On The Look Out

New Art Soon On Display at Canal Square

April 17, 2016

SYRA Arts in Georgetown is presenting a solo exhibition of Iranian artist Dariush Vaziri’s works from April 28 to May 28 at Canal Square on 31st Street.

Vaziri was born in Tehran.  He now lives in Georgetown.

At 16, he immigrated to the United States just prior to the Iranian revolution in 1978. Since 1985 he has been engaged in producing commissioned watercolor illustrations for architects and designers.  Besides producing these technical illustrations, Dariush has produced a large body of artworks including portraits and contemporary paintings and installations.

His work has been shown in several solo and group shows. His art is held both in private and public collections.

 SYRA Arts, co-founded byGeorgetowner Sylvia Van Vliet-Ragheb, promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art and artist. The Canal Square  gallery represents some of the Middle East’s leading contemporary painters, sculptors, and jewelry designers. It gives a glimpse of the depth and diversity of contemporary art through showcasing work by artists of different generations in a range of artistic mediums.

Syra Arts tel: 703.944.3824 or info@syra-arts.com



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Carol Brown Goldberg at Addison/Ripley

March 28, 2016

Addison/Ripley Fine Art will be presenting Extravagant Edens, a colorful new exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Carol Brown Goldberg. The exhibition will be on view from March 12 - April 14, 2016. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, March 12, at 5:00-7:00 pm. 

Drawing on the more organic style of her earlier work, this new exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Carol Brown Goldberg fills a space between the joyous Impressionism of Henri Matisse, particularly the cutouts and later works, and the Washington Color School, exemplified by Morris Louis, Gene Davis, Ken Noland, Tom Downing, Paul Reed and Howard Mehring.

Characterized by bold, exuberant color and imagined biology, the artist has already been paired with Matisse at the Phillips Collection in an intimate exhibition, curated by Klaus Ottoman in 2015. We are delighted to include in this exhibition one of Goldberg's paintings from that exhibit, "Maggie on My Mind".

With the legacy of the Washington Color School an important one for this city and the artist's long career here, it is unsurprising and gratifying to see some measure of that Washington Color School legacy in Goldberg's work.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.


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CAG Meeting March 23 on Holladay Corporation Conversion of Retirement Residence

March 21, 2016

A meeting with ANC representative Monica Roache and CAG President Robert Vom Eigen to discuss redevelopment of The Georgetown, a former retirement residence on Q Street, will take place at 12:00 pm Wednesday March 23,2016 at the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) Office (Wisconsin and O St, 2nd Floor).  

Background on the planned conversion and reason for urgent meeting:

When developers removed the remaining senior residents from The Georgetown in 2014 (without the benefit of Tenants' Rights), they were promised they could return after the renovation. That promise was reiterated at a meeting February 2015 at a meeting with the former residents and the developer owner.

Demolition began immediately and then came to a screeching halt. There it has remained until some neighbors were invited to a meeting with Holladay Corporation (the building's  owner) representatives at a local church in December.

At this meeting the group was informed that the former retirement home would now be transitioned into a "luxury" rental building.

2512 Q Street NW (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 2512 Q Street NW
The 96 units primarily comprised of 350-535 square feet would be available for rent on a short-term basis (minimum 30 days).

The luxury begins here--11 parking spaces for 96+ driving age residents. No gym, no pool, no party room and several basement apartments.

The "luxury" $4 per square foot rent fees will no doubt appeal to some lucky students from both GW and GU who attend schools with limited dorm space and perhaps other young professionals who enjoy a new studio apartment. But this is not "luxury" as most would see it.

Additionally, many in this target audience are also privileged to have cars. 96+ in a part of our town that already struggles with parking would be overwhelming.

The respectable retirement home of many notable Washingtonians such as Art Buchwald, Betty Friedan and Walter Cronkite's mother Helen (Cronkite) will now be a micro unit mecca with a potential of 2400 moving vans per year--that's more than six per day.

These trucks will be forced to use Q Street as the alley behind the building is too narrow for trucks.  With potential multiple moves each day, the pullover area in front of the building will likely be overwhelmed and Q Street traffic (bus and commuter route) will be impacted.

Georgetown residents implore the Holladay Corporation to make this building, with so much history and special Georgetown residents on its former rosters, a truly luxury 30-35 unit building offering a full third of its lessors coveted parking spaces (higher than the current average of 19% in Georgetown) and a more comfortable and stable environment with minimum 12 month leases.

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