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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Here is your weekend artsy round up thanks to the good folks at East City Art.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.
Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

EMULSION  2016

East City Art’s annual production EMULSION 2016 returns to Gallery O on H this spring. Submit your work for consideration by February 15.  Details about EMULSION found here.

Friday, February 5

Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora is an exhibition that focuses on the diversity of culture within the African Diaspora. Curated by Carol R. Dyson and Carolyn Goodridge, the exhibition showcases the work of over eighty artists. For more information, click here. Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 Eighth St. NW.

HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLAKOOKEE is a collaboration between artists Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas which explores the aesthetic history of science fiction films through an installation titled Cosmic Modules. For more details, click here. The gallery is located at 1700 L St. NW.

Touchstone – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Touchstone Gallery presents: At the Heart of the Matter in Gallery A and artwork by guest artist Dee Levinson and John Blee in Galleries B and C. For more information, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

CHACC – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center opens Deborah Browder’s exhibition Squaring the Circle: An Artful Meditation on the Alchemy of Love. For more information, click here. CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

Saturday, February 6

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 1 p.m.

The All-Screened Video Fest hosted by the Brentwood Arts Exchange invites visitors to an afternoon of independent shorts by local artists. For more information, click here. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Montpelier Arts Center – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Montpelier Arts Center features two new exhibitions this February: Re-Invention by Winston Harris and Narratives in Black Identity by Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones. For more details, click here. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

Gallery NK – 6 p.m.

Gallery NK exhibits the works of award winning photographers, Thomas Dodd and Steffen Faisst. For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

39th Street Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The University of Maryland Art Honors Program presents seven of their students at the 39th Street Gallery. For more details, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Sunday, February 7

Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum hosts docent-led tours of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington. For more information, click here. Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

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.

Arts Walk To Welcome Collaborative Artist HiJAC

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

We recently learned that the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market will welcome HiJAC, a unique architecture, art, and technology collaboration to Studio 17. From a press release:

HiJAC is a trans-disciplinary collaborative working between architecture, art, and technology. The team creates artistic spaces, objects, and moments that are driven by an interest in experimenting with how humans interact with both physical and virtual environments.

HiJAC will use the studio at the Arts Walk as an incubation space to generate and test ideas for new artistic interventions, with a focus on how people interact with space and how this interaction can be more playful and more human.  In addition to open-studio activities, HiJAC will work in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects DC Technology Committee to offer community workshops in interactive digital technologies and computational modeling.

HiJAC was founded by Hiroshi Jacobs, AIA, an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture & Planning, and an architect with STUDIOS Architecture. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, DC Modern Luxury, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge Art Festival, and the Harvard Arts First Festival.

Welcome to the neighborhood, HiJAC!

Small Business Saturday Event At The Arts Walk

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

This Saturday, the artists at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk will be hosting a Small Business Saturday event from 9:00 am -9:00 pm. From the event page on Facebook:

*Stitch & Rivet will be open 10-6 promoting a variety of local handmade items great for unique gifts!
*Maroulla Sculpture will be open 9-7 promoting a line of miniature sculptures in bronze & marble + a line of one of a kind artistic jewelery creations as special gift items!
*Rachel Pfeffer Designs will be open 10-5 promoting handmade jewelery for your special someone!
*Black Lab will be open 9-5 promoting discounts on photo-based digital prints and books!
*Center for Byzantine Material Arts will be open 10-4
*Latela DC will be open 10-9 promoting 20% off on select artworks including paintings and photography prints, local handmade soaps, and art books + hosting a pop-up of select artists who will be creating throughout the day on #SmallBusinessSaturday along with bins of vinyl records $1-$3 each!

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Troublemakers Edition

Award winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle opens Troublemakers at Gallery OonH Friday, November 6. Pictured above: Martin Luther King, Jr. Image courtesy of the artist.
Award winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle opens Troublemakers at Gallery OonH Friday, November 6. Pictured above: Martin Luther King, Jr. Image courtesy of the artist.

Friday, November 6 

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

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening of their November exhibitions:FotoWeekDC@Touchstone and “Seeing is believing” in Gallery A, Nature Sketched in Gallery B, and Handpicked: Works from Miriam’s Kitchen Studio Artists in Gallery C. For more information, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

Gallery OonH – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Luis Peralta Del Valle presents Trouble Makers: The Struggle at Gallery OonH. Del Valle’s vibrant and colorful abstract paintings reflect the continuous endeavors of the oppressed. For more details, click here. Gallery OonH is located at 1354 H St. NE.

ReCreative Spaces – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition to viewing works by Michelle Izquierdo and Vanessa Smith, audience members will have the opportunity to interact with the duo via live painting and an “Art Making Station.”  For more information and to register, click here.  ReCreative Spaces is now located at 3501 Perry Street in Mount Rainier, MD.

Saturday, November 7 

Fontana Forge – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fontana Forge will host their second annual fall open house. Guests will also have the opportunity to register for a basic blacksmithing class. For more information, click here. Fontana Forge is located at 2414 Douglas St. NE.

CHAL – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Visitors are invited to participate in CHAL’s Annual Small Works Art Sale. Shoppers can experience three-blocks of unique gifts for the holiday season. For details, click here. The sale is located at 545 7th St. NE.

Sunday, November 8 

Montpelier Arts Center – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This November Montpelier Arts Center welcomes artists Caroline Thorington and Sushama Parikh in two concurrent exhibitions. Along with these solo shows they present a gratitude themed exhibition featuring the works of local artists. For more information, click here. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Nuirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

Gallery NK – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gallery NK hosts the closing reception and artist talk for Inspiration, the exhibition featuring the works of Claudia Cappelle and Richard Claraval. For more details, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8 

Mid City – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Mid City Artists for the annual Open Studios Tour. Visitors can create their own self-guided tour or partake in a guided tour as local artists invite the public to interact with and explore their creative spaces. For more information, click here.

Jess Oros is the Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art onFacebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Brookland Public Art Project Seeks Crowdfunding

Artist Charles Bergen is reaching out to the community to help him beautify the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Ave NE. Check out the Indiegogo page here, and a tweet and info from Charles below.

I have created this sculpture of two monumental scarlet oak leaves and acorns to mark the Southern Gateway to Brookland’s 12th Street Commercial Corridor. The sculpture is to be placed at the intersection of 12th and Rhode Island Avenue NE…I please need additional funding to complete this sculpture and am starting this crowdfunding campaign to reach my funding goal. Please click on the link to see more images of the sculpture and to fund this project. Thank you in advance for your support.

Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘Scarlet Oak Leaves for Brookland, Washington, DC’ happen!

Arts Walk Welcomes Three New Artists This November

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

We recently learned from a press release that three new artists, Kuzeh Pottery, LATELA Studio, and Marcella Kriebel will be moving into the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market this fall. Welcome to the neighborhood! From the press release:

All three new artists will be in their studios by early November.

Kuzeh Pottery (Studio #18)

Pegah Shahghasemi opened Kuzeh Pottery in March 2013 in New York City with the goal to create functional pottery that is simple, elegant, and comforting. Her pottery is inspired by Persian art, presented in a modern fashion. Pegah’s degree in Graphic Design from University of Minnesota, 14 years of design experience, living and traveling to different countries, and being a mother to two young daughters have greatly influenced her ceramic work. Kuzeh (Farsi for a curvy vase) has been featured in New York Magazine and other publications. Kuzeh Pottery products can be purchased at Union Kitchen in NE D.C., at Kuzeh.us, and at her work space on the Arts Walk.

LATELA Studio (Studio #27)

The LATELA studio is an art gallery and creative work space featuring selected fine and local D.C. area artists whose work will be displayed in rotating exhibits and events curated by Marta Staudinger. Marta is a D.C. native who pursued art history and curatorial studies in Italy and Spain, earning a Master’s degree in New Media Art Curatorship in Barcelona. The studio is a component of the LATELA brand, founded by Marta, which collaborates with local venues to host exhibitions and offers art management, consultation, and related services to artists. The LATELA studio space serves as a home base for member artists to exhibit and sell their work, host creative workshops, and work in the studio. Visitors to the studio may purchase works of art in a variety of media, as well as prints and creativity-inspiring books.

Marcella Kriebel (Studio #14)

Marcella Kriebel is devoted to creating watercolor art that is both informative and beautiful, and enjoys illustrating pieces for her food-related art collection. Marcella is the author and illustrator of Mi Comida Latina, a cookbook currently in its fourth edition and comprised of 140 pages of hand lettered, illustrated recipes based on her travels throughout Latin America. Marcella’s art prints, cookbook, and cards can be found at many of the District’s farmers markets, on her website (www.marcellakriebel.com), in select gift stores and at her workspace on the Arts Walk, Marcella Studio.  She currently teaches watercolor classes while maintaining her art commissions, commercial design, original gallery work, and paper goods collection.

On November 5, when LATELA moves into its studio, all 27 artist studios will be occupied.   Just two months ago, Monroe Street Market welcomed three additional artists, including Rachel Pfeffer (Studio #13), Brian Dailey (Studio #10), and Byzantine Center for Material Arts (Studio #7).

The Arts Walk studios are located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

Artomatic Opens Today, Runs Through December 12th

ArtomaticArtomatic is  a six week long free art fair that showcases over 700 artists and attracts thousands of visitors. While it is not in Brookland, we thought that readers would like to know about it anyway.

This year, it will be in a 90,000-square-foot space, located at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville. In addition to art like paintings and sculpture, Artomatic also features live music, dance, spoken word, comedy and special events like film screenings.  So, there is something for everybody, even if you just want to grab a drink and meander around.

Artomatic is a short walk from the New Carrolton METRO Station, and there is as plenty of parking and bus stops nearby. It will be open Wednesday and Thursdays: 5pm to 10pm and Friday-Sunday: 11am to 8pm. Check out more on their Facebook page, or visit thier website.

Stitch And Rivet Hosts ‘Meet The Maker’ Pop-Up Events At The Arts Walk

Brookland Sign Monroe Street MarketStitch and Rivet, one of the studios at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk will be hosting  a “Meet The Maker” series of one-day pop-up-shops featuring craft businesses from all over the DC area.  The series will run from this Saturday through Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (during the Farmer’s Market hours).  The pop-ups offer guests a chance to meet the makers of their favorite locally crafted products, many of which are sold at Stitch & Rivet year-round.

For more information about the events, go here.  Stitch & Rivet”s website is here.  Here is the rundown of events:

  • October 10: Annie Howe Papercuts, paper cuts and prints

    • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
      *Demonstration and teaching workshop by Annie Howe of Annie Howie Papercuts. Space limited to four students. Cost is $65 per ticket, inclusive of all supplies and tools needed. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • October 17: Hooked & Loopy, crocheted figures

  • October 24: Tigerflight, reclaimed sweater pillows and toys

  • November 7: Yummy & Company, postage stamp sized landscapes and etched jewelry

  • November 14: Tasha McKelvey, ceramic pots and jewelry

  • November 21: TBD

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE. Stitch & Rivet is located at Studio #3.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Outsider Art Edition

Here is your weekend arts roundup from East City Art.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Outsider Art Edition

Thursday, October 8

Serengeti Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Million Man March in Photographs: A Retrospective features several photographers including Jonathan French, Mansa Mussa, Roderick Terry, and Vincent Smith. For details, click here. Serengeti Gallery is located at 7919 Central Ave., Capitol Heights, MD.

Saturday, October 10

Stitch & Rivet – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stitch & Rivet hosts a “Meet the Maker” series through November 21, 2015. Join Annie Howe for a workshop on paper cuts and prints. For more information, click here. Stitch & Rivet is located at Studio #3 716 Monroe St. NE.

Anacostia Community Museum – 10 a.m.

The Anacostia Community Museum hosts artist studio tours in the DC area. Participants will be able to visit local artists Ulysses Marshall, George Tolbert, and Bonita Bing. For more details, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway celebrates its 10th anniversary at Art Enables.  Experience the work of outsider artists from around the country at this annual showcase. Pictured above Cabin by the Lake by Mike Knox.  Image courtesy of Art Enables.
Outsider Art Inside the Beltway celebrates its 10th anniversary at Art Enables. Experience the work of outsider artists from around the country at this annual showcase. Pictured above Cabin by the Lake by Mike Knox. Image courtesy of Art Enables.

Art Enables – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Enables hosts the 10th annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway exhibit. Visitors will be able to see new pieces from Art Enables artists along with work from other groups from around the country. For more information, click here. Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Winner of the 2014 Project America’s Next Top Master Artist, Ellen Cornett will discuss her current body of work The Art of the Tale, on view at the BAE. For details, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

39th Street Gallery – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist in Residence Paul Shortt presents an artist talk centered on his ongoing projects. Shortt is a visual artist and educator who seeks to rethink the concept of loitering. For more details, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Otis Street Arts Project – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Co-Exist features the work of Glenn Richardson, Eric Celarier, and Albert Schweitzer. The exhibition is curated by Molly Ruppert. For more information, click here. Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.

Gallery NK – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Gallery NK as they present of the works of Richard Claraval and Claudia Cappelle. Both artists strive to connect viewers to nature through their work. For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

Sunday, October 11

Anacostia Community Museum – 2 p.m.

Author Michael Donoghue will talk about the inspiration for his book Borderland on the Isthmus. Limited copies of his book will be available for purchase. For more details, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) Celebrates Latino Poetry Wednesday

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, October 7th BAWA will explore poetry written by Latino/a poets.

Check out their ongoing calendar of events here. 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.