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Portraits of a Changed Landscape

"Fawn" by Ashley Rice is among the photographs in an exhibit focusing on a changing Northern Virginia.
"Fawn" by Ashley Rice is among the photographs in an exhibit focusing on a changing Northern Virginia. (By Ashley Rice)

"Documenting the New Northern Virginia" is on view through Wednesday at 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Opening reception tomorrow 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 703-878-5776.

'Reel' Short Films in D.C.

The DC Shorts Film Festival is back for its fifth year Sept. 11-18. In the spirit of that other election campaign going on, the festival's theme is "Vote for Reel Expression." Viewers will be able to vote by phone for their favorites among the 102 short films (ranging from one to 23 minutes).

Festival founder Jon Gann is also helping attendees get in touch with directors. By calling 202-747-3469 and entering a film's special four-digit code (available after a film's screening, in the festival catalog or at, callers can hear a message from the filmmaker and then leave feedback about the film. As of yesterday, only a few filmmakers had recorded messages. Most of them offered information about the films, such as where and when they were shot. Creativity points go to local filmmaker Rob Raffety, director of the 12-minute film "Funniest Fed 2007," about the comedy festival for government employees. It's code "5469#".

All screenings at Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $12 per showcase.

D.C. Artist Wins Top Prize

Maggie Michael won the $10,000 best-in-show award last night at Bethesda's Trawick Prize art competition, edging out her husband, Dan Steinhilber, who took second place and $2,000. The D.C. art world power couple topped 13 other finalists, whose work was chosen from a pool of 350 submissions. The Trawick Prize's accompanying exhibition features one of Michael's paintings. "Start Here" is an abstract work of bubbly pools of black and pink paint, spray-painted graffiti lines and a round hole in the center of the canvas. The materials list for "Start Here" also includes ink, charcoal, stir sticks and nails.

Michael is the first D.C. artist to win the award, which was established in 2003 by Bethesda businesswoman and philanthropist Carol Trawick.

Baltimore's Bernhard Hildebrandt took third place with a neon-light artwork that reads "This Is Not Kosuth" (a nod to the conceptual artist who also uses words and neon lights in his work). Ryan Browning of Mount Airy won the young artist award.

The Trawick Prize finalists' work will be on display through Sept. 27 at Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, 4728 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Free. 301-215-6660.

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