October 13th - December 8th, 2007
District Fine Arts presents "Hit Me With Music!" a Group Show featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures.
· Leon Armour Jr. - photographer. Music has always been a special part of my life, from my earliest childhood memories, to the current soundtrack to my life. Photographing live entertainment has been another way for me to share those memories and to try to convey the emotional intensity of that performance in a single image. Even if you were not there, I want you to be able to hear the music through my images.
· Ken Butler- sculptor. Ken's work is on view in conjunction with KNEW Gallery. He is an artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments, collage drawings, performances, and installations explore the interaction and transformation of common objects, altered images, sounds and silence. His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions and performances throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe including Mass MoCA, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His pieces have been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times and The Village Voice. He has been featured on PBS, CNN, MTV, and NBC, including a live appearance on The Tonight Show.
· Chester Simpson - photographer. In the mid 1970's, while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, Simpson met two of the major influences on his life, legendary master photographer, Ansel Adams, founder of the Institute's photography department, and Jim Marshall, the famous Rock-n-Roll photographer. He soon indulged himself in the evolving punk rock scene. This led to the start of his professional career as a rock-n-roll photographer when Rolling Stone Magazine published his first picture while he was still in school. Ten years later, Simpson found himself in Washington, DC working as Director of Photography for the Pentagon's Newspaper. This in turn led to an ongoing contract as a lead tour photographer for the USO. In this capacity, Simpson has enjoyed documenting over 35 USO Tours with many noted celebrities and entertainers. His work has been in most major publications around the world including New Musical Express, Melody Maker, People, Newsweek and he has exhibited worldwide.
· Leah Tinari - painter. Leah, who lives and works in New York City graduated from R.I.S.D. in 1998 and has been showing in New York City and beyond ever since. She has been featured in publications such as; NY Arts, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Spin, Lucky, and Elle. The imagery in her paintings is based on photographs that she takes of friends and family. Her work often examines seemingly mundane situations and environments, in order to portray the complexities inherent in the unpolished human existence. Leah's art ultimately provokes questions and discussions about family, relationships, class, gender, personal collection and one's surroundings.
"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain." Bob Marley
Leah Tinari - Halloween Dance Party
Opening Reception: Saturday October 13th, 2007 5-8 pm
at our NEW location,
1639 Wisconsin Ave. N.W
(between Q St. and Reservoir Rd.)
Featuring an acoustic set by Justin Jones at 7pm playing songs from his new cd, "...And I am the song of the drunkards"
District Fine Arts
1639 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C 20007