More past Artists
We are so proud of all the artists that have shown their work in our cafe! See who else has shown their works here at the shop.
Liberated Quilter (Not her Day job)
I began quilting with my mother around the age of twelve, and for me it’s an art form I seem to always return to after dabbling in almost everything else I can play with. Over the years I have made quilts to celebrate births, marriages, graduations, retirements, birthdays and just being. I have made quilts with prayers sewn into them for friends with cancer, and those dealing with loss. Quilts made from a friend are the most healing of all blankets.
JULIE BECKER POLT
An experimental printmaker at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Julie enjoys the challenge of working with new and experimental materials and inks and is inspired when creating gestural marks in her prints. She is motivated to marry a painterly brush style with the more delicate line work of traditional printmaking. Her work is often inspired by observations of life, both from the natural world and the urban landscape. This juxtaposition of urban and natural, hurried and calm, happy and sad, peaceful and chaotic is seen throughout the body of her artwork. Through her exploration of these contrasts, she seeks to find congruity and the common thread that invariably weaves its way through the most unlikely circumstances. By observing natural contrasts, she seeks to find an overall balance in the natural world. 'Observing Contrasts, Finding Balance' was exhibited August 20th through November 19th 2017
MOVEMENT IN A TRAVEL DIARY
Regina Miele, a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes, explores the fundamental tenets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. Alleys, rooftops, and glimpses into places of sublime desolation, form an intricate urban tapestry. Her work takes notice of modern structure and the often overwhelming feeling that accompanies a dense urban surrounding. For the past decade, Miele’s principle subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working. Her artwork was exhibited May 11th through August 4th 2017
“Grace makes beauty out of ugly things” – U2
My work as an architect and artist come together in these mosaics. Because constructing buildings necessarily requires inclusion of hundreds of materials, I rarely say "never" to any material. I believe that almost any material has a place in my work as long as I have developed an intimate relationship with it and understand its potential possibilities and limitations… I see its beauty - even tire scraps from shoulders of highways.
A quality of resilience and dignity is embedded into those things that survive being discarded, that survive invisibility, that survive the labeling of ugliness and negativity. Out of a profound respect for their resistance, I engage them with love. Artwork was exhibited January 23rd through April 23rd 2017
Melanie Gritzka Del Vilar
Rare Birds "On the Line"
Rare Bird Coffee Roasters are proud to have had a creative collaboration with artist Melanie Gritzka del Villar, our first art exhibition to celebrate the opening of our coffee shop!
The exhibition showcased Melanie's beautiful limited edition prints of her new driftwood paintings called "On the Line" featuring bird species from around the world that are vulnerable or endangered because of loss of habitat. The artist has collected the driftwood remnants from broken boats during her walks on the shores of various islands in the Philippines, amongst them her home island Boracay. These colourful fragments provide the perfect symbolic setting for the threatened birds.
The art work was exhibited from October 15, 2016 to January 14, 2017.