"lopë gazing," by Celina Magda Donis; Courtesy of Eckington Hall

Tucked away on the brick pathway of Quincy Lane NE near Union Kitchen and D.C. Bouldering Project, Eckington Hall is a two-story art gallery, makers’ workshop, and market with local artisans and vendors. The brainchild of D.C. creative consultant and raconteur David Ross—the former managing director of Dupont Underground and event organizer of National Landing Market in Arlington—Eckington Hall continues his vision of creating community space for creatives in an eclectic environment that is carefully curated with a laissez-faire vibe. Recent workshops include sushi rolling, introduction to sewing, painting nights, and creating tote bags. The space includes a variety of sweets from local bakeries—macarons from Chiboo Bakery, Sivilla Sweets’ gourmet pecans and more—and fashion, including Craze Chameleon Studios and D Prince Designs. Upcoming events include upcoming bodega nights with additional patio vendors, live music, and a block party. It’s in this “anything goes” spirit of conviviality and curiosity that Eckington Hall hosts its upcoming art exhibition, Whatever the Fuck I Want. With the show, Ross challenges depictions of D.C. as just a center for politics and policy, inviting a diverse group of four local photographers, Celina Magda Donis, Benjamin Frey, Gayatri Malhotra, and Julian Thomas, to show the city through their eyes—“just because.” The selected works create a more inclusive and capricious exhibition that embraces Eckington Hall’s existential question: “Why does it have to be anything?” Whatever the Fuck I Want runs Sept. 24 through Nov. 6 at Eckington Hall. eckingtonhall.com. Free; all works for sale.

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