Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley
I’ve got a crowd source question. There’s an older black gentlemen that I’ve seen a half dozen times sitting in the middle of the lower level of the l’enfant plaza metro station. He’s always working away creating absolutley incredible black and white scetches on a large surface (please forgive my complete lack of knowledge about art related terminology). I have seen small photos of the subject (usually pets or people) in the corner that he uses to create the beautiful sketch. I can only assume he’s down there soliciting from metro riders and creating a custom works of art for a fee.
I’ve been looking for him for a while and found him in his usual spot today, but he had drawn a large crowd and I was in a rush to get home and walk the dog. I did see him hand a business card to a kid so I’m hoping someone out there has his contact information. I’d love to commission a picture or two so if anyone knows how to make that happen without spending all day scouring metro stations I’d really appreciate it! His stuff looks so good I’ve gotten goosebumps looking at somebody else’s dog!”
Photo by @jasonabowers
From an email:
“Laissez-fair: A “Natural” Wine Social
June 30th, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1402 H St. NE
Laissez-faire (/ˌlesāˈfer/); from French: laissez faire, lit. ‘let do’, a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.
‘Natural wine’ is the new hotness. What is it? Why does it matter? Laissez-fair is your chance to sample and get some knowledge dropped about high-quality, low-intervention wine!
We’ll have viticulturists, sommeliers, and other wine professionals giving talks, and hanging out to answer questions. Additionally, you’ll get to enjoy the final weekend of “Congruent”, a pop-up art gallery from No Kings Collective. (more…)
Thanks to Kate for sending from Connecticut Ave in Kalorama.
The Post reported:
“First lady Melania Trump appeared before cameras Wednesday, accompanying her husband, President Trump, at a briefing on hurricane season preparedness at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — a seemingly routine event that wouldn’t normally be newsworthy.”
811 Florida Ave, NW
So to be honest, I was surprised how viral the post about The Phillips Collection being free for those under this 30 summer was – so you like art? I like art too – so let’s talk art!! Where are your favorite spots to soak some in? I noticed this new Gallery was coming to Florida Ave – so I’d be interested to know, in addition to favorite museums, are there any galleries you like to check out from time to time too?
galeria love coming soon
looking east on Florida Ave
Photos courtesy DPR
From the Department of Parks and Recreation:
“Visual artist Kiril Jeliazkov and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) unveiled “The Orange Step,” a one of a kind open air art installation consisting of 128 individual canvases, each 22 feet high and 11 feet wide at DPR’s Rose Park in Georgetown [26th and O Streets, NW.] The exhibit will run through June 7. (more…)
For the past two nights, I’ve seen this light sculpture (?) atop some apartment or condo building on 16th St NW, north of The Chastleton and across the street-ish from the Scottish Rite Temple. The pictures don’t exactly do it justice; it’s a curved green neon rod with a red bit at the bottom. It sure wasn’t there Monday or Tuesday nights, at least that I know of. It seems to go on around 9:30 pm and goes off maybe about 11 pm. Could you help figure out what the deal is with it?”
“Ways Things Grow” Glass, Steel, LED. Located at 835 25th St NW by Sean Hennessey for the Arts in Foggy Bottom Invitational Sculpture Walk
Saturday at 4 PM – 6 PM
842 New Hampshire Ave, NW
ABSENCE & PRESENCE, the 2018 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial
Co-curated by Helen Frederick and Peter Winant
April 28-October 27, 2018 (free and open to the public)
** OPENING DAY CURATOR-LED TOUR: Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. (Tour starting point: 842 New Hampshire Ave. NW – look for the yellow house!)
** RECEPTION: Watergate Gallery & Frame Design at 5:30 p.m. The reception will feature works by select Absence & Presence artists.
Washington’s award-winning public art biennial is back and you are invited to our FREE opening day tour and reception! Arts in Foggy Bottom is proud to present Absence & Presence, the sixth Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, from Saturday, April 28 through Saturday, October 27. (more…)
Thanks to a reader for sending:
“Someone had a little fun with the hubcap graveyard that is Piney Branch Pkwy – taken during my morning commute today. Forgot to note I was in the line of standstill cars waiting to enter Beach drive NW – no texting/photographing and driving here!”
1611 Benning Road, NE
Thanks to Stephanie for sending. CARNE y ARENA’s website says:
“Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts from Central American and Mexican refugees, CARNE y ARENA blurs and binds together the superficial lines between subject and bystander, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and live a fragment of a refugee’s personal journey. Awarded a special Oscar last year, CARNE y ARENA is a six-and-a-half- minute solo experience that employs state-of-the-art technology to create a multi-narrative space with human characters. The project reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and three-time Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, alongside producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB. (more…)
17th and H Street, NW
Thanks to Jess for sending:
“Just walked past this on 17th. Hard to get a good pic because of the window washing. Thought it was an interesting location – maybe someone knows why there.”
It’s the “six large-scale works from the Burning Man celebration” from “Streets in Renwick Gallery’s First-ever Outdoor Extension”!!
The six installations include activations of Pennsylvania Avenue west of the White House and major corridors such as Connecticut Avenue. Jack Champion’s giant bronze crow sculptures will inhabit Murrow Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street, NW, while Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson’s “Ursa Major,” a 14-foot-tall bear sculpture crafted from 170,000 shining pennies will reside at 19th and I Streets, NW. HYBYCOZO’s (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu) perforated steel sculpture entitled “Golden Spike,” will light up Connecticut Avenue at K Street, NW, and Laura Kimpton’s 20-foot long steel “XOXO” installation, made together with Jeff Schomberg, will meet daily commuters at the Farragut West Metro station entrance at 18th and I Streets, NW. Mischell Riley’s five-ton cast cement bust, “Maya’s Mind,” pays homage to Maya Angelou and will be installed on 17th Street between H and I Streets, NW, and Kate Raudenbush’s luminous 23-foot tall laser cut steel sculpture, “Future’s Past,” will captivate passersby near Monroe Park, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 21st Street, NW.
More background here.