Category Archives: Art

(Up)Rising Arts Festival 2015 Comes To Rhode Island Ave This Weekend

Back in April we wrote about (Up)Rising Festival 2015, a cool new arts festival coming to Woodridge, right around the corner from Brookland on Rhode Island Ave, NE. The festival is primarily brough to you by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. The FREE festival will run from Sunday, May 24, Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM, and will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. You can check our more details at the event page here and be sure to check out this cool video about the festival.

Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists For Off Rhode Studio Show In July

Art Enables Iterior
Art Enables Iterior

Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.

Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

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The 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour is Saturday, May 9 from 12-5 p.m. with an after-party from 5-8 p.m. at the 39th Street Gallery. Details Here

Thursday, May 7

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

Join Washington Project for the Arts as they open two new Hothouse projects. Hothouse Video: Amy Finkelstein and Hothouse: ImPRINT are featured this May. For details, click here. Both openings will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) St. SW.

Cove – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Cove community for the opening of Hester Ohbi’s solo exhibition in Capitol Hill. Ohbi’s colorful works are reminiscent of her childhood summers in Pennsylvania. For more information, click here. cove Capitol Hill is located at 611 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 

The Galleries at Takoma Park – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

STEAM…when science intersects art features works by Leda Black, Martin Levin, Cleve Overton, and the Bridges Organization. For more information about the exhibition, click here. The Galleries at Takoma Park are located at 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park.

Friday, May 8

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cave, acrylic & ceramic tile adhesive on canvas, 2014 by Rush Baker.  See Baker's Under Pressure at Honfleur Gallery Friday Night.
The Cave, acrylic & ceramic tile adhesive on canvas, 2014 by Rush Baker. See Baker’s Under Pressure at Honfleur Gallery Friday Night.

Honfleur Gallery presents Under Pressure, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Rush Baker. Vivid Solutions Gallery presents 3 Millimeters, the work of Greg Kahn. For more details about Rush Baker, click here. For more details about Greg Kahn, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jason Wright’s solo exhibition V E R S U S strives to bring life to sometimes overlooked and forgotten places. Wright is inspired by the everyday and encourages views to really examine the areas surrounding them. For details, click here. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

Saturday, May 9

The 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Noon to 5 p.m.

The 11th annual Gateway Open Studio Tour is the largest visual arts event of the DC region.  See well over 100 artists in their native habitat—the studio—and seven art exhibitions.  Then join the 39th Street Gallery for an opening reception of Kyujin Lee’s Dreaming Impossible Dreams and after-party featuring Korean food.  Full listings and downloadable map here.

Open Studio dc – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Open Studio dc and the Corcoran College of Art + Design for the opening of Deceptively Obvious. This exhibition features a unique collaboration between screenprinters and poets. For more information, click here. Open Studio dc is located at 1135 Okie St., NE.

Transformer – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Interspatial is a group show curated by Quota opening at Transformer. The exhibition challenges viewers to examine multiple interpretations of space through the question “Do we try to fit in or redefine what these spaces are?” For details, click here. Transformer is located at 1404 P St. NW.

The Fridge – 6 p.m. 10 p.m.

Join The Fridge for the opening of Apoptosis a sculptural exhibit by Peter Krsko. Krsko’s large-scale sculptures are created through repurposed lumber collected throughout the metro area. For more information, click here. The Fridge is located in the alley off of 8th St. SE, Barracks Row

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.

Art On 8th Returns With Music, Arts, Dance Events On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Great news neighbors, Art on 8th returns with free music, dance, and arts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October at Monroe St. Market’s Arts Walk. Check out this video about Arts on 8th:

Thursdays: Live Music at 6:30pm

Hear great music like African and Afro-Latin music from Sahel, smooth latin grooves from the Duende Quartet, live jazz from Freddie Dunn Quartet and many others.

Fridays: Dance Events at 6:30pm

Watch inspiring performances and be ready to get up on your feet. For example, dance with Coyaba Dance Theater (African dance), the DC Casineros (Cuban Salsa and Rueda da Casino) and learn line dancing with Denise Bryant.

Saturdays: BE CREATIVE at 12:30pm

Enjoy arts and crafts workshops at Studio 21 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, led by Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown.

For more information, check out the Dance Place calendar.

Brookland Area Writers And Artists Pay Tribute To Sterling Brown Wednesday

The Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) is a neighborhood-based arts group, founded in 2003. The purpose of the group is to promote creativity and expression in the Brookland area. BAWA hosts a monthly themed poetry reading on the first Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, May 6th BAWA will host a tribute Brooklander Sterling Brown. Check out this tweet from BAWA:

Back in 2012 we wrote about the Sterling Brown house at 1222 Kearney St. NE where he lived in from 1935 till his death in 1989. Some of his notable students include Toni Morrison, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sowell, Ossie Davis, Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) and Ralph Bunche – a fellow Brookland resident.

Check out BAWA’s ongoing calendar of event shere. Poetry readings are held at the Center for Poetic Thought,  at the Monroe Street Market Artswalk, Studio #25. (716 Monroe Street, NE).  Contact BAWA at contact@brooklandarts.org or at their website.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Harmonicas Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Harmonicas Edition

Cheryl D Edwards’ Studio 

PRISM features the works of Cheryl Edwards, Lisa Farrell, Lisa Rosenstein, and Lynn Slyvester. The artists’ works are reminiscent of a dispersive prism’s reflection and splitting of light into components. For more information, click here. Cheryl D Edwards’ Studio is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Friday, April 17

Gallery O on H – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See harmonicas in a completely new light at Gallery OonH this Friday. Artist Bob "Hof" Hoffman, the Harmonica Man will give a presentation at 8pm. Image credit: Amanda HoffmanBob Hoffman, designer and collector of the world’s largest collection of handcrafted Harmonica Cases, showcases his works at Gallery O on H. Hoffman has commissioned artists from around the world to create his 500 designs. For more information, click here. Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

Saturday, April 18

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s Poppin is CHAW’s spring exhibition juried by Mary Ellen Vehlow. The exhibition features fifteen artists representing a wide range of media. For more information, click here. CHAW is located at 7th & G Streets SE.

Jess Oros is the Events 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.

ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015

Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces
Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces

Back in March we wrote about how ReCreative Spaces  transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. Now the organization is preparing to present a free arts festival, (Up)Rising that will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE.  Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. The arts festival will take place Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25.  You can check our more details at the event page here and check out this cool video about the festival.

Putting on such an ambitious and free  festival is not cheap or easy, so the folks at ReCreative Spaces have set up a crowdfunding site in hopes of raising the funds necessary to pull off the festival, perhaps you will consider donating today.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Art is Risen Edition

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Art is Risen Edition

Friday, April 3

Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces
Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces

ReCreative Spaces – 7 p.m. to midnight  ReCreative Spaces presents Black Life/White Light. This exhibition featured featuring white artists responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. For more information, click here. ReCreative Spaces is located at 1613 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Saturday, April 4

Wild Hand Workspace – 1 p.m.  Morgan Hungerford West with Starchild Studios DC presents a workshop on how to build one’s creative career. West will provide information on networking, branding, marketing your craft, and so much more. For details, click here. Wild Hand Workspace is located at 716 Monroe St. NE Studio #8.

The Fridge – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Women in Color features all new works from DC-based artist Rose Jaffe. Through her work, Jaffe seeks to celebrate the emotions and dynamism of young women. For more information, click here. The Fridge is located across the street from Matchbox Pizza on 8th Street 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: EMULSION 2015 Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: EMULSION 2015 Edition

EMULSION 2015 image courtesy East City Art
EMULSION 2015 image courtesy East City Art

EMULSION 2015  Sat., Mar. 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This Saturday March 21, 2015 beginning at 7pm, experience EMULSION 2015, a showcase of the Washington-Baltimore Region’s hottest artists competing for a series of prizes.  Preview the artist and get more information here.

EMULSION is located at Gallery OonH, 1354 H Street NE

Friday, March 20

Honfleur – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Painter Larry Lairson presents his first solo exhibition, User Error, at Honfleur. Lairson uses a variety of media to create textural pieces that explore the painterly process. For more details about the exhibition, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE.

Vivid Solutions Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Confluence: Considering the Anacostia is a group exhibition of photography from local Anacostia artists. Artists featured in the exhibition are Becky Harlan, David Allen Harris, Krista Schlyer, and co-curator Bruce McNeil. For more information, click here. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE.

Saturday, March 21

Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Street Musicians: Faceless Melodies by Acquaetta Williams attempts to reach viewers through assembled pieces. She strives to build a form of intimacy between herself and the viewer. For more information, click here. Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. 

39th Street Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join the 39th Street Gallery and the Gateway Arts Center to celebrate their five-year anniversary. There will also be a photography exhibition opening of work by Stephen Honicki. For more details, click here. The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD. 

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate the five-year anniversary with the works of eighteen artists who have all previously shown art at Brentwood Arts Exchange over the past five years. For more information, click here. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD.

Studio SoHy – 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Visit the newest studio pace in Hyattsville for the opening of Urban Canopy. This exhibition focuses on the interaction of nature and the urban environment. For more details, click here. The event is located at Vigilante Coffee 4327 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville.

Green Owl Design – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Modern View…what do you see? challenges viewers to find personal meaning in the works on exhibit. The artists want viewers to take a more in-depth look into the techniques behind the works and find the messages themselves. For more information, click here. Green Owl Design is located at 4327-C Gallatin Street Hyattsville, MD.

Weekend East City Event Round Up

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up

Friday, March 13

The Corner Store – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photographer Thom Goertel exhibits his works in a solo show at Corner Store Arts. His works feature street photography from around the world. For more information, click here.  Corner Store Arts is located at 900 South Carolina Avenue SE.

Rise and Fall by Tilden Luna. Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.
Rise and Fall by Tilden Luna. Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.

Hill Center Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In Hill Center Galleries’ new multi-artist exhibition the works of six artists will be featured. Kay Fuller, Tilden Luna, Alan Braley, Saya Behnam, Anne Bouie, and Peggy Fox cover a variety of media for visitors to view. For more details, click here. Hill Center Galleries are located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Saturday, March 14

Anacostia Smithsonian Community Museum – 10 a.m. Luis Peralta, Jay Coleman, and Anne Marie Boulet open their studios to visitors. Guests should meet at the museum lobby to start the tour. For details on registering, click here. Anacostia Smithsonian Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join Art Enables and Off-Rhode Gallery for the opening of LOST & FOUND. This exhibition featured local artists who create works from found materials and objects. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Off-Rhode Gallery is located 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Adah Rose Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The works of Randall Lear combine painting, sculpture, and installation to create whimsical architectural pieces of art. Visitors are encouraged to see the playful through the exhibition. For details, click here. Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.

Sunday, March 15

Studio 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lisa K. Rosenstein’s solo exhibition Silent Language features her multi-media work. Through her pieces Rosenstein seeks to challenge viewers to find messages and decipher their own language. For more information, click here. Studio 21 is located on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market 716 Monroe 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.