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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), 


This Weekend: The Bunny Hop

5 things that might get you out into the semi-spring weather this weekend hopping around the city: 

1. TONIGHT: The Tourist of Saints launch part at Malmaison from 6-9 
2. For "Ghosted" at Delicious Spectacle it's CLOSING TIME - Reception from 7-9 pm on Friday 
3. SHRED the solo exhibition of Matthew Curran opens at Hierarchy Saturday 7-12 
4. ARTIST TALK - Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music with Adrian Loving at Vivid Solutions Saturday from 2-4 pm
5. But don't get caught doing this over the weekend... 

Banksy 'Mobile Lovers'
Bringing the Art in DC to You, 


Weekend East City Event Round Up: New Year’s Openings

Friday January 10

Honfleur Gallery (6pm to 9pm)
Common Ground explores the collaborative works of Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Michael B. Platt. The artists work together to combine their disparate visual languages and create a common space. The opening reception on Friday will be in conjuncture with The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. For details, click here.
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope RD (Downstairs)

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions (6pm to 9pm)
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions opens an exhibit that utilize layered imagery to explore themes surrounding shared experience and identity. Adrift at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions showcases multiple in-camera exposure landscapes by Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. For detail, click here.
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is located at 1241 Good Hope RD (Upstairs).

Saturday January 11

Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery (1pm to 4pm)
If you were unable to see the exhibit at Touchstone Gallery, now is your chance to see the works of Charles Meissner. There will be a reception for his solo show The 28th Century this Saturday. For details, click here.
Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE.

39th Street Gallery (5:30pm to 8pm)
After viewing the exhibit at Off-Rhode Gallery, stop by 39th Street Gallery and see the works of sculptor Kyle Bauer. Bauer exhibits his carefully constructed pieces at the opening of LATITUTDE this Saturday. For details, click here.
39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD (Upstairs)

Washington Glass School (6pm to 8pm)
While you’re out viewing the opening at 39th Street Gallery, be sure to stop by Washington Glass School and see the new collection of works by Audrey Wilson at her first solo show. The show will feature her mixed media sculptures that are a blend of created and altered elements. For details, click here.
Washington Glass School is located at 3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD.

Catalyst Projects (6pm to 9pm)
Wrap up the evening by checking out the new exhibition: Identimorph – Identity Portraits, which features the works of two artists, who transcend the visible and hint at the underlying psychology of the subjects. See the works of Sharon Shapiro and Jessika Dene Tarr this weekend at the opening reception. For details, click here.
Catalyst Projects is located Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

East City Art is now in Print! 
Get your free copy of the East City Art Quarterly Guide to the Visual Arts in the Winter editions of the Hill Rag or East of the River MonthliesPhil 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.

Image Credit: Jessika Dene Tarr's work Melancholy Bliss I, 2013, gouache and ink. Courtesy of Catalyst Projects.