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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Summer Openings

Friday, June 6

Touchstone Gallery - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Touchstone Gallery with the support of the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents Les Chemins de Memoire (The Paths of Memory) by Charles Goldstein. This exhibit has its roots in the holocaust and the disappearance of 84 close members of his family. For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue, NW.

Touchstone Gallery - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the same time as Charles Goldstein’s opening visit Avian Attitudes. At this opening, guests will be able to see some of the bird models in real life. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue, NW.

Saturday, June 7

CHAW - 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join CHAW for a day of art, dance, music, and more at the “CHAW Art and Performance Festival.” This is a great event for friends and family to spend the afternoon together. To read more about this event, click here.

The festival is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you like cars, car magazines, car culture, or family history then Tom Kenyon’s Dreams of Speed 3 is for you. His work tells viewers of the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

After stopping by Dreams of Speed 3, make sure to check out round two of the Brentwood Arts Exchange’s Project America's Next Top Master Artist. Meet the advancing artists and get a chance to walk one-on-one with them. To read more about this event, click here.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood.

The Fridge - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Fridge presents Urban Decay, the fifth installment of the long-running exhibition created in 2010 by Deb Yarrington. Don’t miss this exhibit. It’s first time it will be held in DC. To read more about this must see event, click here.

The Fridge is located at 516 ½ 8th Street, SE.

Sunday, June 8

Capitol Hill- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you find yourself in need of some new artwork, make sure to stop by for a studio-clearing event featuring original artworks by Geoff Ault, Sheppard Bear, and Ellen Cornett. Details here.

Sale is located at 218 9th Street, SE in the back alley.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Photo Credit: Ellen Cornett Witches Have Red Eyes and Cannot See Far, 2014 pastel on paper. On view at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. Image courtesy of the artist.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Beam Me up Edition

Takoma Art Hop—  The festival will take place over the weekend as follows: Friday from 6-8 p.m. | Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Details can be found here.

Saturday, May 3

CHAW  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Annual Student Ceramic Sale will be held at Eastern Market.  Support future crafters and an annual neighborhood tradition. Details here.

Eastern Market is located at 225 Seventh Street SE

East DC Studio Tour 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You know you’ve always wanted to peek into the private lives of local artists.  Artists include Kathryn McDonnell, Gail Vollrath, Zofie Land, Peter Harper and many more.  Details and map here.

The studio tour takes place in NE & SE DC.  See detailed map at link above.

SCRAP DC 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.       

SCRAP DC doesn’t just celebrate Earth Day, the organization seeks to reuse and recycle materials year round.  At the inaugural opening of their Re:Vision gallery, see a group exhibition by local artists who were required to incorporate 75% recycled materials into their work.  See artist list here.

SCRAP DC is located at 3101 12th Street NE in Brookland

art works gallery 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In Artist Imprint; A Family Story, Olivia Di Benigno tells the story of her Italian American heritage through delicately carved clay tiles. Full eexhibition description here.

art works gallery is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD

The Fridge 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Local artist Ben Tolman, third place winner in the first annual EMULSION regional exhibition opens a solo exhibition at the Fridge.  His new work examines the absence of truth in our shared environment.  Details here.

The Fridge is located at 516½ 8th Street SE (rear)on Barrack Row

Spring Studio Tours (Save the Dates!)

May 10—  10th  Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: New work from Ben Tolman.  Image courtesy of the artist

This Weekend: It's Guna Be (a wet) May

In case you feel like getting wet this weekend for the good of art... 

1. Contemporary Wing opens Friends with Benefits on SATURDAY from  6-8 pm [link]
2. First FRIDAY in Dupont at Hillyer, Studio Gallery and more! [link]
3. Fiction @ The Fridge opens SATURDAY from 7- 10 pm [link]
4. And interested in making the hike up Wisconsin? The Georgetown Spring Season Art Walk in FRIDAY from 6-8 pm [link]
5. Oh and as an added bonus... Let's funky on down @ the Funk Parade this Saturday May 3 [link and photo credit]

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May 10/11: Must Sees

The art forecast is calling for a compelling weekend jam packed with fresh ideas and creative concepts. Be sure to check out our must sees for the weekend:

Opening this weekend:

Hamiltonian Gallery, The Salon of Little Deaths
1353 U Street, NW
Open May 11th – June 15th, 2013 (Opening reception May 11th, 7-9pm)

Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky revitalize the enduring genres of landscape and still life with a contemporary approach in The Salon of Little Deaths, an exhibition on view at Hamiltonian.

Matthew Mann investigates narrative and the pictorial vocabulary of painting through disjointed landscapes, dead birds and eruptions of foliage on fields of luminous color. The result is a collection of cryptic works that speak at once to art history and visual perception in the digital age.

Milana Braslavsky‘s seductive photographic still lifes of fruit on tabletops are replete with quiet violence, sexual tension and a wry sensibility. Contrasting the delicacy of ripe fruit with crisply folded linens and household objects, Braslavsky’s sumptuous photographs function both as still lifes and evocative portraits of unseen personages while communicating themes of desire, loss and decay.

On view now:

Heiner Contemporary, STASH
1675 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Open April 26th – June 8th, 2013

Heiner Contemporary is pleased to announce STASH, an exhibition pulled from the gallery's flat files and storage, featuring work by Polly Apfelbaum, Ingrid Calame, Tara Donovan, Deborah Kass, Kate Shepherd, Jon-Phillip Sheridan and Austin Thomas. STASH diverges from typical programming by presenting artwork that is usually viewed by appointment only. From Polly Apfelbaum's bright floral woodblock prints to Tara Donovan's intricate relief print from a pin matrix and Austin Thomas's intimate journal pages, STASH features an array of artistic practices and pursuits. Together, the works reflect the gallery's aesthetic interests and demonstrate an over-arching concern for color and pattern.  (Cover photo courtesy of Heiner Contemporary, Ingrid Calame)

The Fridge, …with love and care
516 ½ 8th St, SE
Open May 4th – 26th, 2013

with love and care is an international group show curated by DC-based artist Astrotwitch. The show features seven artists from places as far as Sao Paulo and Berlin known for creating hand-painted posters to put up on the street.

In an era when it’s simple to print hundreds of copies of a poster, these artists continue a slow production process that creates one-of-a-kind public art that will decay with time, or, more typically, will live on the street for a few weeks before it is stolen or buffed out.

The show will feature original posters, photography of the artists’ work found on the street and a poster mural on the façade of The Fridge.

Participating artists include N.O Bonzo and Circle Face (Portland, OR); MAR! (Los Angeles, CA); Galo (Sao Paulo, Brazil); Alaniz (Berlin, Germany); and DECOY and Astrotwitch (Washington, DC).

Last chance:

The Phillips Collection, Angels, Demons, and Savages: Jackson Pollock, Alfonso Ossorio and Jean Dubuffet
1600 21st Street, NW
CLOSING May 12th. 2013

The Phillips Collection dives into American abstract expressionism to reveal a little-known but captivating story that focuses on the relationship among three of the movement’s seminal players: American painter Jackson Pollock (1912–1956), American artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990), and French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985). Featuring 55 paintings and works on paper from 1945 to 1958, the exhibition illuminates a key moment in postwar art. It reunites a number of works by Pollock and Dubuffet from Ossorio’s collection for the first time since they were dispersed after his death in 1990.

Angels, Demons, and Savages highlights visual affinities between the artists’ work, tracing the impact of Dubuffet’s art brut (art by the mentally ill and other so-called outsiders), the experimental spirit of Pollock’s technique, and Ossorio’s figurative language. As the focal point of the art world shifted from Europe to America, the exchange among the three helped bridge the widening gap between the continents.

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Gallery Round-Up: Weekend of April 5

Friday, April 5:
Opening: MUMBO SAUCE at Contemporary Wing
1414 14th Street, NW // 6:00- 10:00 PM

MUMBO SAUCE is a survey of artists with deep roots in Washington, D.C., and explores how such factors as Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art have shaped and influenced the work of these artists. MUMBO SAUCE is curated jointly by Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran’s “Pump Me Up” show, and Lauren Gentile, founder of Contemporary Wing.

Opening: LOST LAND at Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW // Friday 6:00- 9:00 PM

LOST LAND is about landforms, both real and imagined. Printmaker Fawna Xiao creates an abstracted landscape captured in a series of screenprinted monotypes that are a tribute to mountains, canyons, glaciers, and Martian rocks. Xiao’s work is minimalist: rich colors and lively geometrics are embraced by a generous sea of paper. A complex mountain shards into blue and silver; a glacier is simplified to white and seafoam crystals; an entire mountain range is expressed in two colors. The work is focused on the mountain distilled – free of plants, tourists, and creatures. Lost Land reveals land masses both alien and familiar, in their most raw and essential forms.

Opening: Athena Tacha: Drawings: From Public to Private, 1977- 2007 at Marsha Mateyka Gallery
2012 R Street, NW // 4:00- 6:00 PM

Greek artist Athena Tacha has been widely exhibited worldwide since the late 1970s. Her many commissions for public sculpture in Rome and 10 US states. Athena Tacha: From Public to Private is a comprehensive, 40-year retrospective traveling exhibition that includes over 100 works and originally opened in Greece.

Opening: Journey to Lo Manthang” Paintings by Leslie Johnston at Touchstone Contemporary Art Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW // 6:00- 8:30 PM

This exhibition features a new series of paintings by DC-based artist Leslie Johnston following her journey to Lo Manthang, Nepal.

Opening: OUTLOUD at Foundry Gallery
1314 18th St., NW, 1st Floor //  6:00- 8:00 PM

Non-representational, intuitive paintings range from bold, explosive multimedia collages to subtle, many layered mysterious paintings. The members of OUTLOUD Artists have exhibited widely nationally and internationally.  Many are affiliated with area galleries.  Several are teachers of the arts or art therapists. They have exhibited together as the OUTLOUD Artists at the Arts Club of Washington, Touchstone Gallery, Black Rock Arts Center, Sandy Springs Museum, and the Yellow Barn of Glen Echo, MD. Members of the group began painting together about 12 years ago, and they enjoy the synergy of critiquing each other, painting together, and showing together.

Saturday, April 6:

Opening: Pia Mater at The Fridge
516 ½ 8th Street, SE // 7:00- 11:00 PM    

The pia mater is the innermost layer of membrane surrounding the brain, the final delicate veil guarding the center of the nervous system. For their exhibition of the same name, Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco and Ashleigh Werner will dissect the concept of vulnerability through drawing, video, sculpture and performance. 

Opening: Gathering Space at Hamiltonian
1353 U Street, NW // 7:00- 9:00 PM    

Timothy Thompson broadens his exploration on the perception of place in Gathering Space, a site-specific installation that intersects Hamiltonian's 1,800 square foot gallery. Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers. As they move amongst the sculptures, viewers are asked to reconsider how they navigate and perceive a physical space.

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Roxanne Goldberg 

Photos Courtesy of Contemporary Wing, Hamiltonian and The Fridge.

Getting Intimate: Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Current Exhibiton at the Fridge

Saturday, February 2nd, Lisa Marie Thalhammer opened at the Fridge. Lisa Marie’s current exhibition is not just a collection of beautiful art, but also a social statement. Her art portrays the quest for equality regardless of sexual or gender identity.

            If you have not yet checked out the Fridge, it is a unique gallery and quite worth the trip. Lisa Marie’s art filled the space in an engaging and elegant manner. It encouraged the viewer to walk through and explore each piece. Featured were several larger paintings of women, the backgrounds were beautiful rich with colors and texture. The faces and bodies of each subject were elegantly painted. Lisa Marie used immaculate techniques to create skins tones that enhanced with blues and greens, each subject seemed alive, as if present in the room with the viewer.

            As I walked by each painting I was led by graphic prints, small lines colored into one thick line with all the colors of the rainbows. These pieces had the creative title of “Rainbow Network” added with their number in the series. Upon reading this title, I began to think of what a network was, one definition is “the interconnected group.” Lisa Marie has not only created a literal network of lines in this art, but apiece reflecting the bonds of the LGBTQ community.

            In the open space of the Fridge gallery, Lisa Marie’s art takes up the space in a welcoming and inspiring manner.  As Shauna J Miller, Senior Arts Editor at the Washington Post, eloquently states: “Lisa Marie’s portraits are too hot to freeze anything. They have pulses and heartbeats. Their subjects – with giant eyes, elongated limbs, bared breasts  - exaggerate themselves just enough to tell their story to the viewer: These are our bodies, our sexuality, our connectedness at this moment.” To read more on the subject and discover more of Lisa Marie’s work check out her webpage click here, and next time you’re in the neighborhood check out the Fridge located in the rear alley of 8th Street.


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D's Nails: Proving Manicures can be Art

            If you are in search of a funky unique atmosphere that is sure to engage, then you must check out the Fridge Art Gallery. It’s one of a kind, tucked in a back alley way near Eastern Market. On Saturday, November third, local artist Decoy had her show D’s Nails opened at the gallery.

            Walking into the gallery space, the vibe was energetic and youthful. Decoy’s art is a mixture of medias and has a technique that is one-of-a-kind. Upon the walls were large painting and gel transfers on wood. The wood was layered to create the silhouettes. There were four different designs on the walls; two were the silhouettes of women, another two hands spelling D.C., and lastly ten fingernails. The style has a cartoon aspect, yet it is also very whimsical.

When coming through the door into the Fridge, one wall was covered with large pieces of wood cut to the shape of human nails, each nail was roughly a foot wide and painted with one of Decoy’s personal nail designs. In front of this piece, a small table is set up with two chairs. Decoy plans on painting nails for anyone interested in having a spunky and never before seen manicure. Each Saturday of November Decoy will be at the fridge painting nails from 11-4 p.m. for $30.

Nail art is not something that is often seen in galleries. So, I was curious and asked Decoy what inspired her to do manicures. She discussed how up until recently she had a nail biting issue. She doubted that she would ever be able to stop biting her nails, and therefore she’d never get to have her nails painted in bright colors. However, one day she decided to stop her bad habit. Decoy says the confidences of successfully ending this habit gave her confidence in other areas of her life.

 Not just is there art related to nail art, Decoy includes depictions of herself as well as a girl that she works with in a community center in Sursum Corda, one of D.C.’s most underprivileged neighborhoods. Talking with Decoy about the work she does, is such a joy. She is an inspirational woman who works hard to influence the world. The girl depicted in one of Decoy’s large wooden silhouettes, is someone that it is apparent that Decoy cares deeply about. Recently, she started making hair bows with the children at the center, the children seem to love the projects. Decoy smiled as she reminisced on how one of the children refers to it as “the bow company.” Decoy is helping revive D.C. and inspire the youth with art. In fact, you can find some of these bows on sale at the gallery.

So, if you find yourself near Eastern Market or in search of a personalized manicure, D’s Nail is the show to check out at the Fridge. Decoy’s work will leave you with a sense of whimsy and optimism. For more information and schedule of events click here.

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