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SATURDAY – Open Studio for Anthony Dihle/Victory Dance Creative 2 Year Anniversary

July 28, 2017

You may recognize Anthony Dihle’s artwork from his neighborhood posters hanging in Walls of Books or in local farmers markets (40 different neighborhoods and counting!). Or remember his work for the Georgia Ave Winter Fest and Fall Fest posters. Now’s your chance to see where the magic happens at his 2 year anniversary celebration this Saturday evening:

DC Poster Project: Exhibit and Open Studio
This Saturday, July 29, 5-8 pm,
Edgewood Studios
703 Edgewood Street NE, #2, Washington, DC 20017
(Mess Hall Building—look for the door about 20 paces uphill from the Mess Hall sign)

The space is shared with two other fine young printmakers, Bethany Hansen and Chris Haughery. In addition, space of other artists who work out of the Edgewood Studios, one of the longest-running art studio spaces in DC.

There will be air conditioning and cold beer, soda, etc. About 8 minute walk from Rhode Island Ave Metro, and street parking should be plentiful.

Park View Fire Call Box Harps Get Spruced Up

May 15, 2017

(Top of fire call box harp at Warder and Otis)

Recently, the three remaining fire call box harps in the neighborhood were spruced up. Each of them was painted black with gold accents. I especially like how the neighborhood name was added to the top of each.

While there are only three of these in the neighborhood presently, there were at least twelve fire call stations in Park View at one time. Over the past decade, I know of two harps that were taken out by cars, and the call box harp at Princeton and Georgia was nearly lost in 2011 when DDOT removed it during street construction. I successfully advocated for the harp’s return specifically with the idea that it could be part of an art project along with the other harps.

The recent improvements to the call boxes really enhance the streetscape where they are located. Perhaps, eventually, we’ll be able to incorporate some small art or images where the call boxes were once located as well.

(The call box harp at Warder and Otis is one of three in the neighborhood that have recently been repainted.)

Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

January 24, 2017

The Walkway(The Walkway, and interactive art installation at the Reeves Center)

There is currently a public art exhibit on the corner of 14th and U streets in front of the Reeves Center. It is titled The Walkway and it is an interactive installation that is an exploration of human behavior towards others on city streets and in public spaces. The art space consists of a tunnel with each side showing faces and statements of interactions that have been experienced in public. Some of the experiences shared are positive — others are negative, harassing, or hostile.

What I like about the experience is that it makes one reflect upon their own experiences and interactions in public spaces. There is also an online component which allows anyone to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation. Through the portal, they are collecting information regarding words, phrases and gestures that are used in public spaces to address others. This is a study to explore what people consider to be respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions. While data collected will be used as part of an interactive exhibit, responses will be kept anonymous.

Below are a few more photos from my visit:

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Call For Artists to Participate in Historical Society of Washington’s 2017 For the Record Exhibition

January 12, 2017

For all the artists in our community, here is an opportunity to showcase your work and our greater community!

FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE: EXTENDED ***May 15, 2017***

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invites all artists residing in the Washington metropolitan area to enter its 2017 For the Record juried exhibition and fundraiser. All art work meeting exhibition guidelines will be considered.

OVERVIEW

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition in 2016.

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition in 2016.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C challenges local artists to create 2D artwork depicting a specific neighborhood in each of the city’s eight wards. Drawing upon For the Record’s successful 2015 and 2016 iterations, the Historical Society seeks to engage an even wider community of artists in this exciting exhibition and program. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society. The 2017 program and exhibition will document and feature:

Ward 1: Howard Town/Pleasant Plains
Ward 2: Burleith
Ward 3: Palisades
Ward 4: Shepherd Park
Ward 5: Ivy City
Ward 6: Buzzard Point
Ward 7: Kenilworth
Ward 8: Congress Heights

For the Record is an opportunity for people who live, work, and play in D.C. to capture and share the built environment and social fabric of these neighborhoods, and to portray Washington as it exists today.

Curators from local institutions will serve as jurors for the competition and chose the artworks that will comprise the exhibit. The selected works will be displayed in summer 2017. Up to five works may be chosen by the Collections Committee to become part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 photographs and top 3 non-photographs; an additional prize will be given to the work deemed Best Overall. New this year, the Best in Ward prize will be given to the artist whose work is chosen as the best piece representing each specific ward.

Award recipients and artwork chosen for the permanent collection will be announced during the reception. (more…)

See/Change Video Installation Closes

November 22, 2016

The See/Change video installation along Georgia Avenue came to a close along with the end of FotoWeekDC. Yet, in the week residents and visitors of Georgia Avenue were able to enjoy it, it brightened our lives and highlighted the diversity, faces, and stories of the community. It also received some notable press taking our community to a much broader audience than just the stretch of road between Florida Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue — such as the article Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye to Eye written by Jessica Leigh Hester in CityLab.

Below is a short video that gives an idea of what viewing the installation was like. The full video is much longer than this clip. It is my hope that we can find a permanent location for the installation within the community.

New Temporary Video Art Now on Georgia Avenue

November 14, 2016

img_1832-2Saturday kicked off a week-long video installation on Georgia Avenue by local artist Philippa Hughes. The project is called SEE/CHANGE which is composed of video portraits of residents and business owners who live and work along Lower Georgia Avenue. The video will be projected from within vacant and other spaces and on the sides of buildings along the corridor each night. According to Philippa Hughes, “commuters and pedestrians will see that they are passing through a thriving and diverse community. Video stories told by residents about their neighborhood will be posted online at seechangedc.com.”

In addition to the video, there will be A community discussion: “What are the changes you see?” tonight from 6:30 to 8 pm at Walls of Books (3325 Georgia); an art workshop called “Welcome to Washington” on Satruday, November 19th; and a Closing party also on the 19th at Midlands (3333 Georgia) beginning at 5:30 pm.

This project is part of a creative placemaking project supported by the DC Office of Planning.

img_1831(Philippa Hughes at the SEE/CHANGE kickoff at Tchoup (3301 Georgia Avenue))

The map below shows the locations of where the videos will be located.

Local Artists Shown at Bloombars

November 3, 2016

I know we have a lot of art lovers in the community, so I wanted to make sure people now about a show opening at Bloombars on Saturday, Nov. 5th. The flyer is below, and several of the artists are local to the community. It should be a nice way to spend an evening.

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