Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Series

A slideshow of my most recent work based on Alice in Wonderland

Come out on Friday the 28th to see them in person! 
5-8 PM
410 GooDBuddY Gallery 
410 Florida Avenue NW Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hense DC: Full building wrap by Atlanta Based artist Hense right here at the Nation's Capital!

"Hense DC
Full building wrap by Atlanta Based artist Hense
 right here at the Nation's Capital!
Eastern Shore  Oyster, VA

Art Whino is pleased to announce a very special project in the Nation's Capital with Atlanta-based artist Alex Brewer, better known as HENSE. HENSE’s unique language of organic shapes and abstract approach sets his work apart from the rest and results in work that is instantly recognizable. Among his many mural projects he recently completed murals at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the Canal Walk in Richmond, VA and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. When we were granted the privilege of painting an 10,000sqft building in the SW corridor of DC, HENSE was the perfect choice to bring new life to this area of the city with the great energy and lively color of his shapes. Just a short walk from DC’s second annual contemporary art fair, the project will bring an interactive component to this year’s (e)merge.  Visitors will be able to come to the project site and see the artist at work as the mural evolves over these four days of the fair. On Saturday, October 6th, we will host an outdoor reception to welcome HENSE to the city and celebrate his work with live music, food and complementary beverages for patrons who RSVP in advance to this event. 

Thursday - Sunday, October 4th-7thLocation:
700 Delaware Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

Saturday October 6th

Outdoor Reception Noon-8pm

Live Music, Food and Mural Painting!

Complimentary beverages with advance RSVP to

Musical performance by Eighteen Street Lounge Music's very own Congo Sanchez with special performances by Harry Bells.

The event is FREE and open to the public. 

About the Artist

Born and raised in Atlanta, Brewer has been painting for about twenty years. He developed much of his technique in the street as a prolific graffiti artist and later muralist, working under the moniker HENSE. Atlantans have long enjoyed his verve for capturing the energy of place in commissioned public art for the City of Atlanta on the Beltline, the Shops Around Lenox, and for the permanent collection of public art at the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Brewer has also painted in numerous U.S. cities outside of Atlanta and abroad in Spain, France, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, Tokyo, Taipei, and Barcelona. His client list also includes AOL, Adidas, Sprite, Hilton Hotels, TED, T-Mobile, Ford, and Kia. Brewer recently erected a large installation at the Museum of Design Atlanta and at the of July begins a large mural at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. After a humble beginning roaming the roads with a spray paint can as a young man, his career has recently exploded like the pastel shapes and scribbles of his paintings. Selected exhibitions and projects include “Soft Light,” Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA, (2008); Mark Making in Black and White, Sandler Hudson Gallery, (2011); “Letters First,” Tokyo, Taipei and Barcelona, (2006); “Skate it or Hang it,” Museum of Design Atlanta, (2012); Public mural, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, (2012); Float, Public mural, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, (2011); Loose, Public mural, RVASAF, Richmond, VA, 2012. Brewer lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

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Musical Performance By Congo Sanchez

CongoSanchezVol1Congo Sanchez the backbeat of the Washington DC party scene.  As one of the city’s most adept instrumentalists, he is the favored sideman and producer for dance bands and world music ensembles alike. His contributions to The Empresarios Bestia EP, Funk Ark’s From the Rooftops and Thievery Corporation’s Culture of Fear stand out with distinct character. He finally steps out on his own with his solo debut, Congo Sanchez, Vol. 1, out April 17, 2012 on ESL Music.

Musician and Selecta extraordinaire, Congo can generally be found in one of two places. If he’s not on the road drumming with DC’s own, Thievery Corporation or See-I: he’s  jamming out to fresh vibes at the mysterious Lillypad studios.   He is developing a unique blend of Afro-Latin Dub, as he evolves in to his own on the DC music scene. This EP-his first solo outing-proves that the sound is here, and Congo Sanchez is the ambassador.  His over-all taste, and musical personality are a delight, with a superlative sense of rhythm and a musicianly approach to arrangements and melody.

“I embodied Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms while accompanying for world dance classes, and began composing pieces for Solo Percussion and Chamber Jazz Ensembles….built a DIY home studio and started to produce my own beats with these ideals in mind.”

Congo produces and performs everything on the EP, with two notable exceptions. Karen Joy McCoy plays shimmering violin on “Democrazy,” the opening track, while the horn section from Ikebe Shakedown – Morgan Price, sax; Jason Colby, trumpet; Nadav Nirenberg, trombone – add their blazing ensemble work to “T.E.T.O. (strut)” . Congo lays down subtle keyboard textures and multi-layered percussion tracks throughout, giving the music an otherworldly vibe rooted by his earthy backbeat.

“During college, I took interest world music. I learned of the Yoruba and Fon traditions of West Africa and how they remained vital throughout colonialization in the Western Hemisphere. All the time re-discovering these rhythms and melodies in music that I listened to growing up in suburban America.”

Congo Sanchez knows his roots and leads the listener on a fascinating journey along the vibrations of DC’s outernational sound.


Reimagining Alice: A Mixedmultimedia Series Based on Alice in Wonderland

Reimagining Alice: A Mixedmultimedia series based on Alice in Wonderland.

Detail from a new piece.

Washington, DC artist, Sean Hennessey, presents a new series of mixed and multimedia media works  in his upcoming exhibition at 410 GooDBuddY. Combing Glass, Concrete, Steel, Wood, Paint, Sound Video, LED's and Electroluminescent Lights,  Hennessey creates wall relief interpretations of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Please join the artist for a reception on Friday September 28th, 2012 from 5-8 PM
410 GooDBuddY
410 Florida Avenue NW

For more information on Sean Hennessey, please visit his website at
Facebook Event Page HERE

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of
Wiebenson and Dorman Architects PC for use of their space, and through financial assistance from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A brand spanking new series of work!

For the last few months I've been working on a series of pieces based on Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I've been combining Glass, Paint, Steel, Wood, Concrete, found objects, stencils,  LED's, electroluminescent lighting and video. All the fun stuff! The series was funded, in part, from a grant I received from the District of Columbia's Commission on the Arts and Humanities and will be hosted by the architecture firm Weibenson and Dorman in the 410 Goodbuddy Gallery.

Drink me I wanted to start with the fun, absurdist, creative stories of  Lewis Carrol's story, using my own imagery, visual language and (very) loose interpretations, riddled with a personal take on metaphors and combine that with materials I have been using and with materials that are very new to me. The desire to include video and lighting in my work was the original impetus for this project.

Please join me at the reception for this exhibition

Friday September 28th
5-8 PM
410 Good Buddy Gallery
410 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Friday, September 07, 2012

Art. Craft. Design. at Arlington Art Center. Call for entries.


NOTIFICATION DATE: November 5, 2012
EXHIBITION DATES: January 18 - March 24, 2013

AAC is very pleased to announce two exciting jurors, Melissa Messina, Senior Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Kathryn Wat, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, who will select the artwork for Interwoven

This exhibition seeks to emphasize and expand the creative dialog around the every-blurring boundaries between craft, design, and fine art. The jurors are especially interested in artists who explore DIY practices, engage in the reclamation of craft-based materials, re-examine design aesthetics, and otherwise reinvent cross-disciplinary genres within the dialog of contemporary art.

Artists may submit examples of up to three projects, completed in the last three years, for consideration. The jurors will pick as many projects from a given artist as they like.

The show is open to cutting edge contemporary artists working in any/all media, and who live or work in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bloomingdale-Bates-Eckington Festival!

The North Capitol Main Streets neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Bates (Truxton Circle) will be hosting a block party on Sunday October 7th from noon-8.

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There will be music and children's activities from Noon to 8PM (Live Jazz, DJ & Live Rock Band).
There will also be artists and other vendors.

Summit of Awesome 2012 in DC

Apparently there are still some tickets left for the Summit of Awesome.

About the Summit of Awesome:

The Summit of Awesome is an annual conference that brings together crafters and makers from across the U.S. to learn, grow, and be prosperous in today’s economy.
With a desire to help sustain the handmade movement and support independent crafters within the community,  Hello Craft welcomes independent business owners and makers to the Summit of Awesome each year.
Check out a video highlighting the 2010 Summit of Awesome (shot and edited by the excellent cinematographer Josh Dion):

Here's the schedule:


Saturday September 8, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1418 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20001

9:30 – 10am Registration + Breakfast
10 – 10:30am Welcome
10:45 – 12pm Morning Sessions
  • Small Manufacturing with FabLab
  • Own Your Awesome with Kelly Rand
  • Bookbinding with Grace Dobush
12pm – 1:30pm Lunch – Craftnote with Stephen Fraser, co-founder of Spoonflower
1:45 – 3pm Afternoon Sessions
  • Finance 101: The Basics for Crafters with Jennifer Dunn of Outright
  • In Writing with Kate McKean and Grace Dobush
3:15 – 4:30pm Afternoon Sessions
  • What’s the Deal? New Wholesale Opportunities with Tina Seamonster
  • Licensing and Copyright for Crafters with John Mason of Washington Area Lawyer for the Arts
  • Pitch Your Craft Book! with Kate McKean (pre-registration is required)
4:45 – 5:30pm Afternoon Sessions
  • Advanced Email Marketing with Amy Ellis of MailChimp
  • The Retail Experience with Allison Lince-Bentley of Bits of Thread
  • Pitch Your Craft Book! with Kate McKean (pre-registration is required)
5:45pm – 6:15pm Closing
Awesome Party
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Old City Green
9th St NW & N St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Sunday September 9

40 Under 40: Craft Futures Docent Tour**
10:30 am
Renwick Gallery
17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Meet at information desk
**This tour is limited to the first 20 registered Summit of Awesome attendees. You must sign up during check in and registration at the Summit of Awesome on September 8.
*Schedule is subject to change

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Support the Human Rights Campaign

The sixteenth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner will be held
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Info for the Dinner is here
I will be donating a piece to the auction and I encourage other artists to do so as well. The donation form is HERE

For more information, please contact or call (202) 423-2875.