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The recent relationship between the Anacostia River and art hasn’t been great: A proposed work by Mia Feuer featuring a partially submerged gas station was scuttled last year amid controversy over both its message and its potential to interfere with a study of the pollution lingering in the bed of the river. But a new exhibition at Anacostia’s Vivid Solutions Gallery, “Confluence: Considering the Anacostia,” offers the star-crossed waterway a chance for a fresh start. Piper Grosswendt (the gallery’s associate director) and local photographer Bruce McNeil put out a call for photographers and asked them to respond to the river and its surroundings. The exhibit, timed to coincide with the inaugural Anacostia River Festival, features work by McNeil and three other artists—Becky Harlan, who focuses on people who use the river; David Allen Harris, who specializes in landscapes; and Krista Schlyer, who trains her lens on wildlife. McNeil, for his part, documents the journey the river takes from its origins in Sandy Spring, Md., to its confluence with the Potomac River. There’s not a submerged gas station in sight, but the view’s not so bad. The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Fridays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 1, at Vivid Solutions Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 365-8392. vividsolutionsgallery.com.