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.
Indigo Lion Writing PAUSE: Explore Tai Lue Textiles from Laos
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…
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Exhibition dates: April 6 – June 4, 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.
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.