CulturalDC, a nonprofit that promotes the arts, organizes “Third Thursday Open Studios,” at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk. This month’s event will take place on Thursday August 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Every month most of the studios are open and hosting workshops, exhibits, crafts for sale and more. This time around you can also enjoy live music from the band Aspen Grove. For more information check out the Third Thursday page from Cultural DC here. The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.
The word spreads about how much Brookland has to offer. Check out the article of Beth Cope in the Washington Post:
Change has come to the community nicknamed “Little Rome” for its myriad Catholic institutions, bringing new condos, restaurants and, notably, the arts. But much of Brookland remains a quiet family neighborhood where daily encounters on leafy streets can include nuns and friars …….
East City Art Round Up: Brookland Third Thursday Edition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We just learned some great news! The “Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market” is launching at the Monroe Street Market development this May. The operator of the market will be Lydia’s Fields Farm, who will bring a minimum of 10-20 regional farmers and food producers to our door step! The nutrition-focused market will set up shop along the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market every Saturday from May 10, 2014-November 22, 2014, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
We heard from David Raley, General Manager of the development, that there is much more than a run-of-the-mill farmers market planned:
The goal is to also have performances small to larger scale in order to add to the draw of the market. Obviously, with over 40 artists in place at The Arts Walk, we feel that the mix of food, performance, retailers, restaurants and art will make Monroe Street Market a destination for all Washingtonians. Additionally, we will host holiday markets and maybe even have cut trees before Xmas or a pumpkin patch in Halloween. Monroe Street Market and Bozzuto Management Company couldn’t be more excited about this. We would also like to thank Lavinia Wohlfarth the acting Chairman at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for introducing this community to Lydia’s Fields Farms and sharing her vision with us.
A pumpkin patch? Holiday Market? Be still my beating heart! With this announcment and new restaurants and shops on the way, the Monroe Street Market development keeps getting better all the time. The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Washington DC 20017.
The prospect of a combination coffee shop and bike store coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk is not a new concept to those following the development closely. When we first learned about the combo concept in April 2013, it made sense. For one, a stretch of the Met Branch Trail runs along side this location, and with Brookland Works/Artswalk having 27 art studios and 152 apartments right on the Metro, I can see a coffee shop doing a brisk business.
Yesterday we learned from a post on Eater DC that Filter coffeehouse may be the coffeehouse that seals the deal. If so, it would fall in line with the development’s approach of signing local DC businesses that are established, but not at all large chains. Filter has two other locations at Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom. As for the bike shop component, the Bike Rack was mentioned as the potential partner in the deal. They currently have one location at 14th and Q NW, and are committed to building a strong biking community. Between these two great, small, DC homegrown businesses, what’s not to love? We will keep an eye on things as the lease has not been signed yet, but if all goes well, we may see these businesses as soon as this summer.