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Vivid Solutions Gallery Presents Confluence: Considering the Anacostia

Bruce McNeil, Sandy Spring Monumental, 2013. Courtesy of Vivid Solutions Gallery.

Bruce McNeil, Sandy Spring Monumental, 2013. Courtesy of Vivid Solutions Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 20 from 6pm to 8pm

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Confluence: Considering the Anacostia, a group show of Anacostia River photography,opens Friday, March 20, 2015 at Vivid Solutions Gallery, with a reception with the artists from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit coincides with the first-ever Anacostia River Festival, a celebration of the Anacostia River presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and National Park Services that will serve as the official closing of The National Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place near the gallery in Anacostia Park on April 12.

The exhibit presents four views of the river from photographers who approach their shared subject through distinct lenses. Participating photographers are Becky Harlan, David Allen Harris, Krista Schlyer, and co-curator Bruce McNeil.

Becky Harlan’s included photographs focus on the relationship between individuals and the Anacostia River. Harlan works as a photo editor for the digital side of National Geographic magazine and as a freelance photographer. She is a graduate of the New Media Photojournalism masters program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

David Allen Harris frames natural elements of the Anacostia River’s landscape in surprising and sometimes disorienting photographs. Harris is self-taught and has been exhibiting his photography in the D.C. area for the past eight years.

Krista Schlyer’s featured images show wildlife found in the Anacostia Watershed. Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer who travels throughout North America gathering the stories of wildlife and ecosystems, and working to build consciousness about the relationship between government policy and biodiversity. Her most recent work explores the plight of urban rivers through the lens of the Anacostia River.

Bruce McNeil’s most recent photography project about the Anacostia River considers the length its waters travel, from its origin in Sandy Spring, MD to the point where it meets the Potomac River. McNeil is based in Southeast, Washington, D.C., and the Anacostia River has served as his inspiration and subject for over 20 years. His works balance abstracted and documentary views that draw attention to both environmental concerns and the natural beauty of the waterway.

Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE. For more information visit www.vividsolutionsgallery.com.

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