Art is Everywhere in DC

It seems that I’ve been getting emails almost daily about another cool art exhibit or collection around town, so I’ve just gotta share:


This unjuried show of visual, video and performing art starts in Crystal City TODAY (March 24) and extends through May 6—it’s free!

“Tears of Gold” in acrylic spray-paint soap by Fritz Schaper, @schaperart on Twitter.

I found the above artwork (amazing) on the #artomatic2017 hashtag on Twitter — follow that to get a good taste of what’s there.

Artists & Makers Studios:

This Rockville gallery’s founder and executive director, Judith HeartSong, send me an email about a new artist, Susan Shalowitz, who just graduated from a three-year master artist program. Her paintings of the ocean remind me of many fond years we spent at the beach in Fenwick Island, Del.


Maryanne Pollock:

I’ve always loved Maryanne’s art. I follow her on Facebook and Instagram, where she’s announced an open house at her Adams Morgan this Sunday (March 26), from 2-5 pm. Contact her for details.



Lisa Tureson:

Lisa’s another longtime favorite of mine. Her colorful, abstract artwork graces everything from canvases to tabletops. Her latest collection, Scribbles, is inspired from a recent trip to Copenhagen, where she saw this artfully graffitied wall:

That image turned into a collection of mixed-media works that incorporate plaster, acrylics, ink, spray paint and paper:

These works are on display at the Touchstone Gallery downtown through April 2, and there’s a reception there this Sunday from 2-4 pm, Lisa will be on hand to talk about her work. Here’s a taste, from the Touchstone’s blog post on her.


Transformer Flat Files:

For those of you who don’t have tens of thousands of dollars (or more) to collect precious art, the Flat Files at Transformer’s gallery are for you. You can shop for works under $50, under $100, and under $500. Dozens of artists are represented.

Noodle by Hannah Spector, $100


Toxic Sarcophagus by JD Deardourff, $150


Majic Eye by Evan Hume, $75

… and if you want the chance to gaze at the really stupendous, museum-level art in DC’s top private collections, buy a ticket to this year’s Collector’s View series, which will be a Greatest Hits tour of Transformer’s popular event from the past five years. The series starts on April 20, and your ticket will get you into six homes through June, including the much-written-about collection of lobbyist Tony Podesta. The full series of all six homes is $350, or if you just want to see one or two homes, those tickets are $75 per home. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Transformer collective.


Capitol Artist Collective:

If you don’t want to venture out of your own house, there’s a new online gallery, which started in southern cities such as Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville, which has now extended to the DC region. The Capitol Artist Collective features works by local artists from Baltimore down to Richmond.  The mission here is to promote and nurture artists and give collectors access to “affordable, original local art outside of the traditional gallery scene.” Each month, a new set of artists are featured, and 5 percent of the proceeds are donated to a local charity. This month, it’s the Capital Area Food Bank.

There are dozens of offerings, and here are a few that caught my eye:

The Circled Mountain by Lauren Adams, $1,500


Red Sail by Wendy Doak, $300


Little Wings by Kristin Gaudio Endsley, $250   

OK, DC art lovers—no one can tell you there isn’t something out there for you. Especially this weekend! Here’s to a more beautiful environment.