F. Lennox Campello

This month we decided that we wanted to let our readers know just who F. Lennox Campello is and what better space to do that than in this column. Lenny has been writing Gallery Beat without fail for the Old Town Crier since 1996. We have been very fortunate to have him among our list […]

High School Talent Shines!

By F. Lennox Campello Last month I had the honor and pleasure to jury The Friends of The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery’s 18th Annual High School Student Art Exhibition. This art competition is an annual event for all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Montgomery County, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC. To […]

This & That

By F. Lennox Campello Someone once said that the difference between good artists and great artists is that great artists learn how to use their mistakes. If you’re a watercolorist, then you know well the angst of separation lines, or when two colors dry at different speeds, or when your “wet on wet” fails to […]

Gallery Beat

By F. Lennox Campello   Bottom Line Up Front: A Congressman selects a painting from his district to hang in the U.S. Capitol building, and the painting depicts cops as animals. The painting, done by a student artist named David Pulphus, shows the protests and riots in Ferguson, Mo. after a police officer shot Michael […]

Gallery Beat

By F. Lennox Campello If you have read this column regularly over the years, then you know that around this time I am always harping about the importance for artists and art dealers/galleries to explore and then have a presence at one of the reputable fairs in Miami during Art Basel week (which is usually […]


By F. Lennox Campello Artomatic, the planet’s greatest open visual arts show is back (through December 9), this time in Montgomery County, Maryland. And, because this is the smallest Artomatic ever (by Artomatic standards anyway) since it only has about 380 artists, it was perhaps the easiest to see. I’ll start with work that caught […]

Gallery Beat

By F. Lennox Campello A good exercise for all practicing artists should be to make an end-of-year favorite Top 10 art shows that you saw during the year. That is important, because a key part of being an artist is to attend multiple and diverse art shows. This is not only good networking, and good […]

Life of an Art Dealer

By F. Lennox Campello   Since I opened my first gallery in 1996, as an art dealer, I had rarely worked with “art consultants” or “interior decorators” via the physical gallery space That changed dramatically once I started doing art fairs about a decade ago, but even then, the “art consulting” business, at least in […]

Sedi Pak

By F. Lennox Campello One of the great things of Al Gore’s Internet is the powerful ability to see artwork of all kinds and varieties, and I must admit that I am quite hooked on that valuable toolset – both as an artist and as a writer. Sometimes that search comes from friends and other […]

A guerrilla technique for saving money on framing costs

By F. Lennox Campello According to some stats that I read a few years ago in a framing trade magazine, the average cost of framing in the Greater DC region was $75 an hour. It’s probably more than that now. Other than time, framing two-dimensional work is often the most expensive step in organizing an […]