Lenny Campello’s “How To Survive As An Artist Seminar”

Throughout the year, the Brentwood Arts Exchange offers classes and workshops of interest to artists. On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, as part of the center’s Professional Development Series, the Brentwood Arts Exchange will be once again hosting the “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

paintball.mona_lisaBOOTCAMP FOR ARTISTS

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2 – 4:30 pm

Hosted by noted artist/author/art critic extraordinaire, F. Lennox Campello, this free seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their career to the next level.   

Ever wonder how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards, and residences? How to approach a gallery? Then this seminar is for you! Space is limited. 

Cost: Free

Location: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Contact: 301-277-2863

Lenny Campello Solo at Artists & Makers Studios

"The Devil... after he came back from Georgia" Charcoal, conte on unfired Bisque 5x6x3 inches, c. 2017

“The Devil… after he came back from Georgia”
Charcoal, conte on unfired Bisque
5x6x3 inches, c. 2017

F. Lennox Campello (aka Lenny) is a well known voice of the Mid-Atlantic Art scene, where as an independent curator, art dealer, art critic and consultant he has organized many important shows in the Washington D.C. capital city area.

Lenny came to the United States from Cuba with his parents when he was 10. The family settled in Brooklyn, but he was restless, so he forged his father’s signature and joined the Navy at 17. The military paid for him to major in art and math at the University of Washington in Seattle, and then he was off, stationed all over the globe but keeping up with his art all the while. He held an art show in Beirut and created illustrations for Stars and Stripes newspaper. His figurative artwork is the basis of his solo exhibition along with works in a variety of media and subjects, including the artist’s favorite subject: A 30-year-old affair with Mexican icon Frida Kahlo. In his “Obsessive Drawings” series, Lenny’s works provide insight into his own life, and others.

 

Lenny Campello, "Frida in a Cross of Clouds"

Lenny Campello, “Frida in a Cross of Clouds”

Artists & Makers in Rockville opening of The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello is Lenny’s first regional solo show in 8 years.

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD
The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello

Opening reception is Friday, June 2nd from 6-9PM.

This exhibit runs June 2-29th, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment. For more information on Artists & Makers Studio visit www.artistsandmakersstudios.com.

Artomatic Picks F. Lennox Campello!

Artomatic presents: F. Lennox Campello Selects – A curated show of artists selected by artist, writer and art critic, Lenny Campello. Many of of the selected artists participated in the Artomatic Inaugural Ball last month.

Featured Artists Include: 

Bijan Machen

Carrie Hughes

Christ Lyngas

Cory Oberndorfer

David Camero

David D’Orio

Deborah Lash

Devin Symons

Erwin Timmers

John Grunwell

Joseph Merchlinsky

Kathryn Trillas

Larry Jones

Lindsey Routt

M. Helene Baribeau

Magda Johanna Gomez

Michael Janis

Monica de Gastyne

Nancy Donnelly

Natalia

Natalie Camou

Nicolas Zimbro

Paul Farley

Philip Yabut

Rania Hassan

Ric Garcia

Roger James

Russ McIntosh

Sardar

Sasha Sinclair

Sean Hennessey

Shanthi Chandrasekar

Stephanie Booth

  Tim Tate

  Zofie Lang


Exhibit from February 8th to February 22nd, 2013.

Opening reception February 13th – 6 to 8 pm (think Valentine’s!)

Pepco Edison Place Gallery address and hours:

702 8th Street, NW between G and H Streets

Open Tue Wed Thu Fri Noon – 4pm

Click HERE to jump to FB event page.

Miami Art Fairs – Real Deal or Hype? Panel Discussion @ The Hive 2.0

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Hip? or Hop?

Miami Art Fairs Panel

First-Hand Perspectives From Experts And Newcomers

Date: Monday, January 14th, 2013, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Catalyst Projects will moderate this discussion, generously hosted by Arch Development and The Hive 2.0. 

Aqua Show in Miami 2012

The panel is going to feature Lenny Campello, distinguished art dealer, art writer and artist at Aqua; Adah Rose Bitterbaum, owner of the Adah Rose Gallery and exhibitor at Pulse; Tim Tate, mixed media sculptor at Art Miami; Sean Hennessey, glass artist and newcomer to Aqua; and Shaunte Gates, exhibiting artist at Select.

This panel discussion will offer the DC arts community a look at the increasingly important world of art fairs from diverse perspectives.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Location:

The Hive 2.0

1231‐B Good Hope Rd SE

Washington, DC 20020

WGS Gets Wood Artist Drew Storm Graham

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The DC-area knows that StrathmoreHall houses the incredible Baltimore Symphony, but Strathmore is not just for the performing arts anymore – Strathmore features fine visual arts. The organization is in its second season of its Fine AIR program, where the center cultivates local visual arts talent by pairing emerging artists with established professionals in the community in its Fine Artist in Residence (Fine AIR) program and exhibition. Fine AIR residencies last six months, during which time participants expand their craft, build their audience, create a curatorial proposal, solidify their artistic voice and, ultimately, premiere a new body of work commissioned by Strathmore.

“Twisted” Drew Storm Graham

2012-2013 Strathmore class of fine artist-in-residence Drew Storm Graham expands his knowledge of artwork media by working in glass at the Washington Glass School.
Multidisciplinary artist Drew Graham’s artwork references imagery steeped in the counter cultures of tattoo and graffiti art. Normally working with airbrushed laminated wood veneers,  under the mentorship of writer and artist F. Lennox Campello, Drew has been exploring new artistic possibilities. 

Drew Graham begins sifting crushed glass powder onto panels of glass for color samples.
Color, texture, patterns, sequence and how depth can be achieved are the goals of the glass workshop.

The culminating Fine Artists in Residence Exhibition  will be on view in the Mansion at Strathmore beginning August 31, 2013.

About Strathmore

Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, is immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Book Release Party for "100 Artists of Washington, DC"

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This weekend, the book release party was held at the beautiful Conner Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington, DC. As the Mid-Atlantic sweltered in record-breaking high temperatures, the cool crowd was in force at the book reception. The book is incredible – the production quality is very high and the selection of the artists represented and the artwork included all contribute to a fantastic compendium of the best of the DC area art scene. Though I understand the first set of books from the publisher is already sold out at places like Amazon Books, more books are due soon.

Artist/Author F Lennox Campello at his book release, held at Conner Contemporary.

The crowds braved the heat to get their first look at the book.

Tim Tate waves a jaunty ‘hello’ to this intrepid reporter.

Book Signing Party for 100 DC Artists Book

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100 Artists of Washington, DC / F Lennox Campello
Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 9780764337789

The Washington, DC, capital region is not only home to some of the best art museums in the world, hundreds of art galleries, non-profit art spaces, alternative art venues, and art organizations, but it also supports one of the best visual art scenes in the nation. Celebrating this art scene, award-winning artist and prominent critic and commentator, F. Lennox (Lenny) Campello, has compiled works by 100 leading contemporary visual artists who represent the tens of thousands of artists working in this diverse region. Equally diverse are the artistic styles and media you will see in this new book, the first of its kind for the capital area. With more than 730 works of art, Lenny offers a primer for both the savvy art collector and the beginning collector, highlighting his selection of emerging artists who deserve more attention.

As part of the book release events, there will be a party held at one of Washington, DC’s leading art gallery; Conner Contemporary, on Saturday, June 23, 2011.

You might remember last year when Lenny announced that he was retained by Schiffer Publishing to edit and create the “100 Artists of Washington, DC” book as part of their series on national artists, that a fair bit of controversy and debate arose in various newsmedia and blogs, including Lenny re-writing Kriston Capps’ original Washington City Paper article with a different tone. Now that the book is out, we can see if the brouhaha was warranted. The book publisher, Schiffer Books, has also just released a “100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic” book that includes artists from the DC region – but authored by E. Ashley Rooney. An interesting note – there are few artists that are included in both books – notably, the directors of the Washington Glass School – Michael Janis, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers were each selected by the authors for inclusion in their books.

100 Artists of Washington, DC Book Release Party
Saturday, July 23, 2011
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Ave, NE

Washington, DC

Can’t wait for the bookstores or Amazon (where its already out of stock!)? Click HERE to jump to Google search for sites that have the book!

Here are the 100 DC area artists:

Ken Ashton
Joseph Barbaccia
m. gert barkovic
Holly Bass
John Blee
Margaret Boozer
Adam Bradley
Scott G. Brooks
Lisa Montag Brotman
iona rozeal brown
Wayne Edson Bryan
Renee Butler
Judy Byron
Colby Caldwell
Rafael J. Cañizares-Yunez
Chan Chao
Zoe Charlton
William Christenberry
Manon Cleary
Mary Coble
Danny Conant
Kathryn Cornelius
Rosemary Feit Covey
Jeffry Cudlin
Richard Dana
Adam de Boer
Rosetta DeBerardinis
David D’Orio
John Dreyfuss
William Dunlap
Mary Early
Victor Ekpuk
Dana Ellyn
Fred Folsom
Helen Frederick
Rik Freeman
Chawky Frenn
Victoria F. Gaitán
Carol Brown Goldberg
Janis Goodman
Pat Goslee
Muriel Hasbun
Linda Hesh
Jason Horowitz
James Huckenpahler
Melissa Ichiuji
Martha Jackson Jarvis
Michael Janis
Judy Jashinsky
Mark Jenkins
Margarida Kendall Hull
Craig Kraft
Sidney Lawrence
Amy Lin
Barbara Liotta
Malik Lloyd
Laurel Lukaszewski
Maxwell MacKenzie
Akemi Maegawa
James W. Mahoney
Isabel Manalo
Percy Martin
Carolina Mayorga
J.J. McCracken
Donna McCullough
Patrick McDonough
Alexa Meade
Linn Meyers
Maggie Michael
A.B. Miner
Brandon Morse
Lida Moser
Cory Oberndorfer
Byron Peck
Jefferson Pinder
Michael B. Platt
Susana Raab
W.C. Richardson
Marie Ringwald
Nate Rogers
Robin Rose
Erik Sandberg
Matt Sesow
Foom V. Sham
Joe Shannon
Jeff Spaulding
Molly Springfield
Dan Steinhilber
Lou Stovall
Tim Tate
Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Erwin Timmers
Ben Tolman
Kelly Towles
Novie Trump
Frank Warren
Joe White
John Winslow
Colin Winterbottom
Andrew Wodzianski

Click HERE to jump to a Pink Line Project interview with Lenny Campello by John Anderson on what started this project and how the artists were chosen.

Head For Art Interviews Lenny Campello

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Head for Art‘s Aleid Ford interviews Lenny Campello of DC Art News about his upcoming 100 Washington Artists book.
Since Lenny has announced his work on the book and the artists included, a lot of interest and commentary has erupted – who is included, who should have been included, snarky gripes and complaints left and right. Aleid held the interview with Lenny at the Washington Glass School. (Full disclosure – WGS directors Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis and Tim Tate are all included in the initial 100 Washington, DC artists book).

click on photo to jump to video interview

Social Networking Seminar

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Nora, The Piano Cat
click on image to jump to cat-certo video


Special Seminar: Social Networking and Marketing Your Art

This special seminar will be held during CraftWeek DC and in cooperation with the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend. Come and explore with us the possibilities for advancing your artwork using today’s popular social networks. Get shows, sell your work, approach galleries, blogs, newspapers…. so many forms for the new face of art to investigate.

Find out how Tim Tate was able to turn a Facebook posting of a cat playing a piano into a show at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design – that alone is reason enough to participate in the seminar!

The seminar speakers are some of DC’s art stars that are at the forefront in the use of the internet and social media:

Rania Hassan studied art in college in Lebanon and moved to Washington to work for the White House. More recently, Rania has been getting attention for her alt-craft “knit paintings,” and last year she received an award from the James Renwick Alliance, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Rania has kept her day job working for the government but finds herself devoting every spare moment to her craft. She actively sells her artwork with Etsy, and Crafty Bastards.

Click HERE to jump to Washington Post article about Rania.

F.Lennox Campello studied art at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In 1996 he was the co-founder of the Fraser Gallery, a leading independently owned fine arts gallery in Washington, DC and he has been the recipient of many art awards as well as having exhibited widely in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He is also often heard on National Public Radio (in the USA) and the Voice of America discussing the visual arts from the Greater Washington, DC region. Lenny is an award-winning artist, and his art news blog; DC Art News is one of the highest ranked visual arts blogs in the Blogsphere. Lenny is well known for his “Boot Camp for Artists” seminars on how to survive as an artist.

Click HERE to see his website.

Tim Tate is the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Washington Glass School. He is a sculptor who has been working in glass, steel, concrete and ceramic since 1989. He oversaw a glass casting production studio in New Orleans for three years. Tate’s artwork has been shown in many galleries and museums including the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Mint Museum, the University of Richmond Art Museum and the University of Virginia Art Museum. Tim was the recipient of the 2009 Virginia A Groot Foundation Grant for his work in sculpture.

Click HERE to see his website.

Seminar 222 – Special Seminar: Social Networking and Marketing Your Art

Instructor Rania Hassan/ Tim Tate and F Lennox Campello
Date Saturday April 24
Time 1 pm – 3pm
Tuition $20

Click HERE to jump to the Washington Glass School class list & use PayPal form at top of webpage.

Boot Camp for Artists – Free Artist Development Seminar

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Noted art critic, art dealer and tireless promoter of the arts – F Lennox (Lenny) Campello hosts a free seminar on how an artist can move to the next level that is sponsored by the Gateway Arts Center this coming April 10, from 1 – 5 pm. Called Boot Camp for Artists – it addresses topics on maximizing the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators. The program is free, but space is limited.

For more info on the seminar, contact John Paradiso at the Gateway CDC (John@Gateway-cdc.org – 301-864-3860 x3).

The talk is followed by a closing reception for the exhibition of “Artists of the Gateway Arts District” – the inaugural art show for the beautiful new gallery that is part of the Gateway Arts Center.

The reception will be from 5:00 – 8:00pm, Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Ave.

Brentwood, MD 20722