Exploring Local Talent at Salon Arlington

Last fall, I got an email from my friend Mike Chapman, who had just read a story in The Washington Post about monthly Salons being held in “young hipsters'” homes downtown that feature 10-minute snippets of art and performance.

Mike, who works for an art gallery and is surrounded by masterworks every day, figured we parental figures could do the same thing in Arlington.

Four months and four salons later, he’s introduced us to a wide array of local artists, musicians, jewelry designers, an author, and a comedian. Sure enough, most of them live right here in Arlington. And our mutual friend, Dawn Hart, offers up the space at her Village Sweet Bakery in Westover as the venue; she also provides plenty of tasty treats!

A recent Salon Arlington gathering at Village Sweet

A recent Salon Arlington gathering at Village Sweet

 

Mike Chapman, the organizer and emcee, announces each artist and performer.

Mike Chapman, the organizer and emcee, announces each artist and performer.

 

Bob Shellhouse (our older sons went to preschool together) and Lisa Culp-Neikirk of So Thens perform their original songs.

Bob Shellhouse (our older sons went to preschool together) and Lisa Culp-Neikirk of So Thens perform their original songs.

 

Greg Smith reads from his thriller novel, A Noble Cause. (I bought the book and couldn't put it down!)

Greg Smith reads from his thriller novel, A Noble Cause. (I bought the book and couldn’t put it down!)

 

Here’s some images of artwork that our local creatives have displayed, such as paintings, paper cuttings, and jewelry. The artists speak passionately about their work process and inspiration.

A necklace designed by Ruth Barzel

A necklace designed by Ruth Barzel

 

A nightlife painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

A nightlife painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

 

A light box illuminates the paper cutouts of Melanie Kehoss

A light box illuminates the paper cutouts of Melanie Kehoss

 

A collage of vintage newspaper clippings, photographs and postcards by Elisabeth Hudgins

A collage of vintage newspaper clippings, photographs and postcards by Elisabeth Hudgins

 

An abstract work by artist Bryan Jernigan

An abstract work by artist Bryan Jernigan

 

Bryan’s wife, Jules, is a jewelry designer who’s also presented her work at the Salon:

jules

 

The next Salon is scheduled for May — they are still finalizing the date. The tickets are $15. Currently, the group’s only Web presence is a private Facebook group, but just email Mike to get an invitation — see you there!

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