17th st festival

3 Places to Find Great Art in DC: Saturday September 14


Highlighting the intersection between art and economics through artist-run art subscription programs.  The very thing that ArtSee supports and stands for is artists finding ways to support, marketing and make a business out of their art!  DC is no stranger to artist driven non-profit initiatives that incorporate and support the art community, but this show has DC nowhere to be seen.  This show will highlight the work created through the artreprenuers of artist-driven organizations that use art to communicate their message from all over the US.  Transformer will explore how these pieces stand alone as works of art and how they invoke the groups, artists and networks that they represent. Don’t miss the opening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

Featured Artists Include: Alula Editions (Bay Area, CA), Art Practical Mail Art Subscription (San Francisco, CA), Community Supported Art Chicago, Community Supported Art Philadelphia, Community Supported Art Minneapolis, The Drop/NOLA (New Orleans), The Present Group (Bay Area, CA),Regional Relationships (Chicago), and The Thing Quarterly (San Francisco, CA).

(featured photo courtesy of Transformer: Eric Fleischauer, Universal Paramount, archival inkjet print, 2011) 

Project 4

I love a great solo show by an amazing local DC artist! Project 4’s show featuring artist Christine Gray, Believer, gives viewers a look into a distorted view of reality.  The artist is set on intentionally letting our minds wander to a place where we are meant to creative the narrative.  Gray has mastered the still life in a modern way to juxtaposition unique objects in unlikely places.  The arrangement and composition of her work challenge the traditional meaning of everyday objects.

What really makes Gray’s work shine is her intense, accurate and colorful details.  Her attention to detail really makes these obscure scenes come to life.  Her show at Project 4 runs through October 26 and opens on Saturday from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. For more on Christine Gray visit her website and see her work at Project 4. 

17th St Festival

This Saturday, 17th St will be taken over with art, entertainment, food and more!  In its’ 4th year, the festival is one of DC’s best ways to discover local culture, food, shopping, and ART! This year there will be over 20 individual artists displaying and selling their pieces throughout the festival.  One of our favorites Indigo Wakatama will be there and display some of her amazing prints and original pieces. In addition, Michael Auger, RADICArt and the Washington Studio will show pieces. For the complete list of participants visit the website. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Brian Petro Kicks Off his Next Show at Coldwell Banker this Thursday

This weekend marks the Third Annual 17th Street Festival, a celebration that brings the community together over food, art, music and entertainment.

With a major focus on local art, the 17th Street Festival will host an Art Show on Saturday, September 22, which covers two street blocks and features the work of 50-plus local artists. 

One artist participating in the festival’s activities is Brian Petro, who will exhibit his work on Saturday’s festival and also help kick-off the 17th Street Festival with an opening reception for his latest show on Thursday, September 20 at Coldwell Banker (1606 17th Street NW) from 5 until 8 pm.


This show presents many styles by the artist, and serves as a mini-retrospective of his 16 professional years as an artist.

Petro’s mini-retrospective includes works inspired by street hustlers and the urban sale of flesh; hand-built, wooden wall sculptures inspired by paint spattered clothing he purchased off the body of a city alley muralist; tranquil abstracts made with soft watercolor washes and molten beeswax; and festive and exuberant images of produce and retro styled price markings. 

In addition to these unique pieces, Petro will feature his Supermarket Series, a collection of work that was inspired by his time living in New York City. 

The 17th Street Festival take place on Saturday, September 22 from noon until 6 pm. Petro will be onsite to welcome guests and show his work at Coldwell Banker on the day of the festival.


Brian Petro’s show at Coldwell Banker will be open for viewing during the regular business hours of Coldwell Banker. You can also schedule a free personal tour of Brian’s studio anytime by calling the artist directly at (202) 270-7352, brianpetroartist@yahoo.com, or for more information please check www.brianpetro.com or search Google or YouTube with “Brian Petro Artist” to see his documentary.

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Rachel Nania