A listing of new openings, exhibitions and opportunities to show art.
Movie Poster Art of John Alvin at Art Insights in Reston. Alvin will make a personal appearance on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Alvin went to one of my old schools … Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Think of this as the American Bauhaus and you’ve the general idea. We had a visiting movie poster artist come in and talk to us one day. May have been Alvin, or not, I can’t remember. Either way, the guy started doing movie poster art in school, and was making so much money he had to drop out before he finished because school was getting in the way of his career. He would work for a few months then take a few months off to surf in Hawaii … or so he said. Trust me, movie poster artists are not members of the “starving artist” club. Good work if you can get it. Like most jobs in Hollywood, getting the job in the first place is the real hurdle.
ArtInsights is located at 11921 Freedom Drive in the RestonTownCenter, Reston, Va. Call (703) 478-0778 for more information.
Continuing on with the cinema theme … The 2nd Annual Amnesty International Film Festival at the National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Eight films will be screened over three days from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 16. Call (202) 857-7700 or see www.amnestyusa.org/filmfest/dc/2006/ for complete details on times, ticket prices and synopses of the films. Subjects run from Darfur, coffee, South Africa, Chinese human smuggling into the U.S., adult justice for an East L.A. Latino juvenile murderer, U.S. ground troops in Iraq, the making of international versions of “Sesame Street,” and a screening of Oliver Stone’s “Salvador.”
DC Labor Film Fest at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, Md.) Ten films screened at various times from Sept. 14 – 19. For complete details see www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2006/v3i5/dclabor.aspx. Jane Fonda will be appearing at the Saturday screening of “Nine to Five,” with some free tickets available to women office workers … see www.dclaborfilmfest.org for details.
This week’s overall hot pick has to be the “18th-Century Craft Fair” at Mount Vernon, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free with general admission to Mount Vernon. Adults $13, ages 62 and over $12, ages 6-11 (accompanied by an adult) $6, ages 5 and under are free. An unlimited one-year daytime admission pass to Mount Vernon is $18, add a youth to that pass for $9 each.
The crafts fair will feature 46 different artisans groups demonstrating and selling all sorts of wares from wax portraits to pottery, baskets, furniture, textiles, pewter, etc. A few of these people are from the local area, but for the most part they’re traveling from out of state to do this.
Also included are free Potomac River sightseeing cruises “while supplies last” (normally $9 for adults and $5 for kids). The fair will also have two stages for 18th-century entertainment such as fire-eaters, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, rat catchers (they might have better luck further up the river … ), gypsies, and finally specialty foods will be on sale. Mount Vernon is located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. Call (703) 780-2000, or see www.mountvernon.org/calendar/index.cfm for more information.
City of Alexandria “Art in City Hall” call to artists. Delivery of entries Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AlexandriaCity Hall, 2nd Floor, 301 King St., Alexandria, Va.
One of the main reasons people enter shows of this sort is to get their work seen by people of some influence. You can’t get too much better than this … Judging will be performed by Stephen Phillips, a curator at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. No relation that I know of. Up to three pieces will be accepted for judging, at $2 per piece. Last year’s show hung about 50 percent of the entries. Cash awards for first place $500, second place $200 and third place $100. Works not accepted for hanging will need to be picked up the next day. Show will run from Sept. 20 all the way through to March 23, 2007.
Note: All entrants must be a member of one of the following groups: www.theartleague.org, www.thedelrayartisans.org, www.springwaterfiber.org, plus the artists in residence at the Torpedo Factory. Memberships will be available at time of drop-off, but you’ll need to check the above web sites for particular membership fees, etc. to decide which one you’d want to join. See www.ci.alexandria.va.us/ or call the Art League for more information at (703) 683-1780.