I am a singer/songwriter who's original material touches on blues, country and bluegrass with a dash of rock and roll. I have a regular rotation of musician friends who sit in with me at acoustic shows. I have lived coast to coast over the last 30 years, writing songs drawn from all the experiences I've had.
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 apply Contact 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
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
Sun: 8 - 3 (?), but closed the last Sunday of every month.
July 11 through August 3, 2013 Adrienne (Ang) Gaither, in cooperation with Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Reception: Friday, July 26, 2013 6 to 8pm
Kefa Cafe 963 Bonifant St. Silver Spring, MD
b. 1987 in Cincinnati, OH Lives and works in Washington, DC STATEMENT As a designer working in an early childhood education institution, I work with letters, color, and shapes on a daily basis to help develop children's visual literacy. I am interested in the design of writing systems, in particular the shapes that are used in the construction of our modern roman alphabet fonts. My work attempts to examine how far written symbols or graphemes can be distorted by using similar basic elements that make geometric san-serif typefaces, such as Futura, ITC Avant Garde, Century Gothic, Gotham, or Spartan. I am attempting to explore the duality of written language to challenge aspects of human visual identification; in which familiar objects are transmuted to minimal shapes, possibly contradicting what is represented.Through the use of visual graphetics (the study of the physical features of written language), geometric shapes and color I have extracted parts of the roman alphabet to create a very personal and enigmatic code. This code offers just enough familiarity to encourage viewers to see beyond the shapes and colors, encouraging them to attempt to solve my puzzles for the narrative. This changes the position of the audience from spectator to participant. They may or may not be rewarded, in that some of my work may not be accessible for solving, or that what they find may cause pause for further contemplation. Thank you ANG Later in the summer. see Ang's work at Foundry Gallery Foundry Gallery Juried Exhibition July 31 – September 1, 2013 Silver Spring, MD Foundry Gallery
Strathmore Mansion Strathmore FineAIR Exhibition August 31 - September 14, 2013 Rockville, MD Strathmore