Posts by Ashley Shah

Ashley Shah is a freelance writer based in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC. She has a BA in Art History from UVa and is always looking for ways to explore the arts around the city. Ashley has also volunteered with organizations in DC such as the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and Dupont Underground.

By Ashley Shah on September 24, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Milk Relics at Lost Origins Gallery

Tom Kim highlights environmental issues, while incorporating an element of playfulness and his own personal experiences into his work. In the series, Milk Relics at Lost Origins Gallery, he speaks to his own appreciation of our surroundings, while also encouraging others to play their part in tackling environmental issues.

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By Ashley Shah on July 17, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Urban | Oxide at Studio Gallery

At Studio Gallery, Pam Frederick and Veronica Szalus explore various themes prevalent in urban environments. Frederick creates photographic collages while Szalus employs found materials to discuss the interaction of building and decay, as well as the distinction between human memories against factual documentation.

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By Ashley Shah on June 24, 2019

East City Artnotes: Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi: I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

At HEMPHILL Fine Arts, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi examines the complexities of cultures clashing through her vibrant works, incorporating both Persian and American influences.

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By Ashley Shah on May 14, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Inevitable Expansion at Vivid Solutions Gallery

Through their experimental, colorful, and dynamic works, Steve Wanna and Marcel Taylor aim to address the process and effects of D.C.’s changing landscape – an occurrence that is prevalent and continuous in Historic Anacostia.

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By Ashley Shah on February 19, 2019

Lenora Yerkes: Plumbing the Subconscious

Through her artwork, Lenora Yerkes explores deeper feelings stored in her subconscious. Her goal is to identify hidden messages and understand broader themes that play out in her life.

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By Ashley Shah on October 2, 2018

STABLE Plans to Create a Sustainable Model for Affordable Artist Work-Space in DC

STABLE, located in Eckington, aims to create sustainable working space for DC artists. Through a variety programming and partnerships, the founders hope to foster an inclusive environment that connects resident artists with audiences locally, nationally and globally.

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By Ashley Shah on June 4, 2018

East City Art Reviews: More or Less at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

HEMPHILL Fine Arts’ More or Less showcases Abstract Expressionist works by American artists inspired by a conversation which took place almost forty years ago between Walter Hopps and George Hemphill.

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By Ashley Shah on May 16, 2018

Washington Studio School and Its Impact on the DC Arts Community

The Washington Studio School’s mission is “to teach the visual language and the skills essential to developing and expressing a personal vision.”

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By Ashley Shah on March 20, 2018

In Memoriam: Thomas Rooney (1924-2018)

A brief tribute to Tom Rooney, beloved educator and DC-based sculptor.

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By Ashley Shah on January 29, 2018

Healing through the Arts: Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services at Children’s National Health System

A group of dedicated staff use art to heal children at Children’s National Health System and transform white walls into gallery spaces.

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By Ashley Shah on December 14, 2017

New Development in the Gateway Arts District Finds Inspiration in the Local Arts Community

Landex Development purchases $200K of art from local artists, adds five artist studios and a gallery space to new mixed-use project along Route 1 in Brentwood, MD.

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