True to Form at Grand Duchess

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True to Form Art Show

A new art gallery will take over Adams Morgan for just four days. Five local artists will claim—and paint—space at Grand Duchess, a neighborhood restaurant focusing on craft cocktails. There, Jason Bowers, the curator and project manager of JAB arts, has put together True to Form, a show focusing on form and pattern. While Bowers says the theme represents “calmness and tranquility,” he wanted each artist to bring a unique take to the pop-up. For Emon Surakitkoson, this theme looks like “sculptural” black-and-white paintings. She says  a “nuance” is revealed in the details in her work. For local artist and activist Luther Wright, a mix of mediums, inspiration, and bright colors add to the concept of “form and pattern.” Joining Surakitkoson and Wright in the show are Nate Mann, Kristyn Lee Moon, and TJ Buttner. Together, their mediums include acrylic paint, pen and marker, polymer clay, and spray paint. Bowers says that unlike traditional art galleries, the True to Form pop-up aims to make art as accessible as possible. Visitors can choose to order food or cocktails from the Grand Duchess, or they can simply stop in when the restaurant is open to look and shop. As part of a live painting demonstration, Buttner will bring his work to visitors in a new way. Grand Duchess has commissioned him to paint its entire patio, which Buttner will do Friday and Saturday nights for a live audience. Bowers and Grand Duchess have been intentional in artist selection in more ways than one. They’re hoping to highlight the link between the arts scene and service industry, where several of the artists have worked. Ilegal Mezcal is offering drink specials all four days, and La Tejana hosts a breakfast taco pop-up Sunday morning. Stop in, grab a bite, and maybe walk away with your new favorite piece of art. True to Form runs Nov. 4 through 7 at Grand Duchess, 2337 18th St. NW Free.