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Exhibition Openings: Double Take and #myDeanwood
July 27, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Opening for both exhibitions: Friday, July 27, 2012 6:30-8:30pm
Originally a participant in the Gallery’s April 2011 exhibition Mama Earth, Russ McIntosh has successfully expanded his portfolio and reach. His work has been featured in local exhibitions such as Artomatic 2012 and Flashpoint’s Adventure Residency Art Show, as well as throughout the United States from The Billboard Art Project in San Bernardino, CA to the 4×6 Exhibit at The Art Gallery in Grand Junction, CO. McIntosh has also received a variety of honors and awards, this year he received a Juror’s Honorable Mention Award for each piece: It’s a Wonderful World?, Impressions, and Altered State. McIntosh also does work by commission, actively blogs, and is always looking to advise emerging artists.
Per the Double Take theme, of his work McIntosh states: “The essence of my art is for the viewer to look deep within my images to find something much more than what they originally saw upon the initial view of the pieces. The images I have created have many layers in them, and though at first glance the main composition does register with them, it is upon further reflection that the viewer can see “hidden images” that were originally unnoticeable.”
Opening Reception: Friday, July 27th, 6:30-8:30pm
Artist’s Talk with Russ McIntosh: Saturday, August 18, 5-7pm
DeanwoodxDesign is a creative place-making project sponsored by ArtPlace and the DC Office of Planning (OP). ArtPlace, a new private-public collaboration, is an initiative of eleven of America’s top foundations working in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies, ArtPlace’s aim is to drive revitalization across the country by putting the arts at the center of economic development. Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation, and more.
OP received a grant from ArtPlace to promote Arts and Culture Temporiums in emerging creative neighborhoods in the District, where vacant and/or underutilized storefronts and empty lots would be transformed into an artist showcase/village for three to six month periods. The Deanwood Arts and Cultural Temporium will provide a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work to residents and visitors as part of a nationally-profiled project.
What is DeanwoodxDesign?
The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) has awarded a $75,000 “ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium” grant to Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) to develop and manage pop-up temporiums in underutilized spaces in the Deanwood neighborhood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington.
Under this grant, Partners will manage DeanwoodxDesign, a project developed by Deanwood residents and cultural activists Seshat Walker, Donna Davis, and Kimberly Gaines. DeanwoodxDesign showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of neighborhood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort.