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Beginning March 14, 2020 and running through May 2, 2020 Art Enables—a nonprofit gallery and supported employment program dedicated to creating opportunities for visual artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn incoming from their original and compelling artwork—will host three exhibitions featuring the works of Art Enables’ resident artists and local D.C.-area artists: “Animalium,” “The District,” and “AMPLIFY.”
About the Exhibitions
“Animalium”—Latin for animals—celebrates Art Enables’ resident artist’s love of all things finned, feathered, and furry. This animal-themed exhibition will delight visitors of all ages with whimsical artwork of the domestic friends you know and love like Toni Lane’s “Cat Family Picture” and Shawn Payne’s “Stylish Poodle;” as well as creatures of the exotic and endangered variety like Maurice Barnes’ “Hippo Jungle” and Vanessa Monroe’s “Ocelot from South America.” No matter what creature you fancy, you are sure to enjoy the wonders of the animal kingdom, as seen through the eyes of our inspiring artists.
Since its founding in 1790, Washington, D.C., has existed at the heart of American politics and the American dream. Art Enables touches on D.C.’s vibrant history in “The District,” an exhibition featuring scenes of local D.C. hot spots, monuments, historical figures, and themes of politics and culture. Resident artists from Art Enables join artists from the D.C. metro area to showcase their reflections on the nation’s capital through painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media works.
“AMPLIFY” presents a selection of works by painter Corinne Davidov (1933–2014), who was a D.C.-based artist and an original member of Foundry Studios. Her large-scale paintings capture powerful plays of color, texture, and motion, evoking the era of the Washington Color School, a vital chapter of the city’s artistic history.
Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE.