Monday, November 24, 2008

I'll be showing at the Downtown Holiday Market for 6 days in December. It's a fantastic, lively event in the (new) heart & hot spot of downtown DC in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. We'll be on F Street, NW between 7th and 9th Streets, directly across from one of my fav spots - Hotel Monaco. It's especially beautiful at night with lots of beautiful holiday lighting, hot beverages and live music. Last year, visitors to the Downtown Holiday Market were amazed by such a fantastic grouping of local artists and artisans and were reminded of previous visits to many outdoor European art markets. It's a great way to feel the spirit of the season.

I'll have lots of new work, including photoprints on wood, framed travel images and lots of new originals - paintings, collage and mixed media. Two entirely different kinds of work depending on what you are looking for.

The "Gallery Place" metro is just steps away. Rain, snow or shine. Noon til 8pm. Please feel free to email me with questions: . Here are the dates I'll be there:
12/11 - thursday
12/12 - friday
12/18 - thursday
12/19 - friday
12/20 - saturday
12/21 - sunday

Hope to see you there,

Sunday, September 28, 2008

MPAartfest this Sunday, Oct 5th

This coming Sunday, October 5th, one of the finest art shows in the area, the MPAartfest at the McLean Project for the Arts takes place. Please check out the MPA website (below) for details and be sure to check out this amazing art show.
Their info:
McLean Project for the Arts presents a community art festival Sunday October 5, 2008 10 am to 5pm in McLean Central Park

On October 5th, 2008 MPAartfest will transform McLean Central Park into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of a diverse group of more than 40 juried artists.

about McLean Project for the Arts

MPA/Corcoran, an educational partnership, offers art classes for children and adults taught by instructors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. MPA also presents the Art Reach program for area schools, gallery talks, and day trips to area museums and galleries.

The mission of McLean Project for the Arts is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region; to promote public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art; and to offer instruction and education in the visual arts.

Much more show info is available at:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

recent works


New mixed media collage paintings. Sold the bottom left piece on Saturday but am working away on many new pieces for MPArtfest (see below for info) which takes place on Sunday 10/5. Will continue to upload quick pics as works are (semi) completed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thanks so much to Kristen, printer extraordinaire, from 622press in Madison, WI for featuring me and my work in her blog. Check out her very nice entry here:

Her past features are great, but the best is her own story about obtaining a press (pix and story are in the blog) and setting up a studio. Be sure to read her "About" section. I love seeing original, handmade work created in its pure, original form. Thanks again!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Come Visit Me in September at Arts on Belmont in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC

Come check out this fun show on Sunday, September 14th from 10am - 7pm, held on Belmont Street between 18th and Columbia Ave in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. There will be an amazing collection of exhibitors, musicians, events and great food to choose from. I'll be in space #26 located on Belmont Street. Lots of photography & lots of new collage work. See you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I'll be showing at this great art show in September...

43rd Street Festival of the Arts

Saturday, September 13th, 2008
10am - 5pm

Art & Fine Crafts

fine, funky and functional art
65 of the region's finest artisans

Live Music and Great Food

Located at the corner of Forest Hill Ave
and 43rd Street, Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer Shows Over.....Back in September

Yes, summer shows are over for now - but please feel free to contact me via email ( ) for a studio appointment. The studio is located in Woodley Park, just off of Connecticut Ave in Washington, DC. I have lots of framed photo-prints and matted, original, abstract works to see.

Check back for info on 4 upcoming shows in mid-Sept/Oct in Adams Morgan, Richmond, McLean and Alexandria.

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'll be showing a piece at the following:

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities would like to invite you to join us for the FY2009 Visual Arts Applicants' Showcase.

Opening Reception: July 16, 2008, 6:30 PM
Exhibition Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Saturday
July 17 - August 1, 2008

Katzen Arts Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
(Take Metro Red-Line to Tenleytown/AU Station)

For more information call (202) 724-5613

Saturday, June 21, 2008

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Purchase

I'm very happy to say that the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities purchased two of my collage pieces from the Art-O-Matic show. To say the least, it's very exciting to be adding my works to the wonderful collection of art owned by the District of Columbia.
On a similar note....stay tuned for upcoming info on a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities 2009 Fellowship Applicants group show I'll be in. It will be held on July 16th at the Katzen Arts Center on the American University campus. It's free and open to the public. I'll be entering one piece - - which I haven't made yet! Better get busy........

Two Great Shows in Lewes, Delaware

I'll be in Lewes, Delaware for the first 2 Saturdays in July to participate in a couple of favorite shows - the St. Peter's Art Show and the Lewes Historical Society Craft Show. Both are held in downtown Lewes and take place on Saturday, July 5th (9am-4pm) and Saturday, July 12th (10am-4pm). Both are outdoors so participation is weather dependent.

check out their links for directions:

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Art-O-Matic Marketplace this Saturday!

c. lester 2008

Thought I'd let you all know about the upcoming Art-O-Matic "Marketplace" happening this Saturday, June 7th, 2008 from 12pm-5pm. It'll be held on the 1st Floor in the Cabaret Stage area. I'll be showing a little bit of everything including photography, collage and new works.

In addition to the marketplace, there are 8 more floors of local works to be seen by almost 800 participants, live music, art-related workshops, fantastic city views and a bar/lounge on most floors. Art-O-Matic is a city-wide, non-juried event and is free and open to the public. It runs Wed-Sun from May 9th through June 15th (check their website for hours). It's located in the new, fast-growing NoMa area of DC and is located across from the New York Ave red line metro stop. More info can be found at

Saturday, May 10, 2008


The outside of Art-O-Matic in NoMa.

my space on the 12th floor.

2 more pix i took last night. one is of the exterior of art-0-matic the other is of my finally finished display. lots of people came through last night and it was great to see such a turn out! with 12 floors to visit, many people will be back to take a closer look.....cherie

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

new artomatic photos 5/6/08

very cool sculpture backlit by the sky facing west

one of the cool west elm lounges w/great capitol views

couple of pics from artomatic 2008. i took them last night (tues) while there installing my new lights. i still haven't hung (or finished!) my works but will by the end of the day as tonight is the last night for "install". the big opening is in 2 days - - friday, may 9th.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Artomatic Pix - Under Construction on 4/30/08

Here are some pix of the 12th floor of the new Artomatic space. In one short week it will be transformed! BTW - the views of Washington, DC are amazing - day or night. And, the 12th floor (as high as you can go) is the best place to see them. I'm on the 12th floor, NE, D3. My space is the last picture shown (with the white wall) before I paint it "Le Chateau" which is Glidden's way of saying brown.

See my previous Art-O-Matic post for a directions link. And don't forget to save the date for the big opening on Friday, May 9th!

Friday, April 11, 2008

100 Bowls of Compassion at the National Building Museum

I'm happy to say I'll be donating 3 framed photographs to this amazing fundraiser at the National Building Museum in May 2008. I enjoyed it so much last year and look forward to attending again this year. More info on attending the event can be found below.

100 Bowls of Compassion
Come celebrate the beauty of compassion, and support the expanding work of Miriam's Kitchen at The Seventh Annual 100 Bowls of Compassion!
Thursday, May 8
6:00 - 9:30p.m.
At the National Building Museum

"Compassion is like the moon shining on one hundred bowls of water, so that there are one hundred moons, one in each bowl. This is not the moon’s design nor was it designed by anyone else. But for some strange reason there seems to be one hundred moons in one hundred bowls of water.”- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Meditation Master
~ ~ ~
Over 500 people attended The 6th Annual 100 Bowls of Compassion event and raised $265,000 to support Miriam’s Kitchen’s programming. The night’s festivities included gourmet food, live music, live and silent auctions, and an open bar. The beautiful National Building Museum was the perfect backdrop to this elegant event that was staffed by Miriam’s Kitchen volunteers. More than 50 talented potters from around the world contributed a wide range of beautiful bowls, platters, and vases for last year’s auction. Also, dozens of individuals and businesses donated gifts and services for the live auction.

If you are interested in sponsoring, hosting, donating, or purchasing tickets to this event, please contact Ashley at 202.452.8926 x.04 or at

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


New mixed media work on paper made from layers of paint, paper, text, wax and graphite. Size is approx 20 x 28. Title "Solstice" (named by my friend Melissa!).

Monday, March 31, 2008

I'll be hanging some new originals at the upcoming Artomatic 2008. Don't miss this great event - - and, it's back in DC!

May 9 – June 15, 2008 Capitol Plaza I, 1200 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave., M Street exit

About Artomatic

Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge.

It was originally conceived as a way to break down the geographical and social segmentation of the Washington arts scene, to bring art directly to the public and to build cohesion among artists. The city's ongoing development in recent years has diffused the arts community by breaking up pockets of artist studios. In addition, local artists are sometimes overshadowed by national blockbuster shows and federal landmarks. Artomatic provides a forum for all of our area's artists to convene, perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington's arts community.
Artomatic began in 1999 in the historic Manhattan Laundry building. A dozen or so artists originally toured the empty building and within a month, three hundred and fifty artists had cleaned, lit, painted and colonized the 100,000 square feet. Over 20,000 visitors attended the first Artomatic over 6 weeks.From there, it grew organically, as buildings were made available to Artomatic by community developers. Music and performance of all kinds were added. In 2000, 665 artists exhibited and 200 performed at the old Hechinger’s building; more than 1000 artists and performers took part in 2002 at the Southwest Waterfront and even more in 2004 at the old Capitol Children’s Museum in Northeast.
The number of visitors has also more than doubled to over 40,000. Artomatic made a stop in Virginia for the first time in 2007, occupying a former Patent and Trademark space. It drew over 40,000 visitors.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Art Buzz - Be There! - 3/27/08

love to have you come to this fabulous event! here's what jade has to say about art buzz - - and oh, i concur! (especially the art and wine part) btw, jade has a GREAT blog with tons of info on cool stuff going on in dc:

Art and wine............if you know me you know that they are dear to my heart. On March 27th DC This Week,Senate Realty, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and Zonin , U.S.A. invite you to a night of fine Italian wines and Art Buzz at 9th and U Street .

Noted DC artists will showcase their newest works including Lisa Jones, Cherie Lester,Anna U Davis, James Stephen Terrell, Tina Palmer and Susan Finsen. Artists will donate 10% of their profits sold that night to the DC Collaborative.

A $5 donation is requested at the door to support the DC Collaborative’s Arts for Every Student Program. Serving more than 200,000 children since 1998 from 141schools, the DC Collaborative provides DC Public School students with free tickets and bus transportation to museums, musical and theatrical productions across the District.

Checkout photos from last year's ArtBuzz here.

Thursday, March 27th SenateRealty Offices 909 U Street, NW Washington , DC 1 block from U Street Metro 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008