Friday, June 6, 2008

Denee Barr Art News and More

Artomatic Festival
Capital Plaza I
1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
May 9 - June 15th
Wed-Thu: 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat: noon-2am; Sun: noon-10pm; closed Mon-Tue

Last Saturday, May 31st
Artomatic Collecting 101: Inspiration and Passion
A seminar with some of the most prolific DC area art collectors Philippa Hughes, Minna Nathanson, Veronica Jackson, Mel & Juanita Hardy, Brian Aitken, and Andrea Evans.

Upcoming this Sunday, June 8th and June 15th
Glass Art Tour of Artomatic

Come to the lobby of Artomatic between 1:45pm-2pm for a guided glass tour of Artomatic. Join Washington Glass School artists Cheryl Derricotte, Kirk Waldroff, Sean Hennessey and others as they lead you directly to all the great glass on exhibit this year. The tour will depart the lobby at 2pm. Ride up together to the 12th floor to begin and walk down to the 4th floor.

Special Events and Performances (check the website...more listings!):

PostSecret Book Signing - Friday, 6/6 and 6/13
Tango! on the Dance Stage - Friday, 6/6 9:30
The Marketplace - Saturday, 6/7, 12noon - 5pm
Street Dance All Stars Jam 2008 - Saturday, 6/7, 9pm-2am
Art in Fashion - our closing event that will combine fashion, art, music and fire. The event will take place in both first-floor music venues simultaneously and begins at 8:00 on Saturday 6/14 and continues until closing.

Workshops scheduled for June 5th-8th:

Photography 101

Drawing Your Dreams Workshop for Children

Peeps Diorama Workshop for Children

Kids and Parents Art Challenges (ages 5-9)

Cost: FREE....Donations Welcome! Artomatic is located at 1200 First St. NE (1st and M Sts. NE) Washington, DC (one block from the New York Ave metro on the red line)

photos above captured by--------------------------Denee

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Denee Barr Art News and More

Two Trees, Kent Island, Maryland #3
c Denee Barr 2004
All Rights Reserved

Medium: photo emulsion on Arches paper, toned

From March 3 - April 14, 2006, The Cecil County Arts Council and the Cecil County Commission for Women presented a solo exhibit of new works by Denee Barr at the Elkton Art Center. There was music provided by Ladyfingers 2 and a poetry reading.
Maggie Creshkoff, artist, potter, and poet helped to bring my exhibit to Cecil County.....Thanks Maggie!

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Variation on Dried Red Roses #3
Columbia, Maryland
c Denee Barr 2004
All Rights Reserved

Medium: photo emulson on Arches paper, toned

From April 1 - May 26, 2006, The Carroll County Arts Council presented at the Carroll Arts Center, a group exhibit entitled In Bloom with featured guest artists Cindy Baker, Marge Wickes, Eduardo de la Cruz, Suzanne Mancha, Denee Barr, James D. Plumb, David Plumb, Bharti S. Morjaria, Kim Tyssoswski, Kathy Trani, and some of Carroll County's talented floral designers like Sally Voris. A film was also shown entitled "A Marriage: Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz" about the life of the renowned floral painter and her photographer husband. Caroll Arts Center curator Susan Williamson saw the promo postcard for my Variation on Dried Red Roses exhibit at the Columbia Art Center and decided to invite me to exhibit......and sold one of my photos too. Thanks Susan!

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Denee Barr Art News and More

The Columbia Festival of the Arts
Columbia, Maryland

June 13 - June 28, 2008

Founded in 1987, the Festival’s popularity and growth has transformed it into one of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor’s premiere summer arts events. Each summer the Festival presents a brand new season of world-class events, including gala performances, exhibitions, free concerts, family activities, master classes, workshops and community dialogues. The Festival brings together the arts community, businesses, local schools, and individuals to create an annual event that shines a spotlight, not only on the arts, but on the Howard County community as a Maryland showplace.

The festival kicks off with LakeFest on the weekend of June 13-15. Highlights include the 5th Annual Kinetic Art Parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and travels down Little Patuxent Parkway; the 5th Annual Howard County Boat Float, at 1 p.m. Saturday, on Lake Kittamaquandi; ArtPark, a fine arts and crafts fair open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday; arts and crafts and games for kids; and performances by Ryan Shaw, Chopteeth, Luke Brindley and Rhodes Tavern Troubadours (Friday); Grupo Fantasma, the Grandsons and James Mabry (Saturday); Deanna Bogart, Chaise Lounge and Reverb (Sunday). All of these events are free.

Your summer starts here.......don't miss...........Come and Enjoy!


Monday, June 2, 2008

Denee Barr Art News and More

Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative

A show of work by emerging and established artists that challenges assumptions about black narrative-based art

Reception: Friday, June 13th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Show Dates: June 10th – July 19th, 2008
Location: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA
Metro: Orange Line: Virginia Square
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
Contact: Jeffry Cudlin, Director of Exhibitions
703.248.6800 X 12

SHE’S SO ARTICULATE sets out to expand how gallery-goers think about the relation of narrative to contemporary art by African-American women. The show includes selected works and room-filling installations by 11 artists: Maya Freelon Asante, Renee Cox, Stephanie Dinkins, Djakarta, Nekisha Durrett, Torkwase Dyson, Faith Ringgold, Erika Ranee, Nadine Robinson, Renee Stout, and Lauren Woods.

Local collector and curator Henry Thaggert drew his inspiration for assembling these artists in part from the furor surrounding African-American artist Kara Walker—a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant winner who recently had a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Walker creates larger-than-life tableaus that refer to slave testimonials, historical novels and minstrelsy with caricatured silhouettes of antebellum slaves and their white masters.)

“She’s So Articulate” attempts to expand the discussion beyond Walker’s concerns about slavery’s traumatic impact on its victims. A series of bold photographs by Renee Cox strike a markedly different tone, depicting the artist’s super-heroine alter ego as she not only survives but thrives—and avenges subjugated brand icons Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. Other artists use culturally cross-pollinated imagery and unconventional strategies for storytelling: Nekisha Durrett’s multi-paneled installation invokes manga-styled protagonists to tell a Japanese-inspired, supernatural fairy tale; lauren woods’s The Teenth of June combines footage of the crowning of the first African-American Miss Texas with a ‘70s sci-fi movie soundtrack to create an oddly tense vignette.

The exhibition features both traditional masterworks (such as story quilts and paintings inspired by African American history) as well as more novel new-media work (such as a Powerpoint presentation by Renee Stout). Sound-based art and videos toy with the conventions of storytelling in pop music and cinema.

The show is co-curated by local collector Henry L. Thaggert and Arlington Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions, Jeffry Cudlin. This is Thaggert’s second curatorial effort. In February 2008, Thaggert was one of six notable D.C. collectors invited to participate in Collectors Select at the AAC.

Scott Hutchison and Evan Reed
New works by resident painter/new media artist Scott Hutchison and wood sculptor and Georgetown art professor Evan Reed will be on view.

Flat Mates: Transformer’s Flat Files at Arlington Arts Center
Featuring selected unframed works on paper by emerging artists participating in Transformer’s Flat File program. Transformer is a Washington, DC non-profit contemporary arts organization:

Founded in 1974, the AAC is dedicated to presenting and supporting new work of contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic States. Located in the historic Maury School building, it holds exhibitions, rents studio spaces, and conducts educational programs for all ages. Normal public hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 703.248.6800 or visit

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