Honfleur, Vivid Solutions and ARCH Present: ‘Greetings From East of the River!" July 30th through September 10th 2010

By Editorial Team on July 22, 2010

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Opening Reception: July 30 at 6:30pm



‘Greetings From East of the River!’
Arts community presents stories of Anacostia


Four art exhibits open concurrently in Historic Anacostia on Friday July 30th at 6:30pm, highlighting the multifaceted Anacostia community. Local artists explore and react to the spiritual, social, environmental and historical issues of this neighborhood. The exhibits encompass the voices of a range of emerging to established artists and creative minds.

For the fourth year running, artists rooted in Wards 7 and 8 will be featured in Honfleur Gallery’s (1241 Good Hope Road SE) juried East of the River exhibition. Eleven artists are included in the exhibition; BK Adams, Nigil Brice, Ralston Cyrus, Melani Douglass, MatthewMann, Samuel Mercer, Marlon Normon, Luis Peralta, Amanda Stephenson, Deborah Terry and Renee Woodward. Photography, drawings, paintings and sculptures by artists who are Anacostia natives and recent newcomers.

Upstairs at Honfleur Gallery, Capturing the Spirit, a exhibition of photographs by local talent Bruce McNeil examines the Anacostia River, using the mythic spirit Mami Wata as inspiration.  McNeil uses portraits of women, including his own mother, to personify the spirit of the river, overlaying them with nature imagery shot on the river.

A collection of student photography on show at ARCH Training Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE) features ecologically-inspired imagery. TREEts & TREEties: Documenting gifts from nature and examining our agreement with the environment includes works by James Holiday, Joseph Roberson, Brittany Jackson, and Audrea Blackwell are the final product of a digital photography class sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

At The Gallery at Vivid Solutions (2208 MLK Jr Ave SE), Anacostia: Never Far From Home is a look at the past and present of Anacostia, with the help from the following local bloggers:

This interactive exhibition includes community participation– everyone is invited to bring their own photographs to hang on the community wall and assist the gallery in telling a visual story of Anacostia. The exhibit will evolve over the course of the show, as local residents and bloggers react to and build their story.

These exhibits will be on view from July 30th to September 10th 2010, at three venues in Anacostia and are free to the public. The closest metro is Anacostia (green line) For further inquiries, please contact Briony Evans Hynson, Honfleur’s Creative Director at 202-536-8994 or arts@archdc.org. Be sure to visit the Honfleur website for details: www.honfleurgallery.com