Category Archives: Exhibitions

Moving Pictures & Standing Books

My latest solo exhibit, Moving Pictures & Standing Books, is at Washington Printmakers Gallery. WPG is one of the oldest artist run coop galleries in the DC area, and specializes in hand-pulled prints, fine art photography and artist books. It’s on Book Hill in upper Georgetown near several other galleries and some places with yummy food. The address is 1641 Wisconsin Avenue NW and the gallery’s hours are 11-6 Thurs-Sat, 12-5 Sun, and by appointment. The show is up through April 29, with an artist reception 2-4 on Sunday, April 8 and a hands-on book art workshop 4-6 on Saturday, April 15.

show going up

Here’s a picture of part of the show as we were hanging it. You can see the lenticular made from the spliced image that I have as the header image on this page. You can’t see it well here, but “Our Better Angels” — one of the artist books below the lenticular — features images of people at various marches in DC during 2017.

This show is a combination of lenticular pictures and sculptural artist books. Lenticular pictures combine two images so that viewers moving by see one picture from one side and a different one from the other side. My last show, Double Takes, was made up entirely lenticulars that combined historic photos with present day images to draw viewers into considering the relationship between events. You can read more about lenticulars, and see why I’m calling them “moving pictures” in this piece about my last show: Whats a lenticular picture?

In this show, I’ve got some of these historic-present day lenticulars. I’ve included Women Marchers: 1913 & 2017, which was in Double Takes; and I’ve made a new one featuring high school student demonstrators. I’ve also made some new pieces made with pairs of my own present day photos. I’m also experimenting with some new ways to use the spliced images I’ve created to make the lenticulars. I’ve done some pieces that uses one of these images to create a piece with cut pleats, and I’ve made a sculptural artist book layering varied edits of the spliced image at the top of this page.

Milan Stair View Lenticulars-3

This is the spliced image that was used to create the cut pleat piece shown in the picture above.

I’m determined to become a better blogger and keep my web sites up to date from now on, so I’ll try to show more of more pieces and talk about how they are made in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you have questions or particular aspects of the work you’d like to read more about.

In the meanwhile, if you are in/near Georgetown, please stop by the gallery. In addition to my show, you can see a group show by the gallery’s other artists, and check out exhibits at several other galleries. See: and

Finally, here is a picture of a standing book on the move from my Instagram account:


My New Show: Theme & Variations

I have a new solo exhibit up and there is an reception of Saturday March 25 from 2-4 PM. If you can’t make it then, consider holding the date and coming for an artist talk session from 2-4 on April 8. My show is in the Fisher Gallery at the Schlesinger Center of Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus. (Exact address: 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria VA. Phone: 703-845-6156.)


Old Street Suite is an artist book I made for this show.

This should be a particularly fun reception, with a lot of eye and ear candy for everyone. The Schlesinger Center has three art galleries and a performance hall; and the reception is for the three current solo shows. This year, the Center also has a really interesting site-specific piece in the lobby. So you get four artists’ work in one afternoon. Plus a live jazz ensemble. And, of course, refreshments. The building has lots of windows so it won’t be too hard to come in out of a lovely spring day. If you have kids, please bring them. The design of the building is much more kid-friendly than most art galleries.

The other two shows are of abstract paintings by Lina Alattar and Cheryl Edwards; the site-specific piece is by John M. Adams. I feel like I’m in very good company, as you can see if you look at the Galleries blog here: and East City Art’s story about John’s piece here:

This show is different from my previous solo shows, though it has elements in common with them. For past exhibitions, I’ve created collections of pieces around a theme, and most of the work has been two-dimensional figurative pieces presented in the traditional manner: framed prints hung on the wall. However, before I got into photography, I was a book and paper artist, and I’ve continued to be interested in using my images in paper art. Last year, I started making and exhibiting lenticular pictures, as well as sculptural of artist books.

This show has much more three-dimensional work than my previous shows, and some of it is more abstract. Also, I took a different approach to making it. This time, the theme of the show is artistic process, rather than content of the images. Many people come to the Schlesinger Center for performances so I wanted to invite viewers to consider ways in which the artistic process of composers, musicians, and other performers is similar to that of visual artists.

In creating this show, I tried to work like a composer taking a melody and creating variations on it. I used a small number of digital photographs that I took near the Old Street tube stop in London and made a variety of two and three dimensional paper works, including prints, sculptural artist books, lenticular pictures, and a mobile. The Old Street pictures form the ‘melody’ of the exhibit, with the artworks being the variations.

I really appreciate the help and support I got from the staff at the Schlesinger Center. Gallery Director Mary Higgins is wonderful and has a great staff who’ve made my work look its best.

Changing Vistas – Changing Views

Having done a show about Capitol Hill, I now have an exhibit on another DC neighborhood. The exhibit, NoMa: Changing Vistas – Changing Views is part of a series sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts and NoMa BID, in the lobby of 1200 First Street NE. It will be up through March 18. There will be an artist reception from 6-8 on March 10 and I hope you can come.

My show illustrates how vistas and views in NoMa have changed historically, as well as how the views from NoMa’s streets change minute by minute. I used lenticular pictures to illustrated long term historical changes. I’ve put archival and my own photos of the same sites together so that viewers sees different images when looking at the pictures from different sides. How lenticulars are made is enough for a whole blog entry, but to give you an idea, this is the image I printed to make a picture of the corner of K Street and North Capitol Street:

Canzoneri Lenticular-5

It is folded like an accordion so that as viewers go past it, they see a change from one to the other of these pictures.

To illustrate how views in MoMa change rapidly, I included two groupings of photos of the Mathmatica Building on First St NE. It was great fun to photograph because it has a curved, highly reflective exterior that is really interesting for the way it interacts constantly with the people, things, and other buildings near it. There are two buildings planned for the site, and the North side of the Mathmatica Building will be hidden when its planned companion goes up next to it. This will hide the current view and change it dramatically. The choice to have two buildings was made partly in reaction to DC’s building height limit, and the second building was delayed by economic factors; so the evolution of this vista is an example of the variety of factors that determine the visual environment of NoMa.

I photographed the Mathmatica Building from all sides, even standing in the alley behind it getting a view of the construction of buildings going up close to it. Here are some of those pictures. (In the show, they are all about 16 x 20 inch images and a bit more imposing looking than here.)

One thing I noticed as I walked around NoMa taking pictures is how you can see the water tower on top of the old Woodies warehouse from so many places — almost the way one sees the Washington Monument from so many spots in the District. I could only fit on shot of the water tower into this exhibit, but it is a fun one because it is the water tower reflected in the wall of the building where the exhibit is located. The photo is hanging on the end of the exhibition wall so that when you can see it from outside by looking through the glass wall that it is a picture of. If you look at it from inside the lobby, the pictured wall is just behind your back. I suppose that is some sort of meta-view/meta-vista. Or whatever. Here’s the picture:NoMa Window Reflection-14

Crocuses Mean Honoring New Year’s Resolutions

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to actually get in the habit of posting om my blog more often than once every six months. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that New Year’s Day comes in the middle of the winter, when all I want to do is crawl back under the covers with a good book — not fix all my bad habits.

Which is why I seem to have waited until spring to get around to honoring some of those resolutions. The bright yellow crocuses coming up in our back yard are egging me on. I figure if they can keep blooming even after our dog dug around them, I can put up a blog post.

Actually, I’ve had work in a bunch of shows since I last posted, but I’ll just go with the current news, and try to get to filling in later. My photo, Fresh Green Tomatoes, is currently in an exhibit on Capitol Hill. My picture was chosen by juror Bonny Wolf to be included in Food for Thought, a show sponsored by the Capitol Hill Art League. It’s a really nice show which runs through April 16, 2015. You can see it at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop , 545 7th Street SE, Washington DC. a few blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Stations. Please do check it out.

Here is the picture. I took it at Eastern Market in 2013. Fresh Green Tomatoes

Please Come See My Work At A Show on Capitol Hill

I’m really honored to have two of my prints included in the Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition on Capitol Hill. The show runs June 26 through September 28, 2014. and was juried by Philip Kennicott, Art & Architecture Critic at The Washington Post.

The opening reception with the Artists is tonight, June 26, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. During the reception, Kennicott will present a Gallery Talk, and announce the first, second, third place, and honorable mention award winners.

One piece I have in the show is a Shaw “streetscape” that features a group of row houses with new construction behind them. I’m fascinated by the juxtapositions of “new” and “old” DC with so much rapid change in the District. Shaw is a neighborhood where this is happening a lot, and I was pleased to capture a bit of that in my image.

Another area that is changing rapidly is H Street NE. This is an area where the one of the new DC arts districts, new theaters, shops, restaurants — and soon streetcars. In December, my daughter and I took Bisky (the cutest three legged dog in the Western Hemisphere who happens to live in our house) to be photographed with Santa at an independent pet store on H Street. It meant that our photo fees benefited the Humane Society and we weren’t stuck with one of those rather awful plastic frames PetSmart gives you with your doggie Santa pictures.

Anyway, after seeing Santa we went into a shop nearby called Hunted House, which carries vintage furnishings, clothing and decorative objects. I’ve long loved taking photos at estate sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. (For one thing, taking home pictures helps me resist the urge to fill my already cluttered home with more interesting stuff.)

The owner of Hunted House kindly said it was fine for me to take pictures, and some came out very well. So well, in fact, that one is in the show at the Hill Center Galleries; while another photo I took in the shop will be in a show later in the summer.

I’d put the images here now, but I’m using the WordPress iPad app to write this post. It’s the first time I’ve used the app, so I still have a lot to learn about it. I’ll do something about posting more images when I get back to my computer. Meanwhile, I’ll finish this already longish post with:

Information About Hill Center Galleries:
Hill Center Galleries consists of six distinct exhibition spaces in the exquisitely renovated Civil War-era Old Naval Hospital at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, just one block from Eastern Market Metro. First and second floor galleries are enhanced by 14-foot ceilings and natural light, which streams in through eight-foot windows. All artwork is available for purchase.
Hill Center Galleries are open to the general public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. There are occasional closings for special events. Please call Hill Center at 202-549-4172 for confirmation of open hours on a particular day.

If you feel peckish after viewing the Galleries, the food spots of Barracks Row are in the next block. Hope you can make it to the opening and/or the exhibition.

My Photos Are (Briefly) on Display in Two Shows at Once

Please come see one of my photos in the 2014 Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Members Exhibition from April 5 to 25. (Of course, you should look at all the other great pieces in the show, but this is my blog, so I’m channeling my inner five-year-old and bragging about me.) The exhibition will be at the Washington Printmakers Gallery upstairs in the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, at 8230 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Sunday.

The opening reception is on April 6 from 2 to 4 PM, with the juror’s awards & comments at 2:30 PM. There are a number of good places to eat in Silver Spring, and the American Film Institute nearby, so you could include the reception in a nice day out.

This is the photo I have in the Pyramid show.

Bikes Immobile

If you are in the market for crafty & other items – “misprints, overgrown yarn stashes, fabric scraps, older but still beautiful work and more” – you can come by the Yard Sale in the Pyramid parking lot on Saturday April 12 from 9AM to Noon, and see the Members Exhibition at the same time. I’m working hard at clearing out excess supplies to sell that day, and will have some of my smaller prints for sale too.

While I’m bragging, I was a finalist in the 2014 Fine Art Photography Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, which opened on March 4 and continues until April 6. Which means I’ll have photos in two DC area shows at once – if only for a day. ArtSpace Herndon is at 750 Center St in Herndon and is open from 1 to 5 on Sunday afternoon.

The ArtSpace Herndon Exhibit is a really wonderful show (even if I do say so myself) and I was honored to have a piece in it. Going in, there are a couple of big, richly colored, delightful photos by D. B. Stovall, who was the exhibit juror; and the big photo of the Eiffel Tower that won first prize is a delightful example of how shooting from an unexpected point of view can make a subject that has been photographed a zillion times seem new and visually exciting.

My own contribution to the Herndon Exhibit didn’t win a prize; but it was one of the first photos to sell, which was a great ego boost. Iveta Steinhobel, who bought my print (and is, clearly, a woman of impeccable taste) kindly sent me this photo she took of me with the print at the Artists Reception.