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Hester Ohbi Exhibit at Dumbarton Concert Gallery

January 21, 2014

(Photo by: Hester Ohbi)

Noted local artist, Hester Ohbi, whose work has been featured at the Hill Center Galleries in DC and the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, is exhibiting "States of Mind" at the Dumbarton Concert Gallery in Georgetown later this month.

Opening reception is Saturday, January 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be Bach concerts by renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz before and after the reception.

The show runs from January 27 through January 30, 2014 by appointment only: 202.667.8529

Ohbi works with acrylic and oil on large canvases and on paper.  Her work is abstract with underlying areas showing through large color-filled spaces.  Says the artist, "I welcome surprise outcomes that occur just as unexpected experiences appear in life." Ohbi's abstract paintings are influenced by a belief that everything is interconnected within an ever- changing universe.

With painterly forms and lines that randomly appear, they can be interpreted as metaphors for events and perceptions that pass through our lives. The artist often uses a dominant color to create a sense of spaciousness and healing. At times her work reflects a connection to plants, water, and earth.  

For tickets to the Bach concerts, contact Dumbarton Concerts.

Dumbarton Concert Gallery is located at 3133 Dumbarton Street.

(Photo by: Hester Ohbi)

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Washington Winter Show Celebrates Southern Traditions January 10-12

January 10, 2014

Hanebergs Antiques, East Lyme, Ct (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hanebergs Antiques, East Lyme, Ct

Bloody Marys at 10:00 am followed by a witty talk on "Exploring the Charleston Kitchen" with James Beard award-winning chefs Matt and Ted Lee is a wonderful way to kick off a winter weekend.

The brothers, who, if they want to switch careers, have a future as stand-up comics, regaled the luncheon guests with childhood reminscences that included catching shrimp right off the the dock of Charleston Harbor and using mulberries as projectiles. Before turning to writing cookbooks, the duo started The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue "for foods that don't travel very well."

Busch & Fielding, Saint Joseph, Mo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Busch & Fielding, Saint Joseph, Mo

This year's Washington Winter Show theme is “Southern Celebrations: Traditions Handed Down” held at Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University. The weekend show includes forty-five premier antique dealers with appraisals, guided walks with noted designers, book signings, Jazz and bourbon tasting.

Bev Norwood of The Norwoods' Spirit of America (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bev Norwood of The Norwoods' Spirit of America

This year's loan exhibition is from Stratford Hall, Virginia, birth place of Robert E. Lee.

The Show raises money for local charities, and this year benefits The Bishop T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC, and the Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.

Aileen Minor, Centreville, Md (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Aileen Minor, Centreville, Md

Spencer Gordon & Mark McHugh of Spencer Marks Ltd (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Spencer Gordon & Mark McHugh of Spencer Marks Ltd
(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Donghia Coming to Cady's Alley

December 9, 2013

 EastBanc, Inc. and Jamestown announced onday that Donghia, the contemporary home furnishings design trade showroom specializing in decorative fabrics and furniture, has signed a ten-year lease to occupy a retail space in Georgetown at 3334 Cady’s Alley.

Donghia is relocating from the Washington Design Center to Cady’s Alley in the 3,413-square-foot retail property currently occupied by home furnishings retailer M2L. Donghia is establishing a new, permanent home in Cady’s Alley and will move into its showroom January 1, 2014 with a grand opening slated for late spring.

Created by the late Italian-American designer Angelo Donghia, Donghia’s collections of furniture, textiles, wallcoverings, lighting, accessories and upholstery are sold exclusively to interior designers and architects through their 12 showrooms across the country and more than 50 representative showrooms throughout the world. Pieces within the unique collection complement and enhance each other to seamlessly fit into any décor -- traditional, contemporary or an eclectic mix of both style. Donghia furniture is manufactured in the United States while accessories are handmade by Venetian craftsman on the island of Murano, Italy.

“With a 40 year history at the forefront of the luxury home furnishings industry, Donghia is an excellent complement to the mix of design oriented retailers that the Georgetown community is accustomed to, serving as a reminder that this retail corridor remains DC’s primary destination for luxury, design and fashion,” says Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc. “Donghia is the perfect addition to Cady’s Alley and we welcome them to our neighborhood.”

Positioned off the scenic central courtyard on the main alleyway, Donghia will enrich the extensive collection of distinguished home designer brands currently found in Cady’s Alley, rounding out the retail quarter as Washington’s epicenter of modern fashion, design, furnishing and lifestyle goods. The Donghia lease agreement is part of a recent swell of Georgetown Renaissance leasing activity that includes stylish retailers such as Steven Alan, Calypso St. Barth, Bonobos, and Intermix.

The Donghia deal also solidifies the westward movement in Georgetown of sophisticated lifestyle offerings and will complement current Cady’s Alley design tenants Design Within Reach, Contemporaria, Janus et Cie, Boffi/Maxalto and Baker Furniture, which recently signed a lease renewal to remain in Cady’s Alley for another ten years.

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