The thing I like about ExposedDC is that they’ve been consistent in seeking to show the DMV area “not as a political venue or tourist destination, but as a place where we live and work and love every day.” Most people outside of D.C. only have one view of the city; we are not an either/or proposition.

Tomorrow night’s opening reception will showcase 49 images of D.C. by mostly local photographers at Long View Gallery. Expect a wide range of genres, quality and subject matter. Also expect affordable art that supports local artists; a win-win proposition.

Show runs from March 19 to April 6, 2014, with opening night reception on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6-10pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Afterparty at The Passenger, free entry and cash bar, 8pm. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th St. NW. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Free.

There are only 9 days left to help local photographer E. Brady Robinson get Art Desks published. NINE DAYS.

Art Desks is a collection of photographic portraits of the desks and work spaces of artists, museum directors, critics, dealers, gallerists and more.

Brady plans on publishing this collection in the Fall of next year with Daylight Books, but can’t do so without some help so please consider contributing to her Indie Gogo campaign. Every little bit will help and there are tons of great incentives (some might make good holiday gifts—ahem private portfolio review).

So please help support local art and artists by supporting Brady in the next 9 days!

Saturday Art Openings: What You Gonna Do Now?

Better late than never, as I spring some last minute suggestions on you regarding what you should get up to tonight.

Kristina Bilonick at Arlington Arts Center - I like Kristina; she has good energy going on. I also liked the ceramic hamburger she shared in Furthermore’s last show. She also has that art cheer squad thing going on. And what of her art? I like that too, but like the matrix, I can’t tell you about it, you have to see it for yourself. “Folklore” opening tonight, Saturday, November 2 from 6-9pm.

FotoNOMA: The District Experience - Tonight go see what 25,000 square feet of photography looks like. I am personally super-psyched about the participation of Empty Stretch Collective (LOVE Aaron, LOVE Nate, LOVE Jordan), STRATA collective, the indie Photobook Library (iPL), and a collective called Silvercore who I know nothing about but love their mission statement. Opening tonight, Saturday, November 2 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at 51 N Street NE, DC.

Do NOT miss what should be a great artist talk today with Nikki Painter and Marissa Long whose shows are up at Civilian Art Projects but close next weekend.

I am a big fan of Nikki Painter’s going back a few years (disclaimer: I own some of her pieces) and her new work keeps pushing from 2D to 3D and to great effect. Her drawings are labyrinths are excursions into some parallel universe which feels like you’ve entered the Z axis. Neon Planar indeed. Her large-scale installation is especially transfixing.

I’m new to the work of Marissa Long, but I like what I’m seeing so far. Beauty in the eye of the beholder, but also somewhat tromp l’oueil. Her photographs comment on beauty, perception, recycling, the grotesque and consumption. These photographs dazzle and in some cases, disturb, but they are definitely all Offerings.

Also, today’s talk led by Director Jayme McLellan will also feature “special guests”….hmmmm.

Artist talk today, Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 4-6pm at Civilian Art Projects at 1019 7th St., NW, 2nd Floor.