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Artist Profile: Angie Seckinger

11 Apr

Flora of all sorts have long been the subjects of artists, from traditional still life paintings of vased flowers on tabletops to documentary-style landscape photographs of the untamed wilderness of the forest. A common thread in much of these pieces is that the subject is the plant. We are meant to appreciate the stunning beauty of the whole flower or the majesty of nature of the sort you might read about in a Faulkner story or see in a Hudson River School painting.

Angie Seckinger eschews the representational in her macroscopic plant photography, instead using the plants as a source of color and texture that wrings pure emotion from the viewer. By putting the minute details of the plant into sharp focus and preventing the viewer from seeing the subject in any sort of context (the backgrounds of the images are obscured by the haze of being extremely out of focus), the result isn’t so much a “picture of a plant” but rather a snapshot of detail nested within a swath of color.

Angie describes her photographic process as “exploratory,” probing the plant life around her home with her macro-lens equipped digital camera until a particular combination of shape, color and contrast strikes her fancy. We think her work closes the book on any argument about the ability of photography to work as a truly creative artistic tool, as there is little in common between Angie’s photographs and our own ability to experience nature.

Because of the extraordinary sharpness of the foreground and the wonderful abstraction of the out-of-focus background, Angie’s work holds up brilliantly when blown up into very large image sizes, including mural-sized pieces. Check out our posting about our Kaiser Permanente installation for an example of how stunning Angie’s work can be on this scale.


PNC Goodies

28 Oct

In a previous entry, we showcased a snapshot of a painting we installed at PNC Bank’s new regional headquarters, but we couldn’t resist sharing more pictures with you.  PNC was a delight to work with!  They selected some very unique and interesting pieces of artwork ranging from photographs taken at recycling plants (an homage to PNC’s Environmental Responsibility initiative) to monoprints and acrylic on mylar paintings.  PNC wanted to pay tribute to the DC arts scene by purchasing artwork by local, Washington area artists.  Fortunately, Artists Circle’s database of artists is largely DC proportioned, so we were ready for the challenge to meet PNC’s requirement.

Just a side note: the Gensler team’s talents really shine on this project.  In addition to a space featuring a “growing wall” of plants in the lobby, they also incorporated museum displays and wall graphics throughout the building, along with touch screen directories and displays in both the office building and branch.  It is certainly one of the nicest spaces Artists Circle has had an opportunity to work on!


31 Mar

Artists Circle Fine Art announces its first 2010 exhibition (April 21st through May 31st), featuring the works of five local artists who were selected for their immensely diverse portrayal of different subject matter, unique use of materials and incredible craftsmanship. Artists Circle Fine Art considers these artists some of DC’s “hidden art gems”.

ARTISTS: Francie Hester, Angie Seckinger, Alan Simensky,
Jessica van Brakle, and Pamela Viola

An OPENING RECEPTION will be held on Thursday, April 22nd 6 to 9pm
(open to the public; light refreshments)

FOR A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, download our press release — Vicinity_PressRelease.
Inquiries or event reservations can be made by emailing

New Art: Scott Sandell

26 Oct

In the past two years, Artists Circle has had immense success with New York artist Scott Sandell’s works.  We have placed his collaged and embellished paper pieces in various clients’ offices, including The National Academy of Sciences, ING, and The Career College Association.  Scott just shipped out a suite of new works that have irregular shapes; these were photographed on brown paper, which is not part of the art.  Let us know if you are interested in more information about them by emailing


Signs of Life | The Cameraless Works of Robert Buelteman | 09.20.09 to 10.29.09

13 Aug


Artists Circle’s SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for the Signs of Life show have been announced:

Sunday, September 20th
4 – 7pm with an artist talk at 5:30
please RSVP to

Sunday, October 18th
3 – 6pm
by invitation; donations requested
contact Matthew Logan if interested

October 5th through 9th
the show will be open to architects and designers from 8:30 to 5pm daily; please email for info

Thursday, October 29th
6 – 9pm
please RSVP to

The events will be held at the historic Artists Circle Fine Art gallery, located in a renovated, timber frame barn: 13501 Travilah Road North Potomac MD 20878

Installation at the Council on Foreign Relations

22 Jul

Yesterday, Artists Circle’s Principal Jack Devine wrapped up the installation of a new piece of artwork in the conference center at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington, DC office.  The Cuban artist, Damian Aquiles, was discovered during one of CFR President, Richard Haass’, trips.  Damian traveled from Cuba to personally install the piece, which is made of hundreds of “walking figures” that have been hand cut from metal salvaged from Russian, American, Chinese and Hungarian cars and Cuban water tanks.  Living in a country with limited access to goods and materials, Damian makes use of what he can find, turning it into beautiful works of art such as this.

Damian and Jack start the first row of figures.

Damian and Jack start the first row of figures.

"Infinito Tiempo, Infinito Color, Infinito Memoria, Infinito Destino"

The completed installation of "Infinito Tiempo, Infinito Color, Infinito Memoria, Infinito Destino"

Robert Buelteman Featured in Wired Magazine

2 Jul

Our Fall exhibition will feature the works of artist Robert Buelteman, who was featured in Wired Magazine…


From Wired Magazine — “Forget the notion of a reverent nature photographer tiptoeing through the woods, camera slung over one shoulder, patiently looking for perfect light. Robert Buelteman works indoors in total darkness, forsaking cameras, lenses, and computers for jumper cables, fiber optics, and 80,000 volts of electricity. This bizarre union of Dr. Frankenstein and Georgia O’Keeffe spawns photos that seem to portray the life force of his subjects as the very process destroys them.”  For the full article. >

Upcoming Exhibition: Robert Buelteman

22 Jun

Artists Circle is excited to announce that we will be hosting a show featuring the work of California artist Robert Buelteman in September and October of 2009.  Robert’s most recent series, Through the Green Fuse, is a portfolio of extraordinary plant images made without the use of cameras, lenses, or computers.   An excerpt from his new book, Signs of Life, says, “Buelteman, through his unique, innovative use of technology, preserves, in these works, the ephemeral beauty of plants — visual metaphors for human life and accompaniments of its ceremonies.”

SHOW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JULY.  If you would like to receive an invitation to the show, please email with the subject line “FALL 2009 EXHIBITION”.

Buelteman Darkroom

The artist in his studio.

Lupinous arboreus.

Lupinous arboreus.

Artist Foon Sham in the Washington Post

9 Jun

For the past twenty years, artist Foon Sham has passionately pursued his love of working materials: from natural, exotic woods to telephone books.  Foon was recently featured in the Style section of the Washington Post.  The full article >

Several of Foon’s pieces are available at Artists Circle Fine Art.


Foon Sham; 'Waves'; stacked poplar; 76x48x60 inches


Foon Sham; 'Q Spiral'; various woods; 72" diameter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Artists Circle provided art advisory services for The Council on Foreign Relations who — amongst other works of art — recently acquired one of Foon’s drawings for their collection.


Example of Foon's work on paper: 'Broken Cube #5'; mixed media on paper; 36x52

Transformed by the Powers of John Garrett

8 May

Artists Circle Fine Art has a home in a very unique space.  The 1885 barn was renovated in 2005 to operate as the firm’s central hub for selection, acquisition and placement of artwork by national and international artists.  On April 22, 2009 the team at artists circle opened the doors to reveal the transformation of it’s rustic interior into a polished fine art gallery.

John Garrett of Albuquerque, New Mexico interlaces such unlikely materials as brushed and painted aluminum and hardware cloth (as well as loose dominoes, hair curlers, and license pates) into intricate assemblages in the shape of baskets, wall hangings, and suspended sculptures. His work reflects his commitment to traditional and experimental processes as well as environmentally friendly “Green Art.”  Currently a full-time studio artist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garrett taught for many years at colleges and universities in California and was a distinguished lecturer at the 2008 Smithsonian Institute Renwick Alliance Convention.


The 'Dancers' are suspended from the ceiling of the barn.

The 'Dancers' are suspended from the ceiling of the barn.

Attendees to the show opening listen to Principal Jack Devine give a lecture about John's work.

Attendees to the show opening listen to Principal Jack Devine give a lecture about John's work.


Artists Circle employees Sharon Buchanan, Vera Khovanskaya, and Katie Coursey discuss John's work.