Sep 8 2011

Saturday in the Gateway Arts District

Another Triple Opening at the GAC@B

Saturday, September 10, 5:00-8:00 pm

Free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Also, during the receptions some of the Arts Center
resident artists will be in their studios.
A mini Open Studio Tour!

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In the 39th Street Gallery:

TRADE: An Art Exhibition Based on Exchange Portfolios

Featuring Joan Belmar, Serena Perrone, Debra Ruzinsky, Justin Strom, Jon Swindler, Laura G. Thorne, Novie Trump, and Tom Wolff.

TRADE is exchange; it means “commerce” and “profession.” The exhibition TRADE at the 39th Street Gallery intends to be all of those things. Based on the concept of an exchange portfolio and curated by Phil Davis, TRADE brings together eight artists who each created a new edition of 12 artworks. Each artist will receive one work from each of the other artists, thus becoming one another’s collectors and inevitably also one another’s promoters. The remaining four works in each edition are available for sale – all at the same price of $250.

It’s a rare opportunity to collect work by established artists at such an affordable level. Proceeds go directly to the artists and also benefit the Gateway CDC, which in turn supports arts programming in the 39th Street Gallery works toward developing the Gateway Arts District.

In the Corridor Exhibition Space:

HELLO: Mosaics by Liza Linder

“I’ve never really gotten over the fact that my husband and I put our bodies together and made two people. INCREDIBLE.” – Liza Linder

This installation tells the story of that process for the artist. From the beginning of their relationship she left branches of forsythia on her now husband’s windshield as a way of calling attention to herself and a way of saying “Hello.”

This is the artists way of giving thanks to Cilia, Progesterone and Chromosomes.

And though the artists story continues to change and move through time, the act of mosaic-making sets her experiences in stone, well in glass, anyway. In this way, the story becomes concrete. It stops moving and becomes a place of stillness … a place of contemplation.

"TRADE" and "HELLO" image

Exhibitions run through October 31, 2011

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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In the Brentwood Arts Exchange:

The Sky’s the Limit

The 2011 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition.

Presenting artworks in all media incorporating photographic techniques.

Featuring John James Anderson, Patricia Autenrieth, Juliana Barnet, Camellia A. Blackwell, Graham Boyle, Robin Childers, Larry W. Cook, Michael Corigliano, Ellen Cort, Alison Duvall, Pete Duvall, Mara Duvra, Cheryl Edwards, Victor Ehikhamenor, Shamus Ian Fatzinger, Ric Garcia, Karen Hampton, Winston Harris, Tom Hill, Belle J. Hinnefeld, Matthew Kerkhof, Syreetta McArthur, Manuel R. Paucar, John Reef · Charles Reiher, Michelle C. Roberts, Marsha Salzberg, Heather M. Schmaedeke, Charles A. Sessoms, Nora Simon, Matthew Smith, Ronnie Spiewak, Laura G. Thorne, Diane Tuckman, Debra E. Tyler, Dwight E. Tyler, Linda Lee Uphoff, Richard Paul Weiblinger

Juror Michael B. Platt

The Sky's The Limit

Exhibition runs through October 31, 2011

Brentwood Arts Exchange

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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In Gallery 110:

Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Last Chance to View Coming Home!

“Coming Home: How the African American experience in World War II shaped the culture of Prince George’s County” will close Saturday, September 10th. Do not miss the opportunity to view this great exhibition before it is gone!

Coming Home

Gallery 110 (Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center)

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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And just down the Avenue at the artDC Gallery:

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm …

12×12

Hyattsville rocks (maybe not “rock”): DCIC, AO4ST at artDC.

DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC) and Anomic Order of Four String Transcendentalism (AO4ST) play live music at the small (and super cool) artDC gallery. Music will be unusual. Click links for more information.

Currently on display is the “12×12″ show – all artworks are less than 12 inches square. The “12×12″ reception will be on Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, during the Hyattsville Arts Festival.

[Note: I have photographs in this show.]

artDC Gallery

artDC Gallery (@ the Lustine Center)
5710 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville MD 20781

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Jul 6 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, July 7 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

[Update July 8 — in place of the previous scheduled Marwencol the following documentary was shown:]

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Poster for "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
(88 minutes, not rated)

 

Marwencol (2010)

Marwencol is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.

"Marwencol" PosterAfter being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art,” forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.

“… an exhilarating, utterly unique experience …”
Los Angeles Times

“… exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.”
Village Voice

(83 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Jun 6 2011

Benjamin Benus – Art Talk – 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, June 9, 7:00-9:00 pm

“The New Face of the World”
A History of the Modern Pictogram in Avant-garde Art and Design

Free to the public.

Art Historian Benjamin Benus - Talk at the 39th Street GalleryWe are all familiar with the modern pictograms used in public information signs, which began to appear in airports and other public spaces in the early 1970s. We are less familiar with their prehistory, which can be traced back to Central Europe in the years between the World Wars. The pictograms developed in this earlier period were conceived as part of a radical educational project that used visual means to communicate socially relevant facts to mass audiences.

Art Historian Benjamin Benus will discuss the artists and activists who collaborated on this project in the late 1920s, and who first developed the prototypes for today’s modern pictograms in their paintings, prints, and graphic design work. This talk will also consider how several contemporary artists, inspired by this earlier history, have transformed today’s pictograms and international signs into vehicles of social critique.

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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May 24 2011

Artists’ Talk, Panel Discussion – GAC@B

Saturday, May 28, 2:00-4:00 pm

Artists’ Talk

Join curator Ledelle Moe and artists Ashley Lyon, May Wilson and Lu Zhang for an artists’ talk about the exhibition BODY.

Free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Artists' talk about the exhibition "BODY"

Exhibition runs through June 18, 2011

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm

Panel Discussion – Walking Off the Artistic Cliff

Making good art requires taking risks. Join us as we explore what it means to commit to the new and unknown.

Welmoed LaanstraPublic Art Projects Curator, Arlington Cultural Affairs
Jack RasmussenDirector and Curator, American University Museum
Claudia RousseauProfessor of Art History, Montgomery College

Moderated by artist Ellyn Weiss.
Panel Discussion - "Walking Off the Artistic Cliff"

Walking Off the Artistic Cliff is presented in conjunction with Big Ideas, an exhibition by Sondra N. Arkin, Susan Finsen and Ellyn Weiss.

Brentwood Arts Exchange

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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Fridays, May 27 & June 3, 7:00-9:00 pm

If you missed the Open Studio Tour and would like to see my studio, as well as the current exhibits BODY and 4 FROM N.Y., I’ll be gallery sitting at the 39th Street Gallery the next two Fridays.
Pelican Arts Studio - Open Studio Tour, 2011
"BODY" Exhibit - 39th Street Gallery
"4 FROM N.Y." - Corridor Exhibition Space

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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May 6 2011

Studio Tour 2011

See actual art on display!

Witness the arcane process of creation!!

Interact with live artists in their natural habitat!!!

at the 7th Annual
Gateway Arts District
Open Studio Tour

Next Saturday, May 14 – 12:00-5:00 pm

Then, as the studios close down at the end of the afternoon, come back to the 39th Street Gallery (in the Gateway Arts Center) for the After Party & Gallery Reception for the new exhibits BODY and FOUR FROM NEW YORK5:30-8:00 pm – refreshments provided.

And it’s all free!  Unless, of course, you decide to buy something!

For more in formation about exhibits, events, participating artists, etc., go to:

http://www.GatewayOpenStudios.com

2011 Gateway Open Studio Tour
"Stacks 1" - 2011 - Photograph

 

As for me, several of my photographs will be on display in the Patron’s Exhibit at the artdc Gallery.  I also expect to have some artwork on display in the HCAA Exhibit at the ezStorage pop-up gallery. [EDIT: I won’t have work in the HCAA Exhibit after all, but stop by to see all the other HCAA members who are there.]

And I’ll be amidst lots of art in my studio all day, and then I’ll be just down the hall at the After Party & Reception in the evening.


May 5 2011

“Big Ideas” Opens at the GAC@B

Saturday, May 7, 5:00-8:00 pm

Opening Reception for:

"Big Ideas" at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Big Ideas celebrates the beginning of the Brentwood Arts Exchange and Gateway Arts Center’s second year of operation with an exhibition by Sondra N. Arkin, Susan Finsen and Ellyn Weiss.  Featuring a collaborative site-specific installation, Big Ideas engages as it aims to survey and embody a collective mindset within the Gateway Arts District.

"Big Ideas" at the Brentwood Arts ExchangeThree sides of the gallery feature new, large-scale paintings created specifically for the exhibition by Arkin and Finsen.  On the fourth side Weiss has created a mural-sized mixed media drawing.  All of these artists’ works are designed to visually interact and complement the group’s collaborative installation Community Spirit, a site-specific work that commands the gallery in a way never before seen at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Community Spirit has been assembled on-site from dozens of hand-made elements – evocative of industrial detritus and recycled machinery – taking form in response to the gallery space as well as the art works that surround it.  The installation incorporates an interactive element where gallery visitors can add their thoughts and ideas about their own futures.  As its form develops through that participation, Community Spirit will slowly evolve into a snapshot of our shared experience.

Exhibition continues April 26 – June 11, 2011

Free and open to the public.

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

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Upcoming events associated with the Big Ideas exhibit:

Saturday, May 14, 12:00-5:00 pm

During the Gateway Open Studio Tour

2:00 pm – Artist Talk: Sondra N. Arkin, Susan Finsen, & Ellyn Weiss will talk about their art work and walk guests through their exhibition.

4:00 pm – Join the Community Spirit:  A dialogue with the three artists about their installation, Community Spirit, where you are invited to leave your mark.

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm

Panel Discussion – Walking Off the Artistic Cliff – with Welmoed Laanstra, Jack Rasmussen, and Claudia Rousseau.  Moderated by Ellyn Weiss.

Making good art requires taking risks.  Join us as we explore what it means to commit to the new and unknown.

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May 3 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, May 5 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

F for Fake (1973)
F for Fake poster

In this free-form documentary from the one and only Orson Welles — his final major directorial effort — the famed storyteller zigzags through a sardonic, fanciful tale of how art manages to amaze and fool us, often simultaneously.  With faux determination, Welles examines the charismatic Elmyr de Hory — who makes pretty good money forging Picassos — while also offering a look at biographer Clifford Irving and even a peek into his own deceptions.  Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several different genres and has been described as a kind of film essay.

(96 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Apr 5 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, April 7 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

The Art of the Steal (2009)
Art of the Steal poster

An un-missable look at one of the art world’s most fascinating controversies and a celebrated selection of the Toronto, New York and AFI Film Festivals, Don Argott’s gripping documentary The Art of the Steal chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion.

In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes formed a remarkable educational institution around his priceless collection of art.  Now, more than 50 years after Barnes’ death, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court for control of the art, and intend to bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia.  Standing in their way is a group of Barnes’ former students and his will. …

“Deeply reported and enormously entertaining …”
— Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
“ENGROSSING … A totally absorbing story …”
— Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE
“A riveting — and tragic — documentary …”
— Christopher Knight, The Los Angeles Times

(101 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Mar 8 2011

39th Street Gallery – Opening Reception

Friday, March 11 – 7:00-9:00 pm

Show runs March 11 – April 30, 2011

QUILT: Art to Mend the World
By collaborating artists Kate Ransohoff and Karen Rowe

Detail from "Sign of the Ribbons" panel

Quilt: Art to Mend the World is an interactive installation by collaborating artists Kate Ransohoff and Karen Rowe.  This installation invites participation and conversations to create a more peaceful and equitable world, a world that ends violence against women and the imbalances between the rich and the poor.

Quilt is made by sewing recycled paper, fabric and words together to create two-sided panels.  The viewer is invited to explore the 8 differently themed panels by unbuttoning pockets, untying ribbons, and moving aside pieces of ribbon and fabric to uncover hidden conversations embedded in the work.

About the Artists:

Kate Ransohoff has been an artist and educator for over 30 years, during which time she has founded and co-directed two innovative educational organizations, taught art-making workshops and consulted to corporate and non-profit organizations.  She is an accomplished artist, creating bronze sculptures, drawings, writings and is the creator of Quilt.

Karen Rowe is an artist working primarily with paint and felt.  She is the experiential guide to the Quilt experience.  She builds interest in and support for Quilt, coordinates and sets up Quilt exhibits, and designs and leads the interactive Quilt programs.

Also showing in the Corridor Exhibition Space:  Darien K. Reece, a self-taught artist working in the outsider/visionary tradition.  Always a beachcomber, a forest and city-sidewalk culler, Reece incorporates found objects in her work.

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722
Gallery Hours:
Thursday & Friday – 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturdays – 12:00-4:00 pm
or by appointment

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Also, come early and stop by Resonant Forms which is a joint exhibition of the Brentwood Arts Exchange and Gallery 110 featuring art work by Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Frank Smith.  This show on the 1st floor of the GAC@B runs through April 9.


Mar 1 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, March 3 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

Russian Ark (2002)
Russian Ark

Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg – Russian Ark is the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape).

A visually hypnotizing cinematic feat, the film shows the museum from a first-person point of view.  As the photography floats through the lavish corridors of the museum, a cast of 867 actors supplies the action – including The Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), an aged European who acts as the film’s charismatic guide.

“One of the most astonishing films ever made.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Tribune
“An astonishing tour de force of filmaking magic”
— Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
“Has to be seen to be believed.  A glorious experience.”
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice

(96 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722