Gateway Arts District

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 http://www.riggiodesign.com. “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: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119595421451169 – Let us know if you have any questions!

CALL FOR ARTIST

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.

DETAILS

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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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 info@riggiodc.com.

ABOUT US

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

202.446.7373 o/m

301.887.1238 o/f

art gallery . interior design

http://www.riggiodesign.com

LIKE us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/riggiodc

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Visit our blog at http://www.riggiodc.wordpress.com

artdc Gallery’s “Material World” Reception tomorrow (3/12) @ 6pm

Our neighbor, artdc Gallery, located at the Lustine Center in the 5710Creative suite, has announced its upcoming reception TOMORROW evening opening frmo 6pm to 8pm. The exhibit looks fantastic, but don’t take my word for it, visit artdc.com. artdc Gallery shares its space with VM Photography & Makeup, LLC. and ourselves. While you’re there, check out our studio space, hehe.

Material World An exhibit bringing together six artists using materials in unique ways
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HYATTSVILLE, MD (February 22, 2010) – Material World, an exhibition at artdc Gallery from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, April 3, 2011 will feature works by Sherill Anne Gross, Michael Janis, J. T. Kirkland, Matthew Langley, Katherine Mann, and Marie Ringwald. “The commitment these artists have for their materials and craft lets their processes inform the content of the work, not overwhelm it,” notes curator Stephen Boocks. “While viewers will inevitably wonder how the works were made and will marvel at the technical prowess, the pieces selected ultimately transcend the materials used, allowing each finished object to stand on its own.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Two artists talks will be held: Michael Janis, Sherill Anne Gross, and Marie Ringwald on Saturday, March 19, and Matt Langley on Saturday, April 2. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is located at The Lustine Center, 5710 Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland. “Material World features exceptional work diverse in style and serves as a testament to the rich pool of talented artists from or with close ties to the DC area,” adds Boocks. “These six artists at varying stages of their careers all have a clear vision of what they’re trying to achieve with their preferred media. ”

Artist websites:
matthewlangley.com
marieringwald.com
katherinemann.net
michaeljanis.com
sagworks.com
jtkirkland.com

artdc Gallery – 5710 Baltimore Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20781
Contact the gallery for appointments here.


A version of this post is also posted on the Soulstrong Arts Blog at http://soulstrong.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/artdc-gallery%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cmaterial-world%e2%80%9d-reception-tomorrow-312-6pm/

A Spotlight on a little great Café in Mt. Rainier

By Justin:

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I sat in the Spotlight Café, located at the Mt. Rainier circle on Route One, marveling at the great bamboo works of Alonzo Davis, and sat wondering, what’s to become of this charming venue? Mt. Rainier has the buildings and the people to look like a great arts area–but it seems a bit too shaggy as a town center to excel at this stage in the game. Maybe a few years with more funding…well I see the potential.

George invited me to the reading and exhibit for Alonzo Davis’s booksigning, and I had the wonderful experience of not only seeing George perform, but I also got to meet great artisans and artwork. The Spotlight Café is a new little space, filled with art, sofas, and comfy chairs and tables for studying and chillaxin. I see great potential with the space, especially for readings, exhibits, and great get-together. They’ve got good lighting, can afford to fix up some decor (hey, they are new…), and they are a subsidary of a desserts bakery next-door, Delectable Cakery.

The staff is very friendly and charming, and while at the event their machine has some issues, they were more than willing to indulge me in a delicious hot chocolate-expresso creation plus a delicious cappuccino when the machine finally worked. I spent a good portion of my time eying their cakes, but for $6 though they look like great huge slices, I’m too college student-Plato’s diner-oriented. I need to come on back and grab a slice!

Long story short, I think they’re a place to check out and look forward to their growth.

Oh! And before I forget, Alonzo Davis is such a talented artist–His works will be exhibiting across the country. I’m currently hanging out with Valerie Watson and George Pelham, and not only is her house beautiful (see next blog post), but she also owns a Davis sculpture.

Happy Thanksgiving by the way!

PHOTOS ARE ONLINE ON FLICKR.COM:

http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?group_id=&user_id=7565779@N07&set_id=72157625488039912/with&tags=Alonzo
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulstrong/sets/72157625488039912/with/5215429735/

Article by Justin Fair. Justin is Business Manager and Head Intern at Design Studio Art Gallery in Hyattsville, MD. He is a painter, graphic designer, actor, and writer with Soulstrong Designs, and a graduating senior at the University of Maryland College Park. Justin can be reached at jorlandofair@gmail.com.

View Justin’s original version of this blog post at http://justinfair.com/2010/11/28/a-spotlight-on-a-little-great-cafe-in-mt-rainier/ and leave him a comment on his blog!

A version of this review is available on Yelp.com for Spotlight Café at http://www.yelp.com/biz/spotlight-cafe-mt-rainier#hrid:4GmNbDGMXFJTUmIGrqrSDQ.