So Black I’m Bright #DopeAF Oluwatoyin Tella Open Now- February 26 at Honfleur

I am using one of the elements of Hip Hop to pay homage to the lyrical
geniuses who have carried the torch of the pan-African.  I am choosing
to use visual representation of the ‘dopest’ lyrical snippets I’ve come
across, but by no means exhausted, as titles. In simple terms, real hip
hop was and is an homage to Blackness. Where commercial rap has
been devalued to the pointless bravado of oversexualized deviants, Hip
Hop is a continuation of the lineage of African liberation. The lyrics are
unabashedly blunt and Black; no pausing, no hesitation, just straight up
bold Black reverence.  As Black people were relegated to being the
untouchables in the global caste system, Hip Hop lyricist boldly defied
the narrative of Black as inferior. They wholeheartedly proclaimed its
beauty, strength and otherworldliness thru their artform.
Growing up in the golden era of hip hop straight from the countryside
of Nigeria to New York, I was enamored by and connected to Hip Hop
instantly. Hip hop is the need of modern griots to spread the word of
Black excellence. Even with some noteworthy artist that are holding
the space of traditional hip hop as Black empowerment, it has been
high-jacked for capitalistic gain and the ‘Blackity” blackness of hip hop
has largely been ignored, until now.
Hip Hop is my soul’s motto, where it changes like tenements and
ghettoes but I know villages bloom in unborn wombs where my soul’s

Conflict to Creativity: Transitions, Opens 11/11/21



UnitingUS, ARCH Development and East City Art will present the works of ten veteran artists at Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC. 


A curated group exhibition of outstanding veteran art will be open to the public at Honfleur Gallery on November 11, 2021. Programming on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021, both at Honfleur Gallery and the adjacent Anacostia Arts Center will include an opening reception, award presentations, performances and artist talks.


This group exhibition embodies continuity of service by veterans as leaders in the art world. The space between veteran and civilian fades as visual forms of expression connect both of their worlds. Conflict to Creativity: Transitions examines sometimes difficult and personal subject matter in two- and three-dimensional forms. While often taken for granted, artistic exploration of controversial topics is possible through freedom of expression, guaranteed to all Americans by constitutional right, a right which all veterans have sworn to uphold and defend.


*Masks Required for Entry*


Exhibiting artists include:  

  • Steve Alpert
  • Ted Berkowitz
  • Al Burts 
  • Mary Lopez De Miller 
  • Edith Diler 
  • Rik Freeman
  • Benjamin “Pins” Leese
  • Nora Maccoby


Sara Dittrich’s “Keeping Pace”, Now open through Saturday October 9, 2021

Keeping Pace encompasses a collection of recent works by multimedia artist Sara Dittrich that meditate on the interconnectivity of the body and the land it inhabits. Through sound sculpture, photography and paper collage Dittrich enables the viewer to look internally and externally simultaneously. Her newest series of works in the exhibition were created through a cyanotype photographic printing process where tree leaves and other foliage are exposed to the sun on chemically coated paper to create cyan-blue prints. Playing with multiple exposures as well as collaged laser cut paper, Dittrich builds imagery resembling nervous and respiratory systems. By observing the cyclical nature of politics, land and body, Keeping Pace uses time as a through line for how we continually relate and adapt to the land and vice versa.

Sara Dittrich is an interdisciplinary sculpture artist who builds introspective experiences that shift perspective from passive seeing to active looking, from passive hearing to active listening. Dittrich uses musical thinking to illuminate the dynamic and unconscious rhythms of the body and environments with diverse mediums that often include sculptural objects, musical performance, video, and interactive electronic technologies. From placing a cellist in a 9ft. tall chair, sculpting hundreds of tiny ears from clay, or performing with bio sensors that match breath to tidal movement, the work can be described as both absurd and meditative. Dittrich’s studio practice is located in Baltimore, Maryland where she has lived and worked since receiving her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Dittrich’s work has been exhibited and performed in numerous venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Washington Project for the Arts, DC; and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.


Keeping Pace runs from August 13 2021 – October 9, 2021 in the Honfleur Gallery at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020.


Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon – 5pm. No appointment needed. Please wear a mask.



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Stephanie Garon’s Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground explores humanity’s connection to nature. Using a gallery-wide immersive installation of loblolly pine needles, Garon’s environmental artworks emphasize the fragility of nature through ecologically motivated interventions. Whether the viewer navigates their movements through the installation or reflects on the sculptural decomposition of natural materials, the contemplative space explores how we, as people, engage the natural world around us. Her environmental artwork has been exhibited internationally in London, Columbia, and South Korea, as well as across the United States. Breaking Ground opens on April 9th 2021 and closes on May 22, 2021.


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Honfleur Gallery’s New Artist-in-Residence Program

Honfleur Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of its new Artist-in-Residence program.
This annual program will be a vital realization of the vision of the late Sharon Hughes Gautier to provide artists with the necessities of time and funding to create their work.
This program is a melding of Honfleur’s ongoing commitment to artists that live and work east of the Anacostia River in Washington DC and it brings Sharon’s passion for art and her appreciation of a community that is so incredibly rich with history and creative talent. This residence comes with both specific project funding and a monthly stipend. Funding for this residency is provided by Sharon’s family.
The first recipient will be JaySun, a multi-talented artist who grew up and currently lives in Anacostia and uses theater, music, comedy, storytelling and film to communicate with his audiences. He seeks to better the world by sharing thoughts, ideas and theories through various art forms.
Project funding will go towards the production of a film “Life: On The Rocks” written by Jay Sun. This film depicts how life-long residents of the District of Columbia are feeling the brunt of police brutality and gentrification and how “adjustments” have to be made to survive in a city that is pushing the local residents out of their own communities.

Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”

Amanda Gorman is a beautiful reminder of how we can use language to create art.

Down In My Soul: Ancestors, Rituals, and Contemporary Practice

Down In My Soul: Ancestors, Rituals, and Contemporary Practice, a group show from the Washington DC-based duo Asha Elana Casey and Lionel Frazier White, explores the multilayered history of Black spirituality. Both expand notions of kinship by referencing personal experiences and research of diasporic religious and family traditions. In conversation with writer and curator Maleke Glee, the two discuss this body of work as part of the evolution of their artistic practice.


Sharon Hughes Gautier

It is with a heavy heart that the ARCH Family announces the death of one of its founders. Sharon Hughes Gautier who died on  January 7th after a short, but devastating illness. Sharon was not only one of the original staff but also the one who inspired the development of ARCH Training Center and ARCH Family Services which over 25 years provided more than 11,000 DC individuals and families with job training, education and social services. 

Sharon was also the originator and funder of the Honfleur Gallery “East of the River Distinguished Artist Award” which annually recognizes a living East of the Anacostia River artist for creative excellence as well as for having significant impact on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC.

Dwayne Eugene Martin’s “Rise” Opens 11/20


Dwayne Eugene Martin is a DC native whose art focuses on the connection between feeling and color, highlighting the emotions they invoke. Rise, the title of his new show, is a word he uses to describe his journey as an artist thus far. Breaking through the constraints of self doubt, hopelessness, and fear, he continues his rise. 


Martin works with paint, oil, enamel, spray paint, and acrylics to tell stories on canvas. He often switches traditional paint brushes out for knives, playing cards, and hair brushes to further express the utility of perseverance. His work is a vivid interpretation of his journey–bold lines and bright colors aiding him in his execution. 


“As a painter, I find that I can communicate without talking, but through feeling and emotion. As a self taught artist, my work can be categorized in different forms, but is frequently classified as abstract.”


Rise opens at the Honfleur Gallery on November 20th and runs through January 9, 2021. The opening reception ceremony will place online via Facebook Live on November 20th at 6 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday by appointment. Contact Jess Randolph to schedule appointments via email. 


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Convergence, Artist Talk | June 20 @ 2 PM

Convergence, a joint show featuring Eglon Daley and Jay Coleman, opened digitally last month. Our first digital art showing showcased each artist’s work. Our upcoming artists talk is an opportunity for Eglon and Jay to tell the stories of each of their pieces. Join us on 6/20 for the Convergence Artist Talk. Everything kicks off at 2 PM.


Convergence is a fusion of art styles made possible by Jay Coleman and Eglon Daley. These DC based artists explore the complexity of the human frame and the sanctity of everyday life together in their upcoming group show. Join us for our first online Artist’s Talk! Everything kicks off at 2 PM on June 20th.

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