This weekend, you can roost with Hen House, an all female group art show that will display the works of more than 30 female artists using various forms of media. Its “goal is to celebrate the vast talents of women and the power we possess when we come together,” says co-founder Tiffany Evans.
D.C. artists Kathrine Campagna, Beth Hansen, and Evans were inspired to create Hen House after working together on Campagna’s 2018 Responsive Light group art shows. “More and more women were reaching out to be involved in exhibiting work,” Evans tells City Paper. Evans does product design and community organizing work, Campagna is a mixed media artist with a background in sculpture, painting, and print-making, and Hansen is a print-maker and sculptor who runs The Arcade, a group dedicated to keeping art accessible in the District. She also teaches a weekly ArtGroup with the children at District Alliance for Safe Housing—DASH—which will be the recipient of a closing-night fundraiser.
Hen House will be held upstairs at Jackie Lee’s from Thursday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 25. “The owners of Jackie Lee’s, Nick Schieber and Amanda Kelsey, have always been very supportive of our art endeavors and the local D.C. art scene in general,” says Evans. The bar downstairs will be open for food and drinks throughout the show.
The artists for Hen House were primarily selected through a social media open call. Female artists were asked to submit a few pieces of their work, which the founders selected from a pool of applicants. They also included female artists they’ve known and worked with for many years.
All of the art at Hen House will be available for purchase: Prices range from $100 to $3,000. Hen House merchandise ranging from $7 to $25 will also be available. On Thursday’s opening night, Kayti Didriksen will draw live portraits and DJ Baby Alcatraz will have the tunes covered.
Closing night will include a fundraiser, featuring Didriksen’s portraits, raffles on select artwork, and gift cards for dinners from $50–$100 at restaurants such as Red Hen, Haikan, Little Coco’s, Tail Up Goat, Bantam King, and Daikaya.
Stay tuned for more in the future, says Evans, who would like to make Hen House an ongoing series of art shows celebrating female artists.
Jackie Lee’s, 116 Kennedy St. NW. Aug. 22–25.