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Honfleur Gallery Presents “While Paris Burns” by Darren Smith at the Washington Alliance Française

Nuits Blanches Paris at the Alliance Francaise Darren Smith Honfleur Gallery Washington DC on East City Art

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Washington DC’s own Darren Smith will be showcasing his intricate photo-mosaics at The Alliance Française de Washington, with an opening reception at 6:30pm on May 20, 2011. Inspired by the annual “Nuit Blanche” (White Night) celebrations Darren Smith attended in Paris; he created a fresh body of work capturing the mystery and drama of that evening. Known and loved as the City of Light, Paris burns its brightest one October night each year. La Nuit Blanche is an all-night-long arts festival that turns the city’s renowned outdoor spaces into venues for visual arts, dance, theater and music. Huge installations near the Louvre are set ablaze and burn through the night.

The art exhibit “While Paris Burns” celebrates the passion of the city and the fiery heart of La Nuit Blanche.  The handmade photo mosaics by Darren Smith take fire as the central element, showing the creative potential of a destructive force.

Each mosaic is made from many small pieces cut from his photographs and glued together on illustration board. Melding the art of photography while using this almost sculptural approach, Smith creates his own surreal vision of his original image. The result is kaleidoscopic– a heart burns, a phoenix takes flight, a dragon exhales, and Parisian icons such as the Metro and Eiffel Tower are deconstructed and reassembled in new ways.

The Alliance Française de Washington has a rotating schedule of temporary visual arts exhibitions touching on Francophone culture, at their embassy row location on Wyoming Avenue. With more than 3,200 members, l’Alliance Française de Washington, DC, is a non-profit, non governmental cultural and educational association. Committed to pedagogical and cultural excellency, l’Alliance Française offers a wide variety of French courses, social activities and cultural events, including lectures, concerts, films, exhibits, guided visits to museums, “wine and cheese” parties and discussion groups. RSVP Required to: 202-234-7911 ext. 16 or ext. 31. The Alliance is located at 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW DC 20008.

Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the Historic Anacostia. Opened in 2007, it maintains a rigorous schedule of exhibitions and programming that focuses on cutting edge contemporary exhibitions by living artists from the USA and abroad. www.honfleurgallery.com. Honfleur is a project of ARCH Development Corporation, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for cultural revitalization, primarily in the historic Anacostia neighborhood by creating a home for arts & artists, cultural organizations, and compatible businesses as a means to fulfill its objectives of community-based economic development and sustainable living neighborhoods.

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