Digging In

Val Lewton Memorial Exhibition at Katzen Arts Center

June 20, 2017

"Val Lewton From Hollywood to Breezewood," a memorial exhibition of the artist's work at Addison/Ripley is on display at the Katzen Arts Center at American University through July 13, 2017. The show includes works from the artist's estate and from the gallery archives that span Lewton's long career. 

 

This retrospective of Val Lewton brings it all to bear: Lewton’s lifetime in front of the canvas, his knowledge of color, his unerring command of the paint-loaded brush and his certitude about how best to structure a painting. Lewton was born in California, the son of a film director, and moved to Washington to work as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (then the National Collection of Fine Arts). His paintings use the artifacts of traffic and run of the mill objects—cars, trucks, roadways, semi-demolished buildings, and paint cans—to create improbably beautiful and personal compositions.

 

The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.


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Karen Silve at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery

May 23, 2017

Abstract artist's Karen Silve's recent travels to Beijing inspired her latest exhibition at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery through June 3, 2017.

 

Beijing Trees: Strength, Wisdom and Renewal pays homage to ancient traditions of the Chinese, and the wisdom of centuries as evidenced by the way they nurtured their trees. Each branch was thoughtfully pruned every year, keeping them healthy. The trunk, or strength of the tree, had everything to do with its foundation. The top of the trees had new life every year. Depending on the structure due to the consistent pruning, the more blossoms there would be. All of this resonated with Silve. A state of renewal built on strength and wisdom became the direction of her new body of work. 

 

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgeotwn.


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A Class Act

May 7, 2017

Jessie James Decker performing at lunch. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Jessie James Decker performing at lunch.

Mrs. Melania Trump was honored at the Congressional Club’s 105th First Lady Luncheon before a sold-out house on Thursday, and gave remarks on issues impacting women and children.

Also on the dias was Mrs. Karen Pence, wife of the Vice President, who introduced First Lady Melania Trump as a gracious, thoughtful person who is inclusive and who always takes others into consideration.

Mrs. Trump was presented with an oil painting of the 2017 Inaugural Ceremonies at the Capitol Building, a work of award-winning artist Elizabeth Roskam. Her husband is Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam.

The luncheon, “A New Direction,” was at the Washington Hilton’s  ballroom which seats more than 2,600. Tablecloths and goodie bags followed that theme with images of compasses and map renditions of the globe.

Born in Slovenia, Mrs. Trump has focused her platform as First Lady on the problem of cyber bullying among youth. For the event, Mrs. Trump was dressed in a smart but simple blue suit.

USA grown flower on the table (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) USA grown flower on the table

Although she has the professional background to do so, Mrs. Trump, a former model, did not walk the runway setup in the middle of the ballroom.  Instead, as some recent first ladies have done, Mrs. Trump entered the room behind the dias as the guests were seated at the beginning of the program. Beforehand in a private reception, she shook hands and had pictures taken with club officials and luncheon sponsors.

The musical program emphasized country music, with singers Jessie James Decker and Lauren Alaina

American-made products were featured, including the table flowers, wine, food, fragrances, candles, and beauty items.

Recipients of the charitable event included the Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Among the guests were Mrs. Janna Ryan, wife of the House Speaker, Mrs. Renda Tillerson, wife of the Secretary of State, and Mrs. Louise Gorsuch, wife of the new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  Luncheon chair was Mrs. Carolyn Yoho and co-chair was Mrs. April Delaney. Congressional Club president is Jennifer Messer, an Indiana attorney and wife of Congressman Luke Messer.

The goodie bag with a global theme & First Lady's Lunch tag. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) The goodie bag with a global theme & First Lady's Lunch tag.


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