Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

crafty bastards reminder.

Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair
Sunday, September 30, 2007

Marie-Reed Learning Center
18th and Wyoming Streets
Washington, DC

Washington City Paper proudly presents the 4th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. The fair will be held Sunday, September 30, 2007, 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

I'll be in booth 98!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

office signage

office signage
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
i just finished installing this sign at a local law firm that deals with energy issues. my lightbulbs were a perfect match!

i created a relief cast plate glass panel and 25 some odd floating concrete lightbulbs. it has a very installation-y quality about it and i'm very happy with the results.

John Everett Millais at Tate Britain

There are some paintings i can stare at for hours and hours. El Greco's work comes to mind as i always go to the el greco room everytime i go to the NGA.

I havent seen many of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings in person but i imagine that many of their works are the type that i would find captivating to see up close.

The Millais show at the Tate is a show i'd really like to see.
we have till january 13th to go see it.

Friday, September 21, 2007

this weekend.

if i was able to, i sure would go see these guys sunday night at the 9:30 club:

in progress cork finish

in progress cork finish
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
this is an in progress shot of a wall in a condo/row house development sales office in NE DC.

it will be this finish:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

tour of wilson building art collection

i received this message from Sondra Arkin, currator of the Wilson Building Art Collection
Two of my sculptures are included in this collection.

Dear City Hall Art Collection Artist,
It's been almost a year since the collection in the Wilson Building opened to great acclaim. On behalf of the DCCAH, I have conducted several tours for visitors to the building.

I am inviting you and any guests that you may have to join us for a free 50-minute tour of the collection at 12 p.m. on Wednesday September 26. The tour is free, however advanced registration is preferred. Please RSVP to with the number in your party. Meet at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance — the building is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW. You will need ID to enter the building. Sorry for the short notice!

Also, the DCCAH would like to make this a bi-monthly occurrence. As my official capacity as curator comes to a close, I'd like to hook up some of the collection artists to serve as "docents" for these tours going forward. If you are interested in leading a tour of the collection, please let me or Beth know. Beth is the new Art Bank Coordinator, and we are very excited about the energy that she brings to this position.

If you haven’t made it through to see the collection (and I know that some of you have not!), this is a great opportunity. Additionally, I promise to tell you what little I know about accession plans.
Hope to see you next Wednesday!

Sondra N. Arkin

reading series at Big Bear starts tonight. 8:00.

{a reading series at Big Bear Café}
8:00 PM
Thursday Sept 20

Mike Maggio
{author of deMOCKracy, a DC Poet Against the War}

Mike Scalise
{essayist on bad jobs, bad luck, & nyc}

Carolyn Joiner
{poet working with repetition; poet working with repetition; poet...}

Rocky Jones
{singer/songwriter/interior designer}
&, of course, Big Bear will be offering its full menu of food & coffee drinks

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

art this weekend

friday night

Micahel Sirvet at Touchet Gallery

536 S. Ann Street
Baltimore, MD 21231


Arts On Foot 2007
8th and f.

saturday night

Michael Janis at Neptune Gallery.
That Quadrant of Sky: New Works by Michael Janis
September 12 - October 6th, 2007
Reception: Saturday, September 15th from 7-9pm
Gallery Neptune
4901 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda MD 20814

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

frank zappa

frank zappa on why the music industry has declined.

thanks john for passing this on to me.

words fail.

I'm sure lots of people have beautifully crafted statements to make today that express the depth of their feelings. i would only like to point you to an article in the washington post about a craftsmans faith in the healing power of art and work.

If he can make the metal shine brilliantly, they will feel hope. He wants people to run their fingers along the steel and find, in its clean, immaculate smoothness, something affirming, redeeming even, on a site now scarred by murder and death.

here is the full washpost series about the pentagon memorial.

Monday, September 03, 2007

If music be the food of love, play on

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
this is an old keyboard i've had since i worked on a shakespeare theatre production of 12th night, quite a while ago now. the entire set was covered with distressed pianos. pretty stunning.
alas, it is off to a new home now.