From Paul Graham’s lips

to your ears:

When I get stuck, I tell myself, ‘Relax. It’s everywhere and everything. It’s all around you, and you just have to let it speak to you.’ It’s not about having to cross the great American West, or the deserts of China. You don’t have to do that. It’s right in front of your face; all you have to do is relax and breathe it in. Having said that, I have travelled quite a bit.

via SeeSaw here

It’s all happening East of the River!

OK, here’s another opportunity for artists living or working east of the river (EOR people you know who you are!):

Join the Creative Economy and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) Initiative

Free Business Consulting Offered to Existing and Potential Entrepreneurs and Artists living and working in Anacostia
Attend 1 of 2 Information Sessions on Wednesday June 30th

Session 1
12pm – 2pm / Lunch & Learn
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Road SE,
Washington, DC 20020

Session 2
6:30pm – 8:30pm / Dessert & Design
Big Chair Coffee & Grill
2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020

Limited Space Available
RSVP  Tiffany Quivers, tquivers@cs.com

MORE DC Centric Opportunity

Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions presents its Fourth Annual East of the River exhibition, highlighting the creative minds of Wards 7 and 8.

Artists living, working or personally invested in the areas East of the Anacostia River may submit up to 10 images for review by the panel of judges (Mark Silva, Tendani Mpulubusi, Lance Wiggs Sherry Ways and Darren Smith). Emerging, Mid Career and Established Artists all are encouraged to apply. EOR will be shown at both Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Visual artists working in any media may apply.

The East of the River Group Exhibition is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Application Deadline: June 28, 2010 @ 5pm

Exhibition Dates: July 30 – September 10, 2010
Exhibition Opening Reception: July 30, 2010 @ 6:30pm

Checklist:
$10 Application fee with check or money order
· One Page Art Resume or CV
· Artists Statement
· Application Page with Image Info
CD with up to 10 JPEGs (300 dpi) of work available for this exhibition.
To Apply:
Please send the following to (please no email submissions)
Honfleur Gallery/The Gallery at Vivid Solutions/EOR Exhibit
1227 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington D.C. 20020

The Idiosyncratic Eye


West Palm Beach Airport, Florida © Stephen Crowley

Lens published a nice piece on Stephen, which I almost missed, as he is the master of subtlety.  It’s nice because it shows a range of work, that reveals his real eye and not just the incredibly watered down stuff one often finds in the paper.

DC Artists: Call for Work DC Public Art Bank

Did you know that the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities is one of the largest state funders of the arts in the US? (DID you also hear that Rocco wants to bring back the NEA individual artist grants???).  The DCCAH has been a big supporter of mine over years, and one of the ways they support local artists is through the acquisition of works in the Public Art Bank.  It seems like the call has been an annual event and this year is seeking work about the District, hurray!

You can download a pdf here.

Theme: District Identities

Depictions of Washingtonian Life, Landscapes, and Cultural Legacies

Deadline: Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 7PM

All entries must be received by the deadline.  This is not a postmark date.

Mail to:

Attention: Zoma Wallace, Art Bank Coordinator

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

1371 Harvard Street, NW Washington, DC 20009