All Event: Saturday, February 8 from 1pm to 4pm
Art Enables will celebrate 12 years in DC with an anniversary show on February 8from 1pm to 4pm. As a thank you to the many supporters who have impacted Art Enables’ self-taught artists with disabilities, guests are invited to view new work, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a free art workshop. Also, there will be additional surprises to help kick off the birthday celebration.
In the three years since relocating to the Woodridge neighborhood, Art Enables’ historic building has provided the perfect home for its studio and gallery, and has welcomed thousands of visitors to over 30 exhibitions of Outsider Art. Art Enables looks forward to being a part of Woodridge’s creative growth, cultivating a vibrant community now and in the future.
Downstairs in the Off-Rhode Gallery: Luis Millingalli
Luis Millingalli is a self-taught artist of indigenous birth from Cotopaxi, Ecuador (1959). “I like to paint everything that surrounds me: flowers, trees, Andean scenes, and all that highlights my people’s rich culture” says Millingalli.“ Every time that I see nature getting destroyed by the man’s hand, especially in my country, it gives a deep sadness to think that in the future the mountains, the flowers and the rivers will not be there anymore as I have seen them and that is why I paint them.”
Millingalli’s paintings are straightforward depictions of life in rural Ecuador. His colors are strong, his figures crisp and static but full of life. His compositions are well developed while filled with the charm of the naïve. In sum, they are exceptional expressions which please the senses while accomplishing Millingalli’s purpose which is the depict the sufferings of my people but at the same time the sweet happiness and tenderness of the life in the rural fields.”
Through Monday, February 24th.
Second Saturday Free Workshop: Melissa Esposito, local crafter and co-founder of Brookland’s Analog, will be in the studio hosting a vintage ephemera card-making workshop just in time for Valentine’s Day. This workshop is open to the public and all materials will be provided.
Art Enables Studio is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. For more information on Outsider Art inside the Beltway or on Art Enables, call (202) 554-9455.