Wednesday, November 28, 2007

dccah blog

The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities now has a blog for their public arts.
here it is.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The US National Arboretum

The US National Arboretum
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
i rode my bike through the arboretum the other day. its always pretty there, but the colors are especially beautiful now.

Monday, November 19, 2007

a new piece

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
here is a cast concrete piece in a new series i've been working on.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

wilson building art collection tour

I have two pieces in this collection. If you havent had a chance to visit the collection yet, this tour is a great opportunity.

At 12 p.m. on Wednesday November 28, the public is invited to the
Wilson Building for a guided tour through the City Hall public
collection of art on permanent display on floors 1-5 of the Wilson
building. The tour will be lead by a local artist featured in the
collection- Denee Barr.

This is a unique chance to meet with local artists featured in the
collection and have a discussion on being an artist in the Nation's
Capitol and to see a rich cross section of local artists (both
established and emerging). This will be a bi-monthly occurrence.

The tour is free; however space is limited. Please RSVP to with the number in your party. Meet at the
Pennsylvania Avenue entrance — the building is located at 1350
Pennsylvania Ave NW. ID is required to enter the building.

Bloomingdale Arts Market

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market at the Big Bear Cafe!

Saturday, December 1, 3-9pm
Arts, crafts, hot cider, fun!

artists, designers, and craftspeople will be selling their creations at the Big Bear Cafe on December 1st.
Please come and check it out.

Big Bear Cafe
1st and r streets nw.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

opening tonight

Washington Women in the Arts: A Selection

7200 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda MD 20815
P:(301) 654-4500

Opening reception
Saturday, November 17, 2007, 5-8pm

Gallery Hours:

blue bulb. leafed frame.

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
a new creation in concrete and gold leaf.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

etsy, poppytalk, arts types of blogs and all.

I've mentioned a lot on this site. Despite a lot of disparaging remarks ive heard about etsy and indie crafts and low brow art, I'm a big fan because it has been a great pipeline for experimentation for me. By creating itself as a marketplace for things handmade, it has allowed a super high volume of people to see and recognize my work. Generally i only list my smaller pieces, but this has lead me to play more with various approaches to my castings and plaster work.

It has inspired series of pieces that i've shown and sold at festivals and fairs. Venues such as Crafty Bastards and Adams Morgan Day, Arts on Foot and various other events. Due to this approach i have felt a deeper connection to my city and community than simply exhibiting at Galleries.

Recently i learned about Poppytalk, and just today was featured as their Etsy Pick of The Day! exciting! Also cool is that one of Rania's pieces is their icon for their art buying guide!

I was also accepted into the listing of artists designers and craftspeople.

These types of sites have really helped artists such as myself get their works seen, and sold.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Michael Janis at SOFA chicago

janis 1
Originally uploaded by shop monkey
these are some new panels by Michael Janis.
I really love his pieces that have architectural elements.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

i've been busy making art

I've been busy with a lot of small pieces. I've listed a bunch on

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Morbid Fascination

I have a fascination with Brutalism. Its certainly not remotely my favorite type of architecture, and i am often repulsed by its existence. still i find it alluring. Of course, i do love concrete, and things made of concrete, and there is a nice castle/ fortress like quality about these types of structures.

Here is an article about the possible destruction of one of our own prime examples by I M Pei.

Thursday, November 01, 2007