A Nice Surprise!


Got a belated birthday gift from hubby.

Cy makes me proud to have been born in Virginia.
Cy makes me want to paint.
Cy makes me not want to paint.
Cy's work makes me, well, sigh.

An Interview with Artist Andrea Kraus


Fellow Studio Gallery member Andrea Kraus has a solo show coming up. There will be two receptions, plus a two-person show happening at the same time for members Jacqui Crocetta and Marie Straw. I enjoyed getting to learn more about her and her work, and I hope you have a chance to go see her new pieces in person!

Painting in Haiku: "Surface of a petal-covered pond" - Andrea Kraus
Show dates: April 28 - May 22, 2010
First Friday Reception: May 7, 6 - 8 pm
Artist's Reception: Saturday, May 8, 4 - 6 pm
2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC
Regular gallery hours and contact info

Q: What inspired your new pieces for this exhibit?

A: For this show, I was inspired by the koi pond that we have on the Eastern Shore. I tried to capture the movement and peacefulness of the fish as they swim around the dark pool. They are very colorful and contrast with the dark green and brown of the water.

Q: Did you do anything differently--new techniques, subject matter, palette, etc.--for this show?

A: I tend to get bored with one subject so most of my shows change subject. This time I returned to large format acrylic with just a few monoprints (Chine-collé) and linoleum prints. I have used collage a lot in the past and for this show I repeated one composition three different times, one with shiny collage, one with Japanese patterned paper and one with just acrylic paint using a windowpane effect.

Q: What's your favorite part about being a Studio Gallery member?

A: I have been part of Studio Gallery for many years. It really affords me the freedom to explore and show what I want to without thinking about what someone else would like for me to exhibit. Having a "show date" helps me to focus and gives me a much needed deadline. Of course, knowing my fellow artists is always wonderful and the gallery members are very supportive of each other.

Thank you so much, Andrea, for sharing these insights into your new work--I look forward to seeing it!

Opps Round-Up: Due in June

Posted 4/21/10
Conner: gogo emerging art projects for 2011/2012
1358 Florida Ave NE, DC
Seeking proposals from emerging artists (individual or collaborative groups) for a new project, a new performance, or an exhibition of new work in any medium, which utilizes the gallery's outdoor area, or media room, or gallery B space. Duration of the show may range from a one night event up to an 8-week exhibition.
Due 6/1/10
Full deets

Art Institute & Gallery 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition
Salisbury, MD
Open to 2-D and 3-D. Juror: Edward Evans, Director of Gallery 705, Stroudsberg, PA http://edwardevansart.com/
Due 6/1/10
$35 entry fee, cash awards
Get prospectus

10th Annual American Landscapes
Open to all artists residing in the USA. Any two or three dimensional artwork in any medium depicting or interpreting the American landscape.
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Due 6/10/10
$30 entry fee, cash awards
Show dates: 8/20 - 9/19/10
Get prospectus

Systems Failure: All-media Juried Exhibition
Torpedo Factory's Target Gallery
All media juried show open to all artists examining the current crises facing our country/world like collapse of world wide financial systems, the mortgage crisis, failing health systems, and the plight of the people who most suffer from these failures.
Due 6/21/10
Entry fee $35
Show dates: 8/21 - 9/26/10
Get prospectus

Academy of Fine Arts National Juried Photography Exhibition
Lynchburg, VA
Due 6/25/10
Show dates: 9/3-24/10
Entry fee $30, cash awards
Get prospectus

Interview Opp

Got a show coming up? Just wanna let me pick your brain?

Whether you're emerging or established, I invite Metro DC area artists to email me at lboocks@yahoo.com with answers to 5 of the following questions. Please let me know if you have any questions (either about this project, or a question you'd like to answer that I didn't think of). Send a jpg of yourself and one for your pieces if you'd like. Just be sure to include title/dimensions/medium/etc.

Interviews will be posted here, my facebook page and artdc.org (and your blog/facebook if you want). Thanks for considering this!

1. What's the one thing you'd like people who aren't familiar with you/your work to know about you?

2. (If you have a show coming up...) What's your favorite piece from the show and why?

3. Do you paint intuitively, with a hardcore plan, or somewhere in between?

4. Who is your biggest influence and why?

5. (If you have a show coming up...) For this show, did you do anything differently... new techniques, subject matter, palette, etc.?

6. Where do you see the DC art scene in five years? In ten?

7. What do you feel is the best thing about being an artist in the DC area?

8. What challenges does the DC area present for local artists?

9. If you could wish for one major change in the local art scene, what would it be?

10. A lot of artists have that one piece in their studio that they would never ever sell. Tell us about yours.

Gallery Space of My Dreams


I'm here in Chicago for work, so not much time for sight-seeing, but man did I visit the most amazing set of galleries last night: River East Art Center. (Okay, visit wasn't quite the right word. They were closed and prepping for a big event, but deliveries were coming and going, so I snuck in for quick stroll...)

I was drooling like a fiend: Strong work, exposed brick walls, what looked like reclaimed timber, glass walls.

The neighborhood has arrived. The stage is now set for River East Art Center, MCL’s daring vision of River East’s artistic, cultural hub.

The Mission of River East Art Center can best be expressed by the Mandala, the universal, ancient diagram River East Art Center has adopted as its logo. The Mandala is symbolic of individuals coming together to create something larger then themselves, while maintaining personal uniqueness.

We consider River East Art Center to be Chicago’s embodiment of Mandala – a place of enrichment, expression and inspiration... a place to discover fine art, and the finer things in life... a place of community, ideas, poetry, performances, lavish galas and corporate affairs. Moreover, it is a place of surpassing beauty – breathtaking spaces, dazzling views, daring architecture. In the coming years, River East Art Center will give rise to stunning works of importance – masterpieces to be discovered and cherished by local residents.

As a neighborhood resource, it will bring sophisticated Chicago residents and artists together, and forward, into a new age of growth, expression and appreciation of life, for each individual, and for the community as a whole.

Incredibly cool. Planning to visit Chicago? Put this place on your to-see list!

Time's Almost Up: Local Opps


Juried Summer Group Show
The Adam Lister Gallery
Exhibit Dates: 6/4 - 7/18/10
Fee $10
Due 5/1/10
Drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, photography, installation, and anything else you work with is acceptable... as long as it'll fit through the door (70"x82").
Submit here

Eye of the Beholder: The Fine Art of the Found Object
Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery
Postmark Deadline: 5/3/10
Exhibit Dates: 7/15 - 8/15/10
Awards: $1000
Any two or three dimensional artwork incorporating at least one or more found objects.
Fees: 1 or 2 entries $25 (MFA members $15); Additional entries $5 each totaling 6 entries
Full details here

New Stuff


Acrylic and Charcoal
40 x 32 inches

Acrylic and Charcoal
12 x 12 inches