Hyattsville Studio SoHy Art Show and Opening of Vigilante Coffee

Located near Hyattsville’s thriving arts district and with easy access to Route 1, Studio SoHy is situated to draw a diverse crowd of creators and viewers. By expanding beyond just the visual arts, the studio will offer new opportunities for performance artists and musicians.

Studio SoHy focuses on local and regional artists, displaying their work in a dynamic space. Acting as both a gallery and an event space, Studio SoHy’s mission is to connect artists and audiences. A free exchange of ideas and easy access to artists supports increased collaboration and a vibrant artist community.

The studio is located in the same refurbished 1920s car dealership as Vigilante Coffee, a destination café in the DC Metro area. Building owner Daniel Simon worked with local artists to launch Studio SoHy in support of the local arts scene. The gallery is managed by Bronwyn King and Kathleen Geldard.

Hyattsville’s newest studio space will host its first art show and grand opening at the Vigilante Roastery. The event kicks off the curated Urban Canopy show, which will run from March 21 through June 20. It is Studio SoHy’s first show, focusing on the interplay of nature and the urban environment.Join artists Chris Suspect, Kathleen Geldard, Bronwyn King and Christine Monaco on Saturday, March 21 6-8p.m. at Studio SoHy (located in the same building as Vigilante Coffee) for the opening reception of “Urban Canopy” .

Wild Anacostias perform Louisiana-inspired tunes.

Wild Anacostias perform Louisiana-inspired tunes.

Following the reception from 8:30 to 11ish there will be a performance by local favs Wild Anacostias,  - Hyattsville’s premiere New Orleans style street band.blowing out two spicy sets of Louisiana-inspired tunes.

The reception is free and they are asking for a $10 donation to support the community endeavor. No charge for kids under 12.

Vigilante Coffee Roastery

Vigilante Coffee Roastery

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Trawick Prize Winners Announced

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“Just Not Enough” By Dave D’Orio; scooter, found objects, glass syringes, silvered glass water jugs
Bethesda Contemporary Art’s Trawick Prize is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize money to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. The 2012 exhibition is at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, and it runs through Sept 29th.  The public opening reception will be held Friday, Sept 14 from 6-9 pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk.

Baltimore artist Lillian Bayley Hoover was awarded “Best in Show” on Wednesday, Sept 5 at a special reception that named the winners of the Trawick Prize. Hooverwon $10,000 for her oil painting based on a photograph of a scale model Pergamon Altar in the ancient Greek city of Pergamon, in modern day Turkey.

“Feeder 301″ By Dave D’Orio Artwork photos by AnythingPhotographic

Mount Rainier artist Dave D’Orio won second place for his mixed media glass sculptures. David frequently uses found objects, blown glass and industrial materials to crate symbolic imagery. He uses duplication, repetition, and an emphasis on material to evoke the feeling of factory mass-produced objects and of hyper technology. Dave’s imagery is a mix of the metaphoric, absurd and ironic and possesses an enviable ability to attract and repel the viewer. Dave does not explain every element in his sculpture – he says he likes viewers to draw their own conclusions about the “possible purpose and unstated problem the artwork would address“.

When asked about what receiving the Trawick Prize means to him, Dave said  ” My work can be seen as “challenging” and its not what most people think of as beautiful – its really great to have my work seen in this prestigious setting; to also have it awarded is incredible”.

 

Dave D’Orio in his studio. Photo by AnythingPhotgraphic
David is the executive director of DC GlassWorks, a glass blowing facility in Hyattsville, MD. His work has been shown at Artomatic in Crystal City, the Marlboro Gallery of Prince George’s Community College and last year was part of the Arlington Arts Center Solos. At this past Artomatic, the James Renwick Alliance gave Dave’s installation sculpture its ‘Award of Recognition’.

The 2012 Trawick Finalists included:

Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD; David D’Orio, Mt. Rainier, MD; Dean Kessmann, Washington, D.C.; Hannah Walsh, Richmond, VA; Skye Gilkerson, Baltimore, MD; Nate Larson, Baltimore, MD; Joshua Wade Smith, Baltimore, MD; Diane Szczepaniak, Potomac, MD

Congratulations to the 2012 Winners!

1st Place, $10,000 – Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD

2nd  Place, $2,000 – David D’Orio, Mt. Rainier, MD

3rd  Place, $1,000 – Dean Kessmann, Washington, D.C.

Young Artist Award, $1,000 – Hannah Walsh, Richmond, VA

Carol Trawick with David D’Orio and Catherine Leggett. Photo courtesy Bethesda Urban Partnership
The 2012 Trawick Prize jury included Dawn Gavin, Associate Professor in Drawing and Foundations at the University of Maryland, College Park; B. Kelly Gordon, Associate Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; and N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia.