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Making it Work!

Making it Work!

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Ever expanded your career and found it needed time? In the past year, I’ve organized one art exhibition after another for Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus and expanded an arts center’s capacity from one gallery to three. I’ve been working with a wonderful team on no cash budget but a large passion budget […]

UBUHLE Woman: The Art of Independence

UBUHLE Woman: The Art of Independence

Posted on Aug 22, 2014

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum of Art is showing one of the most exquisite shows that I’ve seen in a long time.  UBUHLE Women: The Art of Independence is an exhibit of mural-like bead works by a community of women artists living in KwaZulu, South Africa.  Each bead painting is hand sewn and can take […]

Warped Type at User Group

Warped Type at User Group

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

The Washington DC  Adobe Indesign User Group had a good turn out for Mike Witherell of JetSet Communications.  I enjoyed his Top 10 Illustator tricks.  Mike is an entertaining and practical instructor.  I consider myself accomplished with illustrator but he taught me there is always more to learn from setting up an art board short […]

Monumental Miniatures

Monumental Miniatures

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Photography can play tricks on you. I worked with my awesome artist mother on the exhibit of some of her sculptures over the winter . One of the items on my to-do list was to photograph her unique ceramic and stone sculpture. Digital photography has changed everything. We photograph things to be edited in Adobe […]

New Canvas

New Canvas

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

I have a new canvas for you. That’s what my client George Schrider said to me when it was time to put his look and feel on his new truck/mobile workspace. We’ve been developing his identity since the launch of Home Improvement Man. While I work in print, my  speciality has been in developing digital […]

Artist’s Portfolio – Experience the Work

Artist’s Portfolio – Experience the Work

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

She has learned how to convincingly convey the complexity and grace of a torso, or even a stack of what looks like old bones with the unlikeliest combination of things. – Michael Welzenbauch

Passion behind the Art: Leo Castelli

Posted on Oct 7, 2013

I’m a speed reader. I grew up around book and developed the habit. – A good habit, I’ve never been able to kick.  Lately I’ve been reading e-books about artist and the gallerists who promote the art. I particlulary like the well-researched book, Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli One of the things […]

Inspiration: Edith Gregor Halpert & American Art

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

When I worked at the Phillips Collection in the late 80’s, I had the chance to be introduced to a number of major american artists. One of those was Jacob Lawrence. I became familiar with this work as a staff docent as well as museum guard. He was pleasant to all of the staff when the […]

Monsters U: It’s the story!

Posted on Jun 25, 2013

Pixar rocks! That all I’m going to say. After a rough couple of months, Pixar’s Monsters University was a refreshing and unexpected break from the DC crazies. First,  I added to my collection of art books from Pixar with a great birthday present, The Art of Monsters University. I have all but one of the […]

Over, Under, Next at Hirshhorn

Posted on Jun 2, 2013

There has been controversy about the Hirshhorn in recent weeks over the crashing of the plans for the Bubble architectural effort. While it’s not looking  good for the Bubble, the museum  should be applauded for the great programming of the past few years. Starting with the exquisite Doug Aitken’s piece, “Song 1″ right through to […]