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Take a look behind the canvas: An Open House you've got "2B" at!

Melody Sahar-KhizBy Melody Sahar-Khiz on Feb 11, 2013 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (333)

Take a look behind the canvas: An Open House you've got "2B" at!

The raw space at 2B Studios

The raw space at 2B Studios

A painting by Jacob Perkinson

A painting by Jacob Perkinson

A painting by Roxana Geffen

A painting by Roxana Geffen

A piece by Lindsay Rowinski, titled "Embracing things Larger than Myself"

A piece by Lindsay Rowinski, titled "Embracing things Larger than Myself"

Mural by Rose Jaffe, commissioned for IMPACT Dance Company

Mural by Rose Jaffe, commissioned for IMPACT Dance Company

A piece by Graham Boyle

A piece by Graham Boyle

Sometimes, no matter how much you love art, there’s no getting around the fact that you have the artistic ability of a manila file folder. Well, Adam Reichenberger, Cullen Gilchrist, and Jonas Singer decided they would take the road less traveled in pursuit of their artistic expression.

They knew they wanted to give back to the DC art scene, but another monument would have just been tacky. So, they went hunting for alternatives and landed at 411 New York Ave: an obscure building with a questionable history. After giving the building some new class, they opened up their doors to DC artists as a personal studio space, accessible 24/7. Now full of 5 artists who rent the space, 2B Studios is opening its doors for the rest of the growing DC arts community to see what it has to offer!

Whether you’re someone who loves art, loves artists, or somebody who loves a free way to get some snacks before your night out, 2B Studios is sure to impress.

The Open House, or more suitably titled “Grand Opening” of 2B Studios on March 2nd will showcase works of the 5 brilliant artists that call the studio home. Graham Boyle, Rose Jaffe, Roxana Geffen, Lindsay Rowinski, and Jacob Perkison: artists vastly different in style and medium, with messages ranging from clever and silly to ones meant to incite social change.

This isn’t your middle school field trip to the Smithsonian, though. When art and society come together, the result is invariably remarkable- something Lindsay Rowinski has clearly taken to heart with the conceptualization and unveiling of her brainchild: the "Small Room Gallery”. Interestingly enough, this site-specific installation gallery is also the only functioning bathroom in the space. It will bring in outside artists on a rotating basis to transform the small bathroom – cover the walls with work, build structures, change the shape of the room…the idea is for it to be an intimate yet functional space where one can have the utmost privacy to interact with an art piece. People can take a look at what Calder Brannock, the first artist being featured in the "Small Room Gallery," did with the space at the Open House- and if you're ever in the area, you're more than welcome to stop by and use the loo while checking out some art. 

Don’t know anything about art? So what! 2B Studios’ Open House is an atmosphere where artists and the rest of us can share ideas, mingle, and drink some wine. You’d be surprised at how eager you are to paint the guest room back at home after only a few minutes of chatting with the passionate people who work on art every day.

The Open House will be just as it sounds: open. For the wonderful price of free, patrons will be able to view the artists’ finished works and also get a unique glimpse into the raw, unadulterated madness that is the creation of the works. The studio is set up so that the artists’ workspaces are along the outer walls, allowing guests to see what other projects they are currently working on and how they are created.

While wandering around the gallery space, guests will be treated to a bluegrass performance by musician Anders Fahey, grab free beer, wine, and snacks. If you happen to see something that would go great above that picture of your great aunt Betty atop the mantle, the Open House is also a chance to purchase some finished pieces (go easy on the free beverages though, you might end up purchasing more art than you initially intended).

But it doesn’t stop there. The crazy kids of 2B Studios have more ideas up their paint-splattered sleeves that are sure to engage, inspire, and contribute to the art community. Jam sessions, drawing classes, film screenings, and artists’ lectures are just a few of the things these cool cats have in the works. If you want to be a part of this or have any suggestions, voice your interest in the arts directly to the people who make it happen at 2B Studios!

Whether you’re a super-anonymous, super-talented street artist, or someone who wishes they had paid a little bit more attention in art class, you’re sure to learn a thing or two and meet some intriguing people at 2B Studios’ Open House. And hey, maybe some of that creativity will rub off on you.

 

Interested in submitting some work to the Small Gallery? Information will be available at the Open House on March 2nd at 411 New York Ave NE, or get in touch with Adam, Cullen, or Jonas at ArtDepartmentDC@gmail.com

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