Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Artomatic opens this Friday!!!

Artomatic Opens in NoMa this coming Friday May 9!
At the Capitol Plaza I building, located at 1200 First Street (1st
and M Streets), N.E., in Washington, D.C., just one block west of the New York Avenue
Metro station

Hey Friends!!
Hope you will join me opening night for an evening filled with art, live music and all sorts of unexpected surprises!! This year's Artomatic will be one of the nation's largest, most eclectic arts happenings EVER!!
I'll be there at 6:30ish pm until-? My work is on the 11th floor, right next to the lovely and talented Emily Greene Liddle, conveniently located on one of the "bar" floors!! We have several other awesome "Art Whino" artists in close vicinity, too and some other fine arts faculty from CUA exhibiting on the 12th floor! For your additional entertainment and possibly some rug cuttin'; two of my friend's bands will be performing; Demivolt and The Gulley Jimson Quartet. (go to www.artomatic.org for full schedule).
Come have a cocktail and experience Artomatic for yourself!
Hope to see you there!!!
Best regards and happy spring to all,

Over 700 Artists and 300 Performances
Kick Off Five-Week Extravaganza
Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s homegrown art extravaganza, opens to the
public at noon on Friday, May 9, with over 700 visual artists and 300 performances,
including the fire-dancing troupe Flights of Fire and performance art in the form of a new
TV game show, “The Road to Success!” in just the first weekend. Live music will range
from acoustic and folk rock, pop, jazz, funk, oldies, and rockabilly to experimental, indie,
new wave, and “electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music.”
The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) is
hosting Artomatic 2008 at the Capitol Plaza I building, located at 1200 First Street (1st
and M Streets), N.E., in Washington, D.C., just one block west of the New York Avenue
Metro station. Show hours are Fridays and Saturdays: noon–2 a.m.; Sundays: noon–10
p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Artomatic’s closing day is June 15.
“NoMa is ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Artomatic so they can see
the transformation that is under way in NoMa,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the
NoMa BID. “NoMa is currently a hotbed of construction activity and now, thanks to
Artomatic, the neighborhood will be bursting with the energy and excitement that only
the artistic community can create.”

Highlights of Artomatic’s opening weekend include:

• Unveiling of nine floors of 2-D and 3-D visual arts presentations by more than
700 local and regional artists.
• Flights of Fire – a fire dancing performance to be held outside at 9 p.m., Friday,
May 9.
• “Electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music” by Baltimore’s Telesma at 9
p.m., Friday, May 9.
• A Latin dance workshop with professional dance instructor Ibis Villegas, featuring
salsa, merengue, samba, and other styles at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10.
• Progressive rock by Guardians of Iridescence at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10.
• “The Road to Success,” performance art by Carolina Mayorga in the form of a
new TV game show at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10.
• New wave/indie rock by Plastiq Passion, an all-girl band from Union City, New
Jersey at 11 p.m., Saturday, May 10.
• An expressive drawing workshop with Giliah Litwack at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 11.
• "In-your-face" jazz/jam music "with a touch of funk" by Bethesda, JD-based
Bassment Breaks at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 11.

A full schedule of events is available at www.artomatic.org.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an
exciting and diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays
and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free films, educational presentations
and children’s activities, as well as musical, dance, poetry, theater and other

“This is the biggest Artomatic ever, with an abundance of exhibits and performances that
will be open to all — from recognized artists to undiscovered talents,” said George Koch,
Artomatic chair. “You won’t want to miss opening weekend, and once you’ve
experienced Artomatic, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.”

About Artomatic:
Artomatic is a creative community that collaborates to produce and present a free arts
spectacular. Participation is open to all, from recognized artists to undiscovered talents,
who work in a variety of arts forms. In partnership with the development community,
Artomatic transforms unused building space into a playground for expression, serves as
a catalyst for community growth in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and helps to grow our
creative economy. The nonprofit Artomatic organization is headed by a volunteer Board
of Directors and is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit

About the NoMa BID:
NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union
Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested over $1 billion in 2007–
2008 alone, with plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential,
hotel, and retail space in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10
years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map,
see the BID Web site at www.nomabid.org.


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