Friday, June 30, 2017

Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia

August 2 - 27, 2017
               Opening reception:  Saturday,  August 5,  5 - 8 pm
                           Artists' talk: Sunday, August 20, 5:30 - 7
Foundry Gallery
2118 - 8th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20001
Hours:  Wed - Sun 1 - 7 pm, except Fridays 3 - 9 pm
    Juror Jack Rasmussen will speak at the opening and moderate the artists' talk.
    Guest artists Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia populate their images with iconic superheros, princesses, damsels in distress and empowered queens, all portrayed in contemporary and re-imagined ways.  Their collective vision explores new narratives about struggle, power, and heroism.  Who has been the hero in traditional stories, comic books and fairy tales?  And how do changing roles affect these stories?
Fierce Sonia - Mirror-Mirror - 12 x 12 - mixed media, acrylic and collage
Fierce Sonia - Mirror-Mirror - 12 x 12 - mixed media, acrylic and collage
    Says Fierce Sonia, "I often work on many pieces at once, obsessively re-telling the story much like a folk tale is folded over the mouth many times.  The images remain decidedly feminine.  I am most interested in universal and unifying narratives found in fairy tales, mythology, advertisement, and religion."
Ric Garcia - GI Cash - 30 x 30 - oil on canvas
Ric Garcia - GI Cash - 30 x 30 - oil on canvas
     Ric Garcia sees his appropriation of images as a meditation on identity.  "I infuse my art with references to various mythos, focusing on hero worship, literary works, Latino and gender cultures, creating images about Americana filtered by my bi-cultural experience," Garcia says.
     Jack Rasmussen is Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

The Business of the Arts - You're Invited!

Topic: Crafting the Case: Learn to Write a Case to Raise Funds & Win Support
Do you want to dramatically increase your contributed income by turning prospects into donors? Then you need a case for funding. A strong case. The kind that incites goosebumps. The kind that pulls heartstrings. The kind that leads to support.
Join Leila Fitzpatrick and Nadine Gabai-Botero, CFRE for an in-depth
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You will learn...
  • How to write a compelling "Problem Statement" and a powerful solution
  • Effective storytelling techniques that inspire donors 
  • Tactics to cast the donor as the star of your story 
Monday, July 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Location: 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Multipurpose Room Washington, DC 20003 
Metro: Navy Yard/Ballpark (Green Line)RSVP via Eventbrite

The Business of the Arts
The Business of the Arts Professional Development Series refers to workshops organized by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) that aim to provide CAH grantees (past, present, and future) knowledge and skills that will increase capabilities for successful grant writing, networking, advancing cultural democracy, and improving operation sustainability.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kali Wasenko at or (202) 724-1445 by Wednesday, July 5, 2017.