Congressional Democrats show off their artistic side -- and it's not bad!
Everyone knows about singing senators and other musical politicians because ... well, they always end up onstage at some rally or fundraiser, don't they?
But for officials with quieter talents, the Woman's National Democratic Club is giving artistic pols a chance to shine with "Art in Congress," a small exhibit of works by senators, reps or their families that opened Tuesday night.
How do they look? "The technical abilities of some of them are very good," said the show's organizer, Suzanne Finney. "They're not professional artists, but for people who do this on the side, they're very good."
The club on New Hampshire Avenue NW -- yeah, the one with the donkey out front -- invited Dems in the House and female Democratic senators to show off their drawings, paintings and photos. There's a floral bouquet by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (a gift to doyenne Esther Coopersmith), a clay sculpture by Rep. Mazie Hirono and a pair of funky Picasso-esque ink drawings that Rep. Raul Grijalva doodled on his official letterhead and titled "Long Day of Leg(islating) 4/28/07." "He said he did it with a Sharpie," Finney told us.
The big surprise is Rep. Jim McDermott, who did two elegant sumi-style brush paintings, an art form he learned of more than 30 years ago when he became intrigued by Zen Buddhism. "Bamboo in Chinese philosophy is called the 'perfect gentleman' who bends in the wind but never breaks," he told us. The brushwork "requires you to calm down and relax. So I listen to jazz and paint."
This is the club's first exhibit of congressional art; next year, organizers plan to expand and invite Republicans to paint the town -- or canvas. The show is open to the public until July 22.
The Reliable Source
April 28, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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