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“Dear PoPville,

I think a local artist was either robbed, or their entire car was stolen, and it looks like the crooks dumped his or her work in our alley on the Hill. Lots of maps, some framed, like the one shown in the photo, all titled “Inside the Beltway” and then numerous painted works on small pieces of wood. Looks like Eastern Market vendor type work, but don’t recognize it. I’ve included a photo of the signature on the maps if anyone recognizes it. Hoping to get these back to the artist before they’re wrecked.

Anyone who knows who these may belong to can email me at hillresident123(at)gmail.com”

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1832 14th Street, NW

A liquor license placard has gone up for the space above Floors on 14th next to the new Amsterdam Falafel on 14th Street:

“Art Soiree House

Multi-Purpose Facility with Arts, Photo exhibits, Jazz and Piano music.  Light snacks will be provided such as hummus, pita bread and light hors d’oeuvres.”

Very excited to learn more about this! Back in the day this space was once planned for a spot called Local 14 and more recently was once a planned pizza restaurant by Edan Macquaid but has been vacant for years. It’s on 14th Street just south of T Street:

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Photo courtesy ArtJamz

From a press release:

“Washington DC-based paint and sip startup ArtJamz® is expanding and will open its second location this coming fall at The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. The ArtJamz Brookland Studio will occupy the corner unit of Studio 24 in Bozzuto’s new mixed use development immediately adjacent to the Brookland-CUA metro station. (more…)

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2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

From an email:

“Artists Off-Rhode
The Art of Ward 5 at Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC

July 12, 2014 through August 1, 2014

Opening Reception Saturday July 12th 1-4pm

Reception is open to the public and free of charge.

The creative climate in Ward 5 is growing. Recent developments in the arts include the opening of the Monroe Street and Off the Beaten Track Studios with the area ripe for continued growth from artists of all disciplines.

Join the Off-Rhode Gallery in celebrating community and the creative forces fueling our area’s development and see new work from a sampling of the artists found in Ward 5. Art Enables will be opening up their studio for the day to let you try your hand at painting and drawing to inspire more artists in Ward 5.

Events include:
Opening: Saturday, July 12, 1-4 pm: Meet the artists reception with sponsorship by &Pizza

Free Community Arts Workshop: Saturday, July 12, 1-4 pm: Art Enables hosts a free Second Saturday workshop every month and invites participants of all ages and abilities to join us for an open studio in July. A variety of different mediums will be available to try out!

All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Off Rhode Gallery at Art Enables
2204 Rhode Island Ave NE”

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Photo courtesy CityCenterDC

From a press release:

“Hines and Qatari Diar, developers of CityCenterDC, unveiled The Gateway at CityCenter, a groundbreaking three-plane, 25-foot high, 50-foot wide, ultra-high resolution, digital art feature that will serve as a focal point of CityCenterDC, the 10-acre mixed-use development located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital that is being transformed into a vibrant blend of residences, offices, shopping, restaurants, hotel and park.

Created by media artist David Niles, this cinematic digital art piece offers a dynamic visual experience that greets visitors entering CityCenterDC. The one-of-its kind feature will serve as a centerpiece of a coordinated open public space initiative that CityCenterDC brings to the community, which includes parks and green space throughout the development, along with engaging seasonal entertainment and programming.

The ultra-high resolution screens are fed by a content delivery system with artificial intelligence to generate short animated vignettes culled from a collection of original computer generated imagery (CGI) and live action. The high-definition static and moving images were shot exclusively by Niles Creative Group with five core themes: dance, architecture, illusion, space and water. The kinetic feature employs the next generation of LED technology to deliver stunning 3-D like images and its skillful integration of the horizontal ceiling display, coupled with the side-wall displays, creates an immersive, holistic impression for viewers.

The imagery selection is ever-changing and completely non-promotional, without ads or commercials. It includes everything from whimsical dancers to picturesque natural scenery and unique views taken from famous local landmarks such as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The content also can be customized to celebrate holiday and seasonal events throughout the year and are complemented by soft atmospheric music designed to enhance but not overpower the visuals.

The waterproof and energy-efficient screens will be active from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm daily; however, the state-of-the-art intelligence system is calibrated to create images that adhere to the “rhythm of the day,” with more vivid displays and activity during daylight hours and a more subdued tone in the evening. The screen views are also designed and programmed to not affect the retail tenants and residents of CityCenterDC.”

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1666 33rd Street, NW

From a press release:

All We Art, a venue specializing in contemporary Latin American artists working in a range of mediums, is pleased to introduce its public grand opening. Tierra de Gracia / Land of Grace: Venezuelan Contemporary Art will be on view beginning Friday, June 27, 2014, with a free, public reception from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The gallery is located at 1666 33rd Street, NW in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

All We Art’s founders are from Venezuela, so art lovers can expect a strong emphasis on artists and arts from that country. The opening group exhibition showcases artworks, in a variety of media, by artists Vivian Asapche, Alixia Alixia, Maria T. Aristeguieta, Ricardo Benaim, Antonio Briceno, Luis Brito, Reinaldo Certain, Matilde Cánepa González, Jesus Caviglia, Gaudi Esté, Takako Kodani, Pajaro, Marcos Pereira, Anrika Rupp, Lourdes Silva and Miguel VonDangel.

“With our passion for art and our love of Venezuela and its culture, it seems like a natural step to open the space with an exhibition focusing on the art of that country,” says Luisa Elena Vidaurre and Pablo Brito Altamira, co-founders. “We are excited to share with the Washington community the beautiful works we have discovered. It will truly be a worthwhile experience for any lover of art.”

The art space plans to hold future monthly shows featuring an international group of work with established names, as well as emerging artists, from Latin America. For more information about the gallery and the opening, please visit http://www.allweartstudio.com.”

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From current Capital Fringe home at 607 New York Ave, NW

From a CONNERSMITH gallery press release:

“Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith are pleased to announce they are seeking the next DC home for CONNERSMITH gallery and the (e)merge art fair office. Recently, Smith and Conner accepted an offer from the Capital Fringe Festival to purchase their art space in NE Washington, DC.

Smith and Conner moved their business from Dupont Circle NW to the Trinidad neighborhood in NE DC in 2007 when they purchased an auto body shop at 1358 and 1360 Florida Avenue, NE. The art entrepreneurs converted the two-story building and courtyard into an arts space at a time when the area was known for multiple homicides and police checkpoints.

In the renovated space, CONNERSMITH presented, free to the public, 56 solo exhibitions and 10 group shows of art by established, mid-career, and emerging artists, including Leo Villareal, Zoë Charlton, and Wilmer Wilson IV. A gallery hub formed with the arrival of neighboring galleries, demonstrating the transformative power of art within a resilient community. While based in Trinidad, CONNERSMITH supported its artists’ exhibitions in museums and biennials nationally and abroad and made over 32 presentations at international art fairs. In 2011, Smith and Conner launched (e)merge, DC’s own international contemporary art fair. (more…)