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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

My First Solo Show!

I haven’t managed to report it here, (so much for New Year’s resolutions) but I’ve been fortunate in getting my pictures into a number of juried exhibitions last year and this year. Now, I’m having my first solo show. (Hurrah!) It’s at New Community ArtSpace, at 614 s Street NW, in DC’s Shaw neighborhood from now through August 2, 2015, with an artist talk and reception on June 14 at 1:30-3:00 pm.  I was delighted when Rachel Dickerson, the lovely director of Artspace, gave me copies of (hard copy) postcards to publicize the show. Though I’ve had work in numerous juried shows by now, none of the postcards advertising them has featured any of my pieces, so it’s kind of a kick to see my pictures on the cards.

Here’s what the cards look like (Front & Back):front of Card002Back of card 001 If you want to read a bit more about the show, you can look at the press release put out by ArtSpace: DDCPress release.

If you want to see the show, you can go on Monday to Friday 10 am to noon, and enter the building through the side entrance. (follow the ramp and dial #01 or dial 202-332-0220). You can see the show at other times by contacting Rachel at 614 S Street is between 6th and 7th Streets across from the old Wonder Bread Bakery, a block form the Southern entrance to the Shaw-Howard University Metro stop.

I’m Getting More Photos Online!

Tonight I managed several cool techie tasks; I got the Flickr publishing plug-in on Lightroom set up; then I used it to create & upload two new sets of photos; I made one phot into my header photo (thus placing an image of Camel’s Hump behind my head); and I put up a new head shot on the page. You can see the head shot in the Flickr Badge that I made and hopefully will add here.

I’ll feel like I’ve done a good night’s work if the badge gets properly pasted up, and you can click the link to get to my Flickr Photo Stream.

Update: I can’t seem to get the nifty looking badge pasted on after all. At least not without consulting help. So I’ll just have to send you to my Flickr page the old fashioned way: with a dull-all-in-letters link. Here it is:

FotoBazaar DC

I had a great time last weekend, looking at all the wonderful photos on display at FotoBazaar, a pop-up exhibition organized by FotoDC. I also got to show a bunch of my own photos and photos on tile, and to talk to lots of people about them. Many kind people took my business cards, which I’d rushed to get printed by the time FotoBazaar opened. But (horrors) I did not yet have a gallery of my photos up here; nor have I gotten a portfolio up elsewhere on the Web. So I’m quickly posting a small gallery of some of the work I showed at FotoBazaar here. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Making Changes — Bit by Bit

So tonight, I’ve made the change to a new theme. Though things don’t look so very different yet, I think they will soon. For one thing, I’ll be able to put in galleries showing my artist books, and photographs. Also, I get quite a number of widgets, with which to do nifty things. At this point, I’m not certain exactly what nifty things, but I’m sure I can begin to figure that out tomorrow.

So now I’m off to eat a very late dinner and watch another episode of London Hospital on my iPad.

On Gradual Changes

If you happen to be one of the very small number of people who have looked at my blog before, you will see that I’m edging into a different look for the blog. Which explains the new header photo. When I signed on today (for the first time in months) the kindly folks at WordPress suggested that I might want to update my Theme. so I looked at a bunch of themes. WordPress even has this cool bit of tech where you can see how the content already on your blog would look in another theme. I tried out a number of themes and concluded that I’m just not ready for so much change at once. However, there was still the obvious fact that the photo on my heading was looking dated.

I solved that problem by uploading a newer photo — the first cautious step in the revamping of my blog. Not to mention, bringing the blog back to life with actual reasonably frequent entries. As I’m having to relearn what I knew about WordPress and more, I thought that a complete design overhaul would be just too much.

The subject of my photo, though, is not the least bit cautious. The picture is a panorama shot I took at the spectacular Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you want to see more shots, take a visita virtual, or buy tickets to visit, check out the basica’s web site at I just looked at it when I was checking to see that I’d spelled the name correctly. And I think it’s cool that the end of the domain name is “cat” as in Catalonia.

The basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudi whose unique, adventurous artistic and architectural vision can be seen all over Barcelona. When I was there last summer, I also visited a house he’d designed, and became extremely envious of the family who had lived there. I’ll try to post some of my pictures of the house soon, so you can become envious too.

Please Urge the Mayor to Increase Funding for the Arts in DC

There’s a petition up at that should be of concern to anyone who cares at all about the arts and/or the financial health of DC. The petition urges Mayor Gray to increase funding for the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Funding for the Commission has been cut 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12.  That means that in three years the Commission has gone from getting $13,018,000 in local funds to on $3,920,000 in 2012.

In addition to depriving DC children and adults of opportunities to learn, participate in, and experience the arts, these cuts are bad for the DC government’s bottom line. Investing in the arts is good business for any city, and Washington is no exception.

Funding for the arts is 0.034% of the total DC budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Yet every year the arts pump more than $700 million into our city’s economy on top of almost $100 million in direct tax revenue. The amount of funding that goes to the budget of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities generates the highest return on investment of any portion of the District’s Development budget.

Please take a look at this petition, sign it, and urge others to do so too. ( makes it easy for you to share the petition on your Facebook page and with your contacts.) Thanks very much.

You’ll find the petition here:

Snow Falling On Bloggers

I just found out that WordPress has an option to let bloggers have snow falling on their blogs. Though only until January 4, which seems to me a bit early for winter to end. At any rate, I thought I’d try it, which is why you see those little white dots floating down the screen. Judging from their direction, I’d say the wind is Easterly.

Actually, I’m a bit disappointed with WordPress’ snow. When I was a child growing up in Vermont, I loved to go out in gentle snowstorms, look up, and imagine climbing from one snowflake to the next up to the clouds. Having stared at so many snowflakes, it was no surprise when I learned that every snowflake is different.

The discovery about snowflakes was made by Wilson”Snowflake” Bentley — another Vermonter, I’m proud to say. Check out the excellent web page on him put up by the Historical Society of Jericho, Vermont, Bentley’s home town. Under Resources you’ll find a link to a site about the wonderful children’s book on Bentley, which won the 1999 Caldecott Award for yet another Vermonter, illustrator Mary Azarian. (That page has much nicer snowflakes than the ones here.

The snow in the picture below is definitely the real thing. I know, because I’m the younger blond sister in the shot.

Hoping My Cranes Will Fly

This week, though, I’ve been focusing on the “brick and mortar” business world. Lately, I’ve been making tsuru, otherwise known as folded origami cranes designed to be garden ornaments. Here’s a picture of one in our garden, which has been sitting atop a bamboo pole, which a clematis vine has climbed up.

I took the picture on a rainy day, and those white spots are actually rain drops; the crane is solid red. Since she has been there long enough for the clematis vine to grow around her neck, I’m thinking it’s time to give this crane a name.

I folded the cranes from 36″ squares of aluminum screening and then painted them with outdoor paint. Folding large sheets of screening is a change from paper, and has its own special challenges, but also special possibilities.  Today I started showing my cranes to local garden stores to see if the stores will carry them.

I’ll have to see how it goes, though one crane is already on sale, along with other pieces of my work at Artspring, the wonderful craft shop and gallery in downtown Silver Spring associated with the Pyramid Atlantic Center.