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Go Georgetown GLOW Through The New Year

December 20, 2016

Don't miss Georgetown's spectacular light show! Check out the latest photos here.


The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities awarded the Georgetown BID with a Public Art Building Communities Grant for this year's Georgetown GLOW.


Now in its third season, the annual Georgetown GLOW is the region's only curated exhibition of public light art installations set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood.


Visitors are invited to re-imagine the season of light through public art with a 10-night to a month-long exhibition running from Friday, December 2 through Sunday, January 1, with works lit from 6:00 - 10:00 pm nightly. 


The 2016 exhibition encourages contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural environment. Commissioned works of local, regional and international artists will be featured throughout Georgetown's commercial district, including along the historic C&O Canal, Grace Church and Wisconsin Avenue.


Visit GeorgetownGLOWDC for more details.

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The Gift of Caring

October 16, 2016

Do you ever wish there was someone who could offer a helping hand with certain tasks? Or someone who could organize and accompany you to interesting local cultural events? Would it please you to know there is someone who could be an available resource for help with transportation, grocery shopping, electronics support and many other services?  The good news is there is just such a resource available to you. As the saying goes “it takes a village” and Georgetown Village, a local nonprofit organization serving the Georgetown, Burleith and nearby areas, is here to provide just those services and many more.


Now celebrating their 5th anniversary Georgetown Village provides services and programs so people  55 years and over can remain in their homes and stay connected, informed and engaged in our neighborhood. In addition to the many services the Village offers, there are regular social events such as trips to the movies and dinner, trips to local museums and cultural events, a book group and much more. With about 200 members, Georgetown Village really is filling a need in our community.


Volunteers are the heart of Georgetown Village. As neighbors help their neighbors, the community as a whole is strengthened. One call to the office connects members to volunteers ready to change a light bulb or drive a member to a doctor’s appointment.  There are even specially trained volunteers who will accompany members to the doctor’s office to take notes at medical appointments or to serve a friendly companion when members are hospitalized or in the emergency room.


The Village offers two types of membership. Annual membership fees which cover volunteer services and participation in activities and programs are $600 for an individual and $900 for a household.  Social membership is available for members who do not require services but wish to enjoy the social and cultural activities with members. All but $100 of Social Membership dues are tax deductible. If a Social Member wants to receive services, they can convert to Regular Membership with one call to the office. Subsidized memberships are also available for those with limited finances.


In celebration of their 5th anniversary as an expanding community, Georgetown Village is organizing a Membership Drive. The Village is offering a one-time $100 discount for any new members who join between now and the end of the year.


So if you are interested in becoming a member of Georgetown Village now is a good time to join.  As the holidays approach you may want to consider giving a membership to a spouse, neighbor, friend or yourself.  Or if you would like to give the gift of caring as a donor or volunteer please contact Lynn Golub-Rofrano at 202-999-8988 or Lynn@georgetown-village.org.


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'Isfahan' at Syra Arts Sept. 22- Oct. 6

September 15, 2016

SYRA Arts presents Isfahan, the first collaboration between Iranian artists Rashin Kheiriyeh and Sina Nayeri - a collection of paintings that provide a window into the world of Persian art and literature. The exhibit will be on view from September 22nd - October 6th and there will be an Opening Reception to meet the artists on September 22nd, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  


Inspired by traditional Persian art techniques and poems by Rumi, Rashin and Sina bring together woodblock printing techniques with hand-lettering from their Iranian heritage and incorporate Western abstraction.This exhibition of paintings brings the perspective of the traditional artworks from Isfahan, a beautiful city in Iran. Isfahan is known worldwide for talented artisans who specialize in textiles, carpets, woodwork, painting, and inlay pieces. It is home to breathtaking Persian–Islamic architecture and paintings. There’s a Persian proverb that says"Isfahan nesf-e jahan” or “Isfahan is half the world.”


Rashin Kheiriyeh is internationally recognized for her award-winning children’s books. She’s an artist who is making waves with her paintings and animation, illustration and graphic design. Her works reveal a quirky, edgy aesthetic and deeply original style.


Sina Nayeri is a painter, graphic designer, animator and calligrapher. His unique focus and proficiency in Persian calligraphy and woodblock printing introduces Farsi letters and traditional patterns from Isfahan art into different mediums including paintings and animation. 


SYRA Arts has been promoting contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists in the United States since 2011. The gallery, which represents some of the Middle East’s leading contemporary painters, sculptors, and jewelry designers, gives a glimpse of the depth and diversity of contemporary art in the region through showcasing work by artists of different generations in a range of artistic mediums.


SYRA Arts is located at 1054 31st Street in Georgetown

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