Six butterflies adored storefronts along the 14th Street Cooridor.
Six butterflies adored storefronts along the 14th Street Cooridor. (Courtesy Dc Arts And Humanities Education Collaborative/courtesy Dc Arts And Humanities)
Sunday, August 15, 2010

Community butterflies

U Street residents, here's the answer to your curiosity: The six massive butterflies that alighted on 14th and U storefronts last weekend are part of a D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative public art installation meant to highlight equitable access to arts education. The colorful Lepidoptera with the five-foot wingspans may confuse a neighborhood accustomed to edgy street art sponsored by Irvine Contemporary or spray-painted by local graffiti writer Kelly Towles (his mural "Scout" went up on a rowhouse at 12th and W streets NW earlier this summer).

Fashioned by District schoolkids working with metal armatures created by Adam Curtis of Gaithersburg-based Design-Weld, the insects hover above storefronts (Home Rule, Pulp, Room & Board), a restaurant (Busboys & Poets), a community center (Martha's Table) and a theater (Source). Four more are planned. The butterflies depart on the last day of Arts in Education week, which runs Sept. 12-18.

-- Jessica Dawson

Wall brings them together

An exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of German reunification with 10 visual artists from the former East Germany is stopping in Washington at the Edison Place Gallery. The show, sponsored by Breakthrough Art Organization, a relatively new Washington group, opens Sept. 19 at 701 Ninth St. NW.

This is an opportunity to met new German painters, sculptors and photographers, many of whom suffered under the communist government before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. On the slate are photographers Gerald Hahn and Harald Hauswald, sculptor Hans Scheib and seven painters.

-- Jacqueline Trescott

'Doonesbury' anniversary

Today's the last day to ask interview-averse Garry Trudeau a question. Not that he'll answer it.

On Oct. 26, his "Doonesbury" comic strip turns 40, officially entering middle age. To toast the milestone, the comic's syndicate is inviting readers to submit questions to Trudeau, the quiet man behind the curtain, at

The artist will select 15 questions from the entries to answer. Close to the anniversary, we'll bring you his responses.

-- Donna Peremes

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