The time has come again for the MidCity Artists Open Studios!
Click the link below for a map of this weekends’ participants:
And if you have a smartphone, click here or the main image above for a mobile-friendly app.
It’s that time of the season again for the Fall Open Studios hosted by the Mid City Artists. This is a great opportunity to support local art and visit various artists in their own studios.
Here at Vastu we have artists Colin Winterbottom and Brian Petro. You can visit their studios (located in our lower showroom) from 12pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, October 13th and 12pm to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 14th.
Vastu will be open on Saturday, October 13th from 11am-7pm and Sunday, October 14th from 12pm-5pm.
We have a new art exhibit up on the walls of the Vastu showroom. This collection of abstract paintings comes from local Virginia artist, M. Jane Johnson.
Her bold, high-energy paintings are very representational of her physical painting style. Poured paint, thrown paint, loose juicy drips, and bold scribble line work are all elements you’ll find in her work alongside collage and multiple mediums including oil sticks, charcoal, acrylic, and oil.
- We Are Only Flesh and Bone
- Shenandoah Valley
- Vintage Vines
- City Hussle
“When working on a piece, I am drawn to developing the canvas to find a story within the canvas and to build the surface. I want the viewer to stand back and take in the whole image as well as on a more intimate level where the surface reveals hidden treasures of texture and layering. There are many layers in each piece from acrylic, collage, oil, and various drawing implements. The image is developed with a play of the build-up of transparent and opaque to give it a surface tension that pulls the viewer in and out of the picture. Drips glazed over, palette knives of paint, artful papers, all make my work have its own unique surface. The work and process is similar to what Renoir’s son once said about his father’s work. ‘He was very careful to keep an impression of transparency in his picture throughout the different phases of the work … he worked on the whole surface of his canvas [and] the motif gradually emerged from the seeming confusion, with each brushstroke.’”
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 24th, 2012 – November 18th, 2012
A press release recently went out about this fun event held twice a year:
“Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 19 and 20 when twenty-one artists who are part of the “Mid City Artists” collaborative, will open their studio doors as part of The Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios Tour. This bi-annual event in DC’s “Mid-City” – in and around the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods – offers a special opportunity for art-lovers to take a peek into the artists’ creative process, connect personally with artists and learn more about how and where they make art, and purchase art as well. The participating artists represent a great diversity of work, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media.”
Here at Vastu, we’re pleased to house studios for Mid City Artists Brian Petro and Colin Winterbottom, the former of which has a show currently hanging in our showroom.
So come out this weekend, explore the neighborhood and meet and support some local artists!
Vastu will be open on Saturday, May 19th from 11am-7pm and Sunday, May 20th from 12pm-5pm.
Next Thursday, April 5th, at 5pm we’ll be hosting an informal meet-and-greet with photographer, and current Vastu exhibitor, Cassidy DuHon! Come out, get to know the man behind the work and support another fabulous local artist!
Meet & Greet with artist Cassidy DuHon
1829 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
If you’d like, RSVP to this event on our Facebook Page!
While we’ve loved having Allen Russ’s work from City of Trees on display, we’re excited to welcome a new show from photographer Cassidy DuHon.
DuHon is an artist from DC who specializes in wedding photography and has been featured in The Knot Magazine as well as Time Out New York, Modern Luxury, Wedding Bee and District Weddings.
Regarding his work on exhibit at Vastu:
Between the eclectic and the excessive lie the recorded travels of Cassidy DuHon. Be it a blur of gothic Europe or a granular analysis of American overindulgence, Cassidy juxtaposes realistic photographic testimony with his own humorous suggestion. Landscapes and details are captured just as they were absorbed, some startlingly accurately and others animated in caricature. A series of giclée photographic prints gives voice to the split-second vulnerability of the unexplored and narrates Cassidy’s travels in technicolor commentary.
Check out some of his pieces you’ll be able to see (and purchase) here in the showroom!
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 26th, 2012 – May 10th, 2012
Please join us at Vastu, March 8th at 5:30pm, for a gallery talk with Allen Russ.
His work, City of Trees, is currently on exhibit and was recently featured by NBC 4 Washington whose coverage can be seen here: “City of Trees” Featured on NBC 4.
Allen will be discussing the goals of the project and how he has created many of his evocative large-scale photographs of our Capital’s natural treasures.
Over the weekend we had a new art exhibit go up called “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC” from DC-based photographer Allen Russ.
Allen Russ on the series:
“This is an ongoing book project of landscape photography focusing on the trees of Washington DC. I am working on this project in conjunction with the Trust for the National Mall. For the next several years, I will be adding photographs as I create them.”
As you may recall, Allen has exhibited at Vastu before back in 2010 as part of a $500 or Less art show and was even interviewed, at the time, by Cecile Oreste from Borderstan.
About his work:
“I would characterize my work as equal parts science and art. Often when I conceive of a photograph, so much of my intent is to capture some biological, chemical and physical symptom of the effects of time on my subject as well as the geometry of the subject and the scene of which it is a part.
It is often the case that I manufacture or manipulate my subject over weeks and months. Treating it chemically or simply leaving it to be affected by weathering. Although, many of my subjects are man-made relics of the industrial era, I am primarily photographing nature.
I am trying to capture not just the symptoms of time, but the actual passage of it. This means that I spend the time around many of my photographs under long exposure conditions trying to contain 30+ minutes on a single piece of film.”
Allen Russ exhibit, “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC”
1829 14th St. NW / Washington, DC 20009
January 30, 2012 – March 25, 2012
Who are the Midcity Artists?
They are a diverse and talented group of around 40 professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art and the Dupont/Logan neighborhoods in the city they call home.
What is Open Studios?
Open Studios is a bi-annual event that allows the public to see where the artists based in the Midcity neighborhood create and get first-hand look at their most current work. This year’s Fall Open Studios event is Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd.
Click here to download the map to start planning your walking tour of the various studios.
To keep up with Midcity Artists, check out their Facebook page
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