REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC

REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC
Photo- Gessoed Hand of MG Stout holding her favorite paint while prepping paper

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

DECK-O Art Originals Artist Reception

 Art Deck-O: DC Playing Card Originals Artists from the Washington DC Playing Card Project Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 6–8:30 pm 
This past winter 54 of Washington DC's finest artists came together to produce wildly creative designs that form a playing card deck unique to our area. The culmination of these efforts was then published in a deck of fully functional playing cards with traditional suites of diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs. Although decks of cards--designed by artists or created in a particular theme--have been around for centuries, this latest variation on the concept has given DC area artists a fun way to showcase their individual expressions in card form. Both the originals and the decks of cards will be on exhibit at Touchstone Gallery during the month of July as Touchstone partners with Art In Hand TM to promote the work of artists here in DC. Each deck is composed of a fantastic array of genres and mediums which are a big hit with artists, school teachers, magicians, game players and art lovers everywhere. Each deck is like holding an Art Gallery right in your own hands. 
Washington is the third city in a series of art decks created by Art In Hand TM, an arts publisher out of Charlotte, NC. Founded by Dione Goyette in 2009, the first project united artists in the Charlotte area and then inspired a deck in Portland, Oregon. This imaginative and collaborative project isn't just fun and games. So far, participating artists in Charlotte and Portland can boast that their work is in the homes of over 3,000 and 5,000 people respectively. Decks in both cities will go back for second printings this year. 
Artists: Steve Alderton, Erin Antognoli, Michael J. Auger, Jennifer Beinhacker, Chris Bishop, Jennifer Bishop, Liliane Blom, Adam Bradley, Tory Cowles, Karen Deans, Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, Devbo, Dana Ellyn, Theresa Esterlund, Susan Feller, Beth Hannon Fuller, Jenne Glover, Emily Greene Liddle, Rosemary Luckett, Sue Lynch, Susan Makara, Angela Maray, Joyce McCarten, Newton More, Jennifer O'Connell, Eileen Olson, Maggie O'Neill, Kristy Orr, Cindy Packard Richmond, Judith Peck, Pam Rogers, Daniel Francisco Roncesvalles, Lisa K. Rosenstein, Matt Sesow, Pauline A. Siple, Isabelle Spicer, Charles St. Charles, Mary Gallagher Stout, Dan Tulk, Pamela H. Viola, Gail Vollrath, Andrew Wodzianski, Emma SkyWolf, Sharon Wolpoff and Jason Zampol. 
For more information please contact Ksenia Grishkova, Director, at 202-347-2787 or e-mail at or visit our website at 
Art In Hand TM, Dione Goyette, Owner at 704-918-8186; email or visit website 

The Crowd

You can see my painting (eagle in the corner)

Me & Eileen Olson pointing to her work
The show was very interesting, but not all the works were there...  Some pieces sold prior to the event (my work is sold but the collector was okay with letting me borrow it for the exhibition).  Some artists didn't want to participate or couldn't.  What was surprising was that there were a few pieces that were prints?  It made sense for those who created the image digitally, but for those who created paintings?  I was a little disappointed.  For me there is nothing better than seeing the original.  My other gripe - I was really looking forward to meeting a few of the artists, but there were no introductions or name tags or identifying marks to connect the artists to their work.  Overall it was a lovely evening.  Great artists, delicious vino and familiar faces. 
FYI the images featuring the crowd.  I did catch a few dirty looks for standing on the bench to take those shots as I wanted to be able to share what I saw with all of you.  My only regret is not being able to conjure up a fart to shoot in her direction! What is wrong with me?

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