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Textural Love February 12, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 3:57 am

Why have I fallen head over heels for pattern and texture? I keep finding myself fondling friend’s scarfs and wraps. From chunky fiber to delicate weave, I press my face to try and figure out the patterns. Was it knit? Crochet? Woven? Some crazy cables with dropped, slipped and m1’s?

Today I was admiring these fantastic paintings of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Ray Charles. (Do I have pictures – of course not!) Bigger than life, what struck me about these paintings was the mixed media used. I first thought that they were done in thick oil, with massive amounts of paint scraped on with a large palette knife. But on closer inspection the lines of each portrait’s wardrobe was actually, fabric.

The grey suit that Ray Charles wore was a suit, stitching and all. He even wore a watch on his wrist. Thick ropes outlined MLK’s hair, producing a mountainous ridge between person and background. I found myself standing, not 1 inch between me and the canvas trying to figure the medium that could make fabric hold a shape and hold to the canvas. I could have stood there for hours. My hands itched to run my fingers over the textural sea before me.

My hands now itch to get some starch and fabric or paper mache to try and emulate the paint and texture I was inspired by today.


Young Playwrights’ Theater February 5, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community — kellyrand @ 4:18 am

The Young Playwrights’ Theater worked with the 11th grade of Bell Multicultural High School, resulting in the creation of over 130 plays. Six of the plays will be preformed in the New Play Festival.

  • You Don’t Know What You Got Until It’s Gone by Estrella Lopez
  • Of Friends and Potheads by Lyndsey Newsome
  • What Goes Around Comes Around by Francisco Garcia
  • Life is Full of Struggles by Bezawit Mamo
  • Impasse by Kyle Sumner
  • Life Choice by Ingrid Contreras

Monday February 12, 2007 at 7:30 pm
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

RSVP is requested by calling 202.387.9173 or writing


RED February 2, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 2:00 am

Hot. Hunger. Warm. Craving. Warning. Comfort. Warmth. Fire. Burn. Passionate. Burning. Searing. Pain. Love. Caution. Stop. Attention.

So many emotions and words can describe this potent color.

This weekend the Textile Museum opens an exhibit exploring the meaning of the color red in textiles and fabric. The museum has woven (yeah, I did) a trip through time showing the different uses of red and its significance to different cultures.

Opening Friday February 2nd, RED will be on display through July.


Exposed February 1, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community — kellyrand @ 3:44 am

Dcist has announced the winners of the DCist Exposed photo competition. The photos will be shown at the Warehouse Arts Complex, March 9th – 16th. The opening reception for the exhibit will begin at 6:30 pm on the 9th. DCist has promised lots of fun prizes so stay tuned for more information.

Click here to view the list of winners.


The Book as Art January 31, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 3:58 am

This is the last weekend you can view the exhibit The Book as Art: Twenty years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The exhibit explores the sometimes controversial art form that is artists’ books. Defined as art objects in the form of books, artists’ books combine content and form to create something that is more than a simple container for information.

You can listen to a podcast about the book as art and explore the exhibit until February 4th.


NBM March Schedule January 30, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community — kellyrand @ 1:32 am

A couple of things to watch out for at the National Building Museum coming up in March.

March 3rd
Saturday 10 am – 12 pm
Gage School – Construction Watch tour

Built in 1904, the historic Nathaniel P. Gage School in Washington DC’s Bloomingdale/Ledroit Park neighborhood is under going a welcome transformation. Open only to Museum members, $20.

March 7th
Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Green Design: The Myth and Reality

The Viikki Community of Helsinki is the world’s largest and most ambitious green housing development project. This lecture is held in conjunction with the Green House. Museum members, $12, non-members, $20.

March 20th
Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Retailers Reap Savings by Cutting Energy Costs

Retail stores with square footage up to 20,000 have much to gain when they reduce energy use by 30% or more, including cost savings and increased comfort for customers. This lecture is free and registration is not required.

March 29th
Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Conservation Lessons from the Cascade Agenda

Ryan Dicks, vice president of Conservation Transactions for Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), will speak about CLC’s progress on gaining a strong understanding of the market forces when acquiring conservation easements. This lecture is free and registration is not required.


Counter Culture Festival January 26, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community,Craft — kellyrand @ 3:51 am

The second annual DC Counter Culture Festival will take place this Saturday at Dr. Dremo’s.

From 4pm to 8pm enjoy an artist’s bazaar filled with local wares such as comics and art, and a couple of familiar faces will be amongst the crowd. Jon Wye of DC EcoWomen, EcoAuction fame, will be selling his belt buckles and shirts no doubt, and I like Seamonsters of Crafty Bastards fame is also slotted for a table.

After 8pm there will be music and dancing ’til the wee hours. So head out for some local flavor and get a taste of what the DC counter culture is made of.