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From a press release:

Hyattsville’s newest studio space will host its first art show and grand opening at Vigilante Coffee 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, March 21 from 6PM – 10:30PM.

The event kicks off the curated Urban Canopy show, which will run from March 21 through June 20 and is open to the public. It is Studio SoHy’s first show, focusing on the interplay of nature and the urban environment.
The kick-off features art, music, and lively company.

From 6PM – 8PM, Hyattsville artists Chris Suspect, Kathleen Geldard, Bronwyn King, and Christine Monaco will be on hand to exhibit recent work as part of the studio’s Urban Canopy show.

From 8PM – 10:30PM, Wild Anacostias Brass Band will be playing two sets of Louisiana-inspired music. Light refreshments and food will be provided. Vigilante Coffee available for purchase. Donations welcome.

Located near Hyattsville’s thriving arts district and with easy access to Route 1, Studio SoHy is situated to draw a diverse crowd of creators and viewers. By expanding beyond just the visual arts, the studio will offer new opportunities for performance artists and musicians.
Studio SoHy focuses on local and regional artists, displaying their work in a dynamic space. Acting as both a gallery and an event space, Studio SoHy’s mission is to connect artists and audiences. A free exchange of ideas and easy access to artists supports increased collaboration and a vibrant artist community.

The studio is located in the same refurbished 1920s car dealership as Vigilante Coffee, a destination café in the DC Metro area. Building owner Daniel Simon worked with local artists to launch Studio SoHy in support of the local arts scene. The gallery is managed by Bronwyn King and Kathleen Geldard.”

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From a press release:

“Exposed DC is pleased to announce its 9th annual Exposed DC Photography Show at its new location, 1358 NE, from March 12 to April 11, 2015.

Our 42 winning photographs were chosen from a contest for their unique view of the Washington area – not as a political venue or tourist destination, but as a place where we live and work and love every day. Five of those photographs will be awarded our Best in Show award and $100 prize, each one chosen by a panel of distinguished metro-area editors and photojournalists.

The exhibit and opening reception will take over two floors at Capital Fringe’s brand new Trinidad headquarters. D.C.’s own Bluejacket Brewery will provide three of their original brews at an open bar; complimentary wine will also be available.

Tickets are $14 in advance, $20 at the door.

A full color Exhibition Magazine with the 2015 winners will be available for $10 at the opening, and online soon. The special issue 5th Anniversary Magazine from 2011 will also be available for $25. At the reception only, guests can purchase them together for $30.
Additional exhibit viewing days:

– Saturday, March 14, 4:30-7:30pm
– Friday, March 20, 6-8pm
– Saturday, March 28, 6-8pm
Closing reception: Saturday, April 11, 4-8pm, free admission.”

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1530 14th Street, NW

Congrats to Gallery Plan B on 10 years in Logan Circle:

“Gallery plan b will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary. A select group of artists that we have exhibited throughout the past 10 years will be presenting works that are 10” x 10” using their individual styles and techniques. Image above: the gallery as it appeared 10 years ago before 80 solo and group exhibitions graced the walls.

February 18 – March 22, 2015″

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3301 Massachusetts Ave, NW

One of the great things about living in DC.

Trees are Poems exhibition:

“The theme of this group exhibition is trees which are the key elements in landscape art. Four Finnish photo artists Kristoffer Albrecht, Taneli Eskola, Pentti Sammallahti and Ritva Kovalainen have chosen their favourites from their own works. These photographic works are combined with poetry.

The exhibition is not actually a cross section of trees as a motif in art, but the photo artists have approached the theme by stories and mood behind them. Trees can be seen not only an element of the landscape but also as a symbol of life and human existence.

The exhibition is open for public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
2/5/2015 – 3/1/2015

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3301 Georgia Avenue, NW

From Nekisha Durrett:

“Thanks to generous funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, my mural The Wait can now be viewed on the facade of Mothership Diner in DC. Please join me at Mothership Diner on Thursday, February 19th from 6-7PM to properly celebrate the mural. I will also screen a short documentary film that explores my piece, my creative process, and the ever changing neighborhood of Park View. I collaborated with the very talented and inspired local filmmaker, Lorie Shaull, to document the production of the mural and its community impact. She captured a splendid snapshot of Park View and my foray into public art. AND also on view will be several photographs by two of my photography students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Museum Studies program, Kenyssa Evans and Tayvon Taylor who signed on to further document the project.

Late notice, I know – but REALLY hope to see you THIS Thursday. It will also be one of the last times to enjoy this warm neighborhood haunt as, sadly, it will be closing its doors on Sunday, February 22nd.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From a press release:

“The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is soliciting proposals from local artists for artworks to be featured on District recycling trucks for an exciting new public art initiative called Designed to Recycle.

Designed to Recycle is a partnership with DCCAH and the Department of Public Works (DPW) that will transform recycling trucks into mobile public art works. Artworks will be printed on vinyl and wrapped onto recycling trucks that circulate through all eight wards of the District.

“The project offers District artists a truly unique canvas, while drawing attention to the importance of recycling,” says Edmund C. Fleet, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “For residents and visitors, Designed to Recycle animates the streets of DC with the vibrantly enhanced vehicles.”

Local artists can propose two-dimensional art that can be featured on the trucks. Up to 10 designs will be selected, and the artwork will be featured on recycling trucks for the duration of two years beginning in the spring of 2015. All District artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply. Each of the selected artists and or teams will be awarded one $2,500 honorarium for their design. The project will be launched this Earth Day, April 22. (more…)

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Awesome even in adversity, from the 2008 show.

Some very good scuttlebutt for Artomatic fans – I hear they are coming back to DC possibly this summer. I also hear it will be in a sweet downtown location. Knocking wood, knocking wood! Updates when more is known. For those not famililar with Artomatic:

“Artomatic is a month-long art festival in the DC area that is “by artists, for everyone.” Anyone can show art or perform, and it is absolutely free to attend. Often located in a former office building that’s slated for demolition, we’re currently looking for a site for 2014. In addition to floor after floor of art and performance stages, workshops, tours, seminars and other events are held all month long.

No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic.”

And it is awesome.