After a brief hiatus to rest our feet we’re back with our final Artomatic highlights installment. Previous visits to Aromatic took in the top and middle floors of the eleven story building. For this week’s visit, we strolled floors one through four.
Painting and photography dominate the lower floors of the south Bell street building, with several local standouts along the way. On the fourth floor, we made sure to stop in to visit our friends at Art Enables, an arts-based training organization for people with developmental disabilities. We were also captivated by haunting paintings of Cavan Fleming and pyrographic (wood burning) works of Tonyel Stewart. The third floor found us reveling in the realism paintings of Virginia artist Susan La Mont, the “quilt paintings” of Curtis G. Woody from Upper Marlboro and the whimsical pastels of Capital Hill-based artist Ellen Cornet. Not-to-miss artists on the second floor include Michael Janis’ works in fused glass and Gregory Ferrand’s odes to Hollywood glamour. Finally, on the first floor we reconnected with Brad Ulreich’s “Woman” series first shown at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions in 2010. The first floor is also home to Artomatic’s Marketplace, where on Saturday afternoons, select artists display and sell works to be taken home the same day.
Artomatic runs through June 23rd. If you plan to visit in the evening or during the weekend, be sure to check out their events page for the lowdown on the music and dance taking place on stages throughout the building.