Last Saturday’s Art All Night wasn’t just one celebration — it was, in fact, seven-in-one. Seven neighborhoods hosted events, and a group of DC Focused photographers tag teamed to better chronicle the evening. We saw art and artists, of course, along with musicians, dancers, hula hoopers, and selfie-taking revelers, all bathed in the shimmering light of DC at night.
More than anything, Art All Night is about the art. I mean, it’s right their in its first name. The festival gave local artists a chance to display their work before huge crowds, educate people and, perhaps, sell some pieces.
Work in Progress
On Saturday night, some artists built installations or painted murals on the spot, while performance artists offered vibrant pieces in motion. And, the public got in on the fun as well.
Taking It All In
People admired, and occasionally became part of, the art that surrounded them.
The Other Photographers
With smartphones in our pockets, we are all photographers these days, and many experienced Art All Night by capturing it on their cameras.
Musicians in each neighborhood offered jazz, hip hop, classical, and rock ‘n roll. In the H St. neighborhood, performers used streetcars as a moving stage.
There was lots of dancing on Saturday night, often of the belly variety.
Hula hoopers are a staple of DC neighborhood festivals, and they were out in force for Art All Night.
Art All Night was a family affair, especially in the early evening hours.
Sometimes the art conveyed messages, whether it was words of encouragement for the homeless or political statements punctuated by… punctuation.
Part of what makes Art All Night so magical is the light that serves as both a canvas and a backdrop.