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Jan 2018

Sat, Jan 6, 11 am-4 pm
National Building Museum, Washington DC
1968: Shaping the District Presented by the National Building Museum and the 1968-2018 Collaborative, explore D.C. as it was in 1968 through music, talks, tours, and hands-on activities for all ages. We welcome open dialogue and hope that this program can be a catalyst to engage, reflect, and build deeper connections to the city and its history.
City of Stories Make a house-shaped book with artist Sushmita Mazumdar and share your creation in an ongoing display, creating a “city” of collective stories that express thoughts, feelings, and ideas about Washington, D.C. – then or now.

Thu, Jan 11, 6:30-8:30 pm, Studio Pause
Reception & Writing PAUSE 
Unfinished/Unfolding: Artworks by Mary Louise Marino
Mary Louise Marino’s continuing influence of nature in her artwork takes her to a new medium, hand stitching, where she explores rhythm and appliqué in a series of ‘unfinished’ pieces. She shares how what she sees in nature also influenced her photography, mark-making and expressive drawing, as well as her work in handmade textiles.
“Seeing in one medium unfolds in unexpected ways of seeing in another,” Mary says. While her hand stitching work in particular appears ‘unfinished’, she invites us to reconsider the value of things unfinished. “Much like nature, and ourselves, it leaves an opening to discover more or make connections that unfold into something unexpected.”
You can find Mary on Instagram @marylouisemarino

Sun, Jan 21-March 18, 10:30 am-1:00 pm (ex Feb 18)
Smithsonian Associates, Ripley Center, Washington DC
Exploring Eastern Calligraphy: Persian, Arabic, and Devnagari Script 
Discover the relationship between the Eastern traditions of Afghanistan and India as you explore calligraphy’s connection to language, literary arts, religion, popular culture, memory, and art. For more and to register click here.

 Dec 2017

Thu, Dec 14, 6:30-8:30
5 Years of PAUSE: Art Reception + Writing + Mic-Less Night!
A Reception:
At an early Studio Pause art reception, a friend had said to the artist whose work was on view: I am an artist too. But I don’t have a job so no money to buy your art, which I love. The artist said: Pay $10 for it now. Give me the rest when you get a job.

That artist, Cecilia Kalish, encouraged me to start the studio when I thought I couldn’t figure out how. A photo of her eating mango and sticky rice inspired the logo colors for the studio too (yeah, crazy story!). We can each inspire and encourage others if we just make time to connect and learn from each other… 
So come see her art, Pay What You Can for the ones you like, and take them home. Proceeds will go to a Baltimore non-profit that does important work supporting women asylum seekers. Their tagline says it all: SHE DIDN’T COME FOR A BETTER LIFE – SHE CAME TO SAVE HER LIFE. Check out the Asylee Women Enterprise website here.
A Writing PAUSE: Studio members will be at the event and we will write too, like we do weekly at Writing PAUSE, with the art as our prompt. We will share it with the artist and guests so everyone can see how the art inspires others. PAUSE Cards ($30 for 2 sessions, $60 for 4 sessions) will be available for purchase if you want to try out/give a gift of Writing PAUSE. Email me if you’d like one.

Mic-Less Night with Hanan Seid: If you haven’t attended our monthly open mic with a twist, you’ll get a taste of that too with studio artist-in-residence, Hanan Seid. Professional slam poets, high-schoolers, aspiring artists, and others will show their work, mix ideas, and share dreams. 
See photos from our last Mic-Less Night here.
And of course there will be food! So come join us! 
ORDER A BOOKIf you still want a copy of our community poetry book Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity, you can order the second edition here. While supplies last!
Eastern Calligraphy Workshop: Persian, Arabic, and Devnagari Script at Smithsonian Associates
Join artists Sughra Hussainy and Sushmita Mazumdar to discover the relationship between the Eastern traditions of Afghanistan and India as you explore calligraphy’s connection to language, literary arts, religion, popular culture, memory, and art. 
8-Session Weekend Course Sunday, January 21 to March 18, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 18)


Nov 2017

Sat Nov 11, Sun Nov 12, Freer Sackler Gallery of Art ImaginAsia Studio
Family Workshop: Celebrate Diwali
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in this family workshop (Sat) and teen workshop (Sun). Explore artworks from the Indian subcontinent on an educator-led tour. Then, return to the studio to create your own colorful book featuring a traditional rangoli design with teaching artist Sushmita Mazumdar from Studio PAUSE. This program is designed for children ages six to twelve and adults to enjoy together.
Register here!



Sat, Nov 18, 10:30 am-12 pm, Alexandria Black History Museum
Family Legends Bookmaking Workshop: Thanksgiving Stories
Family Legends, a project of Living Legends of Alexandria, is hosting a book-making workshop to introduce young people to identifying their own personal living legends and chronicling those stories. Led by artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar of StudioPause, the workshop is aimed at kids ages 7 to 12 (with parents invited to work alongside them).  Suggested donation of $5 at the door helps defray materials costs and supports the Living Legends of Alexandria. Advance registration is appreciated so please reserve your spot today! Photo, Nina Tisara

Wed, Nov 29, 7-8:30 pm, Studio Pause
Mic-Less Night with Hanan Seid
Bring your poems, art, music to share in a mic-free space where all voices are welcome! Or come to listen, ask questions, meet the poets and join in the fun.






Oct 2017

Sat, Oct 14, 9-1 pm
HOME @Arlington! at Marymount Farmer’s Market

Sun, Oct 15, 2-6 pm
HOME @Arlington! at Latino American Festival

Tue, Oct 17, 3-7 pm (Last chance to join in!)
HOME @Arlington! at Crystal City Farmer’s Market


Sept 2017

Fri, Sept 15, 10 am-2 pm
HOME @Arlington! at PARK(ing) Day

Sat, Sept 16, noon-4 pm
HOME @Arlington at the Nauck Pride Day




Reception, Thu Sept 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
Ephemera: Drawings by Marlene Terreros
“Capturing an elusive moment, navigating an emotion, portraying a message are some of the reasons that urge me to sketch.  The labor of capturing it on paper can prove consuming.  Drawing gives me the means to reflect and to produce a tangible response to my search,” says Arlington Historic Preservation inspector Marlene Terreros.

With degrees in architecture and historic preservation her masters in Fine Arts got buried. But Marlene keeps index cards and pencils handy. “There are certain moments which you never want to forget—I try to snatch them and turn them into quick drawings. Imagination lets you capture it and help it materialize so you can stay there and see it again and again. We are finite and we are constantly trying to understand the infinite,” Marlene explains.

Wed, Sept 27, 7-8:30 pm
Mic-Less Night with Hanan Seid
Bring your poems, art, music to share in a mic-free space where all voices are welcome! Or come to listen, ask questions, meet the poets and join in the fun.



August 2017

Sun, Aug 6, 9 am-1 pm
HOME @Arlington at Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market

Sun, Aug 20, noon-4 pm
HOME @Arlington at the Arlington County Fair

Sun, Aug 27, 1-6 pm
HOME @Arlington at the Buckingham Community Festival

The installation for HOME @Arlington is up on view at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201. Go check out the responses by the public and show yours to your friends and family if its up!

July 2017

July 13, 14, 19
HOME @Arlington 2017: A Community Art Project by Sushmita Mazumdar
Ever wanted to ask questions on Public Art or give your ideas to your community?Arlington’s Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) is getting an update! Adopted in 2004, it outlines a strategy for how public art will improve the quality of Arlington’s public spaces and facilities.

Join in and let your art be your voice! More…


Reception, Sat. July 15, 12-2 pm
Positive Printers 2017: A Show of Darkroom Prints 

Light refreshments will be served.
Left: From the diptych “To the Other Side” (2016) by Yuri Long
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Indigo Lion Pause: Dye, Bead, + Thread

In our ongoing collaboration with Indigo Lion Global Handmade, please join us to PAUSE for writing and conversation, inspired by Handmade

What happens when you hold handmade craft in your hands? What will it inspire you to write? This is what we’ll explore together, letting writing take us to memories, lead to associations, and create stories. 

This time we’ll be taking a glimpse behind the scenes in Laos with their natural dying process, the unique inlay bead weaving technique of the Katu, and the magical finger work in the supplementary weft weaving of the Tai Dam. 

When we went back to Laos earlier in the year, we learned more about their traditional techniques and processes. Journey with us again, this time through photos and stories and textiles. We’ll be sharing their exquisite textile accessories and accents for you to hold and get close and discover for yourself how another place, another people, and another way can inspire you. Please RSVP here.

Mic-Less Night with Hanan Seid








June 2017

Sat. June 10, 10-2 pm, 3700 Four Mile Run Dr, Arlington VA
MAKE your MARK! 
Join us for Arlington Arts’s first Maker event! Make awesome stuff with many Makers including 7 Studio Pause Makers-Ahmad Abumraighi, Anamaria Estrada, Carmen Lynette, Sharmila Karamchandani, Sughra Hussainy, Jillian Neri, and Sushmita Mazumdar. Recycle, upcycle, reuse, and create! Join multicultural artists and makers as they come together to inspire their community and share their original art ideas in creative ways. Participants include  Arlington County CostumeLab, ArlingtonWeaves, Etc., BLOOM,  DC Modern Quilt Guild,  Lee Arts Center,  Studio PAUSE, TEN09 Collective – GMU, and makers and artists  Melanie Kehoss, Felecia Brice McFail,  and Natsag Gankhuyag. 

Buy, watch demos, and make and take all your goodies in awesome free Arlington Arts tote bags.
Thu, June 22, 6:30-8 pm
Indigo Lion Writing PAUSE: Explore Tai Lue Textiles from Laos

PAUSE for writing and conversation, inspired by handmade.
What happens when you hold handmade craft in your hands. What will it inspire you to write? 
This is what we’ll explore together, letting writing take us to memories, lead to associations, and create stories.  
We’ll be focusing on the extraordinary textiles from the Tai Lue ethnic group from Laos. Discover motifs and patterns from unique weaving traditions and sense the indigenous plants that yield subtle natural colors and textures.  
The textiles, stories, and photos we’ll be sharing offers a glimpse into Laos village life, bringing you closer to inspiring women, nature’s gifts, and cultural expression both traditional and present. More…
Wed, June 28, 7-8:30 pm
Mic-Less Night with Hanan Seid: Bring us your art, poetry, and stories! Join host Hanan Seid for a night of voices being heard and community. Bring a dish to share! Free and open to the public. See photos from our past Mic-Less Nights on Facebook.
Fri, June 30, 6:30 pm
Taste of Egypt: Food & Art come together in a Planner/Recipe Book
You are invited to the launch of Heart to Heart: An Egyptian Experience, an 18-month planner and recipe book by local culinary entreprenur Aida Mady with art by local artist and art educator Sharmila Karamchandani.  Come and share an experience of Egypt–enjoy a light vegetarian dinner from recipes in the book, and listen to stories of the art-making journey and how the two women collaborated to follow their passions and create something new. More …  
1) Mosakaa
2) cheese pie 
3) rice pudding 
4) tea with fresh mint 
Planners, bookmarks, and other items will be for sale. Please rsvp here as space is limited.

May 2017

Wed., May 17, 2017, 7-8:30 pm
One year of Mic-Less Night Series! Join us to celebrate one year of our Mic-Less Night Series with a potluck. Hosted by local slam poet Hanan Seid, Mic-Less Night invites you to bring your poems, your art, your song, your heart, and your acceptance.
Enjoy photos from our Mic-Less Nights on our Facebook page here.

Reception, Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30pm 8:00pm
Indigo Lion Book Launch Last fall Indigo Lion Global Handmade invited us to “pause” together to hold handmade craft and write. We discovered our inner prose and glimpsed into another part of the globe. Now it all comes together in a collection of the inspired writings and many photos in the book, Curating Beautiful Conversations: what happens when you hold handmade craft in your hands?

Join us for a gathering of readings, new photos and videos, and find out what happened when we shared a draft of the book with artisan enterprises and weavers on Indigo Lion’s recent trip back to Cambodia and Laos.

Book specifications: 8’x10′, 45 pages, softcover, full color printing. Get your copy of the book at the event. All writers get a discount!

Handmade textiles accessories and accents from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar that inspired the writings will also be available for purchase.

May 29-June 12, 2017
Thou Art travels to Virginia Foundation of the Humanities So excited to share with you an article written by David Bearinger, director of grants and community programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, about our project Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity. The article will be on the Global Virginia page of their website. At the end of May the artwork will travel from UUCA where it is now on view to Charlottesville, VA to be exhibited at the VFH from May 29-June 12, 2017. Read the article here.

Above, photo from our amazing show reception, reading, and bookmaking at UUCA where 17 of the 25 Thou Art poets attended and read their poems! From left, Yuri, Sush, Arpita, Sughra, Courtney, Mary, Sharmila, Nakshin, Tannia, Kim, Rachel, Kori, Susan, and Marga. Others who read but are not in the photo: Howie, Carson, Eva, Rosa. See more photos here and thank you so much for joining us and telling us how the project connected with you! I am documenting all your feedback and conversations as Thou Art is so much more than just a book for me.


Mar/Apr events      

Fri., March 31
Launch of Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity
Meet the poets and artists who worked on this project PLUS bring your art, songs, poems etc. on Identity to share at the Mic-Less Night hosted by Hanan Seid, our studio artist-in-residence and slam poet.
Studio Pause, second floor, Rinker Community Center,
4108 4th St N, Arlington, VA 22203

6-9 pm

Tuesday, April 4
Thou Art kicks-off “We Are Poetry,” the Oakridge ES Community Poetry Book inspired by Thou Art
Oakridge Elementary School, 1414 24th Street, South, Arlington, VA 22202
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, April 8
My Handmade Community Poetry Book: A Family Activity
Arlington Family Poetry Fest, Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201
12:00pm – 4:00pm
More on the library website.
Sunday, April 23
Thou Art: Identity in Words & Color
Exhibition Reception, Poetry Reading and Bookmaking Workshop
The Center Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Exhibition dates: April 6 – June 4, 2017

FEB 2017

Reception: Sat., Feb 18, 2-4 pm
Reconstructing The Spirit: Mosaics and Paintings by Micheline Lavalle
“Through my artwork in mosaic glass mirrors, I try and capture the unique beauty of the self. The harmonious and instinctual placement of beautifully colored glass reconstructs what is lost and brings joy and peace to the spirit. My love of color was inspired by the enormous beauty if southern Chile, where I spent my early childhood”, Micheline Lavalle says. 

“My paintings—they are real places – made from photographs that I have taken or that I have found and liked. What I love about painting is creating something beautiful where there was nothing – I like the process of filling the paper or canvas with colors and shapes and creating something beautiful. I find satisfaction in that.  When I paint I am transported temporarily to that place.”

Wed. Feb 22, 7-8:30 pm
Mic-Less Night Series with Hanan Seid Join us for Studio artist-in-residence Hanan Seid’s Mic-Less Night, a monthly feature at Studio Pause, where drop-in guests share poetry, art, and more. See fun photos on our Facebook page.





JAN 2017

Wed, Jan 25, 7-8:30 pm, Studio Pause Ballston
Mic-Less Night Series Join us for Studio artist-in-residence Hanan Seid’s Mic-Less Night, a monthly feature at Studio Pause, where drop-in guests share poetry, art, and more. More here. See pics from our Nov Mic-Less Night here.




Reception: Sat, Jan 28, 2-4 pm

Color Everywhere: Paintings, Shoes, & Woolens by Anamaria Estrada 

My name is Anamaria, and I am the mother of one girl—she is my treasure.

I enjoy every single way possible to create pieces of art —painting, knitting, doodling, sewing—since it always brings me peace of mind and joy. And why joy? Just because my subject matter is about people, their daily routine, places, and human nature—just simple normal life.

The repetitive action of knitting helps to release all my tensions and make something great out of it, producing a piece that someone will wear and enjoy. And doodling, for me, is just a happy and cute way of making things new with my drawings.

For me, art is diversity and art can be everywhere. My influences are foremost things I see, feel, and experience—and that inspires me to put colors together in different ways everywhere! Every piece I create I make with love, and every piece has a different meaning not just for me but for the viewer too, and I like that. Art frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product.


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