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Georgetown WOW

January 23, 2014

Wednesday evening, Dr. Tina Alster hosted the inaugural event for Georgetown WOW!, a quarterly women’s speaker series “With Outstanding Women” for Georgetown University alumnae, family, and friends in the Washington DC Metro region.

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The evening featured Dr. Alster, Founding Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Surgery (WIDLS) and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University’s Medical Center; and Dr. Marie Pennanen, Director of the Chevy Chase Breast Center, Associate Professor of Surgery with GUMC, and alumna of Georgetown University.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail gathering and conversation on women’s health, skin care and aging, where Drs. Alster and Pennanen shared their roles at the University as practitioners, their allegiance to the Washington DC community, and their thoughts on how the women in our community can support not only themselves but each other. The evening concluded with a Q&A session, private tour of the Institute, and announcement of upcoming events in this series.  

As part of Georgetown’s capital campaign, For Generations to ComeBarbara Crocker (Class of 1975 and DC Campaign Committee Chair) and Brandi Durkac (Georgetown's Director of Advancement for the Washington DC Metro Region) created this Georgetown WOW! quarterly women's speaker series and have organized the following upcoming events for 2014:

·  Advancing Women in Global Peace & Security with Amb. Melanne Verveer (Class of 1966 and 1969)

·  Understanding the Power of Language with famous linguist and Georgetown University Professor Deborah Tannen

·  Connecting the Hilltop to the Hill with our distinguished women in Congress

·  Illuminating 1,000 Places to See Before You Die with celebrated travel author Patricia Schultz (Class of 1975)


For more information on Georgetown WOW, contact Brandi Durkac at 202.687.6702 or




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Ed Cooper at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery

January 16, 2014

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is holding an opening reception, Friday, January 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm for Ed Cooper’s New Landscapes: Scenes from the Shenandoah to the Chesapeake.

 Ed Cooper reflects the subtleties of early morning and late afternoon light and color in his plein air landscapes, capturing the interplay of sun and shade on trees, water, and grass. A wanderer, Cooper searches for scenes and objects that evoke an emotional response. He carries as constant companions a pochade box for quick oil sketches and an easel for more elaborate paintings.

While wandering I am constantly looking for scenes or objects that evoke an emotional response in me - something I just have to paint.  This may be a majestic scene, an interesting object, a wonderful color, a special atmosphere, or a ray of sunlight striking a distant object.  I am particularly interested in painting the effect of light on the landscape in the early morning and late afternoon or evening. These are the times for which I live - the time that has the most interesting light and the greatest emotional appeal to me.  When I find something that interests me I try to capture it in paint.

Cooper holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has received awards from the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, American Artist, the National Parks Academy of the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival.

The show runs January 17 - February 15, 2014. 

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

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Dumbarton Oaks Park Winter Clean Up

January 8, 2014

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Please join friends of Dumbarton Oak Park tackle bush honeysuckles and vines on Saturday, January 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Please meet at the Lovers' Lane gate, near 3060 R Street in Georgetown at 10:00 for training. They will have tools, gloves, cookies and water.

This is a great way to work off all the fun foods over the last month and help the Park see see dayligh.t They will also be working on January 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for MLK Day.

The event will be cancelled for rain or snow. Please check Dumbarton Oaks Park and your email if you think the weather is iffy. The Park is looking fabulous. The photo above is from Spring 2011, and at right from this fall. What a difference every workday in the park makes- many thanks!!

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