Feb 13 2011

Artist Talk: Shahin Shikhaliyev

Saturday, February 19 — 4:00 pm

Shahin Shikhaliyev, artist-in-residence - Gateway Arts Center

A free event — refreshments provided.

Shahin Shikhaliyev, the first artist-in-residence at the Gateway Arts Center, will talk about his artistic developments during his residency. Shahin was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and graduated from Azerbaijan State Art College in 1986. He has exhibitied his work in solo and group shows throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He lives and works in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

39th Street Gallery & Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722


Come early and see the extraordinary show Resonant Forms with artworks by Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank Smith — a joint exhibit in the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the African American Museum galleries, and another beautiful installation by the teams of both organizations.

Also, the show Alternative Life with textiles by San Francisco artist Jeremy Chase Sanders can be seen upstairs in the 39th Street Gallery before Shahin’s talk.

Feb 9 2011

“Resonant Forms” Opens at the GAC@B

Friday, February 11, 5:00-8:00 pm

Opening Reception for:

"Resonant Forms" - Alonzo Davis,  Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Frank Smith

Alonzo Davis

Martha Jackson-Jarvis

Frank Smith

The Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., are pleased to co-present Resonant Forms, an exhibition featuring art work by Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Frank Smith.  On view throughout both galleries, Resonant Forms is the first time these three widely accomplished artists have exhibited together, and also marks the first exhibition partnership between the two organizations.

Exhibition continues February 1 – April 9, 2011

Free and open to the public, the reception is generously hosted by The Links, Inc. Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter.

Also on Friday evening, upstairs the 39th Street Gallery will be open as usual, and several of us resident artists will have our studios open.

Lots to see at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood!

"Resonant Forms" at the GAC@B

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722


Upcoming events associated with the Resonant Forms exhibit:

Saturday, February 12, 2:00-4:00 pm

Artist Talk with Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank Smith.

A rare chance to hear from three esteemed and dynamic artists as they relate and share their unique experiences of their art work.

Saturday, March 19, 2:00-4:00pm

Message in the Bottle:  A discussion with Martha Jackson-Jarvis and A. M. Weaver.

A major voice shaping the discourse and dissemination of information on visual artists of color and women artists, artist/curator/writer A. M. Weaver will engage in a discussion with artist Martha Jackson- Jarvis about her work.

Saturday, April 2, 2:00-4:00pm

Alonzo Davis & The Bamboo Muse.

Join artist Alonzo Davis for a discussion and poetic recitations featuring The Bamboo Muse, a book of Davis’ artwork paired with the poetry and prose of twelve writers inspired by his work.


Feb 2 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, February 3 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

Exit Through The Gift Shop
The world’s first Street Art disaster movie…

Exit Through The Gift ShopThis is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide.  Exit Through The Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.

One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence.  By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale … with bolt cutters.

2011 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary

(87 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Jan 21 2011

Artist Talk, Short Films – 39th Street Gallery

Sunday, January 23 – 5:00 pm

Artist talk & screening of several short films with Filmmaker Fern Silva

Films start at 5:30 pm   ( 7 films, 67 min. total running time )
Refreshments will be served

Still from AFTERMARKS, 2008

Still from AFTERMARKS, 2008

Since 2005, Fern Silva has been an active filmmaker whose personal journeys and impulsery disposition give rise to his visionary process. …

His work has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, …

Although Brooklyn based, Fern Silva is from central Connecticut, he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Bard College.


39th Street Gallery and Project Space

entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Jan 6 2011

39th Street Gallery – Opening Reception

Friday, January 7 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Show runs January 7 – February 26, 2011

Alternative Life
By San Francisco based Textile Artist Jeremy Chase Sanders

"Alternative Life" 2010, detail, hand woven cotton, pigmented ink on cotton. 24"x24"

The type of synesthesia that artist Jeremy Chase Sanders experiences causes him to see a particular color associated with every number and letter of the alphabet (ie ‘2’ is red, ‘E’ is green).  He dyes threads to match the colors he sees in language and weaves cloth with coded text.  By imbuing cloth with coded meaning and fashioning it into particular patterns and forms, he examines the words we share and the intricate political hierarchies at play within our language.

Jeremy Chase Sanders moved from Baltimore to San Francisco in the late 1990’s where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from California College of Arts & Crafts.

Also, showing in our Corridor Exhibition Space will be members of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance.


39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722


This weekend is the last chance to see Vintage Visions, African American Cinema Posters which closes on Saturday at Gallery 110, and there is only one week left to see Impressed: New Visions in Printmaking at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

So, if you don’t make it to the opening on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon would be a great time to see these shows in all three galleries at the Gateway Arts Center.  Specific gallery hours are in the right-hand column – from 12:00-4:00pm on Saturday all three will be open.

Nov 12 2010

Open Studios – Red Dirt, Flux …

Come see cool new art and ideas this Sunday afternoon in Mount Rainier – November 14, 1:00-5:00pm – open studios at Red Dirt, Flux, Sinel/Stewart/Weiss, Blue Fire ….  If you’ve never been to the buildings “by the tracks” (and even if you have) you’ll be fascinated and and amazed by this concentration of artistic creativity.

Red Dirt - Open Studios, 2010Red Dirt - Open Studios, 2010Red Dirt Studios
Margaret Boozer
Kate Hardy
J.J. McCracken
Siobhan Rigg
Irma Alba
Graham Boyle
Barry Goldstein
Ben Graham-Putter
Sean Lundgren
Ume Hussain
Lindsay Rowinski
Tetyana Wittkowski

Flux Studios
Novie Trump
Laurel Lukaszewski
Elena Patino
Judit Varga
Maggie Gourley
Jessica Beels

Sinel/Stewart/Weiss Studios
Ellyn Weiss
Betsy Stewart
Ellen Sinel

Blue Fire Studio
Roberto Devers

All this, and more, near:

Otis St & Wells Ave
Mount Rainier MD 20712


And remember, there’s a new show opening this weekend at the 39th Street Gallery and Project Space.

Opening Reception – November 13, 5:00-8:00 pm

Compressed Narratives:
Peter Gordon, Aniko Makranczy and Juan Rojo Acebes

See the right column for hours.  See the Gallery web site for more details.

Nov 2 2010

Opening Reception + Free Movie Night: Thu Nov 4

All Mixed Up:
A Juried Exhibition of Mixed Media Work

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 4 — 6:00-9:00 pm
Exhibition continues through  November 27

All Mixed UpHosted at the Brentwood Arts Exchange for the first time, the 2010 Prince George’s County Annual Juried Exhibition, All Mixed Up, is a prominent showcase for artists living, working, and studying in Prince George’s County.  Juried by Philippa Hughes, perhaps the Washington area’s most energetic art advocate and collector, this year’s exhibition features Melissa Burley, Nancy Donnelly, Angelina Hein, Tom Hill, Katie Dell Kaufman, Judith Kornett, Allen Linder, Megan Mueller, John Paradiso, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Linda Lee Uphoff and Steven Williams.

“Dynamic, layered, textured and a little weird.”  The juror uses these words describe herself as much as the works in All Mixed Up.  The words also come together as a surprisingly succinct way to sum up the Zeitgeist of contemporary art.  The title “All Mixed Up” proceeds to take on its own layers of meaning.  As it traverses from installation to abstraction, provocation to beauty, the show strikes a chord at the heart of what makes contemporary art so exciting.

Brentwood Arts Exchange
1st floor, main entrance


… Also …

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, November 4 — 7:00-9:00 pm
A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.  It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

This 20 minute talk will be shown every half hour from 7:00 – 9:00 pm during the Brentwood Arts Exchange All Mixed Up opening reception.  Come upstairs and get inspired!

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
2nd floor, entrance on 39th Street


Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Oct 19 2010

Portrait Workshop & Gallery Talk

Saturday October 2311:00-12:30 pm — Tom Wolff will talk about his ongoing portrait project, “CENSUS, a Photographic Survey of the Gateway Arts District,” at the 39th Street Gallery.

He will show earlier work as well and talk about his approach to portraits. Included in the demonstration will be some simple light enhancing techniques: fill cards, bounce flash, remote triggering off camera flash, mixing light source.  Feel free to bring your cameras.

After the talk all are invited to come support a local restaurant by having lunch with Tom Wolff and Gateway staff.

Artist Tom Hill, 2010 by Tom Wolff

Artist Tom Hill, 2010 by Tom Wolff

The 39th Street Gallery will remain open until 4:00 pm for viewing of Tom Wolff’s photographs.  Also, Gallery 110 (1st floor) will be open until 6:00 pm for viewing of the ongoing show “Vintage Visions: African American Cinema Posters.”

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Oct 11 2010

“Art of Dessert” Fundraiser — GAC@B

Saturday, October 16 — 7:00-10:00 pm — enjoy an evening of art, dessert and music at the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 2nd annual Art of Dessert fundraiser.  Your support helps bring vibrant arts programming to the Gateway Arts District.

The Art of Dessert event will feature:

  • Open Bar
  • Delectable Desserts
  • Open Artist Studios
  • 39th Street Gallery Show — Census, a Photographic Survey: portraits of Gateway Arts District business owners, staff and artists by Tom Wolff.
  • Music by Jodi Beder, Alex Martin, and Organize
  • Raffle — 2 winners will receive portrait sessions with photographer Tom Wolff and an 11″ x 14″ framed print.  (Raffle tickets are $10, 3 tickets for $25.)

Tickets for The Art of Dessert are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

To purchase tickets, please call the Gateway Community Development Corporation at 301-864-3860 ext. 3 .  You can also purchase tickets online through Network for Good.

Art of Dessert banner

Art Of Dessert Flyer (PDF)

2nd Floor
Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

Gateway Arts Center

39th Street Gallery

39th Street Studios

Oct 8 2010

Opening Tonight at the GAC@B – 6:00pm

Friday, October 8 — 6:00-9:00 pm

Gallery 110 @ the Gateway Arts Center

Vintage Visions: African American Cinema Posters 1915-1975 explores the films and film images of movies featuring African-Americans through promotional posters.  Beginning with early race films in 1915, continuing to post-studio films of the 1950s, to the blaxploitation films of the 1970’s, these posters exemplify the struggles that Black Americans have had with a rapidly expanding image, un-reconciled with reality.  As each generation struggles with identity, the images presented in these films open a larger discussion towards the development of a balanced and realistic black identity.  Whether presented as aggressive urbanites, gentile southerners, or righteous caretakers, the black image is celebrated and critiqued through these films and posters.

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, along with Separate Cinema, present Vintage Visions as a visual testament of the long history of African American film and film images.  Prince George’s County residents have enjoyed movies featuring African Americans for years, since the early race film theatres in the 1930s.  Even today, contemporary black filmmakers and actors reside and work in Prince George’s County, continuing the tradition of support for African-American filmmaking.  The goal of this exhibit is for you to learn, discuss, reminisce, and laugh, but most of all, enjoy.

Jon West-Bey, Curator

Vintage Visions - African American Cinema Posters

Gallery 110
Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722