Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Deadline December 31 - The editors of Smithsonian invite you to enter the second annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest. We are looking for remarkable images, photographed within the past three years (since January 1, 2002), that relate to five subjects of special interest to our magazine: Americana, the Natural World, People, Culture & the Arts, and Travel. The competition is open to amateur photographers, 18 years or older. Contest submissions must be uploaded or postmarked by midnight, December 31, 2004. Fifty finalists will be selected, 10 for each of the 5 categories. From these 50 finalists, 5 category winners and a grand prize winner will be selected. The entries of all winners and finalists will be published on the Smithsonian Magazine Web Site. The entries of the winners and selected finalists will be published in Smithsonian Magazine during summer 2005. More information http://photocontest.smithsonianmag.com/. Category winners will be awarded $1,000 and additional noncash prizes provided by Hewlett Packard. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid eight-day Smithsonian Journeys cruise for two to Alaska in late July 2005, or the cash equivalent

Deadline January 28, 2005 – The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District is accepting applications for the 2005 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. The festival will be held on May 14 and 15 in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. Please visit www.bethesda.org for an application form. Artists are eligible to win more than $2,000 in prize money, including $1,000 for best in show. For more information contact festival Director, Catriona Fraser, at (301) 718-9651 or e-mail BAFDirector@hotmail.com

Deadline December 1 - The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, MD is accepting applications for solo or group exhibitions to be held in the Library Gallery in 2005 - 2006. To be eligible, artists must reside in Maryland. Artists will receive an honorarium of $300. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Library Gallery Competition, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel, MD 20708. The full prospectus is available for downloading at http:www.pgparks.com/places/artsfac/mcac.html or call 301-953-1993.

The Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle currently has openings for interested artists who qualify for membership. The gallery is made up of a co-operative of artists who have been operating the gallery since 1964. For further information call the gallery art director, Lana Lyons, at (202)232-8734. Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street, NW, Washington DC.

One of my favorite photographers (and friend), Maxwell MacKenzie, will have an exhibition of his latest work at Addison/Ripley Fine Art later this month. Markings will open on Saturday, October 30th, with an opening reception from 5pm - 7pm. The work will be on exhibit until December 4th.

Friday, October 08, 2004

ArtTable is proud to introduce a series of programs in which we celebrate women of vision and achievement who have been “Art Sparks” throughout their careers. Their energy and talent have made unique and significant impact on the way we look at art, support art and create a larger audience for art.

The first of these programs, on Tuesday October 19, will be “‘NOW’—and Then” honoring Alice Denney and her promotion of modern and contemporary art in Washington. Her efforts included the Pop Art Festival of 1963 and the NOW Festival of 1966. As a curator at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art that operated for some years at 21st and P Streets, she introduced the capital to happenings and Pop artists and encouraged the exposure of the painters known as the Washington Color School. Later she initiated the Washington Project for the Arts and helped organize other alternative spaces and exhibits like the Ritz Hotel.

But it was the NOW Festival of 1966 that brought the avant-garde to Washington. New York darlings such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg came down to astonish and thrill us, many of them taking up the Denneys’ invitation to sleep on their back porch.

Who can forget young Rauschenberg on roller skates with a parachute floating behind him, as he circled the Adams-Morgan roller rink with a ballerina in tutu en pointe?

The program will feature a panel of participants and witnesses to art history. Jean Lawlor Cohen, art writer and editor of WHERE Washington Magazine, attended several of the events, and she will moderate ArtTable’s October 19 evening. The panel consists of Alice Denney; Dr. Ted Fields, who produced the U-line Skating Arena program for the festival; Val Lewton, formerly of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who designed costumes and installed art for the festival; and architect Hugh Jacobsen, a committee member and NOW attendee.

We hope you will join us October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington. A reception will follow. A fee of $20, payable at the door, will cover the cost of the evening which is sponsored by ArtTable, a national organization of professional women in the visual arts, and by the Arts Club of Washington, a non-profit arts organization located in the house of President James Monroe. The public is welcome.

Please RSVP to Mary Beth, DC ArtTable Chapter Administrator, via email dc@ArtTable.org or telephone 202.332.0099.The Arts Club of Washington is located at 2017 “Eye” Street, NW in Washington, DC.


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