By Editorial Team on August 23, 2023

Fri, September 8 2023 — Sun, October 1 2023

Image courtesy of Ben Claassen III
Event: Friday, September 8 from 5:30-7pm

Attending Small Press Expo (SPX) on September 9th in Bethesda this year.

Join them ***the Night Before*** Friday, September 8th for DIRT FARM WORMHOLE, a solo exhibition of ENTIRELY NEW Comics, Paintings, and Prints by Ben Claassen III.

Creator of the classic comic strip DIRTFARM 20 years ago, Claassen’s art, with its distinctive pop stylings, staked a claim as rarified ( albeit hilarious ) currency in the now-vanquished alt-weekly newspaper publishing landscape, and also appeared in publications such as the Washington Post and the Onion. They are honored to be exhibiting new work by this artist.

Ben’s opening reception, which begins at 5:30pm, is one of three pre-SPX events taking place in the Montgomery County Silver Spring/Takoma area on 9/8 that we want to highlight;

  1. Artist Talk at 7pm featuring MariNaomi & Keith Knight in conversation,, hosted by People’s Book Takoma in nearby Takoma Park [ 7014-A Westmoreland Ave ]
  2. World premier at 7:15pm at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center of “Married to Comics,” a documentary by John Kinhart about cartoonists Carol Tyler & Justin Green, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Carol Tyler, and Fantagraphic’s Gary Groth. ***A 10-minute walk from the gallery!! [ 8633 Colesville Rd.]

805 Silver Spring Ave
[entrance on Ripley]
Silver Spring, MD 20910