07/11/14 4:45pm

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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”

06/27/14 4:45pm

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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.”

06/27/14 12:45pm

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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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06/25/14 10:45am

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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…)

06/24/14 10:25am

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JBG’s Atlantic Plumbing Mixed-Use Development (photo courtesy of JBG)

From a press release:

“DC’s leading artist service organization and contemporary art presenter – announces that the organization will move to street-level office and gallery space in The JBG Companies’ Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development in the U Street Corridor cultural district. As WPA marks its 40-year anniversary milestone in 2015, the new space matches the forward-looking vision for the future of the organization with unprecedented opportunities to expand programming and increase impact within the Greater Washington area.

WPA will move into 1,500 square feet in the main Atlantic Plumbing building at 8th and V Streets NW – adjacent to the 9:30 Club, DC’s renowned music venue – by early fall of 2015, which coincides with the launch of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration.

“We are thrilled to offer our artists and the community a dedicated exhibition space. Combining WPA’s administrative offices with new galleries in such a visible, flexible, contemporary space will greatly enhance our programming capabilities,” said WPA Executive Director Lisa Gold. “We are imagining exciting new possibilities for our artists, partners, and supporters to experience art and engage in dialogue. And, as we approach this important anniversary milestone, this new space is a transformative step towards an illustrious future for WPA.”

The WPA space fronts 8th Street NW and will include a gallery to house exhibitions and events, staff offices, and retail space for original artists’ works. The space will operate Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. with occasional evening events.

“The U Street corridor is an ideal home for WPA, given its artistic spirit, history, and diversity,” said Kim Ward, chair of the WPA Board of Directors. “Since its founding, WPA has programmed and presented exhibitions in a variety of spaces – remaining versatile and responsive to the art of the times, while acting as a leader in creating partnerships with other arts organizations and institutions. We will continue to do that from a location that will provide a strong community hub for the arts with expanded room for programming and exhibitions.”

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8th and V St, NW June 2014

05/28/14 4:50pm

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Aether Art Projects at Delicious Spectacle:

Aether Art Projects at Delicious Spectacle
1366 Quincy St, NW, Washington, DC
May 30 – June 21

opening reception Friday, May 30, 7 – 10pm
performances Saturday, June 7, doors 7:30, performances 8pm
closing reception Thursday, June 19, 7 – 9pm

exhibiting artists: Megan Blafas, Rania Hassan, Matt Hollis, Leslie McConnaughey, Rene Medrano, Ziad Nagy, Cory Oberndorfer, John Paradiso, Jane Claire Remick, and Jade Yumang (Vancouver)
June 7 performances: Anya Liftig (NY), Matthew Ryan Rossetti (NY), Hoesy Corona (Baltimore)
curated by Eames Armstrong (more…)

05/16/14 4:50pm

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Thanks to Victoria for sending:

“This is a fun event – a great chance to see the work of local artists – much of which is even affordable!”

Here’s a PDF map and pamphlet:

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From Mid City Artists:

“Who are the Mid City Artists? They are a diverse and talented group of professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art and the Dupont/Logan neighborhoods of Washington DC that they call home.

Twice each year, the private studios of select member artists are open for visitors. Always the weekend before Memorial Day in the Spring and the weekend after Columbus Day in the Fall. Discover painting, photography, sculpture, glass, mixed media, prints and much more.

Enjoy a day touring with friends and observing the artistic process. Explore how artists have carved out their working spaces and build your collection from the connections that you make with these artists.

Where is Mid City? Host to some of the city’s hottest restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, interior design shops and fashion boutiques, the Mid City corridor is a thriving destination for the arts in DC. Roughly centered between Dupont Circle on the West and 9th Street NW to the East and stretching from U Street NW to L Street NW to the South, the area crosses a number of neighborhoods including Dupont, Shaw, and Logan . . .”

05/14/14 4:50pm

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From an email:

“What’s an Art Fight you ask? Featured in the pages of Wired, The Washington Post, and selected as a Hidden Gem by The Washingtonian, Super Art Fight pits two (or more) artists in a unique form of creative combat. Equal parts live drawing event, pro-wrestling and improv comedy, this over-the-top performance is not one to be missed. No two shows are alike! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll definitely have a good time.

The evening will be wrapped with a “Kapitol Kaiju” theme – given that the weekend features the cinematic return of a rather big lizard in movie theaters, Super Art Fight’s Black Cat Mainstage Debut will showcase some of the rosters biggest monsters…and biggest personalities. Event attendees will also be able to take photos in a fun Photo Booth, to remember the night for years to come.

Artists featured on the May 17th Super Art Fight card include Super Art Fight Champion Stompadon (a surreal dinosaur from beyond!), Krod (a crazed creature of unknown origin), the mild-mannered ape known as MeKonga, a lonely luchadore looking for love in El Russo Rojo, and the fan-favorite fashonista Baron Von Sexyful. All bouts are hosted by Super Art Fight co-hosts and commentators, Marty Day and Ross Nover, with live DJing by The Megadrives, and a live music set from Big Country Express.

Super Art Fight’s live event at the Black Cat is on Saturday, May 17th with doors at 9pm, with the show to start at 10pm. Tickets are just $15, and currently available at Ticketfly.com. The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, and can be found online at www.BlackCatDC.com.”