by Borderstan.com April 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

WFP

Vastu is one of the businesses participating in this weekends event. (Eliza French)

Just as beautiful spring weather finally comes to DC, some local businesses are offering an opportunity for DC residents to make our indoor surroundings more beautiful, as well.

The third annual WFP Home and Design Weekend, hosted by Washington Fine Properties and DC Magazine, takes place on 14th and U Streets NW this Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14.

Retail stores and local art galleries will offer giveaways and host seminars and demos from experts in design and remodeling.

Customers at any of the participating stores can enter in a drawing for free gifts from the vendors, including gift cards of up to $300.

Color of the Year

The weekend highlights the Pantone 2013 color of the year, Emerald. Window displays at some of the participating businesses (Vastu, Foundry, Timothy Paul Bedding & Home, Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles, Miss Pixies Furnishing’s & Whatnot and Showroom 1412) are currently showcasing the color.

Seminars and Demonstrations

Seminars and demonstrations take place on Saturday, with one repeat session on Sunday at Room & Board with HGTV “Design Star” winner Danielle Colding. Other program highlights include a 3 pm session on Saturday at Urban Essentials on “overcoming the challenges of small sized spaces,” which sounds promising for Borderstan residents.

For those more interested in DIY renovations than the finer points of design, Capital Carpet LLC will host a demonstration on installing hardwood floors at 11 am on Saturday.

Visit the WFP Home and Design website for a full list of the businesses, details about the giveaways and a schedule of lectures and demonstrations.

Details

  • WhatWFP Home and Design Weekend.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 11 am to 6 pm both days.
  • Where: 14th Street and U Street corridors.

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by Borderstan.com December 20, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,027 0

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At Transformer: Armando Lopez-Bircann. (Courtesy of Transformer and Darren Santos)

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee@ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

This year was a successful year in the DC art world, but just as, if not more successful for the artists of our beloved Borderstan. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights and looking forward, places/people that we hope will repeat their success in 2013!

Contemporary Wing started this year off with bang and officially opened their 14th Street location. BRAVO! They opened the year with the Next Generation show, a collection of work by artists chosen by those artists that participated in the 30 Americans show at the Corcoran. It was an incredible first show for the gallery that took over the Irvine Contemporary space in the prime Logan Circle Location.

As we have previously reported, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty shook up the gallery scene by bringing art to the walls of their 14th Street office space. In 2012 the realty experts showcased three emerging artists; Joel D’Orazio, Blair Sutton and now featuring Mark Parascandola. They will continue to show artwork in the year to come and hope to engage the local community through art.

As in year’s past, the 17th Street Festival was full of some of the area’s most eager and talented artists. In addition to the live music, talent and the pet and kid zones, artists were once again given the chance to show their work in a fun and fresh way. Many local artists consider the festival a great opportunity to sell their affordable work. In its third year, the festival featured over 50 different artists, which we hope will continue to grow in the year to come.

Our favorite group of local artists that either live and/or work in Borderstan is the Mid City Artists. This year they hosted two very successful studio tours, giving the community an opportunity to travel to and browse the work of these incredible artists in their working space. The studios of these artists span the Borderstan region but it is well worth the walk. In addition to getting the opportunity to speak to these talented creatives, you never know what kind of hidden gems can be found in their studios.

“Call Collect” at Hamiltonian was a smashing success giving 100 artists a three week-long exhibition opportunity. Participating artists were pulled from throughout DC’s four corners and featured those chosen by the Hamiltonian’s most esteemed fellows. The show was capped off with the Call Collect Benefit, which auctioned off the work in the show, with the twist that you were allowed to select your work in the order in which you purchased your ticket. So creative (and successful)!

Last but certainly not least, Transformer was able to end their year with their annual live auction and benefit party. The event, hosted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, was a great accomplishment with over 160 artists participating and a party that was not to be missed. The true STAR of the show was performance artist, Armando López-Bircann, who shined brighter than any diamond in the room!

I certainly thank and applaud our Borderstan community for giving us so much to look at and experience in the last year. Here is to an even more successful and art filled 2013 ahead!

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by Borderstan.com July 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

“Tough Guys & Dames” by Brandon Hill at VeraCruz Gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

VeraCruz Gallery is a new addition to the art gallery scene in Borderstan at 2108 Vermont Avenue NW. The gallery has an ample exhibit space with small high tables around the edges of the gallery, which allow you to enjoy the art while chatting. You can also sit at the bar and listen to music.

Tonight’s opening reception from 5 pm to 2 am features artist Brandon Hill at VeraCruz. Also known as “The Babychicken,” Hill is showcasing a  collection of work that exudes a 1950’s/60’s, called “Tough Guys & Dames.” Tonight’s opening will have Jay Simon as DJ, a selection of Latin American beers, rums and tequilas and great tacos by Mama Chuy. The gallery is above Duffy’s Irish Pub on Vermont Avenue, just above V Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com August 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm 0

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What’s on exhibit this weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area? (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery on U Street has a 6 pm opening reception on Friday for “50 x 11 (51 Artists in FY 2011).” It is part of the DC Commission on the Arts 2011 Artist Fellowship Program, and the Visual Arts Exhibition is hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The gallery says that “the exhibition presents some of the District’s finest visual artists with the opportunity to display their work in hopes of being awarded the highly competitive Artist Fellowship grant for FY 2011 in the amount of $5,000 from the Commission.”

One exhibition closes this weekend. Saturday is the last day at Transformer on P Street NW for the second installment of “E7: Tetrad.”

Get the details about all the galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com June 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm 0

New exhibits at Irvine Contemporary and Hamiltonian Gallery this weekend. Closings at gallery plan b and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s a great weekend in the Logan-U Street area to take in new exhibits at art galleries, with two openings (and receptions) on the menu. Two exhibits also close this weekend, one of them an extension. Details below, with the full listing, are below the fold.

Openings

At Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street NW, “Picture Planes:” Robert Mellor and Alexa Meade & Gaia, “The Urban Romantic” opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 pm along with a book signing by Gaia.

At The Hamiltonian on U Street NW, “Private Practice: Bad Ideas, Dead Ideas and Guilty Pleasures” featuring multiple artists opens with a 7 to 9 pm reception on Saturday.

Closings

“How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street was extended another week and closes Saturday.

At gallery plan b, the last day is Sunday for “Works by Karen Hubacher” and “Works by Tory Cowles.”

See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com June 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Exhibits at Irvine Contemporary and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery close this Saturday, June 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s your last chance this weekend to catch exhibits that close Saturday at two Borderstan-area galleries: “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street; and Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be” at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street. In addition, Transformer Gallery on P Street continues its Sustainability Labs this weekend.

See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.

Galleries in Dupont-Logan-U Street

Gallery

Thursday
June 10

Friday
June 11

Saturday
June 12

Sunday
June 13

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St. NW
202-483-8600

Through June 12: “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich

11am-5pm

“How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich11am-5 pm “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich11am-3pm or by appointment Closed Sunday through Tuesday

gallery plan b

1530 14th St. NW
202-234-2711

Through June 20: “Works by Karen Hubacher” and
“Works by Tory Cowles”

noon to 7 pm or by appointment
“Works by Karen Hubacher” and
“Works by Tory Cowles”noon to 7 pm or by appointment
“Works by Karen Hubacher” and “Works by Tory Cowles”noon to 7 pm or by appointment “Works by Karen Hubacher” and
“Works by Tory Cowles”1-5  pm or by appointment

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Irvine Contemporary

1412 14th Street NW
202-332-8767

Through June 12:Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be”

11am-6pm

Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be”11am-6pm Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be”11am-6pm Closed Sunday and Monday

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. NW
202-518-9400

Through July 25: Robert Giard’s Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers”

10am-10pm

“Robert Giard’s Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers”10am-4pm Closed Saturdays “Robert Giard’s Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers”10am-10pm

{Cre8} SpaceStudio Gallery

1314 9th St. NW
202-489-9901

Curator’s Office

1515 14th St. NW
202-387-1008

Through June 26: Kathryn Cornelius: “The Feelings of What Happens”

12-6pm and by appointment

Kathryn Cornelius: “The Feelings of What Happens”12-6pm and by appointment Kathryn Cornelius: “The Feelings of What Happens”12-6pm and by appointment Closed Sunday through Tuesday

Project 4 Gallery

1353 U St. NW
202-232-4340

Through July 25:ART + SPACE is an “extensive art consulting service by Project 4 emphasizing trends in contemporary art and design” and features 18 artists.

12pm-6pm or by appointment

ART + SPACE12pm-6pm or by appointment ART + SPACE12pm-6pm or by appointment Closed Sunday through Tuesday

Transformer Gallery

1404 P St. NW
202-483-1102

Sustainability Lab at Transformer: “Lasting Impressions”1pm-7pm Sustainability Lab at Transformer: “10 Dance Moves for Washington, DC”1pm, 3pm, 5pm Sustainability Lab at Transformer: “Home Grown with Cynthia Connolly & Jeff Hnilicka”1pm-6pm

Hamiltonian Gallery

1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116

12-6 pm and by appointment 12-6 pm and by appointment 12-6 pm and by appointment Closed Sunday and Monday

Long View Gallery

1234 9th St. NW
202-232-4788

Through July 1:Anna U. Davis: “The Dance before the Kill”

11am to 6pm, and by appointment

Anna U. Davis: “The Dance before the Kill”11am to 6pm, and by appointment Anna U. Davis: “The Dance before the Kill”11am to 6pm, and by appointment Anna U. Davis: “The Dance before the Kill”Noon to 5pm, and by appointment

Closed Monday and Tuesday

 

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by Borderstan.com June 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm 1 Comment

There are new exhibits at Project 4 and Long View Galleries, an exhibit closes Saturday at Irvine Contemporary, and Transformer Gallery is back with more Sustainability Labs. (Luis Gomez Photos)

At local galleries this weekend… catch “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be” at 14th Street’s Irvine Contemporary before it closes on Saturday, June 5.

There are two new exhibits: “The Dance before the Kill” opened tonight (June 3) at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW… and ART + SPACE opens Saturday, June 5 with a reception at Project 4 on U Street NW.

Plus, Transformer Gallery is back up with more in its Sustainability Lab series.

See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com May 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm 0

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A new exhibit opened at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Bronfman Gallery on May 23. (Luis Gomez Photos)

No stomach for Memorial Day weekend traffic? If you are staying in town, check out a new exhibit that opened May 23 at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the DC Jewish Community Center: “Robert Giard’s Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers.” See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com May 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm 1,055 0

There are two new exhibits with opening receptions this weekend at galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. On Friday is the reception at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich; time is 6 to 8 pm.  On Saturday, there is a 7 to 9 pm reception for the works of Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Ho and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm 1,026 0

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery U Street NW Borderstan

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW. (Healing Arts Gallery)

If you are in the mood to take in an exhibit, remember that there are 10 galleries here in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

This weekend there are two new exhibits opening and three closing. New exhibits are at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street and Transformer on P Street. Exhibits closing are at the Bronfman Gallery at the DC Jewish Community Center… the Curator’s Office and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 24, 2010 at 7:00 am 0

Need a last-minute idea for the weekend?

The National Climate Rally is tomorrow (Sunday) on the National Mall from 11 am to 7 pm. Sponsored by the Earth Day Network, you can expect a lineup of notables at the podium. But, there is also music, with Sting the top act:

The Climate Rally will also feature live music from Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Jimmy Cliff, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Willie Colón, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Booker T, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

If you don’t want to deal with the crowds on the Mall, here are lists of art galleries and their exhibits… theaters with their shows… and venues with live music. Or, if you want to stay home, check out Alejandra’s recipe for strawberry mascarpone bars in the post below–rainy weather is predicted for the weekend.

Arts and Entertainment in Dupont-Logan-U Street

by Borderstan.com April 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm 1,009 0

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At the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. Details below. (Vincent Gallegos)

This is a weekly feature we started last week: a galleries listing for the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

If you want to head out on foot or take a quick taxi ride to catch and exhibit or gallery opening party, here are 10 places to visit–the list is right below the fold. (more…)

by Borderstan.com February 20, 2010 at 9:30 am 1,223 0

No Kings Artist Collective Activation 2719 dc art galleries

No Kings Collective opened on February 6 and “Activation 2719” runs through Saturday at 2719 13th Street NW. (nokingscollective.com)

“Activation 2719” opens this Saturday, February 20 at No Kings Collective, a new artist collective and gallery at 2719 13th Street NW. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. with live entertainment.

Get ongoing dates and times for the gallery at their Web site.

From No Kings: “Activation 2719 is a rare opportunity for the artist to curate themselves, with themes that reflect their own personal style and background. Artists were asked to produce ‘site specific’ small collections of work to best be reflective of what makes their work both current and cutting edge.

“The range of works, genres, and mediums within Activation 2719 are as diverse as the artist themselves. These artists are contemporary in their niche while also pushing boundaries in art, both local and nationally. The common thread of these artists is their instantly recognizable use of intense color and topics within in their works, from the dynamic clean duct tape works and installations of artist Bryan Rojsuontikul to the graphic pen style and social commentary seen within the work of Aniekan Udofia. Activation 2719 promises to be unforgettable merger of style and character. “

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