52 O Street Studios’ Lisa Marie Thalhammer: Wash Post features DCAM murals on New Years Day

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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 4:54 PM

Subject: Wash Post features DCAM murals on New Years Day

Lisa Marie Thalhammer 2016 01 17


DC Alley Museum – DCAM –  Featured in the Best of 2015 Weekend Section on New Years Day + Washington City Paper and East City Arts DCAM dedication event coverage.
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Washington Post Weekend Section Best of 2015 “Monuments, but not for the immortals – Murals and mosaics enliven an already bustling Blagden Alley”  by Mark Jenkins, Jan 1, 2015 …The selection of murals and mosaics is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s entirely homegrown and do-it-yourself, without any bureaucratic overlords or even a website. And, according to co-curator Bill Warrell, it’s just steps from “the best coffee in the world.”  La Colombe, the coffee shop Warrell endorses, opened about two years ago on the east side of Blagden Alley and is among a half-dozen businesses that have significantly increased foot traffic in the H-shaped labyrinth near the Washington Convention Center. But the alley was a lively place long before its recent upscaling. In the 19th century, it housed horses and hansom cabs. By the 1990s, it was known for galleries, artist studios and performance spaces.”…

…“To me these are like monuments,” Warrell says of the murals. “But they’re not presidents. They’re not generals.”…

…Warrell’s partner in organizing the open-air museum is Lisa Marie Thalhammer, whose painting commemorates a different sort of history.  Two years ago, Thalhammer fell from a ladder in her O Street NW studio and suffered a concussion. She recovered with the help of yoga and meditation, which she now teaches. (Marking the second anniversary of her injury, Thalhammer will conduct two yoga classes Saturday at U Street’s Buddha B Yoga Center.) Her mural, “Meditation,” shows a vital woman, flexing her biceps — and, presumably, her brain… Click here to read the entire Washington Post feature story on DCAM.

East City Art “Unveiling of Shaws Outdoor Museum” by Phil Huntinet on Nov 5 Conceived by Warrell and Thalhammer, the Museum currently consists of seven works, one by each of the participating artists. Funded mostly by a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities “Public Art Building Communities” grant, the work of creating the museum began on the fourth of July, 2015. On Friday October 30, 2015… an official ribbon cutting took place at dusk with a 100 person crowd in attendance. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon included Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Tonya Jordan of the DCCAH, Keona Pearson of DCCAH, Alex Padro of Shaw Main Streets, Bill Warrell and Lisa Richard Toney as her last day as acting Interim Executive Director of the DCCAH… …Thalhammer’s mural employs a complimentary purple and yellow palette to create one of her signature portraits. Thalhammer purposefully used a particular hue of purple which says “represent the highest chakra – the crown chakra” referring to one of the seven spiritual centers of the human body as described by Indian philosophy.   Click here to read the full East City Art feature and to see images of the murals.
Washington City Paper “The D.C, Alley Museum Opens in Blagden Alley” by Matt Cohen on Oct 30

“This used to be an alley filled with artists, weirdos, and punks,” artist Bill Warrell says of Blagden Alley. Today, the transformation of the historic Shaw alley looks a lot like what’s happening to the rest of the city:  Bougie restaurants, towering condos, and chic coffee shops occupy what was once an artist’s haven. But thanks to Warrell and several other D.C. area artists, the alley’s historic legacy is being preserved in the form of the D.C. Alley Museum. Through a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and support from the Blagden Alley Neighbors, a series of murals by Warrell, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Rozeal, Kelly Towles, Aniekan Udofia, Cita Sadeli Chelove, populate the walls of Blagden Alley..  Click here to read the full Washington City Paper feature and to see images of the murals.



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