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Northern Virginia Art Beat

A listing of new openings, exhibitions and opportunities to show art.

In the same mode as Falls Church’s 804 Gallery show, we have another grassroots art show in a building clearly slated for future demolition. "Life & Death " through Saturday November 12 at the old Danville Auto Body shop, 415 N. Danville St., Arlington, VA (directly behind the Whole Foods grocery store in Clarendon). Gallery Hours are Fridays 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays Noon to Midnight, Sundays Noon to 5 p.m.

It’s an eclectic mix of art centered around life and death, though I’d be inclined to call it more about death, and dying. Jillian Pinocki’s photo portraits of septuagenarian’s in boxing gear seem to best sum up the gist of the show. The stark black and white images show three men well past their prime, fighting with unseen opponents. At least one of whom has taken some heavy blows. It’s obvious, scrappy as they may be, most of the fight is gone from these purported pugilists. You scoff at the ridiculousness of elderly guys duking it out, and then realize they’re in the fight of their lives with an insurmountable opponent…time. They will fight to the death. And they, like all of us, will lose.

Other highlights of note: Trudi Ludwig’s “Prima Veritas,” a sort of skeletal version of the three graces, as they cavort with hands entwined. Jane Leuders’ Rauschenberg-esque ‘What Are We Fighting For?’ about the US role in Iraq. Rosemary Feit Covey’s ‘Flies 3’ gets the shock value award for her drawn portrait done almost entirely in flies. It’s well done but startling, even in this context. I also liked the enigmatic ethereal quality to Daniel Dean’s photo ‘Macy in Heaven’. It’s an image of a child being tossed in the air, ostensibly by her father. It seems so full of life, hope and possibilities. Yet the title makes you wonder if it isn’t an image of metaphoric, as well as literal, foreshadowing. You’ll have to decide for yourself what the meaning/message is. When you do arrive at an answer you’ll find it says more about you than it does the art work. Really good art can be like that.

To paraphrase the band ‘X’, if you "must not think bad thoughts", this probably isn’t the best show to go see. On the other hand, if you can handle the real world in it’s grittier modes, it’s time well spent.

Bands, and art demonstrations are scheduled every day the gallery is open. Friday, Oct. 27: Bands: rock/ ‘Project Apple Sauce’ 8 -10 p.m. noise/ ‘Cutest Puppy in the World’ 10 p.m. to Midnight. Saturday, October 28 : Silk Screen Demonstration 2-3:30 p.m., Pumpkin Carving Contest 3:30 -5 p.m. (30 pumpkins provided free, and will displayed in the gallery for 2 days).

Bands: acoustic rock-folk/ ‘Jay Rees’ 4-5:30 p.m., pop/ ‘Parlour Scouts’ 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 29: jazz/ ‘Kate Manning’ 2-4 p.m. Friday, November 3: rock/ ‘Alec Gross’ 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 4: Woodcut Printing Demonstration 2- 3 p.m., With the smooth jazz sounds of ‘Anthony Walker’ from 3-4 p.m. All events are free.

For more information call 703-807-1167, or see www.artoutlet.org, it’s a difficult web site to use, but the information is there. You’ll just have to work for it…or you can read the list above.

"The Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival" Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Rain or Shine! Sponsored by Church of the Pilgrims, 22nd and P Streets, NW Washington, DC. Rough count of participating artists as listed, is over 65. Should be some wacky fun stuff in this one.

Falls Church resident Karen Lee Schmidt is one of three local artists in "The Art of Children’s Book Illustration" at Marymount University. Opening reception, and book signing is Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show includes work from three professional children’s book illustrators: Cheryl Shaw Barnes (well known for her "White House Mouse" series), Karen Lee Schmidt ("Carl’s Nose" and "Hoptoad," a Humane Society KIND award winner) and Nancy Hannans (also a professor of art at Marymount). The show runs from October 27 through December 10.

Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Barry Gallery is located in the Reinsch Library on Marymount’s Main Campus –2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. (rear entrance by the Arlington County Compost pile) For more information call (703) 284-1561 or see www.marymount.edu/academic/artandsci/barrygallery/index.html

Nancy Baker and Don Srull have a weekend show Saturday and Sunday Oct 28 -29 at Pleasant Grove Church, 6700 Lewinsville Rd, McLean, VA, Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with artist reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Nancy Baker does Hopper-esque landscapes (a few of which are still on view in the Ramp Gallery in the McLean Community Center. Don Srull does landscapes, planes, etc. Both are excellent artists.

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