Ceramics, a pop-up exhibition by Krista Schlyer and family crafts with Community Forklift.  For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

The festivities will take place between Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street in Mount Rainier, MD

Saturday, April 26

39th Street Gallery 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Eric Rhein will hold an artist talk at the gallery to discuss his current exhibition Natural World.  The subject matter of Rhein’s mixed media work is heavily influenced by his HIV positive status.  To read more about natural world, click here.

The 39th Street gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, second floor, Brentwood, MD

Capitol Hill Art League–  5 p.m. to  7 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Art League’s Black & White & In Between exhibition will showcase league member’s work in all media.  Juror Richard Dana will speak at 5:30 p. m. to discuss his selection and process.  For a list of selected artists, click here.

The CHAL exhibition is located at 545 Seventh Street SE at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Saturday Workshops

CHAW–  10 a.m. to  12 p.m.

Take a classic black and white photography workshop with wet-lab; all materials included.  Details here.

SCRAP DC–  11 a.m. to  3 p.m.

SCRAP DC will help you turn invasive plants into paper and ink; create your own botanica art! Details here.

Sunday, April 27

Washington Project for the Arts– 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You can’t take it with you when leave— so goes the saying.  However, as an artist, you can make plans to make sure your artwork is cared for when you pass.  The WPA presents a workshop about estate planning geared towards preserving and cataloging artwork for probate purposes.  Details here.

The workshop will be held in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Spring Studio Tours (Save the Dates!)

May 3— East DC Open Studios & Takoma Art Hop

May 10—  10th  Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Stephanie Bianco.  Artist selected for the Capitol Hill Art League's Black & White & in Between juried exhibition.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Weekend: Spring Into Art

So since May starts next week and it's Spring... Right? Here are 5 things to help you Spring Into Art...

1. TONIGHT - Next to Last featuring Corcoran art students at WPA opens from 
2. Just when we thought it was warmer... Shiver opens on FRIDAY night at 7 pm
3. Amateur Status with Transformer and the DC Library Foundation on SATURDAY from 2-4 pm 
4. Back to School - AU opens their student show FREESPACE featuring our very own Shira Karsen on SATURDAY at 6 pm
5. Annnd we celebrated Earth Day this week with 5 local artists - CHECK THEM OUT! 

Photo Credit: Georgia Nassikas

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Earthy Art on Earth Day

HAPPY EARTH DAY! A small collection of local artists that are inspired by our earth...

Georgia Nassikas

Robert Dodge

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 3.31.02 PMMichelle Peterson-Albandoz
Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 3.32.37 PMGary Fisher 
Navin Sarma

Potomac River Snowstorm
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Photo Credit: To all artists and galleries that represent them 

This Weekend: The Bunny Hop

5 things that might get you out into the semi-spring weather this weekend hopping around the city: 

1. TONIGHT: The Tourist of Saints launch part at Malmaison from 6-9 
2. For "Ghosted" at Delicious Spectacle it's CLOSING TIME - Reception from 7-9 pm on Friday 
3. SHRED the solo exhibition of Matthew Curran opens at Hierarchy Saturday 7-12 
4. ARTIST TALK - Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music with Adrian Loving at Vivid Solutions Saturday from 2-4 pm
5. But don't get caught doing this over the weekend... 

Banksy 'Mobile Lovers'
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Don’t Shoot Me: Fine Art and Photography with Pamela Viola

 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.

 Bringing the Art in DC to You,

 Mica Hartman 

Promote Yourself! 5 quick tips for artists

Recently I have had the opportunity to share my tips and tricks with local artists on the best way to promote yourself as an artist. Over the past 3 years ArtSee has worked with over a dozen local, emerging and established artists on how to best market their work.  Here I have compiled 5 steps to marketing yourself as an artist.
1.     Make a Plan:  
For every artist having a plan and goals is necessary. Most of the artists that we work with are those that have a plan and they work with ArtSee to help execute that plan. Know what you are trying to achieve and how you hope to do this. A “plan” in this case could start as easily as setting a goal for yourself "I want to be in 2 group shows this year." Then, once you have set these goals, make a plan of how you want to execute them. What goes in to being a part of two group shows? Submissions, installation, marketing, news coverage, etc. We recommend that every artist have a plan for getting the greatest exposure possible for their artwork and any show. May your plan is a little more person and you just want to “create 1 cohesive body of work with 12 strong pieces.” Who are you going to get to critique your work? What is your concept? 

2.     Show, Show, Show: 
This doesn't mean that every artist will have a solo show in the first 5 minutes (or even 5 years) of their career, but try! You would be surprised how many artists just think that the opportunity for the public to see their work will come to them. They're wrong! Showing your work is THE POINT of creating it! Wether it is a group show, a solo show, a fair, a competition, or hanging in a restaurant, your work is being seen; and that's the point. If you don't get these opportunities, then create them for yourself! Find a space, select a body of work and create your own show. The more people that see your the more feedback, sales and inquiries you will receive. 

3.     Don’t Go Green Yet:
When it comes to marketing social media, websites, e-blasts etc. are great (don't worry we'll get there), but don't under estimate a good old fashion print piece. For every show that I have done with ArtSee or my of our clients, we still produce a printed version of the artists information and works list. Why? Because this is a tangible item that someone who might be interested can take with them to remember you by. So, while the rest of the world goes green, focus on putting together a nice postcard, works list, catalogue or flier. 

4.     The Internet is Your Friend:
In a time when everyone is online 24/7 the internet is a real time, real way, to promote your artwork. Through your own website, general art auction and purchasing sites and social media, the opportunities are endless. However, CAUTION, do not over use the internet. You don’t want people to get tired of seeing your work. Your website should really be a portfolio, the best of your work, and information that people need to understand you as an artist. In most instances, this is the first that people will see of you. As for social media (stay tuned for a future post on this), but don’t post every 5 minutes on every platform, that doesn’t do anything! Post things that are relevant and new information. Using the internet is the fastest way to share information and images of your - it is your friend! 

5.     Communication:
Communication is the key! Be sure to send regular invitations to all buyers and potential buyers on your database. Notify them of all events in which you are taking part and any new releases that might be of interest to them. Don’t have buyers? Update people that you know that are interested in your work. Let people know when are where they can see your work, what has changed in your studio practice and invite them to see the work in person. I often work with artists to create simple e-newsletters to share information with buyers, family and friends about everything going on the immediate past and future in their art world. This is a great way to stay in touch without bombarding people with information constantly. Use in person and email communication equally. Some people don’t have the time to make it to artist studios but they still might be interested in seeing your work from time to time - take advantage of that! Communication is KEY!! 

Stay tuned for tips and thoughts about how to best share your artwork with the WORLD! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Weekend East City Event Round Up: April Super Saturday Edition

Saturday, April 12

Art Enables– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Enables’ April second Saturday workshop is all about the superhero!  Create you very own with all materials supplied. Details on this free activity here.  

Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

Salve Regina Gallery– 2 p.m. (curators talk) 3 p.m. (closing reception)

Meet the curators of Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School and discuss their selection of eight well-known DC artists whose work best represents the Washington Color School.  A closing reception follows.  For more information about the exhibition, click here.    

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE

Catalyst Projects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Capitol Hill-based Catalyst Projects has partnered with doris-mae to exhibit new work by DC-based artist Steve Wanna whose work in A Slight Suggestion combines music, video, sculpture and photography to describe sights and sounds specific to observed locations.  For more information, click here.

doris-mae is located at 1716 14th Street NW, second floor

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In the ongoing Hothouse Video Series, the WPA will inaugurate three Jonathan Monaghan videos whose surreal imagery employ Baroque architecture and science fiction. The animated series loops endlessly while touching on themes of wealth and power absent of morality or meaning.  For more info, click here.

The Hothouse videos are located in the lobby of the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

CONNERSMITH– 5 p.m. (artist talk) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (opening)

CONNERSMITH presents two concurrent exhibitions by artists Katie Miller and Agniet Snoep who have rendered traditional subject matter such as portraiture and still-lifes contemporaneous through the use of 21st Century imaging technology.  For a full description, click here.  Read an interview with Agniet Snoep by East City Art’s Eric Hope here.

CONNERSMITH is located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE

artDC Gallery–  7 p.m. to  10 p.m.

artDC Gallery in Hyattsville is exhibiting the works of eight area-based abstract painters whose vibrant palettes and shapes mirror the arrival of spring.  For a full list of exhibitors, click here.

artDC Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

Sunday, April 13

Montpelier Art Center–  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DC Glassworks artist Joseph Corcoran and painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann find An Uncommon Intersection between Glass and Paint.  Tzu-Lan Mann’s mixed media work, which can become three-dimensional when her two-dimensional decoupages foliate into large-scale mobiles, seamlessly pairs with Corcoran’s blown-glass sculptures.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit:  Agniet Snoep "Still Life Series: Oyster" 2013, C-Print mounted on aluminum.  Courtesy CONNERSMITH.

Retrofitting the Retrospective

Everything about artist Fabiano Amin's new show at Q Street Fine Art is slightly different from the typical gallery opening. First, the venue is primarily a residence. The gallery director Barbara Bennett has transformed part of the beautiful historic townhouse into a functioning gallery space reminiscent of the days of parisian salon parties. The show has been deemed a "Retrospective Approach," the second contrary piece of the event. Brazilian born, emerging DC artist Fabiano Amin has been creating for a mere six years, which pales in comparison to the career of many other artists. Fortunately, ArtSee and Amin got to the bottom of all the "retrospective" funny business over cappuccinos just in time for the hanging and opening of the show. 

When asked why do a Respective show? Fabiano said frankly "why not?" The artist expressed that he wasn't afraid to show his learning process and development over the years. The variance in the work is striking and does a great job of displaying various techniques, even ones that were more primitive and less successful than others. Another revelation that we both discovered after this writer shared her favorite pieces was that different artistic phases will speak to different viewers. A show of mixed paintings from the past and present is a very thoughtful idea on part of both the artist and the curator. A piece sitting in the back of  Amin's studio such as the work "Crystaleira I" which spoke to this interviewer could have remained tucked away with a stack of other paintings from 2010 in oder to make way for Amin's abundance of new abstractions. 

This began a discussion about Fabiano's style and what  he tries to elicit from the observer. Again, the artist's response was simple, "I want people to desire to touch my work and start a conversation". This answer, while succinct, does allude to the emotions that Amin's paintings stir up. The paintings can, at first, seem to be a chaotic collaboration of colors and textures but continual staring, ruminating, maybe even touching,  if you're lucky, will reveal the depth in the paintings. The layered brightness stirs up the ideas of motion, music, the Brazilian spirit, and other impressions locked in Fabiano Amin's work. 

When looking to the future, Amin is excited and motivated. As an artist, his desire  to continue to add new elements to his work seems ceaseless. Amin has experimented with alcohol, newspaper, and even seeds! He has begun to notice that his canvases are getting increasingly heavier with the additional items and also more intriguing as he uses bottles, corks, and other everyday objects as stamps to build patterns. Fabiano Amin has the drive to expand and his name will definitely grow outside his DC base.

ArtSee can't wait to attend Fabiano's show at Q Street Fine Art, with its First Friday opening from 6:00-8:00. Also check out prints of six of Amin's beautifully vibrant works that have been selected as part of the Art On the Wall Project, Crystal City. His works will be displayed for five years on Crystal Drive (1400 Block across from the Crown Plaza) in Crystal City, VA. 
Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Mica Hartman 

Weekend East City Event Round Up: H Street Voodoo Edition

Thursday, April 3

Wild Hand Workspace– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber’s work has been featured in numerous national publications.  Her whimsical, vibrantly colored work will be on display at the Wild Hand Workspace in Brookland .  To read more about Graeber’s work, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located in Studio 8, Monroe Market Artwalk (716 Monroe Street NE)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Initiated in 2009, the WPA hosts a series of annual curator residencies known as InfoEX.  This week, international curator, critic and writer John Barrett-Lennard will discuss recent projects and developments in the art world.  For more information including the portfolio review sessions, click here.

The WPA Curator Talk is in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Saturday, April 5

Riversdale House Museum– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange invites the public to draw inspiration from the Riversdale House Museum gardens and to create art.  The event is free and registration is not required.  For more information, click here.

The Riversdale House Museum is located at 4811 Rivtersdale Road, Riverdale, MD

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Student shows are one of the best parts of the spring exhibition schedule.  This Saturday, students from George Mason and James Madison Universities will display recent work which “embraces process and explores new boundaries.” Details, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

RandallScottProjects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At first glance, Baltimore-based artist Bobby Coleman’s work appears random and non-sequential. However, in The Things I Think I Can Make, Coleman’s work speaks a deliberate visual language that discusses the re-creation of urban objects derived from his memory.  This is the artist’s first solo show   For more information about Coleman’s work, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)

Gallery O on H– 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—  The gallery invites the public to view the art exhibition (non-ticketed).

From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.— Prepare yourself for a night of  New Orleans style voodoo!  The ticketed event is produced by Cirque du Rouge, Gallery O and Palace Productions.  In Snake Oil, Holy Water & Sweet Tea the audience should prepare itself for a night of revelry and burlesque to include juxtapositions between “Shadowmen”- preachers, politicians and charlatans!  More information and required advanced ticket purchase here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.

First Friday: Spring has Sprung Edition

With the the weather projected to be in the 60's this Friday we are pumped for a night out on the town. Here at ArtSee we are excited to see Dupont Circle First Friday's blossoming in the DC arts community with fresh events and galleries each month. In one convenient post we have compiled a list of all the exhibitions opening this Friday, April 4th for you to check out. 

Alex Gallery

Alex Gallery will feature two local artists, exhibiting from April 2 – April 30, 2014. 
These exhibitions include Nancy Angulo: Reflections in Oil and Bronze; and Germain Bonifacio: A View from Argentina. Come take a look during the First Friday Reception from 6:30-8:00.

Foundry Gallery

The Foundry Gallery will feature local artist Judy Golbert Levey and her show ”Double Takes,” showing from April 2 through April 27, 2014. It is a show of large, vivid paintings and the small studies that inspired them. Opening Reception 6:00-8:00 

Hillyer Art Space 

First Friday Reception from 6:00-9:00 featuring "It's All About Me" by Michael Havneraas, "Change Of Place" by Kimberly Parr Roenigk, and "Cities in the Air" by Everitt Clark. Exhibitions will run until April 26th.  

Q Street Fine Arts

This spring Q Street Fine Art will feature local artist Fabiano Amin at their Dupont Circle location.  For the First Friday retrospective Fabiano Amin will exhibit the various phases of his work from 2008 to date. The retrospective show will run from April through the end of May with hours open to the public. The opening reception is from 5:00-9:00

Studio Gallery

Studio Gallery will feature a solo show and a duo show from April 2 through April 26, 2014 in their newly renovated Dupont Circle space. The upstairs gallery will feature Eleanor Kotlarik WangFloating Worlds. The downstairs gallery will feature Amy B. DavisLines, and Freda Lee-McCannAn Old Journey Revisited. Opening reception from 6:00-8:00. 

Then stop on by at ArtJamz for their First Friday specials. Click here for more information. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Mica Hartman  

Weekend East City Event Round Up: End of Days Edition

Saturday March 29

Harmony Hall Gallery– 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In Thoughtless, Patricia Autenrieth creates work by stitching together mediums as disparate as photographs, fabric and rubber stamps. The end result resembles what most people recognize as a quilt.  An artistic pioneer, Autenrieth championed this medium long before it gained greater recognition in the art world through the advent of feminism and material studies.  Read more about Thoughtless hereHarmony Hall is located at 10701 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD

Catalyst Projects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Catalyst Projects will be hosting a closing party to celebrate their six month run at Studio 13 on the Monroe Street Art Walk.  The gallery owners will be shifting their exhibition strategy to a pop-up model. DC-based band These Quiet Colors will perform to mark the occasion.  For the complete line-up, click here. Catalyst Projects is located in Studio 13, Monroe Market Artwalk (700 block of Monroe Street NE)

Off Rhode Gallery– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
To commemorate the gallery’s Amazing Marvels group show which elevates freak-show and circus acts to fine-art status, Night of a 1,000 Hot Dogs celebrates the banal and the freakish through ordinary food and uncommon art.  The gallery has requested advanced registration and a nominal donation prior to attending.  Registration information here.  Off Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

NOTE: The Brentwood Arts Exchange GMU & JMU student exhibition will NOT open this Saturday and is rescheduled for next Saturday, April 5. 

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.
Photo credit:  "Pat Autenrieth.  Untitled study (electric grid), 2005, machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted, 26" x 33" (65 x 84 cm). Courtesy of the Artist."

Under the Influence with Barbara Januszkiewicz

Barbara Januszkiewicz is an American painter, artist's filmmaker and a creative activist who is best known for her stylistic independence; however, has associations with conceptual art and avant-garde elements. She specializes in watercolor painting in a hybrid style that blur the line between drawing and painting. Her 21st-century works on paper to date is the truest of hybrid style by crossing two central elements of American postwar art: color field painting and Abstract expressionism. Barb is certainly under the influence of fervent artistic passion and has immersed herself in a longing for discovery and reinvention in preparation for her contribution to the new show Under the Influence at Catholic University. ArtSee was lucky enough to correspond with the artist and her interview was wonderful and illuminating. 

We first spoke about what prompted her to take a “self-inflicted” pause to reexamine her passion for art and change her extremely distinguished  style. This dramatic decision was based on a need for further fulfillment in her art that had dissipated over the years leading up to her prominence. Barb sought to kick start her creative process all over again and challenge herself to transform and learn new techniques and styles. Two key events marked her journey to rediscovery. First, she found a new source of inspiration when when she began teaching kids at a private montessori school. Painting in a narrative style had become "too easy" for Barbara but when she saw that children desired to "explore the possibilities of paintings and not be so uptight with perfectionism" her passion was reawakened. Next, she took a summer sabbatical in Paris. While neglecting her impressionist studies she became immersed in the world Parisian jazz clubs. She found the passion that locals had for both jazz and art was "contagious" and this experience prompted deep reflection once stateside. 

After discussing her creative rebirth we were ready to talk about the upcoming show, Under the Influence. We wanted to know what effect the legacy of the Washington Color School had on her pieces for the show. Barbara pointed to the artist Morris Louis and his work composed of pouring paint directly onto the canvas. While the the physical technique left Barbara unsatisfied with muddied colors it reaffirmed her pension for the  "purity of color" and "transparency"  that can be found in watercolors. 

Under the Influence is a group show composed of several artists and with all group shows we are always curious to what degree artists collaborate with one another?  Barb shared that each artist worked independently and this is true of most visual artists. In the past, she has found herself creating unique projects with musicians. Barb found that when working with musicians she was pushed to be a better artists, stemming from admiration of their ability to trust their skills so soundly and the talents of those around them, which then pushed them to be fearless in their improvisation. 

Since the beginning of her career Barb has developed discipline in her studio practice but contrastingly has transitioned from a rigid perfectionist to someone who craves "freedom and exploration". Barbara states that now "challenges intrigue me and the more complicated the more contented I am." Looking forward Barbara is going to follow her new direction with fervor and "develop her craft". 

We finished our comprehensive interview with one of ArtSee's favorite questions with a slight personal twist: 

ArtSee: An aspiring artist who is a friend of this blogger  has begun what she calls “a healthy habit” of sketching everyday along with painting a daily watercolor, do you have any other “healthy habits” or routines that you do and would recommend to emerging artists?

Barb Januszkiewicz: I think every creative needs to have some type of warming up. I call it Zen painting time. you don’t expect a ballerina to walk onstage without warming up her muscles,  so why don’t artists feel they should warm up their creative mojo?  I actually find after a day of painting the last thing I do is usually not that precious, and surprisingly the most effortless and fresh of the day.  

We thank  Barb Januszkiewicz very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Check out Under the Influence at the Catholic Univeristy opening, March 21st and closing April 12th. For more information, see Barb's website 

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Mica Hartman

Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Spring will Come Edition

Friday March 21
Salve Regina Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Selman Gallery– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Two seniors from Catholic University have assembled a group of well-known local artists for Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School.   These eight DC artists selected works from their personal art files which represent pieces influenced by the Washington Color SchoolFor list of artists and directions click here.

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE
The Victor L Selman Community Gallery is located at 3305 8th Street NE

Saturday March 22
39th Street Gallery – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In Natural World, artist Eric Rhein catalogs the world he has come to understand as a man living with HIV-AIDS.  Transcending his vulnerability, Rhein creates works in all mediums including photography, mixed-media and sculpture.  The exhibition includes a memorial to people the artist has lost to the disease.  Details here.
The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Now in its 33rd year, the WPA gala and arts auctions is one of DC’s premiere art events and expos.  Friday March 21 is the last day to view Select 2014 before Saturday’s ticketed event.   Full description here.   
Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

Saturday Workshops
CHAW– 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumi-e Ink (last week): Chrysanthemum– Details and registration here.
Black and White Photography- all equipment, materials included – Details and registration here.

Brookland Art Lofts – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Street Art Experience with Brookland Artist Rajan Sedalia – Details and registration here.

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Photo Credit: Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

VOLTA NY Emerging Artists: Julian Lorber and Anna Navasardian

At VOLTA NY there were two artists that caught my eye and drew me back to their temporary gallery spaces. This pair of artists are extremely different and grabbed my attention for specific reasons. It was a pleasure to meet both artists in person at the show and their fiercely loyal curators who were clearly passionate about both young artists.

Julian Lorber

The first artist that made an imprint on my tour of VOLTA NY's exhibitors was Julian Lorber. Working out of a studio in Brooklyn, Lorber's most recent works are textured beauties that feature intricate layering and color fusing. Lorber explores the dirtying of the urban landscape by delicately spraying acrylic paint over urethane resin applied to wood panels. A favorite of both the artist and myself, Fracking Lilacs displays the dark side of our manual manipulation of the environment through his own manipulation of textures, shadow, and color. In the painting, periwinkle slowly muddies into soot black while clashing yet melding with the raised rectangles that fall down the panel. Other spectacular pieces capturing similar themes and emotions included: Coverup Bronzer YellowBruised Script and Makeup Dirt. Julian Lorber provides a serious exploration of  our changing landscape through intense work that goes beyond a thoughtful color story through his unique use of automotive spray paint application and structural elements.

Volta NY 1

Volta NY 2

Anna Navasardian 

The final knockout artist featured at VOLTA NY was Anna Navasardian a 26 year old Armenian artist whose energetic portraits capture life and the beauty of human physicality exceptionally. Navasardian's paintings Black SeaRope II, and Nude I feature detailed brushstrokes that capture human movement incredibly accurately. Her painting creates shadows that capture tendons, muscles and even the intensity of different facial expressions. Navasardian's color palette, achieved by her use of both acrylic and charcoal  is also immaculate. Her scenes are very alive while remaining soft, locking a sense of realism in her portraiture.

Anna Navasardian 1

Bringing the Art from NY to DC for you,

Mica Hartman

ArtSee in NYC: Armory 2014 Recap

The first week of March signifies something magical for the New York art scene. Outside temperatures are just warm enough to spot post Fashion Week street styles, but cool enough to keep art patrons and collectors indoors where gallerists and artists have assembled inside schoolhouses and armories for the annual Armory Arts Week.

With a history of exhibition spanning over one hundred years and located at Pier 92 and 94, The Armory Show’s selection of this year's 205 galleries representing contemporary and modern art did not fall short of its prestigious reputation.

A canon of exhibited works includes sections from digital media, painting, mixed media and found object sculpture. Commonalities amongst the aesthetics of the work nod to pop-culture idols and icons with a focus on 1960’s and 1980’s memorabilia, and reflective surfaces ideal for crowd sourced ‘selfie-imagery’. Themes of globalization, gentrification and development are apparent along with criticism of the economic structure of contemporary art sales. Chinese art drew the crowd this year as the curatorial efforts of the Chinese wing moves away from perceptions of commercialism and political influence.

Top Armory selections include:



Valerie Belin, Pieris Japonica (Mountain Fire), 2013
Edwynn Houk Gallery

French artist, Valerie Berlin makes aesthetic choices in her digital manipulations to feature portraits of 1930’s era brides juxtaposed with bouquet flowers producing a theatrical and iconic image. Belin has been recognized as a “superb designer of Baroque sur-réalité”.  


 Lisa Anne Auerbach, Find Your Inner Metal Voice, 2011
Gavlak Gallery

A 2014 Whitney Biennial exhibitor, feminist and activist, Auerbach creates fiber works drawing from characteristics of 1960’s housewife’s creation. Knitted patterns and phrases read, “You’re really used to being misunderstood” and “time in nature is the most healing”. Auerbach’s practice is politically charged and has commented on contemporary media issues such as Proposition 8, Octomom and the Pussy Riot protests.


Wang Luyan, W Global Watch D12-01, 2012
Acrylic on Canvas
Pekin Fine Arts

Philip Tinari, director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art spoke about the rising Chinese art scene and in conversation with Hyperallergic and suggested this years aim of contemporary Chinese art “was to normalize our stereotypes of a Chinese art world dominated by commercialism, record auction prices, and Ai Weiwei.”

Notable mention goes to the K11 Art Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the redefinition of the contemporary art landscape in china, present with a booth and armed with high quality handouts at The Armory.


William Powhida, “How to try and be OK with the contemporary art market” ,2014  Postmasters Gallery

Artists have become more critical of the ever-present hierarchy of trend commanding sales of the contemporary art world. Powhida presents a memorandum as his signature medium that outlines market trends and the predictability of what will sell to which tycoon. Lines such as “Where vast wealth increasingly pools at the high-end of the art market” and “Listen to the $alespeople! They are experts. Critics R Trolls” depreciate the transactional nature of large art fairs. However, the works fluorescent highlights and flirtatious text suggests Powhida too hopes to turn a profit.


Monica Cook, 2014
Postmasters gallery

This sculpture is constructed of found objects and mixed media and is to be used in Cook’s photographs and stop motion animations.


Charlie White, Naked Girl Sitting Down, Turning Towards Camera, 2013
Loock Galerie


Ben Gocker, Scaredy Cat, 2014
Wood, maps, gesso, aluminum, peanuts, crayons, carpet, guache, wire, enamel, acrylic, watercolor, pencil
PPOW Gallery

Inigo Mangiano-Ovalle, Storm Prototype No. 2, 2006
Christopher Grimes Gallery / Galerie Thomas Schulte

Nick Cave, Trio of Sound suits
Jack Shainman Gallery

Constructed of Wood and metallic fabrics, Cave’s signature sculptures are evocative of performance and reinforce engaging qualities through the costume like imagery.

Gehard Demetz, For My Father’s, 2009 Lime Wood
Jack Shainman Gallery

“My sculptures transmit the awareness of becoming adults and thus losing, as Rudolf Steiner says, their ability to be able to “hear” their unconscious. They live with the burden of guilt transmitted from generation to generation, which does not belong to them. They are children who feel sad about not being able to really be children, but who have, on the other hand, the possibility of choosing to become adults, totally independently, thus freeing themselves little by little of all the influences transmitted by their ancestors. They are witness to all the effort involved in the process of growth and development, which is achieved through individual will and concentration.”
-Gerhard Demetz for Dazed Digitali

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Megan Patrylak




2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: Carolyn Becker

We took a few minutes to sit down with recent American University Studio Art grad Carolyn Becker before her first solo exhibition at Tabula Rasa down in Eastern Market on November 6th. Becker, a young emerging artist on the DC art scene, deals with the complex yet timely ideas of fashion, beauty and societal constructs in her bright and modern collage pieces. She hopes to become a self-sustaining artist one day, and we have no doubt she'll a 4 foot, 9 inch force to be reckoned with.

ArtSee: What's the last show you saw (not yours) that inspired you? 
Carolyn Becker: This past weekend I had the opportunity to see Mia Feuer’s “An Unkindess.” I had Mia Feuer as a sculpture professor at AU several years ago and she was one of the best teacher’s I had there; she was so encouraging and open-minded. Mia showed me that sculpture could literally be anything and everything. Ever since, I have seen Mia grow fast as a popular and successful artist in the DC area, transforming materials in unimaginable ways. Whenever I am unsure about what materials to incorporate in my work, I look to hers for inspiration. 

One thing I really enjoy about Mia’s new show, is her ability to play with movement in many formats, both through the literal movement of the black ice rink, to the looming destruction if the chandelier type mass above.

AS: What's your favorite place to see art? 
CB: I love the Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. I have always been a big fan of portraiture, so this place is really the central hub of my artistic interests. Their permanent collection is outstanding, and their transitioning shows are always top notch. Another great thing about this museum is that it’s free, and right in the middle of commotion in the Chinatown neighborhood. The Portrait Gallery is a place for me to take a break from that neighborhood.

AS: Do you collect any artwork? 
CB: I do collect artwork, mostly prints. I have a super tight budget so I am really into drawing, or print trades where I trade my art for other art. I have prints and drawings from many artists throughout the country including: Aly Sims, Sarah Diamond, Torrell Arnold, Matt Hotaling, and more.

AS: What are you looking forward to most about your upcoming show at Tabula Rasa? 
CB: I look forward to finally sharing with the world my prints, drawings and paintings as a collection. I do a lot of performance art throughout the DC area, but I have always been nervous to show my works in other mediums. I am really excited to see what people think about my work, and obtain valuable feedback of how to move forward in the future.

AS: If you weren't creating art, what would you be doing? 
CB: I would be thrift shopping 24/7, trying to find the most glamorous vintage and designer clothing to wear and to resell online. I LOVE to shop! 

AS: Since you're a young artist, what advice can you give to other emerging artists like yourself? 
CB: Do whatever you want, and don’t doubt yourself. Art is whatever you want it to be, and it is integral to explore every medium as much as you can. 

AS: Favorite place to eat in DC? 
CB: Busboys and Poets. I am an indecisive eater and a vegetarian so this restaurant is the place for me. I can never decide what to eat because there are so many yummy vegetarian options that just sit there starving myself looking at the menu. Busboys is really the only place where I eat a well-balanced meal. Their sweet potato fries are the bomb.