Otis Street Arts Project

Otis Street Arts Project

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Coming Soon!

Things coming up at Otis Street Arts Project:

October 10th- The Opening of our next exhibit "Co-Exist" curated by Molly Ruppert
October 14th- Our second installment of The Critique, with special guest critic Michael O'Sullivan from the Washington Post
October 17th- ArtJam. a fun, loosely structured evening that's part open mike night, part performance by the excellent band Calamity Row, part jam session, part culinary adventure, part pumpkin carving contest. An OSAP Hootenanny.
October 21- Figure Drawing
Mark your calendars, details soon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Andrew Christenberry:: Artist's Talk and Demo

Artist's Talk and Demonstration by Wood Artist and Artisan Andrew Christenberry  in Support of his Exhibition

So what makes Andrew Christenberry tick? What does he mean by convergence? How does he make those black marks? Come celebrate the closing of his show ‘Convergence’ and find out. Two hours packed full of demonstrations, discussions and celebration with the artist. 
Meet and greet will begin at 3 PM, talk and wood burning demonstration will begin at 4pm.
Christenberry, born and raised in Washington, DC, attended the Corcoran School of Art and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design. 
His combinations of sculpture and furniture pieces offer a glimpse into his creativity, craftsmanship, and versatility. His combinations of wood, paint, metal, concrete, glass, fabric, plastics, and drawing provide a refreshing and rare take on well built items meant to last. 
Christenberry is represented locally by REYES : DAVIS Gallery
Here's a taste of his words in the Artist's words
Where to begin?
The double edged sword of the artist/craftsman. Mercifully, the world is chock full of so many amazing materials that it leaves little time to ponder that predicament. Distilled down to the core... I love to make things. It then quickly gets more complicated.
With furniture objects, there are established parameters. A table should have a level surface, a chair should be sat upon (comfort is a bonus), a desk... ample work space with drawers and cubbies for all the accouterments.
With art objects, there are no rules. Paint it, draw it, construct it. Maybe even destroy it. Build it back again over and over. All of the above.
This is typically the space I occupy. Constantly oscillating between these two worlds in my own mashed up tug of war. Occasionally the two converge.
You may be left asking "Whats the work about"? Recurring themes include natural and man-made disasters, the rise and fall of civilizations, man kinds indomitable will in the face of calamity, death, decay, rebirth, growth, and the constant march of time.
It's a lot to chew on... so I should get back to work. 
-Andrew Christenberry, 2015

September 12, 2015
3:00-4:00 For a Meet and Greet
4:00-5:00 For the Talk and Demonstration
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Critique- September 9th.

The Critique
Wednesday September 9th
6:00-9:30 PM

Here at Otis Street Arts Project, we’re interested in elevating our conversations about art. We feel that group studios and areas of artist density provide fertile ground for growth and development. While this is an important part of our daily interaction as artists, we also feel that Curators, Critics, Art Writers, and other Arts Professionals bring an amazing amount of insight for an Artist. With this in mind, we are announcing our series The Critique. 

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We will show the work of 4 artists and have an invited arts professional guide us through talking about the work. Our aim is to intelligently discuss the work, pointing out strengths and flaws in the pieces, and providing a suggested guidance fo
r the future.

Each session will be led by a different professional and will accordingly be slightly different.

Our first session will be led by F. Lennox Campello.

An award winning artist, a published regional art critic, art exhibitions curator, author and book reviewer, and gallerist are some of the adjectives used to describe F. Lennox Campello. You may have read his widely popular blog DC Art News, or see his book 100 Washington, DC Artists, or viewed his wonderful and innovative artwork. Certainly most DC area artists have heard of or know Lenny Campello. We’re proud to have Mr. Campello as our special Art Critic for the evening.

Our first round of artists to have their work talked about are
Nate Lewis
Zofie Lang
Christian Tribastone
Ceci Cole McInturff

Everyone that is interested in hearing this conversation about specific works of art is invited sit in on The Critique. The conversation is meant to be critical, and constructive. We aim to discuss what works, what doesn’t work, and to lead the artist toward possible resolutions or developments.

6:00 - 7:00 Meet and Greet with refreshments, and to see the Otis Street Arts Project space.

The Critique will begin at 7:00. Some works we will discuss will be jpgs, some will be actual pieces. Each artists work will be discussed for roughly 30 minutes.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page
(not required for attendance)