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Rent the Runway for NYE

December 30, 2014

Haven't yet checked out Georgetown's latest designer rental company? Looking for the perfect ensemble for New Year's Eve?

Rent the Runway has the answer. Founded in 2009 by Harvard Business School classmates Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, Rent the Runway offers designer gowns, purses and jewelry for one-time rentals. A Vera Wang gown (shown above) retailing for $1,595 is available on the company’s site to rent for $250.

Make an appointment, shop online or walk in.

Rent the Runway is located at 3336 M Street


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Jacobsen Architecture to Renovate Maine's Historic Bray House

November 19, 2014

Bray House 1915 (Photo by: Stonewall Kitchen) Bray House 1915
Jacobsen Architecture, Georgetown-based Washington architecture firm known for the addition of the U.S. Capitol, historic renovations of The American Embassy in Paris, Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, Renwick Gallery and Spaso House in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been selected to restore and renovate Bray House in Maine.
Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements.
The two-story wood clapboard dwelling, which is arguably one of America’s oldest buildings still standing, was built in 1640 in Kittery by John Bray, whose name  still adorns it today.
The house was recently owned by singer Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates fame), who made some minor adjustments to the building, but the current owners have planned a sensitive restoration and respectful addition to the old structure.
Much like the addition to the Capitol by the firm, the older Bray house will not come in contact with the newer additions except for a glass incision at the links.
Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915.
The new owners of Bray House are no newcomers to the state. They founded the specialty food company Stonewall Kitchen and since their jamming business started more than 20 years ago, they have become one of Maine's greatest success stories.
The project is scheduled to break ground in six months under the design and direction of Simon Jacobsen.

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Jackson Art Center Workshops Nov. 15 & 16

November 12, 2014

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The artists of the Jackson Art Center will open their doors to the public November 15 & 16, starting with a special Preview and Workshop Day for children, teens and adults on Saturday, November 15, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by Jackson Open Studios, Sunday, November 16, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The twice-a-year events are invitations to the community to visit the studios and meet the more than 40 local artists who work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and pastel, as well as photography, sculpture, ceramics, and wood and metal assemblage in a historic DC public school building.

No registration required. Seats are limited. Please plan to arrive before starting time. All art materials will be supplied.

Jackson Preview & Workshop DayFour FREE art workshops, Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Children (age 3-9).  Create like Kandinsky. Draw and paint in the style of Russian-born abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Children (all ages). Jackson BAA-llock. Draw and paint from almost life-size fabric and yarn sheep created by Jackson artist Leslie Blackmon in the likes of Martha St-ewe-art, Jackson Baa-llock, and Baa-Andy Warhol. 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Teens and adults (age 15 and up). Create a Flowing Watercolor. Led by a Jackson artist Sherry Kaskey who has taught watercolor with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.  11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Adults. Brief History of Abstract Art.Slides and lecture by Jackson artist and GWU/Corcoran School of Art + Design instructor Mira Hecht.  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Both days’ events are free and open to the public. The Jackson Art Center is located at 3050 R Street, NW, in the Jackson School, across from Montrose Park in Georgetown.  

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