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East City Art’s MidCity Gallery Exhibitions and News

Courtney Applequist, “The Station.” Oil on linen, 46 x 46 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
Foundry gallery welcomes two new members to the cooperative gallery’s list of artists – Courtney Applequist and Sheila Blake – both painters. Applequist works mainly in oil, creating figurative work.  However, she does “interject,” as she puts it, other media such as pastel and charcoal when the moment calls for it. Her figures capture an instant, a mood or a moment in time, or what Applequist calls “finding a degree of tension: beauty & dissonance.” Rather than plan her work, Applequist lets it evolve until it is completed.

While Applequist focuses mainly on the figure, Blake paints mostly landscapes, complementing her fellow gallery member. From her Takoma Park studio, Blake captures the likenesses of homes and gardens and public places such as swimming pools.

Hamiltonian Gallery
“the distance between you and I” is Tommy Bobo’s first solo exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery. Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, Bobo was asked not to return to his family’s church after having left it at age 16. Thematically, Bobo’s work examines faith from the artist’s perspective, which includes “a hodge-podge of theologies and practices.” In response to his son’s preliminary inquiries about faith, Bobo has weaved in people whom his son – and by extension the public – can look to as role models in the exhibition.

Image: Hamiltonian Gallery

The work uses new media to convey the artist’s connection to faith. Videos project what Bobo calls “synchronized video portraits.” Bobo partnered with composer Sam McCormally to create music to accompany the work. The exhibition culminates in a three-dimensional work that functions as a type of lighthouse, beaconing lights that connect and split. This installation represents Bobo’s interpretation of faith and God or, as the artist puts it, “invisible but present, guiding but lacking clarity, and a conversation that never feels completely heard.”


Hemphill Fine Arts
After 15 years of exhibiting at the 14th Street NW location, Hemphill Fine Arts has moved to City Vista at 434 K St. NW. The new location’s inaugural exhibition, which is scheduled for this month – the date is still TBD pending last-minute construction finishes – will open with works by LinLing Lu, known for her paintings of circles which employ color theory to create the illusion that the forms are moving.

In other news, several of the gallery’s represented artists will exhibit work at museums around the US in 2020, including the late William Chistenberry at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), Colby Caldwell at the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University (Mars Hill, North Carolina) and Rushern Baker IV at the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, North Carolina).

Touchstone Gallery
For a second year in a row, Touchstone Gallery is hosting “Exposed DC’s 14th Annual Exhibition of Photography,” with support from the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts. From a pool of submissions, DC regional photographers Angela Bain, Darrow Montgomery, Shedrick Pelt, Beverly Price and Gerry Suchy selected 43 images. Five will receive the Best in Show award, which confers a $100 cash prize to the photographer.

Exposed DC seeks to dispel the notion that DC is merely a government town or tourist destination by highlighting work that reflects “the experience of the people who live, love, work, and play here,” according to the organizers.

A limited engagement, the exhibition runs from Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., until Sunday, March 1, at 5 p.m. While Touchstone will host the exhibition, interested visitors should contact Exposed DC,, to purchase tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Through March 14
Oleg Kudryashov, “Poetry on Paper”

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through March 1
Applequist & Blake, “New Member Show”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Feb. 15
Tommy Bobo, “the distance between you and I”

Hemphill Fine Arts
434 K St. NW (NEW address)
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The inaugural exhibition in the new space will take place sometime in February.

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Ave. NW
Entrance on 13th Street NW
202-623-3635 |
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7 p.m.
Exhibition schedule TBD

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Feb. 16
Jeremy Brown, Ryan Coleman and Ken Schiano, “New Year/New Artists”

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 |
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 19, 11:00 a.m., through Sunday, March 1, 5:00 p.m.
“Exposed DC’s 14th Annual Exhibition of Photography”

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