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Jacobsen Architecture to Renovate Maine's Historic Bray House

November 19, 2014

Bray House 1915 (Photo by: Stonewall Kitchen) Bray House 1915
Jacobsen Architecture, Georgetown-based Washington architecture firm known for the addition of the U.S. Capitol, historic renovations of The American Embassy in Paris, Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, Renwick Gallery and Spaso House in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been selected to restore and renovate Bray House in Maine.
Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements.
The two-story wood clapboard dwelling, which is arguably one of America’s oldest buildings still standing, was built in 1640 in Kittery by John Bray, whose name  still adorns it today.
The house was recently owned by singer Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates fame), who made some minor adjustments to the building, but the current owners have planned a sensitive restoration and respectful addition to the old structure.
Much like the addition to the Capitol by the firm, the older Bray house will not come in contact with the newer additions except for a glass incision at the links.
Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915.
The new owners of Bray House are no newcomers to the state. They founded the specialty food company Stonewall Kitchen and since their jamming business started more than 20 years ago, they have become one of Maine's greatest success stories.
The project is scheduled to break ground in six months under the design and direction of Simon Jacobsen.

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Jackson Art Center Workshops Nov. 15 & 16

November 12, 2014

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The artists of the Jackson Art Center will open their doors to the public November 15 & 16, starting with a special Preview and Workshop Day for children, teens and adults on Saturday, November 15, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by Jackson Open Studios, Sunday, November 16, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The twice-a-year events are invitations to the community to visit the studios and meet the more than 40 local artists who work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and pastel, as well as photography, sculpture, ceramics, and wood and metal assemblage in a historic DC public school building.

No registration required. Seats are limited. Please plan to arrive before starting time. All art materials will be supplied.

Jackson Preview & Workshop DayFour FREE art workshops, Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Children (age 3-9).  Create like Kandinsky. Draw and paint in the style of Russian-born abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Children (all ages). Jackson BAA-llock. Draw and paint from almost life-size fabric and yarn sheep created by Jackson artist Leslie Blackmon in the likes of Martha St-ewe-art, Jackson Baa-llock, and Baa-Andy Warhol. 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Teens and adults (age 15 and up). Create a Flowing Watercolor. Led by a Jackson artist Sherry Kaskey who has taught watercolor with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.  11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Adults. Brief History of Abstract Art.Slides and lecture by Jackson artist and GWU/Corcoran School of Art + Design instructor Mira Hecht.  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Both days’ events are free and open to the public. The Jackson Art Center is located at 3050 R Street, NW, in the Jackson School, across from Montrose Park in Georgetown.  

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Art Desks at Addison Ripley Fine Art

October 20, 2014

Addison Ripley Fine Art is pleased to announce the release of Art Desks by photographer E. Brady Robinson with an essay by Andy Grundberg published by Daylight Books.

For the past three years, Robinson has traveled throughout the East Coast documenting the workspaces of some of the most influential artists, curators, art dealers and collectors from New York to Miami. A mission, which Robinson describes as "the desk as portrait combined with the social experiment of navigating the art world."

The exhibit will run from November 1 through November 15, 2014.  Opening reception and book signing is November 1st from 3:00-6:00 pm.

For more information about the artist and his work, images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.

Addison Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.338.5180

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