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The Artful Post Office

Palisade Post Office

Palisade Post Office

When my neighbor Barbra said I should display my work at the local post office, I really didn’t think much of it.  Truthfully my first thought was how odd, must be a Palisades “thing”.  For thirty minutes Barbra regaled me about about some of the neighborhood artists who had displayed their work there.  I did not think about art at the post after our first conversation until Barbra mentioned it a second time.  This time she showed me  several paintings and two art pieces she had displayed in the past at the post office.  I was impressed, until I saw her work did I began to give the idea the serious thought it deserved.

Barbra  Gardien paintings and fish art

Barbra Gardien paintings and fish art

The Palisade Post Office has displayed the work of neighborhood artist for more than  seven years.  Six years ago Fred Pelzman took over the management of art at the post office after he noticed the same art display have been up for almost a year.  Mr. Pelzman contacted the artist and discoverd the artist had moved to the west coast.  For the next six years he managed the art installation until he turned over management a few months ago  to Shoshana Rosenbaum.

Artist must live in the Palisades and must installed their work and remove it after two months.  Currently on display at the post office is a story book by Lucie Davis for her first grandchild.

Granny's Cat:  Lucie Davis pencil drawing story book for her first grand child.

Granny’s Cat: Lucie Davis pencil drawing

Affordable Opera for the Masses

Image source: http://www.mazzagallerie.com

By Febbie P. Moore

November 10, 2012 over 100, 000 people watched a live production of The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera (Met). A small percentage of those viewers were from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Local DC area theaters, such as the Mazza Gallerie 7 in Chevy has been offering live high definition broadcasts of operas from the Met since 2006. The November 10th showing of the Tempest at the Mazza theatre sold out. Ticket prices for the broadcast ranged from $18 for children, $22 for seniors and $24 for adults. To see this performance in person at the Met in New York would cost from $65 to $525 per ticket.

Under the Artistic and sometime controversial direction of General Manager Peter Gelb ticket sales for the Metropolitan Opera greatly improved. A major reason for the increase in ticket sales is the live broadcast of its operas in movie theaters. The less expensive ticket prices at the theater make the Opera accessible to a larger group of people instead of just to the individuals who could afford one of the 3800 seats at the Met Opera House in New York.

The Met, like other art institutions in the country, has seen shrinking audiences and a decline in revenue. The opera has long been viewed as an art form enjoyed by the elite and the privileged. In 2006 Gelb pushed the radical idea of live opera performances in movie theaters. Gelb wanted to target opera lovers and to create future opera lovers. Gelb also hoped to attract a younger audience to augment a shrinking older audience. Take a bow Mr. Gelb; your idea has been wildly successful.

Disclosure: Febbie Moore is a photojournalism major at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

The Flea Market at Eastern Market: Love it or Hate it?

Eastern Market located within the remote neighborhood of Capitol Hill Washington, DC is open 7 days a week since 1873. Those of you who have yet to visit the market can begin to imagine a sweet sensation of fine foods, drinks, and deserts to come. The building itself is home to the public farmer’s market each day it holds new fresh grown foods from within a 30-mile radius. Although the big wow factor to the market itself is the 38,000-foot square lot located outside of the building, which has been called home to the Flea Market at Eastern Market for the last 30 years.

The building has more to offer than what we see, jam packed with individuals from all over fighting for a spot in line either for the fresh grown foods, homemade foods, fresh picked flowers, and plants there is no shortage of freshness within here. Outside of the building is where you can really start to move around, walking from vendor to vendor you will always see something new. From fine art to vintage antiques there is always something to bargain or deal for. If you’re looking for something new and hip the flea market is where to be, or if you’re looking to bring back a flash from the past a nice antique could revive that jive memory. If you walk further along outside of the building you will see not only the fine art and antique vendors, but also many thriving food vendors with foods you couldn’t even imagine to taste on your tongue.  A food vendor to try is the empanada vendor; a homemade Portuguese and Spanish treat of stuffed bread consisting of a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables or fruits.

Along with the empanada vendor there are several homemade doughnut vendors, along with homemade lemonade stands making you feel as though your 9-year-old lemonade stand has truly come to life. The Flea Market at Eastern Market is an area full of enjoyment, and tastes to fill your stomach for the day or more. If you have yet to visit be sure to get there bright and early Saturday morning before the afternoon rush pops in.

Visit there website online here:

http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/

Eastern Market to stay or go?

Eastern Market a public farmer’s market located on 7th street SE in Washington, DC. The market first opened its doors in 1873 and is today considered an historical landmark. In 2007 the building suffered a terrible fire, thus closing it’s doors for sometime, but no one forgot about the market. In June of 2009 when the market reopened its doors they received double the numbers of people than their previous years outcomes.

The building it’s self is open 7 days a week 7am-5pm. However there is more to the market than just this historical building, for 30 years now the market has been home to flea market vendors, and food vendors to supply us all.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm artists from all around the area gather on this 38,000-foot square lot to share their work with the Capitol Hill residents. Are flea markets a dying way? Some say yes, others at the market say no as said by Tammi Price, “people come here every weekend just to shop and view the art work, our sons and daughters have been coming here since they were born”. Although most of the DC residents wish for the flea market to stay alive, others see the market differently. In an article posted September 1, 2012 on the Flea Market at Eastern Market’s website it was stated that a development proposal has been released for a Junior High School to be built titled Hine Junior High School. This development proposal for Hine Junior High School will go before the DC Zoning Board on June 14, 2013. If this proposal is approved by the DC Zoning Board this will eliminate the 38,000-foot square lot leaving all these vendors homeless. Not only will it leave many vendors with no where to go, but many will no longer be able to create income off of their art work or vendor. As stated by fellow vendor Doug Cochrane, “I’m a vendor who depends on this market for a significant part of my income that helps me support my family, that includes two school age children”.

Not only thinking about the families of the vendors, now there will be less outcome to the market thus pushing the building into isolation. It is estimated that around 15,000 civilians visit the market on a daily, or weekend basis. Without that 15,000 attendance on a weekend basis there will be less income for the Market. If you’re one of the many people who support the market, visit www.change.org to sign the Save the Flea Market at Eastern Market petition.

A Peacock, Lionfish, Horse, and an Orchid: Jason Edward Tucker and THEARC

By Jordana Hall

Participating in the aforementioned program, Corcoran’s THEARCJason Edward Tucker is a Fine Art Photography major (though he dabbles in many other mediums) at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. He also is a Co-Founder of the District’s well-loved Boys Be Good.

Image(Photo source: Facebook)
Take a looksie into the workings of J.E.T.’s brains, as I ask him more about the process of working for THEARC with DC youth!

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JH: What has been the hardest part of working with the youth at TheArc?

JET: The hardest part thus far in working with the youth at THEARC has easily been the limited time we have to complete our projects. The project spans two months, but within that period we only have about 8 meetings with our mentees.

JH: Ouch, that’s a squeeze! What about the most rewarding aspect?

JET: The most rewarding piece of this experience has been watching the mentees engage and get just as excited as we are to create these costumes. Though I rarely collaborate in my creation process, having these kids (who have little or no costume design experience) has been fantastic. Seeing these kids use their imaginations to sketch out ideas and then have the ability to manifest them in a piece of wearable art is actually pretty inspiring.

JH: That’s incredibly inspiring. Can you give us a sneak peek into the concept of the costume that you and your partner are working on?

JET: Courtney [my partner] and I are working on a hybrid creature that is based in 4 unique species. We chose the peacock, the lionfish, the horse, and the orchid. The most I can tell you without giving too much away is that the costume will be large, spiky, and flourescent red.

JH: I can’t wait to see the final product! You spoke earlier about not having much collaboration in your creative past. This must be really different for you. So, how much of the work would you say is guided by you, and how much does your partner bring creatively to the table?

JET: The process of sketching and designing the costume was split as we decided over which animals we wanted the suit to embody. As for the actual craft of the piece, I am doing much of the behind the scenes work as we are only able to meet once a week and the deadline is rapidly approaching. That being said however, the days that Courtney and I do get together have been incredibly productive. I generally teach her a certain craft (such as hand stitching or pattern making) throughout the beginning of the class period and by the end she’s flying through it, almost entirely independent. My hope is that she’ll be able to take these skills and apply them elsewhere, artistic or otherwise.

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For more information regarding Corcoran’s THEARC, click here!

Disclosure: Jordana Hall is a student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

What war in Afghanistan?

Between March and June this year the Meridian International Center curated an exhibition titled “In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations”. The exhibition contains hundreds of replica photographs from the early twentieth century till the late 1970s. The viewers will learn about Afghanistan and it’s relationship with the United States through those dates. While this is all well and good, how much do we know about Afghanistan today? Isn’t that equally as important?
One of my roommates, Louie Palu (pictured Left), is an international photographer that has spent quite a few years recently in Afghanistan as a combat photographer. In the video below, Louie speaks about his experience as a photographer in Afghanistan.

Today the war is still going on in Afghanistan. It is America’s longest war to date. It’s hard to think that America could just “forget” about the war… but haven’t they? If you truly ask yourself what wars are going on, does Afghanistan come to mind? The unfortunate truth for most of us, including myself, is that we’ve forgotten. We’ve forgotten about the war, but more importantly, we’ve forgotten about our soldiers. Our soldiers are on the frontlines of our relations with Afghanistan. They are they impression that Afghanistan has of us. Thanks to people like Louie, we are reminded that the war is still going on. We are reminded that Afghanistan is still on the maps. And, we are reminded that our actions effect Afghanistan. Perhaps, in a few years, Louie’s work will be featured in a Meridian “Us-Afghan Relations” Exhibition.