Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Art17 presents: Colorful Summer

Coldwell Banker Dupont
1606 17th St.  NW
Washington DC

Opening on June 27, 2013, Coldwell Banker will host Colorful Summer in their Art17 gallery (1606 17th St NW). The show, curated by Brian Petro, will host a group of 6 international, emerging, artists who all currently work in the Washington DC area. Colorful Summer will include the work of Fabiano Amin, Margret Kroyer, Ana Elisa Benavent, Lesley Clarke, Judy Giuliani and Emily Lane. The artists are from Brasil, Iceland, Mexico, Scotland and America, respectively, but all now call Washington, home. Each artist will show their abstract, vibrant, view of summer. The exhibition will run from June 27 through the end of August 20.

Local artist, Brian Petro, curated Colorful Summer and says that after “seeing how well their differing, yet unified, abstract styles complimented one another, I thought it would be great to bring them as a group to a new neighborhood of DC.” Petro, also a curator at Vastu and Avenue Settlement, is familiar with the Dupont and Logan neighborhoods and the local artists that build contribute the their creative communities. As an artist himself, Petro has always been committed to showcase unique, talented artists.

The six artists selected for Colorful Summer each bring a different, yet abstract, view of the hot, sticky, summers of Washington DC and abroad. In this show they explore form, line, layers and mediums to create a cohesive view connected by color. Featured artist Fabiano Amin calls the show a, “multicultural abstraction,” one that will truly bring varied perspectives to the hot summer months.

Coldwell Banker opened Art17 over a decade ago by Kevin McDuffe, the owner. His goal has been to open this office space to local artists to showcase their work. Recently, he brought in a curator for the space, Brian Petro. In the past, Art17 has featured artists such as Amy Flatten, Dylan Davis, and Matt Sesow.

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