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Pop Up Art Exhibition

By KristySamone — September 28, 2012

Exactly one week ago, I was invited to an impromptu – and somewhat secret –  pop up art exhibition featuring music, poetry and cool people. Held at the home of art enthusiast and first amendment lawyer Marvin Ammori, it was a night of thought-provoking creativity with guests to match. There were works by digital abstract artist Ade Olufeko of Visual Collaborative, a traveling exhibition that orchestrates charitable events featuring creative professionals. OH…and mindblowing pieces by anti-oppression artist Ben Jones. A true talent, Ben’s work was an interesting combination of two themes: transformative politics and children’s books. I was mesmerized by harsh contrast within in his artwork, especially the piece where Dr. Suess’ “The Cat In The Hat” sits beside an HIV patient. Not only does Ben have a voice – he’s quick with it! Can you believe Ben created everything within a week’s time?! A-mazing! Also dope…world-class concert pianist Berenika Zakrzewski opened the show and super poet Jonathan B. Tucker (JBT) closed it. Berenika has a beyond impressive background having graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University. She serves as a DeVos Fellow at the Kennedy Center http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenika_Zakrzewski. JBT is an educator/coach of the DC Youth Slam Team and advocates using poetry as a community organizing tool jonathanbtucker.com.

TAKE AWAY: Follow Ben Jones at http://antioppressionart.tumblr.com/ (next to last pic in white shirt) and check out Ade (4th pic down): http://www.visualcollaborative.com

I WORE: Silver dress by GLAM (bought a lil’ boutique in Georgetown), vintage Arden B. leather hoodie, leather grey chain purse by Rebecca Minkoff (2012 fall collection)


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I'm a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I've been "reporting" from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started kristysamone.com with photos and letters I'd sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, "I think you need a blog!" LOL! I've been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!

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