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Georgetown Art Show Draws Crowd to House of Sweden

February 17, 2013

Cindy Howar with her watercolors (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Cindy Howar with her watercolors

The opening reception for Georgetown ARTS 2013 drew over 440 people to the House of Sweden to view the works of 31 Georgetown artists.

Art projected along the halls (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Art projected along the halls

Georgetown Arts 2013, the 4th annual art show of the Citizens Association of Georgetown started with the gala opening reception Thursday evening and also included a fascinating Artists Salon on Saturday with presentations by artists Guy Fairlamb, Joan Konkel, Sidney Lawrence, Jane Lepscky, Edward "Bear" Miller and Mary Wagner, who discussed their inspiration and experience, as well as their unique techniques.

Clare Scrimgeour with her painting (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Clare Scrimgeour with her painting

Artist Joan Konkel, who works with layers of metal and mesh to create low relief wall sculpture, conducted a demonstration of how to manipulate her signature mesh material to create different color and pattern effects. And artist Sidney Lawrence walked the audience through three of his featured art pieces, which included two mixed-media reliefs of ocean surfaces and a panoramic ink drawing of Stockholm. 

Joan Konkel describes her mesh compositions (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Joan Konkel describes her mesh compositions

A very active committee worked for months organizing the four-day show which included oil and watercolor paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. Chair Laura-Anne Tiscornia was assisted by Cassandra Blohowiak doing public relations, and new Georgetowner and recent Corcoran graduate, Jennie Buhler designing and installing the show.

Ingrid and Ben Mast enjoying the show (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Ingrid and Ben Mast enjoying the show

House of Sweden, lead sponsor of the show, was graciously managed by  Cecelia Browning and Andrew Osborne. Other sponsors were Cynthia Howar & Washington Fine Properties, Atmosphere Lighting (which provided enhanced lighting for the show), PNC Bank, The Phoenix, Cox Graae + Spack Architects, Appalachian Spring, Clay Bourne Decorator, and Washing Framers’ Workroom.

For a complete list of participating artists, images of their work and a price list, contact the CAG office: cagmail@cagtown.org.

Written by Betsy Cooley, Executive Director, Citizens Association of Georgetown

Perfect setting for art show (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Perfect setting for art show


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Americans Pick Favorite Super Bowl Team

February 1, 2013


A new nationwide Clarus Poll shows that more Americans want the San Francisco 49ers to win Sunday's Super Bowl than do the Baltimore Ravens--but the margin is close.

The poll, conducted by Clarus Research Group, finds that 35 percent of U.S. adults want the 49ers to win and 31 percent prefer the Ravens. In addition, 34 expressed no preference for either team.

"Seems that the nation is divided, not just about politics but also about football," said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus and a Georgetown resident.

The poll also finds:

-- GENDER: Men by a 37 percent to 35 percent margin prefer the Ravens, while women by a wider 35 percent to 25 percent margin want the 49ers to win.

-- POLITICAL PARTY: Republicans are mostly 49er fans (by a wide 43 percent to 26 percent margin), but Democrats prefer the Ravens 39 percent to 33 percent. Independents were nearly evenly split, voting 29 percent for the 49ers and 28 percent for the Ravens.

-- REGION: As would be expected, the Ravens do best in the Northeast (47 percent to 24 percent), while the 49ers do best in the West (41 percent to 27 percent). Both the South and the Midwest lean to the
49ers.

Prepared by Ron Faucheux, President, CLARUS RESEARCH GROUP


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Gatsby Christmas Honors 'Peace at Home'

December 18, 2012

Immersed in the holiday season, we all get the urge to adopt some Santa qualities and help others in need.  We look on with awe at homes decked-out with perfection in holiday décor … And, we might secretly wonder who has the time and the ability to decorate or organize a fundraiser during the holidays.

Don Patron, Alexa Holcombe, and Alexis Fox (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Don Patron, Alexa Holcombe, and Alexis Fox

My dear friend, Don Patron, has made combining art, thematic, stylized parties and philanthropy into a lifestyle.

I had the opportunity to visit Don, who, once again was busy preparing to open his Capitol Hill home with gracious hospitality, creating Gatsby Christmas, an event, 3-D art installation and holiday decorating masterpiece dedicated to raising money for Becky’s Fund. Specifically organized to fund "Peace at Home," Gatsby Christmas assists and supports military families affected by PTSD and domestic violence.

Becky Lee, Founder & Executive Director of Becky's Fund (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Becky Lee, Founder & Executive Director of Becky's Fund

Don and Becky Lee, the founder & executive director of Becky’s Fund, got to work in early November decorating every nook and crevice of the interior and exterior of the historic home, revealing a captivating delight of lights and ornamentation.

As for how the name of the event – Gatsby Christmas – came to be, Don said, “Creatively I like what is both classic and current-- Gatsby is popular again with a new big budget movie release … And it’s also an American classic we all can relate to because our time is quite similar to the roaring 20’s. We had the new development of an equality push for woman in the 20’s. And today, it’s all about gay rights. We are in the end of the war like the 20s’; and prohibition of alcohol is similar to the legalization of marijuana today. There are layers of that time and this time that certainly overlap and create a high drama energy that makes social change certain.”

Don Patron in stairwell (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Don Patron in stairwell

Stylish and detail-driven as Jay Gatsby, the novel's protagonist, Don's attention to detail is incredible.  Boxes and boxes of ornaments, lights, feathers, flowers and sparkles are strewn everywhere.  Looking on in sheer amazement I asked myself, "How does one go about turning an entire home and back yard into a Christmas extravaganza?"

As Don explained, “When you come to any event I decoCreate, you'll see I'm trying to offer a unique glimpse at art in a more intimate, interactive way … My hope is to inspire, educate and entertain.”

Describing his motivation, he continued, “The connection between art and philanthropy is forged by my deep spiritual belief that both disciplines are creative truth engines. To be an artist of our time is to understand that all culture has an ethical duty to betterment ... Art without this is simply commerce and misses its responsibility to the human spirit.”

Laurie Tamney and Armie Cortinez (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Laurie Tamney and Armie Cortinez

Friends of Don and Becky have been volunteering their time to help put up lights; trim Christmas trees; and take directives from Don on what needs to go where. 

Becky Lee said as she wrapped packages to place as decorations under the tree, “It's important to note the highest rates of domestic violence take place during the holidays.  One in three women and one in six men will be affected by domestic violence.”  Becky quoted a recent study where 21 of the 32 NFL teams have had at least one player on their team get into trouble for domestic violence or sexual assault. 

Becky said, “There is help and support. The first step comes from within.  It is such a private issue. Hopefully, the party will encourage those impacted to come forward and get support.”

Don Patron painted an Angel Collection of paintings featuring Becky’s Fund volunteers, donors and survivors.  The paintings were on display during the party for guests to see that both victims of domestic violence and those working to help stop it look like you or someone you know.  Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic brackets and ethnicity. 

Don Patron Winter Wonderland Painting made with coffee grounds, 18 kt. gold and water color. (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Don Patron Winter Wonderland Painting made with coffee grounds, 18 kt. gold and water color.

Don also painted Winter Wonderland for the party using watercolors, coffee grounds and 18kt. gold paint. 

As for how the name of the event – Gatsby Christmas – came to be, Don said, “Creatively I like what is both Classic and Current-- Gatsby is on the mind in pop culture-wise with a new big budget movie release … It’s also an American classic we all relate to because current times are mostlike the roaring 20’s ... We had the new development of an Equality push for woman in the roaring 20’s.  Today, it’s all about gay rights.  We are in the end of the war like the 20s’; and prohibition of alcohol is similar to the legalization of marijuana today. There are layers of that time and this time that certainly overlap and create a high drama energy that makes certain for social change.”

Armie Cortinez, Don Patron, and Laurie Tamney (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Armie Cortinez, Don Patron, and Laurie Tamney

Don encourages everyone this holiday season, “To give and not gift – to support not just spend and to create change with experience for its not enough in empathy to just understand..”  Donations to Becky’s Fund  which fosters awareness of domestic violence, encourages advocacy among peers, promotes activism through outreach programs and creates support for victims may be made by going to Becky's Fund

 

Written by Janine Schoonover, CEO of JSW Group


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