Remembering Elie Wiesel

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Today is Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, and what better way to mark it than taking a moment to remember Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who went on to become a tireless human rights activist and prolific writer? Wiesel is also the subject of my third portrait in my painting series of civil rights leaders. Wiesel, …

Glen Echo Art Show Starts Today!

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Don’t miss the 47th Annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park this weekend, featuring more than 200 artists, including me! Works of art include sculpture, painting and drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, furniture and works on paper. I have two pieces in the show — a portrait of Marilyn Monroe and another portrait of Freddie Mercury, …

Art Can Brighten Any Corner

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One great part about creating art is that there are no barriers. Oftentimes we feel like we have obstacles in our lives — not enough money, talent, connections. We may benefit from overcoming these hurdles to achieve the trappings of success, but to create art and be happy, we don’t need to. We really need very little. This was evident …

“Resist” Artwork Showing at Busboys and Poets Locations

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Lots of businesses have pictures hanging on the walls, but Busboys and Poets has real art — locally sourced creations available for sale (and enjoyment). Through October, various Busboys and Poets locations are showing works from the Resist show, curated by Zenith Gallery. The collection is comprised of artwork “that interprets and reflects the state of our world today.” Among …

See the Pieces de Resistance at Zenith

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Zenith Gallery invites you to join the resistance. Tomorrow, July 13, Zenith’s new exhibit, Resist, opens to the public. The work of nearly 50 artists (including me!) will be on display at their gallery at 1429 Iris St. NW through Sept. 1. After the organizers jury the show, half the paintings will be moved to various Busboys and Poets locations …

Helen Keller Was Much More Than an Advocate!

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Helen Keller is the next civil rights leader in my series of portrait paintings.  According to Perkins School for the Blind, many only know Helen Keller as an advocate for people with disabilities, but don’t know she was also a suffragist, civil rights pioneer and global ambassador. Keller, born in 1880 in Alabama, contracted an illness before age 2 that left …

Honoring Harvey Milk

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I’m embarking on a series of paintings of civil rights leaders, and the first is Harvey Milk. After winning an election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Milk gained international fame as one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. His election to public office both solidified his status as leader of the …

The Boss!

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When we talk about artists, we often think about painters, like Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. But the world is graced with artists of all kinds, like singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, a legend in his own time. Known throughout his career at varying times as a poet, rock-and-roll star, folk singer, working-class hero and family man, Springsteen has taken his …

The MCA is Chicago’s Little Museum That Could

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The MCA is Chicago’s Little Museum That Could Just about any museum in the Windy City would be overshadowed by the massive Art Institute of Chicago that sits on Michigan avenue. It feels like one of our own Smithsonian museums where visitors can get lost, overwhelmed or exhausted. You won’t encounter these problems at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It …

Art Enables Unlocks Power of Artists

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Art may know no boundaries, but it’s met some obstacles. These obstacles are often in the form of external discouragement, sometimes coupled with lack of opportunity. Too many artists are hindered by barriers such as physical or mental impairment, poverty and other struggles. Art Enables works to bring an end to this injustice. This nonprofit, in its 16th year, provides …