What can be better than art? Well, a local art bazaar. ArtJamz, that wonderful and creative place, will be hosting an Artz Bazaar, Sunday, April 14, from noon to 4 pm at its studio. ArtJamz recently moved to a new location at 1728 Connecticut Avenue NW. They will be showcasing the works of local professional artists.
“ArtJamz is more than just painting and drinking; we’re here to support the Washington DC metro arts scene,” said Chief Creative Enabler Michael M. Clements. “We feel we can do that by giving our team of ArtJamz Creative Enablers as well as local artists a chance to showcase and sell their work at our Dupont Studio.”
Pieces are priced between $35 and $500, but the event is free. Come early and meet the artists, listen to the music, enjoy the wine and beer and buy art.
Back in January, ArtJamz announced it was moving from it’s current Connecticut Avenue location and sliding down a few doors to expand its studio and also to potentially offer new art classes.
Well the time has come — ArtJamz will open its new 1,900-square-foot split-level loft at 1728 Connecticut Avenue NW on Thursday, March 7. The new space will be open to the public seven days a week.
“We are staying in the neighborhood, which we are so psyched about,” ArtJamz Founder and “Chief Creative Enabler” Michael M. Clements told Borderstan back in January.
The new location will also have an expanded bar menu, a new merchandise line (designed by Clements’ wife Anchyi Wei) and crowd-sourced online art-classes.
With the crowd-sourced classes, any potential instructor can pitch his/her class concept to ArtJamz online. Successful proposals will be published in an online marketplace for three weeks, and if enough students sign up, the instructor will be paid to lead the class at ArtJamz. The online marketplace will be live in April.
The new hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 4 to 11:30 pm, Saturday from noon until midnight, and Sunday from noon until 8 pm.
ArtJamz, currently located at 1742 Connecticut Avenue NW, is gearing up for a move. But don’t worry, it’s only sliding a few doors down.
The freestyle paint party business signed a lease in December for the location of the former Kultura’s bookstore (1728 Connecticut Avenue NW) and plans to open there in March.
“We are staying in the neighborhood, which we are so psyched about,” said Michael Clements, the owner of ArtJamz, whose official title is “chief creative enabler.”
Clements is currently working on building out the new split-level space, and has big plans to expand ArtJamz’s offerings. In addition to holding its usual studio-based creative times, ArtJamz will also offer crowd-sourced art classes.
“Anyone who wants to teach a class can go onto the website and propose a class,” explains Clements. “If they reach the tipping point, they can teach it.”
Clements plans to host these classes on the top level of the new space, and have the ArtJamz studio on the bottom level.
ArtJamz will stay open at its current location through the end of February. Although the exact date of the new location’s opening has not been set, Clements says, “We’ll try not to skip a beat.”
It’s almost time to ring in the New Year!… But how? If you have yet to make plans for when the ball drops, there are plenty of ways to celebrate within the Borderstan borders. Here are just some ideas on what to do.
Where to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Borderstan
- ArtJamz Glitter Ball: ArtJamz is offering DC-ers a unique and creative way to celebrate the New Year with its Glitter Ball. The extravaganza features music, hors d’oeuvres, blank canvas and wall space for paintings and a midnight neon champagne toast with lots of – you guessed it – glitter. Tickets range from $60 to $70 and can be purchased online. The event will take place from 10 pm until 1 am at the ArtJamz Dupont Studio located at 1742 Connecticut Avenue NW.
- El Centro D.F.: Thinking of keeping it low-key, but still want some indulge in some good food and drink on New Year’s? El Centro (1819 14th Street NW) will have specials all day and night on December 31. From 11 am until 3 pm, the restaurant will feature a bottomless brunch (all you can eat and drink) for $35 per person. Then, starting at 5 pm, El Centro will host a three course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner, featuring a pre-dinner party, dinner and a DJ. For those who are less interested in food and more interested in a party, the rooftop gets going around 5 pm; there is no cover.
- Masa 14: Masa 14 (1825 14th Street NW) will also focus on entertaining with food this New Year’s Eve and will have two different dining and party options. From 5 until 9 pm, diners can choose three small plates and a dessert for $50 per person. Those looking to stay all night can choose three small plates, edamame, dessert and a drink for $70 per person. A DJ will provide the entertainment after 10 pm.
- Tropicalia: “From DC With Love” is how Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW) will celebrate New Year’s Eve. The groove and funk music venue will host Empresarios, the Fort Knox Five and a samba dance performance by Zezeh Brazil and her troupe. The first 100 people through the door will get a free Fort Knox Five CD as well as party favors, hats and noisemakers. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and admission includes three premium drink tickets. The event runs from 9 pm until 4 am. Advanced tickets cost $40, tickets at the door are $60. For more information, visit the website.
- 9:30 Club: The Drive By Truckers will take the stage at the 9:30 Club on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $55 and are available online. The music starts at 7 pm.
- MOVA Lounge: The countdown to the New Year at MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) will be one with the Divas; DJ Jason will keep everyone dancing. The first 100 people to RSVP will receive VIP entry and open bar from midnight to 1 am. Email infodc[AT]movalounge.com.
- The Brixton: “The Get Down: A Mod New Year’s Eve” is the name of the party. Tickets are $50 and are available online. The band US Royalty will be playing live and Baby Alcatraz will be spinning all night long.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
After first testing the waters as a pop-up venture, ArtJamz has signed papers at 1742 Connecticut Avenue NW in an 800-square-foot studio. They’ll open to the public on Friday, March 9.
ArtJamz will offer two price options for their combination of live music, painting and drinks: an all-inclusive one at $65 and a $45 pay-as-you-go option. Check out some pretty nice digs in the photos from NBC Washington. The studio launch sessions are also listed on their story, and run from 7 to 10 pm.
From Matty Rhoades
Ever Wonder About the Wonder Bread Building?
If you’ve walked by the vacant former Wonder Bread factory building at 641 S Street NW in Shaw, you’d have to wonder, “When will that get renovated and resold… as condos or something?” Greater Greater Washington gives you the history of the building as well as a look at the DC Preservation League, which recently held its 40th Anniversary gala at the site.
More on the Verizon Building Project
14th & You has more details on the recently announced PN Hoffman project for the Verizon building at the northwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW: “The biggest piece of news is that PN Hoffman acquired only the smaller south building for their project, not the larger building to the north.” Give it a read for all the details.
From Cecile Oreste of danceDC
ArtJamz hosted a session last Thursday and Friday at Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW. Borderstan reached out to Founder Michael M. Clements to learn more. For additional information about ArtJamz, visit their website.
Borderstan: How would you describe ArtJamz to someone who has never experienced it?
Clements: ArtJamz is a simple idea. We get anywhere from 15 to 50 people together to eat, drink and create. Each person gets an easel and paints, a canvas they get to paint and take home, and lots of wine, beer, good food and music. I can also tell you what ArtJamz ISN’T… it’s not a class. There is no structure. No teachers. People are encouraged to simply create. But our hosts are always around to give some inspiration.
See photos from last Thursday’s ArtJamz session at Lamont Bishop Gallery.
Borderstan: How did ArtJamz get started?
Clements: ArtJamz was the first project of my company Genki Media LLC. Our mission is to incubate creative businesses. In short, I was tired of the creative scene never being participatory. There was “the artist” and “the viewer” as if the creative community didn’t trust people in D.C. to be creative. They were essentially saying, “leave the creative stuff to us, you just come and watch, and if you can, please, buy something.” I wanted to flip the script and let the audience be the artist. Empower people to tap into their creative sides.
Borderstan: What makes the Shaw neighborhood one of the most creative corridors in D.C.?
Clements: It was really one of the first “off the grid” creative spots in D.C. It started with skaters squatting and creating “Fight Club” in Blagden Alley. One World Studio also in the alley is one of the few practice studios in D.C., and now Long View Gallery and Lamont Bishop Gallery are bringing cutting edge work, focusing on local artists. On the other side of the convention center, The Passenger and the Columbia Room are extremely creative F&B concepts, and RJ Cooper, previously of Vidalia, will be opening his boutique restaurant concept Rogue 24 soon in Blagden Alley.