ART-O-MATIC Registration Opens!

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Registration is Now Open for Artomatic 2012!

1851 South Bell Street

Crystal City, VA

Friday, May 18 – Saturday, June 23

Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic, the DC area’s biggest free arts festival!

Registration Open

Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may now register to participate in Artomatic at www.artomatic.org.


With no criteria to participate, anyone can show art at Artomatic. Exhibit space is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. At our last event in 2009, Artomatic attracted more than 76,000 visitors to see work by more than 1,200 artists, as well as 600 performances. This year, we expect to attract more visitors than ever before.

“We are very excited for this year’s artists to exhibit at Artomatic,” says Barry Schmetter, Artomatic’s Event Director. “It’s always amazing to see the variety of work displayed by our artists and performers, and exciting to see how much our visitors enjoy discovering new art.”

To register, and for more information about the festival, visit

www.artomatic.org.


For the most recent updates, subscribe to Artomatic by email

or Facebook, and check the Artomatic website.


(It may take a bit to get thru – the number of artists rushing to the site had overwhelmed the server on the first night – but there are plenty of spaces!)


Get Yer Art On!


Howard Theatre Topper by Sean Hennessey

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The Washington DC Howard Theatre restoration is a big story being covered by all. With good reason – the historic performing arts venue has new life and the building is topped with a sculpture by Brower Hatcher and Mid-Ocean Studios that included work by DC artist Sean Hennessey (click HERE to jump to WGS posting about the process Sean used to create the trumpet of the ” Jazz Man”.)


Sean Hennessey – The master caster.

Sean made two cast concrete-and-glass trumpets; one for the outdoor sculpture, one for the lobby of the refurbished theatre.


Here are some shots from the topping out of the building with the new sculpture finial:



It has been said that any artwork that requires a crane to install is automatically awesome – I agree!

Over 2,000 visitors attended the opening ceremony, and later in the day, Sean was on NPR radio talking about the work. Congrats to Sean, Brower, Mid-Ocean Studios and all involved in the theatre renovation!