About Jesse

Founder of artdc.org and the artdc Gallery.

What to do with Twitter?

So are you a DC area artist and new to Twitter, or you just haven’t used your account much. I’ve been hassling you, and you decided to start.  First off, you’re awesome, and thank you. Here are a few thoughts I’ve complied while on way too much coffee.  Please forgive my typos.

#1 Be sure, if you don’t have one yet, select a good name that’s short and makes sense.  Want to bounce one off me?  Ok.

#2 Have a solid description. Please don’t abuse hashtags.

#3 Link to your artist’s website.

#4 Consider investing in a real website domain name.  Own your name if you can.

#5 You might want some followers that are relevant beyond the porn spam that floats around.

#6 How to get those followers? Follow a few artists.

#7 Need to find some DC area artists? Follow the 170+ artists on my list https://twitter.com/artdc/lists/art-profiles/members (really I spent a lot of time finding these folks)

#8 Not on my list? Tweet to me something like @artdc I’d love to be on your DC area artist’s list.  Or some thing like that.

#9 Want more relevant followers? Actually tweet to artists on this list.  That is, compliment someone that you like ” @whomevertheartistsis love your work keep creating… “  Or something similar.  You get the picture.

#10 Follow some DC galleries.  This list might not be completely up to date, but it’s a good starting point https://twitter.com/artdc/lists/art-spaces/members

#11 Repeat #9 except tweet to the galleries.  For instance, tell them that you liked whatever show you’ve seen at their space, or that you dig an artist they represent.

#12 Buy me coffee for the help! :)  Seriously this is optional but appreciated. I have in the past brought really good customers (in my day job) a Starbucks card as a thank you.

#13 Remember that twitter is about 2-way communication, and not just another glorified RSS feed, so talk to people.

#14 Don’t get upset if someone doesn’t respond to your tweet.  They might not be listening, but you should.

#15 Remember, we are all salespeople here, in addition to being creative, it’s our job to sell our own art as much as it is to find people to do it for us. Being proactive and professional means a lot, or so I’m told!

All of this is optional.  Just a thought, but it helps our energy out in addition to yours.  Oh and we’re talking about 30 minutes of work here if you’ve had a lot of coffee like me.

Need to get in touch?  Reach out here. I’d love to hear about your Twitter success.  This is just a starting point, but it has been useful for me.


Death of Socrates

Who: artdc Gallery
What: Death of Socrates
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 7/27/14 – 8/31/14
Reception: Saturday, 8/2/14 7-9:30 p.m.
Discuss: http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16806.0
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artdc/status/493540442395648000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/727106970668821/


Beginning at any point and continuing on infinitely into space, as each new line is created moving outward in any direction, a structure begins to form in the empty space an armature in which to construct our universe. The components of this network Michael Faraday called “lines-of-force,” an invisible electrically charged, tentacle-like network that spread invisibly through the earth’s matter and the space surrounding the earth. This network describes the rational natural law which is made visible through the artist’s grid. The exhibition is entitled The Death of Socrates which is taken from Jacques Louis David’s painting of Socrates’ death by hemlock. Painted during the Enlightenment (a rebirth of analytical thought) one can see the grid in the studies and faintly in David’s finished painting, the logical structure on which the painter and the subject created their worlds. Society now having a structure on which nature itself is built will look inward in an attempt to bring order to the ugliness of mankind. Through abstraction the Cubists, Futurists, and Suprematists attempted to bring form to the alogical psyche. Drawing transforms perception into naming, rendering into form, and it is in this naming that the artist and the spectator begin to know themselves and the world around them. The work displayed in this exhibition differs in style and conceptual content, points of overlap can be discerned in the graphic and a textual convention associated with line and grid, and conveys multiple perspectives on their use in contemporary art. The viewer is invited to enter this historical and conceptual dialogue with the work in an attempt to capture the multitude of vantage points with which interpretations can be made and a knowing can occur.

Guest Curator: Robert Long

Chris Bransome
Paul Hrusa www.paulhrusa.com
Shanthi Chandrasekar www.shanthic.com
Teresa Sites www.teresasites.com
Jay Hendrick www.jayhendrick.com
Xavier McNellage www.xaviermcnellage.com
Robert Long www.robertlong.weebly.com

Welcome to Wonderland

Who: artdc Gallery
What: Welcome to Wonderland: Rethinking Landscape
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 6/29/14 – 7/27/14
Reception: Wednesday 7/2/14, 7-9 p.m.
Discuss: artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16794.0
Twitter: twitter.com/artdc/status/483724531832745984
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/648029628605639/

Art by Pam Rogers "Peak to Peak Mica"

Art by Pam Rogers “Peak to Peak Mica”

“Welcome to Wonderland: Rethinking Landscape” is a juried exhibition, by curator Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, and guest juror Hilary-Morgan Watt, that explores abstract ideas about landscape and place.  The practice of depicting landscape is as old as the history of art itself.  Today’s artists working in abstraction and conceptual art continue to explore the relationship between art and landscape, vantage points, and distance, but with added complexities such as the meaning of exact GPS locale, urban design vs. natural scenery, and place within the vastness of the solar system.  The artists of “Welcome to Wonderland” explore life as much as they do landscape and abstraction in various 2D and 3D works.  The exhibition ” showcases abstraction, and abstract thought processes, in imaginary and impossible spatial relationships, nontraditional conceptual notions of home and place, and unconventional objects that tell the story of landscape and place.


Chuck Rounds www.chuckrounds.com
David Terrar www.davidterrar.artspan.com
Denise Philipbar www.denisephilipbar.com
Elaine Cafritz www.elainecafritz.com
Frances Borchardt www.borchardtphotography.blogspot.com
Helen Louise C. Pettis

Julie Maynard  www.juliemaynard.com
Lauren Joseph www.laurenjoseph.net

Laurence Chandler www.laurencechandlerfineart.com
Pam Rogers www.pamrogersart.com
Robert Long www.robertlong.weebly.com

Shelley Marie www.shelleyleemarie.com
Tom Block www.tomblock.com
Travis Childers www.travischilders.com

Alex Keto www.alexketo.com


Who: artdc Gallery
What: Magnetism
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Exhibition dates: 6/1/14 – 6/29/14
Reception: Saturday 6/7/14, 7-10 p.m.

Magnetism is an exhibition of Washington, DC-area artists from our previous 2014 small works open call show. We saw a connection between artists in that exhibit with bright color abstractions countered with monochromatic works bursting with energy.

We worked to define the connection between these works, and they are all exploding with energy and movement that made us ask, What is light? Light is electromagnetic energy. We made a bit of a leap and shortened the title to Magnetism as the show draws you in like a magnet to steel.

The show includes Mixed Media art, Paintings, Photography, and Sculpture.

Lisa Rosenstein lisakrosenstein.com
Peter E Harper peharper.com
Teresa Sites teresasites.com
Matt MacIntire claystudio.org
Jennifer Pizzillo jennifer.pizzillo.com
Jennifer Droblyen droblyen.com
Kristen Deninno kristinedeninno.com
Robin Sutliff fleurafoto.com
Lina Alattar LinaAlattar.com
Roger Cutler

16” x 16” Exhibition

Who: artdc Gallery
What: 16” x 16” Exhibition
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 5/4/14 to 6/1/14
Reception: Saturday 5/10/14 12-2pm (open till 5pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406121799667537/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23artdc16x16
Discuss this exhibit: http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16536.0

Galleries by nature have to act as gate keepers to survive in our economy, which often means the opportunity to show is limited by the ability to sell.

To support our mission to develop creative community, we opened the floodgates and invited anyone interested to show work in our current small works exhibition.

The 16” x 16” exhibition is open call, and has a zero percent gallery commission. All sales are direct with the artist! We are excited to see work from students to emerging artists to established artists on the wall.

All works are 16 x 16 inches or smaller across many media — paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture.

Come and buy some art direct from the artist!

Abstract April

Who: artdc Gallery
What: Abstract April Reception
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 4/6/14 – 5/4/14
Reception: Saturday 7-10pm, 4/12/14
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/608236225911881/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artdc/status/453712698111709185
Discuss this exhibit: http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16529.0

This month we’re excited to announce a group of abstract work from artists in our recent #WeTweetArt V2.0 show. The artists have assembled a solid group of works on canvas, paper, mixed media and sculpture across many styles, all in the abstract world. This opportunity allows us to continue our conversation about the DC-area art scene on social media. Tweet about this show using the hashtag #artdcAA .

Jackie Hoysted

Alexandra Chiou

Elizabeth Williams

Lina Alattar

MP Brown

Liliane Blom

John Grunwell

Grayson Heck

Jennifer Lillis

#WeTweetArt V2.0

Who: artdc Gallery
What#WeTweetArt V2.0
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 3/9/14 – 4/6/14
Reception: Saturday 3/22, 7-10 p.m.
(Live entertainment at the reception will include a TweetUP and the Improvisational DJ group Sassoon)
Discuss this exhibithttp://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16514.0

In 2013 we let the world know Twitter is an amazing frontier for creative connections and artistic communication. We curated a list of Washington, DC-area artists. There was no limitation to medium or experience. This list represented a group of DC-area artists who are working to connect with the world. There’s a wide range of work and it’s all connected via geo-location and Twitter.

Why do this? More than half of the U.S. population has a smartphone. There are more than 645 million Twitter users. With these numbers, the potential for creative connections for artists at no cost is astounding. With the right energy, we can connect with millions of people.

We are excited to announce our second social media show — #WeTweetArt V2.0. Last year we met to celebrate the growing connection of artists and art lovers on social media, and we’re doing it again!

Via Twitter we invited artists to join us for a mass art installation in the artdc gallery. This exhibition was an open call for art for DC-area Twitter users. It represents just a tiny cross section of what’s out there. Find our Twitter activity here.

Our reception / TweetUp on March 22 will be an opportunity for a public face-to-face, to bring the life of our art and relationships on Twitter to social media at through live tweeting.

Artists will tweet images of their work in the show, on the night of the reception, which will act as a show catalog. When a patron attends the show, they can use their smartphone to look up an artist’s profile, find more about their work and potentially develop a relationship or buy a work of art. Meanwhile artists can comment and connect with other patrons face-to-face and on the Internet.





Figure and Form Meet Abstraction

Who: artdc Gallery
What: Figure and Form Meet Abstraction
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 2/9/14 – 3/9/14
Reception: Saturday 7-10 pm, 2/22/14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artdc/status/433773943116144641
Discuss this exhibitartdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16485.0

This exhibit crosses a diverse range of artistic vehicles including painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media methodologies. This is an opportunity to connect with reclaimed film objects, studies in form, figure, installation art, and abstraction. The works interact and contrast each other with bright colors meeting earthy emotional textures.


Alexandra Zealand
Bill Woodbridge
Caroline Battle
Cheryl Edwards
Claudia olivos
D. B. Stovall
David Carlson
Eileen Wold
Kim Reyes
Roy Utley
Sergio Olivos
Steven Dobbin
Sy Gresser
Winston W. Harris

Maryland Art Critique

Who: artdc Gallery
What: Maryland Art Critique Exhibition
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 1/12/14 – 2/9/14
Reception: Saturday 7-10 pm, 1/18/14
Twitter: www.twitter.com/artdc
Discuss this exhibitartdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16463.0

We present the work of the Maryland Art Critique group. The artists have held meetings for 2 years. For the last 6 months they have met on a regular basis at the artdc Gallery. This is an all-inclusive group with the goal of providing positive and constructive feedback. Art criticism is necessary for the growth of all artists. Artists gain experience through the reactions of their peers and mentors. With this, they can channel the energy of their critique and work to progress. We have offered the group an opportunity to expand through the display of their work.

Allita Irby, Delia Mychajluk, Denise M. Brown, Edwina Washington, Ellen Cort, Gary Jimerfield, Jan Garland, Joseph Rogers, Karen Van  Allen, Kevin Escobar, Margaret, Boles, Marsha Salzberg, Mary Ann Lipovsky, Monna kauppinen, Nancy V. Sims, Nick, Mychajluk, Pat Doyen, Patricia Escobar, Peter Guttmacher, Pierre-Antoine Goho, Richard Brown, Romare Marshal, Sandra Davis, Susan Kleps


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Who: artdc Gallery
What: Steam
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Web: www.artdc.com
Exhibition dates: 12/14/13 – 1/12/14
Reception: Saturday 12/14/13 7-10pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436559259892003/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/artdc
Discuss this exhibit: http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16440.0

We’re excited to announce our new show, Steam. The exhibit includes the work of Roy Utley, Grayson Heck, Frank Fishburne, Hebron Chism, and Scott Speck. The works consist of sculpture and photography. The work represents a view selected by Roger Cutler. Cutler’s focus on this exhibition is the transformation of mixed media and technological debris into objects of art. We invite you to our room full of rust!