Scott Brooks with his painting "Boldly Going"

So, yeah, you might have some plans this weekend. Perhaps, maybe. But let me tell you about some other things happening this weekend that are worth checking out:

  • Scott Brooks (remember the profile I did on him?) has a show at Long View (9th/N), entitled “We the People.” The opening reception is Friday night at 6:30 and then the show will run for a month, through November 28th. Scott is a local artist who does really interesting, fabulous work – so go out and support him!
  • Transformer (14/P) is having an open house for their new exhibition, Tang: Freedom & Its Owner on Saturday from 1 to 7 pm. There will be flavored coffee and chocolates from ACKC to nibble on.
  • At the 14/ U Street farmers market, there will be a ton of cute things to celebrate Halloween. There will be a costume contest with prizes for kids and dogs at 11 am. There will be prizes for best girl, best boy. and best dog. There are also a lot of food to buy related to Halloween: there will be half price on pumpkins and many winter squashes at Kuhn. And I’ve been meaning to try Copper Pot’s pumpkin truffle soup, it went fast last week so get there early. And of course, you can buy your pumpkin whoopie pies at Pecan Meadow.

For the Love of DC

I’m a big fan of ReadySetDC, I enjoy their local DC focus along with their quirky bike of the day feature, as well as their great artist interviews. Their blog isn’t the only part of their endeavor, they also want to expand beyond a blog to feature “public art projects, events + online resources.” This event, For the Love of DC, is their first foray into this part of their mission/official launch party.

This Thursday, at Long View Art Gallery, For the Love of DC will feature an art installation by No Kings Collective, music by DJ Tittsworth, Bullfight Academy, and special, secret band, as well as photography by Tracy Clayton, Paul Frederiksen, Lillian Cho, and Vincent Gallegos. First: You have to RSVP. Second: There will be $5 raffle tickets for sale – the majority of proceeds will be going to Arts for the Aging. Additionally, that $5 gives you a chance to win a new HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition.

This will be a wonderful event. RSVP and go.

long view gallery

Long View Gallery

Free this Saturday? Have you seen the new Long View Gallery? Want to support a good cause?  Here’s an event worthy of your time: the Granulosa Cell Tumour Foundation, supported by the Embassy of New Zealand, is holding a benefit at Long View Gallery (link includes info about tickets, which are $30) this Saturday at 7.

Granulosa cell tumors are a very rare form of ovarian cancer and because of that, have received less attention from researchers. Founded in 2004, the foundation’s mission is to provide women with information and knowledge about the disease while raising funds to support research in order to develop more effective treatments.

The event will include appetizers and drinks, including a wine and cheese tasting from New Zealand’s finest vineyards and creameries. There will also be a silent auction with items from fine dining and retail places throughout DC. Music will be provided by The Latin Jazz Project. AND you can view Long View Gallery’s current collection of works.

Go, support a good cause and have a good time.

Scott Brooks with his painting "Boldly Going"

Scott Brooks with his painting "Boldly Going"

I love how this blog has connected me to people I never would have met otherwise. After covering the Long View Gallery opening, one of the artists featured, Scott Brooks (warning: some nudity in the paintings on his website), got in touch with me. Turns out he lives and works on U street and actually reads my blog. Last weekend we got together to talk about life on U street, being an artist in DC, and how the arts community in DC has changed.

Scott has been living in the area for nearly 20 years after growing up in Michigan, and moved to U street in 2000. He’s seen the art scene in DC evolve from a few small galleries, to watching Long View open their 5000 square foot space. And while the DC scene has grown, we still talked about how outside artists seem to get more hype than local ones, and how serious art collectors still look down on DC as a destination to buy art (they’d rather go to more established scenes in New York or LA).

As for working as a full time artist in DC, while Scott has a lot of shows planned in the future, he says he still does more commercial art than he’d care to admit. He works in illustration, graphic design, and even does steady work with WWE’s children’s magazine (I thought that was kind of awesome). He also shows a good amount outside of the city, he’s had shows in New York, LA, and even in Italy.

While most of the shows Scott is a part of feature one or two of his works, (you can see some of his work locally at Nevin Kelly Gallery in the near future), he is having a big solo show at Long View in October 2010. That might seem a long way out for us, but it’s a lot work for Scott. Since the space is so big, he’s painting some of his largest scale pieces for the show, as well as a lot of new work on a smaller scale (understandably, artists and galleries want to show new work, not old).

I really enjoy Scott’s art, as he told me he looked to classic Renaissance art as well as MAD magazine as inspiration, I totally saw it, there is a classical, yet childlike quality to the people he paints. I enjoy his art’s playful quality, and his eye for the weird. We talked a bit about John Currin and his art, and it also didn’t surprise me that he was a fan (though neither of us much cared for the more pornographic turn his work had taken lately).

As for living on U street, Scott mentions favorites of DC Noodles and Solly’s (me too). Check out Scott’s website and go to his shows – enjoy the local art scene!

Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery

I might not cover it enough, but I’m a big art lover, so when I was invited to go to Long View Gallery‘s grand opening at their new, larger location, I had to go. The grand opening features art from some of DC’s best known artists: Dana Ellyn, Steve Pyke, Scott Brooks, and Drew Ernst, for example. And, as mentioned above: the space is huge, we’re talking 5000 square feet of space, pretty perfect for an event, which is why they plan to rent out the space as well as use it for a gallery. It has an unfinished warehouse type feel, not unlike many art galleries in the area.

So, check out the new space, their hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. And check out some of the featured art at my Flickr photostream.