Key Artifacts from ISIS-endangered Palmyra, Syria on View at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

"Haliphat" funerary bust, courtesy of the Smithsonian

“Haliphat” funerary bust, courtesy of the Smithsonian

3-D Scan of Rare Funerary Bust Will Be Available to Explore and Download

An exquisitely sculpted ancient bust of a woman from Palmyra, Syria, is returned to view for the first time since 2006 at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Named “Haliphat,” it will be accompanied by images of 18th-century engravings and 19th-century photographs of ancient Palmyra selected from the Freer|Sackler Libraries and Archives. A newly created 3-D scan of the bust will also be released for viewing and download at a later date as part of the Smithsonian X 3D Collection.

Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Near East, and one of the best preserved city-states in the world.

“In the face of current tragic upheavals in Iraq and Syria, every stone, arch and carved relief plays a greater historical and cultural role than it has in the past,” said Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. “Like the relief of Haliphat, each stone can remind a people of its past, and fashion identity both individually and collectively.”

Once lush, wealthy and cosmopolitan, Palmyra (“the city of palms”) was an oasis in the desert at the hub of trade between the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, ancient Iran and Southeast Asia. Two millennia ago, its inhabitants constructed monumental colonnades, temples, a theater and elaborate tomb complexes, a significant amount of which survives today.

Dating from 231 AD, the limestone funerary relief sculpture depicts an elegant, bejeweled figure with both Roman and Aramaic artistic influences, reinforcing Palmyra’s status between the Eastern and Western worlds.

The accompanying photographs were taken 1867-1876 by prolific photographer Fèlix Bonfils and provide the most complete visual record of Palmyra from the 19th century.

The engraving images are from Robert Woods’ 1753 The Ruins of Palmyra, a publication that inspired the popular neoclassical architecture style in Britain and North America. Its image of an “Eagle Decorating an Ancient Roman Temple” was the model for the image on the seal of the United States, and its depictions of Palmyra’s coffered ceilings shaped the ceiling of the north entrance of the Freer Gallery of Art.

The display will be on view indefinitely.

The Freer Gallery of Art, which opened in 1923, and the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, founded 1987, are the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art and together contain one of the world’s most important collections of Asian and American art. The galleries are located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Anacostia in Bloom Edition

Anacostia wildflowers in bloom. The Anacostia Community Museum will offer docent-led tours this Sunday of their current exhibition "How the Civil War Changed Washington."  Photo credit: Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Anacostia wildflowers in bloom. The Anacostia Community Museum will offer docent-led tours this Sunday of their current exhibition “How the Civil War Changed Washington.” Photo credit: Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Friday, June 26 

A Creative DC – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A Creative DC partners with Maketto on H Street NE to present In Real Life. The goal of the invitational series, a type of networking event, is to connect and empower DC’s creative communities. For more information, click here.

The event is located at 1351 H St. NE.

Saturday, June 27

DC Arts Studios – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington Project for the Arts and DC Arts Studios present Professional Practices: Art Handling 101. Participants will learn how to professionally handle artworks in a gallery environment. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

DC Arts Studios, Studio 209 is located at 6925 Willow St. NW.

Studio SoHy – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Studio SoHy’s exhibition explores the artistry and self-expression of skating. Skate Show demonstrates how the skate deck can become the skater’s canvas. All of the deck art will be on sale. For details on how to register, click here.

Studio SoHy is located at 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD.

Otis Street Arts Project – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join artists Cory Oberndorfer and Jeff Huntington as they share their thoughts on their work. Visitors will be able to ask both artists questions about their work and processes. For more information, click here.

Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mt. Rainier, MD.

Hamiltonian – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hamiltonian presents two exhibitions, I’m looking for you… by Lisa Dillin and More Human than I am, alone by Allison Spence. Dillin explores the connection and disconnect between architecture and nature. Spence draws inspiration from Cronenberg’s film The Fly. For details, click here.

Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U St. NW.

Sunday, June 28

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring the family to personal docent-led tours of the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a self-guided treasure hunt activity. For more information and to register, click here.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and June 28

52 O Street Artist Studios – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The artists of 52 O Street Studios open their doors to the public for their annual open studio tours. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, explore their creative spaces, and purchase recently created works. For more information, click here.

52 O Street Artist Studios are located at 52 O St. NW.


Jess Oros is the Editor 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.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Fascist Hipsters Edition

Work by LMNOPi on view at Hipster Fascism. Image courtesy of The Fridge.

Work by LMNOPi on view at Hipster Fascism. Image courtesy of The Fridge.

Thursday, June 18

Brookland Arts Walk Third Thursday

Cheryl D. Edwards’ Studio – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Post Avant-Garde/Conceptualism features the works of Olubanke King-Akerele, Charles M. Bergen, Cheryl D. Edwards, Donna-Marie R. Jones, and Sue Wribican. For more information, click here.  Cheryl Edwards’ Studio is located at 716 Monroe St. NE Studio #9.

Wild Hand Workspace – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dana Jeri Maier’s works straddle the boundary between cartoon and fine art. There will be encore openings throughout the weekend. For details, click here.  Wild Hand Workspace is located at 716 Monroe St. NE Studio #8

Saturday, June 20 

Project Create Studio – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Project Create to celebrate Juneteeth with art activities, games, and snacks. There will also be a screening of the film Life of a King. For more information, click here.  Project Create Studio is located at 2028 Marin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

The Fridge – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Join The Fridge for the opening of Hipster Fascism, an art and performance exhibition curated by artist and activist Graham Boyle. The exhibition features work by ADAPT, Eames Armstrong, Gregg Deal, Ryan Florig, GAIA, LMNOPi, Falon Shackleford, Ashley Shey, Ra Nubi, and Shirin Towfiq. For more information, click here.  The Fridge is located at 516 ½ 8th St. SE.

Gallery NK– 6-8 p.m.

The gallery will host an exhibition of international artists titled Moonlight-1 featuring Isao Tomoda (Japan), Nihal Kececi (USA-Turkey), Steffen Faisst (Denmark), Tomas Dodd (USA), Nadia Arditti (USA) and Deniz Sagdic (Turkey).  Click here for details.  NK Gallery is located at 321 K Street NE (Rear Alley)

Tilling Phase – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

According to Eric Hope, Tilling Phase breathes new life into Gateway Arts District’s future home of Art Works Now. Teaching artist Amy Hughes Braden facilitated the group exhibition. For more information, click here.  Art Works Now’s future location is located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.


Sunday, June 21


Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Marva McIntosh invites visitors to her talk Jamaican Postcards: The Marva McIntosh Collection.  Samples of her collection of vintage and modern Jamaican postcards will be presented during the talk. For details, click here.  Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.


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Cultivating Taste: The Art of Curation — A Panel Discussion on the Influence and Careers of Curators

photo courtesy of Jarvis DuBois.

photo courtesy of Jarvis DuBois.

On June 16, 2015, The Artinista Art Advisory, a boutique art consultancy, will host a panel to get the inside track on being a curator of fine art.  Hosted by Flashpoint  (916 G St NW) from 6:30-8:30 pm, Cultivating Taste: The Art of Curation will feature Jarvis DuBois, Carolina Mayorga, John Paradiso and Laura Roulet, to speak on their experiences with galleries, artists, creating a cohesive exhibition and how they select the perfect pieces for their shows.


WHAT:            Cultivating Taste: The Art of Curation

WHEN:            Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm

WHERE:          Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001



The panel is part of a series of panels that the Artinista has been hosting through the DC metro area since 2013. Through this panel of experts on curation, from a range of experiences and backgrounds, the audience should gain a behind the scenes look at what it means to curate a fine art show in DC. They will answer the burning questions on their inspirations, how they select the work for their exhibitions and how they got started in curating.

Jarvis DuBois’ art journey officially began while a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In LA, DuBois worked with noted artist, Artis Lane, as her studio assistant before moving to Washington, DC for a position at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  As an independent curator, some of DuBois’ curatorial projects include: Black Abstraction at Harmony Hall Regional Art Gallery in Fort Washington, MD for the group Black Artists of DC (2011); A/Way Home at the District of Columbia Arts Center (2012-13); Of a Place and Time: Photographic Memories and Imaginings at the Hillyer Art Space (2013); (in)Visible and (dis)Embodied: Repositioning the Marginalized as part of the Curatorial Initiative program at the District of Columbia Arts Center (2014).

Primarily a visual artist herself, Carolina Mayorga has show in solo and group exhibition in Washington, DC, Mexico, Kansas, South America and Europe. Her work is represented in collections including the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, Andres Institute of Art, NH, Museum of New Art, Michigan, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, and Kronan Sculpture Park, Sweden.

John Paradiso is a mixed media artist who earned his BFA from the State University of New York (Purchase) and an MFA at the State University of New York (Buffalo). He has work in private and public collections including the Kinsey institute, Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum of Art, The University of Maryland, and the National Picture Collection at the Library of Congress. Paradiso currently works in the Gateway Arts District for the Gateway Community Development Corporation managing their 39th Street Gallery and Arts Programming at the Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood, Maryland.

Specializing in contemporary and Latin American art, Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer. She was one of five international curators chosen for the initial 5×5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. Her recent exhibits include the “CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art,” (Arlington Arts Center, VA) “Frances Gallardo: Meteorology,” (Torpedo Factory, VA) and “Wilmer Wilson IV: the FOREVER Aftermath” with the programming “Performance: Aftermath” (Artisphere, VA). In addition Roulet writes for Sculpture magazine.

The mission of The Artinista Art Advisory is to increase number of professional women art collectors to close the gender gap in fine art collecting. They strive to produce programming and art consultancy services for the DC art community that enhances and educates on the current art market. The Artinista Art Advisory is the place Where Savvy Collections Begin.

Flashpoint Gallery, part of CulturalDC, showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint encourages artists and curators to take creative risks.


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Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival


On June 20th, every child walks away with a book.
Anacostia National Park @ 1900 Anacostia Dr SE, from 11am-6pm

Come for the books, the fun, the activies and leave reconnected, inspired and enlightened!

The Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival is a cultural book festival providing platform and dialogue with publishers, writers, book sellers, literacy stakeholders and independent artists of the African Diaspora with a clear goal of placing a book in the hand of every child. This year marks the inaugural season and the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. In keeping with the momentum of that, they have an exciting and robust lineup of events: a full day conference at Howard University at Blackburn Center, an awards gala at Madison Hall at The Library of Congress hosted by Congresswoman Norton featuring celebrity chef, Chef Daniel W. Thomas; and an outdoor book and cultural arts festival at Anacostia National Park where every child will walk away with a book. Very family-friendly, there will be a Children’s Pavillion, rollerskating, basketball and literacy-focused activities throughout.

Attendees can expect live performances, engaging workshops including a cooking demonstration for children by celebrity chef, Chef Daniel W. Thomas, poetry readings, theatrical skits, films, and, of course, book readings, signings, swaps, sales and give-a-ways. Another key aspect is online engagement. Download their event app and join the JBF community so that you can engage with speakers, authors, vendors, sponsors and other attendees in real time!


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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Dream Big Edition

New work by Claire Fisher at Fathom Gallery.  Image courtesy of ArtSee.

New work by Claire Fisher at Fathom Gallery. Image courtesy of ArtSee.

Thursday, June 4 

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WPA announces the opening of One More Thing by DC based artist Tang. This exhibition examines his travels from rural to urban settings. His work shows the process of transitioning back to city life after spending time in rural areas. For details, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE.


CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CHAW hosts Rindy OBrien for the opening of her solo show Back to the Garden. This exhibition encourages visitors to look at nature through her photographs. For more information, click here.

 CHAW is located at 545 Seventh St. SE.


Fathom Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Fathom Gallery for this one night pop-up art exhibition featuring the works of Claire Fischer. Fischer explores her everyday universe with unusual color and a shift away from realist interpretations. For more information, click here.

Fathom Gallery is located at 1333 14th St. NW.


Friday, June 5

Touchstone Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening receptions of their June exhibitions. Gallery A hosts a members’ show, Gallery B features Timothy Johnson, and Pete McCutchen exhibits his work in Gallery C. For details, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.


ReCreative Spaces – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

James Bennett is a DC native who has travelled Central America, Europe, North Africa, and West Africa. Through his journeys he has captured images of many different places. Visitors are encouraged to explore the world with him in Rods, Cones and the Occipital Lobe. For details, click here.

ReCreative Spaces is located at 1613 Rhode Island Ave. NE.


Saturday, June 6

NoMa – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The NoMa BID and Words, Beats & Life have invited 55 artists to transform a parking lot into what might become the largest piece of public art in DC! Visitors are invited to watch the transformation of the space and enjoy the day. For more information, click here.

Event located at 1005 First St. NE.


Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

DIVERSE Dimensions features the works of Capitol Hill Art League members. In this multimedia exhibition, artists explore the use of three dimensions, painting, photography, collage, and printmaking. For details, click here.

Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.


Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7

Joe’s Movement Emporium – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dream Island asks audiences to witness five characters attempt to search and uncover memories and histories in this exhibition. Dream Island melds movement, text, music and installation into an unique experience for visitors. For more information, click here.

Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.


Jess Oros is the Editor 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.



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cove Hosts Reception Featuring Local Artist Meg Biram

Painting on Blue, courtesy of Meg Biram

Painting on Blue, courtesy of Meg Biram

Tonight, cove will partner with ArtSee to host a reception at their K Street space (1990 K St NW, Washington, D.C.) for a reception featuring the work of local artist, Meg Biram. The works on display focus on abstract expressionism. The productive space will be hosting Biram’s work through October 13, 2015, and welcomes the public to tour the space, meet the artist, and see her work on June 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Meg Biram is an entrepreneur and artist in Washington D.C. Her artwork show at cove is a colorful yet slightly monochromatic. Biram uses acrylic, gouache, and any paint she can get her hands on for her abstract expressionist works. The result is a canvas layered in thick, fluid color. Biram grew up going to art classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She continued her art education throughout high school and college careers.

In addition to her art, Biram is a lifestyle blogger, consultant and entrepreneur. After years of consulting and blogging at, Meg co-founded The B Bar where she writes eBooks about blogging, social media, and online marketing. In 2014 Meg founded an all-female co-working studio in Georgetown where she works from her standing desk each week. Meg has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Rue Magazine, Matchbook Magazine, KCMagazine, and Refinery29. In 2014 she was named one of InTheCapital’s 50 on Fire in the field of design.

Members of the cove community come from different backgrounds and work environments. cove was created with a simple objective: building places you want to be. They boast fast Wi-Fi, color printers, conference rooms, and now, local art for their members. Cove has been hosting local artists in their productivity spaces, since August 2014.

ArtSee works to bring local art and artists into each cove space with a six-month rotation of their work. With the recent rise of non-traditional gallery spaces, cove will become the first space of its kind to welcome artists into their community. Each artist will not only have their work displayed but will be introduced to the cove community through a series of receptions, talks and workshops, coordinated by ArtSee.

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