First Friday Dupont: Art Walk

It is Labor Day Weekend, but before you head out of town to work on your tan, get your art fix by walking the galleries around Dupont Circle this First Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Heurich House Museum features local makers & artisans during its Mini Markt at 1921 biergarten. The biergarten bar, called 1921, is located with the museum’s exhibit HOME/BREWED, which features objects from a rotating collection of over 1,000 artifacts from the historic Heurich brewery. Tour guests will also get to access our new exhibit, “Working Title,” (please note: in order to go inside the Heurich House, guests must pre-purchase tickets for house tours on the website). Working Title reframes the Heurich family home as a central juncture for the people who lived and worked there (1894-1956), men and women, immigrant and natural-born, Black and white, rich and lower-income.  The Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. For tickets, visit


International Arts & Artists at Hillyer invite you to discover three new artists: Mark Tan:  “Sight Unseen,” Adam Odomore: “To Harvest a Dream Buried in Dust – On Care and Blackness,” and Nicole Wandera: “We Meet Again.”  Wine and refreshments will be provided.  IA&A at Hillyer is Dupont Circle’s largest gallery, located in a carriage house at 9 Hillyer Court, NW – behind the Phillips Collection.  To learn more, visit

The Korean Cultural Center is showing “Landscape of the Mind,” a new duo exhibition showcasing paintings and video works derived from paintings by contemporary Korean artists Lim Hyunjeong and Jung Seok Hee.  More than 20 featured works portray the artists’ personal and observed stories as visual narratives that unfold like maps of mental geography. While the stories derive from the inner mind of each artist, they also reflect universal human challenges and truths. The Korean Cultural Center is located at 2370 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

The Museum of the Palestinian People is pleased to welcome visitors our new layout and additions to our permanent exhibit, including an official jersey and 100 year anniversary book from the Chilean football team Palestino, whose members are of Palestinian descent. Also on display is a new map of where the Palestinian diaspora is now in the world. The Tatreez Inheritance exhibit will be closing mid-September so if you haven’t seen it, this may be the final opportunity to see the detailed Palestinian embroidery. The Museum of the Palestinian People is located at 1900 18th Street NW.

The Pen Arts Gallery is featuring paintings and photography from two nationally and internationally known award winning artists, Cynthia Ray and Marie B. Cilia De Amicis, who are members of the D. C. Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. The show is eclectic in content and media. Pen Arts Gallery curator and artist, Timoteo Murphy, will be present to welcome visitors and answer questions.  Pen Arts Gallery is located at 1300 17th Street NW.


Join the Qatar America Institute for Culture during First Friday to celebrate the opening of our expanded Perfumery Museum!  Bridging Qatari, Arab, and global cultures together, the museum introduces visitors to the history and importance of scent to the Middle East, from the origins of the distillation process and the exchange of raw materials and oils along the silk road.  Test your nose by learning about the essential aromas indigenous to the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia through both smell and sight. And then walk and smell your way through a contemporary installation by emerging Qatari artist AlMaha Ahmed Al-Mahmoud.  QAIC is a fully accessible family-friendly building with ramp access and elevator access to every floor. We have family facilities as well as prayer rooms.  QAIC is located at 1319 18th Street NW.


Q Street Fine Art is pleased to welcome back painter Rafael Gallardo, who has returned from Spain to bring his vivid canvases back to DC.  Please join Barbar Bennett and Rafael Gallardo during First Friday to view many new and exciting paintings created during his recent stay in Barcelona.  Q Street Fine Art is located in the Carriage House at 1 Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, behind Saint Matthew’s Cathedral. 202 255 2893.


The Slow Down Market invites you to First Friday for a night of makers and an intimate evening with multi-disciplinary artist Sally McBee. Living and working in Washington DC, Sally focuses her work on celebrating bodies, exploring nostalgic iconography, and playing with abstractions inspired by her relationship with nature.  Meet the artist and discover Sally McBee’s world with us. Wine and refreshments will be served.  The Slow Down Market is located at 1710 Connecticut Ave NW – just up the steps.

Studio Gallery presents four unique exhibitions in their space. In our upper gallery, Carolee Jakes’s solo show, “The Seven Sisters: An Exploration of Time and Place,” is a multi-media exploration of the myriad ways that the Pleiades star cluster can be represented across differing times, cultures, and mediums. Gary Anthes and Chris Corson collaborate in “Figure and Ground,” a show about finding humanity in unexpected places and ways ­– in evocative imagery; hinting at secrets; opening doors to interior life. In our Garden Gallery, see “Jots and Tittles” by Jennifer Duncan, a show of pieced together memories from her eclectic upbringing featuring small, assembled vignettes. Also in the Garden Gallery is “Magpies and Mannequins” by Iza Thomas, a magical realism exhibit exploring the juxtaposition of magpies stealing dreams and mannequins embodying different, but similar, hopeful dreams. Studio Gallery is Washington D.C.’s longest running artist cooperative located at 2108 R Street NW.


Synergy & Serenity will host Padme Devi on September 1st, featuring her Gulugufe Art and Yoga.  Padme will offer a yoga class from 4-6pm where you will be immersed in a meditative form of Sivananda Yoga while surrounded by the divine energies of cosmic paintings (suggested donation is $20).  The open gallery from 6-8pm will exhibit Padme’s eclectic explosion of abstract works on canvas. Be transported into a whimsical wonderland of mesmerizing paintings that will enchant you with a kaleidoscope of powerful energy. To elevate the vibrations, the exhibit will also be open for community kirtan, so feel free to bring an instrument, your voice, and share a sacred chant.  Explore this intersection of art, healing, and spirituality at Synergy & Serenity, located at 1803 Connecticut Ave NW DC on the second floor.


The Ven is hosting painter Greg Scott, a celebrated contemporary artist, painter, curator, and designer. A 3rd generation Washingtonian, Greg began his journey as a professional artist at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where he received his bachelor’s degree (BFA) from the prestigious Pratt Institute.  An innovative artist, Greg always looks towards the future, keeping his mind open and his spirit free. His artwork brings you on colorful journeys of modern aesthetics. At once imaginative, whimsical, stylish, and unquestionably unique, Greg brings freshness to his artwork by exploring new concepts and incorporating an international flavor.  The Ven art gallery is located at 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW – on the lower level.


Washington Studio School’s doors are open and you’re invited to join us for First Friday! Experience the large-scale portraiture installations in the WSS Gallery and see the community-wide summer-long exhibition “See-and-be-Seen” before it comes down. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the school, our Fall Term classes and workshops and Certificate programs. The Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S Street NW.