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Via Umbria Hosts Eileen Lyons' Art

September 8, 2016

“The quality of the light, those vibrant colors in A Coruña, a province in northern Spain were my inspiration,” says fourth generation artist, Eileen Lyons about her paintings and lithographs, on display Thursday evening at a party hosted by Via Umbria.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Working as an artist and art educator in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Lyons studied lithography and painting with a group from the Corcoran College of Art + Design along with several artists from Madrid in the summer of 2008.

Eileen Lyons' Los Tentaculos de Protección, 2009 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Eileen Lyons' Los Tentaculos de Protección, 2009

There she was enchanted with the small town’s beauty and the warmth of its people.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Lyons mingled with friends, art lovers and Via Umbria owners Suzy and Bill Menard.

Brian Forsgren serving Prosecco (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brian Forsgren serving Prosecco

Guests were treated to a Prosecco tasting by Brian Forsgren from Downey Selections and light hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl.

Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl

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Hillwood Celebrates Deco Japan

July 19, 2016

Through January 1st 2017, Hillwood Museum is hosting a special exhibition: Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945.


The style that came to be known as art deco, which flourished from the 1920s to 1940s, was a vivid reflection of the modern era and the vitality of the machine age. Between the wars, as normalcy returned to politics, jazz music blossomed, and the flapper redefined the modern woman, art deco left its mark on every form of visual art.


Originating in Europe, the new art form, characterized by rectilinear shapes, geometric patterns, and bold colors, traveled the world as an ambassador for modernism and style. Deco Japan, a special exhibition on view at Hillwood beginning in June 2016, will explore how the Japanese interpreted the style and transformed it through their own rich art and craft traditions. The art deco creations of Japan are vivid translations of both tradition and innovation—a visual record of the artistic explosion that ushered Japan from its conventional artistic format into the Modern era.


Featuring a wide range of media—sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera—this traveling exhibition brings Japanese art deco to Washington for the first time. It builds on the passion that Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post had for decorative art, focusing on her most transformative era, when she epitomized the flapper lifestyle and developed her own taste for finely-crafted objects.


Displayed among multiple buildings upon the 25-acre campus, Deco Japan will also bring focus to the Japanese-style Garden, one of Hillwood’s most beloved features.


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Chinese Disco Friday Comedy Night

June 26, 2016

Every Friday night starting Friday, July 15, Chinese Disco will host a free live standup comedy Open Mic Night. 


First-timers, amateurs, and newbies welcome! After the show, there will be a $25 cash prize joke contest for audience members. 


Doors open at 7:00 pm for dinner and drinks.


The show starts 8:00 pm.


Chinese Disco is located at 3251 Prospect Street in Georgetown.

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