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Open Studios at Jackson Arts Center April 26 & 27

April 7, 2014

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The Jackson Art Center Spring Open Studios will be held Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5:00 pm, with a special preview on Saturday, April 26 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Both days offer working art studios open to the public and children’s painting workshops.

On Sunday, guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music while visiting the studios of more than 30 local artists who work in the 19th century Jackson School. Throughout the day, Jackson artists will lead a workshop for children in painting in the styles of Picasso and Cy Twombly.

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On Saturday, children age 9 and up are invited to a watercolor workshop while younger kids design and paint cards. Select artists’ studios will be open for visiting Saturday.

Both days’ events are free and open to the public. No workshop registration is required.

The Jackson Art Center is a community of more than 40 artists working in studio space in the historic Jackson School, a former DC public elementary school operating in Georgetown from 1890 to 1971. The Romanesque revival style building remained empty for several years until a group of local artists and the Corcoran School of Art and Design joined in the 1980s to lease the building from the DC Public Schools and turn it into an art center for classes and private studio space. The turreted red brick building with its high, wide windows and soaring ceilings made it ideal for studio and art instruction space. In 1990, the Corcoran moved out and the artists took over the lease, allowing many more local artists to rent affordable studio space in the city. In 2000, the artists incorporated, becoming the non-profit Jackson Art Center. 

Jackson Art Center is located at 3050 R Street.

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Dr. Tina Alster to Receive Prestigious Dermatologic Legacy Award

March 12, 2014

Georgetown resident Dr. Tina Alster has been selected by the Women’s Dermatologic Society to receive its prestigious Legacy Award for 2014, honoring lifetime achievement in the specialty of dermatology.  She will be honored at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology at a gala celebration in Denver on Friday, March 21st.

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The Legacy Award is a particularly special honor, not only because it is only the second such honor to be awarded, but also because both the nomination and selection process is made by other highly-esteemed dermatologists.  Dr. Alster was chosen for this award based on her many groundbreaking contributions to the world of dermatology and laser surgery, including involvement in dermatologic academia, clinical research, and medical practice innovation.

In response to being selected, Dr. Alster said, "In the last quarter century, the advancements in skincare and technology and the public's recognition of their importance, have been incredible. I'm very honored to have been recognized for my contributions."

Dr. Alster’s influence in the field began with her establishment of the first freestanding dermatologic laser center in the world – the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery- in 1990. She published the first textbook on the subject shortly thereafter and has since contributed over 250 publications and seven additional books that have significantly advanced the specialty. 

Dr. Alster maintains leadership and board positions in numerous professional and national organizations. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring others is evident in her establishment of scholarship endowments for women pursuing careers in medicine at Duke University as well as her ongoing teaching responsibilities at Georgetown University where she is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology.

Dr. Alster has served as the consulting dermatologist to Lancôme and is currently a global skin advisor to La Mer. She developed her own skin care line SKIN IS IN in 2011 and launched W for MEN, the first cosmetic and clinical dermatology center exclusively dedicated to the treatment of men’s skin in 2013.  In both academia and medical practice innovation, Dr. Alster has had a profound impact in the field of dermatology.

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Gray Picks Up Support

March 2, 2014

On the heels of endorsements from two D.C. Democratic Party caucuses, Women for Vince Gray for Mayor held a fundraiser Sunday afternoon in voter-rich Ward 4 as many supporters crossed ward lines to attend.

The event raised more than $12,000.  Some 175 + people attended. No specific amount was designated to contribute in the event invitation.

Vince Gray noted that he announced his entry into the race on the late side. “As you know, I had reservation” about running, he said, but added: “No one is going to run me off.”

Host committee included Yvette Alexander, Marilyn Brown, Sonia Gutierez, Sheila Harley, Barbara Lang, Grace Lewis, Mary Ann Miller, Gladys Mack, Martha Mitchell and Judith Terra.

Charlene Drew Jarvis, in her endorsement, said: “The mayor has moved the city forward and he did it under duress.”

Gray won the Latino Democratic Caucus endorsement with 85% of the vote.  He won the Asian American & Pacific Islanders Democratic Caucus endorsement with 66% of the vote. Each held separate straw votes on Saturday at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast (Ward 7).

Maria Patricia Corrales who organized the Latino vote attended the fundraiser on Colorado Avenue NW.

Others who signed on for the fundraiser included Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Linda Cropp, Michelle Hagans, Alexis Herman, Sharon Pratt, Pauline Schneider andGretchen Wharton.

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