Weekend East City Event Round Up: Clash of Civilizations Edition

Greta Chapin-McGill Dream of 300. Image courtesy Gallery NK

Greta Chapin-McGill Dream of 300. Image courtesy Gallery NK

Friday, February 27

 

Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cultural DC presents the work of Ben Tolman in Civilized at Flashpoint Gallery. Through drawing and sculpture, Tolman attempts to reveal the relationship between the individual and the larger culture in which we reside. For details, click here.

Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW.

 

Saturday, February 28

 

artdc Gallery – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Big 10 x 5 exhibit features ten works of art by five artists. All of which are large-scale paintings over six feet. Artists featured in the exhibit are Grayson Heck, Alain Villardo, Sarah Elizabeth Martin, Gabriel Thy, and Christine Walters. For details about the exhibit, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.

 

Gallery NK – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To celebrate Black History Month, Gallery NK is presenting the works of Washington artist Greta Chapin-McGill. Chapin-McGill’s work focuses on the stories of people who have been moved and forced out of their indigenous lands. For more information, click here.

Gallery NK is located at 321 K Street NE.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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: #BlackLivesMatter Edition

"Detail from work on view at Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men at the Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center ."

“Detail from work on view at Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men at the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center .”

Thursday, February 19

WPA at Artisphere – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Washington Project for the Arts hosts Asantewa Boakyewa, Kristi-Anne Caisse, Sarah Hanley, and Phyllis Rosenzweig for a curators talk. Join them as they discuss the artists and works featured in SELECT 2015. For more information, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

Friday, February 20

DCCAH Eye Street Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This collection of artwork exhibits the works of the artists awarded an FY15 Artist Fellowship Program grant from DCCAH. Come and see works of the twenty-four artists celebrated in the opening reception. For details about the exhibition, click here.

DCCAH’s 200 Eye Street Gallery is located at 200 I (Eye) St. SE.

District Clay – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join District Clay as they host British potter and author, Penny Simpson. She will be signing copies of her groundbreaking book The Japanese Pottery Handbook on its 35th anniversary. For more information and to reserve your spot, click here.

District Clay is located at 2414 Douglas Ave. NE.

Saturday, February 21

Gallery plan b – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the gallery’s ten year anniversary! A select group of artists, who have previously exhibited works, will be presenting new pieces in a 10”x10” size format for this anniversary exhibition. For details, click here.

Gallery plan b is located 1530 14th St. NW.

DC GlassWorks – 5:30 p.m.

Sculptors Robin and Julia Rogers return to DC GlassWorks for a live demonstration of their creative process. Viewers will see the visiting artists sculpt a cowboy riding a rabbit from 2,000 degree glass! For details about how to get your free ticket, click here.

DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD. 

PGCAAMCC – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men features the work of Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon, and David Ibata. Viewers will see a wide-range of artworks that mirror the experiences and stories of the men in the works. For more information, click here.

PGAAMCC is located at 4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD.

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Two Painters from the Southern Highlands: Featuring Fabricio Lara and José Bayro

Encuentro Solar, courtesy of Fabricio Lara

Encuentro Solar, courtesy of Fabricio Lara

February 26 – March 26, 2015

All We Art is pleased to announce their second exhibition of 2015, Two Painters from the Southern Highlands, featuring artists Fabricio Lara and José Bayro, opening Thursday, February 26, with a public reception from 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will run through March 26, 2015 and include an artist talk and two special events.

The work of Bolivian artist Fabricio Lara started his career as an artist in the 1990’s. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Gustavo Lara Torres, and uncle Raúl Lara Torres. Lara focuses on the myths, customs, and beliefs of his ancestors and translates them to expressive, gestural and yet slightly figurative compositions. His work shares the symbology of the Andean culture of his native Bolivia, often incorporating cave like imagery of condors, bulls and horses in bold colors.

Lara’s drawings will be exhibited in parallel with those of José Bayro, a painter with the desire to express a narrative in his own reality. Bayro creates a world where reality blends with an alternate universe. His works are a scene that seemingly portrays a familiar thought, story or occurrence, but he alters the image to create a new truth. Carlos Monsiváis writes of Bayro’s work that “we are shaped by what we see and, also, in great measure, by what we continue looking at; not the repetition but the re-creation of a point of view.”

Through Two Painters from the Southern Highlands, All We Art hopes to further their mission to serve as a multidisciplinary space dedicating to promoting international cultural exchange through exhibitions, cultural programs and related services.

 

ALL WE ART

1666 33rd St NW 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Artist Talk with Fabricio Lara: Saturday, February 28, 2015   2:00 – 4:00 PM

Event with OAS Global: Thursday, March 5, 2015   6:00 – 9:00 PM

Event with the YP Group of the ABW: Friday, March 5, 2015   6:00 – 9:00 PM

Artist Talk with José Bayro: Sunday, March 8, 2015   2:00 – 4:00 PM

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Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art to Close January 2016 for Major Renovations

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The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, one of the two national museums of Asian art, will undergo major renovations beginning this month to bring its technology and infrastructure into the 21st century and revitalize gallery spaces. Work behind the scenes will continue throughout 2015, and following a slate of special celebratory events, the museum will close to the public Jan. 4, 2016, and is expected to reopen summer 2017. This is the second major renovation in the Freer’s 90-year history. It opened in 1923 as the Smithsonian’s first art museum and the first major cultural institution in the Western hemisphere devoted to Asian art.

The adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, library and archives will remain open during the one-and-a-half-year renovation, and the Freer’s more than 25,000 objects are available online through theOpen F|S digital initiative. Concerts, films and other public programs normally held at the Freer will be hosted at the Sackler and at sites around the Smithsonian and the Washington, D.C., area.

The Freer is named for Detroit magnate and collector Charles Lang Freer and holds one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art and works by James McNeill Whistler and his contemporaries. The building, a National Historic Landmark, was designed by architect Charles Platt to incorporate such innovative elements as adjustable skylights, human-scaled galleries and a serene center courtyard–all carefully calculated to enhance the contemplation and appreciation of art.

 The renovation of the 180,330-square-foot building will accomplish several major goals: upgrade the building’s aging infrastructure, enhance gallery spaces, incorporate new technology and improve the visitor experience. Proposed projects include:
Overhauling crucial climate-control systems and replacing outdated infrastructure with more energy-efficient systems.
  • Refreshing gallery spaces to evoke Freer and Platt’s aesthetic vision, removing carpeting and restoring original terrazzo floors, installing marble baseboards, refinishing architectural details and preserving the use of natural light while incorporating state-of-the-art standards for the display and preservation of the collection.
  • Enhancing the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium as a performance and recording space.
  • Upgrading space use in storage and conservation areas to improve the preservation and scientific study of rare art and artifacts.
Final projects and details will be announced at asia.si.edu/future. The renovations will be funded with a mix of federal funds, the museum’s endowment and donated funds; full costs are yet to be determined. As part of his gift to the United States in 1906, Freer donated not only his preeminent collection but also funds for the building’s construction and an endowment to support ongoing research, acquisitions and enhancements.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Ancestral Edition

Thursday, February 12

WPA at Artisphere – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Washington Project for the Arts presents Jennifer Farrell, Ryan Holladay, Sarah Kennel, and Brian Young for a curators talk. Join them as they discuss the artists and works featured in SELECT 2015. For more information, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

 

Friday, February 13

Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Light of the Ancestors, curated by Carolyn Goodridge, encourages viewers to see how the past continues to inspire us today. Sixty-eight artists come together in this exhibition to celebrate the people of the African Diaspora. For details about artists and the exhibition, click here.

Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 Eighth Street NW.

 

Saturday, February 14

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Women Photojournalists of Washington host the Fourth Annual Photo Seminar and Portfolio Review. Make sure to register for this event in advance. For more details about how to register, click here.

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is located at 500 17th Street NW.

 

Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Off-Rhode Gallery for Blackness Counts: an exploration in unapologetic Africanity a survey of Jay Coleman’s recent works. Coleman’s portraits focus on the form of the subjects to create an expressive and colorful image. For more information, click here.

 Off Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE.

 

Sunday, February 15

 

Art Matters Gallery – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Art Works Now at Art Matters Gallery for the opening reception of A Year of Color. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist, Asha Colquit McCollum. McCollum’s work explores the use of color and the creation of art as therapy. For details about the opening, click here.

art matters gallery is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD

 

Pleasant Pains Workshop – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

From the Permanent Collection exhibits collections of prints owned by resident print-makers. Each artist will add a new print to Pleasant Plains Workshop’s inventory and these will be available in multiples at the shop. For more information, click here.

Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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: The Black Love Experience Edition

Work by Jamilla Okubo. Courtesy of Nubian Hueman.

Work by Jamilla Okubo. Courtesy of Nubian Hueman.

Thursday, February 5

 

WPA – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join WPA for the opening of Diamond Landscape the latest installment in the Lobby Project series. Artist Erin Elizabeth Curtis’s inspiration of antique Soumak rugs is reflected in the shape, pattern, and color of her work. For more information, click here.

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

 

Friday, February 6

Carroll Square Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Linear Function features the works of Alex Mayer, Nick Primo, and Douglas Witmer. Each use line, volume, and color to create works that draw in the viewer. For more information about the opening, click here.

Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F St. NW.

 

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

Unspoken Messages: the Art of Janathel Shaw explores race and identity not only through her large drawing but also through sculpture. This exhibit challenges viewers to look at how we as society view Black men and brings attention to the national discussion about race. For details, click here.

Painting and Sculpture by Harmon Biddle focuses on nature and they many ways to express it through art. Biddle’s work spans from watercolor paintings to glass sculptures. For more information, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW.

 

ReCreative Spaces – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Join local artists Rose Jaffe and Graham Patrick for their show Duologue: Patterns, Prints. Portraits. Viewers will see the collaborative works of these two artists as they venture into combining passions and media. For more details, click here.

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

 

Saturday, February 7

 

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 1 p.m.

Brentwood Arts Exchange presents the All-Screened Video Fest. This one day festival screening shows short films and videos by regional producers. The event ends when all of the videos are finished. For details about the screening, click here.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD.

 

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery – 3:30 p.m.

The featured artists of Bought and Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking will be discussing the importance of this exhibit to continue the conversation about the fight against human trafficking. For more information about the artist talk, click here.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U St. NW. 

 

Sunday, February 8

 

Anacostia Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Nubian Hueman presents The Black Love Experience at Anacostia Arts Center. The space will be transformed into a community of expression of self-love. Spotlight artist, Markus Prime, will be auctioning off selected works. For more details, click here

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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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This is no ordinary pop up, this is a Trader’s Market

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Treat Yo’ Self! A pre-Valentine’s holiday market offering locally made distinctive gifts for you or your boo from a hand selected group of local artisans.

Join us on February 8th 2015, the weekend before Valentine’s Day for a Trader’s Market at the best bars on 7th street: Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency & Mockingbird Hill.

A Trader’s Market is a collection of hand picked artisans chosen because they are all consistent in quality, appearance and sustainability. It’s not about supporting small business, it’s about having access to really cool stuff that’s made right here in DC. Some of these traders have been perfecting their craft for years and we believe this is a perfect way to get something special and different for yourself or your boo this Valentine’s Day.

Let’s not give our money to Hallmark this year, we are so much better than that. From 3:30-8:30pm, Trader’s Market will present to you unique wares from a variety of sources so that you will find a little bit of a lot of things and no duplicates.

Each space will offer wares that match the space. For example, Eat the Rich will feature Grindstone Universal and One Love Massive’s new line of #DCASFUCK shirts and hoodies.

Each space will be unique and will also feature a music soundtrack curated by Derek Brown, the owner of these great bars, and One Love Massive. If anyone knows good music, it’s those two.

Each bar will also feature food and drink specials for the day so feel free to hang out, settle in, have some drinks, eat some amazing food and have a local experience that you can feel good about.

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