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“As part of the Annual Spring Open Studio Tour by the Gateway Arts District Prince George’s County, Otis Street Arts Project will open with a studio tour and our Grand Opening festivities.

As with all the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tours, there is a ton of great art to see, and fun artists to meet.

We will be open starting at Noon, then once the open studio tour ends at 5:00, join us in celebration of our grand opening. We’ll have Art, Projections, and a DJ.

Come out and see what’s going on!

Our Artists Include
Sean Hennessey
David Mordini
Gloria Chapa
Hebron Chism
Matthew Duffy
Alma Selimovic
Scott G. Brooks
Anne Smith

Our special guest artist exhibition series:
Cory Oberndorfer
Jeff Huntington
DJ New will be playing tracks.

Be sure to visit our neighbors:
The Washington Glass School
White Point Studios
Blue Door Studios
Orange Door Studios
Tanglewood Arts

3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 201712
otisstreetartsproject@gmail”

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I used to get asked about this airshaft like clockwork every six months. From Legacy.com:

“On Friday, April 24, 2015, exhibits designer and painter, Val E. Lewton died of cancer. Born in Santa Monica, California, son of movie producer Val Lewton, and Ruth Knapp, Val had a successful career in the Washington, DC art world. He spent 32 years at the Smithsonian Institution, designing hundreds of exhibits, including the award-winning Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibition. He retired as Chief of Design at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Val continued to design exhibits as a consultant, working with a variety of museums, most notably The Phillips Collection. An artist since childhood, for over 50 years Val was known for painting urban landscapes of DC. He exhibited in galleries and has work represented in museum collections. Val’s extensive photographs reflect historical changes in the neighborhoods around Gallery Place and his public art projects include the “trompe l’oeil” airshaft mural at 3rd St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Val was very active in supporting local arts including being president and founding member of The Studio Gallery. He penned illustrations for Smithsonian Magazine and published art critiques. He is well known for The Washington Review article, “Where Has All the Color Gone?” A dedicated runner, Val was president of the Beltway Striders. He ran over 20 marathons, including 8 Boston marathons. In his running career, Val’s best marathon time was 2 hours 43 minutes. A sailor since childhood, Val actively raced sail boats until the fall of 2014. Val is survived by his wife, Claudia Minicozzi, sons Christopher and Victor Lewton and their wives, stepchildren Bill, Alex and Regis Minicozzi and their spouses, and nine grandchildren. His marriage to Jean Kling ended in divorce. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at The Washington Ethical Society.”

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2608 Georgia Avenue, NW

From an email:

“May 2 – 31, 2015:
Ann-Marie VanTassell: NASCAR series
Gallery Hours: Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Artist Reception / Tailgate Party: Saturday, May 16, 12-5pm

Coming up in May, artist Ann-Marie VanTassell presents an installation that peers into the world of NASCAR – the largest spectator sport in America. In a style reminiscent of anthropological photographer, Catherine Opie, the artist presents portraits of the everyday people that bring the sport to life.

I photograph people that I think are fascinating. That is not to say my photographs do not say anything about me. Whether I admire my subjects for their beauty, character, or strength, something about who they are helps me discover something about myself.
-Ann-Marie VanTassell

Ann-Marie VanTassell is a Washington, D.C. based photographer, graduate of the Corcoran School of Art + Design with a BFA in photojournalism, and a current Resident Artist at Pleasant Plains Workshop. Join us for a tailgate party celebrating the exhibition at PPW on May 16th!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved to a new apartment in Logan Circle and have a strong desire to break my commitment issue-driven reputation for barren white walls that seem to be an ongoing motif. Looking for canvas or maybe something cool with wood or something, on the larger side, and would like to stay around $350. I finally saw a piece I liked that was $500 and might cave, but wondering where some good spots to find something local and affordable…which may be a laughable statement for anything in DC I understand!”

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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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Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

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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