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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Art in Historic Anacostia

Busboys and Poets
2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Incredible local art graces the walls of restauranteur, author and activist Andy Shallal’s Anacostia location. These are only two of our current favorites.

Rae Akino calls DC home. And, when they are not working on one of their signature bold and bright paintings, they can be found outside walking their pet Pitbull “Duke Ellington,” on a hike or teaching art to kids. Marvin portrait “was inspired by my love of soul music, and the culture. It is essentially a celebration of color and music. My goal is to illustrate as many parts of my community as possible,” Akino said.
Instagram: @rae_akino

Dominique Hughes

Dominique Hughes’ paintings evoke the “Indigenous Foundational Black American narrative” to celebrate the innate power of storytelling in African American culture. Through her work, Hughes hopes “…to contribute to the enrichment of my people and add immense value to their lives by weaving together the intricacies of our stories, breathing life into our history, and fostering a deeper comprehension of our existence.”
Instagram: @d.hughesthecreative

Anacostia Arts Center – Final Few Days!
1231 Marion Barry Ave. SE

Through Jan. 15, the Anacostia Arts Center in partnership with the Anacostia BID, the Far South East Collaborative and Project Create DC hosts The Sunroom Exhibition. This display of artwork from over 20 Wards 7 and 8 artists is a veritable creative smorgasbord. Do not miss artists Paradise Simms, Prelli Anthony Williams and the 2023 winner of Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education, Brian Bailey. With a professional resume as varied as his paint palette, Bailey’s large-scale works manifest “…a constant flow of freedom, thoughtful expression, limitless energy, effortless catharsis, deliberate passion, and immersive luminosity.”

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Marion Barry Ave. SE

Through January and until Feb. 2, see Terence Nicholson’s exhibition You Can’t Unring the Bell. “Much of the work reflects upon personal themes such as recovery from addiction, self-definition, and recognition of childhood trauma. Then, it expands to issues around, truth, denial, resentment, fear at the personal, provincial and world level,” says Nicholson. We resonated with his life-sized mixed media sculpture Our Lady of Perpetual Servitude.

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