LOST SUMMER MIXTAPE
Jul 07 - Sep 06

Art Enables is pleased to present the online exhibition LOST SUMMER MIXTAPE during our COVID-19-induced closure. While we can’t share physical space with you this summer, we’re happy to collaborate with four thoughtful artists to share not only their artwork (Side A), but also small collections of reading, music, inspiration, and notes on their studio practice (Side B). Each artist’s page also includes a selection of the artist’s work paired with work by their favorite Art Enables artists.

Artists GEOFFREY ALDRIDGE, AMY BOONE-MCCREESH, BECCA KALLEM, and CURTIS MILLER each use texture, surface, and playful color to touch on themes of history, perception, class, identity, and culture. Each artist leverages the pre-existing expectations of their medium and subject matter to question our understanding of both. Traditional presentations of space and content are shuffled and re-built here. Recognizable fragments of reality are smudged, abstracted, or made hyper-real through context, and the de-stabilization is seductive.

For most of us, the summer of 2020 continues to be as strange and disorienting as the first half of the year. Much remains uncertain; but, in the meantime: we made you a really cool mixtape.

 

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Backyard Picnic
Jul 06 - Sep 06

It's summer, and Art Enables is pleased to assemble an online exhibition with all the ingredients for a “Backyard Picnic.” Our resident artists are providing edible treats like fruit, cookies, ice cream, popsicles and burgers, as well as the sunshine, flora, and fauna of the world outside our homes. Friends and family are gathering here (some with face masks – see Michael Knox’s “Backyard BBQ 2020”). Summer activities may look different this year, but Art Enables is wishing you a season filled with all the elements of a backyard picnic, regardless of what form they take.

Wish You Were Here: Emerging
Jun 22 - Jul 05

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by Art Enables' talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

Though we're moving into Summer, themes of Spring are on our mind as some of us are slowly beginning to re-emerge into the world. We are tentatively resuming old routines, and treating each other with a gentle caution. This collection of works by Jacqueline Coleman, Payman Jazini, Michael Knox, Helen Lewis, Paul Lewis, Paul McGown, Eileen Schofield, Sarah Swan, Nonja Tiller, and Imani Turner blooms with themes of outward motion, growth, and transformation. See more of each artist's work on their artist page.

Wish You Were Here: Cabin Fever
Jun 08 - Jun 20

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by Art Enables' talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

This grouping references the trappings of extended domestic confinement. Household interiors and exteriors set the scene for works depicting both isolation and crowding. Themes of idleness alternate with those of restlessness and anxiety. Only one figure here seems plainly free from captivity: Nonja Tiller's "Rolly Polly Runner," who - in this context - seems to be escaping with a release of pent-up energy. In addition to Nonja, "Cabin Fever" includes works by Eric Atkinson, Maurice Barnes, Duane Blacksheare-Staton, Jay Bird, Mara Clawson, Robert Corcoran, Debora Green, Michael Knox, Toni Lane, Helen Lewis, Paul Lewis, Marrimarra, Charles Meissner, Gary Murrell, Max Poznerzon, Dennis Quillin, and Michael Schaff. View more of each artist’s work via their artist page.

Wish You Were Here: Escapism
May 24 - Jun 01

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

Take a break from work and the news to join us in a moment of escapism. This week's online exhibition brings you imagery by Mara Clawson, Charmaine Jones, and Gillian Patterson, brimming with beaches, tropical birds, rainbows, and hot air balloons in blue skies, all under the glow of many warm suns. This fantasy vacation is for you.

Mara’s work is inspired by the colors and beauty that she sees in the world around her. She uses charcoal and oil pastels to bring to life her compelling compositions of people and animals. Mara believes that the best art comes not from the mind, but from the heart. This emotional and honest attitude towards artwork is visible in each of her creations. See more of her work here.

Charmaine’s joy, laughter, and zeal for life is noticeable the moment she walks in the door. Charmaine is a patient and disciplined artist, never giving up on a piece until it meets her expectations. Her positivity, spirit, and enthusiasm is evident in her palette and in the content of her work. Regardless of subject matter - people, clothing, animals, hearts, or flowers (many of her favorites) - Charmaine’s work exudes fun, confidence, and the free-spirited quality that makes her work stand out. See more of her work here.

Gillian has a bright and confident presence in the studio. Preferring to work in acrylic paint, her works consist of beautiful and nature, and scenes of both fantasy and daily life. Gillian is a new artist in the studio but she has already demonstrated tremendous talent and an eagerness to experiment and develop as an artist. We are excited to watch her journey. See more of her work here.

 

Wish You Were Here: Holding It Together
May 18 - May 25

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

The artists in this week's “Wish You Were Here” online exhibition – Keith Lewis, Jamila Rahimi, and Chris Schallhorn - offer images of bright geometry. Colorful shapes crowd together, stacking and shuffling, and yet all seem held in place: the press of their forms secures them within confined spaces; and black lines join and buttress, feigning the look of stained glass. Together, the works are in turn mathematical and intuitive, highlighting each artist's particular approach to building compositions with a focus on similar elements.

Keith is a quiet and focused presence in the studio. He works with precise and delicate strokes and never rushes a piece. He frequently incorporates flowers, cosmic-like objects, and geometric shapes into his work (sometimes all at once). His work can be both abstract and hyper-realistic, and he moves between the two effortlessly. See more of his work here.

Jamila has been with Art Enables since 2006. Her work shows off the diversity of her interests, showcasing her love for travel, baseball, and animals. Jamila brings her vibrant watercolors to life through densely constructed forms and an exceptionally patient and focused approach. She is incredibly thoughtful and always willing to sit down to chat, talk about her family, and share her excitement about upcoming events and activities. See more of her work here.

Chris is a fan of quilting and he creates the majority of his artwork by reinterpreting geometric designs that he sees in the patterns. Every step that Chris takes is planned and measured ahead of time. This process makes his work especially popular with those mathematically-minded people who enjoy the repetition in his art. Chris is also a jokester at heart and enjoys having fun with his fellow artists. See more of his work here.

Wish You Were Here: Foot Traffic
May 11 - May 18

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

The streets outside may be quieter than normal, but the traffic is heavy in this week's online exhibition, "Foot Traffic.” Shawn Payne's high heeled shoe designs are on the move in style with Max Poznerzon's cowboy boots, amid Michael Haynes' cut-out illustrations of cars, trucks, and buses. The works shown here represent some of each artist's most signature subject matter, but don't miss the few portraits mixed in, too, or the chance to explore the range of each artist's work in full on their respective artist pages.

Michael is a free and enthusiastic spirit and a life-long Washingtonian. His work frequently focuses on his love of all transportation modes, which is reflected in his unusual but creative layered collage technique. See more of his work here.

Shawn may be a quiet person by nature but he certainly enjoys making a fashion statement, which is evident in his propensity for creating designer shoes in his artwork. Often employing mixed media (including gems, jewels, and glitter!), Shawn places his shoes everywhere: on people, on metro platforms, in space, even growing from trees. His dream is that one day people will be wearing his creations in addition to enjoying them in his work. See more of his work here.

Max likes to think of himself as an outlaw, cowboy, and rock-and-roller, but his wry smile and playful spirit give way to his good-natured, gentle soul. He loves depicting joyous beach and nature scenes as much as he does motorcycles, electric guitars, and cowboy boots. Max takes his artwork seriously and carefully considers detail and story. See more of his work here.

 

Wish You Were Here: Family Album
May 04 - May 10

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

In honor of loved ones we can’t visit right now as well as those close at hand 24/7, this week’s online exhibition references snapshots from a family photo album. Maurice Barnes, Jacqueline Coleman, and Payman Jazini depict families gathered happily around the dinner table and in the car, friend families, a birthday party, and the family dog and cat. While perhaps not every day with kin is this harmonious, “Family Album” celebrates joyful moments with the people (and creatures) who shape our lives.

Maurice is an incredibly talented illustrator and artist. He has a remarkable ability to reimagine characters, images, and scenes in a distinctive style, sharing views of narratives with many moving parts. Maurice works with a combination of speed and precision and brings a kind and joyful spirit to his work and to the studio. See more of his work here.

Jacqueline is naturally a quiet and reserved person, but her artwork speaks volumes. She paints with very precise brush strokes and her use of color is bold and beautiful. As an artist, she does many things well and seeks to constantly challenge herself – painting landscapes, buildings, animals, and abstract compositions. See more of her work here.

Payman, with his cheerful spirit, is the consummate showman. He is extremely proud of his artwork and takes great pride in escorting visitors to view his work. Payman’s family is a very important part of his life. His work is often autobiographical in nature and frequently tells the story of experiences with family and friends. Payman’s artwork radiates happiness - his color palette is vibrant and bright, and everyone and everything bares his trademark smile. See more of his work here.

Wish You Were Here: I Had the Strangest Dream
Apr 27 - May 03

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

The three artists in this exhibitionGen Gaines, Toni Lane, and Nonja Tillerfrequently forgo realistic representation in favor of illustrating the immaterial—imagined worlds and internal states. A host of other-worldly characters crowd Nonja’s work in vivid color, while Toni’s elegant figures capture feelings of disconnect and layered internal dialogue. Gen’s paintings offer views of the sea, fog, and firethe sites of surreal, unfolding narratives. The results are strange, beautiful, and sometimes unsettling, much like the universal qualities of our dreams.

Gen is an extremely talented artist who has joined our fellowship program. She describes her art as being mostly edgy, occasionally spiritual, often colorful, and very eclectic. Her subject matter can range from cityscapes to dreamscapes. She is a multimedia artist who is interested in creating art—sometimes representational and sometimes abstract—that garners a visceral response. See more of her work here.

Toni says that her art focuses on social realties—the common and uncommon joys and struggles of everyday life. Toni utilizes a multitude of mediums and materials to bring each piece and each story into its “fullness and truth.” She creates her artwork from both her imagination and lived experiences. See more of her work here.

Nonja brings her intricate creations to life through her character and narrative-driven artwork. Nonja’s work often tells multiple stories at once. The absurdity of the human condition, the whimsy of the animal kingdom, and the dangers of society are all targets for her keen sense of humor and detail. There are often surprises in the least likely places. See more of her work here.

 

Wish You Were Here: Soft Edges
Apr 20 - Apr 26

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables' talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.


We could all use a little softness right now, and Calvin “Sonny” Clarke, Gary Murrell, and Dennis Quillin are here to deliver. While each artist has their distinct style, together, their work creates an atmosphere in which sharp angles submit to swirling, amorphous volumes of color, gently-rendered, fuzzy shapes, and repeating circles enveloping subtly human forms.

Sonny comes across as the quintessential strong, silent type but when you see his smile, you realize he is incredibly warm, welcoming, and playful. In his art, he can surprise in all the same ways. He creates his own shapes and forms and he has a distinct mix of design and use of color. See more of his work here.

Gary is a man of few words and possesses a calm and gentle presence. Heavily layered, his pieces - and the people in them - are simultaneously complex and simple. His minimalistic style of detailing people and faces evoke a depth of expression and emotion that is immediate and powerful. See more of his work here.


Dennis radiates with positivity and confidence. He may have a quiet presence, but his work communicates volumes. With fine precise strokes of his colored pencil, the objects featured in his work come to life in a smooth and concise way. Dennis often draws inspiration from objects and landscapes. See more of his work here.

 

Wish You Were Here: Face Time
Apr 13 - Apr 19

 

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

In this time of social distancing, it’s nice to see a friendly face. This online exhibition with work by Egbert “Clem” Evans, Paul Lewis, and Imani Turner brings 12 bright, bold faces to your day, including a few characters you may recognize.

Clem creates rich and complex painted scenes based on family events, people that he has met in his travels, or things he has read, seen or experienced. Heavily narrative and character-driven, it is easy to miss people, objects, and scenes in his work if you aren’t looking closely. See more of his work here.

Paul draws as easily and as rhythmically as most people breathe. He is equally at home in acrylic, watercolor, or oil pastel and prefers strong color and line work to create form and texture. He takes inspiration from pop culture, sports, and current events. See more of his work here.

Imani’s jubilant personality and joyful disposition are evident in her work. While she favors colored pencils, she is equally at home experimenting with different mediums and materials. Her work is often based on her favorite books, activities, and people. See more of her work here.

Wish You Were Here: Gathering
Apr 06 - Apr 12

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

During this time of social distancing, many of us have gathering—or the lack thereof—on our minds. This collection of work by Helen Lewis, Raymond Lewis, and Michael Schaff is full of gathering and clustered forms. Birds, flowers, and shapes crowd together in Helen’s energetic watercolor paintings. Michael draws complex scenes where figures reveal themselves amid sketchy storms of motion. The lines that carefully map Raymond’s mixed media works are a congregation in themselves, depicting groups of sea captains, horses, and surfers.

Helen’s artwork is steady and calm, much like her spirit. She began her artistic journey as a fiber artist, but in the studio her medium of choice is watercolor. Often using flowers as her inspiration, her work is continuously bright, colorful, and engaging. See more of her work here.

Raymond, with his gentle and kind demeanor, creates pieces of art that are full of movement, life, and detail. His work is wide-ranging, featuring subjects such as sweeping landscapes, unbridled wildlife, and portraits of people, both known and unknown. Like Raymond himself, his work can be subtle and soft-spoken, with a lot going on beneath the surface. See more of his work here.

Michael frequently works with markers, color sticks, pastels and paint markers. “Scribbling,” though not often a term used to define an artistic style, is the most apt way of describing Michael’s technique. His style creates wonderfully dense surfaces that are sometimes exclusively abstract and sometimes representational of a scene or portrait. See more of his work here.

 

Wish You Were Here: Let's Go for a Walk
Mar 30 - Apr 05

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

Many of us are currently stuck at home and could use a breath of fresh air, so let’s take a walk with Charles Meissner, Vanessa Monroe, and Eileen Schofield. Together, the works of these artists invite you to wander city and suburban streets and stroll through the forest, passing birds, trees, flowers, and one “raccoon dog” you may not have been expecting.

Charles has a prodigious memory and an uncanny ability to tell his stories and life experiences through his artwork. His impressive eye for perspective and composition is evident in his finely-detailed cityscapes and his expansive landscapes, including the characters that often inhabit them. See more of his work here.

Vanessa’s laughter and positivity permeate every corner of the studio. Her work is expressive, meticulously detailed, and rich with imagery from traditions and cultures from around the world. See more of her work here.

Eileen is able to achieve a level of density and color saturation with markers—her medium of choice—that few people can match. She creates vibrant, bold, and expressive work that is distinct and unique, often incorporating characters and figures that give her work personality and spunk. See more of her work here.

AMPLIFY
Mar 14 - Aug 30

“AMPLIFY” presents a selection of works by painter Corinne Davidov (1933 – 2014), who was a DC-based artist and an original member of Foundry Studios. Her large-scale paintings capture powerful plays of color, texture, and motion, evoking the era of the Washington Color School, a vital chapter of the city’s artistic history.

Born in Chicago Illinois, Davidov moved to Washington, DC as a teenager. In the 1960’s, she and several fellow Foundry members studied with Gene Davis, a key figure of the Washington Color School. This movement, which emphasized the formal possibilities of pure color, significantly influenced Davidov’s work. Using a technique of wet-on-wet acrylic on raw, unprimed canvas, her work evokes dappled landscapes, pushing and pulling the viewer in and out of their cosmic matter.

Foundry Studios was established in 1971 at the Duvall Foundry by Davidov, Denny Koch, Carolyn Alper, and Edie Hollyday, who had been sharing studio space. Joined by Lou Jones, Fran Chapman, Molly Bogounoff, Ginny Jannotta, Lala Schnee, Joan Caryl, and Barbara Kerne, Foundry Artists organized as a cooperative after the group attended the Corcoran-sponsored Conference “Women in the Visual Arts”. The conference encouraged women artists to gain an increased sense of self-respect and achieve greater recognition by pooling their energies and talents to promote their work. Heeding this advice, each of the artists amplified their individual voices through regular exhibitions at the Foundry and other galleries in the DC area. Davidov’s work and history highlights our ongoing responsibility to enlarge the narrative of women in the arts and, specifically, in Washington, DC.

Animalium
Mar 14 - Jun 20

“Animalium”—Latin for animals—celebrates Art Enables’ resident artist’s love of all things finned, feathered, and furry. This animal-themed exhibition will delight visitors of all ages with whimsical artwork of the domestic friends you know and love like Toni Lane’s “Cat Family Picture” and Shawn Payne’s “Stylish Poodle;” as well as creatures of the exotic and endangered variety like Maurice Barnes’ “Hippo Jungle” and Vanessa Monroe’s “Ocelot from South America.” No matter what creature you fancy, you are sure to enjoy the wonders of the animal kingdom, as seen through the eyes of our inspiring artists.

The District
Mar 14 - Jun 20

Since its founding in 1970, Washington, DC, has existed at the heart of American politics and the American dream. Art Enables touches on DC’s vibrant history in “The District,” an exhibition featuring scenes of local DC hot spots, monuments, historical figures, and themes of politics and culture. Resident artists from Art Enables join artists from around the DC metro-area to showcase their reflections on the nation’s capital through painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media works.

Exhibiting artists include: Guglielmo Botter, Patricia Figliola, Michael Dax Iacovone, Maiya Lonesome, George Lorio, Corinne McAuley, Roshni Sandhlla, Carol Williams, Kimo Williams, Andrew Wohl, ,and Art Enables artists Jacqueline Coleman, Michael Haynes, Paul Lewis, Charles Meissner, and Shawn Payne.

Click here to read more about the show and see installation views.

Touchstone at Art Enables
Jan 11 - Mar 07

Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery is located in a custom-built street-level space at 901 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Since the beginning, Touchstone’s mission has remained unaltered: to enrich the lives of the community through diverse contemporary art exhibitions; to promote a rich variety of art talent in the DC region; to showcase national and international artists whenever possible, and to foster continuing artistic and career growth of its 50 member artists through encouragement and support. A selection of member artists will exhibit in “Touchstone Artists at Art Enables” to include Mary D. Ott, Linda Bankerd, Leslie Blackmon, Heather Lynn, Harvey Kupferberg, Paula Lantz, Sonya Michel, and BD Richardson.

Join us for a free reception on January 11, 4 - 6 pm. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Image credit: Mary D. Ott - Wide Grass XXIX, unique etching with aquatint and oil pastel on Unryu white

Winter Blues
Jan 11 - Mar 07

Who says having the blues are bad? Resident artists were challenged to use a limited “cool” color palette in “Winter Blues.” Featuring work with mostly purple, blue, green, black, or white colors, “Winter Blues” brings the chilly winter weather inside the gallery for January and February. Get lost in the cosmos with pieces like Charmaine Jones’ “Space Nebula” or Keith Lewis’ “Galaxy Graphics.” See evocative portraits in Eric Atkinson’s “The Scheme” or Imani Turner’s “Boxer,” or enjoy the peace of nature in Paul Lewis’ “Glacier” or Sarah Swan’s “Moonlight Meditation.” Bring a warm sweater and check out “Winter Blues” today! 

 

Join us for a free reception on January 11, 4 - 6 pm. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Winter Show
Nov 02 - Dec 23

Art Enables is proud to present three new and exciting exhibitions opening on November 4, 2019. The exhibitions, “Studio Spotlight: Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, & Vanessa Monroe,” “Winter Show,” and “Small Works Show” will feature work from Art Enable’s resident artists and run through December 23, 2019. A free opening reception for the exhibitions will be held on November 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  

Winter Show

The end of the year is fast approaching in this new seasonal exhibition presented by Art Enable’s resident artists. “Winter Show,” curated by Studio and Gallery Manager Allie Frazier, features strong and exceptional works created by Art Enables resident artists throughout the year such as Toni Lane’s “Urban Dreams” and Eric Atkinson’s “Being Selfish.” With each step you take through the gallery, you’ll be sure to enjoy the retrospective through 2019 with “Winter Show.”

Small Works 2019
Nov 02 - Dec 23

Art Enables is proud to present three new and exciting exhibitions opening on November 4, 2019. The exhibitions, “Studio Spotlight: Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, & Vanessa Monroe,” “Winter Show,” and “Small Works Show” will feature work from Art Enable’s resident artists and run through December 23, 2019. A free opening reception for the exhibitions will be held on November 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  

Small Works

Everyone’s favorite grab-and-go exhibition is back at the Art Enables downstairs gallery! Featuring small, ready to take home, artwork by Art Enables resident artists. The work spans a wide range of content and creativity. Some pieces reflect the season, like Nonja Tiller’s “First Day of Fall” or Jamila Rahimi’s “Christmas Tree.” While others are abstract like Gary Murrell’s “Window” or Keith Lewis’ “Pink Ink Board.” Whatever your taste, “Small Works” guarantees that you’re going to find a gift for someone you love, and, most likely, yourself.

Studio Spotlight: Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, & Vanessa Monroe
Nov 02 - Dec 23

Art Enables is proud to present three new and exciting exhibitions opening on November 4, 2019. The exhibitions, “Studio Spotlight: Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, & Vanessa Monroe,” “Winter Show,” and “Small Works Show” will feature work from Art Enable’s resident artists and run through December 23, 2019. A free opening reception for the exhibitions will be held on November 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  

“Studio Spotlight: Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, & Vanessa Monroe”

Each year Art Enables showcases the work of selected resident artists in the Studio Spotlight series. This year’s series features the work of three incredible artists, Helen Lewis, Jackie Coleman, and Vanessa Monroe. Each artist, while unique and equally gifted, brings an exciting fresh take to their work. While Helen creates beautiful and abstract watercolor, Jackie uses her love of color to create scenes of fun and play, and Vanessa explores the other side of the world, painting endangered species and faraway lands. Step into the minds of these three artists to explore their creative journey and celebrate their talents.

Cordially Invited at Make Studio
Oct 04 - Oct 31

Art Enables is excited to participate in Make Studio's second annual "Cordially Invited" exhibit -- an invitational exhibition and showcase of artists working at progressive art centers around the U.S. and the globe! (And this year's celebration is particularly special for Make Studio, as part of the extended celebration of their upcoming 10th anniversary!) This show will include a central exhibition in their gallery, a satellite of smaller "pop-up" art displays in partnering venues all around Baltimore, and a digital exhibition.

Make Studio, a unique program in Baltimore and Maryland as a whole is one of just several dozen "progressive art studios" (also known as "art centers for persons with disabilities") in operation in the world. In contrast to other programs serving people with disabilities, and other arts programs, "the progressive art studio strives to empower one to become productive using the working practices that are intuitive to them already - an acceptance model, rather than an assimilation model" (Tim Ortiz and Andreana Donahue, 2014-2018). The art produced in progressive art studios is often exciting and thought-provoking because it's unexpected, and invites the art-loving public to better appreciate our neuro-diverse world. Stay tuned for more information!

Art Enables at Podcast Garage DC
Sep 03 - Dec 31

Podcast Garage DC hosts a small (but mighty) exhibition in their brand new space in Shaw! Featured artists include Maurice Barnes, Duane Blacksheare-Staton, Paul Lewis, Charles Meissner, and Nonja Tiller.

Podcast Garage is located at 1921 8th Street NW #105, Washington, DC 20001.

Learn more about Podcast Garage here: https://www.podcastgarage.org/

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2019
Sep 03 - Oct 05

Beginning September 3, 2019, and running through October 5, 2019, Art Enables— Washington, DC’s only non-profit art gallery and supported employment program solely dedicated to creating opportunities for adult visual artists with disabilities to build and develop a career in the arts and earn income from their art sales—will host the 13th annual “Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” (OAIB) exhibit.

Historically, “OAIB” has been committed to highlighting and providing self-taught artists who often don’t have opportunities to exhibit their work the opportunity to do so. This includes new and emerging self-taught artists, artists with disabilities, and artists from traditionally underrepresented communities. We are thrilled by the scope of talent, diversity, and style of artwork in this year’s exhibition. Collectors, enthusiasts, and aspiring artists are invited to view the exhibit during its opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Art Enables. Light refreshments and wine will be provided. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Now in its 13th year, OAIB began as a way for D.C.-area groups working with self-taught artists to exhibit together. Over the last 13 years, the exhibition has had such success that now spans all three gallery spaces at Art Enables and features artists from across the nation alongside the resident artists of Art Enables. The show continues to be an excellent introduction for a community curious about outsider and folk art or looking to start their own collection with a selection of affordable art in a wide array of styles.

Participating studios and artists in this year’s exhibition include ArtWorks, Bethesda Health and Rehab, Imagine That!, Little City's Center for the Arts, Make Studio, Miriam’s Kitchen, Pure Vision Arts, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Studio InSight, VisAbility Art Lab, C. Maura Poshka, Catherine Toulsaly, Cherie Zanger, DeVante Capers, Kamilah House, Khanh Nguyen, Kimo Williams, Meg Perine, Rachel Fowler, Ronnie Turner, Terry Johnson, and Vlad Gorlami.

“Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” 2019 was juried by Art Enables Studio and Gallery Manager, Allie Frazier, and Executive Director, Tony Brunswick.

Image: Armando Nunez, "Mount Rushmore"

Art Enables at the Waterfront
Jul 30 - Oct 06

We are proud to present, along with the Torpedo Factory Art Center, our latest offsite exhibition "Art Enables at the Waterfront." The exhibition, located in the Site 2 Community Gallery, features work by resident artists Gary Murrell, Eileen Schofield, Paul Lewis, Michael Haynes, Helen Lewis, Dennis Quillin, and more. This exhibit will run until October 6th, 2019. A public, FREE, opening reception will be Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Torpedo Factory's "The Late Shift: Habitats." Stop by and check it out!

Spend Time with Trees
Jul 13 - Aug 23

What started as a discussion on STEAM curricula (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) between an artist, Sondra N. Arkin, and an engineer, Mark Archibald, culminates in an unprecedented exhibition at Art Enables this summer! “Spend Time with Trees” is an immersive, sensory, and accessible art installation of an experience that is meant to replicate the sensation of being among the trees. With visual, tactile, and aural elements, “Spend Time with Trees” allows the audience to meander through the space while reflecting on the folly of drawing hard lines between art and engineering. The exhibition will be enhanced by additional paintings by Ellen Sinel.

LINEWORK
Jul 13 - Aug 23

Art Enables is proud to present “LINEWORK”—a show featuring local artists Anthony Bremer, Christian McCarroll, and Benjamin Ross, all of whom are known for their strong use of lines in their work.

For D.C.-based, and self-taught artist, Anthony Bremer, perception is rooted as much in speculation as it is in the environment. At the core of Bremer’s work is a recognition of the vibrancy found in quotidian scenes and objects. His drawings strive not only to reveal that energy and meaning but to help viewers recognize these ephemeral moments in their own everyday lives.

Christian McCarroll has been a client at Arundel Lodge in Maryland for 18 years. He has always been interested in art and feels it gives him a chance to explore and express through a visual medium, “the world,” which he “feels and sees.”

Benjamin Ross is a skateboarder and painting artist from Frederick, Maryland. He primarily uses acrylic paint marker to create on canvas and is influenced by abstract art, graffiti art, personal drawings, video games, and cartoons/anime. Some of his work is known for heavy line details, while other works are completely random based on inspirations and a belief in improvisational creativity.

These artists bring their breadth and experience to Art Enables in “LINEWORK”—showcasing their line-heavy styles that rely on repetitive strokes to add structure to dynamic oftentimes surrealist scenes.

Stripe, Dot, and Swirl
Jul 13 - Aug 23

Beat the heat and make your way to Art Enables this summer for the fun and upbeat show “Stripe, Dot, and Swirl.” Resident artists were challenged to develop artwork that incorporated at least one of the elements—stripe, dot, swirl—either in style or concept for this light-hearted summer exhibition. Some artists took the challenge literally, like Chris Schallhorn who created a piece with columns of colorful boxes peppered with dots and swirls, while others chose a more nuanced approach, like Maurice Barnes’ “Laundry Day” which depicts swirling laundry in a clothes dryer, or Charmaine Jones’ “Strawberry Chocolate Cake” that features a decadent cake striped with layers of red frosting. Think you can guess which element is used in each piece? Try your best as you explore “Stripe, Dot, and Swirl. A public opening reception will be held on July 13, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. The free reception will include complimentary wine and refreshments, and provide the public with an opportunity to experience the artwork as well as mingle with the artists.

Art Enables at Busboys and Poets - K Street
Jun 12 - Sep 16

Art Enables is pleased to exhibit alongside other local artists inside the new K Street Busboys and Poets location. Stop in for a cup of coffee, a bite to eat, or performance, and enjoy Art Enables resident artists on display throughout the restaurant.

 

Busboys and Poets

450 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

LIMITATION / LIBERATION
May 11 - Jun 28

Experience the frustration, challenges, and joys of a limited color palette show in “LIMITATION / LIBERATION.” Having constraints or restrictions can often time boost creativity, forcing ingenuity and creative thought to work within the parameters. This exhibition, featuring work from 25 D.C. local artists, explores the idea that in limitation, there can be freedom. Artists were challenged to create artwork with either a majority cool or warm palette. Some pieces are bright and colorful, while others remain stark and muted, with a few artists opting to work in only black and white. Exhibiting artists include Zoe Balderson, Carol Blum, Adam Bradley, Sloane Bramhall, Marshall Carolus, Jane Clifford, Joanne Dvorsky, Diane English, Harriet Gossett, A.B. Griffin, Kirsten Hudson, Seth Jackson, Colin Lacey, Brooke Lacock, Peter Lewis, Leah Loebner, Linda Lowery, Thom Lowther, Kaly McKibben, Dulce Moreno, Leah Schaperow, Britnie Walston, Robb Williams, Andrew Wohl, and Dontavious Woody.

Opening Reception: May 22, 6-8 p.m.

By the Tracks
May 11 - Jun 28

“There are over 40 Artists By the Tracks in Mt. Rainier, MD, in the Gateway Arts District, home of the largest concentration of professional artists in the DMV. We paint, draw, sculpt and assemble our art in every medium, from glass, porcelain, wood and metal to tar and rust—and, of course, paint and ink. Some of us share large spaces, like the Washington Glass School, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studio, and the Otis Street Arts Project. We hold exhibitions and critiques, teach students and work in our studios every day. Our studios, along with those of most of our friends in the Gateway Arts District, are open to the public just twice a year; the next Open Studios Tour will be Saturday, May 11. For full information, go to www.gatewayopenstudios.org

We are delighted to accept the invitation of our neighbors at Art Enables to show our work in their renovated gallery space. Fifteen artists are represented in this exhibition, showing a sample of the diversity of our visions. Meet the artists and enjoy a free reception at Art Enables on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 - 8 p.m.   

Arlette Jassel’s figurative paintings use joyful color as her female figures seem to dance, to reach for affirmation or, perhaps, salvation. Ceci Cole McInturff’s assemblage, “Render Weapons Useless”, is a fearsome ax fashioned from a beautifully aged branch, the handle brutally studded with nails. Chris Bohner is represented by an assemblage that conveys balance and serenity.  

Ellen Sinel’s oil on canvas landscapes meld reality and abstraction with her striking sense of color and intimacy with nature. Ellyn Weiss’s wax and resin artifacts evoke slices of the melting seas. Eric Gordon’s richly-colored portraits show roots in cartooning and homage to the self-taught tradition.

Glass artist Erwin Timmers presents “What Are We Thinking”, a sculpture that suggests our brains made brittle by inputs beyond our control. The rhythmic buildup of strokes and marks in Janis Goodman’s abstract paintings suggest water and swarms of insects. Liz Lescault’s biomorphic ceramics evoke crustaceans both ominous and beautiful. Max DeMulder describes his work as “crazy, scary, farcical, and weird”; his portrait of a crazed accordionist is all that. Sally Kauffman’s canvasses show a remarkable facility with her medium and a particular skill for depicting crowd scenes with energy and economy.  

Sharon Robinson’s gorgeously colored work uses collage and other media to describe a world where all heritages overlap and influence each other. Shelley Lowenstein’s pulsating paintings are inspired by cell biology, particularly the beta cells whose role in converting glucose into the energy humans need. Veronica Szalus’s work highlights the constancy of transformative change that extends from the life of organic matter to the existence of the non-organic. Finally, Wayson Jones challenges the line between painting and sculpture; his black and white pieces have a beguiling physicality and structure.” - Ellyn Weiss, May 2019
 


Opening Reception: May 22, 6-8 p.m.

SELECTED II
May 11 - Jun 28

Art Enables revives its most popular exhibition of 2018, Selected, with Selected II an exhibition by Art Enables artists featuring Art Enables artists. Each resident artist of Art Enables was randomly given the name of one of their fellow artists and then asked to select their favorite piece from that artist's portfolio. Some based their selections on technical merit and composition, while others chose work because they enjoyed the subject matter or found the subject matter interesting. Selected II gives artists a chance to share their personal aesthetic and think critically about the breadth and fine details of their fellow artist's work while exploring curation and exhibition design.

Opening Reception: May 22, 6-8 p.m.

The Girl and the Vine Exhibition at Takoma Park
May 01 - Jul 01

Visit Takoma Park's newest cafe and retail wine/cheese shop and enjoy an exhibition of work by Charles Meissner hand-picked by the owners! The Girl and the Vine is located at 7071 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

Dumbarton Concerts Pop-Up Exhibition 2019
Apr 12 - Apr 19

This Saturday, April 13, join us at Dumbarton United Methodist Church for an Art Enables gallery pop-up at their Dumbarton Concerts Music by Candlelight series. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features the talents of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. You can purchase tickets for Saturday's show here.

Whimsical Wonderings at Capital City PCS
Mar 21 - Apr 09

Please join us for a creative collaboration between Capital City PCS PreK artists and Art Enables artists exploring dreams, imagination, and self-identity. This is a unique opportunity for Art Enables resident artists to work collaboratively with an exhibit alongside local students! Family and friends are encouraged to attend the opening reception at Capital City PCS on Thursday, March 28 from 5 to 6:30pm at:


The Washington Gallery 
(Capital City PCS Theater Lobby)
100 Peabody St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
 
Light snacks and drinks will be provided. 

Five Elements
Mar 09 - May 04

Art Enables is pleased to present the work of three area artists, Meghan Walsh, Adam Bradley, Terence Nicholson in the new exhibition “Five Elements.”

“Five Elements (Wu Xing in Chinese 五行 ) is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields use to explain a wide range of phenomena. It is the appearance of different forms of energy, or chi, at different times and as a response to each other. Rather than a literal, sequential translation of element following element, this exhibition focuses on the call and response of each artist to the energy and movements of the others. We are unconscious of the echoes and shadows of ourselves as they impact others. We respond to things in others that the other may not even perceive in themselves.” –Meghan Walsh, Adam Bradley, Terence Nicholson

 

Join us for a free public artist reception on Saturday, March 9 from 4 - 6pm at Art Enables. Light refreshments and wine will be served. 

Montgomery Art Association at Art Enables
Mar 09 - May 04

For 65 years, Montgomery Art Association has supported the visual arts and artists in Montgomery Country, Maryland and the D.C. Metro area. The Montgomery Art Association supports 175 member artists who receive benefits like exhibition opportunities, professional development and promotion, networking, and community support. The vast artistic talents of their members are reflected in superior landscapes, unique abstracts, realistic still-lives, and delicate portraits, all created in diverse mediums and materials. Art Enables is proud to exhibit “Montgomery Art Association at Art Enables”—a powerful selection of artwork created by Montgomery Art Association artists.

Join us for a free public artist reception on Saturday, March 9 from 4 - 6pm at Art Enables. Light refreshments and wine will be served. 

Spring Show
Mar 09 - May 04

With the change of seasons comes a fresh start with new ideas and renewed inspiration. In Art Enables latest exhibition, “Spring Show,” resident artists explore the nuisances and beauty of a coming spring. Curated by Toni Lane and Amy Kitchin—Art Enables staff members and artists themselves—“Spring Show” is a showcase of Art Enables resident artists’ work. Get wrapped up in spring with brightly colored and lively pieces that highlight the season in all its forms. From flowers to animals, romance, and adventure “Spring Show” is sure to uplift, awaken, and refresh your imagination.

 

Join us for a free public artist reception on Saturday, March 9 from 4 - 6pm at Art Enables. Light refreshments and wine will be served. 

PERSPECTIVES
Jan 12 - Mar 02

Art Enables Studio and Gallery is bringing in the New Year with “PERSPECTIVES” - a selection of strong and memorable work highlighting the talents and unique styles of the resident artists of Art Enables. Many of the works feature unique physical perspectives, such as Gen Gaines’ “A Summer Stroll on RIA” or Calvin “Sonny” Clarke’s abstract painting of “[His] Office.” Raymond Lewis’ “On the Valley Floor” features a dizzying bird’s eye view of Zion Canyon, the rocks and valley floor rippling with lines and colors. Other perspectives are more personal, such as Nonja Tiller’sMy Childhood” which features a self-portrait of the artist as a child as she waits to be adopted or Michael Knox’s painting “Bonding with Dad” inspired by a memory of watching trains roll by with his father. Whether explicit or subtle, humorous or somber, the works in “PERSPECTIVES” demonstrate the artistic talents and unique stories of the artists of Art Enables.

Join us for a free reception on February 9, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided. 

Studio Spotlight: Storytellers
Jan 12 - Mar 02

Art Enables is proud to present three resident artists with strong storytelling skills in the first Studio Spotlight of 2019. Maurice Barnes, Violet Lucas, and Michael Schaff all create work featuring characters and scenes—some real and some fictional—that have an intrinsic way of pulling the viewer in. Snapshots of worlds, illustrative techniques, and assumed dialogues make each piece a puzzle, leaving the viewer to create their own stories around each work.

Maurice Barnes is an incredibly talented illustrator and artist who has a remarkable ability to reimagine characters, images, and scenes in a distinctive style that is all his own. Maurice’s preferred mediums are commonly colored pencils and art stix. Violet Lucas' work is whimsical, sharp, imaginative, and sweet. Her love of pop culture comes through her creations in the most unexpected ways, often blending characters and genres with surprising creativity. Michael Schaff frequently works with markers, color sticks, pastels, and paint markers and often draws scenes from historical books. “Scribbling,” though not often a term used to define an artistic style, is the aptest way of describing Michael’s technique. His style creates wonderfully dense surfaces that are sometimes exclusively abstract and sometimes representational of a scene or portrait.

Join us for a free public reception on February 9, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Art Enables; light refreshment provided. 

Food for the Soul @ Catholic University
Dec 12 - Jan 25

Food for the Soul: Seven Washington Artists showcases the talents of local painters and graphic artists with intellectual or cognitive disabilities, whose life and work demonstrate the powerful ways in which art can provide vital opportunities for self-actualization. This exhibition illuminates the capacity of art to foster a community gathered in the shared appreciation of human creativity. The participating artists are Helen Lewis, Nonja Tiller, Eileen Schofield, Chris Schallhorn, Keith Lewis, Jamila Rahimi, and Mara Clawson. Food for the Soul will be held in the Salve Regina Gallery at The Catholic University of America from December 12, 2018 through January 25, 2019, with a free and public reception on January 24th from 4pm - 7pm.

Higgs Gallery at the Apollo
Dec 01 - Dec 31

Location & Hours:

The Apollo: 600 H St. NE, Washington, DC

The Higgs Gallery is a permanent exhibition space dedicated to featuring original work by Art Enables resident artists and seeks to provide an engaging and enjoyable exhibition experience at The Apollo for residents and community members alike. The name, Higgs Gallery, celebrates the accomplished career of longtime Art Enables resident artist, Maurice “Mo” Higgs.

Small Works Show 2019
Nov 30 - Dec 28

It's back! Our annual Small Works Show is here, featuring small, affordable original artwork that you can purchase and take with you on the spot. The work is perfect for holiday gifts or for those looking to start their own art collection! On view December 1 through December 21 in the downstairs gallery. 

 

Join us for the opening at our holiday market on December 1st from 9am - 5pm. PLus, enjoy complimentary holiday cookies, hot chocolate, and a free ornament making workshop from 1 - 4pm!

Perspectives from the Sidewalk
Oct 29 - Dec 21

EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 21st, 2018!

In honor of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 10-18, 2018), a group of homeless and formerly homeless artists affiliated with Street Sense Media, and Art Enables resident artist Toni Lane, will exhibit their work in “Perspectives from the Sidewalk.” Highlighting the ways in which creative expression can empower change, the exhibition will feature photography, illustration, audio, and writing created by people impacted by homelessness. Art Enables resident artist, art educator, author, and activist Toni Lane will showcase her work alongside Street Sense Media's artists. Lane has been observing, collecting, and creating art surrounding the issues of homelessness for decades but this exhibition will be the first retrospective of her body of work. Heavily influenced by interviews, research, and observations made during her time living in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Lane feels driven to document "what is happening in America at this time and place in history."  Guests can meet the artists at the FREE Opening Reception on November 10th, 4 - 6 p.m. Wine and light refreshments provided. 

 

Toni Lane is a writer, photographer, humanitarian, and all around creative who has dedicated her life to art and activism. She has won multiple awards for her work with young and adolescent children, both as an art teacher and community support provider. She has lived in San Francisco where she founded the Ethnic Trip Cultural Art Collection gallery, and in Marseilles, France. Having seen and documented the violence in black communities first hand as a professional photographer and videographer, Lane is continuing her lifelong pursuit to improve the lives of young people and combat violence with her novel released this year, “Ghetto Girls Rule in Marseilles.” She now lives in her hometown of Washington D.C., where she works as a studio assistant at Art Enables. You can find her work at www.ethnictripculturalart.com

 

Street Sense Media creates content in print, film, theater, photography, audio, illustration and more, all for the purpose of providing economic opportunity for and elevating the voices of people experiencing homelessness. Street Sense published its first issue in November 2003 with a print run of 5,000 copies. The newspaper has published consistently on a monthly and now biweekly basis and remains the flagship channel of their expanding media center. www.streetsensemedia.org

 

 

SELECTED
Oct 29 - Dec 21

EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 21st, 2018!

Art Enables resident artists explore curation and exhibition design in “Selected,” the latest exhibition at Art Enables Studio and Gallery. Each resident artist of Art Enables was randomly given the name of one of their fellow artists and then asked to select that artists strongest work from their portfolio. Some chose to base their selections on technical merit and composition, like Shawn Payne’s selection of Jamila Rahimi’s “Tulips” or Violet Lucas’ selection of Gen Gaines’ “Nausea,” while others selected work because they enjoyed the subject matter or found the content interesting, such as Payman Jazini’s selection of Robert Corcoran’s “Ocean City.” For many of the artists in the studio this was their first opportunity for curation, allowing them to take their time to patiently survey the breadth and fine details of their fellow artist’s work.

 

Guests will have the chance to meet some of the artists of the exhibition at the “Selected” opening reception on November 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with light refreshments and wine provided. Come early for the free 2nd Saturday Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. with local artist Delé Akerejah of the Dopamine Clinic.

 

MITRE Pop-Up Exhibition
Oct 01 - Nov 06

Art Enables is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition at the MITRE Corporation, located at 7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, Virginia, 22102.

From the Imagination - Kefa Cafe
Sep 14 - Oct 30

Nonja Tiller is pleased to present "From The Imagination"her latest body of work on display at the local coffeehouse, Kefa Cafe in Silver Spring, MD. 

The exhibition runs from September 14 to October 30, with a free public reception on September 14, 7-9 p.m. 

 

Kefa Cafe is located at: 963 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

12th Annual Outsider Art Inside The Beltway
Sep 06 - Oct 19

12TH ANNUAL OUTSIDER ART INSIDE THE BELTWAY EXHIBIT
Area’s largest exhibition of outsider, folk, and self-taught art, featuring both locally and nationally selected artists.

Beginning September 8, 2018, and running through October 19, 2018, Art Enables—a studio/gallery dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork—will host the 12th annual exhibit “Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” (OAIB). OAIB showcases self-taught, folk, and outsider artwork created by artists with disabilities living and working throughout the United States. Collectors, enthusiasts, and aspiring artists are invited to view the exhibit during its opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Art Enables Studio. Light refreshments and wine will be provided. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Now in its 12th year, OAIB began as a way for D.C.-area groups working with self-taught artists to exhibit together. In addition to numerous independent artists, this year’s participating organizations include Pure Vision Arts (New York), Imagine That! (Missouri), Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minnesota), Matheny Arts Access (New Jersey), as well as annual local favorites from Studio In-Sight(Bethesda), Bethesda Health and Rehab (Bethesda), Saint Elizabeth’s (D.C.), Arundel Lodge (Maryland), VisAbility Art Lab(Rockville), CREATE Arts Center (Silver Spring), and Make Studio (Baltimore), along with 7 independent self-taught artists.

OAIB has had such success that it has now grown and now occupies the entire gallery at Art Enables, and features artists from across the nation alongside the resident artists of Art Enables. The show continues to be an excellent introduction for a community curious about outsider and folk art or looking to start their own collection with a selection of affordable art in a wide array of styles.

“Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” 2018 is curated by Art Enables Studio and Gallery Manager, Allie Frazier.

What’s Shakin’ in Shaw - Art Enables at New Community ArtSpace
Sep 03 - Jan 31

New Community ArtSpace is proud to host an exhibition highlighting the work of Art Enables resident artists. Founder Rachel Dickerson curated this exhibit, which showcases a wide range of styles, techniques, and colors and highlights the vast diversity of Art Enables artists. The gallery is open to the public on Mondays 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and Tuesdays 4-8 p.m. and is located at 614 S St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

 

The Road Ahead
Jul 14 - Aug 24

Artists with developmental disabilities step into the limelight as they claim their place in the world of contemporary art during a collaborative art show merging the artists and interests of Art Enables, Creative Trails, Hozhoni Foundation, Imagine That!, MOSA Museum of Special Art, N4th Gallery, Sophie’s Gallery and Suzi Cappa Art Center. Together they celebrate the tremendous talents of persons with developmental disabilities and help them forge an identity as a person that is creative, original, sensitive, independent, imaginative and as someone who can affect an emotional response in others with their art. Featuring the artwork of 24 individual artists, "The Road Ahead" will touch many lives across the United States as it travels for over a year stopping in eight cities.  "The Road Ahead" will exhibit at Art Enables July 14-August 24 before moving to its next location, and features AE artists Michael Haynes, Michael Schaff, Michael Knox, and Helen Lewis.

 

Opening Reception at Art Enables: July 14, 4-6 p.m.

Free and open to all; light refreshments and wine served. 

The Collective Pop-up
Jun 27 - Aug 31

Visit The COLLECTIVE, a a curated creative space with a goal to SUPPORT THE LOCAL CREATIVES while BUILDING COMMUNITY, during the weekends in July to see a pop-up exhibit curated by COLLECTIVE co-founder Rian. The COLLECTIVE hours are: 

Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12 - 5pm
 
the COLLECTIVE is located at:
4303 Rhode Island Avenue #311
Brentwood, Maryland 20722
Instagram, FB, and Twitter: @thecollective311

The Pearl Pop-Up Exhibition
Jun 21 - Jun 25

Save the date for Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a free reception, with light refreshments, and weekend lobby pop-up exhibition at The Pearl—a new apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md. The exhibition is only up that weekend, so don't miss it.

 

The Pearl is located at:
180 High Park Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Children's Hospital Exhibition
May 28 - Jan 01

Select Art Enables artists are showcased in the 2nd Floor "Young Expressions" gallery at the Children's National Hospital. 

DC Rocks
May 12 - Jun 29

Blind Instagram-artist Ahmad Zaghal takes his concert-themed photography from online to a gallery setting for the first time, exhibiting his photographs alongside select Art Enables artists’ music-themed work in DC Rocks.


Zaghal is a blind photographer that has been attending concerts in the DC area and elsewhere for roughly the
last fifteen years. In 2013, he started using the camera in his phone to document these shows and share them
online. What began as a joke with a friend evolved into a highly celebrated Instagram account, interviews with
BBC and the Washington Post, and an artist talk at the Philips Collection and now culminates in Zaghal’s first
gallery exhibit, happening at Art Enables in May and June. While at the concerts, Zaghal tries to capture the
musicians at the peaks of their performances and aims his camera towards where he thinks they may be based
on the music coming from the stage. The result are wild, energetic, unedited shots of artistic expression,
captured by sound and not sight.


Art Enables artists Jackie Coleman, Egbert “Clem” Evans, Payman Jazini, Gary Murrell, Max Poznerzon,
Imani Turner, and Eileen Schofield exhibit music-themed work alongside of Zaghal’s photographs.

 

Exhibition dates: May 12th - June 29th

Opening Reception: May 12th 4 - 6pm, free and open to the public

 

Photo credit: Ahmad Zaghal - Empath

GOING GLOBAL
May 12 - Jun 29

Art Enables resident artists explore different cultures and traditions in Going Global. This show features 30+ works highlighting exotic animals, famous landmarks, and cultural traditions from around the world, creating a vibrant and diverse exhibition that promises to inspire the “travel bug” in all of us.

Exhibition Dates: May 12th  – June 29th, 2018

Reception: May 12th, 2018 4 – 6pm, free and open to the public

"Selected" at Busboys and Poets - Hyattsville
Apr 24 - Jul 24

Art Enables is proud to present "SELECTED" at Busboys and Poets. The show features work by six resident artists and was selected by Carol Rhodes Dyson, Curator/Activist at Busboys and Poets. 

Busboys and Poets - Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Avenue 
Hyattsville, MD 20781

 

HOURS:

Monday – Thursday   7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday   7:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight
Saturday   8:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight
Sunday   8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

RECLAIMED
Mar 10 - May 05

RECLAIMED explores eco-conscious art practices and features 21 local artists who were challenged to use at least 25% recycled materials in their work. Among the 21 participating artists, some use recognizable materials and everyday objects in their work while others integrate recycled materials in less obvious ways. This juried exhibition spans many topics and highlights the creative potential in using recycled materials as well as the skill and creative ability of the featured artists.  On view at the Off-Rhode Gallery from March 10 - May 5th, 2018. 

Gallery Hours:
M - F, 9am - 5pm
1st and 2nd Saturday, 9am - 5pm

Image Credit: Meghan Walsh - Karak Tea

The View From Here
Mar 10 - May 05

The View From Here: With a large number of natural disasters and major policy changes in 2017, global and environmental issues are on the forefront of many people’s minds. Art Enables resident artists explore these topics through a series of new works, creating a dynamic exhibition that examines a range of current global and social issues. On view at the Studio Gallery from March 10 - May 5th, 2018. 

Gallery Hours:
​M - F, 9am - 5pm
1st and 2nd Saturday, 9am - 5pm

Image credit: Paul McGown - Sunset Canyon Lakes

Dumbarton Concerts Pop-Up 2018
Feb 15 - Feb 28

Join Art Enables at Dumbarton Concerts, a program that has presented chamber and jazz music in the heart of Georgetown since 1978. Art Enables artwork is featured in the lobby for the pre-performance and intermission receptions and is available for purchase. Dumbarton Concerts is located at 3133 Dumbarton Street NW.

 

Purchase your ticket to the concert and learn more here: http://www.dumbartonconcerts.org/

Art Enables @ The Coupe 2018
Feb 06 - Apr 01

The Coupe is an everyday French-American cafe, coffee house and bar. The Coupe has partnered with Art Enables on a unique and creative show in The Coupe's gallery and exhibition space. Please visit to enjoy amazing food and wonderful art! 

Opening Reception:

Friday, February 24th, 6 - 8pm at the bar side of the restaurant; light snacks provided with Happy Hour drinks available for purchase at the bar. 

Location & Hours: 
The Coupe
3415 11TH ST. NW
WASHINGTON, DC 
OPEN DAILY: 7AM – LAST CALL / 7 DAYS A WEEK

 

Dumbarton Concerts 2018
Feb 01 - Feb 28

Small Works Show 2017
Dec 02 - Jan 26

Enjoy unforgettable, one-of-a-kind artwork while supporting our resident artists this holiday season! Visit this exhibition which features small but mighty pieces made in our studio, all of which can be taken home with you today!

Studio Winter Exhibition 2017
Nov 06 - Jan 29

Enjoy a sampling of some of the best work produced by our resident artists in 2017 as we close out the year in style! 

World Bank Exhibition
Nov 01 - Dec 31

Art Enables is honored to be highlighted at the Preston Lounge in the World Bank. Appointments are neccessary to view this exhibition. Contact afrazier@art-enables.org to coordinate your visit. 

The Higgs Gallery @ The Apollo
Oct 12 - Oct 02

Location & Hours:
The Apollo
600 H St. NE, Washington, DC

The Higgs Gallery is a permanent exhibition space dedicated to featuring original work by Art Enables resident artists and seeks to provide an engaging and enjoyable exhibition experience at The Apollo for residents and community members alike.

The name, Higgs Gallery, celebrates the accomplished career of longtime Art Enables resident artist, Maurice “Mo” Higgs.

The Road Ahead
Oct 07 - Aug 02

Artists with developmental disabilities step into the limelight as they claim their place in the world of contemporary art during a collaborative art show merging the artists and interests of Art Enables, Creative Trails, Hozhoni Foundation, Imagine That!, MOSA Museum of Special Art, N4th Gallery, Sophie’s Gallery and Suzi Cappa Art Center. Together they celebrate the tremendous talents of persons with developmental disabilities and help them forge an identity as a person that is creative, original, sensitive, independent, imaginative and as someone who can affect an emotional response in others with their art. Featuring the artwork of 24 individual artists, The Road Ahead will touch many lives across the United States as it travels for over a year stopping in eight cities. Sophie’s Kensington Gallery, part of the art program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will premier The Road Ahead on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at their Kensington location and continue to travel through July 2019. The Road Ahead exhibited at Art Enables in July 2018, and featured AE artists Michael Haynes, Michael Schaff, Michael Knox, and Helen Lewis.

 

GLOW at Athenaeum
Sep 21 - Oct 29

Sotheby's International Realty, The Athenaeum Invitational  is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, or Maryland.  This year's theme, GLOW, asked artists to create work that shows a sense of lightness or hope emanating from something dark. Art Enables resident artist Gary Murrell has one piece selected for this exhibition. 
 
The Athenaeum is located at: 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Wearable Hat Show at Artist and Makers
Sep 08 - Sep 27

Resident artists participated in a juried art exhibition featuring wearable art curated by Steven Krensky and displayed at Artist and Makers Studios in Maryland. 

Art Impact USA's "Best of the Best" at Pepco Gallery
Aug 11 - Aug 31

Best of the Best presents two hundred and forty nine artists spanning the globe - from DC to LA, Miami to Boston, the UK to Canada, and from Switzerland to Syria.  302 pieces were chosen from over fourteen hundred works of art! Half of the artists reside in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. The public is invited to enjoy video installation, photography, painting, fabric art and more.

Best Of The Best Juried Art Exhibition opening reception, Friday, August 11, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068.

DCAC's 1460 Wallmountables
Jul 15 - Aug 12

Since 1989, 1460 Wallmountables has offered the opportunity for artists of all disciplines and abilities to show in this open hanging. Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of the DC Art Center's gallery. We receive calls and emails about the exhibit all through the year and there are many people who will be working on 2 foot by 2 foot canvases just to fit in the show. 

Summer Showcase '17
Jun 01 - Jul 31

Art Enables @ The Apollo
May 01 - Oct 12

Location & Hours:
The Apollo
600 H St. NE, Washington, DC

In a new and exciting partnership with The Apollo, Art Enables is proud to announce new offsite exhibition space located in the beautiful new Apollo development on H Street NE. Stay tuned for information on new Art Enables' exhibitions, programs, and events at The Apollo!

COLLECTIVE @ the Ratner Museum
Apr 30 - Jun 27

Location: The Personal Visions Gallery @ The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum

COLLECTIVE is Art Enables' newest group show at the Personal Visions Gallery in the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum. The show features new 2-D work by all of our Resident Artists. 

About the Gallery: The Personal Visions Gallery is a partnership between Cornerstone Montgomery and the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum. They inspire artists with mental health disorders to produce, exhibit, and sell creative works of art.

The museum hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday 10am to 4 pm.

Studio Spotlight Series
Apr 08 - Jun 03

Location: The Off-Rhode Gallery @ Art Enables

The Art Enables Studio Spotlight Series is dedicated to providing small group exhibition opportunities for Art-Enables’ artists.  Usually 2-3 exhibiting artists per show, the Studio Spotlight Series provides an invaluable professional development opportunity for our member artists.  Not only are they provided the opportunity to exhibit their work in a small group format, they are also involved in the full exhibition experience, from curation to promotion to installation.  The Studio Spotlight Series seeks to create both exposure and exhibition experiences that are invaluable for established and emerging artists alike.  It is our passion, and our honor, to highlight their exceptional talent and work ethic through the Studio Spotlight Series.

The Studio Spotlight Series celebrates the work of three Art Enables resident artists including shoe and fashion fanatic, Shawn Payne, jovial and light-hearted Payman Jazini, and truck and bus expert, Michael Haynes. Don't miss your chance to see this powerful and fun small-group show.  

 

IN BLOOM
Apr 08 - Jun 03

Location:  The Studio Gallery @ Art Enables

Inspired by the changing seasons, Art Enables artists have created work in this new group show that is bright and springing with light, color, and life.

It's hard not to be influenced by the weather shifting from bleak winter to invigorating spring. With the changing seasons comes new smells, new sights, and the promise of new adventures. Art Enables resident artists delight in this change and their work reflects their excitement. Charmaine Jones' "Bouquet of Roses" is an abstract, geometric interpretation of a still life. Her curling, whimsical flowers seem to thrive and bloom in this environment, sprouting from not only the vase but the ground as well. There's a visible sense of peace in Jackie Coleman's "Cherry Blossom" as a geisha stops to admire white cherry blossoms on a quiet bridge. Meanwhile, Michael Schaff's "A Fish" vibrates with bright colors, chaotic energy and quick movements.

Calm or energetic, figurative or abstract, the vibrant work featured in IN BLOOM is guaranteed to lift your spirits and melt those winter blues. 

Cornerstone Montgomery's Outer Limits at the Ratner Museum
Mar 05 - Apr 26

Art Enables is pleased to particatipate in Cornerstone Montgomery's Annual Invitational Art Show from March 5 - April 26th, 2017. Please join us for the free opening reception on March 5, 1 - 3pm at Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum located at 1855, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Studio Spotlight Series
Feb 11 - Apr 01

Location: The Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables

The Art Enables Studio Spotlight Series is dedicated to providing small group exhibition opportunities for Art-Enables’ artists.  Usually 2-3 exhibiting artists per show, the Studio Spotlight Series provides an invaluable professional development opportunity for our member artists.  Not only are they provided the opportunity to exhibit their work in a small group format, they are also involved in the full exhibition experience, from curation to promotion to installation.  The Studio Spotlight Series seeks to create both exposure and exhibition experiences that are invaluable for established and emerging artists alike.  It is our passion, and our honor, to highlight their exceptional talent and work ethic through the Studio Spotlight Series.

This Studio Spotlight exhibition celebrates the work of three Art Enables’ resident artists – Raymond LewisEileen Schofield, and Gary Murrell.

 

ELEMENTAL
Feb 11 - Apr 01

Location:  The Studio Gallery at Art Enables

Earth, Air, Fire, Water - Art Enables' resident artists explore these four fundamental elements in the Studio Gallery's newest group show, ELEMENTAL.

Pieces in the show draw on the basic elements of earth, air, fire, and water to explore varied themes. Some pieces evoke tender moments, like Toni Lane’s Naptime in which a mother cradles a newborn while a gentle sea rocks the bed upon which they are resting. Other pieces take on more serious themes, like Dethaw Cotman’s To Eat is to Be Ate and Imani Turner’s The Snake in the Garden, which both explore the Garden of Eden and the struggle against temptation. A few pieces are light-hearted, as with Violet Lucas’ reinterpretation of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, featuring Family Guy characters.

The exhibition opens with an artist reception on February 11th, 1 – 4pm, and closes on April 1st. Free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.

Councilmember White's Office Exhibition
Dec 23 - Dec 22

Art Enables is honored to display artwork in Councilman Robert White's office.

Art Enables @ 39th Street Gallery
Nov 01 - Jan 15

Location & Hours: 
39th Street Gallery
3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD 20722
Thursday 7-9PM and Sat 12-3PM or by appointment

Join us for an intimate show featuring five of Art Enables' resident artists:  Raymond Lewis, Violet Lucas, Charles Meissner, Gary Murrell, and Eileen Schofield.  

Art Enables @ The Coupe
Nov 01 - Feb 28

Location & Hours: 
The Coupe
3415 11TH ST. NW
WASHINGTON, DC 
OPEN DAILY: 7AM – LAST CALL / 7 DAYS A WEEK

The Coupe is an everyday French-American cafe, coffee house and bar. The Coupe has partnered with Art Enables on a unique and creative show in The Coupe's gallery and exhibition space. Please visit to enjoy amazing food and wonderful art!