EMULSION 2015 at Gallery OonH

By Editorial Team on March 17, 2015
Elizabeth Holtry, Frederick, MD | Blue Blood Blues.  Holtry is one of 31 artists selected to participate in EMULSION 2015.
Elizabeth Holtry, Frederick, MD | Blue Blood Blues
Holtry is one of 31 artists participating in EMULSION 2015


Gallery Hours:
Sunday, March 22 open from noon to 4 PM
Tuesday-Friday, March 24-27 open from 6:30 to 9 PM

Closing : Sat., Mar. 28 from 7 to 10 PM – People’s Choice Awards Ceremony at 8 PM

An emulsion combines two seemingly incompatible ingredients to produce a third yet entirely new substance. In this spirit, EMULSION, now in its second year, seeks to show visitors a wide array of art forms and mediums – from two-dimensional work to performance based work – to create a unified ensemble.

East City Art and Phil Hutinet are pleased to announce Gallerist Adah Rose Bitterbaum has selected 31 applicants from the greater Washington-Baltimore region to exhibit at EMULSION. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place contestants on opening night.  Read Juror Statement HERE.

“EMULSION is the region’s premiere showcase for contemporary artists from the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area,” says EMULSION Producer Phil Hutinet. “The great number of applicants demonstrates the wealth of artistic talent in our region. In our second edition, EMULSION 2015 will display the works of 31 diverse artists, from sculptors to painters to performance artists.”

From opening night through Friday, March 27, the audience will be able to select their favorite artist and vote via text messaging. The votes will be tallied and top two artists will receive the EMULSION People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced on Saturday March, 28 at the closing.

An open call for entry to all artists residing in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area yielded 213 submissions. Of these, Juror Adah Rose Bitterbaum selected the following 31 artists to exhibit (preview work HERE):

  • Erick Antonio Benitez, Baltimore, MD
  • Joshua Araujo, Rockville, MD
  • Chris Bohner, Washington, DC
  • Bobby Coleman, Baltimore, MD
  • Rita Elsner, Washington, DC
  • Elissa Farrow-Savos, Sterling, VA
  • Roxana Alger Geffen, Washington, DC
  • Jay Hendrick, Fairfax, VA
  • Leslie Holt, Hyattsville, MD
  • Elizabeth Holtry, Frederick, MD
  • Ways R. Jones, Brentwood, MD
  • Jaime (Jimyung) Kim, Baltimore, MD
  • Chee Keong Kung, McLean, VA
  • Kyujin Lee, Washington, DC
  • Ruth Lozner, Bethesda, MD
  • Carolina Mayorga, Washington, DC
  • Bruce McKaig, Washington, DC
  • Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., Bowie, MD
  • John Paradiso, Brentwood, MD
  • Pam Rogers, Washington, DC
  • Rahshia Sawyer, Sterling, VA
  • Anne Smith, Arlington, VA
  • Casey Snyder, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Scott Speck, Pasadena, MD
  • Marsha Staiger, Alexandria, VA
  • Sidney Thomas, Washington, DC
  • Patricia Underwood, Castleton, VA
  • Alice Whealin, Arlington, VA
  • Amy Wike, Washington, DC
  • Andrew Wodzianski, Washington, DC
  • Andrew Wohl, Bethesda, MD

About East City Art

East City Art’s mission is to connect local artists, galleries and educational centers with their communities.  As a community-based publication, East City Art highlights the irrefutable link between economic development and the arts, drawing attention to the valuable contributions artists, galleries and educational centers bring to neighborhoods.  The visual arts provide neighborhood vitality and stimulate local businesses while encouraging residential and retail development.  More importantly, the arts provide a vibrant forum for community discussion, debate and discovery.  Notwithstanding the importance of the visual arts as a catalyst for bolstering economic development and strengthening communities, East City Art never loses sight of art’s most important role- its ability to lift the human spirit through a common visual language that transcends class, race and gender.

About Juror Adah Rose Bitterbaum

Adah Rose Bitterbaum is the owner and Director of the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington Maryland. The gallery was founded in September of 2011 as a place to exhibit contemporary art in a variety of medium with a specialty in text based work. The gallery is a dynamic place and hosts artists talks, panels on issues in the art world, maintains an active intern program and shows art in a variety of spaces including law firms, pop ups and a number of Art Fairs each year including PULSE New York, PULSE Miami, The Silicon Valley Art Fair and the Dallas Art Fair.

The gallery also works with emerging artists and showcases the work of recent MFA graduates in a number of shows each year. The gallery is “user friendly.” They embrace technology, books, zines, fonts, logos, music, film, aesthetics, signage, drawing, painting, screen printing, sculpture, computers and photography. The gallery hopes to create a shared culture and a broad one and values the ideas, comments and critiques of visitors.

Prior to founding the gallery, Adah Rose worked as the Director of Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle for almost four years. Adah Rose has worked as an independent curator for the past seven years. Adah Rose began her career as a lawyer and also worked in Public Health, Education and College Counseling.

About Gallery OonH
Gallery OonH is a unique indoor-outdoor culture and community space where art, music and the unexpected come together to deliver a fresh approach to a retail experience. The vision for Gallery OonH is to be an intersection of culture and fun that provides an approachable destination for artistic, entertainment and cultural experiences.

What started out as a plan for a traditional “white cube” gallery exhibiting both self-taught folk art and a variety of local DC artists has grown into something much bigger and much more relevant to a growing neighborhood community. The goal is to provide the entire community easy access to unexpected and unique artistic programming and presentations.

… and what’s with the name “Gallery OonH”?
Well, it is three-fold. First to promote “OUR OWN” DC artists in a setting that is both friendly and inviting. Second, to support, encourage and promote the self-taught art of local OUTSIDER artists, like Jo-Jo Fekwa, Quest Skinner, Lee Wheeler, Tiffany Lasley and Cheriff Mamadou. Lastly, the “O” stands for OTTO, the principal owner of the gallery who believed in his dream that, in order to make a community stronger, art and music need to be a visible, viable component of the streetscape.