February Exhibitions at Mid City Galleries

By Phil Hutinet on February 12, 2015
Image courtesy Aster Da Fonseca.  Da Fonseca is one of over 20 artists participating in gallery b's 10th anniversary.
Image courtesy Aster Da Fonseca. Da Fonseca is one of over 20 artists participating in gallery b’s 10th anniversary exhibition.

In the dead of winter, you can count on two things in Mid City— lovers will pack restaurants up and down the fourteenth street corridor on Valentine’s Day and the area’s galleries will host some of the most important openings in the DC region. In February, in addition to a number of exhibitions still currently on view (don’t miss Hemphill Fine Art’s Willem de Looper retrospective which we covered last month), plan on attending several openings including a tenth anniversary exhibition at fourteenth street’s gallery plan b. Touchstone opens thought provoking solo work by Janathel Shaw and glass inspired work by Harmon Biddle. Lastly, Long View Gallery presents a group exhibition featuring Mike Weber, James Hunter, Ryan McCoy, Robert Stuart, Casey Vogt and Rebecca Coles.

Janathel Shaw’s Powerful Imagery at Touchstone

In Unspoken Messages Janathel Shaw engages the viewer in a powerful series of thought provoking work. In this month’s solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery, Shaw attempts to make sense of the slaying of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Jordan Russell Davis, Jonathan Ferrell, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Shaw explores the similarities between the US legal system of the 1950s and 1960s which permitted racial inequality until the civil rights movements called for change through protest and civil disobedience. Today, the same justice system allows the police (or those with “police power” like George Zimmermann) to slay young black men with impunity. Yet, these rulings have been met with a flurry of opposition through social media. Rather than seeking to fan the flames of controversy, Shaw highlights the transformational nature of these injustices by focusing the strength of the human spirit and the power of familial love. The viewer should expect to see a mixture of both freestanding ceramic pieces for which Shaw is known and, in a departure from her usual work, a series of large-scale graphite and charcoal drawings.

Gallery Plan B Turns 10

One of the fourteenth street corridor’s first galleries will celebrate its ten year anniversary this month. Considering both the recent economic climate which has adversely impacted many area galleries, staying in business for ten years is a major feat! The ten year celebration will keep with the gallery’s tradition of showing local artists, many of whom are actually hyper-local, meaning that they create work in studios just blocks away from the gallery. TEN BY TEN, the anniversary exhibition’s title, will consist of small pieces ten inches by ten inches in size and will feature numerous DC-based artists including many of the gallery’s mainstays. At the time of this writing, the gallery has been working on the final list of artists. If the gallery exhibited an artist you enjoyed seeing in the past or if you have a small space in your home or office which needs an image you can connect with, this exhibition is the perfect opportunity for you to add to your collection.

Pleasant Plains Workshop Curated Exhibitions at DC’s Newest Bookstore          

Pleasant Plains Workshop’s owner Kristina Billonick will curate a series of art exhibitions at DC’s newest bookstore Upshur Street Books this coming year. Currently on view, Print Exchange features a series of hand-pulled prints by local artists who work in PPW’s atelier on lower Georgia Avenue. In an age where independent bookstores and screen printing have recessed, this offering provides a breath of fresh air amidst the ubiquity of chain retailers that have taken over our commercial corridors in DC.


February Mid City Gallery openings:

1530 14th Street NW
202.234.2711 | www.galleryplanb.com
TEN BY TEN: The Anniversary Show
February 18 – March 22, 2015
Gallery plan b will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary. A select group of artists exhibited at the gallery from the past 10 years will present 10” x 10” works.
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 21, 4-8 p.m.

1234 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
202.232.4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
February 26 – March 29
ReFresh V
Featuring new works by Mike Weber, James Hunter, Ryan McCoy, Robert Stuart, Casey Vogt and Rebecca Coles.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 26th, 6:30-8 p.m.

901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
202.347.2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Unspoken Messages: The Art of Janathel Shaw
Earth’s Elements by Harmon Biddle
February 6 – March 1, 2015
PREVIEW: February 4-5, 11 am – 6 pm
OPENING RECEPTIONS: Friday, February 6 from 6-8:30 pm

Current Exhibitions on View:

2608 Georgia Avenue NW
Print Exchange
NOTE: Exhibition is at Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street NW
Hand-pulled prints by Pleasant Plains Workshop resident artists
Through Mar 29

1353 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
202.332.1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Assignment: Happy Birthday by Naoko Wowsugi + Whoop Dee Doo
Through February 14

1515 14th Street NW
202.234.5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Stained Paintings: 1964 – 1970 by Willem de Looper
Through March 28

1234 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
202.232.4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Past, Present & Future by Jodi Walsh
Through February 15

1404 P Street NW
202.483.1102 | www.transformerdc.org
NOTE: Exhibition is at AU Katzen Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Locally Sourced
Provides an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused Community Supported Art and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities.
Through March 15