On Thursday, June 2, 2016 the White House Historical Association (www.whitehousehistory.org) debuted "The White House" (36x48", acrylics on linen, 2015) by Kari Kant. The painting depicts the north side of the White House, or the front of the White House, and molding paste and pumice stone were used to make the building 3D and literally pop out from the canvas.
Kari Kant, through her dear friend Former Lt. Dan Choi (#dontaskdonttell #lgbt), donated "Equality Flag" to the CEO of MasterCard, Ajaypal Singh Banga (note: Dan read Kari's corresponding letter, below, at the conclusion of his speech).
Dan, a West Point graduate, served two years in the Iraq War in Special Ops. He speaks fluent Arabic and served as a lead negotiator and interpreter for the U.S. working with local village leaders.
In 2010 during a live television interview he announced to the world "I am gay" which lead to his eventual discharge from the army for violating the "Don't Ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy.
Dan became a leader and voice for all gay servicemen and women and ultimately brought about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
(Photo: Lt. Dan Choi presenting "Equality Flag" by Kari Kant at Mastercard's diversity conference May 2015)
May 5, 2015
Ajaypal Singh Banga CEO, Mastercard
Dear Mr. Banga,
It is with great honor and respect that I pass on to you today a piece of my work which symbolizes diversity and inclusion. (Equality Flag, Acrylics on Canvas, 36x48”, 2013)
Dan Choi and I couldn’t be more different; he’s from Orange County, California, I’m from the deep South; he went to West Point, I went to a Jesuit college in Mobile, Alabama; his father is a Southern Baptist minister, my father is the mayor of my hometown; he leans left on the political spectrum, I lean right; he came to DC and became an activist, I became an executive assistant for a multinational investment firm as well as an abstract artist.
When Dan told me about your work at Mastercard as it relates to diversity I went online to do my own research. And I appreciated coming across this quote of yours:
If you don’t have a diverse company, and you don’t have people around you who don’t think like you, who don’t walk like you, who don’t talk like you, who didn’t have the same experiences as you, how will you ever make sure that you’re not blinded to the same mistakes because you only see things through one prism?
Dan and I both want to make a positive impact on the global business community. It is leaders such as you that give us the strength and motivation to continue to explore how to do so.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for this important issue.
Kari Kant will have a solo show in Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Georgetown (3100 South Street, N.W.) from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kari Kant has donated a painting to tonight's silent auction benefiting Tracy's Kids, a non-profit providing art therapy to children with cancer.
The full details of the event can be found here:
Yes You Kant
Meanwhile, there’s more to life than sports, as evidenced by a couple of Capitol Hill art shows this week.
Washington-based artist Kari Kant is debuting her show “Abstraction: Acrylics on Canvas” on June 6 at the Newseum.
In a private viewing on the Newseum Residences Rooftop (565 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Kant will show her work with Capitol Hill literally in the background. She’ll be donating a portion of proceeds from the event to Tracy’s Kids, a nonprofit that provides art therapy to kids with cancer.
One of Kant’s paintings recently fetched $800 at Taste of the South. The Fairhope, Ala., native knows her way around the capital, having come to D.C. in 2004 and working on Capitol Hill before picking up a paintbrush. For more information, email email@example.com.
Kari Kant "Abstraction" Art Presentation at the Newseum When Thu, June 6,6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Where Newseum Admission Open Description DC-based artist Kari Kant's debut show "Abstraction" will take place at a private viewing on the Newseum Residences Rooftop on Thursday, June 6th from 6 - 830PM. A portion of proceeds from the event's sales will be donated to Tracy's Kids (www.tracyskids.org), a non-profit organization providing art therapy to children with cancer. With a background in lobbying and international development, Kant has amassed a devout DC fan base of politicos and art world aficionados alike with attention received from Roll Call and other leading publications. She believes that her work should also serve to support her community and, as a result, has donated works to raise funds for organizations such as the Taste of the South annual DC event to combat homelessness in the US, Becky's Fund in support of victims of domestic abuse, Not Alone, Inc. in support of military members suffering from PTSD and more. Website (click here)
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DC-based Artist Kari Kant to Host Debut "Abstraction" Presentation
May 15, 2013 (Washington, DC) - DC-based artist Kari Kant's debut show "Abstraction" will take place at a private viewing on the Newseum Residences Rooftop on Thursday, June 6th from 6 - 830PM. A portion of proceeds from the event's sales will be donated to Tracy's Kids (www.tracyskids.org), a non-profit organization providing art therapy to children with cancer.
With a background in lobbying and international development, Kant has amassed a devout DC fan base of politicos and art world aficionados alike with attention received from Roll Call and other leading publications. She believes that her work should also serve to support her community and, as a result, has donated works to raise funds for organizations such as the Taste of the South annual DC event to combat homelessness in the US, Becky's Fund in support of victims of domestic abuse, Not Alone, Inc. in support of military members suffering from PTSD and more.
WHAT: DC-based artist Kari Kant to host debut "Abstraction" presentation
WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 20136:00PM - 8:30PM
WHERE: Newseum Residences Rooftop 565 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC
ALL PRESS MUST RSVP TO ATTEND
About Kari Kant Art (www.KariKantArt.com)Originally from Fairhope, Alabama, Kari Kant has resided in Washington, D.C. since 2004. As a self-taught abstract expressionist artist, she draws inspiration from her life as an independent professional woman living in the nation's capital. She is known for including several layers of texture to create vibrant pieces that literally pop out from the canvas. Kari picked up a paint brush and began painting in 2009, exploring and learning new techniques on her own through trial and error. At the end of 2011 she launched Kari Kant Art where she now paints by commission for privately funded projects as well as for charitable causes.
From Left: Tracy of Tracy's Kids, Kate of Tracy's Kids, Kari Kant, and Sabra Rogers at the Lombardi Pediatric Cancer Center at Georgetown University.
On Monday, April 22 artist Kari Kant (www.karikant.com) visited theTracy's Kids art therapy program at the Lombardi Pediatric Cancer Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Kant is donating a portion of her proceeds from her upcoming show to the non-profit group, and she will also display a few pieces of artwork created by kids participating in the program to help create awareness for the group.
Tracy's kids was established in 1991 and currently has five locations, including the newest location in San Antonio, TX.
For more information on Tracy's Kids visit www.tracyskids.org.
Billy Long Wields Knife at Taste of the South
By Hannah Hess
Posted at 12:01 p.m. on April 15
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., waved the 8-inch blade of a the handmade custom chef’s knife before his eyes on Saturday night and whistled, attempting to command the attention of Taste of the South’s VIP crowd at the gala’s inaugural live auction in the lower level of DAR Constitution Hall.
Each of Long’s feet was planted on the squishy seat of a dining chair, and beads of sweat rolled from his forehead as he hollered for bids on the stainless steel “Tyger,” one-half of a set of knives valued at $1,000.
“I thought falling off the chairs is one thing, the knives are another, but the knives and the chairs together — probably not a good idea,” Long told HOH after the auction, with a hearty chuckle.
More than 30 years of auctioneering experience helped Long keep a rowdy crowd, tipsy on Catoctin Creek Sazerac cocktails, courtesy of the Purcellville, Va., distillery, focused on the night’s charitable purpose. Proceeds from the auction would be distributed to nonprofit organizations combating poverty, homelessness and other worthwhile causes in Washington, D.C., and the 13 Southern states hosting the gala. Generous bids, combined with ticket sales and donations, helped Taste of the South raise nearly $500,000, according to Leslie Shedd, a South Carolina Committee executive member.
“Any time I can donate a piece and it’s for a great cause or something I care about, I try to do it,” said D.C.-based artist Kari Kant, who flashed a big smile when the auction of her American flag-inspired acrylic painting closed with an $800 bid.
Kant, a Fairhope, Ala., native who moved to Washington nine years ago for a job on Capitol Hill, said Long teased her for being a “struggling Hill staffer” turned “struggling artist.”
Upstairs in the general admission area, around 2,000 displaced Southerners now employed as Hill staffers, lobbyists and nonprofit advocates feasted from disposable plates on deep-fried delicacies, including hush puppies, mini corn dogs and alligator bites.
Virginia’s crab cakes, Louisiana’s gumbo and Florida’s key lime pie bested oysters, sausage rolls, ham and ice cream in an informal HOH crowd survey of attendees’ favorite foods. Barbeque also ranked high in the standings, but the vast variety of meats and sauces, and fierce state rivalry, made it tough to declare a winner.
“We used to joke that there’s too much barbeque,” said North Carolina native Jennifer Brooks, who served as chairwoman of the event in 2011 and counted Saturday as her seventh Taste of the South. “But every state is so different, so what’s considered barbeque in Texas — brisket, is what I would call it — is not the same as North Carolina barbeque. There’s a lot of competition.”
The young, party-ready crowd eschewed cans of Tennessee’s Sun Drop citrus soda, bottles of North Carolina’s Cheerwine and a tower of Coca-Cola products from Georgia in favor of plastic beverage cups from the venue’s ample array of open bars.
A steady stream of belles in ball gowns and gentlemen in bow-tied tuxedos queued up for the food-a-palooza, and eventually migrated toward the dance floor.
Although the night’s theme was a 1920s-style “Roaring Southern Nights,” the play list wasn’t exactly Jazz Age vintage. Motown hits from live act Coast2Coast brought couples to the dance floor. HOH overheard revelers comparing the female lead singer of Coast2Coast to Beyonce, and the band covered a wide range of hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and modern day Top 40.
Black cards scattered among tabletop decor encouraged party-goers to catch a ride home (or to the Georgetown after-party) with Uber DC when the fun wrapped up around 1 a.m Sunday morning.
Kari Kant has decided to give a percentage of the proceeds from her upcoming show to Tracy's Kids (www.tracyskids.org) which is a pediatric art therapy program for children with cancer.
"Tracy's Kids is an amazing organization and I felt this was a deserving group providing a priceless service to some very special children, " said Kant.
Kant's debut show will take place in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 6, 2013. For more information please email the events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.