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A Garden of Wonders at the Smithsonian Castle

pic courtesy of Smithsonian at 8

pic courtesy of Smithsonian at 8

Alice would feel right at home at the Smithsonian’s Garden of Wonders, a madcap party that transforms the Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Garden into a landscape of delights. As sunset slips into night, this magical setting comes alive with music and dancing, outdoor games (moonlight croquet, anyone?), craft activities, and plenty of surprises.

Find your style inspiration in period garden-party attire or your favorite Alice in Wonderland character. You might not meet a white rabbit, but you can sip specialty cocktails designed by Arlington’s Tortoise & Hare as you wander through the lantern-decked grounds. And speaking of wonders, meet Todd McGrain, whose fantastic large-scale bird sculptures now anchor the corners of the Haupt Garden’s ornately planted lawn.

Make sure your pocket watch is wound: You don’t want to be late for this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Friday, July 18.  Tickets start at $15 ($20 at the door).  SPECIAL FEATURES FOR VIP TICKET-HOLDERS: Enjoy a private bar, two complimentary drinks, and dessert in the Queen of Hearts castle (known by day as the Smithsonian Castle).

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Local Art Rules Edition

"Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition.  Courtesy CONNERSMITH."

“Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition. Courtesy CONNERSMITH.”

Thursday, July 10 

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

The Hothouse Video series from WPA presents Harder, Glorious by artists Silvia Rivas, Merike Estna, Cheryl Pope, Kate Gilmore, and Peter Eudenbach. For more information, click here.

Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW. 

Friday, July 11 

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries host opening receptions for The Seventh Annual East of the River Exhibition and The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River. Honfleur’s exhibit features the work of nine artists who have a special connection to communities East of the River while at Vivid Solutions, Susana Raab’s photographs weave an East of the River community narrative. To read more about these events, click here.

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

CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join CHAW for “Paint and Sip” this Friday. Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will provide step-by-step instructions while you enjoy snacks and wine. For information to register, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, July 12 

Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Off-Rhode Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating the creativity and art of Ward 5. For a list of  all participating artists, click here.

Off-Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE.

39th Street Gallery – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join the 39th Street gallery in saying good-bye to Melissa Ezelle, current artist-in-residence (A.I.R.), and welcoming new A.I.R., Jack Warner. Melissa will talk about her work and time at the Gateway CDC. For more information, click here.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Interested in comic art? Visit CHAW for the opening of DC Conspiracy: A Retrospective. This exhibit explores the collaborative side of comic book art by local illustrators. To read more about this exhibit, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

CONNERSMITH. – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CONNERSMITH presents the opening of ACADEMY 2014. Dr. Jamie Smith, exhibition founder and curator, invited 17 artists from local MFA and BFA programs to the 14th annual exhibition. For an in-depth look at about the work of two of the invited artists, read profiles by Wade Carey and Eric Hope.   For more information about ACADEMY 2014, click here.

CONNERSMITH. is located at 1358 Florida Ave., NE.

Open Studio DC – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location. See the works of Carolyn Hartmann, Pepa Leon, Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, and David Bellard. To read more about this event, click here.

This event will be held at 1348 Florida Ave., NE.

Sunday, July 13

DC GlassWorks - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DC Glassworks hosts classes on second Sundays and last Saturdays throughout the summer. This week, learn ho to make your own paperweight. For information about registering, click here.

DC GlassWorks is located at 5346 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

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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Call to Artists: Cheap Thrills at Anacostia Arts Center

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Hey there, local DC artist.  Hoping to show your art?  Check out this open call from Anacostia Arts Center.  Not an artist?  Forward this post onto a friend.  Support local art!

Anacostia Arts Center is now accepting submissions from DMV artists for a group show featuring works under $500. Visual artists who work in any media are encouraged to submit. Molly Ruppert of Warehouse and Art Romp acclaim is curating this show which will be on view from August 25 through October 4 throughout the Center. There will be an opening reception on Monday, August 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Submissions MUST include:

  • Your name as you would like it listed in all exhibition ephemera
  • Up to 5 images, formatted as indicated below
  • A complete image list with the following details for each piece:
  • file name
  • title
  • media
  • dimensions
  • year
  • price (Note: the Center will retain a 20% commission on all works sold to help support its arts programming. Please price accordingly.)

Submissions are due by email to cheapthrillsdc@gmail.com by August 1 by 5 p.m, and artists will be notified of acceptance by August 8. Artists must drop off selected works August 12-16 between 10 am – 8 pm. and August 17 10 am -3 pm. Artworks must be ready to hang when dropped off.

Format images as follows:

  • files must be jpegs
  • size files to approximately 3 x 5 inches at 300 dpi
  • name files in this format: DouglassFrederick1.jpg, DouglassFrederick2.jpg, etc.

Questions?
Contact Creative Assistant Piper Grosswendt:
pgrosswendt@archdc.org
202.580.5972

Kate Taylor Davis, Director
kdavis@archdc.org
202.321.2878

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Early Bird Edition

pic courtesy of Proverbs Reggae

pic courtesy of Proverbs Reggae

Anacostia Art & Reggae

Saturday – 4 p.m. to 10 p. m. This Saturday East City Art and the Anacostia Gallery and Boutique team-up to bring you a self-guided tour of Anacostia’s cultural assets culminating in an Art & Reggae festival located at 2806 Bruce Place SE.  For more information including details on the self-guided tour, click here.

Thursday, June 26

Hill Center Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Hill Center Galleries for the second annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Juror Philip Kennicott will give a gallery talk during the reception and announce the first, second, and third place winners. For more information, click here.

Hill Center Galleries are located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Saturday, June 28 

CHAW – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Start your weekend with a visit to CHAW’s (Collectibles & Curiosities, Heirlooms, Art, and Wonderful Stuff) Yard Sale. The proceeds benefit the annual Paint Bucket campaign. To read more about this event, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Dance Place at Studio 21 – 12:30 p.m.

Be creative and attend an arts and crafts workshop at Dance Place at Studio 21 on the Arts Walk. Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown will lead this free workshop.

Dance Place at Studio 21 is located at 3225 8th Street, NE.

SCRAP DC – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For a family friendly event this weekend, be sure to visit SCRAP DC’s Summer Carnival. There will be plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. The art exhibition currently on display will be open for guests to view as well. For more information about this event, click here.

SCRAP DC is located at 3101 12th Street, NE.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m. 

Artist Rajan Sedalia continues teaching classes about street art Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color, and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wait no longer. Round 3 of Project American’s Next Top Master Artist is here. The five continuing artists will have to face the judges during this opening reception. For details on the artists and the exhibit, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood.

Hamiltonian Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In his solo exhibit, Billy Friebele abstracts the everyday sounds and images of the U street corridor. Friebele pays homage to Duke Ellington on the 100th anniversary of Ellington’s Soda Fountain Rag. To read more about this multi-media event, click here.

Hamiltonian Gallery is located at 1353 U Street, NW.

Gallery O on H – 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood and view the gallery’s permanent collection. This event is free and open to the public.

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 follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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East City Art Round Up: Brookland Third Thursday Edition

Explore the Brookland Arts District this "Third Thursday" with over 29 artist studios and galleries open from 6-9pm.  (Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art).

Explore the Brookland Arts District this “Third Thursday” with over 29 artist studios and galleries open from 6-9pm. (Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art).

Thursday June 19

Brookland Arts Walk – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Third Thursdays in Brookland, one may visit over 29 open studios in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. Two of the spaces, the Washington Drawing Center and The Wild Hand Workspace will host opening receptions (see details below). Enjoy food and live music courtesy of Danceplace featuring performances by Polvo & Scree starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St, NE

Washington Drawing Center – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington Drawing Center presents Chris Dolan’s 07092012-09212013: Recent Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland. Dolan “set himself the challenge of producing one landscape every day for the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.”For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

Washington Drawing Center is located in Studio #7 on the Arts Walk

The Wild Hand Workspace- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also in Brookland, The Wild Hand Workspace will host an opening reception for the illustrations of Hannah Dean in her first exhibition It’s a Wonderful Life. Her work examines relationships and organizational themes spanning a variety of media. To read more about the exhibit, click here.

The Wild Hand Studio is located in Studio #8 on the Arts Walk

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WPA Professional Practices presents Working with Galleries. The panel discussion, led by experts in the field, will help artists navigate through the challenges of working with a gallery. This event is free for WPA members and $10 for non-members. For more information about panelists and the event, click here.

The panel will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

doris-mae – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get a last look at the site-specific installation of Hsin-Hsi Chen (she’s covered an entire room, floor to ceiling, with her work!) and Amanda Kates’ intensely colored multi-media work. Meet the artists at this reception before the exhibit closes on Saturday.  Details found here.

doris-mae is located on the second floor at 1716 14th Street NW.

Friday, June 20

Washington Sculptors Group – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Sculptors Group has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to present Gedankenexperiment. Curated by Sarah Tanguy, this exhibit draws inspiration from scientific and mathematical theories. To read more about this event, click here.

The AAAS is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW.

Montpelier Arts Center – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Montpelier Arts Center for a reception honoring this summer’s exhibitions. The reception will feature three exhibitions in the Main Gallery, the Library Gallery, and the Residents Artist Gallery.  See work from the Washington Sculptors Group, Elizabeth Burger and Melissa Burley. For details on this event, click here.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD.

Saturday, June 21

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

Gallery O on H – 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

After taking Rajan Sedalia’s street art class stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood. In addition to viewing the gallery’s permanent collection, visitors can peruse “The Shops” starting at 4 p.m. while the music begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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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Punk Jews Premieres at Sixth & I

The Washington, DC premiere of Punk Jews is Sunday, June 22nd, 7pm at the historic Sixth & I synagogue.

Profiling Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers, African-American Jewish activists, and more, Punk Jews is a documentary that explores an emerging movement of committed Jews and provocateurs who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

Jewish artists, activists and musicians from diverse backgrounds and communities are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. In the process, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers. The film follows Yishai, lead singer of Moshiach Oi; Radical performance group, the Sukkos Mob; the renegade Orthodox participants of Cholent; the Amazing Amy Yoga Yenta; Kal Holczler, founder of Voices of Dignity; and African American Jewish hip hop sensation Y-Love.

Learn more and purchase advance tickets here.  Filmmakers Saul Sudin and Evan Kleinman will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Super Saturday June Edition

 "The Circus on O awaits you this weekend on H Street. Image courtesy Gallery O on H."

“The Circus on O awaits you this weekend on H Street. Image courtesy Gallery O on H.”

Friday, June 13

CHAW – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear are back for another Paint and Sip at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Create your own masterpiece on Friday while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 includes all materials and refreshments. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, June 14

Route 1 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Route 1 Farmers Market and Bazaar will be operating through Saturday, September 27, 2014. Regional farmers, vendors and artists are participating in this weekly event. Visitors will be able to buy produce and participate in a variety of activities. To read more about this must attend event, click here.

The Market is located at 4100 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

RandallScottProjects – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

After visiting the farmers market or taking class be sure to go to RandallScottProjects’ opening of Ruby Osorio’s Reverie. Osorio’s work evokes a sense of fragmented memories, experienced through the mind and senses of a female protagonist. She explores the notions of the poetic in the representation of femininity and myth. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street, NE.

Gallery O on H – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gallery O hosts another must see event, Circus at the O. After seeing the opening at RandallScottProjects, check out the gallery opening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wait around and guests 21 and over will be treated to a variety show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the show. To read more about this must see event, click here.

Gallery O 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 follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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