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News: 2007

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News Archives for 2007:

Year End Show
Gallery Plan B
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1st from 6-8pm

A diverse collection of works by exhibition of new and existing gallery artists priced at $500 or less.

Gallery Plan B
1530 Fourteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC

"Under the Influence"
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6th 7pm until late

Two person show with Matt Sesow.

"Under the Influence" is an important show for me for several reasons. First, it's an exhibit with my nearest and dearest, Matt Sesow. Second, Aroma is the place where Matt and I met 6 years ago. And, "Under the Influence" is the perfect moniker on several levels. There's the obvious reference to drinking but, on a deeper level, it refers to the influence Matt and I have had on each other as painters. We'll be exhibiting about 10 paintings each which will hang at Aroma throughout the months of December and January.

Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC


Transformer Gallery
The 4th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party
Saturday, November 17, 2007 from 7-10pm

Transformer proudly presents The 4th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party. This very special, one-night only event features an exciting array of over 125 artworks in a variety of mediums, dimensions and prices by more than 100 of DC's leading emerging and established artists.
Click here to view PDF of press release

John Dreyfuss' Sculpture Studio at Halcyon House
3400 Prospect Street, NW
Auction entrance is on 34th Street
between Prospect and M Streets, NW

To purchase tickets, please contact:

Studio 4903
Group show and sale.
November 10th & 11th from 12pm-5pm

Studio 4903
4903 Wisconsin Ave, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC

Washington Post and Examiner Articles
September 15 & 28

Click below to see the aritcles and photos from both newspapers


"Go Figure!"
Gallery Plan B
Opening Reception: September 8th from 6-8pm

From September 5 through October 14 I'll be showing a few of my newest paintings at Gallery Plan B in Washington, DC. "Go Figure" is a group exhibit of figurative painters...go figure!

Gallery Plan B
1530 Fourteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC
Art Romp 20
Warehouse Gallery
Opening Reception: September 7th from 7pm - late

The Art Romp to end all Art Romps.

Warehouse Gallery
1017 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Adams Morgan Festival/Arts on Belmont
September 9th from 10am-7pm

I'm totally looking forward to setting up my tent full of paintings for the 4th year in a row at this quintessential DC festival. I'll be in tent #4 on Belmont Street (close the corner of Belmont and 18th Street).

Arts on Belmont
Belmont Street between 18th & Columbia Roads
Washington DC

The arts area on Belmont opens at 10am and the rest of the festival kicks in at noon.

On Thursday, September 6th, I appeared live on DC's local Fox Morning News show to help promote Arts on Belmont. Here are three clips that appeared on air:
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Arts on Foot
September 15th from 11am-5pm

This festival is another of my yearly rituals and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Arts on Foot has grown bigger and better every year. Set up in front of the newly reopened Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, I couldn't ask for a better place to exhibit and sell my paintings.

Arts on Foot
F Street between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington DC

Paintings on exhibit at
"The Fine Line"
1830 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Ongoing....starting August 5th

Dana Ellyn will be having an ongoing and rotating exhibit of paintings for sale at "The Fine Line" starting on August 5th. "The Fine Line" is a lovely little subset of the "Hunted House" which is located at 1830 14th Street, NW.


Open Studio
Mather Studios - 916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, August 11 noon-6pm

Dana Ellyn will be hosting an open studio on Saturday August 11th. You're invited to stop by and check out her newly completed "31 Days in July" series - along with a bevy of other recent paintings which adorn the walls of her studio. No need to RSVP - drop by any time from noon until 6pm!

Mather Studios
916 G Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

If coming by metro (highly recommended, parking around here can be tough), you can get off at Gallery Place (red/yellow/green) or Metro Center (red/blue/yellow). From Gallery Place, exit towards "Galleries" which will put you on my corner, at 9th & G. From Metro Center, exit toward "11th Street" which is the corner of 11th & G. When you arrive at the building, use the phone outside to look me up by last name (Ellyn) and dial the access code (0304) to be buzzed in.

"Art in Heat"
Warehouse Gallery
Washington, DC

Through July 30th

An eclectic mix of 18 emerging and established artists from the Washington, DC, area combine forces for "Art in Heat!" The selected artists represent the best of DC's Outsider, Lowbrow, and Pop Surrealist artists. They're notable for creating work that's fun, twisted, sexy, and just plain wrong. Featuring: Ed Bisese, Chris Bishop, Scott G. Brooks, Lisa Brotman, Anna U. Davis, Jared Davis, Alan Defibaugh, Margaret Dowell, Dana Ellyn, Gregory Ferrand, Linas Garsys, Laurel Hausler, Candace Keegan, John Lancaster, Emily Greene Liddle, Albert Schweitzer, Matt Sesow, and Ben Tolman.

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"Happy Anniversary Long View"
Long View Gallery
Washington, DC

Opening Reception July 7th, 6-8pm

As Long View Gallery in the City's first year comes to a close, they are looking back and celebrating the artists that have made this crucial year a success. From the intriguing women that populate Judith Thompson's work to the delicate and surreal drawings of Matt Hollis, this group show is sure to have artwork that will excite all tastes in art. Dana Ellyn's politically charged pieces will be juxtaposed nicely by Gerard Erley's breezy landscapes - the visual tension on the walls will be high as styles and subject matter clash in a colorful array of inspired pieces.

"I Call Shenanigans"
Long View Gallery
Washington, DC

Solo Show

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Press Release:


Contact:    Drew Porterfield


I Call Shenanigans
Dana Ellyn

Dana Ellyn
The War Within
Acrylic on canvas

Dana Ellyn
This Little Piggy
Acrylic on canvas
June 9, 2007 - June 30, 2007

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 9, 6 to 8pm

Washington, D.C. - [May 17, 2007] - Long View Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings entitled "I Call Shenanigans" by Dana Ellyn from June 9 - June 30, with an artist reception on Saturday, June 9, 2007, from 6 to 8 pm. In the gallery's upstairs annex, we will revisit select pieces from the past five years of her "31 Days In July" series in anticipation of this July's work.

Dana Ellyn values her fine arts training but arduously works on peeling away the art school compulsion to make, and hide behind, pretty pictures. Dana's unique perspective and inspiration are drawn from living in the world's most influential city - she lives and paints less than five blocks from the White House. The allure of a Dana Ellyn painting is that it tells a story; her paintings have meaning, and sometimes the message may come as a shock. Her work is bold and confrontational, often exposing unpleasant aspects of current issues.

Ellyn's work elicits conversation, tackling the subjects of religion, politics, family and other sensitive issues with sardonic humor and engaging honesty. Her work forces reaction rather than complacency - begging the viewer to think, to understand, to interpret, and then to discuss. Sometimes conversations become heated with reactions such as:

"In my totally uneducated opinion, Dana Ellyn is BEGGING for help."
-Anonymous response received to "I Call Shenanigans" invitation

While the characters that populate her paintings often appear crazed, their message is solid. Ellyn is an artist with the capacity to evoke polarized emotional responses, both positive and negative, which makes her work unique, respectable, and intriguing.

Dana Ellyn is a George Washington University graduate in fine arts and art history who quit her law-firm job five years ago to become a full-time artist.

For high resolution images, contact Drew Porterfield at: drew_porterfield@longviewgallery.com

About Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery (longviewgallery.com) was founded in 2000 by Andrew Haley and Suzanne Zylonis in Sperryville, Virginia, a small town that is 75 miles from Washington, D.C. In 2006, William Waybourn and Craig Spaulding joined with them to open the second Long View Gallery in the historic Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Long View presents an outstanding collection of contemporary American painting and sculpture by regional and nationally known artists.

Long View in the Country Long View in theCity 42 Main Street 1302 Ninth Street NW Sperryville VA 22740 Washington DC 20001

(540) 987-1000 (202) 232-4788


Crystal City, VA
April 13 - May 20, 2007

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This is the best art event you'll ever attend! 90,000 square feet of art for all to enjoy. More than 600 artists on view day and night for five weeks of collaborative creative expression.

Dana Ellyn will be exhibiting on the 6th floor, room 6C30.

For more information, directions, etc., please visit: www.artomatic.org

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Washington, DC

Dana Ellyn is among the first set of artists to exhibit at Britishink - a newly opened tattoo studio and art gallery in the "old city district" in Washington DC. She is exhibiting approximately 10 paintings.

"Roll Call" newspaper published a feature about Britishink and said this about Dana Ellyn's paintings:
"...featuring Dana Ellyn's cryptic and sardonic portraits of everyone from a blind boy to a heavily pregnant suburban Madonna-esque teenager."
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View photos from the show

Britishink (Tattoo Studio & Gallery)
508 H Street, NE
Washington, DC

Splash Contemporary Gallery
Asbury Park, NJ

Opening Night
March 3rd 6pm - 10pm

Splash Contemporary
658 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Washington Post
Weekend section features article about Dana Ellyn's painting classes

March 2, 2007

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Gallery RFD

Swainsboro, GA
Opening Reception: March 10th 6-9pm

The "Bloodlines" exhibit explores the complex nature of family. The intention of the show is to create a visual dialogue exploring both the common and distinctive role family members play in the public and private lives of its members. Dana Ellyn's painting "The War Within" was selected for this show.

The War Within
Acrylic on canvas

Gallery RFD
106 N Green Street
Swainsboro, GA