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Featured Artist: Will Watson

Will Watson is originally from Indianapolis , IN. He graduated with a BFA in 2011 from The Herron School of Art and Design. Will moved to Washington, DC in 2014 to jump start his career as a visual artist. This fall, he will be attending the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting to pursue his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.

My work is intended to evoke the same emotion as a poet would with words. Combining realistic and illustrational approaches to figure with spray paint, occasional collage and mixed media, I invite viewers to have a personal experience and their own sense of connectivity with the art. Social matters, political, spiritual, economic, and faith-based themes are prevalent in my work, by which I use my art as a tool to voice my thoughts and opinions on these topics. My work reflects the influences of art history, portraiture, abstract expressionist art, surrealism, graffiti, and illustration. Portrait and figurative works consist of highly stylized two-dimensional backgrounds that are infused with rhythmic shapes and patterns accompanied by unique urban hieroglyphs and African influenced symbols. The juxtaposition of these symbols suggest unconscious and conscious thoughts, while representing various emotions, strength, faith, power, life influences, and life itself. My work portrays the beauty and imperfections of these themes.

Photographer: Aisha Bouderdaben - meabouderdaben@gmail.com

 

 

 

Featured Artist: Ryann Kelly

Ryann Kelly is a Washington, D.C based visual artist and painter, known for her daring color palette and emotionally charged portraits. Her mediums range from acrylics, water and ink, watercolor, pastels and graphite. As a natural extrovert she decided to partake in live art because she wanted to connect to her audience in a more personal way. Ryann graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Norfolk State University. She then went on to receive her MS in Web Development from Boston University. She credits her education for basic technical experience but feels that it was the influence of her friends and family that gave her the courage to discover and explore her own style in art. Though her skills are always growing and developing it is a goal of hers to translate metaphysical impossibilities into realities.

Featured Musician: Drew Keys

Drew Keys has been a versatile keyboardist in the Washington DC Go-Go Community for over 10 years. He currently is a Music Instructor for students ranging from age 2 to adults. After hours, Drew can be found performing with TREAL (The Rock'n Every Audience Loves) Band a group he started with other fellow DC natives.You can also catch him producing music for The AIM Society (A Multimedia Branding Collective).  He is a veteran in his field with a wide variety of experience to include: performances at select nightclubs, weddings, private events, festivals. As well as producing original tracks and remixes. Not only only specializing in the genre of Go-Go, Drew loves to vibe to Hip Hop, R&B,  Reggae, EDM and Alternative Music.

Photographer: Aisha Bouderdaben - meabouderdaben@gmail.com

 

 

 

Featured Designer: Stacha Huis

Stacey Filé was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1988.  From a young age, she had a passion for design and creating.  In high school, she took courses to learn how to sew garments.  For college, she chose to explore the math and science route of design and attended Tuskegee University.  In May 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Science Engineering.  Taking the concepts she learned in engineering, leadership, and entrepreneurship from Tuskegee, she founded Stächa Huis in 2013.  She taught herself the concepts of design and patternmaking.  With a strong belief in exuding confidence and individuality through clothing, Stächa garments will make you feel like you can walk into any room and own it.  With a focus on beauty and exclusivity, Stacey offers handmade garments that utilizes inspiration from her native New York City home and her Surinamese culture to create unique garments for women to accentuate the female form.  

Stacey is also the co-creator of Femme Fatale Fashion Show, a runway show that showcases emerging designers as well as giving back to the community.  The inaugural show donated some proceeds to Black Girls Rock! Inc. to invest in the education of girls and the second show, held during New York Fashion Week in NYC, donated some proceeds to the Alliance of Lupus Research.  Stacey has also participated in Facet Fashion Week in Los Angeles, California in 2014 and Indie Fashion Week in Washington, DC in 2015.  She continues to create garments that make women feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.  Her work can be viewed at www.stachahuis.com and she can be reached at stacha.huis@gmail.com.

 

Featured Designer: Yetunde Sarumi Collection

Yetunde Sarumi Collection is an African Inspired Women's Wear Brand that fuses bold African prints with stylish designs. Our designs are created to flatter the modern woman’s physique and lifestyle. Suitable for all occasions, our designs are original, elegant and colorful and our brand is recognized for its exquisite quality. 

Featured Artist: Bruce Alden

I'm from Clinton, MD, graduating from University of Maryland (College Park) in Middle School Education. Not new to painting but relatively new to painting on canvas. I've always done small home projects with different mediums. This is the beginning of me sharing my work.

 

 

JULY 9, 2016 


6:00 - 9:00 PM

Cloak & Dagger DC
1359 U Street NW
Washington, DC

Music by DJ BestFriend | Food | Drink Specials

 

Featured Vendors:

Jaine Was Here

Aya Morrison

Jamie Park Jewelry

Michelle C. Gibson

Amanda Hagerman Jewelry

Syreeta C Fashion

 

 

Featured Artist: 

Shawn Perkins

Shawn Mitchell Perkins is a painter living and working in Washington, D.C., by way of Detroit. Having inherited his “artist” gene from his late grandmother, he would go onto receive an art scholarship in Fine Art at Albion College in western Michigan. Wanting to be in a bigger atmosphere, he soon transferred to Howard University where he studied graphic design. There, he was recipient of the 1st place prize for the painting category in the 82nd Annual Competition. Recently Shawn has been commissioned for work by popular artists Drake and Mya, along with a partnership with Southwest Airlines to jumpstart a napkin art campaign.

 

Featured Vendors:

Original Crackage

Original Crackage designs combine inspirations of modern technology with organic influences, creating exclusive collections of urban casual wear and accessories. The founder and designer, Wes Woods, has always been attracted to stark lines, stripes, and high contrast colors. The iconic Original Crackage style features complex geometric patterns on simple pieces like the standard T-shirt. This gives an innovative twist to the meaning of modern, while mixing simple with complex.

Bailiwick Clothing

Bailiwick is an apparel brand that artfully merges the worlds of design, culture and purpose. We make clothing that we love, share our stories with the world, and give back to the great cities we inhabit. Inspired by the pride and positive energy generated by the District of Columbia, we aim to create clothing that reflects the nation’s capital.  Our shirts capture the culture of one of the world’s most international and vibrant cities with images and messages that ring true with the people who live, work, and play in the most influential city on the planet.

Osengwa

Osengwa is a retail platform which showcases exceptionally beautiful things of African origin.  Featuring a collection of loving curated pieces of contemporary African art, clothing and designs - Osengwa offers its visitors an opportunity for immersion and participation in the Neo- African movement. Its current roster of artists/brands includes the likes of Orange Culture, Data Oh, IAMISIGO and Ike Slimster  - creatives who are trying to redefine what it means to be African in today's shrinking global village. 

 

Photos taken by Makayla Clairborne

 

 

A month long celebration of black (creative) culture from February 4th - February 26th, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from each event will be going to an organization and/or charity that's dedicated to the arts and/or the black community overall.

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Resilience | Saturday, February 4th | 8:30 - 11:00 pm

Anacostia Arts Center: Black Box | 1231 Good Hope Road SE, WDC

In partnership with #NicheDC.

A celebration & evolution of black culture through music, spoken word, dance, fashion, and film.

Featured Performers: Whitney Franklin, Skye Ellis, Asha "Boomclak" Santee, Uncle JoJo & The Kool Cats, Joi "Unspeakable" Donaldson, Ontavia Roulette, Micah Powet, LeVar Betts

Featured Film: "...still" by Alvalia Pemberton

Featured Designers: Yummi Lifestyle, Mikki Taylor | Taylor Made Designs, Ankara Streets

Featured Visual Artists: Aliana Grace Bailey, Jaine Was Here, Rashad Muhammad, Joel "Innovinci" Ulmer, Gabrielle Mnkande

Featured Vendors: Obioma Fashion, Dezmond Carter, Yummi Lifestyle, Tiger Swan Style, Presteegious, FameousJ

**Photos taken by Dayo Kosoko**

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Resilience Photos | 2/4/17 @ Anacostia Arts Center | Photos Taken by Dayo Kosoko