Gallery Openings and Events

Anacostia Arts Center Presents Eternal Spring

radial expansion, 2015, 2.5' x 2.5', faux flowers, fabric. Courtesy of Anacostia Art Center.

radial expansion, 2015, 2.5′ x 2.5′, faux flowers, fabric. Courtesy of Anacostia Art Center.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 27 from 6pm to 9pm

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Eternal Spring runs through April 25.

Anacostia Arts Center presents Eternal Spring, a new series by Matt Hollis. Hollis’ bold graphic works are comprised of hundreds of fake flower petals sewn into layers on fabric and mounted on canvas. Condensing the allure and sensuality of nature, these pieces represent the power that both art and organic forms have to mesmerize and attract the viewer.

Eternal Spring is part of the programming taking place to celebrate this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. Along with numerous events in Historic Anacostia, Anacostia Park, and the Anacostia River on April 12.

Anacostia Art Center’s Director Kate Taylor Davis remarks, “When the Center opened in 2013, we hosted the group show Art Romp, in which Matt participated. I have been a fan of his work ever since. When we were trying to come up with an exhibition that would tie-in to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, I immediately thought of Matt. His work is the perfect off-beat celebration of nature!”

Matt Hollis is a mixed-media artist working primarily in abstract organic-inspired soft sculpture. He has lived and worked in his studio in the historic O Street Studios in Washington DC for over ten years. Hollis obtained his BA in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and has exhibited works ranging from wall hangings to large-scale installations in numerous galleries throughout the DC area. Recently, he received a grant from the DC Commission of Arts and Humanities to travel to France for an artistic research trip sponsored by Transformer gallery.

About the Anacostia River Festival:
11th Street Bridge Park and National Park Service present the first annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival on April 12. This year’s Anacostia River Festival celebrates the natural world by focusing on the Anacostia River, its history, ecology, and the communities along its riverbanks. Eternal Spring is one of many activities of this free event that encourage District residents and tourists alike to explore communities and parks east of the river.

About the National Cherry Blossom Festival:
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public. The Festival takes place March 20 – April 12.

About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, six galleries/boutiques, and NURISH Food + Drink. The center opened in June of 2013.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm

On April 12, there will be an additional reception from 12 – 4 pm to celebrate the closing of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. For more information visit www.anacostiaartscenter.org.

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