Monday, July 27, 2015

Call To Artists for Pop Up Group Art Show (2015)

Dear Artists,

The Kefa Cafe HUB at the new Silver Spring Library on Bonifant and Wayne has opened! (It opened this past weekend, according to Amy Kincaid, on site.) Stop by during library hours!

We are still waiting for the original Kefa Cafe to re-open. Since we don't know when that will be, why not put on a pop up group art show?
Who? YOU!
What? A Pop-Up Group Art Show, Theme: Silver Spring (and surrounding areas).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hey, there aren't any pictures!

If you are viewing this on your phone or on your desktop, you will notice that the only pictures you see are the ones within the blog posts.

In an effort to be mobile-friendly and with the promise of new things to come (just not quite yet), we are prioritizing the read-ability of this blog.

And if you would really like a picture, I can put this one in here:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Space 7:10 welcomes new help

You may have noticed (or maybe not), but Space 7:10's curator, Amy Kincaid, is enjoying a little extra activity and support from a few folks, namely Meagan Healy, Marcelle Fozard, and Fenton Street Market.

We don't have anything to announce quite yet, but did want to let folks know that this blog and our Twitter account @space710 is still in action.

Stay tuned!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Creeping Every Day: Sketching without being too Sketchy

January/February 2015
Jan 20 through February 28, 2015 
Eric Gordon 

Much of the show is never before displayed paintings, drawings, and collage including the "Beauty at the End of All Things" series which has been in the works for a number of years.  Don't not be a creep.  Come and check it out.

"Creeper" Drawing Workshop
Friday - January 30th
I'll be leading a "Creeper" drawing workshop. All supplies provided by me and all skill levels are welcome. It's an all age appropriate workshop, but if you're bringing a young person they should be at least somewhat accustomed to the idea of drawing from life and be a little fearless. It should be a fun time. You might even learn sum thin'.

Friday, February 13, 2015
6:30 to 8:30pm 
Refreshment provided and maybe I'll even bring some surprises.

Events are free and open to the public. Join us.

Art Exhibit Schedule 2015 at Kefa Cafe

Space 7:10 at Kefa Café Exhibits
Updated January 19, 2015

Extended through January 17, 2015
Ari Melenciano  - #bgoti project

January/February 2015
Jan 20 through February 28, 2015
Eric Gordon
Creeping Every Day: Sketching without being too Sketchy
Reception: Friday, February 13, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Special! “Creeper” Session: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 7:10pm to 8:30pm.
* Eric will bring art materials and share creeper techniques with anyone who wants to try it out (open to the public).

March 3 through April 3, 2015
Leslie Goldman
Reception: Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30pm

April 5 through May 1, 2015
Marcelle Fozard
Spring Chickens (assemblage)
Reception: TBA @MarcelleFozard

May 4 through June 5, 2015
Meagan Healy
Silver Spring, Rock Creek Park, and Other Views
Reception: Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Permanent Installation: Global Refugee Mural, Joel Bergner

Receptions and events are free and open to the public. To propose Friday evening talks, performances, and other community events: - Partners: ChangeMatters, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and JB Creative Ventures, “Hurricane” Howie Feinstein.

Monday, November 03, 2014

#bgoti by Ari Melenciano at Kefa Cafe

November 17, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Ari Melenciano and #bgoti project
Reception, Friday, December 12, 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About Ari

Monday, September 29, 2014

Light Dancing: a photo exhibit at Kefa Cafe, Silver Spring, MD

October 6 through November 15, 2014
Alexandra Calloway, Light Dancing (Photographs)

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Kefa Cafe
963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, MD
Join us—free and open to the public.

Light Dancing is a series of photographs that I created with the help of my children. I was inspired by an accidental image that I took a few years ago on the Fourth of July. The children were waving colored light sticks around when I took a photograph. The shutter remained open for an extended time, capturing the light as it moved. The image that was created intrigued me. I decided that I would experiment more with this process.

For these images, I used different light sources with different exposure times. The process is all about intuition and surprise because of how all the variables work together – none of them are controlled. The light sources include chemical glow sticks, a light toy called a “Firefly”, and colored LED lights. Some of the pictures are created by my children dancing and moving around with the lights. Others are created by moving the camera to create the motion. The images are varied and unique - bright and colorful.

This is my inaugural show as a solo artist. Over the past several years, my photography has been displayed at Bowie City Hall as part of the Art Committee’s quarterly juried art shows. Prints have also been displayed at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and at the Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Giving back to the community is important to me. I donate a portion of the profits from selling my art to various causes – particularly to my children’s schools to support art classes there.

I see art everywhere. I believe that art is necessary in our lives and I believe art is accessible to everyone. Throughout my entire life, I have created art in various forms. I typically have a camera on hand. My favorite shots are those where I try to look at the world from a different perspective. 

Fall Exhibits at Kefa Cafe

September 3 through October 4, 2014
Art for the People with Alice Sims
Reception, Friday: October 3, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm

October 6 through November 15, 2014
Alexandra Calloway, Light Dancing (Photographs)
Reception, Friday: October 24, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm

November 17, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Ari Melenciano and #bgoti project
Reception, Friday: TBD

Receptions and events are free and open to the public. To propose Friday evening talks, performances, and other community events: - Partners: ChangeMatters, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and JB Creative Ventures, “Hurricane” Howie Feinstein

Monday, July 14, 2014

Info for Artists

Visual Artist Exhibits
So, you’d like to exhibit work at this super-loved local coffee shop with painted yellow walls and a warm community vibe?

Here are the preliminary basics:
Kefa Cafe provides a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. In addition, the space can be turned into an intimate performance space. We generally show the work of one artist each month in the secondary room, which we call “Space710.” A few times a year, we host group artwork made by clients or students nonprofit organizations and schools. We are seeking to present a mix of work by emerging, established, and outsider artmakers to represent the breadth of creative expression in our community.

Requests are reviewed and selected by the coordinator. We have a strong preference for artists who live, work, or has activity in the Silver Spring regional area. We especially like artists connected to Kefa Café and Bonifant St.

How to applyContact the Arts Coordinator, space710.kefacafe at gmail Send a brief note introducing yourself, your work, your exhibit proposal/theme, and your connection to the area. Include a website link or a jpg image representative of your work, and contact info. Receptions are a Friday evening during the show. We encourage you to propose, organize, and host one cultural or artistic event on another Friday evening during the period of your show. Not required but welcome. Events must be approved and scheduled in advance.

Exhibits are often booked six months to a year out. A volunteer  coordinates the exhibit schedule, and I tend to work on Space710 in waves, so please be patient and gently persistent.

Liability and Damages
Neither Kefa Cafe nor the Arts Coordinator are responsible for any damage to the artwork while it is on the premises, and neither the cafe nor I carry any insurance for the exhibition. We have had minimal problems in all the years (one journal/art book disappeared). You install at your own risk.

The owners and coordinator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule shows, and even to reject specific pieces or shows at any time and for any reason. Not that we normally do this! If you can recommend other artists whose work might be just right for our space, please let me know.

This is primarily your responsibility. We recommend you list the exhibit on arts and event calendars (such as Pink Line Project, Silver Spring Regional Center, City Paper) and sending announcements to local media 2-3 weeks in advance (neighborhood blogs, Arts Beat, Gazette, Voice, etc). You are welcome and encouraged to make a small poster (8.5”x11”) for the door.

We expect you will bring friends, family, colleagues to see your work a reception and during café hours throughout the show.

The coordinator will post exhibit info on the blog, Tweet, and can send an email to our list. You will need to send a short write-up about you and your art and one jpg.

Sale of Artwork
* You set your prices. Work that sells here tends to be in the $50 -$600 range. There is no commission charged by Kefa Café or the coordinator at this time. All work must stay on the wall until the exhibition is over unless a suitable replacement can be put in place.
* Patrons should contact you directly regarding sales, so be sure to include your contact information in the bio that you post in the café.

With the coordinator, exhibiting artists choose a Friday evening for a reception, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Café owners will rearrange the room and provide thermoses of coffee and pastry trays. You don’t need to bring anything, but you may (guest book, flowers, bin work and greeting cards...).

We love, love, love related cultural or conversation events associated with exhibits. Please consider organizing an event for another Friday evening or Sunday (not last Sundays of the month) during your show. Past events include modern dance, poetry, improvisational/experimental music, play readings, book talks, current event and history discussions. It’s also very welcome to have you come and sketch during the day—Artist in Residence. Ideas?? 

About Kefa Cafe
Kefa Café, 963 Bonifant, Street Silver Spring, MD 20910-4515 (near the corner of Georgia Ave., in downtown Silver Spring). Serving coffee, gelato, quiche, soup, sandwiches, pastries. 301.589.9337
Mon-Thu: 7am-6pm Fri: 7am-9pm

Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 8 - 3 (?), but closed the last Sunday of every month.