Hanging Out on Display at the Intersections Festival


Hanging Out on Display at the Intersections Festival

Originally uploaded by Karon

Atlas presents INTERSECTIONS, A New America Arts Festival

Ten Miles Square will host a photography exhibition as part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival, the goal of which is to be a place were arts merge and cultures meet. These curated photos tie together the diversity and dynamism of the performers on stage with the vibrancy of the neighborhood outside the Atlas.

There will be two special events for the exhibit. This Thursday, February 24 visit the show during your ARTventures H Street Art Walk. Galleries in the neighborhood will be open and visitors get discounts at participating restaurants. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This weekend, visit the photography exhibit during the first weekend of INTERSECTIONS at a special reception Saturday, February 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. with treats provided by Smith Commons. Be sure to check out their entire schedule (pdf) for tons of incredible performance art!

This Ten Miles Square exhibit features the work of Amy Keys, Michael DuBois, Michael Galkovsky, Maria Helena Carey, Patrick Yuen, Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Angela Kleis, Brian Mosley, Karon Flage, Brett Davis, and Kevin Harber.

Ten Miles Square is a venture to promote local photographers through independent, art supporting businesses, while also nurturing a new generation of patrons. Check out Ten Miles Square to find out about other upcoming events at www.tenmilessquare.com.

Columbia Heights Day


Do You Want to Pet the Dromedary or the Snake?

Originally uploaded by Karon

I decided to ignore both march events in downtown DC and head up the Green and Yellow lines to Columbia Heights Day. Hard to go wrong with a neighborhood festival that includes a petting zoo.

Fixation


Fixation

Originally uploaded by Karon

Join Ten Miles Square and the Pink Line Project at Industry Gallery with the work of nine local photographers for the second annual Fixation exhibit, part of the FotoweekDC festival.

These photographers each create a narrative with a short series of images, differentiating the stereotypical image of our Nation’s Capital from the people actually living inside it. Their photographs inspect our city’s individual subcultures and the people who thrive in them, whether it’s the intense rock convulsions of serious air guitar competitors or the eager characters at the local Renaissance festival. Some create their own scenes by simply coming together as bystanders, while others transit separately in search of the same something. What these images all have in common is a fixation on subculture carved out inside the story of this city.

Featured photographers: Nicole Aguirre, Karon Flage, Angela Kleis, Drew McDermott, Amit Mehta, Pat Padua, Jay Westcott, Aziz Yazdani, and Joshua Yospyn.

Performances:
6-9 PM Music by Yoko K!
7:30 PM ayyoko confidential
9:00 PM Suspicious Package (recently mentioned in Spin magazine!)

Portrait photographs:
Have your portrait taken by Ten Miles Square photographer Tracy Clayton in front of a specially commissioned backdrop created by fab artist Cory Oberndorfer.

Celebrate DC’s newest art center with:
–The opening of Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (DC) at one of DC’s top contemporary art galleries, Conner Contemporary.
–G Fine Art’s new space on the same block.
–A first look at the home of the new Industry Gallery, a contemporary design exhibition space.

$10 suggested donation

Special Deal:
$2 tall-boy PBR drink special at the Rock & Roll Hotel if you wear our wrist band.

Huge thanks to our beer sponsor PBR and event sponsor Scion for making Fixation possible.

Industry Gallery is located on the second floor of Conner Contemporary, at 1358-60 Florida Avenue NE. When it opens in 2010, Industry will specialize in 21st century design, focusing on international artists who create functional art from industrial materials.

I Love Ferris Wheels


I Love Ferris Wheels

Originally uploaded by Karon


Fading Away


Fading Away

Originally uploaded by Karon

Saxman Totem Park and Saxman Native Village in Ketchikan, Alaska.

After the Storm


After the Storm

Originally uploaded by Karon

Not bad waiting out the storm in a Folklife Festival performance tent on the mall when this is the result.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival


At the Temple

Originally uploaded by Karon

The Folklife Festival has outdone themselves with an amazing Bhutan Buddist temple in the middle of the mall. I spent a few hours on the mall and only made it through the Bhutan sections of the festival so I have NASA and Texas still to go. Yes, Bhutan, NASA and Texas is a strange combination, I have no idea how the Smithsonian comes up with these festival choices.

Edit to add:  This image is part of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative slideshow  of the “Best of the 2008 Festival”.

Money Has Changed Hands

I can now say I have officially sold my first photos as I have delivered said pieces to one of the buyers and received money.  Whohoo!  Three more deliveries to make.  I sold six pieces and am doing a trade with another artist for one her prints for a total of seven Artomatic framed photos that I will not have to find a home for in my apartment.

Memorial Day Weekend

The weather gods finally came through. After a spring of rainy weekends, the long Memorial Day weekend was spectacular. A little too spectacular in the sun department for me. I learned the hard way that when wearing a deep v-necked tshirt means I need to add extra sunscreen under the shirt on the left side. My camera strap pulled the shirt over enough that I have a bright red stripe of sunburn just on the left of my neck. I also learned that SPF 15 isn’t enough even on days that don’t hit 80 degrees as I have strange half circles of burnt flesh on my arms just around my elbows. I was trying to figure out just how that happened when I realized it matched the position of my arms holding my camera up to my face. As long as I keep my arms bent, it doesn’t look strange. The SPF 30 wasn’t quite enough for my face as I’m pink and my nose is very pink. Oh yeah, I’m real pretty.

Other than that, I had marvelous weekend. I spent most of Friday at the Reynold’s Center. I took a special tour of the piece MVSEVM by David Becks. It has been one of my favorite works there so it was fun to learn more about it. I also toured the Color Field, Edward Steichen and Zaida Ben-Yusuf shows.  Had a lovely dinner at the bar at Central and then went to Iron  Man which is every bit as good as people have been saying.

Saturday was a quiet day cleaning and working on Disney photos.  Sunday was Rolling Thunder and sunburn.  I had planned on going to Artomatic Sunday night but made the mistake of sitting down when I got home from several hours on the mall.  Today was laundry and groceries.  But the groceries came from the ever fun Super H Asian grocery store.   Amazing selection fish including live eels and  sea cucumber which I didn’t realize was edible.  I stuck to the tuna and salmon.  Alas, tomorrow I must return to work.

My Artomatic Display


My Artomatic Display

Originally uploaded by Karon

Turned out much busier than how I saw it in my head but thankfully the labels helped to anchor the photos.. I wanted a backdrop that would catch a visitor’s eye from across the room and I do think it works for that. I already have much better ideas for next year.

I made a sale opening weekend which absolutely thrilled me. Granted, it isn’t completely real until after the show when money and art change hands but the email asking to buy a photo made my day.

This Friday is Meet the Artists night so it is a great time to come see the show. http://artomatic.org/

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