Outdoor Art Festival Opps


There's still mounds of snow in my backyard, but it's never too early to start dusting off the ol' tent and planning for outdoor art fairs if that's your thing...

Artsfest ’10 Fine Arts Festival
Annmarie Garden in Solomons, Maryland.
Note: "Loyal crowds, well-run"... Cash awards, Emerging Artist Opp as well
Event date: September 18 & 19 10am-5pm
$25 entry fee; space fees vary
Due March 31, 2010
Full details here

Towson ARTS Collective's Arts in the Park Spring
Cromwell Vally Park in Towson MD
Note: "to show and sell high caliber artistic creations in a beautiful setting"
Event date: April 18, 2010 from 10am-5pm
$35 entry fee (non-member); 15% of sales due to the park
Due March 27, 2010
Full details here

Rockville Art & Craft Festival
Rockville MD
May 29 & 30, 2010 from 1-8 pm
Due March 12, 2010
Request application from hhaliniewski@rockvillemd.gov

Art and Wine Festival
Main Street in Sykesville MD and in Baldwin's Station Restaurant
Event date: May 23rd 12-5pm
Fee: $40 booth fee upon acceptance.
Note: Looks like an actual photo submission
"no mass produced items allowed"
Full details here
Due May 1, 2010

Inter-Mural Arts


I'm doing a mural for my kid's ortho office. It's a very large wall, and I've learned a lot from it. I've done murals before but never one quite this large.

Mural tips:

1. Use chalk, not pencil, to sketch on the wall.
2. Paint a small scale sample on paper (the same color as the wall) to work through contrast, brush strokes, shadows/depth, and any special issues you think your piece may entail.
3. Consider lighting - what you see during the day may not be the same at night.
4. Inspect the walls carefully for nubs and indentions; either hide them with your paint/design, or fix them before you start.

I'll probably think of more later, but I'm beat :)

Thinkin' Big & Congrats & More Lust

I got a commission to do a mural at my kiddo's orthodontist office. The wall is huge and I'm really excited. It also got me thinking about what I would do if I had no limits... on time, money, space and most importantly courage. There are some current opps floating around for installation proposals so I'm thinkin' I just might submit. Maybe something like 100 Words of Solitude. A hundred painted plexi panel spread out/clustered that depict words that invoke the feeling of being alone. We'll see...

Congrats to the man for getting into the Laurel Art Guild annual juried show. Way to go, Stephen! Also congrats to fellow artdc.org member Erin Antognoli and Studio Gallery member Jacqui Crocetta :)

Lust, the 3-gallery show in Hyattsville, has another opening at all 3 locations on Feb 27th a Saturday from 6 to 9 pm. I hope you have a chance to check it out!

Eco Opps


Sorry, Kermit. I think you got it wrong... it is easy being green. Especially right now for artists in the Metro DC area. If you make art with ecological advocacy in mind, check these out:

GREEN: art with the earth in mind
Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, Dowell MD
Due 3/31/10
Fees: $20 for up to 4 entries
Seeking: visually stunning and philosophically compelling creations that educate, enlighten, and inspire stewardship of the earth. All media welcome.
Full details here

GREEN TOO: installation with the earth in mind
Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, Dowell MD
Due 3/31/10
Fees: $20 for up to 4 entries
Looking for: small to large scale installations that confront ecological issues on a local, regional, national, and/or global level. The jury is interested in installations that physically immerse the audience in environmental issues. Indoor works only will be considered for this exhibit.
Full details here

Red Caboose Gallery, Vienna VA
Due 3/10/10
Fees: $25 for 1-2 entries, $35 for 3-4 entries, and $5 for each additional entry
Artworks should address the issue of environmental consciousness.
Full details here

Social Change Exhibit
Towson ARTS Collective
406 York Road, Lower Level, Towson, MD
Due 3/1/10
Fees: $10
The exhibit is a part of Baltimore Green Week... Do you create artwork that promotes social change? Is your artwork made with recycled goods? Does your work encourage community activism? Protest? Advocacy? Imagery may be created in any mode or media.
Full details here

The Art of Stewardship: Earth, Water & Sky
The Howard County Conservancy Juried Art Show and Auction
10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD
Due 3/15/10 - drop-off for jurying
Fees: $10
Open to all original 2-dimensional art media, from traditional to contemporary work, using a variety of techniques and imaginative interpretations.
Full details here

Opening: Lust at Lustine


I'll have 2 pieces in this awesome 3-gallery event. Stephen will have a piece in this as well. Full details below the pieces. I'm not sure which galleries our work will be in but it'll be fun strolling hand-in-hand with Stephen on Valentine's afternoon to find out :)

Some Days (Your Mouth on Me)
Acrylic on Acrylic Sheet, Bolts
20 x 32 inches

Self-Portrait in the Moments Before Wanting
Acrylic on Paper
17 x 22 inches

Who: Design Studio Art Gallery, artdc Gallery, Cheryl Edwards Studio
What: LUST…
Opening: February 14th, 2010, 1 to 5 PM
Exhibit: 2/14 to 3/3/10 - hours vary per gallery

Where: Multiple galleries within the Arts District spanning from Hyattsville to DC
Why: In celebration of Valentine's Day and to visually explore love & lust

Gallery Websites:

Addresses of Participating Galleries:

artdc Gallery: 5710 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Design Studio Art Gallery: 5702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Cheryl Edwards Studio: 4303 Rhode Island Ave, Studio 215 Brentwood, MD 20722

Lust... is a new exhibit that will span multiple galleries and showcase works that depict many interpretations of love and lust. The opening reception is Sunday, February 14th, 2010 from 1pm-5pm. This will be an incredible Valentine's Day event for couples, friends, and patrons!

HYATTSVILLE, MD (01-29-10) – artdc Gallery, Design Studio Art Gallery, and Cheryl Edwards Studio will host this exhibit. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2010 from 1-5pm. The exhibit will run from February 8th – March 3rd 2010.

In collaboration with multiple Arts District galleries, we will work to create a movement in celebration of that wonderful time full of love. You know the day--February 14th! V-day. We will be developing a semi-all inclusive show that will be curated in one space, and then split between galleries. This movement goes beyond space limitations and activates the neighborhood through multiple gallery collaborations.

There's an energy which drives us to fall in love. Philosophers, scientists, and artists study it. Lust is an intense craving for one’s lover and has been a tremendous force in the creation of art and spirit. Lust is joyful and painful at the same time. We are exploring lustful creativity with a tremendous, ground-breaking show which crosses individual gallery barriers. As a group, each gallery director will assist in curating the show. We will then divide the work between our spaces. Lust will create a movement for the month of February!

The art will range from publicly accessible art PG-13 to much spicier concepts! This is not an erotic art show. We need to explore this unstoppable whirlwind of fear, need, anxiety, love, and desire. Lust and love move deeper than sex, it's power.

(Our new neighbors will be hosting events on the same day to boost energy and contribute to the overall excitement and spirit of creativity centered around LUST…)

art reactor: 5614 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
VM Photography & Makeup Studio: 5700 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781


In celebration of Valentine’s Day and in conjunction with the theme for the LUST… exhibit, VM Photography & Makeup Studio will feature a delectable series of photographs titled “I AM SEXY.” The series features a 5 course meal that's a feast for your eyes! Projections also will be on display from photographer Yassine El Mansouri.

The art reactor contains a collective of Resident artists with the goal of bringing affordable art workshops to the Hyattsville area. The art reactor is a project of Fine Art Ventures, LLC. The art reactor’s major sponsors are EYA and Fine Art Ventures, LLC. The art reactor will provide a space which will create synergy between the resident artists and students which will aid in the expansion of creative energy.

Opportunity Round-up - February 2010

I often post opps at the artdc.org forum and see things others have shared. I thought I'd round up selected ones here periodically...

Gallery Opp: Touchstone
901 NY Avenue NW, Washington DC
Due 2/20/10 - see link for full details as there are 2 submission options
Fees: I didn't see one listed
Full details here

Show Opp: Washington Project for the Arts Coup D'espace
2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
WPA members only
Take over their space with a show or event
Fees: I don't see a fee listed
Due 2/15/10
Full details here

Show Opp: Delaplaine Visual Art Education Center
Frederick, Maryland
"seeking proposals featuring regional emerging and under-represented artists for solo and small group shows" - there's also a photo show opp
Fees: $30, but appears this is waived for photo entries rec'd before 4/15
Full details at bottom of this page

Juried Show Opp: WomanMade @ Torpedo Factory
Target Gallery/TFAC, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA
All media... Sorry fellas, ladies only as the name implies
Fees: $35
Due 3/16/10
Full details here

Fellowship Opp: Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW, Washington DC
Awesome sounding 2-year program for those who have never had gallery representation
Fees: $25
Due 2/28/20
Full details here

Award Opp: Bethesda Painting Awards
Open to MD/DC/VA artists 18+
Fee: $25
Due 2/26/10
Full details here

Exposed Opening


It was a full house at Mayer Fine Art. The show was great, really strong, and I was very happy to be a part of it. The gallery space was wonderful -- totally surrounded by windows and art on angled structures for good views of just about everything. Someone I know from way back was there -- she's the epitome of uninhibited joy and it was so good to see her. She made my shy self feel more at ease. But I think the best part was spending time with my sister, something we need to do more of. She's got a creative side that I hope she explores in the future.

The worst thing was driving back home to Maryland. Talk about a white-knuckled, heart-pounding, "oh crap I'm gonna total the car what was I thinking my dad was right I shoulda stayed home" experience. The juror was snowed in, with no power, and had to jury by slide. Man, what a crazy winter...

Exposed on Saturday


I'm going to do my best to be there, unless the mad crazy snow starts too early. Here are the deets. If you're local, I hope you can drop by.

Trinity Presbyterian Church Eighth Annual Juried Art Show

Location: Mayer Fine Art Gallery

Opening Reception:
February 6, 2010
7:30-10:00 p.m. - Awards at 9:00

Show displays until February 26.
Thursday 4-6pm
Friday 4-6pm
Saturday 12-4pm.
All other times, by appointment.

Congratulations to the artists selected for Exposed 2010:

John M. Adams
Betty Scott Owen
Angelica Thomson
Lynda Chambers
David Chance
Edward Whelan
Elaine Hampton
Erin Schwinn
Elissa Farrow-Savos
Tanya Gramatikova
Leila Holtsman
Jackie Hoysted
Jenny Davis
Joanie Lamp
Johanna Colijn
Rebecca Kallem
Kathryn H Cook
Hannah Naomi Kim
Lori Anne Boocks
Manuel Holban
Marcie Evans
Marianela de la Hoz
Mehrdad Khataei
Mark Miltz
Ces Ochoa
Paula Rainey Benson
Michael D Rieger
Rob James
Shannon Chance
Andrew Zimmerman

Faves at Mind, Body, and Spirit @ UMUC


What a wonderful space and reception! It was an honor to be part of this exhibit. My three favorite pieces were Rosemary Feit Covey's Lisa at Twenty-Two with Baby, Tai Hwa Goh's Suspicious Seed 08 - 04, and Marcie Wolf-Hubbard's piece on tar paper, Rock Creek Trees.

You can view the whole exhibition online at the UMUC art site, but seeing this one in person is best so you can really get a sense of the whole, and how paper -- a required element -- is used in so many creative ways.