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Out Of Chaos, Opens 10/11 at 6:30 PM

Award-winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle was selected for a solo art exhibition at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Luis is a Nicaraguan-born, District of Columbia raised artist who is known for his vibrant and colorful abstract paintings and his lifelike portraiture. 

Del Valle will exhibit “Out of Chaos.” The show features his Out of Chaos Series, a physical manifestation of his work and philosophy; Love, Hope, and Art.

Luis believes that amazing things can be born out of the struggle and pain that we experience when it is channeled correctly. He has used his pain, frustration and setbacks to push himself into manifesting new creations, full of purpose, inspiration, and passion. 

Transforming repurposed street signs, Luis captures the essence of Dorothy Johnson, Misty Copeland, Frederick Douglass, and other iconic figures who have converted their pain, challenges, and frustration into purpose. They not only transformed their lives but influenced the lives of others for generations. Similarly, Luis brings together the chaotic elements of life and graffiti art through the metamorphosis of his pain onto the weather-beaten and otherwise damaged street signs. 

Everyday street signs are transfigured from one symbolic vocabulary to a new one rooted in love, hope, and art. Visions of strength, determination, prosperity, and beauty, are created using refined elements of traditional portraiture and the embedding of positive messages. Luis connects the visual and symbolic in a way that provides literal interpretations to the viewer. The power of messaging in the signs is volumized by the overlaying of the images of these powerful people, creating new directions for us in our lives. Warnings of potential danger, “YIELD,” cries for help and change, “STOP,” and various direct commands to avoid impending danger, such as “LEFT TURN ONLY” and “ROAD CLOSED AHEAD,” are given a purpose greater than directing our path in traffic. 

The dates for the exhibition are October 11, 2019 through November 15, 2019. 

ARTIST/CURATOR CALL

Artist Proposal Submissions for Vivid Gallery 2020 Season
January through September 2020
Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2019
Submit to: Duane Gautier at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Telephone 202-365-5586
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Fresh Food Factory, Food Giveaway

The Fresh Food Factory and The Fresh Food Factory Market are social enterprises that engage low-to-moderate income residents of the Greater District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) in Food Equity and Economic Development opportunities that increase the quality of their professional, financial, and nutritional welfare. The Fresh Food Factory hosts a food giveaway for Ward 8 residents in need on Tuesdays at 1 PM.

Distinguished Artists Award Ceremony

Two Anacostia Artists have received the 2019 East of River Distinguished Artist Award Presented by Honfleur Gallery and ARCH Development Corporation. This award recognizes living East of the Anacostia River artists for creative excellence as well as for having a significant impact on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC. Everything kicks off at 6:30 PM on 8/9.