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ColorField Remix Video Night #2

Wednesday night, May 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Armand Hammer Auditorium (NY Ave entrance), 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC. The WPA/Corcoran presents the second of three video events featuring ColorField works by 11 different video artists, this night as selected by curator Brandon Morse.

Note: If you missed Night #1, it’s not to late to catch it. The Night #1 works are being screened at Ellipse Art Center during normal gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ellipse Art Center, 4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 125, Arlington, VA. Phone (703) 228-7710 or see


2007 Congressional Art Competition 

Through May 31. Verizion Gallery, Ernst Community Cultural Center, at the Annandale Campus of the Northern VA Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA Gallery Hours Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See campus web site for building location

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual nationwide art competition for high school students across the country. With one artist selected to represent each congressional district, and said art works to be hung in the U.S. Capitol Building for a year. The Arts Council of Fairfax show features works from the congressional districts under Congressmen James Moran and Tom Davis. Some 180 works are hung in this show, with the two winning entries headed downtown belonging to Sonny Lee, from W.T. Woodson High School, and Ingrid Verona Pierre, from Washington-Lee High School (in the 8th Congressional district).


Marco Rando &  Sandra Woock    

Through June 16, at the Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St, Suite 103 (the ground floor corner suite), Reston, VA. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information call (703) 471-9242 or see

Doing weird things in the name of art…. Marco Rando certainly knows how to have fun and possesses the chutzpah to follow through on his mischievous notions. Taking advantage of liberal museum policies regarding child strollers, Rando has crafted a series of shall we say “art strollers” that he uses to wheel his child into various museums with. Reaching an “appropriate” exhibition spot he then takes the kid out, and has something of an uninvited, unannounced art show within these various world class museums. The world would be a very dangerous place if we all had his nerve, or at the very least a lot more fun.

You’ve got to smile and salute the whole thing. Who says you need to slave away for a lifetime to get into major art museums? Just wheel your deal in there and show it! Can you help laughing at it all? Personally I think he should have taken a tag along, affixed it to the wall, and left the wheeled creations behind. However, the guards may be up to speed on that notion.

With Rando’s child now too big for strollers this GRACE show is something of a retrospective… until the grandchildren arrive perhaps? On view are nine of his wheeled sculptures. Carved wood creations that at times recall Dali’s biomorphic surrealism, they’re wacky fun, literally for the whole family.

Sandra Woock rounds out the show with her energetic abstractions done with black fabric selectively bleached and re-colored. Both artists will be on hand for what surely will be an interesting artist talk night Wednesday May 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Additionally the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will play in the gallery this Thursday night, May 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 for adults, and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets only required for the concert, all other events listed above are free.

 Artist Opportunities ———
"Stepping Stones" a ColorField Remix show at the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts) in Gaithersburg, MD featuring works by Gene Davis and his students, is also seeking current work done by artists influenced by the Washington Color School Up to 10 entries via slides or jpgs on CD, deadline June 12 at 5 p.m. Entry fee $25
For complete information see or call Harriet Lesser at (301) 869-8623
 ‘Images of Justice’ at the Catholic University School of Law in October, 2007. Open call submissions for this juried show due by August 1, at 5 p.m. Show is open to all artists within a 50 mile radius of DC. Up to three submissions via slides or jpgs on CD.
  Works must covey a sense of social justice, be no wider than 60" Looks like there is NO entry fee. Complete details and entry form at