Depeche Art

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

Joseph Keiffer, “An Alabaster Moon.” Image: Gallery Neptune & Brown 

1314 one/Half Gallery

Carlo Valtrain is a self-taught artist who sold his first painting at age 14. Valtrain also worked as a calligrapher for the National Theater of Haiti. Francois Latour, the theater’s director, “discovered” Valtrain during the artist’s tenure at the institution. Latour recognized his talent and became his most ardent patron and promoter. Valtrain has exhibited in Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. A widower with seven children, like many Haitian artists he struggles to make a living as an artist and to share his creative vision in a country that has little tourism or economic vitality. All sale proceeds at 1314 one/Half Gallery go directly to the artist. 


Amy Barker-Wilson’s new works give the impression of motion, as though one were on a journey. Her luminous lights and rhythmic brushstrokes give the paintings an open, experimental feel – each a small, complete universe seen at an unrepeatable moment. “I try to see the extraordinary in these everyday views,” explains Barker-Wilson. “There is a drama going on, a hidden life inside that’s made accessible by seeing more clearly. We can be privy to much that otherwise goes unobserved. We feel our way along like a traveler on a narrow path, recording in paint – looking not at our idea of what should be there but seeing, feeling, and touching. A different awareness opens – wild, energetic, intimate and delicate views, seen inside and out.”

Gallery Neptune & Brown

A New York City native, Joseph Keiffer grew up to become an internationally acclaimed and highly collected artist with over 40 years of experience and over 30 solo shows. His father, a painter and a descendent of the renowned Trumbull family, brought the boy to his studio, where the young artist began painting. He focuses primarily on traditional themes such as landscape and still-lifes. In addition to being in numerous private collections, Keiffer’s works can be found in most museums in the United States. This will be his first exhibition in Washington, DC.

Long View Gallery

Michelle Peterson-Albandoz grew up in Connecticut and Puerto Rico and found commonality in both the northern woods of New England and the tropical forests of the Caribbean. She gravitates toward “the materials and forms of Nature.” Her medium is wood, which she uses to create works influenced by Minimalism.

In her latest exhibition, “Natural Selections,” Albandoz goes one step farther, with the material playing the central role in her work. The series focuses on form derived from a cut, a burn, or a grain of wood created while working with the medium. She focuses on one or two of these elements, but often an unintentional byproduct becomes more interesting and she expands on the anomaly. The focus readjusts accordingly. Her aim is to get out of the way so that the materials may speak for themselves.


Elaine Florimonte does not distinguish between the living and the inanimate in her work. Both figure prominently in “Accumulation,” her first solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery. Florimonte expresses the accumulation through paint on canvas and layering, resulting in a process of “surface and content as a metaphor for the accumulation of human interaction on the depth of identity.” Just as a lifetime accumulates experiences, the artist's brushstrokes create a layered palette of transparent and opaque paint, collage, color, and line. A long-time arts educator with Fairfax County Public Schools, Florimonte has been a member of Touchstone Gallery for two years and exhibits her work locally and regionally, most recently at the Bryne Gallery, the Greater Reston Arts Center, and the Workhouse Art Center.

“Handpicked III: Beyond Boundaries,” works from the studio artists of The Arc, is presented by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and The Arc Prince George’s County, an organization dedicated to working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc partnered with prestigious arts organizations in Prince George's County, which designed workshops to develop the artistic self-expression of participating adult members. Partners include the Brentwood Arts Exchange, a program of the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, both located in the Gateway Arts District. Teaching artist Rachel Cross provided support for the Mosaic Project, which reuses Mardi Gras beads to create individual works of directed art.

Exhibitions on View

1314 one/Half Gallery
1314 Ninth St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Hours: Thurs.-Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 6:00 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Carlo Valtrain, “Scenes of Haiti”
Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20005
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon to 7 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Through Dec. 23
“A Painter's Perspective,” recent oils by Joseph Keiffer
Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington DC 20001
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Amy Barker-Wilson, “Views Along the Way”
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW, Washington DC 20009
202-332-1116 |
Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Through Dec. 17
“[recombinant] fellows: RA,” curated by Camilo Alvarez, Samson
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Through Dec. 23
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, “Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone”
Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW, Washington DC 20001
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, “Natural Selections”
Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001
202-347-2787 |
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Through Dec. 27
Gallery A: Touchstone member show
Gallery B: Elaine Florimonte, “Accumulation”
Gallery C: “Handpicked III: Beyond Boundaries,” work from The Arc Prince George’s County presented by the Touchstone Foundation
Washington Project for the Arts
2124 Eighth St. NW, Washington DC 20001
202-234-7103 |
Hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Cory Oberndorfer,“Beta Fla-Vor (after Louis)”
Through Jan. 31
Offsite at Shinola Logan Circle, 1641 14th St. NW
Elaine Florimonte, “My Bitter Pill to Swallow.” Image: Touchstone Gallery
Amy Barker-Wilson, “Remembering the Mesa.” Image: Foundry Gallery
Elaine Florimonte, “You Breathe in and I breathe Out.” Image: Touchstone Gallery
New work by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz. Image: Long View Gallery
Joseph Keiffer, “Old Canoe.” Image: Gallery Neptune & Brown
Amy Barker-Wilson, “Garden Wall.” Image: Foundry Gallery
Created with Mardis Gras beads by The Arc Prince George’s County. Image: Touchstone Foundation
Work by Carlo Valtrain.

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