Thanks, Obama

Today is the 58th Presidential Inauguration and we say goodbye to the Obama family after 8 years. Here are some of our favorite art works from the past 8 years to commemorate his presidency.

Artist Rob Pruitt painted a painting every day of Obama’s presidency (nearly 3,000 works of art!).

We couldn’t leave out the influential artwork that was used as campaign posters for Obama, reminding us to believe in hope and change in the world.

This painting is by Maria Arango and reminds us that we all need to band together no matter the color of our skin.

This painting was created with used motor oil and recycled into art by David Macaluso.

This painting by Elizabeth Peyton reminds us that we are not only thanking Barack, but also his entire family.

The Aaron Gallery would like to say one final time: Thanks, Obama.

Why Art Matters in the Office

The average hours worked for employees, each week at the office is 47 hours. That is 47 hours that are spent under fluorescent lighting and focusing only on the project in front of you and the people you work with. Introducing art into the work place sets a well established tone that not only reflects visually, but also leads to positive productivity for the employees, making their busy weeks more enjoyable.

Running a private art gallery, Aaron Gallery, has given us the chance to incorporate beautiful artwork around the office. Everyday people comment on how positive it is to be surrounded by art in a work environment. We have been told that, “having art in the work place is like having a window, it gives you something to look at when you need more inspiration to continue working.”

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Javier Cabada’s “Abstract Shadows”, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60 in

We have asked the opinions of the employees as well as people who have visited the gallery to see how they feel about the art and how it has effected the place in which they work:

“You walk into Aaron Gallery and are surrounded by beauty, expression, and the most wonderful bouquet of colors. Javier Cabada‘s work is energizing, in a class by itself. The only thing better than enjoying the art in the Gallery is enjoying the art in your own home!”
– Shelia G

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Duane Cregger’s “Suncycle I”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 60 in

“Annette and her team are as wonderful as the art curated by Aaron Gallery. Not only are the pieces beautiful, timeless, and expertly crafted, but Annette continues to carry on her family’s legacy providing personalized service to each of her clients. A mainstay of the DC Art scene with 40 years of experience, it is a pleasure to work with Annette and her staff in Suite 800 at 2101 L Street NW. If you’re looking for brilliant pieces to add to your collection Aaron Gallery is the place to visit!”

– Jennifer

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Javier Cabada’s “Changing Prisms” Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 60 in.

“Every day at work I’m greeted by the bold, bright paintings placed by Aaron Gallery in my office space. The high quality art is seen throughout the hallways, providing a burst of energy whenever I move through the public spaces. Visitors never spend time here without commenting on how much character and sophistication this art brings to the office.”

– Holly C

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Duane Cregger’s “Borealis”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in

7 Ways to Appreciate Spring Arts in DC

Spring is, without a doubt, the loveliest time in the District. The weather is fair, the blossoms are blooming, and tourists fill up the streets to bring the city back to life.

With the beautiful spring weather comes rejuvenation, suddenly your winter laziness disappears into a liveliness and energy that craves activities. Luckily, in a city that practically worships the spring time, there’s plenty to do.

Cherry Blossom Festival

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Seeing the cherry blossoms in the spring here in DC is a requirement if you are a resident of the metro area. The season is estimated to start on March 20th, with peak blooming time supposedly being March 31st- April 4th. Whether you’re interested in the history of the cherry blossoms or just wish to go to the events surrounding the festival (i.e music, parades, fireworks and more) there’s really something for everyone. It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of spring in DC and the beauty surrounding it is sure to inspire some creativity.

Hillwood Estate Gardens

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This historical estate and museum is also home to some really beautiful garden spaces perfect for springtime walks. There are an array of flowers blooming in the 13 different outdoor areas of the Hillwood estate, enough to get your dose of nature for the season. Definitely check out the Japanese Garden as it is beautiful and calming- a nice way to take in the outdoors while doing some much needed introspection after the winter.

Dumbarton Oaks

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Dumbarton Oaks Garden has some of the most beautiful scenery in Georgetown, with 13 enclosed gardens and 11 informal gardens. It is a huge plot of land dedicated to people getting back into nature and history. The Rose garden is especially delightful if you’re looking for an Alice in Wonderland/Secret Garden type of escape. The Orchard is also quite beautiful for strolling around, but unfortunately you won’t be getting any fruit to eat as the fruit trees were replaced by crabapple trees some years ago-still, it offers plenty of room for kids and adults to explore. Take a quick look around the museum as well while you have the chance!

Botanical Gardens

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The US Botanic Gardens are a great way to enjoy rare and exotic plant life all year round! However, Spring  is a time when we need to be rejuvenated in the ways of the outdoors and a visit to the botanic gardens is absolutely the way to do it. From exotic plants to a butterfly garden, the botanical gardens are quite literally an escape from the daily grind of city life. Not only a great opportunity to appreciate the natural world but the colors and atmosphere are a sure way to get your creative juices flowing. Great for solo walks for contemplation or bringing the whole family for a nice warm stroll; this is not something you want to miss.

NGA sculpture Garden

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The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is also open year round but the best time to enjoy the artwork is the Spring. There may be many tourists but the people watching is just as good as the art itself. From a Alexander Calder to Roy Lichtenstein, the Sculpture Garden offers so much wonderful artwork right out in the open. Best for bringing a book and an iced coffee, strolling through the garden, and sitting next to your favorite piece. Not something to miss on a beautiful spring day.

National Arboretum

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The National Arboretum is a monumentally wonderful way to celebrate the Spring time. With beautiful colonnades, a bonsai museum, and friendship garden among some of the things you can visit, it’s a truly wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful weather and inspiring views.

 

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

 

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The Sculpture Garden at the Hirsshorn museum has beautiful modern art to look at, free of admission, right off the national mall. The garden has ample room for sitting or strolling and the works of art are absolutely inspiring. This is something that is best seen in warm weather because the nature of the art works on display are cause for contemplation and more than just a quick look. This is a garden that will pique your curiosity and give you lots to think about!

April Gallery Openings to Look Forward To In DC

Spring time is the best time to take a day and go gallery hopping! Even better is attending a gallery opening with refreshments, people, and the potential to meet the artist. We have a list of gallery openings happening throughout the month of April that are dying to be checked out!

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Friday, April 1st

Arts Club of Washington

Featured Exhibition(ers): Jack Hannula and Sandra Gobar; 6:30-8:30pm; 2017 I street NW, Downtown

Hillyer Art Space

Featured Exhibition(ers): Sascha Hughes- Caley, Christina Shmigel, Heloisa Escudero; 6-9pm; 9 Hillyer ct. NW; Dupont Circle

Studio Gallery 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 6-8pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle

Touchstone Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): The Bloom is On, Rob Goebel, Rosemary Luckett; 6-8:30pm; 901 New York Ave NW, Downtown

 

Saturday, April 2nd

Foundry Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Lindsay Mullen, Visual Meditations; 5-8pm; 2118 8th Street, NW, Downtown

Washington Printmakers Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Alex Keto; 3-5pm; 1641 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Georgetown

 

Friday, April 8th

Susan Calloway Fine Arts 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Dean Fisher; 6-8pm; 1643 Wisconsin Ave; Georgetown

 

Saturday, April 9th

Studio Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 4-6pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle

 

Have any other recommendations for April Exhibitions? Let us know in the comments!