Friday, December 29, 2006

Pipe Dreams for Art in DC.

here are some ideas for the growth of art in dc.
i added one at the bottom. #9 #9 #9 #9.......

1. MLK- the national center for the creative arts.
I would LOVE to see the the ramshackled Martin Luther King Junior Library turned into a public arts center. I would support Williams proposal for a new central library if this could happen. ( my title post IS "pipe dreams....) I envision a center that is akin to the Kennedy Center, but for fine arts. also something akin to the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco. That it would exist within a Mies Van Der Rohe building is sublime.

2. DC Arts on Foot- Slighty as per the sentiment expressed by Richard Layman, Arts on Foot should be expanded, both in time and space. While i really love arts on foot, i think it is a grand stepping to to a truly wonderful ( and giagantic) street arts festival. I say block off more streets, hire sky writers, people on stilts, high wire acts across the buildings. art competitions. hands on grafitti boths. hire some artists to create sidewalk art.

3. ART/BASEL/MIAMI/DC. you know what i'm talking about. This thing is big, glitzy, staracious, spectacular spectacular. We need a big DC bling art scene. hell, maybe we could get Charo to perform!

4. A Grand Arts District Along North Capitol. I have a huge interest in north capitol street in the noma and just north of noma area. While it is somewhat blighted, it has a gorgeous view of the capitol building as it decends from the old soldiers home. It is an odd and underutlized gateway into the city. Ripe for growth an artistics enhancement, this street could be a very beautiful boulevard or arts and entertainment usage. Lets face it, what use do east coast cities have in the future but cultural and entertainment meccas? aint no production happening. aint no industry. We've got money and the need for entertainment and fullfilment that arts bring. Currently there are TONS of empty buildings along the stretch of north capitol from New York Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue. and its close to the new york avenue metro. Maybe DCAC would like to expand and find a home here? jus sayin.

5. DC will become a destination to buy and support arts.
while many people feel that they must go to New York to purchase art, many wonderful and wildly more affordable artists live and sell in DC. With the investment in artists, the investment in artworks will grow. Certainly my personal goal is to continuosly raise the prices of my pieces. As i sell more and more, the justification for higher prieces increase. This is great for me, but it is also great for collectors and those that want their personal collections to appreciate.

6. More galleries will open in centralized locations.
I know that being a gallerist is tough work. its hard to sell art in this town, and at prices that provide a healthy life. Still, I would love to see more galleries open in DC.
While many galleries have opened in Bethesda recently, i think it is vital to have centralized locations for galleries. 14th Street is an excellent example of a pocket. The dupont galleries seem a bit dead to me. 7th street is dying off. As i've said above, i see north capitol as a possible pocket. That these location are within the city itself, it helps promote national, and perhaps (someday!) international recognition. And as it is the center and reason for the metro area, it will bring together the most diverse group of interested people. Many in virginia and marlyland are reluctant to visit the other. Everyone comes to DC.

7. An ArtBoat Regatta on the Anacostia
like the kinetic sculpture race in baltimore
down by the river

8. The Great Great American Beer and Art Fest.

self explanatory. beer + art= fun casual time.


9. More galleries will start a blog.
thank you Nevin Kelly and The Katzen Art Center and also The Smithsoniam American Art Museum.
this really helps us keep track of the MILLIONS of things going on in dc, in an efficient manner. Seriously, RSS feed subscribable formats are the way to go. and pictures of the shows are nice too!

please discuss.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Solo Exhibition in January- Worshippers of the Invented Sun

By odd quirks of events and the recommendation of a good friend I will be having a solo exhibition at a gallery in Fell Point Baltimore during the month of January.

Show- Worshippers of the Invented Sun
Where- Touchet Gallery
right.. and wheres that?
536 S. Ann Street, in Fells Point.

When- the Opening is January 5, 2007 - 5:00pm
Fells Point Art Loop - First Friday!

The Exhibit will be up until February 11.
timeasanabstractArtist Statement:

I create works that are concerned with ways of thinking and the paths that we follow. How do we reflect on our lives? How do we reconcile life as spiritual beings living in a modern world? How do we measure our growth?

Drawing my inspiration from Mythologies and Philosophies, I suggest possible metaphors of our daily experiences to create an epic reference for the present. The heroic journey of our common everyday self.

Using glass, concrete, paint and plaster, I build pieces that combine familiar imagery*doors, lightbulbs, bottles, spools of thread*to provoke the viewer to consider my interpretations of our lives.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

rock-n-shop, american art museum block- n- shop

The Black Cats rock-n-shop was a great event! lots of people, and you all bought lots of art! thanks.

Rania and I will be at the Downtown Holiday market tomorrow and thursday, so please come down! noon - 7 pm

great deals on limited edition prints! and who in their right mind wouldn't want a highly artistic concrete disc? other fine art, as well.

and after new years i'll be having a solo exhibit at a gallery in Fells Point in Baltimore! yay! i have a number of new pieces to show.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


after a long stretch of not doing any glass i finally loaded a kiln last night with 16 pieces
now i am waiting for them to cool down enough to unload.........
damn, i'm impatient. i want to finish up here at the studio, go home make dinner, have a beer, and print some t shirts for Rock-n-Shop at the black cat tomorrow night.

so come to the black cat between 8 and midnight tomorrow to see if i actually got around to making t shirts! If you buy a t-shirt and mention this post, i'll give you a free limited edition print. (while supplies last... as if.)

gotta go check the temperature.......

palace of wonders craft sale

palace of wonders, originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

this was last weeks craft sale.

I'll let you in on a little secret about the American Art Museum/ Portrait Gallery

lego, originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

its made of legos.

Friday, December 15, 2006

also from the holiday market

also taken by elvert barnes.

i LOVE the sculpture on the left. Its done by a torpedo factory guy named carlos...i didnt catch his last name but he is set up everyday for the market.

caught at the downtown holiday market!

this picture was taken by elvert barnes. damn, he gets around the city.
check out his photos.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Downtown Holiday Market.

I'll be setting up a both with GoshDarnKnit on Wednesday and Thursday at the downtown holiday market. Its on F between the Hotel Monaco and The American Art Museum. from 12-7pm.

there will be food and music and performace and art. should be great. plus the cornell show at the American Art Museum is the best show i've seen all year, only steps away.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

TODAY! 2-6 pm. Art!

Today is our open studio party extravangance and holiday sale. lots of art for sale! concrete! glass! steel! jewlery! paintings! prints! weve got it all.

over 12 artists participating. a performance. some demo's. this is wheres its happening*!

Scenic Artisans Studio and
Washington Glass School Studio,

3708 Wells Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD

metro-able directions
take the t18 or 83 bus from Rhode Island avenue metro.
Get off at the mount rainier main station at 35th street.
walk east on perry street ( away from dc)
turn right on 37th.

at the end of the block you will see a number of white warehouses.
We are between the two on the left.
you'll see the signs and throngs of people having fun.

*unless you are car-less in the Adams Morgan Mt Pleasant columbia heights area and dont want to take the bus to mount rainier from the rhode island avenue station. then you should go HERE and buy some art.

Monday, December 04, 2006

landscape with coffee on concrete

craft mutiny

i joined this group of dedicated artisans.

check them out.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Reminder for Open Studio this coming Saturday.

Saturday,DECEMBER 9th.
2-6 pm
Annual Open Studio Christmas Party

in conjunction with the washington glass school, we're having a really big shindig.
please come.

There will be lots and lots of stuff for sale. paintings, glass pieces, concrete pieces, prints, reliefs, all kinds of art.
drinks, entertainment, lots of people.

3708 wells avenue, mount rainier md.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

events! cuz you have all the time in the world

hey, heres whats happening december. lots of chances to own beautiful and fascinating artwork!

Craft Mutiny Booty Market- This saturday in silver spring. 2-7 pm. Its a a private house so email me for the address. its a market and a party. everyone is welcome.

DECEMBER 9th. - Annual Open Studio Christmas Party- in conjunction with the washington glass school we're having a really big shindig. this time, come.
2-6 pm... longer if youre ready to have fun.
3708 wells avenue, mount rainier md.

December 10th. Palace of Wonders Art and Craft show. Rania will be setting up at this. 7-11 pm.

Decmber 13,14, 20 21. Downtown DC holiday Market. 2 Wednesdays and 2 thursdays 12- 7 pm. 7th and F street outside of the american art museum! FUN!

I'll also be at the black cats rock-n-shop.. but i dont have the details handy.....

call or email for more info
info (@)

Good Times!

PS. if you want me to have your email address, please send it to me. my damn sony vaio died, so i've lost it.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Seems like theres a secondary artomatic event happening in bethesda.... uh.. maybe..

look here

Monday, November 20, 2006

computer in a coma ( part II)

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - its serious
My, my, my, my, my, my baby, goodbye.....

i've given up on her and am looking for a new one.

will post new pictures/ artwork soon.

mark your calendar for an open studio winter party here at my studio, in conjunction with the washington glass school

December 9th!
Washington Glass School
3708 Wells Ave
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Thursday, November 16, 2006

computer in a coma, i know i know

its serious.

My computer is in a comatose state and i cant access stuff right now.
Anyway, my open studio was quite fun.

I will be involved in the washington glass school "holiday" party on December 9th. As we share a space, it will be in my space as well!
Please come.

i'll post more when i buy a new computer.

Also, the crackely lightbulb piece is still available. and there are new experiments in the work.........

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

my shop is back up

the upgrades to my shop on etsy are done. i'll be adding some new pieces later in the week.

  • Monday, November 13, 2006

    thanks for coming out

    thank you to those that made it out to my open studio yesterday. I hope you had fun
    A special thanks to those of you that like my work so much you brought some home !

    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    other blogs

    i've updated my art bloggers list on the right margin. check em out.

    todays open studios

    A lot of artists were busy working last night readying their studios for the open studio party today.

    it will be from 1-5 today.
    here is more info

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    Shopping for the art on the internets

    If you'd like to buy something from my online store you should know that it will be unavailable from later tonight till monday for upgrades.

    or come by my open studio on sunday

    1 2 3 gocco.

    click to enlarge

    Hey Sean! What the hell is Gocco? you might be saying.

    look here

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    plaster bulbs.

    plaster bulbs.
    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    this is a casting from a mold i made from the lightbulbs i posted the other day. i tinted the plaster to look like terra cotta. cuz i'm crazy like that.

    you know... you can see it in person on sunday....if you come to my open studio.

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Nods my way!

    i got a nice mention about my pieces in the wilson building collection.
    I know its shocking, but i'm the "new artist" of the three.

    Open Studio this Sunday

    I'll be having an Open Studio this sunday november 12th.

    3708 Wells Ave REAR ( between the two white buildings)
    Mount Rainier, MD 20712


    There is plenty of off-street parking and conveniently located one block from the district line, just off of Rhode Island Avenue.
    You'll see a sign that says
    the washington glass school

    for more info call
    click to enlarge

    The easy directions, though perhaps not the best for specific locations:

    From DC:

    Drive out Rhode Island Avenue
    Right on 34th street at traffic circle
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    From MD

    Drive toward DC on Rt 1 ( Rhode Island Avenue)
    GO 3/4 of the way around the traffic cirlce in Mount Rainier to go south on 34th street.
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    From Va:
    take 395 to 14th street.
    Right on Rhode Island Avenue
    Right on 34th street at traffic circle
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    artists, art lovers, art enablers, art buyers- meet up on friday

    please come to a meeting to talk about art

    November 10, 2006 Friday evening at 7pm

    ASYLUM Bar and Lounge
    Adams Morgan
    2471 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20011

    as part of an artdc thing.

    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    in progress

    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    I've attached these light bulbs to a board in order to make a mold of them.
    I will then cast number of pieces in concrete. some will be used as the block of 5 bulbs, some just individual bulbs.

    Today, i set up the mold box and caulked the joints so they won't leaks. tomorrow i will pour a mold. then on tuesday i'll be ble to pour the concrete, that i'll be able to demold on wednesday.

    more city hall

    Alexandra Silverthorne has some pic of the wilson building art opening.

    here is the post review blurb

    Saturday, November 04, 2006

    City hall and chief ikes

    Two fun-art events this week.

    On Halloween The city hall opened their permanent art collection. I have two pieces right outside Vincent Oranges office on the first floor.

    here are some pictures.

    Thursdy night we rekindled the flames of love that was the Art Mondays, but with a few others incarnated as the Calavera Collective. It was our first time perfoming "art" rather than just making it.

    here are some pictures.

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    my public art

    i just posted my info for the What Next? public art/ privte land exhibition. Please check it out here.

    join us at the warehouse cafe on tuesday night for a reception and more info about the locations of work.

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    "What Next?" a private land/ public art project kicks off in 2 days.

    Local Artist Laura Elkins has initiated an interesting art exhibition entitled "What Next?"
    I will be participating.

    There will be a reception at the Warehouse Cafe this coming tuesday November 7th.

    Please be on the lookout for some conspicuous (or perhaps hidden) art in and around the city this coming month.

    achrafieh, gemayzeh, beirut, tyre, lebanon, etc

    I get lots of hits from people looking for pictures of lebanon and various places there.

    here is my lebanon photostream with most of the the pictures you're finding in various blog posts.


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    I just added this sculpture to my online shop.

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    this is a work in progress. I've been trying to achieve a look thats a mix between a shattered bulb and a concrete version.

    This is the casting that worked.

    i like the concept of a vauge difference between creation and destruction. of both growning and dieing.

    Wilson Building Art Collection

    The recpetion last night for the Wilson Building Art Collection was terrific. City Hall was full of artists and art lovers, council people and other politicians, and tons of great art.

    My pieces are placed in a great spot on the first floor, just outside of Vincent Oranges office and next to a sculpture by Margaret Boozer.

    You may view the collection anytime city hall is open.

    thanks to everyone that made it out.

    film at nga

    National Gallery of Art

    November Film Program

    Noir on New York Streets

    From Queens row houses to Brooklyn warehouses to flashing neon, New York City has inspired many of Hollywood’s classic genres. This group of films depicts neither a mythic New York nor a clever recreation of a social mood. The focus instead is on real locations (even down to specific addresses) in the service of that most grisly of genres: the vintage film noir. The last film in the series, Killer’s Kiss, is shown in association with the exhibition The Streets of New York.

    November 4, 4:30pm

    Killer's Kiss

    Introduction by critic James Naremore
    Down-on-his-luck boxer Davy Gordon (Jamie Smith) falls hard for Pleasureland hostess Gloria Price (Irene Kane), but club boss Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera) has his own plans. This Cassavetes-like blend of New York avant-garde and mood-drenched noir was shot, written, edited, produced, and directed on a miniscule budget by Stanley Kubrick (whose earlier career as a Look photographer came in handy here, especially in the surreal climactic fight in a mannequin-filled warehouse). (Stanley Kubrick, 35 mm, 1955, 67 minutes)

    November 5, 4:30pm

    Home from the Hill

    In homage to the CinemaScope films of Vincente Minnelli, this presentation of a new 35-mm print highlights the director's single foray into Texas with its "oil money, ranchers, large emotions, and skeletons in closets," wrote film historian Geoff Brown. The script was adapted from a novel by William Humphrey, a Faulkner acolyte from east Texas, about a rich father (Robert Mitchum), his alienated wife (Eleanor Parker), and two sons, one of whom is illegitimate (George Hamilton). "Minnelli splashes out with operatic abandon, facing the machismo and the meat-chair head on, charging through a wild boar hunt and pacing the finale as a grand symphonic climax." — Geoff Brown (Vincente Minnelli, 1960, 35 mm, 150 minutes)

    Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany

    A rare retrospective of films made in the former German Democratic Republic by Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft (known as DEFA) is presented during November at the National Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, and the Goethe-Institut of Washington. Founded 60 years ago in May 1946, the state-owned DEFA studios worked within a traditional studio structure patterned after Germany's UFA studio as well as Hollywood. Surprisingly — and despite having no competition within the country — DEFA still turned out films that often tested the limits of state censorship. Many of these works now regularly appear on critics' polls of the best 100 German-made films of the 20th century, and they offer new insights on a not-so-distant past.

    November 11, 2:00pm

    Berlin Schönhauser Corner

    A classic 1950s cult film, Berlin Schönhauser Corner follows a young and footloose East Berlin crowd (several years before the Wall's construction) searching for "freedom," trading Western goods, and generally avoiding authority. Director Klein and scriptwriter Kohlhaase — influenced by foreign filmmakers like Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, and the Italian neorealists — were greeted with suspicion by the East German authorities and reproached for showing "problematic images." (Gerhard Klein, 1957, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 82 minutes)

    November 11, 4:00pm

    The Gleiwitz Case (Der Fall Gleiwitz)

    "A near cubist rendering of the hours leading up to the Nazi invasion of Poland and Hitler's secret plan to fake a Polish incursion into German territory," reveals one reviewer about this 1961 film that managed to escape censorship yet disappeared immediately from theaters in the GDR. "Gleiwitz's icy experimentalism might even inspire nostalgia for a lost German avant-garde." — The Village Voice (Gerhard Klein, 1961, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 69 minutes)

    November 12, 4:30pm

    Born in '45 (Jahrgang 45)
    Premiere of English-subtitled version with the director present

    Painter and filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher set his poetic Born in '45 in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. Alfred, a motorcycle buff, longs for his lost freedom after marrying Lisa. He takes time off to clear his mind, wanders through Berlin, connects with strangers, yet ultimately returns to Lisa. Caught in a wave of politically motivated bans in the summer of 1966, this delicate neorealistic film was never exhibited in theaters. "Bleak settings not expressive of the socialist view of life" was one official description. (Juergen Boettcher, 1966/1990, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 94 minutes)
    Shunters (Rangierer)
    Preceding the feature is Shunters (1984, 21 minutes), a cinema verité account of the lives of workers who hitch together railroad cars for a living. Director Jürgen Böttcher will be present for a discussion following the film.

    November 18, 12:30pm

    Carbide and Sorrel (Karbid und Sauerampfer)

    When a Dresden labor crew sends coworker Kalle hundreds of miles away to secure supplies, Kalle's precarious return progresses into a pathetic scramble through the Soviet-occupied zone. Full of crazy misadventures yet tempered by subtle social commentary, Carbide and Sorrel is a rare East German comedy that proved a huge success for the film's director and lead actor, Erwin Geschonneck. (Frank Beyer, 1963, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 80 minutes)

    November 25, 3:30pm

    Naked among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen)

    On location at the Buchenwald camp, director Frank Beyer and scriptwriter Bruno Apitz recreated Apitz's own novel, a factually based account (Apitz himself had been sent there) of inmates who risked their lives to hide a small Jewish boy. Armin Mueller-Stahl heads a cast that includes many nonactors who themselves had been Nazi prisoners. The first film made by DEFA to deal with life in the concentration camps, Naked among Wolves inspired both Roberto Benigni and Steven Spielberg. (Frank Beyer, 1963, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 124 minutes)
    A Love Story (Eine Liebesgeschichte)
    Preceding the feature are A Love Story (Richard Groschopp, 1953, 35 mm, 7 minutes), a short tale of a writer who unsuccessfully tries to get his novel published.
    News from the West (Es geht um die Wurst)
    News from the West (Harald Röbbeling, 1955, 35 mm, 8 minutes), an East German take on bloated news reporting from the free world.

    November 18, 2:30pm

    November 19, 4:30pm

    November 24, 2:00pm

    November 25, 12:00pm

    International Festival of Films on Art

    Each year the National Gallery of Art presents the award-winning films from Montreal's International Festival of Films on Art, the oldest festival devoted exclusively to films on architecture, music, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, and cinema. This year's program features films from ten countries and includes, among others, the following titles: The Hermitage Dwellers (Aliona van der Horst); Paul Klee — Le Silence de l'Ange (Michael Gaumnitz); Beethoven's Hair (Larry Weinstein); Le Rossignol (Christian Chaudet); Building the Gherkin (Mirjam von Arx); and Bacon's Arena (Adam Low). Presented in association with the Canadian Embassy and Foreign Affairs Canada.

    Victor Sjöström: Swedish Original

    Perennially known to cinephiles as the old professor in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 Wild Strawberries, Victor Sjöström (1879–1960) was one of a select group of groundbreaking filmmakers who transformed the early cinema from simple popular entertainment into an artistic and literary medium. Not only was Sjöström influential in the development of the Swedish film industry (as both director and actor) and an inspiration to the young Bergman, but also he was one of the only Swedes to succeed in early Hollywood — his three most celebrated American films are part of this series. The Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm and the Library of Congress have preserved the entire Victor Sjöström Swedish oeuvre, most of which is included here. Special thanks to Adam Popp and Jon Wengström.

    November 26, 4:30pm

    He Who Gets Slapped
    Andrew Simpson on piano

    "Pure alien mystery makes this the most avant-garde and enigmatic project ever by Sjöström (working in Hollywood now as Seastrom). Lon Chaney is Paul Beaumont, a brilliant scientist whose rich benefactor steals his wife and thesis manuscript.... Disappearing into the persona of an absurdist circus clown known only as He Who Gets Slapped, Beaumont pathologically replays his original trauma nightly for a callously insatiable public. Sjöström/Seastrom adapted Leonid Andreyev's 1914 Russian symbolist play, yet also allegorizes his own alienated condition and his deep ambivalence about satisfying American mass-market tastes." — Arne Lunde (1924, 35 mm, 82 minutes)

    National Gallery of Art

    Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets

    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    A collection, a unique exhibit, and an open studio party spectacular

    Happy Halloween.

    I'd like to share few things going on.

    -Tonight, as i've mentioned, is the art opening at DC city hall, the Wilson Building, to kick of the collection of art work that they have aquired. I have two sculptures in this collection and will be there tonight from 4:30 to 7. If you would like to come please RSVP to

    -I will be participating in this unique public art/private home exhibition.

    -I will also be hosting an OPEN STUDIO PARTY on NOVEMBER 12, from 1 PM until (at least ) 6 PM. There will be other artists in the area having open studios as well. My studio address is
    3708 Wells Ave REAR, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

    We'll have drinks and food and lots of art! Come see the new pieces i've been working on, and some works in progress. Come hang out with other artists and art lovers.

    please pass it around, the space is big and can hold lots of people!

    sean hennessey

    My Studio Location

    If you would like to request a studio visit please email me

    My Address is
    3708 Wells Ave REAR, MT Rainier, MD 20712

    Wells Avenue runs along the train tracks. I am on the other side of the building, on the first floor. You will see a sign that says SCENIC ARTISANS and a Washington Glass School banner.

    From Rhode Island Avenue,
    go SOUTH on 34th (at the traffic circle in Mount Ranier)
    take a right on OTIS STREET
    You will see a group a white warehouses. I am located between the two that are next to each other.

    thats a lot of water

    thats a lot of water
    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    Monday, October 30, 2006

    a little fixing up

    i have added a few links and buttons of the side bar over there ----->
    some new links, deleted some and still hope to add some more.

    please check out the stuff.

    Sunday, October 29, 2006

    The DC art collection

    Lenny muses about the Wilson Building art collection and possible reporter coverage

    RSVP here:

    its going to be big.

    Friday, October 27, 2006

    Who do you think you are?

    1. An Artist- go here
    2. A Collector - go here
    3. Someone that wants to buy some small sculptures - go here
    4. a Sculptor- go here
    5 A Curator - go here
    6. Someone that wants their house to look cool - go here

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    studio goings on

    i was reading this post over at decor8 and was thinking about coffee, and my studio.

    Yesterday, having run out of coffee at home, i stopped by Artmosphere Cafe on my way to the studio for my morning fix. A few hours later i need some more jolt, so i headed over to Glut and picked up some expresso and lunch.

    I came back to the shop and scrubbed off the washington glass schools estranged espresso maker. Only one of those guys is a coffeefiend like me. So i offered him some.

    Now the funny thing is, like the decor8 post, suggests, coffee isn't really a "time" for me. i could drink the junk all day long, and sometimes do. My first email address was "wheresmycoffee" in honor of my absent mindedness in wandering around a previos shopspace with my ever constant mug o'faithful.

    But Erwin, the coffeefiend, is European. And as such,i believe for him it is a "time". So we had two or three breif little coffee talks in the last coupla days. It's quite nice really. not make me change my ways kinda nice, but nice nonetheless.

    But this moves me on to the changes that are taking place. The glass school will be moving across the alley and other artists will be moving into my space. I've heard a number of rumours as to who they might be. Laurel Lukaszewski, Carole Greenwood , Al Miner, and Ellyn Weiss are the names being thrown around. (do any of you read this blog?)

    My wife, who occasionally shares the space, has asked me a few times how i will deal with the feminine energy switch. its an interesting thought to consider. She has expressed her feelings of the decidedly masculine aura that is currently prevalent.

    I have never work around so many women in a shop before. i guess we shall see.
    this week i have been working on some small playful paintings, various concrete castings and s number of small relief pieces, as well as experimenting with new finishes

    anyway, save the date of november 12th for an open studio/ party out in mount rainier.

    i'll send out/post something official next week.


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    i'm sure this image will wind up in a piece of mine soon.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2006

    Halloween reminder.

    Please send an email to: CAROLYN.PARKER@DC.GOV to RSVP

    Start All Hallows Eve with an Art Party at City Hall!

    crazy huh?

    DC City Hall has recently purchased a large number of art works from over 100 local artists, including two of my sculptures and Halloween is the party to celebrate!

    Here is the info

    When- HALLOWEEN 5-7 PM Speaker at 6:00. Start your holiday with ART!

    Where- The WILSON BUILDING 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW ( enter on the Penn Ave side) Federal triangle or metro center stations are closest.

    Who- EVERYBODY. kids, seniors, ghouls and goblins, whatever. they say there will be treats for the kids...

    Why- The city bought two pieces of my sculpture (among some more famous others....)!

    How- you MUST RSVP to CAROLYN.PARKER@DC.GOV OR 202-724-2042. Also you need photo ID to get in the building. Other that your invaded privacy it's FREE

    What- A reception for the 100+ artists, music by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Combo, food from the Whole Foods Market, candy for the kids.

    Please come and show city hall how much we love and wish to support city sponsored Art in DC!

    and Please, pass this along.....

    Thank you very much


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    i'm not much a nature photgrapher.... never never never can i catch what i feel ... but i like the purples and greens here.

    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    fells point row

    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    I really enjoy my ( more and more frequent ) day trips to baltimore.
    I really only know a few neighborhoods; hampden, fells point, mount vernon, and federal hill. if you have great suggestions for some baltimore doin's i'd love to hear them.

    Saturday, Rania and I hit Flutog down in the inner harbor, peaked around some federal hill streets, the down to fells point for some brick oven pizza. We walked around fells point a bunch and got a tour of the Canadian Frigate "the Toronto".

    more pictures here:

    angela kleis, photographer

    visit her website HERE

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    Pssst... wanna buy some art?

    I have been putting some small pieces up on my online store.
    There are also a lot of other interesting pieces and artists selling on Etsy too, in case my stuff isn't to you liking.

    Check it out here:

    Pssst... wanna buy some art?

    I have been putting some small pieces up on my online store.
    There are also a lot of other interesting pieces and artists selling on Etsy too, in case my stuff isn't to you liking.

    Check it out here:

    Friday, October 13, 2006

    i added a concrete piece

    i added a concrete pieces to my online shop of small sculptures. Also, i now take paypal.

    please check it out:

    i'm working on small prints based on some small drawings i've been doing lately.

    calling all artists

    please consider participating in this public art project.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    flame working in del rey.

    this seems like it'll be good. del rey artisans does some great stuff, and this seems pretty cheap.

    Glass Flameworkers and Wannabes!
    Act now!

    There are still spots open in the October 14 & 15 "Lampwork Glass with Lisa St. Martin" workshop, but you need to register!

    Our gallery will be transformed into a working glass studio for this event while renowned bead artist Lisa St. Martin teaches this exciting hands-on course for beginning and continuing glass artisans. The fee for this workshop is $185 for DRA members ($205 for non-members). For more information, contact: Joan Ulrich at or Cell 703-229-3563. For info about Lisa St. Martin, visit:

    Lampwork Glass Class
    Glass Flameworkers Workshop October 14-15

    On October 14-15, Lisa St. Martin will bring her working glass studio to The DRA gallery for a two-day workshop. Each participant will have his own workstation. Torches, tools and glass will be provided.

    Lisa happily welcomes all skill levels, however this will be an ideal setting for a beginner wanting to try their hand at this ancient craft with minimal investment. You’ll have the opportunity to practice shaping the glass beads, with tools (and gravity!), decorating your pieces with fine strands of contrasting colors applied as stripes or dots. As the weekend progresses you’ll become more proficient in moving the glass in the flame, forming the beads and blending colors.

    As you gain confidence using the materials, you can start imagining and designing your own beads. Lisa will help you think through construction of your design for optimal success. The experienced student can work with Lisa one-on-one to learn more advanced skills and techniques, so come ready with your current challenges. If you’d appreciate some constructive criticism, bring samples of your work.

    Learn more about Lisa St. Martin at her website

    The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2006 at the DRA gallery. 10 AM-5 PM. Fee is $185 for DRA members, $205 for non-members.

    All materials will be provided, please bring a sack lunch. Maximum of 8 participants, pre-registration required. To register, contact Joan Ulrich at or call Joan at 703.660.2382.

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    Alexandria, Virginia
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