With summer fast approaching, countless artists and art lovers are preparing for shows, festivals, exhibits and any other artsy thing you can imagine!
One of our favorite curators, Brian Petro, is no different. Brian has put together a show of six DC based artists entitled “Colorful Summer.” Each artist present is from a different country, which brings an eclectic mix of abstract, vibrant art.
The show will be held at Coldwell Banker’s Art17 Gallery and will include the works of Fabiano Amin, Margret Kroyer, Ana Elisa Benavent, Lesley Clarke, Judy Giuliani and Emily Lane. Each piece exudes the feeling of a Washington DC summer, and the recognizable heat, humidity and color.
Not only is Brian Petro a fantastic curator, he is also a well-known DC and international artist. He is familiar around the Dupont and Logan Circle areas, so it’s likely you’ve seen him around. As an artist and curator, Brian makes it his mission to showcase unique and talented local artists at unique storefronts such as Avenue Settlement and Vastu.
The exhibit opens Thursday June 27, 6 to 8 pm 1606 17th Street NW. What a perfect welcome to the beginning of summer!
From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
A month-long show featuring 13 Mid City Artists opens Thursday, May 2 at Art17. The show highlights works by several Borderstan artists, including Scott Brooks, Michael Crossett, Gary Fisher, Sally Kauffman, Miguel Perez Lem, Eileen Lyons, Regina Miele, Lucinda Murphy, Brian Petro, Ron Riley, Marie Ringwald, Michael Torra and Robert Weiner.
Since Mid City Artists was founded in 2010, the group has exhibited and hosted open studios at Art17. The space, at Coldwell Banker Dupont, has been dedicated to displaying the art of DC artist for more than 10 years. Most recently, Kevin Duffie, who owns the real estate company’s 17th Street location, asked featured Mid City artist to be the curator of Art17.
While kicking of the spring art season at Art17 and the new collaboration between Michael Petro and Art17, the show also previews the Mid City Artists’ spring open studios. The upcoming open studios weekend will take place May 17-18 at the artists’ studios around Borderstan.
- What: Art17’s Spring Art Season show featuring Mid City Artists.
- When: Opening 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, May 2; exhibit on view throughout May.
- Where: Art17 at Coldwell Banker Dupont, 1606 17th Street NW.
Last Thursday, February 7, was the latest opening at Art17 at Coldwell Banker on 17th Street. This month, the work of local artist Amy Flatten will be featured. Flatten’s art brings the perfect amount of color to the white office walls and brick interior of the basement space.
Her works are extreme abstractions of every day reality. Flatten, a scientist, believes that her art is a way to use the part of her brain that she is not able to utilize at her day job; she expresses what she sees in her imagination through art.
Flatten’s works are slightly monochromatic with hints of color and lines to give some form to the objects that she attempts to recreate on canvas. Her color palettes are softer hues that are very tranquil — the colors lend nicely to the space. One work, in particular, that stands out is a piece on the second floor of the gallery. Its unique color palette and technique is unlike the rest of Flatten’s work.
Flatten says that her inspirations are every day objects and experiences. Color resonates well with her and translates on the canvas a very cohesive way.
Flatten’s work, which is ideal for an empty living room or office space, will be up through the end of the month at Art17.