Windows For Harvey 2018!

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My painting of Harvey Milk will be featured in Windows for Harvey 2018, a San Francisco neighborhood art event celebrating and honoring former city Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians in the nation who was tragically assassinated in 1978 while still in office. The event honoring the slain activist pairs neighborhood merchants throughout San Francisco’s Castro …

Poe and Puck Opens at the Strathmore

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The opening reception for the Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare-inspired exhibit Poe and Puck is tonight at 7 at the Strathmore in North Bethesda. This is the Strathmore’s 27th annual juried exhibit, and features works such as Game of Quills by Caroline Lewis, as well as pieces from over 40 other artists. The art in Poe and Puck takes …

“Night, Dawn, Day”: A Painting of Elie Wiesel

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My painting of Elie Wiesel titled Night, Dawn, Day is finished! The painting was inspired by a photo featured in a 2012 Chicago Magazine article by photographer Sergey Bermeniev. I thought Bermeniev’s photo evoked a sense of purpose I hoped to convey in the painting. For the painting’s background, I loosely copied Mark Chagall’s 1943 painting, “Dans Mons Pays.” The …

Experience 17th-Century Holland at the NGA

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The Vermeer exhibit at the National Gallery of Art showcases 70 genre paintings of Dutch life from the mid to late 1600s — a time that seems to get further away at the speed of light. Although we frequently visit museums so we can get a taste for events that happened in the past, recent technological advancements have made a …

Dali Museum Brings the Best in Surrealism to Florida’s West Coast

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Salvador Dali, arguably the most famous Catalan, was one of those rare artists, like Pablo Picasso, who was famous in his own time. He died in 1989 at the age of 84, having lived a long, full life as a prolific, temperamental artist. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to Spain to experience Dali’s works of art — you can …

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the Ringling Museum!

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Do you know what’s in the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida? It’s not pictures of elephants and circus tents, it’s paintings and other objets d’art. The museum was created by John Ringling, one of the original five brothers who started the legendary circus. The show’s popularity made Ringling a rich man, and he and his wife used the money to …

Renoir at the Phillips? Oh là là!

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The Renoir and Friends exhibit opening Saturday at the Phillips Collection will feature 40 of the artist’s works, with the main focus being on Luncheon of the Boating Party. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), one of the original group of innovative French impressionists that included Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, struggled for years through lukewarm reviews and hardship brought on by the …

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 …