Reception This Saturday June 30th!

Hope to see everyone come out for the ArtLibs reception this Saturday June 30th from 3-5pm!

Artlibs is open!


The show is up and looks great. When you come and check it out make sure to fill in your own artlib and share it.

ArtLibs Curator’s Statement

(adjective) local artists will help (verb) a story through their art. The catch is that the (noun -pl) will not know what the story is. The artists will only receive a type of word to illustrate. The artworks will complete the (noun) with the help of viewer’s interpretations. The (adjective) stories the visitors create will all be included as part of the (noun). In this way the exhibit will continue to (verb) (adverb).

This show has been in my head for several years. The idea came to me while thinking of ways to make art shows more interactive with the public and have fun with it. I believe art is for everyone and that the viewer should be able to be involved with the art in some way. I thought this is a great way to combine everything together.

The artists who are participating in the show really had no idea what they were in for. They were all assigned word types – but had no idea about the stories they were going to be incorporated into. Just like a classic game of mad libs. The stories were kept under wraps!

The idea of the show is for the artists and the public to complete the story with how they are interpreting the artwork. The fun of mad libs are how ridiculous the final stories are so we hope viewers will play along and leave their completed mad libs on the story wall for others to get a chuckle. The show will grow as the stories get left. We are not making easy – so we are not including titles of the artworks.

I am overjoyed seeing the show come together. I wrote the stories, so filling them in as I was seeing the artwork come in made me laugh. Getting to work with so many talented artists in the area is an added bonus, The DC area has such an amazing pool of artists and it’s great to see them play along!

Artist profile – Tom Cardarella

Although his early still-life and landscape oil paintings were quite realistic, Tom Cardarella began to develop a more abstract style while studying figure drawing.  His painting techniques and the tendency toward abstraction came together in his distinctive style of oil and acrylic figure paintings.  Done in group sessions with live models, these figurative works have elements of the human form but also contain the playful experiments in shapes and colors that distinguish his work of that period.

More recently he has been working on much larger works, including an 8′ x 12′ foot installation at Artomatic and four large panels that covered an unused storefront space during the Better Block Day in Mount Rainier, Maryland.  He has also designed websites, worked with computer graphics, and volunteered his time with a number of arts-related organizations.

Tom was born in Washington, D.C., lived in Arlington, Virginia, for many years, and currently lives in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

Artist Profile – Mary Gawlik

Mary Gawlik creates ceramic art tiles and tile panels. She focuses on producing unique works and limited editions. Because clay just screams to be manipulated, she is mostly interested in creating relief surfaces in her designs and exploring beyond traditional tile shapes and functions. She is a resident artist at the Greenbelt Community Center (in Maryland), where she also teaches tile making, surface decoration, and glazing techniques.

Artist Profile – Russ Little

Russ is a mixed media fiber artist who creates art cloth, art quilts, and wearable art. He works out of his home studio and his studio at the Greenbelt Community Center, where he is an Artist in Residence.

Artist profile – Dafna Steinberg

Dafna Steinberg is a native of Washington, DC. A graduate of Hampshire College, the International Center of Photography, and Goldsmiths, University of London, she has exhibited in and curated challenging thematic shows in both in the United States and overseas. Though her background is in photography, she also works in mixed media, video and collage. Her collages are inspired from dreams, the media and how I see the world. They are puzzles that come together organically from bits and pieces of magazine cut outs, vintage postcards and photographs of people I have never met.