[DC] DJ GOLD at Hillyer Art Space first Friday March 6, 2009

Hillyer Art Space
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2009, 6PM-9PM
Exhibition Dates: March 6 – April 24, 2009

Featuring music by DJ Gold

Food and refreshments will be served

$5 Donation

La Vida Intensa by Gregory Ferrand

La Vida Intensa features Gregory Ferrand’s most recent works in acrylic. Ferrand’s background in film is evident in his strongly narrative paintings which usually capture a climactic moment in a character’s life. Through his exaggerated rendering and saturated colors, Ferrand aims to paint life. “No matter how exotic or mundane the setting of the painting or drawing,” says Ferrand, “I strive to tell stories about characters and situations that do, have and will exist…”

Gregory Ferrand is a native Washingtonian and self-taught painter. He received a BGS in film and English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997, and studied drawing at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Vida Intensa is Ferrand’s first solo show. Find out more at www.gferrand.com.


Squaring the Circle; Stretching the Clay by Judit Varga

Squaring the Circle; Stretching the Clay features a selection of Judit Varga’s newest ceramic sculptures. A native of Hungary who now calls Washington, DC, “home,” Varga uses malleable clay to speak freely and engage in interactions in a place that does not understand her mother tongue. Varga’s vocabulary, she says, “has been built from basic shapes like squares, circles and their universal, symbolic implications to communicate.” Using the power of colors and the inflections of rich surfaces, Varga plays with the meaning of the spoken words and their straightforward interpretations, deliberately creating visual misinterpretation to juxtapose the lost value in translation.

Judit Varga was born and raised in Hungary, where she completed her BFA at the College of Teaching in Szombathely and her MFA at the Hungarian Applied Art Academy in Budapest. After receiving her MFA, Varga moved with her husband to Oxford, England, where she studied English and continued her clay-work for three years. In 1993, Varga made the transition to the United States, first to Long Island, NY and then finally to Rockville, MD in 1996. In 2006, Varga became a permanent resident of the U.S. and is now a working and exhibiting artist as well as a ceramics teacher.

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Gary Panter

Yesterday I was at the American Visionary Art Museum, one of my favorite places in the world, and I was introduced to one of my favorite artists in the world, Gary Panter. He is a very interesting person.

I think you will like his work.

Invasion of the Elvis Zombies is the first piece I ever saw of his way back in 1984, and I still have it:

There is a great book of much of his work.

Here's Gary talking about the book:

[DC] DJ GOLD added to Saturday night at: Luck of the Draw: An Art & Music Experience

Artist updates on Valentines weekend event!

Luck of the Draw: An Art & Music Experience
In the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood

Friday, February 13
6 to 10 pm

DJ GOLD spinning in between live band sets:
Saturday, February 14
6 to 10 pm

Sunday, February 15
2 to 6 pm

The fun begins at the tent on Half Street, between L and K Streets SouthEAST.
@ Navy Yard metro (on the green line).

Take the Half Street exit and follow instructions from the friendly Clean & Safe folks.

Check back here soon for a schedule of music and dance performances!

More music and dance being added, but here's a sampling:
Scrap Heap, Sejayno, Blue Sausage Infant, Shadow Farm, Doug Stailey and Dan Barbiero, Pilesar, Janel & Anthony.

Some of the visual artists you will be seeing in no particular order:
Sherill Anne Gross, Rebecca Katz, Andrew Wodzianski, David Barr, Chris Bishop, Carolina Mayorga, Alexandra Zealand, Albus Cavus, Tariq Rafiq, Andrea Collins, danny phantOM.

"RED: St. Valentine bled for us"
Curated by Sondra Arkin and Ellyn Weiss:
Sondra Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Joan Belmar, Kristina Bilonick, Scott Brooks, Tory Cowles, Betsy Damos, Richard Dana, Don Daniels,Tom Drymon, Susan Finsen, Pat Goslee, Leila Holtsman, Judy Jashinsky, Tracy Lee, Anne Marchand, Lynn Putney, Veronica Szalus, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Anita Walsh, Ellyn Weiss, Brian Williams.

Photography exhibit curated by Ten Miles Square:
Erin Antognoli, Amber Baum, James Calder, Chris Chen, Jason Colston, Max Cook, Brett Davis, Angela Kleis, Brian Knight, Marie Kwak, Amber Wiley, Pat Padua, Barry Schmetter, Alexandra Silverthorne, Matt Smith, Paivi Salonen, Steve Strawn, Sanjay Suchak, John Ulaszek, Brandon Wu, Josh Yospyn.

Lots of great restaurants to enjoy nearby at Barracks Row before or after you get your art on.

A collaboration between The Pink Line Project, Artomatic, and Capitol Riverfront BID.

Velocity Condos, Axiom at Capital Yards, Onyx on First

Thanks to Philippa for inviting me to spin!

Near death on the road to Hotel Chelsea

I was driving along at 70 or so on 95 North. Clear, sunny, warm day that was yesterday seemed to be the perfect road trip conditions until out of nowhere a very old man sideswiped my car. Thankfully my passengers Victoria and Alicia saw him obviously not looking and veering over into my lane and warned me seconds before he hit us.

My car swerved and swayed violently — plus we were surrounded on all sides by large vehicles all also traveling at 70+ — but somehow I maintained control of the car, and stopped it from spinning out, then pulled over without getting hit by any other cars.

If this guy had hit us a few inches more towards the front wheel and caused a blowout there is likely no way I could have maintained control of our car whatsoever.

When we got to our destination, the Hotel Chelsea, I was delighted to find a portrait of Sabina that I made and hung in the hallways during my last stay in August 2007 still hangs.

All's well that ends well.