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25+ Local Artists, from Painters and Photographers to Woodworkers and Potters, will be featured during this DC Art Extravaganza

As you know from our recent posts... Our partners at SwatchRoom, the new Shaw-based creative design and fabrication studio, will host its first annual three-day SwatchRoom Salon Party March 7th through March 9th. Curated by ArtSee, an art event services agency, and hosted by Hierarchy, the newest event space by DC’s No Kings Collective, the celebration will showcase more than 35 local artists during three distinct events. The Salon Party will be accessible to all levels of art enthusiast, beginning with a showcase of affordable work from emerging artists and culminating in a private event featuring new collections from some of DC’s most sought-after artists.

Attendees must purchase tickets to the Friday and Saturday evening events on eventbrite, here:

And the complete 2014 “SwatchRoom Salon Party” Schedule of Events is...  

FRIDAY, March 7th: Introducing DC’s Best Emerging Artists
TIME: 7pm – 12am
LOCATION: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW

To kickoff the Salon Party, a grouping of DC’s greatest emerging artists will be featured on Friday night. Each artist will display their latest work across all mediums: painting, photography, printmaking and more.

Artists will include:

Fabiano Amin
Leah Appel
Carolyn Becker
Amy Hughes Braden
Patrick Burns
Ellie Deneroff
Dominique Fierro
Jeremy Flick
Barb Januszkiewicz
Donna K. McGee
Cory Oberbndorfer
Brian Petro
Cristina Steadman
Radio Sebastian
Fawna Xiao

SATURDAY, MARCH 8th: Celebrating the District’s Favorite Artists
TIME: 7pm – 12am
LOCATION: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW

On Saturday night, collectors will have a preview to some of their favorite artists’ and designer’s newest collections. Attendees will also enjoy live painting, music, performances, and break dancing.

Artists will include:

Gregg Deal - paintings
Kate Warren- photography
Martin Swift - paintings
Jeremy Flick - paintings
Maggie O'Neill -paintings and home goods
Cory Orbendorfer - paintings
Karen Suderman - paintings
Chris Cooley - pottery
Dominique Fierro -photography
Sophie Blake - jewelry
Allison Priebe Brooks (aka Queen Bee Designs)
James Kerns - furniture and lighting
Tariq Tucker - paintings
Carbon Vintage - furniture
McNamara Designs - furniture

We hope to see you there! 

ArtSee Picks: February 10

5 Art Happenings that can BRIGHTEN your week... Here are your ArtSee Picks for February 10

1. Cool news:  Art + Feminism Wikipedia-thon. Now that's what we call tech-savvy. 
2. This Opened: A brand new art/event space in AdMo from the guys of No Kings Collective called Hierarchy, the first show features locals DECOY and Cory Oberndorfer. 
3. Go See: Transformer opened their February show Homocats with smashing success and vibrancy
4. Call for Submission: With the DCCAH for the Light Arts Project and we have the scoop  
5. And then there was this up North in case you missed it... At least this means people care, right? Good ol' realistic sculptures...

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The 25 Project: Kate Warren Kicks It Off

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), No Kings Collective and 25 amazing, local artists will bring together the 25 Project. The project will celebrate this milestone and the artists that make the DCAC possible.

The first artist in the project will be Kate Warren, otherwise known as GoKateShoot.  Kate has been a staple on the DC art scene not only as a unique artist but as the go to photographer for some of our greatest publications, blogs, and more! In line with the 25 Project, we did a little Q&A with Kate to help kick things off.

You’ve work with No Kings Collective before… What’s that like? What keeps you working with them?

I've worked with No Kings Collective on their last several projects, and find it completely creatively energizing each time. At the Water Street Project I produced the WW Club, a sold out menswear style speakeasy event with whiskey tasting and burlesque. I've also created small murals, fashion video installations, and had my photography featured in their exhibitions. We're friends, but more importantly they work harder than almost anyone else I know to build the city in which we want to live - that's what keeps me coming back. Their ability to hustle on a dozen projects at once is astounding, and I owe a lot of my own commitment to creative hustle to them. 

What can we expect to see of your work with Project 25?

I err on the deeply personal side when I exhibit my work, so I'll be showing a short series of medium format film photographs that illustrate intimate commonalities in quiet Sunday mornings.  Made with a wieldy, indiscrete Mamiya RZ67 medium format film camera, the act of taking the photo disrupts the delicate moments it seeks it capture, creating a layer of voyeuristic tension within the images. 

What made you interested in this opportunity? 

DCAC gave Peter and Brandon their first start in the arts in DC when they offered to showcase their stunning project, "The Document" several years ago. Since this show is a fundraiser for them, I wanted to pay it forward and help the people who helped the people who helped me. 

Are there any other artists that you are excited to be participating with? 

All of them - the mix of established and emerging artists creates an amazing energy to the show. 

Sweet potato pie... really? Why? 

I'm from Vermont and love fall - sweet potato pie is warm comfort food. I'm ready to hole up and make art all winter, and need just the right food to do it!

For more information on the 25 Project, visit their website here.  And for more information on Kate Warren, visit her website here.

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SUBMERGE: Local Artists Confront Culture on H Street

A giant nude man holds a bright red bowling ball in one hand, a cigarette in the other. He has a dazed, almost bewildered look on his face and as he peers at the viewer through wire-framed glasses, the on-looker cannot help but to giggle at his knee-high socks and protruding belly.


Part of a triptych exhibiting mighty men emasculated, stripped of all but their socks, the Martin Swift paintings are some of the less confrontational artworks that have recently flooded the vacant H Street venue as part of the nine day flash ‘art happening,’ Submerge. 

Presented by No Kings Collective, the group that brought the Waterstreet Project to Malmaison at the Georgetown Waterfront in April, is back with its 2nd annual “ode to the District,” a temporary art space that features the works of 23 local artists in a range of mediums, from performance and graffiti to photography and installation. 

Dancing to the beats of DJs sponsored by Listen Local First and munching on bites by H Street newcomers Impala and H & Pizza, arts patrons engaged with Michael Owen’s striking graphic paintings by slipping on a pair of 3-D glasses.

“It felt like I was in the car next to this one, just zooming by,” said Columbia Heights resident Rashaan of the painted racecars that appear to be propelled off the canvas.

Though all distinct in theme and medium, the curated works shared a sense of challenge.


DC-based artists collective Truth Among Liars provokes a range of emotion among viewers with their installation of blow up-sex dolls. Lined in rows with paint-smeared faces that erase any individual characteristics, and orifices exposed to unequivocally identify gender, the “Latex Warrior Burial Artifacts” directly confront issues of contemporary feminism.

“Are we this interchangeable? “ said 33 year-old Angela Michael of the imposing objects that captivate their audiences with not only disquieting aesthetics, but also with troubling scents of plastic and paint that inevitably seep into the viewer’s space, implicating him as a proprietor of the female position.

Turning away from the captivating accusation of society, one is confronted by Victoria Milko’s examination into the extraordinary life of a firefighter.

“I wanted to show the family and the bonding, the everyday life,” said Milko who lived with 15 male volunteers at the Hyattsville Fire Department for eight months before creating the installation.


Haunting images of heroes defeated and victims helpless in the wake of natural forces are framed by yellow tape reading, “FIRE LINE DO NOT CROSS.” The spellbinding black and white photographs are shown within the context of a fabricated fireman’s locker and simulate an evocative environment.

“It really creates a nice environment,” said 25 year-old breakdancer James Wu, “You don’t immediately gravitate towards a burned down house but these photos really draw you in.”

On display from 1 to 6 p.m. until November 18 at 700 H St. NE, Submerge hosts nightly events for free in collaboration with such groups as Listen Local First, Somaphony and KOLTON.J. 

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Roxanne Goldberg