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Bethesda Fine Art: In Memoriam KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG

Kenneth Victor Young, Red Dance (1970), National Gallery of Art, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017). Young had a far-reaching career as an artist, teacher and exhibit designer at the Smithsonian for 35 years. His early art education and teaching experience was in Louisville, Kentucky; Indiana University; and the University of Hawaii. He was an instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery-a fusion of brilliant colors. His knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. For more than 40 years his artworks have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including a major solo show in 1973 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.
Young is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection and was included in its 2015 traveling exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. Young’s painting Red Dance is installed in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. His painting Spring Rain is featured at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland. At the time of his passing, Ken had emerged as a pivotal force in African-American abstraction.
It has been an honor to represent Kenneth Victor Young at Bethesda Fine Art. We have had the unique opportunity to bring together his major paintings from the Washington Color School period of the ’60s and ’70s. We look forward to presenting Ken’s later body of work alongside his earlier paintings.

Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland

For inquiries or to schedule an appointment:
gallery@bethesdafineart.com | 240.800.3628

 

 

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The Harlem Quartet, April 29 at The Kreeger Museum

The Harlem Quartet at The Kreeger Museum
Saturday, April 29, 8 PM (doors open at 7)

The Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.

Tickets: $40 | Members: $30

Program

Mozart:  Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458  The Hunt

Guido López-Gavilán: Cuarteto en Guaguancó

Dizzy Gillespie (arr. Dave Glenn & Harlem Quartet): A Night in Tunisia

Intermission

Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3

Valet parking: $10   Free street parking

To purchase tickets click below or call 202-338-3552

 

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Organization of American States: Punctured Landscape

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas | 201 18th Street NW |
On view April 27 – July 30, 2017 |
Opening reception Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm | RSVP
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm | AMAmuseum.org

Programs

Wednesday, May 24 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on the Evolution of Rights and Legal Protection of LBTI persons in Canada and the Americas

Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Indigenous People in Canada

Washington, DC: The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS presents its largest exhibition by Canadian artists: Punctured Landscape organized by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The exhibition marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, presenting artworks that explore themes of democracy, human rights, sustainability, security and national historical narratives in Canada. These moments range from celebratory milestones to difficult moments in Canada’s history, with particular attention paid to Indigenous issues.

Punctured Landscape recognizes Canada as an inclusive, multicultural nation that welcomes migrants and refugees, but also grapples to reconcile its own relationship with its Indigenous peoples. This exhibition illustrates how physical and social landscapes can define a nation’s challenges and successes, while also creating a space for dialogue and exchange.

Curated by Winnipegian Kegan McFadden, Punctured Landscape is a meditation on the Canadian social landscape. These works, and the moments that they represent are to be understood as punctures, as cues for a discussion on living memory. The 17 artworks brought together in the exhibit ask the viewer to (re)consider their interpretation of history, legacy, and possible outcomes for the future.

The exhibition is part of AMA’s temporary exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries. AMA is part of the OAS’s Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. AMA promotes the core values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and learning AMA’s work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange. This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine aesthetics with topical social and political issues. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas.

Accessibility: AMA’s first floor is wheelchair accessible by a ramp that our security officers install per use, at the back entrance to the museum. There is a gravel pathway leading to the back entrance. There is one half-step leading from the first room into the first-floor galleries. There is a flight of winding stairs leading to the museum’s second floor. Restrooms are located on the second floor. For more information on accessibility, please contact 202 370 0147 or artmus@oas.org

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. It champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2015-16 it allocated $157.4 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. It also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

Art Museum of the Americas 201 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

 

 


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Films from Black Cinema House screening at the National Gallery of Art

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium – FREE
Evenings at the Edge Black Cinema House is a project of the Rebuild Foundation, an organization founded and led by artist Theaster Gates that collaborates to extend the social engagement of Gates’s studio practice to the South Side of Chicago and beyond. In honor of theIn the Tower exhibition Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts, the National Gallery of Art has partnered with Black Cinema House for April’s Evening at the Edge. The historic Super 8mm film documentation Splitting by Gordon Matta-Clark (1974, silent, transfer to video, 11 minutes), cited by Gates as a direct artistic influence, is followed by a program of recent short films by local Black filmmakers including Larry Cook, Amberly Alene Ellis, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold, and Jefferson Pinder. Total running time approximately 40 minutes
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FREE Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3 and 4, 2017). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Discover Anderson HouseDumbarton HouseNational Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.
In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Celebrate the grand re-opening of Dumbarton House with a new exhibit and some yoga; hear stories from WWII veterans as well as genealogy tips at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection, make your own Remembrance Poppy at Wilson House and a tricorn hat or WWI overseas cap at Anderson House.   And be sure to post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! Additional information on programming at individual sites is available below and at www.dkmuseums.com.
The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only.  A list of walking directions, bus routes, and bike rack locations will be available at each site and on our website. [Editors, please note:  NO shuttle service this year.]
For more information or images, visit www.dkmuseums.com or contact Sarah Andrews atsandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org
2017 Walk Weekend Activities
Post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! (Participants must post the photos that weekend. We will select our favorite as the winner.)
Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Make your own Revolutionary War tricorn hat and World War I overseas cap to wear while exploring our exhibition The Great Crusade: World War I and the Legacy of the American Revolution.
Dumbarton House
2715 Q Street, NW
Dumbarton House will celebrate its grand reopening after completing a major construction project this past winter. Visitors are invited to tour the newly reinterpreted museum and explore an exciting new exhibit, The Exchange featuring a rarely exhibited original printing of the Articles of Confederation (1777) and a 2nd edition of The Federalist [Papers] (1818). Visitors will look back at some of our nation’s early debates around establishing a democratic republic and then be asked to reflect on current democratic principles of America. Enjoy light refreshments throughout the weekend and participate in the democratic process by sending postcards to their elected officials in support of an issue they care about. Continue the celebration on Sunday, with the seasonal kick off of Sunday Serenity Yoga at 10am in the tranquil East Park.
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW
SUNDAY ONLY:  An expert from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington will be here to answer your genealogy questions and Jewish War Veterans will be on hand to discuss
their own experiences in the military.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Saturday, June 3, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, June 4, noon–7 pm
In partnership with the Phillips, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles at Jazz and Family Fun Days. This free, family-friendly weekend event features storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, hands-on art workshops, and more.
The President Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street, NW
Commemorate the US entry into WWI by making your own Remembrance Poppy and exploring our exhibition Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic, World War I Prints and Drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library.  Enjoy the tranquil period garden and take a self-guided tour of the last home of President Woodrow Wilson.
The President Woodrow Wilson House | 2340 S Street, NW , Washington DC 20008
Main: 202.387.4062 | Direct: 202.792.5807 |  Email: sandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org |
The President Woodrow Wilson House is a National Trust Historic Site.
Visit us at www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org

 

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Artomatic Thru May

Marketplace 2017 Open!
Find one of a kind unique art pieces only at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City! Come out and support your local artists!

Programs This Week
Partake in a full range of programs including music, film, poetry, dance, workshops and much more! 

For a full schedule of Artomatic programming check out the Artomatic Events Calendar

Happy Hour at Artomatic
Enjoy an art filled happy hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 7pm.

LOCATION:

1800 South Bell St

Arlington,VA

METRO: Blue and Yellow lines to Crystal City

Parking: Free parking on weekends
and after 4pm on weekdays
Artomatic runs Friday March 24 – Saturday May 6 and will be open:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: Noon – 10pm Fridays & Saturdays: Noon – Midnight Sundays: Noon – 8pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

 

 

 

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At the Phillips in May

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under

 

May 27
through
September 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Markus Lüpertz
The Phillips Collection presents a comprehensive survey of works by German artist Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941), who began painting in a postwar Germany dominated by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Comprised of nearly 50 selections, the exhibition will trace Lüpertz’s career from his most recent works back to the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition includes important examples from his Donald Duck series, his “dithyrambic” pictures, and his provocative paintings of German motifs. The exhibition is curated by Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski in close collaboration with the artist and Michael Werner. The exhibition coincides with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History (May 27–September 3), an in-depth exploration of the artist’s revealing early work. Together, the two presentations form Lüpertz’s first major U.S. museum retrospective.
Admission for all other art on view:

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection

INTERSECTIONS

Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection

through

May 7, 2017

 

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection.
ALSO ON VIEW
through
June 25, 2017
George Condo: The Way I Think
An extraordinarily prolific painter and highly imaginative artist, George Condo (b. 1957) is best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions. His works synthesize disparate stylistic elements ranging from 17th century Venetian and Dutch painting through 20th-century Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art into singular works of art—a practice he called “Artificial Realism” and later “Psychological Cubism.” The Way I Think explores Condo’s artistic progression spanning three decades with approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks, along with several “Drawing Paintings” that allow visitors to glean unprecedented insights into the artist’s mind and creative process.
PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5–May 4

Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.

5–8:30 pm Maifest
Guten tag! Enjoy Maifest, the German tradition celebrating the arrival of spring. Gather your friends to fashion your own flower crowns and explore German artists and artworks in the galleries with a German-themed scavenger hunt.
Gallery Talk

6, 6:30, 7,

& 7:30 pm

15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection

 

EVENTS
Special Event
May 19
8:30 pm–1 am
2017 Contemporaries Bash: Berlin Underground
The Phillips Collection’s 2017 Contemporaries Bash is inspired by Berlin’s pulsing underground nightlife. Attracting the city’s most dynamic young professionals, the Bash connects the museum’s community of art-lovers, creative thinkers, and philanthropists in a sensational night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing. Proceeds benefit the museum’s award-winning education programs. $175; $125 for members. Tickets now on sale: www.phillipscollection.org/bash2017
Artist & Curator Dialogue
May 25
6:30 pm
George Condo
Best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions, artist George Condo discusses the 200 drawings, sketches, and “Drawing Paintings” on view in his exhibition The Way I Think with Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann. A catalogue signing follows. $12; free for members and students. Includes special exhibition admission. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events
TOURS
Saturdays
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition.Included in museum admission; free for members.
May 11, 18, & 25
6 & 7 pm
Spotlight: Permanent Collection
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection. Included in museum admission; free for members.
MUSIC
SUNDAY CONCERTS
Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 pm. $40, $20 for members and students with ID (unless otherwise noted); includes museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
May 7 Maxim Rysanov and Alexander Kobrin
Grammy-nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov makes his DC debut with pianist Alexander Kobrin. The concert includes works by Franz Schubert, Leonid Desyatnikov, Sergey Akhunov, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: 1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)

Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,www.wmata.com

Information: 202.387.2151 or www.phillipscollection.org
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–6 pm

 

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

 

On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.

 

Connect: Blog: blog.phillipscollection.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillipscollection

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PhillipsMuseum

Instagram: instagram.com/phillipscollection

Free App: www.phillipscollection.org/apple or www.phillipscollection.org/android

The Phillips Collection | 1600 21st Street, NW | Washington, DC 20009 |

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Impressionist Edgar Degas Explored in Conservation Journal “Facture”

 

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Dedicated to Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in the centennial year of his death, the newest issue of the conservation division’s biennial journal Facture focuses on the tremendous wealth of works by Degas in the National Gallery of Art’s collection. The first to feature the work of a single artist, this issue includes essays by conservators, scientists, and curators. It presents insights into Degas’s working methods in painting, sculpture in wax and bronze, and works on paper, as well as a sonnet he wrote to his “little dancer.”

The National Gallery of Art has the third largest collection in the world of work by Degas, comprising 21 paintings, 65 sculptures, 34 drawings, 40 prints, 2 copper plates, and one volume of soft-ground etchings. Its extensive Degas holdings and conservation resources have inspired not only groundbreaking Gallery exhibitions—such as Degas, the Dancers (1984), Degas at the Races (1998), Degas’s Little Dancer (2014), and Degas/Cassatt (2014)—but also exhibitions around the world. Edgar Degas Sculpture (2010), the Gallery’s systematic catalog by Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman (and also the first in that series to focus on a single artist), documents the Gallery’s superb collection of sculpture by Degas through art and science.

Previous issues of Facture brought together recent discoveries by conservators, scientists, and curators on the Gallery’s staff. The inaugural issue centered on Renaissance masterworks in the Gallery collection, from painting and drawing to sculpture and tapestry. Another volume considered “art in context,” focusing on works from the Renaissance as well as the 20th century, from Giotto’s Madonna and Child and Riccio’s Entombment to paintings by Mark Rothko, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, and watercolors by John Marin. Through meticulous technical and analytical study, placed in a broader historic context, the essays provide new perspectives on well-known works of art.

Facture is available for purchase in the Gallery shops. To order: shop.nga.gov; (800) 697-9650 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; mailorder@nga.gov. For more information: www.nga.gov/facture

Essays

Degas and Difficulty
Richard Kendall, renowned independent Degas scholar and the only outside contributor to this volume, discusses some of the issues raised by technical examination of the artist’s work and introduces the other essays in the context of Degas scholarship. Kendall explores Degas’s artistic practice of seeking out difficulty, pushing himself as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and poet.

The Question of Finish in the Work of Edgar Degas
An essay by Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings, and Kimberly A. Jones, curator of 19th-century paintings, combines insights into Degas’s compulsive working sessions and his inability to “finish” a work of art. They describe various surfaces—often found in the same work—used by Degas, who valued flexibility and potential over preservation and closure.

Edgar Degas’s Wax Sculptures: Characterization and Comparison with Contemporary Practice
Degas used wax modeling to explore particular poses and gestures of female figures and horses moving through space. Based on earlier research performed for the systematic catalog on Degas (2010), Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservation scientist, Barbara H. Berrie, head of the scientific research department, and conservation scientist Michael Palmer, have more precisely distinguished them from posthumous repairs and interventions.

Casting Degas’s Sculpture into Bronze: A Closer Look
Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator, and Shelley Sturman, head of objects conservation, analyzed approximately 200 bronze sculptures by Degas from museum collections around the world. Building on their earlier work for the 2010 Degas systematic catalog, the authors here focus on the complex topic of the posthumously cast bronzes and summarize their discoveries in historical and technical contexts.

Technical Exploration of Edgar Degas’s Ballet Scene: A Late Pastel on Tracing Paper
Michelle Facini, paper conservator, Kathryn A. Dooley, research scientist, John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist, together with Lomax and Palmer performed an intensive study of Degas’s late pastel Ballet Scene (c. 1907) that revealed his innovative use of tracing paper, charcoal, pastel, and fixative to create original effects.

In Focus: Edgar and Mary Cassatt: A Comparison of Drawings for Soft-Ground Etchings
Kimberly Schenck, head of paper conservation, studied work by Degas and Mary Cassatt (1845–1926) for the unrealized journal of etchings Le Jour et la nuit (Day and Night) and discusses the tools and methods each artist used. Focusing on the prints related to Degas’s Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Etruscan Gallery (c. 1879), Schenck traces the artist’s development of related images across media.

In Focus: The Little Dancer in Wax and Words: Reading a Sonnet by Edgar Degas
Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of sculpture and decorative arts, explores the ideas and emotions behind Degas’s sonnet, Little Dancer (1889; revised and published 1914), addressed to a young ballerina whom he hoped would ascend the heights of her art. Luchs’s analysis of verbal clues in the sonnet sheds light on changes Degas made in the course of modeling Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881).

Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

The eldest son of a Parisian banker, Degas complemented his brief academic art training at the École des Beaux-Arts by copying old master paintings both in Italy, where he spent three years (1856–1859), and at the Louvre. Degas early on developed a rigorous drawing style and a respect for line that he would maintain throughout his career. His first independent works were portraits and history paintings, but in the early 1860s he began to paint scenes from modern life. He started with the world of horse racing and by the end of the 1860s had also turned his attention to the theater and ballet.

In 1873 Degas banded together with other artists interested in organizing independent exhibitions without juries. He became a founding member of the group that soon would be known as the impressionists, participating in six impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886.

Despite his long and fruitful association with the impressionists, Degas considered himself a realist. His focus on urban subjects, artificial light, and careful drawing distinguished him from other impressionists, who worked outdoors, painting directly from their subjects. A steely observer of everyday scenes, Degas tirelessly analyzed positions, gestures, and movement.

Degas developed distinctive compositional techniques, viewing scenes from unexpected angles and framing them unconventionally. He experimented with a variety of media, including pastels, photography, and monotypes, and he used novel combinations of materials in his works on paper and canvas and in his sculptures.

Degas was often criticized for depicting unattractive models from Paris’ working class, but a few writers, like realist novelist Edmond de Goncourt, championed Degas as “the one who has been able to capture the soul of modern life.” By the late 1880s, Degas was recognized as a major figure in the Paris art world. Financially secure, he could be selective about exhibiting and selling his work. He also bought ancient and modern works for his own collection, including paintings by El Greco, Édouard Manet, and Paul Gauguin. Depressed by the limitations of his failing eyesight, he created nothing after 1912; when he died in 1917, he was hailed as a French national treasure. After his death, deteriorating sculptures whose existence had been unknown to all but his closest associates were found in his studio: 74 of them were cast in bronze over the next decades, and of the 70 that survived the process 52 came to the National Gallery of Art as gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, including Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

 

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Artomatic 2017

 

 


What’s Happening this week at Artomatic 2017
March 30 through April 2nd
DC’s one-of-a-kind art extravaganza has returned with
more than 600 visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and performers!
This week will feature performance artists and music on three
stages and free art workshops including demonstrations
and Costumed Open Drawing! For a full schedule of
Artomatic programming check out the
Join Artomatic on Sunday, April 2nd for
1800 S. Bell Street
Arlington, VA 22202
METRO: Blue and Yellow lines to Crystal City
Parking: Free parking on weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays
Artomatic runs Friday March 24 – Saturday May 6 and will be open:
Wednesdays: Noon – 10 pm
Thursdays: Noon – 10 pm
Fridays: Noon – Midnight
Saturdays: Noon – Midnight
Sundays: Noon – Midnight
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)
Get excited! Get inspired! We can’t wait to see you at Artomatic!

 

 

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Mellon Lectures: Sundays Beginning March 26/NGA East Building

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA)’s 66th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts begin March 26.

The renowned lecture series will be given by Alexander Nemerov, the department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, on the topic of Hudson River School painters and their contemporaries.

Nemerov’s lectures, entitled The Forest: America in the 1830s, will present a fundamentally new account of Thomas Cole (1801–1848), John Quidor (1801–1881), James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), and other artists and writers of that time and are the first A. W. Mellon lectures to be dedicated to American painting and literature in the 19th century.

March 26: Herodotus among the Trees
April 2: The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Art
April 9: The Aesthetics of Superstition
April 23: Animals Are Where They Are
April 30: Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
May 7: The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird

Lectures begin at 2:00 p.m. and will take place in the East Building Auditorium.

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New Acquisitions: Bethesda Fine Art

Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Young, Jacob Kainen, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed

SAM GILLIAM
For the Fog series, 1996
mixed media, app. 45″ x 29″
KENNETH YOUNG
Dance, c. 1970
acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 41″

JACOB KAINEN

Loomings II, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 50″ x 60″

HOWARD MEHRING

Untitled, 1967
acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 48″

HOWARD MEHRING

Double, 1977-1978
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 66″

PAUL REED

#5 A, 1965
acrylic on canvas, 57½” x 44″
VIEW THESE AND OTHER WORKS AT
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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
240.800.3628

 

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Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins May 19

The widely popular Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins its 17th season on May 19, 2017, with weekly performances on Fridays through August 25, 2017. The free concerts feature locally and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a wide variety of musical genres—Brazilian bluegrass, Dixieland, Czech jazz, Steel Pan Caribbean jazz, blues fusion, Brazilian jazz, soul, and more.

Concerts take place every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW, along Constitution Avenue. For more information and to see the full schedule, visithttp://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/jazz.html.

 

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April at the Phillips: Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque continues..

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under
through
April 30, 2017
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city’s burgeoning entertainment district. A frequent visitor to lively hotspots, his record of local amusements fashioned a portrait of modern life. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the belle époque—Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao, and others—cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec’s perceptive skills of observation and transformation. Drawn from the artist’s most prolific years exploring lithography (1891–1899), these iconic images and rarely exhibited unique proofs provide insight into his innovative and complex process.
Admission for all other art on view:

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection
INTERSECTIONS
Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection
through
May 7, 2017
Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection.
ALSO ON VIEW
March 11
through
June 25, 2017
George Condo: The Way I Think
An extraordinarily prolific painter and highly imaginative artist, George Condo (b. 1957) is best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions. His works synthesize disparate stylistic elements ranging from 17th century Venetian and Dutch painting through 20th-century Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art into singular works of art—a practice he called “Artificial Realism” and later “Psychological Cubism.” The Way I Think explores Condo’s artistic progression spanning three decades with approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks, along with several “Drawing Paintings” that allow visitors to glean unprecedented insights into the artist’s mind and creative process.
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April 23, 2017
Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture
Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. While he based these later prints on a series of earlier paintings by the same title, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. At the same time, the series reminds us of the country’s ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and political instability.
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April 2, 2017
One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder
This installation juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with The First Kierkegaardby Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. Trained as an artist as well as a physicist, Martínez Celaya’s work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience—particularly in relation to nature and time—and explores the questions of the human condition through diverse knowledge systems as well as literature, poetry, and art.
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April 2, 2017
Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts
The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot (1939–2014), whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important “unit” of this artist’s work in a museum collection.
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April 2017
Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips
Exhibited just outside the museum’s library, Women of Influence examines the critical roles played by three women in the Phillips’s history—Duncan Phillips’s executive assistant Elmira Bier, financial advisor Minnie Byers, and Phillips’s wife and museum co-founder Marjorie Phillips.
PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5–April 6
Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.
5–8:30 pm Prints and Posters
Come learn about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s process and the art of printmaking while indulging in a red wine tasting. A limited number of the winning design from the Toulouse-Lautrec poster contest will be distributed, and staff favorites will also be on view. Pyramid Atlantic will also lead a printmaking activity.
Gallery Talk

6, 6:30, 7,
& 7:30 pm
15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection
EVENTS
Lecture
April 13
6:30 pm
Paper Icons: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrities of Paris
One of the most daring and creative printmakers of his generation, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated by the lavish entertainments and outré performers of fin-de-siècleParis. His prints and posters immortalized the stars of the café, cabaret, and theater stage, and inspired an entirely new visual language that both thrilled and scandalized the public. Portland Art Museum Curator of Graphic Arts Mary Weaver Chapin explores Toulouse-Lautrec’s unique role in the rise of the poster and celebrity culture of Paris in the 1890s.$12; $10 for students and seniors. Free for members. Includes admission to the special exhibition. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events.
Conservator’s Perspective
April 13 & 28
noon
Works on Paper
Phillips Conservator Sylvia Albro discusses the conservation of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Honoré Daumier works on paper in the Phillips’s permanent collection. Included with admission to special exhibition.
Performance
April 27
6:30 pm
Art, Song, Discovery: Vocal Arts DC
Bass-baritone Zachary Burgess, winner of Vocal Arts DC’s 2016 Discovery Competition, with pianist Joy Schreier presents and narrates a program of music inspired by artworks from Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque. Listen to song selections by composers that include Carl Loewe, Johannes Brahms, Henri Duparc, and Kurt Weill and hear how their music offers uncanny visual counterparts to Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. $20; $8 for members. Reservations required: www.phillipscollection.org/events.
TOURS
April 1, 15, 22, & 29
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
April 8
noon
Landscape and Nature at The Phillips Collection
In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, take a tour of world-class works of art from The Phillips Collection’s renowned holdings of modern art. Explore landscape masterworks and nature’s significance in French and American modern art movements.Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm
Introduction to Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Highlights from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.​
SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition.Included in museum admission; free for members.
April 6, 13, 20, & 27
6 & 7 pm
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Focused discussion about works of art from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.
MUSIC
SUNDAY CONCERTS
Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 pm. $40, $20 for members and students with ID (unless otherwise noted); includes museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
April 2 Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar
British violinist Anthony Marwood and Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar make their DC debut with selections by Leoš Janáček, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Prokofiev.
April 9 Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane
The British Gould Piano Trio and clarinetist Robert Plane perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók, and Johannes Brahms.
April 16 Lukas Geniušas
Lithuanian-Russian pianist Lukas Geniušas performs selections by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartók, and Sergei Prokofiev.
April 23 Anne Akiko Meyers
Accompanied by pianist Akira Eguchi, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers makes her Phillips debut with selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Maurice Ravel, and the world premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.
April 30 Quatuor Danel
String quartet Quatuor Danel make their DC debut with selections by Felix Mendelssohn, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Dimitri Shostakovich.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location:
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,www.wmata.com
Information:
Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–6 pm
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.
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African American Art World in 20th-Century Washington Explored in Symposium at National Gallery of Art

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium, entitled “The African American Art World in 20th-Century Washington, DC.” The two-day symposium will be held on March 16–17, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Symposium topics encompass Washington collectors such as Thurlow Evans Tibbs Jr., whose collection and archive are at the National Gallery of Art; pivotal Washington artists and art professors including Alma Thomas, Loïs Mailou Jones, and James Porter; and the history of institutions supporting and exhibiting art by African American artists in Washington, including Howard University and the Scurlock Studio. The symposium also will feature a panel of artists for whom Washington has been critical to personal artistic development.

 

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Artomatic 2017

 

Artomatic Registration Opening Soon!
It’s almost time to register for Artomatic 2017. Remember, anyone & everyone can participate – there are no criteria to register, and space is allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. All artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may take part. More information to come about registration in the coming days. Stay tuned right here and also through our social media channels. See you all at Crystal City!
Artomatic | 1629 K St., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

 

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Early Alma Thomas at Hemphill

February 4 – April 1, 2017

HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, Early Alma Thomas opening on Saturday, February 4, with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view through April 1, 2017.

As a founding member of the Barnett-Aden Gallery in 1943, Thomas interacted with artists Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Lois Mailou Jones, and others. As the post-war era accelerated, Washington painters were quick to embrace the abstract expressionist movement. Thomas’s realist works pushed toward abstraction in the 1950s as she pursued an MFA in painting at American University, where she deepened the pursuit of a bold use of color and shape which defined her late career works.

Throughout the 1950s, Thomas appropriated the tools of Abstract Expressionism and characteristically made them her own, applying pigment in blocks of color to create compositions incorporating figures and still life elements, and later, densely layered abstractions of night skies and earthly subjects. Thomas’s adept use of minimal brushstrokes to render forms is in use among all the paintings, whether figure or object, night sky, or spring flowers.

“Etude in Brown – Saint Cecilia at the Organ, c. 1956-58” (above) employs a highly graphic russet palette of reds and oranges, a diminutive figure anchoring the foreground. Dashes of white pigment represent the head and figure of Saint Cecilia, the scale and placement of the figure creating a cathedral of space filling the canvas.

The five paintings selected for this exhibition provide a timeline of Thomas’s shift from realism to abstraction in a few short years. This seldom-studied period firmly places Thomas in the center of modern American painting.

Alma W. Thomas (American, 1891 – 1978) was born in Columbus, GA and moved to Washington, DC with her family in 1907. In 1924, she became the first graduate of the Art Department at Howard University, and in 1935 received a Master of Arts in art education from Columbia University. Her work is represented in the collections of The Columbus Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Howard University Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among numerous other public, private, and university art collections.

HEMPHILL was founded in Washington DC in 1993. The exhibition schedule features modern & contemporary art in all media by artists ranging from emerging to mid-career to modern masters.

  • GALLERY HOURS
  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment.
  • * This exhibition coincides with DOWNING, MEHRING, REED, also on view at HEMPHILL Fine Arts through April 1, 2017.
  • For More Information Contact:
    Caitlin Berry
    HEMPHILL Fine Arts
    1515 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    202.234.5601
    caitlin@hemphillfinearts.com
    www.hemphillfinearts.com

 

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Impressionist Frederic Bazille at the NGA

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism brings together some 75 paintings that examine Bazille as a central figure of impressionism and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bazille’s career, featuring nearly three-quarters of his artistic output. Organized thematically, this exhibition juxtaposes works by Bazille with important works by the predecessors who inspired him—Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Gustave Courbet—and by contemporaries such as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet with whom he was closely associated. The National Gallery of Art, which holds the largest group of Bazille’s works outside of France, as well as important related impressionist paintings of the 1860s, is the sole American venue for the exhibition. The first major presentation of Bazille’s work in America in 25 years, the exhibition is on view in the East Building from April 9 through July 9, 2017.

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Seven Centuries from the Woodner Collections Celebrated at National Gallery of Art

The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven Centuries brings together for the first time the best of Ian Woodner’s collection with some of the works given and promised by his daughters, Dian and Andrea Woodner. More than 100 drawings dating from the 14th to the 20th century executed by outstanding draftsmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art from March 12 through July 16, 2017.

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Through August 6: American Prints of Urban Life Celebrated at the National Gallery of Art

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints on view in The Urban Scene: 1920–1950 will explore the spectacle of urban modernity. Prints by recognized artists such as Louis Lozowick (1892–1973) and Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), as well as lesser-known artists including Mabel Dwight (1875–1955), Gerald Geerlings (1897–1998), Victoria Hutson Huntley (1900–1971), Martin Lewis (1881–1962), and Stow Wengenroth (1906–1978), are included in this exhibition. The Urban Scene will be on view in the West Building from through August 6, 2017.

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Bethesda Fine Art

Gene Davis works on view
in solo show “Hot Beat”
at Smithsonian American Art Museum
until April 2017

Popsicle, 1969
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 67″
Renoir’s Curtain, 1977
acrylic and graphite on canvas, approx. 59″ x 95″
Black Watch Series, 1974
silkscreen, 72″ x 45″
Portfolio Series II, 1969
complete box set of 6, silkscreen on canvas on board, approx. 30″ x 24″
Davy’s Locker, 1977
screenprint, 37½” x 45″
Tarzan, 1969
silkscreen on canvas on board, 24″ x 30″
VIEW THESE AND OTHER WORKS AT
bethesdafineart.com
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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
lori@bethesdafineart.com
240.800.3628
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