Apr 5, 2005: Management Team Expands


Washington, D.C., April 5, 2005—The management team of The Flea Market at Eastern Market expanded recently with the addition of longtime Eastern Market artist-exhibitor Michael Berman, Tom Rall, manager of the popular Sunday flea market announced today.

"Michael will wear many hats," Rall said. "But primarily he will concentrate on identifying opportunities for expansion of our show management business.

"During the past 20 years we have crafted one of the top outdoor markets in the country. We reached full capacity at Eastern Market two or three years ago," Rall continued, "and now have a huge waiting list of exhibitors who want to have places to show their works and wares."

Berman, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, holds a BFA from the University of Maryland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. He maintains a studio at 29 Kings Court on Capitol Hill and has displayed his work for more than twelve years at Eastern Market on weekends. "Experience as an exhibitor is essential in market management," said Rall, who also still sells at the flea market he began managing in 1984.

Berman is already experienced in organizing art exhibitions. He is co-founder of Project Brasas in Washington and of CAOS (Coalition of Artists on the Shore) based in Cambridge, Maryland. Both organizations focus on promoting exhibitions for and by artists.

He has also been active in preserving artist studios in DC. He is a founder of the Downtown Artists Coalition, an organization devoted to such activity, and currently serves on the Board of the Committee of 100 on The Federal City, the oldest civic planning organization in the city. Additionally, Berman is Managing Director of Arts Enterprises LLC, a company that offers a variety of real estate products and services to the arts community.

"I have worked with Tom Rall since I started selling at Eastern Market," Berman said. "I am excited about joining his team," which also includes long time assistant mangers, Vernon Burnett, William (Rudy) Coates, and Charles Ellis. "I particularly look forward to helping develop new venues for exhibitors," he concluded.

More information about Berman can be found at his web site: his.com/mberman

Eastern Market Exhibitor News:
Popular jeweler Sonda Allen has accepted a six-month language scholarship to the College International de Cannes in France. She left this week and plans to return to the market in October.

Also traveling to Europe will be artists Andrea Haffner and Rob Bradfield, who will take a three-week honeymoon in Morocco and Portugal following Andrea’s participation again this year in the Smithsonian Craft Show, April 14-17. She expects to return mid-May to exhibiting at Eastern Market, where the couple met. More information on the Smithsonian show can be found at: smithsoniancraftshow.com/

EasternMarket.net Calendar
Get ready for a blockbuster show. Long time Eastern Market artist Jonathan Blum returns from New York City to mount a solo show at Market 5 Gallery, in the north hall of Eastern Market. "19 Years of Jonathan Blum’s Portraits" will open April 8th and will feature works from all periods of Jonathan’s career.

"I plan to show a nice overview of my work," Blum announced recently. Featured will be works from both his personal collection and works on loan from private collections including "a rare viewing of my last Bert painting" Jonathan exclaimed.

On view and for sale will be a full range of works from his New York period, his new Miami pieces, his dog portraits, his animal series, Judaica pieces and his fictitious portraits. The opening reception is 6:30-9 p.m. Friday April 9th. The show runs until May 8th. For more information about Jonathan view his web site at jonathanblumportraits.com.

Market Day
The 42nd Anniversary of the annual Friendship House Market Day will be held Sunday May 1st. A street festival and community event, this year’s theme is "Continuing Our Legacy of Services to Children, Youth and Families."

Three stages of musical entertainment are featured highlights of Market Day, which also offers a variety of ethnic foods, crafts, children’s games, and health screenings. Since several blocks will be closed to street parking for the event, the promoters recommend taking Metro to the Eastern Market Station on the Orange and Blue lines. For additional information contact Freda White, Market Day Coordinator at 202-675-9053 or via e-mail at awhite@friendshiphouse.net.