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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, 

Elizabeth 

Image: Artist Piper Grosswendt showing at (inter)Related

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, 

Elizabeth

Brian Petro: Local Artist Supports His Community

It’s hard to step out in to the Logan Circle neighborhood without noticing the artistic touch of one artist that calls the area home. Brian Petro, a local artist who lives and works in Logan Circle, has been adding to his creative portfolio over the last several years through his exhibitions, open studios and curatorial work, and this summer will kick off even more. This weekend, May 18 and 19, Petro will host his bi-annual open studio tours in conjunction with his fellow artists of the Mid City Artist group. The doors to his basement studio under Vastu will be open both Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the walls of the 14th street furniture establishment being covered with his work. Petro will show his work at Vastu through June 2.

Petro, a great supporter of local art, is also involved in several curatorial projects. He currently curates for Coldwell Banker’s Art17 space, Vastu and the storefront of Avenue Settlement on 14th St. While the current Art17 show is a group show, featuring his Mid City Artist colleagues, Petro enjoys cultivating relationships with local artists and the process of selecting their work for his curation. When curating a new show he looks for “new, fresh, quality work and knowing that people enjoy their work is motivating.” Understanding the value of your work and how to market what you do as an artist is important to Petro, he enjoys giving other local artists the opportunity to show their work.

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The current show at Vastu will be a retrospective of some of Petro’s latest works. His work is truly diverse, mixing mediums, narratives and materials to create images of the world around him. The inspiration and materials for his work often come from the world around him. Petro has made “dumpster diving” a large part of his artistic process, spending time searching through trash and recycling his findings in to his works. A recent trip to Brazil, one he has made many times before, was fruitful in both materials and inspirations. Petro found works at the new Museo de Arte do Brasil to be stimulating in their vibe, color and history of central Rio, something you can sense in much of his work. 

In the coming months, Petro will be busy supporting artists with shows at Vastu, Art17 and Avenue Settlement in addition to an upcoming show of his own at Fathom Gallery and a campaign for Absolut vodka. Petro is one of 4 artists in Washington DC who was asked to create a four foot bottle for Absolut that will be a nationwide, 14 city campaign for the vodka brand. The launch will take place at Mova Lounge at a to be determined date and time. Fathom Gallery will then host Petro and local artist Fabiano Amin for a joint exhibition in July, another Logan Circle community engagement. 

For more information on Brian Petro, his work and exhibitions, visit his website.

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Elizabeth