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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Albus Cavus Community Outreach Tonight at 6PM

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Tonight at 6pm at the Freezer 633 E ST Rear Alley

Albus Cavus students decorating the Temporium on H ST NE (photo Courtesy of Albus Cavus)
Albus Cavus, the group that brought you the mustache mural, the decorations at the temporium and the "give me a vote" hand statues , is asking the community for its help with their upcoming campaign to promote their next semester of classes.

The Spring 2010 Classrooms were above their expectations and many have been expressing an increased interest in taking more of them. Albus Cavus has good news to share. The schedule for Spring 2011 is nearly finalized and they would like to involve you (the community at lartge) in the next step which will include fundraising efforts, community outreach and managing individual workshops.

Join Albus Cavus for DC Volunteer Orientation, Tonight, Thursday, September 30 at 6pm in our workspace The Freezer located at 633 E Street SE (rear alley) which is within walking distance from Eastern Market Metro. Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CHAW Artsmash Benefit Saturday October 2- Come out and Support Children's Art Programs

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Art Smash: Saturday October 2, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Presents ArtSmash, an Art-filled Evening to Benefit Children.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)  presents ArtSmash, an arts celebration, on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at its historic building on Capitol Hill, 545 7th Street, SE.  The event will include food, libations, and an array of entertainment from dancers to cabaret singers including performances by a cappella group Not What You Think, Taffety Punk Theater Company’s Riot Grrrls: Julius Caesar, and the casts of CHAWbaret and The Mikado. ArtSmash will also offer opportunities for gala-goers to participate in the arts through tango lessons, a fashion show, painting like the Masters, and more.  A silent auction will feature works from local artists and members of the Capitol Hill Art League, unique experiences, and a wide array of prizes from retail items to gift certificates and jewelry.  Proceeds from ArtSmash support CHAW’s tuition assistance, outreach, and education programs.

“CHAW’s ability to provide tuition assistance for every child who needs it is a point of extraordinary organizational pride and is only possible with the continuing support of our community,” said Colleen Jolly, President of CHAW’s Board of Directors. “ArtSmash is a special, fun event that helps CHAW continue its important work of building community through the arts.”

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop at (202) 547-6839, or via email to victor@chaw.org.

For a complete list of events, workshops, classes or registration information, please visit the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s website at www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transforming power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans.  CHAW is a featured charity in the 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

CITY Gallery Presents M. M. Panas "Action Painting"

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Opening Reception: Saturday October 2  6pm to 9pm

M.M.Panas (photo courtesy of CITY Gallery)

Action painting will be on display at CITY Gallery from Wednesday 29 September to Saturday October 30, 2010.
For Maria Margarita Panas, an abstract painting is not unlike a novel. The work acquires a life of its own which unfolds as she allows the characters (color, line, texture, perspective, mood) to develop a plot, create relationships, change, twist, turn, until the painting reaches its natural conclusion. She insinuates a not-too-apparent meaning in her work, wanting each viewer to grasp or suspect something beneath the surface that lingers in his or her mind. When the work is finished, it should make a statement.

Panas’s genre definitely proceeds from the “action painting” of the abstract expressionists of the 40’s and 50’s. The complexity, clarity and courage of this work has always excited her. “Action Painting has always been my forte. This series is heavily influenced by the Gutai Group of Japanese artists. I was always heading in the direction of unrestrained movement and color but seeing their work set me free” explains Panas.  The visual language, applied spontaneously, usually requires long periods of thought, observation and reworking to create a satisfactory image. Therein lies the pleasure of painting: physical application and mental arrangement of material on a canvas, both body and mind totally involved.

About the Artist:
Maria Margarita Panas was born in Munich, Germany in 1946. She arrived in the U.S.A. in 1949 and subsequently became a citizen. After living in Brooklyn, NY until 1960, she moved to Michigan, where she attended Wayne State University (1963-1967) and met and married John Panas, a fellow student. They have two sons.

Margaret has been a practicing artist since 2002 and is a member of both The Art League of Alexandria, VA and The Capitol Hill Art League of Washington D.C.  She is also a member of the Columbia Pike Artist Studio.

Additional information may be found at: www.citygallerydc.com For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 202.468.5277 or info@citygallery.com   City Gallery is located at 804 H ST NE second floor, Washington, DC 20002. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturday 1-5pm.  

Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekend East City Event Round Up

This week's post is cross-listed with the following DC blogs:

Free in DC   
The Hill is Home 

Friday September 24
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions presents "Instantaneous?”  re-mixing old school instant photography in a digital era, projects by Rachel Beamer & Lindsay Talley.  From 6pm to 9pm.

Right around the corner, Honfleur Gallery will showcase a solo exhibition of paintings by DC artist Billy Colbert, “Gain the World, Lose Your Soul”. Note that this show begins an hour later than Vivid Solutions’ and starts at 7pm running to 9pm.

Saturday September 25
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is offering free classes for young artists at their center on Route 1 but you must register to attend.  Details here

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL)  will be at the 8th Street Fall Festival this Saturday from noon to 6pm showcasing original work from their members.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workship (CHAW)  will continue its Saturday open figure drawing classes this fall.  The models are professionals who hail from the prestigious Washington Figure Model Guild .  $20 for drop-in; $15 if you register for a four class block.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Major Calls for Entry from Art Whino and Design Studio Art Gallery

 Capitol Hill Icon  Outside the Diamond | CALLS FOR ENTRY |

Art Whino

Second Annual Modus Union 2010
Presented by Labels For Love

Event:  Modus Union- An exclusive evening of Fashion, Art & Philanthropy.  Labels for Love founder Mary Amons created “Modus Union”, a one of a kind unique event to collaborate with the active philanthropic, political, and artistic communities within the Nation's Capital. Modus Union was formed from two words that represent unification with positive intent. The Washington, DC area is the leading world capital and we are seeing the combination of artistic talent and a youthful energy not seen since the Kennedy Era. The time has come to collaborate with these disparate groups of influence to showcase opportunities in an effort to make a positive social and philanthropic impact by maximizing our impact on the Nation's Capital and its global influence. Labels For Love beneficiary partner this year is Fran Drescher and her Cancer Schmancer Foundation. Cancer Schmancer is dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection and prevention of cancer. Fran Drescher is a 10-year uterine cancer survivor and a leading advocate for the early detection of women's cancer. Fran and her foundation are continuing to make a major global impact, by sharing her personal story as well as educating women on the causes of cancers and the importance and methods of early detection

Venue: The Lumber Shed in SE DC, Yards waterfront

Event Date: Nov 4, 2010 6:00pm- 10:00pm

Deadlines and important Dates
Submissions Due By: Oct 10
Submissions by: E-mail: art@labelsforlove.org
Mail: Attention: Steph Holland – 272 M Street, SW – Washington, DC 20024
Artist Announced: Oct 15
Installation of art: November 3rd

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years or older nationwide with special attention given to artists from the Washington DC metropolitan area. Accepting original works in 2-D, 3-D  and photography including prints, drawings, mixed media compositions, paintings, photographs, and moveable sculptures, which depict the “Spirit of Women", fashion, the female form, preventative health or aid.

To exhibit a small but cohesive selection of work reflecting the concepts listed above. (4-6 pieces depending on size). Work can be purchased the night of the event and the week leading up to the event online (website URL TBD).

Artists are asked to submit a portfolio of 8-10 samples of existing work, an artist vitae and or a website. If your existing work does not reflect the theme of the show please also submit up to 4 proposed pieces or concepts for the event.

Labels for Love and its representatives as the jurors reserve the right not to display all work submitted.

Fees: Free to submit
Filmed: The show will be filmed for a major TV network
Commission/ Donation: Portion of the sales will go to Labels for Love / Cancer Schmancer


Design Studio Art Gallery

"Night of the Living Art"
During this time of the year, the days grow shorter and the nights darker, longer and cooler. There's an eerie, dark energy associated with Halloween. When we think of Halloween, we often envision darkness, supernatural and mythical monsters, and even death. National customs, works of gothic and horror fiction, such as Frankenstein and Dracula, as well as classic horror films, pop culture and current TV series (most notably Vampire concepts -Go Trueblood), lend to the imagery associated with this holiday even if they are not directly related.  Another custom is of course the costumes! During this time of year, it was believed that the border between this world and the underworld became thin, which allowed spirits both good and bad to pass. Harmful spirits were warded off with costumes and masks in belief that they would act as a disguise and protect against harmful spirits.

DSAG asks artists to give their interpretations and explore the "dark" creativity associated with this holiday.  Art can be inspired by various genres and art movements such as gothic, horror, sci-fi, expressionism, metaphysical and folkloric to a name a few.

DSAG encourages artists to come dressed in costume on Halloween for our opening reception to celebrate the "darker half" of the year with Design Studio Art Gallery. DSAG will host trick or treating at the gallery during the opening reception and all staff will be in costume!

Art Work Drop-Off Date: Wed, October 20, 2010
Time: 11am-6pm
Commission: 33%
Participation fee: $15

Exhibit dates: 10/22-11/17

Opening reception: 10/31 Halloween!
For more information go to www.designstudioartgallery.com or call (202) 446-7373

Submission Requirements:
DSAG asks that artists submit images of 2D or 3D works. Image of art should follow this format: width @ 480 pixels, height @ 378 pixels. If the work does not conform to those sizes, adjust size closest to that measurement. DSAG wants images size-ready so that they can easily upload them to their website. Any ideas specifically regarding a special, planned installation must be explained in a minimum of 2 paragraphs along with images of work.

Submit all images to:

Free Young Artists Workshop at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center

Outside the Diamond | CLASSES |

Young Artists Workshop
This free class at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center focuses students' creative energy into making incredible art works and getting them excited about growing through art.  Projects will incorporate the elements of drawing, painting, art history, sculpture, printmaking and crafts, using a variety of media in a fun, supportive, and engaging atmosphere.  Space is limited and registration is required - sign up today.

Course # 365214
Saturday, September 25.  10:00am - 1:00pm.
Ages 6 - 12.

How to Register
- Register in person at any M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation staffed facilities in Prince George's County.
- Register online at www.pgparks.com.  Click on the SMARTlink icon on the right hand side of the page.
- Register by phone: call us at the Brentwood Arts Exchange 301-277-2863, or call the SMARTlink Helpdesk at 301-583-BOOK (2665).
- Register by emailing the Helpdesk at: Help4smartlink@pgparks.com.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD 20722.  Call the center at 301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802.  Hours are Monday through Friday: 10am - 8pm and Saturday: 10am - 6pm.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CHAW Open Drawing Continues this Fall

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Open Drawing - Working From the Figure continues starting this Saturday, September 25th

Working From the Figure Session A – F1AS2
Saturdays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
4 weeks: 9/18 – 10/16 (No class 10/2)
$60/ 4 sessions or $20 per week drop in

Working From the Figure Session B – F1AS3
Saturdays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
4 weeks: 10/23 – 11/13
$60/ 4 sessions or $20 per week drop in

Will Fleishell David Quamann as David Charcoal on Paper 2007 (Photo Courtesy of City Gallery)
Artists work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring your own drawing materials. Easels are available. This is a great opportunity to network and meet the many working artists of who live in the area.  Food & beverages are welcome and shared.

Register online at www.chaw.org, via phone 202-547-6839 or in person.   CHAW / CHAL Arts Center is conveniently located 2 blocks south of Eastern Market Metro station on the northwest corner of 7th & G streets SE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"DC8 Totems" Pole Raising Ceremony

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Weekend East City Event Round Up

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: H Street Festival Edition

This post is cross-listed with the following DC blogs:

Free in DC  
Frozen Tropics
The Hill is Home

Thursday September 16
Studio Design Art Gallery opens Latinic  Thursday Evening from 6pm to 10pm

Honfleur Gallery  invites artists to jump start their careers by consulting one-on-one with experts in various fields. 

Friday, September 17

UPDATE: The Friday Gallery OonH event is a private party and was mistakenly sent out to the gallery's press list.

Saturday September 18

Gallery OonH  starts off the day during the H Street Festival  with “Art Cars” and “The Way We Move”.  For a complete schedule of Gallery OonH’s events, click here .

During the festival, CITY Gallery  will be open from 12pm to 6pm where "Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy"  will be on display. Artist Ellen Cornett will be in attendance. 

When the Festival winds down, keep your buzz going and say you were among the first to see Camille Schefter’s work as she opens “Insoluble”  at Studio H  from 6pm to 9pm.

In case festivals and crowds are not your thing or if you enjoy contemporary Latin American Art, head over to the Brentwood Arts Exchange  for a group show entitled “Cultural Crossroads” celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center presents Felix Angel, Joan Belmar, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Rafael Corzo "Intersecciones Culturales / Cultural Crossroads"

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Opening Reception: Saturday September 18, 5pm - 8pm

Rafael Corzo Untitled (photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange)

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center  presents "Intersecciones Culturales: Voces de America Latina y el Caribe / Cultural Crossroads: Voices from Latin America and the Caribbean", an exhibition featuring artwork by Felix Angel, Joan Belmar, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Rafael Corzo.  Curated by Carmen Toruella-Quander and assisted by Ricardo Penuela-Pava, Cultural Crossroads is a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

Amber Robles-Gordon C wire (detail) (photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange)
Intersecciones Culturales / Cultural Crossroads is compact, with the intent to overload.   Rafael Corzo, presenting art in the gallery as well as the craft store, brings an ambitious embodiment of  youthful energy and freedom.  Amber Robles-Gordon exhibits dazzling wall sculptures evocative of Carnival, steeped in the Afro-Caribbean heritage of objects imbued with symbolism so deeply felt that even when open to intellectual interpretation, their emotional interpretation rings clear.  Joan Belmar presents an installation of abstractions rendered with incredible precision and care.  Each creates delicate illusions of space that rest on balance between external structure and the fluidity of emotions.  And, that's all before mentioning Felix Angel, who lends the exhibition nine works of undeniable power.  The most established and longest experienced of this talented group, Angel - better known in the DC region as a curator than as an artist -  brings forth refinement, eloquence, and poignance,  that are always and only the outcome of years of creation, focus and discipline.

Felix Angel Letter from Beirut (photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange)
As a whole, Intersecciones Culturales / Cultural Crossroads is an expansive, energetic and positive stand against any generalization of "Latin Art".  It steps in many directions, danced in embrace with all of life - the expression of which makes art powerful.   It is not THE voice from Latin America and the Caribbean.  It is four voices, artists varied in age and experience, creating contemporary art informed by cultural heritage from Columbia, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Mexico - places as distant and distinct from one another as from here, yet bound by language and post-colonial legacy, and by their living contribution to the fabric of our lives. 

Joan Belmar Sonogram (photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange)

The exhibit runs from September 15 through October 15, 2010

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD 20722.  Call the center at 301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802.  Hours are Monday through Friday: 10am - 8pm and Saturday: 10am - 6pm.

Gallery OonH presents Art Cars and the Way We Move

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Gallery OonH Presents "Art Cars" and "The Way We Move" Saturday September 18 for the H Street Festival

Dylan Koehler Baltimore Rock Opera Society (photo courtesy of Gallery OonH)

UPDATE: The Friday Gallery OonH event is a private party and was mistakenly sent out to the gallery's press list.

Gallery OonH (1354 H ST NE) Schedule of Events for this Saturday is as follows:

Ray Nelson Guitar Bike (photo courtesy of Gallery OonH)

• Noon-7pm
6 blocks of urban fun, music and events on H Street Artists and ArtCars on exhibit in the 1300 block. Be sure to check out Gallery OonH’s other sponsored activities, the Speed Chess Challenge, the H-Street Story Oral History Tent and the co-sponsored events on the 12th Street stage
Dangerously Delicious Pies’ "Hands Behind Your Back Blueberry Pie-for-Speed" pie eating contest followed by Rodney’s band, the Cold, Cold Heartbreaker
The 2nd Annual Skin + Ink Tattoo Competition with H Street’s own Lee Wheeler and Paul Roe from British Ink
• 6pm TO Whenever
After the festival closes, the party at Gallery OonH doesn’t!

CM & Grace Kelly Laster Laster Blaster Innergalactic Shack-O-Llac (photo courtesy of Gallery OonH)

Honfleur Gallery Invites Artists to an Evening with the Experts

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An Evening with the Experts
Thursday September 16 from 6pm - 8:30pm
Honfleur Gallery: 1241 Good Hope RD SE Washington, DC 200020

Honfleur is inviting business owners, nonprofit leaders and artists currently in (or interested in) Anacostia to join them for an evening of expertise, consultation and new ideas.

Expertise includes:
How to create a business that is attractive to investors
How to protect your intellectual property
How to market and brand your organization
How to move from the dream to the strategy
How to successfully apply for grants to support your artistic endeavors

Each business owner, nonprofit leader will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an expert or experts of his or her own choosing.

Space for this event is limited and an RSVP is required to attend.

To RSVP and sign up for a session go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ceedewe

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yards SE Waterfront Park is a Feast for the Eyes

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Design Studio Art Gallery presents "Latinic"

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Opening Reception: Thursday September 16th 6pm - 10pm

(Graphic courtesy Design Studio Art Gallery)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Design Studio Art Gallery's (DSAG) newest exhibit, "Latinic," which focuses on cultural identity, issues relating to self identity, and societal views and interpretations of the Hispanic culture and community.

DSAG asks "What is ultimately the difference between the two terms Hispanic and Latino? Why are people identified as one, but not the other? Is this debate more geographical, cultural, or lingual? Is one term viewed as more positive and/or negative than another? How is 'Hispanic' culture identified in this country?"

DSAG invites you to attend their opening reception where they will examine these issues and offer answers and various interpretations of the aforementioned questions.

The gallery is located in Hyattsville’s new Arts District at 5702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, 20781. Contact the gallery at (301) 779-4907 or (202) 446-7373 and by email at info@designstudioartgallery.com  Regular hours are Wed - Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm

Monday, September 13, 2010

Studio H Presents Camille Schefter ”Insoluble”

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Opening Reception Saturday September 18 from 6pm to 9pm

Camille Schefter Bather (Photo Courtesy Studio H)

Studio H presents ”Insoluble” a solo exhibition featuring oil paintings by Camille Schefter.  The works, both curious and perceptive, exhibit diverse imagery and deft, complex color use.  The end result is a captivating examination of the contradictions between what a person shows publicly and what one thinks and feels privately.

Schefter’s work is driven by this reality of a public and private self and how rifts between the two develop and play out in everyday life.  “I’m interested in the decision.  The fact that you can’t ever fully communicate with another person creates this opportunity for you to choose what you give out.  Sometimes it’s conscious, sometimes it’s not, but something’s got to happen. That ambiguity is what I focused on in this show.”

By combining influences from painters such as Peter Doig and Cecily Brown, to the rollicking poetry of Jennifer L. Knox, “Insoluble” appears as a raw and mysterious world for the viewer to explore.  Running throughout the body of work is a fluid narrative that touches on gender inequality, social anxiety, and desire, all skirting an urban landscape. Schefter’s enthralling abstractions enhance her conceptual focus on liminality by altering and occluding that story. The result, a juxtapostion of illusionistic moments with rich dynamic brushwork, is a collection of intensely captivating paintings.

The body of work includes works in ink and oil paint on canvas, salvaged wood, and wood panels.  "Insoluble" open September 18, 2010 and runs through October 17, 2010.

Camille Schefter (b. 1986 in Denver, Colorado) currently lives in Northwest Washington DC.  This is her first solo exhibition in Washington, DC.

For more information about Studio H Gallery and Workshop, please visit www.studiohdc.com. Studio H is located at 408 H Street NE second floor Washington, DC 20002. Phone 202.468.5277 or info@studiohdc.com. Hours are by appointment.

Note: The H street festival, scheduled from 12-6pm., is on the same date  as the "Insoluble" opening .   Studio H is located on the north side of H Street between 4th and 5th streets NE and will not be affected by street closures which begin on 8th Street NE through 14 street NE.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Fridge Calls for Entry and Design Studio Art Gallery Internships

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Calls for Entry
The Fridge has announced an OPEN CALL for their 2011 season, which will include a variety of group and solo shows, featuring all forms of art.  Submit your resume, artist’s statement, and up to 10 digital images of the work you would like to be considered. Images should not total more than 10 MB in size. If your project is still conceptual, submit up to 10 digital images of your most recent work, and a vision statement for your proposed project. The Fridge does not offer funding for the completion of projects. Please include your full name (LastFirst) at the beginning of your images and in the subject and body of your e-mail. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010: me@thefridgedc.com

Are you looking for an internship?  How about working for one of the newest galleries in the ever expanding Gateway Arts District.  Currently, Design Studio Art Gallery is looking for interns to help them both with their Art Gallery in Hyattsville and to assist with their Interior Design business.  Details of the Internship including how to apply can be found here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mustache Mural Honors John Philip Sousa

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Last week, we caught up with Alicia Cosnahan, AKA Decoy, on the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.  Cosnahan was working on the latest public art project, "The Mustache Mural", which was being painted on the side of 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue.  

Alicia Cosnahan at the foot of the scaffolding for the "Mustache Mural" (Photo © East City Art)

On a vacant parking lot between a row of businesses and a vacant fast food restaurant, Cosnahan stages her supplies to paint the mural.  Cans of paint, brushes and water, used both for cleaning brushes and re-hydration, line the shaded portion of the lot on this hot summer day.  Along the wall, Cosnahan deftly climbs the scaffolding as she paints in the larger shapes and forms that will make up the mural. 

View of the mural in progress (Photo © East City Art)

The mural pays homage to John Philip Sousa and his legacy, the US Marine Corps Band, part of  Washington DC's  rich musical tradition.  The bold colors welcomes motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to the  Capitol Hill as they travel west towards the Capitol.  

Detail of the mural.  The mustaches will be added by Albus Cavus Students (Photo © East City Art)

The mural is a project of Murals DC.  As Cosnahan put it "they find places for us to paint and we paint the murals".  Cosnhan coordinated the effort with Albus Cavus, a national arts organization that provides public art project experience to students.   In addition to helping Cosnahan paint the mural, students of all ages were encouraged to design beards and mustaches for the musicians. 

Mural Detail.  The pattern was inspired by the white House's Fence (Photo © East City Art)

The mural design went through a somewhat rigorous approval process which included  input from the local ANC, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) and a panel of Jurors.  It is set to be completed sometime in September. A large opening ceremony is planned which will possibly include brass bands from local High Schools.   Final times and dates will be listed here as an update to this post.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Free Art Bus to Link H Street, U ST and Logan Gallery Openings this Saturday

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Just Announced!
Three of the city’s hottest art destinations will be connected by the ART BUS to coincide with all the art openings this Saturday.

Free Shuttle service will be provided between Logan Circle, U Street, & the H Street/Atlas District, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

• 1515 14th Street NW bus stop servicing:
Adamson Gallery, 6:30 - 8:30, 1515 14th Street NW
Curators Office, 6 - 8, 1515 14th Street NW
HEMPHILL, 6:30 – 8:30, 1515 14th Street NW
Gallery Plan b, 6 - 8, 1530 14th Street, NW
Irvine Contemporary 6 - 8, 1412 14th Street NW

• 1353 U Street NW bus stop servicing:
Morton Fine Arts, 6:30 – 8:30, 1781 Florida Ave, NW (between 18th and U St.)
Project 4 Gallery, 6:30 – 8:30, 1353 U Street NW

• 1358 Florida Avenue NE, bus stop servicing:
City Gallery, 6-9, 804 H St NE, 2nd Fl
Conner Contemporary, 6-8, 1358 Florida Avenue NE
Industry Gallery, 6-8, 1358 Florida Avenue NE, 2nd Fl
G Fine Art, 6:30-8:30, 1350 Florida Avenue NE

More information will be posted as it becomes available.
The ART BUS will run every 10 minutes from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The last ART BUS will pick up from U Street NW and Florida Avenue NE at 8:30 PM and return passengers to 1515 14th Street NW.

Weekend East City Event Round Up

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Weekend East City Event Round Up
It's back to the galleries this September as Saturday September 11 is shaping up to be one the biggest opening weekends in East City history.  Something "Big" will be revealed in Anacostia, a new waterfront in SE just blocks from barracks row will showcase dozens of local artists and Eight openings are scheduled on the Hill and H Street.

This article is cross-posted on The Hill is Home  Capitol Hill's hometown blog.

Friday September 10
"The Big Reveal" will take place in Historic Anacostia at the footsteps of the "Big Chair" on the corner of Martin Luther King avenue and V street SE.  The event runs from 5:30pm to 8pm. 

Art Whino opens "Beautiful Minds" at The Yards Park Grand Opening weekend celebration.  Festivities begin at 3:30pm until 11pm.  Over 60 local artists will exhibit their works at 10 water Street SE at the intersection of 3rd St SE and Water St SE.

Saturday September 11
The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) opens "Walk on the Wild Side", a multimedia show in honor of the recently departed Hill artist Wally Szyndler.  The reception runs from 5pm to 7pm

The Corner Store opens Alec Simpson "Digital Expression: 23rd Psalm Series" from 5pm to 8pm.

The Fridge presents "Potty Trained at Gunpoint" featuring new work by John Tsombikos of BORF Fame.  The reception runs from 6pm to 10pm

Evolve Urban Arts Project presents "What We Leave Behind" featuring encaustic collage artist Marty Ittner and painter Michele Cormier.  The opening begins at 4pm and closes at 8pm.

Over on Florida Ave, see three exhibits door-to-door.  First, G Fine Art presents Julia Oldham "Strange Readings" an exploration of physics and art.  The opening show runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Conner Contemporary Art launches three concurrent shows.  The first is John Kirchner "Infinity", the second is John Stark "Mercurius Duplex" and Third Susam Macwilliam: Video.  Doors open at 6pm and close at 8pm.

Above Conner, Industry Gallery presents two new designs entitled "Nature/Data" by architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino.  The show run from 6pm to 8pm.

CITY Gallery opens "Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy", new works by Ellen Cornett.  The opening reception begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Corner Store Presents Alec Simpson "Digital Expression: 23rd Psalm Series"

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Opening Reception: Saturday September 11th from 5pm to 8PM

Alec Simpson Ancestral Reflections: Crazy Quilt 1 (photo by John Woo)

The Corner Store Presents Alec Simpson "Digital Expression: 23rd Psalm Series".

Alec Simpson currently serves as the Director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center.  Simpson improvises his art as does a jazz musician.  "Once I have my 'sub-text and back-story' then process and flow become very important.  For me, this means allowing materials that want to work with the opportunity to express freely within loosely set parameters" explains Simpson.

If you can not make the opening show, a closing party is planned for Sunday September 26th from 5pm to 8 PM

The Corner Store is located at 900 South Carolina Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003. For more information contact: Kris Swanson & Roy Mustelier at 202.544.5807or online at www.cornerstorearts.org