Arts on the Hill Presents Art in All Forms at the 2013 Barracks Row FestivalArts on the Hill Presents Art in All Forms at the 2013 Barracks Row Festival

By Editorial Team on September 24, 2013
Clockwise from the Left- Martha Huizinga, Karen Zens, Maria Valee-Riestra and Elizabeth Eby.  Photo Courtesy Capitol Hill Art League.
Clockwise from the Left- Martha Huizinga, Karen Zens, Elizabeth Eby and Maria Valee-Riestra. Photo Courtesy Capitol Hill Art League and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.


Barracks Row Fall Festival: September 28 11am to 5pm


Getting Here
The Barracks Row Festival is located on historic 8th Street, SE. Use the Eastern Market Metro and walk straight from the escalator one half block to 8th Street and turn right.  The festival is free and open to the public.

Arts on the Hill Partners with Barracks Row Main Street
Arts on the Hill DC in partnership with Barracks Row Main Street presents “Art in All Forms” during the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Saturday,  “Art in All Forms” will be held inside and outside the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall (507 8th Street, SE) and Tabula Rasa (731 8th Street, SE) and includes performances, art exhibitions, and art activities by a wide variety of arts organizations which call Capitol Hill “home.”

To further engage festival goers in the artistic process, Arts on the Hill DC and many Barracks Row businesses are hosting a PhotoChallenge scavenger hunt.  Participants will visit various Barracks Row locations to create a photo essay using their camera phones.  Participants who complete the hunt will be entered in a raffle with the winner receiving tickets to a Shakespeare Theatre production, gift certificates for performances and arts classes, and dinner at a Barracks Row restaurant. Participants will receive more information and a list of challenges at the Arts on the Hill DC festival tables.

Capitol Hill Art League at Tabula Rasa
Members of the Capitol Hill Art League will be featured at the tabula rasa space located at 732 Eighth Street, N.E.

The “pop up” art gallery will offer a variety of art works, photography, and sculpture, on exhibit and for sale, in the space sponsored by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to promote the visual arts on Capitol Hill. Refreshments will be provided.

Artists showing work at Tabula Rasa include:

  • Jorge Bernal
  • Grant Clowery
  • Kathy Clowery
  • Elizabeth Eby
  • Martha Huizenga
  • Hamid Lagder
  • Rindy O’Brien
  • Edie Swift
  • Maria (Tati) Valee-Riestra
  • Karen Zens

Barracks Row Fall Festival 2013 Highlights
Featuring a petting zoo, sidewalk cafes, children’s midway, DC State Fair, Trapeze School of New York, Military Chef’s Cook Off, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, over 100 vendor and demonstration booths, the DC Roller Girls, a ‘musical instrument petting zoo’ for children provided by the National Symphony Orchestra, Chesty the Marine Corps Mascot bulldog, a scavenger hunt style PhotoChallenge organized by the Shakespeare Theater Company, art shows and presentations at tabula rasa and Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall, jazz music by the Marshall Keyes Trio, and much more!

The midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, dozens of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants — most with sidewalk cafés for perfect festival viewing.  A beer garden will be hosted by Matchbox, Cava and Belga Café. Llamas, goats and hedgehogs are waiting to meet you at the petting zoo; acrobats from nearby Trapeze School New York will be sailing through the air at treetop height and at 2:45 p.m. there is a performance by the world renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.

At 8th and I Streets SE, a black-box cook-off starts at 7:00 a.m.  Chefs from all branches of the United States armed forces vie for the Top Chef in the US Military trophy. As the audience looks on culinary creations are developed in cook tents right on Barracks Row then whisked off to sequestered judges.  Announcers give the play-by-play as you cheer for your favorite chef teams.

DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival again this year showcasing unique categories: Funkiest- Looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc.  There are dozens not-to-be-missed DC State Fair contests all day long. This year Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths, including those of DC State Fair.

Bringing the kids? The freshly renovated Meader Theater, circa 1910, now the National Community Church will play free cartoons so little ones can catch their breaths. Along with the petting zoo there are loads of kid’s activities. Playseum, partnering with the National Community Church, is devising a spectacular Kids Zone.  Older kids can compete in corn hole, shuffleboard and bocce or take in the Labyrinth tent where board game drama unfolds throughout the day.

Watch Chesty, the Marine Corps mascot bulldog out walking; sign up to row with the mysterious Dragon Boats on the river. Demonstrations take place throughout the day at midway booths: Capitol Hill Yoga, Roller Girls and on the event stage where you can help play an electric violin.

During the festival the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! From your personal introduction to celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme to listening to the smoke-y blues of DC’s own Marshall Keyes Trio… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a picture-book neighborhood revival named Barracks Row.

About Arts on the Hill
Arts on the Hill DC is a collaborative of varied arts organizations whose purpose is to increase the visibility of Capitol Hill as a destination for the arts.

About the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972. The Workshop facility includes a dance studio paint studio, black box theater, art gallery, complete ceramics/pottery studio, a photography darkroom (the only “open” darkroom in D.C.), and private music instruction studios. CHAW representatives will be present to provide information on their art programs for children and adults.

About Barracks Row Main Street
For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community. The group’s focus is the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, SE Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.