Monday, November 15, 2010


In an article about why artists are leaving new york, a cute little jab at washington, dc:

Industry experts worry that New York will become a place where art is presented but not made, turning the city into an institutionalized sort of Disney Land. One arts executive says it could become “a Washington, D.C.,” a sterile, planned city with a number of cultural institutions but few artists—certainly not a place known as a birthplace for new cultural ideas and trends.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market 2010

Get your Art! Drink your Rum and Cider!
Buy your Christmas Trees!
The Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market Returns!

On Sunday December 5th, from 4-9pm, the Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market returns to the Big Bear Cafe in Washington, DC.

A small sampling of Artists and Artisans selected from the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair will be setting up their work to sell. Big Bear Cafe will be open, Special Holiday Drink will be served, and fresh cut Christmas Trees will be available.

Vendors Include:


Ghost writers, imaginary friends, runaways, unite! Goshdarnknit is illustrated notebooks for your pockets and knit paintings for your walls, all by DC artist Rania. She knits, paints, embroiders, and gocco prints every surface imaginable with swirly tales of cherry swallowing, bunny spinning, arm doodling fun.

Sean Hennessey:

Sean Hennessey creates beautiful wall sculptures from upcylced glass combined with concrete and steel. Using common and slightly nostalgic imagery, he presents work as archeological remnants of our present world and ways of thinking, with hopes to inspire and make your life better.


"60 bugs" is a punk rock song written by a 5 year old. 60bugs is the line of awesome hand-embroidered and gocco-printed stuff inspired by it. Sometimes funny, sometimes absurd, mostly always cute, Debbie Lee of 60bugs makes fun items for all ages like tee shirts, pins, greeting cards and reusable coffee sleeves.

Tiger Flight:

I have a compulsion to make stuff. Lately (at least for the past 2 years) I have been really taken with making stuff out of other stuff. I use recycled materials in the creation of my animals which forces me to incorporate the patterns and shapes inherent in the found materials and work within the limited size and availability of the materials. Each piece I make is unique and done mostly without pattern which helps to reinforce the idea of originality inherent within each creature.

Eve VanDalsen:

Since taking summer classes at Parsons many years ago and apprenticing for a leather smith, I have slowly developed my own business of designing, making, and selling handbags, wallets and dog collars. I use material from deconstructed old leather bags and clothing as well as odd lot remnants and past season skins. Very rarely are two pieces the same. Every single piece is made by me from start to finish in my Capitol Hill basement and dining room table.

Figs & Ginger:

Figs & Ginger makes recycled Sterling Jewelry for all stages of life. Pieces are inspired by Forests and designed to grow with you. A new line of charms & family critter necklaces has been added to the Figs family. Pieces start at $10 and none go above $80. We're affordable, well made, and oh so cute!

Other Special Events!

Book Signing by Rosemarie Onwukwe

New from local author Rosemarie Onwukwe is Bloomingdale, the latest title in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series. In over 200 vintage photographs, Rosemarie shares the history of this historic neighborhood. The book was released on June 14, 2010.

Caroling by Capitol Blend
Capital Blend is a Washington DC based all-female a cappella group.  The group formed in the spring of 2008 when several coworkers at Discovery Communications learned they shared a common interest in singing.  Capitol Blend will be bringing lyric sheets so others may join in.

Buy Holiday Portraits at the Photo Booth
There will be a photo booth with a Christmas themed background. Bloomingdale photographer Tony Rich will be snapping your photos and printing them on the spot.

Christmas Tree Sales from Painted Hand Farm
Painted Hand Farm is a sustainable diversified farm located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In addition to Christmas Trees, Painted Hand Farm is a regular vendor at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market.

What: Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market
When: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Time: 4-9pm
Where: Big Bear Cafe: 1700 1st Street NW, DC [First and R NW]

(this was cross posted on my personal blog  )

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Artist's Talk this Friday @TubmanMahanArt

As Part of the Re:Create exhibition at The Tubman Mahan Gallery in the Center for Green Urbanism, there will be an Artist's Talk on Friday November 5th, from 6-8 PM. 

The Artists that will be on-site to talk about their work are:

Sandra Davis
Rania Hassan
Sean Hennessey
Roxanne Jarrett  
Ja’Ski Watkins
Sherry Ways 

Please join us.

The Center for Green Urbanism is located at 3938 Benning Road, NE
One block form the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station on the Orange Line.

More Information about the Exhibit