(De)composition by Stephanie Garon,
February 21st – March 22nd 2020

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by Stephanie Garon

curated by Jerry Truong

February 21st – March 22nd 2020

Closing/Artist Talk: March 22nd, 5-7pm

Stephanie Garon’s current body of work, presented in “(De)composition,” includes drawings, sculptures, and a hanging installation. Each piece contains industrial elements, such as steel, combined with natural materials she personally collected. While deceptively formal, the resulting artworks are actually ecologically motivated interventions. As the pieces move and change over time, the physical process of decomposition becomes evident, emphasizing the fragility of nature. In this exhibition, Garon continues her exploration of the ways in which the environment is vulnerable to humanity, as well as her own evolving role as an artist, poet, and activist.


“Untitled”, Steel, charcoal, beet, 30×40 (2019)

Nano Gallery: Talismans
Small works by Joanne Kent
February 28th – May 18th

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work by Joanne Kent
February 28, 2020 – May 17, 2020

Reception with the artist: March 13, 2020, 7-9pm  POSTPONED

Talismans invite us on a path to introspection, to meditate and to conjure. Any object made with specific intentions can serve as such. Because art is imbued with the energy of its making, it can act as talismans and energize the space it inhabits. The sculpted and textured hues of the small works in this show are organic and visceral, and hopefully will assist the viewer in a reconnection with and respect for the manifested power contained in art and the nuanced abstractions of nature’s and life’s bits and pieces.

Kent, a Minnesota native, holds an MFA from the University of  Minnesota. She has been living and working in DC for several decades. Her work is mostly heavily impastoed and reductive in nature, crossing the lines between painting and sculpture.  In addition to oil paint on canvas, this show contains several of her constructed wall sculptures. Her work is non narrative and focuses on the intrinsic qualities of the materials and its materiality, in addition to the process of making the work, which often takes months or even years to complete. 


Naked Girls Reading
February 14th

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Naked Girls Reading Presents Come Into My Parlor
February 14th 2020 at 10pm.

Join us as we start the year with our annual New Years tradition of salacious books, kinky authors and naked woman. Come Into My Parlor features DC’ official Naked Girls; Cherokee Rose, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and Callie Pigeon performing an aural assortment of Erotica to get you ready for a hot Valentine’s night. We invite you to join us at our home, the DC Arts Center, to kick off the New Year with sexiness, kinky tricks, lustful yearnings and a salacious rendezvous or two, if you’re lucky on February 14th at 10pm.

General: $22 presale/ $27 day of show

DCAC members: $17.60 presale/ $21.60 day of show

Tickets available HERE

In Your Ear
February 16th 2020

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In Your Ear

February 16th, 2020 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!Katy Day is a poet, a single mother, and a literary arts administrator. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The RumpusNimrod International JournalBarrelhousePANK MagazineTinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. A 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee, she was a finalist for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize and is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.

Annie Finch’s books of poetry include Eve, Calendars, The Body of Poetry, and Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry has appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Washington Post, New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. She is the editor of Choice Words: Writers on Abortion.

Carlea Holl-Jensen was born on a Wednesday. Since then, her fiction has appeared in Fairy Tale ReviewBlack Warrior Review online, and Queers Destroy Fantasy!, among others. She lives in Baltimore

Once Upon a Journey
January 17, 2020 – February 16, 2020

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Once Upon a Journey

January 17th – February 16th, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th, 7pm-9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, February 13th, 7pm-9pm

Featured Artists: Roya Ansarian, Sarah Barzmehri, Parisa Faghih,
Rosa Fakhrai, Mitra Lore, Guita Vafai and Sohayla Vafai

Curated By Nancy Nesvet

This visual arts group show by Iranian women features photography, mixed media, drawing and sculpture. Iran is a millenia-old nation made up of many cultures and multiple stories. Those cultures and those stories have been transported with women who brought their roots to this country, to remember those cultures, patterns and surroundings and recreate them in their art.

“Poems by Rumi” Mixed Media on canvas. 49”x 52”



Karen Schiff Out of Joint Small Drawings
November 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020

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Out of Joint – Small Drawings

by Karen Schiff

November 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12th, 6-8PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, February 23rd, 5-7PM

These playing-card-sized drawings, made with graphite and watercolor pencil, twist and pull at the classic forms of the modernist grid. Space is revealed to be delightfully unpredictable and lumpy, no longer smoothly consistent or mathematically measurable. The exhibition title derives from a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: the beleaguered title character laments, “The time is out of joint.” But the drawings add a touch of humor, as their forms persist in singing a bit “off-key”.

Off-Key drawings (2018) by Karen Schiff, 4¼ x 3½ inches each

Alec Simpson, Some Things Old/Most Things New Explorations at Gravity Press,
December 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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Some Things Old/Most Things New – Exploration at Gravity Press
Work by Alec Simpson

Curated by Black Artists of DC Committee

December 7th, 2019 – January 12th, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7th, 4-8PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, January 12th, 3-6PM

This exhibition presents monotypes and monoprints by Alec Simpson focusing on his process working with Master Printmaker, Brandon Graving, who had two locations for Gravity Press Experimental Print Workshop – one in the Berkshires in North Adams, Massachusetts and the other in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This exhibition highlights works from his first visit to the Berkshires, his visit to New Orleans several years later, and his most recent visit to the workshop in the Berkshires.  Several works will be on loan from collectors who have purchased the works.


“GoodVibes for Darlene” (2019), 22”x30″ by Alec Simpson, monoprint, oil on paper, unframed

Scena Theatre Presents: Sea,
November 1 – 24, 2019

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Scena Theatre Presents: Sea

Previews: November 1, 2, 3, & 6 at 7:30PM
Performances: November 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24 at 7:30PM
Matinees: November 9, 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 3PM

Tickets for Preview: $12 DCAC members; $15 General Admission
Regular Tickets: $28 DCAC members; $35 General Admission
Matinees: $25 DCAC members; $30 General Admission

Journey to Limbo. Dare to Escape.

Join the voyage of a shipmaster who guides a bizarre band of travelers through a modern-day Hades. Six unassuming travelers face riveting challenges on the quest for ultimate salvation. Sea is an episodic tale of lost love in the otherworld that unfolds as past relationships meet present realities. This powerful play is written by Norway’s preeminent writer Jon Fosse, the most performed living writer in Europe and 2010 winner of the International Ibsen Award.


Tickets available here.


October 18th-November 24th 2019

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By Ellyn Weiss & Richard Dana

October 18th – December 1st

Opening Reception: October 18th, 7-9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: December 1st, 5pm

ReVisions is a joint exhibition of new work by Ellyn Weiss and Richard Dana, longtime friends and sometime collaborators. For this show, they started with a series of monoprints on acrylic by Ellyn, which formed the initial data point for Richard’s digital re-imaginings. The work is, in turn, exuberant, mysterious and unpredictable..

Fabum presents: ROOM: 27 Minutes; You as empath,
October 23 – November 10, 2019

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Fabum presents: ROOM: 27 Minutes; You as empath

October 23, 2019 at 7:30-8:00PM

Sundays November 3, 2019 & Novevember 10, 2019 at 3:00-

3:30PMTickets, $15 General Admission, $12.50 DCAC members

An experiment in self-realization; a combination of meditation practice, empathic connecting and performance art. You are the being in the room.

Tickets sold here.