January 30, 2016 – February 27, 2016
Closing Reception - Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice, a new collection of art in conjunction with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival taking place throughout the Washington, DC area from January through March 2016 commemorating the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic book selling street. Inspired by the couplet of 10th century Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi, “If you see the lion bare its teeth/do not assume the lion is smiling,” Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice features work in a variety of mediums by six DC area artists. On Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening in support of the artists:
Artists utilize the power of creativity as a potent force in the face of intimidation and fear. We stand in solidarity with artists throughout the world to confront censorship and oppression in the work of artists, and collectively, in our daily lives. Each artist’s individual practice is powerful and vital, an opportunity for the lion to bare its teeth, demanding freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas for all.
Olly Olly wants to nourish the body and the community as well. We will be collecting healthy non-perishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Our Daily Bread, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are in crisis. We encourage you to bring a healthy non-perishable food item to donate. The Food Bridge Program is most in need of cooking oil, brown rice, dried beans, canned fruit in its own juices, and pasta sauce.
Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, for special events, and by appointment. Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice will be on view at Olly Olly from January 30, 2016 through February 27, 2016. A closing reception will be held on February 20, 2016, 7pm-10pm, with performance by Eames Armstrong. Please call 703-789-6144 for more information.