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Artistic Encounters in the National Gallery

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013

While walking through the West Building of the National Gallery, I found myself in the Early American section of the wing for American/English painting. I was surprised by what I saw in the room that was dedicated to showing Early American Paintings: Simply crafted portraits and landscapes that departed greatly from most rules of fine art.

The relation of that room to the nearby rooms added to the surprise. It was an exhibit room set right next to rooms showing the majesty of the Benjamin West and Copley portraits produced in the grand manner. Instead, here we find a set of portraits and landscapes that depict their subjects in a startlingly simple way. The paintings featured in this room seem more like direct documents of the life of their time. The artists are often called the American "naive painters."

'Naive Painters'

'Lost in the City'

Published on Friday, April 5, 2013

Book CoverEdward P. Jones, local novelist and short story writer, has given us a full picture of Washington D.C. life conducted away from the monuments in his classic collection of short stories, Lost in the City

Popular program moves to a ticketed system

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Starting Thursday, March 28, we will start a new ticket system for the 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme music sessions for children ages 0-3. 
Here’s how it works:

Tryouts at 6:30 p.m. on April 10

Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

Shooting Stars is a hip hop and contemporary dance class taught by mother-and-daughter team of Ahriana and LaConteau Merryweather. The classes are for boys and girls ages 5-12 and will be taking place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  

AM Dance RecitalQ: What types of skills are you looking for at the Shooting Stars auditon on April 10?
Ahri: During auditions, we are looking for personality and tenacity. You do not have to already know how to dance but you must be eager to learn.

Cherry Blossom Print

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring is finally here, and in D.C. that means one thing: The cherry blossoms are in bloom!

So, in the spirit of the season, please enjoy this tutorial for making your very own cherry blossom print.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The DC Public Library will be open during its regular hours on Thursday, March 7.

Call to sign up today!

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reading FamilyEarly literacy is not about teaching babies to read, or about teaching young children to read earlier.  Learning to read is difficult for most, and each child learns at their own pace. Rather, early literacy is the sum of the experiences young ones have with verbal and nonverbal communication, books, print and storytelling before they are ready to read. 

Did you know that babies have more synapses in their brains than adults?  The amount grows most rapidly from birth to age 5.  That is why new research shows early literacy is so important in very young children.

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Eslanda RobesonEslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson was the wife and business manager of the great musical legend Paul Robeson. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896 and attended the University of Illinois and Columbia University. One of her first jobs led her to be the first African American to serve as the head histological chemist of Surgical Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Eslanda married Paul Robeson in 1921 and had their only child, Paul Robeson Jr., in 1927. She would later write her first book in 1930, a biography of her husband, Paul Robeson, Negro.  

Pepa hones his craft

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Pepa chewing on poetic inspirationDay 1: Valentine's Day has inspired me to take my writing in a new direction.  Trying my hand at poetry.  Finding this new rhyming dictionary particularly useful.

Day 2: Here’s the poem I composed for Salt:
Roses are red,
violets are blue.
It’s like sweet music to hear you chew.

He tells me it was delicious.

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

-- from William Shakespeare's Richard III

Image from Black Adder stating "Really Baldrick?  Under a car park?  That was your cunning plan?"