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Northern Virginia Art Beat

Transportation issues have kept us out of art galleries this week, but that doesn't mean you can't get into them.

Artist Opportunities

'Rosebud Film and Video Festival'

Arlington's big yearly film festival is currently seeking entries for this year's events. Twenty finalists will be selected for screening, with the top five screened at a special presentation gala event. Those five will each receive a $1,000 cash award, with the grand prize winner receiving an additional $500 worth of video tape and production services courtesy of Arlington Independent Media.

Works submitted must have had their first release since Jan. 1, 2006. Entry fee for the competition is $25, which includes a one-year membership in Arlington Independent Media. Entries are due March 30. For complete details, call Jackie Steven at 703-524-2388, or see www.RosebudFestival.org

 

'Arlington Youth Film Festival'

An off shoot of the Rosebud Film Festival, this one is for middle and high school kids residing in Arlington County. Prizes will be awarded in the High School division. Deadline for entries is May 2. No entry fee is mentioned for this one. For complete details, call Jackie Steven at 703-524-2388.

 

'Once Again, Again; Rhythm And Repetition'

Held by McLean Project for the Arts, the delivery deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on April 11. A cash prize package of $1,500 will be awarded by juror Annie Gawlak, Director of G Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.

Mid-Atlantic artists (D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia) may submit up to four images via CD, with a $25 entry fee. For further information, call 703-790-1953, or see See www.mpaart.org.

This show is seeking art works that “employ multiple images or repetition as concept and/or technique will be considered. Works moving beyond traditional forms and media are encouraged.”

We can't speak for the juror, but it's fairly safe to assume that the same image repeatedly printed out in a variety of colors — aping Andy Warhol — isn't going to work here. That's been done a few thousand times too many for this crowd to bite on that lure.

Note: Applications for the Fall 2008 Art Fest at MPA are being accepted through May 1.

 

'Uncommon Beauty'

Postmarked deadline for entries is April 18 for this show to be held at Arlington Ellipse Arts Center in conjunction with the Washington Project for the Arts. Considered work must be photo- or video-based, dealing with the notion of feminine beauty.

“The overall focus of the exhibition is not our society's obsession with diet fads, obesity, and cosmetic intervention. Instead, the exhibition seeks to investigate the underpinnings of beauty and imperfection; how standards and ideals become formed and perceived; and the dynamics of self-esteem, self-hate and acceptance. The intent is to offer something different, unexpected, positive, or ambivalent; something that problematizes the notion of beauty without merely bashing it.”
There is a maximum of 10 still images or three video works that may be submitted. For complete details, see www.wpadc.org/events/calls.html.

 

'Artist in Residency/ Installation Project'

The deadline for proposals is May 5 for this solo opportunity at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Va. They are looking for an artist to install and work on the artwork over a two-week period. Wording in the press release seems to favor process over content … not that your proposal should be devoid of content. The juror will be George Mason University art professor Dale Ihnken. For further information, see www.torpedofactory.org and click on Target Gallery.

 

'Silent Auction Benefit for Kokolopori: Call for Donations of Art Works'

The silent auction, featuring Congolese music and food, will benefit maternal and child health in Kokolopori, Falls Church's sister city in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The event will be held Thursday, May 1, from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Vienna, Va. For more information or to make a donation, email maryll@verizon.net, or call Maryll Kleibrink at 703-237-2249 ext. 14.

 

Falls Church City Craft Shows 2008: Calls for Vendors and Artists

Though the event dates seem far away, some of the deadlines are closer than you'd suspect. For further information, call 703-248-5077. Forms and details can be downloaded at www.fallschurchva.gov/community/recsandparks/VendorApplications.html.

• Monday, May 26: 27th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festivities. A non-juried outdoor show, rain or shine. Application deadline: Friday, March 28
• Saturday, September 13: 33rd Annual Falls Church Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church. A non-juried outdoor show, rain or shine. Application deadline: Friday, June 27
• Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7: 16th Annual Holiday Craft Show. A juried indoor show. Application deadline: Monday, July 28

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