Amuse Bouche

ArtSee DC launches Saturday at Hillyer Art Space

July 14, 2011

Meet ArtSee, D.C.’s newest fine arts community at a reception and exhibit this Saturday at Hillyer Art Space. The brainchild of founder and CEO Elizabeth Grazioli, ArtSee was inspired by her three great loves: public relations, event planning, and art. Telling The Georgetown Dish, “I want to make the world of art accessible in a simple and affordable way.”

A platform for artists and art enthusiasts to discover, exchange and promote art in the city where they live, ArtSee launches this month in Washington, and opens soon in Philadelphia and New York.

Painting by Blair Sutton (Photo by: ArtSee) Painting by Blair Sutton

This new online gallery service provides the “who, what, where, and when” about the local arts scene. A place for artists to post and sell their work, ArtSee also offers creative promotional and event coordinating services for artists to grow their businesses.

The artists featured in this inaugural show are Kristen Lubsen, Blair Sutton, and Wilford Scott.

Photograph by Wilford Scott (Photo by: ArtSee) Photograph by Wilford Scott

Reception and exhibit is from 7:00-10:00 pm with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served throughout the evening.  This is a free event with a suggested $20 donation that will go towards a raffle for a photograph of the Washington D.C. landscape by Brad Kehr.

For more information, please contact Kendall Willey at

(Photo by: ArtSee)

Hillyer Art Space is at 9 Hillyer Court directly behind the Cosmos Club and the Phillips Collection. Tel: 202.333.0758

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Destination beauty: Nectar Skin Bar open for business

July 11, 2011

Add Chocolate Sun, the all-natural sunless air-brush tanning product to the list of Washington D.C. exclusives carried at Nectar Skin Bar.

From Italian waxing to oxygen infusion facials, this one-stop best-in-beauty Georgetown skin spa was all decked out Monday for their official opening. Literally.

Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio

When The Georgetown Dish had a chance to preview the spa last month, interior designer Will McGovern hadn't yet created the luxurious 800 foot  backyard garden patio.

Amy and Brian Thomas (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Amy and Brian Thomas

The perfect spot to meet Team Nectar, headed by owner Brian Thomas, who, along with “official tester,” wife Amy, travel the world to find the best beauty products.  As Brian enthusiastically told The Dish, “We’re adding three new product lines including Chocolate Sun and Flowers organic skin care from California.”

K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan (Photo by: Judith Beermann) K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan

Not sure what you need? Come in for a free consultation. As Brian explained, “Bring in what you use every day and let makeup and brow artist, Adrian Avila  check it out. Our friendly and expert staff is always happy to show you what's better and why.”

Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up

Nectar’s first public open house is this Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 am -4:00 pm.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Nectar Skin Bar is at  1633 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel. 202.333.4332


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Georgetown University students awarded record number of Fulbright scholarships

June 27, 2011

Twenty Georgetown University students and recent alumni received Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year to study in 16 different countries. Last year, the university had 16 winners.

Sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program aimed at promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries, and supports winners traveling abroad to conduct research, study and teach in a variety of fields.

“We are deeply honored and very proud to have a record number of Fulbright awardees this year," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “The commitment to academic excellence and global understanding demonstrated by each of our grantees exemplifies the values of our university community."

For a complete list of winners, read more here.

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