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William Woodward's Seven Deadly Sins

October 17, 2017

I wish I'd saved the photographs I'd taken in 1979, especially the ones of him painting in Carnac and clowning around the chateau with our art class. Capturing the rugged coastline of Brittany and the brilliant brushstrokes of William Woodward. As director of George Washington University’s MFA program in Studio Arts for more than thirty years, Woodward has mentored three generations of artists in the techniques of the great masters.

 

The Katzen Arts Center at American University is hosting an exhibition of William Woodward's paintings through December 17, 2017.

 

William Woodward in Brittany (Photo by: williamwoodward.com) William Woodward in Brittany

A third-generation native Washingtonian, Woodward is among America’s most sought-after and admired classically trained painters (the Florentine Accademia di Belli Arti, the Corcoran School, and The American University.) The recipient of multiple awards and commissions, Woodward’s works have been acquired by museums, as well as scores of corporate, public and private collections. 

 

For the past two decades, the artist has delved into the rich history and aesthetic possibilities of the seven deadly sins. The master drawings and narrative paintings in this exhibition owe a great deal to the films of Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the commedia dell'arte tradition. Woodward tries to imagine, had these directors and actors been painters, how they might have depicted their subjects in whimsical and elusive ways rather than strident and explicit interpretations.

 

In creating The Seven Deadly Sins, Woodward is not preaching about sin. Rather, he wanted to paint pictures that no one, including himself, had ever seen before.

 

On November 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, enjoy a Gallery Talk with William Woodward.

 

American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

 

 


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'A Chance Encounter' Debuts at Oak Hill Cemetery

October 8, 2017

George Hill introduces Joe Krakora (Photo by: Judith Beermann) George Hill introduces Joe Krakora

Retired National Gallery of Art executive-turned-filmmaker, Joseph J. Krakora premiered A Chance Encounter, the first of 20 short films about the history of Georgetown's Oak Hill Cemetery on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Not yet released and, in fact, voice-over by the great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis is still in progress.  But for the the VIPs invited to preview the 18-minute film, it was a moving introduction to a few of the 20,000 souls buried on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park.

"The names here tell the story of the history of the city and of the nation," explained Krakora, as he outlined plans for "The Oak Hill Story Project," to turn it into a TV series and a documentary book.

In A Chance Encounter, an imaginary conversation between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis walking through the cemetery centers on slavery and saving the Union while they each mourn the death of their young sons Willie and Samuel. Many Civil War soldiers and their families are buried at Oak Hill.

Watching (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Watching "A Chance Encounter"
Guests listened to music by John Philip Souza as they enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres before the film. In 1858, Corcoran bought 158 acres and hired James Renwick, Jr. to design a small chapel for the new cemetery. Souza's band once played for William Corcoran on the cemetery grounds.

Oak Hill Cemetery Superintendent David Jackson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Oak Hill Cemetery Superintendent David Jackson

Superintendent David Jackson thanked his predecessor Ella Pozell and other Oak Hill Cemetery staff for their service, singling out members of the grounds crew who have been there more than 25 years. 

While space is becoming scarce for new burials, President George Hill assured the audience that transitioning to a muesum was decades away.

In the meantime, there was plenty of work for the Oak Hill Cemetery Historic Preservation Foundation including repairing the tall iron fence along R Street and ongoing monument restoration work.

Pies from Copperthite Bakery (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pies from Copperthite Bakery

Following the program, guests enjoyed pie from Connecticut Copperthite, a company that began baking in 1886 Georgetown.

Oak Hill Cemetery VP David de Vicq chats with Sally Quinn (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Oak Hill Cemetery VP David de Vicq chats with Sally Quinn

For more information, visit Oak Hill Cemetery.


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What I Learned In The Galápagos: Part II

September 14, 2017

If you missed Part I, here it is.

 

11. You might get a free weekend in Quito if you try to get home during a hurricane.

View from Hilton Hotel Colon Quito (Photo by: Judith Beermann) View from Hilton Hotel Colon Quito

12. AKA most underpublicized tourist attraction, TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano to Cruz Loma lookout, one of the world’s highest at 12,943 feet.

TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano (Photo by: Judith Beermann) TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano

13. If you're scared of heights, share your gondola with kids.

On the gondola lift (Photo by: Judith Beermann) On the gondola lift

14. Panama hats are made in Ecuador.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

15. At the middle of the world (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) you can balance an egg but not walk a straight line. Water flows both counter-clockwise and clockwise (straight) down a drain due to Coriolis effect.

Staying connected at a Quito market (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Staying connected at a Quito market

16. iPhones are popular here too.

Old Town in Quito September 12, 2017 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Old Town in Quito September 12, 2017

17. You say you want a revolution? Public protest erupted in Old Town Quito on September 12, 2017 over former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa’s government amendments. 

Entrance ceiling of La Compañía (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Entrance ceiling of La Compañía

18. Sometimes way too much gold works. The spectacularly ornate Jesuit church, nicknamed La Compañía, is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America. There's gold leaf and gilded plaster everywhere (no photos allowed inside).

Domes of La Compañía (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Domes of La Compañía

Orcas up close (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Orcas up close

19. Not even the crew is jaded. When orcas dance around the ship at dinnertime, get up close.

Zodiac ride with guide to view birds (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Zodiac ride with guide to view birds

20. Everyone connected with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic is passionate about preserving, reveling in, and telling the world about the unique and breathtaking life in the Galapagos. 


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