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Comics festival Small Press Expo returns to North Bethesda

SPXO 170917 068 Keith KnightCartoonist Keith Knight showcases collections of his work for attendees at the 2017 Small Press Expo at the Marriott Conference Center in North Bethesda. COURTESY PHOTO  The Small Press Expo returned to the Marriott Conference Center in North Bethesda, on Sept. 16 and 17. SPX, as it is known, is a 501©(3) nonprofit founded in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. The annual event attracts hundreds of cartoonists, publishers and large crowds.

This year, the Expo’s roster of special guests included: Canadian illustrator and cartoonist Jillian Tamaki, who provided art for the graphic novels “Skim,” and “This One Summer:” Gilbert Hernandez, who is best known for his Palomar/Heartbreak Soup stories in the alternative comic book series “Love & Rockets,” which he shares with brothers Jaime and Mario; Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi, creator of “The Book of Hope;” and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes, whose work appears in various newspapers across the country such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and international newspapers like Le Monde while animated editorial cartoons are regularly featured on The Washington Post’s website.

Previous expos have featured cartooning legends such as Roz Chast of The New Yorker, and the iconic Jules Feiffer as well as relative newcomers like Congressman John Lewis, who appeared last year to promote his three-part graphic novel series called “The March.”

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Folk Festival Draws Hundreds in Takoma Park

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TAKOMA PARK – Hundreds of Takoma Park residents gathered Sunday afternoon for the city's annual folk festival to celebrate cultural diversity.

"Today's event is terrific, one, we have perfect weather for it, second we have amazing organizers who have taken up the planning of the folk festival this year and they've done an amazing job," said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. "It appeals to all different tastes," she added.

Set on the grounds of Takoma Park Middle School, the festival attracted musicians, dancers, and artists from across the region who displayed their talents and crafts to an observant crowd that strolled between booths and stages.

"I think it's terrific, the music is good, people seem to be enjoying themselves, the weather is perfect, and hopefully next year it's going to be bigger, bolder, and stronger," said 40-year Takoma Park resident and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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Bethesda business hosts ‘A Toast to Art’ showcase

BETHESDA — Two entrepreneurs held an open house art exhibit in their own Bethesda office entitled “A Toast to Art” on Tuesday.

Sean Saidi and Sabine Roy helm Saidi-Roy Associates, or SR/A, a private business that is partly architectural and partly interior design.

SR/A is contracted to design new multifamily homes and renovate old ones in the area. Saidi and Roy’s art exhibit showcases local work from artists they know personally.

“We talk to local artists to help Bethesda because there’s not enough exhibits, and the ones available are very expensive,” said Saidi.

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Reflecting on the impact of Artomatic with founder

artomaticGeorge Koch, founder of Artomatic. COURTESY PHOTO  

POTOMAC — Artomatic 2016, a five- to six-week event showcasing local artists’ work, performances, and music is in its final week.

It is ending with a presentation on creative entrepreneurship, a musical performance, a closing party, and a fire performance this Thursday and Friday.

George Koch, founder and emeritus of Artomatic, created the yearly event in 1999 when he was the president of “A. Salon”, an art cooperative in the Takoma Park area of Washington, D.C.

It all started when his landlord offered him space for his organization.

“I said, ‘We have enough responsibility with what we’ve got, but show me,’ and before we knew it, we had 300 artists in a 90,000 square foot area and it all spread by word of mouth,” said Koch.

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Center Stage: Gallery features unique collection of four different artists

 

WASHINGTON – On the first floor of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, an exhibit entitled “Visions and Revisions” explores “universal cycles of growth and decline.”

“Visions and Revisions” is 2016’s installation of the “Renwick Invitational”, in which the work of four craft artists are on display in four separate sections.

Although the overarching theme is the cycle of decay and rebirth, each artist’s work shows a unique interpretation of this concept.

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The Small Press Expo returns to Bethesda

 

SPXPO-1aComic book artists and writers gathered at the Small Press Expo in the Bethesda Marriott and Conference Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA – The Bethesda Marriott Hotel hosted the Small Press Expo (SPX), the biggest indie comic event in the nation, where both small-time comic book artists and big-name novelists gathered together to meet fans.

“This is our first time [here] so I’m really excited,” said Linnea Kataja, a student at the School of Visual Arts. “It’s great for [our school] to have a table here so students can have a chance to sell their art and get exposure.”

“(SPX) wants people who have never tabled before or just starting out because some of those people will be big names in the future,” said Tony Breed, the author of the comic strip “Finn and Charlie are Hitched.”

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Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo BallroomLocal artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO 

GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom.

Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media.

A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs.

“There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.

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Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists


Old SS PD StationArtspace has plans for the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO 

The former 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring may soon become both an affordable place to live and work for artists.

ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit company that creates affordable living and working space throughout the country, has submitted plans to convert the former police station into 30 artist studios amid an affordable housing development that will include up to 68 multifamily homes and 11 townhouses.

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Rocklands Farm takes advantage of great wines and good country living

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POOLESVILLE - Driving up to what seemed to be a scene in a film set in the 1800s, one can see the signs in front of Rocklands Farm pointing either way with the words “Artisan Tour” on them. According to farm manager Greg Glenn, the farm was only one stop in a tour that spanned most of the countryside in Poolesville.

The closest stop to Rocklands Farm was up the road toward Beallsville, where artists like David Therriault welcomed tourists into their studios to see works such as stone sculptures.

The Artisan Tour consisted of 15 stops spread out between Poolesville and Glenwood. Each stop was at the home and studio of the artists displaying and selling their work. Their mediums ranged from stone sculptures to hand-blown glass.

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