Opening Reception: Friday August 5 from 7pm to 9pm
Honfleur Gallery Presents the Fifth Annual Celebration of the East of the River Arts
Several art exhibits open concurrently in Historic Anacostia on Friday August 5th, highlighting the multifaceted creative community in the area. Local artists explore and react to the cultural, social, and historical heritage of this neighborhood. The exhibits encompass the voices of a range of emerging to established artists and creative minds.
For the fifth year running, artists rooted in Wards 7 and 8 will be featured in Honfleur Gallery’s juried East of the River exhibition, with an opening reception on August 5th from 7-9pm. The exhibition includes photography and illustration.
- Artist Jonathan Edwards uses cartoon style illustrations to explore serious themes of contemporary urban African-American experience.
- Jon Malis’ large scale prints are based on his research in the medical archives of St. Elizabeth’s hospital.
- Larger-than-life cross sections of brains are a chilling yet alluring reminder of the hospital’s history and impact in Southeast Washington.
- Lark Catoe-Emerson and Deborah Terry’s explorations in abstract photography range from the intimacy of human skin to the landscape of the urban environment.
- Marlon Normon, who first learned photography at Ward 8’s ARCH Training Center, engages the natural world on a macro level.
- Poet and photographer Danielle Scruggs’ studies of self-image in text and image round out the collection.
The six artists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges including Renee Stout (renowned DC artist), Stephen Bennett Phillips (Federal Reserve) and Susanna Raab (Smithsonian‘s Anacostia Community Museum). East of the River runs from August 5- Sepetember 9th 2011.
Upstairs at Honfleur Gallery, 61, an installation-based exhibition on mapping of time and place by resident artist Mei Mei Chang, is based on her two-month (sixty-one day) residency in Anacostia. Using traditional artists materials such as ink, paint and paper paired with more nontraditional drawing materials such as colored tape, yarn and packing wrap, Chang expands the concept of drawing from the paper’s surface to the architectural limits of the gallery. 61 runs August 5- Sepetember 9th 2011.
Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the Historic Anacostia and focuses on cutting edge contemporary exhibitions from the USA and abroad. It is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for local cultural and economic revitalization. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC. Visit them online at www.honfleurgallery.com