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What we're doing this weekend: May 18

After such beautiful weather for a Friday, we are certainly looking forward to an art filled day tomorrow! In addition to checking out any current gallery shows, public art or hitting any of the other usual suspects, tomorrow will be spent mostly one on one with artists in their studios. Here are our Saturday plans: 

52 O St Studios: One of DC's most creative spaces will open its' doors to show off the unique collective of artists that call it "home". The work of the artists at 52 O St includes performance, film, photography, craft, painting and fashion. Attendance is free but for more information click here.

Mid City Artist Studio Tour: In its' tenth year, the Mid City Artist group kicks off summer with their bi-annual studio tours. Featuring open studio hours for over 10 different artists throughout the Dupont, Logan Circle and U Street areas, these studio tours are an amazing chance to get to know local artists, their practice and see their new work. The tours run all day Saturday and Sunday (with different hours for each artist), refer to their website for details.

Project 4: MY KIND OF MAGIC Opening: Guest curated by Brooklyn based artist, Beau Chamberlain, the show explores the studio rituals of ten artists from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto. My Kind of Magic explores the unique techniques, practices and results of an artists work. Opening from 6-8 pm at the U Street location 1353 U street NW, Suite #302. 

And for folks out in Virginia... The Arlington Art Center opens the WPA Options 2013 show. Featuring some of the DC area top artists, the show will kick off with a curator talk at 4 pm tomorrow, with a reception to follow. For more information click here. (Featured photo courtesy of AAC)

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