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DCAS’s Willow Street Gallery Solo Exhibition:  Precisely (out of place)  

Featuring Artist: Renee Regan

Exhibition Dates: August 1st – September 18th

Artists Reception: Saturday, August 6th from 6:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, September 18th at 2:00pm

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Interview with Eric Celarier

We spoke with the artist about his upcoming solo show Trash: Artwork by Eric Celarier at VisArts this Friday, July 22nd from 7-9pm.  Enjoy this insightful interview and upcoming show!

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You have an upcoming solo exhibition, Trash: Artwork by Eric Celarier,tell us more about your inspiration for the show?

Trash does not lie.  It can tell us, without passion or prejudice, what is ultimately important to us. The VisArts show combines my “Alternative Evolution” series (creatures made of garbage) and “Wasteland” series (circuit board tapestries).  Together I wanted to create a landscape of flora and fauna that describes human impact on the planet’s ecology.

As we change the environment, all animals must adapt to the shifting conditions.  Those that don’t will not survive, but those that do will have to become something new from the vestiges of it’s predecessors.  I see human beings as a pivotal animal in earth’s history.  With this exhibition, I wanted to imply that the earth is probably indelibly changed by our interaction with it. 

The VisArts show, “Trash” uses all the gallery space: floor, wall, and ceiling. Some sculptures crawl about the floor, while others soar between the pipes of the ceiling, while still others perch on the walls next to computer board quilts that recall some mossy form of vegetation. By placing a larger creature above the entrance to the exhibit, I hoped to extend the diorama into the lived space of the arts center.

Where and how did you select the material for Trash?

With the Alternative Evolution series, I always start with several aesthetically and structurally dominant articles of trash to which I will add more elements as the piece develops.  For example, with the Caput rubrum (red head), I found a steam cleaner, some bumpers, and hedge trimmer.  I fashioned skeletal foundation with steel to hold the first elements together.  As I worked I sewed various bottles and tubes to form the innards, while finally added wings of corrugated cardboard. 

With the Wasteland pieces, I juxtapose contrasting boards, with special attention paid to the color, texture, and direction of each element.  By adding leather to frame each piece, I warm, what would otherwise be a rather cold material.  

What impact do you hope to have on viewers?

We live in an era where easy answers to many of life’s challenges are hard to find.  I have no prescriptions for what I see as some of the greatest threats to our existence. Though this may seem grim, I am still hopeful.  I have always wanted my viewers to take a moment to think about his/her place in the world.

What steps can you recommend artists take to get a solo show?

It goes without saying that you must first create interesting work.  The more original/ different it is from what is offered around you, the more likely you are going to interest a curator. You need to build a history of showing your art, so applying to as many group shows that fit your oeuvre as you can is a must. The more people you know in the art world, the better.  Going to gallery shows and meeting the people who make, sell, and curate art can really help you find a space to show your work.

How does DCAS support you as an artist?

DCAS is an art community. That community can help sustain you in many ways.  There are times when only another art person will know and care enough to listen to you when things are going well/bad.  DCAS is also a resource for information about: new shows, venues opening and closing, where and how to acquire items, for learning to make or do new things, and for getting a new perspectives on your work.  DCAS is also a great value for the space.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio at DCAS?

I have made a special table to piece together my tapestries. When in use, it allows me to crawl safely under my work to sew the larger circuit board quilts together.  When not in use, I can store a great deal stuff on it.

 Collected and Layered/Reinventing Landscapes: Mei Mei Chang/Megan Maher/Rebecca Rivas­-Rogers

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Collected and Layered/Reinventing Landscapes: Mei Mei Chang, Megan Maher, and Rebecca Rivas‐Rogers explores landscape painting in the twenty‐first century. Contemporary understandings of the world we inhabit are described in their work. Embedding common objects and traditional materials,they create a fractured view of the areas we inhabit. These spaces express a porous boundary built between the physical and the internal. The land is only a jumping off point for experiencing our world.

Mei Mei Chang says, “I use topographical maps of the mind. My internal landscape has its own appearance, colors, attractions, and distractions.”

Megan Maher believes her work, “… takes advantage of our pervasive desire to make sense of the world around us. The affinity for interpreting abstract marks is intuitive, especially when context is limited or removed.”

Rebecca Rivas‐Rogers works with “… the edges of landscape; mundane places fleetingly experienced between other more substantive parts of our lives.”

These three artists use a variety of methods to open us to different perspectives of our present‐day surroundings. While we see these as physical, they are really manifestations of what we know, think, and feel.

The exhibition dates: June 11 ‐ July 24 at the Willow Street Gallery and is free and open to the public.

The opening reception: is Saturday, June 11 from 6 ‐ 8 pm.

Artist talk: Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 pm.

Mei Mei Chang will host her community event, Tales of the Untold, on Sundays from 11:00 am ‐ 1:00 pm during the exhibition at DCAS.

Willow Street Gallery: 6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20012. Takoma Park Metro

Gallery Hours Saturdays 12‐2pm and Sundays 11am‐3pm or by appointment.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH DOMINIE NASH

When and how did you first become interested in art?

My first career, as a social worker and sociologist, was not satisfying to me. While I never formally studied art, I had always had an interest in working with fabric and yarn. I started spending more time on these things and eventually realized that they could become a means of artistic expression, more than a hobby.

What techniques do you use?

I print fabric using many different processes, collage it, and stitch it together.

What drives your work?

A continuing interest in seeing what will happen if I try something new, put disparate things together, find something surprising and build on it, take an accident or mistake and make something good out of it. Curiosity is important.

What projects are you working on now that your solo show is up at Library Galley?

I’m working on some still life compositions using found domestic textiles as the foundation—this is presenting some interesting technical and compositional challenges. After that, who knows? It’s hard to start something new after finishing a lot of work for an exhibit.

Speaking of your solo show, how did you prepare for it?

Since the gallery wanted me to show the work I had included in my proposal , I gathered together those pieces and others that I thought would look good in the space and make a a cohesive statement.

What steps can you recommend artists take to get a solo show?

Look regularly at all the exhibit listings that can be found in publications and on the internet and make proposals to those galleries that seem to show work compatible with yours. Also look at the websites of places you’d like to show and see what their procedures and deadlines are. It’s a lot of work to put together proposals but the more you put in the better your chances of finding the right place. The best thing is to be invited to show, but we can’t count on that!

How does DCAS support you as an artist?

It provides me with good space to work in , and a community of artists to interact with.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio at DCAS?

Probably my big work table, 8 x 8 feet, where I print, lay out and cut fabric, measure work, do hand sewing,and try to keep tidy so I can actually work on it!

Where can we see more of your work, besides at Library Gallery?

I have a solo exhibit opening May 6-28th at Hillyer Art Space, which will feature new works incorporating collagraph prints and monotypes which have been collagfed and stitched. 

Where is your favorite place to see art in the DC Metro area?

The Phillips Collection and the Textile Museum.

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Willow Street Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Traversing Boundaries, an exhibition showcasing works by Becca Kallem and Casey Snyder.

The opening reception on Saturday, May 7th from 6:00-8:00pm will be held at Willow Street Gallery, DC Arts Studios, 6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20012.

Also enjoy Willow Street Gallery Artist Talk with Becca Kallem and Casey Snyder on Sunday, June 5th from 12:00-2:00pm at the gallery.Traversing Boundaries

 

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Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 11am-5pm

DC Arts Studios welcomes the public for our annual Spring Open Studios. Check out over 35 artist spaces, refreshments from local businesses, and a new show in our downstairs Willow Street Gallery, ReFresh: New work from DCAS.

Presented in partnership with Art Hop, a neighborhood-wide arts festival. Learn more at ArtHopTakoma.com

This event is free and handicapped accessible.

 

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Member Hilary Steel is showing at the 10th Annual Textile Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia.

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March 4, 2016 to April 16, 2016
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Snyderman-Works Gallery
303 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA
www.snyderman-works.com

Artist Talk with Gerhardt Knodel: Saturday, April 9th 2015 at 4:15pm.

 

 

 

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Check out the DC Independent Film Festival, running through March 13th!

 

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Member Sarah West is featured at two shows in the area:

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WCA & Target Gallery Present: Trending – Contemporary Art Now

January 23-February 28

Public Reception: Friday, February 5, 5:45 juror’s comments; reception 6 – 8 pm

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Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2016

Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Exhibition on view: January 15- February 26, 2016


 

 

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Come by DC Arts Studios this Saturday (January 16th) from 7pm-10pm for Infusion, a benefit art show for Art Options

Art Options is an arts-infused program that supports the development of vocational and social skills for people with disabilities ages 16 and older in Washington, DC.

$5 suggested donation, proceeds go to Art Options
Goodies from Takoma Park favorite, Mark’s Kitchen, will be served!


 

Member Nicole Salimbene is involved in three new shows:

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BENNETT PARK ART ATRIUM, ARLINGTON/ROSSLYN – VA

Saturday, January 16th – 2016

6:30-9pm


 

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JANUARY 6-30, 2016

STUDIO GALLERY
 2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008

First Friday Reception:
 JANUARY 8, 2016 6-8 PM

Opening Reception:
 SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2016, 6:30-9 PM


 

And at the 39th Street Corridor Gallery:

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39th Street Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday from 7-9PM and Saturday 12-3PM
 and by appointment, John Paradiso, Curator of Programs, 202-487-8458,
 www.39thstreetgallery.org, art programs@gatewaycdc.org

 


 

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Member Artist Exhibitions:

Photographers Sonnie Mason and Ed Savoir are hosting a show of black and white photography at our Willow Street Gallery on Sunday, December 6th, from noon to six.

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Stana Benesova Kimball has a piece in the Art League’s mini MAX 2015 exhibit:

  • Exhibit dates: November 5–December 1, 2015
  • Juror: Raye Leith, painter and professor at the University of Maryland
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Jenny Walton has work in two upcoming shows:

Artist and Maker’s Studios – These Go To Eleven
Friday, November 6, 2015  from  6:00 – 9:00 PM
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Curated by Stephen Boocks, “These Go To Eleven” features the works of Hsin-Hsi Chen, Sherill Anne Gross, Jay Hendrick, Karen Hubacher, Zofie Lang, Matthew Langley, Kathryn McDonnell, Marie Ringwald, Gail Vollrath, Jenny Walton and Alice Whealin in Artists & Makers Studios’ two main galleries.  Creating exceptional small work requires as much if not more effort than working in standard sizes.  Every mark is amplified and leaves little room for error.  The show’s title referencing This is Spinal Tap reinforces how the artists push our expectations within the confines of diminutive scale.

DCAC’s Nano Gallery- Singles Faire: Intimate Gestures
November 6 – January 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13 from 7-9 pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at  5 pm
2438 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Singles Faire is a body of work by artist Jenny Walton that repurposes instructional physical therapy diagrams to imagine narratives within attraction of the opposite sex.  The figures in the works take on new meanings when attention is given to the subtle interplay between postures – what was once a neutered illustration becomes a situation of potential intimacy with the opposite sex. The added layer of ambiguity from implied non-verbal communication between subjects opens the works to multiple interpretations ranging from attraction to repulsion.

The small paintings in Singles Faire: Intimate Gestures were created on New York City, Washington, DC transit fare cards, and paper ephemera. These bits of paper intensify metaphors of passage and journey from their original intentions as fare cards to works that develop layered meanings in body langauge.  A variety of techniques including media transfer, watercolor, and drawing were used to create these works into awkwardly humorous views into the lives of singles.


Member Eric Celarier was recently featured in City Paper’s write up of the CO-EXIST show at Otis Street Arts Project. Read the article then go check out the show, it’s up until Nov. 21!

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/…/co-exist-at-otis-stre…/


DC Arts Studios presents New Light, a juried show of DC Arts members curated by Damon Ahros.

Join us from 6-9pm for the opening reception in our new Willow Street Gallery space on the first floor. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.

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The definitions of the word “light” are numerous. Electromagnetic radiation. Dawn. Spiritual illumination. Enlightenment. Truth. As images inspired by these and other diverse interpretations, the artwork included in the DC Arts Studios exhibit, New Light, investigates our endlessly changing perceptions of depth, color and form. We exist in an age where technology continuously reinvents our understanding of the behavior of light. By continuing to explore its properties, these artists create abstract and representational forms that reinvent our visual sensations. Via intensity or absence, each artist demonstrates the power of luminosity to attract and engage. Further, each presents light within a present-day context, understanding both its historic legacy in art while celebrating its potential to inspire and inform. As such, these material interpretations are a renewal — a way to see the light anew.

Featured Artists: Jo Ann Block, Pam Eichner, Bradley Gay, Julie Koehler, Leslie Goldman, Sara Levy, Megan Maher, Jim Maio, William Mitchell, Craig Moran, Nikkia K. Redd, Maria Simonsson, Sarah West, Jordann Wine, Sean Yates


Jordann Wine - VIDA InviteDCAS Member Jordann Wine will be having a pop-up exhibit at Vida Fitness on Thursday, September 17th from 6 to 9pm. Check out more of Jordann’s work here.


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Exciting week for The Lab DC: They will be featured on Univision’s Buenos Dias DC TV show on Friday August 21st from 6am-7am. Then check out their summer breakin’ competition on Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm-3pm!


Casting Call

Stana Benesova Kimball’s work will be on display this month as part of an exhibition entitled Casting Call at Glen Echo Park’s Stone Tower Gallery. Show runs from August 2nd to August 30th, gallery hours are 12pm-6pm Saturdays and Sundays.


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DC Arts Studios, Studio space for artists and creative entrepreneurs in DC, will be creating a pop up art exhibition featuring 13 DCAS member artists!

Featured Artists include: Bradley Gay, Stana Kimball, Craig Moran, Billy Mitchell, Daniel Peebles, Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Pam Eichner, Martha Crawley, Leslie Goldman, Trevor Sitkoff, Katherine Tucker, Julie Koehler, and Jordann Wine.

For $10 donation, you get extended happy hour prices on food and drink! This lasts from 5pm-9pm and will definitely save you some $$ on a Friday night. The FULL $10 supports DCAS and its artists.

ALL artwork is available for sale and a portion of the sale goes to DCAS and the rest goes to the artist.

Friday, July 24, 5pm-9pm @ The Coupe

3415 11th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010

Buy tickets here


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Eric Celarier will be part of the group exhibition, Recompose, at the Black Rock Arts Center.

Exhibit on View: July 8 – August 1, 2015

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Meet the Artist Reception

Saturday, July 11, 2015

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

FREE

Followed by a Free Summer Outdoor Concert by Matuto at 7:00 p.m.

The work of member artist Dominie Nash is currently on view at Creative Crafts Council’s 30th Biennial Exhibition:
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Creative Crafts Council 30th Biennial Exhibition
June 6 –  July 26, 2015
Awards Reception: June 11, 2015
The Creative Crafts Council presents some of the finest craft in the Mid-Atlantic region at our 30th Biennial Exhibition. The juried exhibition, located at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, will be on display from June 6 to July 26, 2015. The public is cordially invited to meet the artists and jurors in person at the Opening Reception on June 11, 2015 from 7:00-9:00pm. Awards and prizes will be presented at the Opening Reception festivities.
Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD
Hours: Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat: 10am–4pm; Sun: 12–4pm; Wed: 10am–9pm
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Check out the new Jobs and Opportunities page:

DCAS is currently hiring for a part time Managing Director and Outreach Intern

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Classes (On Site at DC Arts Studios):

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Check out the full schedule of FALL CLASSES at Knock On Wood Tap Studio, starting on Thursday, September 4th: http://www.knockonwood.org/fall-session-2014/. Lots of classes for all ages: little kids (ages 4-10), TEENS, and adults. Beginners to Advanced. (6925 Willow Street NW DC)

THE LAB DC
Adult Breakin’ Program 
Monday’s & Thursday’s 7-8pm
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Adults will be in an 8 week program called “Take the first Step”
Meets once per week for 8 consecutive weeks.
Fee: $195.00
No dance experience needed
www.TheLabDC.com for details