NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (September 13, 2016)
– MGM National Harbor
, the luxury casino resort opening later this year in Prince George’s County, will be the Premier Sponsor of King Street Art Festival, presented by Howard Alan Events. This annual arts and cultural event, which attracts more than 50,000 residents and visitors, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Festival booths will line King Street between Washington and Union streets, and feature more than six blocks of artwork by more than 250 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Admission is free.
As the Premier Sponsor, MGM National Harbor will showcase its commitment to public art and provide visitors a first peek at what to expect from the resort’s Heritage Collection when it opens later this year. The MGM booth, near the intersection of King Street and Royal Street, will feature artwork from local artists commissioned to create original works for the new casino resort. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and see examples of the kind of art coming to MGM National Harbor. Confirmed artists include Photographer Ronald Beverly, Visual Artist Wayson Jones, Visual Artist Diane Tuckman, Visual Artist Cedric Baker, and Sculptor Elizabeth Kendall.
“The King Street Art Festival is the perfect opportunity for us to give residents and visitors a glimpse into the art that will be part of MGM National Harbor’s Heritage Collection and woven throughout the resort experience,” said Bill Boasberg, general manager of MGM National Harbor. “We are excited to be a part of this event and be joined by so many talented artists from throughout our community.”
Now in its 14th
year, this two-day community festival attracts thousands of art enthusiasts. Visitors discover a variety of artworks in all mediums, from paintings and sculptures to jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. More than $15 million in art will be on display, providing visitors the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces and meet the artists behind the work, hearing firsthand what inspires them. The weekend also will feature live music, and hands-on activities including The Art League's popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser and events at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Howard Alan, show director, said "We are very proud to announce that the King Street Art Fair is now ranked as one of the top art shows in the U.S. To add this excitement, we are very happy to introduce five very special local artists whose work will adorn the walls of the new MGM National Harbor. Their fine art work will be on display amidst the 220 artists selected for this year’s art festival."
About the Artists
Ronald Beverly is a photographer/digital imagist residing in the Capital Region for more than 30 years. His academic studies produced a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from George Washington University. Inspired by the masters of large format work, Beverly developed a sensibility toward texture and detail by emphasizing tactile quality of the elements within the photographic composition utilizing digital imagining enhancement techniques. The desire to capture and finesse the elusive quality of light is also a reoccurring characteristic in his work. Over time, Beverly pursued a commitment to craftsmanship, aesthetics and philosophies of photography while bridging the gap between conventional film and digital image capture. The inspiration for the MGM National Harbor work stems from his passion for the landscape and has been the training ground in acquiring his skills as a photographer. The serenity, hidden beauty and dynamics of nature provide endless opportunities in showcasing its potential.
Wayson R. Jones is a painter, musician, and spoken-word artist. He received a degree in music from University of Maryland and later went on to perform with renowned poet Essex Hemphill, as part of DC’s burgeoning Black gay and lesbian arts activities of the 80s and 90s. The two performed in venues such as Blues Alley (WDC), The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), and LaMama Theater (NYC), and appeared in works by groundbreaking filmmaker Isaac Julien (Looking for Langston) and videographer Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied, Black Is/Black Ain’t). Wayson’s visual art is informed by these experiences and by an exuberant approach to materiality and process. He has exhibited in Washington DC at Hillyer Art Space, DCAC, Bloombars, Gallery O on H, and Smith Center for the Healing Arts; in Virginia at The Soundry, the Candy Factory, and University of Mary Washington; in Maryland at Arts/Harmony Hall, Brentwood Arts Center, The University of Maryland David Driskell Center, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 39th Street Gallery, and Galerie Myrtis; in Fresno, CA at Gallery 25; and in New York at Jeffrey Leder Gallery. Wayson’s work featured at MGM National Harbor is titled Lava Layer 3 and is made with pumice gel, acrylic, and acrylic medium.
Diane was born in Egypt, where she attended British Missionary School, a private school in Heliopolis, Egypt where English, French and Arabic were taught. French is her native language. In 1949, she moved to Paris, France where she attended French public schools. Diane spent much time visiting the museums of Paris. During these years, she traveled extensively throughout Europe. It was after her marriage that she came to the United States. Wherever she lived and traveled, she was constantly exposed to the arts, nature and colors. She enjoys exploring and experimenting with a variety of visual techniques to bring new expressions to her art. In 1978, Diane brought the art of painting on silk to America from France and launched a non-profit organization, SPIN, to promote the art form which includes a newsletter “The Silkworm”. Painting on silk has now penetrated the world-wide art field with over 5,000 participants on Facebook plus SPIN and other organizations. Diane is heavily involved in teaching and demonstrating painting on silk to bring the joy of painting on silk to everyone. In collaboration with Jan Janas, Diane co-authored three books: The Complete Book of Silk Painting
, Creative Silk Painting
and The Best of Silk Painting
, published by North Light. Jan and Diane are currently working on their fourth silk painting book, The Fine Art of Painting on Silk
(to be published by Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA). She currently exhibits as a silk artist and photographer. MGM National Harbor will feature four of Diane’s large silk paintings on 30 mm silk charmeuse.
Cedric Baker was born in North Carolina and spent much of his childhood in New York City. He served in the U.S. Air Force and used the G.I. Bill to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist. Cedric attended school at Sacramento City College where he pursued painting, drawing and printmaking. Three years later, he transferred to New York City to study at Pratt Institute and complete his studies Fine Arts. He was greatly influenced by the Bay Area Expressionists and the Northern California painters, as well as his ten years as an employee at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. But perhaps the greatest influence of his career was when he drove a New York City taxi during the 1980s and became consumed by the downtown arts and club scene that produced graffiti and hip-hop and a new wave of painters like Basquiat, Keith Haring and the American Master artist Romare Bearden. Cedric is best known for his figurative work where narrative storytelling, through social and racial entities, evolve. His color field abstract paintings evolve from a more spiritual inward place of meditative form and space using color, and the prospect of experimentation and media combine in telling his life stories. Cedric will showcase three pieces of art in MGM National Harbor -- Mood Indigo, an Abstract painting done in minimal color and form and two figurative realism pieces from a series of Club scenes called The Dancers and The Duke!
Elizabeth Kendall was born in Los Angeles, CA and spent parts of her childhood in Reston, VA and St. Louis, MO. She attended college at Smith College in Northampton, MA. In 2007, Elizabeth was selected as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts. In 2008, she received a Strauss Fellowship Grant from the Fairfax County Arts Council of Northern Virginia. Her work, both functional and sculptural, has been exhibited in national and international venues. She has been a featured artist and contributing author for a variety of publications including: Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, and Studio Potter. Her work has also been featured in Lark Publications 500 cups and 500 Pitchers. Titled “Upon Reflection”, Elizabeth’s sculpture for this new MGM site combines ceramic, glass and steel to form an undulating "cloud pool" echoing both the softness of clouds, the dense earthy materials from which the regions monuments and buildings are made, and the fluidity of the river and the life beneath its surface that borders the city. In addition, variable LED lighting will immerse the viewer within the sculpture. While site specific, the work is consistent with the themes and processes found in her work: light and shadow, form and line, repetition and variation, the whole and its parts, audience participation.
MGM National Harbor collaborates with the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council
, an independent non-profit organization designated by the Prince George’s County government to coordinate financial support and advocacy for the arts and humanities through grants, artistic programs and creative partnerships among business, education, government and residents. For the Heritage Collection, MGM National Harbor has also partnered with Atlantic Arts
, a Maryland-based art procurement company, and RareCulture
, a women-owned establishment specializing in curating fine art collections.
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