Stormtrooper spotted on Newton…
This Saturday, September 29, Dance Place is hosting an Open House as part of their Brookland Family Day. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th St. NE. Here is an overview of activities. Check out their websites for specifics and to sign up. Come on out and have some fun!
10am – 3:30pm Free Adult and Kids Classes – Modern Dance, Afro Jazz, Zumba, African Dance, Hoop Dance, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Ballet / Tap, Step
12 pm – 4 pm Free Outdoor Activities – Balloon sculpture, juggling, hoop making, line dancing and more
4 pm – Free Sampler Dance Performance inlcuding modern, African, step, hoop and more
Last night, Brookland artist Rajan Sedalia taught a class on the basics of graffiti art next to the Artspace Lofts. I thought – why not? So I jumped in and learned something new. It was a lot of fun, I met some new folks, and got a greater appreciation for how graffiti is made. Rajan plans to offer more classes on graffiti and other arts as well. If you are interested, visit his Meetup page and sign up for alerts. A follow-up graffiti class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30. The cost is $10 per person and all supplies are provided.
I just adore gardens that move beyond the expected and incorporate art and sculpture. This Brookland home showcases a creative “tree sculpture”. Instead of uprooting and removing a dead tree, its limbs are adorned with very cool blue glass bottles and tiles. I think it is just fabulous. Also pictured is a sculpture lying amid a pretty ground cover. I just love the contrasts in color and texture.
Tonight the Menkiti Group hosted over 50 Ward 5 neighbors and friends for a joint Ward 5 Happy Hour and Art Enables event. A good time was had by all. Some of our favorite pieces of work are pictured below. The fabulous art will remain on display for some time, so stop by the Menkiti offices at 2600 12th Street, NE and support a great cause.
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.
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 )