G40: The Summit with Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch

On March 12, fresh from our session with Nori Zay, we rolled down to G40:The Summit, Art Whino‘s gigantic art show to bring a special session Dr. Sketchy’s session to Crystal City, just a stone’s throw from the capital.

G40: The Summit was a dynamic contemporary art exhibition featuring curated works from artists around the world on display for the entire month of March, featuring musical and visual performances, lectures, live painting and, well, a lot more.  (BTW, I cribbed some of that sentence from their promotional material. Don’t tell.)  It was pretty amazing, and honestly, we had to go back the next weekend just to finish seeing all of it.

Here’s a little bit more of their promotional material, just so you can see the scope…

The mission of G40: The Summit is to bring the leaders of the New Brow genre together in Crystal City, VA in an effort to explore, discuss and grow this movement. G-40: The Summit will be a culmination of ideas and processes, brought together and highlighted by region and style, creating, for the first time, a full cross examination of this genre.


1 – Show information / performance area / mixed use
5 – New York metro area artists
6 – All Encompassing
7 – California artists
8 – Washington DC metro area artists

Pretty amazing stuff.

In any case, we all got off work a little early, loaded Bill’s car up with sketchpads and lights, and set off for DC.

And then sat in Baltimore-DC traffic for three hours.

Having originally planned to get there two hours before showtime, we arrived with a scant 45 minutes to prepare.  Thankfully, Art Whino’s Shane and Rob helped us sort out the seating and lights, and the lovely Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch were ready to go.

There were a couple awesome DJs spinning tunes over the course of the night; DJ Chris Instrument covered the first hour, with Nappy Riddem, featuring Rex Riddem and Mustabar, covering the last two, and putting on a pretty kick-ass performance afterward—impressive enough that we, Sugar, and L’il Dutch all bought copies of their CDs.

hand pecked debb

hand pecked debb

Our first contest was the opposite hand contest, where [takes a deep breath] if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous you should be off juggling somewhere or something and have no business drawing.  The two freakishly-talented artists who won this contest were sent to the bar for free drinks that we hoped would help level the playing field for the rest of the night.

Being that the title of the exhibition was somewhat a play on the heavily-protested G20 summit, the second contest was the best incorporation of whatever sort of protestors might show up for G40.  The prize was a ticket for two to the Dutch Oven Burlesque’s second anniversary show at the Palace of Wonders the very next weekend, courtesy of L’il Dutch herself.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The third contest was the best incorporation of a political scandal, with the prize being Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza from Baby Tattoo Books. BTW, check out Sugar Ann Spice’s awesome strawberry luchador mask:

Brian Dugan

hand pecked debb

Alexis presenting Aniekan Udofia‘s Marion Barry-inspired entry.

Elstabo (the winner)

Special thanks to Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch for being amazing and honestly inspiring some of the best drawings we’ve ever seen; thanks as well to Shane Pomajambo who put together such an amazing exhibition and who was kind enough to invite us down; thanks to Rob for climbing precariously on makeshift ladders to fix the lights; to DJ Chris Instrument and Nappy Riddem for the great music, thanks to Bill for driving us down and back, Jeff for the great photography you see above, and last but not least all the amazing people who showed up, most of whom had never before been to a Dr. Sketchy’s in their lives.

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s will be April 12 at the Windup Space with Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque, in a special Twin Peaks themed session to coincide with the Windup Space’s Lynchfest on April 10!

Friday, March 12th, at Art Whino G40: The Summit!

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, March 12th with Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch at Art Whino G40: The Summit, an art exhibition at 223 23rd St. Arlington, VA 22202.

WAIT, WHAT?  Yeah, that’s right.  Two Dr. Sketchy’s in one week?  SUGAR ANN SPICE *AND* L’IL DUTCH???


G40: The Summit

5 Floors
500+ Artists
75,000 sqft
Curated Visual and Performance Art



A dynamic contemporary art exhibition featuring curated works from artists around the world on display for a full month, featuring musical and visual performances, lectures, live painting and much more!

It’s going to be the biggest shindig Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore has ever been part of.

Whatever your plans were for Friday, I GUARANTEE they are not as cool as this.

Checkout the Art Whino website; there are so many jaw-dropping artists there I don’t even know where to start — folks like Molly Crabapple (the lovely founder of Dr. Sketchy’s), Scott G. Brooks, Caia Koopman, Aaron Martin, Sylvia Ortiz, etc.

You’ll never get another chance to see all these artists in one place with Sugar and L’il Dutch posing for your drawing pleasure, AND get to have your Friday night tipple.  Anyone who misses this is going to get a personal visit from me, cause I’m going to drive to each of your houses and slap the dickens out of you.  Like, you’re going to have to shake a copy of Great Expectations out of your pants leg you were hit so hard.

Just go look at their website.

Tomorow, 8 to 11.  The best art exhibit you’ve seen in years plus Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch.

(And special thanks to Carlo and Elise of Stereo Vision Photography  for letting us use their photos of our stunning models for the flyer!  They have a show and reception tonight (Thursday, March 11th), at the Palace of Wonders with a free burlesque show hosted by L’il Dutch.)

Next session: March 8 with the lovely Nori Zay! Plus, we’ll be at G40 in DC!

The fabulous alternative fashion and fetish model Nori Zay will be our muse at our next session on Monday, March 8—join us at the Windup Space for another night of drinks, drawing, and debauchery!

As always, doors open at 6 and drawing starts at 7–show up early to get a great seat! We’ll have more crazy drawing contests in which we’ll be giving away more prizes from Atomic Books and Artist and Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books.

(Photo of Nori Zay courtesy of Sean Baker.)

Special thanks to the incredibly talented Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sabrina Chap, who modeled and performed for us on Feb. 22! We’ll have photos and sketches from our session with Sabrina posted here soon. As always, thanks to all of you who came out to draw her! And special thanks to those of you who’ve already sent us your drawings from her session. If you haven’t done so yet and would like to have us share them here in the blog, scan in those babies and email them to us, or post them on our Facebook group!

Plus, for those of you in or near DC, check out our special session at Art Whino’s giant art show, G40: The Summit, in Crystal City. This free session will be on Friday, March 12, from 8 to 11 p.m., and DC’s own burlesque beauties, Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch, will be providing artistic inspiration for the evening! Whether or not you can make this session on the 12th, you definitely need to check out this show, which officially opens this Saturday. Five floors of amazing art, including pieces from Dr. Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple, from DC/Baltimore-area art stars Scott G. Brooks and Sylvia Ortiz, and from over 500 other artists across the country and around the world!

See you on the 8th (and the 12th)!