Good news for the art community of Washington! G Fine Art has invited Civilian Art Projects to share G's new space on upper 14th Street in Northwest Washington, DC. Civilian will open the space with a solo exhibition by Amy Hughes Braden on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until until June 14, 2014 with hours on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. and by appointment.
G Fine Art, directed by Annie Gawlak, has been an arts anchor supporting some of the most talented visual artists working in the country today. Founded in September 2001 to exhibit and promote international art from the 1960s to the present day, G Fine Art places a special emphasis on artists dedicated to exploring cultural and artistic issues by pushing the boundaries of traditional media.
Civilian Art Projects, directed by Jayme McLellan, is a beloved D.C. gallery supporting the voice and vision of the artist. Starting her work in the arts in 1998 at DC Arts Center, McLellan founded Transformer with Victoria Reis in 2002, and Civilian Art Projects in 2006 to create a gallery for emerging artists to exhibit work, test new ideas, and grow their audiences. Since 2006, Civilian has presented the work of hundreds of artists in dozens of exhibitions resulting in national and international press, sales, and relationships important to the artist's success and survival.
Until recently, both galleries were hubs for the arts community sponsoring events and exhibitions where artists and patrons have congregated over the years. The loss of both physical spaces in 2013 to real estate sales was a loss not only for the gallery and their respective programs but a great loss for the community that needs a gathering place to exchange ideas and get to know each other and the artists living and working around them.
"Civilian fully intended to go spaceless in 2014. In fact, I was looking forward to it. But then Annie showed me the beautiful space she had carefully renovated in the neighborhood where I wanted the gallery to be. And the landlord is an arts supporter believing in the mission of both galleries. It's clearly a win/win/win situation," said McLellan. "Sharing space might be the gallery of the future. There's much more strength in collaboration than there is in going it alone. In challenging economic times, we have to band together to support art and artists. It's the way forward and better for everyone in the community."
"I am thrilled to have Jayme McLellan on board. Her involvement from granular to global cultural policy and her devotion to artists is the backbone it takes to sustain a community, and in this business more than a white space is necessary to withstand the vicissitudes of a gallery," said Annie Gawlak.
"Getting connected to Annie Gawlak this past summer of 2013 was choice providence, presenting a clear best use of this really neat space within the commercial corridor of Upper 14th Street/16th Street Heights neighborhood. The alliance of G Fine Art and Civilian Art Projects creates both a powerhouse of arts presenters, but also an impressive injection of belief in the potential for arts activity within this part of DC. Jayme McLellan and Annie Gawlak both have a wide and comprehensive reach to attract folks to their visions. I look forward to the many new faces from all over that this team can introduce to this strip of stores and businesses, as well as the forthcoming wonderful exhibitions in their new space at 4718 14th Street NW," said Norm Veenstra, landlord and musician.
The galleries will share the two-story, street level space mounting two to three exhibitions each per year as well as additional programming and one-night events.
G Fine Art
Civilian Art Projects
4718 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011