The 52 O Street Artist Open Studios invites the public into the creative spaces of the artists, designers and educators who work and live in Washington DC’s North Capitol & O Street NW neighborhood, including FabLab DC & 7 Drum City. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet artists, learn about their creative process, purchase artworks directly from the site of creation and tour classrooms. Image Credit: Photo by Cianne Fragione of her studio.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to provide community feedback on a new mural design by 52 O Street visual artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer. This mural will be located across the street from the Art Studios at Open Arms Housing (57 O Street NW) who provide permanent homes with a welcoming and supportive environment to women who are homeless. This project is funded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.
52 O Street Artist Studios is the oldest, longest lasting live/work space for artists in the District of Columbia. Occupied by artists since 1978, both emerging and established artists have lived, made art, and thrived here for close to 40 years. The building provides both living spaces and creative studio spaces to a variety of artists and designers in different mediums. FAB LAB DC (1418 North Capitol Street NW) produces workshops, events, speaker series, and exhibitions & provides access to digital fabrication technology and the global Fab Lab network. 7 Drum City (1506 North Capitol Street NW) offers drum lessons, youth rock camps, rehearsal space to musicians, and community events in their eclectic 9-room studio. All conveniently located a short walk from the NOMA Metro Station on the Red Line, in the Washington D.C. Truxton Circle neighborhood, off North Capitol between New York and Florida Avenues Northwest.
The buildings will be open for visitors to explore and meet the artists from noon to 6pm on Sunday June 4, 2017. Participating artists, designers and art educators include:
1st Floor: #100 Lisa Marie Thalhammer – visual artist known for her striking and powerful portrait paintings, collages and public murals and curations, including “Boxer Girl” & D.C. Alley Museum. #100 Thom Flynn – abstract works created from found street posters and billboards. #102 Locale – co-working space creating intimate work environments for individuals who embrace a modern work lifestyle. #103 Cianne Fragione – combinations of oil paint, drawing materials, collage, and an unpredictable range of found objects, that uncover the intimate interactions. #105 Jewelry Class DC – learn jewelry making and metal design in classes for beginner through advanced levels.
2nd Floor: #202 Tom Turk – Top shelf photographic service to a wide variety of clients and events, providing creative images that last forever. #203 Matt Hollis – floral inspired artist creating sculpture, 2-D work, and fantastical installations. #206 Charles Jean Pierre – a blend of artistic styles that span from multimedia collages to conceptual designs that speak to the nexus of political, social, and economic structures. #207 4.WALLS – an interdisciplinary design/fabrication studio home to architecture practice urbanSEED. WALLS also serves as a pop-up gallery and will exhibit photography by Carolina Franco. #208 Nina & Cassidy Moses – watercolor painting & graphic design/photography.
3rd Floor: #305 Caitlin Teal Price – fine art photography series capturing the lives of strangers. #306 Mint Lola – line of handcrafted bridal accessories. #307 Rosetta De Berardinis – paintings exhibit the varied forms within the cannons of abstraction through gesture, geometric form, expressionism, Color Field and the Washington Color School.
Lower Basement: #L1 Homme DC – men’s clothing and lifestyle boutique. #L7 Joseph Shetler – post-minimalist artist with a Mennonite lens, basing his aesthetic off of anabaptist theology and simple way of life. #L9 Tom Bunnell – abstract oil paintings. #L10 Dan Treado – paintings are process works that borrow subject matter from sources such as physics, biology, x-ray and electron microscope images, and anatomy books.
Neighborhood Arts Education: Fab Lab DC (1418 North Capitol Street NW) – digital fabrication lab & community workshop advancing creativity, innovation, and collaborative projects. fldc-fabcurious-52ostopenstudio.eventbrite.com 7 Drum City (1506 North Capitol Street NW) – music studio for drum lessons and rehearsal space, and community events!