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


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


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


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:

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.

Oct 11 2010

“Art of Dessert” Fundraiser — GAC@B

Saturday, October 16 — 7:00-10:00 pm — enjoy an evening of art, dessert and music at the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 2nd annual Art of Dessert fundraiser.  Your support helps bring vibrant arts programming to the Gateway Arts District.

The Art of Dessert event will feature:

  • Open Bar
  • Delectable Desserts
  • Open Artist Studios
  • 39th Street Gallery Show — Census, a Photographic Survey: portraits of Gateway Arts District business owners, staff and artists by Tom Wolff.
  • Music by Jodi Beder, Alex Martin, and Organize
  • Raffle — 2 winners will receive portrait sessions with photographer Tom Wolff and an 11″ x 14″ framed print.  (Raffle tickets are $10, 3 tickets for $25.)

Tickets for The Art of Dessert are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

To purchase tickets, please call the Gateway Community Development Corporation at 301-864-3860 ext. 3 .  You can also purchase tickets online through Network for Good.

Art of Dessert banner

Art Of Dessert Flyer (PDF)

2nd Floor
Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Gateway Arts Center

39th Street Gallery

39th Street Studios

Jul 20 2010

Gateway After Hours

New event at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood on August 12.  Here’s the announcement:

The Gateway Arts Center presents: Gateway After Hours, an evening mixer of art and entertainment.  Gateway After Hours is co-sponsored by the Prince George’s African American Museum, the M-NCPPC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange, and the Gateway Community Development Corporation.

August 12, 2010 — 5:00-9:00 pm

Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD  20722

On View:

  • EVERYWHERE with Roy Lewis — Gallery 110’s history-rich exhibition of one of the area’s foremost, and nationally significant photographers.
  • Spectrum: Memories of Natural Forms and Light — Brentwood Arts Exchange’s demanding and vibrant exhibition of Ellen Baer’s post-minimalist and new-generation colorfield paintings.
  • Video art pop-up installation — 39th Street Gallery.
  • Open 39th Street Studios — ceramicists, painters, photographers, mixed-media…

Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments and drinks also free and open to the of-age public.

For info, contact the Prince George’s African American Museum Gallery 110:  301-209-0592

May 13 2010

Work Table Ready

I finally got the work table built and painted, and things are getting more organized in the studio.  Although I occasionally do some on-canvas painting it seems that most of my studio time lately has been spent planning and thinking about and doing a couple of construction projects, mainly the work table and a two-step platform (about which more in a later post).  I’ve enjoyed these projects and learned a lot (having never done anything quite like them before) but I hope to get back to activities that are more directly art-related soon.

Anyway, here’s the table:

Two-Tone Work Table

The table is so large (3 ft. x 8 ft. x 39 in. high) that I thought it would overwhelm the space with all of the wood natural, even with a light-colored stain.  But painting the whole thing would cover up even the wood that looked good.  Looking around the studio one day I realized that I have a number of easels around with their legs showing, so natural wood would not be out of place.  Without exactly planning it in the end I painted the top, the supports just under the top and the lower shelf all white using Behr Premium Plus Ultra.  (Surely Home Depot will eventually run out of superlatives. […and don’t call me Shirley!])  I kind of like the resulting two-tone look.

Here’s the table with lots of stuff stored underneath:

Work Table With Storage Units

Things are getting organized!

I also “made” some curtains to block the direct sunlight we get in the late afternoon on this side of the building.  By “made” I mean that with tension rods and cheap sheets from Target, plus a bit of hot glue, I assembled the curtain-like window covers as seen here:

I’m still working on getting ready for the Open Studio Tour this Saturday.  Then I can get back to some art-related projects.

[Me at Flickr (which is where the photos live):]

May 8 2010

May 15 Events

Saturday, May 15 will be a busy day for the DC area arts world.  Of the various activities that have come to my attention I’ll mention here just the ones near me.

12:00-5:00pm — 6th Annual Open Studio Tour.

The studios of over 70 artists here in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County will be open to the public.  You can visit the Gateway Arts Center’s (GAC@B) three galleries and dozen studios (including mine).  Locations such as Red Dirt Studio, Washington Glass School, Flux Studios, ezStorage Studios, DC Glassworks, Alan Binstock Studio, artdc Gallery and Design Studio Gallery, among others, will welcome visitors all afternoon.  There are also public artworks to be seen along the way.

A free shuttle bus from the West Hyattsville Metro station will loop through the area beginning at 11:30am with a last run at 5:00pm.  For more information and a PDF map go to the Gateway CDC web site here:

5:00-7:00pm — Opening Reception – Space / Place – 39th Street Gallery.

After visiting the various studios and galleries return to the GAC@B for the Opening Reception at the 39th Street Gallery.  The new exhibit, Space / Place, will feature the works of Matt Klos, Matt Woodward and Andrew Zimmerman.

11:00am-6:00pm — Mount Rainier Day, plus Centennial Celebration.

The City of Mount Rainier was incorporated in 1910 so this year’s Mount Rainier Day activities will include the celebration of our Centennial.  The festivities will take place along Rhode Island Avenue at the Municipal Plaza (near “the circle”), and there will be a special Centennial exhibit at Fountain Framing (3311 Rhode Island Ave.)  City web site:

Apr 21 2010

Studio Work Table

The work table project has begun.  I had in mind that I needed a large horizontal work surface under the windows of my studio.  The plan is to make it 8 feet wide, 3 feet deep and about 39 inches high, which is a bit taller than a standard kitchen counter.  I wanted something that would be comfortable for standing and working.  If that turns out to be too high I can cut the legs down a little.  Adding wheels later is a possibility but at this point I don’t expect to be moving it around much.

After trying to lay out the table in my head and having my head repeatedly lose track of things I decided to do some basic drawings:
Table Plans
Front Corner Detail
Rear Corner Detail

I ordered some Craftsman cordless tools and accessories to add to my collection, got some lumber and hardware, and tried my hand at a little basic carpentry.

Studs with hardware:
Studs with Hardware

Studs cut down to size:
Studs Cut Down to Size

“Some assembly required…”
"Some Assembly Required..."

Table structure, mostly done:
Table Structure, Mostly Done

I still need to get plywood/Masonite/whatever for the top and shelf.  The shelf, using the remainder of a 4×8 sheet after cutting a piece for the top, will be about 1′ x 8′.  I’ll probably paint the structure white and maybe use polyurethane or some such substance on the top.

More photos on Flickr.

Mar 25 2010

Gallery Sitting

I’ll be gallery sitting at the 39th Street Gallery this Saturday, March 27, from Noon to 4:00 PM.

The Museum and Art Exchange Galleries are also open on Saturday afternoons (you can find the details in the right column) so all three shows will be open!  You can also see my studio if you’d like since I’ll be in the building.

Stop by and hang out if you’re in the area.

Mar 18 2010

Ready for the Open House

At some point I want to have a counter-height work table under the windows.  The layout for such a thing is still coming together in my mind, so it won’t be there for the open house tomorrow.  I did manage to get two coats of gesso on the newly stretched canvasses
Gessoed Canvasses

and I re-hung (mostly using masking tape) my installation from Artomatic 2008.
Installation from Artomatic 2008

I need to check its condition, maybe do some additional painting, and generally get it ready for its new home.

The quiet before the storm:Quiet Before the Storm

The studio’s as ready as it’s going to be for tomorrow’s Grand Opening.  Even the stickers are in place:Can You Find the Stickers?
[Can you find the stickers?  Click the photo for a larger size at Flickr.]

Mar 14 2010

Studio Progress

I’m slowly making progress in setting up the new studio.  I stretched some canvas on two sets of used stretcher bars (thank you Trinka!), one about 4′ by 6′, the other 6′ by 8′ :

Using a set of recycled bi-fold doors from Community Forklift ( I installed two shelves on some unused wall space:

Canvasses are at the ready, awaiting gesso and/or more paint: