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The District of Columbia Arts Center’s annual “1460 Wall Mountables” exhibition is an open-mike night of sorts where, for $10, enthusiastic amateurs and professional artists alike get 2 square feet of wall space to showcase their work. As a result, there’s the requisite cluster of goth portraits and itch-inducing fiber-art cocoons. But standing out from the jumble are strong works by local photographers, specifically Washington City Paper contributing photographer Sara Pomerance’s series of awkward interactions between nature and suburbanites, exemplified by The Trellis Awaits, in which a middle-aged man gazes forlornly at a verdant bush that refuses to climb a brick wall. Katherine Drew Dillworth’s Bentz Street reveals the potential beauty of the urban landscape through a sunny Venetian sky delicately cut by telephone wires and grounded by a horizon line of brightly painted row houses. Finally, Mia Faith’s Coney Island series features a portrait of a hard-eyed teen working a snack bar with greasy pans of fries and a Pepsi dispenser; his detachment recalls the eerie suspension of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series. The show is on view from 2 to 7 p.m. (to Sept. 4; see City List for other dates) at the District of Columbia Art Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 462-7833. (Hetty Lipscomb)