Saturday, November 18, 2017

Young Frida

Rare photo of a very young Frida Kahlo - photographer unknown, but probably her father...

Very young Frida Kahlo

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pyramid Atlantic Opens Outdoor Pop Up Gallery in Takoma Park

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center – with funding from City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program —will create a pop-up art gallery in a 177sq. ft. open air site, likely a former garage, which cuts into the slope of Hilltop Road. The site is close by the defunct Sligo Creek Water Works, which pumped water to residents as far away as Kensington from 1900 to 1930. The first of two planned exhibitions on this site, Water Works, opens December 2.
Pump House Pop-Up opens its first exhibition, Water Works, on December 2 with a reception from 2 – 4 pm (Rain date: Sunday, December 3). Water Works runs through March 3. The outdoor gallery is open to the public daily and located at Hilltop Road between Maple and Geneva Avenues in Takoma Park, MD. More at or 301-608-9101.
Pump House Pop-Up is the brainchild of Pyramid Atlantic Artist Marty Ittner, a Takoma Park resident of 17 years. “This space was waiting to be a gallery,” remarks Ittner, who has walked past the structure almost daily for over a decade. “I’m an artist and I saw an opportunity. It was just sitting there doing nothing! I wanted to transform it to be something else.”
It took Ittner two years to get around to slipping a little note into the mailbox of her neighbor on whose property this should-be gallery sits. “He emailed me right back!” After getting permission from the site owner, and convincing Pyramid Atlantic and the City of Takoma Park of the undertaking, Ittner’s work truly began. She convinced the Department of Public Works to clear the site of large rocks, spent 8 hours clearing the ground by hand of about 4 inches of packed debris (mostly glass), and secured free mulch to level the “gallery” floor. Further, on December 2nd she and fellow Pyramid Artist Gretchen Schermerhorn open the site’s first exhibition: Water Works.
Water Works focuses on the gallery’s proximity to the defunct pumping station and the importance of clean, clear water to Takoma Park’s founder B.F. Gilbert. Ittner and Schermerhorn are creating a cyanotype /screenprint installation that utilizes imagery of the era sourced from Historic Takoma. For their cyanotypes (photographic prints exposed in the sun) they drew inspiration from Sligo Creek Park, using found rocks and sand. The work will be mounted to the walls of the gallery in an installation that will weather and change in the open-air.
In tandem with the exhibition, a self-guided walking tour encourages visitors to be present in historically significant spots. Sepia-toned prints are waiting to be discovered in the very spots where the original photos were taken in the 1900s. Highlights include spotting the circular foundation of the filtration building, and envisioning Washington Adventist’s sanitarium—an architectural gem razed in 1982—at the top of the hill near the creek.
Pump House Pop-Up gallery is made possible by the City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program, Giuseppe Cimmino, and Historic Takoma. A second exhibition is scheduled for May 5 – July 4, 2018. A call for entries from local talent will be issued in early December.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Norman Rockwell discovery leads auction

Recently returned to a family after it was stolen more than 40 years ago, Norman Rockwell’s endearing Lazybones (Boy Asleep With Hoe), also known as Taking a Break, sold for $912,500 as Heritage Auctions totaled more than $4.3 million at its  Nov. 3 auction of American art.
Illustration Art swept the sale’s top lots as Rockwell’s Fishes Like Neckties, an interior illustration study for American Magazine, 1934, reached $200,000 and The Rescue of Theophilus Newbegin, painted by Joseph Christian Leyendecker in 1907 as a cover for The Saturday Evening Post, sold for $187,500.
“Bidders responded to the incredible diversity we brought to the block this fall, as evidenced by the by the 90% sell-through rate that we achieved” said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage Auctions. “We offered superb material across the board, while setting artist records in the process.”
The sale set multiple auction records in the arena of Golden-Age illustration, most notably for Albert W. Hampson’s Bump Mobile, a Saturday Evening Post cover published June 22, 1940, which sold for $137,500, and Monte Crews’ Amateur Nite - Cowboy Bill's Ramblers, a 1936 Saturday Evening Post cover illustration that achieved $40,000.
Classic Hudson River School and Impressionism fetched high prices on November 3 as well: A stunning oil painting by George Henry Durrie titled Winter in the Country, A Cold Morning, 1863 ,a masterwork identified as “one of his best contributions to native winter landscape painting in the nineteenth century," realized $324,500.  Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s iconic bronze Joy of the Waters, 1917 far exceeded its pre-sale estimate when it sold for $150,000. Offered for the first time in nearly 30 years, William Merritt Chase's Untitled (Nude Resting in a Chair), circa 1888, brought $125,000.
Leading a selection of California and Western Art, Howard Terpning’s Absaroke Trail, 1993, sold for $162,500, more than double its pre-sale estimate. Wild Heliotrope near San Juan Capistrano, by John Marshall Gamble sold for $68,750 and Dave McGary’s bronze Long Soldier (Life-size), 1989, fetched $52,500.
Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Clinton Hill at The Georgia Museum of Art

A shout out to my peeps - Navy veteran Clinton Hill at GMA!
The Georgia Museum of Art is very excited to say that we’re opening an exhibition displaying the works of artist Clinton Hill. Known for his talent when working with paper, print, and even sculptures, Clinton Hill creates pieces that are known for their abstract expressionism as well as their minimalism and collage elements. These different elements are what stamps Hill’s works to be unique and one-of-a-kind.

Hill was born on a ranch in Payette, Idaho, a small town in the southwest region of the state. Surrounded by Native American reservations, Hill studied and grew to appreciate Native American culture. Later on in his life, Hill and his family moved to La Grande, Oregon, an area of vast mountains and overwhelming natural beauty. This is where Hill began his efforts to experiment with watercolor and found his passion as an artist.

Hill was a man of experience. Not only was he a United States Navy Vet, but he traveled all around the work studying art and culture. He attended L’Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France as well as the Art Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy. Along with his vast education, he was also granted a Fullbright Fellowship that took him to India where he studied textile weaving and paper-making, two very intricate and delicate processes that require a lot of patience. These skills made an undeniable print on Hill’s artistry, one that many can see in his pieces.

The Georgia Museum of Art’s Clinton Hill exhibition will be available to the public on January 6th. For no price whatsoever, guests will be able to examine the various works and prints created by the skilled artist throughout the course of his extensive career.
Feel free to check out or email for more info about Hill’s exhibitions as well as upcoming events.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Opportunity for Prince George's County artists

Bring It! is the 2018 annual exhibition of artwork by Prince George’s County Artists in the Prince George’s Delegation of the Lowe House Office Building, in Annapolis. It serves as a reminder to our lawmakers about the importance of the arts, and offers daily, moral support through the power of art as they work on our behalf throughout the legislative session.

We know how good the artists in Prince George’s County are. We just want to show everyone else. Rather than asking artists to respond to a theme, Bring It! Intends to demonstrate the broad range of artwork being created in our county, and to foster an inclusive spirit among the artists exhibiting together in the exhibition. So, Bring It! Show us your best two-dimensional artwork, and let us show it to the world.


This call is open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older who live, work, study, or have a studio in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Due to the nature of the exhibition space, only two-dimensional artworks that can be safely installed on hanging rods can be accepted.

Each artist selected to participate will receive a $100 honorarium in appreciation of his/her contribution. Registration as a vendor with The M-NCPPC is required in order to receive payment. Honoraria are typically paid near the end of the exhibition.

Prince George's Delegation office area
Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

The full prospectus and contact information is online at

Monday, November 13, 2017

Opportunity for nude artists (ha! ha!)

Deadline: 12/17/17 

The Lexington Art League seeks submissions for its annual figure exhibition. For over 30 years the figure show continues to push the boundaries beyond the traditional ‘nude’ toward a deeper exploration of the human figure and experience. 

Brutal Beauty is a contemporary exhibition of the human figure that speaks to our innermost instincts for satisfaction, pleasure, and comfort through work that invites us to examine the qualities that we are unable to avoid, but often hide from others. This exhibition seeks to convey a rawness that is universal while revealing our desires and limitations in a boldly honest approach to the way we experience the human form.


International call. Open to all artists regardless of location, media, or experience level. 


Artists are required to deliver artwork to the Lexington Art League, 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY, 40505, by 5pm, January 15th, 2018. 

Artists picking up their artwork are required to do so between 3/13/18 - 3/14/18 from 10am and 4pm. 

If art is shipped to the gallery, the artist is responsible for shipping costs to the gallery. Return shipping will be paid by the Lexington Art League.

All accepted work must be ready to hang or display. Artists must provide written installation instructions for any artworks requiring special handing or installation methods. 

Artists may choose to make their work available for sale.  This is not a requirement.  All sales will be managed by the Lexington Art League for a 30% commission of the sale price. 

Submission Requirements: 

Artists may submit up to six works of art for consideration.  Each work may be considered separately, unless otherwise noted by artist that works must be shown as a complete collection.

Please keep the number of files submitted under 10 files (images at 300DPI/PPI.) Include image list with size, title, media, and date, artist statement, bio, and resume. No online cloud drive submissions will be accepted. Audio/video, files should be uploaded as seperate document with .html links in files upload section of application.

Submitted applications must be received by December 17th, 2017.  A contract will be sent upon acceptance. 

Entry Deadline: 12/17/17 11:59p.m. MST

Event Dates: 1/26/18 - 3/11/18

Deliver work by: 1/15/18

Shipping address: 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, Ky, 40505

Accepted applicants will be notified by December 21, 2017

Apply here.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

Strathmore Visual Arts Presents
Annual showcase features 750 works by more than 290 miniaturists;
companion exhibition magnifies the precision, detail, and skill of audience favorite Miniature artists

The time has come—the one time each year that Strathmore’s Mansion galleries can accommodate a vast collection of 750 works—the Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, celebrating its 84th annual showcase of tiny treasures, some as small as a fingernail. The exhibition features 292 artists from 11 countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Malta, and Australia. Strathmore presents this annual favorite with concurrent exhibitions Large Scale: Miniature Artists Go Big and Bodies of Work: Diane R. Weiner, from Saturday, November 18, 2017–Sunday, January 7, 2018. A free Opening Reception for all three exhibitions will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

A counterpoint to Miniature, with Large Scale Strathmore unleashes the immense talent of favorite miniaturists onto a larger canvas. Ideas are uncontained as artists paint with broader brushstrokes to capture vast, expansive images. Though comparatively large, the work is no less meticulous, with artists applying the same keen eye and deliberate technique that they channel into their miniature masterpieces.

Using Renaissance techniques and color-rich oils, Diane R. Weiner draws similarities between unlikely muses through her exquisite rendering of contours, gestures, and expressions in the bodies of humans and cows. Bodies of Work, on view in the Invitational Gallery, brings the viewer unusually close and in touch with the anthropomorphic qualities of Weiner’s bovine subjects.

For more information, visit
Strathmore Visual Arts Presents84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
Large Scale: Miniature Artists Go Big

Bodies of Work: Diane R. Weiner
Saturday, November 18, 2017–Sunday, January 7, 2018

First Floor Galleries, Gudelsky Gallery Suite, and Invitational Gallery Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.
Closed Monday
Closed Thursday, November 23; Sunday, December 24; and Sunday, December 31 for holidays
Closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 for a private event

Children’s Talk & Tour
Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:15 a.m.
Recommended for ages 7 and up with adult.
$5, registration required. No charge for parent chaperones.

Curator’s Tour
Saturday, November 25, 2017
1 p.m.

Miniature Painting Workshop
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10 a.m.
Painting experience is recommended. All supplies to create a miniature in oil are provided.

For additional information visit or call (301) 581-5100.