On June 9, an unconventional event took place at the Fillmore featuring music, food, drink and some great entertainment. In support of the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, many joined together to create a great fashion show combining the values of both art and fashion. New initiatives and aesthetics were explored with unexpected materials and interesting perspectives.
For the Juried show, many local artists as well as students from the Maryland Institute College of Art participated in pursuit of the idea of wearable art. The line featured some beautiful designs made from unusual materials, as one dress was made from about 5,000 coffee filters. Other clothing consisted of materials such as paper, crushed glass and bottle caps. These unconventional materials gave the designs great textures and the audience an unexpected surprise. It was both fresh and modern. The commitment and time the artists gave to their work also wowed the judges, who included previous stars from Project Runway. At the end of the show both a Juror’s choice and People’s choice was awarded.
Beyond entertainment, the great thing about this event is that it provided a great chance for art lovers to not only enjoy but also communicate. The audiences are free to meet the designers and judges, and also are free to bid for the dresses. The silent auction also offered some insight and opportunity to obtain some of the two dimensional art works from Pyramid Atlantic as well as from the Washington Printmakers Gallery. It’s wonderful to see so many art works appreciated outside of the conventional white-wall gallery setting. All and all, KiKi DC successfully brought together a community of fashion lovers, artists and designers for a fantastic and energetic night. Without a doubt, it’s an event no one should miss!
“Generations II” by Terry Svat
WPG member Terry Svat is the resident artist Iona Gallery this summer. Unfortunately, her meet the artist lunch has passed, but you can still see Terry or her work there at two special events next week. First, the Meet the Artists Reception, next Friday, July 12, 5-8 pm. Then, there is a special panel discussion “Art Cart: Saving the Legacy” on Thursday, September 12, at 2:00 pm. (You may remember us mentioning Art Cart before, a special collaborative project that assists elder artists in documenting their artwork.) If you can’t make those events, the exhibition is open Monday-Friday, 9-5 through September 27 at Iona, 4125 Albemarle St NW, W/DC 20016.
“Yellow Dog #1” by Ron Meick
In case you missed Sunday’s Washington Post, you can read Mark Jenkins’ review of Ron Meick’s solo show, Extraktions, at this link. We like that Mr. Jenkins thought “the skill with which [Ron] executes his prints is extraordinary,” we’d have to agree! You have until June 30 to see the exhibition.
The Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington is hosting a series of seminars in conjunction with the exhibition “Washington Art Matters” at the Katzen Art Center, which opens today. Throughout the exhibition, ADAGW is offering free seminars on collecting all types of art, from sculpture to photographs to (our favorite) works on paper. Though the events are free, they are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and reservations are suggested. The Works on Paper seminar kicks off the series on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 pm, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall (at American University’s Katzen Art Center). As an interesting side note-WPG member Clare Winslow’s father and grandmother both have paintings in the exhibit. You can find more details at the links above.
This is going to be one art-filled weekend! We have two events we want to spotlight, and hope that you’ll join:
Kiki DC-This fashion-show themed fundraiser benefits WPG, WPF, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and takes place tomorrow night–that’s Saturday, June 8–at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Doors open at 8 pm. WPG will be running the Silent Auction which includes great items such as one of the designer’s runway shoes, prints and artwork galore, and even a 1 week stay at a beach-house in Antigua! Get your tickets now!
Supernova Performance Art Festival-This unique festival runs all weekend, with performances starting tonight. Many of them are in Rosslyn’s public parks and spaces and free and open to the public. This festival is presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and produced by The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes, who also happens to be this year’s National Small Works juror. Tickets to special performances at Artisphere and the Big Bang Dance Party are also available through their website.
On June 12, 2013, AHCMC will launch Power2Give, a new fundraising platform to support arts and humanities projects in Montgomery County. Power2Give is already live in 14 communities across the country, and has raised over $2.2 million for cultural organizations of all different sorts. Power2Give offers a unique way to match local arts and cultural projects to individuals and businesses interested in making a difference in many different ways-one of the most exciting being matching funds, which means donations made through Power2Give go further! Our sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation, is excited to be a part of the introductory round. WPF has benefitted from both AHCMC’s and Power2Give’s extensive advice about building a successful fundraiser, how to market a good fundraising campaign, and again–given us access to matching funds! We hope you’ll check out this great program on June 12 and see what cultural projects in your community could use your help. Check back soon!
“Blue Pearls” by Clare Winslow, one of the prints up for action at Kiki DC!
Kiki DC is a night of food, drinks, art, and fashion–all benefiting Pyramid Atlantic’s children’s programs as well as Washington Printmakers Gallery. The main event is Off the Rack, a juried wearable art fashion show, with guest judges from Project Runway and other venues picking winners from area artists and designers. In addition to the fashion show, there will be a Silent Auction, with proceeds going towards Pyramid Atlantic and Washington Printmakers Gallery. You can see a preview of some of the artwork up for auction (with many opening bids under $100) at our website.
When does all this fun take place, you ask? In just over two weeks on Saturday, June 8, 8 pm, at the Fillmore Silver Spring. You can buy tickets directly at their website–VIP packages are still available!
Pyramid Atlantic founder Helen Frederick has curated the exhibition Noesis: 12 Printmakers Looking Intuitively at the World at the Cosmos Club. The Cosmos Club is a private club, but we did want to mention the exhibition because we saw so many familiar names, including current members Rosemary Cooley, Jenny Freestone, Trudi Y. Ludwig and Margaret Adams Parker. Additionally, we’re pleased to see former member Fleming Jeffries and WPG friends Elzbieta Sikorska as exhibitors. If you are a member of the Cosmos Club (or friends with one!), this exhibition will be up May 16-September 8.
This is only tangentially arts related, but often times the humanities, arts, and preservation all overlap so we wanted to mention this fun project. Partners in Preservation has $1 million in preservation grants to give away, via the generosity of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are 24 competing organizations–everything from Mt. Vernon to Dumbarton Oaks Park to the Greenbelt Theatre. You have been asked to vote (up to once a day) through May 10 for the historic place you think is most deserving of a grant. The winner is guaranteed their full grant request, and the rest of the money will be distributed to the other organizations at the recommendation of an advisory committee. Feel especially strong about a certain place? You can win it more points by using the site’s hashtag in a tweet or instagram. Check it out and vote today!
Former WPG intern Fawna Xiao just had Lost Land, her current show at Hillyer Art Space, reviewed by Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post. You can read the review at the link. Congrats, Fawna!