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5 Things For An Art Filled Weekend

It's summer, it's hot, but get out and get #artsee with these 5 things... 

1. Opening TONIGHT at Studio Gallery from 6:30-8:30 PM, The Last Picture Show from faculty and students of the Corcoran  [link]
2. And down in Anacostia... Honfleur opens the 7th Annual East of the River Exhibition TONIGHT [link]
3. TONIGHT - DCAC will open You Can't Put Art on a Pedestal [link]
4. On SATURDAY, Open Studio DC will host a moving/opening party at their NE location from 7:00-9:00 PM [link]
5. And then SATURDAY NIGHT is double the fun at Connersmith with the (e)merge party and opening of Academy 2014 [link]

Hope we see you there! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Photo Credit: Connersmith, Work of Emerson Myers

#america - 5 Inspired Artist

5 artists inspired by our great country that should make you PUMPED for the 4th of July! #america 

Brian Petro

Pamela Viola 

Lillis Werder

Bhaval Shah Bell

Mike Weber

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Photo Credit: Each artist (Cover Photo: Fabiano Amin)

East City Art Round Up: Brookland Third Thursday Edition

Thursday June 19

Brookland Arts Walk - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Third Thursdays in Brookland, one may visit over 29 open studios in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. Two of the spaces, the Washington Drawing Center and The Wild Hand Workspace will host opening receptions (see details below). Enjoy food and live music courtesy of Danceplace featuring performances by Polvo & Scree starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St, NE

Washington Drawing Center - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington Drawing Center presents Chris Dolan’s 07092012-09212013: Recent Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland. Dolan “set himself the challenge of producing one landscape every day for the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.” For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

Washington Drawing Center is located in Studio #7 on the Arts Walk

The Wild Hand Workspace- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also in Brookland, The Wild Hand Workspace will host an opening reception for the illustrations of Hannah Dean in her first exhibition It’s a Wonderful Life. Her work examines relationships and organizational themes spanning a variety of media. To read more about the exhibit, click here.

The Wild Hand Studio is located in Studio #8 on the Arts Walk

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WPA Professional Practices presents Working with Galleries. The panel discussion, led by experts in the field, will help artists navigate through the challenges of working with a gallery. This event is free for WPA members and $10 for non-members. For more information about panelists and the event, click here.

The panel will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

doris-mae - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get a last look at the site-specific installation of Hsin-Hsi Chen (she’s covered an entire room, floor to ceiling, with her work!) and Amanda Kates’ intensely colored multi-media work. Meet the artists at this reception before the exhibit closes on Saturday.  Details found here.

doris-mae is located on the second floor at 1716 14th Street NW.

Friday, June 20

Washington Sculptors Group - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Sculptors Group has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to present Gedankenexperiment. Curated by Sarah Tanguy, this exhibit draws inspiration from scientific and mathematical theories. To read more about this event, click here.

The AAAS is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW.

Montpelier Arts Center - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Montpelier Arts Center for a reception honoring this summer’s exhibitions. The reception will feature three exhibitions in the Main Gallery, the Library Gallery, and the Residents Artist Gallery.  See work from the Washington Sculptors Group, Elizabeth Burger and Melissa Burley. For details on this event, click here.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD.

Saturday, June 21

Brookland - 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

Gallery O on H - 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

After taking Rajan Sedalia’s street art class stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood. In addition to viewing the gallery’s permanent collection, visitors can peruse “The Shops” starting at 4 p.m. while the music begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

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: Explore the Brookland Arts District this "Third Thursday" with over 29 artist studios and galleries open from 6-9pm.  (Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art).

5 things for the next few days...

A TON going on Thursday night but take Friday/Saturday to hang out, enjoy a cold one and the non-arts related events in DC... But otherwise here are my 5! 

1. TONIGHT grab a drink for happy hour with Transformer for the FlatFile monthly mingle from 6-8 pm [link]
2. WPA hosts professional practices panel on working with galleries from 6-7:30 pm THURSDAY [link]
3. It's a Wonderful Life, a solo show featuring Hannah Dean opens at Wild Hand at 6 pm [link]
4. Brian Petro opens a retrospective of work from 1996-2014 at Art17 from 6:30-8:30 pm [link]
5. CLOSING PARTAY for Softer, Softest on THURSDAY from 7-9 pm [link]
6. Also... In case you missed it... The found this mystery man in a Picasso painting [link

Happy Hump Day! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Weekend East City Event Round Up: Super Saturday June Edition

Friday, June 13

CHAW - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear are back for another Paint and Sip at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Create your own masterpiece on Friday while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 includes all materials and refreshments. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, June 14

Route 1 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Route 1 Farmers Market and Bazaar will be operating through Saturday, September 27, 2014. Regional farmers, vendors and artists are participating in this weekly event. Visitors will be able to buy produce and participate in a variety of activities. To read more about this must attend event, click here.

The Market is located at 4100 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

RandallScottProjects – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

After visiting the farmers market or taking class be sure to go to RandallScottProjects’ opening of Ruby Osorio’s Reverie. Osorio’s work evokes a sense of fragmented memories, experienced through the mind and senses of a female protagonist. She explores the notions of the poetic in the representation of femininity and myth. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street, NE.

Gallery O on H – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gallery O hosts another must see event, Circus at the O. After seeing the opening at RandallScottProjects, check out the gallery opening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wait around and guests 21 and over will be treated to a variety show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the show. To read more about this must see event, click here.

Gallery O is located at 1354 H Street, NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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: The Circus on O awaits you this weekend on H Street. Image courtesy Gallery O on H.

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.


On June 19, the Art17 Gallery at Coldwell Banker welcomes back local artist and curator, Brian Petro for a solo show of his work from 1996-2014. The gallery, located below Coldwell Banker (1606 17th St NW) in Dupont Circle, opens its doors to quarterly art shows by local and established artists.  The show, featuring a unique retrospective of Brian Petro’s work, will run from June 1, 2014 to August 20, 2014.

WHAT:    Brian Petro – Works from 1996-2014

EXHIBITION:   June 1, 2014 – August 20, 2014, M-F 9:00 – 5:00 PM

OPENING:  Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 PM

WHERE:  Coldwell Banker, 1606 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The work featured in this show represents his wandering, and wondering mind. He credits his style to the dichotomy between his supportive, rural, Central-Pennsylvanian upbringing, and the brutal independence of urban life. Global travel and urban exploration fuel his search for images, ideas and processes. Some artworks will even be available at affordable prices between $160 and $190. From joyous and youthful colors of old animal cracker box images, to Iconoclastic Architectural DC monument images, to a recent series of Abstract Ink and paint pieces, to glimpses of his first ever professionally recognized artworks, the show will include the many sides of Brian Petro as an artist. His most recent show “Ink: Brian Petro & Christian Pratt” at Susan Calloway Fine Arts was listed by Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post in March 2014.

Brian Petro is, and has been, represented by galleries in New York City, Hawaii, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington, DC and Rehoboth Beach, DE. His work is also on display in venues in Brazil, England, Italy and Spain. Past commercial clients include Absolut Vodka (who commissioned Brian to design the Absolut Dupont Circle advertisement), The Ritz Carlton Hotels, Saks Fifth Avenue, IBM (an 8 foot by 20 foot mural), and The Library of Congress. Brian has been published in regional and national news magazines and newspapers, and he and his work have been featured on several television shows including HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Showhouse Showdown, and has recently been filmed by CCTV in China, affiliated with PBS, and footage can be viewed in upcoming months in Asia, and here, Nationally. Within the last month, Brian was commissioned by Absolut Vodka again to design a 5 foot tall bottle for their use in any advertising campaign they choose.  This may be considered the “Absolut Petro” bottle!

 Coldwell Banker opened Art17 over a decade ago by Kevin McDuffe, the owner. His goal has been to open this office space to local artists to showcase their work. Recently, he brought in a curator for the space, one of the Mid City Artists, Brian Petro. While Petro is a full time artist, living and working in the Logan Circle area, he is also a curator of private spaces in the community. In the past, Art17 has featured artists such as Amy Flatten, Dylan Davis, and Matt Sesow. 

5 Things: I'm Going To Be Doing This Weekend...

Get on board with these 5 awesome happenings this weekend... 

1. TOMORROW: Astral Ice opens at Fathom Gallery featuring artist Stephen Benedicto from 6-10 PM [link]
2. (inter)Related featuring some of my FAVORITE artists opens at DCAC curated by Allison Nance from 7-9 PM on FRIDAY  [link]
3. A solo exhibition opening on FRIDAY at the Foundry Gallery featuring, our friend, artist Naomi Taitz-Duffy [link]
4. Feel like taking a hike? artdc opens Magnetism in Hyattsville on SATURDAY from 7-10 PM [link]
5. The killer show from curator Eames Armstrong hosts performances starting at 8 PM on SATURDAY night at Softer, Softest [link]

See y'all there! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Image: Artist Piper Grosswendt showing at (inter)Related

Summer Time Fine: 5 Artists Capturing Summer

In honor of summer FINALLY being here and Memorial Day weekend coming and going so quickly (RIP), we're sharing some artists that capture summer perfectly... Our summer inspiration! 

Sally Kauffman 

Deborah Cavenaugh


Ben Ferry 

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Jill Cantrell 

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Michael Francis (for those of you that spend the hot summers in DC)

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


#CollectorChat: 9 Tips to Starting Your Art Collection

To get ready for our #CollectorChat on Monday, here are 9 Tips to Starting Your Art Collection from The Artinista, Sharon Burton: 

1. Buy art because you like it, and because it moves you. Do not buy art because it matches your sofa or your boyfriend likes it. Remember, you have to live with it, not anyone else. Buying art just for decoration may lead you to owning pieces that you no longer like.

2. Establish a Budget!  How much do you want to spend on art this year?  Remember, original art tends to be more expensive than the poster stuff, so make sure you can realistically be able to spend the money on what you may like.

3.  Hire an art advisor or consultant who can help you navigate the art market and find artwork that you like and is considered a good investment.

4. Visit as many art galleries as possible. Gallery staff can be helpful guides in your art education. Ask questions about the art that interests you and specifically about the artist. Is the artist local or national? What is the medium (oil, acrylic, etc.) the artist uses to create the work?  Get on their email and mailing lists so you’ll be invited to openings and special events.

5. Visit and join your local art museums and nonprofit art centers. Curators and seasoned collectors often give lectures on art collecting.

6.  Attend national art expos and art fairs whenever possible. Don’t forget the local art festivals as well. Some very talented artists may live in your neighborhood.

7.  If you do know art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what they've learned about collecting.

8.  Read reviews by local and national art critics. Keep in mind that reviews usually reflect only one person’s opinion.

9.  Read art books and subscribe to a few art magazines


We look forward to chatting with everyone on Monday from 8-9 PM at the #CollectorChat with @theartinista @petalwithmavis and @liveunchained! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Weekend East City Event Round Up: Activism in Art Edition

Friday, May 16

Art Works Now - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Art Works Now is hosting a Drink and Draw Hullabaloo Fundraiser. Join artists and educators Rushern Baker IV and Annie Rachel Wells for a night of fun and art. All proceeds will support Art Work’s Toddler Time Program. For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

The festivities will take place at 4800 Rhode Island Ave. in Hyattsville.

Saturday, May 17

Transformer - 6 p.m. to  8 p.m.

Transformer presents Float, an exhibition of sculpture and mixed media work of four emerging Jamaican artists. Join Transformer for the opening reception of this exhibition, which showcases works that redefine the physical and social boundaries assigned to them. To read more about this must see event, click here.

The exhibit will be shown at Art Museum of the Americas of the OAS Gallery 5 on the 2nd floor. The gallery is located at 201 18th Street, NW.

Project 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You’ll need to take a minute to wait after visiting Float so why not stop by Project 4 and see their exhibit Wait. The new media exhibition presents video, sound, installation and performance works by four talented artists and conceived and curated by E. Jane.  For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

Project 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U St. NW, Suite 302.

Saturday and Sunday Open Studio Tours

Mid City Artists - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The artists of Mid City are holding an Open Studio Tour. On Saturday and Sunday join fellow art enthusiasts for a two-hour guided walking tour of 4 to 6 studios in Mid City. The tours are free and space is limited so sign up now! For more information about tours, click here.

The tours location will be based on reservation.

Passageways Artist Studios - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Passageways Artist Studios are having open studios this weekend. Stop by after your walking tour of Mid City and visit more local artists at work. For a list of participating artists, click here.

Passageways Artists Studio is located at 6001 66th Street, Riverdale, MD.

Sunday, May 18

SCRAP DC - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join SCRAP DC in welcoming author Betsy Greer to celebrate her new anthology, Craftivism. This book launch and darning mini-workshop support the worldwide movement that functions at the intersection of craft and activism. So bring a piece of clothing to mend and join the movement! Details here.

Scrap DC is located at 3101 12th Street NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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: Glenn Fry demonstrates his printing method at a recent open studio. Photo credit: Luis Gomez.

This Weekend: 5 Creative Things To Do

Let's get right down to it.... Since # 1 is OUR awesome Brookland Creative event TONIGHT, I'll throw in an extra: 

1. Brookland Creative TONIGHT at 728 Lawrence St NE [link]
2. Fathom Gallery presents Nima Veiseh TONIGHT from 6-10 pm [link]
3. WPA opens HOTHOUSE VIDEO by Brandon Morse at Capitol Skyline TONIGHT from 6-8 pm [link]
4. YOUNGPAYNE & The Kids Table present: Color Me Collaborative FRIDAY 6-9 pm [link]
5. FLOAT opens at Transformer SATURDAY from 6-8 pm featuring the work of four unique artists [link]
6. ALL WEEKEND: Mid City Artists Open Studios... Amazing art, great people and a chance to buy from the artists [link]

I know... Lot's to do on Thursday but that gives you time to relax this weekend and enjoy the sunshine! See you at #brooklandcreative 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Brookland Creative: Meet the Creatives Part 3

Last but not least our final grouping of artists for Brookland Creative are... 

Queen Bee Designs 
Queen Bee Designs is ruled by a very lovely Queen indeed - Allison Priebe Brooks. Queen Bee Designs has turned into a very successful business and the BUZZ is really getting around and so are Allison's fabulous pieces, worn by top news anchors, celebs, Miss America, even Lynne Cheney! We have been featured on Good Morning America, in the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Lucky, and Women's Wear Daily.

Leah Appel
Leah Appel is a photographer currently working in the Washington, DC area. She is a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in photography. Leah works as both a commercial and fine art photographer. She works in a variety of mediums including digital and film photography. Please contact regarding more information on pricing and jobs.

Patrick Burns 
West Virginia Raised. 
Maine Educated. 
I like turtles...

Mei Mei Chang 
My work consists of multilayered and patterned surfaces that I use as topographical maps of the mind. My internal landscape has its own appearance, colors, attractions and distractions. Among the many symbols of my mind is the awareness of similarities and differences between Eastern and Western cultures.

See on Thursday May 15 at Brookland Creative. For more info - check out: brooklandcreative1.eventbrite.com

Brookland Creative: Meet the Creatives Part 2

Here are MORE of the fantastic artists that we are featuring in our Brookland Creative event this THURSDAY! Join us at Brookland Creative... More to come! 

M. Jane Johnson 
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M. Jane Johnson loved to draw from the time she was a very little girl curled up on the sofa watching TV with her parents. She was encouraged to draw and paint and started taking private painting lessons from Mrs. Edwards, a local Jacksonville, FLA portrait painter, studying oil painting. 

Bhaval Shah Bell 
Of Indian ethnicity, Bhaval was born in Kenya where she lived until 19.She has since lived in England, travelled extensively, and now resides in the US. Through her own multicultural background, Bhaval knows that individuals relate powerfully to maps of places that are important to them. Bhaval also has a science education, influences of which can be seen in the clean lines and precise sharp edges of her designs. She enjoys using specific data, such as levels of elevation, within her artwork.

Margret Kroyer

A child of the land where glaciers meet roaring volcanoes and the planet´s roughest seas, Margrét´s artistic expression reflects her Northern Icelandic origins and strengths. The fierce power of this harsh country at the Arctic Circle is brought to life in Margrét´s dynamic brush strokes, creating an entirely
new reality based on the pure energy of life, with deep complexity, and a special sense of beauty. Margrét paints with her heart and soul.

Michael Crossett

My recent work has focused on the neighborhoods of DC. As DC continues to transform, I am drawn to contrast of historic and contemporary architecture and design, commercialism, and the energy that surrounds me. In a way, I am my own architect by creating new structures which juxtapose photography and found images with with relevant and most ofter commercial symbols and icons. They shouldn’t always go together but do—one of the reasons I love graffiti. If it wasn’t illegal, I’d be doing it all the time. 

Cristina Steadman
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“I really enjoy black and white and simple clean photos.” Cristina’s experience in photography has given her an exceptional eye for design. A Washington DC native, Cristina has spent most of her career in design and merchandising. Cristina studied and worked in NYC before moving back to the Washington area to settle down and start a family. Cristina’s true love is in photography. She spends most of her free time shooting and editing photos.

Don't miss Brookland Creative! For more info visit: brooklandcreative1.eventbrite.com

Brookland Creative: Meet the Creatives Part 1

We are less than one week away from Brookland Creative our co-sponsored salon fundraiser for Becky's Fund with Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby's International Realty. The event will include arts, crafts, food and music GALORE - an amazingly creative evening! Ready for round 1 of our meet the creative folks? Here we go... 

Pamela Viola 
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Pamela H. Viola is a Washington DC visual artist creating fine art photography and mixed media works for corporate and residential collectors.Though she segued from still photography and into the world of motion pictures for a portion of her career, she was ultimately pulled back to her true artistic passion several years ago. Today she enjoys a successful career as award-winning artist, well known for her innovative images and interpretive style that has emerged as an outgrowth of her cinema background and experimentation with various forms of photographic transfer printing. 

Fawna Xiao 

Fawna Xiao is a printmaker based out of the Atlas District in Washington, DC. She first learned to screenprint after hitting the mini-jackpot at a New Zealand casino, and promptly put her newly won funds to work. She built wooden frames, stapled some wedding veil fabric to them and started printing. Fawna recently launched herself into the DC art scene with a sold out solo show at Hillyer Art Space and has continued to show her work around the city. 

Amanda Kleinman 
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I have been making art and music since early childhood in rural Germantown, MD in the 1970’s-- before the arrival of grocery stores, highways, or fast food chains. I took piano lessons, drew pictures, and went on hikes with parents and dogs in the vast seemingly endless woods. When I was 4 years old, I made ‘save the trees’ posters when I saw developers cut down trees in my subdivision to build townhouses. I knew that people needed to see pictures of what they were going to lose, in order to care about that loss, in order to stop that loss. 

Barb Januszkiewicz

Barbara Januszkiewicz is an American painter and filmmaker who is best known for her stylistic independence. However she has associations with the conceptual art and avant-garde schools. She specializes in watercolor painting in a hybrid style paintings that blur the line between drawing and painting.

See you next week! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You,   E

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2014 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

Friday, May 9

Honfleur & Vivid Solutions Galleries  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Anacostia galleries are showing their feminine side this Friday with two concurrent exhibitions by women artists.  In Parallels: Sculptures and Installations, Nara Park uses water as an artistic medium.  Be prepared to see cascades, aquariums and other water features.  Upstairs at Vivid Solutions, in If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? artist collective MAMBU BADU explores African identity and “Afro-futurism.”  Exhibition descriptions here.  

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries are located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE

RandallScottProjects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RSP will show Amy Myers' Natural Curve.  In this science meets art exhibition, Myers, the daughter of physicists who grew up hearing the language of theoretical physics, creates work that explores the contractions between form, chaos and chance.  Details and images here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)


Saturday, May 10

Volunteer Capitol Hill 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why not volunteer for an arts organization?  This a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, to make new friends and to have a say in what goes on in your community.  Event takes place at Hill Center located 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Details here.

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

17 venues, 70 studios and over 100 artists— it’s an East City Art reader’s dream!  Officially this is the 10th anniversary of the event.  Eric Hope has interviewed stakeholders here.  You can’t possibly see it all in one tour which is why we’re thankful it’s an annual event!  All the times, details and listings here.

The OST takes place along the Route One Corridor.  Download detailed map here.

Additional Artist Open Studios 12 p.m.

There are three other open houses you should know about.  First, the 52 O Street studios will be open to the public all weekend. Next, on Saturday, DC Glassworks will be open for the Gateway Open Studio Tour (above). Lastly, a new artist studio space called “Off the Beaten Track Warehouse” officially opens to the public. It is the home of District Clay which we have profiled on East City Art. Addresses, times and listings here.

Off Rhode Gallery– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In a wonderfully refreshing trend, Off Rhode Gallery surprises again with yet another unexpected exhibition this year.  In Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays and Other Endangered Sea Creatures, the gallery will exhibit artwork by artist Matt Dembicki who created these works for a graphic novel about the world’s oceans.  Details and images here.  

Off Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

39th Street Gallery – 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The best part of the Gateway Open Studio Tour is that the art never stops.  Join the 39th Street Gallery for Mind + Body + Metaphor curated by Martha Jackson Jarvis.  The exhibition by artists Shaunte’ Gates and Nijena Surae Jarvis explores the human body as a metaphor.  Details and images here.     

The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m.

After you’ve seen art all day, you may have formed an opinion or two about what you’ve seen!  In America’s Next Top Master Artist, you’ll have the opportunity to exercise your opinion and select which artists get to move ahead to the next round for awards and cash prizes.  Artist list and details here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD


Spring Studio Tours (One more left! Save the date!)

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

What about Mid-City and 52 O Street NW?  Please read our open letter about East City Art’s expansion here

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief 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: Work by ceramicist Joe Hicks on display at the 2013 Gateway Open Studio Tour.  Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

This Weekend: Live From NY... It's ArtSee

Even though I'm physically in NY checking out PULSE and other fairs... Here are the 5 things I recommend for the weekend in DC and I'm sorry to miss them! 

1. For a post happy hour trek to Arlington at Artisphere check out Fermata THURSDAY 7 - 9 pm [link]
2. FRIDAY: Carroll Square opens show featuring Mariella Bisson, Ashlynn Browning, Amber Robles-Gordon & Deborah Zlotsky  [link]
3. Head down to Vivid Solutions FRIDAY from 6-9 pm for the opening of the show curated by MAMBU BADU [link]
4. 16"x16" is artdc's latest exhibition encouraging creative freedom, opening SATURDAY 12-2 pm [link]
5. Our good friend Amy Hughes Braden is asking "Are You Gonna Eat That?" opening SATURDAY at 6 pm [link and photo credit]

Bringing the Art in DC to You (from NY), 



 On May 15, Fathom Gallery will host NY transplant, Nima Veiseh’s opening for his first solo show in Washington, DC. The gallery, located above Fathom Creative (1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005) in the heart of Logan Circle, opens its doors to periodic art shows by local and established artists. The show, featuring 12 pieces of Nima Veiseh’s most recent work, will run from May 15th to May 29th.

WHAT:                 Artist Showcase featuring Nima Veiseh

OPENING:             Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:00 – 10:00 PM

EXHIBITION:          “Superscapes”

WHERE:                Fathom Gallery, 1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

HOURS:                10:00 am – 6:00pm

The Enigma of New York (E.O.N), Nima Veiseh will show the works that he says “give me the freedom to try and become something more than myself.” His work is a reflection of the world in motion as interpreted as both an artist and scientist. The goal for this body of work is to transcend the forms that more often than not divide us, and focus on the textures and colors that create harmony.

Fathom Gallery has been working with and facilitating events for the arts community since 2010. Having hosted several art shows and related events, Fathom Gallery invited Nima Veiseh to kick-off his upcoming show with a three week live painting event at the 14th Street storefront. Other past shows include, Sean Hunter, Corcoran Design, Brian Petro and Fabiano Amin. 


ArtSee and Michael Hines, of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty Collaborate on Brookland Creative: A Salon to Benefit Becky’s Fund
10+ Local Artists, from traditional fine art medium to craft, design and cuisine

On May 15th, Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby’s will team up with ArtSee, an art management services agency, at one of his latest properties on the market, to celebrate creativity in the Brookland neighborhood, at 728 Lawrence St NE. The salon will celebrate creativity by showcasing more than 10 local artists and artisans, while raising awareness and support for Becky’s Fund. The event will be open to the general public from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Lawrence St location in conjunction with the Monroe St Market Thursday Arts Walk. A suggested $10 donation is requested for attendance to benefit Becky’s Fund

 THURSDAY, May 15th

TIME: 6:30pm – 9pm

PLACE: 728 Lawrence St NE

 INFORMATION/DONATIONS: brooklandcreative1.eventbrite.com 

Artists will include: 

Leah Appel, photography

Patrick Burns, mixed media

Barb Januszkiewicz, painting

Mei Mei Chang, mixed media

Amanda Kleinman, photography

Pamela Viola, photography

Jane Johnson, painting

Michael Crossett, printmaking

Margret Kroyer, painting

Cristina Steadman, photography

Fawna Xiao, printmaking

Queen Bee Designs, jewelry

About Michael Hines, Real Estate Professional in Washington, DC 

Michael Hines has made DC his home for the past 10 years. Voted by Washingtonian Magazine as one the area's brightest young entrepreneurs, Michael began working in the real estate industry and has seen his career flourish into a full-time business with TTR Sotheby¹s International Realty. A highly engaged community activist, Michael has worked closely with current and former DC City Council members and the mayor, providing him with a deep knowledge of real estate development activity in the city.

About Becky’s Fund

Domestic Violence in our world has to come to a halt. We at Becky’s Fund are doing everything we possibly can to fight this issue and make many aware of its dangers to our world. See our People, Programs and Partners helping us to play our part in this worldwide issue. The mission of Becky’s Fund is fourfold:

  • Foster awareness: Help people understand the elements of domestic violence through education, such as its prevalence, why battered victims cannot always leave easily, and what can be done to fight against domestic violence.
  • Encourage advocacy: Encourage people to care about and help put an end to domestic violence.
  • Promote activism: Take an active role in helping battered victims find safety through counseling, education and legal representation.
  • Create support: Provide support for victims of domestic violence.

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