Monday, October 16, 2017

500 Women Artists at the NMWA

Five hundred local women artists are expected to gather for a historic group photograph to be taken by D.C. photographer Kim Johnson in partnership with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, and co-organized by D.C.-based artist Linn Meyers.

The photograph will be titled Now Be Here #4, DC/MD/VA. The Now Be Here project
website will list each artist in attendance. Previous Now Be Here gatherings have taken place in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami where, collectively, more than 2,000 women artists participated.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Wed., October 25, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Artists commissioned to do the Obama portraits!

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced yesterday that it has commissioned the museum’s official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Artist Kehinde Wiley—best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African Americans—will create the portrait of President Obama. Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, has been chosen to paint Mrs. Obama. The two portraits will be unveiled at the museum in early 2018 and will be added to the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former President and First Lady,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

At the end of each presidency, the museum partners with the White House to commission one official portrait of the President and one of his spouse. There are two sets of official portraits: one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery. The museum began to commission Presidents’ portraits with George H.W. Bush.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Heading to Miami

Jumping Through Hoops: let's help each other
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

she is tossed by the waves but never sinks
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

the climb is hard but the view will be worth it
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

we won't keep quiet
2017 by Elissa Farrow-Savos

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Great art shows need great artists!

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is now accepting artist applications for the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (May 19--- 20, 2018), its largest fundraiser.

This competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the high-quality of the artwork presented and for our exceptional artist hospitality. Read more...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Submission Deadline Approaching


Submit your work to be considered for an exhibition honoring the work of the Washington Women's Arts Center and the female artists who helped shape the art scene in Washington, curated by Francoise Yohalem.

The submission deadline is November 6.

We're accepting work created between 1975-85 by artists from the WWAC. Learn more about the exhibition and how to submit here.

Questions? Call or email: (202) 885-1300 or

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

She Walks in Beauty

"She Walks in Beauty"
(From the Written on the Body series)
Charcoal and Conte on Paper, 15x22 in.
c. 2017 by F. Lennox Campello

She Walks in Beauty


She walks in beauty, like the night 
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright 
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light 
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


One shade the more, one ray the less, 
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress, 
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express 
   How pure, how dear their dwelling place.


And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, 
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow, 
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below, 
   A heart whose love is innocent!

Monday, October 09, 2017

On Columbus Day

Regardless which side of the Columbus issue you find yourself in, here's my advice to both the pro and con side: read Charles Mann's two books (1491 and 1493) and just like it happened to me, prepare not only to be educated, but also to be astonished at what you don't know, and how many of the "facts" that you think you do know, are inaccurate...