Arlington Gallery aims to elevate DC’s art scene

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ARLINGTON, Va. – As we approach the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, now seems like the best time to reflect on ourselves.

What better way to take stock than to immerse yourself in a gallery of artistically designed mirrors, where YOU are inevitably a component of the appreciated art.

It’s an apt metaphor for the Washington, DC area art scene as a whole. Holding up a mirror, we see our own local art scene engulfed in the shadow of New York where many DC artists have their work for sale and display.

“DC has been and can be an artistic destination. There are so many amazing artists here,” said Friends Art Space owner Margaret Bakke. “We have so many great museums, so many great galleries and yet people still often look to New York for art. DC’s art scene doesn’t get enough press.”

“I really like collectible design, so I thought the mirrors would be a good first exhibit that would be an accessible part of collectible design,” said Margaret Bakke, owner of Friends Art Space.

Collectible design is a concept that incorporates everyday objects into artistic pieces.

“In some I see myself and in others I see something comical that comes back to me like the smiling faces,” said art enthusiast Eve White. “Color and light and how it all comes together.”

Thirteen artists were on display at the Mirror Gallery exhibition which ended in December.

“What I find very unique about this gallery is what Margaret brings to the DC area – the collectible drawings,” said artist Jomo Tariku, whose work was on display.

“Margaret could have done a lamp show and that would have been exciting too, but the mirrors gave us a chance to see ourselves and each other, so you experience the play on many levels,” White said.

“Things always start small and they blossom so hopefully that’s what it will do for the DC area,” Tariku said.

From Saturday January 29 and until mid-March, Friends Art Space is organizing an exhibition entitled “Earth Mother Bloom”; a collection of pieces for display by Baltimore-based artist Hoesy Corona.

According to the gallery’s description of the upcoming exhibition:

“The intricately layered ponchos are cut from weather-resistant industrial vinyl and finished with woven leather cords around the edges. Their colorful scenes depict mothers and other travelers on their travels. Ponchos have evolved to from wearable sculptures and costume ephemera as part of Corona performances, to archival art pieces for display as an invocation of hope and protection, they recall the precarious and sometimes perilous idea of home and belonging.Each poncho is a wish and a prayer for safety and fulfilment.

Visits to the studio are by appointment only. Contact Margaret Bakke at [email protected] Find out more about Friends Art Space HERE.

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