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Artists Circle Provides Art for Kaiser Permanente’s New Capitol Hill Space

11 Apr

While any space can benefit from the addition of great art, we are especially grateful to have the opportunity to work in so many buildings with fantastic architecture that demand a unique approach be taken with the art in the space. Kaiser Permanente’s new medial office building on Capitol Hill is a perfect example of such a space and we were very excited to have the chance to flex our creative muscles with this project. Working closely with the client, we decided that the best approach was to use a mixture of a variety of media and styles rather than sticking with an assortment of a single type of art. The mixture of paintings, photography, wall mounted ceramic and glass sculpture and prints on plexiglass and bamboo panels provide a rich variety while the three-dimensional nature of many of the pieces adds depth to the space.

Angie Seckinger’s macrophotographic murals provide extremely detailed close-ups of plants and leaves and were a perfect fit for the spaces behind reception area desks. Their intense depth-of-field lends a great deal of drama to what might otherwise be a rather mundane-seeming feature of the building.


Glass and ceramic mosaic wall pieces by Barbara Galazzo and Janine Sopp provided a perfect solution for a difficult space: a long, gently curved wall that would prohibit the use of wall-mounted pieces on paper, canvas or other two-dimensional media. Barbara and Janine’s mosaics interact with the lighting, casting colored shadows on the wall and on each other as they are set at different distances from the surface. This installation effectively turns the entire wall into a huge curved canvas.

John Watson’s stunning details of leaves are a perfect fit for printing on large panels of sustainable bamboo. This unique presentation brings the piece out some distance from the wall and allows for a more natural look without the artificial cropping effect that can result from using a more traditional frame. The result is a much more organic approach to art installation that reflects the subjects of the pieces as well as the materials used in their construction.

The work of these three artists is just a sampling of the wealth of variety to be found in Kaiser’s new art collection. Not only is the art itself quite diverse, but the artists tapped for the project range from hand-picked local talents to artists from all over the country selected because we felt their work would be a perfect fit for the building. We’re very pleased with the results and are happy to say that the folks at Kaiser are, too! We think that the art chosen for the space goes a long way to scrub away any last traces of the “clinical” feel that can oftentimes make hospitals and doctors’ offices seem so unwelcoming, instead providing a sense of warmth and openness that we hope makes the space that much more pleasant for the staff to work in and for patients to experience during their visits to the facility.

Special thanks to Hye Jin Kim for her wonderful photographs of the installed pieces.


Washington Photography by Artists Circle Launches

16 Mar

Here at Artists Circle we’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of photographers who specialize in capturing the spirit of Washington D.C. on film (or memory cards, as the case may be!). Many of our clients have gravitated toward imagery of the city as it is a locale ripe with iconic architecture and a unique cultural and physical landscape. It only seemed like the right thing to do, then, to have supply meet demand head on. Born from this epiphany is Washington Photography by Artists Circle Fine Art, a web-based collection of DC photography curated by the staff here at Artists Circle.

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Washington Photography by Artists Circle Fine Art

Though all of our photographers use the environs of Washington D.C. as their subjects, the variety of styles and moods contained in the work of the ten photographers we’ve chosen is something to behold. The gallery is broken down into three categories for ease of browsing: black and white, color and sepia tone photography, but you’ll find a great deal of diversity even within those groupings. Even particular subjects can take on wildly different appearances depending on who’s taking the picture!

For example, compare this photograph of the Capitol building by Colin Winterbottom:

…to this photograph of the same building by Pamela Viola:

Apart from the galleries of photographs available for purchase, you can also view a gallery of installation photos of photographs of Washington D.C. as installed by Artists Circle. You’ll also find bios of all of the included photographers as well as a page with ordering information for photographs in the collection. While you’re visiting, please sign the guestbook and let us know what you think of our new site!

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!

Federation of American Hospitals

3 Sep

Yesterday’s installation of a 12′ long photograph of Washington by local photographer Sam Kittner was a success!  Artists Circle coordinated with our framer and one of our installers to have the canvas print stretched on-site.  After assessing the [very small] elevators and determining the stairs were just too tight to carry such a large piece up, we decided the only way to accomplish the Federation of American Hospital’s need for such a monumental piece would be to stretch it in their office.  The photo, taken from the rooftop of 101 Constitution Avenue, makes quite the statement upon walking into the SKB designed space.

An Atypical Summer!

5 Aug

Summertime and the livin’s easy busy!  While most of you are (hopefully) sipping margaritas on the beach, we at Artists Circle have been preoccupied with several exciting new projects.  No complaints though!  Included in the current mix are law firms, a huge hospital project, and several nonprofits.  We’re pretty amped about these jobs; not only will they require fresh new work that we haven’t proposed before, but the project teams are also the friendliest, most enthusiastic groups to work with.

Last month’s completed jobs include NetApp, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), and a Booz Allen Hamilton installation.  Artwork in these projects ranged from black and white photographs of Washington, DC to original paintings and more affordable edition prints on paper.


Artwork installed at GMAC

Booz Allen Hamilton

Vicinity Opening THIS THURSDAY!

19 Apr

Day: Thursday, April 22nd
Time: 6 to 9pm

Place: Artists Circle Fine Art 13501 Travilah Road North Potomac, MD 20878 (click here for a Google map)

We hope you can join us for the Opening Reception for Vicinity: Show It Where You Make It.  Four of the five artists will be present: Francie Hester, Alan Simensky, Jessica van Brakle, and Pamela Viola (unfortunately, Angie Seckinger will be traveling in Spain).

Artists Circle’s Principal Jack Devine will give a talk about the artists’ work at 7pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.  Valet parking.

Artists Circle to Launch New Website

15 Jan

Artists Circle Fine Art is proud to announce that we will soon be launching a new website!  The site — Washington Photog — will feature images taken in DC and the surrounding environs.  We have carefully curated the photographs to reflect a diverse range of styles.  Check back for further information or send an email to with your contact information to be included on our mailing list.

Association of American Medical Colleges

5 Nov

Association of American Medical Colleges’ newly renovated offices in Washington, DC begged for art.  The Gensler-designed space features angled architectural walls and new, colorful finishes that instill a balanced sense of being both professional and fun.  Artists Circle assisted AAMC in reconciling their old collection of photographs with new images.  A vast portfolio of images were presented to the client, from which several dozen were selected for the new space.  During the photo installation, AAMC employees weren’t shy to hold back their excitement at having exciting, fresh images on their walls.



Signs of Life – More Photos from Opening Reception

30 Sep

As promised, here are more photographs from the Signs of Life Opening (photo credit: Wolfgang Devine).

Signs of Life Opening Reception on Sunday

15 Sep


Signs of Life – The Cameraless Works of Robert Buelteman will be opening this Sunday, from 4 – 7pm at Artists Circle Fine Art, with an artist talk at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP to

Artists Circle is located in North Potomac/Gaithersburg, MD:
13501 Travilah Road
North Potomac, MD 20878

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