The last ARTventures was a great success and this one is shaping up to be even better with many more art and dining participants.
For Martha Huizenga, photography started in 2004 when she made a conscious choice to leave corporate America and her 15-year career in telecommunications. She joined her husband as a partner in their own cottage industry, operating an ISP out of their row house on Capitol Hill. She added regular yoga to her passion for running and began volunteering in many community initiatives. She also took a photography class to further "expand her horizons." Since then Huizenga sees the world somewhat differently-figuratively by having added new dimensions to her lifestyle and literally through the lens of her father's old Pentax. Having lived in urban environments, Huizenga finds herself to the imagery found in nature.
Exhibit II: Guatemalan Light & Color
Artist: Marilyn Christiano
The textures, patterns and contrasts found in places near and far fascinate Marilyn Christiano, whose photographs often capture the magical interplay of light and shadow in sunrise and fog or the often-unobserved details in old buildings, landscapes and people as they go about their lives. When a photograph reveals the sense of a place, evokes a decisive moment, or elicits a "what is this?" response-these all add up to what Christiano considers a successful piece of work.
Metro Mutts: 508 H Street, NE
Bev Hollis is a contemporary, fine art pet photographer who specializes in dog and pet photography and animal portraits in northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC area. Jenna Isaacson is a photojournalist, stylist, crafter, camping enthusiast and proud Midwesterner. After working in the newspaper business for 10 years in Utah, Missouri and Florida, Isaacson moved to D.C. in 2009 and is a proud member of Capitol Hill-based Pitchfork Studio.
Adobe Design Center & Showroom: 654 H Street, NE
Exhibit: Where Art Meets Function
Artists: Various artists
Adobe Design Center & Showroom offers a unique collection of art, furniture, accessories, and unusual pieces, collected by owner Edith Buffalo, from all over the world. When asked about the combination of fine art and home furnishings in a recent DC Ladies interview, Buffalo responded "The marriage of art and furniture has been a very happy union. People get a chance to see how chair looks with art to the left or right of it or how a mirror or lamp looks in a particular setting. The greatest discovery is that the mat does not have to match the fabric."
From East City Art: "Color and Shape showcases Nancy Donnelly's elegant glass art and Jill Finsen's whimsically primitive paintings executed in oil paint. Fascination with texture as a component of color and shape is apparent in the work of both these artists. Allusive of the natural world, they are direct and accessible. Yet surface abstraction is paramount to the success of these art pieces-the texture of the glass complements layered textures in the paintings. These works complement each other and pull the exhibit in new and exciting visual directions. Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work and in this sense make each more complete." East City Art
Smith Commons 1245 H Street, NE
Exhibit: Live mural painting
Smith Commons just announced that in addition to participating in the Dine Around, they will participate in the Art Walk portion as well. The artist? Gaia. Up and down the NYC/Baltimore/DC circuit, Gaia’s art has made its mark in the mural community. Tomorrow, as part of ARTventures on H, Gaia strikes again at Smiths Commons, painting live for all participants to see.
Atlas Performing Arts Center: 1333 H Street, NE
Exhibit: Ten Miles Square Photography Exhibit
Artists: Amy Keys, Michael DuBois, Michael Galkovsky, Maria Helena Carey, Patrick Yuen, Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Angela Kleis, Brian Mosley, Karon Flage, Brett Davis, Kevin Harber
Part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival, this photography exhibit aims to tie together the diversity and dynamism of the performers on stage with the vibrancy of the neighborhood outside the Atlas. The featured photographers are the winners of Ten Miles Square's contest that challenging entrants to take on the ten square miles surrounding the Atlas neighborhood -- capturing connections, innovation, intersection of cultures, ages, races. Ten Miles Square is a venture to promote local photographers through independent, art supporting businesses, while also nurturing a new generation of collectors by offering real art at affordable prices.
SOVA Espresso & Wine: 1359 H Street, NE
Exhibit: Untitled Photography Exhibit
Artists: Students enrolled in the Critical Exposure program.
Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. Critical Exposure partners with community organizing and advocacy groups, youth organizations, and public schools around the country to teach our workshops on documentary photography and social advocacy and support campaigns for change.
Gallery OonH: 1354 H Street, NE
Exhibit: Facing H Street
Artists: Various artists from the collection of Dolly Vehlow and Steve Hessler
Facing H Street features portraits of the known and the unknown, interpreted through the lens of various outsider artists from the collection of Dolly Vehlow and Steve Hessler. In addition to the exhibition, GalleryOonH will debut the "H-Street-Piano" project and will be featuring an on-site caricaturist so you can leave with your own portrait.
Evolve Urban Arts Project: 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE
Artists: Iwan Bagus, Peter Karp, Micheline Klagsbrun, Trix Kuijper, Joyce McCarten, Langley Spurlock
Flights of Fancy: Elements of Surrealism features six talented artists from the Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle all of whom create works which embody or employ key elements of Surrealism.
G Fine Art Gallery: 1350 Florida Avenue, NE
Exhibit: The Adjacent Possible
Artist: Linn Meyers
Linn Meyers' drawings create a sense of unpredictable logic. Her lines whirl around into seemingly complicated compositions, the marks slip and shiver, turning into intricate waves that subsequently settle into shimmering eddies. At close proximity the marks vibrate against each other with a magnetic tension; with greater distance the drawings fold into a unified world, making references but never landing - hovering between place, time, object and experience. Meyers' site-specific wall drawings soar up over tall walls, cling to corners, and fill rooms. They demand on the spot improvisation and a blast of focused, sustained energy. And yet, despite this intense exertion, the works are generally temporary, lasting only a few weeks before being painted over. These works explore and embrace our complicated relationship with time and ephemerality.
Artist: Cordy Ryman
In Cordy Ryman's first solo exhibition with Conner Contemporary Art gallery, he presents a new series of playful works created with paint, wood, metal, Velcro and scraps recycled from his studio floor. Ryman, whose New York solo show was identified this fall as "one of the sleepers of the season" by Roberta Smith, is known for continuous experimentation in constructing, altering, and reconstructing painted geometric forms.