New Art Exhibits for Historic Anacostia

WI Web Staff Report | 8/3/2011, 10:26 p.m.

New art exhibits that highlight the talent of D.C.'s multifaceted Southeast community are set to open concurrently on Aug. 5 in historic Anacostia.

While local artists will explore and react to the cultural, social, and historical heritage of the neighborhood, the exhibits will also encompass the voices of a range of emerging to established artists and creative minds.

For the fifth year running, artists rooted in wards 7 and 8 will be featured in Honfleur Gallery's juried East of the River exhibit that includes photography and illustrations. Its opening reception takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday (Aug. 5).

Among the artists are Jonathan Edwards, who uses cartoon style illustrations to explore serious themes of contemporary urban African-American experience, Jon Malis, whose large-scale prints are based on his research in the medical archives of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, as well as Lark Catoe-Emerson and Deborah Terry whose abstract explorations in photography range from the intimacy of human skin to the landscape of the urban environment.

In addition, Marlon Norman, who first learned photography at Ward 8's ARCH Training Center, engages the natural world on a macro level, and poet and photographer Danielle Scruggs' studies of self-image in text and image round out the collection.

Each of the artists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges including Renee Stout (renowned D.C. artist),Stephen Bennett Phillips (Federal Reserve) and Susanna Raab (Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum).

East of the River runs through Sept. 9.

Also, (Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket, a collection of photographs taken in D.C. by poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis (author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc.), opens at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions on Aug. 5, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ellis, a D.C. native, began taking his camera to area Go-Go's while he was a percussionist in the Petworth Band in the 1980s. He portrays the lives of local legends like Chuck Brown and Little Benny with intimate respect and fascination.

(Un)lock it: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket will be open to the public through Oct. 7. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The exhibits which are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, are free to the public.

The closest metro is Anacostia (green line). For more information, visit: www.honfleurgallery.com and www.vividsolutionsdc.com