— Dyana Forester (@DaOrganizer) March 21, 2016
Dozens of community members flocked to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts this morning to sing, chant and wave signs across from members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.
Westboro parishioners gathered in front of the school at 2501 11th St. NW earlier this morning to tell students “to fear God and keep His commandments.”
But dozens of counter-protestors — including D.C. councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and David Grosso — showed up in opposition of the notoriously anti-gay church. At one point, protestors broke out into “Amazing Grace” to drown out Westboro’s brand of “truth.”
Protestors holding vulgar signs will picket the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (2501 11th St. NW) and Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St. NW) on Monday at 7:30 a.m.
From Cecile Oreste at danceDC
For Mid City Artist Peter Alexander Romero, nature is the main focus of his sculptures and paintings. The colors and textures found in the ocean, mountains and rivers all provide inspiration to the Dominican Republic native. Although his Caribbean roots are a strong influence in his work, Romero cites his visits to Hawaii as one of his biggest sources of inspiration.
Whether Romero is painting landscapes of the Caribbean or Hawaiian Islands, he is sure to use a combination of bold colors. “I’m not a soft palette painter,” he said. “I’m into the expression that color has to offer. It makes the work more interesting and dynamic. Color, movement, texture — that’s what I live for.”
These three elements can also be found in his sculptures, which often depict fictional characters. These people come from Romero’s imagination and sometimes are based on strangers he sees on the street. All are given their own quirky twist.
“The more you look at human faces, the more you see their imperfections. I use that asymmetry in my sculpture,” he said.
In addition to the visual arts, Romero has a great appreciation for the performing arts – particularly dance. Before settling in DC, he had a successful career as a ballet dancer. An injury eventually prevented him from performing professionally, but he was able to share his experience as a ballet teacher at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Today, Romero continues to inspire students in the classroom as a ceramics teacher at the Fillmore Arts Center in Georgetown. He has also been an active member of Mid City Artists since the organization’s inception. For more information about Romero, visit www.romeroart.com.
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- Joren Lindholm: “Between Abstract and Representation”
- Dave Peterson’s Brand Mixes Graphics, Captions, Materials
- Glenn Fry’s Silkscreens: From the Fed to the Real World House
- No Regrets: Betsy Karasik’s Transition from Lawyer to Painter
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