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Dupont Underground has the potential to be truly epic. This new paint job/tease is already getting me psyched. For those not familiar – from their website:

“Mission
To revitalize the abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle for presenting, producing, and promoting cutting-edge arts, architecture, design, and creative endeavors.

Vision
To establish a cultural destination in the nation’s capital that partners with emerging voices in contemporary arts and architecture; encourages public participation, education, and engagement; and leverages development of the Dupont Underground as a catalytic force for the city in the 21st century.

The Dupont Underground is transforming a forgotten space beneath Washington, D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a cultural destination.

Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 s.f. of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.

In late 2014, the Dupont Underground signed a five-year lease with the District for the entire space. Now we are working to activate about one-third of it — the east platform, plus some of the tunnel space — to demonstrate what uses are best suited for the long-term buildout of all 75,000 s.f. Over the next five years we plan on activating the space in many ways:

art & design exhibitions
public arts performances
community events
educational events
pop-up retail & dining
creative economy incubators
demonstrations of emerging technologies
film shoots & commercial photography
rental space for private events

In addition, we will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop all 75,000 square feet as a mixed-use cultural destination. Our objectives for the space:

Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.”

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Across from the closing July 18th Books a Millon:

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1530 14th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we learned that Gallery Plan B had closed after 10 years in Logan Circle. Next up Gallery Neptune & Brown. From a press release:

“Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of gallery neptune & brown, located in the 14th Street Arts District of Washington, D.C.

The expansion of Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery to a satellite space on 14th Street provides the opportunity to exhibit more fine art to a different audience in the Washington, D.C. and tri-state area. This second location grants street level access, 13 foot ceilings and an additional 800 square feet – creating more space to broaden our offerings of modern and contemporary fine art. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for sending. Sad news. For those not familiar with Gallery Plan B:

“Plan b is a grass roots kind of operation and our mission is simple:

• present an eclectic mix of artwork from established and emerging artists
• cater to a diverse and growing audience of art buyers
• offer a casual and comfortable gallery space”

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From a press release:

“The NoMa Parks Foundation has selected the design concept for L Street, NE, the second underpass to be transformed with light and art in the NoMa neighborhood. Future Cities Lab will create an undulating light structure, ‘Lightweave,’ that will appear to float from the ceiling of the underpass. The installation will “peek out” onto L Street outside the underpass and beckon visitors to explore and linger in the beautifully transformed space. M.C. Dean will serve as contractor, and construction is expected to begin in late 2015. (more…)

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From a press release:

“Get ready for … you guessed it – Another Damn Craft Show!

Ladies and Gentlemen. Art Enables, DC’s renowned studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities, presents a brand-new, juried shopping experience. Introducing Another Damn Craft Show. The premise is pretty much self-explanatory – a collaboration of artisans with one simple mission: to celebrate the local DC arts-and-crafts scene. Oh. And sell some handmade stuff, too. Lots of it.

Please join us on Saturday, June 13th from 11AM – 4PM at the Art Enables’ studio at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE to experience 25 of the best crafters and artisans in the DC Metro area.

“Art Enables is the perfect space to offer an offbeat, upscale craft show full of the District’s coolest alt-crafters. Our show will offer 100% hand-crafted items, like bath & body products, letter-pressed cards, home décor, ceramics, monster illustrations, and work from the studio artists,” said Art Enables’ curator, Beth Baldwin. FREE for artists to participate and FREE for visitors to shop, Another Damn Craft Show showcases what DC is universally known for – alternative art at its best.”

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Ed. Note: Yes!!!

“I’ll be Your Mallard

An exhibition of photographs by Peter Dueker

Opening reception June 5th 6-9pm
3112 Mt Pleasant Street NW, 2nd Floor Washington DC 20010

Peter Dueker has been photographing notable ducks in the ponds, puddles, fountains and parks of Washington, D.C. since 2012.

Dueker’s distinctive large-scale photographs are powerful and deeply engaging depictions of the urban mallard.”

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From an email:

“Jesse Robinson is a metalsmith who uses the traditional blacksmithing way to produce unique art pieces made out of metal. Jesse’s work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, The James Renwick Alliance, a support group for the Renwick Gallery in DC and he has worked with several leading interior designers in the DC area. You can see more of his work at Robinson Forged Metals.

At the open house, Jesse we will be demoing on a forge how he crafts his work as well as displaying some of his latest work.

The 2014 Washington, DC Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band the Bumper Jacksons  will also be at the open house playing some of their new songs!
What: Robinson Forged Metals Open House
When: May 31, 12:00pm6:00pm
Where: 5530 Tuxedo Road, Hyattsville, MD 
RSVP: HERE

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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.”