Sunday, October 31, 2010

The View From the Penland School of Craft.

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
I was fortunate enough to be a visiting instructor at Penland this past week. i just got back and have a lot to digest. that place is truly amazing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Re:Create at the Center for Green Urbanism

Join Us for ReCREATE "The Art of the Recycled" Opening October 15th!

Join 20 of the area's top visual artists for the opening reception of ReCREATE "The Art of the Recycled" from 6 to 8 p.m. October 15 at the grand opening of the Center for Green Urbanism, DC's new art-infused green business incubator.

The Center provides office and event space to small businesses and start-up companies. During the grand opening reception, the in-house Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery, will debut original works created from recyclable and "eco-friendly" material. The center is located at 3938 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC. Invited guests include Mayor Adrian Fenty; DC Council Chair Vince Gray; Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander; Gloria A. Nauden, Executive Director, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, and Marvin Bowser, Commissioner (Ward 7), DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

"ReCREATE is an opportunity to view how 20 local and national artists use everyday items we take for granted or discard to create stunning works of art! Keeping in line with the Center's "green" theme, the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery will focus on work created with an environmental eye," said Curator Sharon Burton, president of Authentic Contemporary Art. "Join us for what will be an evening of art, music and a true fusion of eco-creativity. Live music by Jazz Flutist Arch Thompson, will provide the ideal entertainment to accompany the amazing work on display."

ReCREATE will be on display through November 13. Artists, include:

Chuck Baxter
Sandra Davis
Jim Duckworth
Chava Evans
Erica Fallin
Magaly Gaza
Christopher Golden
Gints Grinbergs
Rania Hassan
Sean Hennessey
Roxanne Jarrett
Guru Sangat Khalsa
Gloria Kirk
Marla Mclean
Rose Mosner
Jordan Quintero
Wendy Rabinowitz
Kathy Turner
Ja'Ski Watkins
Sherry Ways

The ReCREATE opening reception will culminate a day-long grand opening celebration for the new Center for Green Urbanism, which begins at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting and press conference and continues with center tours, eco-interior design discussions by Certified Interior Environment Coach Sherry Burton-Ways, Design Principal of Design Scheme Interiors, LLC.

About the Center for Green Urbanism

The Center for Green Urbanism was co-founded by DC-based environmental advocates, Zandra and Dennis Chestnut in the Spring of 2010. The mission of the Center for Green Urbanism is to create a business-friendly environment that provides startups with affordable office space and business services in a sustainable and energy-efficent green demonstration facility.  The Center is located in downtown Ward 7, Washington, DC.  Meeting spaces are available and Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the facility.

The is a design model for a "living green business" in an urban setting, by decreasing carbon footprint - promoting home gardening, using energy efficient lighting and appliances, solar shade window treatments, a purified drinking water system, water saving devices and the recycling of trash and waste.  Learn more at

About Authentic Contemporary Art
Authentic Contemporary Art (formally Authentic Art Consulting) was founded in 2005 and now serves as an alternative source for emerging and contemporary art.

Based in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA) creates opportunities for art collectors and emerging contemporary artists to connect through exhibitions and through a juried online art gallery. We also work with a variety of design and art professionals to find the right artwork to fit the right space.

ACA also provides opportunities for individuals who are interested in visual art to learn more about collecting and conserving art through workshops, gallery visits and special events. ACA partners with a variety of art and interior design professionals and organizations to present contemporary art that is accessible and affordable to the novice collector and attractive to established art connoisseurs.

Visit us online at