Arts,  Festivals

Art All Night x 7

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.

Feature image © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

First Things First: The Art

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.

 

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Outside of 7DL Studios on North Capitol, Vanessa H. Smith displays her work. North Capitol Main Street. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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Leah Frumin poses in front of some of her paintings. © 2016 Stacey Lewis

 

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Displaying artwork in North Capitol. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

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Portrait of artist Ashley Ja’nae at the Atlas Theater. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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.

 

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A muralist in Congress Heights. © 2016 Stephanie Vadala

 

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Painting at the Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

Artist Ira Tattelman installs his work, Night Angel on North Capitol. © 2016 Miki Jourdan
Artist Ira Tattelman installs his work, “Night Angel” on North Capitol. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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Shanna Lim, performance artist. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Performance artist Carlita Caliente at Anthology on H St. NE. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

Taking It All In

People admired, and occasionally became part of, the art that surrounded them.

 

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Enjoying Cita Sadeli’s murals in Shaw. © 2016 Stephanie Vadala

 

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Art on display in North Capitol. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

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Posing in the light at the Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Exploring Arielle Krasner’s artwork in North Capitol. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Art All Night revelers seen at Logan Fringe in the H Street neighborhood. © 2016 Nana Gyesie

 

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.

 

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A selfie examination at Art All Night in Shaw. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Taking a picture of the Bollywood dancers of the Taal Academy in Tenleytown. © 2016 Stacey Lewis

 

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Taking photos at Art All Night in Shaw. © 2016 TTIN Photography

 

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Taking photos at Art All Night in Shaw. © 2016 TTIN Photography

 

Music

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.

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UDC Jazz at Acacia Bistro in Van Ness. © 2016 Rob Cannon

 

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The drummer from Cheaper Than Therapy plays during his solo at the Tenley Bar & Grill. © 2016 Stacey Lewis

 

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Leftist performs in North Capitol. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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Concert in North Capitol. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

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UDC Jazz at Acacia Bistro in Van Ness. © 2016 Rob Cannon

 

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Cellist Benjamin Gates performs aboard a streetcar on H St. NE. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

Dancing

There was lots of dancing on Saturday night, often of the belly variety.

 

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Belly dancers from the Sahara Dance club wow the crowd in Tenleytown. © 2016 Stacey Lewis

 

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Belly Dancing at Anthology DC on H St. NE. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Dancing in the streets in Van Ness. © 2016 Rob Cannon

 

Hula

Hula hoopers are a staple of DC neighborhood festivals, and they were out in force for Art All Night.

 

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Queen Nefertittie performs at Anthology DC on H St. NE. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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Heal ‘n Hoop in Congress Heights. © 2016 Stephanie Vadala

 

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Hoopin’ down 8th St. in Shaw. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

Adorable Children

Art All Night was a family affair, especially in the early evening hours.

 

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Kids can hoop too! Taken in Congress Heights. © 2016 Stephanie Vadala

 

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Face painting by Anike Robinon at the Shaw Library. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

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Artist Katya Krupko designs a t-shirt for a young friend at City Gear in North Capitol. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

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A little one walks down the runway in Congress Heights. © 2016 Stephanie Vadala

 

Messages

Sometimes the art conveyed messages, whether it was words of encouragement for the homeless or political statements punctuated by… punctuation.

 

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Visitors at the Tenleytown welcome tent write words of encouragements on the Street Scenes bus, dedicated to improving conditions for the homeless in the district. © 2016 Stacey Lewis

 

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Roving punctuation in Shaw. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

Light

Part of what makes Art All Night so magical is the light that serves as both a canvas and a backdrop.

 

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A web of lights in Shaw. © 2016 Jeffrey Morris

 

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Tossing a balloon by the projections at Parcel 42 in Shaw. © 2016 Victoria Pickering

 

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Playing with projections in North Capitol. © 2016 Miki Jourdan

 

A photographer since 2013, Miki goes by "Miki" to avoid all the Michael Jo[u]rdan jokes.