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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Fantastic Voyage Edition

Tim Conlon Blank Canvas #57 – JELDWEN 2014; spray paint, paint marker, acrylic on canvas; 48”x36”. Courtesy Transformer.

Tim Conlon Blank Canvas #57 – JELDWEN 2014; spray paint, paint marker, acrylic on canvas; 48”x36”. Courtesy Transformer.

Thursday, November 20

 

Wild Hand Workshop – 7 p.m.

 

Join Wild Hand Workspace for a screening of Erica R. Harding’s film On Our Land: Being Garifuna in Honduras. The film explores the history, culture, and social issues in Honduras since the early 1800s. For details about the film and screening, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio #8. 

 

Washington Project for the Arts – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

First Event — Hothouse Video: Fantastic Voyage features the animated films of six artists. This exhibition is the first time Washington Project for the Arts has partnered with another organization for their Hothouse series. For more information, click here.

 

Second Event — DC-based artist Amber Robles-Gordon is the second artist to exhibit an installation in Washington Project for the Arts’ South Capitol Skyscape series. Robles-Gordon uses found objects to represent her personal altar and celebrate cultural traditions. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

The Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

 

Saturday, November 22

 

Wohlfarth Galleries – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Wohlfarth Galleries presents the opening reception of Zoe Isaac’s fine handmade jewelry. Visitors are welcome to see Isaac’s creations in this exhibit through December 14. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Wohlfarth Galleries is located at 3418 9th Street NE.

 

Transformer – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Join Transformer at American University’s Katzen Arts Center for the Eleventh Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party. The auction supports Transformer’s mission to connect and promote emerging artists, most of whom are local. For details about purchasing tickets, click here.

American University’s Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts 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: Resolution 71 Passed Edition

"Dalya Luttwak Cannabis Sativa Root: Top View, painted steel, 23 x 21 x 1 feet, 2014. Image Courtesy of the artist. Part of the 30th Annual Washington Sculptors Group exhibition at American University"

“Dalya Luttwak Cannabis Sativa Root: Top View, painted steel, 23 x 21 x 1 feet, 2014. Image Courtesy of the artist. Part of the 30th Annual Washington Sculptors Group exhibition at American University”

FotoweekDC runs Saturday November 8 through Sunday November 16.  Get highlights and exhibitions details here.

Friday, November 7

Honfleur and Vivid Solution Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sheila Crider exhibits work in Volume at Honfleur Gallery and Vivid Solutions Gallery showcases the works of seven artists in the exhibit PHOTOBOOK. For details on both exhibits, click here.

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE and Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE

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

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening of three new exhibitions which focus on both photography and collage. The gallery will also display festive ornaments that visitors can purchase to support the Potomac Conservancy. For more information about November events, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue, NW

Publick Playhouse – 6:45 p.m.

Painter Luis Peralta exhibits new work in Freedom Series. The exhibition seeks to remind viewers that freedom is a dynamic and continuous process that exists within all of us. For more details about Peralta’s exhibit, click here.

The Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD.

Joan Hisaoka Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Curator Jennifer Lindsay seeks to challenge assumptions about the space and the functionality of the dwellings in which we live. Titled Urban Bungalow, the exhibition has transformed the gallery with handmade furniture and “common” home objects created by fourteen artists. For more information, click here.

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

Saturday, November 8

Gateway Arts District – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Brentwood Arts Exchange, 39th Street Gallery, Gateway Arts Center, and ez Storage Studios for open studio tours. Visit the artists of the Gateway Arts District and see them at work. For more information about how to RSVP for tours, click here.

Tours take place throughout the Gateway Arts District along US Route 1.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Sculptors Group presents the works of fifteen artists in Sculpture NOW 2014. Join them as they celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the WSG. For more information about artists and the exhibit, click here.

The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Sunday, November 9

Pleasant Plains Workshop – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop for the third installment of the Georgia Avenue Window Walk. This public art project engages community members, local businesses, and visitors as they “connect to the history and current culture of Georgia Avenue.” For more information about the event, 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: Pottery on the Hill Edition

"Stacey Snyder's tumblers. Image by Terricka Johnson. Courtesy Pottery on the Hill."

“Stacey Snyder’s tumblers. Image by Terricka Johnson. Courtesy Pottery on the Hill.”

Friday, October 31

 

CHAW – 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween on the Hill with CHAW, Eastern Market, and the DC Public Library. Events include arts activities, music, trick-or-treating for art, and much more for kids of all ages. For more information about HILLoween, click here.

All events will be taking place at Eastern Market located at 225 7th Street SE

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 31, November 1-2

Pottery on the Hill

The Third Annual Pottery on the Hill begins with a preview reception to celebrate the sixteen nationally recognized ceramic artists participating this year. Purchase tickets in advance to receive the first chance to purchase artworks and meet the artists on Friday. The expo is open to the general public Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more details about the event, click here.   To read Phil Hutinet’s profile on Mark Shapiro, click here.

The event will take place at Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

 

Saturday, November 1

39th Street Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The gallery presents mixed media artist Elizabeth Jacobsen in A Matter of Faith. Her art blends the sacred with the secular as she reflects on her Roman Catholic upbringing. She uses found objects to explore the connection between religion and spirituality and its relationship to feminism and gay identities. For details about the exhibition, click here.

The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, second floor, Brentwood, MD. 

NK Gallery – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sculptor Goksin Carey exhibits equine themed work at NK Gallery. Through sculpture, Carey invokes the spirit, movement, and balance of her subjects. For more information, click here.

Gallery NK is located at 321 K Street NE in the alley between “H” and “K” Streets NE.

Gallery O on H – 7:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

Join Gallery O on H for Snake Oil, Saints and Spirits, an art exhibit and variety show. This event celebrates a time “when the veil between the living and the dead…is thin.” Guests are encouraged to wear a costume for this event. For more information about the show and purchasing tickets, click here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H 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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Pottery on the Hill’s Preview Reception, October 31

multiartist_collage pottery on the hillPottery on the Hill’s Preview Reception allows special access to sixteen of the nation’s top ceramic artists and the opportunity to make the first purchases.

Join us for a lovely preview reception with sixteen of the nation’s top ceramic artists. Guarantee yourself the first chance to purchase pieces and see the incredible displays of their work in an intimate, relaxed environment. Speak with them directly and learn more about the inspiration behind their work. This reception includes a cocktail party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served.

Meet the Potters: Bob Briscoe (Harris, MN), Kevin Crowe (Amherst, VA), Naomi Dalglish (Bakersville, NC), Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA), Warren Frederick (Warrenton, VA), Ryan Greenheck (Philadelphia, PA), Michael Hunt (Bakersville, NC), Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC), Jenny Mendes (Chesterland, OH), Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY), Donna Polseno (Floyd, VA), Ken Sedberry (Bakersville, NC), Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA), Stacy Snyder (Arlington, VA), Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA) and Julie Wiggins (Charlotte, NC).

Buy your tickets here!

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artist Collectives and Fever Edition

Liz Lescault Decollette, ceramic sculpture, white stoneware, 9"x11". Photo courtesy of the artist.

Liz Lescault Decollette, ceramic sculpture, white stoneware, 9″x11″. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Friday, October 24 

Pleasant Plains Workshop – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop for a group exhibition featuring the members of DDAY Collective. Members David Ibata, Danielle Scruggs, Alice Wonder, and Yodith Dammlash, explore the idea of art as a reflective process offering insight into the individuals who create the works. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Saturday, October 25

Fontana Forge – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Fontana Forge in Brookland-Woodridge. The new studio space is designed for artisans focusing on blacksmithing of furniture, furnishings, and giftware. The morning events are for metalworkers, sculptors, and jewelers and the afternoon events are for friends, neighbors, and colleagues; visitors are encouraged to choose which timeframe is most convenient. For more information, click here.

The opening is located at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse, 2414 Douglas Street NE.

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Make Art celebrates the works of five women at the height of their careers. Pam Rogers, Liz Lescault, Ellen Cornett, Gloria Chapa, and Claudia Vess express their individual visions and passions in ways unique to themselves in this group exhibition. The variety of works span from watercolor to pastel to installations. For details about the artists and the exhibition, click here.

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

Project 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann presents recent work in her solo exhibit titled Feverland. Her paintings explore the patterns that emerge from the chaos and organic environment established through her process. As her works develop, these patterns dissolve creating diverse pieces, which strain on the verge of disunity. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Project 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302.

 

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: Mercury Retrograde Edition

Take One, oil on linen, 42” x 56”, Joey Mánlapaz.  Image courtesy and copyright gallery plan b.

Take One, oil on linen, 42” x 56”, Joey Mánlapaz. Image courtesy and copyright gallery plan b.

Thursday, October 16

Critical Exposure – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Over 100 members of the Critical Exposure community come together to support this fundraiser. Help them kick off their 10-Year Anniversary at this celebration of their student and professional photographers. There will be an auction for participants to buy their favorite pieces. For more information about the auction and fundraiser, click here.

This event will be at DLA Piper Atrium located at 500 8th Street, NW.

Honfleur Gallery - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Join the artists who participated in this summer’s seventh annual East of the River exhibit as they discuss their work and inspiration. The panel discussion will be moderated by photographer Susan Raab. For details about the panel, click here.

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road, SE.

Joan Hisokoa Gallery – 6:30 p.m.

Curator Martha Jackson Jarvis and the artists of Divergence will be present for a curator and artists’ talk. Join Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis as they discuss their influences and how they use the body as a way to explore and to redefine space. To read more about the exhibit and talk, click here.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, NW.

Washington Drawing Center Brookland – 7 p.m.

Join members of the Washington Sculptors Group as they present images of their work and speak about their process. After the presentations, artists will stay for conversation and drinks. For details about the event, click here.

Washington Drawing Center Brookland is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio No. 7.

Friday, October 17

Washington Project for the Arts – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The artists of Strange Bedfellows invite viewers to join them as they explore the meaning of intimacy in complex and unexpected ways through their work. Visitors can see how “proximity to others…shapes our individual identities.” For more information about the artists, click here.

Saturday, October 18

Gallery plan b - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Man-made explores the urban and industrial surroundings in which we often find ourselves. This exhibition celebrates the various media of the artists showing their work; from printmaking to sculpture. For more details about the exhibit, click here.

Gallery plan b is located 1530 14th Street, NW.

Art Works Now – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Maryland State Delegate, Heather Mizeur, guest hosts the Fall Fundraiser for Art Works Now. Join them for live and silent auctions to benefit Art Works Now programs. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance. For information about purchasing tickets, click here.

The event is located at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville.  

Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19

Mid City Studio Tour - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This free event offers both self-guided and guided tours to the public as local artists invite visitors into their studios. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and learn about the process of creation throughout the weekend. Guided tours are on a first come first serve basis; visitors can reserve tours in advance. For details about the weekend and on reserving a tour, click here.

Mid City Studios run from Dupont Circle, to U Street and Logan Circle.

 

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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Editorial: NoMa Deserves Engaging, Artist-Driven Public Art

This editorial by Eric Hope first appeared at East City Art.  Plan to attend the community meeting tomorrow (Thursday) evening.  Register here

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This M Street NE underpass directly outside the NoMa metro station is about to undergo artistic transformation. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

The NoMa neighborhood due north of Union Station has seen its share of transformation in recent years as apartment and office buildings replace parking lots. However, that sense of discovery ends abruptly upon entering one of the many underpasses on the neighborhood’s eastern side. While the underpasses provide easy access beneath the Metro and Amtrak tracks, few pedestrians would consider those spaces–cloaked in dank darkness–engaging or imaginative. As the sun sets, they feel more like desolate obstacles to hurry through than welcoming neighborhood connectors.

That feeling will hopefully change early next year when the winners of the NoMa BID’s underpass design competition will create “stunning contemporary art exhibitions” according to the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID), beneath the underpasses at Florida Avenue,  M, L and K Streets NE.   Ten finalists were announced on August 14, 2014 and while it is unfortunate that no DC-based artist made the final cut, four of the proposals include artists as sole or co-executors of the design teams. We encourage the selection committee to give greater weight to these artist-centric proposals.

The underpass project is a game-changer for the neighborhood underwritten by a hefty $1.75 million dollar budget. It is also a chance for the NoMa BID to showcase the importance of the visual arts within the context of neighborhood growth and identity, also known as “Creative Placemaking.” An independent panel of judges is overseeing the selection process and a community presentation is scheduled for fall 2014 to display the final proposals to the pubic. While not spelled out in the request for proposals, based on a survey of the finalists’ websites, it appears the jury is focused on installations that will bathe the underpasses in cutting-edge displays of light. This preference for light as a primary medium makes sense in such a dimly-lit space and may help to explain why artists focused on murals or other surface treatments did not make the final cut.

The fine arts and applied design, while often-times complimentary, are not synonymous.

That said, we can not help but notice that the roster of finalists is skewed towards architecture and design firms. While there may be practical or logistical reasons for this–architectural firms may, for example, be in a better position than individual artists to demonstrate a track record of project management–we worry that this reliance on “design” will result in work that is derivative and lack true artistic engagement. Our concern is underscored by the results of the NoMa BID’s first foray into public sculpture, unveiled earlier this spring at the corner of 1st and M Streets NE.

Torqued Tensility, 2014 NADAAA Design Firm Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art

Torqued Tensility, 2014 NADAAA Design Firm Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 30, 2014 introduced Torqued Tensility to area residents and office workers. Situated on a concrete plinth, three steel beams rise vertically into the air with a fourth beam held in suspension between them by torqued wires. The sculpture rises three stories high and is meant to be a focal point at the intersection. You would be forgiven if you assumed at first glance, as I did, that the piece was created by American artist Kenneth Snelson whose work also can also be seen blocks away at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In actuality, the selection committee chose NADAAA, a New York City and Boston-based firm specializing in architecture, landscape and urban design. Perhaps the designers at NADAAA were unaware of Snelson’s decades-long exploration of three-dimensional space, but the distinction between his artistry and their over-wrought design quickly becomes apparent upon closer inspection.

B-Tree II 1981-2006 Kenneth Snelson stainless steel 35 x 38 x 42 ft. 10.6 x 11.6 x 12.8 m. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

B-Tree II 1981-2006 Kenneth Snelson stainless steel 35 x 38 x 42 ft. 10.6 x 11.6 x 12.8 m. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Where Snelson’s creations celebrate the weightlessness of their core materials, the derivative Torqued Tensility feels trapped by its reliance on geometry as its focal aesthetic. Wires zigzag smugly without touching, clever enough, but they serve little purpose, creating a piece that is overbearing rather than inviting. Larger cables anchoring the three vertical pillars to the plinth reinforce this image, making the piece feel more like an extension of the adjacent building’s structure instead of a discrete artwork. Rather than subtly commenting on or expanding upon an already-established artistic paradigm, Torqued Tensility woos passersby with a sense of banal hipness.

Rather than another missed opportunity, we hope the selection committee’s upcoming decision values artistic ingenuity and exploration over derivative design.

That is a forceful critique to write, but it needs to be said. The fine arts and applied design, while often-times complimentary, are not synonymous.

Where Torqued Tensility defines an intersection, the underpass project may define a neighborhood. It is grander in scale and budget, making the final artistic selections much more important. Rather than another missed opportunity, we hope the selection committee’s upcoming decision values artistic ingenuity and exploration over derivative design.

We encourage readers to attend the NoMa BID’s public presentation of the ten proposals which will take place sometime in the fall of 2014 (see below).  East City art will publish the details of that event when they are announced.  More information about the project can be found at www.nomabid.org/underpass-competition

 

 

 

Editor’s Note:  The image provided by Kenneth Snelson is for illustrative purposes only.  East City Art is solely responsible for the opinions expressed in this editorial.

 

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