Make Your Mark 2018!
Make Your Mark! is an immersive, hands-on experience for the whole family. Learn the latest innovations in papercutting, mask making, pottery, weaving and more from a multicultural group of artists and makers!
Where: Arlington Arts, 3700 S Four Mile Run Arlington, VA 22206
When: June 2, 12 - 4 PM
Free Admission, RSVP not required but encouraged
Participating Artists & Makers
Ahmad Abumraighi is an architect by trade, artist, and a calligrapher whose work embraces themes from his hometown of Palestine, and the larger Arab world. Taught the basics of sketching from his father at a young age, Ahmad developed love and admiration for both Eastern and Western cultures after moving to the US for his studies. His work reflects this cultural intersection as it stretches across borders, unimpeded by boundaries.
Mary Briggs is an Artist Associate at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Founder of You Are Here: A Place for Art, a community-focused art nonprofit in Jeannette, PA. She is also a Folk Arts consultant and an adjunct lecturer in the Cultural Sustainability Graduate Program at Goucher College in Towson, MD.
Henry Dunbar is the Director of Active Transportation for Arlington County Commuter Services, which includes the BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and Capital Bikeshare programs. He loves fixing up old bikes and making things out of discarded bike parts, including accessories and jewelry. Items include earrings (from chain links and inner tubes), bow ties and hair ribbons (from inner tubes) and belts (from tires and chains). Visitors will be guided on how to make their own accessories.
Sharmila Karamchandani is an Indian-born artist and graphic designer who has been teaching design and entrepreneurship for almost a decade. Sharmila submerges herself in experimenting with several art and craft mediums including painting, jewelry making, mixed-media collages, photography, calligraphy and Henna painting.
Melanie Kehoss began to explore papercutting in 2003, and continued to experiment with new approaches to this craft medium as a graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, she made her first light boxes, which continue to be her signature art form. Melanie's work has appeared in over eighty exhibitions across the country and she has participated in nine public art projects over the course of her career. Founder of the Greater Westover Studio Tour in Arlington, VA, and Co-Vice President of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters, Melanie currently teaches children and adults at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center-Chantilly.
Carmen Lynette is a crafter based in Elkridge, MD. She has always enjoyed the arts and spent many years crafting with her three daughters. Now that her children are adults, she is focusing on more personal projects, including a journal filled with her favorite words, pictures, and memories. Carmen’s other crafting interests include cigar and matchbox art, paper decorations, and sewing.
Sushmita Mazumdar is the founder of Studio Pause, a creative space in Arlington. Originally from India, Mazumdar writes stories from her childhood and makes them into Handmade Storybooks encouraging literacy and multicultural and intergenerational storytelling through book arts. She has worked with museums, schools, art centers, and libraries showing audiences how every story can inspire art.
Gankhuyag Natsag was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Early in his childhood, his parents, who are famous masters of handcrafts in the traditional Mongolian style, introduced him to the fine art of traditional handcrafting. After finishing secondary school, he started working at the Union of Mongolian artists earning acclaim as a painter and papier-maché artist. Gankhuyag received international recognition winning First Prize at the XII World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow, his work can be seen in many international festivals and exhibitions, including work with the National Folk, Song and Dance Ensemble of Mongolia.
Jillian Neri has lived in Arlington since 2006, having moved from Manila, Philippines. She is a sophomore at Wakefield High School, and officially the theater's Assistant Stage Manager. She often paints or makes cosplay props with friends, family, or by herself at Studio Pause.
Kate Brown Pernia, after performing on Broadway, studied with Ann Albrizio, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she earned a Certificate in Millinery. Her work has been seen on stage at City Opera, Broadway and galleries in Los Angeles, CA, Montgomery, AL, and Houston, TX. Kate designs custom hats and bridal pieces under her label Katrinka, and teaches millinery out of her Arlington-based studio.
Imani W. Russell is a fiber artist and maker. She is largely self-taught and influenced by her talented mother and maternal grandmother who created hand stitched utilitarian objects from resources found at home. In the early 1990s, Russell created Indigo's Friends, a line of cloth art dolls and notions inspired by the passing of a dear friend, as well as her research of the Gullah culture. She has exhibited at Francine Haskins Studio, Artomatic, Anacostia Art Center in Washington, DC, 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, MD, and the Morrisana Doll Exhibit in Harlem, NY. Russell is the owner of Indigo's Friends Studio, in Brentwood, MD.
Participating Maker & Artist Organizations
Ebony Day Dance is Arlington-based company founded in 2014, by choreographer, Ebony Day. Day wanted to create a space where others in the community with a passion for dance and music could express their talents, creativity and release the pressures of the world. EDDC has a total of seven members who perform several genres of dance from ballet, modern, African, jazz, and liturgical. Since debuting at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, they have had a variety of showed in the DC Metro area including an Independence Day Celebration at Long Bridge Park, and on the steps of Robert E. Lee Memorial at the Arlington House.
Requiebros Spanish Dance Group typifies the elegance and grace that distinguishes flamenco from other styles of dance. Under the tutelage of choreographer and director, Carmen de Vicente, the group showcases the classical “Escuela Bolera” style of the 18th century flamenco, as well as contemporary dance genres including: flamenco, rumbas, tanguillos, sevillanas and traditional folk dances from various regions of Spain. Carmen de Vicente is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She has performed with numerous orchestras, pianists, and guitarists in both the United States and her native Spain.
Arlington Community Federal Credit Union exclusively serving the Arlington community for over 60 years with over 21,000 members who live, work, learn, volunteer, worship, and do business in Arlington. With over $260 million in assets and three branches, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s mission is to empower the financial lives of all members; and support initiatives to keep Arlington vibrant.
Palette 22, Food. Art. Fun is a creative dining experience like none other, where an eclectic menu of globally inspired shareable plates, fantastic drinks, and unrivaled hospitality are showcased in an art-filled space. The Artists-in-Residence program at Palette 22 showcases and promotes the original work of Virginia-based and regional artists inside and beyond the restaurant. Participating artists who will also showcase their work at Make Your Mark include: Deborah Conn, Eileen O'Brien, Maria Illingworth, and Tracy Wilkerson.
ServiceSource is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver exceptional services to individuals with disabilities through innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing, and support services. ServiceSource is representing Arlington Weaves and BLOOM at the event.
New District Brewing Company is Arlington's first production brewery in 100 years. Family owned and operated, New District is dedicated to providing quality craft beer and supporting the local community. It is proud to have been recognized by the Sun-Gazette as Arlington's Best Brewery in 2017,
Phoenix Bikes is a nonprofit youth program and community bike shop with a mission to educate youth, promote bicycling, and build community. Running parallel to the shop-based youth education programs are Phoenix Bikes clubs, additional off-site programming regularly provided in partnership with low- income housing, and its storefront that provides the Greater Arlington community with affordable, refurbished bikes and repair services to help community members start or keep on riding.
The Washington DC Modern Quilt Guild, founded in 2010, has approximately 85 members from the District and surrounding regions. Monthly "Sew-In" meetings feature member tutorials and are even dedicated to charity projects. A local guild member of the Modern Quilt Guild.