Weekend East City Event Round Up: Past, Present and Future Edition

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artdc Gallery at the Lustine Center in Hyattsville, MD. Photo by Eric Hope.

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The future is here! Build a robot or interact with a crowd-controlled digital art display!  If you are more interested in the past, go to the Brentwood Arts Exchange and meet an expert African American Art History.  However, if it is living in the moment that you strive for, see the work of local contemporary artists at the inaugural opening of Off Rhode Studio and emerging Hyattsville artists at artdc Gallery.

Friday July 15

Off Rhode Studio Gallery (5pm to 7pm)

(Rescheduled from last week due to a power outage) The folks at Art Enables have opened up a new gallery space on Rhode Island Avenue NE.  The inaugural exhibition will show work from artists living along the Rhode Island Avenue communities in NE Washington and just over Eastern Avenue in Maryland. Free of Charge.  For more info including a list of artists, click here.

The exhibition runs from July 15 – August 9, 2011

Off Rhode Studio Gallery


2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

Saturday July 16

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center (4pm to 7pm)

Artistic Reflections will showcase the works of David C. Driskell, Jeremy Austin, Starmanda Bullock, Sylvia Snowden in honor of David C. Driskell’s 80th Birthday. A world-renowned authority on African American ArtOver, Dr. David C. Driskell has created an unquestionable and profound impact in the arts through an extensive body of artwork, scholarship, curating, and teaching.  This is an excellent occasion to see Driskell’s work and meet him in person. Free of Charge. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

The Exhibition runs from June 27 – August 13, 2011

Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center


3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD


DC Glass Works (starting at 5:30)

Have you ever wanted to build a robot?  Well this will be your opportunity! Design your own robot using pink foam and DC Glassworks casting crew will transform it into aluminum.  Beer and alcohol will be served so this is a 21 and over event.  The cost for the workshop is $55.  For more information including instructions on how to register, click here.

DC Glass Works


5366 46th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD


artdc Gallery (7pm to 11pm)

Much like off-Rhode gallery who sought out local Rhode Island Avenue artists, artdc, now in its second year, will showcase the work of local Hyattsville artists in a show entitled Emerging from Hyattsville. Free of Charge. For more information about the artists and to preview their work via video, click here.

The Exhibition runs from July 10 – August 7, 2011

artdc Gallery


5710 Baltimore Avenue Hyattsville, MD


Wonder Emporium (9pm to 3am)

This is not your parents’ visual arts experience!   A kaleidoscope of interactive light shows and digital art work will be brought to life by the Wonder Emporium’s crowd.  Enhanced by DJs and a cash bar, the promoters promise attendees “a night of sensory overload”.  Tickets at the door are $20.  For more information about the Wonder Emporium including information on how to purchase discounted ticket in advance, click here.

Annual Wonder Emporium

Warehouse Loft

411 New York Ave NE