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East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News

Kathryn Wiley, “Carnival.” Image: Foundry Gallery


Touchstone celebrates its 40th anniversary. The artist-owned gallery opened its doors at 2130 P St. NW, in Dupont Circle, in 1976 to a crowd so large that P Street remained gridlocked throughout the opening. The gallery then moved to R Street, Penn Quarter, and since 2010 has been in its current location at 901 New York Ave. NW, regarded by most of its members as its best space to date.

The gallery has served over 300 member artists and has produced hundreds of gallery exhibitions. “Touchstone continues to be a collective creation of DC area artists,” explained Rosemary Luckett, a Touchstone collage artist and art teacher. “Our goal is to enrich the community by promoting art, making it accessible, available, and affordable.” In addition the gallery has engaged artists and community members in though-provoking discussions.

“The gallery was created as an art space with a social conscience, concerned with the community beyond its walls, and this is a defining part of our structure that sets us apart from many of our peers,” said Ksenia Grishkova, the gallery’s director. “We host student art shows and art exhibitions that are a result of art therapy programs, thereby supporting our local community, and sometimes contribute a percentage of sales to local service organizations.”


Hemphill Fine Art

Known for her recent GREEN ROOM water sample installation at 1700 L St. NW in the fall of 2015, which drew international and national critical acclaim for shedding light on environmental degradation, Julie Wolf returns to Hemphill Fine Art for her third exhibition at the gallery.

In “Language of Birds” Wolfe focuses her environmental observations on more playful subjects including what she calls “the mysteries of communications between birds.” This lighthearted tone extends to a humorous look at the Lüscher Color Test, which Wolfe parallels to human behavior. 



In her first solo show since 2013 Kathryn Wiley has created a series of vibrant, mixed-media pieces including several collages. Wiley clears her mind before applying the medium, or as she puts it, “I start with a willingness not to know.” Through simple color, shapes appear and evolve as Wiley applies layer upon layer of saturated media. Many of her works will surprise the viewer; when taken as a whole they reveal the workings of the artist’s subconscious mind.


Washington Project for the Arts

The Washington Project for the Arts hosts its second group exhibition of 2016, this one curated by Brooklyn-based Raquel de Anda, who hails from a background of producing, curating, and supporting “socially engaged artwork” in the United States and Mexico. In “Enter State: Sensing the Natural World” de Anda asks audience members to connect with our natural environment. Participating artists include Interspecifics Collective, Alex Arzt, Laure Drougal, and Hope Ginsburg. Audience members will observe the following: an installation of soap fabricated on the banks of DC’s Anacostia River; a microbial sound laboratory; kinetic water-based sculptures; and other experiments that highlight the connectedness of human ecology.


Exhibitions on View

Gallery Neptune and Brown

1530 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

202-986-1200 |

Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon to 7 p.m.

Exhibition: TBD


Foundry Gallery

2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington DC 20001

202-232-0203 |

Opening reception: Saturday, May 7, 5-7 p.m.

Through May 29

New work by Kathryn Wiley


Hamiltonian Gallery

1353 U St. NW, Washington DC 20009

202-332-1116 |

Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 7-9 p.m.

Through June 18

Dan Perkins and Alejandro Pintado


Hemphill Fine Arts

1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

202-234-5601 |

Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 6-8 p.m.

Through June 30

“Language of Birds” by Julie Wolfe


Long View Gallery

1234 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

202-232-4788 |

Through May 29

Gian Garafalo


Touchstone Gallery

901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

202-347-2787 |

Opening reception: Friday, May 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Through May 29

Touchstone celebrates its 40-year anniversary.

Coleen Sabo, “A Few of My Favorite Things”

Paula Lantz, “Do I Know You?”


Washington Project for the Arts

2124 Eighth St. NW, Washington DC 20001

202-234-7103 |

Opening reception: Friday, May 20, 7-9 p.m.

Through July 9

“Enter State: Sensing the Natural World” group exhibition curated by Raquel de Anda

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