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Brookland Creative: Meet the Creatives Part 3

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

Queen Bee Designs 
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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
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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 
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West Virginia Raised. 
Maine Educated. 
I like turtles...

Mei Mei Chang 
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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

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.

Don’t Shoot Me: Fine Art and Photography with Pamela Viola

 Brighten your workplace, brighten your walls, and brighten your day. The high resolution and vibrant photographs of landscapes and iconic DC structures that grace the walls of Sotheby’s International Reality’s Chevy Chase office shot by Pamela Viola do just that.

My first introduction to Pamela was her show at the Hillyer Art Space in September, where she debuted her new take on abstract photography and innovative use of technology in Having a Ball. To prep for my interview I explored her blog where the ‘about me’ touted Viola as “a photographer and fine artist working in the Washington DC area specializing in fine art photography for corporate, hospitality, health care and residential collectors.” To me, there seemed to be something dissonant about this description and her work. It was time to dig underneath the two titles of ‘fine artist’ and ‘photographer’ and reconcile the pair.

Pamela Viola, a classically trained photographer, has seen herself constantly evolving and adapting her style to combine new techniques and technologies. Viola does not desire to compose, point, shoot, and then edit. She sees the photograph as a “starting point” and this is what propels her into the realm of the elusive ‘visual artist’.We see this pseudo rebellion even in Viola’s more classic photographs of iconic buildings. The artist expressed that she has always been passionate about architecture and tends to capture the lines and shapes that may be less recognizable parts of an attraction but are essential to the form as a whole. Viola has also found great success in printing on different substrates, such as aluminum and Japanese Washi paper. Developing images on aluminum has the effect of refreshing old landmarks and exposes the crisp, airy, light filled depth that resides in them.

Moving into the abstract is where Pamela Viola seems to be at her current peak in terms of ingenuity and inspiration. Having a Ball was composited completely on an iPad and developed on Japanese Washi paper with cold wax applied after printing. The resulting images can no longer be called photographs and were a truly fantastic new form of artist expression. My first impression of these images was Hokusai prints and antique wallpapers; an interesting combination that proves Viola’s exceptional layering and love of technology.

While photographers can sometimes see a backlash from peers and critics for embracing digital outlets, no one will stop this artist from manipulating images on her iPhone. Viola has found that you can challenge and improve yourself with new technology and sees her camera as a tool to create with, not capture, a mere paintbrush versus the entire canvas.

I am certainly looking forward to what Pamela Viola will produce in the future and a recent trip to India has already sparked the creative process and made for some beautiful fresh work capturing the movement, chaos, beauty, depth, and warmth of the country.

 Many thanks to Pamela Viola for sitting down with ArtSee, see more from the artist here.

 Bringing the Art in DC to You,

 Mica Hartman