Friday, November 21, 2008

retired and moved

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

a glimpse of our design center

Believe it or not, most of our ideas, work, and inspiration comes from a very small "hub" or "design studio" or "artists studio."  Any artist worth his salt will tell you that NOTHING comes unless first there is a major understanding of color, form, function, and placement.  

The face of the work surface changes often because as one of Washington DC's premier art advisories, first we are on the go OFTEN and second we have to look at a tremendous amount of art.  Believe me, we do.  Both over the Internet, in print, and via submissions sent by mail.  

Once you know art, you know the exercise of viewing others works can be tremendously draining.  One of the ways we keep on top of it is to use our creative outlets as often as possible.  Whether it is lounging on the couch or using a Moleskine journal to mind-map ideas and new ventures, it all happens here.  You know what they say, good things come in small packages.  

The thing I love about this small converted space and that you can't see is a gorgeous triple vertical window overlooking careful landscape.  The thing I'd most like to change about our studio is the chairs and maybe the lighting.  Rolling chairs would just make the world spin and bring all the tools to immediate reach.  Oh, and we recently upgraded to an iMac - so our visual windows to the art world have been greatly enhanced.  

somerset art journaling

Stampington & Company will be launching a new periodical in the new year.  Somerset Art Journaling magazine promises to take you inside the pages of some of your favorite artists for a personal look.  Detailed photos and insightful commentary will help the artist discover a personal journaling style, with tips on creating stand-out pages.  Learn techniques, find inspiration, and take your own art journal to the next level.  

BookEnds: the book as art

Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory is entering a book arts international call for entries in Alexandria, VA with exhibition dates of January 22 - February 22, 2009.  BookEnds:  the book as art is sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and will show at the Target Gallery.  Jurist Helen Frederick will be selecting top prizes for the exhibition that focuses on the book as art.  This will be Lange's first venture in this art form.  

Images:  (1) Lange, Red/Read, 18" x 12", book arts, 2008; (2) Lange, Flight of Words, 24" x 24", book arts, 2008: and (3) Lange, Gardens of New York, 12" x 26", book arts, 2008.

lange arts advisory joins washington project for the arts

We recently joined the Washington Project for the Arts and will be featuring our arts advisory, artists' agent, and artists' representative services as well as our journal and book arts.  WPA offers a weekly newsletter, an ArtFile Online, Artlist DC featuring current metropolitan DC art events, and several exciting calls and projects. 

Image Credit:  Bookarts - Lynn Sures of Wheaton, Maryland as featured on ArtFile Online.

Friday, November 14, 2008

lange arts advisory participates in national sketchbook project

We are thrilled to be participating in Art House LLC's newest event, The Sketchbook Project.  Moleskine notebooks are being sent to artists who register and will then go on to be shown at a seven city tour of galleries and museums throughout the nation.  The theme of the Sketchbook Project is "Everyone We Know."  Man, that's a LOT of people.  The Sketchbook Project's event is similar to the recent 1,000 Journals Project that received much publicity.  Personally, we're amazed at the inventiveness, revenue generating schemes, and community art projects designed by Atlanta's trendy gallery.  You can also participate in The Timeline Project or The Ten Thousand People Interpret One Word Project.  Here are the upcoming show dates which will be featuring some of DC's based Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory's finest work.

Atlanta - Art House Gallery - Starting Point
DC - Museum of Contemporary Art - March 3, 2009
Philly - Chris' Jazz Cafe - March 4, 2009
Boston - Laconia Gallery - March 6, 2009
Chicago - Antena Gallery - March 8, 2009
Brooklyn - 3rd Ward Gallery - March 13, 2009
Atlanta - Museum of Design - April 2, 2009

make art everyday!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

paper marbeling, marbled paper, turkish paper = EBRU

We came across a fantastic article from World Bulletin explaining the origins and the method of creating EBRU or Turkish Paper (we know it as marbled paper or paper marbeling). The link is here.

university of washington allen library

The Allen Library has an amazing collection of book arts which includes over 14,000 examples of historical and modern aspects of the physical book. We just love this one for inspiration.

Image Shown: Sande Wascher-James, How Long? Renton, WA, 1994. Silkscreen and color photocopy printed

the soundry's grand opening

Vienna's The Soundry is moving its Grand(er) Opening Party to Saturday December 13th. It will be a jolly time and artists will have items at the show that will make unique and wonderful holiday gifts. They will also have plenty of good food, drinks, and even a few surprises.

December 13, 2008
318 Dominion Road
Vienna, VA 22180

capitol hill art league - wraps it up!

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), a program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), features small, original works at its popular, annual show, “Wrap It Up” which opens with a reception for the public. The unjuried show features works by CHAL members who submit five pieces of ready-to-hang small works. Three pieces are hung for the opening and as the pieces sell, the two pieces in reserve replace sold works. Artists receive a 90% commission on the sales. “Wrap It Up” exudes a shiny, fun spirit as shoppers eagerly purchase bargain, quality art and announce “wrap it up.”

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 5-7 PM
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Capitol Hill Art League - A program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
545 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
202 547-6839 Fax: 202 543-1723
CONTACT: Geoff Ault,

sidney lawrence ink cities @ district fine arts

We could not have been more excited to receive Todd Savitch's press release about Sidney Lawrence's Ink Cities Book Signing where Lawrence will provide personalized inscriptions and sketches for his new 200-edition artist's book.

Inspired by pocket-sized sketchbooks artists often carry while traveling, the 32-page, spiral-bound publication ($26) presents Lawrence's highly detailed, often fantasy-laden drawings of 24 cities from around the world-DC, Shanghai, Fez, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Sydney, to name a few---with a handwritten fact, anecdote or impression to accompany each image. Ink drawings, Lawrence says, are "my Ouija Board for capturing a city's buzz and sense of adventure."

Ink Cities is meant to appeal to all ages, Lawrence stresses. "At the end, readers may use their own words and images to portray their favorite cities on five blank pages," he says. The reproduced drawings date from 1987 to 2008; several are in local and national collections. Ink Cities appears as part of Lawrence's current show at DFA of paintings, reliefs and works on paper (Nov. 15, 2008 to Jan. 17, 2009), and is much appreciated after all the photography we will have seen during DC Fotoweek. Lawrence has exhibited in the DC area since the early 1980s and also in California and Massachusetts.

Saturday, December 13, 4-6 pm. , from 4 to 6 pm
District Fine Arts
1639 Wisconsin Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Hours: 11 am - 6:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday (after hours by appointment)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

french painter seeks us gallery representation

French painter Christophe Villedary is currently showing in Languedoc-Roussillon in France and is looking for a US gallery to diffuse his work.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

lynn boggess at principle gallery

If it weren't my 45th on November 21st, I'd be headed over to Old Town Alexandria's Principle Gallery where Lynn Boggess is showing some of his finest "realism landscapes."  Borgess recently taught as a Professor of Art at Fairmont State University and he holds a MFA from the esteemed Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  In addition to his landscape paintings, Borgess wishes to draw attention to the diverse nature of West Virginia and its flora through the use of vertical painting formats where the viewer is drawn into the deeply receding spaces.  Free from human influence, the scenes invite contemplation of time, the cycle of the senses, and the alternating character of river rocks.  

Images Shown:  Lynn Boggess, Image 1 - Rapids on the New River, 30 x 26, oil on Canvas (Gallery #11516); Image 2 - Gallery #10807, 46 x 40, oil on canvas, 2007; Image 3 - Tea Creek, 46 x 40, oil on canvas, 2008

william greenfield photographs - fauxto

William Greenfield sent us a nicely organized notice of his upcoming 3-volume boxed set of photography published by Axios LLC under the title FAUXTO.  Designed by Tessa van der Waals and printed by Mart.Spruijt bv in the Netherlands, the accomplished work contains approximately 30 photographs.  Greenfield, of Pennsylvania, also received a MFA from Pratt Institute and his work can be seen in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, the Munchner Stadtmuseum, Stiftung Moritzburg in Halle, Germany and the Brooklyn Museum.  

max rodriquez art - natural impressions

max rodriquez sent us a note on his natural impressions series.  A one-of-a-kind work, actual impressions are created in plaster on canvas, then painted, stained and colored to resemble fossils, artifacts, and aged botanicals.  The art is textural and colorful and can be mixed and combined to create individual and unique art pieces.  Two sizes are available, 10 x 10 or 10 x 20.  Max will also custom design, color, and size pieces on commission.  Rodriquez is a Cuban born artist with television and movie credits to his arts resume.  

Images Shown:  Max Rodriquez Natural Impressions Numbers 164, 185, and 176.   

three new supply trials

A few days ago, we were sharing about our first experience with gouache and thought better to try with savoir faire's yellow ochre opaque gouache.  While not as smelly as the winsor newton, the product was also not as luxurious.  We thought it had rather a flat feel and appearance and was more difficult to spread over the paper.  

Another adventure led us to Tyson's Corner's The Container Store where we were looking for clear storage drawers for small artists' tools.  We found an 11-drawer stacking unit (very similar to the one shown) and so far it's working for us except for the fact that the drawers pull all the way out of the unit and the drawer edges appear to be able to chip easily.  

Lastly over at DC's Utrecht, we picked up a bottle of Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue with two applicators in nontoxic acid free.  The two applicators are great and the glue is good for paper crafts, even with very glossy weights. 

thena smith's poetic license

Thena Smith's written a great little piece she calls "Scrapbooking" - maybe it applies to artists everywhere.  We've reposted it in her honor.  

francisca sutil transcending with nohra haime

Nohra Haime's Gallery is showing at PINTA next week and she's bring a cadre of artists with her - notably Francisca Sutil.  Born in Santiago Chile, Sutil's had four major exhibitions in the U.S.  She's been taught by the Southern Methodists in Dallas, The Universidad Catolica de Santiago, Parsons School of Design in New York, Whitney Museum Seminars, and she holds a MFA from Pratt Institute.  In 2000, Sutil completed a series of 12 paintings commissioned for the private Cruz Chapel in Santiago de Chili.  

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street - Booth 313
Between 6th and 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

Nohra Haime Gallery
41 East 57th Street
New York, New York 10022

Image Shown:  Francisca Sutil:  Transcending, 2002, pigmented gesso and oil on linen mounted on wood, 31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.

Friday, November 7, 2008

sohan qadri: the colors of india

Sohan Qadri is an artist, poet, and Buddhist yogi from India. He's lived in Copenhagen for the last 30 years. His paintings result from states of deep meditation, and are informed by the colors of India: luminous, dye-infused works on meticulously serrated paper. Over his long career, Qadri has interacted with a wide array of cultural figures including Surrealist painter Rene Magritte, Nobel laureate Heinrich Boll, and architect Le Corbusier. Qadri has had more than 70 exhibitions in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The Sundaram Tagore Gallery (New York, Beverly Hills, Hong Kong) is exhibiting Qadri's work under the title "Seer: The Art of Sohan Qadri" in their Hong Kong location. All works are ink and dye on paper and 55 x 39 in. You can get a sneak peak at