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Art All Night ~ continued from page 1

 Hundreds of festival-goers created their own paintings and crafts at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and Urban Athletic Club, and even got to paint on performance artist Shanna Lim’s body when she served as a human canvas outside the library.

Crowds flocked to see Rayceen Pendarvis’ show at the DC Housing Finance Agency. photo–Jeff Salmon

Other DIY art activities included painting a glow-in-the-dark mural on the grounds of the Apple Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square and drawing on postcards created for the event by Beau Thai to celebrate a new mural being painted at the restaurant that weekend.

Another view showing festival-goers enjoying the all-night party at the Perla condo.photo–Alexander M. Padro–courtesy Shaw Main Streets, Inc.

The DC Housing Finance Agency building drew huge crowds for dance parties and a variety show hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, complete with live music, poetry, comedy, and burlesque acts. Grammy-nominated HipHop artist Christylez Bacon and a Marvin Gaye tribute by Bee Boisseau headlined the Shaw Art Market stage. Malik DOPE Drummer and Davey Yarborough with youth from the Washington Jazz Arts Institute anchored the Shaw Community Center’s lineup at the former Lincoln Temple.

More than 30 artists offered their work for sale at the outdoor Shaw Art Market. photo–Alexander M. Padro–courtesy Shaw Main Streets, Inc.

No Kings Collective, Hen House and JAB converted a large, high-ceilinged yet to be leased retail space at the new Perla condominium into Triptych, featuring the work of 20 visual artists along with art installations and an all-night dance party.

Performance artist Jennifer Shannon combined fire and soap bubbles in her shows. photo–Victoria Pickering

People lined up to get their pictures taken by a mobile photo booth in front of Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s rainbow “Love” mural in Blagden Alley’s DC Alley Museum. Businesses that are not normally open on Saturday nights participated, included Seylou Bakery, which opened a window on Blagden Alley to serve fresh baked pizza to festival-goers until midnight, and Lee’s Flower and Card Shop on U Street, which hosted artisans, a DJ and floral demonstrations. Both are now considering staying open on Saturday nights as a result of the sales they generated that night.

Video artist Robin Bell projected provocative text and images in Blagden Alley. photo–Alexander M. Padro–courtesy Shaw Main Streets, Inc.

Other participating businesses offering art and entertainment included Calabash Tea House & Café, all three Compass Coffee locations, Dacha Beer Garden, Grand Cata Latin Wine Shop, Lost and Found, the Passenger, and the Shop at Shaw.

Department of Small and Local Business Development Director Kristi Whitfield painted on human canvas Shanna Lim outside the Shaw Library. photo–Alexander M. Padro–courtesy Shaw Main Streets, Inc.

Other participating businesses offering art and entertainment included Calabash Tea House & Café, all three Compass Coffee locations, Dacha Beer Garden, Grand Cata Latin Wine Shop, Lost and Found, the Passenger, and the Shop at Shaw.

*The writer, a long-time Shaw resident, is Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets and a 10-term ANC Commissioner representing central Shaw.

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