Discount Available for Art Business Conference

Members who wish to turn their art into a thriving business may want to register for The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists at the Art-Business Summit March 23-24. This event is March 23-24 at Artists & Makers Studios, 11810 Parklawn Dr.  in Rockville.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • How to maximize sales of your work

  • Critical marketing skills

  • How to find collectors

MAA members can receive a $50 discount by using the promo code ARTIST50 at registration. Register today, as space is limited. Details & Registration

Art Enables Show Registration Now Closed

We have hit our maximum capacity of 40 pieces of art for our first show at Art Enables in DC. Show registration is now closed. Thanks to all who have entered.

We look forward to seeing you at the show’s opening reception on Saturday, March 9 from 4-6 pm. The reception and show are in the Off-Rhode Gallery at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, just south of DC’s Brookland neighborhood.

In the Galleries: February 2019

This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

Museums

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC

Zilla Sanchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)
February 15-May 19

Intersections
Intersections is back. This is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions. The first show is in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

The National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 (West Wing)
Through February 18, 2019
The self-taught photographic genius that
was Gordon Parks (1912-2006) is showcased in this exhibit. The sensitive, observant, highly intelligent way Parks made his pictures takes you fully into the people and world he captured. Close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and his work at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (now Exxon) also shaped the way he saw his world.

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
Through March 17, 2019.
I admit I did a double take, but the child in the diptych is not Michelle Obama. The woman and child are Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, and Bey took these photos in 2012.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC.

Pulse: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Through April 28, 2019
This is a genuine participant-activated event. Touch a button and your finger prints are scanned and heartbeat recorded. The bulbs that comprise the installation piece pulse in time to yours and those of other visitors. Interaction with art at its most basic.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through Summer 2019
“What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshorn catalog)

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

The Peacock Room Revealed (Freer)
Through April

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Americans
Through January 2022
Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
Through September 2020

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean
Ongoing
“Swahili” comes from the Arabic word meaning “edge” or “coast”. This area of the coast of eastern Africa has been a crossroads for Asian, European, and African travelers for over a thousand years. This show showcases both individual cultures and the mixing that occurred during this time.

Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women
Ongoing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Ella’s Books by Pablo Picasso

Ella’s Books
Through December 31, 2019

Visual Art and the American Experience
Ongoing

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Ongoing
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019

Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
Ongoing

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations (SAAM)
February 2-April 28

This annual joint venture with National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden is a feast for the eyes, nose, and soul.

 

Mother III by Yun Suknam

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
Through November 17, 2019

Feminist artist Yun Suknam explores the position and view of women artist in past and present in both Korea and the world.

Recent Acquisitions (NPG)
Through November 3, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 2, 2019

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2019
Outsider art is a category of work made by artists who are self-taught. Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) was born a slave and didn’t begin to paint until he was in his 80s in Montgomery, Alabama. He is considered the preeminent outsider painter in the US.

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
Through March 10, 2019
The silhouette is seeing a resurgence. This art form was highly popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. One moving moment: a life-size silhouette of a nineteen-year-old enslaved girl which includes her bill of sale from 1796. The contemporary silhouettes contrast in both subject and materials.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Rodarte
Through February 10, 2019

OTHER SHOWS and GALLERIES

Hoffberger Gallery

7401 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville, MD 21208; 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

The Baltimore Water Color Society:Signature Members’ Exhibition
January 16, 2019- February 25, 2019;Reception-February 3, 2019, 2: 00 PM-4:00 PM

The Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) , the US’s third oldest watercolor society, established in 1885. MAA’s Angela Lacy is included in the show.

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1–5 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4–7:30 pm

To Bear Witness: The Art of Testimony
Through February 24, 2019.

Gallery B

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874; 301-528-2260

Nature/Nurture: Stephanie Garon (Kay Gallery)
Nano Portraiture: Michal Gavish
This Moment, This Place: Michael Berry (Terrace Gallery)
Through February 16

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Wednesday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm; closed Monday

Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition
The Railroad: Terron Cooper Sorrells
Through February 17, 2019

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

Something Old & Something New: Russell Simmons 
Baba Yaga’s Garden:
Therese Brown
Canvas & Silk:
Phyllis Gordon
February 1, 2019-February 28, 2019; Reception- February 1, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Fiber as Form, Form as Fiber: Potomac Fiber Arts Guild

Gallery 209 (Tuesdays -Sundays, 12 pm-4 pm)
Exhibit, January 4-January 29, 2019
Reception, December 4, 2019, 6-9 pm
A number of new MAA members have joined the gallery.

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1–6 pm, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 pm, and by appointment

Sheila Giolitti: The Splended Silence, The Glorious Performance
January 12-March 2, 2019
Vernissage: January 20, noon-3 pm

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; Friday-Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm or by appointment.

The Associates
February 2-28; reception, February 2, 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
The TAG is featuring its associate members in this annual show.     

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
January 11, 2019- February 24, 2019;Reception, Talk: January 25, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Johnny Adimando: The Devil Of Unapologetic Mirrors (Gibbs Street Gallery)
Through March 3, 2019

Bresler Resident artists – Heloisa Escudero, Liz Donadio,  Kanat Akar
(Common Ground Gallery)
Through Marc 10, 2019

Maria Lux-Dominus
Through April 14, 2019
355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
Through February 24, 2019

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; Monday–Friday 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–2 pm

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment

Art League of Germantown
Through February 24, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 pm–5:30 pm

No show this month.

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 am–8 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm

Our Moments in Time: Strength, Beauty & Sisterhood: Sandra Davis
Through March 10, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; open daily 9 am-5 pm; closed holidays

Warren Kornberg (digital photography)
Pauline Rakis (acrylics)
Terry Pellmar (digital creations)
Through March 4, 2019

MAA’s own Pauline Rakis and Terry Pellmar join Walter Kornberg to grace the walls of Brookside Gardens for two months.

Philz Coffee

1827 Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Sunday-Thursday 6 am-6 pm. Friday-Saturday, 6:30 am-7 pm

Earth as Art
Ongoing

MAA member Pamela Gordimer has been invited to show in this opening event. Come and see her magnificent new work and have a first-rate coffee.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday

MAA Members Show
Through April 26

MAA Members Receive Free Color Wheels at Workshop

Glen Kessler teaches students about the color wheel at his classroom studio in Rockville.

Paint the Town Labor Day Show demo artist and invitational winner Glen Kessler is offering a bonus for MAA members who sign up for his 1.5-hour Color Wheel Tutorial workshop on February 6.

All current MAA members will receive a free Painters Compass Color Wheel (a $7 value). The lecture and demo will provide insight into mixing and mastering color. A glass of wine and light snacks are included, too.

The workshop will be held at The Compass Atelier in the Artists & Makers building at 11810 Parklawn Dr. in Rockville. $30 per person.

More info and to sign up: www.TheCompassAtelier.com

Jennifer Beaudet’s Year of Prosperous Change

By Jennifer Beaudet
MAA Member

Winning the Bertha Klum Award was definitely a dream of mine – one that I hadn’t consciously identified until very recently. As 2019 begins, I can reflect on the last 12 months as a year of transformation for me as a new artist.

Renewing My Love for Creating Art

With the balancing act of tending to family and career, my artistic interests were dormant for a long time. In January of 2018, I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in ages, upon signing up for Glen Kessler’s phenomenal Painting Through the Lens Class at The Compass Atelier. It’s been a tremendous personal journey for me to immerse myself in a new painting ritual and finally embrace my creative and artistic side.

When I started contemplating entering the 2018 Kensington Labor Day show – an event I had admired for years as an art lover and collector – I never imagined winning two first-place awards as an artist myself. But the dreams kept happening, and the learning, confidence, course adjustments, and preparation occurred a little bit each day. The Bertha Klum award at the Kensington Labor Day show was a critical milestone for what is becoming an artistic career.

Jennifer at the 2018 Paint the Town Labor Day show, next to her award-winning piece.

Surrounding Myself with Support

My family has adapted to a slightly obsessed new oil painter in their midst. While they are not always pleased when my time is divided, they give me the space I need and they beam with pride when I paint something I’m excited about.

Surrounded by a community of artists at Compass Atelier, Artists and Makers Studios, MAA, and other local artist groups, I am inspired and energized daily by those of you who are passionate about creating beautiful art and helping others do the same. I am enjoying the surprising new relationships developing and hope that I can give back a little joy along the way.

Growing and Staying Open to Opportunities

Since participating in the MAA and winning the Bertha Klum Award, I have sold a number of works, taken on several commissions, and started to develop a portfolio. Most recently, I was invited to join the Gaithersburg Artists Collective and showing my work at the beautiful Artists on Market pop up galley in the Kentlands.

I also displayed a piece at the 24th Annual Yellow Barn Member Show just last month. I look forward to more painting in my studio, gathering with new friends, and participating in some exciting exhibit opportunities in 2019.

Wishing my newfound MAA community a creative and prosperous 2019!

Read more
See more of Jennifer’s art on her website
Meet our 2017 Bertha Klum Award winner

In the Galleries: January 2019

This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

Museums

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC

Nordic Impressions
Through January 13, 2019

Intersections
Intersections is back. This is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions. The first show is in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

Richard Tuttle: It Seems Like It’s Going To Be
Through December 30, 2018

The National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost (East Wing)
Through January 13, 2019

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy (West Wing)
Through January 20, 2019

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 (West Wing)
Through February 18, 2019
The self-taught photographic genius that
was Gordon Parks (1912-2006) is showcased in this exhibit. The sensitive, observant, highly intelligent way Parks made his pictures takes you fully into the people and world he captured. Close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and his work at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (now Exxon) also shaped the way he saw his world.

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
Through March 17, 2019.
I admit I did a double take, but the child in the diptych is not Michelle Obama. The woman and child are Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, and Bey took these photos in 2012.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC.

Pulse: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Through April 28, 2019
This is a genuine participant-activated event. Touch a button and your finger prints are scanned and heartbeat recorded. The bulbs that comprise the installation piece pulse in time to yours and those of other visitors. Interaction with art at its most basic.

Sean Scully: Landline Series
Through February 3, 2019

What Absence Is Made Of
Through Summer 2019
“What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshorn catalog)

Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Through January 27, 2019

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)
Through February 3, 2019

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Americans
Through January 2022
Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
Through September 2020

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean
Ongoing
“Swahili” comes from the Arabic word meaning “edge” or “coast”. This area of the coast of eastern Africa has been a crossroads for Asian, European, and African travelers for over a thousand years. This show showcases both individual cultures and the mixing that occurred during this time.

Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women
Ongoing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Ella’s Books by Pablo Picasso

Ella’s Books
Through December 31, 2019

Visual Art and the American Experience
Ongoing

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Ongoing
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Through January 21, 2019

The art of Burning Man has never before been seen outside of its Black Rock Desert home. It is some of the most innovative work many visitors have ever seen. And you get a chance to experience virtual reality as a part of it.

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019

Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
Ongoing

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC

Mother III by Yun Suknam

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
November 17, 2019

Feminist artist Yun Suknam explores the position and view of women artist in past and present in both Korea and the world.

Recent Acquisitions (NPG)
Through November 3, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 2, 2019

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2019

Outsider art is a category of work made by artists who are self-taught. Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) was born a slave and didn’t begin to paint until he was in his 80s in Montgomery, Alabama. He is considered the preeminent outsider painter in the US.

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
Through March 10, 2019
The silhouette is seeing a resurgence. This art form was highly popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. One moving moment: a life-size silhouette of a nineteen-year-old enslaved girl which includes her bill of sale from 1796. The contemporary silhouettes contrast in both subject and materials.


National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Rodarte
Through February 10, 2019

OTHER SHOWS and GALLERIES

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1–5 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4–7:30 pm

To Bear Witness: The Art of Testimony
December 23, 2018-February 24, 2019. Reception: January 23, 2019, 4:30-6:30 pm.

A Hero’s Heart: Infantry Art by U. S. Veterans
Through December 16, 2018.

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874; 301-528-2260

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Wednesday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm; closed Monday

Montgomery County Plein Air Artists
Through January 6, 2019

85th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
Through January 6, 2019

Oil + Light: Nick Eisele
Through January 6, 2019

Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition
The Railroad: Terron Cooper Sorrells
January 12-February 17, 2019

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

Main Gallery
Chimerical” 
with Liz Lescault
Robert Yi: Selected Works

Gallery 209 (Tuesdays -Sundays, 12 pm-4 pm)
Exhibit, January 4-January 29, 2019
Reception, December 4, 2019, 6-9 pm

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1–6 pm, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 pm, and by appointment

Sheila Giolitti: The Splended Silence, The Glorious Performance
January 12-March 2, 2019
Vernissage: January 20, noon-3 pm

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; Friday-Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm or by appointment.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
Through December 30, 2018; Reception, December 1, 2018, 5 pm-9 pm

In addition to TAG members, Cathy Abramson, Julio Cesar Diaz, Jane Dunsmore, Marty Ittner, Beckie Laughlin, Nancy McLoughlin, Meredith Morris, Joan Plato, Linda Sherman, Mary Weis-Waldhorn have been invited into this show. During the run, artists will be there to talk about varied current topics that include political unrest, climate change, war, poverty, and immigration. Reception: January 5, 5-9 pm

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD

Still Happenings: Contemporary Still Life Painting Exhibition (Kaplan Gallery)
Through January 13, 2019; artists’ panel discussion: Sunday, January 13, 2 pm

These 12 artists have cast new eyes on the still life genre.  No quiet bowls of fruit, no arrangements of flowers, no groups of glassware or foods for this group. They choose to make work that doesn’t sit quietly on the wall and show off the furniture.

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
January 11-February 24, 2019; reception & talk: January 25, 7-9 pm

Johnny Adimando: The Devil Of Unapologetic Mirrors (Gibbs Street Gallery)
January 16-March 3, 2019

Bresler Resident artists – Heloisa Escudero, Liz Donadio, Kanat Akar (Common Ground Gallery)
January 16, 2019-March 10, 2019; reception: January 25 2019, 7-9 pm

Maria Lux-Dominus
January 16-April 14, 2019
355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; Monday–Friday 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–2 pm

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment

Olney Art Association
Through January 6, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 pm–5:30 pm

Interior Spaces
Through February 3, 2019

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 am–8 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm

Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Humor
Through January 15, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; open daily 9 am-5 pm; closed holidays

Charles Bowers (hand-pulled photos, prints and monotypes)
Haskel’s Palette (oil paintings)
Hyung Moon (acrylic paintings, photography)
Through January 14

Warren Kornberg (digital photography)
Pauline Rakis (acrylics)
Terry Pellmar (digital creations)
January 14-March 4, 2019

MAA’s own Pauline Rakis and Terry Pellmar join Walter Kornberg to grace the walls of Brookside Gardens for two months.

Philz Coffee

1827 Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Sunday-Thursday 6 am-6 pm. Friday-Saturday, 6:30 am-7 pm

Earth as Art
Ongoing

MAA member Pamela Gordimer has been invited to show in this opening event. Come and see her magnificent new work and have a first-rate coffee.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday

MAA Members Show
January 14-April 26

A Tribute to James Vissari and His Art

James Vissari at the 2018 Paint the Town Labor Day Show.

Life gets busy when you’re an artist, especially when you begin producing and showing more and more work. Given his roles as a Yellow Barn art instructor, an active member of a local art gallery and a successful artist participating in many shows throughout the area, James Vissari has decided to vacate the MAA presidency in order to focus on his art career.

In a recent survey about our Paint the Town Labor Day Show, our members noted that finding camaraderie with other artists was the best part of the show. James has been the key reason that happens. He was always the friendliest face at our shows, welcoming all members, familiar or not, with an exuberant warmth and huge smile. He made MAA feel like an intimate club of artist friends.

James exuded that same sincerity in networking in the community, building relationships that have helped MAA grow. We have nearly 200 members, we’ve added more shows, and we now participate in more community events.

James has also been committed to seeing new artists gain knowledge of the business of art through the mentorship of more established artists and through educational opportunities that MAA provides. It was through MAA, after all, that he won some of his first awards for his art. James’ commitment to learning from others is now the foundation of MAA’s vision.

We wish to thank James for all he put into being president and for caring so deeply about this organization. Certainly it’s not goodbye, as James will remain an MAA member and, we hope, still bring his huge, warm smile to our meetings and shows.

Here’s a collection of some of James’ drawings, paintings and sculptures:

One House: Many Stories Are One Story

The main exhibit

By Judith Levine

By Eric Gordon
By Jeanne Sullivan
By Sheryl Rose Liatunick-Walker

I went to see the One House Project at BlackRock Center for the Arts last month. All the panels were the same size. Everybody’s story was as important every other one. Each participant artist was free to tell his or her story in anyway, using whatever materials the wished. The overriding idea was to teach visitors to the huge spread of reasons and ways people became immigrants to the United States.

The concept of the show was to explore the fact that, aside from Native Americans, we are all immigrants or descendants if immigrants. Some of the participants ancestors actually came on the Mayflower, some are descendants of Spanish people who had originally settled in Mexico,  some are refugees  escaping Europe before and after the Holocaust, pogroms and exclusion laws, some are refugees from wars and violence in Africa and South America,  some are escaping war and crushing poverty in Asia. And some came involuntarily as slaves, convicts and indentured servants. Each panel told an individual story, as unique as the creators.

As I walked through I felt in some way intrusive in personal memories even as I was grateful for the sharing of them. I listened as they spoke about their panels. The descendant of a slave has been unable to trace her story further than that ancestor, she has had a huge part of her story stolen and that is very painful.

The curator, Jackie Hoysted, spoke of her own story as she is an immigrant.  Prior to going into the show, some of us had been invited to create a panel to tell our own story. I chose my immigrant mother; I later took the panel to show my family who were very moved by all I’d included.

Art Watch is a DC, Maryland and Virginia based collective that seeks to join people together using visual art and communication. The group looks to use projects such as Our House to show how telling our stories can help overcome the fear of those who are not ‘like us’, whose skin, religion, culture, and customs can make us stronger if they are included in the larger story.

They open up the subject of inclusion and how discrimination-both legal and illegal- creates needless pain and loss. As someone who has experienced how devastating that can be, this exhibition hit home very powerfully.

I learned the stories of two of our own members, Jamie Downs and Jeanne Sullivan.  Art Watch hopes that this project will be repeated. I personally plan to contact them about being involved and hope many of my fellow MAA members will do the same. Sound exciting?

By Chris Barclay

In the Galleries: December 2018

This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

If going to a gallery you have not previously visited, we suggest researching directions and transportation first; many of the galleries in DC are accessible via Metro, and parking can be a problem. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

Museums

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC. 202-387-2151.

Nordic Impressions
Through January 13, 2019

Intersections: Intersections is back. This is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions. The first show is in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

Richard Tuttle–It Seems Like It’s Going To Be
Through December 30, 2018

 

The National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202-737-4215.

In the Library: (East Wing; 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday; Not open on weekends)

Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost (East Wing)
Through January 13, 2019

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy (West Wing)
Through January 20, 2019

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 (West Wing)
Through February 18, 2019
The self-taught photographic genius that
was Gordon Parks (1912–2006) is showcased in this exhibit. The sensitive, observant, highly intelligent way Parks made his pictures takes you fully into the people and world he captured. Close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and his work at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (now Exxon) also shaped the way he saw his world.

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
Through March 17, 2019
I admit I did a double take, but the child in the diptych is not Michelle Obama. The woman and child are Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, and Bey took these photos in 2012.

Corot: Women (West Wing)
Through December 31, 2018

Sense of Humor
Through January 5, 2019
Who said humor doesn’t belong in a painting?

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 or 202-633-5285 (TTY). This gallery focuses on contemporary artists.

Sean Scully: Landline Series
Through February 3, 2019

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge
Through December 30, 2021
This innovative work has created so much interest that it’s been extended. “Politically and socially, we are at the edge of another precipice. I’m standing in the middle of a question about where we are as a nation,” Bradford has said. His mastery of mixed media (the works in this show are collages) will be evident to viewers.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through Summer 2019
“What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshorn catalog)

The Sackler Gallery/The Freer Gallery

1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000
The joint galleries house one of the world’s great collections of Asian arts. The Freer houses mostly permanent collections (it may not sell or lend any of its collection), and the Sackler has permanent and short term exhibits.

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)
Through February 3, 2019

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia (Freer)
Through November 29, 2020

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560; 202-633-1000

Americans
Through January 2022
Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
Through September 2020

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 (voice/tape)

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean
Ongoing
“Swahili” comes from the Arabic word meaning “edge” or “coast”. This area of the coast of eastern Africa has been a crossroads for Asian, European, and African travelers for over a thousand years. This show showcases both individual cultures and the mixing that occurred during this time.

Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women
Ongoing

National Museum of African American History &  Culture

Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-633-4751

Visual Art and the American Experience
The initial exhibit is also a permanent exhibit.

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Ongoing
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-7970. The Renwick’s main focus is on the decorative arts.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Through January, 21, 2019
The art of Burning Man has never before been seen outside of its Black Rock Desert home. It is some of the most innovative work many visitors have ever seen. And you get a chance to experience virtual reality as a part of it.

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019
Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
Ongoing

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th Street at F Street NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000. The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) both contain many permanent exhibits that easily allow for many visits. These connected galleries, part of the Smithsonian, form a national treasure of American paintings and sculpture. The buildings include exquisite restored stained glass windows in ceilings and walls, and beautiful floor and wall tiling.

Recent Acquisitions (NPG)
Through November 3, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 2, 2019

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2019
Outsider art is a category of work made by artists who are self-taught. Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) was born a slave and didn’t begin to paint until he was in his 80s in Montgomery, Alabama. He is considered the preeminent outsider painter in the US.

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

Portraits of the World: Switzerland (NPG)
Through November 12, 2018

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
Through March 10, 2019
The silhouette is seeing a resurgence. This art form was highly popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. One moving moment: a life-size silhouette of a nineteen-year-old enslaved girl which includes her bill of sale from 1796. The contemporary silhouettes contrast in both subject and materials.

 

UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar (NGA)
Through January 23, 2019

Diane Arbus—A Box of Ten Photographs (SAAM)
Through January 21, 2019
“They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you.” —Diane Arbus, 1971 (SAAM catalog)

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen (SAAM)
Through January 6, 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005-3970; 202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Rodarte
Through February 10, 2019

OTHER SHOWS and GALLERIES

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD; 410-547-9000; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Chinese snuff bottles from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)
Through December 9, 2018

Transformation: Art of the Americas

Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD.

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; 301-881-0100; Sunday 1–5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 4–7:30 PM

To Bear Witness: The Art of Testimony
December 23, 2018-February 24, 2019. Reception: January 23, 2019, 4:30-6:30 pm.

A Hero’s Heart: Infantry Art by U. S. Veterans
Through December 16, 2018.

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874; info@blackrockcenter.org, 301-528-2260

ArtWatch collective’s One House Project (Kay Gallery) and (Terrace Gallery)
Though December 15, 2018
This show honors ancestors and immigrants. It includes the first Americans, Native Americans, as well as those who came much later. Each participant was given a 12″ square on which to tell the story.

Voyage : Tinam Valk
December 1, 2018 – December 21, 2018; reception/artist talk: December 1, 4:30-6:30 pm

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852; information 301-581-5100; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM–4 PM; Wednesday 10 AM–9 PM; Sunday 12 PM–4 PM; Closed Monday; Closed Sunday, December 31; Free

Montgomery County Plein Air Artists
Through January 6, 2019

85th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
Through January 6, 2019

Oil + Light: Nick Eisele
Through January 6, 2019

Artists and Makers 1

11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 209, Rockville, MD 20852

Places to Wander: Paintings by Ken Bachman and Tom Semmes
Inspired by Frida
December 5, 2018- January 1, 2019; Reception-December 7, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Artists and Makers 2

12276-80, Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

Chimerical” with Liz Lescault
Robert Yi: Selected Works

Gallery 209 (Tuesdays -Sundays, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM )

Holiday Arts and Crafts

December 5, 2018- January 1, 2019; Reception-December 7, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Jaime Downs-“Influences of American Modernism on my Work”

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895; 301-922-0162; adahrosegallery@gmail.com; Tuesday 1–6 PM, Thursday–Sunday Noon–6 PM, and by appointment

Brian Dupontz: Made right Until Made Right
Through December 31, 2018

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701; 301-696-8187; www.theartistsgalleryfrederick.com; Friday and Saturday Noon–8 PM, Sunday Noon–5 PM, or by appointment

Cathy Wilkin and Richard John Jenkins
Through December 30, 2018; Reception, December 1, 2018, 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-8200
Vis Arts has been providing artwork to the community for 30 years, and at no cost. They remain committed to introducing the community to new work and new artists as well as those who have made their reputations.

Daniel Reismeyer, A Gift from an Unknown Sender

Still Happenings: Contemporary Still Life Painting Exhibition ((Kaplan Gallery)
December 7, 2018-January 13, 2019 Reception: December 7 2018, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM; Artists’ Panel Discussion: Sunday, January 13, 2 PM

These 12 artists have cast new eyes on the still life genre.  No quiet bowls of fruit, no arrangements of flowers, no groups of glassware or foods for this group. They choose to make work that doesn’t sit quietly on the wall and show off the furniture.

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 571-483-0652; www.galleryunderground.org; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM; Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4 PM on weekdays.

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday by appointment only. (Due to event scheduling, please call the Mansion at 301-258-6425 prior to your visit to confirm availability of the gallery.)

Olney Art Association
Through January 6, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 AM–5 PM, Saturday 1:30 PM–5:30 PM

Interior Spaces
December 1, 2018- February 3, 2019; reception December 15, 2018, 4-6 PM.

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM–5 PM

Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Humor
Through January 15, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902; Open daily 9 AM–5 PM; Closed selected holidays

Charles Bowers( Hand Pulled Photos, Prints and Monotypes), Haskel’s Palette – Oil Paintings, Hyung Moon – Acrylic Paintings and Photography

December 10th, 2018 – January 14th, 2019

Washington Metropolitan Art Society
Through December 10, 2018
MAA members Sandy Cepatis and Debra Halprin are in this show.  Cepatis is a gentle and talented landscape and still life artist.  Halprin is equally talented and this will showcase her botanical expertise.

Philz Coffee

1827 Adams Mill RD, NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 601-7710. Sun-Thus 6:00 AM-6:00 PM. Fri-Sat- 6:30 AM-7:00 PM

 Earth as Art
Ongoing

MAA member Pamela Gordimer has been invited to show in this opening event. Come and see her magnificent new work and have a first-rate coffee.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store ,second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda,  10:00 AM-4:00PM, Monday through Friday, 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211.

I Lived an Artist’s Dream at a Chateau in France

By Paula Eiblum
MAA member
The dream began in early 2016 when I auspiciously came upon photos of Chateau D’Orquevaux on Instagram. A new residency program was being developed for artists to “get away from it all, make art, meet other artists, and explore France” at an 18th-century chateau in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. The owner, Ziggy Attias, originally from New York, is methodically restoring the property with a long term vision that has no limits.
Two- or four-week residencies were offered. As the program took shape, each month I addictively followed groups of 8-10 artists arriving, doing art, and having fun in this historic chateau, set in 40 green acres on a hill in a tiny French village. Most of the artists were young, exploring abstract and otherwise unconventional approaches to art. I didn’t dare apply, for fear of being rejected, but by that time I could mentally walk through every room and studio in the chateau, sleep in a luxurious bedroom with a marble fireplace, pet the resident goats and taste the croissants!
I convinced an artist friend from Virginia to follow the chateau on Instagram, and at the very last hour of the last application date in December 2017 we applied individually for a one-month residency in September. In late January we were each accepted and then had to wait eight months until we could step up on those chateau stairs that I had climbed every day in my daydreams.

And what a joyful experience it was! First of all, to escape from our present reality was healthy and refreshing. The beauty of the surrounding hills, the sound of waterfalls, the sunrises and sunsets over the pond were solace for the soul. Secondly, the opportunity to interact with eight other artists of various ages and from different cultures, each exploring their own artistic journeys was both motivating and validating.

Paula (second from left) with her fellow artists outside the chateau.

Most of all it was the personal artistic challenge that was most fulfilling. No critiques, no competition and no comparisons. And a chance to focus without daily distractions and perhaps to find new directions.

My friend and I were the only en plein air artists, so we got a huge well-lighted studio on the ground floor, complete with tapestries and chandeliers. It was as large as a ballroom. The other artists had individual studios on the non-renovated third floor, perfect for large canvases and possible dripping paint!

A friend and I shared this space as our studio, complete with a chandelier and original tapestries.
When not painting, we took long walks around the pond, fed the resident goats, and meandered through the little village of 84 residents. A few of us took day trips to larger towns, flea markets and centuries old castles and abbeys. Most of our food was provided, but we all had the experience of shopping in French for goodies and wine at the supermarket 10 miles away. During the evenings we got together for luscious dinners and conversations with our host, Ziggy. We even read Grimm’s fairy tales in the cemetery one night!
I am still black and blue from pinching myself! A dream come true! Don’t hesitate: Apply! The deadline for 2019 is very soon. Tell Ziggy that Paula sent you!
To learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program at Chateau D’Orquevaux, visit the official website . The deadline for 2019 residencies is December 17, 2018.