Wednesday, April 23, 2008

BAA Meeting

| Blagden Alley |
| and |
| Naylor Court |
| Association |
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| Monthly Meeting |
| |
| THURSDAY, April 24, 2008 |
| 7:30-9:00 pm |
| Meeting at the |
| NEW, under construction, |
| Corduroy |
| 1122 Ninth Street, NW |
| |

Lots of different topics and speakers, including the owner
of the newly arrived Corduroy, the new Mayor's rep (hopefully).

The newsletter is at

Friday, April 18, 2008

Open Art House

On April 26 and 27, the studios of more than 20 resident artists will be open to the public.  This free event provides visitors the opportunity to meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere -- with refreshments!

2008 Open Studios - 52 O Street Studios
Where: 52 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Brooke Clagett, below
When: April 26 and 27, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Admission

Events Description:

    TWENTY-FOUR ARTISTS, in one building, working in a wide range of media and styles open their studios for a rare glimpse into the process behind their art. This free event provides the visitor the opportunity to purchase artwork and meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Occupying 28,000 square feet, over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to the practice of Fine Arts in Washington, DC.

    52 O Street Studios is located a short walk from Metro's New York Avenue Red Line stop, amidst the burgeoning North Capitol Street corridor. The artists working here are proud of this historic building, its idiosyncrasies, and the myriad of artists who have created here in the past.

    Today, the building is occupied by painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, and video artists who seek to continue and advance the guiding principle behind its opening in 1979, "to create an affordable working space for artists in Washington DC."

    This year's artists include:

You can check out the work of many of resident artists at:
But here are some pictures I have at hand:
Work in progress by Lisa Marie Thalhammer:

Monday, April 07, 2008

BACA meeting 4/7/08 and empty schools

There will be a BACA meeting tonight and the following will be one of the topics:
From Jim Berry...
Discussion of Future Re-uses JF Cook Elementary School and MM Washington Career High School:
At our upcoming meeting, we will set some time aside to engage in a community discussion about future uses of the buildings that now house JF Cook and MM Washington. As you may know, these two schools are slated to be closed at the end of this school year and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education is currently soliciting input from community residents as to how they would like to see these buildings re-used after the schools close for good. At a recent meeting on the subject, a number of ideas were offered to DC Government officials, including the placement of an MPD Substation in the JF Cook School building along with space for community meetings and other activities, as well as the conversion of MM Washington into a facility that has an “arts” focus – such as a community theater, a local art gallery, and the like. Other ideas involved housing opportunities for senior citizens, a public library, and the possibility of retaining MM Washington as a Career High School while substantially expanding the number occupational specialties in which its students could be trained for entry level positions in the DC workforce. Also, there was a strong expression of interest in preserving the memory of the historical figures in whose honor these buildings were named. As you know, any one or a combination of these ideas could find their way into the final plans for this important economic development but, perhaps needless to say, we must express a point of view on this topic in order to have our input factored into this decision-making. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education is hosting a follow-up meeting at which residents and other stakeholders will be permitted to make recommendations about the future re-use of these buildings on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2008 at McKinley Technology High School . And, we believe that this will be the final meeting called to hear our views concerning these buildings before a decision is made with regard to their respective dispositions. So, if interested, please come to our meeting on Monday to share your thoughts and recommendations regarding the two buildings. When these schools actually close, we cannot allow the two buildings to remain abandoned for the next 20 years – as has been the case with the former John Mercer Langston Elementary School building, also located near the intersection of North Capitol and P Streets, N.W.

Art @ the Bear

See this message from Pat Mitchell, President, North Capitol Main Street, Inc.:

“Art at the Bear” – Big Bear Café, that is . .
Saturday, May 10, 2008
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Yes, the venue is a little smaller, but the fun is as big as ever . . .
Come celebrate with neighbors, bid on or buy beautiful artwork donated/ consigned from DC-area Galleries, local artists or private collections; take a chance on great raffle items, enjoy great food, good wine and have a fun-filled night out in the community without the drive home . . .
All for the price of just $20 bucks!

NCMS’ Annual Fundraiser to Support Small Business
in Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton Circle

Art for the Bear

See this message from Pat Mitchell, President, North Capitol Main Street, Inc.

Calling All Local Artists and Artisans . . . Customers await.

Looking for a great local venue to show off your artistic talents; do you want more face-time with a wider audience, potential customers? Well, look no further, because “Art at the Bear” – North Capitol Main Street’s Annual Fundraising event to benefit small business in Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton Circle – is the perfect space to do just that.

If you’re a local artist and interested in getting your artwork in front of more local residents and potential customers, here’s an opportunity to sell/show your art, get the exposure you’re looking for, and benefit a great cause at the same time!

Interested? Call NCMS at (202) 460-4864 and leave your contact information.

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