The good folks over at Catalyst Projects (located in Monroe Street Market’s Artwalk) always seem to have something new and interesting to see. Their latest exhibition is entitled Identimorph – Identity Portraits and runs from January 9th through February 1st, 2014. The opening reception for this show will be on Saturday January 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Here are the details from their press release:
Identimorph features portraits by two artists who transcend the visible and hint at the underlying psychology of the subject. Faces split into multiples, vibrating, morphing into other beings, or accompanied by symbols carrying hidden meaning – all these allude to different facets of a person. The result is a complex representation beyond the purely aesthetic.
Sharon Shapiro (VA) Shapiro’s portraits examine the human psyche by blurring boundaries “between the human and animal world, causing the viewer to question these borders – where they came from, why they’re important, and why trespasses upon them are both disturbing and compelling.” The result is an emotional characterization that portrays the inner struggle “between a person’s placid exterior and their churning, riotous core.”
Jessika Dene Tarr (MD) Tarr’s playfully dark portraits were inspired by 19th century German children’s book art. Using mixed media, she continues the narrative tradition by illustrating sometimes humorous and at other times apprehensive characters. Fluid lines add a “graphic aesthetic” to her pieces, in which Tarr “intends to remind the viewer that one can be inspired and intrigued by unhappy endings.”
Catalyst Projects’ 500+ square foot gallery and project space is located at Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, the center of a fast growing arts community. Gallery hours are Thursday thru Saturday, noon to 7 pm, and by appointment. Catalyst Projects is located at the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route. Street parking is available.
Catalyst Project’s mission is to present the DC arts community to the world beyond the DMV. By presenting arts programming with a focus on exchange, we hope to cross-pollinate with arts communities outside of the DC metro area. It is our goal to make contemporary art accessible through educational programs such as panel discussions, artist workshops, and contemporary art exhibitions.
Like it or not, no one can claim that our neighborhood isn’t changing rapidly. We learned this morning that Brookland won the City Paper’s Plexie Award for Most Transformed Neighborhood. The Monroe Street Market development, pictured above, is a big reason why. Here is the explanation behind the award:
It’s a hidden gem no longer. Brookland, with its quiet streets and gorgeous detached houses, was largely off of most Washingtonians’ radar, to the delight of residents who enjoyed its low housing prices and rents. Then came Monroe Street Market. The $200 million project, partly complete now, will include three buildings with more than 550 apartments, artist studios, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Busboys and Poets, and a restaurant from the owners of Meridian Pint—all on a formerly desolate patch of land right by the Brookland Metro station (technically on the Edgewood side of the tracks, but who’s nitpicking?). No wonder home prices in the neighborhood have already jumped, by various estimates, between 13 and 39 percent.
This Saturday there will be a great neighborhood event called Yelp’s Totally Bazaar. The bazaar will be from 12 pm – 4 pm, December 14th at the Arts Walk on Monroe Street Market and there will be lots of crafty, local vendors to shop from. In addition to that, there will be pop-up food vendors and artsy activities. For a full rundown of activities check out Yelp’s Totally Bazaar page here.
In addition to the shopping and good eats there will be all kinds of FREE cool holiday activities such as:
DIY S’mores bar
Massive cookie buffet
Manicure and Massage relaxation station by Manicures-N-Motion
Ornament making station
Strolling carolers courtesy of Dance Place
Ice sculpture demo by Maroulla
Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe Street NE (at 7th and Monroe Streets, NE). Here is a list of vendors and artists:
Instead of getting cabin fever, step out and check out the Jolly Lolly party at the banished? productions in Studio 27 at 716 Monroe St. NE. on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. From the Face Book event page:
We are ushering this year’s holiday jollies with the JOLLY LOLLY: a brunch-on-a-stick fiesta! It will be held at the banished? ARTillery (716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 27, Washington, DC), our new avant-pop multi-use arts space!
$10+ donations gets you warmed up with all sorts of sweet, savory and sensory Jollies on the menu, along with festive drinks, and who knows what other kinds of holiday hijinks, especially with our super-rad raffle prizes…
ALL ARE WECOME. RSVPs appreciated.
Little by the little, the 27 art studios that make up Arts Walk and form the bulk of the first floor retail level at Monroe Street Market’s Brookland Works building are starting to become occupied. Eric Hope from East City Art wrote up an excellent blog post about how the Arts Walk is galvanizing the art scene in our area by creating a diverse arts-based community. Now that this development is starting to take shape, there will be a Grand Opening event for the community to check out this exciting new feature in our backyard! From the Eventbrite site for this event:
Monroe Street Market presents Art in the Mix! An arts festival on October 26, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Brookland-CUA Metro. The afternoon will feature a Q&A and book signing with street style photographer The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman. Live music will be performed by The Deadmen and DJ Neekola. Explore the 27 artist studios along the Arts Walk as well as fun kidtivities, ArtJamz, and food trucks. Enjoy the pop-up beer garden brought to you by Washington City Paper and Meridian Pint.
Art on 8th, the excellent free arts series organized by the good folks at Dance Place is an “interactive music, dance and visual arts events for all ages and abilities”. Since June the events have brought live jazz, dance and crafts events to Monroe Street Market and other locations on 8th Street, NE. We think it is just fantastic! Anyway, we just wanted to remind you about the series in case you haven’t had the chance to check one out. Below are the events for October. The venues for these events are:
The Monroe Street Market stage is located at the end of the Arts Walk near the Metro by the Drew (Michigan Ave) Bridge
The Arts Plaza is the plaza located in front of Dance Place – 3225 8th St. NE
Studio 21 is one of the studios located on the Arts Walk that runs the length between Brookland Works Buildings, situated between Monroe and Michigan Aves, NE at 8th Street NE.
October 3-26 (Thurs and Fri: 5:30-8:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm): Dances with Light: Dance Photography by Enoch Chan and Paul Gordon Emerson at Studio 21. Opening Reception: October 3 at 6:00pm. (Studio 21.)
October 3 at 6:30pm: Polvo and Scree: Live Jazz
October 4 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros: Cuban Salsa
October 5 at 12:30pm: How to Photograph Your Kids: Family Photography workshop with Enoch Chan
October 10 at 6:30pm: Wendall Kimbrough: Acoustic Jazz
October 11 at 6:30pm: Ladies in Step: Percussive Dance and Drumming
October 12 at 12:30pm: How to Photograph Your Kids: Family Photography workshop with Enoch Chan
October 17 at 6:30pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz
October 18 at 5:30pm: Freddie Dunn and Carla Perlo: Live Jazz and participatory hooping
October 19 at 12:30pm: Preparing for a Photoshoot: Dancers’ Photography workshop with Enoch Chan
October 24 at 6:30pm: Vibe Collective: Afro-Cuban Improv Jazz
October 25 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros: Cuban Salsa
October 26 at 12:30pm: Take Your Camera Out of Auto: Adults’ Photography workshop with Enoch Chan
We are excited to share that the Brookland community will be able to start shopping at Analog, one of the first Studios of the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk, on Saturday September 7, at their grand opening. Analog is the collaboration between two great vintage-loving crafty startups, Beltway Vintage and Craftgasm. Beltway Vintage offers “the finest vintage for every day…You’ll find vintage clothing, vintage accessories, and vintage home decor items from the 1950s through the 1980s”. Very cool. Craftgasm “creates reclaimed paper goods with a sense of history using maps, found materials, & some snazzy vintage typewriters.” Sounds awesome! We are very excited about this unique venture and wish them the best of luck. Check out the grand opening press release below for details and see you at the grand opening!
Here is their press release with information about the artists and their work:
Analog opens at Monroe Street Market on September 7, 2013
Washington, DC (September 3, 2013) — The owners of Analog, a handmade and vintage shop, are pleased to announce the store’s grand opening on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from noon to 7 p.m. Analog, located at the new Monroe Street Market at Brookland Metro, features handmade stationery and paper craft items from Craftgasm alongside vintage clothing and accessories from Beltway Vintage, formerly known as Quarter Life.
Owners Melissa Esposito of Craftgasm and Lisa Rowan of Beltway Vintage are pleased to welcome shoppers who might have visited them at local markets and events throughout the Washington, D.C. region over the past few years. Their studio/shop space at Monroe Street Market provides space for Esposito to make art prints using recycled paper goods and for Rowan to design accessories from reclaimed fabric.
“Alongside our products and work space, we’ll have room to invite visitors into the shop for events and workshops,” Esposito explained. Esposito is planning mail-art and letter-writing workshops, while Rowan envisions vintage-themed socials and fashion history discussions.
Analog’s owners are thrilled to be a part of the Monroe Street Market community. “Each day we meet another artist who will be joining us,” Rowan said, “and each day we’re blown away not just by the talent that’s being collected here, but by the kindness and sense of community we’re feeling right away.”
A handmade and vintage shop by Craftgasm and Beltway Vintage