Sunday, May 30, 2010


Solo show by Ahmad Alkarkhi

Back by popular acclaim for a second exhibit, the Foundry Gallery is pleased to present the recent paintings of Ahmad Alkarkhi, a young Iraqi artist. Ahmad arrived in Washington in late August of 2009, a refugee from his beloved Iraq, ready to make a new life in America for himself, his wife, and two young children.

Exhibit Dates: June 2 - June 19, 2010
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1:00 – 7:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Opening reception: Friday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
1324 18th St NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Aaron Gallery is pleased to present our


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"Seen Two Ways"

Paintings by Linda St. Clair and Ruth Ava Lyons

Linda St. Clair "The Calling" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lost Girls of the Border - Chris Chernow at the Studio Gallery

Currently on show at the Studio Gallery is Corcoran graduate Chris Chernow's thesis art work. Inspired by the devastating lives led by young Mexican women living on the Mexican-US border, Chernow combines photos and newspaper ads used by desperately searching family members, with serapes, traditional Mexican cloths.

The story of beauty lost to such tragedy is strikingly reflected by the haphazardness of the photographic prints on the beautiful colors of the serapes. The art illustrates the tragic struggle of young women who have been caught in a world of drug trafficking, prostitution, and often rape and murder.

The prints reflect the varying characteristics of these women. While some show the strength of young women, others show the innocence of teenage girls. A number of these cloths can be found folded and stacked against the wall in a manner reminiscent of a morgue. The stacked cloths are anonymous until one pulls them out to discover a girl with a pretty smile and a loving family.

Chris Chernow's show runs from May 26th to June 19th
Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW, Washington D.C., 20008
Wed and Thurs 1-7, Fri 1-8, Sat 1-6. Also by appointment.

Interview with Artist Micheline Klagsbrun

For her portion of a duo show with Thierry Guillemin, fellow Studio Gallery artist">Micheline Klagsbrun draws on her exploration of a story by Ovid as well as the lotus flowers featured at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Keep reading for more insights into Micheline's lush show, Lotus/Lotis, May 26 - June 19, 2010 and be sure to drop by one of the receptions:

First Friday Reception June 4, 6-8 pm

Artist's Reception Saturday, June 5, 3-5 pm

Studio Gallery - 2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC">Directions and Hours>>

Q: For this show, did you do anything differently... new techniques, subject matter, palette, etc.?

A: It's unusual for me to create an extended series of work, using a single theme and media: a continuous flow of work.

Q: Tell us more about your theme and inspiration.

A: The source: immersion in the extraordinary display of lotus at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at the same time as I was working on Ovid's story of Dryope (from The Metamorphoses). Dryope, a lovely young mother, plucks a lotus, unaware that this blossom is a transformed nymph, Lotis. The flower starts to drip blood, and Dryope suffers the fate of being turned into a tree.

The lotus painted by Ovid is a plant of fantasy, open to botanical interpretation, though I see her clearly as the water-lotus (botanically of the Nymphaeaceae family). She is warmblooded still, almost unique among plants in her ability to maintain her body temperature, just as she used to do when she played with human beings.

Sacred to Hinduism and Buddhism, she rises pure and glowing from the muddy riverbed. As I draw her I feel myself drawn into this tradition of worship, but also into the tradition of centuries of classical artists painting the ideal woman, all translucent skin and soft curves...perfect petal, perfect complexion.

According to the Ancient Greeks, nymphs were also guardians of the sacred spring of water that symbolizes knowledge -- knowledge that was powerful and possibly dangerous. I learned this from Roberto Calasso, who states in Literature and the Gods: "To approach a Nymph is to be seized, possessed by something, to immerse oneself in an element at once soft and unstable, that may be thrilling or may equally well prove fatal."

Q: Do you paint intuitively, with a hardcore plan, or somewhere in between?

A: Although I will often plan my work, especially if it based on one of Ovid's stories, in this case I just stepped aside and let the work emerge in a purely intuitive flow. Maybe Lotis allowed me access to the sacred spring!

Q: What challenges does the DC area present for local artists?

A: We face the same challenges as artists everywhere: how to survive in times of economic recession, how to build creative and nurturing community, how to get exposure for and critical feedback about our work. Last month we held an Open Forum at my studio in the 52O Street Building on just these topics, and after an hour and a half of fervent dialogue no one wanted to stop! The art world in DC is bubbling with ideas in these areas.

Thanks, Micheline, for sharing these insights into your new work and the DC art scene! Can't make her show? Visit her">gorgeous online portfolio at the Studio Gallery website.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Val Wolly Artist's Talk @ Hillyer

Flipped by Valentine Wolly
May 7 - May 29

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 2-3PM
FREE! Donations Appreciated!
Seating is limited. Please arrive early.

Join us this Saturday, May 29th for an artist talk with Valentine Nazarian Wolly. Wolly will be discussing her methods, influences and taking questions regarding her current show at Hillyer Art Space: Flipped.

Reflection, repetition and pattern are central themes in Flipped, a new series of paintings by Valentine Wolly. Examining the way in which reflected surfaces often play tricks with our senses of the "real" world and the "other" world created by these surfaces, Wolly hones her techniques to create images from natural distortions that could be mistaken for the work of a surrealist or Photoshop expert.
Born in Iran and raised in America, Wolly grew up in New York City, where she enjoyed the sociability and warmth of a large family in a closely knit Iranian community. She received her undergraduate degree from Queens College before moving to the Washington, DC area, where she later received her MFA in painting from George Washington University. Hillyer Art Space's Artist Advisory Committee is proud to present Wolly with her first solo exhibition in the DC area, as a result of her selection from the 2009 Call for Artists.

Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Weekend of Painting Demonstrations at Foundry Gallery

Saturday, May 22

Plein Air Painting Demonstration by local artist Judy Gilbert Levey

Sunday, May 23

Abstract Painting Demonstration by well known Washington artist Patsy Fleming

Foundry Gallery is hosting these events as well as being a sponsor of this year's Mid City Arts Open Studio Weekend

For more information call Foundry Gallery at 202-463-0203 or go to the gallery's website at

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Upcoming at Studio Gallery

Exhibitions: May 26 - June 19, 2010
First Friday Reception (as part of the Dupont Circle Galleries openings): June 4, 6 - 8 pm
Artist's Reception: Saturday, June 5, 3 - 5 pm

Solo Show: Seize the Moment
Kat Kronick

This show introduces the experientialist artist, Kat Kronick, to the Washington DC audience. Kat refers to her style as straight, intense, and interacting with each and every nuance of the moment. She loves complexity and texture, and both are prevalent on her signature canvases which are created while laying on grass, sand, or anything else beneath our feet. There is no easel, there is no brush: just lots of paint, flowing, splashing, and producing meanings.


Duo Show: Something in common
Thierry Guillemin

Recent work. Abstract compositions, all acrylic on canvas. Thierry continues his free-form exploration of color as energy.


Micheline Klagsbrun

The lotus, sacred in many cultures, was to the Ancient Greeks a transformed nymph, Lotis. “To approach a Nymph is to be seized, possessed by something, to immerse oneself in an element at once soft and unstable, that may be thrilling or may equally well prove fatal” (Calaaso, Roberto: Literature and the Gods)


2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008 202.232.8734

Friday, May 14, 2010

August Exhibit

Dupont Circle Scenes
: Open to all artists age 18 and older residing with driving distance of Foundry Gallery. Artwork must depict scenes in and around Dupont Circle. For complete details go to
Entry Deadline: June 26, 2010
Exhibit Dates: August 4 - 29

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Studio Gallery: An Interview with Jacqui Crocetta

Q: What's your favorite piece from the show and why?
A:One of my favorite paintings in the show is enduring a 48 x 48 abstract acrylic on canvas. There are actually quite a few paintings, or painting "attempts" underneath the final, resolved painting which, to me, adds an interesting dimension. The painting's history seems to add depth, just as the experiences in a person's life add character.
Q: Do you paint intuitively, with a hardcore plan, or somewhere in between?
A: My point of departure might be a specific color palette, but my only plan is to follow where the painting takes me. I begin by freely and fearlessly applying paint to the canvas, often times deliberately painting myself into a corner, until I reach the point in the process where I begin editing. The dance between chaos and control is what I love most about the process--moving back and forth in the space between inspiration and intention. I find that by easing up on control, I am rewarded by the discovery of complex colors and compositions, which I can then coax into becoming a painting.
Q: For this show, did you do anything differently... new techniques, subject matter, palette, etc.?
A: I created three-dimensional work for this show, which has given me the opportunity to work with new materials, an added dimension, and a different process/approach. I'm intrigued by the organic way in which an artist's work evolves--the three-dimensional pieces are in response to a nagging need I had to respond to some of the issues and events in life that challenge and fascinate me.
Q: Where do you see the DC art scene in five years? In ten?
A: I believe the future holds a rich, blended art scene for DC. There will be an increase in unique collaborations between artists and professionals in a range of industries... visual and performing artists, poets, scientists, architects, designers, urban planners, inventors, teachers, etc. Our understanding, definition of, and access to art will expand far greater than where it is today. There will be a greater emphasis on, and appreciation of, the significance of art and creativity in the evolution of society. Art will be more seamlessly integrated into everyday living.
Q: What challenges does the DC area present for local artists?
A: The lack of affordable studio space is a real problem. We need the equivalent of the incubators that exist for science and technology.
Q: What's your favorite part of being a Studio Gallery member?
A: I'm grateful to be part of the Studio Gallery community for many reasons... because our director, Adah Rose, is so innovative and passionate about art and artists, we have the best interns in town, and we have a diverse and talented group of member artists who are a source of endless support and inspiration.
Thank you, Jacqui, for sharing these insights into your new work plus your vision of the DC art scene in the future! For more about Jacqui, including additional work, artist statement and a link to her website, visit the Studio Gallery on the web and be sure to stop by to see her work in person.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wine Tasting at Foundry Gallery

Celebrate the Tast of Spring!

Date: Friday, May 14th from 6-8pm

$10 charge at the door

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Sample and savour from a wide and delicious array of wines courtesy of 1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquors. Buy a bottle of your favorite wine, meet new people, connect with old friends and view the art work of Amy Barker-Wilson.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Studio Gallery at Bread and Brew

We are proud to be on up the walls of yet another eatery in the Dupont Circle area: Stop by Bread and Brew for organic and seasonal snacks and drinks made with ingredients from local purveyors, among the works of the wholesome, local Studio Gallery artists!

Remember, our work is also showing at Russia House and One Lounge. After a bite at any of these great restaurants, come by Studio Gallery to fill up on delicious art and conversation.

Bread and Brew
1247 20th Street NW
202 466 2676

Studio Gallery
2108 R St NW
202 232 8734

Monday, May 3, 2010

Please join WPA for Oneness, Shock and Return, part of Dupont Circle's First Fridays!

Washington Project for the Arts presents the first installment of the 2010 series of Coup d’Espace:

Oneness, Shock and Return
An exhibition of works by WPA member artist Chajana denHarder

Exhibition Dates: May 7 – June 4, 2010

Exhibition Location: WPA Headquarters, 2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 2010 6-8pm, Artist’s talk at 7 pm
Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm

WPA Member artist, Chajana denHarder presents, Oneness, Shock, and Return. The exhibition launches the 2010 season of WPA’s Coup d'Espaceseries that invites WPA member artists to stage their own exhibitions and programming in our Dupont Circle office space.

Oneness, Shock and Return documents a month long performance in which the artist spent time in the WPA office, uniting her body with the space. After photographing her performance, the images were digitally manipulated to create “photographic sculptures” that will be reinserted into the setting in which they were created. During the May 7th opening, the artist will complete her piece by inviting the audience to eat a life-sized bread sculpture of her body.

Click here to see Chajana denHarder's Artftile Online Profile>>