Gallery Openings and Events

Urban Canopy Show and Grand Opening of Studio SoHy in Hyattsville

Photo courtesy of Studio SoHy.

Photo courtesy of Studio SoHy.


Grand Opening: Saturday, March 21 from 6pm to 10:30pm


Hyattsville’s newest studio space will host its first art show and grand opening at Vigilante Coffee 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, March 21 from 6pm to 10:30pm.

The event kicks off the curated Urban Canopy show, which will run from March 21 through June 20 and is open to the public. It is Studio SoHy’s first show, focusing on the interplay of nature and the urban environment.

The kick-off features art, music, and lively company.

From 6pm to 8pm, Hyattsville artists Chris Suspect, Kathleen Geldard, Bronwyn King, and Christine Monaco will be on hand to exhibit recent work as part of the studio’s Urban Canopy show.

From 8pm to 10:30pm, Wild Anacostias Brass Band will be playing two sets of Louisiana-inspired music. Light refreshments and food will be provided. Vigilante Coffee available for purchase. Donations welcome.

Located near Hyattsville’s thriving arts district and with easy access to Route 1, Studio SoHy is situated to draw a diverse crowd of creators and viewers. By expanding beyond just the visual arts, the studio will offer new opportunities for performance artists and musicians.

Studio SoHy focuses on local and regional artists, displaying their work in a dynamic space. Acting as both a gallery and an event space, Studio SoHy’s mission is to connect artists and audiences. A free exchange of ideas and easy access to artists supports increased collaboration and a vibrant artist community.

The studio is located in the same refurbished 1920s car dealership as Vigilante Coffee, a destination café in the DC Metro area. Building owner Daniel Simon worked with local artists to launch Studio SoHy in support of the local arts scene. The gallery is managed by Bronwyn King and Kathleen Geldard.

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Chris Suspect is the son of a diplomat, born in the Philippines in 1968. A street and documentary photographer, his images have been published and exhibited worldwide, including in Germany, Czech Republic, Georgia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. Since 2012 he has been a member of the DC-based STRATA photo collective. Suspect’s documentary work on the Washington, D.C. punk scene is held in the archives of The Leica Galerie in Germany.

Kathleen Geldard is a multi-media artist and freelance costume designer for theatre, opera, and dance. Recently, she began combining art with design to create original fabrics that have been used for clothing and interior design.

Bronwyn King is an oil painter who is drawn to the hidden beauty found in urban and industrial decay.

Christine Monaco began her career as an oil painter, printmaker and photographer. With the introduction of mixed media into her work, she now explores pattern, texture and color.

Daniel Simon purchased and renovated the Palmer Building in historic downtown Hyattsville in 2013.  With a passion for bringing new life to old things, Daniel was intent on transforming the space into a dynamic and interesting addition to the Gateway Arts District and the SoHy neighborhood.  Built in 1918, the former Palmer Ford building now houses a number of businesses, including Vigilante Coffee Roastery and Café.

The Wild Anacostias are a Hyattsville-based, Louisiana-style party band. Playing Cajun, Zydeco, and Street Parade Brass tunes, the band has been performing at outdoor festivals and social gatherings for years.

The event is located at Vigilante Coffee 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville.