Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Silver Spring Art Walk

When: Sunday, July 9th 12 :30 – 4pm (The workshop will be from 12:30 – 2pm, puppet march and ArtsWalk will begin at 2pm)
Where: Starting at CREATE Arts Center: 816 Thayer Ave. SS, MD. 20910
Cost: FREE

What: ArtsWalk/PuppetWalk!

CREATE Arts Center : 816 Thayer Ave.
Come join the CREATE staff and other local artists and make your very own puppet. Have you ever ‘worked’ a 7’ tall three person puppet? Now’s your chance to try it out in CREATE’s parking lot. This is also a great opportunity to see all of the fabulous offerings that CREATE has for kids throughout the year.

Displacement and A Change of Plan: Pyramid Atlantic: 8230 Georgia Ave.
DISPLACEMENT is an exhibition of multi-media works curated by Symmes Gardner, the director of the Center
for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. DISPLACEMENT features three artists,
Nino Leselidze, Hadieh Shafie, and Jennie Thwing, whose installations challenge the inherent structure and
subtleties of our common visual/aural experiences, and question the homogeneity of our time. The three artists
create process-orientated art that draws on the tactics of repetition and multiplication in order to cast doubt on
conventional reality, to displace our relation to it, and to knock off balance our perceptual need for a linear progression.
“Identity in crisis”, “cultural alienation”, and the dichotomy between “reality versus illusion” are recurrent
themes in the works presented in this exhibit.
A CHANGE OF PLANS is concerned with presenting a range of human emotions in tandem with one another and
their place in defining our overall condition. Courage, wonder, fear, violence, and love are used to describe our
experience in the world as well as to ask what if anything might lie beyond. Symmes Gardner writes that his “video installations concentrate on the disconnection between the world we live in and constructed media environments from contemporary culture (films, television, music)...Time-based images taken from the world in real-time are intentionally juxtaposed with highly stylized cinematic imagery to allow the viewer to examine ideas and nuances relating to time and the sense of how events and emotions are constructed/fabricated.

Overall, the goal of these installations is to make tactile the idea of how we navigate the creation of a personal psychological/emotional space amidst the pressures of history and culture.”

Kari Minnick Art Glass Studio: 8230 Georgia Ave.
Come visit a working glass studio. The studio offers architectural commissions, fine art glass, and internationally recognized courses in kiln formed glass. The studio is also known for exceptional art glass jewelry and will be offering a SPECIAL SALE! on the 9th.

Alchemy: 8025 Georgia Ave.
Showing and selling the work of over 100 artists and vendors, Alchemy’s art is always changing. We recently added new furniture and artifacts from India, Nepal and Tibet, a wide selection of hand-made journals and a line of wearable art clothing – all styles and sizes (dresses, skirts, tops, shoes, purses and jeans). Come check it out!, 301.565.2262

Moorenkos: 8030 Georgia Ave.
Featuring local artist Paige S. Hirsch’s floorcloths, Moorenkos enters the ArtsWalk fold! Stop on by, see Paige’s wonderful art and pick up an ice cream for the rest of the walk!

Community Spirit: featuring artist Hussein Saidi - Gateway’s Heliport Gallery : 8001 Kennett St., Suite 3
In Community Spirit, contemporary African artist, Hussein Saidi, reflects on the evolving community in Silver Spring. Hussein, like many of our community’s current residents, grew up elsewhere but has called Silver Spring home for the last 5 years. Hussein grew up in Tanzania, where community and family were a major part of his upbringing. So much so, that he named his art studio Ujama’ Art. In his native language of Kiswahili, ujamaa means unity in family and in community. In this exhibition, his collages depict and highlight images of places in Silver Spring that illustrate how the community has made and is continuing to make positive changes. The places are familiar, but in Hussein’s signature style of acrylic painted backgrounds with natural material collages, the scenes take on new meanings and evoke a full range of emotions. A must see exhibit for any Silver Spring fan.

Stephen Hanks Gallery: 7981 Eastern Ave., unit C-11
Mr. Hanks does watercolors and drawings that range from realistic wildlife to abstract expressionism. He has shown professionally on the wildlife show circuit, exhibiting at the prestigious Easton Waterfowl Festival among other such shows on the east coast. He also does watercolor landscapes and cityscapes. Many of his abstracts are fantastic anatomical figure metaphors and cityscapes with additional drawn details that call for closer inspection. He has exhibited in a variety of major museum art shows including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Denver, London, New York, and Woodstock (NY). He has done commercial drafting and technical graphics design work for large corporations and commercial publications. He currently teaches art at a private school in downtown DC. This summer he is offering private drawing and watercolor painting classes in his studio. Mr. Hanks has his BFA and his Masters degrees in art from the Univ. of Colorado and SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Hanks recently moved to Silver Spring and opened this new gallery to the public for the ArtWalk in 2006. His gallery is also open by appointment by calling 301-588-2326.

Open studio - Brian Hewitt : 7981 Eastern Ave., unit C-8
Artist Brian Hewitt bridges the worlds of art and science in his expressive abstract paintings. As an undergraduate Brian studied physics at American University. In addition to art, his professional career has included work as a science and environmental journalist, and as a webmaster at NASA's Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. He incorporates similar themes in his work, exploring the beauty in the energies of existence and motion, in order and chaos, in abstract concepts, and in incomprehensible scales. Brian is a new resident of the South Point district of Silver Spring.


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