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Utrecht After-After Artist Party

August 12, 2009

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Artists, performers, volunteers and friends are welcome at one last celebration of Artomatic 2009!  Visual artists who had an installation at Artomatic 2009 — you’ll get 15% off your entire purchase, so come on out! Soft drinks and snacks, courtesy of Utrecht.



Miss Us Already? Monthly Artomatic Happy Hours

August 3, 2009

Are you already getting those Artomatic withdrawal pains? Then join us for our Artomatic happy hours to get your fix!

First Wednesday of every month
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Club, 1136 19th St NW (near Dupont Circle)

The first installment of the weekly Artomatic Happy Hours is coming up this Wednesday, August 5th. Participating artists and fans will be there.  It gets crowded so get there early.

The Happy Hour menu features a slew of beers for three to four bucks, $4 well drinks and $20 bottles of Chilean wine.  For more info, check out the Science Club’s homepage or Artomatic Happy Hour on Facebook .

Next Stop: Artomatic Fraser Gallery Exhibit

July 27, 2009

Fraser Gallery lets the good times roll with a “Best of Artomatic” exhibit, open ’til August 8.

“A group exhibition of exceptional work from this year’s Artomatic, selected by Catriona Fraser. Including work by Jennifer Bishop, Deb Jansen, Edward Johnston, Christine Keers, Andrew Livingstone, Brain Lusher, Joanne Mitchell, Molly Sheldon, Frank Turner and Andrew Zimmermann.”

Do you see your favorites? Check out Fraser Gallery for the full line-up.

Fraser Gallery Bethesda7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, Maryland 20814;
(301) 718-9651; Open Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am – 6pm; Closed on Sundays and Mondays except by appointment.

Im Also a Beauty Queen by Brian Lusher

"I'm Also a Beauty Queen" by Brian Lusher

Catharsis and Karma by Deb Jansen

"Catharsis and Karma" by Deb Jansen

Falls Church News Press’ Northern Virginia Art Beat writes: “This is one reason you show in Artomatic: The notable Fraser Gallery is showing the work of ten artists which gallery director Catriona Fraser has picked out of the great hoard showing at this year’s Artomatic. Absent from last year’s calendar, it’s good to see Fraser putting this one back into rotation. If nothing else, it’s good for the health and hopefully growth of Artomatic, D.C.’s largest annual art show.”

Untitled by Molly Sheldon

"Untitled" by Molly Sheldon

Glass by Christine Keers

Glass by Christine Keers

Disruption No. 2 by Andrew Livingstone

"Disruption No. 2" by Andrew Livingstone

FINAL Weekend Roundup: July 2 – 5

July 2, 2009

This is possibly the saddest post I’ll ever have to write. You have less than five days to check out Artomatic 2009, so definitely come sometime soon!  Below are just a few selections from a weekend full of amazing events.

P.S.: *** On Saturday, July 4th, Artomatic will close at 10:30pm instead of at 1 am. ***


2:00pm – 4:00pm: Looking for something for the kids on a Friday afternoon?  Clown, face painter, and balloon artist Karen Holiday will teach a workshop for children ages 5-9 on how to make collage paper art dolls.  Head to the Utrecht Art Supply Education Room (8th Floor). RSVP at

7:30pm – 10:30pm: The newly formed DC School of Beer will be presenting short informative talks followed by tastings of a variety of beers. The talks will be held at half past the hour from 7:30-10:30pm.  Free beer: need I say more?! Held in the James Renwick Alliance Education Room (4th Floor).

8:00pm – 2:00am: Art in Fashion is Artomatic’s runway event for models, choreographers, dancers, models, drag performers, and more.  Check out the collaborative, non-mainstream, carnival-like event that combines the creative efforts of these artists. There will be musical performances, a runway show, and a closing party until 2:00am.  You’ll definitely want to check this out!


*** On Saturday, July 4th, Artomatic will close at 10:30pm instead of at 1 am. ***

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Need a 4th of July activity for the kids that doesn’t involve heavy drinking and crowds? Come by Artomatic for some Independence Day-themed face painting and art making.  Held in the Utrecht Art Supply Education Room (8th Floor). RSVP for children ages 5-9 at

1:00pm – ???: The Nationals (their stadium is right next door to Artomatic) has a game against the Braves on Saturday.  Despite earlier cancellations, fireworks displays will go on as planned for this 4th of July.  According to Washington City Paper, “fireworks [will be] used during the National Anthem, when the team takes the field, and during the Nationals’ homeruns and victories.”  So head to the top floors of Artomatic for an amazing pyrotechnic display!

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Okay, this is going to be slightly crazy, but totally cool.  There is a mural along each wall of the Kids room (8th floor) and we need all hands on deck to paint it. This huge project is brought to you by the community organization, Albus Cavus, that installs community murals throughout neighborhoods.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Part-time artist, part-time activist, and full-time DC resident Princess of Controversy is one of the best female emcees out there.  She’ll be performing her soulful and conscious hip-hop on the Cabaret Stage (2nd Floor). See below for a live video of her track “Fly Away.”


4:00pm – 4:50pm: Alt-country artist Mary Battiata perfoms with her band, Little Pink, regularly in the DC metropolitan area.  She has a sweet sound and will be gracing the Cabaret Stage (2nd Floor) with her awesome voice and electric guitar.  Check out some tracks on her website.

10:00pm – late: Since this is the last day of Artomatic 2009, join us for a closing afterparty at Molly Malone’s (713 8th Street SE).  There will be light finger food, a cash bar, and a chance to meet a bunch of the Artomatic participating artists and volunteers.  We hope to see you there.

If you want to hear about next year’s Artomatic and all upcoming events, you can join the Artomatic email list.  Just go to our homepage ( and fill out the box in the top right corner.

See you this weekend – and next year!

Sat Jun 27 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
In the galleries

Stop by the 7th floor Peeps Dioramas to meet the artists behind this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest. Ask your burning questions and find out their diorama secrets. Marshmallow treats from Peeps-maker Just Born will sweeten the day.

Poll: How do you handle all the art?

June 30, 2009

A few weeks ago, blogger, gallery manager and critic Lenny Campello wrote a thoughtful post about the Artomatic concept. In it, he asked the question:

“[H]ow does a writer cover an arts extravaganza of the size of Artomatic once the eyes and mind become numb after the 200th artist, or the 400th or the 1,000th?”

Blue Walls by Samer Farha

Good question! Regular visitors face the same challenge. We’d like to know, how do you do it? Take the poll, and expand on your answer in the comments below.

Weekend Roundup: June 26 – 28

June 24, 2009

Ack! Only two weekends left! There is so much going on at Artomatic this weekend, and we can’t possibly write about it all.  Here are some top picks:


12:00pm – 4:00pm: In preparation for Saturday’s Artomatic 500 Cardboard Contraption Competition, Sal Ferro will provide tips and techniques for anyone interested in creating a cardboard “something” for Saturday’s race. Basic building supplies and tools, as well as limited cardboard supply will be available, but feel free to bring your own boxes, accessories, or special tools.  Head to the Electric Stage (1st Floor).

Photo by Mac Traore from last year's race

Photo by Mac Traore from last year's cardboard race

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Quick, everyone pretend to be a twelve-year-old so you can crash the kids’ hip-hop dance class on the Dance/Theatre Stage (6th Floor).  Or just take your kids (between the ages of 5-13) and sit on the sidelines to watch the cuteness unfold. RSVP at

7:30pm – 9:00pm: If you’ve never seen Capoeira live, then you’re in for a treat. The International Capoeira Angola Foundation, headquartered here in DC, will be showing off their amazing martial arts, dancing, and drumming skills.  This is so much fun to watch. Check them out on the Dance/Theater Stage (6th Floor).


4:00pm – 4:50pm: Head to the Cabaret Stage (2nd floor) to check out Ember, a bluegrass folk duo hailing from the UK.  They have performed at Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival and now return to the District with their awesome music-making and fiddle-playing.



3:30pm – 4:00pm: The race is on!  Step right outside the building to see some amazing cardboard car creations as part of the Cardboard Contraption Competition. Check out the calendar for more information.

6:00pm – 9:00pm: If you’ve already been to Artomatic, you know that the Peeps Dioramas are consistently the most popular thing to see in the galleries.  Check out the 7th Floor to meet the artists behind this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. Marshmallow treats will be provided.

9:00pm – 9:50pm: If you’ve ever wanted to hear three middle-class kids rapping about life in Columbia Heights, now’s your chance.  The Eubonics are serious MC’s that mix hipster aesthetics with real hip-hop roots.  Check out the track Fire on their MySpace page and then see them live on the Electric Stage (1st Floor).


12:00pm – 7:00pm: This Sunday is the last Artomatic art fair of this summer! Twenty of our Artomatic visual artists will set up and sell their work in a marketplace on the first floor. You can choose from painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, masks, ceramics, papercrafts, and more.

By Michael Perez from

By Michael Perez from

12:00pm – 3:00pm: CHALK4PEACE is coordinating what they hope will be one of the largest outdoor chalk art projects for peace.  Kids can meet in the Education Room (8th Floor)  at noon for supplies and drawing practice, and then everyone can head downstairs at 1pm to draw all over the sidewalk! All ages encouraged to participate.

9:00pm – 9:30pm: Check out the Dance/Theatre Stage (6th Floor) for a live Flamenco performance. Suspiro Andaluz is a D.C. flamenco group founded in 2007, and they’ll be performing a number of dances while accompanied by a live guitarist.

Hope to see you all this weekend!

Sat Jun 27 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
In the galleries

Stop by the 7th floor Peeps Dioramas to meet the artists behind this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest. Ask your burning questions and find out their diorama secrets. Marshmallow treats from Peeps-maker Just Born will sweeten the day.

Cardboard’s Ready, Race is Set – It’s Artomatic 500 …

June 23, 2009

Artomatic waves the green flag  once again for the second annual Artomatic 500 Cardboard Car Creation Competition – our take on the classic Indy 500 race.

Artomatic 500: Saturday, June 27, 3pm.

Cardboard is available in the pit area now open in the first floor Electric Stage area. Race officials report that bringing more cardboard will put you ahead of the pack.

Two official build sessions will be held Friday, June 26, at noon and 3pm, but the area is available whenever the Electric Stage is open — or Race Director Sal Ferro is there working.

Racers and crew are invited to create a cardboard “vehicle” which could be two dimensional, three dimensional — even four dimensional if you can make it happen — as long as it it entirely powered by a walking or running human and is decorated by the driver and his or her team. No engine or propulsion system of any sort is allowed. Wheels are optional. In fact, they are discouraged.

Winners will be determined by a judging team using points based on a mechanically objective combination of garishness and ingenuity, to be determined on the spot. Create, compete, volunteer to officiate — or just come and watch!

Contact Artomatic 500 race official Sal Ferro for more, at