Release Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
For Immediate Release:
Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Colorful new artwork is blooming around Crystal City this spring – both inside and out. The region’s largest collaborative mural, Mural23, joined the Art Walls collection, Exposed DC has an exhibit in the 1200-foot FotoWalk, and Gallery Underground is hosting a nationally juried show, “Road Trip.” To celebrate, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is hosting an Arts Open House complete with meet the artist gatherings, exhibition openings, music, and a return of the massive outdoor painting party at the Crystal Wynwood Mural with ArtJamz.
When: Friday, May 6th ~ 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Multiple spaces around Crystal City – View this walking map for the best route to catch everything
What: A celebration of the arts in Crystal City including:
Mural 23 Dedication
Plaza @ WeWork Crystal City - 2111 S. Clark Street
Help the community welcome this incredible addition to the Crystal City ArtWalls collection. Curated by Pipkin Creative Communications and completed in a collaboration between the Crystal City BID, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and WeWork, Mural23 includes the raw talents of Criomatic, Miss Chelove, Mas Paz, and Jeff Huntington. Spanning over 400 feet, the new piece is the largest collaborative mural in the region. Stop by the official dedication for chats with the artists, food, drink, and music.
Exposed DC FotoWalk Exhibition Reception
Synetic Theater Lobby – 1800 S. Bell Street (Lower Level)
Take in 148 of Exposed DC’s favorite photos from the past ten years along the 1200-foot Fotowalk Exhibit in the Crystal City Art Underground. Meet representatives and photographers from Exposed DC over conversation, beverages and lite fare.
Road Trip Gallery Exhibition Opening
Gallery Underground – Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive (Suite 2120-A)
The Gallery Underground will be holding an opening for “Road Trip,” a national show juried by artist Michael Francis. Winning pieces will portray the subject of a road trip - literally, figuratively, and metaphorically. Scenes include from the road, trips imagined, solo or group journeys in all manner of transportation. Beer, wine and lite fare will be served. Bring your credit card so you can purchase your favorite pieces!
ArtJamz in the Street
Crystal Wynwood Mural – 1900 Crystal Drive
ArtJamz returns for the biggest and best outdoor painting party with the built-in inspiration of the Crystal Wynwood Wall. Painting sessions are available at 5:00pm and 7:00pm and last one and a half hours and are available at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Sessions cost $25 and include paint, canvas, food, and drink. If you can’t make either of the Friday evening sessions, reserve a canvas for one of the other weekend slots on Saturday or Sunday!
Synetic Theater Studio Violet Open House
Synetic Theater Rehearsal Studio Violet – Crystal City Stops @ 2200 Crystal Drive (Suite 2155)
Stop by Synetic Theater’s Studio to learn about the Crystal City-based, award winning theater company, their next production - Man in the Iron Mask, and their numerous classes, trainings, and camps for both adults and kids.
About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.
About Gallery Underground
Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance gallery promoting the works of established and emerging regional artists. Our mission is to make regional fine art accessible to the public through monthly exhibits, special events, and art workshops.
ArtJamz® is dedicated to making the world a more creative place. We've become paint and sip's most authentic brand by focusing on creatively enabling the creation of original works of art in a social art studio. Our unique freestyle approach is influenced by the spirit of independence and innovation of the Washington D.C. creative scene, home of The Washington Color School, Chuck Brown and Go-Go music, Duke Ellington, Dave Chappelle, Marvin Gaye, Dave Grohl, Henry Rollings, and many more.
About Exposed DC
Exposed DC connects photographers of all levels with networking, mentoring, and exhibition opportunities. We partner with organizations to strengthen and cultivate the local photography community. Since 2006 we have produced the annual Exposed Photography Show, with a contest that begins in December and a gallery exhibit the following spring. Now a year-round venture, we organize meet-ups and other events. Our website highlights local images (photos from our Flickr pool and tagged #exposeddc on Instagram), profiles photographers, and offers lessons for a wide range of skill levels.
About Synetic Theater
Founded in 2001 by the husband and wife team of Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic Theater is a center for American Physical Theater, fusing dynamic art forms—such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and original music. Synetic has received a total of 93 Helen Hayes Award nominations and 25 Awards for directing, choreography, acting, costume design, and best play. For more information, visit synetictheater.org.