January 21, 2009

Obama's Inauguration

Living a couple of miles away from the National Mall, I couldn’t miss the chance to be a part of such a historic event. Sure, I didn’t have tickets, I wouldn’t be able to actually see anything other than a ton of people and a Jumbo-tron, and would be standing out in the freezing cold for hours…. It didn’t matter, I was going!

At about 9am I put on my layers, jumped on my bike and rode down Rock Creek Park past the Watergate, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Memorial to the south side of the mall where I was forced to abandon my ride when I ran into a huge crowd of people pushing their way over to the Washington Monument. It was intense, but people were friendly as they staked out their spots and asked strangers to take their pictures.

I found a spot below the Washington Monument on the hill between it and the Capitol.

It was packed! I grew up coming to the National Mall for special events including the 4th of July and other inaugurations, but I've never seen so many people gathered there.

And the crowd was definitely participating in the event. As well known politicians or celebrities were introduced they were greeted with cheers or boos. When Cheney rolled out in a wheelchair (to the surprise of most) my section spontaneously started singing The Imperial March!

Check out the response to George W's introduction below.

And then there was the swearing in.....

It was an amazing and emotional experience. I know I could have been warmer and seen more at home, but I'm proud to be counted in the almost 2 million that were there that day.

President Obama…. Sounds good doesn't it?

January 19, 2009

No One Is As Irish As Barack Obama

You mean you didn't know?

January 16, 2009

Meet the Artist Tonight @ Studio Gallery

I've been bad about promoting this event but I'll be there and if you feel like braving the cold, please come too!

Studio Gallery Presents Artomatic Artists
Curated by
Ellyn Weiss
January 7 - January 31, 2009
2108 R Street, NW Washington, DC

Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, January 16, 6 - 8 pm
Closing Reception
Thursday, January 29, 6 - 8 pm

Participating Artists:
Erin Antognoli, Kanchan Balse, Joan Belmar, BRASH, Gregory Ferrand, Pat Goslee, Genna Gurvich, Brian Hamill, Kate Hardy, Peter Harper, Brie Husted, Joanna Knox, Tracy Lee, Laurel Lukaszewski, Laura Peery, Fabian Rios Rubino, Luba Sterlikova, Veronica Szalus, Novie Trump

January 9, 2009

Secretary of Art or Culture?

If Brazil could have a Minister of Culture, don't you think we could too???

Brazilian music icon and former Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts and I couldn't agree more. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts, now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and pass the link on to your family, friends, and colleagues.

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

2008 is over and our little gathering on New Year's Eve managed to get on the cover of the Washington Times (not my favorite paper) this morning! It looks like 2009 is going to be interesting and memorable!

Shot by the talented photographer (and our good friend) Allison Shelley