Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.
Art Enables, a non-profit art gallery on the edge of Brookland kicked off their annual inventory show yesterday. I picked up this beautiful piece, a color pencil on paper drawing entitled Forest Walk by Michael Schaff for a mere $47.50. It came very nicely matted and framed to boot! It instantly found a home on one of our paprika-colored accent walls. I just love how the wall color brings out the depth of layers and colors in this piece. The cashier I spoke with indicated that inventory older than 1 year is 50%, and the sale should extend through the end of August.
Art Enables represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities. The organization provides the artists the resources they need to become visual artists and 60% of revenue from sales. Check it out! Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Many Brooklanders have longed for the day that we could enjoy a dining establishment with outdoor seating. Well, wait no more! As we speculated earlier today, Menomale now has outdoor seating. Just look at these happy Brooklanders enjoying their pizzas, salads, sandwiches and beer! For those of you with little ones, the booster seats they have fit really well on their outdoor chairs, in keeping with Menomale’s kid-friendly reputation. More great news, Leland, one of the owners, tells us that they are exploring ways to keep the outdoor seating going year round, perhaps by adding thick plastic walls to the existing canopy frames. This is seems like pretty realistic plan, as people were seen dining outside nearby establishments like Boundry Stone all through last winter.
Last night the ARTland/Brookland Arts and Culture Temporium Project show Church Porch had its opening reception. What a delight to enjoy fantastic artwork, engage in conversation, sip on wine, and nibble on some cheese – all in the heart of Brookland! I must confess, I was surprised by the space – full of natural light – it really looked like an art gallery despite being a “pop up” style art show.
There are ten artists represented in the show, with a wide range of styles and mediums. My favorite was Lisa Mundy’s abstract paintings, I loved the colors and movement she captured. Another standout was Daniel Hitch’s photography, with compelling images from Senegal, DC, Chicago and Baltimore. Ray Allard, an artist working in linocut on paper displayed the tools and steps involved in developing his work, which added a dimension of
interest for me as I was unaware of the process. The sculpture pictured is by Thomas Rooney, who produces sculptures made of items found in nature. The space was packed last night, I recommend stopping by and supporting our local art scene.
ARTland/Brookland Arts and Culture Temporium Project
3500 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC
August 10 through 26, 2012 (Open Friday and Saturday 5 – 8 and Sunday 3 – 6 )
While driving past Menomale last night, it looked like they were setting up for outdoor seating. Be still my beating heart. If so, it would be HUGE for Brookland, as we have a dearth of outdoor dining options. Through conversations with the owners, I know they have been planning on having outdoor dining for quite some time now. So far nothing new has come across from Menomale on Twitter or Face Book, so fingers and toes crossed for now.
Councilmember McDuffie’s office is distributing 100 free tickets as part of Ward 5 Night at the Shakespeare Theater. Get them while you can by contacting email@example.com or (202) 724-8028. The tickets are for the Saturday, September 1 showing of All’s Well That Ends Well from 8—10 PM at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW).
There will be a panel discussion and a question and answer session about the various development projects happening around Brookland. This is a rare opportunity to interact with the major players in Brookland’s future including:
The Bozzuto Group and ABDO Development (Catholic U Development/Monroe Street Market)
EYA (Chancellor’s Row)
The Menkiti Group (901 Monroe Street)
Carla Perlo, Founding Director of Dance Place (Moving Forward Campaign)
The event will be August 17, 6.30pm – 8:30 at the 12th Street Gallery, 3500 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20017. For more information click here.
Can’t make it? No worries! We will be there and will bring you coverage.
One of the great things about Brookland is our ample, lush backyards. In addition to the vegetation, I just love the unique, colorful sheds found in our neighbor’s yards. So, I decided to start a photo series of them – let’s see how many great ones I can find. If you know of any – by all means let me know. I have passed the pair of sheds below a million times as I have walked the stretch of 12th st between Jackson and Kearney. Admiring them as I walk transports me momentarily to a country road.
The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) are seeking volunteers to help beautify Langdon Elementary School (located at 1900 Evarts Street NE, south of RIA). Help get the school ready for the new school year by landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms, etc. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. RSVP for this event here.
This renovated brick colonial at 1300 Taylor St. NE just hit the market today. With a sizable yard, a garage, 5 bedrooms, new renovation, and close proximity to the Metro – $639,000 is a bargain compared to other areas in DC.
If I remember correctly, the first I heard of this development was via some chatter on the Brookland Yahoo! listserv in May and June. I believe this development was also discussed at an ANC 5B04 meeting recently. The photo to the left was taken from the City Paper article. While I am certainly not against transforming blighted buildings into housing, I am not exactly enthusiastic about this development yet.
First, why apartments? Between the recently completed Rhode Island Row development and the recently approved 901 Monroe development, it seems like our corner of the city is getting a lot of new apartment space as opposed to condominiums, rowhouses and single family homes. Secondly, it appears that the plan calls for an awful lot of flat parking lot and really no green space to speak of. The City Paper article indicates that Douglas is in the very early stages of planning, so there should be time for the community to address these issues.
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