Dispatches from the Village of Anacostia

Carolina Mayorga, “Untitled,” from Divine Revelations: Passages from the Life of Our Lady 2012. Photo Carolina Mayorga.

Uniontown Bar & Grill Will Reopen

At the time of this writing, Curtis Brothers property management has confirmed that they have selected a new tenant to purchase Uniontown Bar & Grill. The new tenant is a DC-based business selected from among three candidates for their experience in running a successful neighborhood-style restaurant in Washington. Curtis Brothers and the new proprietors are finalizing the terms of the lease and the purchase of the business from the previous owner. We can tell you that the new tenant is not Busboys and Poets, which has been rumored by various internet-based sources.

The name of the establishment will remain the same, as the business has been sold turnkey. We have been told that patrons can expect to find a similar menu and a well-stocked bar as in the past. However, no word on whether the new owners will be fond of heavy pours as the previous owners seemed to be!

HIVE 2.0 Business Incubator Opening, Nov. 15

The HIVE (Home of Innovators Visionaries and Entrepreneurs) 2.0 will host a grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tour the new 5,000-square-foot co-working space that includes private offices, meeting rooms and a lounge. Meet other like-minded local entrepreneurs and buy art from Honfleur Gallery's special art sale for your new office.

Sponsored in part with a grant from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the HIVE 2.0 will provide 24/7 office space to monthly members. The monthly fee covers wi-fi, utilities, meeting and event space, a dedicated business-hour receptionist, washer/dryer, free business services and small business workshops, on-street parking, easy access to DC/MD/VA and plenty of public transportation options.

The HIVE 2.0 is located on the lower level of 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington, DC 20020. This is in an Enterprise and HUBZone less than two miles from the Saint Elizabeths campus, slated by the District of Columbia Government for extensive redevelopment which will include federal government agency relocations. 

Address RSVPs to membership@thedchive.com, and with any questions, or call (202) 507-8072. Follow the HIVE 1.0 and 2.0 on Twitter @thedchive

Two New Exhibitions for DC Fotoweek

In participation with FotoDC 2012, the Gallery at Vivid Solutions and Honfleur Gallery have announced the solo exhibitions of Carolina Mayorga and Michael B. Platt, two local artists whose practices use photography to surprising and provocative effect. Both exhibits will have opening receptions on Nov. 2. “Divine Revelations: Passages from the Life of Our Lady” by Carolina Mayorga will be at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “Steppin’ Out” by Michael B. Platt will premiere at Honfleur Gallery from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Divine Revelations: Passages from the Life of Our Lady is a site-specific photography installation in which Carolina Mayorga uses her own image to recreate religious scenes inspired by masterpieces and her Catholic upbringings in Colombia. For this project the artist reconstructs iconic depictions of the Virgin Mary in a series of photographs and text. This is a continuation of projects Mayorga has worked on previously that examine issues of cultural identity, gender and ethnicity.

Colombian-born Mayorga is a naturalized US citizen. She has had solo exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, Kansas and in the Washington area and has also participated in exhibitions in Europe and Central and South America. She received a BFA in art and fiber arts from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

Michael B. Platt was long known as a printmaker but now prefers the more encompassing designation, imagemaker. His artwork has turned to digital imagery and book art that combines image and poetry playing with the idea of fragments, allowing us glimpses of ourselves. He continues to create artwork that centers on figurative explorations of life's survivors and the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition.

In Steppin’ Out Platt revisits his idea of life-sized cutouts of charcoal drawings on wood, made in the 1980s and 1990s and based on then-current newspaper images of black-on-black crime. The artist cuts out digital prints from adhesive fabric, playing with repeated figures, generating and implying a sense of ritual, both familiar and unfamiliar. The experiences of a recent trip to Australia influenced many aspects of these new images. Platt teaches drawing, digital photography/digital printmaking at Howard University. A 2007 recipient of the prestigious Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant, he has exhibited internationally and nationally.

Both exhibits will be on display from Nov. 2 to Dec. 21. FotoDC is Nov. 9-18.

Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in Historic Anacostia at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Note that the Gallery at Vivid Solutions will be occupying satellite space at 1922 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. SE while the permanent space undergoes renovation. Both galleries are projects of ARCH Development Corporation. Visit the galleries online at www.honfleurgallery.com and www.vividsolutionsdc.com.

Honfleur at the (e)merge Art Fair

Honfleur gallery took part in the (e)merge art fair in Room 225 of the Capitol Skyline Hotel on Oct. 4-7. The gallery brought the work of three artists to (e)merge: Marsha Staiger (Alexandria, VA), Cyril Anguelids (Paris) and Steven Pearson (Westminster, MD). The second annual art fair showcased galleries from around the country and from around the world. The importance of (e)merge for developing Washington as a significant market for contemporary art should not be discounted. Increasingly, both first-time buyers and veteran collectors flock to such events to make significant purchases.

Honfleur Gallery saw a steady flow of attendees, most of them from the DC metro area. This was the perfect opportunity for Honfleur staff to interact with an art-loving public and talk about arts and culture East of the River and especially in Historic Anacostia.

Phil Hutinet is the chief operating officer at ARCH Development Corporation (ADC), a 20-year-old nonprofit, 501(c)(3), community-based organization. ADC is founded on the belief that arts and the creative economy can be employed as part of a comprehensive, synergistic approach to community revitalization in Anacostia. Visit them at www.archdevelopment.org.

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