NK Gallery– Studio, Home and Art Gallery Just off of H Street NE



Just outside 321 K Street NE. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Nihal Kececi has transformed a once dilapidated two-story brick structure, formerly used as a welding shop, into a work-live space that houses her studio, living quarters and an art gallery.  Located just off of H Street NE between the 300 blocks of K and I (eye) Streets NE, the charming alley dwelling opened its first group exhibition Transformation on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  For Nihal, the journey to creating her “dream space” followed a crooked path through several countries and a successful career as a scientist before settling into her true passion–painting.


Inside gallery entrance. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

“Unlike many parents, my father encouraged me to go to art school at a young age but I decided to go into science instead” explains Kececi.  Born and raised in Turkey, Kececi demonstrated a strong talent for drawing as a child and exhibited work at a young age in her native country.  However,  she chose to study physics and nuclear engineering eventually leaving her homeland to work on software analysis and safety in Canada.


Inside the gallery lounge. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Now, Kececi has landed just off H street and counts herself among the many artists who live and work in the area.  An avid traveler with many international contacts, she plans to show a wide array of international artists not just from her native Turkey but from all over the world.  The 1200 square foot gallery doubles as her living space between openings and appointments as Kececi has not set gallery hours.


One of many paintings that make up Nihal Kececi’s H Street series. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Pictured above, Kececi’s paintings straddles the line between the intuitive and the analytical as she creates work based on what she sees then intuits these images to produce familiar yet reconstructed streetscapes.  Her time on H Street has already influenced her intuitive painting process and, as a result, she has dedicated a series to the street.


Hours are by appointment
(Please remember that this is someone’s home!)


  • The H Street Festival Open House Saturday, September 20 from Noon to 8pm
  • Transformation Closing Reception Thursday, October 2 from 5pm to 8pm




Authored by: Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art, DC's Visual Arts publication of record, which he began in 2010. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. In 2015, 2018 and 2019 he acted as the Gateway Open Studio Tour coordinator. From 2013-2018, he produced EMULSION, East City Art's regional juried show and has curated over 150 local exhibitions in his career as a gallery owner and director of several local galleries. Currently, he oversees the ECA's Critical Arts Writing Program which produces an annual anthology titled CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Euronews, Washingtonian Magazine, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WJLA ABC News Channel 7/Channel 8, WTOP and other local, national and international media.