Thursday, March 20, 2014

April: Inspired Botanical Artwork - Space 710 at Kefa Cafe April 2014



Kellie Cox-Brady, Botanical Art

April 7 through May 3, 2014 

DATE CHANGE: Reception: Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm


Botanical muralist and artist Kellie Cox-Brady uses traditional art techniques to create illustrations, public art, paintings and murals. She is inspired by local botanicals, nature and wildlife. Originally from Delaware, Kellie spent a lot of her childhood gardening and drawing flowers. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in landscape horticulture and plant science and over the last six years spent her time in Ithaca, New York and now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.



Kellie uses traditional art techniques to create illustrations, public art, paintings and murals. She is inspired by local botanicals, nature and wildlife. Originally from Delaware, Kellie spent a lot of her childhood gardening and drawing flowers. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in landscape horticulture and plant science and over the last six years spent her time in Ithaca, New York. In Ithaca she became very involved in the art world and connecting with other artists. She installed over eight murals in Ithaca and held many solo gallery shows in the area. Kellie is now located in Silver Spring, Maryland. She works as the annuals assistant manager for a garden center called American Plant, along with being a freelance artist and muralist in the D.C. area. She has several mural projects and gallery shows planned for the near future. 





Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring and Summer 2014 Art at Kefa Cafe


March
Miyah Taylor, My Music on Canvas
February 10 - April 5, 2014
Reception: Friday, February 21, 6:30 to 8:30pm

APRIL
Kellie Cox-Brady, Botanical Art
April 7 through May 3, 2014
Reception: Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30pm

MAY
Allen Hirsh, Digital Abstracts
May 5 through May 31, 2014
Reception, Friday, May 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm

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

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kefa Cafe Art Exhibit - March 2014


March
Miyah Taylor, My Music on Canvas 
February 10 through April 5
Reception: Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8:30pm


Bio
Miyah Taylor was born in Washington DC and was raised in Maryland. Miyah has worked with multiple mediums and objects such as clay, fabric, acrylic paint, cardboard and oil paint. Her preferred medium is oil paint, but she is very open and likes to try and understand any medium and technique; which is the theme of her most recent pieces that will be displayed at the Kefa Cafe in Silver Spring Maryland. Miyah gets inspired by music, nature, dreams, visions, and issues that occur in her life. Some of the artists who inspire her are Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn, Barnett Newman, and Andrew Wodzianski. Some of her pieces have been critiqued by Annette Polan and Andrew Wodzianski. She is currently completing her studio arts degree at the University of Maryland College Park and has had previous studio art education at the College of Southern Maryland.

Statement
I am testing color, composition and technique of any kind. I’m also trying to understand what I like and don’t like. As a result of my trials, I discovered that I enjoy working with oil paint especially and the use of different instruments because I like to see what I can do with the instruments and what marks they make. I’m not only showing the testing of components in my art work, but I am mainly allowing the music I listen to and my thoughts to assist me in creating the art. I can’t explain what my feelings were in each piece because they are all spur of the moment works. Also, I prefer the viewer to decide what they feel from my work. When I do abstract art I never envision what it’s going to look like before I do it, it just happens as I create and let the music take me there.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cafe Owner Lene Tsegaye Featured in Bethesda Magazine

Our Lene is interviewed and featured in the current

issue of Bethesda Magazine. Check it out.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Free Minds Book Club Reading at Kefa Cafe

Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014
Kefa Cafe
963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, MD

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop reading


Our Mission

Our mission is to introduce young inmates to the transformative power of books and creative writing. By mentoring them and connecting them to supportive services throughout their incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.

Our Vision

That every young inmate receives the necessary tools, inspiration and community support to pursue education and follow a positive new path in life.

Whom We Serve

Free Minds serves teenagers who are charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail. Approximately 60 youths are incarcerated every year; of those, ninety five percent are African American and five percent are Latino. The majority come from the city’s most crime-stricken neighborhoods where nearly half of the children live below the poverty rate. At 16 and 17 years old, they read, on average, at a fifth grade level and most have already dropped out of or disengaged from school. More than half of the youth served by Free Minds also have parents or other close family members who have been incarcerated, and the majority already have children themselves. Juveniles who are incarcerated as adults are at extremely high risk for future violent criminal activity {1}. At the same time, access to educational programs while incarcerated has proven to reduce recidivism {2}. By reaching these youths at this critical juncture and exciting them about learning, Free Minds motivates these young men to pursue positive new directions for their futures. Since its inception, Free Minds has reached over 450 youths through our Book Club, Continuing Support and Reentry Programs.



Visualize

By S.N.
I know we are all in bad situation right now, like there is a tornado in our lives.
But I have a good feeling that one day the clouds will disappear, the sun will shine, and everything will be just fine.
We are all different and unique in our own way but we are all similar in one thing
We are like birds in cage hoping to fly in sky one day.
I say let’s visualize ourselves being a positive person doing things the right way
so we don’t get incarcerated for some stupid things and get a big time sentence.
In this orange jumpsuit we all probably look like convicts,
but inside we are normal regular people trying to survive just like everyone else.
If you reach deep inside and get to know us then you will be surprised,
finding out who we really are ‘cause we all have interesting story with individual history.
See I come from a different place and I have seen many faces
yet I have stopped to visualize ‘cause I see myself in better places.



Quien no Sabe?

by L.V.
Quien no sabe que la tierra pesa?
Quien no sabe que el fuego quema?
Todos saben que hay cosas que lastiman
Pero hay quienes les conocen que el encierro
Es un sufrimiento del que no se puede escapar,
Hay quienes no saben lo que es reír por no llorar
Hay muchos que desconocen el sufrimiento
Nadie sabe lo que es sufrir
Hasta que la experiencia les toca vivir
Quien no sabe que la tierra pesa?
Quien no sabe que el fuego quema?
El ser un sobreviviente del encierro basta
Para ser un testigo del sufrimiento
Basta la experiencia para ver que hasta que no has estado presente
No conoces lo que es sufrir
Puedes escuchar historias, leer artículos, imaginar,
Tratar de estar en los zapatos de el que ha sufrido
No es lo mismo
La experiencia lo cambia todo
(translation)
Who Does Not Know?
Who does not know that earth is heavy?
Who does not know that fire burns?
Everyone knows that there are some things that hurt
But there are some that know that imprisonment
Is a suffering one can not escape
There are some that know what it is to laugh so you don’t cry
There are many who are unaware of suffering
No one knows what suffering is
Until they live the experience
Who does not know that earth is heavy?
Who does not know that fire burns?
Surviving imprisonment is enough
To make you a witness to suffering
Enough experience to see that until you have not been present
You don’t know what it means to suffer
You can listen to stories, read articles, imagine,
Try to be in the shoes of one who has suffered
It’s not the same
Experience changes everything


Pen Fiend

By DeCario
As I sit back
And operate this pen
In my mind
I feel like I’m a pen fiend
Sick with words
Sick with the pen
Whoa! Just had a brain freeze
Right back at it
Like your every day dope addict
Sick, can’t go without it
Got to write about it
In my eyes
I see the light
And only I can see what to write
Every day and night
I think, am I doing what’s right?
This is my life
Some say pray to Christ
But every time I think about it
I am back writin’ with the pen
Sick with so many emotions
And no one to talk to
So who can I turn to
But my pen
I’m just your every day pen fiend

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Our Business and Community Collaboration Partners

Here are just some of the businesses and community organizations who supply or otherwise work regularly with Kefa Cafe to bring customers its uniquely friendly and high quality experience.

Arts on the Block

Clean Currents

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Goldilocks Goodies

Green Plate Catering

Impact Silver Spring

Nagadi Coffee Roasters

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

South Mountain Creamery

TapIt Water

College Coffee Cup Collection

This just in (from @Reemberto Rodriguez)  Kefa Cafe has started a college cup collection.
Bring in yours! 

Jan/Feb 2014 Exhibit


January/February

In Spring - Susan Farrer
Susan Farrer, All Mixed Up
Mixed Media Paintings

January 6 - February 8, 2014
Reception Friday, January 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ever since she can remember, Susan has been a gatherer and collector, intrigued by found objects and attracted to all kinds of paper—the kinds of materials that find their way into her mixed-media art. Each of her pieces starts with a painted base, which is then layered with hand-painted papers, snippets from books, tissue paper, and fibers, as well as lace or leaves, metal objects, natural materials, pastels, ink, and more paint. Susan enjoys the textures, transparency, and color possibilities inherent in working with many different kinds of materials.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Winter Exhibit at Kefa Cafe


NOvember/December

solo show @ space7:10 at kefa cafe
november 12, 2013 - january 5, 2014


opening reception
friday nov. 15th
6:30-8:30 pm
painting by laurie breen