The 39th Street Gallery Presents Christopher Romer’s The Charmers and Paintings by Jay Hendrick and Kathryn McDonnell

By East City Art Editorial Team on September 3, 2014
Christopher .  Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.
Christopher . Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.


 Opening Reception: September 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM


Exhibition runs September 6 – October 18.

The 39th Street Gallery is pleased to present Maryland based sculptor Christopher Romer’s, The Charmers, in the 39th Street Gallery and paintings by Virginia based artist Jay Hendrick and DC based artist Kathryn McDonnell in the 39th Street Corridor Exhibition Space. The Gallery is excited to have 3 artists who each live and have their studios in DC, MD, or VA.

About the Exhibition

The Charmers:

“The Charmers are a group of variously sized and treated pieces, inspired originally by the quintessential American artifact: the wooden decoy, and specifically the fish decoy.

The Charmer Group is conceived to hang on the wall in a loose, scattered pattern. The analogy I use to explain their arrangement and presentation is that of an imagined large collection of insects that are at once released from a jar and proceed to land across the area of a wall or a room, landing high and low in sundry clusters, or singly.” Christopher Romer

Also exhibiting in the 39th Street Corridor:

Paintings by Jay Hendrick and Kathryn McDonnell

Jay Hendrick examines the grid’s stability by building multiple layers of mark, erasure, and transparency, while Kathryn McDonnell uses gravity as a way to drip and drag the paint across the canvas.

Katherine McDonnell. Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.
Kathryn McDonnell. Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.

About the artists

Christopher Romer is an American born sculptor. He was raised in England and currently resides in Maryland with his current studio at Red Dirt, in the Gateway Arts District. Romer received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Chelsea School of Art in London, England. He has shown his work extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grants and a Fulbright-Hayes and Annette Kade Fellowship for study in Düsseldorf, Germany. Romer has also been selected for participation in a number of residencies, including the Delfina Studios in London; Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony; the Fine Arts Work Center; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; and the Sculpture Space. He has taught in the sculpture departments of the Rhode Island School of Design, New York University and SUNY Purchase.

Jay Hendrick was raised in Abilene, Texas. Hendrick received a Bachelors of Applied Studies in 2011 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2012 at Abilene Christian University. Hendrick studied at the School of Visual arts in 2013. He is currently working on an MFA at George Mason University.

Jay Hendrick. Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.
Jay Hendrick. Image Courtesy 39th Street Gallery.


Kathryn McDonnell is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a long-time DC resident. McDonnell has an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and a BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 39th Street Gallery is located on theSecond Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.  Visit them online at

Gallery hours: Thursdays & Fridays 7-9 pm, Saturdays 12-3 pm and by appointment.