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1530 14th Street, NW

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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Rendering courtesy NoMa BID

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.”

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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!”