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“Hidden Images” open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm

We’re open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm – This could be your LAST CHANCE to see “Hidden Images” before it closes on the 7th!

Please come out and say hi to Justin, he can tell you about the exhibit, our plans, and some of the cool things going on in the Gateway Arts District!

–And again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our opening reception last Saturday!

We hope you join us THIS SATURDAY anytime from 1pm to 5pm!


“Hidden Images” Open this Saturday from 1pm-5pm – LAST CHANCE to see the exhibit before it closes on the 7th!

We’re open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm – This could be your LAST CHANCE to see “Hidden Images” before it closes on the 7th!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our opening reception last Saturday! We hope you join us THIS Saturday.

–See photos from the opening reception @

Opening Reception for “Hidden Images” this Saturday!!!

We hope you join us this Saturday, April 23rd for the opening reception of Hidden Images! The opening reception runs from 5pm-8pm. Please celebrate with us and treat yourself to inspiring abstract artwork, enjoy great (catered) food, and have great conversation.

This Saturday we are open as artdc Gallery celebrates their “Realism…Believe!” exhibit (from 6pm-8pm). Not only will there be many folks from artdc Gallery’s crowd but you’ll also be able to see their new exhibit! It’s fantastic! This Saturday’s a day not to miss out.


Our first exhibit in our new space, Hidden Images, presents abstract artwork rich in various interpretations. Local artists challenge viewers to find unseen symbols, storylines, images, and meanings within their work. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 5pm-8pm. The exhibit runs from Monday, April 4, 2011 to Saturday, May 7, 2011.

HYATTSVILLE, MD (04-11-11) -When we moved into our space located within the Lustine Center, many passer-bys thought our gallery had closed. However, things are not always what they seem. Our new space is part of an exciting gallery collaboration where we will host and co-host exhibits alongside of artdc. Our first exhibit, Hidden Images, invites viewers to take a second glance, peel away layers: both optical and metaphorical, and ask the question: What do you really see and why?

In any form of art, each individual has the potential to see something different. Art’s power is in its ability to affect the soul, to summon memory, to promote dialogue, and communicate visually what cannot be described in any other way. Art has the ability to manipulate, to control, and to transform.

Often the desire to see a single concept, a single identifiable subject, a single answer is an initial response to art. With Hidden Images we invite viewers to closely examine each work and find multiple meanings. Works within this exhibit will require and motivate viewers to take a more concentrated and in-depth look at each piece. The artwork is meant to communicate a deeper meaning than what is initially interpreted. Hidden Images contains abstract work with dual-meaning which is illustrated via optical illusion, satire, layering, etc. truly indulging the viewer’s imagination.

Selected works for Hidden Images were juried by Justin Fair, Abigail Hunt, and Erica Riggio.


About Riggio Design
Erica Riggio, founder of Riggio Design, has over a decade of design experience. Ms. Riggio earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The George Washington University. She also attended MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore and received a certificate in Architectural and Interior Design Studies.

Creating chic, stream-lined, timeless, and comfortable spaces define their aesthetic. Riggio Design is equally dedicated to historical preservation. Their awareness and respect of historic structures are recognized by their efforts to seamlessly and strategically blend the historic with the new. Riggio Design is dedicated to providing good design within everyone’s reach. Their commitment to the environment is strong. Principles of green design are encouraged and incorporated, when possible, in their design plans.

Their most recent venture is a collaborative effort called 5710Creative: a creative design studio. Riggio Design, part of 5710Creative, is located within historic The Lustine Center at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. Within 5710Creative, Riggio Design will host exhibits alongside artdc Gallery while providing full Interior Design services from the studio. The 5710Creative space is home to various artists working in several mediums ranging from photography to Interior Design to fine art!

To arrange a viewing by appointment, please call (202) 446-7373.

Erica Riggio

ARTIST CALL – HIDDEN IMAGES – Drop off next Sunday, April 3rd!

New Call for Artist now online! For artwork to be considered, the drop-off/submission date is April 3rd from 12pm-2pm. This show is juried. For more information, please visit “Hidden Images” will run April 4th thru May 7th. The opening reception will be Sat, April 23 from 5pm-8pm. Visit the Call for Artist event on Facebook: – Let us know if you have any questions!


For our new exhibit, Hidden Images, we are looking for abstract artwork that contains “illusions” and motivates the viewer(s) to take a more concentrated and in-depth look at each work. The abstract artwork should communicate to viewer(s) a deeper meaning than what is interpreted at first glance. Artists are encouraged to create works that seek dual-meanings through optical illusion, satire, layering, etc.


Art Drop-Off Date: Sun, April 3 from 12pm-2pm

Pick-Up Date: Sat, May 7 from 12pm-2pm

Opening Reception: Sat, April 23 from 5pm-8pm

Exhibit Runs: April 4, 2011 thru May 7, 2011

Commission: 40%

Curators: Justin Fair and Abby Hunt

A jury of 3 individuals will select art from submissions.


Works should be abstract in style. All mediums and sizes will be considered for acceptance. Multiple entries welcome.

Submit digital image(s) in this format: width: 480 pixels, height: 378 pixels. If the work does not confirm to those sizes, please adjust size closest to that measurement. Specific ideas regarding a special, planned installation must be explained in a minimum of 2 paragraphs with images of work.  A jury of 3 individuals will select entries for all submissions.

We request that artists submit images of 2D or 3D works to


For the past two years, we have proudly curated over 24 exhibits as Design Studio Art Gallery. We are pleased to announce that now we are curating exhibits under the following name: Riggio Design: Interiors | Gallery | Showroom.

In January 2011, in a collaborative effort, 5710Creative: a Creative Design Studio and Gallery, was born.  Riggio Design is now located within The Lustine Center at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Within this unique, exciting space, Riggio Design will host exhibits alongside artdc Gallery while providing full Interior Design services from the studio. We strive to continue to enhance collaboration and promote the arts in Hyattsville by connecting regularly with other galleries, firms, and community resources.

The 5710Creative space is home to various artists working in several mediums ranging from photography to Interior Design to fine art! Monthly exhibits by artdc Gallery bring variety to the patrons and great exposure for artists. Together, our effort in this collaborative space combines to create a unique art venue where we will host and co-host new exhibits.

Riggio Design @ 5710Creative

5710 Baltimore Avenue

Hyattsville, MD 20781

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Hungry at 3pm?

According to mashable’s article, Groupon’s Ambitious Way to Change How & When We Eat, late-lunchtime or late-dinner during a long day in the studio could relieve a lot of stress on our mind, tummy, and wallet. Groupon’s coming out with Groupon Now, which is an app that will cater to independent businesses to promote local active deals.

The idea is that if we were hungry, we go to the app, and it will find out where we are and tell us if any nearby restaurants are offering deals during their slow hours (say Erica and I are out on a field measure and almost done and wanna grab a bite to eat at low prices). Nifty! Can’t wait to see how it works in real-time.

Combine this with how works and I’ll be one happy graduate, since there are so many restaurants between UMD, Hyattsville, and Brentwood…where I tend to hang out.

Coloring our Present/Colors of our Past

While skimming a few websites today, I came along a great article on how color impacts our lives, depending on our history, our upbringing, and our visual attachments. Thanks to the Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog for including the following exercepts on their blog!

Excerpted from Colors For Your Every MoodBy Leatrice Eiseman: href=””>

Color and Your Background:

Where Were You And Your Parents Raised?

If you were brought up in an area where social pressures, traditions, and rigid color rules were enforced, it may be difficult to shake those old dictums or clichés. For instance, one of the oldest of those dictatorial color taboos was that blue and green should never be used in combination; and, until the 1960¹s they rarely were. This was an especially ludicrous dictum since blue and green are so beautifully combined in natural settings-a beautiful blue sky providing a background for a lush green meadow or reflected over tropical turquoise waters. Some of the most fabulous combinations appear together in natural scenes and we never challenge Mother Nature¹s ability to use color harmony.

Although questioning where your parents grew up might seem irrelevant, it truly is not. Your parents and their parents and all of the generations before you are the products of cultures whose beliefs and color traditions, no matter how subtle, have been passed on to you. A second or third generation Japanese American might consider themselves part of the melting pot mainstream culture, yet there may still be the vestiges of traditional beliefs. They may be drawn to the same quiet neutrals with accents of rich reds, teals, and golds of their family furnishings.

A man of Spanish descent might have difficulty wearing pink even in a casual tee shirt because in that culture, from earliest infancy, pink is strictly for females. It takes a strong will, a rebellious nature or a very open mind to defy tradition. Interestingly, most men of any culture don¹t have any problem snuggling under a cushy pink blanket or looking especially healthy in the reflected rosy glow of a pink bathroom, just as long as a woman has done the decorating and shares the space.

Women are more likely than men to have pleasant color associations and men are more apt to be indifferent to many colors. Why? Color is rarely part of a man¹s education; they simply haven¹t spent enough time involved with color. Maybe now tha there are more girls than ever sliding into home plate and boys learning to cook, this will change. But it is still the case that girls spend more time dressing and coordinating their doll¹s wardrobe or decorating their doll house, while boys are involved in more active pursuits that are generally less artistic. Little girls shop with Mom, observe her making color choices and emulate her as their primary role model, while boys are busy pummeling each other in sports activities. If you are a man with many pleasant color associations, you probably have an eye for color or were encouraged (fortunately) by parents or teachers to exercise your *right brain* activities. Lucky you! Your life will certainly be enhanced by a greater appreciation of the colorful world around you, not to mention the unleashing of that creative urge that lies deep within you, as it does in,every human being, male or female.

March is National Color Therapy Month. Sherry Burton Ways of Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog writes, “Color Therapy used in our interiors teaches us how to create an aesthetically pleasing environment but also helps us feel good about ourselves. We can use color to alleviate problems we have, whether they are mental, spiritual, physical or emotional. This does not mean that we have to be ill in order to benefit from color therapeutics, but we can use it for creative and spiritual inspiration in our homes.”

Their first teleseminar series Color Healing Home: Wellness In Your Decor is coming up next next week on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It costs only $18.00 and you can register online at