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 …

Have a Blast at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

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If you think all the artists are in a loft in New York, they’re not; they’re at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria. This renovated munitions plant is home to more working artists’ studios than any other U.S. building — 82! But wait, there’s more! The center also houses seven galleries, workshops, a school and a café.  Each gallery …

It’s Artomatic, Supersonic, Hypnotic, Funky Fresh

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Artomatic, a longstanding free-form, nomadic outlet for local creative types, opened today in Crystal City with more than 600 artists, performers and musicians lined up to showcase their talents. This noncurated show — it’s first-come, first-served — got its start 18 years ago in the old Manhattan Laundry buildings on Florida Avenue, hence the name, art-o-matic. An area developer donated …

To Infinity and Beyond, at the Hirshhorn

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Remember waiting in line for hours — even overnight sometimes — for tickets to popular acts like Elvis, the Rolling Stones, or Lady Gaga? Or Black Friday deals at Best Buy? Well, tickets to Yoyoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn are making the same kind of stir. On opening weekend, the museum was overwhelmed with visitors whose enthusiasm …

N.J.’s Montclair Art Museum Pays Homage to Matisse

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If you’re ever near Montclair, New Jersey, and you’re looking for something to do, try the Montclair Art Museum. Founded in 1914, MAM has occupied the same space on South Mountain Avenue for more than 100 years, though it has expanded several times to its current 12,000 square feet. What’s great — and unique — about this museum is it …

This House is not a Home — It’s an Art Gallery!

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What do you think of when you think “art museum”? Big spaces, towering ceilings and white, white, white? The Marsha Mateyka Gallery in Dupont Circle is anything but. The unassuming facade of this brownstone rowhouse belies its wondrous contents —  the works of 20 contemporary artists in paint, photos, sculpture and on paper. Yes, the walls are white, but with …