Otis Street Arts Project

Otis Street Arts Project

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Studio Available in the Gateway Arts District


Otis Street Arts Project will have a studio space available January 1st.
Rent $420/month
Security Deposit $420
Space:
Studio is 11"x11'
Walls are drywall with plywood backing
24 hour access.
Fluorescent lights
Electrical Outlets.
Concrete Floor
9'6" ceilings.
Shared space includes: loading dock, utility sink, bathroom, modest flex space for daily projects, parking, heat, AC, kitchenette.
We are a group studio of 10 artists, in a larger compound of other independents group studios in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George's County.
More about us:
Otis Street Arts Project is an artist run space in Mount Rainier, Maryland, founded by David Mordini and Sean Hennessey.
Otis Street Arts Project serves as artist studios, exhibition space, and a creative incubator for those interested in a dynamic, supportive, and community oriented work environment of professional artists. We aim to create great art and provide great art experiences.
To Apply:
Send us your website, and a few words about what you would like to work on at Otis Street Arts Project. The ideal studio mate will be interested in a community oriented studio, participation in select group exhibitions, attend our events, and be comfortable with interaction of fellow artists and visitors. We require a 1 year lease.
email to otisstreetartsproject@gmail.com
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
http://otisstreetarts.wixsite.com/

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Open Studios Saturday December 10




Otis Street Arts Project 

Open Studios!
Saturday December 10
Noon-5:00
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

Otis Street Arts Project Artists

Sean Hennessey
David Mordini

Art Drauglis
Alma Selimovic 
Svetlana Durkovic
Liz Lescault
Heborn Chism
Jenna North
M.L. Duffy
Gloria Chapa
Chris Bohner
with Special Musical Guest 
Plastic Sky



Other Open Studios and Art Spaces:
Otis Street Arts Project - 3706 Otis Street
ReCreative Spaces - 3501 Perry Street
Veronica Szalus, Peter McClintock - 3613 Oak Lane
Washington Glass School - 3700 Otis Street
Robinson, Theberge, Shikhaliyev - 3706 Rear Otis Street
White Point Studio - 3708 Wells Avenue
Orange Door Studio - 3706 Wells Avenue
Janis Goodman 3702 Otis street rear
Brentwood Arts Exchange - 3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Gateway Arts Center 3901 Rhode Island Avenue
EZ Storage - 4301 Rhode Island Avenue
Blue Fire Studio - 3700 Wells Avenue
Jackson Jarvis Studio #2 3600-3602 Oak Lane
Arlette Jassel 3700 Wells Ave
PLAKOOKEE - 3702 Otis (rear)
Blue Door Studios 3704 Otis Street Rear

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Critique with Eric Hope November 16th

The Critique

Please join us for the November installment of our ongoing series The Critique. An invited special guest critic will lead us in a discussion of the work of 2 artists. We'll see slides, see actual work, and talk about the ideas the artists are conveying and attempting to convey. 

Guest Critic: Eric Hope
Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. He moved to the District in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved to the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He is currently a Senior Contributor at East City Art where he regularly profiles artists and critiques local exhibitions. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

Gues Artists:
Eve Hennessa
http://www.evehennessa.com/

Kate Kretz
http://www.katekretz.com/

Food and Drink provided by the Gateway CDC's 39th Street Gallery. All programming of the 39th Street Gallery are generously supported by the MNCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Prince George's County.


Wednesday November 16th
6:30-7:00 Meet and Greet
7:00-9:00 The Critique

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Exhibit at Otis Street Arts Project :: Home is where one starts from


Home is where one starts from

Otis Street Arts Project will host an opening reception for their new exhibit 
Home is where one starts from 
curated by Zofie Lang.


This exhibition examines interior spaces, both literally and guratively. Four artists explore the idea of home as a space of memory and identity, something that leaves a lasting impression even after they no longer inhabit it.







Maggie Gourlay investigates ideas of home and domesticity through installation and screen prints, using construction materials and blueprints along with household materials. e screen prints in particular recall a childhood home, using sewing thread to create meticulous architectural plans.






Khánh H. Lê’s polymer photogravure etchings combine family photos with iconic images as well as clippings from fashion magazines to create new per- sonal historical narratives. As a Vietnamese-born American, home is an ambiguous concept, and his photo collages contain clues in a search for his own identity.











Michele Montalbano’s oil paintings start with a viewpoint of a familiar room, which is gradually erased and painted over, leaving only ghostly traces of the original.










Lisa Noble’s symbolic paintings and drawings of room scenes represent self-portraits, little narratives that give a glimpse into her personal world, imbued with memories.





Please come and celebrate with Otis Street Arts Project and the talented Artists in this exciting invitational exhibit.



Opening Reception 
Saturday October 22nd 
5:00-8:00 
Exhibit runs through November 19th, 2016

Hours:
Saturdays Noon-5:00 By Appointment M-F


Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

202.550.4634
otisstreetartsproject@gmail.com 
otisstreearts.org
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Critique with Jayme McLellan September 14th

The Critique
with
Jayme McLellan
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 host an ongoing series we call The Critique.

We would like to invite everyone that is interested in hearing this conversation about specific works of art to 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. 



Our Guest Critic will be Jayme McLellan
Jayme McLellan is a curator, gallery director, educator, and artist. McLellan has a twenty-year history of curating exhibitions and working with artists and art spaces including curating over one hundred exhibitions at the gallery she created and directs, Civilian Art Projects. McLellan has curated and managed independent projects and exhibitions at galleries, museums, and non-profit art spaces in the U.S. and Europe and has led classes on curatorial practice and professional practice for visual artists for eight years. She is presently adjunct faculty at Georgetown University in the Art & Art History Department. She has published essays and articles about artists, and is a practicing visual artist working in photography and video.  An essay about her career will be included in “Living & Sustaining a Creative Life: Artist as Culture Producer,” edited by Sharon Louden, published in March 2017. Prior to creating Civilian Art Projects, McLellan co-founded Transformer, a non-profit arts organization in Washington, DC, and she "cut her teeth" at DC Arts Center as a fundraiser. It is at DCAC where she realized her first independent curatorial projects.

Our Guest Artists are
Jessica Burnam
and
Eric Celarier

Please join us
Wednesday September 14th
6:30-7:00 Meet and Greet
7:00-9:00 The Critique

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Artful Flow II at Otis Street Arts Project

ARTFUL FLOW II

We had so much fun flowing this July, we are back at it again.

Otis Street Arts Project and Bluebird Sky Yoga are teaming up to bring you a yoga class on Thursday, September 8. Come join us for a 60-minute all-levels flow, set to the sounds of a live DJ. Flow amidst art from Otis Street Art Projects resident artists, and spend time exploring their creative works after class.

WHEN
Thursday September 8th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) -
WHERE
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD

HOW MUCH
$15
Get tickets HERE, or pay at the door.

 

Bluebird Sky Yoga
Organizer of Artful Flow II

Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC's most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

YOGA!

SPECIAL EVENT!!!

Otis Street Arts Project and Bluebird Sky Yoga are teaming up to bring you a yoga class on Thursday, July 28. Come join us for a 60-minute all-levels flow, set to the sounds of a live DJ. Flow amidst art from Otis Street Art Projects resident artists, and spend time exploring their creative works after class.

$15
LIMITED SPACE.

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

About Bluebird Sky Yoga:
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC's most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.

Get tickets HERE

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2 Events in July.

Tuesday July 19

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies




What Can Tarot Cards Teach Us About Climate Change?

Contemporary art piece asks participants to contemplate nature and the future of the planet

It can be hard to face a future we fear. Divination has been used by cultures throughout the world to help people navigate dif cult futures. Artist James Leonard has adapted Tarot cards to help others process what he calls “overwhelming climate anxiety.” This summer he’s traveling the country, making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand- sewn tent.

On Tuesday July 19th, Leonard will be inside his tent at Otis Street Arts Project, offering free, private climate change readings. Everyone is invited. Readings last approximately 15 minutes each and are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leonard calls his artwork The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies.

From the outside, the tent looks like a cross
between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a children’s blanket fort. The rainbow interior is made out of brightly colored recycled clothing. It required over 500 hours of hand sewing to complete. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of different plant and animal species—each reportedly affected by climate change are pinned to the outside.

Leonard explains, “A lot of thought has gone into The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

James Leonard is an internationally exhibited artist. He recently nished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. When not on the road, he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies
Tuesday July 19
4:00-9:30
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD



Thursday July 28
Artful Flow :: Bluebird Sky Yoga at Otis Street Arts Project


Otis Street Arts Project and Bluebird Sky Yoga are teaming up to bring you a yoga class on Thursday, July 28. Come join us for a 60-minute all-levels flow, set to the sounds of a live DJ. Flow amidst art from Otis Street Art Projects resident artists, and spend time exploring their creative works after class.

$15
LIMITED SPACE.
Get tickets HERE
Yoga and DJ and ArtThursday July 28
7:30-9:30
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

About Bluebird Sky Yoga:
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC's most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Critique with Mark Jenkins June 8th


The Critique with Mark Jenkins
Wednesday June 8th
6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet
7:00 - 9:00ish The Critique

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

Come on out to The Critique with special guest critic Mark Jenkins.

We'll show the work of 3 great DC/Baltimore area artists and have a conversation led by Mark Jenkins.




Artists:
Alessandra Torres
Wayson Jones
Brandon Morse

If you've been, you know it's been fun, and always different.
if you've not been, this is a great chance to make it and experience it for yourself!

We look forward to seeing you on Otis Street.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Critique with Mark Jenkins

The Critique with Mark Jenkins
Wednesday June 8th
6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet
7:00 - 9:00ish The Critique

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

Come on out to The Critique with special guest critic Mark Jenkins.

We'll show the work of 3 great DC/Baltimore area artists and have a conversation led by Mark Jenkins.

If you've been, you know it's been fun, and always different.
if you've not been, this is a great chance to make it and experience it for yourself!

We look forward to seeing you on Otis Street.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Open Studio Tour in the Gateway Arts District! Saturday May 14th Noon-5:00


Come out to Otis Street on Saturday!

Its been one whole year since we've opened to the public!
One fantastic year!


Gateway Community Development Corporation welcomes you to the 12th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour in the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District, home to one of the DC metro area's most innovative and creative artist communities.

On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, from 12-5 p.m., Gateway Arts District artists, studios and galleries will open their doors to the public.  


Two of our Artists will be demonstrating aspects of their studio process

1:00 Jenna North will be doing a demo of painting on water.
2:00 Hebron Chism will be showing his carving techniques.


In addition to being able to see the work of our resident artists, we'll have the fantastic Plastic Sky playing her lyrical ambient dreamscape music for you.

From 5-8pm, the Gateway Arts Center will host an After Party and an Opening Reception at the 39th Street Gallery.
Come spend the day exploring our creative spaces!

3706 & 3708 Otis Street 

We'll have maps and information for all the surrounding studios.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Critique with Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams May 11th

The Critique with
Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams

Wednesday May 11th
6:30-9:00ish


Another installment of The Critique!
We've been having such a great time with this monthly event. I hope you've been, but if not, please come!

We will show the work of 3 artists and have an invited arts professional guide us through talking about the work. There will be actual and projected jpgs of the work. Our aim is to intelligently discuss the work, pointing out strengths and flaws in the pieces, and providing a suggested guidance for the future.

We would like to invite everyone that is interested in hearing this conversation about specific works of art to 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 towards possible resolutions and developments.

Our Guest Critic this month is Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, a Curator and Independent Consultant for Temporary Public Art and the Public Art Project Manager for Arlington County. Deirdre was the producer of 5x5 in 2012 and 2014, the curator of Georgetown GLOW and of the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial in 2012.

Our Guest Artists will be
Kathryn McDonnell
Jeff Huntington
Alan Binstock

Please join us
Wednesday May 11th
3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD
6:30-7:00 Meet and Great with the Artists and Critic.
7:00-9:00ish The Critique

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tonight! Rockville! Come seen The Otis Street Arts Project Resident Artist exhibit.

The resident artists at Otis Street Arts Project were invited to put on an exhibition of their world at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, MD. Come on out tonight for a fabulous opening reception!

The Otis Street Arts Project
&  

Elements of Nature 

 at
Artists and Makers Studios



Otis Street Arts Project was invited to exhibit the works of our resident artists at Artists and Makers in Rockville, MD

Exhibiting Artists
Sean Hennessey
David Mordini
Art Drauglis
Alma Selimovic
Liz Lescault
Jenna North
ML Duffy
Gloria Chapa


The Otis Street Arts Project  &  

Elements of Nature
Opening Reception
6-9 on Friday, May 6, 2016

Hours:
M-F 9-4
Sat 10-4
Sundays by appointment.
Exhibit runs through May 26th
Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We're back on tonight with The Critique, our Monthly series having a fantastic and honest discussion of the works of artists, led by an area arts professional. 

We're pleased to have Gallery owner George Hemphill as our Critic for April.

Our invited artist are: Elsabé Johnson Dixon, Bridget Sue Lambert, and Kyujin Lee.

If you haven't yet made it out to The Critique, please try. I think you'll enjoy it.

We will show the work of 3 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 for the future. 

We would like to invite everyone that is interested in hearing this conversation about specific works of art to 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.


Please join us
Wednesday April 13th
3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD
6:30-7:00 Meet and Great with the Artists and Critic.
7:00-9:00ish The Critique

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

"The Critiqued" opening reception and 1 year anniversary party!



The Critiqued
An invitational exhibit of artists who have participated in The Critique, as quasi monthly series produced by Otis Street Arts Project

On Saturday April 2, Otis Street Arts Project, a studio center and gallery in the Gateway Arts District of Mount Rainier, MD,  will be celebrating their one year anniversary with a special exhibit and afterparty. 

The evening will begin with a reception for the opening of The Critiqued, an exhibittion of 13 artists who have participated in The Critique, a quasi-monthly series produced by Otis Street Arts Project. The Critique is a formal critical discussion of invited artists led by a DC area arts professional. Guest critics have included F. Lennox Campello, Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Michael O’Sullivan and Dr. Claudia Rousseau. For this exhibit, the Artists will each be showing one piece each that reflects the conversations pertaining to their works. This special exhibit illustrates the growing arts community and inclusiveness of the Gateway Arts District and Otis Street Arts Project’s community building. 

The night will continue with a dance party featuring DJ New spinning an ecletic mix from Go-Go to 
New Orleans Brass Bands to House grooves. 

Otis Street Arts Project has had an exciting year of events, exhibtions and art making. Founded in Spring of 2015, they have opened their doors to tour groups, student groups, bands, DJ’s, art critics, gallarists, artists, art collectors, and the general public. Their resident artists have exhibited in international exhibits, national art fairs in Chicago, Miami, and New York, and widely in DC area galleries and art centers. For their one year anniversary, they are once again throwing open their doors to the public for a fantastic evening of Visual Art, Performance Art, and Music.

Please come and celebrate with Otis Street Arts Project and the talented Artists in this exciting invitational exhibit.

Exhibiting Artists:
Zofie Lang
Christian Tribastone
Ceci Cole McInturff
Amy Hughes Braden
Jose Fernandez
Alexandra Silverthorne
Fallon Chase
Amber Robles-Gordon
Joan Belmar
Katie Pumphrey
Steven Durow
Jacqui Crocetta
Stephanie Booth




Opening Reception : Saturday April 2 5:00-10:00
Reception 5:00-7:00
Performance 7:00
Music 8:00 onward.

Exhibit runs through April 30

Hours: 
Saturdays Noon-5:00
By Appointment M-F


Otis Street Arts Project
3706/ 3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
202.550.4634


Friday, February 26, 2016

Two Big Announcements!

1. We now accept Apple Pay and other forms of mobile payment along with all major credit cards. So try out your new smart watch and support artist.

2. For the duration of 'Complex Simplicity' (our current exhibition) we will be open to the public on Saturdays from 12-5pm. So come visit us and see where art is made. You can still arrange an appointment to view at other times. So don't be shy, we love showing art.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

'Complex Simplicity' Artist Jay Hendrick, Joseph Shetler






Opening Reception: Saturday February 20, 5:00-7:00 
Show runs through March 19, 2015.
Curated By David Mordini


When viewing Joseph Shetlers drawings and Jay Hendricks paintings, complex simplicity comes to mind; two opposing concepts intertwined into a unifying force. It is accomplished through tedious labor and dedication to their respective mediums.

Joseph Shetler draws inspiration and general philosophy from his Mennonite background. He was raised to reject all things that create chaos through keeping life simple and minimal. He carries this simplicity through his work and life. One gets lost in meditation through the peace and tranquility of his work. Simplicity cannot exist without complexity. Josephs work is created through thousands of lines that might otherwise create disorder, yet through meticulous labor they are organized into a spiritual simplicity.
While Joseph strives to reject chaos, Jay Hendrick seems to embrace it. He sees the world as chaotic and diverse and through paint he mashes layers into unified paintings. He questions the meaning of value through the use of multiples, and putting paintings through microscopy, digitization, and erasure. He uses grids as a stabilizing force and color as a representation of cultures. It is easy to be mesmerized by his mazes and ability to mesh colors, patterns, and ideas into a unified cohesive body of work.


While very different, both artist are masters of their medium. They manage to weave this chaotic universe into simplicity.