The walls of Foundry Gallery pop with vivid color and abstract motifs.
“Colors can be lyrical and jazz-like and put you in the mood of sounds and rhythm,” says artist Ann Pickett, a participant in the gallery’s “All That Jazz” exhibition. April is Jazz Appreciation Month.
The 950-square-foot gallery has settled in to its location at 2118 Eighth St. NW in the Shaw area, where it lives on a block that blends culture and commerce.
Next door is Typecase Industries (2122 Eighth St. NW), a design and letterpress print shop, which produces hand-bound books, among other things.
Washington Project for the Arts (2124 Eighth St. NW), a group focused on contemporary art, is exhibiting “Now More Than Ever” (through May 27), a show focused on white supremacy in politics since the age of Nixon, and hosting “Bookish” (through June 30), a pop-up art bookstore.
And Cherry Blossom Creative (2128 Eighth St. NW) is a graphic design agency that sells hard-to-find writing tools and notebooks. The Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, where you can relax with a drink before a movie, is around the corner (807 V St. NW).
Foundry Gallery moved to Eighth Street in November 2015. Its high ceiling, white walls, polished concrete floor and exposed pipes create an industrial vibe. Light pours in through sidewalk-to-ceiling glass garage doors.
“When it’s warm we leave them open and people walk in off the sidewalk,” says Fran Abrams, president and a member artist.
The gallery is a nonprofit membership organization with 20 metro artists. Local art students established it in 1971.
Its jazz exhibit includes about 40 artworks — oils, acrylics, collages, photos and mixed media.
Craig Moran’s oil painting “Birmingham Breakdown #2” is an explosion of red, yellow, blue and orange with spots of green. It’s based on an old sketch he did long before he cared about jazz. After listening to Duke Ellington’s “Birmingham Breakdown,” Moran turned the sketch into a painting.
“The colors came out of that song,” he says.
Foundry is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The “All That Jazz” exhibit ends April 30, with a free concert by the Herman Burney Quartet 7 p.m. April 29.