7th Annual Alchemical Vessels Benefit Event
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

7th Annual Alchemical Vessels Benefit Event

BENEFIT NIGHT!

7th Annual Alchemical Vessels

The Transformative Power of the Written Word 

Friday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM

Please join Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for a night of food, music and libation to celebrate our annual exhibition and fundraiser, Alchemical Vessels, now in our 7th year! This year’s show is based on the theme: The Transformative Power of the Written Word – inspired by Smith Center’s Cancer Support Programs community. We have selected written pieces authored by Smith Center participants over the years, from which 100 artists have been asked to respond to create their vessel.

A purchase of a Standard Benefit ticket for only $175 allows you to choose one of these amazing works to have for your very own!

Your generous purchase of a premier or standard benefit ticket allows you to own a unique piece of art from some of the finest artists in the DMV. Enjoy a lovely night of music and food, and all proceeds help fund Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the only independent cancer support center based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes to those affected by cancer.

2019 participating artists include:

Negar Ahkami, Sobia Ahmad, Julie Ainsworth, Lina Alattar, Maremi Andreozzi, Damon Arhos, Andrew Baritz, Meg Biram, Elizabeth Piper Board, Daniel Brooking, Nikki Brugnoli Whipkey, Patrick Burns, Adjoa Burrowes, Renee Butler, Craig Cahoon, Rosyln Cambridge, Martin Cervantez, Kay Chernush, Schroeder Cherry, Naomi Christianson, Irene Clouthier, Mandy Cooper, Susi Cora, Tory Cowles, Sala Damali, Marcel Deolazo, Juliee Dickerson-Thompson, Elsabe Dixon, Patricia Eprem, Sharon Fishel, Lillian Fitzgerald, Kate Fitzpatrick, Maya Fletcher Sun, Elaine Florimonte, Cianne Fragione, Carey Francis, Barbara Frank, Helen Frederick, Emily Fussner, Ric Garcia, Beth Hansen, Sarah Hardesty, Robin Harris, Francine Haskins, Mira Hecht, Alessandra Hernandez, Jeff Herrity, Lisa Hill, Leslie Holt, Gary Honig, Noelle Imparto, Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, Benjamin Jancewicz, Barbara Januszkiewicz, Guy Jones, Christopher Kardambikis, Anna Katalkina, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Kung Chee Keong, Jean Kim, Gary Kret, Kate Kretz, Jeremy Kunkel, Shelley Lowenstein, Jayne Matricardi, Carolina Mayorga, Scott Mckenzie, Tim Moran, Kelsey Nieto, Lisa Noble, Jen Noone, Shanti Norris, Zsudayka Nzinga (Terrell), Anthony Palliparambil, Kelly Posey, Azadeh Sahraeian, Renee Sandell, Anne Smith, Champ Taylor, James Terrell, Evans Thorne, Jerry Truong, Denise Valdez, Ellyn Weiss, Michael West, Josh Whipkey, Dawn Whitmore, Elise Wiarda, Jenny Wu, Thomas Xenakis, Bobby Yi, Abigail Yitagesu, Saaraliisa Ylitalo

 

This exhibition runs until Saturday, June 1st, 2019

 

 

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Outside the Lines: Create Your Own Alchemical Vessel Workshop
Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

Outside the Lines: Create Your Own Alchemical Vessel Workshop

Join us for a special session of Outside the Lines on Wednesday, April 17th, with guest artist Saaraliisa Ylitalo. Saaraliisa’s work will be on exhibit as part of our upcoming Alchemical Vessels exhibit.

Registration for this workshop is limited to 10 participants and RSVPs are required to attend.

Please sign up by clicking here, emailing programs@smithcenter.org or calling us at 202.483.8600. 

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. This guided art class will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested donation: $10 per class

About Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Saaraliisa has been working in the textile arts for over 40 years. Her work has always been a reflection of events, real and physiological in her life or in the lives of those around her.  So in that way the work has been about the natural weather in our lives between turbulent and calm times.  Between hope and despair.  Really about our broken places and how we deal with them.

During her professional journey, she lived and taught abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa.

She currently teaches at the Art League School in Alexandria and Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville and has a studio at DC Studio Arts in Takoma DC. www.saaraliisa.com


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TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 14TH at 12:00PM
Mar
14
to May 3

TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 14TH at 12:00PM

ALCHEMICAL VESSELS 2019

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

LIMITED VIP $300

GENERAL ADMISSION $175

BENEFIT ONLY $50

Every purchase of a benefit ticket supports Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and our mission to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes to those affected by cancer.

Thank you for your support!

For more information please contact:

Lindsey Yancich, Gallery Coordinator

Lindsey@smithcenter.org

or

Denise Valdez, Artist Coordinator

Denise@smithcenter.org

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Cooking Program
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Cooking Program

ELSABE DIXON

Bread

Process, bake and taste your own bread, and take home the ancient secrets of live yeast captured in the air; share narratives and call up forgotten memories that will create meaning during the process.

The Great Harvest Bread Company preparing the best GMO free ingredients available will provide the dough. Loaves will be baked during the workshop in the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Kitchen and can be taken home along with a bread-starter, which will enable further baking.

Beeswax Food Wrap

Create your own beeswax food-wrap with organic dye, beeswax and cotton fabric. Take home your “alternative to plastic” bees wax food wrap and contribute to the non-toxic food storage revival.

MARIA KARAMETOU

Tzaztiki

Maria will prepare this authentic Greek yogurt recipe to be enjoyed along with the bread participants will bake.

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Curator and Artist's Talk
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Curator and Artist's Talk

Please join us in a discussion about To Eat or Not to Eat with curator, Maria Karametou and participating artists, Elsabe Dixon and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

Maria Karametou’s work focuses on the complex relationship of nutrition and its healing as well as destructive influence upon our lives, and continues her investigation of the impact our changing world has on food production and consumption. On the one hand, we have increasingly turned towards ecologically grown, organic or natural products and returned to the restorative powers of healthy eating. On the other hand, in an effort to manage hectic schedules within our ever-shifting global environment, we regularly indulge in over-processed, “improved” and chemically flavored products that flood our markets offering options unheard of even a decade ago. Growing up in Greece and accustomed to a Mediterranean diet rich in garlic, fish, and olive oil, Karametou reflects upon the differences between gathering herbs and teas from the mountainsides with her mother, to the ways we package and consume our foodstuff today. Working with herbs and garlic alongside other staples, her mixed media works investigate how we relate to this dichotomy and  react to our digital-age packaging and eating habits.

 

Elsabe Dixon’s work is socially based, and her research involves "ancient" crafts (sericulture, apiculture and more recently the craft of baking as it relates to ritual and cross species affinity with systems such as found in the honeybee hive). Dixon's sculptures are placed in live beehives for wax construction in collaboration with bees. The sensory interaction with wheat and beeswax as construction material, in conjunction with the ancient smell of honey conjures up psychological resilience and deep memory. Through community “kneading” workshops and community recipe exchanges, local audiences would participate in the ritual of kneading bread dough, oral histories pertaining to bread and honey, as well as collaboratively preparing a sculpture for baking. The sculptures are ephemeral and will break down or be eaten over time and serve as reminders of our post-contemporary food interactions.

 

Fabiola Yurcisin’s work explores corn using both its anthropological and its immigrant symbology. Originally from Mexico, Yurcisin seeks to contextualize the history of corn and create a conversation with the symbols associated with the Hispanic immigrant communities in the US. She is looking to uncover the sacred and the ordinary of corn and more specifically of the “tortilla”. In a series of photographs, she will document symbols and imagery that interpret the joy and the complexities of how food travels in history and is carried across borders.Each tortilla will be stamped with messages of hope and healing before they are cooked. Yurcisin invites us all to consider the deeper meaning food has in our lives.

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To Eat or Not to Eat Opening Reception
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

To Eat or Not to Eat Opening Reception

This project focuses on the complex relationship we have with our nutrition and its healing influence upon our lives. Increasingly, we have turned towards organic or natural products and the restorative powers of healthy eating. 

However, in an effort to manage hectic schedules in our shifting global environment, we at times also indulge in over-processed, “improved” or chemically enhanced products that flood our markets offering options unheard of even a decade ago.

With mixed media works and installations the artists in this show examine the ideas and philosophies around various interpretations of food in the everyday context, and seek to discover the role of nutrition in the healing processes and wellness.

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Curator's Talk
Nov
10
3:30 PM15:30

Curator's Talk

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Please join us for a discussion with Emily Carton and Nancy Gillette.

Emily Carton was first Arnold Kramer's student and then his wife and has known his work for 46 years. Anya Kramer and Noah Kramer grew up with his photographs.  Their lives were surrounded by his image making.

Nancy Gillette knew Arnie Kramer first as a colleague, then as a friend and treasured member of a small photo collective that shared ideas around image making and offered mutual support and fellowship.  Arnie was a true visionary and mentor and helped her understand the difference between looking and seeing.

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Right in Front of Us: A Celebration of Arnold Kramer
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Right in Front of Us: A Celebration of Arnold Kramer

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Opening Reception:

Please join us in celebrating the life and career of Washington, DC photographer Arnold Kramer.

With his art, he hoped to experience the binding excitement of discovery and connection through seeing and making photographs.  He believed photography could be used to open the mind, the heart, and the spirit to the richness that surrounds us and is in each of us. 

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