A Cornucopia of Opportunities


A [horn of] plenty of opps are open for your submitting pleasure...

Cartoon Cult
The Soundry in Vienna, Virginia
Celebrating contemporary cartoons, cartoon characters,comic strips, digital animation, illustration, anime, and videogames (emphasis on original characters)
Due 11/25/10
Show dates: December 4 - January 4, 2011
Fee $25 for up to 5 pieces
Full deets

The Living Gallery
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, MD
Annmarie seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods. Through this exhibition, artists gain exposure, sell artwork, and work in a free studio space in a beautiful setting. This is a nice occasion for a serene retreat to immerse yourself in your artwork. Future group or solo show opportunities may also be awarded.
Due 12/16/10
Fee $20
Full deets

Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis
Juror: Johanna Halford-MacLeod. Any 2D or 3D work on or of paper will be considered.
Fee: 1 or 2 entries: $35 (MFA members $20); additional 4 entries $5 each. Up to 6 max.
Due 1/14/11
Show dates: March 18 - April 17, 2011
Full deets

Flashpoint RFPs  
Flashpoint, a Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) project, Washington DC
Artists interested in exhibiting their work at the Flashpoint Gallery in the 2011–12 season can download the RFP, which includes information about the program, guidelines and an application form. Each artist/project selected for funding will be awarded up to $2,500. 
Fee $30
Due 1/1/10
Full deets

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Ranked #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2008, making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland! All original fine art and fine craft are eligible to apply, including but not limited to jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, wood, furniture and drawing. 150 booth spaces are available. The show boasts 20,000 visitors over the course of the two-day show. Artist amenities include free breakfast, lunch and parking; as well as $2,500 in artist awards.
Festival dates: May 14, 10am-6pm and May 15, 10am-5pm
Due 12/10/10
Application fee $30
Full deets
10th Annual International Photography Competition
The Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD
An international photography competition; $950 in awards.
Show dates: February 11 - March 5, 2011
Fee: $25 for 3 entries
Due 1/4/11
Full deets

22nd National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition 
College of Notre Dame of Maryland Gormley Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Exhibit Dates: March 28 - April 29, 2011
Due 1/31/10
Fees: $30 for 3 entries 
Full deets 

Academy of Fine Arts National Juried Show
Lynchburg, Virginia
Over $3000 in awards, with $1000 Best In Show Award. Juror: George Billis. Open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older, working in the following disciplines; painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. No photography accepted.
Show dates: April 1-30, 2011.
Due 2/4/11
Fee: $35 (for 3 entries)
Full deets



Something new in my small boxes on fire series. In this piece, all text is located inside the box. This painting is more of a true landscape than any of my work in this series. 

Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas
50 x 36 inches

Slammin' the Gavel To Support artdc Gallery


Stephen and I both have a piece up for grabs. This is a wonderful opportunity to own local art to add to your collection, or to start collecting. The piece I'm offering is one of my earliest textscapes in acrylic on acrylic sheet. Stephen is offering Nemesis.

Acrylic on Acrylic
20 x 32 inches

Stephen Boocks
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 inches

Who: artdc Gallery and Fine Art Ventures, LLC
What: Auction Fundraiser
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
When: December 4, 2010
            Preview 5:15 p.m.
            Auction 6:15 p.m.

The artdc Gallery is pleased to announce our Gallery Auction Fundraiser on December 4, 2010.  Two years ago we developed our Hyattsville Gallery project as a result from our first auction, which we hosted at the Wohlfarth Gallery.  Since then, we have developed over 20 gallery exhibitions dedicated to representing the work of Washington, DC-area artists and developing awareness of our vibrant art scene. 

We’ve expanded our presence, and worked hard on the development of two additional pop-up gallery exhibitions in Arlington, VA with efforts to reach beyond Maryland and DC. 

We’ve started an art collection based off of works that ardc (Fine Art Ventures, LLC) has purchased to create an exhibition of area work that’s hung in our space.

We are growing and giving back to the community with our activity, and now we need your support.  We’ve assembled a tremendous exhibition, which is on display now at the artdc Gallery.  Fifty percent of all sales developed through the auction at the close of this show will support our activity, pursuit of pop-up galleries, and Web presence. 

Our auction is a tremendous opportunity to add to your collection and cover your walls at great prices while supporting artists and a grassroots movement.  Artists are offering amazing savings in the effort to support the Gallery.

Cheryl Edwards will act as the auctioneer.  She will provide an active and exciting environment for bidders and patrons.

Don’t miss this opportunity to own a great work of art.  Support our efforts and keep artdc moving forward.

Artists include:
Grayson Heck, D.B. Stoval, Mei Mei Chang, Wayson Jones, Sean Hennessey, Alexandra Zealand, Kimberly Stark, Christopher Brady, Heather Schmaedeke, Ric Garcia, Kelly Pearl, Cheryl Edwards, Tom Cardarella, Sarah M. Swift, Philip Yabut, Lori Anne Boocks, Stephen Boocks, Joe Rogers (Aiven), Paul T. Farley, Alan Rich, Ian Doherty, Angela Kleis, Jesse Cohen, and more.

Learning the Ropes


I can't say enough wonderful things about this blog about the business of art. It's helped me stay motivated and on top of things like organization (ugh). Whether you've been in the game a while or you're new to it all, check out Alyson B. Stanfield's artbizblog.

Exploring the Creative Process


Women need loneliness to create, without interference.
Heard this in an NPR interview with singer Buika, whom I've never heard before. Lovely, lovely voice. Smooth and rough at the same time. 
Just last year, Buika worked with the legendary, gun-toting, 91-year-old singer Chavela Vargas. Vargas, she says, unlocked the prison door of loneliness for her — by explaining that women need loneliness to create, without interference. 

"So, to me, [it] was like a boom. Like a big boom in my head," Buika says. "Because I was so scared of loneliness. So scared of loneliness. Because when you are alone, you hear yourself. And I didn't want to hear myself."
I think this is very true for me as an artist. I often thought I wasn't interacting enough with people during the creative process, but it's also emotionally taxing working alone, no warm bodies in a neighboring studio, just me and my thoughts pouring out on canvas. But this aloneness is what forces me to take it all down to the bone, reformulate it, and then pull it outside of myself for all the world to see. Or at least for some of the Metro DC area to see.