Monday, September 29, 2014

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


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

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

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

DECEMBER/JANUARY
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: space710.kefacafe@gmail.com - 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.

Eligibility
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.

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Publicity
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.

Reception
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...).

Events
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. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

July/August 2014 Art at Kefa Cafe

Paige Hirsch
Abstract Paintings and Mixed Media

July 15 through August 23, 2014
Reception: Friday, July 18, 2014

I am a self-taught abstract painter and collage artist.  I am always trying new techniques and love to see how the painting or collage emerges.  I begin my work without any preconceived ideas of what the finished piece will look like.  I usually have a color palette ready and I go from there.  My paintings usually have quite a few layers each one building on the last.  The nature of my work varies from time to time but my pieces always use paper.  I love paper.  I love collecting paper.  I hoard paper.  I also love to erase some elements in each layer so that the layer underneath shows through.  In addition to paint, paper and collage materials, texture will be used to enhance the composition as it slowly emerges from the canvas. The process involves the gradual buildup of may layers of color and texture to create the final piece.  I leave my paintings open to interpretation by the view so I hope everyone enjoys looking at them as much as I enjoy creating them.  

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Kefa Café Features Art by Al Phillips


JUNE
As I See It
Al Phillips, Pyramid Atlantic artist
June 1 through July 12, 2014
Reception: Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm



As I See It is a diverse set of illustrations and paintings showcasing the work of Silver Spring artist Al Phillips.  This exhibit offers us a nostalgic trip through time, honoring select historical and cultural events and personalities inspired by America's recent history. 

The images, chosen from his large collection of works, represent a passionate life dedicated to art - from the artist’s days as a young struggling artist working the night shift as a janitor, through his esteemed career as a newspaper illustrator, during his post retirement days living with Parkinson’s disease, until present day.  The exhibit includes political, conceptual, sports and pop culture illustrations that were originally used throughout sections of three major newspapers. These visual editorials reflected Al’s viewpoint and were conveyed by a wide variety of artistic approaches.  They played a significant role as a visual partner to conceptual and analytical news articles, as a vehicle for editorial opinion and as part of the newspaper’s identity. This collection of drawings showcases Al's talent for capturing the character of his subjects, while simultaneously providing valuable visual documentation of newsworthy people and events.   Noted personalities included in the exhibit include:  Martin Luther King, Michael Jordan, Woody Allen, Nelson Mandela, Elvis, Bill Clinton, John Thompson, Janet Reno, Andrew Weil, Whoopi Goldberg among others.

The show captures how Al Phillips, as an illustrator, was able to document, evoke, amuse, question and tell a story while always keeping his audience in mind.  “Artwork gives newspapers a different feel compared to photographs.  When the newspaper wanted something special for a story they would often choose art over photographs as we could accentuate colors and exaggerate certain aspects of the image”.  This is evident in Al’s illustration of Michael Jordan drawn as if he is flying through the air while viewers are unable to see where the ground is. 

Al particularly enjoyed creating symbolic art which combines images in order to infuse meaning.  Sometimes these pieces were controversial in nature.  The show includes one such illustration titled Jesse Helms versus Education which is based in a Normal Rockwell setting.  Al initially had Jesse Helms portrayed in the mirror as Bozo the Clown which his editors thought too provocative.  Al, although in disagreement, replaced the clown figure with a stick figure as a symbol of the character’s simple-mindedness. 

Viewers will also see a sample of Al’s extensive collection of architectural illustrations.  “Architectural art has been a way of saving my soul over the years. In the beginning I did line drawings of houses because I was surrounded by beautiful architecture in Chicago and I wanted to eventually have a career as an artist.  Now, due to my Parkinson’s disease, I need to draw simpler shapes so I have more control of my hand.  Over time I have figured out ways that I can still draw a straight line even with my tremors.” 

Al titled the show “As I See It” to capture the essence of him being an active artist over six decades and drawing and painting up until this day.  As Al states, “Life is exciting and I always have new projects in my mind. I am constantly finishing up projects I have started”. 

Artist Bio
Born in 1933, Al Phillips grew up in rural Indiana and began illustrating and painting at a very early age. Despite having Parkinson’s disease since 1998, Al continues to illustrate and paint to this day. In the mid 1970’s, until his retirement in the late 1990’s, Al worked as an illustrator for three print newspapers, one of which had a readership of 300,000 people – the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun Times and the Charlotte Observer. Everything he created while working at these newspapers had a headline and usually an accompanying article. He was recognized as one of the best illustrators in the country, winning five awards, over the years, from the society of newspaper designers.  “I learned how to use my imagination constructively for my work…..and how to make graceful illustrations. “ In addition to illustration, Al invented an art toy called ArtBlocks© whose purpose was to encourage non-artists to make art.  Artblocks©, 16 blocks of wood with geometric shapes, has been sold at museums and gift stores throughout the United States. Al has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (1955) and a Master’s Degree in painting, graphics and print making (1962).  Al now lives with his daughter Kendra, and her wife Julie, in Silver Spring Maryland. To contact Al Phillips please call 301-588-1934 or email allanphillips33 at gmail.com.   

Summer 2014 Art at Kefa Cafe


JUNE
Al Phillips, Pyramid Atlantic artist
June 1 through July 12, 2014

JULY/AUGUST
Paige Hirsch, Abstract paintings
July 14 through August 23, 2014
DATE CHANGE: Reception, Friday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Dear Friend

In his own words, our dear Richard Jaeggi on his career and call to work with teens to build Gandhi Brigade Youth Media. We are deeply saddened by his recent passing and so blessed, challenged, and supported by his life's inspiration and energy. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

June Exhibit - Kefa Cafe


JUNE

Al Phillips, Pyramid Atlantic artist
June 1 through July 12, 2014







Reception: Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Monday, April 21, 2014

Digital Florals




MAY 2014 Exhibit

Allen Hirsh
Digital Abstracts: Florals
May 5 through May 31, 2014
Reception:  May 16, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Space710 at Kefa Cafe, Silver Spring, MD