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The Community Remembers Kadian Harding

July 30, 2012

Kardian Harding, the 14-year old son of City Bikes CEO, Debora Harding was killed July 25, 2012 after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle with his father. The local bike shop released this statement over the weekend:

Kadian Harding was an avid cyclist and lover of technology. He lent a hand at his mother’s bike shop during his school vacations for years, always wanting to help out with IT needs. At the time of his death, Kadian was preparing to install a network of almost 30 new computers at all three of City Bikes’ locations. Being a lover of all things Apple, Kadian was very excited to have been offered an opportunity to train at the Apple Business Center in the coming months.

Kadian will be remembered as a brilliant, articulate, and kind young man. His oft-occurring smile can still be felt within the walls of all three City Bikes shops, especially the Capitol Hill location, which Kadian helped to build.

A 13-mile bicycle ride and candlelight vigil for Kadian Harding was held Sunday. On the event’s Facebook page was posted this: “Kadian's death is a huge loss for the City Bikes community and beyond, reaching Shepherdstown, W.V. and the UK, not to mention all of the District of Columbia. This tragedy reminds us all of the necessity of proper bicycle safety measures."

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Addison/Ripley Fine Art Congratulates Frank Hallam Day on Leica Oskar Barnack Prize 2012

July 12, 2012

Washington, D.C. based photographer, Frank Hallam Day was presented with the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize in Arles, France this week.

The prize has been given every year since 1979 and is selected by a distinguished international jury. Over a hundred countries were represented in the thousands of submissions this year; Day is one of only ten Americans to earn this prestigious honor.

The winning portfolio, "Alumascapes," or as it has been known, "RV,"explores the relationship between man and nature and the environment. The eerie internal illumination of the RVs and the supplemental lighting provided by the photographer create a dangerous, unnatural stage that Day takes full artistic advantage of, and it suggests the increasingly uneasy place that man occupies in the world. 

Airstream 19331, 2009, archival pigment print (Photo by: Frank Hallam Day) Airstream 19331, 2009, archival pigment print

The names of the RVs, such as Cougar, Escaper, Falcon and Wilderness, are telling of the human tendency to be removed from nature even as we move through it. Day spent several months over a period of years in Florida seeking out these vehicles, and it is, perhaps, not an overstatement to say that he stalked them. Day's thoughtful and skilled assessment and striking images were clearly recognized by the Leica Oskar Barnack Prize jury this year. 

Day is the winner of the Bader Prize in 2006, and was a finalist for the Sondheim Prize in 2007, the Sony Prize in 2010, and the Voies Off Prize at Arles in 2010. He travels extensively through Africa, Asia and Europe and was the Cultural Envoy to Ethiopia in 2008. The "RV" series is just one of several critically recognized portfolios by the artist.

An exhibition of Day’s black and white works will be shown at the gallery in October 2012.

Addison/Ripley Fine Artis located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.338.5180

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After the Storm: Help Dumbarton Oaks Park Clean Up

July 3, 2012

Join Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy & National Park Service for post-storm cleanup of the Park this Saturday, July 7thfrom 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Meet at the top of Lovers’ Lane at R Street.

Work will involve pruning and sawing fallen limbs, hauling tree debris to pick-up points, and raking paths.

Please wear lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes.

Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP to help them plan by registering your attendance with Ann Aldrich, at aaldrich@dopark.org

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